Revelations: in receiving revelations from the Lord, intimacy is very crucial. You cannot be close to God and stay without mysteries and divine secrets. In the same way, you cannot be far from God and claim to be a custodian of privileged heavenly information. God has so many secrets: but He entrusts them to those He can trust. If God remains in the dark concerning major events of your life, it shows you are far from the Master.
Caleb and Joshua: Your assessment of a situation influences its outcome. Your response to life’s challenges determines the degree to which you will and can follow God. Some people follow God fully while others follow Him at a distance, and some don’t even follow Him at all. A report either adds or subtracts; a report either weakens or fortifies the hearer. What makes the difference between those who succeed and those who don’t is the report they believe. Caleb and Joshua saw physical giants but gave a report of faith. What kind of report do you give?
Your lips: be careful of what you say about yourself especially when faced with difficulties. It may come to pass. Never confess what you do not want to possess. Many believers are victims of their own confessions; meanwhile they are seriously seeking for nonexistent external enemies. Your confessions are what hell needs to either nail you or run from you. If Satan can hold what you said against you in the presence of God, you are on a very shaky ground.
Eli: God called a young boy named Samuel, but neglected the elder who occupied the prophetic office for several decades. When God opens your spiritual eyes, you will have clear spiritual vision. As Eli advanced in age, his spiritual age thinned out. The more he was supposed to know, the less he knew. His once blossoming relationship with God deteriorated to the point that he could no more hear from God. The moment you cease hearing from God, you become irrelevant. There is nothing as bad as hearing from God and no longer hearing from Him.
Man: “and the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). The creation of man can be attributed to two major factors – the earth and God. All men are heavenly products. The earth (dust) refers to the meekest of all things. Although it bears everything on it, it does not grumble or complain. Even when grossly misused, it does not say a word. The earth also refers to the cheapest and most common commodity. Everyone has access to the earth. On the other hand, man comes from God. Apart from giving man a form with His bare hands, God put His breath (Spirit) in man. It is this fusion of earth and the breath of God that makes man a living soul. God refers to the greatest and highest being that ever lived, man is therefore a product of the lowest and the highest.
Church attendance: you can be physically present in church, but spiritually absent, when your heart is somewhere else. Even though some believers are hardly absent from various church meetings, their hearts however are far flung from God. So close, yet so far, Judas Iscariot was very close to the Lord, yet his heart was somewhere else. It is one thing to be present in Church, its another thing to be in the presence of God. A lot of Churches nowadays have become social gatherings where God doesn’t bother showing up.
Know yourself: “if God be for me, who can be against me?” – nobody.; “and these signs shall follow them that believe”; the God inside of you is not more than the amount of the word of God you hide inside of you. Divine guidance can be defined as Gods route to a destination. God’s route leads you to Gods intended destination at Heaven’s expense. If God isn’t in the inside of you, He can’t guide you; and even if He chooses to guide you out of His mercy, you won’t have the ears to hear and the heart to feel His leading. If His word is in the inside of you, God will remind you of His word (which you must have read and memorized), and will act on the word, thereby guiding your heart and mind on which way to go.