Wisdom for Winning in Life (7)


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In this series I like to talk about how to handle your competition! In the words of the Prince of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ‘With each new day in Africa, a gazelle wakes up knowing he must outrun the fastest lion or perish. At the same time, a lion stirs and stretches, knowing he must outrun the fastest gazelle or starve to death. It is no different for the human race.

Whether you consider yourself a gazelle or a lion, you simply have to run faster than others to survive.’ Your concept, philosophy, belief, religion mindset, orientation, idea and your take may differ, but one thing you will have to swallow by force is the fact that somebody, somewhere and somehow is benchmarking or competing with you in disguise already.

Whether you like it or not, believe it or not, somebody, somewhere and somehow is already benchmarking you, your products, life, family, spouse, potentials, skills, career, status, company, etc wake up to reality! We are in a competition so much that, people, friends, and even relatives take undue advantage of one another, scheming, capitalizing on the weakness of another…! Mind you, we are not talking about comparing yourself with another person.

The scriptures negate such, but competition! Industries, products, services, Churches, institutions, organizations, and companies are competing with one another in other to deliver superior value at the least cost!

The reality is, we are in a competitive world; living in a competitive society and trading in a competitive economy. The Economist calls it, ‘comparative advantage, the Preacher calls it Time and Chance & the world we are today calls it ‘competition!” The situation is so paramount, disastrous, intense and powerful to the extent that, ‘your noble idea, concept, creativity, innovations, dream, potentials, or whatever is already on the headline news, social media, CNN & Aljazeera’! The pathetic situation is that you may not even have what it takes i.e.

  1. You may not be healthy enough to compete favorably.
  2. You may be limited and restricted by your situation, predicament and condition.

For instance, the guy in John 5:7 was not just sick, but in a long time sickness! Your own sickness may be physical, mental, social, emotional, spiritual, and financial…that prevents, complicates and limits YOU from competing favorably. Listen to Prophet Jeremiah lament’s on competition, Jer 12:1-3, read ‘Easy-to-Read Version”. The Prophet was addressing religious minds. Those thinking things should work in their favor automatically. No sir! Just listen to God’s response in verses 5-6.

Wisdom today

Here are instruments or tools to handle competition:  Talent, skills, potentials, technical know-how, I. Q, gifts, strength, efforts, ability, capacity, sacrifice etc are all good but not enough to handle competition, Diligence: Deut. 28:1, Divine speed: Divine acceleration, speed, overtaking, e.g. Prophet Elijah, Divine Lifting: The man was commanded to ‘arise!’ He was lifted!

Just imagine. If God did not lift this guy or lift one up…there is no way to survive not to talk of making it. One would settle for the average lifestyle and never come to limelight!

May I declare and decree authoritatively upon you: You are sentenced above and ahead of your competition in Jesus name, you’ll be ahead of competitors and competition, you’ll be ahead of subordinates, superior and contemporaries, you’ll be ahead in your career, profession and vocations, you’ll be ahead of your rivals and enemies, you’ll be ahead of your industries in Jesus name, you’ll be a trailblazer in Jesus name.

Prayers: Considering the economic, political, policies, program, social and financial structures, yardstick, parameter and government in power and in place – how possible is it for you to come to limelight? Definitely, it’s not easy! But if Jesus could be levitated and lifted and the law of gravity could not hold Him back…

  1. I pray the law, policy, program, economic, social, financial and political structures will not hold you back any longer in Jesus’ name.
  2. The law of gravity in your endeavor, area of specialties are suspended for you in Jesus name.

iii. The auction you need, the heavy load of wisdom to be lifted, levitated ahead of the competition and become a trailblazer receive it in Jesus’ name.

  1. You will become captain of industries in Jesus name.


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