Wednesday, October 13, 2010
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.
The Secret of Supernatural Power, Deliverance and Prosperity
Breaking the Hold of Self-Slavery
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Sunday, September 26, 2010
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.
The Secret of Supernatural Power, Deliverance and Prosperity
When Trusting God Makes No Sense
Breaking the Hold of Self-Slavery
Stop Existing! Start Living!
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.
The Secret of Supernatural Power, Deliverance and Prosperity
When Trusting God Makes No Sense
Breaking the Hold of Self-Slavery
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.
The Secret of Supernatural Power, Deliverance and Prosperity
When Trusting God Makes No Sense
Breaking the Hold of Self-Slavery
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
During wedding, birthday ceremonies and anniversary, cake is usually shared among the invitees.
But God has a divine cake for everyone who lives on earth irrespective of tribe, race, colour of skin, language and cultural, social, academic, financial and family background.
This cake is the gift of salvation which has been made available to every person-man and woman in the world.
You Are Built to Last Forever
The major difference between man and other created things is the reality that man lives forever. Man has soul and spirit which do not die. At death, the body goes back to the dust where it came from while the spirit goes back to God.
“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” Ecclesiastes 12:7
God reveals that man will face judgement after death according his works while on earth. The basis of judgement is absolutely man’s works on earth.
“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it….
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before the God and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
An whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death” Revelation 20: 11-15
This bizarre revelation on what awaits man on the judgement day prompted God to design the scheme for redeeming the soul of man and sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, the Christ, to perfect this plan as He died on the cross for the sins of man (John 3:16).
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life”
The emphasis in John 3:16 is on “whosoever believes” and “everlasting life.” God doesn’t create a person He hates because his love leaves no choice. He is the God of all mankind.
Jesus Christ, as a way to reveal a glimpse of life after death, just before judgement, presented the case of Lazarus and the Rich man-two dead men who once lived on this earth.
“There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day.
And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate full of sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died and was buried;
And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torments……and cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame” Luke 16:20-24
The rich man was not condemned because he was rich but because he didn’t serve God in his days. If you are not a child of God, you are taking the most unsecured risk ever taken by man. You are exposing your soul to the dangers of hell.
You can’t escape it for God is not a respecter of person or a taker of bribe.
He demands that you receive the good news about the death, burial and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ, believe it, decide to drop every sin in your life through repentance, confess your faith in Christ and be buried with Him in the water of baptism and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
“Now when they heard this [that Jesus whom they crucified has become their Lord and Savior], they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and the rest of the apostles, men and brethren, what shall we do?
Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” Acts 2:37-38
As long as you have not given your life to Christ by following these steps to salvation, your sins live in you and it is these sins that would condemn you on the judgement day (Galatians 5:19-21).
Remember that it is only when you are saved that your name will be written in the book of life.
Everyone must face the judgement of God for He is the God of justice. No one can avoid it. Everyone must face God’s judgement even the devil, demons and disobedient angels.
Those who believe in God and those who do not must be judged by Him. It doesn’t matter what you worship now or believe in. It doesn’t matter if you do not believe in heaven and hell. You have the grace of God to repent and seek God while you are alive. Such grace is automatically removed at death.
“For the living know that they shall die but the dead…. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave where you go” Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10
The Rich man pleaded that Lazarus be sent from the dead to warn his five brothers to seek God while they are alive so that they will not be condemned like him but such request was turned down (Luke 16:28-30).
Abraham reminded him that they have the messengers of God to hear the Word. This same Word is what you are hearing now and will have no excuse for not submitting and serving God while you are alive.
A life without Christ is a precarious life. It is hopeless and helpless. It is meant to end in hell fire. It is reserved for the second death.
Now as you read these lines, why would you not become a child of God? Why would you not be born again and inherit the banquet in heaven?
God is telling you, “If you hear my voice today, do not harden your heart.”
Why must you spend eternity in torment in hell instead of bliss with God? God’s arms are open now, calling and waiting for you. Don’t keep Him waiting too long before it becomes late for death is a thief.
I employ you to seek where the Church of Christ meets and declare your allegiance for God today.
The Secret of Supernatural Power, Deliverance and Prosperity
Author: Baruch Silas
Publishers: Lulu Enterprises, I-Proclaim Press
Baruch’s book, WHEN TRUSTING GOD MAKES NO SENSE is all about what happens in the supernatural realm as regards God’s reaction and activities during times of crisis, hopelessness and helplessness; how to acquire supernatural power to deal with such fiery attacks and how to handle situations we can’t control, thereby becoming a commander of circumstances.
As I read through the book, I see clearly the mystery in trusting and surrendering to God absolutely in times of pain, persecutions, losses, sorrow and protracted setbacks and stagnation, even when it makes no sense to do so.
He discussed how surrendering to God becomes the catalyst that draws God’s power into man and against his troubles.
The writer makes a bold disclosure as he discusses what transpires between God and man when He appears millions of miles away in times of trouble. He stated what God does in such situations.
He succinctly supported this view with verifiable real life stories of individuals, families, communities and nations who are evidences of God’s mysterious ways of resolving hopeless and helpless situations of life.
Expounding this further in the chapter, What You Feel When God Appears Missing, one fully agrees with him that at the peak of such crisis period, the victim becomes confused and frustrated; feel chastened and forsaken and abandoned to die.
Above all, he is tempted and pushed so hard to seek solutions to his problems outside the bounds of God.
He enhanced this reality with the stories on the end of those who deviated from God during seeming helpless and protracted bad situations of life.
He opines that what happens to you is of less consequence to the way you react and handle it. It is not actually the beginning of a challenge that matters but the end. This is what makes you an overcomer.
Baruch went ahead to warn in the chapter, Why We Suffer Pain and Sorrow in life about the types of actions, thoughts and behaviour that automatically enslave man with pain and sorrow beginning with the individual to the family and society.
He revealed the reasons why God permits the innocent and righteous to be persecuted and why there are so much pain, conspiracy, and sorrow in our world and what to do to mitigate it beginning from the individual.
He disagrees with the long held belief that once one becomes a child of God and begins to obey the Word of God that all his problems will disappear. Becoming a committed Christian is an assurance of a tough time and protracted battle with the devil, dark forces and enticements of sin.
He also does not agree that the troubles that come upon man are wholly because of his sin. He declares that sometimes, trials and sufferings are God’s workmen to remove the impurities and roughness in ones life. He illustrated all these assertions with several case studies on different individuals, families and nations.
Any reader will not help but notice the conviction and momentum of the writer as he outlines and discusses in details, the practical steps to take when it makes no sense trusting God anymore.
If one applies these unbreakable principles, he is bound to become a champion, master and commander of every circumstance and situation of life no matter how deadly and complicated it may seem.
He paints vividly who and what makes a supernatural hero by introducing the principle of abnormality. This simple means operating beyond the ordinary.
Baruch professionally revealed and discussed the supernatural pathways for the acquisition of spiritual power and authority by anyone to command and bring under subjection any stubborn and protracted condition of life.
The writer went ahead to state emphatically that one is expected to stick to God when he passes through the furnace of afflictions of diverse magnitude and duration. He exposed why one must not give in to Satan, denounce God or renounce his faith at such times.
Not everyone might agree with this axiom as many may not be rigid enough to withstand the merciless and fiery darts of the devil for long.
However, my anxiety was doused when I took a walk on the writer’s revelations in the chapter, The Pleasures of Pain and Sorrow, where he demonstrated with real life evidences the indestructible reasons, sustainable benefits and great rewards in withstanding pain and overcoming any challenge of life.
While Baruch has made a great piece in this work, it is up to the readers to ascertain if there are situations when trusting God makes no sense.
Back cover for When Trusting God Makes No sense
What is God doing when He keeps silent over our agitation for help?
Why does He seem to keep quite and keep us waiting at those times we need Him to speak to us immediately? Does it imply that He is not touched by our pains and humiliations at such times? Are there times when He gets bored by our persistent disturbance and pestering? Does it mean that there are some problems He can’t handle at certain times? What actually is God up to during these times?
This book discusses extensively the setbacks of life, why they come to you, what they are meant to accomplish in your life, what you are expected to do to overcome all of them and become what you are fashioned to be.
It is a revelation of what happens in the supernatural realm when we are troubled in this terrestrial ball. It answers the recurring questions of “why do we suffer pain, troubles and sorrow; why do bad things happen to God’s people; what happens when God seems million miles away; how are we expected to react when God appears missing; what do we do with circumstances we can’t change; what is the power of praises, prayer and fasting over troubles and persecutions; Is there any pleasure in pain and sorrow; how do we surrender absolutely to God; why do we give up on God too soon; what are the evidences of trusting God and how do we understand and defeat any reproach in our life.
This book is a guide for you to be re-instated to your glory and manifest the purpose of your creation.
No Book has affected my life and given me inspiration and help to control my emotions and upgrade my faith in God during any crisis than this piece. If you desire to be in control of your life, read this book-Dr C.O. Uchegbu
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Monday, June 28, 2010
Man’s colossal ignorance about the strategies, baits and destructive activities of satan makes his operations easy and successful. He uses evil spirits, vile passions, satanic influences and compulsive behaviour, abominable thoughts and imaginations to keep man in bondage.
Every segment of man’s life is under siege by the devil.
Sadly, millions of people all over the world deny and underscore these massive satanic armories against their lives. The devil, by virtue of this ignorance of man over his evil activities, receives little or no resistance from his captives.
Dr Daniel K. Olukoya said, “When the temple of God is loaded with evil structures, there is nothing any man can do to repair it unless the hidden structures are dealt with.”
Many people are slaves to premarital and extramarital relationships, lesbianism, gay, masturbation, anal sex, bestiality, prostitution, witchcraft, idolatry, occultism, household evil powers, anger, drug addiction, drunkenness, sex addiction, immoral thoughts, addiction to food, wears and partying and clubbing.
God offers salvation to man by the death of Christ and inhabits man by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God in man. Thus, He calls us the temple of the Holy Ghost(1 Corinthians 6:19; 3:16).
Therefore, God demands that we live according to the commands and lifestyle of the Spirit who lives in us. We are sternly warned not to conform to the world’s standard and lifestyle but be transformed by the renewal of our mind to be and live like Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Romans 12:1-2; Hebrews 12:1).
Whenever we default in keeping this covenant, we become slaves in the camp of the devil because we bear the image of the devil as we swim in the ocean of sin and rebellion.
James Strong Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible defines the term “conformed” to mean “to be fashioned like or shaped into the image or the picture of”
We are not to conform to the pattern, standard, dictates and ways of the world. We must not use the standard of the world as a pattern for our progress and existence. You don’t measure your success or standard of character and values by the standard of the world.
Every aspect of your life which conforms to the world standard must be transformed as a matter of urgency to the image of God. It is the change from one form to another. In the physics class, we were taught the process of change where an entity can be transformed from the solid state to liquid or gaseous state. This is illustrated with the boiling of water in the liquid state which becomes gaseous when it is steam.
Transformation means change and change means repentance. It is the creation of a new man. It is the movement from the natural and carnal state to spiritual state, from the state of spiritual decay to spiritual purity. The caterpillar transforms to the butterfly and does not revert to the caterpillar.
The process of transformation leads to spiritual fractional distillation where God filters the vices in you from the virtues.
However, the power to transform your image lies with God and you must submit to God before you can acquire such power.
Sadly, God’s children are busy working and sweating in God’s vineyard without an appreciable difference in their standard of life. They fall in and out of sin. They have spent years in the Lord, yet they remain divine run of the mill.
The transformation starts with the renewal of the mind. You cannot transform your life until you transform your mind. Most Christians receive the word of God with no impact upon their lives because the Word doesn’t take root in their minds.
As a result, their character cannot manifest God’s Word and divine lifestyle.
Their minds are still choked by the pleasures of the world. The old things are in them because their minds have no space to accommodate the new things of righteousness.
You cannot transform your life until you thirst and hunger for the virtues of God (Galatians 5:22-23). The process of transformation involves a conscious effort and perseverance to become the exact image God has designed you to be. When we walk before God in carnal inclinations, we keep conforming to the pattern and dictates of the world. The mind is like the steering that controls the movement of the car on the road or the autopilot.
God has released the power that could change everything about you. Don’t delay any more. This is the time to grab it.
God Bless you.
Baruch Okpulor, Author of Stop Existing! Start Living! Discover Who and What Your Are to Step Into Greatness and Abundance
Satan would move freely and cause havoc among men without challenge until he encounters the man on whose life is deposited the ultimate power and authority of the Almighty God. The power that breaks the bars of iron asunder, melts the chains of wickedness and disarms the devil and set those in captive free.
This is the person who operates on the realm of holiness where the power of the Lord is reserved for him to consume the bondage of sin, life problems and the yoke of satan on his life and that of others.
This is the man who bows his heart and character, consciously and permanently, to the lordship of Jesus, the Christ. He is the man who has yielded his pride and Will to the Potter to purge and mortify all desires and works of the flesh in his life and he lives for Christ and never to himself any more.
The man who is ready to be used by God in manifesting His power of deliverance, restoration and prosperity is him who has resolved not to be contaminated by sin and the pollution of the world.He does not stink from the odour of filthiness.
He is the man who has determined God’s perfect plan for his life and refused to divert from the focus of his existence or misplace his priorities for receiving God’s power. He is the man whose primary focus of attack in this battle of life is to destroy the works of satan and the flesh without compromise. He is the man who has been empowered by God, through a constant stay in His Presence, to attack any fiery dart and satanic schemes designed to cut short God’s purpose concerning his life.
He is the man who has mastered the strategy of hiding in the pavilion of the Almighty against the risk, danger, hazard and perils of the enemy. He is never perturbed by the threat of the enemy for the Lord has set his feet on the Rock and raised his head above all his enemies. Therefore, he is above all principalities and evil powers for he mounts up with wings like the eagle.
Unfortunately, no one can climb to this enviable divine height to enjoy these benefits when he is a spiritual beggar. A spiritual beggar is one because he does not know how to climb God’s ladder of power and authority and lacks the time to stay in God’s sanctuary and commune with Him who dwells in an unapproachable light.
A beggar is one who must depend on others for continued existence and sustenance. He expects every one to satisfy his needs but does not satisfy the need of anyone.
He is the one whose potentials for greatness are buried in him while he looks to others for survival. His handicap stands between him and his heroic status.
Most times, he cannot move himself physically. People determine the level and pace of his progress and success in life. He doesn’t get enough even when he begs alms from morning till night hours. An example is the beggar at the gate called beautiful into the temple of Jerusalem (Acts 3:1-9).
He does not mind who gives him money and how the money is gotten. All he needs is a means of survival even though he may have all it takes to be like every other person.
Just as there are men and women who are beggars in the physical world, so are many Christians who are beggars in the spiritual world. They depend on some “men of God” to satisfy their spiritual needs. These “men of God” determine their survival in the spiritual realm. They beg for spiritual things such as prayers, open doors, deliverance, success and breakthroughs because they lack God’s righteousness, power and authority in their lives and the knowledge to ask and receive. They do not know how to pray on their own. They feel like dying whenever the word “fasting” is mentioned. They feel uncomfortable to engage in spiritual things.
Most of us are too busy to develop a personal time to stay in God’s presence in our homes, offices and stalls.We prefer to depend on any power or spirit that promises “solution” to our problems to seek God ourselves. We often make sacrifices to demons to appease them to lose their grip on our lives instead of fighting them. We give ourselves to idolatry and surrender to images, shrines, idols, groves, occult powers, and mystic forces in our bid to get free from life troubles.
The beggar is never contented with begging no matter how much you give him. His excitement is short lived. It does not take him to the next day because he will come out again and again to beg. The same happens to Christians who cannot discipline themselves to set apart a SPECIFIC time everyday to stay in God’s presence to derive power and authority against the devil, sin and sorrows of this world.
They have free access to the Holiest of all to derive power, authority, riches, healing and all material possessions but they prefer to depend on others for their survival. What a disgrace of divine privilege!
Others who have gotten wealth through the devil rise today and are down tomorrow because they lack the power to withstand satan from snatching from them those material possessions he has given them. When they die, their wealth dies with them because the living can’t do what they did to maintain the wealth from the dark world.
We are afraid and evade coming before God because our ways of life are rotten. We live in all manner of wickedness, immorality, idolatry, malice, selfishness and lasciviousness.
Always know this, "Sin will either keep you away from God or kill you."
God Bless you as you live for Him and impact the world positively.
Baruch Okpulor, Author of The Irony of Love, Premarital and Extramarital Affairs
God expects us to ask Him what He has for us before we make any decision concerning any aspect of our lives-education, marriage, business, career, etc.
This discovery saves us a lot of mistake, heart aches and frustrations in life. It helps us avoid destructive steps and things that look golden but gloomy for our lives. This is the secret of God’s most successful children in all ages.
Let us look at this case study.
Saul of Tarsus
Saul also called Paul was playing his own script when he was fighting and killing the Christians against God’s will. He was sincere in that pursuit and felt he was working for God by promoting the religion of Judaism but he was utterly wrong. As soon as he discovered God’s rightful plan for his life, he surrendered absolutely to God without hesitation (Acts 9: 3-6)
Paul’s concern was to understand properly that it was God who had the script he was asked to play. God reminded him that it is hard to kick against the goads. You can’t strive with God and live, for He is a Consuming Fire
His frustrations were removed as soon as he gave in to God. He asked God to show him his new script when he said, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” This is the question we must ask concerning every stage and season of our lives. Lord, what do you want me to do concerning this marriage proposal, job offer, proposed business venture, health condition, career plans, choice of life partner, programme of study, etc?
Most Christians are so scared to ask God for His Will for them because they are either not ready to accept God’s Will or have made up their minds even before they go to God for approval.
When you insist to study that course, pursue that job, execute that business plan, marry that man or woman, engage in that behaviour, and fight that cause without asking God first, you risk betrayal, disappointment and failure.
Paul gave up his legal profession, social status, former religious inclinations and goodwill among the Jews, his rapport with the Government of his time and religious bodies to play God’s script through a religion, in his time, that was unknown, most controversial and life threatening. He did not abandon God’s script when the Lord told him that he would suffer pains and humiliations for His sake (Acts 9:15-16)
He accepted God’s script even when he suffered the most brutal treatment- physical, spiritual and emotional, in the hands of the Roman Government.
He chose to become an enemy of those who opposed his new script including the Sadducees, Roman Government, Jews, heathens and false religious groups and brethren than to avoid God’s script. He became a target for destruction and received daily dangerous threats to his existence.
Saul otherwise called Paul, received 195 strokes of the cane from his own brothers, the Jews, for accepting God’s script for his life. He was beaten with rods, spent a day and night in the bottom of the sea, faced dangers from robbers, seas, his own people, the Gentiles, in the city, and desert.
Paul’s second home was the prison and death lurked around him all the time, yet he didn’t die until his appointed time (1 Corinthians 11:23-27).
Although he gave in to God, his journey of life was filled with hatred, conspiracy, false accusations, and dangers. When you accept God’s script for your life, the world may turn against you. Your household and best friends may become your worst enemies. Moses, Paul, Joseph, and Jesus Christ were examples.
Your family may oppose your decision especially if they see more benefit from your former calling than your new calling. Satan may possess people to confuse you, trap or distract you from God’s line for your life. The devil used Peter to stop Christ from fulfilling God’s script for Him which is death for mankind to establish redemption.
Now consider prayerfully and sincerely these questions of life. Have you discovered God’s perfect will for your life? What profession [business, career, job, work] has God designed for you? What type of course has God designed for you to study in school? What is it that God expects you to achieve on earth? What type of wife, children and family does God approve of you? What type of car, house or quantum of material possessions has God set out for you? What status has God preserved for you in life? What degree of popularity and fame has God made available for you? What do you consider as obstacles to playing God’s script for your life? Why are you undecided about God’s revelations for your life? What are your answers?
God bless you as you discover your Purpose in Life.
Baruch Okpulor, Author of Stop Existing and Start Living.
Reach him on firstname.lastname@example.org
You cannot experience joy when you are being chased about by troubles, pains and sorrows. The way to experience joy over all your problems is to be in God’s presence.
When you do this, you would achieve these physical blessings:
· Insurmountable problems of life become easily a walk over.
· Impossible situations become very possible.
· Easily achieve things which look unachievable before men.
· You experience uncommon and unusual favour before men as the Hebrew boys in Babylon, Joseph in Egypt, and Nehemiah in Shushan.
· God begins to easily use every circumstance, desire and challenges in your life as opportunity to manifest His supreme powers.
That means you become the testimony of God’s powers of deliverance, restoration and promotion just as Abraham, Job, Hannah, Shedrack, Meshack and Abednego, Elizabeth, David, Daniel, Mordecai, and Sarah.
· You automatically become a terror to the devil, demons and evil forces. They are intimidated at your presence.
· Your words become honoured by God because He is always with you just as he did for Gideon, Elijah, Elisha, and Joshua did.
· You become superior and above all other men on earth because you operate at a realm millions of people do not operate on-the realm of all possibilities and powers.
Daniel, Joseph, Abraham, David, Shedrack, Meshack, Abednego, Paul, Peter, Elijah, Elisha were respected by the people of their time even though they were physically equal with all men. The power of God moving in them made them ordinary men with extraordinary powers.
Do you want to get all these benefits, then initiate a walk with God today because whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him (1 John 5:18).
You may have a story of misery, fear, anxiety, hopelessness and helplessness just as I had at a point in my life. It may be that nothing works again in your life. Perhaps, it is sickness, business failure, marital trouble, childlessness, life threatened by satanic powers, and curses.
You may have done everything and anything possible to be free without success. You have relocated to another city or state because you think your problem is location yet the devil is after you. It may be protracted illness. You are being moved from one hospital to the other.
Despite what the challenge is, God is saying to you now that no water can swallow the ship where the Master of ocean, seas, and skies lies. They all [your problems and needs] shall sweetly obey God’s command and Will concerning you and you shall have great peace.
God is on the ship of your life now and the tempest must obey and peace restored in the voyage of your life. If you are ready to pick a covenant time with God and walk daily in holiness and readiness to do God’s will, then you have paid the price.
Don’t present your problems, present yourself
Another thing I was taught during my covenant time with God is that it is a time for self-searching and not problem presentation.
When you start to stay in God’s presence daily at your appointed time, you will be tempted to focus on your problems rather than developing a personal relationship with God.
You see, Christians spend so much time in God’s presence asking, seeking and knocking. All these efforts are made just to receive from God.
It is all about asking for material blessings. God, give me wife. God, give me car. God, prosper my business. God, I need an accommodation.
God, I want to get an offer of admission into school. God, give me this and God, I also need that. We spend time to hear from God only at worship sessions on Sundays and midweek fellowships. These times are not enough. God is the God of face-me-I-face-you.
Whenever we kneel before God, it is an asking galore. God did not make it this way. The disciples had time they spent alone with Jesus. It was not time for asking for favours, healing, fasting or prayers. It was time for interpersonal relationship. A time to know who Jesus is by interacting with Him. They needed to be sure that they were with the right Messiah even when the Jews were in confusion about the identity of Jesus as the Son of God.
Imagine if you are a parent and all your kid does when he comes to you is to ask for this or that all the time. He does not care to take instructions from you. You cannot chat with him at home. He does not even know your person well despite all efforts to draw him close. He has time for you only at public functions-vacations, ceremonies, picnics, etc. He is much interested and committed in running after other issues affecting his life than to have a talk with you unless he has a need to fill.
How would you feel about this type of relationship with your own child? Will you be disturbed, feel despised, neglected, or fulfilled and happy? What do you then think God thinks about such relationships we keep with Him? How do you think God feels at such times when we only come to Him when we have a need to fill?
Even when we come for prayers before God, we are in a hurry to start pouring our problems into the bowls of God for solution and we desire instant response. We lack the patience to discover God’s will for every aspect and stage of our lives and problems. We can’t even spend little time to adore God with praises before making our request known unto Him. We hurriedly ask for forgiveness of our sins and rarely ask for others need. This is what happens often among Christians.
The principle of setting up a covenant time with God is to attract God’s presence into your life. It is just as if you want to woo God to your life. Your focus must be to discover God’s word, derive His power and authority while developing a personal conversational relationship with Him. These are things that must occupy your heart not your problems.
You don’t dictate to God how He would deliver you from your problems. Your work is to seek His presence and watch what happens in your life. Do not be like Naaman who was in a hurry to dictate how God would heal him and the river to use.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
It is paradoxical to discover that there are many men and women who have achieved their heart desires according the scripts they wrote for themselves, yet they live in misery, fear, dissatisfaction and confusion. They look fulfilled outwardly but feel empty within.
They have good jobs, nice houses, happy marriages, cars and money, yet peace eludes them. They feel they never got it right in the career they took in life but cannot turn the hand of the clock backwards. They have much to live on but nothing to live for.
Ignorance of God’s Will for our lives
One reason why we don’t play God’s script is ignorance of His will for our lives. In my book “Find It Now or Lose It Forever,” I explained that a number of people are yet to determine why they are on earth as regards who they are, what they are able to achieve, and God’s project for their lives.
We lack knowledge of God’s will for our lives because we have a strenuous relationship with God. We don’t start on time to seek God’s Will for our lives. We run to God only when we hit a brick wall in our bid to do it ourselves.
That’s why many people are in schools, programmes, jobs, vocations, businesses, marriages and relationships God never planned for their lives.
They keep wondering why they cannot prosper in a business venture that booms for some other persons. They can’t understand why they are unable to secure a great job as their friends who have studied same course with them. They want to know how a friend or family member thrives well in a locality that is unknown, yet they do poorly in a highly commercialized and industrialized city where they found themselves.
These are questions on our lips at one time or another which cannot be answered without possessing God’s knowledge in ones life.
Desire to walk by sight
People insist on playing their own written script because they walk by sight and not by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7; Galatians 5:16).
We are made to believe that our existence and success in life depend so much on the academic, environmental and economic factors. We struggle to underplay the role and power of God to determine what happens in our lives. We believe heaven is not interested in things of sort.
Now consider the following passage in Jeremiah 27:5:
“I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched are, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me”
This passage is the evidence that God establishes and regulates what ever happens to man even you. Nebuchadnezzar in all his power and arrogance was subdued by God to acknowledge that the Lord rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomsoever He desires (Daniel 4: 25).
Your life is not determined by what happens around you but by what God has decreed concerning you. Joseph was a prisoner when he was moved to the throne of Pharaoh in Egypt as a Minister for Agriculture. His former status as a prisoner holds no future for him to come close to the royal throne yet God gave him the throne of Pharaoh when it was time.
The status of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, as captives from Israel held no bright future for them in Babylon, yet God made them great men by the simple act of submission to God. It is not about your choice, environment, strength, opportunities available to you, knowledge, and position; it is about what God says and upholds to happen in your life. Walk in this path of life with God and discover the road to your greatness on earth.
Rebellion against God’s Will for your life
One other reason why most Christians write and play their own script of life is refusal to accept God’s script for their lives.
Every child of God is expected to dance to God’s tunes for his life. He must be disciplined enough to accept God’s choices for him at every phase of his life. It doesn’t matter how desirable and prospective his plans for himself might look.
“There are many plans in a man's heart, nevertheless the LORD'S counsel-that will stand” Proverbs 19:21
Can you see why we become frustrated when we struggle to go against God’s will for our lives? God’s counsel must stand irrespective of how beautiful and good your plans are for your life. You cannot stop it.
Prophet Jeremiah might have been intimidated by the harsh countenance of the people of his time and the height of wickedness prevalent in the land that he wanted to avoid God’s script for his life. He stood before God to give excuses why he found himself unfit to play God’s script for his life-the script of being God’s spokesman before the nations and kingdoms (Jeremiah 1:4-10).
Jeremiah might have had another plan for his life just as we do today, but God ordained him a Prophet to the nations even before he was formed in the womb. God was to build righteousness and uproot wickedness in the land using Jeremiah as the bridge between Him and the nations.
Today, it is easier for some people to escape God’s will for them than their shadows. They use their physical limitations as excuses to ignore God’s script. Often you hear people say, “ I am not cut out for that work, business, profession, course of study, type of life” “ I am too young for that,” “I don’t think I can handle that at this time.” They are too selfish and strict with their lives that they ignore whatever God says.
God made Jeremiah realize that youthfulness is never a barrier to achieve great things for God just as He told Moses that the problem of slow of speech is never a reason to drop God’s script.
When you accept God’s plan for your life, He guarantees the protection of your life at dangerous spots. Look at this promise of God to Jeremiah.
“For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee (Jeremiah 1:18-19).
Why don’t you allow God fight for you as you agree to accept His plans for you instead of resisting His Will for you? Remember that no one strives with the Lord.
God bless you.
Baruch Okpulor is the Author of Breaking the Hold of Self-Slavery
Reach him at email@example.com
It is great to realize that every child of God is an employee of God to drive God’s business. Jesus knew this and said to his family members, “Why do you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?” You are employed by God as an actor or actress for a role play on this earth. God made life as a stage where men and women act their scripts otherwise known as the purpose of creation.
This purpose is the script of your life containing every thing that would happen at every season and stage of your life from childhood to adulthood till death separate you unto God-the Master Producer.
All the secular and spiritual education you need to succeed on earth, wealth and riches, marriage partner, number of children, type of career, job or vocation, cities and countries to live in, and any other issues about you are contained in this divine script once you become a living soul. Remember the case of Moses and Jeremiah.
Fortunately, God’s thought for His people are of good and not evil. So, all things that happen in your life are coordinated to bring you to an expected end in a perfected state.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Unfortunately, millions of people all over the world play scripts of life written by their parents, friends or themselves outside God’s line. This anomaly explains why we end up in frustrations and regrets about the way we have lived our lives.
Some others play life scripts written for them by the devil and demons because they believe that’s the shortest and easiest way to make it in life. At our old age, we look back on life and wish we could have the opportunity to correct some scripts we wrongly played against the Will of God in our lives but such opportunities are denied us.
In the movie industry, the actor is under obligation to act what the producer has given him to perform. He does not dictate the lines of the script and cannot amend it without the consent of the film director. Some of the lines of the script may be stressful and scary to perform, but the desire of the Producer must be met. God’s script for our lives may involve delays, trials of faith and challenges. It may be awkward to our eyes and demanding at the onset but you are the person created to execute it.
Also, don’t forget that all scripts are not completed within the same time frame. Some may take few months while others may last for a year or more, going through series of adjustment for a perfect finish. God has timing for everyone to start and end his life script which demands patience from man, the actor.
Every film producer has a message he wants the audience to derive. This is the message the actor is called upon to project to the viewers through acting.
God as the script writer has an image to project, message to relay and purpose to achieve in your life as His child but you must identify what your life purpose is if you must act God’s script correctly. The world is watching you and you must behave as God’s celebrity.
God bless you.
Baruch Okpulor is the Author of Breaking the Hold of Self-Slavery
Reach him on firstname.lastname@example.org