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.

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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.

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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.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

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Do You Have Your Own Cake?

From observation, cake is a thing liked and used universally and most people love to eat it.
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.

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Book: When Trusting God Makes No Sense
Author: Baruch Silas
Publishers: Lulu Enterprises, I-Proclaim Press
Pages: 296
Reviewer: S.O.Okpulor

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