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Finance Needs A 20/20 Vision On The Business

Published on March 20, 2017Featured in: Banking & Finance, Business Strategies, Operations
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In order to drive value creation in a business, it’s important that all employees and functions focus on doing what they do best. Sales should focus on meeting customers, explaining the value proposition and closing deals, operations should focus on delivering the product as agreed, procurement needs to secure the lowest possible price from the vendors etc. No frontline function that’s involved in running the business will have an in-depth view of what’s going on in other functions and how they’re performing. Their view is so to speak limited to any handover points they might have. Now does that mean that it’s only the CEO that has the full overview of what goes on in the business? No, of course not, and here we enter the support functions. Support functions like HR, IT and Finance support all parts of the business having a focus on people, digitalization and business performance to name a few. They are, however, doing it from their own point of view and despite supporting the whole business their view could be limited too.

Finance needs to have a full overview of the business

If we then zoom in on Finance and discuss how good a view the function has on the business it’s clear that without having a 20/20 vision on the business, Finance will fall short on supporting the business and the CEO, in particular, on driving business performance and value creation. By 20/20 vision is meant the following starting with the official definition.

” 20/20 vision  is a term used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. If you have 20/100 vision, it means that you must be as close as 20 feet to see what a person with normal vision can see at 100 feet.”
To translate it into the current context it’s not asking for something superhuman when wanting Finance to have a 20/20 vision on the business. Essentially Finance should see what goes on in each part of the business like a normal person but not like a specialist who would see things even clearer (and yes it’s possible to have a better vision than 20/20). By having this vision into the business, Finance would be able to not only have a full overview of the business but more importantly be able to have a performance dialogue in a business context rather than a pure numbers context.

If you only know the numbers you won’t get a seat at the table

I’ve previously described how simply knowing the numbers is no longer enough to get you a seat at the table. Here I’m then making it clear that without having a view on the business and being able to contextualize the numbers you will get stuck outside the door. It’s important to note the essential point about the 20/20 vision again. As a finance professional supporting the business, you’re not supposed to see what goes on in each function as well as those that work there. You’re not asked to become as good as the specialist although naturally the more you understand of a given function the better you will be able to support it. This is especially true if you’re a finance business partner and tasked with supporting a specific function. Then it’s not uncommon to encounter an expectation that you need to develop a better than 20/20 vision on this function. Only then will you be able to become a true sparring partner to the business leaders in the function.

There are many things you need to do and can do to develop a 20/20 vision on the business but here I will refer you to past and future articles where this has and will be covered extensively. For now, I will leave it by asking how good is your vision into the business and what are you doing to improve that vision? Luckily, unlike your eyesight, in most cases, you can actually improve this vision and if Finance should truly help create value this is a must!

To stay updated on this topic and in particular on how Finance can help the business create value I would encourage you to follow my “value-series” where you can find past articles below. To be sure to stay informed about future articles you can either connect with me or join my group Finance Business Partner Forum. Last but not least you can also follow me on Twitter.

Anders Liu-Lindberg is the Senior Finance Business Partner for Maersk Line Europe Region and is working with the transformation of Finance and business on a daily basis. I have participated in several transformation processes among others helping Maersk Drilling to go Beyond Budgeting and transformed a finance team from Bean-counters to Business Partners. I would love the chance to collaborate with you on your own transformation processes to help you stay out of disruption. If you are looking for more advice on how to get the most of LinkedIn I also have a few tips to share as well as if you want help in your job search. Don’t be shy! Let’s get in touch and start helping each other.

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Give Yourself What You Need

The choices we make determine the sum total of our lives. We all experience events that are out of our control, but our reaction to them is well within our control. In fact, we are the only ones who can choose our reactions.

When bad things happen, we tend to throw ourselves a pity party, and invite everyone we know to attend. We even indirectly invite people we don't know, via the internet, when the festivities reach their peak. The pity party, in and of itself, is to be expected. It's part of the grief process. But, as with all parties, the pity party isn't meant to last a lifetime.

Some things to consider:
People don't like being constantly inundated with negative statements;
People will be sympathetic and empathetic for a finite time;
People expect that you will begin to make choices of change.
I know what you are thinking. You're thinking, that's cold, harsh, mean, and even somewhat cruel. Perhaps, you are even envisioning me as being akin to Meryl Streep in The Devil wears Prada. However,

More things to consider:
Most people don't want to be in the position of an enabler;
Most people do want the best for others;
Most people don't enjoy attending life-long pity parties.
Are your co-workers having lunch without you? Are the people in your circle of friends beginning to avoid you? Taking longer to respond to texts? No one is listening to your diatribes of the unfairness of life and how the world is against you? 

No one will spend an eternity feeling sorry for you; in fact many won't feel sorry for you at all. Sure, they will be compassionate and empathetic, but their support will only last for so long, before they become exhausted. That's when they will begin to migrate away from you, as quickly as they can.

Letting it Go

If it's too much for you to handle, seek professional help. Just because you are overwhelmed by a life event, doesn't mean you are crazy. It means your mental health is more important to you than a stigma attached to the counselor's office. Gaining perspective through talk therapy is a far better alternative than lying in bed at night, staring at the ceiling, participating in negative self-talk. (Disclaimer: Crazy is an ugly word, and should not be applied to anyone with mental health diagnoses.)

Remember that whatever happened is in the past, and you don't live there anymore. You live in the here and now, where every new day is an opportunity to make things different. The rising of the sun heralds in the better not the bitter.

Letting it go; whatever "it" is, is a process. Each person goes through the process in their own way, at their own pace. The point where others become frustrated is when the process stops, and they know it has stopped. They see you lying there in the basement of your soul, refusing to get up and try.

As long as you are trying, people will support you, and help you in whatever you need. But, if you are complaining for the sake of complaining, they will see it as an invitation to a pity party, which they will politely decline, and some will decline in a not so polite manner; and some won't respond at all.

Create goals for creating better. Write them down on paper. Look at them every day. Take action every day to take a step toward accomplishing one of the goals. It has been scientifically proven that crossing an item off a list after completion releases the "feel goods" of our emotional world.

Don't use the internet as a replacement for real life. The internet is filled with pity parties. The more you attend, the more you become comfortable in your own. The more you become comfortable, the less real life interactions that you have with people. We are social creatures by nature. We need real life interaction to feel good and mentally strong. The internet is great for support groups to an extent, but make sure you are getting support, and not attending someone else's pity party.

So, go ahead and feel sorry for yourself, no one else will. Give yourself what you need, and then let it go.
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Mark Zuckerberg just signed the death warrant for the smartphone

Matt Weinberger 
 It's no secret Mark Zuckerberg is pinning Facebook's prospects on augmented reality — technology that overlays digital imagery onto the real world, like Snapchat's signature camera filters.

At this year's F8 conference, taking place this week, Zuckerberg doubled down on the company's ambitious 10-year master plan, which was first revealed in 2016. According to this timeline, Facebook expects to turn artificial intelligence, ubiquitous internet connectivity, and virtual and augmented reality into viable parts of its business over the next decade.

The Facebook 10-year road map, first revealed in April 2016. Facebook

To accelerate the rise of augmented reality, a big part of the plan, Zuckerberg unveiled the Camera Effects platform — basically a set of tools for outside developers to build augmented-reality apps that you can access from the existing Facebook app's camera. That would theoretically open the door for Facebook to host the next phenomenon like "Pokémon Go."

Mark Zuckerberg shows off the Facebook Camera Effects platform, which lets developers make augmented-reality apps like this Nike one that lets you share your run times with friends. Getty

While this announcement seems pretty innocuous, make no mistake — Facebook is once again putting itself into direct competition with Google and Apple, trying to create yet another parallel universe of apps and tools that don't rely on the smartphones' marketplaces. As The New York Times notes, Zuckerberg has long been disappointed that Facebook never built a credible smartphone operating system of its own.

This time, though, Facebook is also declaring war on pretty much everyone else in the tech industry, too. While it'll take at least a decade to fully play out, the stuff Facebook is talking about today is just one more milestone on the slow march toward the death of the smartphone and the rise of even weirder and wilder futures.

Why buy a TV?
Zuckerberg tipped his hand, just a bit, during Tuesday's Facebook F8 keynote. During a demo of the company's vision for augmented reality — in the form of a pair of easy-to-wear, standard-looking glasses — he showed how you could have a virtual "screen" in your living room, bigger than your biggest TV.

"We don't need a physical TV. We can buy a $1 app 'TV' and put it on the wall and watch it," Zuckerberg told USA Today ahead of his keynote. "It's actually pretty amazing when you think about how much of the physical stuff we have doesn't need to be physical."

Zuckerberg says the goal is to release glasses, like these, that can project virtual objects like chessboards or even TVs onto what you see. Facebook

That makes sense, assuming you're into the idea of wearing a computer on your face (and you're OK with Facebook intermediating everything you see and hear, glitches and all).

But it's not just TVs. This philosophy could extend to smartphones, smartwatches, tablets, fitness trackers, or anything else that has a screen or relies on one to work. Zuckerberg even showed off a street art installation that's just a blank wall until you wave the Facebook camera app over it to reveal a mural.

For Microsoft, which has already dipped its toe in this area with its HoloLens holographic goggles, this is a foregone conclusion. HoloLens boss Alex Kipman recently called the demise of the smartphone the "natural conclusion" of augmented reality and its associated technologies.

War of the worlds
The problem, naturally, is that a huge chunk of the world's economy hinges on the production of phones, TVs, tablets, and all those other things that Facebook thinks could be replaced with this technology.

Even Zuckerberg acknowledges it's a long road ahead. That said, this Camera Effects platform, should it succeed in attracting a bunch of users, could go down as a savvy move. The apps that are built for the Facebook Camera today could wind up as the first versions of the apps you'd use with those glasses.

Microsoft's futuristic HoloLens goggles provide an early look at Facebook's goal. Microsoft

In the short term, Facebook's play for augmented reality is going to look a lot like competing with Snapchat — and in a meaningful way, it is. Facebook needs developer and user love, so it needs to keep offering fun and funny tools to keep people from moving away from using its apps.

In the long term, though, this is Facebook versus everybody else to usher in an age of a new kind of computing — and pretty much every tech company out there will get caught in the crossfire, as Apple, Google, Microsoft, and more rush out their responses to this extremely existential, but still meaningful, threat.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Business Insider

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5 Social Media Mistakes You Need to Stop Doing Right Now

Gareth O'Sullivan in social media training, Social Media Marketing, Marketing
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5 Social Media Mistakes You Need to Stop Doing Right Now

By now, every business should have an online presence, however, there’s still a big amount of businesses that do not. If you’re one of those businesses that aren’t currently on social but interested in whether you should take the move or not, then I suggest you get creating those social profiles right after this article!

As we all know, there are a lot of perks of having social profiles for your business. You have more opportunities to connect and build a relationship with your prospects, customers, and those that want to receive the latest news from you. This could be your next sale or even a new product. Other perks include allowing people to contact you directly via social media, offering support to your customers and prospects etc.

Like with most things, when there’s something good involved, then can be something bad or risky. In this case, there are a few risks that you need to be aware of when using social media for your brand. In this article, I’ll be covering 5 mistakes that I’ve seen quite a lot of companies do, and how you can prevent these issues from occurring.

1. Not engaging with your followers.
I’ve seen a large number of company social media accounts ignoring their followers and posting content ignoring those that engage with it. By this, I mean when someone comments on their social post, or even directly tweets them, the company won’t respond and ignore it like as if they hadn’t seen it.

What does this portray to their audience and that specific person? The brand doesn’t engage with their audience and shows they don’t really care much. Some may disagree, but in my opinion, it seems quite ignorant.

If someone comments on your social post saying “Thanks! Nice article, I enjoyed it.” You could at least reply with something along the lines of “Thank you for the comment <Person’s name>, we’re glad you enjoyed it!”. If you wanted to go even further, you could add something else to that like, for example, “We’d love to hear your thoughts on this article? <Link to article>”.

It doesn’t take much to reply to a message/comment, and if you do it right, you may receive more engagement and see your follower/fan base grow, because it shows you engage with your audience.

To engage your followers even more successfully, you can start using a social listening tool like Brand24. It tracks in real time all mentions of predefined keywords relevant to your business. This allows your fast reaction to conversations about your brand even without the official handle. How cool is that? You can give it a free try for two weeks.

2. Only focussing on sales.
Honestly, your followers aren’t following you to be sold to every single post you publish. If they are, you must be doing something amazing. But no, companies that only focus on selling via their social media profiles won’t perform as well as the bigger names out there.

Let’s look at ASOS Menswear Twitter account, straight away their last tweet is a complete guide to coats, which links to their blog. The ASOS Social Media accounts do very well. Why? Because they aren’t selling in every social post they publish. They provide tips, guides, engage with their audience and then, of course, the sales posts every now and then.

There is one thing in common with most of the successful performing brands on social media, and that is the fact they follow the 80/20 rule.

3. You’re on too many social sites.
With the amount of social media platforms out there, it’s almost impossible to be active on every single one. Creating an account on a social media platform and letting it sit there as you no longer use it is a very big mistake. I’ve seen it happen numerous amount of times. It’s not good. Especially if someone goes and leaves negative feedback on it.

In order to prevent this from happening, you need to identify what social media platforms would best suit your audience and then focus on those.

When you have a handful of accounts on various social media platforms, managing them becomes easier.

4. You aren’t posting often.
Not posting often on your social media profiles is also another mistake you want to avoid. I’ve seen accounts, and not just a few, but a large amount that haven’t posted in over 2 months. What does that show? They don’t care much about the networks, their audience, they don’t have time to engage with their fans etc. Not a good look.

You should always make sure your social media profiles are active. There’s an endless amount of ways you can keep them active, sharing your latest blog posts is just one idea…  With the amount of tools out there available to schedule your social posts, there’s no excuse. Here’s a quick guide on how to turbocharge your social media posts in under 5 minutes.

When you start to post more often, you should see your engagement increase, but if you also apply these tips to your Twitter strategy, you’ll see your follower growth skyrocket and potentially even reach over 2 million impressions in a single month like I did.

5. You ignore negative feedback.
If you want to see success on your social media profiles, you’ll need to stop ignoring feedback. Some companies not only ignore negative feedback, but they’ll also ignore good feedback too, which of course, doesn’t give you a good reputation at all. Especially for ignoring negative feedback because that could lead to your company going viral for the wrong reasons.

September 2013, a Twitter user tweeted @BritishAirways a number of times after the person’s luggage was lost. The airline didn’t respond after two days, so therefore the Twitter user decided to promote his own tweet via Twitter Ads. The tweet received over 25,000 impressions. This is why it’s important to always respond to feedback whether it’s positive or negative.

Conclusion:
So, as you can tell, it’s important that you utilize the right social media networks for your business, as this can be a huge benefit for your brand, as you may have gathered. Just be aware of the risks covered.

If you have found this article helpful then please do go ahead and share it! Have any questions? Feel free to tweet me @_GarethG or contact me here.

Article was originally published on Brand 24's blog.

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What is Palm Sunday All About? Why did Jesus need to enter Jerusalem in the way he did?

Why did Jesus need to enter Jerusalem in the way he did?

Written by GodLife on 04/04/2017
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Prophecy, Promises, Resurrection, Faith, Love
At first, Jesus' disciples did not understand. But after he had been given his glory, they remembered all this. Everything had happened exactly as the Scriptures said it would.

John 12:16
On Palm Sunday you may be given a palm branch. If you’re a new follower of Jesus, this could be a surprise. Even if you’ve been a Christian for a long time, you may not be clear about why we celebrate this day or why it’s called Jesus’ “Triumphal Entry.” Palm Sunday is a breathtaking picture of the patience, the faithfulness and the loving heart of our Savior.

Keep reading for the secret of what Palm Sunday is about.

Palm Sunday is about timing
Many times, people in the Gospels get excited about Jesus: His teaching, (See Mark 1:21-22; John 7:46) His healing, or miracles. (John 2:23-25) Jesus didn’t let these people make Him a king (John 6:15) or arrest Him before He was ready. He often says "My time hasn’t yet come." (John 7:6)

Why was timing so important? An ancient prophecy in Daniel predicted this event’s very day:

“from the command to rebuild Jerusalem until the coming of the Chosen Leader, it will be seven weeks ("sevens") and another sixty-two weeks ("sevens"). (Daniel 9:25)

The command predicted by Daniel was issued by the Persian King Artaxerxes in Nehemiah 2:1-8. Nehemiah writes:

“‘I will need timber to rebuild the gates of the fortress near the temple and more timber to construct the city wall… I would appreciate a letter to Asaph, who is in charge of the royal forest.’ God was good to me, and the king did everything I asked.” (Nehemiah 2:8)

Exactly 483 years (69 "sevens") later, Jesus began His donkey ride into Jerusalem, fulfilling the prophecy!

Palm Sunday was about keeping an ancient promise
Why is it that Jesus was no longer resisting and actually offering Himself as King?

“Jesus found a donkey and rode on it, just as the Scriptures say, ‘People of Jerusalem, don’t be afraid! Your King is now coming, and he is riding on a donkey.’” (John 12:14-15)

Without knowing that promise (from Zechariah 9:9), it would not be obvious what Jesus was doing. Did the people of His day understand? Read their reactions:

“They put some of their clothes on its back, and Jesus got on. Many people spread clothes on the road, while others went to cut branches from the fields. In front of Jesus and behind him, people went along shouting, ‘Hooray! God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord! God bless the coming kingdom of our ancestor David. Hooray for God in heaven above!’” (Mark 11:7-10)

They showed they knew what Jesus was doing when they hailed him as a king and shouted for him to save them, quoting from Psalm 118:19-27. (See also Isaiah 62:10-11)

The Pharisees showed they knew (and were bothered) that the people understood when they said:

“Teacher, make your disciples stop shouting!” But Jesus answered, “If they keep quiet, these stones will start shouting.” (Luke 19:39-40)

Palm Sunday was about making an effort to reconcile the people to their God
A large crowd had come for Passover (John 12:12) and many (Matthew 21:8) participated. Everyone in the city “was excited and asked, ‘Who can this be?’” (Matthew 21:10) Had Jesus’ day of acceptance finally arrived? No; we know that instead of an inauguration, a crucifixion was awaiting Jesus. What happened? Psalm 118 had predicted this as well:

“The stone that the builders tossed aside has now become the most important stone.” (Psalm 118:22)

The people were swayed by the religious leaders. (Mark 15:11-15) This was written in advance also. Jesus even explained this to them: “they knew that Jesus was talking about them.” (Matthew 21:33-45)

Just because Jesus knew all along what would happen does not mean He was not affected.

“When Jesus came closer and could see Jerusalem, he cried and said: ‘It is too bad that today your people don’t know what will bring them peace! Now it is hidden from them… This will happen because you did not see that God had come to save you.’” (Luke 19:41-44)

Palm Sunday is only a preview of what is coming. Next week we will celebrate Jesus’ resurrection! His death for our sins and resurrection is the only way we can be acceptable to God. (Romans 4:25) The next time Jesus returns will be as “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (Revelation 19:16) At that time His coming will not be with meekness but “with his powerful angels and with a flaming fire. Our Lord Jesus will punish anyone who doesn’t know God and won’t obey His message. Their punishment will be eternal destruction, and they will be kept far from the presence of our Lord and his glorious strength.” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10)

Jesus’ coming was not just to save the people of His day. God came to save you. Have you received Him as your King?

Pray this week:

Jesus, I thank You for your timing, Your faithfulness and Your love. It’s only based on Your work that I am acceptable to God. You are my King, and you have the right to order my life!

Many times, surprising things in the Bible turn out to be wonderful promises being kept by God.

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Freedom From Depression:

God's light outshines the darkness of depression

Written by Luis Palau
Tags: Depression, Freedom, God, Psalms
I’ve come across several teenagers lately who are depressed. It really shakes me up! These kids are in the prime of their life and yet they are bogged down by chains of gloom, fear, and discouragement.

When one is depressed, darkness reigns inside. I’m no psychiatrist, but I see it everywhere. Adults of every age are suffering, too. It can really knock the wind out of you to consider the sheer number of people who daily live in this reality. It is not of the Lord. The Bible says: “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). Because He is light and love, by all means, He wants us in the light with Him!

So, what are we to do?

I take great comfort and find specific direction for overcoming depression in Psalm 23. (And, no, this Psalm is not just for funerals! Unfortunately, it has that reputation. But it is, in fact, wisdom for everyday life.) Let’s observe it together and find God’s guidance for living free from chains of discouragement. Together, let’s find freedom in God’s marvelous light.

Psalm 23:1 – “The LORD is my shepherd.”

Notice the word “is.” This verse does not say, “I hope the Lord will be my shepherd,” nor does it say, “It would be nice if…” Rather, it says that the Lord IS my shepherd. He is present, right now, as my skillful guide. Worries focus on the unknowns of the future, but when we stay present we find the Lord Jesus Christ right by our side, guiding patiently as a shepherd does.

Also note the word “my.” God is personal. He is mine. I need not take my woes to anyone else, but instead I go right to Him. When we meditate on the reality of His present, personal nature, we come to realize that we are exactly where we need to be… and we are covered. The rest of verse 1 states, “I lack nothing.” Or, “I have everything I need.”

This is not “Christianese”. It is truth. We are in the care of a skillful Shepherd who loves us. This truth can revolutionize our mental outlook!

How does the 23rd Psalm minister to you? Why do we tend to reach out to God more, when we are walking in hard circumstances? Reach out to God now, and reach out to other Christians. 

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THE TOILET ALWAYS SMELLS FRESH AND STAYS CLEAN. ALL YOU NEED IS…

Cleaning the toilet is one of the most unpleasant chores that we have to do in order to protect our health en keep our toilet fresh. But who said that you can’t make this chore easier?

You really should try the following cheap cleaning agent, instead of investing in expensive cleaning agents full of harsh chemicals. It doesn’t require much and the benefits of a clean, sanitary, and fresh scented bowl far outweigh the minimal effort this takes. This homemade toilet cleaner will make odors and grime a thing of the past!

THE TOILET ALWAYS SMELLS FRESH AND STAYS CLEAN. ALL YOU NEED IS…
Cleaning the toilet is one of the most unpleasant chores that we have to do in order to protect our health en keep our toilet fresh. But who said that you can’t make this chore easier?

 
You really should try the following cheap cleaning agent, instead of investing in expensive cleaning agents full of harsh chemicals. It doesn’t require much and the benefits of a clean, sanitary, and fresh scented bowl far outweigh the minimal effort this takes. This homemade toilet cleaner will make odors and grime a thing of the past!

toilet schoonmaken

 
WHAT YOU NEED:

160 g Baking soda
60 ml Lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp Vinegar
1 Tbsp Hydrogen peroxide (3 %, from the pharmacy)
15-20 drops of fragrant oil
Make a mixture between the lemon juice and baking soda in a small bowl. Mix the vinegar and hydrogen in separate bowl. Combine the both bowls together and then add the fragrant oil. Then you can mix the two together and add the essential oils in the end.

Use:

Make half-ball shapes from the mixture and leave them to dry on baking paper, 3- 4 hours will be enough, but if you like you can leave them overnight.

In the morning they’ll be completely dry so you can store them in a glass jar and place them near the toilet bowl. When you feel that the toilet needs some freshening up just throw one in the toilet bowl and flush. It couldn’t be easier. It may take some time to prepare it but you’ll see how effective it is once you try it. It sure is much better than the toxic alternative and it will make your toilet smell fresh and clean for days in a row.

Enjoy in the freshness and cleanness of your toilet!

 

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Scripture Memorization: Spiritual and Mind Exercise The Word of God is Powerful

The Word of God is Powerful

Written by Lois on 21/02/2017
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: God, Jesus, Benefits Of Memorizing Scripture, Holy Spirit
That’s how it is with my words. They don’t return to me without doing everything I send them to do.

Isaiah 55:11
Do you have enough power in your life? Is it time to try something new, such as memorizing the most powerful book, God’s written word? Is there anyone but God who can tell a fish to swallow a man and have the fish eject him to go preach? Jonah 2:1, 5-6, “From inside the fish, Jonah prayed to the Lord his God… I was almost drowned by the swirling waters that surrounded me. Seaweed had wrapped around my head… But, you, Lord God, rescued me from that pit.” Do you find yourself in a pit? Maybe it’s time to seek Jesus in a deeper way, and it can be found in His word.

Here are ways to memorize the Bible and grow in deeper understanding and meditation of God’s word:

1. Spiritual Exercise
The Bible, God’s word is the most powerful book ever written. 2 Timothy 3:16, “Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live.” Memorizing (committing to memory) Scripture can increase your intimacy with the living Christ Jesus. Memorization increases your intimacy with Him and can give you a way to meditate upon, (contemplate) the Word of God. Isaiah 55:11, … “That’s how it is with my words. They don’t return to me without doing everything I send them to do. ” The Father’s words will accomplish all He sends it to do. Memorization of Jesus’ words is a worthy investment of our time.

2. Mind Exercise
Memorizing may help cognitive decline due to aging. Memory Athletics has been a part of several studies on the use of memory work to battle against cognitive slow down. Try brain stimulation and increasing your intimacy with the word of the Lord Jesus who suffered for us on the cross.

3. Why And How Should I Memorize God’s Word?
Memorizing verses by topic or personal circumstances is helpful. Psalm 5:2, “You are my King and my God. Answer my cry for help because I pray to you.” Try a couple or more verses; consider memorizing whole chapters of God’s word.

Encouragements to memorize:
Assurance for those lacking faith: Luke 11:13: “As bad as you are, you still know how to give good gifts to your children. But your heavenly Father is even more ready to give the Holy Spirit to anyone who asks.”
Strength from the Lord Jesus to help you against sin: Ephesians 3:16, “God is wonderful and glorious. I pray that his Spirit will make you become strong followers…”
Reminder Jesus is coming back: Revelation 22:12, “I am coming soon! And when I come, I will reward everyone for what they have done.”
Reasons and expressions with which to praise God: Psalm 146:2, “I will sing and praise the Lord God for as long as I live.”
What Are The Benefits of Memorizing Scripture?
In Matthew 4, the Devil was tempting Jesus. Each time, Jesus answered the temptation with a correction from God’s Word. For example, in Matthew 4:10, when Satan claimed to own the kingdoms of the world if Jesus would worship him, “Jesus answered, “Go away Satan! The Scriptures say: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”

Since we face spiritual darkness daily we should commit the Word of God by memory and follow Jesus’ example.

Pray this week:

Father, memorization is difficult for me. Will You give me the power that I need to commit Your word to memory? In Jesus’ name. Amen

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Bill Gates: We Need Socialism To Save The Planet

Bill Gates has said that capitalism isn’t working, and that socialism is our only hope in order to save the planet.

 
During an interview with The Atlantic, the Microsoft founder said that the private sector is too selfish to produce clean and economical alternatives to fossil fuels, and announced his intentions to spend $2 billion of his own money on green energy.

The Independent reports:

The Microsoft founder called on fellow billionaires to help make the US fossil-free by 2050 with similar philanthropy.

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He said:

“There’s no fortune to be made. Even if you have a new energy source that costs the same as today’s and emits no CO2, it will be uncertain compared with what’s tried-and-true and already operating at unbelievable scale and has gotten through all the regulatory problems.

Without a substantial carbon tax, there’s no incentive for innovators or plant buyers to switch.

Since World War II, US-government R&D has defined the state of the art in almost every area. The private sector is in general inept.

The climate problem has to be solved in the rich countries. China and the US and Europe have to solve CO2 emissions, and when they do, hopefully they’ll make it cheap enough for everyone else.”

In recent years, China has surged ahead of the US and Europe in green investment, despite remaining the world’s most polluting country in terms of fossil fuels.

Between 2000 and 2012, China’s solar energy output rose from 3 to 21,000 megawatts, rising 67 per cent between 2013 and 2014. In 2014 the country’s CO2 emissions decreased 1 per cent.

Meanwhile, Germany’s greenhouse emissions are at the lowest point since 1990, and the UK has seen a decrease of 13.35 per cent in emissions over the last five years, according to official quarterly statistics from the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Greenhouse gas emissions statistics from the Department of Energy & Climate Change

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Why Do We Read the Bible?

You might hear the Bible referred to as “the Word of God,” “Scripture,” or “God’s Word.” But why did God use this book to share His story — and why should you care?

Written by Hope on 09/11/2014
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Bible
“Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105

When you are learning about Jesus Christ and about becoming His follower, Christians will suggest that you read the Bible. You might hear the Bible referred to as “the Word of God,” “Scripture,” or “God’s Word.” But why did God use this book to share His story — and why should you care?

What Is The Bible?
Thousands of years ago, God began revealing His plan to people on Earth. When people responded in “faith” (Genesis 15:6), God led them and taught them His ways. The Bible tells us Who God is, as God “revealed [His plan] to His holy apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 3:5). These plans were written in laws and holy letters. God also inspired His followers to record the great things He did in their lives, and to write about what He’s like. That means the Bible is not one message; it is a collection of God’s messages through much of human history.

The Bible Guides Your Life
God gave these messages to communicate His love and plan to save all people. God’s message changes lives. The Apostle Paul described God’s Scripture as “inspired by God, useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (2 Timothy 3:16). Being familiar with the Bible helps you learn to trust God’s Holy Spirit, rather than yourself, so “that you may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17) which God calls you to.

Power From God’s Word
Jesus quoted, “‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from God’” (Matthew 4:4). Just as our physical bodies gain energy from daily meals, so our spiritual lives gain power from daily intake of God’s Word. God will bring to mind what you’ve read and help you overcome evil in your life. This helps you trust God for the life to come. Learn how to accept Christ so you can have power from His word today.

Pray this week:

That God will reveal His will and help you grow through His Word.

The Bible is God's love letter to you… have you read the words from your Beloved Savior today?

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