MEMORY VERSE: Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, not stands in the ways of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful, Psalm 1:1.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Num 14, Ps 50, Isa 3-4, Heb 11
BIBLE STUDIES: Psalm 1:1-2
Who is a blessed man? Firstly the word blessed also means happy. So a blessed man is a happy man. Secondly a blessed man is man whose life is absent of curses. Leprosy is a curse. In Numbers 5:2, God commanded the Israelite that they should put out of the camp everyone who is leprous. Poverty is worse than a curse. Proverbs 14:20 says the poor is hated even by his neighbor, but those who love the rich are many. Proverbs 19:4 says wealth attracts many friends, but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them. I pray that you will never encounter poverty in the mighty name of Jesus. A blessed man is able to meet his own needs and the needs of everyone around him. Not only that, he is able to meet the needs of many nations. Deuteronomy 15:6-7 says if you obey God and do what He says, He will bless and you shall lend to many nations.
Today I will like to discuss the secrets of a blessed man. Firstly a blessed man watches his association. Psalm 1:1 says blessed in the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. To become a blessed man your association needs to change. Proverbs 27:17 says iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friends. If you want to achieve anything in life move with achievers not people who don’t want to be responsible for anything. If you are an eagle don’t hang with chickens because chickens can’t fly. Proverbs 13:20 says he that walketh with wise men shall be wise in other words you will end up like those you walk with. You want to make it to heaven? Associate with those who are serious with their salvation. If you lie with dogs, you will rise with flies because dogs carry flies. Not only that your mentors needs to change. Your achievements will be at the level of your mentors. Hebrews 12:2 says looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the Joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Secondly, the blessed man has a relationship with the word of God.Psalm 1:2 says but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates days and night. It is impossible to prosper without a relationship with the word of God. Joshua 1:8 says this book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. What many of us do is we read the bible not meditate. There is a difference between reading and meditating. To meditate means to study, to ponder, revolve in mind, imagine, pray, reflect on, dwell on e.t.c. When you meditate you read a particular verse, pray about it, reflect on the same verse, confess it, memorize it, ponder on it until the Lord speaks to you about it. This might take you hours but it is profitable. The bible says you meditate on it day and night, which means you have to do this activity day and night. As you do this, the Lord will begin to give you insights and idea that will bring transformation in your life.
ACTION POINT: Devote time daily to meditate on the word of God.
Psalm 91:1 – he that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
The safest place in the world is the secret place of the most High. It
is safer than the White House or any presidential villa you may think
of. It is safer than all the royal palaces put together. When a man
abides in the secret place of the most High, he becomes untouchable. In 2
kings 6:13- 21, the king of Syria sent a host of army to arrest Elisha.
The king was aware of the level of anointing on Elisha so instead of
sending just an army or two, he sent several to arrest him. When the
host of Syrians got to the residence of Elisha, they could not do
anything because Elisha was surrounded by battalions of horses and
chariots of fire from heaven. Not only that, the mountain around the
house was full of horses and chariots of fire. They were present to
protect the man of God. In 2 Kings 1:9-15, the king of Samaria sent a
captain of fifty with fifty men to go and arrest Elijah the man of God.
When they got to where Elijah was unfortunately for them he was in the
secret place of the most High. Immediately the captain tendered the
arrest warrant, fire came from heaven and consumed the captain and his
army. The king sent another batch and the same thing happened. When the
third batch got there, the captain looked around and saw ashes
everywhere, instead of tendering the arrest warrant; he knelt down and
begged for mercy.
From studying Psalm 91:1, you will come to
the conclusion that the Lord has a secret place. The location of this
place is a secret that is kept from everyone. To get there one needs an
invitation from the most High God. The question is how do I qualify for
an invitation? What is the criterion for getting an invite to the
safest place the world has ever known? The criterion is to fear God.
Psalms 25:14 says the secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him. It
is only those that fear God that are privy of His secrets. What does it
mean to fear God? Proverbs 8:13 says the fear of the Lord is to hate
evil. When you fear God, you will hate what He hates and like what He
likes. If you fear God, obeying God will be a must for you. Getting an
invite is enough, you can decide to honor the invitation or not. Besides
an invite only gives the location, it does not tell us how to dwell
there. To dwell in the secret place of the most High we must be ready to
spend quality time in the presence of God. Quality time is not the ten
minutes we spend with Him daily. When you talk of quality, the least is
an hour. If you cannot afford an hour daily, make it at least twice a
week. The secret place of the most High is found in the presence of God.
Start your day with praise and worship. I can guarantee you that as you
begin to spend this time with God; He will begin to release the plans
and the agenda of the enemy to you. Not only that you will begin to
dwell in His secret place.
ACTION POINT: Create time to fellowship with God in praise and worship, bible studies and praying.