… Spiritual re-conditioning.
I welcome everyone in the name of the lord, this particular write up is for the individuals that have strayed on the wrong path for too long and are tired, it is directed to awaken that need for the “divine compass” which is the holy-spirit. We are bound to face difficulties, disappointments in life but when it becomes a normal and a predictable occurrence in terms of occurrence there is need for a redirection. The write up is directed at you when all attempt to achieve a fulfilling life has proved futile then you are out-positioned, if you are on the right direction you are bound to make progress but there are obstacles on the way we must face and this cannot be done with just self-will, resources at your disposal. You feel Empty, Lonely, out of place, hard-pressed, confronted you need God who makes all paths straight by removing obstacles. God is supreme and the removal of obstacles on your paths has been his specialty, do you remember the story of the children of Israel and the red-sea, Wall of Jericho etc.
If you have a past or a present that does not glorify God your ways need to be made straight because anyone that does not follow the commandments of God is not under the supervision of Heaven that makes that individual greatly vulnerable i.e. you are a prey.
To ensure we don’t lose focus of the purpose of this write-up, I will be precisely relating the concept of the topic “straight” to our everyday life.
It is no news that individuals embrace life-styles that oppose God because they do things that are of the devil, we must understand that we cannot be on the fence in this Christian race, some of us are actually too wise for our own safety, we become chronic critics are forget that the God we are talking about does not operate on the same level of thinking as we do yes we are created is his own image and likeness but the creator cannot be on the same level in all ramifications with the created. Isaiah 55:9 I implore you to read carefully “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” So we must understand that we as Humans we cannot equate God no matter how smart we get over the years, your experiences does not matter, the amount of books and degrees you read matters not, not even the highest degree in psychology will bring to you to that level of equilibrium.
If your life-style is not in accordance with the heavenly standard you need divine re-positioning and divine intervention. Sin is an act that makes you an automatic candidate of hell and as a candidate of such your ways cannot be straight you cannot have it rosy and this is the purpose Jesus died for we as believers to overcome in his name, we are supposed to live in Christ, he has laid down a footprint all we are supposed to do is just follow it when this is done your ways are inevitably made straight because confusion disappears, obstacles will bow to God in your life. In this case the only synonym for the word “Straight” is “Jesus” so we must follow him.
X-ray explanation of the topic “Straight”
Without much digression what does the word “straight” mean? It means; extending or moving uniformly in one direction only; without a curve or bend. It was further defined as;
properly positioned so as to be level, upright, or symmetrical.
I know from that definition you are beginning to get the insight and the required level of understanding that qualifies you for the deep wisdom in this write-up. For the purpose of clarity as we know the bible is the most important book of all, I will be using a character in the bible which would be Saul that later had the encounter and converted and his name became Paul, which means “small” we must understand that the grace on everyone’s life is different so we must be very careful. Some of you are Saul as far as heaven is concerned i.e. you living a life that wrestles with God, that means your life antagonizes God and it is my pleasure to bring to you today that you cannot go far with such a life-style.
Straight means to move in one direction without “Curve or bend”, what does it mean to move in one direction? It means your life is devoid of confusion, it means you have a purpose and you headed straight there for one to move in a particular direction without oscillating back and forth, right and left that tells you there is a goal involved. Some of us today we have so many curves and bends in our lives,
what do I call this “Curve and bends”?
– Wasted time and effort which can amount to wasted years, days, months, weeks; take a look at this carefully you are headed somewhere within a time frame and your destination is just straight down you can almost see it if you take a long look, I am talking about a stone throw kind of distance and you begin to move left and right, experience curves and bends do you know that there is a very high and strong tendency that you do not get to that destination at the right time? Because as you go through those curves and bends your journey is inevitably prolonged, even when you play racing games roads with curves are more challenging and time consuming.
Everyone has a purpose here on earth, God has not created a failure, he has not created wanderers, confused, sick-minded people. The curves are bound to come but they are not supposed to stay a life-time they are strangers it is written in Psalm 18:44 “As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.” So those bends and curves are subject to your control the verse says “submit”
The power that will submit your enemies under your feet for trampling the lord will give to you in Jesus name.
Your journey in life is supposed to be that which God has designated for you he knows it cannot be rosy all-through but he has made contingency plans to ensure that the struggles, bends, curves are just a passing phase.
Even this curves and bends can be sponsored in our lives by our own actions, You see students enrolling courses they are not capable of seeing through because they lack direction, You see individuals battling with sickness and diseases for a life-time even to the grave those are bends and curves, You see people getting married to the wrong spouses and going through divorce in quick successions, people stuck with debts all through their life-time those are bends and curves. You see students whom are supposed to be graduates held back in school by just a single course. Individuals that have graduated yet jobless. This is a serious situation.
– Situations and Eventualities designed to waste your resources; this still talks about some of the facts stated above, when a student has spent 3 years out of a 4 years course and suddenly decides that he cannot cope any-longer those are curves and bends and he or she needs to cry to Jesus to make his way straight.
When you are so weak minded, easily depressed, inferiority complex becomes a companion then you are struck and confronted by “curves and bends” You have sickness that takes $200 from you today another $500 tomorrow you are confronted by “Bends and curves” being sponsored by the enemy in your life. I have heard cases of parents sponsoring their children with millions only for their children to get expelled what a waste of resources.
-Long-term problem self-inflicted or inherited; in your family nobody makes it until they are 60 years and above those are “bends and curves”. Your family no one gets married until they are 40 years old those are curves and bends, this bends on your path are crafted by the enemy to ensure you are bent-over. People graduate in your-family but they only see that job that will elevate them at the age of 70 years old those are bends and curves. You are in a relationship or you have always entered relationships and the man or woman is just sex-hungry not ready to move to the next level (marriage) then you are confronted by “Bends and curves”, you are beautiful men see you are use you only to run away you need Jesus the only one that makes anyone’s path straight, if at all you have been on a problem for years then you clearly wasting resources and time. “Barrenness and miscarriage” is a bend and curve in your life forget the medical reasons given to you, You get pregnant at a certain time you get miscarriage not twice, thrice then you need to open your eyes are you not a believer did you not read Exodus 23:26 “and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.” NIV
–Spiritual Malnutrition; Every Christian or believer is supposed to maintain a laudable prayer tempo If he/she is to pull through in life, You call yourself a believer you cannot pray fervently for at least 20mins then you are under the time-wasting schedule of the enemy because a poor prayer tempo cannot get anyone anywhere, you cannot win in the battle field of life when your prayers are like peanuts to the enemy, You cannot fast for hours to move the hand of God then you are under the confrontation of “Bends and curves” Every believer is supposed to have at least one spiritual gift from God e.g. Vision, speaking in tongues or interpretation, prophecy, Evangelism etc. Because without prayer heaven cannot take you seriously, you will be ridiculed and molested by the powers of darkness i.e. you become a well baked prey if you think praying lackadaisically will; yield maximum result you are well positioned for torment, Look at Daniel in the bible the way he prayed and yet the prince of Persia intercepted and imprisoned the angel bringing the answers to his prayers then he increased the intensity then heaven had to send reinforcement the world which you live in today has gone past lullaby kind of prayers, look at Hannah the way she cried to God.
What does it mean to have a straight path?
It means to have a good foundation- Luke 3:4 “As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” John was laying that good foundation by telling the people of the Messiah. When path is mentioned that should tell you there is always a movement and a destination, so the path was made straight to ensure a smooth transition for Jesus Christ, He did not need to announce himself or struggle, people already knew there a Messiah coming.
It means for your path to be devoid of confusion– Some of us are out of place Just like Saul was in the bible, he antagonized the believers of Christ, he was embarking a wrong trip, he was a great fighter/warrior quite influential but for the wrong reasons, people had fear for him rather than respect. That is what happens when you are not on the right path and you are extremely out of place you become influential for the wrong reasons, you will command fear rather than respect. Some of you need the encounter, Paul had the encounter that divinely re-positioned him. When you antagonize Christ, you do things that are not right before his eyes, certain attitudes in our lives does not glorify God we need everything concerning our lives straitened including our paths.
It means for obstacles on our way /paths towards life goals accomplishment to be completely eliminated;
what are these goals? It can be a good marriage, Job, Family, great financial upper hand, outstanding spiritual-life, yielding relationships etc. And only Jesus can remove these obstacles all you need to do his believe and follow him by obeying him, because for every path we take there is always a mountain or valley there to obstruct us, some of us are so myopic, Jesus the way maker is an inevitable need to mankind that some-people are too blind to recognize, some people know this but they have decided to be willfully blind.
in Luke 3:5 “Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.” The bible even affirms this saying that obstacles will always come but in him you are an overcomer, outside him you will be saturated with the spoils of defeat and war.
– It means to have a smooth path Luke 3:5, it means repair some of you need divine repairs in all departments of your lives. One without God is lost.
I just pity the individuals that say the bible is a fairy-tale because the bible is playing before their very eyes and they are too blind to see it, they have leaned on their own wisdom, even the wisdom has become their medium of destruction, because how far you are from God determines how close you are to the devil. They have forgotten proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding”. Some people are made it a point of duty to customize sin i.e. modernizing it by saying a particular kind of sin belong to a sect. God will not force anyone to repent especially when you know the truth, he is just concerned for the souls that are genuinely lost, so you taking he word of God in your heart and living by it is a choice, even from Genesis choice has always existed, God cannot know we truly love him if he took that choice from us, he could have choose to create us without minds, so we must begin to use our heads.
What does it mean for you or your paths to be straightened?
-It means you have found your way back to your heavenly father.
-It means you were lost and now you have been found even by Christ himself. Great Shepard
-It means to be divinely re-positioned, Paul was re positioned after his encounter because God decided to make his way straight in the street called
-It means to have obstacles that are easily surmountable in Christ Jesus.
-It means for you to be filled with the holy-spirit i.e. heavenly guided (ordered steps)
-It means to be a registered candidate of heaven. (Book of life)
-It means to heading towards a fulfilling expected end. Proverb 23:18 “For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.” (KJV) This verse tells you that you will envisage a certain accomplishment in life and you will get there e.g. dream job, family etc. everyone has an end even if you don’t plan for it.
By the reason of the anointing your expectations shall not be cut short in the name of Jesus.
It means you begin to see clearly and you remain correctly compelled or guided; I decided to single this out because Paul’s story affirms this let us take a look at the book of Act 9:3-25. I want you to know that by divine inspiration and insight from the God of wisdom I am grateful to get the meaning deeply embedded in the circumstances be it location, time, events etc. I am filled with the joy in my spirit. Let me elucidate by x-raying the verses in relation to the present topic called “Straight”
Father reposition me for divine correction.
I want you to know beloveth that Saul after his encounter ended up in the street called “straight” is no coincidence it was a street that has been set aside to straighten Saul from that lifestyle of destruction, Paul was one of the greatest prosecutors of all time he was not the only one that prosecuted the Christians but he was single-handedly handpicked by God that is the Grace I am telling you about, “Acts 9 King James Version (KJV)
9 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.
9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
I want you to take not of the verses are made “bolder” than the rest so you don’t lose track of what I am saying here today, Paul had the encounter on his way to Damascus. The exact point where the light shone on him he had not be straightened to show you that the blindness we talking about here is not more of a physical blindness but an extra-ordinary one, some of us are currently blind, your eyes can be open and yet you are not seeing. In verse 8 “when his eyes were opened, he saw no man”. God spoke to Ananias this did not happen after Paul had gone through self-denial because in the bible by praying and fasting
In verse 9 “And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.” i.e. he prayed but did not eat then he had the vision that a man came to lay hands on him and restore his sight. Verse 12 “And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.” Ananias was reluctant but he had to follow the superior authority (God) , To show you what happened after Ananias laid hands on him will be better affirmed by verse 19 “And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.” This is to tell you that some of you still walk around with scales in your eyes and you need that touch. Some of us need that guidance one thing is for you to see and one thing is for you to be guided read verse 17 “…Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.” So after the touch he received his ability to see and also the Holy-ghost.
The above was to tell you that remarkable event that happened in the Street called “Straight” was to reposition, transform and affirm Paul as a vessel.
Four significant things happened at the street called “straight”;
(a) -God declared his interest in Paul’s life. (Forgiveness & restoration)
(b) -Paul saw a vision and then received his sight, he saw the vision while his eyes was blind that means for you to see beyond the physical you don’t need the physical eyes, Act 9:12 “And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.” He was bind and yet he saw the future so we need this encounter and the touch.
(c) The touch of (restoration).
(d) He received the “Holy ghost” the guidance that increase in the spirit which he needs.
(e) Paul prayed and fasted for the first time and heaven answered. If you reading this and you don’t take prayers seriously it is time for you to begin, because you need it.
The Grace that will divinely reposition you on the right path God will give to you in Jesus name.
What does it mean for your paths not to be straightened?
It means you are blind not the physical kind of blindness. Because Paul whom was Saul before his conversion is my case study I will use him to lend credence to the blindness I am talking about;
-Battling endlessly with long-term problems (inherited or self-imposed)
-Moving without a purpose.
-Lost in all dimensions of life.
-Living a sinful life.
-Making costly mistakes (bad decision making)
-Wasted time and resources. Etc.
What are the aspects of our lives that can be straightened ?
– Our paths i.e. goals and ambitions
-Attitude towards the things of God and life.
What are the actions you must carry out to ensure you are maintaining a “straight” status forward movement in lifestyle.
–It means to hear the footsteps of Jesus and follow him.
-Give your life to Christ
-It is to see him as a role-model.
-It is to use his life-style as a blueprint.
-To aspire to be Righteous.
-To desist from all appearances of evil. I.e. abstain from sin
Conclusively, I will end this with my personal experience, when I was in the world I did not value prayer how much more fasting I did not take God seriously, I took everything regarding him with levity maybe because of my age, level of exposure to the circumstances of life, I was from a straight laced Christian home, prayer was a culture but I did not like it, maybe because I was too comfortable I had that mentality God existed but did not really share a close connection with him and I did not feel the need to, even when my parents will force me to church and devotions (morning and evening) we were always at longer heads because I did not like the act of prating sitting down listening to sermons from my Dad, I bless the name of the lord for the family he brought me to and also the parent he gave me, they ensured that i knew God, they prayed, even when I heard them praying while I was sitted in my room mentioning my name to God for him to change me yet it was like the more I hear them praying and taking me to God in prayers I grew more stubborn, they go to church services very early as 7 am I am always the last to leave the house even my siblings would leave before me, I was clearly a bad example, my Dad would be so angry but he will channel his anger towards God in prayers, he will be so mad sometimes that he calls me and sits me down to advise me but it is like the minute he says those words they pass through the other ear and go to the wind, I never knew my moment for that encounter was coming, God planned everything out he brought me out of my comfort zone, mind you I was from a wealthy home so carrying God with great priority did not matter , since I could get everything I wanted, I knew there was a God, I feared him but not that much I was not a bad boy as you may think I had the morals but God was missing I did not drink or smoke or party has others will not because I did not want to, I just noticed I had no interest in it infact I hated it, because it puzzles me why I would go to a party and not enjoy the party I could not drink , smoke , dance it was always boring then through time it became clearer, I heard encountered several bible verses that told me when you are a child of God you no longer aspire for the things of the world n=but things that are above because I am from above. God took me from my comfort zone, I know personally I had done unspeakable things, things I cannot say to even my parent only to God but he still kept me, he did not take my life because he needed me, it all began when I was supposed to graduate but one course pulled me back and normally when a course is the only thing stopping you the school could always waive it but when it was my time they did not , I cried to God in the middle of the night yet I did not graduate, I cried to God because I did not want that SHAME but yet, my faith began to oscillate but one way or the other I stayed with God and prayed for strength to face the circumstances and asked him to promote me, he did my friends graduated before me, months after I graduated, some have not even started a master’s programme here I am not just doing master’s I travelled out of Nigeria for the first-time to the United states of America, although the story behind the visa, travel is for another day because that situation made me to know that without God you are nothing
2 Samuel; 2:9 .. For by strength shall no man prevail I.e. there is a God. This is just a little out the tons of testimonies he has given me. Please embrace God, You need him and it is not negotiable.
-O lord my father have mercy on me in the name of Jesus.
-Father touch me and perfect my weaknesses.
-O lord my God open my Eyes in the name of Jesus.
-Father I want to have an encounter with you appear in the name of Jesus.
-Holy-spirit of God overshadow me in the name of Jesus.
-Father make every path of my life straight in the name of Jesus.
-O lord declare your interest in my life in the name of Jesus.