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Friday, 22 May 2020

How To End Ridicule And Mockery In Your Life

Have You Been Mocked and Ridiculed Before? Has Your Life Been Subject To Ridicule & Mockery? Have Situations, Circumstances and Issues of Life Made You Suffer Ridicule and Mockery From Peers and Family?


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Then today, I will show you how to end all forms of ridicule and mockery in your life. It is needful to do so because God did not create you to be mocked by men. He did not create you to be an epitome of ridicule.

Jesus teaching in Matthew 5:16 said:

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”


God desires that your life brings Him glory. By implication when men ridicule you and mock you, you are not living in accordance to the plan and purpose of God for your life. Your life is expected to bring glory to God, mockery and ridicule are foreign to you.


Men are supposed to look at your life and wonder, glorifying God. Just in case, they look at your life and mockery comes out of their mouths it shows there is a problem.


The life of every child of God is expected to be a sign and a wonder to the world. Isaiah 8:18 says

“Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.”


A sign and a wonder can not be mocked. If God has said you are the light of the world and a sign and wonder and your life is still mocked it shows there is a distortion in the original configuration.


How then do you bring an end to mockery and ridicule in your life?


GET RESULTS


Results stops insults. People will definitely mock and ridicule you when your life is supposed to produce results and they do not see the results coming forth. A life without results can not escape mockery and ridicule.


Let me share a personal testimony.

There is a prayer group that meets once in a week to pray. When they began I said so many wrong things about them (which I truly regret). I made comments like "If I was God, I would blocked my ears with an earphone when they prayed", "They will soon stop it is just initial zeal (what Nigerians refer to as initial gara-gara)" and so on.


Just recently, I began to notice the amazing things this prayer group was reckoned to be achieving, how God was using them to do great things, even revealing deep things to them. I who criticized them before was tempted to join (I can not join though because the group is actually gender-based).


What happened?

RESULTS. The group began to produce results and I could not deny the fact that they were doing something very many of us, including myself, are not doing. The results they began to produce shut my mouth from being able to speak any form of criticism.


We can argue with the fact that a woman is fruitful but all arguments will cease the moment the woman takes in and after nine months gives birth. The answer to mockery is not an intelligent speech or an apologetic sermon. It is RESULT.


Even Jesus cursed a fig tree which did not have results (fruits) in Matthew chapter 21 verse 19. Without results, men will curse you. Your life will never escape the insults and ridicule of men when you fail to produce results. Both God and men are interested in your production of results.


“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”
— John 15:8


HOW DO YOU PRODUCE RESULTS TO END MOCKERY & RIDICULE IN YOUR LIFE



What should you do to produce results in your life, results that will end ridicule and mockery forever. To get results you must


ABIDE IN GOD


Jesus said:
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
— John 15:5


We are likened to branches and by default we know that a branch can not bear fruit if it is detached from the tree. In the same vein, we can not bear fruits when we live apart from God.


Our lives will only produce results when we abide in God and rely solely on Him for sustenance. The easiest route out of mockery and ridicule to the place of overflowing bounties of results is by abiding in God.


I need to correct a notion and that is abiding in God simply means giving your life to Christ. That is only part the equation. The concept of abiding in God is about fellowshipping and communing with God.


Man was birthed from the womb of communion and he is expected to live by communion. Apostle Mike Orokpo said the answer to the chaos and turbulence in the world is men of communion. The world and the church is dilapidated and ruined because men of communion are no longer on the scene.


The only way you can turn around the mockery of me is for you to begin producing results and your life begins to produce results when you begin to engage God consistently in the secret place. Communion with the Father is your ticket out of a life of ridicule and mockery.


It is in continual communion with God that you can be sure of getting your prayers answered. This is because

"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you"– John 15:7

A man who dwells in the secret place of the Most High can never have his life in mockery or ridicule.


Why am I so sure of this? One of the things we do as part of our communion with and to God is the study and meditation of God's word. When we want to commune with God, we pick up His word, study and take out time to meditate on it.


Now see Psalms 1:1-3

"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper"



The man whose delight is the law, who meditates on the law day and night (vs 2) shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water. This man shall bring forth fruit in his season (vs 3).


The concluding part of verse 3 is overwhelming. It says "and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper". You can not afford to be unproductive when you are given to communing and fellowshipping with God.


If you are tired of the ridicule of men then you must turn your face to God and keep your gaze on Him until He turns your situation around. Communion is the Way.


Another way to end ridicule and mockery in your life is by


THE ANOINTING OF THE SPIRIT


The anointing of the Spirit of God is the most important capital of a believer's life. The anointing is not for men of God like we have believed it to be but for every believer.


Apostle Joshua Selman said there are two characteristics of a blessed man. One that man must have knowledge and secondly he must be very anointed. If your life must change, it will do so by the anointing of the spirit.


HOW DOES THE ANOINTING OF THE SPIRIT END RIDICULE & MOCKERY

How can the anointing of the Spirit eliminate ridicule and mockery in your life? How will the anointing turn your life around so that men will see you and all they will want to do is to glorify God?


Let's look at just one scripture and that would be Mark 1:35

And when they had found him, they unto him, ALL MEN SEEK FOR THEE

In the scripture above, Jesus had gone to pray and when His disciples found Him they told Him that He was been sought by all men. Does this strike a chord? Does this ignite anything in you?


How can one man be sought by all men? What this implied is that Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes, Publicans, Tax collectors, Fishermen, Priests and so on were looking for one man – Jesus. What did Jesus had that made this possible?


Relating "All Men" to our day and time. It means Politicians, Doctors, Lawyers, Bankers, Engineers, Masons, Educationist, Agriculturists, Children, and so on seek one man. What can a man carry that will make him to be relevant among believers and non-believers alike.


The answer is in Acts 10:38

"How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power; who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him"


The anointing of the Spirit of God was what brought Jesus to that realm of relevance such that all men sought Him.

Can that happen to you today?
Can you stop men from ridiculing and mocking you to start looking and seeking for you?

Yes you can! You can by becoming anointed.
The anointing is not for ministers of God alone. It is for every believer. It is for people who no longer want to be ridiculed and mocked by men. This is for people who want to be so anointed that their lives become a testament of the glory of God.


Would you end ridicule and mockery in your life? Then become highly anointed. Earnestly pray for the anointing of the Spirit.


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Wednesday, 15 April 2020

How To Enter The Secret Place of The Most High

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The secret place of the Most High is a place of fellowship, intimacy and communion with the Father by the help of the Holy Spirit. It is a place where believers initiate bonding with God's Spirit.

It is the place of intercourse. A place where the Divine swallows up humanity and the flesh laid bare before the eternal Spirit.

There is so much one can say about what the secret place is about but it is important to note that there are certain requirements which must be met before anyone can make entry into the secret place.


I mentioned the following as the requirements for entering the secret place.
  • Right-Standing or Righteousness
  • A Call
  • Hunger
  • Quickening


Until these requirements are met, entry into the secret place would be hindered. Follow me as I explain these requirements.


1. Right-Standing or Righteousness


The first requirement for entering the secret place is right-standing with God also known as righteousness.


The secret place is a place where God dwells. God detest sin hence anyone who is in sin can never locate the secret place because sin and God can never dwell together.


David asked, Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? (Psalms 24:3). The answer in verse 4 is summarized as a man who is righteous.


A sinner can not have access to the secret place. Sin is one of the major hindrances to the secret place because the holiness of God can not admit sin or a sinner into the secret place.


To enter the secret place, one must rid him/herself of sin. God is ever ready to interact and commune with us but sin poses a hindrance (Isaiah 59:2).


You can only gain entry and enjoy the benefits of the secret place of the Most High when you have exited the nature of sin and began living righteously.


2. A Call


Dwelling in the secret place is a spiritual activity. And it is only possible by partnership with the Spirit of God. Trying to enter the secret place by an act of your will or desire is a venture that would end in utter futility.


What I mean is this, you can not enter into the secret place because you want to or choose to. You can only come into the secret place when the Spirit calls you.


Jesus explains this concept in John 6:44

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

No man can come into the place of fellowship by an act of his/her will. Men come into fellowship with God because He(God) by His Spirit calls them.


In the first part of Songs of Solomon chapter one verse four, the Bible says

Draw me, we will run after you...

Men come into the secret place by virtue of a call.

I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.” – Hosea 11:4

It would be difficult to go into the secret place except God calls and draws you into it.

... Today if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart... – Psalms 95:7-8


The Spirit of God is constantly calling out to your spirit even NOW. Say YES to that call and enter into the secret place.


3. Hunger


One of the test of spiritual healthiness is hunger for God. Hunger is a very good sign spiritually. It signifies that one is alive spiritually.


A man who is hungry for God will readily want to dwell in the secret place. David expressed an undying hunger for God which is very much evident in his book of Psalms.


In Psalms 63, David was in the wilderness. What every normal human would seek in the wilderness is food and water but David sought something else.


O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;” – Psalms 63:1

Hunger for God continually drove David into the secret place. Without hunger for God, the secret place will be an uncomfortable place to dwell.


4. Quickening


Like I said earlier on, dwelling in the secret place is a spiritual function which makes it a daunting task to accomplish in the flesh.


You can not perform a spiritual function effectively unless you are helped by a spirit. In the flesh and by the energy of the flesh we can not conduct ourselves into the secret place. We must be quickened by a spirit to perform a spiritual function.


In Psalms 80:18, the Psalmist prayed thus;

"So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name."


Without quickening, we would not find the secret place conducive for dwelling. A man who would consistently dwell in the secret place would do so by partnering with the Spirit of God. you


It is only spirits that can be consistent. A human can only be consistent when he/she is quickened by a spirit. The Spirit of God will have to get you quickened before you can enter and dwell in the secret place.


Apostle Paul to the Romans;

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” – Romans 8:11

The secret place is primarily governed by the Spirit of God. He is responsible for quickening you into the secret place and conducting you around it.


KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • Anyone who is in sin can not enter into the secret place because sin and God can never dwell together
  • You can only enter into the secret place when you are called into it
  • A man who is hungry for God will readily dwell in the secret place
  • You can not perform a spiritual function unless you are helped and quickened by a Spirit

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Monday, 13 April 2020

The Man That God Uses...

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Who is the man that God uses?
What makes up the man that God will make use of?
What is the posture a man must take to be a readily useful vessel for the service of the Master?


God even though He is sovereign is limited in His operations on the earth. This is because He has willed the earth to men and has apportioned it as a territory to be dominated by man.


The Psalmist in Psalms 115:16 said:

"The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD'S: but the earth hath He given to the children of men."


Furthermore in Psalms 8:6-8:

"For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
"

The heaven is the place of God's complete sovereignty while the earth is man's domain.


For God to do anything on the earth, He must find a man who would serve as His excuse or permission. Before God can do anything on the earth somebody must act as an intermediary allowing God to find expression on the earth.


There is great suffering in the world today not because God is a tyrant or because He is incapacitated to intervene. It is because men have not yielded themselves as excuses for God to act. The problem has never been God but the lack of yielded men.


And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” – Ezekiel 22:30


God is always seeking for men who would stand in the gap. If God decides to act without the excuse of man, He would be violating the law that governs territories.


Inasmuch as God needs men to carry out His purposes on the earth, there are clear cut characteristics of the man God uses. Men are God's methodology for operating in the earth but not every man is handy for God's usage.


To use a man, God has to work on that man, making sure that man bears a posture, is rid of certain tendencies and meet God's usability requirements. Our task is to identify these requirements and work on ourselves till we become God's tool for enforcing God's kingdom and will.


From scriptures and the lives of men who God have used in times past, we can draw out the requirements for the men that God uses.


1. A Man With A Pure Heart


In God's dealing with man the first thing He seeks to work on is the man's heart. The heart is the pivot of every man's life and whatever rules the heart rules the man.


This is why Solomon admonished in Proverbs 4:12, Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life


In Ezekiel chapter 14, certain elders came to inquire of the Lord through the Prophet Ezekiel and God gave the prophet a shocking revelation. God said:

Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?” – Ezekiel 14:3


God could speak to the Prophet Ezekiel because he was the only one with a pure heart in the gathering. The elders had placed idols in their heart and put the stumbling block of their iniquities before their face.


This is why the Psalmist prayed saying:

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” – Psalms 51:10

David knew that The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken-heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit (Psalms 34:18).


Once the heart of a man is corrupted, that man becomes unusable by God. Sin, pride, ambitions e.t.c corrupt the heart and if a man must be used of God, he must rid himself of these.


Like David we must pray thus:

"Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." – Psalms 139:23-24


2. A Man Who Is Totally Surrendered To God.


God uses only willing vessels. God has no favourites in the kingdom. Any man who would be totally surrendered to God can be used of and by God. Even the man who has been written off by society, if he be surrendered totally to God can be used to wrought marvelous deeds.


To surrender is to let go of ambitions, aspirations, goals, desires that are aimed at generating a fleshy sense of fulfilment. The man that God would be used by God is that man who has taken his eyes off the world and the momentary pleasures the world can afford and has fixed his gaze on the master.


And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” – Mark 8:34


The man God will use is the man who denies himself, picks up his cross and fixes his gaze on the master. Such a man is not concerned about being the richest man on the world or driving the latest Benz or building an edifice but on enforcing the will of God.


3. A Lover of His Presence


In his letter to the church in Philippi, Apostle Paul wrote the words below:

"That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
" – Philippians 3:10,13-14


This was a man who is reckoned to be one of the greatest apostle of Bible times.
This was a man who was caught up in the third heavens and saw things unspeakable.
This was a man whose writings were some how difficult even for the self-ordained leader of the early church, Apostle Peter, to understand.


This was a man who got bitten by a viper and everyone expected him to die instantly but he simply shook the serpent into the fire and continued living.
This was a man from whom handkerchiefs went out to perform miracles.


Yet he still wanted to know God. He did not count himself to have achieved anything despite his amazing and elaborate profile. He still pressed to know God. He was a man who loved the presence of God.


The man that God uses is not a man who visits the secret place but a man who dwells there. God can only use a man to the degree of the knowledge of God the man has. The more of God a man knows the more useable he becomes.


The knowledge of God is not gotten by impartation but in the secret place of the Most High which is the academic facility of Heaven. Men who have been used by God have shown intense love for the presence of God and they dwell there.


Abraham would rise early in the morning and go to the place where he stood before the LORD (Gen 19:27). Moses would stay forty days and night on Mount Sinai talking with God (Exodus 34:28).


Elijah was able to make bold declarations because he stood before the LORD (1 Kings 17:1). David never lost a battle because he was always seeking the Lord like the deer seeks for water (Psalms 42:1). Jesus would rise a great while before daybreak and go to a solitary place and pray (Mark 1:35).


No man can be used by God who does not stay in His presence. In the presence of God, the secret place, God reveals His secrets to men. The presence of God is the greatest asset of the man of God because it is the place of renewal, rejuvenation and revival. Only men who loves and dwell in the presence of God can be used by God.


Dearly beloved, become God's excuse in your family, generation and the world. Become the man that God will use to enthrone and enforce His kingdom, principles, will, and culture on the earth to the end that the earth becomes an extension of heaven.


Stop giving the devil a foothold. Avail yourself as a tool for God's use. Master the points listed in this article.


KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • God is handicapped without man because man is His methodology.
  • The man God uses is a man with a pure heart, who is surrendered to Him totally, one who loves and dwells in His presence.
  • No man can be used by God who does not stay in His presence.


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Tuesday, 7 April 2020

The Unsung Benefits of The Secret Place

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The benefits of dwelling in the secret place can not be measured in time. They have an eternal scope and worth. The full scope of the benefits of the secret place of the Most High can only be apprehended in eternity.


We can only know a limited version of the benefits of the secret place. I have outlined few of the benefits we can derive from the secret place of the Most High as I have seen in scriptures.


1. God's Divine Protection and Preservation


The secret place of the Most High is a channel of preservation and protection. If you read through the book of Psalm 91 you would see various promises of God as touching preservation and protection to the man who makes the the secret place his dwelling place.


In the face of the turbulence that is fiercely rocking the earth, one can not be oblivious of the fact that only Divinity can preserve and protect us. Accessing these divine preservation and protection is by the protocol of the secret place of the Most High.


King David was preserved countless times from his enemies and those who sought to kill him because he engaged the protocol of the secret place.


He said;
One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.” – Psalms 27:4


David spent time with God and this made him enjoy protection from the diverse attacks on his life. The formula still works even today. Spend quality time in the presence of God – the secret place of the Most High and see how God would jealousy guard your life and the lives of everyone associated and connected to you.


2. Knowledge and Understanding of the Ways of God


The secret place of the Most High is the academic facility of Heaven. It is God's institution for teaching men His ways, helping them understand Him, and bringing them into the reality of His kingdom.


David is an authority on the secret place. His book of Psalms reveals how much of a dweller of the secret place he was.


In Psalms 16:11, he said;

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.


In chapter 36:9, he said;

"For with thee is the fountain of life: in the light shall we see light"


Also in chapter 144:1:

"Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight"


In chapter 25:4-5:

"Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
"


All of these are a product of dwelling in the secret place of the Most High. The ways of God are not imparted but taught and the Holy Spirit is the authorized teacher of God's word and the secret place is the academic facility for spiritual tutorials.


3. Access to Power and Authority


The prophet Elijah manifested great power and authority during his time on the earth. Once he told the King of Israel that there would be no rain and for the space of three (3) years and six (6) months there was no rain until he spoke otherwise (James 5:17-18).


He called down fire from heaven like he was calling an Uber driver. Once during his contest with the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18:38 he called down fire to consume the sacrifice.


On another occasion he was at the top of a hill probably communing with God and the king sent a captain and fifty soldiers to go and get the prophet, Elijah commanded fire to consume them.


Again, another captain and his fifty soldiers were sent to get Elijah and the prophet rained down fire on them. Such a feat was possible because Elijah dwelled in the secret place of the Most High. (2 Kings 1:9-12)


This earth is a field of contention. Scriptures say we wrestle not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12). Whether you agree or not, we are battling spirit forces and influences and only in the secret place of the Most High can we access power to battle victoriously.


4. Access to Mercy


One of the greatest advantages of the Christian Faith is mercy. Mercy is that advantage that qualifies you for something even though you are grossly unqualified.


It is mercy that makes God leave a man who has been seeking His face, praying and fasting for months and appears to a man who is puffing his cigarette under the bridge cursing God.


Dear reader, not everything must be laboured for. Some things are gotten by the "unfair" advantage of mercy.


"It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
" — Lamentations 3:22-23


His mercies are new every morning and the only way we can access it is through the protocol of the secret place. You must spend time in the secret place to tap into the mercy allocated for that day.


5. Intimacy and Fellowship


One of the reasons why God redeemed mankind to Himself is so that we could have intimacy and fellowship with Him.


Jesus said:

"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me." – John 15:4


God is very much interested in fostering a relationship with you. He wants you to know Him as much as He knows you. There's nothing about God He wants to keep to Himself.


The secret place of the Most High gives us a platform to be close to God. To understand Him and to walk in Him. Nothing can be more blissful like being intimate with the God of Heaven.


One benefit of being intimate with God is that He gets to call you His friend and like Abraham, He would do nothing until He tells you. Is that not a privilege worth getting? Get into the secret place to enjoy!


6. Transformation


“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” — 2 Corinthians 3:18

The secret place of the Most High is a place where the lives of men are transformed. It is a place where a man's life can be altered and redefined.


Luke reveals of Jesus that "As He prayed, the fashion of His countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering" (Luke 9:29)


Also, Moses, in Exodus chapter 34 verses 29 to 35, had his face glowing after spending forty (40) days in the secret place.


Your life can never be the same again when you make the secret place your dwelling place. In the secret place, God fine-tunes and chisels a man into the shape He (God) desires. Your life will enjoy the transforming power of the Spirit when you dwell in the secret place.


Key Takeaways

  • The full scope of the benefits of the secret place of the Most High can only be apprehended in eternity
  • The secret place of the Most High is the academic facility of Heaven
  • Mercy is that advantage that qualifies you for something even though you are grossly unqualified
  • Not everything must be laboured for. Some things are gotten by the "unfair" advantage of Mercy
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What or Where Is The Secret Place of The Most High?

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What is the secret place?
What does scripture mean by the secret place of the Most High?
Why is it important to dwell in the secret place of the Most High?


This article provides answers to the basic questions about the secret place and the immense benefits one can derive from dwelling in the secret place.


Psalm 91 is one very popular Psalm because it contains the concept of the secret place which is a quintessential embodiment of our Christian Faith.


Verse one of Psalms 91 says "He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty"


This shows us that there is a location called the secret place of the Most High and men can stay there. Not only can men stay in the secret place, the concluding part of the verse shows that there are benefits attached to staying in the secret place of the Most High.


What or where then is the secret place?


The secret place of the Most High is a place where man meets with God to foster and enact intimacy, communion and fellowship. It is a place whose chambers helps men orchestrate a deep relationship with God.


The secret place of the Most High is a place of brokenness, contriteness, consecration and sacrifice where a man condemns his flesh to a diminishing form allowing his spirit man to be conducted through the corridors of heaven for deeper intimacy with the Father.


God is In The Secret Place

It would not be called the secret place of the Most High if God was not present there. In Matthew 6, Jesus began to teach about prayer and He said in verse six (6):

"But thou, when thou prayest; enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, PRAY TO THY FATHER WHICH IS IN SECRET; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly"

You see the emphasis right? "...Pray to the Father which is in secret...". It is important for you to know that even though God is everywhere, He does not meet with people everywhere. There are dedicated meeting points agreed upon by God and man for meeting.


God, your Father, is in the secret place and He expects everyone of His children to dwell there with Him because it is the secret place that allows him to have intimacy and fellowship which He desires whilst helping men see who they are meant to be.


Oh how lovely it would be for believers to dwell in the secret place of the Most High.


The secret place of the Most High is both a physical location and a consciousness. Wait, stay with me.


The Physical Dimension of the Secret Place


The secret place of the Most High can be a physical location. A point having latitude and longitude by that I mean a geographical location.

And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD — Genesis 19:27

We see the patriarch Abraham in the scripture above getting up early in the morning from his tent to a "place" where he stood before the Lord. Indicative of the fact that there was a geographical location where our father, Abraham, dedicated to God as his secret place and point of meeting with the Lord.


The secret place as a physical location can be your bedroom, a mountain, an open field e.t.c as long as it affords you that space and serenity to be alone with God.


The Consciousness Dimension of the Secret Place


The secret place is a spiritual a concept as it is physical. This dimension of the secret place refers to the secret place as a realm, a consciousness which a believer carries about.


It is a point where the believer can be walking among men but he has his head up in Zion. He can be seated with people but is meeting with the council of heaven.


This consciousness was what gave prophet Elijah the boldness with which he stood before the King of Israel without fear nor favour and said "...as the LORD God of Israel liveth, BEFORE WHOM I STAND, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word" — I Kings 17:1


I hope you know that Elijah was standing in front of King Ahab when he made the statement above. How comes he said he was standing before the LORD God?


The location the prophet was talking about was not where he was standing in the physical. It was a spiritual location and he understood that because he was standing there he could stand before any authority on the earth.


Do not go about confronting humans, authorities, systems and powers until you are sure you are standing before the LORD God.


This consciousness dimension of the secret place of the Most High is what my friend, Amb Israel Emmanuel calls the Emmanuel's Dimension that is the "God with Us" dimension. This is an awareness that you carry God everywhere you go.


This dimension allows you have intimacy with God regardless of where you are. You can be at your work place going about your workplace duties and still be communing with your Father.


At this point, you become an envoy of His presence. A carrier and conductor of His possibilities. Hallelujah!


But before you get here, you must have spent time at a physical location with Him. God Himself imparts this consciousness in you by His spirit dwelling in you.


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Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Gospelcaster New Year Message: 7 Failproof Steps For a Prosperous 2020


The fastidious desire of Satan to keep you from seeing the year 2020 has been apprehended and thwarted. The Sovereign God, the Lord, the great Monarch of Zion has by His mercies, grace and sovereignty brought you into the new year.

Truly, thus far has the Lord helped us. He has proven Himself mighty in all ramifications of life entrenching Himself as our shield, our keeper, and our Ebenezer. Glory, Hallelujah!

Special season greetings to you my esteemed reader. Without you, Gospelcaster would be nothing but an unprofitable idea. You have made it possible for Gospelcaster to have a success story and it is worth celebrating you for.

This year 2020, God willing, I would be rolling out more revelatory and divinely-inspired articles. The book store section of this blog would be stocked with various books from different authors on topics ranging from leadership to kingdom finance to prayer to the ministry of the Holy Spirit and much more.

2020 is a strategic year and it is my vision to continue to postulate sound doctrine even as we gradually go back to the original template of true Christianity. As you stayed tuned to Gospelcaster in 2019, I plead with you not to draw back in 2020. If you have not subscribed to this blog please do so NOW.

The year is just beginning and it is quintessential that we lay the right foundation for the year in order to ensure a prosperous year. Without adequate measures, this year would be no different from other years.

If we approach 2020 the same way we approached 2019, 2020 would be no different from last year. It is impossible to get a different result from the same process.

To avoid the recurring plague and peril of unfavourable years you must revolt against the old trend and quadruple the intensity of your approach.

What I am about to share with you is a list of foolproof, no-fail and authentic foundational blocks to give you a blissful 2020. The ideas I will be sharing in a short while will radically give you the 2020 you desire.

These ideas are scripturally backed-up, failproof, and success-guaranteed ideas. Let's delve into this feast of ideas that would shape our 2020.

1. Cultivate the Habit of Dwelling in the Secret Place.


He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. – Psalms 91:1

In 2020, make dwelling in the secret place your habit. Dwelling in the secret place of prayer with God is truly powerful. Nothing is as important, necessary and vital as it is. Nothing carries so much benefit as it does.

The world is designed in a way that chunks up every available time we have to invest in the secret place of prayer. Our academic pursuit, careers, trying to make ends meet, and even our "religious" activities squeezes out the time and energy for the secret place of prayer.

The secret place is your point of privately meeting with God. It is a place where you commune and have fellowship with a God whose ears are open to hear from you.

It is a place where He lets us in on His plans and direction for our lives and gives us the modus operandi for going about it. It is the most important place to be in; not your church auditorium nor your classroom nor your workplace.

No matter how busy your schedule is or would be in 2020, do not relegate the secret place of prayer. Do not be so busy that you fail to engage in kingdom business by staying in the secret place.

This year, I ask that you firmly resolve to be a dweller of the secret place, cultivate the habit of dwelling there and watch lines fall into pleasant places for you.

2. Violently Command the Year.


This life will never give you what you desire. Never! The only time you can get what you desire in life is when you demand for it. What you do not demand from life will NEVER come to you.

Your desire alone will not give you the 2020 you want to have. You must demand for what you want to see in 2020. Demanders not desirers get what they want.

In Job 38:18, God was asking Job a question. He said;

Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;

I came to understand from the scripture verse above that times and seasons can be commanded. You can command the year to produce exactly what you want to see. If you do not command it, the devil would give you what he wants to see.

Command is a weighty word. It is stronger than asking. It is an order backed up by a sense of authority and right. On the account of Jesus' death, it is our right to demand the good out of life but Satan would not let that happen hence the need to exercise our authority in Christ by commanding the things we want to see.

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. – Matthew 11:12

If you have approached other years with gentility, this year you must change that tactic. Only those violent enough to command the year would get the desires of their heart.

The only means to get anything is to take it by force because life is not ready to give it to you. To this end, being gentle is unprofitable. Command the year! Make it work and produce for you.

How do you command the year?


You do not command the year by making claims and boasting here and there. To make a statement and issue a command in the spirit you must pray in the spirit.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Engage in violent and brutally-aggresive prayers to command the year 2020. Do not be weary. Pray ceaselessly.

3. Harness the power of God's Word.


For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12

And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. – Acts 20:32

The word of God is powerful. It is infallible. You can never go wrong when you are standing on God's word.

Like Apostle Paul in Acts 20:32, I commend you to God's word which is able to make your 2020 prosperous.

When Joshua took over the leadership of the children of Israel after Moses died, God began to speak to Joshua concerning his new role in Joshua chapter one. In verse 8 of Joshua chapter one, God gave an amazing strategy for enjoying prosperity.

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

This strategy is summed up in studying, meditating on and obeying the word of God.

This year devote your time to the reading and studying of the word of God. Endeavour to look upon scriptures every single day of 2020.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15

Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. – 1 Timothy 4:13

Do not just study the word of God alone, you would need to meditate on it. The word of God becomes more potent when you move from casual study to intense meditation.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. – Psalms 1:2

Your life would be like a tree planted by the river side which brings forth fruits in season and out of season when you delight in studying and meditating on God's word.

Studying and meditating on God's word is not the end of the equation. The equation is made complete with obedience.

...that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. – Joshua 1:8 (Paraphrased)

Until you observe to do God's word, your ways can never be prosperous. It is at this point that many believers fail. We study the word, some of us meditate on it but only a few of us obey it.

The word of God was not written to entertain us but that we through obedience may receive of the benefits of the word.

And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee. – Exodus 15:26

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. – James 1:22

Your prosperity in 2020 is tied to your "doing" of the word.
Is it easy? NO, it is painstakingly hard to do God's word but the end product of obeying His word is worth the pain.

4. Serve God Wholeheartedly


And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. – Exodus 23:25

Service to God is a key to open the door of prosperity over your life and stopping the hand of the devil from inflicting sicknesses on you.

Personally, I have derived mind-boggling benefits from serving God. It is not even a choice. It is a commandment whose obedience comes with a promise.

See Deuteronomy 11:13-14

And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,
That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.


God is not a wicked taskmaster. He is not a shrewd manager. He is a generous and benevolent master who prides Himself in rewarding in accordance to the measure of work done using a just measuring scale.

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. – Revelation 22:12

Serving God is lucrative. It has a great recompense of reward. God would reward your service to Him this year 2020. Just serve Him.

5. Seek and Follow the Leading of the Holy Spirit


O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. – Jeremiah 10:23

One of the greatest limitations we have as humans is our inability to know the future and discern the right steps to take.

This was the basis of Prophet Jeremiah's lamentation in Jeremiah 10:23. No man in his own self has the ability to effectively and accurately direct his steps.

Even when it seems like the step to be taken is the right one, Solomon comes with a warning that; There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. – Proverbs 14:12

In lieu of this, it is expedient that we subscribe to the leadership of a higher authority. And the only authorized personality we can subscribe to is the Holy Spirit. Only the Holy Spirit can truly guide you in the way that is right.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6


You may think that your understanding of how certain things in life works is enough to help you make the right decision but the writer of Proverbs cautions not to lean on your own understanding.

The only form of understanding you should rely on is the understanding from the Spirit of God because there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. – Job 32:8

As much as you, seek the direction of God's Spirit before taking any decision in 2020. Seek His direction and wholly give yourself to His leadership.

2020 should not be a year where do you guesswork. Be sure of every move you want to make by consulting first the Spirit of God.

Jesus said;

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. – John 16:13

The Spirit of Truth who is the Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth. Not some truth but all truth. Whether it is in business, academics, family life and so on, with the guidance and leadership of the Spirit you can not go wrong.

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. – Isaiah 30:21

Seek and Follow the leadership of the Spirit. Your success in 2020 is hinged on it.

6. Engage in Profitable Ventures


Whilst it is good to be very spiritual, spirituality is not what would put food on your table. In 2020, engage in profit generating ventures. Do things that would generate income.

See what the Goodnews Bible says about Ecclesiastes 11:2
Put your investments in several places--many places even-- because you never know what kind of badluck you are going to have in this world.

See the same verse from the NET Bible
Divide your merchandise among seven or even eight investments, for you do not know what calamity may happen on Earth.

Stop substituting work for prayers. Do not be overly spiritual and neglect work.

Even Apostle Paul condemned any form of negligence to work in 2 Thessalonians 3:10
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

With all the spiritual activities Apostle Paul undertook he still worked to earn a living. Being spiritual does not mean you should be a liability. Spirituality is not an excuse for laziness. If you do not work then be ready to settle for mediocrity and less in 2020.

Discover high-quality, on-demand products you can sell. Market your skill and talent. Create products and services people desire and would patronize you for.

Don't expect prayer to do all the work. Use your hands. For whatsoever your hands find to do, do it with all your might.(Ecclesiastes 9:10)

7. Be Diligent


The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute. – Proverbs 10:24
He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. – Proverbs 10:4

To have the best year in 2020, you must be diligent. Diligence is a vital prerequisite for prosperity. No lazy person becomes prosperous.

Maintain a diligent approach not only to your business but to your walk with God. Be diligent in your pursuit of spiritual growth. Be diligent in your career. Be diligent in your academic pursuit. Be diligent in your relationship with people.

Never give room for laziness and slothfulness. Quit you like a man; be diligent.

Conclusively, you would need to trust God absolutely without wavering. Let your gaze never shift from Him this year 2020. Do not lose sight of the El-shaddai.

With Him you are assured of victory this year 2020. See you at the top!
Compliments of the season.

Love, BEE

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Sunday, 22 December 2019

The Single Most-Deadly Factor Responsible For The Failure of Spiritual People




Have you took time to ask why spiritual people fail and almost never amount to anything in life?

Have you thought about those tongue-talking brothers whose fires were suddenly extinguished?

Have you not wondered why believers exhibit so much zeal for God and in no distant time quiet down?

Why would a man, zealous and burning for God suddenly go cold after falling into sin?

What or who is responsible for this setback of failure many believers encounter in their walk with God?

For a long time, I was scared of failing as a spiritual person. I was scared of ending up like many I have heard of and read about. I was scared of falling into sin because of the large number of persons who used my life as a basis to follow God. Failing meant the failure of others.

I knew I needed help so I don't end up like many spiritual persons who regardless of their spirituality fell into sin and short-circuited thier lives.

I took cognisance of the lives of spiritual men who failed both in scriptures and in our day and time and I discovered the single most deadly factor responsible for the failure of spiritual people.

This factor can be attributed to the failure of Samson (Judges 13-16).
Samson was a man anointed by God to deliver Israel from the hands of the Philistines (Judges 13:5). His was a major call and ordination from God backed up with the resting of the Spirit of God (Judges 14:6,19;15:14).

With all of the endowments that Samson had one would expect that he would be successful and die gloriously after judging Israel for many years but then we know his end was a fatal and premature one.

NOTE THIS: The anointing of the Spirit, your prayer fire, your ability to search scriptures, memorize them and produce rhema from them can not completely guarantee your success in this spiritual journey.

Being anointed and having the ability to undertake kingdom functions will not necessarily keep you from failing. You must deal with the tendencies of your flesh. The greatest battle to fight as a believer is the battle against the flesh.

For the flesh lusteth against the  Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and  these are contrary the one to the other: so  that ye cannot do the things that ye would. – Galatians 5:17

To be spiritual is good but if you do not fight and conquer the flesh you would fail. Many great and anointed men of God have failed because they never considered fighting their flesh.

We are often concerned about spiritual warfare that we neglect the primary warfare of our lives which is against our flesh.
It was Apostle Paul that said;
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that  by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. – 1 Corinthians 9:27

Like Apostle Paul, you must bring your body under subjection that is prevail over your flesh lest what you preached against becomes what you practice. You must conquer your flesh else you would fall into the same sin you spoke against. 

If you fail to gain mastery over your flesh, after rebuking a brother who fell into sexual immorality you will fall into same sin. Your flesh must be subject to you so that you don't move in the anointing on stage and become the devil's tool at work. You must fight and conquer the flesh.

I know of a man of God, a world-renowned writer, a New-york times best selling author, who wrote about how many great men of God failed. Sometime in November, 2019, I was told that he fell into the sin of adultery. 

He wrote about how others failed and still joined the bandwagon of failures because he never realized that the tendency to commit sexual sin was in him. It is interesting to note that many of us use our tongues and prowess in the word to cover the tendencies of our flesh. And then the devil is seated by a corner, smiling, waiting for the right time to strike you.

The sad thing about this is you may have these tendencies and never know. You may think because you are highly spiritual hence you can not fall for a promiscuous woman until the day the devil brings that opportunity your way. You will never know you can lie until an avenue opens up were lying seems to be the best option you can take.

The tendencies of the flesh not conquered has brought many spiritual men to their knees. That's why Apostle Paul said "I put under my body, and bring it into subjection"– 1 Corinthians 9:27 Paraphrased.

How can we defeat and escape the death-trap of the tendencies of the flesh?

To defeat the flesh and escape its death-trap, we must walk in the Spirit.

This I say then, Walk in the  Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the  flesh. – Galatians 5:16

Only on the account of a true walk with God's Spirit can we conquer the flesh. When you walk with God's Spirit, He supplies all the arsenal and ammunitions you need for defeating the flesh. To do this, we must;

#1. Trust God's Spirit to help us identify and take away fleshy tendencies.


O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in  himself: it is not in man that walketh to  direct his steps. – Jeremiah 10:23

Chances are that you may have these tendencies in you and you will never know. The way of man like Jeremiah said is not in himself. He lacks the ability to direct his steps hence it is expedient to trust God's Spirit to help you identify and take these tendencies away.

He does so through the faculty of your spirit man.

The spirit  of man is the candle of the Lord,  searching all the inward parts of the belly. – Proverbs 20:27

God's Spirit walks hand in hand with your spirit to fish out the tendencies of the flesh in you. Your spirit is His candle with which He searches to reveal the tendencies in your heart.

You know when light come it has an effect on darkness. Light reveals everything that has been lurking in darkness but before this will happen, we must pray like David in Psalms 139:23-24

Search me, O God, and know my heart:  try me, and know my thoughts:

And see  if there be any wicked way in me, and lead  me in the way everlasting.

Ask God to conduct a search of your heart to see if there are tendencies in you. Go before God in all sincerity, brokenness and contrition.

ACTION POINT: Pray using Psalms 139:23, asking God to reveal the tendencies of your flesh and purge you from them. Make this prayer a daily prayer. 

#2. Fight your tendencies by praying in the spirit.

After discovering or identifying your tendencies, you must begin to trash them out. Our battles as believers is prosecuted mainly by prayer. The battle against the flesh is not exempted.

Use the tool of praying in the spirit as Jude admonishes;

"You build yourself up, founded on your most holy faith, making progress, rising like an edifice higher and higher until you've gone beyond the flesh, praying in the holy spirit." – Jude 1:20 AMP (Paraphrased)

Pray in the spirit like your depends on it because the more strengthened your spirit man is the less powerful your flesh becomes.

#3. Fast the Flesh.

One of the major ways to keep the flesh under and bring it into subjection is by fasting. Fasting is starving the flesh off everything and anything that makes it comfortable. From food to pleasure to sleep to Television and so on.

Fast the flesh to weaken it. When the flesh is not given that which it desires it grows weak. The effect of this process on the spirit man is more strength. As the flesh gets weaker and weaker through constant denial of pleasure, comfort and satisfaction, your spirit man begins to find expression more and more.

Fasting will not kill you. It is not going to go down well with your body. Your body will definitely want to resist but the goal is actually to make it weak so that it cannot carryout the things it desires.

When you're weak you would be incapacitated to do the things you normally do. In like manner, when you fast the flesh, it becomes weak making it difficult for the flesh to carry out its lust.

At least twice every week fast in this light; to take the flesh.

Jesus is coming to rapture a pure church. He is not coming for a church that allowed the tendencies of thier flesh sway them off the path of holiness.

You can escape this ravishing factor for the believers failure and live a pure, holy and spiritual life.



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Victory Over The Bondage And Yoke of Sin in Your Christian Life




Sin has remained the devil's foremost strategy for capping the potential of believers. It has been the major setback of believers through out the various dispensation of time. The bondage it beings with itself accounts for the inability of many Christians to come into the fullness of the God-life and enjoy the immense benefits of serving God.

Severally, I have heard of tongue-talking believers who have battled with sin and lost woefully and then they begin to coin doctrines and teachings out of their experiences. These teachings and doctrines claim that it is impossible to live a holy life. They begin to teach that it is rare for a Christian to live without sinning.

Inasmuch as there are tendencies of faltering and falling at one point, a believer is never a sinner. Yes, the righteous may fall seven times but he is not a sinner. No true believer would be comfortable with sin. Do not permit any one to deceive you into believing that it is not possible to live holy. It is very possible and quintessential to live a holy life because "...without holiness, no man shall see the Lord" – Heb 12:14 (Paraphrased)

To join in the euphoria of heaven you must live a holy life. No sinner would make it to heaven. Only holy people would come into the courts of heaven.

But in all of these, it would be grossly unfair of me not to affirm the possiblity of a believer being under the bondage of sin. Whilst we preach and emphasize holiness, we should also be kind enough to look with love in the direction of those who have struggled to come out of sin yet despite their strong-willed decisions and desires backed up with determination they readily fall back to sin.

Have you been struggling with sin? Have you tried to escape the yoke of sin but to no avail?
Then this article was specially written for you. 

If all you do is the opposite of what believers should do then I congratulate you because you are reading the solution to your dilenma.

NOTE THIS: It is very possible to live a life that is free from sin. Christ has procured and secured your victory over sin.

In Apostle Paul's epistle to Romans, he spoke about not doing the things he ought to do and doing the things he hated (Romans 7:14). His desire to live a holy life was not enough to make him do so. He struggled to do what he should do but ended up doing the things he shouldn't do.

I am sure this feeling is mutual. You always make up your mind never to indulge in a particular sin but before long you find yourself in the performance of it. Anytime you make a decision not to sin, it seems as if an influence comes upon you, overpowers you and then you readily fall back to sin.

Apostle Paul reveals what goes wrong. He shows us why we fall into sin despite our firm decisions not to in Romans 7:17-20

17  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin  that dwelleth in me.

18 For I know that in  me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good  thing: for to will is present with me; but  how to perform that which is good I find  not.

19 For the good that I would I do not:  but the evil which I would not, that I do.

20  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I  that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

You see that you fall into sin easily because the nature of sin dwells in you. But there's goodnews for you. There's a way out. Deliverance from the nature of sin is possible. You can be free from the bondage, yoke and snare of sin. You can maintain your decision to live a holy life free from sin.

In Roman chapter 8 verses 1 and 2, Apostle Paul shows us the way out;

1 There is therefore now no  condemnation to them which are in Christ  Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but  after the Spirit.

2 For the law of the Spirit of  life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from  the law of sin and death.

The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus is the way out. It is potent enough to deliver you from the law and nature of sin which is responsible for your continual falling into sin. By virtue of the death of Jesus, sin has been condemned and conquered and the righteousness of the law has been fulfilled in us.

The fulfilment of the righteousness in us finds expression when we walk not in the flesh but in the spirit. To be truly free from the bondage of sin, you must walk in the spirit.

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. – Galatians 5:16

The flesh sponsors sin. You are battling with sin because you have not begun to walk in the spirit.

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. – Romans 8:5

People whose minds are focused on spiritual things have no time to dabble into sin. We can not live a life that is free from sin by merely confessing strength and having desires backed up with fierce determination. The surest exit from the captivity of sin is to live by the Spirit, walking daily in His precepts.

See what Romans 8:10-11 and 13 says;

10  And if Christ be in you, the body  is dead  because of sin; but the Spirit is life  because of righteousness.

11 But if the  Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the  dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ  from the dead shall also quicken your  mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in  you.

12 Therefore, brethren, we are  debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the  flesh.

I know your pastor may have explained Romans 8:11 in the light of raising the dead and healing the sick but it is only a part of what that scripture implies. If truly the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, He will quicken you to lose the ability to sin because the Spirit of God is pure and holy and He would not want to be tabernacled in an unclean place.

Instead of determining not to sin, determine to walk in the Spirit so you do not gratify the desires of sin.

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves  on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy  Ghost – Jude 1:20

Spend time communing and fellowshipping with God's Spirit and you would gradually begin to lose the affinity to sin. The Spirit is the way out. His quickening is what guarantees your freedom from the bondage of sin.

Decide to WALK IN THE SPIRIT!


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Monday, 15 July 2019

The Missing Factor In Your Bible Study



One of the cardinal functions of a believer is the study of the Word of God, the Bible. Both new converts and matured believers are not excluded from the studying of the Bible.


Apostle Peter speaking to new converts said:

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: – 1 Peter 2:2

Apostle Paul to the Ephesians said:

And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. – Acts 20:32

The need for the study of the Bible can never be overemphasized. Anyone who is serious about walking with God must not take Bible study casually. I learnt how important Bible study is when I noticed that my dad never misses his Bible study schedule. He applied diligence to his Bible study life. His fasting programs sees him do Bible study during the day and prayers at night.

In one of my articles, I wrote about how to activate the power of the word where I shared techniques to the effective study of God's word but recently I discovered that you may do all that I listed in that article and you may not be able to activate the power of the word. The missing factor in our Bible study is what I am going to share in this article.

Follow the progression of these Scriptures...

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the SPIRIT OF GOD moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light – Genesis 1:1-3

Before God spoke, the Spirit of God was already hovering over the earth. God's word is effective only in the premise of the operations of His Spirit.
It is the hovering Spirit of God that gave His word the expression it got.
I believe you already know what this missing factor is. The Holy Spirit is the missing factor in your Bible study.

Your Bible would be a novel to you except you study it from the perspective of the author. If you want to understand a book for what it truly is you must read the book from the author's perspective. The author of the Bible is God by the Holy Spirit through the faculty of "Holy Men".

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: – 2 Timothy 3:16

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. – 2 Peter 1:21

In order to understand the Scriptures and do effective Bible study you must study the Bible from the perspective of the author and to do this you must ask the Holy Spirit to help you.

Jesus was trying to give voice to this fact in John 6:63 when He said:

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

The words He spoke where not an end in themselves. They were spiritual things and to decode them you must be Spirit-guided when you want to study.
Relying on your flesh: your intellects, your brains, your wisdom, your ideas, your philosophy, your brilliance and what have you to study the Bible would never make you understand the message of the Bible.

Who also hath made us able, ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. – 2 Corinthians 3:6 

In the verse above, Apostle Paul reveals that you can study the Bible and instead of living you begin to die. This happens when you study the Bible without the help of the Holy Spirit.

Every Bible study technique you know would never help you achieve effective Bible study if you study the Bible without being led and guided by the Spirit of God.

Don't just jump into Bible study. Pray for the guidance and direction of God's Spirit. Stop relying on your wisdom to study God's word. Study from the perspective of the author, the Holy Spirit.
Pray for His guidance before you start your Bible study applying the study techniques you've learnt.

Want to get Bible study techniques? Send an email to gospelcaster@gmail.com and I will be glad to reach out and help you!

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