Faith Without Works is #Death ..’ – #In14Ways #Repost #MercyfulGrace

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YOU CANNOT GET BY PRAYER WHAT YOU SHOULD GET BY CHARACTER & OBEDIENCE

A man’s character is his fate. Heraclitus Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States (US), said: “Nothing can stop the man with the *right mental attitude* from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the *wrong mental attitude* .”

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As a clergyman, I have watched pitiably how people self-sabotage themselves by seeking spiritual solutions to character-deficit issues. They look around at everybody as suspects for their predicaments when their greatest demons lurks within them – their character.

What we often call our destiny is truly our character, and since that character can change, then destiny can be altered. *Character is destiny* .

Is prayer actually EVERYTHING? Many would begin to argue back and forth on this intriguing question, but my main purpose of writing this piece is not to get involved in arguments. _Arguments don’t improve the validity of a ‘truth;’ they only determine how long it would take before you realise it._

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Most people believe that we can pray ourselves to success and get away with virtually anything if we become a stickler to some prayer routines. There is no amount of spiritual penance that can substitute for character. Sometimes, you need character, not prayer.

Dutch Sheets said: *“Prayer is not a check request asking for things from God; it is a deposit slip- a way of depositing God’s character into our bankrupt souls.”*

British writer and politician, Thomas Macaulay (1800-1859), said: “ *The measure of a man’s character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.”* I have often said that what would ultimately destroy a man going to high places in life is not really the enemies that are waiting for him there, but the character that followed him there.

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I want to emphatically underline the fact that this write-up is not meant to trivialise prayers in any way. I have observed that many people take character for granted, while overzealously tuning on into their spiritual mode.

We have become so spiritually in tune through prayers that we neglect the place of character and our relationship with people. Many are actually ‘heavenly’ bound, but with no earthly relevance. You can speak with spiritual eloquence, pray in public and maintain a holy appearance, but it is your behavior and character that will actually trigger the manifestation of all that God has for you.

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*You must learn to treat people with courtesy* .
The Shunammite woman must have been praying for a child all through her life. By being hospitable to a man of God, she eventually got her much-awaited miracle. *It wasn’t prayer that opened the door for her; it was her character.* Assuming she wasn’t hospitable, she would have missed a critical miracle.

Many times, we pray, fast and bind demons that don’t exist when our real demons are just our greatly flawed character. _Many have insulted people that were divinely placed and orchestrated to help them fulfil their destiny._ Some people are keeping malice with their destiny helpers.

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Treat people with respect.
Treat strangers with courtesy.
Never look down on anybody. God can use anyone to change your story.

Abigail Van Buren said: “The best index to a person’s character is _how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”_

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You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. The way we treat people we think can’t help or hurt us, like housekeepers, waiters, and secretaries, tells more about our character than how we treat people we think are important. _How do you treat people?_

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One of the most impressive architectural feats and the greatest military defence project in history is the Great Wall of China. In 1987, UNESCO designated the Great Wall a World Heritage site, and a popular controversial claim that emerged in the 20th century holds that it is the only man-made structure that is visible from space.

Originally conceived by Emperor Qin Shi Huang (c. 259-210 B.C.) in the 3rd Century B.C. as a means of preventing incursions from Mongolians and barbarian nomads into the Chinese Empire, the wall is one of the most extensive construction projects ever completed.

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History has it that when the ancient Chinese decided to live in peace, they made the Great Wall of China; they thought no one could climb it due to its height. During the first 100 years of its existence, the Chinese were invaded thrice and every time, the hordes of enemy infantry had no need of penetrating or climbing over the wall, because each time, they bribed the guards and came through the doors.

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The Chinese built the wall, but forgot the character – building of the wall-guards. Though the Great Wall has over the years become a powerful symbol of the country’s enduring strength and spirit, but it has actually been a good reminder to the Chinese of the superiority of human character.

The Chinese realised much later that the best defence against the enemy is not a fortified wall, but a fortified character. Thus, the building of human character comes before building of anything else.

Prayer is EVERYTHING! But it’s efficacy can be undermined by character or lack of it. That’s why its popularly said that, you’re the Holy Bible (or Quran) unbelievers read. Be a good one. Build relationships, and don’t ever forget that God will always use man. Be mindful of your words and how you speak to people. Work seriously on your character and attitude towards life.

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I want to say emphatically that *character is not optional;* it is sacrosanct to the future that God has planned for you. No matter where you place prayers, or how you worship your God, character matters. *The greatest fraud in life is religion without character.* A man without character is recklessly alive.

William Shakespeare captured it succinctly when he said: *“The fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves* .”

Peter Schutz, the former chief executive officer of Porsche said: “ *HIRE CHARACTER; TRAIN SKILLS* .”

Lastly, back in the days when Germany was divided, a huge wall separated East and West Berlin.

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One day, some people in East Berlin took a truck load of garbage and dumped it on the West Berlin side.

The people of West Berlin could have done the same thing, but they didn’t.

Instead they took a truck load of canned goods, bread, milk and other provisions, and neatly stacked it on the East Berlin side.

On top of this stack they placed the sign:

*“EACH GIVES WHAT HE HAS”*

How very true! You can only give what you have.

What do you have inside of you?
Is it *hate* or *love* ?
*Violence* or *peace* ?
*Death* or *life* ?
*Capacity to build* or *capacity to destroy* ?

What have you acquired over the years?
*Team spirit* or *pull down* architecture ?

*”EACH GIVES WHAT HE HAS”*

Think about it!
Please give out the good in you always.

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Top Netflix Actor turns #Designer ..’ – #In14Ways #AFWL #MercyfulGrace

Rose Wilson, Urban Chique, Couture, designer; grew up in a black community where she was influenced strongly by black culture, street art, urban music and fashion quite earlier on in her life.

This became an inspiration for her urban fashion creations, embryonically – creatively.

Rose Wilson, played Kate McCann, mother of the disappeared young Madeline McCann, the latest hot trending Netflix remake of the story. It’s generating huge interest in the media.

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A ‘World Without Borders’ was an idea suggested by Anthony Everest, creator of MercyfulGrace Blog to Rose Wilson, in a friendly conversation one afternoon, post meeting at Rose’s London Fashion Week, runway streetwear, punk inspired collection; as a fashion collection theme.

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Rose loved the idea, since her Urban African inspired couture made for Aremuorin for ‘International Women’s Day’ went down a storm, on social media.

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It got some chins wagging in the African community as the duo pulled off an Androgynous gender fluid look for Aremuorin’s live performance, in support of the Charity ‘Women For Change’ who transforms, the lives of FGM and domestic abused victims.

Rose Wilson uses eco friendly based materials for her avant-garde, fashion designs; sustainably. Most of her fabrics used are recyclable or recycled.

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She embellishes them further with her own paintings, art works and abstract concepts with a social change and social inclusion message.

Aremuorin compares her brain with Stanley Kubrick, Spike Lee & Spilberg. Her works are in the vein of Vivien Westwood, Tracy Emmins and Picasso. Maybe God is a woman like Arriana Grande said after all.

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Her models also have personal disability narratives of turning their adversties into positivity, which lies parralell with the theme of Rose Wilson Couture’s new collection – ‘World Without Borders’, personifying social inclusion, beyond culture, race, sexuality and political unrest. At least, for today; on the runway.

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The idea is to inspire social change and inclusion, through forward thinking fashion trends woven with African cultural inspirations.

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Also, to push African cultures in to the mainstream consciousness, break archaic stereotypes and be celebrated across wider demographics for educational purposes and successful commercial ventures now and in the future.

Think Grace Jones, Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Ms Jay.

In Africa, traditionally, women weren’t allowed to wear trousers (the trousers), while in the West, they do. Funny how times have changed in both cultures. Africans, have unisex names, just like westerners have unisex clothings.

Rose Wilson Couture is featuring her ‘World Without Borders’, unisex collection at the annual AFWL 2019, in the summer.

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