Friday, December 13, 2013

4 Most Productive Ways to Kill Your Fears

by Baruch Okpulor
Writer, Author and HSE Manager

It is obvious that fear is a common human experience for saints and sinners alike.
When we stand before the giants of evil, disease and death, joblessness, business failure, barrenness, poverty, divorce or struggling relationship, we may shake with fear at the beginning of the ordeal.
The writer of Psalm 64 prayed, “Preserve my life from dread of the enemy” (64:1). Fear so filled him that he thought he was going to die.

When Paul, the apostle, went to Corinth for the first time, fear gripped him and he said, “I am with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling” (1Corinthians 2:3).
Perhaps he saw the bigness of his task and the depth of the sin that he would have to confront and his heart quaked as he took in the situation he was facing.

Spiritually, there are two types of fear. The first one is more like dread. It is seizes us as we prepare to enter some great trial or difficulty.      This was the experience of Paul when he began to preach at Corinth.
The second one is wholesome respect for God. Paul said of rebellious sinners, “there is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:18).

It is this type of fear that is “the beginning of knowledge” (Proverb 1:7a). The first kind is of this earth, but the second kind is from God.  The first kind kills and debilitates, the second kind heals and saves.    
How are we to handle earthly terror and dread?

In short, the answer is this: we must face it with faith.               
However, we can be more specific. 

First: We Must Look Up
When we are overwhelmed by fear, we should look at God on His throne. Look up to heaven and remember what God had done for His people in the past, what he is doing presently and what his omnipotent power will accomplish in future .
From the confines of trouble, we look at Him and are persuaded to believe that all is well with us and God is in charge of us and will see that our needs are met.

We see forces around us that are bigger than we are, and it is easy to allow them to overcome us when trouble or confusion comes, looking up reminds us that God has not relinquished his throne to anyone.
He is in us, is working through us, and is going ahead of us.
When the pains of life wanted to overwhelmed King David, he said with faith, “the Lord is my light and salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread? “(Psalm 27:1)

Second: We Must Look Within
When our heart is filled with fear, we ought to talk to ourselves and demand that we look at the situation with faith instead of fear. 

We must think of the power, strength and protection that come from God instead of focusing on the problem.
Our focus will determine whether we will be controlled by our faith or our fear.
Who we are determines what we see.

Third: We Must Look Back
In the midst of a fearful situation, we can remember how God has always treated people who trusted him in the past.
He watched over Joseph when he was sold into slavery and over the two years he spent in prison as a result of Portipher’s wife allegation of sexual harassment.                                                          
Recall how God protected David as he faced the Philistine warlord and giant, Goliath.
In our world, God continues to do great miracles and grant supernatural deliverances.                   
These evidences unite to say that God is stronger than all the other forces around us put together.
We can overcome anything because greater is He who is in us than who is in the world.

Fourth: We Must Look Ahead
God holds our future. He determines it. God will do great things for us to attract glory to Himself. We can do all through Christ who strengthens us because we are the “personal property” of God.
The knowledge that we are living in God is the antidote to fear.
When we remember what God has said to us, our fears are wiped away by faith.
For He himself has said, “I will never dissent you, nor will I ever forsake you”.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

You Too Have Idols in the Heart

Most people are ready to engage you in a fight just to prove to the world that they are not idol worshippers yet they would discover after reading this post that they have been idolaters for many years of their lives.

Today, we have iconoclastic worship in our world-the worship of images.
In the ancient world, man loved to worship images represented as “idols” instead of the Almighty God (Genesis 31:19, 32). Even when men served, they still have these gods to worship.
Devil has used this strategy to deceive many from giving absolute allegiance to God, the Ultimate Source of power, provision and protection. Men still rely on other gods, means and powers for protection and wealth.

Moreover, within the Christian world is identified another set of idol worshippers-those who possess idols in the heart. These sort of worshippers may not have images anywhere around them which they bow to but have images erected in the heart which they worship.

This later form of idol worshipping is more dangerous because it is difficult to dictate even by the worshipper himself. The devil often blinds the spiritual eyes of the Christians who are involved in this act from seeing their condition. Thus, they argue, fight or swear that they are not guilty as charged.

What is an Idol?

Anything, person, activity, thought, action, that you dedicate more time, energy, money and attention to more than you do to God and His work and Word is an idol. In otherwords, this activity or person comes first in your life before God and His Word. It takes the priority position. You can forsake the things of God for it. You can renounce your faith in God instead of leaving it.

Many people today are slaves to wealth, money, fame, titles, cars, mansions, positions, and work. Others are slaves to their spouses, children and jobs. They are obsessed by these things that they ignore their relationship with their God-the Ultimate Source of life. Others are slaves to pleasure and passion. Everything that gives pleasure is pursued with utmost vigor and restlessness.

Does it mean that we don’t need all these things to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives? Are these material things bad or evil? I sit not God’s Will that we have them?
In the book of Matthew 6: 31-32, God declared his awareness of our material needs. So, what’s wrong if we go for them?
These material things are not the problem. The problem arises when we make them the reason why we live, the primary focus of our lives, or displace God and his righteousness in our hearts and when they take the No. 1 position in our hearts or become the main pursuit in life.

Effects of Having Idols in the Heart

There are losses a Christian sustains when he creates and maintains idols in the heart.

a. Idols in the heart fill us with Excuses

Most people give excuses why they couldn’t assembly with God’s family at one time or another. These excuses hinge on secular engagements to the detriment of God’s command. See Luke 14:16-27.

b. Idols in the Heart Draw us Away from God

Sadly, 90% of the worshippers of God are religious but not spiritual. They have turned the worship of God mechanical. They jump from one denomination to another for miracles, signs and wonders, healings and prosperity, securing marriage partners and children, good jobs and contracts. They worship God with their lips but their hearts are far from God. The essence of coming to meet with God’s people is to be visited with material things and once that is secured they bolt out.
They desire God’s divine intervention in the problems but not willing to establish a cordial and deep relationship with God.

c. Idols in the heart take away God’s Power and Authority in You

Interestingly, God has reserved much of his power for his children to enable them overcome the wiles of the devil and live a triumphant life on earth. However, there are strict conditions for the acquisition of such supernatural power and authority from God.
One of them is that one must deny himself, take up his cross and follow Christ daily. It is not a seasonal contract but perpetual as long as one lives.
Therefore, anyone who got no time for God got no time for his power.
The multitude that came to Jesus basically for food and miracles of healings never experienced God’s power over their personal lives. That’s why they had to come to Jesus often for a refill.

On the contrary, the apostles who spent time studying at the feet of Jesus were filled with the supernatural power to accomplish great things among men.
As long as you don’t create time for God, you will never discover the secret code to activate God’s power in your troubles and aspirations.

d. Idols in heart keep You in perpetual Bondage

One ancient but potent weapons of Satan against man has been keeping him too busy to look for God. Devil can’t stop the workings of God’s power in you or over your challenges but he can stop you from doing things that would guarantee the availability of the power of God. He does this by getting you so occupied with the worldly lifestyle or things of life that you almost forget to serve God. It is a Word addiction that guarantees supernatural manifestation. There is no confirmation of the Word of God without application.

Today, what many people know is their money, business, job, or family.
Ironically, most people are so addicted to material acquisitions that they neglect their families. They kids are left in the care of the nanny while they struggle to acquire as much wealth as possible.
Sadly, they miss the reality that seeking God is the foundation and guarantee for every form of success-marital, business, career, and spiritual.

Finally, to get away from this rut and discover success through God, begin a covenant time with your God today and seek to be in the assembly of the Saints-Hebrews 10:25.
Remember that you can’t be a spiritual star without being a practical hero.

Recommended Books:
The Secret of Supernatural Power, Deliverance and Prosperity

Breaking the Hold of Self-Slavery

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

How to Discover the Meaning of Life

By Baruch Okpulor

Discovering the meaning of life has been an issue to man for thousands of years. Scientists, philosophers, astrologers, astronomers, archaeologists, astronauts, struggle to find the essence of existence.
Some have offered their best guesses and some others admitted they have no definite clues.

a. The Meaning of Life is found in God

Interestingly, the puzzle on the meaning and purpose of life is solved by revelation. God created life and has all the answers to it. The best and easiest way to discover answers to an invention is to turn to the inventor and his manual.
God is the inventor of life while the Word of God is the manual. In the book, The Secret of Supernatural Power, Deliverance and Prosperity, Silas revealed new divine program to get revelation and hear from God about ones life, meaning and purpose of creation and how to attract the supernatural power and wisdom to solve life challenges. This is what is called the Covenant time.

b. Develop a Relationship with God

You don’t need the manual of a product if you don’t have the product. You would not be motivated to know about the Word of God if you have nothing to do with God. You discover your identity and purpose in life through a relationship with God because His purpose for your life predates your conception. You may choose your career, spouse, hobbies, friends, and other things but not your purpose of life. Initiate a relationship with God today to live a meaningful life.

Recommended Books:

The Secret of Supernatural Power, Deliverance and Prosperity

When Trusting God Makes No Sense

Breaking the Hold of Self-Slavery

Stop Existing! Start Living!
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How to Live a Simple and Balanced Life

By Baruch Okpulor

With the recent global economic crisis and economic depression in corporations, companies and families, it is hard to ensure a guaranteed regular income. This has become a serious concern for bread winners.
This concern is aggravated as big companies lay off thousands of workers periodically.
If you become suddenly unemployed, the challenge is to take vigorous action to find another job.

Despite the pressure of generating enough income and job security, there is much more to life.
Living a satisfying, meaningful life obviously involves making time for work, family, recreation, spiritual needs and friends.
You must understand that you will live this life just once.

Adopt the following approaches for a balanced life:

a. Make Time for Yourself

Working long hours without proper rest or recreation can rob you of many joys in life. It can also lead to serious health problems.
Chronic overwork has been linked to obesity, heart disease, alcoholism, drug dependency, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and many other stress-related disorders.

Never let your work become your obsession. Protect your mental, physical, and emotional health by taking time to rest no matter how difficult it seems and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Balancing work with rest and leisure will also help you care for the emotional needs of your family more.

b. Balance Life with Family Life

Many family members are separated and disconnected even though they talk with one another. Your children own most of your energy while your work gets what is left.
One U.S. study reports that on average, dual income couples talk to each other only 12 minutes a day.

c. Give Some of Your time to God

Living a simple, balanced life involves getting connected with the Creator, God. The events that take place in the physical are regulated in the supernatural realm.
Today, many people have a short-term, materialistic view of life. Develop a covenant time with God to get revelations and directions about your family, love life, work, business and aspirations in life.

Recommended Books:

The Secret of Supernatural Power, Deliverance and Prosperity

When Trusting God Makes No Sense

Breaking the Hold of Self-Slavery

How to Attract Riches into Your Life in 4 Steps

by Baruch Okpulor

Money answers all things says a biblical quotation. Money rules the world in relationship, career, family, investment ventures, luxury, in church funding, etc
Without money, the world would be an odd place to live in. Everyone understands the language of money, wealth, affluence and riches-the young and old, man and woman, and boy and girl.

But very few know how to command money into their lives and this mistake has made many live the life of mediocrity and poverty.

Some of the strategies to attract wealth into your life include:

a. Change Your Limiting Belief about Riches

As a man thinketh, so is he, is a reality in this case. Your belief about money and wealth determines how much money you attract into your life.
In the book, Stop Existing! Start Living, some of these destructive beliefs about money and wealth include:

Money is the root of all evil
The rich will not go to heaven
Desiring to be rich is sinful
I cannot be wealthy because my family is poor
You must do evil to be rich
I can’t be rich because I’m uneducated
Wealth is meant for a certain people

You must begin to believe that you are capable of being wealthy and enjoy the best of this world.

b. Dream Big Dreams

You are as wealthy as your dreams. Most people prefer mediocrity to affluence. They are contented with smallness and the leftovers of life because they are afraid to dream big.

c. Figure Out What You Are Good At

The most successful and happy people on earth are people who are passionate about what they do. They become exceptionally good at such activities and vocation because they are happy and enjoy engaging in them. They see the vocation as hobby and not work.
Ask yourself, “what vocation, subjects, activities, do I enjoy most?” and engage in them today.

d. Set some Goals

It is not enough to dream, you must strive to achieve your dreams. Put action into your dream. Clarify what you actually want to achieve. Discipline yourself to focus on it until you achieve it. The book on Stop Existing! Start Living! is an ideal piece if your are keen at learning the approaches to adopt to discover yourself and be focused on your goals.

Recommended Books:

The Secret of Supernatural Power, Deliverance and Prosperity

When Trusting God Makes No Sense

Breaking the Hold of Self-Slavery