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.
Bible Prosperity Secrets – Secret 07.
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 truth
Do not destroy property
Keep your promises
Do not cheat
Treat others as you want to be treated
Do not judge
Take responsibility for your actions
Have respect for yourself and others
Be tolerant of differences
The Ten Commandments have been used as the basis for lawful societies.
Do not have any gods before me
Do not make for yourself a graven image
Do not take the name of the Lord your God in vain
Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy
Honor your father and mother
Do not kill
Do not commit adultery
Do not steal
Do not bear false witness against your neighbour
Do not covet your neighbour's wife or possessions
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.
DEVELOP A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
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;
Praise and worship
Reading His Word
Listening to His Word
What does the bible have to say about the subject of God’s presence?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Seek First The Kingdom of God And His Righteousness
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.
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.
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
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 re
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.
Abraham's Seed and Heir
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?
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
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord.
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.
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 y
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.
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.
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.
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 neve
Bible Prosperity Secrets – Secret 02.
Love God & love neighbour as your self
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.
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