Day3 Peniel 20 Spiritual Fitness – Femi Olaiya

(KJV) If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. UNFIT Adjective

  1. When something or someone does not have the necessary quality or standard to meet a particular purpose.
  1. (of a person) not in good physical condition, typically as a result of failure to take regular exercise.

Proverbs 24:10 (selected translations)(AMP) If you are slack (careless) in the day of distress, Your strength is limited.Spiritual carelessness or slackness will rob you of your strength in God(GNB) If you are weak in a crisis, you are weak indeed.It is not just the crisis that made you weak…certain events, situations and circumstances around you must have been weakening your spiritual resolve over time. The crisis just pointed out your internal error.(MSG) If you fall to pieces in a crisis, there wasn’t much to you in the first place.(TLB) You are a poor specimen if you can’t stand the pressure of adversity.Not all specimen are poor by nature. Some specimen like iron/metal are made of strong quality with plenty of uses.But a consistent exposure to oxygen and water/air moisture weakens its strength by forming a reddish-brown oxide.Is oxygen bad naturally? No.Is moisture bad naturally? No.But when iron is exposed in deep proportions to these 2 elements…it is stripped of its strength.There are certain things that may be good for others…but that combination will rob you of your spiritual strength and joy.It is possible to become spiritually unfit. God didn’t create you to be so. It is usually the things you choose to be exposed to that weaken your internal configuration spiritually.Fitness (God’s perspective)It is impossible to accurately define fitness without taking a look at The Bible to see if God has anything to say about this subject matter.Does God really care if I am fit or not?We will apply the law of the first mentionThe law of the first mention is a guideline that some people use for studying Scripture. The law of the first mention says that to understand a particular word or doctrine, we must find the first place in Scripture that word or doctrine is revealed and study that passage.Let see…Lev 16:21-26(Lev 16:21 KJV) And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:(Lev 16:26 KJV) And he that let go the goat for the scapegoat shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward come into the camp.OverviewThere are only 2 characters important in this passage an I believe that both of them are important to God.The High Priest – Likened to the Pastor, spiritual leader etc. His role is clearly spelt out.The Fit Man – Unknown, undescribed by name or title…Even though this person does not hold a title, his role and assignment is important to God. If the High Priest finishes his job and this guy does not “show” – The whole nation is in trouble!!!That’s why God was then very specific that He must go through the same process of cleansing that the High Priest must go through.Some of you cannot understand why God is not allowing you to “enjoy” life the way others like you are enjoying…You can’t understand why the Holy Spirit is stressing you to pray, study the word, be spiritually alert etc.It is because you carry a National assignment! Some of you…your assignmenet and purpose in life is not local…it is GLOBAL.That is why you must respond to the call to intimacy with God and become a fit man.Why is the “fit man” nameless & faceless? because even though the role is specific, anyone can take up the responsibility.Fit man (Lev 16:21 Translations)AMP – a man who is prepared [for the task]AMPC – a man who is timely (ready, fit)…this man understands the principle of time managementGNB – someone appointed (TLB) appointed for the taskThe consistency of your appointment with God will save you from the disappointment of men.John 2:24-25 AMP-GNB-GW-TLB-MSG-TPTMSG – Standing by and readyGod needs men who do not have titles but who are willing to serve God by their fitness & readiness…in removing negativity from the camp. They don’t spread negativity….they lead by ensuring negativity is not found within the camp.This role is not for the faint-heartedThe same cleansing that is required by the High Priest…is required for this fit man.Ephesians 5:26(KJV) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,(MSG) Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her,(TPT) to make us holy and pure, cleansing us through the showering of the pure water of the Word of God.Still On God’s Perspective On Fitness(1Ch 7:11 KJV) All these the sons of Jediael, by the heads of their fathers, mighty men of valour, were seventeen thousand and two hundred soldiers, fit to go out for war and battle.(1Ch 12:8 KJV) And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into the hold to the wilderness men of might, and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as the roes upon the mountains;Why Do I Need to be Spiritually Fit

  1. Your purpose in life demands it. Jesus had to be a carpenter’s son for a very specific reason. He learnt to carry wood because one day He would be carrying a cross and he would pass through the very streets where He usually would pass as a carpenter’s apprentice.
  2. Your fitness is an indication of where you are going…not where you are coming from
  3. The beauty of who you are and who you will become is manifested in your daily spiritual fitness routine.

How Can I be Spiritually Fit?

  1. Live a Life of Intimacy with God. Live from a consciousness that you carry Him everywhere you go. From this one point, a life of prayer, studying the Word, fasting and consecration, holiness etc will follow automatically.
  2. Find people to impact and destinies to affect. Your life must be an ointment poured forth.
  3. Read!! Keep abreast of your world and your calling. How do you fit into God’s agenda on earth? Daniel understood by books…in this day and age, there are many platforms you can learn from and understand apart from books.
  4. Understand God’s voice to you as a person….and yield to it.

Causes of Spiritual Unfitness

  1. Sheer Laziness
  2. Indecent exposure to what God does not allow for you as a person.
  3. Disobedience to personal instruction. The story of the young prophet & the old prophet.

F.I.T (Finding Inner Treasure)2 Corinthians 4:7(KJV) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.(CEV) We are like clay jars in which this treasure is stored. The real power comes from God and not from us.(MSG) If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us.(TLB) But this precious treasure—this light and power that now shine within us—is held in a perishable container, that is, in our weak bodies. Everyone can see that the glorious power within must be from God and is not our own.(TPT) We are like common clay jars that carry this glorious treasure within so that the extraordinary overflow of power will be seen as God’s, not ours.When you connect to and find your inner treasure, your weakness will lose its grip on you.Download the full compilation of all sessions of Peniel’20 Here.

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Day 2 Peniel20 [Unfit] Financial Fitness – Adeniran Oladele

I want you to know that when we talk about finances, we are simply talking about money and God never leave us in the dark about this…..he wants us to have money and be financially fitted. A poor and financially un-fit man cannot serve God appropriately, Zechariah 1:17 (pharaoh tased) captured this clearly that through prosperity shall God kingdom be spread abroad. Continue reading “Day 2 Peniel20 [Unfit] Financial Fitness – Adeniran Oladele”

Day 1: Peniel20 [Unfit] Emotional Fitness – Godsgift Unwana

I’ll like to begin with a question that I like to ask when I’m facilitating a training session. What is one of your favourite childhood memories?The brain produces a chemical called serotonin when you recall happy memories or think about things that make you happy.Serotonin is a happiness hormone. So let me remind you again do you miss the days when we went to school, lined up, the headmistress and teachers would inspect our nails and uniforms?We would then match to our classrooms. The days of Nasco Biscuit, okin biscuit Trebor, Iced Colored water tied in nylon we called it “lolly”

  • The days of Goody-Goody&pak o Biscuit.
  • The days of ali & simbi,Mr Salami & Mrs Salami, Agbo lives in Calabar.

Well, that was on a lighter note… I thought that would make us feel better.The lockdown, the fear of contacting the virus, the many disappointments here and there, broken engagements, and all other frustration is enough to make one depressed.I’m sharing on EMOTIONAL FITNESS.Many will understand the importance of physical exercise and good nutrition and may support this by a gym membership.To become emotionally fit will require a similar commitment and exercise programme to tone up flabby emotional muscles.

  1. EMOTIONAL AWARENESS.

Emotional fitness can be separated into several different skill sets. Each model of emotional fitness pinpoints self-awareness as a key skill set.The question to ponder on as we delve in is: How good are you at recognising how you feel, moment by moment at work, home, social gathering, when you’re with your friends?Let me share a case study with you of low emotional unfitness. One of my favourite examples of a lack of emotional fitness I read about in a journal. A young man had only a limited amount of beer in his fridge. His best friend came round to visit. During their conversation he told his friend not to drink his last beer. Later he found his friend had drunk it. He brought out a gun and shot his friend.Although this is an extreme example, it still communicates our point in a way.WHAT WOULD AN EMOTIONALLY FIT RESPONSE HAVE BEEN?To go and buy some more maybe?To ignore it and enjoy his friend’s company?To have a cup of coffee instead?To go down the pub together?WHAT HAPPENED?He had low emotional intelligence and did none of these. He shot his friend dead. He is now in prison serving time for murder.His rage drove him to short-term action which produced long-term negative consequences.Emotional unfitness, self awareness and a poor ability to control strong emotions in particular, can impact on a person’s behaviour, work and life.This is when you bring out your jotters.I’ve got a class work for you.You’ll summit the exercise at the end this session.Self awareness is the skill of perceiving and understanding one’s own emotions.Peniel 2020 - Quote Godsgift1Questions:Are you able to know how you feel? The speed with which you can do this is important.Do you know how you feel in each moment or only on reflection at the end of the day, or some weeks later when you explode in anger and realise how irritated or stressed you were weeks earlier?The faster you can pick up on your emotions the higher your level of emotional fitness will be in this dimension.Are you able to recognise the fluctuations in your emotions and when they change from one emotion to another.?Are you able to accurately identify which emotion you have, and whether you have a simple emotion or a complex of emotions.?

  • Being able to understand the emotions that are driving your behaviour, thinking or memory.
  • Being aware of the emotions behind what you are saying and how you are relating to and communicating with people.

Your voice tone alone can change in many subtle ways with different emotions, people hear the change even when the words stay the same.

  • Being aware of the emotions that are leading you to avoid a task or situation.
  • Being able to recognise the patterns and habits in your emotional responses and reactions.

Self awareness is not complete if you’re not aware of the emotions of others.Peniel 2020 - Quote Godsgift2Emotional awareness of others is the skill of perceiving and understanding others’ emotions.There are many aspects to this. For example, it may mean:Being able to observe the non-verbal signals people give that indicate how they are feeling. These may include voice tone, facial expression, eye movement, head position, postural changes, speech characteristics, breathing characteristics, and more.Being able to understand accurately what these signals mean with regards to their underlying emotions. This is not the same as misreading a person. Some people take things personally even when the emotional signals are nothing to do with them.Being able to perceive the impact that you are having on someone else. Being able to read the play in meetings.Being able to hear people when they are expressing their emotions without belittling, ridiculing or dismissing them, e.g. not telling them they are “being too emotional”.Being able to ask people how they feel. Being able to understand why certain emotions may have arisen in certain contexts.Paying attention to the emotions of others in meetings, negotiations, performance reviews and other situations in which they emerge at work, family.EMOTIONAL AWARENESS is perceiving emotional overtones in an organisation, team or interaction, even when these remain unspoken.

  1. BELIEF RESTRUCTURING

In belief restructuring the basic idea is that our beliefs have a real world impact on how we think, feel, and act. And when we hold beliefs in our heads that don’t serve our interests or values, those beliefs can spillover into our lives and hurt our ability to be happy or successful.One thing to understand is that our beliefs are rarely based solely on facts and evidence, but rather our interpretation of the facts and evidence.Peniel 2020 - Quote Godsgift3Every collection of facts is framed in a certain way and looked at through a particular perspective.When you practice reframing your beliefs, the goal isn’t to delude yourself or ignore reality.Instead, the goal is to look at the same facts through a new perspective and interpret them in a way that can keep us motivated and inspired.There are always multiple perspectives to any situation or circumstance. By teaching yourself how to change your perspective, you can discover the best way to view a situation so that it brings out your best possible self.Here are some examples of restructuring or reframing your belief (s):“Failure is a learning experience.”Peniel 2020 - Quote Godsgift5This is a very common reframe where we view a particular failure in our lives as an opportunity to learn, grow, and improve ourselves. Almost every happy and successful person uses this reframe, whether they realize it or not.“Look at the bigger picture.”Another common reframe is to “zoom out” on our current situation and view it from a broader perspective.When we are caught up in the moment, every little experience can seem like a big deal. The “big picture” perspective is a great way to stay grounded and balanced, no matter our present circumstances.Peniel 2020 - Quote Godsgift6Everyone develops a set of beliefs about the world, which shapes their life and influences their perceptions.The way in which people interpret events plays a huge role in determining their behaviour, and this , in turn, affects how they feel, The personal meaning of a life event, a hassle, an illness , or a bad habit will influence how it is handled. If thinking is faulty, the consequences can be particularly far reaching, both in terms of how one responds and how one reacts emotionally. Faulty thinking can act as a stressor by biasing one’s interpretation of everyday situations and events, also by biasing one’s outlook, through erroneous or maladaptive beliefs, thinking is largely a matter of self talk. People talk to themselves, inside, all the time, silently telling themselves things about themselves and their world. This is the outcome of a developmental process that takes place over a number of Years.Because people are such creatures of habit, they consistently respond to and interpret situations in particular ways.Take a look at this alphabet A,B,C.”A” stands for Antecedent – an event”B” stands for Blank – thoughts”C” stands for consequence – mood and feelings. When something happens (A), people often find themselves in poor or low spirits (C) later , and do not know why. Changes of humour or mood often seem to “just happen.” Let me give an example, Kunle saw an old friend this afternoon(A) , and is now feeling miserable (C). What he and people in general are unaware of is the thinking, the self talk(B) that takes place between (A)and (C). For example, seeing an old friend might, under review, have elicited the following sequence of thoughts:If I greet Dave, he may not remember me…..he may snub me…it’s been long…we won’t have anything on common. It won’t be like old times. Anyway, he looks as young as ever, and in have put on so much weight. He looks as if he has done well, too; that’s an expensive suit.What can we spot here?Can you figure that it is the thoughts on Kunle’s mind that evoked the sad feelings on his mind? I mean there’s nothing inevitable about seeing an old friend and feeling sad.The point is that between an event and a change in mood there is always a train of thoughts. These thoughts flow so quickly and silently that people are generally unaware of them and suddenly find themselves angry or upset.Let’s call the event (old friend passing by)A; the train of thoughts (did not see me….snubbed me…we won’t have anything in common…) B; and the resulting mood(feeling sad). Kunle would generally be unaware of the train of thoughts between A and C; but he finds his mood changed, and does not know why. If he examined the thoughts sequence, he would see that he has jumped to several conclusions on the basis of little or no evidence.He is angry and upset that , because an old friend may not remember him, or that he is looking good , he looks as if he has done well.. It sounds ridiculous, but it happens all the time.Things people say and do can be interpreted in number or ways. How often has an innocent remark made by a colleague or friend put you in a bad mood?It is not the remark , but the thoughts (B) that follows the remark that determine the outcome:”Why did my husband offer , out of the blue, to Cook dinner tonight? Does he think my cooking is getting boring? Come to think of it, I have not tried out any new recipes in a long time. But then, he has been working late so much, and eating out in all those fancy restaurants… I can’t keep up…And he always seem to have so much energy. He is particularly in good form these days…despite the late hours. His new secretary has relieved him of a lot of the pressure and frustration. How I’m I sure they’re not having sex… He said she is really efficient, She becomes gloom.Unfortunately, people can get into the bad habit of consistently misinterpreting situations, reading too much into things. When this happens the resulting effect is on their emotions which in turn affect their behaviour. With belief restructuring Kunle can identify maladaptive thinking/beliefs, recognise its adverse impact , replace them with more adaptive thought patterns.Belief restructuring enables you to always paint a very different picture of the same situation, one that is kinder to everyone concerned. It also helps to understand the degree to which our thinking affects our behaviour and mood.As I wrap up, let’s carry out an exercise. Grab a jotter or an exercise book.Think of a belief of a thought or any isolated problem situation, or a particular situations that you have identified as consistently upsetting. On your jotter or on a plane sheet of paper draw a line across. On the left hand side write SELF TALK, on the right hand side write SELF DISPUTATION. On the left hand side(self talk column) identify the negative self talk e.g I’m not good enough, I’m not good in math, I’m not looking so beautiful like other girls, On the negative self talk column you can write that you don’t want to go into another relationship because you don’t want to get your heart broken again, or that relationships are emotionally/mentally draining or because all guys are the same. Whatever the thought / belief is… On the self disputation column try to dispute the negative self talk. Learn to evaluate and dispute the truth of what you are saying to yourself in problematic situations, and supply yourself with a more realistic and objective appraisal. In time, as you do this, this new perspective replaces the older, maladaptive one. The more positive outlook so generated, in turn, influences feelings, attitudes, emotions , and behaviour on a more general level.The idea , as with many cognitive techniques, is that by working out things on paper, the next time you’re in a similar situation, instead of automatically switching on the negative, self defeating thought, the more rational alternative thoughts will interrupt and come to mind. When this happens on a number of occasions, and the outcome is more pleasant and rewarding, the new internal dialogue takes from the old. In effect , new habit is formed, and the psychological consequences are very different.Download the full compilation of all sessions of Peniel’20 Here.

Jesus loves you, accept Him today, tomorrow might be too late.

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Knowledge makes a man unfit to be slave.

This online conference tagged PENIEL is a medium where we discover answers to questions affecting the society which hinder us from living a positive life in accordance with God’s will.

That is why we have chosen to tackle, discuss and shed more light on some issues, ranging from attitude to character among many others in order live a positive life thereby influencing the society as God’s ambassador.

This particular edition is themed UNFIT in the aspect of our Emotional, Financial and Spiritual Life. We have tested and trusted teachers that will tackle all these focuses in relations with the theme.

This conference starts officially on Friday June 5th – Sunday 7th 2020, 8pm -10 pm (WAT) daily.

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TESTIMONIES/FEEDBACKS FROM PENIEL 2019 CONFERENCE

All glory honour and adoration to God for the success of Peniel 2019 conference. A big thank you to those who has contributed to the success of the conference, ranging from the speakers to team Aphorismcity to every participants, may God bless you richly. Here are the testimonies and feedbacks from participants: Continue reading “TESTIMONIES/FEEDBACKS FROM PENIEL 2019 CONFERENCE”

DAY 3 – PENIEL 2019 REACTIONS TO ACTIONS {LEADERSHIP REACTION– WILSON OYESOMI}

Without leaving any space for assumption, leadership has so many definitions and for the purpose of this conference, we will stick with that of General Dwight Eisenhower.
He defines leadership as the art of getting someone else [others] to do something you want done because he wants to do it. [Emphasis mine]

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DAY 2 – PENIEL 2019 {REACTION TO FINANCE – TOLULOPE AHMED}

Compiled by Mary Lawal

Take Responsibility for Your Financial Future
I’m a stickler for the principle that says, Begin with The End in Mind. At the end of this webinar, I hope to SET EVERYONE ON A PATH TO TAKING RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THEIR FINANCIAL FUTURES AND TRACKING THE PROGRESS.

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Peniel 2019 Welcome Charge: REACTIONS TO ACTIONS IN ASPECT OF EMOTION FINANCE AND LEADERSHIP IS OUR FOCUS FOR THIS EDITION

I WILL TAKE MY CHARGE IN LINE WITH THE FOCUS USING ESAU AND JACOB AS EXAMPLE

Action is doing something for a particular reason while reaction is the action taken as a result of an action which most times are not the suitable reply to that action. Now for you to have the most suitable reply to an action, you need to respond to that action and not react.

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Registration Opens for PENIEL 2019 with the theme – REACTIONS to ACTIONS

Sometimes your reaction to action may be costly; Esau only reacted to his starving stomach by trading his future for a red potage that can only sustain him for a moment. He only reacted to the current state of his feeling (Emotion) due to lack of proper management of his resources (finances) which cost him, his role as a (Leader).

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Christian Creation Theory Makes Sense : Famous Geophysicist Explains Why

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Stephen C. Meyer is a geophysicist and author of New York Times bestseller, “Darwin’s Doubt.” Despite not being a Christian himself, after years of scientific study, Meyer came to the conclusion that there simply must be an intelligent designer behind our creation. Continue reading “Christian Creation Theory Makes Sense : Famous Geophysicist Explains Why”

PENIEL 2018 [DAY 3]; Character In Plan, Purpose and Pursuit – Matthew Olotu

Compiled by Modupe Fadairo

No doubt that Character has been judiciously defined by our two speakers. So, we won’t dwell much on the definition of character but the place of character in the fulfilment of destiny as relates to Plans, Purpose and Pursuit

Destiny has two legs- Capacity and Character

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PENIEL 2018 [DAY 2]; Character in Learning – Olaoluwa Ladeloye

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CHARACTER IS LIFE
Character is a pointer to a man’s destiny, It is the Driver.
Sow a thought, reap an act, sow an act, reap a habit, sow a habit, reap a character, sow a character reap a destiny.

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D.L. Moody said “Character is what you are in the dark.”
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