Be True To Yourself

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I saw this post on my sister’s Facebook page and I would like to share with you all.

“SALT has no need to look like other Ingredients, sends out no Aroma like other Seasonings, but without it the Soup is Tasteless.

Men/women of True Impact don’t Fight for Position, Visibility or Appearance.

Their Results Speak for them not their Propaganda.

You don’t need to Shout to be heard, People keep quiet to listen to Intelligent People.

Salt Maintains its Integrity Amidst Pollution.

Have you seen where a Salt buyer demands to taste it before buying

because Salt has proved its Integrity over the Ages.

If you will need to Swear before People can believe you, you lack Integrity.

Is your Life like Salt to the Earth or an Insult?

The Easiest and only way Salt can lose its Taste is when it mixes with too much of anything. So Watch your Associations with people without noble values.. Salt is very precious and should not be wasted.. STAY PURE.

“MAINTAIN YOUR DIGNITY”

If one day, we all are allowed to put our problems on a table and exchange them, I’m sure that after few minutes, everyone would silently take back their own & leave the table.

There is no such thing like a perfect life, nobody has it all together.

Just as our faces are different, so are our problems.

Never be envious of what someone else has. You don’t know the price they paid to get it and the price they are paying to keep it.

You don’t own half of the problems in this world.

While you are discreetly wishing to be like the other person, Someone else is seriously praying for that life you take for granted.

Sometimes the people you envy, are actually wishing they could have the life you live.

Be contented and cherish what you have.

You can be anything you want, just don’t be ungrateful”.

You are the best👍💯

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Career Day: Cohort 8 (The Rise of The Phoenix) Graduation

To mark the graduation ceremony Cohort 8 (Phoenix) of Semicolon Africa tag “the rise of the Phoenix” was a career day talk with Richard Amafonye [FBCS] the Head IT Resources of Access Bank Plc. the session was so informative and impactful.

Key lesson I toke away from the session was the Three(3) attribute of a great programmer.

  1. Laziness: Not being lazy in the sense of not doing anything, but not doing what you can automate. Why do things that you can automate, you should be so lazy to push you to learn to automate activities and actions.
  2. Impatience: Not being impatience that you can not wait, but being inpatient to push you to get things done and make things happen quickly.
  3. Hubris: Not be prideful but to take pride being able to effectively and efficiently doing your work with joy and pride.

PHD (Passion Hunger Determination) this is need along side competence, character and chemistry with this your set to take leverage advantage that technology has given us.

As a software engineer you are a solution provider and a value adding individual.

#techpreneurs #SotfwareEngineers #semicolonAfrica

Decision

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People usually do not realize how important decisions can be, until the make the wrong one.

The outcome of life is decisions, the right ones set us on the right path, the wrong ones set us on the wrong parth.

Everyday we make decisions, it is important to we think through each decision we make.

Reflection!

Listening to Camo speaks

Reflection! Reflection!! Reflection!!!

Something incredible happened to me this year and I want to take this time to reflect over the last six (6) months.

Closing last year coming to this year, I have this serious desire to rally make a mark in the tech space and I was so consume by it that it became a longing and prayer. I began this search for how to be better the search leads to an unquenchable hunger for like minds and enabling environment that tech thrives (to be precise programming).

I paid for the entire bundle on and paid for courses on http://www.pirple.com and http://www.udemy.com, toke course at http://www.alison.com, http://www.freedom.com, http://www.codeacademy.com I cant even mention all the YouTube videos I download to watch. I had a discussion with a friend Isaac and Lagos seems to be the location that I can have like minds and the environment. The greatest challenge was how?

I had a conversation about relocating to Jigawa to learn robotic which all did not work out.

This year start with same hunger and drive. I was on face book one faithful day and I saw the post of a dear friend Kelvin Okoro on how in one year he became a software Engineer it seem too good to be true so I chat him up.

Luck is when opportunity meets preparation, mentally I was ready, Kelvin told me about Semicolon and I applied, did the test and I moved on with doing what I was doing. Then I got the call for the interview, and I was told info session will hold and I click on the link and could not connect and the rescheduled info session I missed it again, I got the offer.

Joining Semicolon was a tough decision to make, moving from one end of Nigeria to the other was not easy, having to leave your comfort zone, your family, it was not easy because I was discouraged by few but a few encourage met to take the step, the greatest encouragement came from my family (wife and kids). I was skeptical even till when the onboarding as a native of semicolon began.

Listening to chief Sam Immanuel speak was just more than just and an orientation but life changing for me, his passion and desire for young Nigerians becoming an influence cannot be hidden.

Onboarding

The design thinking and critical thinking have shown a bright ne light on my life and point me to the right path. I have new perspective of who a software engineer is and it not what I taught it was. Ashley Immanuel also continued from where Sam stopped to make the light shin brighter.

I am glad am a native of semicolon Africa, I can’t wish for a better community of tech to be in than this. Listing to Chibuzo Ekejiuba and Grace teach Java and software engineering so gracefully was just wonderful, having to listen to others like Natives, Ancestors and Elders of Semicolon speaking have really fired me up. I am glad I made the decision I know the scarifies is worthwhile.

Reading Desiderata and The Equipment

# #community #tech #Semicolon #Innovation #Java #Programming #softwareengineering

GOD’S ETERNAL PURPOSE

It doesn’t readily come to people’s mind that God has a Programme, a Plan and an over-riding Purpose for his Creation. God didn’t create by random choice. Creation was I Reasoned. It came forth from God’s Heart and it is very purposeful.

We have become so accustomed to evil, pains, sufferings, tears and sorrow that it hardly ever occurred to us that these are not part of the life God intends for us. How all these things became part of human existence is a sad story to tell. But that is not the issue here! What has happened has happened. What is of more importance to us is how God has planned to sort out these unwanted conditions of our Earth-life!

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

What is God’s Eternal Purpose, especially with respect to Man and the Earth? Isaiah tells us, “O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsel of old are faithfulness and truth.” Isaiah 25:1

If we ask God, Sir, what is your eternal purpose for man and for the Earth? He will tell us: My purpose for you and the Earth has to do with what has been in my mind all along; how I want things to be for you; what I have planned for you which sin disrupted; what my heart has ever yearned to bestow upon
you of my goodness; All that I desire that you be and have in order to give my meaning to your being.

Before we were created God has all these in mind for us. But sin has limited our capacity to enter into them. And also, by reason of Death, we are limited on Time. In the present age Death has limited us! Sin brought Death. Then Death has created for us a Time Problem. We are not here long enough to have all that His love planned for us. Secondly, sin has also limited us and limited our capacity to enjoy what God has so freely given us.

God’s eternal purpose is the counsel of His heart, His good pleasures, His will, the Desires of His heart, the conceptions of His heart which He has put into a blueprint. As such, it has become immutable and irrevocable. God’s eternal purpose is His love-desires, His Love-thoughts and the plans to make them be!
And ultimately, neither sin nor Death would be able to stop it from fulfillment.

These things have always been His thought for us; He has ever planned to make them good to us. And He has not changed His mind on that. When all these are executed, the condition of eternal pleasure results for all Creation; all of Creation enjoying God forever.

How long do we need to get all of God’s goodness soaked into us? It is going to take eternity! What is eternity? It is from the Greek word “aion”. It literally means ages rolling upon ages! Yes, ages rolling upon ages, and the dimensions of creature’s pleasure in the Creator will keep unfolding in heightening degree for all eternity! Eternity also goes beyond mere length of time. It carries with it the sense of the other dimensions of existence that sin took away from us.

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath made us alive together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: THAT IN THE AGES TO COME HE MIGHT SHEW THE EXCEEDING RICHES OF HIS GRACE IN HIS KINDNESS TOWARD US THROUGH CHRIST JESUS.” Ephesians 2:4-7

Now, Time is a limit upon us to enjoy all of God. Death doesn’t allow that! We live and die so quickly. Also, sin is a limit upon our capacity to fully soak in God. Sin restricts and constricts and weakens our capacity for Spirit things. But in eternity, when ages roll on upon ages non-stop, and in the Dimensions of existence that we hardly know exist, our capacity to enjoy God will be limitless. For when we shall rise in Him and mortality would have been swallowed up by life, and corruption eliminated by incorruption, the sin restriction problem would be no more! Death would be no more!

And in the midst of eternity, the Time available for God to unfold and unbundle His Heart of Love to us will also be limitless; with ages rolling upon ages indefinitely, Time constraint will be no more! The ages to come provide the infinite arena for the boundless Love of God to find expression and play out upon Creation in all the dimensions of God’s greatness

“Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him..…That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 1:9, 10 & 2:7

No one should miss out on such indescribable joy and eternal bliss! Yet we hear from Holy Scripture that some people would not be a part of this by their own choosing. So, who will be part of Eternity with God? Who will be there as ages roll on upon ages and God lavishes His Love upon His Creatures? Note the
following Points:

·All have sinned and are disqualified from such future – Romans 3:23.
·The wages of sin is death (Eternal separation from God and the future state Creation.)– Romans 6:23.
·But the gift of God is Eternal Life – Romans 6:23.
·This Life is a free gift, but is only available in Christ Jesus and obtainable through faith in Him – Romans
6:23, John 5:26, Ephesians 2:8.
·The Book of Romans 10:9,10 tells us how to receive this gift which God has so freely and graciously
offered.

What is the alternative to this great offer of God? That is, if you fail to receive this gift what then happens?

“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the
Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” 1John 5:11, 12

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life;
but the wrath of God abideth on him. John 3:36

“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire
prepared for the devil and his angels” Matthew 25:41

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:12,15

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

If you think this cannot happen, please, I plead with you that you think again!
The Time is short!

Please Read this and share it On.

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It’s Sealed

“And the vision of all is become unto

You as the words of a book that is

Sealed, which men deliver to one that is

learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and

he saith, I CANNOT; FOR IT IS SEALED”

Isaiah 29:11

Yes, it is sealed!

It cannot be cracked!

Unbreakable, invincible,

My life is a Mystery to Satan!

Sealed and Preserved; a wonder to the

realm of darkness!

Invisible, untouchable, unkillable!

Tell the foxes:

Prophets don’t perish out of Jerusalem!

I am a Christian!

In Covenant with Jehovah: the God of

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!

That is my Root! My fruit cannot be

plucked!

“Hurt not the oil and the wine”

No hell dare go against such high

Commandment!

“Thus far shall your waves come, and no

further”

The Keepers at the gate have set the bound!

Death and Destruction are locked out!

The Blood stands His Guard. His Ground no

hell can take.

By His voice the fire splinters and

smothers!

I am a Christian

I am Light

And I do not run from Darkness

I am seated above with Christ;

Crawlers at night are under my feet;

crushed!

Fear has no place here

My Dominion is by a High Birth!

By Him who labored at Gethsemane

And Calvary was my spirit begotten

Indestructible by Hell’s

Beggarly elements!

Case Closed

Sealed

Let all adversaries back off!

Jesus is my LORD

And my Life!

Remember The Battle

REMEMBER THE BATTLE… AND THAT IS IT!

I assume you know that before His work of creation, God the Creator had given the whole thing a good thought. And what He made was the product of His thought and intentions. That should be expected. No rational Builder would commence the construction of a master-piece without the blue-print. It is unthinkable.

Even with a casual study of the Bible, it is difficult not to see that Divine intention was for an Earth that is full of God’s goodness; an Earth that fully supports man in his destiny-assignment. And that
was the Earth God created.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth…And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was VERY GOOD” Genesis 1:1,31

Both the mind and the character of the Maker are revealed in His original handiwork. “BEHOLD, IT WAS VERY GOOD”. That was the Earth as He thought it and made it. And in those few words,
the Creator eternally separates Himself from any evil we may see on earth.

It is true that evil has become a part of our very existence and reality. The problem it presents lie hard upon our consciousness. But what God made and what we now have are two different things. He had no evil in mind. He made no evil for man. Where evil exists, we can simply label it with the words of the Lord in Matthew 19: “FROM THE BEGINNING IT WAS NOT SO”
We should ask then, “How did it become so now if from the beginning it wasn’t so”? We should also ask, “Now that it has become so, what steps has God taken to address the situation on
Earth”? But first,

How Did We Come to This?

History is a wonderful subject. It will interest you to know that God has history. Man has history. Even the devil and his demons have history. A lot of mysteries are locked up in our history. Our present is born from our past. To open the doors into our past is to unravel the riddles of our present. How did God’s good intentions for man become current nightmare? How did we come to this?

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth… and God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, IT WAS VERY GOOD” Genesis 1:1, 31

“The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed GOOD SEED in his field” Matthew 13:24

This was God, the Creator-farmer. What He planted in His field was GOOD SEED.
“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, yea, hath God said….” Genesis 3:1-3

“But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way” Matthew 13:25

The serpent, the enemy entered the equation and introduced into it a new factor. The coming of the serpent marked the beginning of evil as a human experience. What had never been before started being, what was not so from the beginning began to be so for man.

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” Romans 5:12

“From the beginning it was not so…” Matthew 19:8

We live in a grossly disordered world. But the disorders are not God made. They are the products of human choices and behaviours under the influence of forces opposed to God’s goodness and just rule.
Societal ills are not part of our creation make-up. They are outcomes of faulty choices. Poverty on earth is not God-made. It is the result of the system we operate. The super-rich plus the super-poor give a balance equation. What the poor lacks is in the surplus and excesses of the rich. Lacks on earth do not result from scarcity of resources. They are products of imbalance distribution and mismanagement. And we can’t blame God for either! The order of things as revealed in the opening chapters of Genesis testifies against any thought that makes God the author of human sufferings and predicaments.

“Behold, it was very good” is a valid post-script to what God intended and subsequently created. How did we come to our present state of pains, ruins, sufferings and confusion?

An enemy has done this, and it was while men slept
(Matt. 13:25, 28)

How Bad Is Our Case?
The depth of what the serpent did to man in the garden is only known to God. Something changed. Something fundamental to man’s relationship with God changed almost irreparably.

“God sowed good seed in his field. But while Adam slept, the enemy, the serpent came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. But when God’s seed sprung and put forth fruits, the enemy’s intention and input also showed forth as contamination”
(Genesis 1:1, 31; 3:1-3 and Matthew 13:24-26)

And how bad was the situation?
“Angels came to God and asked him, Sir, was it not good seed you sowed in your field? Where did it get these contaminations from”? (Matthew 13:27)

God replied them, “What you see is the work of the enemy”. Then the angels said, “Wilt thou then that we go and destroy this work of the enemy”? But God replied, “No! Lest while you gather up
the tares, you root up the wheat with them” (Matthew 13:27-29).
That is a fearful comment!
What was it that the enemy touched that caused this kind of irreparable damage! Even Angel’s couldn’t help.

“For we must needs die; we are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again…” 2 Samuel 14:14

The situation was dire! The enemy’s intention was cruel to the core. Evil rushed in like a mighty flood. The Heavens stood aghast. Humanity had let God down. The unimaginable had occurred. The
aids of angels were completely useless. The Eternal One was left alone to sort out the dramatic complexity into which man had put Him. What was He going to do?

The Devise!

In the heat of the satanic invasion that turned the Earth into a dark arena of miseries, the Almighty took a glance at the enemy and uttered these words which have haunted the adversary down the
age!

The seed of the woman: it shall bruise your head – Genesis 3:15

This is a radical approach to the very root of human sufferings. This was God addressing the fundamental principle of evil. This was the Axe laid on the root of evil. This was God’s devise against all that satan is, all that he has done and all that he can ever do!

“God devised means” (2 Samuel 14:14) to solve and dissolve the problem of evil to its very foundation. The seed of the woman came. He took on the serpent in a mortal combat. Calvary witnessed the duel unto the death! God’s Holy Son entered into the chambers of death and took hell and death by the throat! The enemy of God and man stood judged and condemned. The seals that he set upon the cage of humanity were shattered by the Son of God.

On Calvary tree, God died that man may live. He bore our pains and our sorrows in His own body. He paid the price for the souls of men.

And Now, What seems to be The Problem?

God took liability for man’s failure. He devised means to solve the riddles of our collective miseries. The work of Redemption that Jesus under-took at Calvary was radical and complete. Heaven recognizes no obstacle to the freedom of man. God sees no reason why anyone should remain in chains to satan. The entire issue of man’s subjection to demonic oppressions and afflictions has been
settled forever in the mind of God.

Where then is the problem? Why do men still lie prostrate to the impostor called satan?

What You Should Know and What You Should Do!

What needed to be done concerning the devil and his bunch of lawless terrorist demons has already been done. When our dying substitute cried: “IT IS FINISHED”, we stood free from everything we might have owed the adversary!

That brings us to Job 41. What is it that you need to know? You do not have to struggle with the enemy. You do not need to fight him. See Job 41,
“Can you draw out leviathan with an hook? Or his tongue with a cord”?
The answer is, No! I can’t. “Can you put an hook into his nose? Or bore his jaw
through with a thorn? Will he make a covenant with you?

Can you fill his skin with barbed irons? Or his head with fish spears?

No! I can’t do any of that. I do not need to do any of it. Leviathan, the old serpent has been dealt a mortal blow by the Son of the living God! Satan is no longer a major issue! I need not struggle with him any longer.

What Then?

“LAY YOUR HAND UPON HIM, REMEMBER THE BATTLE, DO NO MORE” Job 41:8

That is it! Remember the battle at Calvary! Remember the three days in the belly of the earth. And that is it! Remember that the keys are no longer in the hands of the enemy:

“…Jesus Christ our Saviour has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light” 2 Timothy 1:10

“Having spoiled principalities and powers, He made an open show of them, triumphing over them in it” Colossians 2:15

“He destroyed him that had the power of death, that is the devil; (to) deliver them who through the fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” Hebrews 2:14, 15

Remember the Battle! Remember the Blood of Jesus. Remember the Name that is above all names. Remember that He took your place and fought your fight and won for you a victory that no devil can
challenge or contest! Hear Him:

“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” Revelation 1:18

This is our ground for total freedom. This is our resurrection response to all of satan’s death programmes. When we have remembered the battle, there is no more to be done, for there is
no foe, no enemy, no serpent or dragon or leviathan that does not know what the cross of Calvary stands for! “It is Finished” means “it is finished”. What is FINISHED is Finished! In case any lying devil wants to confuse you on this, you just Remember the battle, do no more, for there is no more to be done!

Your future is so much more important than your now. Eternity is waiting for you, and it is just one
breath away…. You must be sure where you will live eternally. God made Provision for that. If you
want to have eternal life and live in God’s coming kingdom then Pray this:
Lord Jesus, I repent of my sinful life and I ask You to forgive me my sins. Save me. I open my heart
to the Life that you have offered me. Here and now I receive this Life, and I thank You for it.
Please Lord, give me the Holy Spirit too, and I will live for Your glory.
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Divine encounters

We should strive to have personal encounter

Milo Mlangeni

When you pay a bit more attention you will notice God moments everyday in your life.

No matter the season, there are those divine reminders that God is with you.

Most of the time you could overlook them as coincidences, but they are actually God at work.

Remember to be grateful.

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Shake It Off (The Donkey and Farmers Story)

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One of my favorite stories is about a farmer’s donkey that fell into a dry well. The animal cried pitifully for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do for his poor donkey.

Finally, he concluded that the well was too deep, and it really needed to be covered up anyway. Besides, the donkey was old, and it would be a lot of trouble to get him out of the pit. The farmer decided that it was not worth trying to retrieve the animal, so he asked his neighbors to help him fill in the well and bury the donkey. They all grabbed shovels and began to toss dirt into the well. The donkey immediately realized what was happening, and he began to bray horribly. Crying would be our normal response if somebody was mistreating us this badly, so this donkey was responding the same way we would at first, but then he got real quiet. A few shovel loads of dirt later, the farmer looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit the donkey’s back, the donkey would shake it off and step on top of it. As the neighbors and the farmer continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he continued to shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon the donkey shook off the last shovel full of dirt, took a step up, and walked right out of the well.

We can learn so much from this story. When trouble comes, if we will get still and listen, God will tell us what to do. By the grace and mercy of God, I was able to shake off a lot of things in my life, a lot of hurt feelings, a lot of mistreatment, a lot of abuse, a lot of unfair, unjust, unkind things. Just like the donkey, in order to keep pressing on and have victory in our lives, we are going to have to learn to shake off the troubles that come our way.

This story is so inspiring and that is why I decided to share with you.