The Epistles – What’s happening today

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I have given a fair indication of how I have lived my life since converting to Christianity in the previous blogs, and it is only fair to describe what is happening in my life today. This scripture comes to mind:
(2 Corinthians 4:7-9)
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
This scripture is a description that Paul was writing about as he faced death in Asia while preaching the gospel and sometimes when we are moving in God’s plan it can feel very similar. In all honesty, it isn’t a real comparison but each person has their own grace and strength to cope, and I certainly haven’t had to live like the Christians in difficult areas of the world.
Success can be found in your career, ministry, family and friendships but try success is loving Jesus. I have realised that everything I have gained in this world is vanity and will perish one day, but one thing that will remain is the Love of God and in this season of my life that is what I am holding onto. God has pushed the restart button on my life, and I am looking forward to a new season, new blessing and new disciplines.
God is releasing me into a new identity
God is releasing me into a new domain
God is releasing me with a new authority
Right now my single commitment is to train up leaders for success through this website tool which I have developed. Get on the train!
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Peace!

Apostleship i – Personal lifestyle

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Christian lifestyle living is one of those things that require believers to demonstrate hard work in their faith and continual working out of personal salvation which means, looking deep into your heart, being honest with your issues and be willing to deal with them. This is exactly what God had asked of Paul when there was a personal struggle in His walk with Jesus and the same was for me. Walking in authority, boldness and performing miracles has always been something that came naturally to me since my conversion to Christ, but behind all that God has been doing a great work in my heart and lifestyle. No choice because pride comes before a fall.
If I were to name my greatest challenges regarding lifestyle, I would say they would fall under the HALT principle. I believe we should never get too hungry, angry, lonely and tired, with the latter two being real long term issues and that required me to take some action that would prevent me from falling into sin. While dealing with the heart was one area another has been living a certain way that would glorify God,  pleasing to Him and bring more holiness into my life and that did mean doing some strange things which friends and family struggled with initially. I would only eat certain foods (still true today), spend time fasting, keeping certain friendship circles, etc. While some of those decisions seemed strange, naturally they gave me firm foundations and promotion spiritually which enabled me to walk in a certain freedom in Christ. I am formed wonderfully, but keeping myself wonderful means obedience and sacrifice.
The path of leadership in Christianity is a narrow one, full of sacrifice and weakness and these are particular qualities needed to be successful. Ministry and career aren’t easy work, and it certainly isn’t meant to be glamorous therefore the indication in scripture is that hard work is the only way forward, and the beautiful thing about that is we don’t have to do it without Jesus. He has been the perfect example for us, and we can always go to Him in times of need. His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
People will never understand your struggles, your sin, your sacrifices and it is important to note that they aren’t meant to. It is something private between you and Jesus which needs to be kept holy because eventually the world will see the reasons for it. Enjoy working on the inside of you and let God deal with the external issues.
Before you leave this website, take a look at www.helpingleader.com as I have designed a course through all my learning experiences to help people become a great success despite trying circumstances. I feel it will benefit you!
Peace!
Amit

Book of Job – My business struggles

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I had desired to be a pastor for many years after I committed my life to Christ but the Lord Jesus would always lead me towards a career in business.  I resisted the call for business for many years because I have a real passion for bringing the knowledge of Christ to lost souls until one sunny day in Copenhagen, I heard the Lord speak to me about the ‘rich person’. “Who will go them?” A new vision was birthed at that moment.
I have titled this article based on the story of Job which is about loss, redemption and overflow, and this is precisely how I can describe my career in business. Through a lack of wisdom I have lost plenty of money; through demonic attacks I have lost plenty opportunities but in the midst of all crises God has remained faithful to His vision and the cause He has for The Kingdom.
God designed us to make decisions based on taking His counsel but human nature drives us to be the decision makers in our lives, and this is where I had fallen short for years. All of my business failures are down to one simple factor; I was making bad decisions compared to God ones. Through each wrong decision, I found redemption through Jesus’s blood, but there have always been consequences to those bad decisions. Just as Israel took a 40-year detour, I too have taken long detours, but grace is always bringing me back.
Through every setback, I have found opportunity and today I can stand confidently as an entrepreneur because of this. I learned an important key in this life, and that is that opportunities will never cease to find you as long as your eyes are open. I could have buried my head in the sand through every disappointment, but instead, I chose to keep my head lifted high, and that is exactly where I could see Jesus.
Something that plenty of Christians struggle with is money and the potential for God’s children to have lots of it brings fear upon even the most faithful believers. Money has a place in God’s Kingdom if used correctly and in His wisdom; anything else does boil down to greed and lust. It is totally fine to be successful on earth as long as God is behind your decisions, purpose and vision. My struggles are now my strengths, and as I press forward as an entrepreneur, I hope to continue moving ahead with God’s agenda and not my own.
Money is a good thing, just don’t lust after it.
Before you leave this website, take a look at the here as I have designed a course through all my learning experiences to help people become a great success despite trying circumstances. I feel it will benefit you!
Peace!
Amit

The Gospels – My time in leadership

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My leadership career began immediately after my salvation as I began to pastor and lead my extended family in the things of God while experiencing the supernatural on a regular basis. My first encounter was a dream about my first pastor. The dream was not simple, and the meaning of it was hidden from me for around one year. I went and told my pastor the dream and from that day onwards he publicly humiliated me on a continuous basis until I became withdrawn about my relationship with God. He was later removed from leadership for having an affair with the worship leader! I guess you know the dream I had now!

My next church allowed me to sit back and relax in rather than lead, and it was a great relief since I was in the last year of my degree. However the pastor and his wife disliked me and for no reason whatsoever…well so I thought! They were in love with my family but totally resistant to me. You know things are bad when the pastor and his wife phone your parents and spend time trying to tell them not to help their son in his business ventures; “Your son is using you”. Amit, welcome to leadership!

Let’s fast forward a little…in recent times, I was given the privilege of overseeing 50 churches in Africa, and I led over 200 leaders in a discipleship programme across Africa and the UK. Leadership isn’t all glitter, in fact, it rarely has been for me, and I can relate to some degree how the Apostles were treated by other leaders and elders yet there has been something satisfying about leading for God. I have managed to carve my path in Him and make room for others to become leaders. Good leaders breed followers, and great leaders create better leaders. Wonder what category I will fall into over time?

It isn’t all doom and gloom because I love leadership, and I thank God for the few great examples God has given me. To be honest, I have had very few good influences in my life biblically which has forced me to lean on God’s Word, which is primary for any Christian. I learned to relate to Jesus and His Apostles which has given me a firm foundation as a leader which in turn has allowed me to see the good side of leadership.

Leadership isn’t just about the church; it is about life. We are leaders in the home, amongst friends, in our careers, doing God’s work in whichever capacity chosen and of course church, etc. So never let anyone limit you as a leader and the way you operate in leadership because God never put any limitations on you. I suppose that is why I have created a leadership course; I wanted to break down barriers formed in the Christian tradition and get back to Biblical leadership!

Before you leave this website, take a look at www.helpingleader.com as I have designed a course through all my learning experiences to help people become a great success despite trying circumstances. I feel it will benefit you!

Peace!

Amit

Exodus – The power of change

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Change is the most difficult condition that a human grows through, and that is because it challenges your comfort zones. Yes that’s right we all have comfort zones and the majority of them are formed in the image of the world we live in. Carrying on from my last post which you can find here if you missed it. I realised through my life of failure that I needed a genuine change in my life. Depressive and negative attitudes that became an important part of my life had also drawn me to a positive situation. In short I couldn’t do this life on my own!

Around 2001 around 15-20 people in my family had converted to Christianity and I found this incredibly strange and very uncomfortable, yet I saw the positive impact it had in their lives, but I was cool with what I was doing. You know the life of sin is very comfortable until I found out it really isn’t. My life had spiralled out of control, and it got to the point where I had to leave the country (UK) for my own safety as I rubbed shoulders with the wrong crowd. Between 2000-2002 God had been speaking to me through my family, His Word, and I was ignorant because I didn’t want to deal with change. Everything God spoke in those two years came true, and I couldn’t deny Him anymore.

Just before I had left the UK to flee for safety, I had made a commitment to Christ and had converted to Christianity despite being so against it, but yet I could not deny Jesus was chasing me through His Word. It was only then the Exodus from my life of sin began, and I have experienced that cleansing power of Christ on a day to day basis which has been ongoing until today. So what has changed since 2002?

No more drugs
No more sex (I am single as I write this)
I finished my degree
Productivity
Global Entrepreneur
Global Ministry (I have overseen around 50 churches in Africa)

This change took hard work, and I couldn’t have done it but for Jesus, His Word, His Presence, His Love and His Passion but ultimately it was me who took that choice to activate those things in my life. I can tell you now that change never ends, but we all need that foundational truth in God which brings stability.

What caused me to change? – His love
What did I need? – Purpose
Where did I find it? – Jesus

Change is healthy, and it has brought me freedom, and that hasn’t altered despite holding key leadership positions in the last 15 years. Abundant life means constant change!

Before you leave this website, take a look at www.helpingleader.com as I have designed a course through all my learning experiences to help people become a great success despite trying circumstances. I feel it will benefit you!

Peace!

Amit