Category Archives: World’s Greatest Secret

Undisturbed Silence

enjoy_the_silence-1920x1080One lesson I can never forget, “Silence is the greatest carrier of God’s presence.” It is in silence that man finds God. Undisturbed silence is the catalyst to an undisturbed relationship with Him. There is nothing like silence that says, “You alone God.” Countless scriptural references can be pointed to the act of silence as a time of prayer and meditation before God.

Why is silence so important? Silence strips us of all self-indulgence, self-righteousness, and self-promotion. There is no hypocrisy or double-mindedness in silence. Silence brings everything but you into the scene. It demotes self-proclamation and self-promotion. It leaves no room for hypocrisy, because silence is no friend of noise. Silence shuns the faint of heart, the ill-willed and the passive spirit.

Silence is an agent and friend of presence. The ultimate presence it acknowledges is the one that always is and always was. Because even in silence, God remains. Silence shuns us out, but invites God in. Silence has always been God’s platform. Where else is God given complete free-will control?

We must return to undisturbed silence, a time in prayer, where we remain silent, unmoved by what surrounds us or what captivates us. Undisturbed silence honors God. In this we must continue for some time, because amongst the time that we do not sense His presence, yet remain silent, we are giving him a real honor, respecting His presence, His timeliness and His faithfulness to us, regardless of what we feel, think or see. This is true faith.

 

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Going into the Heat of the Battle

Today… if you are facing a giant that has been in your land for some time … there is a new hope. This is the hope of tenacity. Tenacity is the quality or fact of being able to grip something firmly (Google.com). Tenacity is the ability to keep fighting, but purposeful fighting that has the hope of victory. Tenacity alone is not enough. In Christianity, the battles we face within our souls are determined by our tenacious spirit. All that’s within you, as a born-again believer, is already victorious, but our fallen souls must be redeemed by our saved spirits. We do not go into battle without victory leading us. We cannot face a giant that is stronger than us. Nor do we go of our own will and strength. The victory has been determined on the cross, what you do with it, remains to be your victory.

To put it into perspective, there are habits and old experiences that continue to haunt us. They determine how we live today. They continue to dictate our perspectives and feelings. Christ came not only to set the spirit free, but the soul and body with it. Today, there is no excuse for our behavior, attitudes, and feelings. We were not bought with cheap coin, but with the blood of the one and only holy Man. He has determined your thoughts and actions to be set free from all bondage and if you are not, well then, Calvary hasn’t fully taken place in your heart yet.

A tenacious spirit doesn’t come easily, but it starts with a choice. A choice to be victorious, a choice to be patient, a choice to be content, a choice to endure, a choice to have hope. The question today is how are you dealing with the giants in your land? Are you overcoming in the heat of the battle? Or is your foe continuing to be triumphant over you?

When the heat of the battle comes, you may not be ready for it, but it is here that your giant falls. When you feel the pressure of everything around you closing in, it is here where the fighting gets tough. It remains tough until you begin to welcome the pressure not as a foe, but as an agent of victory. In this heat, you will begin squirming, looking for a way out, to past sins, to past relationships, to past thought patterns, to past hobbies. You become very uncomfortable, seeking relief, something to satisfy your soul.

This is where giants are slayed. If you persevere and make a determined step towards your victory, you will be victorious. There is only success for the one who makes the right step. As all things in Christianity, they do not seem appetizing at first, but when you produce that fruit, all things have never been better. For instance, patience is a fruit of the spirit. For most of us, patience is a hard word, an unwelcoming aroma, and therefore very few attain that fruit, unwilling to produce it. Little do we realize, if we persevere towards it, patience is a luscious fruit, that produces a quality of life like no other. If nothing else convinces you to become a patient person, take this illustration home with you. Imagine that patience is an apple. You attitude towards patience determines the quality of the apple. To this point, some of you have been eating a rotten apple, while others have been eating a tasteless apple. But how many of you would like to eat the luscious tasty apple? Well then, I illustrate the quality of life to this apple. Our quality of life is determined by the fruits of our spirit, and whether they are produced within us or not. Remember, your spirit has got it (if born-again) but your soul has yet to attain it. What are you appetizing your soul with today? Learn to be patient, allow the Spirit to work it within you, so that your quality of life may change for the better.

Therefore, the same happens in the heat of the battle. We suppose that it is too hard and not worth fighting, but the matter of fact is that we just don’t realize how much greener the grass is on the other side. Accept the pressure you are facing today, determine your victory, and you shall come out as a dazzling diamond, pleasing to both God and men. 

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Claimed by the Holy Spirit

Dedicated to my sister Christina in her ever-pursuit of sharing Christ

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In the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to share the Gospel with my neighbors and other closely-related people in my life. I have found it almost frustrating to persuade people into salvation to the point of asking God to give me the mind and perspective of the unbeliever so that I may be better equipped to share the message of the Gospel.

As I observed my own efforts and others’ around me trying to save the lost, the Holy Spirit gave me a fresh outlook and revelation on this topic. The following is a conversation between the Holy Spirit and myself:

How do we save people? It seems to be so difficult to persuade someone into trusting the Lord Jesus. There are two things I noticed in contemplation of all this. The first thing to note is that most of the time, an individual turns to the Lord when they are broken, either through a tragedy, loss, or hopelessness. When one is broken, they become aware of their ‘sorry’ state. They realize that something is missing. Hopelessness brings one realization of the reality of their corrupt state- being dead in spirit. 

Therefore, a realization, or revelation, has to occur for one to see any need to repent and surrender. If they are #1 Not aware of their corrupt state, they cannot see the need for salvation. If a country is at war, both sides have the option of surrender. But a country at peace has no need to surrender. Thus, it is with salvation. Until one gets a revelation that they are, in fact, sinners in need of saving, they will have no true repentance nor are they able to repent. 

The second point, or #2 Recognition of sin goes hand-in-hand with recognition of grace. Grace is the realization that there is a God who loves us. This is radical news to anyone. Therefore, when realization comes, there is no if-and-or-but, a person will immediately surrender and repent. Grace overlooks one’s addictions and in-turn says, “I accept you exactly the way you are”!

But often times, it takes a loss or tragedy for a man to find God, or more like, realize God. One may ask, “Where then is God when we are not lost or hurt”? The reality is that God is always present, but He cannot be recognized entirely to the point of surrender unless we receive that revelation. 

Having said that, God is always at work within you, but A) Our flexibility with Him is respected by Him and B) He does all He can with what we give Him to work with. If we limit Him so much, what do we expect to happen? But faith will usher in the reality of His work. Faith will bring truth into manifestation.

Salvation is never achieved through indifference. One must get a revelation of their need for salvation. Realization and revelation will bring one to a position of surrender. Therefore, our job is not to save or convince people to claim salvation, because neither Christians nor Non-Christians own the rights to salvation. Salvation belongs to the Lord (Psalm 3:8). Only He can claim someone to it. Since the Lord is our salvation (Psalm 27:1), a revelation of the Lord is needed. That revelation is given from God. And it is only He who can save the lost.

The question becomes, “Who then can be saved”? God wills that none perish, but all come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). The progress begins with us, allowing the Lord to direct us to those individuals He wants us to minister to. We should follow this pattern: Speak, Pray, and Watch!

The steps of this pattern can be taken interchangeably. The steps are adjustable to the Lord’s direction. Speaking God’s Word and the truth of Jesus Christ should be our life story wherever we go, representing Christ and not allowing any man to tempt us with religion (The Standard Christian Epidemic). Praying should be a lifestyle for us believers, as it is the means by which the spiritual realm runs by. Watching is the concept of listening and obeying the Lord’s direction. Watching is also the prophetic realm. We are to be sensitive to His voice and direction through discernment and wisdom.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. (Ephesians 2:8).

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