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Before we proceed, this is the summary of a message titled “Overcoming Spiritual Hazards of Busy Christians” by Pastor Paul Rika. I listened to it recently, and these are the things I jotted down, and I’d like to share.

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Christians who are busy in life, face spiritual hazards. If they do not handle their Christian life well, they lose their soul. They are easily overcome by satan.

1 Kings 20:39 – 40

39 As the king passed by, the prophet called out to him, “Your servant went into the thick of the battle, and someone came to me with a captive and said, ‘Guard this man. If he is missing, it will be your life for his life, or you must pay a talent of silver.’

40 While your servant was busy here and there, the man disappeared.

“That is your sentence,” the king of Israel said. “You have pronounced it yourself.”

The Lord left you in this life, and said “Watch over your soul.” He still left you in your businesses and your studies as a student, but he says “Watch over your soul.” Don’t go too busy that your soul is lost. You are a student, and of course, you must study well but don’t get too busy that your soul is lost.

Are you so busy that prayer life has gone to the loss of your soul? Are you so busy that you can’t read the Bible?

What is the value of the certificate you got, after abandoning Jesus? What is the glory of God in what you have gathered?

A man can destroy his soul by trading it with the things of this world.

More Examples:

Gen 25:27 – 34

27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.

31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”

32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.

So Esau despised his birthright.

How will you give God away for money or a certificate without bothering? Like Esau gave his birthright for food?

This entitled Jacob at the end of the day, to take the blessings of the firstborn. Do not sell the Lord, for this world. Gen 27:17

Songs of Solomon 1:6

6. Do not stare at me because I am dark, because I am darkened by the sun. My mother’s sons were angry with me and made me take care of the vineyards; my own vineyard I had to neglect.

Don’t get so busy and neglect “your own.”

Do not abandon the truth, because you want to please somebody. This woman was too busy serving others to neglect herself, and her soul. She became black and lost her glory!

Her story depicts the case of people who have given all their time and strength to please others and neglected themselves. 

1 Cor. 9:27.

27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

You don’t have time, but you are looking shabby and dirty, without care for your soul.

God must be first in your life. It is the first commandment that you love God with all that you have.

In Conclusion: One thing is needful, seek for it. Lk 10:35-45. Martha was being busy, here and there. But you need to seek first the  Kingdom of God.

Prov 8: 14 – 21.

14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom;
I am understanding, I have strength.
15 By me kings reign,
And rulers decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles,
All the judges of the earth.
17 I love those who love me,
And those who seek me diligently will find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me,
Enduring riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold,
And my revenue than choice silver.
20 I traverse the way of righteousness,
In the midst of the paths of justice,
21 That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth,
That I may fill their treasuries.

Who told you that if you seek God, He will not enrich you? Why are you selling your birthright for common man?

Make sure you have God’s time. There’s time for everything, let God’s time be there always. Make time for the service of God. Do not sell your soul.

Prayer

  • God help me to make time for you
  • Lord Jesus, help me care for my soul.
  • Lord God, recover me, help me, save me. I trust you to give me grace not to neglect my soul.
  • As everyone is busy here and there, help me not to forget my own, my soul.
  • Save me from the world and what is taking my time away from you.
  • Help me manage my time well, but make you first in my life.
  • Save my soul.
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Reasons For Spiritual Dryness and Backsliding

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John 8:30, Heb 10:37-39

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“Preserve your faith by maintaining the company of believers…” 2 Tim. 2:22

Hey there!

Have you ever experienced a period in your life where you felt disconnected from your spiritual side? Well, you’re not alone! In my latest article, I’m diving into the reasons behind spiritual dryness and backsliding.

We all go through ups and downs, and sometimes our spiritual journey can hit a rough patch. It can feel like the flame that once burned bright within us has suddenly dimmed, leaving us feeling lost and disconnected. But fear not, my friend, because in this article, we’re going to explore the common reasons why this happens.




Seven Reasons Of Spiritual Backsliding Are:

  • Thorns in your life: Matt.13:7 Thorns in a believer may refer to any bad habit which may not hurt at the beginning of faith. They are habits that appear weak at first but as it grows it become stronger and chokes a believer’s spiritual life unto backsliding.

Examples can be: 

  1. Sleeping too much until it affects your devotion and prayer.
  2. Jesting too much 1 Thess. 3:22-24 

Whenever you notice a bad habit, quickly do something about it before it becomes stronger and chokes you into spiritual dryness




  • Ungodly friends: 2 Sam 13:1-4, Friends that you commit sin together or even committed sin with each other, you have to dissociate with them and leave them at far distance. The dangers are:
  1. You will provoke the Lord to anger
  2. You will expose yourself to sinful temptations.
  3. You will make yourself close to satan for easy attack.
  4. An ungodly friend may pull you back to sin.
  • Hearing men’s voice: 1 sam. 24:1-12 Another reason for spiritual backsliding is hearing men’s voices, some men are gossipers, telling lies and false stories of other people to you. Learn to investigate well before you act. Act.28:17-24.
  • Unbelief: Heb.4:1-7 Faith in God and believing in Him opens the door for spiritual freshness. Rom.1:16-17. By faith, the just lives, unbelief leads to spiritual dryness, the gospel of Christ is the gospel of faith.
  • Ungodly Wife/Husband:
  • Bewitchment: Num.22:1-6, 23:7,23, some powers can be sent to weaken your spiritual life, making you powerless and prayerless, it can make you busy with something else in order not to continue with your fellowship with God.
  • Purposeful rejection of light: Jer 6:16-17

This article is from an audio message titiled Reasons For Spiritual Dryness and Backsliding by Pastor Paul Rika. You can get the audio message here

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Your Commitment To All Kinds Of Prayer

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Your Commitment To All Kinds Of Prayer

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“If the devil wants to work the backsliding of someone, he starts with the person’s prayer life…”

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Prayer is like the fuel in the car. You have a good engine, yes, you have the word, yes, you understand, but, you still need fuel with your good engine and that is prayer.



Give yourself to prayer. If you cannot pray, you cannot live a holy life. Temptations are many, you are not too holy for satan to tempt, meet the devil at the gate of prayer and smash him down. If the devil wants to work the backsliding of someone, he starts with the person’s prayer life.

There are different types of prayer and invite the Holy Spirit to help you pray.

Eph 6: 18:

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

Kinds of Prayer

  • Prayer of Personal Repentance:  

And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.”

 



Cry to God to seal you up from sin, CRY! I said CRY, cry to God to have mercy on you and save you from sin. You are a Christian, and you are still trapped in sin and you are not doing anything about it? No, you must cry to Him!

  • Prayer of Restoration: Ps 51:1-4 Acknowledge your sins, confess all your sins and plead with God to restore you
  • Prayer of thorough cleansing and sanctification: Ps. 57:5-7
  • Prayer of daily Holiness: Ps 139:23-24
  • Prayer of petition: Jer. 29:11-13, Mat. 7:7-11
  • Prayer of intercession: Praying for others Eph 6:18-20, Heb 13:18, 2 Thess 3:1-3, 1Tim. 2:1-2. Pray for everybody, for all men, for your leaders, for your school, for people to come to the knowledge of the truth.
  • Prayer of spiritual warfare: Eph 6:10-18 Ps. 118 :10-12, Ps. 35:1-10,ps.18:1-21
  • Prayer of agreement: You and your brother, join hands to pray! The devil knows God will answer your prayers and you join hands together to pray, that is why he is causing quarrels between you and your brother, agree together and pray!
  • Prayer of praise and thanksgiving: Eph:5:20

How To Strengthen Your Prayer

  • Pray and believe, take time to confess that you believe, the doer is God, you just go and say it.
  • Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there
  • Have prayer retreat
  • Join prayer warriors
  • Add fasting to your prayer
  • Attend vigils
  • Claim God’s promises for you
  • Learn how to pray alone
  • Make prayer degrees
  • Also, pray in groups
  • Speak out your belief, confess that you have received what you have asked
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This is a summary of the interesting message, Prayer Answering God by Pastor Paul Rika, click here to download audio.

Prayer Answering God (Message Summary)

You are not the worst man that lived on earth. Many people lived in a worse situation than you and they scaled through and overcame just through prayer. Many people have faced greater tragedy but overcame their situation because they knew God is prayer-answering God. Some were in the pit of the enemy but did nothing than pray. Whatever the challenge of your life, pray and know how to pray.

It is interesting to know that God has placed a high reward on prayer that even when Jesus, (God In human form) lived a prayerful life.

You can wonder,  “Doesn’t God know that I need this and just do it for me?” It will affect God’s attribute and a part of God will remain dark to you. The attribute that when you pray or tell Him, He will answer, it will remain dark to you that God is a prayer-answering God. And also, it will not help you, it will not help humanity to know Him (God), and God delights in you knowing Him. If God just goes ahead and automatically do things for you, you won’t know Him, He wants to take you through the process of knowing Him and one of the process is spending time in His presence and praying, your knowledge will get fresh daily.

You can also say “doesn’t God see the plans and the attack of the enemy and just block him from doing it?” No, He will wait for you, God will wait for you to pray. Then, when He stands up and fights for you as you pray to Him, you will wonder at God. Jesus’ disciples, cried to Him in the storm “carest thou not that we perish?” Then, Jesus stood up and rebuked the wind and the storm, and they wondered greatly and said “what type of man is this that even the wind and sea obeys Him?” Their knowledge has increased. If there was no wind and God had automatically blocked Satan from causing problems, how will they know the power of God? Your knowledge about God cannot increase if you don’t pray.

You can also say “doesn’t God see my human enemy and find a solution to it?” “Does he not sees what is happening in the nation and do something about it?” Nigeria, Jesus wants you to know Him. He knows that you are suffering in the hands of the enemy but He is waiting for you to pray. Why ps 65:2

If God does things automatically, this attribute of God will be lost in humanity, you won’t know Him. It because we know that God forgives iniquity that’s why we come to Him and say He is a merciful God, that part of His name. It is because we know that he is Holy God, that is why we reverence and fear Him. It is because He heals, that is why we believe Him. Same way, it is because He is a prayer-answering God, that is why we pray to Him. Know that and go and pray.

Is 56:7,

“Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer…”

Mt 21:13

“And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer..”

God has placed Himself in the house of prayer and he saying He will answer us there, go and meet God in the house of prayer. Everyone who wishes to meet Him can find Him there. GO and tell Him what He should do for you, GO and tell Him what is troubling you. Tell Him what you need, what is happening? What is troubling you? God is telling you now to meet Him in the house of prayer. What is threatening you? Come and report to me in the house of prayer. Prayer answering is part of His attribute, part of His nature, part of what that forms Him, exploit it

Exemplary Prayer Life Of Jesus

Mk 1:35

“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”

God became man, saw the necessity of prayer and will wake up early in the morning and find a convenient place to pray, while man will spend the whole time sleeping. Jesus knows the value of prayer. Do you bother to pray? Do you bother to wake up and pray? Do you find a time to pray? Stop wasting you time murmuring and complaining about your problem all around. Bring God into it, tell Him exactly how it is paining you, exactly how you feel. Luke 11:1

John the Baptist knew that without prayer, his ministry will scatter, his disciple will scatter, and prayed and also taught his disciples. Some churches have collapsed because of prayerlessness. Jesus taught His disciples to pray. Pray, and save yourself and others with you. Tell God to teach you to pray.

One might say “Jesus, didn’t you come as God yourself? Don’t you have the power to be doing things? Why do you need to pray? Do you need to ask the Father? Are you not one with the Father?” It’s a mystery. Again, one can ask The Father “Were you not the One that sent Jesus to the world, does He need to tell you He is hungry before You will give Him food? Does He need to tell You what He needs?” That also is a mystery that God will place Himself in the house of prayer. Jesus was teaching human beings that your God has placed Himself in the house of prayer. He is teaching you and me that we should meet with Him in the house of prayer. You will see Him there. And also, since Jesus has become Man, it is the duty of all men to submit and pray to God, that is why you see Him pray, He had become Man we are, for man to overcome satan in the world, you must be constantly in the house of prayer.

Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

 

Little children, go to Him, He will hear you. Woman, go to Him, He will hear you. Man, go to Him, He will hear you. Messenger in the office, go to Him, He will hear you. Director, go to Him, He will hear you. Businessman, go to Him, He will hear you. O God that answers prayer, people of all Nations shall come to YOU.

If Jesus could pray in the world, has that not proven enough reason for you to pray?

Jer 29:11

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lordthoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

God is saying, He has good thoughts toward you and He knows what you are looking for and that if you come to the house of prayer to meet Him, He will answer you.

 

This is a summary of the interesting message, Prayer Answering God by Pastor Paul Rika, click here to download.

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