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7 Reasons you need Fellowship.

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I believe that one of the greatest privileges we have being Christians are meaningful relationships. I owe a lot to people around me and I am always thankful to God for the advantage I’ve gained through meaningful relationships.

Here are 7 reasons why you need to avoid isolation and be rooted in fellowship :

Love

We all desire to have people to love and who loves us in return. You’ve got to build relationships with as many people possible to do this.

Inspiration

We’re all on a journey together, discovering who we are in Christ. One of the best tools we have to accelerate our growth are fathers, mothers and mentors who are willing to not just guide us, but also be an example to inspire us. Staying inspired is very important to reach our full potential and the best way to stay inspired is to be around inspired people.

True friends

Life doesn’t always go the way we want it to, and in those times it can be especially hard to stay encouraged and rooted in our faith. Nothing makes walking through these hard times easier than being around others who can mourn with us while we are mourning and rejoice with us when we rejoice.

Accountability

A big reason why many who started right fail is because of no accountability. We need people in our lives who will keep us focused on what really matters. They are people who are not afraid to tell you when you are wrong, but when they see us messing up they don’t rub it in our faces but rather remind us of who we are – calling out of us the image and likeness of God.

Encouragement

We all need encouragement every now and again, none of us ever complain that we are too encouraged. While there is a truth that we can strengthen ourselves in the Lord, like King David did, we all need people like Barnabas in our life to encourage us in our faith.

Fun

I’ve learned the hard way that we don’t do too well when we are addicted to being productive. We all need fun and times of pure entertainment. If your friends are like mine, I’m sure you agree that nothing is quite as fun as spending time with a crazy bunch of people 🙂

Receive change

We have to admit that not everybody we meet in life are like us. There are people with different way to thinking, different priorities, cultures and a different view of life. Its good to meet such people and stretch our understanding of the world around us.

What are other reasons to stay rooted in fellowship?

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The Receive-Give Cycle

God puts people in your life for a reason. You may have some people in your life only for a season, but there is still a reason. Two important ones could be : 
 
  •  Receive – 
Sometimes receiving can be as hard as giving. Very often pride, jealousy, credentials etc holds us back from tapping into what we can receive and learn from the people around you. By receive, i do not mean being greedy to snatch what others carry or setting an agenda to your relationship with them. What i mean is, being willing to learn from what others have gained over the years through their experiences, failures, successes or even what they are naturally gifted with. A wise person learns from the mistakes and capitalises on the success of others. 2 things to take away : 
A – Don’t be that person who is always neglecting or denying a good word just because you are not impressed with who said it. 
B – Don’t let pride or jealousy steal your chance to learn from someone under you. 
 
  •  Give – 
As you grow into new levels of influence and higher positions, it can become very easy to push away people in your life who are much lower and does not add anything to you. It is important to remember that a cup can be refilled only if what is in has leaked out. 
Remember the famous Spiderman dialogue?
“With great power comes great responsibility”. 
 
Start calculating your success based on how much good you are imparting to those around you. Recreate yourself in somebody else but let them control how much of you they need to become who they need to be. (You may need to read that again 🙂 ) 
 
Finally, two questions to ask yourself : 
 
  1. Are you learning from the experience, mistakes and wisdom that somebody else is carrying? 
  2. Are you sharing what you’ve received to those who look up-to you and fall under your sphere of influence? 
 

I would love to learn from you. Please post a comment if you have anything to share related to this topic. God Bless you! 

Joel. 

 
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The pursuit of happiness?

I read this recently on instagram, the popular image world – 
“When I was 5 years old my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I dint understand the assignment, and I told them they dint understand life” – John Lennon. 
 
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. (Proverbs 15:13 NIV)
 
I wrote an article last month on Joy and how important an asset it is in the kingdom of God. If you haven’t read it, I suggest you read it.
 
So, how do we keep ourselves consistently happy?
 
There are many books, articles and many famous authors have come up with formulas to be happy. I am sure most of us have different things that work for us, and here’s a biblical way I find very helpful. 
 
1 -> Fill yourself with the truth, IMMEDIATELY!
 
I remind, speak out loud(declare) and believe the truth in the word of God as often as I can. The truth is He loves us and there is nothing that can separate us from His love. And no matter how bad or how low it feels, He has amazing plans for us. Plans to prosper and not to harm us. That is His promise and He never lies. 
 
2 -> Nothing changes our identity 
 
Be quick to set your identity in Christ. We are more than conquerors ‘through’ Him. It is ‘through’ Him we can do all things. 
To set our identity in Christ means to not worry about our earthly position, reputation, name and fame. The richest person on earth or the poorest, we are children of the most high God and He loves us equally. 
 
3 -> You don’t have to know it all
 
“If you want peace that passes understanding, you’ve got to give up the right to understand” – Bill Johnson. 
I know this one is not easy. We all like microbiology – go to the smallest detail of everything. But if you can get this one, make sure you spread it. 
This is a stage where your faith is tested. Make a conscious effort to believe that God is working behind and you will see the master piece soon. 
 
4 -> Build a motivation machine
We were made for relationships. Firstly, with God and then with people around us. Surround yourself with people who believe in you, who build you, who speak good things to you, who motivate you, who appreciate you and in short people you enjoy being with. 
 
There are 5 kinds of people in our lives. I learned this last year. 
1 – Resourceful people – They are people who ignite your passion(fathers, mentors etc)
2 – Important people – People who share your passion(Friends and others who are in the same level as you)
3 – Teachable people – They look to you. They are your followers. What you receive, you must give(You reproduce yourself)
 
4 – Nice people – They enjoy our passion. They enjoy what you do. They are not concerned about anything that happen to you(the crowd)
5 – Very draining people – They drain your passion. They are a burden and they never want to change. Always negative and sucks the life out of you. 
 
Make sure you are spending at least 80% of your time on the first 3. 
 
I hope you are blessed with this and I pray you live happy and enjoy life everyday. Don’t forget to share if you are blessed. 
 
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