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BECOMING A GOOD NUMBER TWO.

TEXT: Joshua  23:10a

One man of you shall chase a thousand:

Deuteronomy  32:30  How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?

INTRODUCTION

In life, one person can only achieve by a sole ability. That’s why if you put only your single effort, you achieve a single result. Every one of us is limited to what we can chase or achieve. Life is interesting when you have a “number two” around you which is definitely necessary to enable you to get more.

The number two in the context could be two persons or more but definitely mean an extra person with you. Who you attached to yourself determine what you’re to pursue and the number of your “Number two” determines your result.

From creation ( Genesis) of man God knew that life is progressive with the number two and therefore he made one for Adam because what he(Adam) was to chase is bigger than him and can only be achieved with the help of the ‘number two’

TEXT EXPLANATION

Our text affirms that the ability of one is much more limited to the ability of ‘Two’

There is a very big gap, thus; one can only chase one thousand and two Chases ten thousand. This is an alarming percentage!

IDENTIFYING THE NUMBER TWO

Leviticus  26:8  And five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.

The number two could be two or five or even tens or hundreds. The number two is:

– a deputy or a representative: he is not the original but one answerable to a higher authority. Also, one running with a vision that’s not his’

– he is an employee: most firm if not all engage on the services of the number two and that is why they keep spreading and make much profit. The success of these companies is tied to number two. He could be a manager, supervisor, or workers. For companies and enterprises, their number two may be too many, and such that it helps them to pursue in thousands and millions.

Mathematically, if one chases one thousand, two Chases ten thousand, the ‘ multiple’ of twos would give a much higher figure.

– the number two is the next in a family. He could be a wife, a son, kinsman, etc, but definitely one seconding the leader in a family.

– He is an Associate. One following after. Jesus had them as Disciples, Some Chief Executive Officers( CEO) have them as Directors or Managers. Some others could be P.A’s ( personal assistant) etc.

By this article, we shall focus the ‘ number two’ as an associate.

An ASSOCIATE – is one with a lower rank, having fewer rights in a particular profession or organization.

1: As a Servant: Naaman’s housemaid and His servant.

In 2 Kings 5: 3. She came up with a solution to how the master could recover from his illness and that was followed. And in 2 Kings 5:11 – 14

Verse 13 and 14 said thus:

And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash and be clean?  5:14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

Naaman had given up on the direction of the prophet but he was advised by his associate; a servant.

2 As a Wife: Genesis  2:18  And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.

A wife is a perfect number two as well as a helpmeet. Man alone can’t have children. But through number two, children are delivered. To Adam alone, he could only chase to feed himself but with a wife, they chase for the whole family.

Note: your number two as an associate either in families, ministry, work or Government, etc is bound with lots of ability. Your becoming and progress is in his hand. He knows a lot of your secret and can decide to continue working for your progress or your downfall. Therefore how you handle your number two determines what becomes of you.

THE CHALLENGES OF NUMBER TWO:

There are some challenges our number two normally faces that affect their duty or result which automatically makes them underperform.

– Poor acknowledgment or value.

Some Superior never place value to the position of their number two. Some are inactive and dormant with their position. They may only answer names but no work assigned to them. Some may not be called up to participate in some Executive meetings.

– Position Errors:

it is an error to have an associate whom you can’t give room to make suggestions or take some decisions in your absence. You can’t employ him and as well do his own work. It’s a position error and a challenge to their position.

– Lack of Resources: What aid’s work is materials for work. Some underperform when they are hindered from attending seminars and courses to be equipped the more.

– Unappreciative and uncared – for attitude. Where you have someone covering your gap whether at your present or absent, there is always room for Appraisal, Salary review, and some increment. An addition to the associate’s salary will encourage him more.

– Lack of Relationship gap:

Don’t be a boss or a superior that your associate can fear to talk to or make a suggestion. Don’t always turn down his suggestions or opinions. Give him a sense of belonging.

THE FAILURE WITH NUMBER TWO

Nothing kills or destroys a destiny than when you choose the wrong person in an affair. A wrong wife can rake a home, a wrong worker could do the same. Our understanding of choosing our number two carefully will enable them to add progress to their assignment.

BECOMING A GOOD NUMBER TWO

Deuteronomy  32:30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?

Both him that chooses his number two and the one chosen need God to chase his ‘ten thousand’

From the text above, it was a question….how can two chase ten thousand? Which the answer came that except God be his rock. So the core duty of a good number two is to chase his ten thousand. It’s the duty of the number two that determines the outcome.

The word CHASE means to run or drive after something in order to catch it. Your positive impact is based on your realization and identifying your duty and it’s role. Understand that the growth lies on you by;

– understanding the vision and objective of your organization.

– Studying what you’re employed or expected to do.

– Be Passion driven. Set a target for yourself and keep focus.

– Loyalty, be loyal, and always remember you’re answerable to your superior.

Note: Don’t joke with your number two for whatever you will chase is tied to your number two. Remember chasing your ten thousand, comes from number two.

2 Timothy  2:7 Consider what I say, and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

Let us pray…..

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The Voice Of Time

Text: Esther 2: 13-17         

Then thus came every maiden unto the king; whatsoever she desired was given her to go with her out of the house of the women unto the king’s house.  2:15 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king’s chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.  2:16 So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.  2:17 And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.

INTRODUCTION

Time is one of the most necessary ingredients in life. It is like a moving vehicle, constantly on its speed that someone has to load in his luggage as it runs. What you load into it is what it carries. It is also like a computer that it processes the data you put into it and gives you the required output.

Therefore, everything under the sun is governed by TIME Ecclesiastes 3:1 says”  To everything, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven,”

God was able to create the universe by placing value on time. When you live a life outside time, you loose your portion in life. Time they say ” waits for nobody”

In life, everyone has his or her own time table. The time of A to manifest is never the time for B to manifest. By timing, 12: o’clock and 1: o’clock can’t operate at the same time; one has to wait for its turn. Likewise, the sun and the moon can’t shine at the same time. You must operate under the time and purpose designated for you and that’s why when the time comes for the sun to voice out in the day, it comes up and likewise the brightness of the moon at night.

Note: The voice of time can’t miss it’s priority. That is( what it is designed for)

Therefore our central theme says ” the voice of time” which means there is always a time for the voice to be heard. Destinies has voiced that it is attached to time and when the fullness comes; it must speak.

 The voice of time is like pregnancy that even if it is delayed, at the fullness of it, it speaks. Conversely, don’t kill yourself when you watch others enjoying or operating on their own TIME. In life no matter how hard you try, if it’s not yet your time you can’t get nothing. Destinies are seen when their time voices out. Just wait for it! Habbakuk 2:3.

Our anchor text talks about an ordinary maiden who was a nobody but when her turn came, she ended up as a Queen. Simply because her time voiced out!

IN – BETWEEN YOUR TIME

Just as discussed earlier, in between your TIME is a process.

Life is just like a staircase that you have to climb it step by step because if you try to jump it, you will fall.

Everyone must not reach at the peak of life at the same time. Some may be at the ‘THERE’ of their destiny while you watch them at the ‘ HERE’ of your destiny, don’t give up but rather be focused and consistent with what you do. The different between ‘THERE’ and ‘HERE’ is the letter ‘T’ and that letter ‘T’ is TIME. So learn to mind your TIME.

In Judges 11:4, Jephthah was humiliated among his brethren but he went on to PROCESS his time. Time processed would definitely voice out but when you fail to process your time, you end up becoming a spectator.

Moreso, when you understand the timing of life, you will realize that everyone, both the rich and poor share the same 24hours per day and same 12 months per year but how you process your own time determine the class you may fall into ( either the rich or poor class).

Note: In between your time is a process and while you are processing your time, there must be oppositions and several experiences but your self-confidence would secure your Time. In Psalms 24:4, it was at the verge David was processing his Time that he shouted: “Though I walked through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil”.

He completely activated his self-confidence and he became a Victor.

THE VOICE OF TIME

The voice of time is the Glory from several stories. It is the payback time and the report card from the total input in processing Time. It’s true that before this stage some may give up. The two great keys to getting this stage are PATIENCE and CONSISTENCY

PATIENCE: Is the ability to stay and accept a delay or to accept something without complaining.

So with this virtue in place, you press forward in processing your own time.

CONSISTENCY: Is the quality of always behaving in the same way or of having the same opinions or standard.

These two words keeps you going not minding what people say or the result so far at the processing of your Time

We read from our anchor text Esther 2:15 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king’s chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.

You will notice that when your Turn comes, everyone and everything looks to your direction, you stop labouring like others, little efforts yield much fruit that even mistakes are neglected ( Esther 2:13).

The evidence that your turn has come is that your Time must voice out GRACE and FAVOUR. You become an extraordinary, and your life become a wonder that people will be attracted to you.

 In this life don’t condemn anyone who is at the process of his Time because this life is turn by turn. It may be your turn today but don’t forget that someone else ‘s could be tomorrow. No leader or president ever occupy a seat of power forever. You may be there today while another is processing his own Time to take over from you. In all, speak well with everyone and understand that this life is turn by turn.

– At one Time Jacob was a servant in the house of his father in law (Laban), and at another Time he became the father of a prime minister.

– At one Time, Hannah was mocked and called Barren and at another Time he became the mother of a prophet/ a leader who led those that mocked his mother in Time past.

– At one time, Obed Edom was the poorest of the poor and at another Time he became one of the richest man in Jerusalem.

– At one time, Joseph was a prisoner and at another Time he became a prime minister even to those that put him in prison in Time past.

– At one Time, Job lost all that he had and at another time he got double restoration of those things he had lost.

– At one time, Peter was a Fisherman and at another Time he became a frontier Apostle.

– At one time, David was a shepherd boy and at another time he became a great King in Israel.

I prophesy to you; your turn has come and the voice of your Time speaks out in Jesus name. Amen

Jeremiah 29:11

Let us pray…………

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Topic: You can initiate healing

Scripture: Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes, we are healed.

God wants you to be well. Some people say, ” if God wants me well why doesn’t He heal me?” Well, although God may initiate healings on His own, some of the time that is not the main way that God heals.

You can initiate healing yourself. You don’t have to wait for God to initiate it. You can claim what belongs to you based on His word.

Confession:

I know what belongs to me. I claim what belongs to me based on the word of God. Health and healing belong to me. Thank you father for health and healing.



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Topic: The Truth Shall Make You Free

Scripture: And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free–John 8: 32

Jesus is the truth, and Satan is the oppressor.

Sickness comes from Satan–who is the author of it, not God. You see, the more truth you get into you the freer you will be. You will know the truth and the truth will make you free.

Confession:

 It is God’s will that I will be well. It is God’s will that I be healed. It is God’s will that I walk in health. It is His will that I will not be oppressed by the devil. Sickness is satanic oppression, for sickness comes from the devil. It is not the will of God that I as His child be under the dominion of Satan – under the dominion of sickness and disease. Jesus took my infirmities and bore my sickness. And because He bore them. I am free; I am healed. Jesus is the healer.

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