ENGAGING THE MIND (dunamis)

EXCERPTS OF THE TALK ON “THE CREATIVE MIND” HOLDEN @ THE CITY OF JOY, RCCG, AJAH, LAGOS YOUTH MEETING ON 30TH NOVEMBER 2014.
-time: 3:30pm
– speaker: Emmanuel Shaltha.

…….In engaging a creative mind, let’s look at 3 minds that we can draw lessons from.

(A) THE MIND OF ISRAEL
• l talk about Israel in 2 folds. Israel as a person (the grandson of Abraham;Jacob) & Israel as a people and a nation (the descendants of Abraham): the twelve tribes of Israel: Sons of Leah: Reuben, Simon, Levi, Judah, Isachar & Zebullum; sons of Billal: Gad & Asher; sons of Racheal: Joseph & Benjamin; sons of Zilpah Gad & Napthali. Even to present nation of Israel today.

• There are 2 kinds of stars in the world:
(1) Rev 12:4 – descendants of the dragon: the pop stars, hollywoodstars, media stars, “celebrities” entertainers or worldly stars, the kim kardashans, the justin Biebers, justin Timberlakes etc. they are stars (we can identify them with the dragon tattoos drawn all on them aswell)

(2) Gen 15:5 – descendants of Abraham: are stars also. Every covenant child of God is a star. Stars have no business being on the ground but in the sky like eagles. The descendant of the dragon are stars and we tend to emulate their influences. I believe because we don’t know our covenant position is stardom also.
So therefore we must shine in our: (1). confidence (Ps 65:5,Pr 3:6, 14:26, Eph3:12, 1Jhn 5:14) (2). Peace of mind (Ps 4:8, Ps 29:11, Ps 37:11, 37:37, Jhn 14:27). (3) Health (Ex 5:26, Duet 7:15). (4) Pride of place (Ps 139:11). and (5) An excellent creative mind (2Tim 1:7)

In Gen15:5- God had to expose Abraham to the sky, stars and sand.
• It is not in your certification that you are distinguished but in your exposures. This is where our educational system missed it. This is where the church must consider. To give the youth platforms such as this to expose their talent hunt, talk shows; exposing them to information, to light, innovations, creativity, examples & inspirations.
The youth must not also wait. He should develope & expose himself in godly meeting, seminar, conventions; godly friends, mentors, books and diaries with the aid of the social media.
One will be amazed: Some of the most beautiful babes, dudes & godly Christians in the world he will discover if he exposes himself in such gathering.
The scriptures says were 2 or 3 are gathered. To some where 2 or 3 are gathered they are stammering, because they aren’t exposed. They can’t say an opening prayer or face a congregation because no exposure. Some cant say hi to a lady even.(heart attack)

WHY IS EXPOSURE IMPORTANT
1.God cannot communicate with an “inexposed” person. As a matter of fact God talks with exposure like we see in Gen15:5(the stars), Ex3:1-7(the burning bush), Ex2:9-10(Moses exposed to administration & leadership skill in Pharaohs palace), 1sam17:33-37(David exposed to battle & danger in the wilderness so that Goliath is a work over)
You can interchange exposure for vision. You will always find God saying: What do you see Jeremiah? This is because God is a seeing God. And He expects the seed of Abraham to see not just look. Ask the fella beside you: what do you see?
Everyone can look at a piece of stone and pass by but a sculpture looks at it and sees a masterpiece stonework. Every guy can walk past a lady, but someone looks at her and see a gem; a mother of nation(Gen2:22-23)-like Adam saw Eve; like Boaz saw Ruth; like Jacob sees Rachael.

Everybody in Ajah is hustling & Bustling. But someone comes into Ajah and sees a godly and kingdom community, an economic and regional industrial hub. Cashing on the Lekki free trade zone; the peninsula stretch; reclaiming the hospitality, real estate, metropolitan urbanization & infrastructure.
People passed this land and saw nothing but the City of Joy passed and saw this facility. That is vision.
Take a look at your life there is something interesting that you are not seeing. Every vision is propelled by exposure.

2. An inexposed mind is a closed mind(Hos4:6)

WHAT IS EXPOSURE?
my definition of exposure is just like what you have in the camera. When an aperture is opened something is captured. Therefore “exposure is something NEW”.
Everyday is an exposure. The 24 elders bow everynow because they see something new about God everynow.
If you are not seeing something NEW you can’t make NEWS.
Three thing that exposes a man is 1. people 2.places 3.books.
Who have you met? where will you go? what book will you?

EXAMPLES
(Bill Jefferson Clinton at 9 visited the white House on a school escortion exercise and there dreamt of residing as a president in the White House) (@ the age of 5 Tiger woods was introduced by his father to the golf course and that exposure created the passion for golf. As he is the all time best) (at the age of 3 Andrea crouch, other recording artiste: Whitney Houston, Darkchild, Bob Marley, Fred Hammond were exposed to music and the piano and these are all time Grammy award winners or nominees. ( The average Jew child at the age of 5 already finishes reading the Torah: This are the five books of Moses( Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy).

The Mind of Israel is a mind of exposure. Whatever you see is what you will produce! Even the animals in Genesis 30:32 produced the kind of offsprings they saw in the polar rods, the chestut tree; ringstaked and streaked. Abraham produced the kind of offspring he saw. He produced stars because he saw stars as his offspring. What are you seeing? If you see good leadership, you will produce good leadership. If you see vibrant economy, you will produce vibrant economy. If you see a godly and kingdom community, you will produce a godly and kingdom community. If you see wonderful infrastructures and a workable system, you will produce just what you saw. What do you see?

To parents and expectant parents: Take your child to deliberate and strategic places. Take them to Leadership meetings(like we had at the leadership book presentation In Lagos March 2014). Take them to Car shops, exquisite places; expose them to places they can dream. You may never tell what that aperture will capture.
Familiarize your kids with N1000 notes, Dollars, Pounds; Let them handle it, keep it, save it. You are wittingly expanding their mind to handle wealth and to be accountable and responsible both as leaders or as business men.
Africa’s problem majorly is that when a “poor man stumbles on wealth, he embezzles; he launders it because he is not familiar or exposed to money or wealth. A man familiar with wealth is a simple fellow.
At the age of 5-9 A child needs to already by exposure have a vision. Unlike what is obtainable today where Jam-bites don’t still know what course of study to pursue.

(B) THE MIND OF DAVID
(1chron17:7- I took thee from the sheep-cote…, Ps78:70- He chose David his servant… Ps89:20- I have found David…)
(1sam16:6- surely the Lords anointed…)
..what made God find David by passing Eliab, Shammnah….and Saul?

God knew if He employed David, David won’t bother for the pay.
The major problem and challenge is that we are in God for the salary; quite a number of us are in church for the pay. We are problem driven and not prospect driven. God understands (Mt 6:25-34)
Davids mind was more in the service; the prospect more than it was for the salary. Successful people regularly go beyond the call of duty at work. Even if something is not in their job description, they will volunteer to do it. Volunteers are WOW! people. As an entrepreneur how do you wow! your clients? As a student how do you wow! your instructors? As a parent how do you wow! your children? As a child how do you wow! your parents? Those who work for the salary are sustained by the salary, whilst those who volunteer are sustained by Divine volition (1kg3:3-5). True greatness is volunteered. Ruth and Rebekkah volunteered their way into destiny(Gen24:14-27,Rth 1:11-22;2:20-23); the sons of Levi and the 12 apostles all volunteered their way into destiny (Ex32:26, Mt 10:2-13)

TWO THINGS ABOUT DAVIDS MIND
1. VOLUNTEER
(a) Volunteer builds team spirit- ( David in Adullam, derelicts and vain persons gathered unto him, and he was to lead, accept them for free. They later became the Mighty men of David)
(b) It builds interpersonal, communication, leadership skills, humility and a spirit of caring. Any one having a challenge should volunteer in that aspect that concerns him.

sometimes good passes us unnoticed, sorry a lot of times good passes us underutilized, unharnessed and volunteering has many advantages for teenagers, youth, employees, recruiters, human resource managers, leaders, organization and society at large.

WHAT IS VOLUNTEERING?
Volunteering as defined by volunteering England: Any activity that involves spending time unpaid doing something that benefits the environment, someone (individual or group) other than or in addition to close relatives in a free decision. Formal as in private or public voluntary organization or informal as in a community participation.

BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING
1. Acquiring workplace knowledge and skill and can help secure employment in that place of volunteering.(eg go to a diagnostic lab and request the MD you want to work for free. The MD will be impressed with that mindset as against the salary prospect of the common, and there’s a likelihood the asset you pose will make you employable.

2.Contacts: and hence possible employment. Whenever one assist, help or serve without pay, it is somewhat a marketing strategy.

3. Volunteering helps one discover and to know his abilities, purpose, calling and vision. The reason why a number of youths are in the nimble is because they are waiting for the unknown. Volunteering exposes you. For instance a person with a phobia for blood already knows he’s not cut for surgery.

4. Volunteering is a form of tithing. I believe as youth we can tithe our strength, skill and time. Tithing is not necessary in monetary terms alone, it can be in the fruit of ones mind, time, skill etc also.

5. Creativity: Unless you know your true worth, you can’t be creative. There’s a quality of life, fulfillment, goodness and feeling of self worth that comes with creativity. When people pay you, they have put a price tag on you; when you volunteer only you can put the price tag. Every great person is a volunteer. That was the mind of David.

2.APPRECIATION
(Where do mad people go? Heaven or Hell?: seeing some are responsible whilst others were inflicted with it)
madness medically is a disease, spiritually it is a bondage, politically it is a minus, socially it is a menace. But MADNESS is not an event or person but a BEHAVIOUR.

David was the only sane person God could choose because of gratitude.
The man who does not value his mind will loose his mind. The mad fellow is not that folk walking naked in Ajah market or in Abeokuta, a mad fellow could be that employee in that blue chip company with some nice tuxedo sitting beside you in church. Just a little time a mind not creative will be lost. For example Dan4:29-34(Nebuchadnezzar) and Mrk5:2-25(the mad man of the Gangrenes) Nebuchadnezzar was counted a king by men but a mad man by God whilst this mad fellow was counted mad by men but a great man by God.

Whenever God enters a great congregation, He counts only the grateful people, the rest are mad people! (WERE!) Gratitude is the sure sign of sanity! ingratitude is the sure sign of insanity!

(C) THE MIND OF DANIEL
There are potent weapons known to men. We have the A-A( anti aircraft guns), AK, A10, SMG’s and IBM’s(intercontinental ballistic missiles); but no weapon is potent as prayer. Prayer is a weapon that can turn situation from one extreme to another; from bitter to sweet; failure to success; losing to winning; hopelessness to hope.

The devil will never follow a man to his prayer room.

The prayer meeting is one of the least attended meeting in the christian gathering. The reason is people only pray when prayer comes to mind.

Prayer is a mind thing as much as it is a spiritual thing, and it commands  spiritual results.
It takes a good mind to pray a good prayer like Abraham and Moses “intervening” intercessions.
It takes a great mind to pray a great prayer like Solomon.

It takes the kind of Daniels mind to be relevant in 4 succesive regime of Babylon.
Prayer is like which came first between the chick and the egg. If you say the chick, then how did the chick come? If you say the hen, then how did the hen come?
So it is with prayer and the mind. That except a man is mindful, he won’t be prayerful, and except a man is prayerful, he won’t be mindful.
If prayer is not in a mind one won’t pray. Somebody is checking time, sleeping and won’t pray because it is not in his mind.
Real prayer is not also in the long hours, it is not in the grammatical construction, vocabulary, commas or full stop.
Real prayers come with catarrh, sweat, yeah God help me!!! I’m finished!!! tears groaning and pangs.(Prayer is often a cry for Help)

LETS PRAY

There are 6 things in life that everyone is endowed with,but I will share 4 because of our time. 1. Time 2. Skill 3. Opportunity (how u use your own opportunity is your business) 4. Life (that’s why I’m still here. If you are still breathing, then you have all opportunities). utilize this 4 and u will fly. – Pst Ademayowa O. Noiki (Area Pastor City of Joy RCCG- in conclusion and prayer to the youth in the meeting.

GOD BLESS YOU.
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