In HIS Presence


Read: Ephesians 5:15-21

 Meditation verse:

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise” (Ephesians 5:15).


‘Intentionality’ is the fact of being deliberate or purposive. Synonyms include considered, planned, prearranged, predetermined, and thought out in advance.

Being intentional is a philosophy and can be a way of life. When a person is intentional, he or she makes decisions and take actions based on what is important to them. The quality of their mental state (thoughts, beliefs, desires and will) is directed towards some object or state- this becomes their default position. Being intentional does not occur by happenstance. It is a choice you must make. And you can be intentional about any and everything. You can be intentional about being happy in which case your thoughts, beliefs and actions align with what makes you happy. You can be intentional about being on time. You can be intentional about achieving excellence in all your affairs.


The apostle Paul lived life based on this philosophy. One time he said “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I should become disqualified. Another time, he said, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore, let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you” (Philippians 3:13-15).


Being intentional is a primary ingredient for success in life. It entails being clear upfront about what you want to achieve and being willing to pay whatever price is needed to achieve it. Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar is quoted as saying “People do not wander around and then find themselves at the top of Mount Everest.”.  Intentionality is a mindset which you must adopt if you want to accomplish your goals this year.


IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye

Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?

He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest.

Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:

Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.

If you prayed this prayer, send me an email at I would love to pray with you personally and send you a copy of my book; ‘Living the Life’ to encourage you as you begin your new life in Christ.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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