Tuesday, 7 February 2023

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 15 W 2 D 2.


Welcome to the Upper Room. So glad you made it.

We continue with our meditations in The Book of Daniel as we lead ourselves into The Throne Room. We started Chapter Seven yesterday with an introduction to the Chapter and a look at verse one. We drop in on verse two today. It reads,

"Daniel spoke, saying, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea." 

There are typically three types of visions as it relates to having a revelation. The first and most common is a dream or "vision of the night." This is an invasion of the supernatural into the natural sleep process. This is the one we see being referred to here.

This was the same we see Jacob, Solomon, Nebuchadnezzar, Pharoah's servants, Pharoah and Joseph falling into. God appeared to them in the course of the normal process of their sleep. This is common to both prophets and non-prophets, but not guaranteed for all. 

The biggest challenge here is its proximity to the normal sleep and dream process. Not all dreams are revelations. A good portion of dreams is simply just that mere natural recall of the day's business or memory recall, and practically meaningless.

The other challenge at this level of revelation is, not all such supernatural interventions are necessarily from God. The devil also interferes in this realm. Just because one gets a seeming revelation through dreams does not mean it is from or of God.

Lastly and close to the statement above is that dreams don't necessarily come with their own interpretations. Interpretation belongs to God. Don't rush into an interpretation. A dream is what it is. The interpretation is of God. Don't force fit it to mean what it does not mean.

The next type of vision is what we call a "Trance" or "vision of the day." 

The key thing here is its slight demarcation from the normal dreaming process. The revelation does not come after you go to sleep. The revelation itself puts you to sleep by making you unconscious of the physical realm, while it opens the spiritual realm to you. 

Every other thing is the same as in a vision of the night. A trance is a very rare occurrence. Everyone dreams, but not everyone has the vision of the night - a revelatory dream. It is not guaranteed to all, though all can potentially access it.

A trance is yet rarer than a normal revelatory dream. God only allows it in special circumstances. We see the Apostle Peter falling into a trance as he awaited food. We see the same of the Apostle John as he received the book of Revelations.

The third type of vision is the rarest of them all. It is called an open vision. Here there is no sleep at all - whether it be the sleep of the day or night. That is why it is so-called. It involves one being fully awake yet having a vision into the spiritual realm, while still very conscious of the physical realm.

We see this in various angelic appearances, Moses at the burning bush, etc. The vision God chooses to use in communicating His message is at His own discretion. We cannot arm-twist Him in using any particular one. 

It also borders on our relationship and intimacy with Him, as He said of Moses that He spoke to him face to face. Not ever having a vision does not make us any less than those who do, nor does it necessarily make them more. 

There is a burden that comes with each one. To whom much is given, much is expected. He gives to us according to that which He believes we can handle.

Let's pray.

The Saint.

Monday, 6 February 2023

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 15 W 2 D 1.


Welcome to The Upper Room. So glad you could drop in.

We continue leading ourselves into The Throne Room, as we meditate in The Book of Daniel. We closed out Chapter Six last Friday. Today we start with Chapter Seven. The first thing we observe is a break in the chronological order of writing.

Chapters 1-6 are written in chronological order. It starts from Nebuchadnezzar (Chapters 1-4), runs through Belshazzar (Chapter 5), and ends with Darius (Chapter 6). Chapter 7 goes back to Belshazzar (Chapter 5), instead of continuing to Cyrus.

Chapter 7 is broken into three parts. The first two are visions of Daniel, and the last is their interpretation. The first vision is that of "Four Beasts" and the second of "The Ancient of Days." We start with verse 1. Daniel 7:1 reads,

"In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head while on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, telling the main facts."

Wow! What another important gem of wisdom we can pick from Daniel. He did not trust his head to keep information. He understood taht is not the main job, nor strength of the head, nor mind. Their greatest job and strength is in processing, not memory.

This is one of chief reasons we journal. We journal to maintain the accuracy and detail of the event and or plan or thought. Daniel captured the visions of his head. He did not just commit them to memory. Guess what would have happened if commiting to heart or head was all he did.

There is the second importance of journaling. We can bless others with our visions, thought, and or wisdom (learnings). We are abe to gain the fruit of Daniel's visions and wisdom because he wrote them down. Also, Daniel and we are able to make continual reference to them.

The third importance we see here is that, writing clarifies thought. To write down we have to think about and over what we are writing. It brings and or forces our reasoning to participate in the process. The emotions are pacified and all the flukes are taken away.

I hope these works for you, as you begin to apply the same in your life. Journaling is a Christian Discipleship discipline. It helps you in growing, developing and maturing.

Let's pray.

The Saint.

Sunday, 5 February 2023

Book Club with The Saint | Business is Personal | Chapter Six - B.


Welcome to our Book Club. So glad you dropped in.

We are presently reading our Fifth Featured Book, "Business is Personal," by Bethenny Frankel. We started with Chapter Six, "Know When to Hold Them and Know When to Fold Them." The focus is on Pivoting - making the right changes for a winning position.

We will pick off from where we stopped last week (time). So, get yourself settled in and let us take flight, as we read together.

The Saint.

Friday, 3 February 2023

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 15 W 1 D 5.



Welcome to the Upper Room. So glad you could make it.

We continue our meditation in The Book of Daniel, leading ourselves into The Throne Room. Today we close Chapter 6 of the Book with its last verse, Daniel 6:28. It reads,

"So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian."

Wow! That makes a total of 4 Kings Daniel worked, served, and reigned in and through. That reminds me of a question a high flyer once asked me. She said, hasn't she been proven by remaining a high flyer under several leadership and management?"

If the first was a fluke, what of the second, third, and fourth. That is what we call tested and tried. Whatever it was that Daniel had as a strategy, principles, and laws were repeatable, enduring, and blind to systems. It triumphed them all.

And, as we have been reading through Chapters 1 to now 6, we have been learning from his track. At the center of Daniel's Way is God. He is the key, the driver, and the engine of the Daniel strategy. This is amenable to the very same principle that keeps the whole of the universe working.

That reminds me of the imagery Isaiah shares with us in Chapter 40. Isaiah 40:22-23 reads,

"It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. He brings the princes to nothing; He makes the judges of the earth useless."

It is in Him we live, move, and have our being. Our success, victory, and all are found in Him, and Him alone. 

Let's pray.

The Saint.

Thursday, 2 February 2023

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 15 W 1 D 4.



Welcome to the Upper Room. So glad you could join us. 

We continue with our meditations in The Book of Daniel as we lead ourselves into The Throne Room. We landed on Daniel 6:25-27 two days ago. We close out on it today. It reads,

"Then King Darius wrote: To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, and steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall endure to the end. He delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions."

Yesterday, we focused on the need to not only know the love of God, nor His fear. We are only complete if and when we know His love and His fear. God is not only love [1 John 4:8, 16], He is a fearful God [2 Corinthians 5:11]. 

He is a living God, not the God of religion, a dead god. He is a God who is near and wants to be concerned with everything in our lives, 24/7. Everything ought to be article of worship. We were created for His glory, not in some, but all aspects of our being.

That is what Hebrews 11:6 tells us. Until we see Him as the God who IS, active and interested, we are not worshipping Him. Darius knew better. So, He declared, "For He is the living God, and steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall endure to the end." 

"He delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth." He is the one who has delievered you, is delivering you, and will yet deliver you. Amen. 

Let us pray. 

The Saint.

Tuesday, 31 January 2023

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 15 W 1 D 2.


Welcome to the Upper Room. So glad you could join us.

We continue leading ourselves into The Throne Room with meditations in The Book of Daniel. Today we land on Daniel 6:25-27. It reads, 

"Then King Darius wrote: To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth:
Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, and steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall endure to the end. He delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions."

Daniel let his light so shine before men, that Darius saw his good works and glorified his Father in heaven. [Matthew 5:16] Why? Why did Darius not praise Daniel? Why did he rather praise the God of Daniel, and not Daniel? 

It was clear this was not the work of a man. Only a God could have worked this deliverance. This was the kind of faith Darius and the people of his times had in the lion. Only a god could have delivered Daniel. This was much more than Daniel himself. It was the hand of the God he put his trust in.

Can this be said of you too? Can this be said of me too? Is our God efficacious in the issue of our life, or are we just about the form of the religion, and deny the inherent power therein? Is our God alive or dead? Is He powerful?

It is not in our words. It is in our lives. Where is the bottleneck? Is it with us, or with the god we serve? We know beyond all doubt that Jehovah is efficacious. If He is not being seen in our lives, He is not the bottleneck. We are. What are we going to do about it? What are we doing about it?

Let us pray.

The Saint.

Monday, 30 January 2023

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 15 W 1 D 1.


Welcome to the Upper Room. So glad you could join us.

We return from our Sabbatical and close our fourteenth round of weeks. We here start with our fifteenth round of weeks. Thanks for being here, to begin with, us.

We are still on our meditations in The Book of Daniel. We closed round 14th with Daniel 6:23. We start here with Daniel 6:24. It reads,

"And the king gave the command, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions—them, their children, and their wives; and the lions overpowered them, and broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den."

This is the reality of life. No obedience or disobedience is personal. It affects those closest to us. When we are obedient, they are recipients of blessings. When we are disobedient and or wicked, they are equal recipients of the judgment that befalls us.

There is the good side when it is a reward, they are ENTITLED to the breeze that comes with the prize. There is no wisdom in withholding from them. Just as much as the bad air will not miss them in judgment, the breeze of goodwill should not also.

When we rise the status of our immediate family cannot and should not remain the same. If for no other reason, let it be because they will not be excused for the reverse. When all is said and done, your immediate family is all you have. 

Enrich them when you are opportune to. Everyone else will find their square root. Woe betides thee if your immediate family has not been empowered to carry you. May God grant each of us wisdom.

Let us pray.

The Saint.

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