Blessed be the name of the Lord who daily loads us with benefits. OUR God is good. He is a very present help in trouble, and He knows and deliver all those who trust in- Him Ps. 46:1. We are welcome to this month of February. We are continuing with our January topic 'DIVINE GUIDANCE'. In this writing, we are going to talk about where lies the things God gave us. So, that we may have some transformation that will enable us to hear God when He is speaking to us. This year we are to Soar Above Storms, and we cannot soar above storms unless we are hearing from God. The reason why many believers struggle is because their paths are not directed by the Lord. This has led them to doubt the power of God. Many have abandoned the ways of the Lord because they are too busy with worldly things and cannot hear what the Lord is saying to them “This is the way, walk in it” Many are lazy to enquire from the Lord for the directions of their lives. This has led them to become prey to false prophets and pastors. Many are also too impatient; they do not wait on the Lord's guidance. Moses told the Lord “if you are not going to be with us, do not let us go from here”. I heard some pastors telling people that 'God gave them mind to make their own decisions. They are not far from the truth, but we should know that God is interested in all affairs of our lives. He wants to be part of every step of our journey. Yes, you have your mind, but it is God who gave you that mind. You have your will, but it is God who gave you that will, you need to submit to God and enquire from Him. Habakkuk said that “I will stand on my watch and see what He will say to me” Prov.3:5-6, Hab. 2:1. God is never late to answer us. It is just that sometimes, we are too busy or blind to recognize His voice and His direction. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where Neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” Math 6:19-21. Do not value the earthly things more than the spiritual ones; for on earth there are moths and thieves who steals and destroys the treasure. There is a place you will keep your treasure and no rust, moth or thieves will destroy it, this place is not accessible to the moths and thieves. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy meditate on these things” Phil 4:8. “Be careful how you think for your life is shape by your thought…” Prov 4:23. The Lord is interested in all the affairs of our lives. He knows we have treasures but advising us where to put it if we must inherit the kingdom of heaven. There is no dull moment on this earth and every moment we meditate/ponder or think on things. This is the reason the Lord is telling us how to possess our treasures in our heart and meditation. Do not meditate on the gossip/lies that have been spread against you rather meditate on the most important things of life. You know the person lied or lying against you; why should you meditate on it? Let your thought play positive role in your life. The enemy hate transformation. He hates the light, thus why he fights anyone who wants transformation. Some people are now with twisted light. The devil hates a fruitful heart. He hates a heart that meditate on the things that are of good report- Matt 13:36-43. Therefore, you must put up a fight to always think on good report. Many men in our nation; their thought is to kill the lady they are in relationship with if she decides to break up. Murder or harming another person or you are not a good report. You must fight to think right. Yes, you have spent so much on the lady. It looks like she used you to get what she wants, but you cannot force a lady or person to remain in a relationship. If she does not want to continue, let her go. You want to force yourself on a person who does not want you. How will that house be tomorrow after you have married her? As you cannot give life, do not take a life. Think good news, thinkgood report. If the kind of thought you have had a good report; then meditate on it. If it is not of good report do not meditate on it. There is nothing wrong in the lies people are speaking against you, but you must make up your mind to meditate on the truth. As children of God, we hear messages, but we lack meditating on it. There is no way your mind is dirty, and you possess purity. Your life is shaped by your thought, dirty mind makes a dirty life. When a man starts thinking wickedness; in no time, the person will start practicing wickedness. Pursue purity. “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” ( Pro. 4:23 NLT) Is there any value in the thoughts you are thinking? Thought of killing yourself is not a valuable or constructive but they are destructive thoughts. The thought of selling your soul to the devil to get fame and wealth is not valuable. “what shall it profit you to gain the whole world and loose your soul to hell…?” Mark 8:36, Math 16:26. Your Treasure, the RUST, the MOTH, AND the THIEVES You have a treasure, and where you put it will determine if the rust, moth, and thieves will get it. We are given some advice that we should lay up our treasures above perishable points. A treasure laid in heaven is a secured treasure. You cannot hear from God if your heart does not value his instructions. Those who treasure the guidance of the Lord will never have enough of God. They cried out to God for His guidance daily. In 1 Samuel chapter 30, David was in the storm after losing his family, properties, and the people were planning to stone him to death. But because he treasured the voice and the ideas of God, he enquired and strengthens himself in the Lord. After the Lord told him what to do, David followed the instructions of God and he recovered all without fail. If you strengthen yourself in who you know and what you have, it can vanish at any time. Do not strengthen yourself in your medical aids rather strengthen yourself in God. There is nothing you have that last forever, only God will remain forever. You must have strength in the Lord. Song: My hope is built on nothing else but on Jesus Christ my righteousness…. All other ground is sinking sand. Where do you draw your strengths? Is it in your bank account? Or in what you have that has given you boast that you can get this or that. Are you boasting in your silver or your gold? Or are you depending on God? Remember Peter said, 'silver and gold, I do not have but in the name of Jesus, rise up, and walk'-Acts 3:1-10. The failures of today's leaders are they look down on the priests and the messengers of God. David enquired from the Lord. He was a man who cannot do anything without enquiring from the Lord. Are you permitted to do the business? Are you guided by the Lord? The Lord will not build anything He did not design. Multitude do not know the importance of guidance. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end is destruction”-Prov. 14:12. Is your heart desire God's desire? Prayer: Lord let your desire override my desire, in the name of Jesus. Jesus even said 'not my will let your will be done. Jesus knows it well- LK 22:44. The problem we have today is many of us are not guided by the Lord. You see someone make a sale in a certain business; you just start the same business. Are you guided into the business? First enquire if God has permitted you to do the business. Not everywhere you will be, and the blessing of God will locate you. Abraham went with Lot; God kept quiet on him until he was separated from Lot, then God begin to talk to Him again. In the year king Uzziah died, Isaiah saw the Lord-Isaiah 6:1. Most of the time we spent time casting, binding, uprooting, and planting, but no time to enquire from the Lord. David asked 'shall I pursue them; shall I recover all? Other men got tired. Do you see why you are being discouraged? If you hear from God, no demons, no power will stop you from standing on what He said to you. When you hear from God, you will never be bitter against those who abandoned you when you needed them. Keep doing what you are doing, one day, they will not have access to you, and they will regret why they abandoned you. In conclusion, you must hear His voice and follow His path. Let us stop this madness of running around. Be guided by God. Be empowered. Go into fasting and prayers just to hear what God is saying. Meditate on what the Lord told you. What you meditate on is what you become. Meditation on the word of God is the processing of spiritual food in the digestive system of your spirit man. Do not meditate on weakness rather meditate on strength. Do not meditate on poverty but on prosperity. Meditate on the things that are praiseworthy. Meditate on the possibilities of God, For with God all things are possible- Lk 1:37. Prayer Points 1. Father I thank You guiding me, in the name of Jesus. 2. Holy Spirit! Help me to meditate on the words of God, in the name of Jesus. 3. My soul! Rejoice in the Lord always, in the name of Jesus. 4. O, Lord! Let your desire become my desire, in the name Jesus. 5. O, Lord! Let Your will become my will and Your ways become my ways, in the name of Jesus. 6. O Lord! Deliver me from every unfriendly friend in my life, in the name of Jesus. 7. O Lord! Set me free from every error in my life, in the name of Jesus. 8. Let the lies of the devil in my mind be remove and be cast away by the power in the blood of Jesus, in the name of Jesus. 9. I come out of every pollution, in the name of Jesus. 10. My thought become the thoughts of Christ, in the name of Jesus. 11. Pray as the Holy Spirit gives you utterance