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Bible Prosperity Secrets

Michael Cloke

People everywhere are in need of help and healing for the whole person – spiritually, physically, financially, emotionally, and in relationships – spirit, soul and body. God has provided the answers to these needs in His Word and by His Spirit through Jesus Christ.

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Bible Prosperity Secrets – Secret 07.
28-04-2022
Bible Prosperity Secrets – Secret 07.
SECRET #7 Develop Good Character The Fruit of the Spirit By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. Galatians 5:22-23 Character is critical to a prosperous life. Recently, I was waiting at an ATM and in front of me was an old man. He spent a lot of time typing in his numbers and submitting his request. I just counted to ten and waited patiently. After about five minutes he was finished and walked off. I went up to the ATM to start my withdrawal request when I realised that the old man had left without taking his money. I immediately called for him, now about 25 foot away and shouted “you’ve forgotten your money!” He didn’t hear me, so I shouted again, took the money out of the machine and began to run towards him. He turned around and I gave him his money. He said “oh, I thought it was slow.” I smiled and got on with my day. The point is this, I could have easily just taken the money, which looked like a few hundred pounds and simply walked away with it. There were no cameras and nobody else there. Why didn’t I? It was my instinct to do the right thing. What would you have done? Good habits will lead you to a prosperous life. Your words, thoughts, emotions, decisions, actions and habits have got you to wherever you are right now. It is patently clear that a sense of entitlement, selfishness, jealousy, getting your own way, having to be right all the time, a critical spirit of others, repetitive patterns of behaviour, loveless - cheap sex, accumulation of mental and emotional garbage, loneliness, ruthless competition, divided lives, homes and relationships, uncontrollable addictions and an inability to love and be loved are all the hallmarks of a bad character. The inevitable result of a bad character is disappointment and depression. If you have been experiencing any of the above and are blaming other people for your own mistakes, being ungrateful, unkind, hurting people that care about you and breaking relationships, then you are still in the flesh. You need to grow up and mature as a Christian and be led by the spirit (see Secret #8). You need the Word of God. You need to be God dependent, not self dependent. Character is doing what is right when no one is looking. It is also, doing what is right - well or with excellence. Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character. 1 Corinthians 15:33 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Morals are formed out of your personal values. Your values are formed during your upbringing, education and life experiences and they provide you with a moral compass that informs and/or enables your ability to judge between right and wrong and subsequently, make a decision. Morals are subject to opinion, but for a Christian, good morals are non negotiable. While morals tend to be driven by your personal beliefs and values, there are certainly some common morals that most people agree on in the secular world. These are: Always tell the truthDo not destroy propertyHave courageKeep your promisesDo not cheatTreat others as you want to be treatedDo not judgeBe dependableBe forgivingHave integrityTake responsibility for your actionsHave patienceBe loyalHave respect for yourself and othersBe tolerant of differencesSeek justiceHave humilityBe generous The Ten Commandments have been used as the basis for lawful societies. Do not have any gods before meDo not make for yourself a graven imageDo not take the name of the Lord your God in vainRemember the Sabbath day to keep it holyHonor your father and motherDo not killDo not commit adulteryDo not stealDo not bear false witness against your neighbourDo not covet your neighbour's wife or possessions Integrity When people talk about character, they really mean integrity. Integrity adheres to a code of conduct. i.e. God's Word. And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments: 1 Kings 9:4 Character is doing what's right, because it's right and doing it right. Your character is also what people have come to expect from you. Character is the values and beliefs that you hold fast to on the inside and are what people see on the outside of you. In other words, your character is your actions of a thing or a story. Integrity is recognising a wrong behaviour or thing and not joining it. Character is doing something about it. So you recognise that something is wrong and you do not join it. Now do you have enough character to do something about it? So you see a friend that is hungry or naked. Integrity says “this is not right” and character does “get them something to eat or wear.” To walk on by and do nothing is wrong, likewise to say “well I’ll pray for you” is equally wrong. Humility One of the most important prerequisites for reading the bible is to learn humility. Biblical humility is to submit yourself to the Word of God. When you come across a scripture that you don’t agree with, then it is always you that is in error and not the Word. It is your pride that will tempt you to think that you know more than God. Galatians 5:16-25 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) The Works of the Flesh Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. The Fruit of the Spirit By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. It is not the purpose of this secret to do an in-depth study of the works of the flesh and the fruit of the spirit. I have included it to provide a reference point and a solid foundation for developing a great character or a Godly character. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God - what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 As a Christian, your goal is to become like Jesus and to develop His character through His Word. This will allow you to be free from the chaos of this crazy upside down world and will ultimately set you free. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36 Three Temptations to sin Lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life. 1 John 2:16-17 The Message Translation Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8 PRAYER Heavenly father, thank you for your loving kindness and grace that you bestow upon me. Give me the strength to make good decisions in my life from now on, choices that please you, and grant me the wisdom to know the difference between right and wrong. Plant in me a good character, with honesty and integrity. I rebuke the lust of my flesh and I choose to bear the fruit of the spirit. It is in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
Bible Prosperity Secrets – Secret 07.
28-04-2022
Bible Prosperity Secrets – Secret 07.
SECRET #7 Develop Good Character The Fruit of the Spirit By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. Galatians 5:22-23 Character is critical to a prosperous life. Recently, I was waiting at an ATM and in front of me was an old man. He spent a lot of time typing in his numbers and submitting his request. I just counted to ten and waited patiently. After about five minutes he was finished and walked off. I went up to the ATM to start my withdrawal request when I realised that the old man had left without taking his money. I immediately called for him, now about 25 foot away and shouted “you’ve forgotten your money!” He didn’t hear me, so I shouted again, took the money out of the machine and began to run towards him. He turned around and I gave him his money. He said “oh, I thought it was slow.” I smiled and got on with my day. The point is this, I could have easily just taken the money, which looked like a few hundred pounds and simply walked away with it. There were no cameras and nobody else there. Why didn’t I? It was my instinct to do the right thing. What would you have done? Good habits will lead you to a prosperous life. Your words, thoughts, emotions, decisions, actions and habits have got you to wherever you are right now. It is patently clear that a sense of entitlement, selfishness, jealousy, getting your own way, having to be right all the time, a critical spirit of others, repetitive patterns of behaviour, loveless - cheap sex, accumulation of mental and emotional garbage, loneliness, ruthless competition, divided lives, homes and relationships, uncontrollable addictions and an inability to love and be loved are all the hallmarks of a bad character. The inevitable result of a bad character is disappointment and depression. If you have been experiencing any of the above and are blaming other people for your own mistakes, being ungrateful, unkind, hurting people that care about you and breaking relationships, then you are still in the flesh. You need to grow up and mature as a Christian and be led by the spirit (see Secret #8). You need the Word of God. You need to be God dependent, not self dependent. Character is doing what is right when no one is looking. It is also, doing what is right - well or with excellence. Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character. 1 Corinthians 15:33 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Morals are formed out of your personal values. Your values are formed during your upbringing, education and life experiences and they provide you with a moral compass that informs and/or enables your ability to judge between right and wrong and subsequently, make a decision. Morals are subject to opinion, but for a Christian, good morals are non negotiable. While morals tend to be driven by your personal beliefs and values, there are certainly some common morals that most people agree on in the secular world. These are: Always tell the truthDo not destroy propertyHave courageKeep your promisesDo not cheatTreat others as you want to be treatedDo not judgeBe dependableBe forgivingHave integrityTake responsibility for your actionsHave patienceBe loyalHave respect for yourself and othersBe tolerant of differencesSeek justiceHave humilityBe generous The Ten Commandments have been used as the basis for lawful societies. Do not have any gods before meDo not make for yourself a graven imageDo not take the name of the Lord your God in vainRemember the Sabbath day to keep it holyHonor your father and motherDo not killDo not commit adulteryDo not stealDo not bear false witness against your neighbourDo not covet your neighbour's wife or possessions Integrity When people talk about character, they really mean integrity. Integrity adheres to a code of conduct. i.e. God's Word. And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments: 1 Kings 9:4 Character is doing what's right, because it's right and doing it right. Your character is also what people have come to expect from you. Character is the values and beliefs that you hold fast to on the inside and are what people see on the outside of you. In other words, your character is your actions of a thing or a story. Integrity is recognising a wrong behaviour or thing and not joining it. Character is doing something about it. So you recognise that something is wrong and you do not join it. Now do you have enough character to do something about it? So you see a friend that is hungry or naked. Integrity says “this is not right” and character does “get them something to eat or wear.” To walk on by and do nothing is wrong, likewise to say “well I’ll pray for you” is equally wrong. Humility One of the most important prerequisites for reading the bible is to learn humility. Biblical humility is to submit yourself to the Word of God. When you come across a scripture that you don’t agree with, then it is always you that is in error and not the Word. It is your pride that will tempt you to think that you know more than God. Galatians 5:16-25 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) The Works of the Flesh Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. The Fruit of the Spirit By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. It is not the purpose of this secret to do an in-depth study of the works of the flesh and the fruit of the spirit. I have included it to provide a reference point and a solid foundation for developing a great character or a Godly character. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God - what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 As a Christian, your goal is to become like Jesus and to develop His character through His Word. This will allow you to be free from the chaos of this crazy upside down world and will ultimately set you free. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36 Three Temptations to sin Lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life. 1 John 2:16-17 The Message Translation Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8 PRAYER Heavenly father, thank you for your loving kindness and grace that you bestow upon me. Give me the strength to make good decisions in my life from now on, choices that please you, and grant me the wisdom to know the difference between right and wrong. Plant in me a good character, with honesty and integrity. I rebuke the lust of my flesh and I choose to bear the fruit of the spirit. It is in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
Bible Prosperity Secrets – Secret 06.
27-04-2022
Bible Prosperity Secrets – Secret 06.
Hello and welcome back to the Bible Prosperity Secrets podcast. In this episode, you'll learn how to develop a personal relationship with you. If you have not yet purchased the Bible Prosperity Secrets book, then you can get your copy at michaelcloke.com or search on Amazon for michael cloke in books. SECRET #6 DEVELOP A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD Psalms 100:1-2 Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. This secret is vital. It’s about creating a connection with God the Father through Jesus Christ and maintaining it on a day-to-day, hour-by-hour and moment-by moment basis. Staying in daily if not constant communion with God is the number one, single most important thing that you can do as a Christian. It is the master key that opens every door including faith, healing, deliverance, righteousness and prosperity. When I speak of abundance and prosperity, I am not speaking just about money and material goods. More importantly, I am speaking about spiritual prosperity which is; knowing God personally and experiencing His presence in your daily life. It is knowing His Word, which is His will and obeying it. 1 John 2:3-6 The Test of Knowing Him Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. It does not matter how well you know the bible, how faith and healing works, you can know the prosperity scriptures in and out and all the love scriptures – even the love walk, but if you don’t have and maintain a living connection with God and spend time in His presence, then you will not be spiritually strong enough to do what you need to do in order to realise or manifest your breakthrough. There are many ways that you can enter into the presence of God. They include; ThanksgivingPraise and worshipReading His WordListening to His WordPrayer Thanksgiving What does the bible have to say about the subject of God’s presence? Psalm 95:2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. Thanksgiving transports us into the presence of God. The first thing to do in prayer is to take a few moments to thank Him for all that He has done for you. This never fails to usher you into the presence of God. It also focuses your mind on the goodness and faithfulness of God instead of your problems. It creates a spirit of connecting with the presence of God. Praise Praise is similar to thanksgiving. Thanksgiving honours God for what He has done, whereas praise honours him for who He is. When you praise and worship Him for who He is and how much He means to you, how grateful you are that He established His throne upon the foundation of righteousness and justice, His mercy and grace, His faithfulness and loving kindness – you honour Him, thank Him and praise him because he is worthy. The Word of God The Bible is the inspired Word of God. By getting into God’s Word, you are entering into His presence. John 1:1 The Eternal Word In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. To experience God’s presence, you have to be exposed to His Word. No one can force you to read the bible; you have to make the decision to spend quality time in His word on a regular basis because you want to. I love God’s Word and I feed my spirit every day. Search out and find a source of daily devotions or a bible reading plan that works for you. Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Prayer Prayer is a great way to connect with the presence of God. In the spirit realm, it is easy to start a conversation with God your heavenly Father, your friend Jesus Christ and your helper the Holy Spirit. It’s important to remember that it is a dialogue and not a monologue. There are many types of prayer, but the most effective is to pray God’s Word. By doing this, you are sure to be in His will. Always give thanks. The Apostle Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Paul knew that giving thanks would usher you into the presence of God and that spending quality time in His presence is the key to breakthrough and total prosperity in your life. Let us Pray Heavenly father, I thank you for your Word today. I love you with all my heart, and with all my soul, and with all my mind and with all of my strength. Thank you for showing me the way way to develop a personal relationship with you. In the wonderful and matchless name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.> I do hope that you are enjoying this podcast so far. Please stay tuned for more amazing bible secrets coming up soon. Thank you for listening and, until next time, stay blessed.
Bible Prosperity Secrets – Secret 05.
26-04-2022
Bible Prosperity Secrets – Secret 05.
Hello and welcome back to the Bible Prosperity Secrets podcast. In this episode, you'll learn the number one scripture for biblical prosperity.If you have not yet purchased the Bible Prosperity Secrets book, then you can get your copy at michaelcloke.com or search on Amazon for michael cloke in books. SECRET #5 Seek First The Kingdom of God And His Righteousness Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. The Kingdom of God is the higher spiritual life in its full expression for yourself and others. And his righteousness is to become imitators of Christ by renewing your mind through the Word of God. Matthew 13:44-46 The Parable of the Hidden Treasure “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. This parable paints a beautiful picture of the Kingdom of heaven and the value of righteousness. It’s like the first time you read or heard the message of the glorious Gospel that resonated with you in such a profound and powerful way that you knew you had found the truth, and that you were completely sold out. John 8:36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. Matthew 25:14-30 The Parable of the Talents “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ The message here is that God wants us to be enterprising and take risks, albeit carefully calculated risks. The saying “nothing ventured nothing gained” comes to mind. It is that entrepreneurial spirit that is coupled by faith and corresponding action that is required of you. I wonder how the master would have responded if the servant with the least – took a risk of faith and invested in an enterprise that had great potential, but failed and lost all of his master’s money. Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21. This makes your righteousness in Jesus Christ, exceed that of the Pharisees and the Scribes. Let us Pray Heavenly father, I thank you for your Word today. I love you with all my heart, and with all my soul, and with all my mind and with all of my strength. Thank you for showing me the value of wisdom. In the wonderful and matchless name of Jesus Christ I pray.Amen. I do hope that you are enjoying this podcast so far. Please stay tuned for more amazing bible secrets coming up soon. Thank you for listening and, until next time, stay blessed.
Bible Prosperity Secrets – Secret 04.
25-04-2022
Bible Prosperity Secrets – Secret 04.
Hello and welcome back to the Bible Prosperity Secrets podcast. In this episode, you'll learn how you are the seed and heir of Abraham. If you have not yet purchased the Bible Prosperity Secrets book, then you can get your copy at michaelcloke.com or search on Amazon for michael cloke in books. SECRET #4 Abraham's Seed and Heir Galatians 3:29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. If you are a believer in Christ, then you are the seed of Abraham and heir according to the everlasting covenant made between Almighty God and Abraham. > Genesis 17:1-9 The Sign of the Covenant When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.  No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. So what exactly is the promise of the Spirit through faith? John 14:26 But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you. 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit Isaiah 11:2-4 The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord. Deuteronomy 7:12-13 Blessings of Obedience “Then it shall come to pass, because you listen to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the Lord your God will keep with you the covenant and the mercy which He swore to your fathers. And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you. This scripture tells of the relationship between experiencing God’s blessings and obedience to His Torah. F+O=BLESSINGS This is an important prophecy that provides you with added insight into how to walk in the blessings of the Lord — through faith and obedience (F+O). These three - faith, obedience, and blessings - are seen operating in your forefather Abraham, who first believed and then out of faith, obeyed God and was circumcised. Abraham exemplified the concept that obedience is more than exercising your will over your own flesh; it is faith in action. Out of his faith flowed obedience to God. In Genesis 15:6, we see that his faith was counted to him as righteousness, and the ancient Hebrew prophet Isaiah beckons you to look to Abraham, your father of faith.  You are to be like him; putting faith into action.> Then you, too, will experience the blessings that flow from obedience. “Listen to me, you pursuers of justice, you who seek the Lord: consider the rock from which you were cut, the quarry from which you were dug —consider Abraham your father and Sarah, who gave birth to you.” (Isaiah 51:1–2) "Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways." (Proverbs 4:26) The Promised Land God is Lord of all the earth, but the Land of Israel is unique among the nations; it is not like any other nation of the earth. It is a Land that God cares for and watches over continually. “The land you are crossing over to take possession of is a land of hills and valleys, which soaks up water when rain falls from the sky. It is a land the Lord your God cares for. The eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.” (Deuteronomy 11:11–12) Moses is continuing his closing address to the Israelites before they cross the Jordan River (which he began at the beginning of Deuteronomy). He tells them that if they are obedient to the Torah, they will prosper in the Land they are about to conquer. The people are to possess the Land and not fear the nations living there because God would expel them. “You are to devour all the peoples that the Lord your God hands over to you, nevertheless, you are not to be afraid of them; you are to remember well what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and all of Egypt. “You are not to be frightened of them, because the Lord your God is there with you, a God great and fearsome.  The Lord your God will expel those nations ahead of you little by little.” (Deuteronomy 7:16–22) The Source of Blessing “I raise my eyes to the hills, from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1–2) In Israel today, the terrible struggle against terrorism has caused many of God’s people to turn their hearts toward Him as they search for help and victory. Throughout the history of Israel, however, we see over and over again that when God blessed the Jewish People, many soon forgot Him as the source of their blessing and turned away from their devotion and obedience to the Lord. God said of Gomer, the unfaithful wife of the prophet Hosea, “She doesn’t know it was I who gave her the grain, the wine and the oil; I who increased her silver and gold, which they used for Ba’al.” (Hosea 2:8) You must always remember that when you prosper in the land that He gives you or in any area of your life, it is God who is the source of your every blessing. You should never let pride rise up in your hearts and think that your own abilities are the source of all that you have and enjoy. If you understand that what you have has been given to you by God, you are more likely to maintain an attitude of gratitude, and to be good stewards, using your blessings in a way that advances His Kingdom and pleases God. Each of you today should consider Moses' warning to the people of Israel: “You will think to yourself, ‘My own power and the strength of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.’ No, you are to remember the Lord your God, because it is He who is giving you the power to get wealth, in order to confirm His covenant, which He swore to your ancestors, as is happening even today.” (Deuteronomy 8:17–18) God gives you the power to get wealth in order to confirm His covenant. And though it is obedience that releases the blessings of God, He is not so much after your obedience as He is your hearts. True obedience and wisdom begins with reverential fear and love for God, the spirit of His Torah, His people and yourself. It is having faith in His way of doing and being right - His will, the mind of Christ operating in your life. Therefore, even more than the physical circumcision of covenant, which is of course important, God desires that each one of you be circumcised in your hearts. You must change outwardly, putting on a show of the likeness of Christ, the fruit of the Spirit, Godly character and purity; as well as change inwardly, becoming soft, pliable clay in the Potter’s hands. “Circumcise the foreskin of your heart; and don’t be stiff-necked any longer!” (Deuteronomy 10:16) God promises Israel that the rewards of love and obedience are great. He will drive the nations out of the Promised Land and give the Israelites success against those who are more powerful than they. If you will love the Lord your God and cling to Him and keep His commandments, then He will faithfully care for you and protect you. What a wonderful assurance you have of His love. “For if you will take care to obey all these commandments I am giving you, to do them, to love the Lord your God, to follow all His ways and to cling to Him, then the Lord will expel all these nations ahead of you; and you will dispossess nations bigger and stronger than you are.” (Deuteronomy 11:22–23) Generational Blessings God established His covenant with Abraham and his descendants after him from Isaac, Jacob and Joseph right through to you, even today. Genesis 17:21, But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.” Genesis 26:24, And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake." Genesis 26:13-14, The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous; for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him. Galatians 3:29, And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. You are an heir to the promises of Abraham. Your inheritance is God the Holy Spirit together with all the blessings, promises and resources that are available to you and enable your prosperity and success both here on earth and into eternal life to come. You have been given the power to get wealth. Psalm 35:27, Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” Let us Pray Heavenly father, I thank you for your Word today. I love you with all my heart, and with all my soul, and with all my mind and with all of my strength, and I love my neighbor as myself.. Thank you for making me a seed and heir of Abraham. In the wonderful and matchless name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen. Thank you for listening and, until next time, stay blessed.
Bible Prosperity Secrets – Secret 03.
22-04-2022
Bible Prosperity Secrets – Secret 03.
Hello and welcome back to the Bible Prosperity Secrets podcast. In this episode, you'll learn about the value of getting wisdom. If you have not yet purchased the Bible Prosperity Secrets book, then you can get your copy at michaelcloke.com or search on Amazon for michael cloke in books. SECRET #3 GET WISDOM – GET UNDERSTANDING The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever else you get, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7 A Father’s Wise Instruction Proverbs 4:1-10 Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her. She will place on your head a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.” Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many. Proverbs 2:1-5 King Solomon explains the value of Wisdom My child, if you accept my words and treasure up my commandments within you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; if you indeed cry out for insight, and raise your voice for understanding; if you seek it like silver, and search for it as for hidden treasures - then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. Where Can Wisdom Be Found? Job 28: 23- 28 “God understands the way to it, and he knows its place. For he looks to the ends of the earth, and sees everything under the heavens. When he gave to the wind its weight, and apportioned out the waters by measure; when he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the thunderbolt; then he saw it and declared it; he established it, and searched it out. And he (Yehovah) said to humankind, “Truly, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” WISDOM 8:2-7, and 16-18 Solomon's Love for Wisdom I loved her and sought her from my youth, and I desired to take her for my bride, and I became enamored of her beauty. 3She glorifies her noble birth by living with God, and the Lord of all loves her. For she is an initiate in the knowledge of God, and an associate in his works. If riches are a desirable possession in life, what is richer than wisdom who effects all things? And if understanding is effective, who more than she is fashioner of what exists? And if any one loves righteousness, her labors are virtues; for she teaches self-control and prudence, justice and courage; nothing in life is more profitable for men than these. When I enter my house, I shall find rest with her, for companionship with her has no bitterness, and life with her has no pain, but gladness and joy. When I considered these things inwardly, and thought upon them in my mind, that in kinship with wisdom there is immortality, and in friendship with her, pure delight, and in the labors of her hands, unfailing wealth, and in the experience of her company, understanding, and renown in sharing her words, I went about seeking how to get her for myself. Wisdom 7:7-14 Solomon’s Respect for Wisdom Therefore I prayed, and understanding was given me; I called on God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me. I preferred her to scepters and thrones, and I accounted wealth as nothing in comparison with her. Neither did I liken to her any priceless gem, because all gold is but a little sand in her sight, and silver will be accounted as clay before her. I loved her more than health and beauty, and I chose to have her rather than light, because her radiance never ceases. All good things came to me along with her, and in her hands uncounted wealth. I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom leads them; but I did not know that she was their mother. I learned without guile and I impart without grudging; I do not hide her wealth, for it is an unfailing treasure for mortals; those who get it obtain friendship with God, commended for the gifts that come from instruction. Proverbs 4:5-9  Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. Psalms 111:10 The [reverent] fear of the Lord is the beginning (the prerequisite, the absolute essential, the alphabet) of wisdom; A good understanding and a teachable heart are possessed by all those who do the will of the Lord; His praise endures forever. Psalms 16:5-9, 11 The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; thou holdest my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also dwells securely. Thou dost show me the path of life; in thy presence there is fullness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore. Matthew 5:13-16 "You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men. "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Colossians 2:3  In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Wisdom comes from God. His Word is His wisdom. He has hidden wisdom for the righteous to find it. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1 Corinthians 2:7-8 1 Corinthians 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. Wisdom is the principal thing; it can be compared to the Kingdom of Heaven or the pearl of great price. You must seek it with all you have, just as you seek the Kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness, even the face of God. Jeremiah 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Let us Pray Heavenly father, I thank you for your Word today. I love you with all my heart, and with all my soul, and with all my mind and with all of my strength. Thank you for showing me the value of wisdom. In the wonderful and matchless name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. I do hope that you are enjoying this podcast so far. Please stay tuned. there are some amazing bible secrets coming up soon. Thank you for listening and, until next time, stay blessed.
Bible Prosperity Secrets – Secret 02.
20-04-2022
Bible Prosperity Secrets – Secret 02.
SECRET #2 Love God & love neighbour as your self Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus declared,  ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  God loves you with unconditional love or agape love. God loves everybody and he wants to give you an abundant and eternal life. In return he requires you to believe in Him through faith and to love Him back with all you have. We love each other because he first loved us. John 4:19  The bible also says that God is love. 1 John 4:8 He does not have love, He is love! He is the originator, creator and emanator of love.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” John 3:16-18 Here’s the deal, because of this reckless, unfathomable and inexhaustible love, every person who is willing and obedient to believe in the finished works of Jesus Christ, can receive salvation, deliverance, healing, peace, joy, hope and every other blessing that he has promised you in His Word. Understanding this truth and believing in the mercy and grace, and the righteousness and justice of God is the foundation of your faith. You are about to discover how much God loves you and that He wants to bless you beyond anything that you could ask or think.  This good news can become a reality in your life. Remember that God is not mad at you. He loves you and like any good parent, He wants the best for you. Understanding or better still, knowing this will change your life. If you could sum up the entire bible then to love God and love His people would be it. Deuteronomy 6:1-9  The Greatest Commandment “Now this is the commandment - the statutes and the rules - that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son's son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long.  Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 5:1-21 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) The Ten Commandments Moses convened all Israel, and said to them: Hear, O Israel, the statutes and ordinances that I am addressing to you today; you shall learn them and observe them diligently. The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. Not with our ancestors did the Lord make this covenant, but with us, who are all of us here alive today. The Lord spoke with you face to face at the mountain, out of the fire. (At that time I was standing between the Lord and you to declare to you the words of the Lord; for you were afraid because of the fire and did not go up the mountain.) And he said: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. Observe the Sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, or your son or your daughter, or your male or female slave, or your ox or your donkey, or any of your livestock, or the resident alien in your towns, so that your male and female slave may rest as well as you. Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, so that your days may be long and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not murder. Neither shall you commit adultery. Neither shall you steal. Neither shall you bear false witness against your neighbor. Neither shall you covet your neighbor’s wife. Neither shall you desire your neighbor’s house, or field, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. In mainstream Rabbinic Judaism, a mezuzah is affixed to the doorpost of Jewish homes to fulfill the mitzvah (Biblical commandment) to "write the words of God on the gates and doorposts of your house" (Deuteronomy 6:9).  The Jewish tefellin (sometimes called phylacteries) are cubic black leather boxes with leather straps that Orthodox Jewish men wear on their head and their arm during weekday morning prayer. Observant Jews consider wearing tefillin to be a very great mitzvah (command). The tallit katan (Yiddish/Ashkenazic Hebrew tallis koton; "small tallit") is a fringed garment traditionally worn either under or over one's clothing by Jewish males. It is a poncho-like garment with a hole for the head and special twined and knotted fringes known as tzitzit attached to its four corners.  The Shema Deuteronomy 6:3-7 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) (Shema) Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe them diligently, so that it may go well with you, and so that you may multiply greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you. (Shema) Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Hear, oh Israel! The most important prayer in the Bible is the Shema which means to listen or hear. "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one, and as for you, you shall Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength." Deuteronomy 6:4-7 It is a powerful prayer and packed with meaning into just a few words. The Shema is the last speech Moses gave to the Israelites before they went down into the Promised Land. And after entering the Promised Land, the Shema became a prayer the Israelites prayed twice daily. Matthew 22:37 Jesus declared, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Mark 12:29,30 Jesus replied, "This is the most important: 'Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' Luke 10:27 He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' and 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" Here is an interesting secret. If you love the Lord your God above everything else and love your neighbor as yourself, then fear will have no grip on you. It’s like saying “the perfect love and fear of the Lord is both the greatest commandment and the beginning of wisdom.” The Greatest Commandment (Deuteronomy 6:1-19; Mark 12:28-34) And the Pharisees, having heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, were gathered together the same.  And one of them, a lawyer, questioned Him, testing Him, “Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in the Law?” And He said to him, “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the great and first commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” It’s very important to notice that last sentence. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. We shall dive deeper into the law of the New Testament requirements in the conclusion. The way of God’s love 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.  John 10:30 “I and the Father are one." [insert your name] and the Father are one. 1 John 4:8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God is love.  Now let's insert God instead of love. [GOD] is patient; [GOD] is kind; [GOD] is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. [HE] does not insist on [HIS] own way; [HE] is not irritable or resentful; [HE] does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.  [HE] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. [GOD] never ends. John 17:26 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them. Since God loves you, and He is in you, let's insert your name instead of love. [MICHAEL] is patient; [MICHAEL] is kind; [MICHAEL] is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. [HE] does not insist on [HIS] own way; [HE] is not irritable or resentful; [HE] does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.  [HE] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. [MICHAEL] never ends. Prayer Heavenly father, I thank you for your Word today. I love you with all my heart, and with all my soul, and with my entire mind and with all of my strength. I will love my neighbor as I love myself from this point on. I will walk in love and live by faith. I believe your Word and by your grace, through faith, I receive your undeserved blessings. In the wonderful and mighty name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
Bible Prosperity Secrets – Secret 01.
19-04-2022
Bible Prosperity Secrets – Secret 01.
SECRET #1 FEAR GOD The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. Proverbs 9:10 Throughout the bible, we are told to fear God. At the end of the book of Ecclesiastes 12:13, Solomon (the wisest man that ever lived, except for Jesus Christ) says “Now all has been heard. Let us hear the conclusion of the matter. Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. Walking in the fear of the Lord is to submit to His commandments and be obedient to them at all times. As a New Testament Christian, you are to love God and love your neighbour as yourselves. This is what you are commanded to do first and foremost, whilst remaining obedient to the spirit of Torah (law or instruction). God must be the first and final authority in your lives. God should come before you, your family and friends and anything else. The fear of God can never be second place in your lives. You can never say “well, I’ll just do this sin and repent of it later.” That’s not walking in the fear of God. In fact, that’s having no fear of God. If you truly fear God, then you’ll put Him above everything and everyone else. It’s correct to say that if you don’t fear God, then it follows that you don’t love Him either. You cannot love God and be disobedient at the same time. 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. It is only perfect love which casts out fear. If you strive to love God and neighbour with all of your hearts, minds, soul and strength, then fear is cast out and you’ll be more able to keep the spirit of Torah and not want to go around worshipping other gods, idols, killing, committing adultery and giving false witness. Jesus said: “The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]” John 14:21 “The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.” – Oswald Chambers “The right fear is the fear of losing God.” – Meister Eckhart Just a quick look at all the benefits that come from the fear of God should persuade you that it’s a wise thing to do. A holy fear of God is a good and healthy thing that has many benefits. Psalm 34:4-9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed. This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord, and was saved from every trouble. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him. O fear the Lord, you his holy ones, for those who fear him have no want. Benefits of Fearing God: It’s the beginning of wisdomDelivered from all your fearsSaved from every troubleAngels encamped around youYou’ll have no wantYou’ll want to walk in loveYou’ll be radiantYou’ll never be ashamed Mathew 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Proverbs 22:4 The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. Fear God Alone Luke 12:4-7 Berean Study Bible Therefore you should not fear them! For nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, proclaim upon the housetops! And you should not be afraid of those killing the body but not being able to kill the soul. Indeed rather you should fear the One being able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. Are not two sparrows sold for an assarion? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore you should not fear; you are worth more than many sparrows. Proverbs 3:7 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil. In this Proverb Solomon urges us to fear the Lord and to not rely on our own wisdom. He implies that to trust in ones own wisdom is foolish and even evil. The point is that our intellect is nothing compared to that of God, who created us. Human wisdom falls far below God's wisdom and leads to false speculations. “Professing themselves to be wise,” they became fools and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. Worshiping nature instead of the Creator. Romans 1:22–23 Job 28:28 "Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.” Job is fully persuaded that it is wiser to fear the Lord and trust in Him, and turn from evil than to follow your own inclinations. Job did not understand why he was suffering so greatly, but he was convinced that the Lord knew what he was doing. He acknowledged that his responsibility was to fear or worshipfully reverence the Lord and reject evil. Therefore, Job did not let his sufferings persuade him to sin. Instead, he wisely feared the Lord and eventually received an abundant reward. The Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Job 42:10 King James Version. You need to live before God like His little children and do whatever He tells you to do. You need to allow the Holy Spirit to work in you and through you, and when He leads or prompts you, you should just obey Him. You are learning to walk in love and to be guided by the Holy Spirit. Psalm 19:9-10 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.