A BIG Thank You for Everything & Merry Christmas!!!

Christmas is a indeed a special day for a number of reasons; first it is a time to celebrate a God so good that he sent his only Son to die for the sins of mankind; secondly, it is a time for giving, sharing and spending time with friends and loved ones from across the world and lastly, it is serves as a reminder to us all that the year has finally come to

Merry Christmas from CFA.ng
Merry Christmas from CFA.ng

an end and in the midst of all the joy and celebrations we must take time to plan and prepare for another year.

Why am I thanking you?

It simple, you are a huge part of my story either as a visitor, friend or close associate – you are indeed one reason I have kept this blog despite the fact that I have become extremely busy. I do hope you still find some of what I shared and will be sharing in the future useful?

My prayer for you and your family in the new year, is that the Almighty God who sent his Son to die for us will grant you and your entire household joy, peace, gladness, favour, mercy and grace all through the new year and make this a truly Merry Christmas, in Jesus name, Amen!

Please accept these prayers and best wishes from my family, team members & I. We love you so much and we say a BIG Thank you indeed for Everything!!!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr.

It’s not about you…… Take the First Step!

Its been a remarkable year so far! Remarkable does not mean it’s not been without its own bit of challenges – in fact this has been one of the most challenging year for me especially when it comes to finance but yet again it’s been one that I have made the most strides professionally which makes finance secondary because I have come to the conclusion that it’s not about me………!

While going through my mail this morning, I saw this life changing mail from Bible Gateway (signup to receive their daily emails) titled “Kill the Messenger” – I intend to share the details of that mail below but before then let me just add my line of thoughts.

  • Firstly, you are not living for yourself. God has a purpose for your life and it is not dependent on any man or situation. Good luck to all those who do not believe there is a God somewhere, without apologies I do believe that He is the Author & Finisher of my faith.
  • Secondly, when God gives you a vision he has already given you all that is required to start and complete move. The case of Moses shared below proves that fact.
  • Finally, we most of the time tend to think that we need all the necessary skills required to start a project, well maybe sometimes we do but certainly not all the time. The case of Moses again proves that you can embark on a project without acquiring all the skills a 100% and by the time you take the first step, the abilities and skills you never thought you had will sprout up. By the way, practice makes perfect so by the time you start, you’ll get better along the way.

its not about you but about God’s mercy on you.

Read & Share “Kill the Messenger”

Exodus 6:1–13

Recommended Reading: John 15:1–4; Acts 2:1–47; 1 Corinthians 15:10

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, three of the most dangerous occupations in the United States are those of a logger, an airline pilot and a fisherman.

Of course, a logger deals with the tremendous weight and unpredictable nature of falling trees. A pilot faces the danger of working tens of thousands of feet above the ground. And a commercial fisherman constantly runs the risk of drowning.

In the ancient world the job of messenger might have topped this list. Like most people, ancient rulers hated getting bad news. However, unlike most other people, they had the power to do something about it, and they did—by executing the person who delivered the news! When the Roman emperor Tiberius received an astrological prediction he didn’t like, he hurled the messenger off a cliff.

So who can blame Moses for being reluctant to deliver the news to Pharaoh that the Israelites, his slave laborers, were hitting the road? God gave Moses an assignment no one would envy. And like most unenthusiastic recruits, Moses tried to talk his way out of the job. He pointed out that Pharaoh probably wouldn’t listen to him. And Moses reminded God that public speaking wasn’t his forte.

Moses didn’t realize that the success of his mission didn’t depend on his skills; it depended on his faithfulness. God could have sent anyone to deliver the message to Pharaoh—even one of Moses’ sheep. But God picked Moses instead. And he gave Moses the strength and skills he needed to complete the assignment. (Emphasis mine just to encourage to take the first step.)

That’s important to remember when it comes to the things God calls us to do. Just as it was for Moses, it’s easy for us to reason and argue with God. “But God, I don’t have the skills to be a leader at church.” Or, “God, why don’t you send someone else? No one will listen to what I have to say.”

Yet what we see as our own weaknesses shouldn’t stop us from carrying out our God-given assignments, because with our marching orders come God’s strength and assistance. Remember, the success of our mission doesn’t depend on our skills. It depends on our faithfulness.

To Take Away

  • What can you do to increase your trust in God’s strength?
  • When have you stepped out in faith even though you didn’t feel prepared for an assignment from God?
  • Do you feel God leading you to do something for which you feel you’re not qualified? Pray about it today and ask for God’s empowerment and courage in your life.

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. – Martin Luther King Jnr.

God and Modern Technology

God and Modern Technology

What does God probably think about Modern Technology?

Earlier today, I sent the below message to my friends on  broadcast to my friends:

A generation that depends more on the Internet, Social Media, BB, Mobile apps, TV, etc. more than GOD Almighty is doomed. – CFA

Dare to be different… Have a blessed week!!!

I got a number of positive remarks from some of my friends on my blackberry list but not without some dissenting voices that I honestly appreciate even more. I have chosen to keep their privacy hidden so I will be using fictitious names but the images below clearly shows the trail of conversation that follows.

Before, I go ahead; let me make it clear that I am not trying to blame or judge anyone but to state what I think is the reality of our time. Remember, this is my area of specialization, so I am more likely to be found guilty than most people!

Many of us have become so used to our gadgets and other platforms that it is taking the place of God in our lives.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

– Exodus 20:3-4

Why did He give this command if He is not aware of what man is capable of?

God has made it clear enough; any object or gadget or activity that takes His place in your life, becomes some sort of god in your life. So examine yourself (like I am doing) now!

Below are screenshots of the conversation that took place between the guys who saw things differently and moi:

God and Modern Technology

CFA: As stated above

Peter: No! Its living in the present not doomed! Come on…

Modern Technology

CFA: Depend more on tools than God then its doom, As long as there is a balance then its fine

Peter: Its smartness dude.

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CFA: Nope nope dude

Peter: God doesn’t ve a prob with the process or the media u use, He needs ur heart most importantly.

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CFA: God has a problem with usage as long as the context is wrong

Peter: Are u speaking for God? Not sure you are qualified to…..

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CFA: 🙂 to them that believe gave he power to become the sons of God. Every child of God is qualified. Guess what, I use these tools more than majority of Nigerians. This is the reality!!!

Remarks: I think we were able to reach a consensus somehow, my intention was not for us to get into a fruitless argument of any sort, that is why my tonality was friendly all through the conversation.

 

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Okey: They don’t have any relationship with God, they are tools God is almighty, two incomparable values

CFA: Na no bro… A phone can be more valuable to me than God… It depends on me….. So they could be highly comparable depending on the context

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Okey: We Africans seems to see life from material angles so much that we don’t define things for what it was actually designed for. Our orientation in Nigeria has made us slave to religion that is why we compare God with tools

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CFA: 🙂 I have a personal relationship with God so it has nothing to do with religion. The greatest undoing of my cyber generation of which I am great part of is that we really more on our “smartness” than absolute trust in God

Okey: Well

CFA: I teach the use of these tools…. The cyber world has its good sides but more people even prefer the negative aspects. Have a great day!

Concluding God and Modern Technology

My answer to the opening question is that God sees nothing wrong with modern technology, I believe he approves of it and wants His children to embrace it. However, we must understand that there are limits.

That said, you need to spend quality time with the Creator starting with having a personal relationship with him. It certainly saddens His heart to see us engrossed in Social Media and other types social engagement without bothering to stop by his presence.

The Internet can be used either positively or negatively, depending on the Intention of the user. – CFA

Now over to you. Do you think God has a problem with modern technology? or Maybe you think I am just being over zealous? I love to hear your thoughts in the comment below.