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You’re Born to Greatness (video clip)

This motivational speech was given to Cherry Hill Believers Church in Maryland. This the same speech was given a week earlier to one of the mega Orthodox Tewahedo church in DC.

The two latest books of Assegid Habtewold (The Highest Level of Greatness and Unchain Your Greatness) were written to anyone regardless of his/her religious affiliation, cultural background, or nationality. However, Assegid serves diverse Ethiopian Christian denominations by taking some of the contents from the books and the Bible.

If you’re interested Assegid to speak to your group, reach out to him at assegidhm@gmail.com or call him @ 703-895-4551.

Remember, Assegid Habtewold Ministries is a non-denominational ministry that serves all denominations. He doesn’t promote or criticize any one’s dogmas or doctrines.

Synopsis and Bio of the new book

Everyone is greatness material. We all are endowed with unlimited potential. Greatness is chained within us waiting to be unleashed. Unfortunately, in every generation, very few unchain their greatness. The overwhelming majority fails to attain any level of greatness at all.

In ‘Unchain Your Greatness’, the author recognized the four stages the great ones from diverse cultures and generations passed through to achieve their inherent greatness. Those who unchained their greatness were like everyone else except that they followed four straightforward steps (the 4 E’s). They Explored, Enacted, Endured, and Emancipated their greatness to the fullest.

The great ones explored and discovered what predisposed them to manifest greatness. They took bold actions based on their findings. Those who attained greatness also faced numerous obstacles as a result of taking massive actions and pursuing the road to greatness. However, they endured, outlasted continual setbacks, emptied themselves, and ultimately emancipated the greatness shackled within and left enduring legacies.

On top of providing the model the great ones adopted to unchain their greatness to the fullest, the book narrates the stories of great men and women from different religions, age-groups, and fields to show you the attitude and mindset they had as they progressed through these four simple phases. It also shares with you what the great ones discovered, the actions they took, the challenges they overcame, and the legacies they left because they unchained their greatness to the fullest.

Dr. Assegid Habtewold is a coach, speaker, and facilitator at Success Pathways, LLC. He is also the host of ‘Pick Yourself Up’ show that airs on Channel 16. Assegid serves diverse clients including some government agencies, major corporations, and community organizations. He is the author of four books. His latest book is entitled ‘The Highest Level of Greatness: purpose-oriented, vision-centered, and values-driven greatness’.

Don’t die before uttering this magical phrase ‘It’s finished!’ (Excerpt)

“The great ones you and I admire knew when they were finished. Actually, many of them uttered this magical phrase ‘It’s finished’ in public or, at least, privately. Once they crossed the finish line, once they completed their assignment, they told the people close to them that they were done and ready to leave…” Taken from the upcoming follow-up book to The Highest Level of Greatness p. 147. The book will soon be available on Amazon. Stay Tuned!
 
Jesus, Paul, and many others finished their race with flying colors. They finally uttered this majestic phrase: ‘It’s finished!’ during their lifetime. Is there anything else better and fulfilling than to reach the end of your life knowing that you have climbed the right ladder and you were done according to His calling and expectations? I don’t! This the only crown that matters the most. A crown for fighting the good fight and finishing your race from the author of this universe, the all-knowing, the loving, and the majestic Creator!!!
 
What about you? Have you seen your finish line? How far are you from the mark? How much are you determined to conclude your race and utter the phrase: “It’s finished!”? Remember, your fulfillment is in question until you cross the finish line. Don’t forget. Crossing the finish line is within your reach. You have what it take within!
 
If you are in this world to live like a soldier to serve the world through your assignment, passion, and talent and give your best and die empty, we’re partners. This ministry is for such determined, bold, and brave souls. We don’t serve those who made their minds to just survive and leave this world ‘alive’ 🙂 We are your cheerleaders cheering for you and empowering you to cross over the other side triumphantly once you are done with your assignment.

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Jobs tapped into the downtime as he worked hard for his comeback

“After one of the most humiliating outings in the history of US corporations, Jobs returned to Apple after 12 long years as Moses to take it to its Canaan. Jobs eventually regained his leadership position. He was crowned and placed at the helm of Apple once again.

However, one thing many people tend to forget is that Jobs didn’t waste his time in the wilderness. His glorious return wouldn’t have happened if he didn’t tap into the downtime. Between the time he was fired and his triumphant return, he didn’t waste his energy, time, and resources complaining and whining. Rather than blaming the Board and John Sculley- his mentor and the man he himself begged to join Apple, Jobs kept himself very busy. Rather than nursing his wounds, he was actively working toward his comeback.

During that downtime between 1985 – 1997, Jobs could have run away from the valley, called it to quit, or mourned his loss for a very long period of time. If he did, no one would have blamed him. Many would have sympathized with his decision. Instead, Jobs tapped into that downtime to further create. Next Generation and Pixar were the two classic innovations of Jobs that came to existence while he was passing through hell…”

The excerpt is taken from the upcoming follow- up book to The Highest Level of Greatness p.124

We all have wilderness moments regardless of our calling and God being with us. Moses, David, and Jesus had their wilderness moments and they tapped into these seasons as they believed, behaved, and acted waiting for their break.

For instance, David was anointed by one of the greatest prophets. That didn’t shield him from passing through his wilderness season. However, David didn’t lose heart while in the wilderness. He remained faithful to the One who anointed Him. He believed and waited for his payday. While in the wilderness, he tapped into the downtime as he was chased by King Saul. He never gave up in ‘the valleys’ of life. What about you? Have you bee in the wilderness yet? What was your attitude while passing through that tough time? Did you use the downtime wisely?

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Change your prayers, find your Peter’s

I wrote the piece below quickly after I had a very serious conversation with a very gifted spiritual leader. And, I thought the core of my encouraging words to him may liberate you too if you are struggling like him. Read it and let me know what you think:

If you’re a leader, listen to me very carefully. If you have been complaining why people cannot see what God put in you, pay attention. If people couldn’t comprehend your talent, gifting, and teachings, lend me your ears for a while. You are about to be free forever.

Except a few, spiritually alert, many cannot see your true potential and your place in the Heavenly places. Think about Jesus, your Lord. Many despised Him. Used all kinds of ugly names to describe Him.

By the way, don’t forget that there were those who saw a king in Him. Remember, they tried to anoint Him as their king. Likewise, your loved ones, many of your relatives, and friends may see your earthly place based on your education, talent, and gift.

Even these few smart guys who saw a king in Jesus, they couldn’t see the King of Kings. It didn’t occur to them that they were looking at the everlasting King. They couldn’t comprehend that He was the King not just over Israel but over every creation of God in the physical and spiritual worlds.

Thus, know that the mass doesn’t listen to you at all, let alone to believe in you  There are few who may capture the glimpse of who you are. Only a few whose inner eyes are opened can only know your true essence and calling.

Therefore, don’t sweat over those who don’t like or listen to you. Don’t get depressed by their mistreatments. Don’t be flattered by those few who appreciate your earthly talents and gifting. Be thankful for these but never lower your true self to appease others. It doesn’t please God, He cannot use you. The people too, they don’t benefit from a tampered you. Be where He called you and stick with your gun!

Here is a serious challenge for you. If they despised Him if they couldn’t understand Him if they failed to capture His true self, what makes you think that people will treat you differently? If they couldn’t handle the pure One, the Righteous One, the Perfect One, the mighty One, what makes you think that a ‘sinner’ like you- a man/woman full of flaws, deserves a different treatment than your Master?

Remember this, however, there was one innocent in his heart whose inner eyes were opened by the Father, Peter! He saw the Christ- the Anointed One, in Jesus! He saw in Him, the Son of God, an everlasting King, and Lord over every creation. Peter answered Jesus’ question: “Who do people say I’m” by saying “You’re the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16: 13 – 20). Jesus didn’t bother about what the rest of the team were saying. He revealed, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.” Jesus then immediately made Peter the rock of His church and gave him the Keys to the Kingdom.

Don’t forget. Jesus knew very well that: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.” (John 6: 44)

Thus, instead of complaining about the multitudes who despise and misunderstand you, find your own Peter’s. Trust the Father to send the right partners your way. These are your lifetime partners. They know your true calling, your place in your society and in the Kingdom of God. They complement you, you do the same, and together you all get fulfilled individually and collectively.

On a daily basis, pray to meet these few than kneeling down and interceding to transform those who will never believe in you; who will never know who you truly are.

What is more? It’s not your intellect and unceasing prayer that gonna help you. It takes the Father to open their inner eyes to see your true calling and their roles in your assignment.

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Teddy Afro- the sensational singer, and his resilience (excerpt)

“…Back home in Ethiopia and in the Diaspora, the name Teddy Afro is a household name. He is a sensational singer known for his songs of love, tolerance, unity, and forgiveness. Teddy is also a well-celebrated singer in East Africa. Moreover, his latest Album ‘Ethiopia’ came in 1st on the Billboard World Albums chart.[i]

Unfortunately, Teddy’s messages didn’t go well with the previous government in Ethiopia. He encountered many roadblocks aimed at discouraging and ultimately changing his messages. He faced jail time, cancelation of his shows, visa denials to travel and perform outside of the country.

Other artists in his place would have easily and quickly given up a long time ago. Not Teddy! Regardless of experiencing continual setbacks and losing lots of money, he kept singing his messages while also improving his craft. After so many years of persecution, finally, because Teddy kept going while passing through hell, he began getting acceptances including from some unlikely circles.

The Amahara regional state is governed by one of the members of the ruling party (EPRDF). The state extended an official visit to Teddy a couple of months ago. When he arrived in the beautiful city of Bahir Dar, he got a heroic welcome. What is more? On top of performing in a concert that attracted thousands of fans, Teddy gave an interview to the state-owned media.

The moral of the story is that since Teddy kept going while experiencing continual setbacks, he continued to produce. He didn’t slow down. He refused to change his messages to appease those who opposed him. He didn’t quit nor decided to wait and see. He remained optimistic while keep going…”

This excerpt is taken from the upcoming follow-up book to The Highest Level of Greatness p. 175

Apostle Paul was the pillar of the early Christianity next to Jesus. He was persecuted and faced so many challenges more than the rest of the Apostles. He revealed, I worked harder than all of them.” (1 Corinthians 15: 10) He worked hard to spread the good news. He had been In danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers.” (2 Corinthians 11: 26) He further enlisted his sufferings, I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. (2 Corinthians 11: 27) Through all these, he never quit! What about you? Have you made your mind to outlast the setbacks you’re experiencing? Yes, you can! You’re very close to a breakthrough! Don’t give up after coming this far! As it gets darker as dawn approaches, you are near to cross the red sea of your life and enjoy your season of honor…

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Book Excerpt: Mandela’s resilience

“…Why was Mandela celebrated, not just by South Africans but also around the world? Simple. His endurance. Otherwise, there were many freedom fighters who paid more dire prices including their very lives than Mandela. What made him unique and different was his courage to face seemingly insurmountable challenges. His determination to outlast all of them.

Mandela once said, “Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.” The unspeakable trials he encountered didn’t break him. He withstood the setbacks he experienced believing that he would win in the end. And, sure enough, he won…” Taken from the upcoming follow-up book to The Highest Level of Greatness p. 157

Jesus demonstrated true resilience. He remains the most inspirational figure who outlasted the challenges presented against Him when He was here on earth. He told us that “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16: 33) We too; we will triumph in the end like He did… If you’re passing through tough times right now, hang in there! This is my hope that the stories of Jesus and Mandela should remind you that it’s within your reach to outlast all of the setbacks you’re experiencing at the moment…

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You’re chosen to manifest God’s greatness in this generation and time

Are you chosen?

Until your answer is a resounding Yes, and begin saying and doing things for which you’re chosen, you’re far away from restoring yourself to the former glory of humanity.

If you’re hesitating and failing to say Yes, let me remind you. You cannot be shy and/or talk and act like everyone else in the name of humility and hope at the same time that you’ll get fulfilled, let alone achieve greatness. You’re chosen to change the world for good based on your assignment. You’re the solution the world has been waiting for so long in the area of your passion for which you’ve unique qualifications.

Let me ask you again, are you chosen? If you said, yes, then, for what purpose are you chosen? What have you one so far?

Think about Paul. The moment he realized that he was chosen, he left everything and went to Arabia. He gave his best and labored more than the other apostles. He wrote 2/3 of the New Testament. He finished the race and received his crown. What about you?

My friend, there is no shortcut to receive your own unique crown. Know for what purpose you’re chosen, and give it everything you got. Go all in!

You’re chosen to reflect the greatness of God here on earth and manifest greatness in your own unique way during your lifetime!

What you need is to take time and discover your assignment, begin talking about your assignment, and most importantly, back your faith on the caller and the ability He deposited in you by taking bold and massive actions.

You don’t need to have a college degree or a special talent or to be on the right side of the fence or meet any other human qualifications. The seed of greatness is in you. Just believe in it and sow it NOW!

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Develop discernment and wisdom to outsmart the devil

Naievity is to think that the evil one, the devil, comes with ugly and scary faces and horns. He is ancient, he had been there before you ever came to exist. He is a spirit and can enter into those who allow him to trick, misinform, manipulate, and kill you.
 
Don’t forget, he comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10: 10).
 
Remember, he cannot enter into you without your permission, and most importantly, he cannot touch you physically.
 
He needs a temple to communicate and also attack you.
 
The question is who are his temples?
 
Don’t assume that he would use people you don’t know. He won’t use the people you don’t trust either. NO, NO, NO! He isn’t a fool.
 
Do you remember how he tricked the first Adam? He used someone he loved and trusted, Eve! She wasn’t the one who was told about the fruit and the consequences of eating it. Adam was. It was unlikely the devil to trick Adam. That was why he crafted an entry point and used Eve…
 
Do you remember how Philistinians got into Samson? Through Delilah!
 
Disclaimers: The above two examples shouldn’t lead you to develop paranoia. Just don’t trust those who haven’t earned your trust yet. Always, pray and meditate before making key decisions and taking critical steps. Remain spiritually alert to discern between the voice of the Holy Spirit and the devil’s. Of course, this isn’t about wrong women. Expand your perspective, the same may happen outside of romance. It can happen in the market and workplaces, and churches. The devil may also use men to get to godly women 🙂
 
The above two examples, rather, warns you to develop discernment and wisdom to outsmart the devil. Without these two, you and your destiny will be destroyed, if not now in the future. If you’re unaware of one of the most deadly weapons the devil uses, you’re at risk…

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Matching our state of living with the state of our King

Many know the Jesus who was on the cross well than the One who triumphed over death.

Unfortunately, such individuals’ attitude, mindset, words, behaviors, and actions don’t match with who is in charge NOW.

Jesus is on the Right Side of God. He no longer in the grave.

Devil and his cronies are helpless and defeated.

The risen King is in charge! Our Boss has the last say about us individually and collectively.

He gave us all the power that includes to bind and lose principalities not just on this fallen planet but in Heaven too.

We suppose to be the planters of good and uprooters of evil anywhere.

We suppose to be the trendsetters. We suppose to be the change agents the world desperately needs.

We have what it takes within- the Kingdom of God.

That is why we suppose to be jubilant, happy, enthusiastic all the time and regardless of what is going on in the world. We suppose to vow to unchain the greatness He chained within us. This cannot happen with the wrong kind of attitude and mindset.

Time to change! Let’s stop spending our time and energy thinking, behaving, and acting like victims.

Time to match our state of living with the state of our King.

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