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To excel means to progress and it requires a great deal of excellence for one to be said to have excelled in a particular area. In this teaching, I would be sighting some few elements that brings in excellence in what you do. There might be others as there are several teachings on this subject but I just hope this adds voice to other relevant teachings on this subject and I believe this will greatly bless your life as you read them and apply it in your everyday life.
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PURPOSE
The number one thing you need in life is purpose but purpose isn’t discovered by searching for it, it is discovered in Christ. The Bible says in John 1:1 & 3 “in the beginning was the word… And the word was God. Through him all things were made…”, the Bible also says in 1 John 1:2 “When this life became visible, we saw it…”
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Who will want to know the purpose of a device and not refer to its manufacturer? Only the creator has the purpose of the created. Jesus is the word of God made flesh and in him is the definition of creation. Until you find yourself in Christ, you are existing but you aren’t living. You begin to live the day you start fulfilling purpose. As a website designer, sometimes we create websites, it is already existing but we say “it is not yet live” because it’s haven’t start fulfilling the purpose for which it is created, we have not launched it. The moment we launch it, we say “it has gone live”.
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The Bible says in Ephesians 1:11 “All things are done according to God’s plan and decision; and God chose us to be his own people in union with Christ because of his own purpose, based on what he had decided from the very beginning”
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Look at that verse very well, all things must be in line with God’s plan else it is not in line with purpose. How can it be? God designed it in a way that we can only become his people when we are in union with Christ and our union in Christ is because of his own purpose which has been in place even before our making. This means that outside Christ, we are in crisis. In Christ we discover who we are and why we are here. In other words, we discover identity and purpose. Regardless of the achievements we make in this world, God’s perception and definition of success is entirely different from what man defines as success. No man was designed to be a Doctor or Engineer, those are simply what we grow up to be passionate about and it’s not out of place but there is more to life than just that. If life outside Christ lacks definition, we can’t say we will discover purpose on our own.
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The Bible says in Colossians 1:15-16 “Christ is the visible likeness of the invisible God… For through him God created everything in heaven and on earth… God created the whole universe through him and for him” When God was saying “let us make man in our own image” he was seeing Jesus everywhere. Jesus is the express image of God, everything there is to God is in Jesus. The totality of God is expressed in Jesus. There is no place to find identity but from the very source of life itself. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life.. ” (John 14:6). Man finds purpose in no other place but Jesus Christ who actually is God.
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This discovery is the beginning of the journey. In essence, it births something more that pushes us forward every time. Let’s talk about it in the next line.
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PASSION
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Passion is an unwavering and highly intense feeling of love for something. If you are passionate about someone, you’re given totally to that person. Passion can grow, it can reduce and it can get lost. Passion can also be developed over time. Remove passion from any relationship, the ship sinks! Remove passion from a job, the job becomes very tiresome and uninteresting. You can’t be successful in a job you’ve lost passion for. Passion is the driving force that pushes you into fulfilling a given task. Passion can be used for the negative or positive, passion can make you do the worst or the best. Passion assumes the character of the bearer.
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When you are in purpose, passion keeps you moving. Passion is at work in you even when you’re sleeping. Have you loved someone so much that you even see them in your dream? Well, I have! I have even manipulated people I love into my dreams. Passion wakes you up at the right time and also spring you up into action. Two people may be on the same project but they can never yield the same result because passion is different. A man who isn’t passionate about his own dreams will loose it. And when he does, he will accept any dream thrown at him.
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Passion breeds focus. You don’t need to have something tangible before you become focused in life, your focus makes whatever you have tangible. Regardless of criticism, a passionate person will not loose focus because backbiters will have to be at the back to bite the back. Passionate people are always ahead, their eyes is where their dream is. Jesus said in John 9:4 “As long as it is day, we must keep on doing the work of him who sent me; night is coming when no one can work”. This can only come from one who knows why he is here and is passionate about it. A passionate person keeps moving because he knows there is time for everything, he knows purpose operates on time and when you miss it, you may never have another opportunity. It is now that you have time that you focus on that assignment and achieve what you ought to achieve. This is not the right time do spend on frivolous activities, the right thing should catch your fancy. No wonder the Bible says our focus should be on things above and not on things that perish. Your vision has to be God’s vision for you, it has to be your passion.
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Knowledge of who you are births passion but there is also another thing it birth. That is what we will be seeing in the next line.
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POWER
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While I was in the secondary school, I was taught that power is the ability to do work. Without power, nothing works. In Nigeria, we need electric power so that many companies can do more. A lot of industries have closed down because of lack of power. However, there is power bigger than this and without that power your vision may certainly close down. I’ll carefully explain power from two perception as regards your vision in life.
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There is the POWER OF KNOWLEDGE.
This Power is the result of your drive to increase in knowledge, it is what differentiates you from another person. It is not necessarily academic knowledge but this is what shows your readiness to do exploits. What capacity are you building now for that big future you’re seeing? Are you seizing the moment now or are you waiting for a miracle? The knowledge you acquire today is what sustains you in the future, some people expire even before they arrive their future because they are not updated. Going to school is great. While academic knowledge may help you search for information but it doesn’t guarantee information. You must drive yourself to improve your mental capacity. You have to read and learn but you must also be careful that you read and learn the right thing. Some have learnt what destroyed them. Until you learn about the society, you may never know how to change it.
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Don’t get knowledge for the sake of getting. They always say no knowledge is a waste but any knowledge you aren’t using is a very big waste.
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There is THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT.
Man is a spirit with a soul that lives in a body. The power of the Spirit gives usefulness to a man. No matter the features of a device, it is useless without power. There are so many beautiful people on earth but they lack power and their beauty is vain. There is a divine purpose for every man and it is the power of the Spirit that you need to live it out. In Acts 1:8 the Bible says you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit is come upon you. The Holy Spirit is a character, the character of God. He has a personality and can be grieved when neglected. With the Holy Spirit in you, you can never ever be stranded in life. The Holy Spirit clears you of very confusion and open you up to the realities of who you are and you start seeing differently. Some people know what to do, how to do it but they lack the motivation and resources…. The Holy Spirit pulls it like a magnet! So many people are living in chaos but smiling outside, only the Holy Spirit can help where no one else can help. When you begin your journey in the Spirit, you cannot get lost, you cannot fail with the Holy Spirit walking in you! The Holy Spirit is Jesus unlimited! The Holy Spirit is all you’ve got and you’re all He’s got!
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The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 13:4 ESV “For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God.”
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The love of God made God’s grace available, this Grace, truth & love is totally personified in Jesus. Jesus brought us the fellowship (communion) of the Holy Spirit! Holy Spirit is the part of God we can communicate with on earth and there is dynamic power to cause changes when we talk it out with the Holy Spirit. When you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you have the Spirit in you because Jesus isn’t different from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus, it is his way of being in us. However, there is a place of being constantly filled with the Holy Spirit, this means the totality of your being remains in the consciousness of the Holy Spirit.
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You must not neglect the place of the word and the place of prayer. You must also not neglect the place of putting your faith to work.
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Hope this blessed you?
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#GracefulGeorge

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