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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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