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RCCG Digging Deep Manual 601-700


RCCG Digging Deep Manual 601- 700

Pastor E. A. ADEBOYE EEMED CHR ED IS R TI E A H N T CH D UR O CH F G O THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD 601-700 DIGGING DEEP

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In our last study in the Book of Jonah, we discovered God’s desire
for the nations of the world. God wants the nations saved and He
would do anything to reach them. Today we will look at the
process of taking a city and why we must act now. May the Lord
teach us Himself in Jesus name.

A. THE PROCESS OF TAKING A CITY
God gave us an insight into how we can take over a city for Him
through the story of Noah and Nineveh. He told Jonah to arise and go
and cry. The God of nations expects us to be on our feet, move into
action, shake away every spirit of slumber; to encourage oneself and
do the right thing. The injunction of the Master to the apostles is to go
into all nations and preach the gospel.
Jos. 1:2, I Sam. 16:12, I Kings 21:18, Luke 15:18, Eph. 5:14, Mark
16:15, Mark 1:35, 38, Deut. 20:10, Luke 10:5, 10, 14.
B. WHY MUST WE CRY NOW?
God keeps record and He has a book of remembrance.
Mal. 3:16, Dan. 12:3.
STUDIES IN JONAH
Text: Jonah 1:1-2
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Text: Jonah 1:3
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veryone in life wants to know if he or she is taking the right
decision or moving in the right direction. God also desires that we
should know His will for our lives in order to achieve His purpose
and avoid crises.
May He teach us today in Jesus name, Amen.
B. HOW CAN I HEAR FROM GOD?
The Bible is full or examples of those who sought to know God’s will
and how they heard God.
Gen. 18:1, 28:1-17, Job 33:15-16, Exo. 4:27, Jos. 5:13-15, I Sam.
9:5-6, I Kings 19:4-7, 11-13, 22:19-25, ll Tim. 3:16-17, Rom. 8:14,
Job. 32:8.
C. WHAT SHOULD I DO TO HEAR FROM GOD?
You need to pray and, when necessary, fast also.
Matt. 7:7-11, Dan. 10:1-5

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Text: Jonah 1:1-3
INTRODUCTION: In our last study, we learnt about how to hear from God and what
to do to elicit our hearing from Him.
Today, we will learn how to differentiate between God’s voice and
that of the adversary; and we will advance some reasons why
people find it difficult to obey God’s voice even when they are
sure it was God’s. May the Lord teach us today in Jesus name,
Amen.
A. HOW DO I DIFFERENTIATE GOD’S VOICE FROM THAT OF THE
DEVIL?
It is essential to know whether you are hearing God or a particular
message is from the devil with the intention of misleading you or
distracting your attention. Whenever God sends us a message or
speaks to us, such a message will agree with the Holy Scripture and
you will have peace within you. In addition, God could use other
means of revelation to confirm or warn you.
Jonah 1:1, 3:1, Matt. 4:1-11, ll Tim. 3:16-17, Ps. 119:11, I Cor.
10:11, Rom. 15:4, 8:14, I Jn. 5:3, Eze. 14:3-5.
B. WHY DO WE DISOBEY THE VOICE OF GOD?
Even when people are really sure that God is the one speaking to
them, they could still resist His will and refuse to carry out His
injunctions. Sometimes it may be because of fear or non-agreement
with their expectation.
Jonah 1:3, Num. 22:9-13, 15-20, 31-35, Acts 10:9-16, I Sam. 15:1-
3, 9, 13-15, 22.
CONCLUSION:
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THE CHOSEN OF THE LORD (1)
Text: Jonah 15:16
INTRODUCTION:
very saved child of God has been chosen by God for a purpose.
But unfortunately today, many are not fulfilling the purpose for
which God saved them.
Today, as we study at His feet, may the Lord open our eyes to see
the purpose for which He has chosen us in Jesus Name.
1. HE CHOSE BECAUSE HE LOVED
God loved us even before we knew Him. From the womb of our
mother, He has chosen us and ordained us to be an instrument of
honour to Him.
Matt. 22:14, Jn. 3:16, Jer. 1:5, Isa. 49:1-3, I Jn. 4:10, 19, Ex. 19:5,
Deut. 14:2, I Pet. 2:9, Lk. 1:17, Acts 15:14, ll Tim. 2:20-22, Rm.
9:11-16, 21
2. HE CHOSE THAT WE MIGHT BEAR FRUITS
One of the reasons why God chose us is to bear fruits. He expects us
to bear the fruit of repentance, holiness, fruits of the Holy Spirit and
win souls for Christ.
Matt. 3:8-9, Rom.7:4, 6:22, Heb. 12:11, Matt. 13:8, Phl. 4:17, Gal.
5:22-23, Eph. 5:9-10, Mk. 16:15-16.
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Text: Jonah 15:16
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n the last part of this series, we learnt that God chose us because
He loved us and that we might bear fruits.
Today, as we continue in our study, may the Lord teach and bless
us richly through His word in Jesus Name.
1. WHY MUST WE BEAR FRUITS
As we were born, God expects that we also should give birth to
others if we are not going to be barren. Aside from this, unfruitfulness
is a sign of worldliness, misuse of talents, avenues for master’s
disappointment, divine judgement and final rejection.
2 Pet. 1:8, I Jn. 2:15, Lk. 13:6-7, 19:20-26, Matt. 3:10, Heb. 6:8,
John 15:6.
2. CONDITIONS FOR EFFECTIVE FRUIT BEARING
In order to be able to effectively bear fruits for Christ, there are certain
conditions we must satisfy:
i. Perpetual contact with Jesus
ii. Full understanding of the Master (Jesus)
iii. Being dead to the old life
iv. Constant spiritual polishing and
v. Abiding permanently in Jesus Christ.
Ps. 1:1-3, Matt. 13:23, Jn. 1:1, 12:24, Gal. 2:20, Jn. 15:2, 5-7,
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Text: Jonah 1: 5-16
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n the last part of this series, we examined the reasons for bearing
fruits and the conditions for effective fruit-bearing.
Today, as we continue in our study, may the Lord teach us
Himself and bless us through His word in Jesus Name.
1. POWER FOR FRUIT BEARING
The Lord who had chosen and mandated us to go forth and bear
fruits has supplied us with the necessary strength, grace, wisdom
and power to be successful soul-winners if we would only yield to him.
Mark 16:17-18, Acts 1:8, Lk. 24:47-49, Rom. 15:15-16, Matt.
28:18-20, I Cor. 9:16-18, Jer. 1:5-7
2. PASSING THE BATONS OF THE GOSPEL TO OUR CHILDREN
It is not enough to win others to Christ but we are also to make
disciples of them so that they too can become soul-winners. We are
to pass the batons of the gospel of peace to our children who will in
turn pass them on to their children and so on till Jesus comes.
Gen. 18:18, ll Tim. 2:2, I Cor. 3:6-15, Ps. 71:17-18, Ps. 78:4-6, Ps.
145:4, Acts 20:25-28, Jn. 20:21.
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n the last part of this series, we examined the power for fruitbearing and the need to pass the baton of the gospel of peace to
our children.
Today, as we continue in our study, may the Lord bless us richly
through His word in Jesus Name.
1. FRUIT-BEARING ALSO INCLUDES SOME SPIRITUAL VIRTUES
Apart from the conversion of others to Christ, fruit-bearing also
includes such virtues as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control etc. These are what
the Bible referred to as the “Fruits of the Spirit”.
Gal. 5:22-23, Jn. 15:2, Eph. 5:9, 3:17, Heb. 12:14, Col. 3:12-16,
Rom. 15:14, I Cor. 13:1-3, 4-8.
2. FRUIT-BEARING LEADS TO ANSWERED PRAYERS
One of the greatest secrets of answered prayers is constant and
regular fruit-bearing.
Jn. 15:16b, 16:23-24, 14:12-14, 15:54, I Jn. 2:6, Matt. 6:33, Acts
3:6, Jam. 5:16-18, I Jn. 3:22, Jam. 4:3.
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INTRODUCTION:
n the last part of this series, we looked into some spiritual virtues
as “Fruits of the Spirit” and fruit-bearing, the secret of answered
prayers.
Today, as we continue in our study, may the Almighty God bless
us richly through His word in Jesus Name.
1. THE CHOSEN AS CHANNELS OF PROMISE
Believers in Christ (Israel) had been chosen by God as his
channels to carry out the promises of redemption. God’s grace,
salvation, protection, goodness and blessings given to His faithful
people in love are not just to one nation (Israel) but to the whole
human race.
Isa. 41:8-11, Gen. 17:7-8, Ps. 135:4, Deut. 7:6-9, Acts 2:39, Joel
2:32, Gal. 3:14, Ep. 3:6, I Jn. 2:5, 2 Cor. 1:20.
2. THE CHOSEN AS VICTORS AND NOT THE VANQUISHED
God has chosen His People to be winners in the battles of life and
not failures or the defeated. Because Jesus Christ our Lord and
Saviour won, we must also win.
I Cor. 15:57, I Jn. 5:4-5, Mt. 4:1-11, Col. 2:14-15, Lk. 10:19, Rev.
12:11, Rm. 8:37-39, Ph. 4:13, Rm. 8:31.
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INTRODUCTION:
n the last part of this series, we examined the chosen as channels
of promise and as victors and not the vanquished.
Today, as we conclude this series, may the Lord Himself teach
and bless us through His word in Jesus Name.
1. MANY ARE CALLED, FEW ARE CHOSEN
The call of God unto salvation is given to many but as far the kingdom
of God is concerned, only the FEW who respond to the call and
endure their salvation to the end are CHOSEN.
Matt. 22:14, Matt. 11:28, Jn. 3:16, Rev. 3:20, 22:17, Ep. 1:4-5, ll
Thess. 2:13-14, Jn. 1:11-12, 3:3-7.
2. THE FIRST SHALL BE THE LAST
In heaven, there will be a lot of surprises as many who were thought to
be great in the church will be ranked behind others and many who
were unknown will be exalted to glorious positions because God does
not judge or value people by outward appearance but by the sincerity
and purity of their hearts.
Matt. 20:16, Matt. 19:27-30, I Cor. 15:45-50, Mk. 12:42-44, Matt.
26:7-13, I Sam. 16:7, Isa. 65:1-2, Matt. 23:37, Rom. 8:29-30, Lk.
13:25-30.
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STUDIES IN THE BOOK OF EXODUS
TOPIC: ISRAEL IN EGYPT
INTRODUCTION:
ur God is a God of plan and design. He knows the end from the
beginning. Whatsoever He does is for our good and the
furtherance of His purpose for our lives. As we will be learning
from the Israelites today may our lives also become a source of
good lessons for the world, Amen.
A. Why should Israel be in Egypt? God spoke to Abram on the day He
entered into covenant with him that his seeds will be in Egypt for a
specific period of time. To Israel, Egypt was a school, the cauldron to
bring the best out of God’s children.
Gen. 15:13-21, 12:10, 37:28, Exo. 2:5-10, Gal. 3:22-29, Exo. 1:11-
14, Heb. 5:8, 12:5-13.
B. A family can enter into bondage through the activity of one person.
Circumstances pushed Jacob to move into Egypt, and all his children
moved with him. Some families are in bondage today because of the
activities of one person.
Jos. 7:1-5, I Sam. 2:27-33, 17:8-11, 28:16-19, ll Sam. 12:9, 10,
ll Kings 20:12-18.
C. Conclusion:
It was God’s mercies that brought out Israel from Egypt. We all need
His mercies everyday.
Text: Exodus 1:1-7
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STEPS TO GREATNESS (1)
Text: Genesis 12:1-3
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n the recent time, the Almighty told us that the Beginning of
greatness has come to His children in the Redeemed Christian
Church of GOD. We have realized that this will not just happen
unless we prepare for it. This is why we will be looking at
ABRAHAM as our case study for greatness. We pray that the
Almighty will teach us in Jesus Name.
1. GOD’S DESIRE FOR YOUR LIFE
The Almighty, the maker of Heaven and Earth, the infallible one
desire that you be great, be above only, prosper, be set on high, ride
on high, ride on high Hills and Shine in life.
Gen. 12:2, Deut. 28:13, Jer. 29:11, lll Jn. 2, Ps. 91:14, Isa. 58:14,
Dan. 12:3, Hab. 3:19.
2. HE CALLS YOU TO A LIFE OF SEPARATION
The first step to greatness as seen is the case of Abraham is
SEPARATION. It is a prerequisite to his choice and calling to
greatness. He demands this for identification, to prevent
contamination so that he might be able to accomplish His purpose.
He request that we be separate from the Heathens, Evil Doers, and
Associations.
Exo. 33:16, Jos. 23:7, Neh. 10:30, ll Cor. 6:12-18, Neh. 13:3, Ps.
119:115, Isa. 52:11, Eph. 5:11, ll Thess. 3:6, I Tim. 6:5.
Examples of those who complied and the results.
Dan. 1:8, 3:15-16, 3:30, Dan. 6:10, 22, 28, Gen. 13:1, 24:35.
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STEPS TO GREATNESS (2)
Text: Exodus 1:7
INTRODUCTION:
n our last study we examined the first step on the ladder to
greatness and deliberated on fruitfulness. The study took us
through the laws of fruitfulness and what to do to remains
abidingly fruitful.
Today, we will be examining eight laws which govern increase,
which is the next step to greatness.
May the Lord of increase, increase us Himself. Amen.
A. THE LAWS OF INCREASE
The children of Israel were fruitful and they increased, The following
principles will also help us to be fruitful and increase.
1. Improve yourself daily – Phil. 3:13, 14.
2. Never neglect an opportunity – Jos 2:1-14, 21 Gal. 6:9
3. Commit yourself to a worthy goal – Phil 1:20; Jos.14:9-13
4. Run with your vision – Pro. 29:18; Heb. 2:2-3
5. Encourage and employ others to buy into your vision
– Mk. 3:13,14
6. Accept responsibility for your life – Gen.3:11,12.
7. Select your friends – Jam 4:4
8. Envelop yourself in the atmosphere of the Holy Spirit
– Gal. 5:25; Jam, 4:8, Isa. 41:14; Jude 1:20
B. CONCLUSION
With these principles, not only will you increase, but your increase
will lead to multiplication.
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Text: Exodus 17
INTRODUCTION:
n our last study we examined the place of records in the word of
God. We learnt that God would never gloss over details and that
the records help us to see the impact of blessings and curses.
Today, we will begin to climb the steps to greatness as we focus
on the principles of fruitfulness. May the Lord Himself teach us in
Jesus name. Amen.
B. THE PRINCIPLES OF FRUITFULNESS
The first step to greatness, according to the passage before us today,
is fruitfulness. To be fruitful is to reproduce, to produce offspring.
According to the Hebrew origin the word parah means to bring forth,
to cause to be, to grow, to increase.
Everything that lives carries within it the ability to reproduce, hence
God commands fruitfulness. Fruitfulness is a product of the covenant
between God and man. Hence, it is a covenant of blessing.
Fruitfulness requires nourishment. Since a seed only produces after
its kind, to obtain a good fruit, you must sow a good seed. Also, since
fruitfulness comes as a result of God’s blessing, one must not do
anything that would attract curses.
Lastly, abiding fruitfulness is a result of absolute obedience to
the Lord. V.7, Gen. 1:11-12, 29, 28, 9:1, 7, 15:2-6, 13:2, Ps. 1:1-3,
Jer. 17:8, Jos. 1:8, Rom. 10:17, Matt. 7:16-20, Isa. 5:1-4, Mal. 1:8-
10, Matt. 21:18-20, Deut. 28:13.
CONCLUSION
Every sower looks forth to a time of fruitfulness.
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hower means a fall of rain, snow or water etc. showers of
blessing is the release of God’s blessings upon the life of man. It
is the abundance of prosperity, miracles and wonders which the
Almighty God pour upon His people.
But there are always some keys to turn on the showers of blessing
before they begin to fall. These keys and how to use them are what
we shall be examining in this series.
May the Lord Himself teach us and release His showers of blessing
upon us in this glorious year of showers of blessings in Jesus Name.
1. WHO GIVES THE SHOWERS OF BLESSING
True and enduring prosperity (blessings) comes from God Almighty,
as it is Him that giveth power to make wealth.
However, some people seek their prosperity from other sources
which does not last and is full of sorrow.
Deut. 28:1-4, 8:18, Prov. 8:18, Isa. 8:18, Hag. 2:8, Ps. 24:1, Ph.
4:19, lll Jn. 2, Prov. 10:22, Ps. 73:3, Ps. 37:1-2, 7, Jer. 12:1-3.
2. WHO RECEIVES THE SHOWERS OF BLESSING
Our God is generous with His blessings. But not all those who desire
to be blessed do receive showers of blessings. There are certain
qualifications for those who must really be blessed.
Deut. 28:1, Isa. 55:2, I Pet. 2:9, Deut. 26:19, Ps. 1:1-4, Mk. 7:27-28,
Matt. 7:6-7, Jn. 1:12, Isa. 3:10, ll Cor. 5:21, Gal. 3:13-14, Job
36:11, Ps. 35:27.
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n the last part of this series, we learnt that true and enduring
prosperity is from the Almighty God and that only the true children
of God are entitled to God’s blessing, as the wicked also do
prosper in their own ways.
Today, as we continue in our series, may the Lord teach us
Himself and shower His blessings upon us in Jesus name.
1. SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS IS ALL ROUND PROSPERITY
Man is made up of three components namely the body, souls and
spirit. Showers of blessing must therefore include physical, soulish
and spiritual blessing i.e. all round prosperity.
3 Jn. 2, I Thess. 5:23, Jer. 29:11, I Cor. 12:26, 2 Kgs. 5:1, I Chro.
4:9, Mk. 5:28, 34, Gen. 29:31, 30:1, Ph. 4:18-19.
2. ALL ROUND PROSPERITY BEGINS FROM THE SOUL
The prosperity of the soul is the foundation of all other forms of
prosperity i.e. bodily, material and spiritual.
The soul is the non-material part of a human body believed to exist for
ever and it is the life principle of man.
Gen. 2:8-9, Ez. 18:4, Gen. 11:6, Hos. 4:6, Lk. 15:11-12, Prov.
29:189, Jn. 10:10, Job 1:8, Ph. 4:13, Matt. 16:26, Jn. 3:3, II Cor.
5:17, Rom. 6:23, Mark 8:36.
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Text: III John 2
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n the last part of this series, we learnt that showers of blessings,
is all round prosperity and that all round prosperity begins from
the soul.
Today, as we continue in our series, may the Lord teach and
bless us richly in Jesus Mighty Name.
1. SOULISH PROSPERITY, FOUNDATION FOR MATERIAL AND
BODILY PROSPERITY
The soul is the centre of life and activities. The regeneration of the
soul of man goes a long way to affect his attitude and consequently
his circumstances and situations.
Ill Jn. 2, Matt. 16:26, Ps. 42:5, I Sam. 16:23, Ps. 49:8, I Pet. 1:9, Jn.
3:3, ll Cor. 5:17, Jos. 1:8, Mk. 11:22-24, Phl. 4:13, Ez. 18:4, Rom.
6:23, I Jn. 1:9, Ph. 2:12.
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Text: III John 2
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here is something about letters they always attract attention. In
this instant case, it is the Lord Jesus Christ who has decided to
write letters to His church through all ages till He comes back
Revelation 1:11
THINGS TO NOTE ABOUT THE FIRST LETTER
i. Our God is a rewarder and He takes account of all our deeds
Rev. 2:2-3, 6, Heb. 11:6.
ii. God expects total dedication from us. Revelation 2:4
iii. God has always given men another chance to make amends
and come back to Him. Revelation 2:5.
HOW DO I KNOW I NEED RESTORATION
i. When you don’t spend time with the word of God again.
Joshua 1:8, Jer. 15:16.
ii. When you become prayerless. I Thess. 5:17, Luke 18:1.
iii. When you stop abstaining from every appearance of evil.
I Thess. 5:22, Gala. 5:19-21, Gal. 5:15-16.
iv. When making heaven at all cost is no longer an issue to you
Heb. 12:14.
CONCLUSION
Revelation 2:5 says “Remember therefore where thou art fallen”. If
you have backslided today you have another chance. He is ready
and He is willing to accept you back. Will you be restored today?
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Text: Revelation 2:1-7
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t is a common characteristic for light to shine in the dark. It is not
by mistake for Jesus to typify the believers as light because He is
light Himself and we need to resemble him in all sense of it.
In John 8:12,
He openly declared to the whole world that ‘I am the light of the
world’. It now depends on anyone who cares to follow the light.
He so much trouble the kingdom of darkness to the extent that
the devil did not understand him at all. John 1:5.
WHY IS IT TIME TO SHINE?
1. Light shines more in the midst of darkness. Of what use is light if it
cannot shine. It ought to shine more in the dark.
2. The presence of light brings joy to the environment. The early
disciples took the gospel (Christ) to nations around them.
3. The glory of God had risen upon you. The story of Peter is
enough to tell us what happens when the glory of God comes
upon a man.
4. Light keeps darkness far away. Different kind of reptiles and
insects thrive in the dark. e.g. Cockroaches and rats, but as
soon as light is switched on, you see them scurry about for
hiding. The more you shine the better for you and your
environment.
Matt. 4:16, Lk. 7:11-16, Isa. 9:2-3, Acts 8:5-8, Isa. 60:1-2, Matt.
26:69-71, Acts 3:13-26, I Pet. 5:8-9, James 4:7, Lk. 8:16-17, 11:33-
36, Phil. 2:15.
IT IS TIME TO SHINE (Par t 1)
Text: Matthew 5:13-16
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HOW DO YOU SHINE?
1. Keep connected to your source of supply. Every light
that shines has a source. If light is cut off from the source, no
matter the voltage it carries, it cannot shine.
2. Constantly doing good works. Dorcas is a good example of
someone full of good works. Though, she died, her works
spoke on her behalf and she was raised back to life. Paul kept
on emphasizing on good works.
3. Keep renewing your lamp. Daily looking at yourself in the
mirror of the word of God helps you to wake up.
4. Keep preaching the gospel. As you engage in evangelism
continuously, sin will be far from you. You will definitely want to
live an exemplary life for your converts as Paul said in
2 Cor. 4:6, I Cor. 11:1.
5. Avoid fellowship with darkness. Remember the story of Ahab
who married a daughter of a Baal worshiper. I Kings 16:31-
34. Keep away from unclean things at all times.
Jn. 15:4-5, I Sam. 16:14, 17:11, Matt. 5:16, Acts 9:36-40. Eph.
2:10, Col. 1:10, I Thess. 4:10, I Tim. 5:10, Matt. 25:1-11, Rom. 12:1-
2, Ps. 51:11, Eze. 18:31, Eph. 4:22-24, Col. 3:10, Titus 3:5, Matt.
24:14, ll Cor. 6:14-18, I Cor. 15:33, Isa. 52:11.
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f light refuses to shine, it ceases to carry out the original purpose
for which it is meant. No wonder Jesus Christ said “if salt looses
its saltness or savour, it is good for nothing but to be trampled
under the foot of men. As well if light cannot shine again, it
becomes irrelevant. May your light not become irrelevant and
useless in Jesus name. Matt. 6:23.
A. BENEFITS OF SHINING
i. Your life affects others regularly as you keep shining. Salt affects
anything it comes in contact with, so also the life of every child of
God ought to affect the people around him or her.
ii. You become a terror to the kingdom of darkness. Darkness is
always threatened in the presence of light. David, Daniel and
Paul are examples of people that troubled hell.
iii. Boldness becomes a lifestyle. Light is not afraid of darkness.
Fear is associated with darkness.
Col. 4:5-6, Isa. 60:3, Phil. 2:15, Eph. 5:8-14, Prov. 28:1,
Acts 4:13, Acts 19:8, II Tim. 1:7.
B. DANGERS OF NOT SHINING
I. BACKSLIDING Peter could not openly profess Jesus as His
Lord because he was afar. Demas forsook the Lord because of
the things of the world.
II. SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL DEATH- Saul was an anointed
king, but because of disobedience to God, his light became
darkness. He became a man who consulted witches coven that
he condemned at the beginning of his reign. Samson is also
another example. He died spiritually when God left him before his
physical death.
Matt. 26:58, 69-74, 2 Tim. 4:10, I Sam. 28:3, 6-7, Judges 16:20-
30.
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Text: Matthew 5:13-16
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vessel is a below receptacle especially for liquid. It is a household
ware or equipment designed for essentially household uses.
There are various kinds of vessels in the house e.g. vessel of
gold, silver, wood, earth; vessel unto honour or dishonor. Il Tim.
2:20
However, a vessel may be good, useful and yet be rejected by the master
of the house. May the good Lord never reject us in Jesus Name.
1. THE MASTER NEVER MAKES MISTAKE IN CHOOSING A
VESSEL
Since the master of the house is the owner of the vessel, and since he
knows the strength and usefulness of every vessel, he cannot make
mistake in the choice of the one to use. The choice of God for us is not
mistake, as He never makes mistake.
I Sam. 15:1-2, 9:15-17, Num. 23:19, Rom. 3:4, Jam. 1:17-18, Jn.
1:12-13, Ps. 103: 14, Matt. 25:15, Act 9:11-15.
2. THE MASTER DECIDES THE SPECIFIC USE OF THE VESSEL
Both the choice and use of the vessel are the prerogative of the
master and not of the vessel itself. After God has chosen us, He gave
us specific assignments.
I Sam. 15:3, Jn. 15:16, Matt. 28:19-20, Isa. 64:8, Rom. 9:20-21,
8:28-30, ll Tim. 1:9, I Thess. 2:12, Heb. 11:8, Jn. 6:67-70
CONCLUSION
As a chosen vessel, are you doing the will of the master who has
chosen you. The continuity of the master’s use of your vessel
depends on you.
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Lord Jesus Christ) never makes mistakes in the choice of His
chosen vessel and that He is the one who decides the specific
use of the vessel.
Today, as we continue in our studies, may the Lord bless us richly
through His word in Jesus Name.
1. NO ONE CAN BE WISER THAN GOD
Our God is the All-knowing, All powerful and the All-wise. His ways
are perfect.
However, His ways often appear foolish in the sight of man.
Nevertheless, no one can be wiser than his maker.
I Sam. 15:3, Exo. 17:8-13, I Sam. 15:18-23, I Tim. 1:17, Ps. 147:5,
Rom. 1:21-22, I Cor. 1:25, Isa. 5:21, Prov. 3:5, Prov. 3:7
2. PARTIAL OBEDIENCE IS DANGEROUS
Partial or incomplete obedience is a snare of the devil unto
destruction. It could even be more dangerous than total
disobedience.
I Sam. 15:4-9, Prov. 22:5, Jn. 1:2-3, 15:17, Acts5:1-5, Matt. 21:28-
31.
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than God and that partial obedience is dangerous.
Today, as we continue in our studies, may the Lord Himself speak
to us and bless us richly in Jesus Name.
1. THE VAIN SACRIFICE
The sacrifice truly offered unto God is a blessing but when offered in
disobedience and unrighteousness, it becomes vain and
unacceptable before God.
I Sam. 15:18-22, Isa. 1:11-13, Jer. 7:22-23, Hos. 6:6, Mic. 6:7-8,
Eccl. 5:1, Mk. 12:333, Heb. 10:6-9, Ps. 51:16-17.
2. REBELLION IS A TERRIBLE SIN
To rebel simply means to refuse to obey or resist authority or control.
The sin of rebellion is so terrible that it was likened to witchcraft in the
Bible. God hates a rebel.
I Sam. 15:23, Jn. 6:38, 8:47, I Sam. 12:14-15, Ps. 5:10-11, Prov.
17:11, Isa. 30:1, Ez. 20:38, Mic. 5:12, Ps. 78:8-11, Dan. 9:5-6, I
Sam. 13:14, Ex. 22:18, Isa. 1:19-20.
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offered in disobedience and unrighteousness is vain and that
rebellion is a terrible sin against God.
Today, as we continue in our studies, may the Lord teach us
and shower His blessings upon us in Jesus Name.
1. WHAT MEN SAY OR WHAT GOD SAYS
Men of the world around you i.e. from your family, office,
neighbourhood, church e.t.c have a lot to say about you and the
law of your God. It is better to hearken to the voice of God rather
than those of men, as men’s voice could be misleading and
confusing.
I Sam. 15:24, I Cor. 14:10, I Pet. 1:24-25, Ps. 27:1, Ps. 118:6, Isa.
51:12-13, Prov. 29:25, Jn. 17:14-17, I Jn. 2:15-17, Exo. 23:2,
Acts 4:18-19, Jer. 26:13.
2. WHEN GOD SAYS NO, WHO CAN SAY YES
Our God has the final say. Whenever He says no, no one can say
yes and when He says yes, no one can say no.
However, before God’s final “no”, He gives men enough
opportunity for repentance and reconciliation because He is
plenteous in mercy.
I Sam. 15:23, Isa. 46:9-11, Ps. 62:11, Isa. 40:27-29, 14:27, Ps.
103:8, 2 Cor. 1:3-4, 2 Pet. 3:9, I Sam. 15:25, Matt. 27:3, Heb. 3:7-
8, Isa. 1:18.
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to the voice of God rather than the voice of men and that when
God says no, nobody can say yes because He has the final
say.
Today, as we continue in our study, may the Holy Spirit teach
us and give us the heart of understanding in Jesus Name.
1. IT IS BETTER NOT TO FALL THAN TO RISE
It is a good thing to rise when you fall, but it is even better not to
fall at all than to make an attempt to rise.
I Sam.15:25-27, Ps.37:24, 145:14, Mic.7:8, Eccl.4:10,
Heb.10:31, 6:6, Lk.10:18, Isa.14:12, Acts 1:18-20, I Cor.
10:12, 2Pet.1:10
2. NO ONE IS INDISPENSABLE
Every man has his own unique nature and
responsibility to God. However, God can still do without a person
if He wishes, as no one is indispensable to God.
I Sam. 15:28, Gen. 1:31, Ps. 139:14, I Pet. 2:9, Rom. 8:28, Jn.
15:16, Acts 26:16-18, I Thes. 2:11-12, Jn.15:1-2, Mt. 3:8-10,
Rev. 3:15-16.
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n the last part of this series, we learnt that it is better not to fall
than to rise and that on one is indispensable.
Today, as we continue in our study, may the Lord Himself
teach us we must change our attitude towards God and
towards sin.
However, when repentance is used of God, it may mean regret
or change of mind.
I Sam. 15:29, Num. 23:19, Zech. 8:14, Matt. 3:2, Acts 26:20,
Ez. 18:30, Acts 3:19, I Sam. 15:11,35, Gen. 6:6, Jer. 26:31, Ex.
32:14, Lk. 13:3.
1. WHATSOEVER A MAN SOWETH, HE SHALL REAP
Every man reaps according to what he sows. You cannot sow
corn and expects to reap beans, if you sow the seed of
wickedness or goodness, you shall reap accordingly. More often
than not, the measure of reaping is usually greater than sowing.
I Sam. 15:31, Gal. 6:7, Job 4:8, Prov. 22:8, Hos. 10:12, I Cor.
9:6, Ps. 126:5, Hos. 8:7, Rev. 14:15, I Cor. 3:13.
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n the last part of this series, we learnt that God is not a man that
He should repent and that whatsoever a man soeth the same
shall he reap.
Today, as we continue in our studies, may the Lord Himself teach
and bless us richly through His word in Jesus Name.
1. DEPARTURE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OPENS DOOR FOR EVIL
SPIRIT
Believers are the temple of God where the Holy Spirit dwells. The
moment we defile the temple or refuse to do the will of God, the Holy
Spirit departs. And since the temple is vacant, an evil spirit may find
its way there by God’s permission.
I Sam. 16:14, I Cor. 3:16-17, Jud. 9:23, Lk. 22:3, I Kgs. 22:19-23,
Num. 14:42-43, Jos. 7:12, Jud. 16:20, Rom. 1:21-32, Lk. 11:26.
2. PRAISE IS A WEAPON OF DELIVERANCE
The high praise of God is a believer’s weapon for worship and
spiritual warfare.
Intensive praise, worship and adoration has a powerful effect in the
spiritual realm to pull down demonic strongholds.
I Sam. 16:16, 23, 2 Kg. 3:15, Ps. 149:5-9, 2 Cor. 10:4-6, 2 Chr.
20:20-25, Ps. 22:3, Heb. 1:14, Acts 16:25-30, Ps. 50:23, Acts 2:47.
CONCLUSION
Has the Holy Spirit departed from you or you have not even received
Him into your life, repent from your sins and ask God for the
restoration of His Spirit in your life.
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Holy Spirit in the life of a person opens door for the evil spirit and
that praises could be a powerful weapon of warfare in the hand of
the believers.
Today, as we continue in our studies, may the Lord teach and
shower His blessings upon us through His word in Jesus Name.
1. IF GOD BE FOR US
The Almighty God is the power behind every victory and success we
have in life as there is virtually nothing we can do of our own without
God. If God be for us, who can be against us, but if God be against us,
who then can fight for us.
I Sam. 17:1-9, 10-11, Rom. 8:31, 11:6, 11, 13:4-5, 14:18, 22-23, I
Sam. 14:31, 47-48, 15:1-9, 16:14, Jud. 16:20, Jn. 15:5, Rom. 6:1-2.
2. THE DOWNFALL OF A LEADER ENSLAVES THE FOLLOWERS
The role of a leader in the lives of the followers is so significant that
when a leader wins, his followers also win. In the same manner, when
a leader fails, his followers become enslaved.
I Sam. 17:8-11, Zech. 13:7, Mk. 14:27, Ezek. 34:5, Ex. 14:23-28,
Isa. 56:10, Matt. 15:14, Lk. 6:39-40, Jn. 10:14-15, Heb. 12:2.
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n the last part of this series, we learnt that the fall of a leader
enslaves his followers and that if God be for us who can be
against us. Today as we continue in our studies, may the Holy
Spirit teach and revive us through His word in Jesus Name.
1. SIN BEGETS SINS
There is a great danger in finding excuse for and to cover up sins as
every attempt to cover up sins always lead to further sins.
I Sam. 18:8-9, 29, Ps. 66:18, I Sam. 15:20, Prov. 28:133, Eccl. 4:4,
Rom. 1:28-29, I Jn. 3:15, Rev. 21:8.
2. NOT BY POWER NOR BY MIGHT
God’s work cannot be done in the flesh or by self effort without the
Spirit of God and whatsoever anyone becomes in life is “not by his
own power but by my Spirit saith the Lord”.
I Sam. 18:8-12, 19:24, Zech. 4:6, Matt. 16:17, 2 Tim. 1:9, Jn. 15:5,
Rom. 13:14, Jn. 6:63, 2 Cor. 10:17, I Cor. 10:31.
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ast week, we examined the dangers of covering up sins, as every
attempt to cover up sins not only lead to further sins but also to
destruction.
May the Lord Himself teach and bless us through His word in
Jesus Name.
NOT BY POWER NOR BY MIGHT
God’s work cannot be done in the flesh or by self effort without the Spirit of
God and whatsoever anyone becomes in life is not by his own power but
by the power of God; for it is written, “Not by might nor by power but my
Spirit saith the Lord.”
I Sam. 18:8-12, 19:24, Zech. 4:6, Matt. 16:17, 2 Tim. 1:9, Jn. 15:5,
Rom. 13:14, Jn. 6:63, 2 Cor. 10:17, 1 Cor. 10:31.
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ast week, we learnt that God’s work cannot be done in the flesh
and that whatsoever we become in life is by the power of God as it
is written “not by might nor by power but the Spirit of God”.
Today, as we continue in our studies, may the Lord Himself teach
us His word and bless us richly in Jesus Name.
1. THE LORD ANSWERS NOT THE SINNERS
Living our lives in ungodly ways (in sins) instead of submitting to the
will of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit will cut us off from God’s
help.
Calling upon Him therefore will be useless, unless we turn away from
our sins and unrighteousness.
I Sam. 28:6, Isa. 59:1-2, Prov. 1:28-29, Jer. 14:10-12, Ezek. 8:17-
18, Isa. 1:15, Ps. 66:18, Job 27:8-9, Ps. 18:41, Jam. 4:3, 2 Chro.
7:14-15.
2. SEEKING ANSWERS FROM THE DEVIL (EVIL SPIRITS)
Turning to divination or a medium to seek for solution is not only the
deception of the devil but also a terrible sin against the living God.
I Sam. 28:7-11, Deut.18:9-12, Lev. 19:26-31, Ps. 106:28-29, I Sam.
28:12, Heb. 9:27, I Sam. 28:15-19, Jer. 17:9, Col. 2:8, Isa. 8:19-20,
Exo. 22:18, Act 16:16-18.
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n the last part of this series, we learnt that the Lord answers not
the prayer of the sinners and that seeking answers from the evil
spirits is a terrible sin against God.
Today, as we conclude this study of the life of King Saul, may the
Lord Himself teach and bless us mightily through His word in
Jesus name.
1. THE END OF THE UNJUST
Starting a race well is not the most significant aspect of the race but
rather ending it well. The Bible says the end of the just is blessed
but that of the wicked shall rot.
I Sam. 31:1-6, Prov. 10:7, I Sam. 31:9-10, Eccl. 8:10-11, Ps. 112:6,
Num. 23:10, Ps. 116:15, Eccl. 7:8, 2 Pet. 2:20-21, I Pet. 4:17-18.
2. GAINING THE WORLD AND LOSING HEAVEN
It is a terrible thing to lose heaven after gaining everything in this
world. The kingdom of God is more precious than the most treasured
virtues of this world.
I Sam. 9:5-27, 10:1-8, 9-13, 17:24, 11:5-11, 31:4, Jud. 9:53-54,
Matt. 27:5, Rev. 21:8, Matt. 16:25-26, Jn. 12:25-26, Rev. 2:25-26.
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n our last study, we began to examine how Christians can have
and maintain consistent victorious life. We identified commitment
to our Lord Jesus Christ as key to achieving this. As we continue
in our studies, we pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to teach
us in Jesus name. Amen.
1. QUALITIES OF COMMITTED PEOPLE.
Certain qualities are common to those who are committed to God
which mark them out of the rest of the people.
I Kings 19:19-21, Esther 4:16, Dan.3:17-18, 6:10-13, Acts
21:10-13, 2Tim.4:6-7, Matt. 26:42, Dan.11:32b, 2 Tim.4:7-8
2. BELIEVERS’ COMMITMENTS
Believers are expected to be committed to activities that advance
the kingdom of God.
Esther 4:14, Dan. 6:11, Acts 4:31, 12:5, 16:25, I Th. 5:177, Ps.
108:1-3, I Cor. 1:17, Acts 1:8, 1 Pet. 1:15-16, 1 Tim. 2:8, 2 Chr.
1:6-7, Lk. 6:38.
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Text: Luke 9:62
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n our last study, we saw that total commitment to God is not only
key to achieving a life of constant victory, believers must be
committed to fervent study of the word of God, constant praying,
aggressive evangelism, cheerful giving to God and living a
righteous life.
As we continue in our study, we pray that God will give us greater
understanding in Jesus Name, Amen.
1. THERE ARE REWARDS FOR COMMITMENT
There will be prize to pay by the Christian for being committed to the
service of God but, the rewards are also great.
Jos. 1:8, Ps. 1:2-4, Jam. 5:13-15, Jn. 15:2, 16, Prov. 11:24-25, Lk.
6:38, Prov. 11:20, Ps. 5:12, Prov. 11:8, Ps. 34:15, 17, 19, Ps. 37:25,
Jam. 5:16, Ps. 92:12, Ps. 84:11.
2. THE REWARDS ARE NOT LIMITED TO THIS WORLD ONLY
While victory in the Lord Jesus Christ is assured her on earth, much
greater rewards await the believer in heaven. This knowledge should
encourage Christians to do everything possible to endure to the end.
I Cor. 2:9, Jn. 14:1-4, 2 Tim. 4:7-8, Ps. 112:6-7, Rev. 2:10, Rev.
2:25-28
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Text: 1 Corinthians 2:19
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n the last part of this series, we learnt that there are rewards for
living a life that is totally committed to God not only in the present
world but thereafter.
As we continue in our study, it is our prayer that the Lord will
increase our understanding in Jesus name.
1. THERE ARE OBSTACLES THAT MUST BE SURMOUNTED
There is need to properly understand the nature of the challenges
that confront the believer in his Christian race.
Man is a spirit being, he has a soul that lives in a physical body. There
is constant struggle between the spirit on one hand and the souls and
flesh on the other.
I Thess. 5:23, Heb. 4:12, Rom. 8:16, Gal. 5:17, Rom. 8:5-6, Eph.
2:3, Gal. 5:19-21, Gal. 5:22-24, Gal. 5:16
2. THE PLACE OF SELF-DISCIPLINE
Discipline is defined as self-control. Disciple can be said to provide
the support commitment needed to stand and be sustained. The
victorious Christian is the one who can bring both the flesh and the
soul unto subjection to his spirit.
I Cor. 9:27, Rom. 12:1-2, Col. 3:5, Gal. 5:24, Eph. 4:23, Phil. 2:5,
Phil. 4:8, Isa. 26:3
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Text: 1 Corinthians 9:27
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n the last part of this series, we saw that self-discipline or selfcontrol is critical to the success or otherwise of the Christian who
is determined to live constantly in victory. It is the responsibility of
the believer to keep his body from doing what is contrary to the
word of God.
As we continue in our study, we pray that the Lord will give us
greater understanding in Jesus name, Amen.
1. THE MIND IS A BATTLE-FIELD
The devil desires to take over the mind of the believer to keep his
thoughts knowing that what he thinks determines what he does.
God is also interested in your mind and wants to speak to you and
direct your ways.
Prov. 23:7, Jam. 1:8, Prov. 3:5-6, Ps. 119:34, Phil. 2:5, Ps. 1:1-
3, Phil. 4:6-8, Ps. 119:9, 11, Is. 26:3
2. VICTORY IS NOT ONLY ASSURED THROUGH THE WORD OF
GOD
God wants that you have a mind that has been
renewed by the word. Your thinking then becomes transformed
which in turn influences your behaviour positively.
Rm. 12:2, Jos 1:8, Eph. 4:23, Ps. 119:59, Phil.
2:5, Ps.1:1-3, Phil. 4:6-8, Ps.119:9, Is. 26:3
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Text: Romans 12:2
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n this series, we have learnt that total commitment or dedication
to God is the sure way to achieve a life of continuous victory. As
we continue in our studies, we pray that the Holy Spirit will teach
us Himself, in Jesus name.
1. NO REAL PROGRESS WITHOUT COMMITMENT TO GOD
If believers are willing to pay the prize of getting themselves
totally committed to God, they will not only live victoriously on a
daily basis, God has other rewards for them as well.
Phil. 3:13-14, I Pet. 5:8, Eph. 6:12, Eph. 1:2022, Phil. 2:9-11,
Dan. 11:32b, Esther 4:16, 2 Tim. 4:6-7, Dan. 6:11, Acts 1:8. I
Cor. 1:17, 2 Chr. 1:6-7, I Pet. 1:15-16, Jos. 1:8, Jm. 5:13-15, Jn.
15:2, 16, Prov. 11:8, Prov. 11:24-25, 2 Tim. 4:7-8, Rev. 2:10
2. SELF-DISCIPLINE IS KEY TO TOTAL COMMITMENT
Self-discipline provides the support on which total commitment
stands.
I Cor. 9:27, Lk. 13:24, Rom. 12:1-2, Phil. 2:12b, Col. 3:5, Jam.
4:7, 2 Cor. 10:5, Phil. 4:8, I Thess. 5:17, Matt. 4:2, Phil. 4:13
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n this series, we have learnt that a Christian who will live
victoriously always must be totally committed or dedicated to
God. We also discovered that self-discipline provides the
support on which total commitment rests.
Today, as we conclude this series, we pray that we shall be hearers
as well as doers of the Word in Jesus’ name Amen.
1. EVERYONE WILL GIVE ACCOUNT OF HIS STEWARDSHIP
It is not living victoriously here on earth the only reason for which
believers need to give their total commitment to God, everyone will
give account of his stewardship to God.
Matt.25:14-15, Lk.19:13, Mk 16:15, Acts 1:8, Lk. 16:1-2, Rom.
14:12, Heb. 13:17, I Cor. 3:13-15, 2 Cor. 5:10.
2. WHAT WILL BE YOUR STEWARDSHIP ?
Mat. 25:19-23, Matt. 25:24-26, Lk. 8:7 & 14, I Jn. 2:15-17, Lk.
12:47-48, Matt. 25:30, 2 Tim. 4:10, Matt. 24:13, Phil. 3:13-14,
Phil. 2:12b, Phil. 4:13.
CONCLUSION
We must be committed to the end.
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od has called us into a partnership with Himself. We are His
fellow workers. (Jn. 15:1-7,16). It is a great responsibility and
also a great privilege to be in this position.
For us to be what God intended of us as partners we shall
examine partnership in normal business and relate same of our
call into God’ s vineyard.
May the Lord find us worthy to be His fellow workers in Jesus name,
Amen.
A. WHAT IS A PARTNERSHIP ?
Partnership is a relationship which exists between persons carrying
on a business in common with a view of making profit. As members of
His family, ours is a family business. Rom. 8:14-17; Lk.12:32; Acts
26:18; Gal. 3:29; Jn. 17:24; 1Cor.2:9; Rev.3:21
B. WHAT IS THE COMMON BUSINESS?
God has called us to the business of establishment and building His
Kingdom. Mt. 3:2;6:10; Mk. 1:14-15.
HOW SHALL THIS BE DONE?
1. We must be witnesses for Him – Acts 1:8; 2:14; 5:19-20;
1 Jn. 1:1-3; Lk. 11:2; 1 Pet. 2:9
2. We must be committed to the preaching of the Gospel.
Mk. 16:15-16, 19-20; Matt. 28:20; Acts 10:1-6; Jn.15:16
3. We must be engaged in spiritual warfare – Eph. 6:10-13;
2 Tim. 2:3-5; Rom. 8:46; Gal. 2:20; I Sam. 15:1-3, I Jn.4:4.
4. We must do everything to hasten the coming of His Christ.
Matt. 6:10; Heb. 9:28; 2 Pt. 3:10; Lk. 19:12-13; Mt. 24:14.
CONCLUSION: Let His Kingdom come.
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n our last study, we examined principally what a partnership is
and the fact that we are partners with God in establishing and
maintaining His kingdom here in earth (Matt. 6:10).
Today our emphasis will be on the various things we can do in
establishing and maintaining His kingdom. May He teach us
Himself on Jesus name, Amen.
A. YOUR ROLES IN THE PARTNERSHIP
i. Witnessing and preaching the gospel; Acts 1:8, Mark 16:15-18,
2 Tim. 4:2, Matt. 11:28-30.
ii. Make disciples of the converts Matt. 28:19, 20, Mark 3:13, 14,
i. Be an example of a believer and not a stumbling block Mark 9:42,
43, Phil. 3:17-19.
ii. Finance the work of the kingdom with all your might. 2 Cor. 9:1-
10, Lk. 8:2, Mal. 3:8-12.
B. CASE STUDY (John 6:5-13)
Our case study is the boy with five loaves of bread and two pieces of
fish. He brought his food in order to satisfy a need in his life. While
listening to Jesus, he discovered a need bigger than his own. He
gave his little to satisfy that great need. The Lord received it, blessed
it and used it. He went home with more than he gave and his name
was written in the stone of history, never to be forgotten. The boy was
a kingdom Builder. God wants you to be kingdom builder as well.
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n the last study on this topic, we focused attention on our role in
the partnership with God Almighty. Our case study was the young
lad who partnered with Christ in feeding the multitude.
God want all of us to be kingdom builders today.
In today’s study, we shall examine conditions for partnership. To
be a partner with God, one must fulfill these conditions. May the
Lord count us worthy to be labourers together with Him” Amen.
B. CONDITIONS FOR PARTNERSHIP
In a business enterprise, partners are expected to fulfill some
condition before they can be referred to as such. One of such
conditions is that there must be a common business between them.
We have examined this before. Today we will look at other conditions:
I. The business must result in profits. Since the partnership was set
up to pull together more resources, higher profit is also expected
to be declared. God desires fruit from us and He has also
promised to reward us accordingly. Luke 13:6-9, Jn. 15:16, Isa.
5:1-7, Heb. 11:6, Dan. 12:2.3, 2 Tim. 4:6-8, Jam. 1:12, I Pet.
5:2-4.
ii. The partnership remains in force as long as both partners are
alive. God lives from everlasting and He is the God of the living. It
is a tragedy to have known God, be used of Him and then be
forsaken because of sin. Ps. 42:2, Isa. 38:19, Matt. 22:3, Jer.
2:11-13, I Sam. 2:27-36, 3:11-14, 2 Tim. 2:12,13.
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he passage under consideration sees our life as a building. Every
believer is involved in that building exercise but the quality of
work being done will be determined on the day of examination.
Knowing this would help us to gird our minds, examine our
motives and services in the house of God. May the Lord teach us
today in Jesus name. Amen.
A. WHAT DOES OUR WORK AS BELIEVERS INVOLVE?
I. Laying the foundation for building the Body of Christ. This
foundation is Jesus Christ Himself and it is only when He is the
chief cornerstone that the house would stand.
Matt. 7:24-27, Ps. 118:22, Acts 4:11, Eph. 2:20,
2 Tim. 2:19, I Pet. 2:6, Matt. 21:42.
ii. Putting on the proper super-structure from the spiritual
ingredients supplied by the Holy Spirit.
Col. 1:13-15, 2 Pet. 1:5-7, 8-10, Gal. 5:16-18,
19-21, 22-23, Jude 20.
iii. Having a fine finish on the super-structure. That finishing is the
quality of life that people see in us. It is also called character.
2 Cor. 3:1-3, I Tim. 4:12, Tit. 2:1-15.
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n the past few studies we have examined our role and unique
privilege of being partners with God. How could He rely so much
on us or depend so much as He is doing? It is because we are His
husbandry, His field or His garden. As His garden, He is
concerned about us and has made investment into our lives. May
we never disappoint Him in Jesus name. Amen.
A. The Bible uses different words to describe what we are in order that
we might have a perfect understanding of our position and calling.
Some of them are: Sheep (John 10:1-14); the light of the world and
the salt of the earth. (Matt. 13:13, 14) Branch of the vine (Jn. 15:1-7),
the fig-tree (Luke 13:6-9) and so on. In the passage under
consideration, the Bible says we are God’s husbandry or vineyard;
and to fully appreciate that we must know how a farmer works on his
field.
B. What things has He done in our lives as the Husbandman?
I. He chose us (Jn. 15:16, Matt. 20:16, 22:14, Jn. 15:19, Acts
9:15, Luke 10:42)
ii. He cleared away sin and iniquity as a farmer clears the field.
(Eph. 2:1-6, Ps. 129:1-3). If a field is left on its own without
cultivation, it will bring forth weeds. Hence clearing is a painful
work on the field.
iii. He prepares the ground in order to receive the necessary seeds.
This involves making of mounds. This is the stage when God
moulds our lives to conform to His own image. (Rom. 12:1,2,
8:29, Isa. 5:1-7, I Cor. 3:5-8, Eph. 4:11-13).
CONCLUSION: God has an expectation concerning you. As an
investor, He is waiting for returns and definitely He deserves them.
Remain blessed.
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ast week we concluded by saying that any soil that is not touched or
tended will become useless and may not fulfill its destiny. Though
plowing may be painful and weeding may be an unpleasant
experience for the soil, yet that is the only way to achieve
fruitfulness.
Today our emphasis is on what comes out of the soil since the
husbandry comprises of both the soil and what is on it. May we live
up to His expectation in Jesus name and may our life bring forth
manifold praise to His Name. Amen.
A. WHAT HAS HE DONE FOR HIS FARM?
Examine the following references carefully. Isa. 5:1-2, Mark 4:3-9, Luke
13:6-9.
i. The farm is in a fruitful hill. The fact that we were chosen by God
meant that our lives can bring forth fruit (Gen.1:31; Ps.80:8)
ii. He fenced the farm round. He protect us in a very special way.
(Matt.21:36; Gen.3:7; Job 1:9. 10;Num.25:1-9; Ecc. 10:8)
iii. He gathered out the stones, He removes anything that could hinder
growth and fruitfulness (John 15:1)
iv. He sowed choicest vine in order to have a choicest vineyard.
(Jer.2:21)
v. He built a tower inside the farm in order to keep constant watch on it
against intruders (Exo. 13:21, 22; Ps.91:9-10)
vi. Every portion of the farm has equal opportunities. That is, same inputs
were sown in. This means we have opportunities of hearing the same
sermons, and of being partakers of the same gifts of the Holy Spirit;
we are brought up under the same set of doctrines; we can get to
God’s throne room to present our petitions without any discrimination.
(Ps. 100:4-5, 1Cor.12:1-31)
vii. He gives the farm enough time to prove the investment made on it
(Ecc. 3:1; Jn.13:18)
CONCLUSION:
“And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, please,
between Me and My Vineyard. What more could have been done to My
vineyard that I have not done in it?” (Isa.5:3-4, NKJV)
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postle Paul laid emphasis on how we’re building on that spiritual
Rock, Jesus Christ. The motive for our services is important to
God, not just what we do inform of activities. He looks into the
heart of everyone to discover the reason for our actions.
Gen. 4:5-7, I Sam. 16:6-7, Prov. 14:14, Isa. 55:8, Matt. 5:27-30,
23:27-28, I Sam. 2:3, Ps. 69:5, Dan. 2:22, I Chro. 28:9, Jer. 17:10,
23:24, Jn. 2:24-25.
Knowing that God reads the hearts and intentions matter to Him more
than actions, every believer should be more conscious and think
good and beneficial thoughts everyday.
A. THE TEST OF FIRE
What would make the day so fearful? Every work or service shall be
subject to a test of fire. That fire is the fire of God, of the same intensity
for the so called strong and weak Christians, shepherd and sheep,
committed and non-committed ones.
Rom. 2:2, 6, 16, 14:10, 2 Cor. 5:10, 11.
CONCLUSION:
The day of examination is a fearful day. Everything that passes unnoticed
today will become important on that day.
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he Bible says that the commandments of the Lord are not
grievous ( I John 5:3). But the little we know about His judgments
reveal that His judgments are fearful. He told Samuel about the
house of Eli, “I am about to do something in Israel. Every ear that
hears it will tingle” Sam. 3:11. The other side of God’s mercy is
His judgement. They are both sides of the same coin.
Today may He help us to disappoint the devil as we turn to Him fully
and move from the side of judgement to His loving embrace.
John 5:2, 2 Cor. 5:10
A. THE NATURE OF GOD’S JUDGEMENT.
This could be deciphered from the Bible as we look at judgments of
kings and by kings. A look at God’s judgment on the house of Eli,
Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, David, Herod, Harman and some others
would give us some idea about the nature of His judgement.
Rom. 2:2-6, I Sam. 3:11-12, 2:30-36, 4:10-18, Exo. 14:8-9, 23-28,
Dan. 4:8-34, 5:22-30, 2 Sam. 12:7-12, Acts. 12:20-24, Est. 1:10-22,
7:1-10, Heb. 10:30, 31, 12:29.
B. THE TEST OF FIRE
Another frightening thing about the day of examination is the test of
fire. Every work or service shall be subject to a test of fire. That fire is
the fire of God. It is of the same intensity for the strong and so called
weak Christians, committed and non-committed, shepherd and
sheep. Rev. 1:14, Eze. 1:27, Isa. 6:2.
CONCLUSION:
Let us all take heed of the type of service we render to the Almighty
God.
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he concept or idea of a temple in the Old Testament was different
from that of the New Testament. In those days, a temple was a
building made with stones, bricks and mortar. But God has
decided from time immemorial that He will inhabit His people. ( 2
Cor. 6:14-16). We find this idea throughout the whole of the New
Testament (Jn. 2:19-21, I Pet. 2:5, Rev. 21:3) .
Today we will be examining how God progressively revealed His
mind about the temple.
May He find us worthy to dwell in Jesus name. Amen.
A. THE PRINCIPLE OF PROGRESSIVE REVELATION
God reveals His will and purpose not at once, but a little at a time
(progressively). When He wanted atonement, He began with the
blood of bulls and goats. When He was to teach us about giving to
Him as a duty, He began with tithing. When He needed a people to
Himself from all tribes, He began with one tiny nation. When He
wanted man to know that only one way leads to heaven, He began
with the Ark. So also is your life. You will not know everything that God
has in mind for you in a day. But the closer you are the more you will
know.
Gen. 3:21, Exo. 12:21, Heb. 10:4, Jn. 1:29, 36, Mal. 3:10, Luke
6:38, Mk. 12:41, 1-44, 2 Cor. 9:6-9, Deut. 10:15, 14:2, I Pet. 2:9, 10,
Matt. 3:8-10, Gen. 6:14-16, 7:7-16, Num. 21:7-9, Jn. 14:6,
Acts 9:4-6, 10-16, Jer. 29:11.
CONCLUSION:
The Lord will lead you all the way when you decide to go with Him the
next step.
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n our last study we examined the principle or law of progressive
revelation as it relates to some biblical themes.
This same principle explains the doctrine of the temple. God
started to meet with His people at a place called the altar, then
the tabernacle in the wilderness, then the temple. But His goal is
to dwell in us (I Kings 8:27, 2 Cor. 6:14-16)
Today we will begin to examine the development of this theme as
we consider the Altar.
A. ALTAR THE PLACE OF GOD’S COVENANTS
The patriarchs met with God at the altar. Beginning with the altar of
Noah which he built after leaving the ark, altar featured prominently in
worship throughout the Old Testament.
The history of God’s covenants with His people can also be linked
with the altars. Those who meet God at the altar are bound to hear
from Him more often than others. Today God expects you to be an
altar Christian.
Gen. 8:20-22, 12:7, 13:18, 22:9, 26:24-25, 28:18-22, 33:18-20,
35:1-7, Exo. 17:15, 24:4, Jos. 8:3-31, I Sam. 14:35, 2 Sam. 24:25,
I Kings 18:32.
CONCLUSION:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye
present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may
prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Rom. 12:1-2.
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he tabernacle is the place of God’s presence. The next major
step God took in expanding the concept of the temple was the
inauguration of tabernacle worship in the wilderness. The
tabernacle became a central focus of worship for all the members
of the new nation of Israel.
Having been in the midst of an idolatrous nation for over four
hundred years, they needed to have the true knowledge of the
Jehovah God.
Even today the knowledge of the true God is needed by all believers
of our dispensation. May He reveal Himself to us the more today in
Jesus name. Amen.
Exo. 32:1-6, 24:1,2,9,-11, Hos. 4:6, Prov. 4:7, Rom. 10:2.
B. THE STRUCTURE OF THE TABERNACLE
God was particular about the design and construction of the
Tabernacle that He took Moses to the mountain-top to show him the
replica of the Tabernacle. He also gave the dimensions and the
material specifications. God is concerned about how build our
spiritual live. It must be according to the heavenly pattern.
Exo. 25:27, 28:15, 31:1-11; 40:2, Num. 9:15, 2 Pet. 1:13, 14.
CONCLUSION
As the glory rested on the tabernacle in the wilderness, so can we
have His glory upon us always if we build according to His pattern.
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hen we started this series we made mention of the principle of
progressive revelation. God began to reveal His plan to indwell
us as His temple (2 Cor. 6:14-16).
Today we will examine the temple proper.
B. THE TEMPLE: THE PLACE OF HIS GLORY.
Three temples were mentioned in the Bible. The first was constructed
by Solomon, son of David. David was not able to build the temple for
God, though he desired to do; ( I Kings. 7:1-13, I Chro. 22:8). The first
temple was an architectural edifice. God honoured it with His
presence. But the enemy devastated it because of disobedience.
Zerubabel and others came back from slavery to build the second
temple. Though, it didn’t get anywhere near Solomon’s temple in
beauty, yet God decided to pour His glory upon it. The third temple
was the one credited to Herod. This was divided to seven separate
courts. When Jesus gave up the ghost, the veil of the Temple tore.
Today we can have the best of God as His temple can be filled with
His presence and glory all the time.
I Kings 5:5-12, 8:1-11, I Kings 8:22-53, 62:63, 11:1-4, 2 Kings 12:4-
5, 22:1-11, 25:8-9, 2 Chro. 36:11-21, Ezra 5:1-2, Matt. 24:1-2,
Hag. 1:2-5, 2:7-9.
CONCLUSION:
God has promised that the glory of this latter house shall surpass the
former. We are that house. We can only have of Him to the extent we
desire him.
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he idea of examination is not a recent phenomenon. From time
immemorial God has always put his own to test in order to give us
the opportunity to demonstrate our love for Him. Tonight, we shall
examine some factors that have led to the downfall of many.
A. WE ARE TO RECOGNIZE WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST
It is dangerous not to recognize who we are. When one loses of who
he is, the chances are that one becomes careless. We must always
remember our source.
I Pet. 2:9, ll Cor. 5:20, I Cor. 6:20, Jn. 16:33.
B. THERE IS ALWAYS A DAY OF RECKONING
To every night there will always be a day. To think that the night would
never end can only lead to disaster.
Heb. 9:27, Jn. 14:2-3, Gen. 6:5, Gen. 7:21-22, Judges 16:30-31,
Gen. 39:21, Gen. 39:42-43, Dan. 3:1-17, 3:25, ll Cor. 5:10, Rev.
20:11-15, Rev. 2:20
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od has called us into a partnership with Himself. We are His
fellow workers. (Jn. 15:1-7, 16). It is a great responsibility and
also a great privilege to be in this position.
For us to be what God intended of us as partners, we shall
examine partnership in normal business and relate same to our
call into God’s vineyard.
May the Lord find us worthy to be His fellow workers in Jesus
Name, Amen.
A. WHAT IS A PARTNERSHIP?
Partnership is a relationship which exists between persons carrying
on a business in common with a view of making profit. As members of
His family, ours is a family business.
Rom. 8:14-17, Lk. 12:32, Acts 26:18, Gal. 3:29, Jn.17:24, I Cor. 2:9,
Rev. 3:21.
B. WHAT IS THE COMMON BUSINESS?
God has called us to the business of establishing and building His
kingdom. Matt. 3:2, 6:10, Mk. 1:14, 15.
C. HOW SHALL THIS BE DONE?
1. We must be witnesses for Him Acts 1:8, 2:14, 5:19-20, I Jn. 1:1-
3, Lk. 11:2, I Pet. 2:9.
2. We must be committed to the preaching of the gospel. Mk. 16:15-
16, 19:20, Matt. 28:18-20, Acts 10:1-6, Jn. 15:16.
3. We must be engaged in spiritual warfare. Eph. 6:10-13, 2 Tim.
2:3-5, Rom. 8:4-8, Gal. 2:20, I Sam. 15:1-3, I Jn. 4:4.
4. We must do everything to hasten the coming of His Christ. Matt.
6:10, Heb. 9:28, 2 Pet. 3:10, Lk. 19:12-13, Matt. 24:14.
CONCLUSION – Let His Kingdom Come.
TEMPLE OF GOD (4)
Text: 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
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he Messiah, Jesus, prescribed some godly attitudes which, our
Maker expects to see constantly in us, His children. These are to
be found in Matt. 5:3-12.
True lasting salvation from corruption and its frustrating and
destructive effects can only be achieved as we affect these
prescribed attitudes.
A. WHAT IS ATTITUDE? It is a way of thinking, and therefore more
importantly, of responding appropriately to events, actions and
situations (as a result of how one thinks).
B. Ten godly attitudes that constitute all the wisdom the Messiah came
to give man. They categorize broadly into two viz. Humility and
Righteousness. Matt. 5:2-12, Prov. 22:4, Matt. 6:33, 5:3-5, 6-12.
C. Humility is the crowning virtue without which all other virtues become
corrupted – availing nothing. Prov. 10:19, 4, Matt. 5:3, 4, Heb. 12:5-
8, Matt. 5:5, Ps. 25:9, Deut. 8:2-9, Matt. 6:33.
CONCLUSION:
We ought to listen to our Saviour for our own present and eternal profit
and not be found to be building on sand rather than on the Rock.
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he passages under consideration see our life as a building. Every
believer is involved in that building exercise but the quality of
work being done will be determined on the day of examination.
Knowing this would help us to gird our minds, examine our motive
and service in the house of God. May the Lord teach us today in
Jesus name. Amen.
A. WHAT DOES OUR WORK AS BELIEVER INVOLVE?
(i) Laying the foundation for building the Body of Christ. This
foundation is Jesus Christ Himself and it is only when He is the
chief cornerstone that the house would stand. I Cor. 3:11; Matt.
7:24-27; Ps. 118:28;Acts 4:11; Eph. 2:20; 2 Tim. 2:19; 1 Pet.
2:6; Matt. 21:42.
(ii) Putting on the proper super structure from the spiritual
ingredients supplied by the Holy Spirit. I Cor. 3: 12; Col. 1:13- 15;
2 Pet 1:5-7, 8-10 Gal. 5:16-18,19-21,22-23; Jude 20.
(iii) Having a fine finish on the super structure. That finishing is the
quality of life that people see in us. It is also called character.
2 Cor. 3:13; 1 Tim. 4:12; Tit. 2:1-15.
B. THE DAY OF EXAMINATION
It is called “the day “ in the passage. It is not to be understood as a
twenty- four hour day. But it is an eternal day. Over there, there is
no night. The day is also called the day of the Lord and the Bible
has many things to say about it. I Cor. 3:13; Mal. 4:5; 1 Cor. 5;5;1
These. 5:2; Isa . 10:3; Amos. 5:18-20.
Text: 1 Corinthians 3:9-15
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n almost all the gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, our Lord and
Master is emphatic about the call for soul winning. He taught it,
lived it and motivated His disciples to do the same. What was
paramount in the ministry of our Lord must be uppermost on our
list of priorities. (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-18; Luke 10:1-3;
24:46-49; Acts 1:8). May He teach us today in Jesus name,
Amen.
A. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO WITNESS?
To witness is to present an evidence or give a testimony about
another person. A witness is someone who has a personal
knowledge of a situation and who is willing to share such information
when needed. (Acts 1:8; Prov. 14:5, Acts 9:15; Jn. 15:16; 20:21;1 Jn.
1:1-3).
B. WHY DO WE HAVE TO WITNESS?
(i) That is the only job Jesus came for.
Luke 19:10; John 10:10; Acts 5:42
(ii) There is no other solution for the lost souls except the gospel.
1 Tim. 1:15; Matt. 9:36; 14:14; Acts 4:12; Rom. 1:16
(iii) God has left that work for the saved souls.
Jn. 20:21; Acts 5:17-20; 10:1-6; Jn. 14:12
(iv) God has issued His decree concerning the sinner and the
watchman. Ezekiel 3:18-19; 18:4; 33:1-9
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ifetime is a sowing time, each of us by thought, word and deed is
constantly planting for future reaping. We want to look into the
rules of sowing and reaping. May the Almighty God bless us
richly as we study at his in Jesus mighty Name. Amen.
1. THE RULE OF SOWING AND REAPING
Some seed are sown in secret, but the harvest can not be
concealed; it will be open for all to see. Gal:7, Juges 1;7, James
2:13, 1 sam 1;33, rom2:1, Luke 8:17.
Sometimes the fruitage may not be completely viewed in this world;
a time Is coming when every hidden and secret things shall be
revealed in the judgement. Eccl 12:14, 2 Cor. 9:, Jer. 17: 10.
There is always a time of waiting between the sowing and the
reaping, but the harvest never fails, Prov. 20:12
The harvest will always be greater than that which is sown.
Jer. 32;19 Ps 2:12, 2 Kg. 2:27.
CONCLUSION
Do not be deceived, whatever a man sow, that he will reap.
Endeavour to sow quality and healthy seed, sow bountifully and
sow correctly, surely you will have a bumper harvest.
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he heart is the most sensitive part of the human body. It pumps
blood to all parts of the body and as the body cannot function
without an active heart, there is a need to keep watch over our
heart.
WHY SHOULD WE GUARD OUR HEART?
(I) It is the center of life. Every activity of a man has its root in
the heart. Prov. 4;23, Pro. 27;19, Acts 1:24. hadly is anything a
man wants to do that will not first be determined in his heart.
Dan. 1:8.
(II) Determines Character The way a man behaves is
conditioned by the state of his heart. You cannot be what your
heart is not. You are a product of your thought Numbers
13:31, Pro. 23:7.
(III) The source of evil Every evil action is first and foremost
conceived in the heart. No man wants to do any evil without it
first being planned in the heart. Mt. 15:18, 2Pet. 2:14, Eccl.
9:3.
(IV) Control speech. Your utterance is determined by what you
think in your heart. A man speaks out of the abundance of his
heart. What are the things that fill your own heart? Lk. 43-4.
CONCLUSION
The heart is very important to three personalities, God, Satan and
Man. The one to whom your heart is yielded determines the use of
the heart. Do not yield yours to Satan. John 13:2,27
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here is always a time in life to do a check- up in some areas of
one’s life. Some rich people do go for medical check up monthly
or bi- monthly as the case may be. The purpose of it is to put to
order what might have been disorganized in the system. In like
manner as children of God, we need regularly to do spiritual
check- up to know if we are still in the race. May God help us in
Jesus name.
AREAS TO CHECKS- UP
1. PRAYER LIFE. It is very important to examine yourself if you are
growing in your prayer life. If you are dropping in your prayer life,it
is better to call upon God quickly. Mark 1:35; Acts 6:4; Mark:6:46,
Luke6:12; Psalm 5:3
2. BIBLE STUDY. The problem with some believer now is that the
value of the word of God has dropped in them hence, the time for
bible study has been lost and they have become world- full and
word- empty. Gen. 24;3; Psalm 1:2;119”148; Acts 6:4;17:19;Isaiah
34:16; Rom. 1:4.
3. FASTING LIFE. Several people are now feasting instead of
fasting. The early church sought God in fasting. Examine if you still
fast to please God. Isaiah 8;3-10; Acts 13;1-3; 14:23.
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4. SANCTIFICATION. It is rather unfortunate now that some
believers do not see it necessary to live a sanctified life. Job 1:5
Heb. 2:11; Jude 1 ; Heb. 10:14.
5. FAITH. The question to ask is, are you growing in faith? Some
Christians have gone down in faith to the level of not believing God
for anything again. 2 Cor. 1 :7; 1 Tim. 1:; Heb:12.
CONCLUSION.
In the above listed areas, anyone who is not increasing or growing
will tend towards backsliding. May God help us in Jesus name.
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he sufferings and agonies of Jesus in providing redemption for
the fallen humanity were over and His work of redemption was
completed. He had borne the punishment for our sins and
opened the way of salvation for us.
1. HOW WAS IT FINISHED?
Jesus Christ surrendered and humbled Himself to the point of death
laying down His life on the Cross of Calvary for the sake of mankind.
Having commended His Spirit unto God the Father. Cried it is
FINISHED dying a shameful death.
Jn. 19:30, Lk. 23:4, Ps. 31;3-5 Mt. 27:1:2. Ex. 2:33, 1Cor. 15:21-22,
Rm.5 :12-14, Jn.3;16, Ph. 2:8, Jn. 15:13.
2. WHAT IS FINISHED?
Our Lord Jesus Christ by His death and resurrection had paid up for
our sins. Defeated Satan ,put an end to our sorrows and pains and
accomplished our healings and deliverance.
Heb.2:14-15, 1 Jn. 3:8, Rm. 5;9-10,Eph. 1:7, 1 Cor. 6:120, 1 pet.
2:24, Acts 1:8, Heb. 8;6-10, Gal. 3:13-25, Rm. 5:6-8
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ccording to Solomon, ‘Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get
wisdom’ The importance of wisdom in the way we run out life
cannot be over emphasized. Hence, the Book of Proverbs is
devoted to differentiating between the wise and the foolish. But
getting wisdom is not the most important unless one gets the right
thing. That right wisdom is divine wisdom. May the Lord grant our
heart desire for divine wisdom today in Jesus name Amen.
A. WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HUMAN WISDOM?
(i) We cannot know God by human wisdom. 1 Cor. 1:21
(ii) The world seeks after wisdom 1. Cor. 1:22
(iii) The wisdom of the world is foolishness to God 1 Cor. 1: -18-19,27
(iv) Worldly wisdom encourages competition, envy, jealousy and
strife Jer. 4:22; Rom. 1:22; Jam. 3:14-16.
B. HOW ABOUT DIVINE WISDOM?
(I) It is a gift from God. Ecc. 2:26;Dan.2:21
(II) God shows His might through His wisdom. Job. 36;5; Eph 3;10
(III) Divine wisdom is creative Ps. 104:24
(IV)It is pure, gentle and teachable. Jam. 3:17
C. HOW CAN I OBTAIN DIVINE WISDOM?
(I) Through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Cor. 1:30
(II) By fearing God or reverencing Him. Job. 28:28
(III) By asking from God. Jam. 1:5
(IV)Through the scripture, that is, the word of God 2. Tim. 3:15
CONCLUSION Our wisdom is not determined by how much
knowledge we possess. A man may be highly educated and yet never
know true wisdom. A wise man is the one who is able to make right
choices. He has a proper sense of values…'(George Sweeting).
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he story of every revival is always told long after it has passed.
Generations that have been involved in great revivals hardly
understood what was happening in their own time. But it is painful
that most revivals have not maintained their peak of favour over a
long period of time. In this study, we shall attempt to know i) What
is Revival? ii) Why Revival? Iii) What are the evidences (fruits) of
Revival.
1. WHAT IS REVIVAL? HAB. 1:;3:2-4; ACTS 2:1,2
Revival simply means “GOD CAME”. It could also be futuristic
“GOD COMES” Joel 2:28-32,. Revival takes place when heavens
move their headquarters to the earth to do some unbelievable
things.
2. WHY REVIVAL? JUDGES 2:7
(A) That the people may serve the lord.
(B) To counteract backsliding Judges 2:8-10
(C) To increase Missionary work Isa. 59:19
(D) To bring restoration to the Church Joel 2:24,2, Zech. 2:11
3. THE EVIDENCES OF REVIVAL
(A) Fresh Awakening and new sensitivity to sin
Isa. 44;3-,Num. 23:23, Mk. 7:20Mt. &:24-27
(B) Revival brings a new and deep consecration to God.
Eph. 4:23-30,;26-27, Heb . 12:14
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(C) Revival brings a fresh loyalty to the Church
Heb. 4:12, 2Tim. 2;15.
– Concern for Souls
– Insatiable appetite for God’s word
(D) Revival brings a new love for the brethren
Gal. 5:22-23, Acts 2:46-47
(E) Revival ushers in a new concern for the lost
Acts . 5:22-23, Mt. 22:10, Jer. 20:9
CONCLUSION
All these evidences of revival are here with us. May we receive
grace to understand and launch into the fullness of God’s
programmes for this movement.
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od made a covenant with Abraham and blessed him. Because
God is the everlasting God, He purpose that the blessings would
outlive Abraham. Consequently, God promised that through
Abraham’s seed’s, every nation on earth would be blessed.
1. SEED OF ABRAHAM
There are only two lineages in the whole would. Those who are
connected with the lineage of Abraham and those who are not.
Believers in Christ are seed of Abraham through Jesus Christ and
are automatically qualified for the blessings of Abraham.
Gal. 3:13-16, Gen. 12:2-3, 17:6,24:35, Gen. 28: 3-4, Ps. 72:17-18,
Gal. 3:8 Acts 3:25-26.
2. THE BLESSED ASSOCIATION
We are blessed because we are positively connected with
Abraham through our faith in Christ. But the question is who do you
associate with? If you associate with someone who is cursed, the
curse will also spread.
1 Cor. 5:11-13, 2 Thess. 3:6-7, Rm. 16:17, Jn. 9-11, 1 Cor. 15:33, 2
Kgs. 6:11-17, 5:27, Mt. 11:28-30, Rev. 3:20-21
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omebody defined SIN as SUCCESS IN NOTHING. It is even
more than that. But we do not bargain for success in nothing
(SIN). We are bound to be great this year of unlimited greatness.
If then we must be great. We need to understand what sin really is
so as to remove it from our ways , as the way to TRUE greatness
is a way free from sin. Apart from being anti- success/ greatness,
sin has devasting consequences. It enslaves people and
demands that they obey the flesh. It carries death as its wages. Rm. 6:6,
12, 20,23.
(A) SOME DEFINITIONS OF SIN
The Bible has sin in so many ways. Some of which include:
(i) Falling short of the glory of God. Rm. 3:23
(ii) It is lawlessness . 1 Jn. 5:17
(iii) All unrighteousness is sin. 1 Jn. 5:17
(iv) Knowing what is good and doing it not. Jam. 4:17
(v) Approving sins of others. Rm. 1:29-32
(B) REMEDIES FOR SINS
Jesus Christ has finished the work of salvation and redemption for
our sins on the cross of Calvary. His blood made atonement for our
sin. This is a great remedy for sin. Rm. 5:911. However, we have our
own parts to play;
(a) Place our faith in Jesus finished work of redemption and
accept Him as our personal Lord and Saviour. Rom. :1, 8:9,
Acts 16:31
(b) Confess and repent from every sin. 1 Jn. 1:7- 9, Prov. 28:13,
2 Ch. 7:14
(c) Cry out for grace to overcome temptation and sins. 1 Cor.
10:13, 2 Cor. 9:8
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ast week, in the first part of this series, we looked into the
definition of sin and remedies for it. Today, as we continue in
our series, may the lord Himself teach us His word and deliver
us from sin in Jesus Name.
1. NATURE OF SIN
Man is born conceived in sin. Every man born of woman has
the nature of sin from the youth. That is the reason you don’t
need to teach a child to sin. The nature of sin is already in him.
However, anyone born of God cannot live in sin because the
seed of God remains in him.
Gen. 3:6, Rm. 5:12, Ez. 18:4, Job 14:4, 15:14, Ps 1:, Gen.
6:5-6, 8:21, Mt. 2:28, 1 Cor. 1:3, Jn. 1: 12:13, 1 Jn. 1 :12-13, 1
Jn. 3:9, 5:18, 1 Pet. 1 :23.
2. WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE NATURE OF SIN
Believer in Christ must exercise their powers over the nature
of sin. Not only should they be dead to sin, they must also war
against it.
Rm. 7:17-19,23, 6:14, 2, Job 34:32, Rm. 8:13, Col. 3:3-5, Ps.
39:1, Prov. 8:13, Ps. 97:10, 34:14-16, Job 11:14-15.
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ne of the major concern in the church today is how to bring
back the people to God because there are a lot of superficial
relationship. Anybody who want to deal with God must have a
deep relationship with Him; hence this topic Back to Bethel.
Bethel as we all know was renamed by Jacob in Gen. 28:19.
What does Bethel stand for? It is a place of consecration ,
worship& meeting with God. May the Lord bless you as we
study together in Jesus name (amen).
(a) A PLACE OF CONSECRATION
Consecration is setting apart of yourself as an holy vessel for the
use of God.
11 Cor. 6:14-17, Acts 13:2, Gen. 35:2, 1 Cor. 3:16-17, Micah
4:13b, Lk. 8:2-3, John 4:34, John 8:29, Lk. 22:42, 1 Chro. 29, 11
Cor. 11:23-33, Rom.8:35.
(b) A PLACE OF WORSHIP
To worship means to reverence somebody, to adore, to love &
admire. God command us to worship Him, and this we should do
with reference & fear because He is holy. However, we should
guide against all those thing that can hinder our true worship in
order that our sacrifices might be acceptable to Him.
Ps. 29:2, Ps. 5:7, Haba 2:20, ps. 99:5, Rev. 4:10-11, Rev. 3:15-
16. Gen. 13:1-4 Ps. 107:22, Ps. 15:1-3.
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n part 1 of our series, we dealt with the fact that God wants us
to consecrate our lives, money and will to Him . And these we
are to do willingly and ruggedly. Also we were reminded about
the need for personal altar in order to receive fresh messages
and strength for the journey of life. Today, we shall be looking
at Bethel as a place of meeting with God. God intends to meet
with His people and expect a true and uninterrupted worship
from them. Hence the need for healing and deliverance because the
sick and the oppressed cannot worship as they ought to. It is our
prayer that as He sent out His word today you will be healed and be
delivered from all forms of oppression in Jesus Mighty name (Amen).
(a) A PLACE OF HEALINGS
God can heal all forms of sicknesses when consulted because
He is the healer.
I Pet. 2:24, Exo. 23:25, Deut. 7:15, Mat. 4:23, Mk. 5:25-26:34,
Jn. 5:2-8, Mat. 9:26, Acts. 3:1-8,Acts. 9:33-34.
(b) A PLACE OF DELIVERANCE
Physical ailment attracts healings while spiritual sicknesses
require deliverances.
Obadiah 1:17, 1 Sam. 1:7-8, Mat. 15:21-28,11 Kings 4:1-7,
Rom. 8:15, Prov. 3:24, Acts 4:12, Ps. 107:20, Isa. 49:24-26.
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dversity refers to trouble, misfortune or difficulties. Though
every believer would prefer to always live in prosperity, peace
and joy. Adversity or difficult times do feature in the life of the
Christian. As we begin this series, may the Lord give us
understanding in Jesus name, Amen.
A. ADVERSITY IS NOT AVOIDABLE
The wind of adversity blow strongly in every direction and
believers are sometimes faced with great challenges as well as
storms in their Christian race.
Eccl 3:1-4, Eccl 7:14, Is 43:1-3Job 1:13-19, Job 2:10, I
Sam30:1-6, Dan 3:20-22, Dan 6:16-17, Jam1:2-3
B. THE KEY TO VICTORY IS PROPER RESPONSE
When adversity comes, Christian are suddenly faced with
problems and pressure too big for them to resolve. The key to
ultimate victory lies in the way the believer responds to the
situation.
Prov 24:10, Lk 18:1 Ps 25:1-2, I Th 5:18, Job 1:20-10, 2 Cor
13:5a, Ps 139:23-24, Ps16:8-9, Job1:21
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n the first part of this study, we saw Paul identified Jesus Christ
as his Master, and we were able to understand the importance
of identifying one’s Master and hence how to render our
service unto Him. In today’s lesson we shall look at the life of
separation, as it affects anyone who will serve the Lord.
Separation is one of the words that we must understand as it
affects our Christian living. Your services unto God require a
life of separation.
1. SEPARATED FROM THE WORLD
Anyone who will faithfully serve the Master Jesus Christ must be
separated from the worldly inclinations. Light and darkness
should not be blended neither should righteousness and
unrighteousness be married together. The word of God says
“COME OUT”
II Cor. 6:14-18, I Cor. 3:16-17,6:18-20, Jn. 15:19, Eph. 5:11, II
Thess. 3:6
All demon, moral and physical uncleanness should be
renounced.
2 SEPARATED UNTO GOD
There must be a complete declaration for the Master by the
renewing of one’s mind through the word and be law abiding to
the Master. Rom. 12:2, II Tim. 2:4, Lk. 6:22-23, Ps. 119:115, Jn.
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17:15-17, Ps. 19:13; 141:3.
3 THE FINAL SEPARATION
The steps above will qualify one for the final separation that will
be done by the Master. We pray that the Almighty will count us
qualified in Jesus Name. Mt. 25:31-35, Mt. 13:30, Lk. 16:26
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THE SERVANT OF GOD (Co nt .)
ne of the messages taught the disciples by Jesus Christ on the
Mount is about the broad and narrows ways. The message came
in between others. He first mention the narrow way and its
characteristics before the board way was mentioned and its
Characteristics too
Both ways according to Jesus have gates leading to them. One
gate is strait while the other is wide. You have a choice on which of the
way you want to travel in. May God help you to make the right choice in
Jesus name
We shall look critically at the features of the two ways so that you can
examine yourself and see which way you belong.
FEATURES OF THE NARROW WAY.
1. The way leads unto life. Jesus Christ is the way that leads unto
life. John 14:6. It is rather the deceit of the devil to think there is
any other way unto life rather than Jesus. Several religious
leaders claim to know the way but we know no other way but
Jesus. 1 John 1:2; 5:12.
2. The gate is strait. The gate is not as wide as to contain two
people at the same time. Luke 13:24 says ‘we need to strive in
order to enter this gate’. Paul understood this statement too when
he said he kept his body under and anyone from entering.
Hebrews 12:1; Matthew 19:16-24.
3. Only few will find the way. In the days of Noah, only 8 people
made it into the Ark. Gen 7:13. Only Joshua and Caleb out of the
multitude that left Egypt to go to the Promised Land made it to the
Promised Land. Deuteronomy 2:35:38. There is a need to seek
this way.
THE TWO WAY TRAFFIC
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FEATURES OF THE BROAD WAY
The way is very broad as to accommodate every Dick, Tom and
Harry. The way to destruction is broad. Anything goes in this way.
1. The gate is wide. In some rich people’s house, you discover
that the gate that accommodates cars is different from
pedestrian gate. It is absolutely impossible to attempt driving
a car through the pedestrian gate.
2. The way is broad. It is a broad way that can accommodate
millions at the same time. The way of this world is broad.
Anything can go. The way to hell is very broad. Proverbs 12:15;
13:15
3. It leads to destruction. Due to the nature of this, destruction is
the lot of those who walk therein. Pro. 12:14 15:9. Destruction
physically and spiritually is always the portion of those who walk
in this way. It is the way of sin.
4. Many there goeth in. It is the way of disobedience and as a
result it can entertain many people. Jesus said many are call
few are chosen Matthew 22:9-14. A multitudes went out of
Egypt but only two entered the Promised Land. The rest could
not because of unbelief.
CONCLUSION. You have a choice to make today. If you desire
the narrow way, we shall meet there. But if you choose the
broad way we cannot see again.
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dolatry is not an occasional sin. It is an everyday occurrence. It
rules, and maintain a stronghold in our lives with a view to
enslave us. It is interesting to note that Christ doesn’t personally
destroy sin of idolatry and self within us. Rather, He points to
them, with a request and persuasion for us to tackle them. May
we receive grace from Him tonight to pull down all the idols in our
lives in Jesus name.
1. WHAT IS IDOLATRY?
Idolatry generally meant nature worship in one form or another. It is
an attempt by man to carve out for himself a peculiar god to whom it
ascribes his prosperity and misfortunes. It can also be the creation
of an image, which stood for Jehovah in worshipping something
else in addition to Jehovah.
1 Kg 14:7-9, 1 Kg 15:11-14, 2 Chro 22:2-3, Isa 6:1-3, 1 Cor 10:14,
Col 3:5
2. THE IDOL OF LUST
Sin committed in the sanctuary and outside it will be punished. Exo
25:1-13, Exo 34:12-14, 2 Thes2:3-4 Rom 6:23.
There should be no relationship with the ungodly; disobedience to
God’s word will bring sudden destruction. God will only make
covenant of peace with anyone who would destroy the idol.
2 Cor 6:16-17, James 1:15, Isa 52:11, Oro 29:1, 1 Cor. 5:11-13,
2Cor 36:15-16, Mal 2:4-5
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hen God sees an idol within us, He expects us to respond by
demolishing it completely. Any slightest intention of ever using
them again will spell doom. The idol of rebellion and pride are the
most potent ones the devil uses to derail a Christian. May the
Lord deliver us from these idols as we study today, in Jesus
Name.
1. THE IDOL OF REBELLION
Rebellion goes hand in hand with witchcraft. It sponsors you to
disobey God and have a headlong collision with Him. It promotes
you to spite and deride everything about God. It is anti-God.
Rebellion moves you to doubt God and belittles God ability.
Deut. 9:7, Num 16:28-33, 2 Sam 18:9-14, Exo 15:24, 1 Cor. 10:10
2. THE IDOL OF PRIDE
Pride is the tendency for a man to lift or think himself higher than he
is. A proud man is an enemy of God. Pride goeth before
destruction. God abhors pride. An haughty man will not find favour
before God. Pride is a destroyer; it does not spare its owner. Prov
16:18, 1 Tim. 3:6, Prov29:23-24.
It involves disrespect for leaders, murmuring and refusal to take
instructions from authority. A proud man is the only “right” man,
everyone else is wrong. Gal 3:1, Num 14:9-12, 1 Sam 15:23, Gal
5:7-8. Pride is a sickness of the heart Mk 7:21-33. It defiles.
Eventually, God will become an enemy to a proud man.
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he World in the physical sense refers to the Earth, the people on it
and it various political boundaries. But from our text and for the
purpose of this study, “The World” refers to the people on earth
and the System of the world. The established cultural practices,
norms and value systems that are at variance with the will of God.
We shall identify some of these practices and the will of God
concerning them.
What is the Main purpose of Man on earth? Eccl 1v1 -18, Eccl. 12 v
13, Rev. 4v10
Man and everything on earth were created primarily for the
pleasure of God. God expect worship and praises from Man. No
wonder the first commandment among the ten is “Thou shall have
no other gods before me Ex. 20v1-6.
The main goal of the man that Love the world 2Tim 3v1-9. Rom
12v1-2
Those who love the world are out to please men. They do this by
engaging in the practices of the world even when this is explicitly
against God’s ordinance. They find justification for their actions by
quoting the scripture upside down.
Polygamy e.g. King David
Corruption “Give onto Ceasar what is Ceasar”
Acquisition of wealth
Eating of things sacrificed to idols (1 Corinthians 10 v 20)
“ LOVE NOT THE WORLD”
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Fornication l Corthians 6v18
Music and sexuality
Fashion and style (Naked dressing)
1 Corthians 6 v 20, 1 Corthians 10 : 31, l Tim. 2 v 9
· Children of God are not of this World (Jn. 17:15-16,Jn.15;18-19)
Children of God cannot love the World , because friendship with
the world is enmity with God James 4v4. The requirement for the
kingdom of God are Holiness, Love of God, patience, meekness
and mercy Col3v12. Children of God must put off Anger, Wrath,
Malice, Blasphemy, filthy communication.
How to Recognise those who love the world
– By the word that proceed out of their mouth
– Pleasure of life
– Talkativeness
– Ostentatious living
– Lack of foresight 1 Jn. 4v5-6
– Envying Rom 13 : 12-13.
CONCLUSION:
Let us examine ourselves and see if we are living to the Glory of
God or we are just pleasing men or conforming to the system of the
world.
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iscipleship begins when you get born again-As a follower of
Christ you take Him as your Teacher and Model and strive to be
like Christ – Mk. 11:29, Rm. 8;29, Jn. 10:27-28.
(1) THE CHARACTER TRAITS OF A DISCIPLE
(a) Hearing the Master and following Him – Jn. 10:27.
(b) Willing to forsake anything in order to follow the Master Mt.
4:19,22.
(c) Always available Acts 9:10
(d) Obedient Acts 9:10
(e) Holy conversation and living l Pt. 1:15-16
(f) Humility l Pt 5:6
(2) CAPABILITY OF A DISCIPLE
(a) He is able to personally hear from God Acts 9:10
(b) Win Soul for Christ
(c) Preach with results Acts 2:40-41
(d) Perform Miracles Acts 8;5-8.
(e) Disciple and train new and young converts Rm. 12:1-4.
(f) Grow and become fruitful
(g) Pray and be transformed in character, conduct and live like his
Master e.g Paul rm. 7;15-25, James, John (love)
(3) PRICE OF DISCIPLESHIP
No true discipleship is without a price. They are
(a) Self-denial- Mt. 16:24,19:21-22
(b) Abandon of one’s will for Christ -1 kg. 19-20
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Text: 1 Corinthians3:16-17
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(c) Inconvenience Acts 10:10, 19-21.
(d) A life of consecration to one’s God
Mt. 6;23, Ex. 28:3-41, 29:9, Mic. 4
(e) Cross- bearing-Mt- 10:38, Lk. 14:27
(f) Separation from the world practice 1 Jn. 2;16.
(4) GOALS OF DISCIPLESHIP
(a) To translate precepts and principles received into practice and
lifestyle
(b) To conform with the ideal of their Master
(c) To aspire not only to be like the Master but also to do exactly
the work He does.
CONCLUSION:-
Are you a disciple? what is your aspiration as a disciple of Christ?
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very human being needs and desire to be happy. Material
possession alone cannot bring happiness; there were rich and
wealthy people who died as lonely men or women. Happiness is
achieved when there are purpose, peace, love and compassion.
1. PURPOSE
(a) What is the purpose of man? John 8;14; John 14:6
(b) You need somebody to have everlasting happiness. Who is that
person? John 3:16
(c) Why? Rom. 8:16
God made us for Himself and our hearts are restless without the
maker. We are God’s children and heirs. The wrong type of purpose
is that which I only tied to life achievement on earth. For whatever it is
worth, it leads to death. The right purpose is to identify with Christ, be
on the side of God and allow him to guide you.
2. PEACE:
We need peace because the world offers fear, guilt, confusion
loneliness, need and tension.
IN CHRIST, We have: i) Matt 28:20 (ii) Rom. 8:37-39 (iii) Mk 9:23
(iv) Rom. 8:33
3. LOVE AND COMPASSION: True happiness is provided by love and
compassion of Jesus Christ. To have love and compassion for others
is true happiness.
CONCLUSION: You can only have happiness when you have Jesus
and you entrusted your whole being into His hand. And you also
show love to others.
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Text: Romans 8:1-7
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bedience is a weapon that empowers us to be fulfilled in life and
ministry. God honours those who honour Him in Obedience by
leading them to their rest. Gideon, a man whose clan was so
insignificant and weak , and who was nobody to be reckoned with
in this family, was fulfilled in defeating the Midianites, by his
simple act of Obedience.
Obedience is like a compass which shows the direction that would
lead you to our fulfillment in life.
1. WHAT IS OBEDIENCE?
It is doing what you are told to do. When you are told to do it and how
you are told to do it. Half- Obedience (Rev. 3:16) is worse than
disobedience (1 Sam. 15:23). There is no half measure with God,
you are either totally for Him or totally against Him.
2. BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE FULFILLED THROUGH
OBEDIENCE
(a) Joseph Gen. 39:1-3; 6-12:20-23;41-43
(b) Widow of Zarephath 1kings 17:9-15
(c) Joshua Jos. 1:6-8;5;6:2;10:12-15
(d) Peter Mk. 16:17-18; Acts3:1-18
3. OBEDIENCE IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS LEAD TO
FULFILLMENT
(a). In Love: Mk. 12:28-31;Rom. 13:8-11; Genuine love bears other
people’s burdens Rom. 12:13
(b). In Prayer: 1Thess. 5:17:Eph. 6:18
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(c). In Evangelism: Mk. 16:15-16. The best way to lay treasure in
heaven is to get your converts there.
(d). In Worship Ps. 150;1-6
(e). In Holiness: Heb. 12;14; Rom. 12:1-2
(f). In Giving: II Corin. 9:6-11
(g). In Spiritual Gifts and Callings: 1 Corin12:7-11, Eph.4:11-13.
CONCLUSION
Whenever we obey God, He is pleased with us. Obedience shows
our level of determination to reach our goals and God always
intervene to make sure we arrive. He has done it before, He is Still
doing it and He will do it again
NOTE:
If you ignore Obedience, you can be sure fulfillment will elude will
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(Co nt .)
onight, we want to possess the tongues of fire through revival
from Heaven. We shall study the meaning of revival, example of
past revival, reason for it and steps to take in getting revived.
Lord, it is our prayer that you will revive us mightily today in Jesus
Name Amen.
(1) WHAT IS REVIVAL?
Revival is a re-awakening of religious favour. It is nothing else than
a new beginning of obedience to God. The first step in the case of a
converted sinner, is a deep repentance, a breaking down of heart
with deep humility (heart contribution) for sins hitherto committed
and a forsaking of the same Prov. 28:13. it is also raising to rebuke,
improve and instruct in righteousness 2 Tim. 3:16.
(2) EXAMPLES OF PAST REVIVALS
The Lord has always had his special messenger sent out when
there was moral lawlessness, decline in spiritual health, political
helplessness, societal decadence and economic bankruptcy either
of a nation or church. In Bible days, men like Elijah, Jeremiah and
Ezekiel and others were used by God to cause revival.
(a) Elijah – 1 King 18:45
(b) Jeremiah – Jere 1:10, 31:1
© Ezekiel – Ezekiel 37:10.
(3) REASON FOR REVIVALS: Reasons for revival can be endless. A
revival is needed when:
(a) There is lack of brotherly love and Christian confidence
among professors of religion.
(b) There are wordliness in the church, evil speakings and
heartless of heart.
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(c) There are church members falling into scandalous sins,
and grossly indifferent to the cry of the lost.
(d) The spiritual giants are fast becoming giant sleepers.
(e) A church lifter has lost the confidence of his people.
(f) Sinners are rejoicing in their unrighteousness and no believer
seems to be bothered.
(g) Homes are disintegrating, marriages are daily hitting the
rocks and holy vows broken unfulfilled and rottenness
pervates the whole society.
(h) A nation is what it is today – Isaiah 1:5-6.
4. STEPS TO REVIVAL: For revival to be effective, a definite plan
must be followed.
(a) There must be a desire for revival leads to genuine
repentance born of a deep contrition in the heart Isa. 57:15
(b) There must be humility to break up the fallow of your heart
Hosea 10:12 brokenness in the spirit is essential.
(c) No revival without the fire of prayer your prayer to be
at peak.
CONCLUSION:
Brethren, our God is the God of Revival, He can revive you and
also use you to revive your family, home, church and entire
nation. Psalm 43:8b says Blessed is the man that trusted Him.
Trust Him today for your revival and it shall come to pass in Jesus
name. Amen.
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deep study of the Bible shows that many things don’t just happen
without a foundation that is established for such to occur. This
foundation that may have been established several years ago
can then be referred to as the connection linking the past with the
present. In like wise manner when man was first created, he has
direct connection with God. This is so because he has the image
of God, God gave him dominion over all things and God was his
friend Gen. 1:27-30. Among all the creatures, it was only man God had
fellowship with.
Connection with God and his blessing could arise as result of:
1. GENEALOGY:
The Blessings a man enjoys today could be as a result of
Connection by genealogy. From our Bible Text we can see that God
is interested in genealogy. If we trace the parentage of our Lord
Jesus Christ, we can see that he is from the root of David and David
is from the root of Judah. Judah was one of Jacobs Children who
won the heart of Jacob so much that he pronounce blessing on him
and promote him above his brethren Gen. 49:8-9. From the above
we can see that we as individual today can do something that will
gladden Gods heart and he will pronounce blessing on us that will
last from generations to generations and we by our actions too can
bring curses on children yet unborn. Matt. 27:24-25. Another
example is Isreal. The Bible says Isreal is going to be a leading
Nation in the world. This is so because they are connected with
Abraham whom God blessed Gen. 12:1-3.
THE JESUS CONNECTION
Text: Mat. 1:1-16, Mal. 3:7
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2. COVENANTS:
A covenant can be described as an agreement or promise between
two people to do or not to do something. God made a covenant with
Abraham which also extend to his children and their children
children. This covenant is a very strong connection the Israelites are
having with God uptill today Isreal has with God. So each time they
need something from God they will always tell him. God remembers
your covenant with our fathers Gen 17:28
3. COVENANTS CAN BE ESTABLISHED BY:
(a) Blood: Hebrew 13:12, Lev 17:11, Mark 14:24
(b) Sex: 1 Corinthians 6:16
(c) By Participation: 1 Corinthians 10:20
(d) Ancestral Curses
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THE JESUS CONNECTION (c o nt .)
Spiritual rebirth takes place at redemption and then one is said to
be born again. This spiritual rebirth means we’ve been given a
new life in Christ, which means the nature of god (i.e. divine
nature) has been planted into us. We then become associated
with God and are called gods (PS. 82:6), we automatically have
some basic right attached to the new birth.
1. RIGHT TO DIVINE HEALTH AND HEALING: 111 John 2
Our Lord Jesus Christ carried our sorrows, pains, and sicknesses
at the cross of Calvary so we are not supposed to carry them any
longer. Isa. 53:4-5. However this refers to every aspect of our lives
not physical health alone. Other areas include mental, spiritual,
emotional and financial.
2. RIGHT TO DOMINION Col. 2:15 Gen.1:26-27
The dominion given to man at creation was lost as a result of sin but
restored at redemption. Luke 10:18 -19. The devil has been placed
under our feet. Phil.2:5
3. RIGHT TO HOLINESS Obadiah 1:17; Matt. 5:48
We have been given the power to be perfect and live holy lives. It is
our possession Rom 6:14. This is important from the following
passages: Matt 5:8, Heb. 12:14;1 Thess. 5:23; Rom. 6:23
4. RIGHT TO THE THRONE Rom. 8:12-17
As sons of God, we are heirs to the throne and so have some
BIRTH RIGHT
Text: Romans 8:28-39
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privileges such as:-
a. Standing uncondemned before God – Rom. 8:1
b. Having His righteousness and access to the throne of grace
11 Cor. 5:21, – Heb.4:6.
c. Needs being met – Phil. 4:19
d. Access to His rest – Heb. 4:1
e. Ability to do all things – Phil. 4:13
CONCLUSION
God has given us all that pertain to life and godliness so we cannot
lack any good thing. 11 Pet. 1:3-4. What do you need, you have a
right to receive it, so just claim it.
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he source of sickness and affliction is Satan, though the causes
are many, the principal cause being sin. (Job 2:7; Jn. 8:44;
10:5:14). Satan (Lk. 10:18) is referred to by many names,
showing his nature and evil works. He is called Accuser (Rev.
12:10) Adversary (1 Pet. 5:8) Abaddon or Apollyon (Rev. 9:11)
Beelzebub (Mt. 12:24) Dragon (Rev 12:3) Fathers of lies (Jn
8:44) liar (Jn. 8:44) Lucifer (Is. 14:12) God of this world (2 Cor.
4:4) Old Serpent (Rev. 12:9) Prince of this world (Jn. 14:30) Prince of the
devils, Prince of power of the air (Mt 12:24; Eph. 2:2) Ruler of darkness
(Eph. 6:12) Sinner (1 Jn. 3:8). And Murderer (Jn. 8:44).
Note: CHRIST and all Christian have power over the devil and his
works (Lk. 10:18-20;9:1; Eph. 1:17-23; 3:14-20; 1Jn. 3:8).
BUT YOU CAN’T BE MASTER OF SATAN IF YOU ARE HIS
SLAVE!
Evil spirits, devil or demons also assist satan in its destructive work
on human bodies. They possess people and cause: dumbness and
deafness (Mt. 9:32-33, Mk. 9:25-27) blindness (Mt. 12:22) grievous
vexation and torments (Mt15:22) lunacy and mania). Mt.
4:24;17:14-21; Mk. 5:1-18; Lk. 9:38-42) suicide (Mt. 17:15; Jn.
10:10; Mk. 5:1-18) false prophecy (1 Sam. 18:8-10; Acts. 16:16).
One or many can inhabit one person (Acts 19:16; Mk 5:22; Lk. 8:2;
Mk. 5:5-9). They enter through sin, consulting with familiar spirits,
palm-reading, magic, witchcraft, fortune- telling, hypnotism, etc. or
through failure to resist them.(Jn. 5: 14; 1 Sam. 16:14,15; 1 Pet.
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5:8,9; Eph. 4:27; Mt. 12:44,45; Ja. 4:7). If you open your heart to
devil practices, he will quickly take advantage of such surrender.
And as long as you have any of the devil property, he will stay around
to guard them. If you want deliverance, burn them all.
Jesus frequently healed the sick by rebuking the devil or casting out
the spirit who caused the sickness. Mt. 4:23,24; Mt 8:28-34;9:32,33
10:1,8; 12:28,29; 17:14-21; Acts10:38. See also Acts 8:5-8; He did it
by the Spirit of God (12:28,29;Acts 10:38) and the same Spirit dwells
in us. Rom 8:11; 1 Cor 6;19. We can do ALL the deliverance work
Jesus did by using the name of Jesus in Prayer. Mk 16:17,18;Lk 10:
18-20; Lk9:1; Jn14:12-14; Mt 18.18,19.
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ur Lord Jesus Christ spoke this parable to his disciple to illustrate
what great commission they are called into. It shows what their
responsibilities are, what is expected of them, what authority is
given to them and the consequence of falling in their
responsibility. May the Holy spirit teach us as we study in Jesus
name. Amen.
1. Responsibilities of a Believer:
In the parable, the noble man commanded his servant to “occupy till I
come”. This signifies that he has vacated certain position or seat for
his servant and he expect them to act in his stead. Like wise our Lord
Jesus Christ expect we believers to perform those functions he
performed while he was on earth (Mt 28:18-20).
2. During his earthly ministry the Bible records that he was;
– Teaching : Matthew 5:1-2
– Healing : John 9 V 25
– Evangelizing Matthew 10:5-9, Rom 10:14-17
– Praying : Luke 22:40-44
– Deliverance : Luke 8 v 27-33
– Signs and wonders and many more : John 21:25
All these are what he expect believers to do in his absence.
3. Authority of a Believer:
Authority can be described as the enabling power that is necessary
for the accomplishment of a responsibility. Once there is
responsibility there must be authority to back it up. The noble man
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Luke 19:11-27
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gave his servant varying amount of Talents according to what he
expect of them with clear instruction to “Occupy till I come” Likewise
our Lord Jesus Christ gave us power and clear instruction of what to
do with it. Luke 9:1-2, Mk28:18-20, Lk16:15-18.There is a measure
of God’s gift in every believer which he expect us to use for his work
and Glory 1corth 12:4-12. How are you using God;s gift in your Life?
CAUTION:
Believers must beware of three possible dangers ahead:
– The Danger of not doing the job Lk 19:20-24
– The Danger of doing the job wrongly 1 Corth 3:10-15 we must be
careful the way we build on the foundation
– Danger of double standard Matt 5:19. Christians must lead by
example
CONCLUSION:
We must continually perform a self evaluation of our lives to make
sure we are doing what is expected of us, because the owner of the
Job will soon return and we shall all give account of our stewardship
IPet 4:11.
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hen we talk about rekindling the Fire, It suggests we are referring
to a particular kind of Fire “The Pentecostal Fire”. This is
sometimes referred to as “Holy Ghost Fire”. “Holy Ghost
Baptism” Acts 1:5 and Pentecostal fire because it belongs to God
and it first came on the Apostles on the Day of Pentecost,
Scientifically, fire represents a form of energy conversion that
produces heat. In similar vein the Holy Ghost Fire is a deposition
of a measure of Gods power on to his own children. This was the
experience of the early Apostles (Acts 2:2-4), with whom they were able
to work signs and wonders. Ours should not be different but greater. May
the Holy Spirit teach us as we study.
1. WHO NEEDS THE FIRE?
Our Lord Jesus Christ was always drumming it to the hearing of his
disciples that “without me you can do nothing” – John15:5. In this
wise we need the Holy Ghost Fire for:
– Power to witness, to move mountains – Acts 1:8
– To be able to keep the statute of God – John 14:20
– Power to overcome the wiles of the devil and for sign and
wonders. – Heb 2:4
– For Liberty – Isaiah 61:1
2. REKINDLING
To rekindle means to start afresh or to increase the burning rate.
This means that once upon a time, the fire was burning and for one
reason or the other, it died out. It is an indication that something has
gone wrong. If we must rekindle the Fire, then we must look for the
REKINDLING THE FIRE
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cause of the going out. Here we are talking about restoring the
power of God in his children. Some known causes of the
extinguished Pentecostal Power are:
(a) Carelessness – Matthew 26:41
Many of us become careless as soon as the power of God
begins to manifest in our lives. Yet , the word of God says
clearly in Matthew 26:41 that we should watch and pray that we
may not enter into temptation. Example is in the death of a
careless prophet 1King 13:11-18 . By the time many of us
succeed in healing somebody headache, we then relax,
thinking we have gotten there and there is no need for prayer
and fasting again.
(b) Comfort:
Many at times when we are in need of something from God, we
are ready to go to any length in prayer. But immediately those
needs are met we sit back and give less attention to things of
God. This of course make us prone to temptation and possibly
falling. We see examples of this with king David who was
relaxing at home when he was supposed to be at war 2Sam
11:1-25.

(c) Overconfidence – 1Corinthians 10:12, Mk14:30
(d) Outright sin – Isaiah 59:1-2: Its often said in some quarters
once your are born again you can sin as many times as
possible all you need do is just ask for forgiveness. This is a lie
of the Devil because the Bible say he that sinneth is of the Devil
and the power of God can never operate in devil’s property 1
John3:8.
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(e) Oil Leakage Matthew 25:8-12:
As long as there is oil in the clay the light will continue to burn.
Jesus demonstrated this by going into fervent prayer even
immediately after miracles Lk 6:10-12. Many times after sign
and wonders we are tired and we prayed the general prayer
and go to sleep.
Conclusion:
From the foregoing, it is obvious that the most dangerous
things that can happen to a man is to once have the Fire
burning in him and not to have it any more. The devil will make
such a man an easy prey. So why don’t you pray now for God
to keep his Penticostal Fire Burning in you.
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he inhabitants of a place are people who live in that place and
their life is affected by what goes on there. The inhabitants of
God’s Holy hill are people who will not be sick in any form and
whose iniquity are forgiven. Isaiah 33:24. God’s Holy Hill is a
place of meeting with God. Exodus 19:1-6.
WHO CAN INHABIT GOD’S HOLY HILL?
This is a question that only the owner (Landlord) of the hill can answer
Ps. 15:1. people who will inhabit (Abide) are people.
(a) who walk uprightly – Ps. 15:2
(b) who work righteously – Ps. 15:2
(c) Who backbiteth not – Ps. 15:3,Num. 16:3,11 and 27-32
(d) Who does no evil to his neighbor – Ps. 15:3,1 Sam. 1:6-7
(e) Who take no reproach against his neighbor – Ps.15:3, 1Sam.1:6-7
(f) Who speaks out against sin and confronts those who are doing it
Ps. 15:4, Acts 5:1-10.
(g) Who commends faithful followers of the Lord. – Ps.15:4.
Ph. 2:25-30.
(h) Who are promise keeper. – Ps 15:4, Jg11:31-35.
(i) Who does not crush those who own him money – Ps. 15:5
(j) Who does not lie against the innocent. – II Kings 5:21-22.
CONCLUSION
The visa for entry into God’s Holy Hill has been examined. Do you have
them? If not pray that God will help you to qualify for His Holy Hill.
Text: Ps. 15, Isaiah 33:14-17
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emptation is one of the experience a child of God should and will
encounter. No one is above temptation but one can have victory
over temptation. We cannot stop temptation from coming but we
can stop ourselves from yielding. Being tempted is not a sin but
yielding to temptation is sin. Our Lord Jesus Christ had victory
over the temptations he faced. We can also have victory over
those temptations facing us.
1. WHAT IS TEMPTATION
Temptation is one nudging or enticement to do evil or anything
contrary to God’s will or standard. It is a strong persuasion to do
something wrong. Devil is the source of all temptations Matt. 4:1.
Trial is different from temptation. James 1:23. Trials is meant to build
us up while temptations pull us down.
2. METHODS OF TEMPTATION
Satan uses subtle and divers methods to tempt Christians. This can
be identified from the following passages. Prov. 1:10, Matt.
16:22&23, Job2:9-10, 1 John 2:14-16; 1 Tim 6:8-9. Gen. 39:7
3. HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATIONS
i. By relying on the faithfulness of God. 1 Corin. 10:13; Heb. 2:18
ii By using the word of God appropriately. Matt.4:1-11; Ps. 119:11
iii. By praying personally. Matt. 26:41; Eph. 6:18
iv By resisting. James 4;7; Say NO to the devil.
v. By fleeing or avoiding every appearance of evill. II Tim. 2:22; 1
Thess. 5:22; Prov. 4:14-15; Psalm `1:1
CONCLUSION
Overcoming temptation strengthens a Christian’s faith and
testimony. He grews stronger to resist other temptation and his
obedience to God is confirmed. Live in the spirit always ; use the
word of God to overcome temptation and praise the lord for the
possibility of victory.
OVERCOMING TEMPTATION
Text: James 1:1-16
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child of God is a different being because he is dead yet he lives.
He becomes dead to the affairs of this world but his Father who
rose from dead, he rises and lives to the lord. May the best
teacher Himself teach us as we learn in Jesus name, Amen.
1. What is heavenly affection: Col. 3:1-2
2. How can we set affection in Heaven ?
a. abstaining from fleshly lusts. 1 Pet. 2:11
b. Mortifying its members Col. 3:5-8,Rom.8:13
c. Putting on the new man Col. 3:9-12
d. Forebearing and forgiving Col. 3:13
e. Live Holy Rom.12:1-2, Heb. 12:14
f. Be obedient 1 Sam. 15:22, Josh. 1:7-8
g. By Praises and worship Acts. 16:25-29,
CONCLUSION: Our heavenly father requires constant
fellowship with us even while we are still in this world, which often
starts with appreciation of all about him. It is therefore necessary
to set our affection in heaven, if we must make it at the end.
Text: Col. 3:1-17.
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he everlasting Almighty God knows his own people i.e the
righteous. The people of God are those keeping the
commandment of God. Almighty God knows and called them by
their individual names both in offices, farms and also in the time
of trouble. May the Holy Spirit teach us better in Jesus mighty
name “Amen”.
The true people of God are also recognised by the evil spirit as the saints
(Acts 19:15) and possesses the same attributes as God himself. Acts
19:15, Amos 9:3, John 15:14, John10:3
ATTRIBUTES /QUALITIES OF THE TRUE PEOPLE OF GOD
1 They enjoy fellowshipping together with the people of God
2 They are lovers of righteousness and holiness (Hebrew
st 12:14,1 John 2:29)
3 They live a blameless life
4 They are committed and dedicated to the things of God (John
8:31, 1 Cor 15:58, 2 Tim 3:14)
5 They are true worshippers who worship God in spirit and in
Truth
6 They keep to God’s commandment absolutely (Joshua 1:8, 1
John 2:3-5)
7 They are peculiar people (1 Peter 2:9)
8 Their focuses and goal is heaven. Their hope is eternal life and
eternal glory (Heb. 10:10,16)
THE LORD KNOWETH HIS OWN
Text: Psalm 1:6
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9 They does not Compromise with sin
10 They are people with great faith in the Lord
11 They are always willing to do the worthy in the sight God (John
9:4)
12 People of God suffers persecution and trials for eternal glory
(2 Tim 2:10, Matthew 10:21&22)
13 They always follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, Love,
patience, meekness, charity and desire spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 14)
14 Their names are written clearly in the book of life
CONCLUSION
Evidence abound that this world is old and will soon pass away
2Tim 3:1-5. Do the lord know you as his own? Remember Rev.
20:12-15
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victor is a winner in a battle while victory means success in a
battle or contest, achieved by gaining MASTERY over one’s
opponent(s). To be victorious according to the Bible is to know
Jesus and to be in Him. For anybody that is in Christ is a new
creature (II Cor 5:17) i.e. a born victor. To have Jesus is to have
victory because all the fullness of God dwells in him (Col. 2:9).
Christians have victory today through the wonderful name of
Jesus, His Blood, Death, Resurrection and through His ascension (Eph
4:8).
Some of the things that a Christian have victory upon are:
1. VICTORY OVER SIN
We have victory over sin because whosoever that is born of God
commit no sin for Jesus was made to be sin so that we might be the
righteousness of God in Him. Matt 5:48, Heb 12:14, I John 3:8-10,
Jn8:34 &44, 1 Jn 5:18
2. VICTORY OVER FLESH
A Christian is no more under the control of the flesh again when he is
born again, because his/her spirit is now born or renewed unto God
and so the works of the flesh have no way to manifest, but instead the
fruit of the spirit. Gal. 5:17-24, Prov. 25:28, James3:2; 1:26.
3. VICTORY OVER THE WORLD
Jesus over came the world and give unto us the victory. Therefore he
says be of good cheer. Jn 16:33; 1 Jn5:4-5. Ps. 44:5; Mal. 4:3.
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4. VICTORY OVER PRIDE
Devil been the arch angel of the Almighty God before, fell because of
pride. For this purpose, Jesus came down to destroy the work of the
devil of which pride is one. Today spiritual pride is hindering the flow
of anointing. We should all learn from our leader Jesus the main
victor. Phil 2:5-11, Prov. 11:2,8:13; 16:19;23, Isaiah 57:15, Matt.
18:4, James 4:6.
5. VICTORY OVER THE DEVIL AND HIS HOSTS
The Lord Christ conquered the devil and death and thereby gave us
victory over them once and for all. Lk 10:19, Mk 16:17-18, Eph. 4:8,
1 Cor 15:55-56
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very believer has a responsibility of ministering in the household
of faith. A Christian Steward has a duty to live his whole life to the
glory of God, preach the gospel and serve fellow believers
willingly. He administers spiritual blessing, comfort and
edification.
1 WHAT IS CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP?
It is a voluntary and sacrificial service rendered by genuine children
of God to the body of Christ with a sole desire to satisfy and please
God. Acts 8:26-40.
2. WAYS IN WHICH A CHRISTIAN STEWARD CAN BE INVOLVED
IN THE BODY OF CHRIST ARE NUMEROUS. Few among them
are teaching Acts 6:4, Singing in the choir, Ushering, Caring for the
sick, Helping members who are in trouble Acts 6:1-3, Warning and
Counselling backsliders and young converts, Visiting the sick etc.
3. ESSENTIAL QUALITIES REQUIRED TO BE A CHRISTIAN
STEWARD
– Holiness Is. 52:11
– Faithfulness I Cor. 4:2
– A challenging life with good character I Thess. 2:10
– A life of prayer Gen. 24:12-15
– Hard- Working and diligent Luke 12:42, II Pet. 1:10
CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP
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4. REWARD OF FAITHFUL STEWARD
– Ruler and Administrator of God’s household Lk 12:42, 44
– Receive the blessing of God Lk. 12:43
UNFAITHFUL STEWARD
– Will be cut in sunder and be with the unbeliever (Hell)
Lk. 12:46, Mt. 25:30, Mt. 25:41
– Will be beaten with many stripes. Lk. 12:47
CONCLUSION
A Christian steward has a fixed heart dedicated to carry out God’s
given assignment and must strive for EXCELLENCE in his
services, as a result, no duty is too small to undertake and no
sacrifice will be too much to make.
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verybody has the choice to live his/her life in conformity to a
particular person who is his mentor. There are reward for every
way of life either good or bad a person chooses to live. King
Hezekiah lived a David- like life which please the LORD (2 Chro.
29:2) but some kings like Zimri, Omri and Ahab lived a Jeroboam
like life which is evil in the sight of the LORD (I kings 16:17-
18,30). Today, we will examine the BEST life someone can live
and the way you can live it.
1. CHRIST- LIKENESS (MEANING)
The road to perfection is by being Christ- like and going the extra
mile to do everything especially in service and love Mt. 25:1-13. It is
having the mind of Christ. Phil. 2:5
2. WAYS YOU CAN BE CHRIST- LIKE
1. To be Christ like in affection and compassion. I Pt. 3:8, Mt. 14:14-
15, Mk. 1:41, Mk. 8:1-8.
2. To be Christlike with unbelievers. LK. 19:1-7, Jn. 4:6-30
3. To be Christlike with believers.
4. To be Christlike in loving God. Jn. 14:15
5. To be Christlike in our conducts I Tim 4:12
6. To be Christlike in our words. Js 3:2, Prov. 17:28
7. To be Christlike in temptation. Heb. 4:14-16, Mt. 4:1-11
CONCLUSION:
God want you to live a life that is Christlike which the world can
read, feel, see and know that Christ truly lives in you. Hence, the
world will be drawn near unto him for salvation and deliverance.
LIVING A CHRIST- LIKE LIFE
Text: Matthew 5:38-48
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he promised land is a place of rest. It is a land flowing with milk
and honey. Our promise is the fulfilment of the purpose of God in
our lives. The promised land could also be likened to a green
pasture. The promise land is the final destination of everyman.
But not everybody gets to the promised land, (The place, God
desires that you should be) May the Holy Spirit teaches us as we
study at the feet of the LORD. Amen.
1 THOSE THAT GOT TO THE PROMISED LAND
A. Joseph:- Gen. 37:5-9, 41:39-44,42:6-9.
B. David:- Gen. 5:12,7:1.
C. Jacob:- Gen. 28:12-15
D. Paul:- Acts 9:15, 17:17-18,24:24-25.
E. Enoch :- Gen. 5:21-24
2 HOW TO GET THERE?
A. Patience :- II Kgs 2:1-15
B Abstain from sin and lust :- Gen. 39:7-10
C Determination
D Obedience
E An Overcoming desire and Spirit :- Prov. 24:10
3 THOSE THAT DID NOT GET THERE
A. Gehazi :II Kgs. 5:20-27
B. Moses :- Deut. 4:21-22
C. Samson :- Judges 16:30-31
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Text: Genesis 12:1-20
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D. Anannias and Sapphira :- Acts 5:- 1-10
4 OBSTACLES ON THE WAY
A Hatred :-Gen. 37:1-20
B. Discouragement and Giants :- Num. 13:25-32
C. Persecution
D. Worldly desire and lust :- II Sam 11:11-27, Ii Kgs 5:20-27
CONCLUSION
Every human being has a promise land that God had destined for
him. It is now left for an individual to discover his promise land. Also,
to overcome all obstacles on his way to the promise land. Have you
promise land :. Are you ready to get there?
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n the beginning when God created man. He gave him dominion
over all things both living and none living. Until the tempter came,
and man fell to his temptation and ever since then ,the tempter
has gotten easy access to man to tempt him with evils at will.
Today we shall study the diverse ways of access of the tempter
and how to overcome such. May the Holy Spirit teach us in Jesus
name. Amen.
1. TEMPTATION:
Temptation can be described as an evil suggestion to do that, which
is contrary to the will of God Gen 3:1-5. The person being tempted
has the option to reject or accept the suggestion.
2. WHY GOD ALLOWS TEMPTATION.
Because man wilfully surrendered his power of dominion to
satan in the garden of Eden by giving in to the temptation of
satan.
As a prove of our faith: As ever since the above incident, any one
that must be promoted to heaven (God’s dwelling place) must
be an overcomer Heb 2:14 i. e overcome the world (the whims
and caprices of the Devil) James 1:3.
That the name of the lord may be glorified.
As an example to believer. James 5:10, 1 Peter2:21, Jude 1:7, 1
Corinthians 10: 8-10.
3. MOTIVE OF THE TEMPTER:
The motives of the tempter can be summarized as follows.
MAN & TEMPTATION
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To cause the victims to sin against God. Gen 3:6-7.
Withdrawal of Gods protection & favour.
Death (hell fire) Rom. 6v23, Ps. 9v17. Behold the robber came to
steal & destroy
4. HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATIONS.
Pray without ceasing. 1 Corinth. 10v12-13
Read & meditate upon the word of God. Ps 1v1-3
Ask for discerning spirit.
Discipline your thought, your tongue and your taste. Ps 34v13
Flee every appearance of evil. 1 Thess5:22
Fellowship with the people of God.
Avoid evil company, evil Communication Ps. 1:1-3
Do good all the time Rom.12:21
CONCLUSION :
May the lord help us to overcome every vices of devil. But we must
pray.
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t is a fact that anyone can be an achiever but not everyone is an
achiever. Being an achiever takes a lot more than saying it. It
involves consistent, progressive actions. If you are willing, you
can be an achiever.
Joseph, though a foreigner in Egypt but he made a name for himself
because he dared to be an achiever against all odds. You can be achiever
in soul winning, business, academics/career etc. May the Holy Spirit
teach us today in Jesus name (Amen).
1. WHO IS AN ACHIEVER?
An achiever is anyone who completes or accomplishes a particular
task(s) by putting effort, skill and courage. An achiever sets a goal
and gets the goal. He is a success in all he does. Some Biblical
example of achiever are:
David – 1 Sam17:34-49;30:1-20;II Sam. 8:1-4; 10:1-15
Solomon – I Kings 5:3-9;6:1-38
Moses – Exo. 3:1-10 ;31-51; 17:8-16
st Paul – 1 Cor. 9:16-18;27;14:18, Phil3:12-14; II Tim. 3:6-8
Jesus – John 4:34; 5:36-38; Acts 10:38; Phil. 2:5-11
2. STEPS TO BEING AN ACHIEVER
(a) Have a dream i.e. decide what to achieve, by setting goals
(plan) Prov. 21:5
(b) Commit it to God (through prayers) Prov. 3:5-6;16:3; Jer. 33:3
DARE TO BE AN ACHIEVER
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(c) Get information about it Prov. 19:2 and seek godly counsel
Prov. 27:17
(d) Have faith (believer in it) Luke 1:37; Heb. 11:1
(a) Be persistent and apply wisdom James 1:5
(b) Confess positively about it Prov. 18:21
(g) Be diligent (i.e. work hard ) Prov, 22:29;14:23
3. HINDRANCES TO BEING AN ACHIEVER
(a) Sin (doubt, fear, pride etc) James 1:6-8, Prov.16:18;
II Tim. 2:19
(b) Laziness – Prov. 6:6-8; 10:4;26:13-15
(c) Procastination – Prov. 6:10-11
(d) Shortsightedness – Prov. 14:18
(e) Discouragement from men Prov. 13:20
CONCLUSION:
You can be what you want to be in life. What do you desire? If you
desire nothing, you will achieve nothing. Nothing is impossible, you
can do anything you desire Phil. 4:13. Why don’t you dare to be an
achiever, do something today.
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e will assume that we all know the rudimentary element (or rules)
of prayers, such as praying in the name of Jesus Christ ,
John14:13-14, John 16:23; praying, without condemnation of
heart Ps 42:2; having faith Jms 1:6-8,Heb. 11:6. and that we have
been praying without ceasing, 1 Thes 5:17, Acts. 6:4, and with
fasting, 1 Cor. 7:5, Mt. 6:16. The question now is whether or not
your prayers are being answered always ? the experience vary. If
your answer is affirmative, to God be the glory. And if not , God shall
reveal Himself to you in Jesus name . Amen.
1. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.
God is still God. A covenant keeping God . Who changeth not. Isa.
42:8, Rev. 19:16, Rev. 22:13, Ex. 3:14. John. 1:1, Gen. 17:1,1 Tim.
2:5, John. 8:58
2 WHY ARE PRAYERS NOT ANSWERED?
1) NOT BEING BORN AGAIN: You have to be a true Christian and
accept Him as your Lord, Saviour, and Redeemer before there
could be son/ father relationship with Divine favour Acts 11:26, 1
Pet. 2:9; You have to be called by His name.
2) PRIDE : lack of humility leads to destruction. That is the reason
why our lord Jesus Christ practically demonstrated humility by
washing the feet of His disciples. John. 13:5; 1 John. 2:16; Mt.
23:12; Pro. 15:25; 1 Pet. 5:6; Pro. 22:4
ARE YOUR PRAYERS ALWAYS
ANSWERED?
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3) SIN : sin is synonymous with darkness and the wages of sin is
death . Not only that the prayer of a sinner is an abomination unto
God . Rms 3:23; 1 John. 1:8, 10; Isa. 59:1-2; Rms. 6:23; Pro. 28:13;
1 John . 1:9; Rms.12:1-2.
4) WICKEDNESS: our unpleasant, harmful, evil and mischievous
ways towards human being and God , is a great gully separating us
from God. Forsake your wicked ways and it shall be well with you .
Ezk. 33:15; Pro. 3:7; Pro . 5:8; Rev. 2:5; Mal. 3:8-11; Mt.5:37.48 Mt.
25:42-46.
5) FAILURE TO SEEK HIS FACE : We often rely on our ingenuity
,head knowledge and power , instead of living all for God . Let His
will be done and not yours . Isa. 1:8-19; Isa. 8:13; Jms . 4:7; Mt. 6:10
6) PRAYER : Prayer is the spiritual weapon with which to fight the
devil . There is nothing you can do without prayer . Pray with faith
that you will receive from God . Our Lord Jesus Christ , who is God ,
prayed Mt. 26:36; the Apostles prayed, Acts 4:24-31; ps. 37:5; Mt.
7:7 ;; Jer. 33:3 John. 15:47; Jms. 4:3.
7) ANSWER GUARANTEED : He is a listening and just God . He is
a covenant keeping God. Ps. 94:9; Lk. 1:37; John. 14:13
CONCLUSION
Our God is holy and expects us to be holy. The very nature of God is
holiness. The glory of God is holiness. His ways are holy. To live a
holy life , we need His spirit because it is not by might nor by power
but by my spirit says the Lord. Zech. 4:6, 1 Tim. 2:15, 4:6.
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o be in harmony with God is to be in agreement with Him in terms
of feelings, interest, opinions, conscience etc. When you are in
harmony with someone, decision taking is easy even through
decision taking is not a one man business. It involves the people
in harmony to agree together even when suggestions are made,
the people who are in harmony will agree with the suggestion
which best solve their problems or is beneficial to the people.
Therefore, since we know the word of God stands firm, we should always
desire His will.
1. CONDITION TO MEET BEFORE WE CAN BE IN HARMONY
WITH GOD
Lowly in mind Phil. 2:2-8
Self denial- Dan1:8
Thirst after righteousness Mt. 5:6
Obedience Phil. 2:8
Showing God’s kind of love II Cor. 13:4-7
Fear of God Prov. 1:7
2. WHAT CAN STRENGTHEN THIS HARMONY?
Prayer Dan. 6:10
Confession of the word Rm. 10:6-8, Joshua 1:8
Consistent edifying oneself in the spirit I Cor. 14:4
Purity
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3. WHAT CAN HINDER ONE FROM BEING IN HARMONY WITH
GOD
Lukewarmness Rev. 3:16
Loving the world Rm. 8:6-8
Walking in craftiness II Cor. 4:2
Lack of knowledge Hosea 4:6
Lack of vision- Prov. 29:8
4. BENEFITS OBTAINED WHEN ONE IS IN HARMONY WITH
GOD
Victorious life Dan. 6:21-28
Having perfect knowledge about God I Cor. 3:18
Moving unto greater heights
Free access to God’s blessings
CONCLUSION: For your life to fulfil God’s plan and purpose, you
must be in harmony with your creator. Shall we begin to fight
against those hindrances on our ways in Jesus name.
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he work of evangelism is a must for every believer. It is a
command given by our Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15). Since it is
expedient to preach the gospel to the unsaved, some important
factors that affect its efficiency must be considered before
embarking on it.
Character plays a very important role in evangelism. Paul the
successful evangelist had three basic attitudes to evangelism: I
am debtor, I am ready, I am not ashamed (Rom. 1:14-16) These and
others are important element in order to be an effective evangelist.
1. WHAT IS CHARACTER?
Character can be defined as all the mental or moral qualities that
make a person different from others. A person can be distinguished
by his/her character. Your character is also a sum total of all your
good and bad attributes. I Tim. 4:12
2. WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERS NEEDED?
(a) Love: It is impossible for you to preach to the person you do not
love. I John 4:7-8; Matt. 5:44
(b) Faith: If we don’t have faith in the gospel we are preaching, how
can people believe our word. There is a need for strong faith that will
gear up the faith of those who hear us. John 14:12; 1 Corin 16:13.
faith is what makes us and our service acceptable before God Heb.
11:6.
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(c) Prayerfulness: 1 Thess 5:7 ;I Tim. 2:1-4. prayer evangelism is
winning souls through prayer ,ie affecting them in the spirit realm
which will consequently manifest in the physical realm
(d) Speech/ Confession: Be an example in speech 1 Tim 4:12, Col
. 4:6 Always say positive things. Avoid the use of foul language.
(e) Dressing : Dress the ways you want to be addressed.
– It suggests the kind of person we are. Matt. 7:20
– It must be moderate. Phil. 4:5; 1Tim. 2:9
– It must glorify God. I Corin. 10:31; Col. 3:23
– It must not be corruptible. 1 Peter 3:3-4 (Inner Dressing)
(f) Others incude temperament, Purity etc.


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CONCLUSION
We must begin to live our lives in a manner that those who see us
will want to give their lives to Christ. Don’t be an object of
discouragement to others who are yet to give their lives to Christ.
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he story of 1 and 2 Samuel begins by showing us how the
personal problems of one individual can sometimes greatly be
used by God in the progress of His Kingdom. Hannah was just
one woman. One might ask what significance does one unknown
woman have in the kingdom of God? Sometimes one person has
a great part to play in what God is doing. That person may not be
very famous or very important. He or she may be in the middle of
some awful problems. In our Bible study today we shall see how
God used the problems in the life of Hannah to advance this course here
on earth. May the Holy spirit teach us in Jesus Name.
1. GOD HAS A HABIT OF USING OUR PERSONAL PROBLEMS
Consider the first eight verses of 1 Samuel chapter 1. In some
respects you would think Hannah might be quite happy. But
Hannah was not happy and live in a culture that set a high value
upon the number of children that a woman has 1 sam 1:1 8; 1
Chron. 6:16 -26; 1 sam. 9:5; Prov. 21:19; Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:5-12,
1 Cor 7:10, 11; Ezra 10:10,11;
Eccl. 7:3, Jn 16:33; 2 Tim. 3:12.
2. HANNAH’S TROUBLES DROVE HER TO PRAY
It is often easier for the people of God to pray when we are in
trouble. It produces a kind of desperation in us. We give God more
time. We are willing to come to term with God. Troubles may lead us
to pray with fervency, with energy, with determination and with
persistency 1 Sam. 1:9-20
3. HANNAH’S TROUBLES GAVE HER THE OPPORTUNITY TO
FORGIVE
She had to forgive her husband. She had to forgive Peninah. She
ONE INDIVIDUAL USED BY GOD
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had to forgive Eli. And she had to break through the feeling of being
betrayed by God Matt. 6:12;18:21,22.
4. A BREAKTHROUGH CAME IN HER LIFE WHEN HER WILL AND
GOD’S WILL CAME TOGETHER
There came a point where she was ready to make a ‘bargain’ with
God. God took her serious by her word, At that time God also
needed a little boy He could rely on, because the leadership in
Israel was so corrupt 1 Sam 2:12; Judg. 2:10; Rom. 1:28, 1 Sam.
2:22-25
5. HANNAH’S PRAYER WAS ANSWERED
Hannah’s found peace before the answer, came. She was given
the peace that passes all understanding simple by casting her care
upon God, even though the answer had not yet come. I Sam . 1:19-
28; Phil. 4:7 Jn. 14:27; 1 Pet. 5:7
6. THE BREAKTHROUGH LED HANNAH INTO DEEPER AND
RICHER PRAISE OF GOD
Hannah’s psalm in I Samuel could have been a psalm that was
already in existence. Or she may have written it herself. It certainly
looks out to wider matters than her own concerns. She seems to
have praised and worshipped God as energetically as she had put
her requests to God before . She said “those who oppose the Lord
will be shattered” 1 Sam. 2:1- 10
CONCLUSION
So there are advantages in trials and tribulations. From them we
learn God’s ways and discover his greatness. In the end our
Knowledge of God is deepened. Amazingly, our troubles have a
part to play in getting the will of God done. Will you allow God to use
your problem to turn things around for you? God did it for Hannah.
He can do it for you also.
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he Holy Scripture describes most men of old who pleased God as
people who “walked with God”. Infact, the prophet Micah reveals
that it is God’s heart desire that men should walk with Him.
(Micah 6:8) and the Hebrew translation of the phrase “walk with
God” as revealed by Micah denotes doing it as a habit. In this
lesson, we shall seek to understand the various dimensions of
walking with God.
1. ACCEPTANCE OF GOD LEADERSHIP (OBEDIENCE)
To accept God’s leadership is to accept this instruction and obey
them. This is fundamental in walking with God, It show our love like
Noah and Enoch did. Heb 11: 5 & 8; Gen. 6:9.
In the Old testament, God gave his servants instruction and
commandments (the law). And by so doing, led them in his right
way. Today, we walk by the spirit. Rom. 8:13-14; Gal. 5:16 & 25.
2. FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD
Friendship involves a special relationship and fellowship which
enable those involved to get close to each other. They share
secrets, have good knowledge of each other, and support each
other in times of need. All who walked with God and also shared His
secrets. Gen17:1-3;18:1,17-21.
Enoch, Noah and other faithful men also developed such special
relationship with God. We too can walk with God by being His
Friends.
WALKING WITH GOD WHAT IT IS
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3. WORKING WITH GOD IN PARTNERSHIP
The third dimension in walking with God is working with aim,
reaping men for the kingdom, reaching out to the needy, etc. All
these require faithfulness and loyalty. Those who walk with God
demonstrate willingness and co-operation in bringing God’s
presence and purpose to men (Emmanuel). Isaiah 7:14, Matt. 10:7-
8, 1 Cor. 3:9
CONCLUSION
To walk with God means to be His friend, Obey Him and work with
Him. No man can truly call himself a faithful servant of God if his life
does not show an intimate walk with God.
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or every defeat experienced by man; it has to be preceded by
deceit. Satan is the source of deceit. He loves to slander God,
and attacks God’s reliability, His faithfulness (Gen. 3:4), His
goodness (Gen. 3:1b ). He likes to suggest that God is harsh and
restrictive. sin and Satan in reality are those one who are harsh
towards us.
1. THE AIMS OF THE DEVIL
The aims of the devil are contained in the text. He wants to
insinuate an anti God approach to life (Luke 15:12). In every area
he wants to get people away from God, and wants to take over as
though he were God himself.
The devil wants to get us away from God:
I. The source of knowledge – I Pet. 5:8; Luke 21:34-36; Job 1:7
ii. The source of authority – Matt. 4:8,9; 28:18; Dan. 7:13, 14; 8:44;
Ps. 62:11.
iii. The guide to conduct gen. 3:4, 5 .
iv. The one who controls our destiny Gen. 2:16,17; 3:4;
Jer. 18:1- 6; Isa. 45:9.
v. The source of pleasure Ps. 16:11;36:8; Prov. 21:17; 2 Tim . 3:3.
Note that devil reveals the pleasure of sin but
always hide its price tag.
vi. The one we worship Isa. 14:13-15; Ezek. 28:17, 18.
DECEIT AND DEFEAT
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2. THE WAY OF DEFEAT
Satan still lies. He flatters, speaks as if he is God. Satan is always
plausible. He uses rising pressure and comes to us at our weakest
point.
How did Satan succeed in getting Eve to sin?
i. She got talking to the snake Eph. 6:11; Jam. 4:7; I Pet. 5:9.
ii. She accepted his perverted use of God’s Word, and even
perverted it herself Gen. 3:2, 3; Deut . 4:2; Rev. 22:18, 19.
iii. She keeps listening Mat. 4:3, 5 & 8;2 Cor. 3:18.
CONCLUSION
The devil wants to control our minds, our worship, our conduct, our
experience. He wants to keep us laden with guilt. He wants to hold
us in darkness. Inspite of all these I have good news for you. God
still loves you. He wants you to come to Him Isa. 1:18, 19; Mat.
11:28; Rev. 2:5.
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he Bible tells us in (Ephesians 6:12) that we wrestle not against
flesh and blood but against principalities and powers the rulers of
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in the high
places. Every born again child of God engages, in spiritual
warfare daily. The Bible in (Romans 7:23) describes it as an
inward battle.
WHY MUST CHRISTIANS ENGAGED IN WARFARE
(2 CORINTHIAN 10:4 )
Our enemies are invisible (Ephesians 6:12) and therefore we
should be ready for battle any time. The good news is that the God
of the battle will fight for us and give us total victory in Jesus name.
(Ephesians 2:6) As Christians, we have weapons that are available
for our use in warfare; Though they are invisible but powerful and
mighty.
And these weapons are:
(a) The name of Jesus (Philippians 2:10, Mark 16:17, 1 Sam.
17:45). The name of Jesus is above all names and it carries the
highest authority on earth and in heaven. All the power of God
has been put inside the name. The name is mighty when used
in prayer and service. Infirmity and demons bow in the name of
Jesus.
(b) The word of God (Joshua 1:8, Ephesians 6:17, Matthew 4:4)
(c) Prayer & Fasting (1 Thessalonians 5:17, Isaiah 58:6 Matthew
17:21
“ CHRISTIAN WARFARE WEAPONS”
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(d) The blood of the Lamb (The blood of Jesus Rev. 12:11)
(e) Faith: Put away fear and clothe yourself with boldness
(Hebrews 11:6, 2 Timothy 1:7)
(f) The anointing of the Holy Spirit (1 Sam. 10:6, Zech. 4:6)
(g) Praise (Heb. 13:15, Acts16:25-26).
CONCLUSION
2 Chronicles 32:7-8 tells us that with flesh are the arms of the flesh
but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.
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hen all things seem blurred, when all ways seem to be closed,
when life is not taking shape, the solution is look unto Jesus.
1. HOW CAN I LOOK UNTO HIM?
a. By lifting my eyes to the hills PS 121:1-2
b. By crying out to Him PS 34:15-18
c. By seeking Him earnestly Acts 17:27, PS 42;1;63:1
d. By submitting to God James 4:7-8, Heb. 10:22, Jos. 17:7-8
e. By confessing positively Prov. 18:21, Rom10:10, Mk11:23
f. By waiting unto the lord Is 40:28-31

2. BENEFITS OF LOOKING UNTO HIM
a. Peace /Rest of mind Ex. 33:14:14
b. Courage in life’s battle Deut20:1;Ps. 34:5
c. Security in time of peril Is43:2
d. Fearlessness even in the face of death Ps. 23:4;27:1
e. Constant victory in life’s battles Exd. 14:13; Ps. 68:19
CONCLUSION:
Dearly beloved, having known all these, it is important to note
that it is not just enough to look unto Jesus because occasionally
our gaze might be diverted by cares of this life & storms(like
Peter), but it is absolutely necessary to hold on to the hand of
Jesus Ps. 73:22-24
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he inhabitant of a place are people who live in that place and
their life is affected by what goes on there. The inhabitants of
God’s Holy Hill are people who will not be sick in any form and
whose iniquity are forgiven. Isaiah 33:24. God Holy Hill is a
place of meeting with God. Exodus 19:1-6.
WHO CAN INHABIT GOD’S HOLY HILL
This is a question that only the owner (Landlord) of the Hill can
answer Ps15:1. People who will inhabit (Abide). These are
people.
(a) Who walk uprightly Ps. 15:2
(b) Who work righteously Ps. 15:2
(c) Who backbiteth not Ps. 15:3, Num. 16:3, 11 & 27-32.
(d) Who does no evil to his neighbor
Ps. 15:;3, I Sam. 19:1-2
(e) Who take no reproach against his neighbor
Ps. 15:3,1 Sam 1:6-7
(f) Who speaks out against sin and confronts those who
are doing it Ps. 15:4, Acts 5:1-10.
(g) Who commends faithful followers of the Lord. Ps15:4,
Ph. 2:25-30
(h) Who are promise keeper. Ps 15:4, Jg. 11:31-35
(I) Who does not crush those who own him money
Ps. 15:5
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(j) Who does not lies against the innocent.
1 Kings 5:21-22.
CONCLUSION
The visa for entry into God’s Holy Hill has been examined. Do
you have them?. If not pray that God will help you to qualify for
His Holy Hill.
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very human being has the choice to live his /her life in conformity
to a particular person life who is his mentor. There are reward for
every way of life either good or bad a person chooses to live. King
Hezekiah live a David like life which please the Lord (2 Chro.
29:2) but some kings like Zimri, Omri and Ahab live a Jeroboamlike life which is evil in the sight of the Lord (1 Kings 16:17-
18,30). Today, we will examine the BEST life someone live and
the way you can live it.
1. CHRIST- LIKENESS
The road to perfection is by been Christ like and going the extra mile
to do everything especially in service and love Matthew 25:1-13. It
is knowing what your father does and doing it without changing. It is
having the mind of Christ. Phil. 2:5.
2. WAYS YOU CAN BE CHRIST LIKE
1. To be Christ like in affection and compassion – 1 Peter 3:8, Mt
14:14-15, Mark 1:41, Mark 8:1-8
2. To be Christ like with unbeliever.- Luke 19: 1-7, John 4:6-30
3. To be Christ like with believers.
4. To be Christ like in loving God. – John 14:15.
5. To be Christ like in our conduct. – 1 Tim. 4:12.
6; To be Christ like in our worlds – James. 3:2, Prov 17:28.
7, To be Christ like in temptation. – Heb. 4:14-16, Matt. 4:1-11
CONCLUSION:
God want you to live a life that is Christ like which the world can
read, feel, see and know that Christ truly lives in you. Hence, the
world will be drawn near unto him for salvation and deliverance.
LIVING A CHRIST LIKE LIFE
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LESSON 601 STUDIES IN JONAH 1
LESSON 602 KNOWING GOD’S WILL 2
LESSON 603 KNOWING GOD’S WILL (2) 3
LESSON 604 THE CHOSEN OF THE LORD (1) 4
LESSON 605 THE CHOSEN OF THE LORD (2) 5
LESSON 606 THE CHOSEN OF THE LORD (3) 6
LESSON 607 THE CHOSEN OF THE LORD (4) 7
LESSON 608 THE CHOSEN OF THE LORD (5) 8
LESSON 609 THE CHOSEN OF THE LORD (6) 9
LESSON 610 STUDIES IN THE BOOK OF EXODUS 10
LESSON 611 STEPS TO GREATNESS (1) 11
LESSON 612 STEPS TO GREATNESS (2) 12
LESSON 613 STUDIES IN THE BOOK OF EXODUS 13
LESSON 614 TURNING ON THE SHOWERS OF BLESSING 1 14
LESSON 615 TURNING ON THE SHOWERS OF BLESSING (2) 15
LESSON 616 TURNING ON THE SHOWERS OF BLESSING (2b) 16
LESSON 617 A CALL TO RESTORATION 17
LESSON 618 IT IS TIME TO SHINE Part 1 18
LESSON 619 IT IS TIME TO SHINE (2) 20
LESSON 620 THE REJECTED VESSEL (Part 1) 21
LESSON 621 THE REJECTED VESSEL (Part 2) 22
LESSON 622 THE REJECTED VESSEL (Part 3) 23
LESSON 623 THE REJECTED VESSEL (Part 4) 24
LESSON 624 THE REJECTED VESSEL (Part 5) 25
LESSON 625 THE REJECTED VESSEL (Part 6) 26
LESSON 626 THE REJECTED VESSEL (Part 7) 27
LESSON 627 THE REJECTED VESSEL (Part 8) 28
LESSON 628 THE REJECTED VESSEL (Part 9) 29
LESSON 629 THE REJECTED VESSEL (Part 10) 30
LESSON 630 THE REJECTED VESSEL (Part 11) 31
LESSON 631 THE REJECTED VESSEL (Part 12) 32
LESSON 632 PATHWAY TO VICTORIOUS LIVING (Part 2) 33
LESSON 633 PATHWAY TO VICTORIOUS LIVING (Part 3) 34
LESSON 634 PATHWAY TO VICTORIOUS LIVING (Part 4) 35
LESSON 635 PATHWAY TO VICTORIOUS LIVING (Part 5) 36
LESSON 636 PATHWAY TO VICTORIOUS LIVING (Part 6) 37
LESSON 637 PATHWAY TO VICTORIOUS LIVING (Part 7) 38
LESSON 638 PARTNERS TOGETHER WITH GOD 39
LESSON 639 PARTNERS TOGETHER WITH GOD (Part 2) 40
LESSON 640 PARTNERS TOGETHER WITH GOD 41
LESSON 641 PARTNERS TOGETHER WITH GOD (Part 3) 42
LESSON 642 GOD’S HUSBANDRY 43
LESSON 643 GOD’S HUSBANDRY 44
LESSON 644 THE DAY OF EXAMINATION 45
LESSON 645 THE DAY OF EXAMINATION (Part 3) 46
LESSON 646 TEMPLE OF GOD (Part 1) 47
LESSON 647 TEMPLE OF GOD (Part 2) 48
LESSON 648 TEMPLE OF GOD (Part 3) 49
LESSON 649 TEMPLE OF GOD (Part 4) 50
LESSON 650 THE DAY OF RECKONING 51
LESSON 651 TEMPLE OF GOD (4) 52
LESSON 652 THE GODLY ATTITUDES 53
BIBLE STUDY BIBLE STUDY
T H E R E D E E M E D C H R I S T I A N C H U R C H O F G O D
O U T L I N E
601-700
130
CONTENTS
DIGGING DEEP
BIBLE STUDY BIBLE STUDY
T H E R E D E E M E D C H R I S T I A N C H U R C H O F G O D
O U T L I N E
601-700
131
LESSON 653 STUDY IN THE EPISTLES TO THE CORINTHIANS 54
LESSON 654 THE GREAT COMMISSION 55
LESSON 655 THE LAW OF HARVEST 56
LESSON 656 GUARD YOUR HEART 57
LESSON 657 SPIRITUAL CHECK UP 58
LESSON 658 IT IS FINISHED 60
LESSON 659 DIVINE WISDOM 61
LESSON 660 THE GODLY ATTITUDES 62
LESSON 661 THE BLESSINGS OF ABRAHAM 64
LESSON 662 SIN 65
LESSON 663 SIN (Part 2) 66
LESSON 664 BACK TO BETHEL (Part 1) 67
LESSON 665 BACK TO BETHEL (Part 2) 68
LESSON 666 STRENGTH IN ADVERSITY Part 1 69
LESSON 667 THE SERVANT OF GOD 70
LESSON 668 THE TWO WAYS TRAFFIC 72
LESSON 669 A HEART WITH IDOL (Part 1) 74
LESSON 670 A HEART WITH IDOL (Part 2) 75
LESSON 671 “LOVE NOT THE WORLD” 76
LESSON 672 THE GODLY ATTITUDES 78
LESSON 673 HAPPINESS 80
LESSON 674 OBEDIENCE THE POWER TO FULFILLMENT 81
LESSON 675 CRY FOR REVIVAL 83
LESSON 676 THE JESUS CONNECTION 85
LESSON 677 BIRTH RIGHT 87
LESSON 678 HEALING AND DELIVERANCE 89
LESSON 679 “OCCUPY TILL I COME” 91
LESSON 680 REKINDLING THE FIRE 93
LESSON 681 THE INHABITANTS OF GOD’S HOLY HILL 96
LESSON 682 OVERCOMING TEMPTATION 97
LESSON 683 HEAVENLY AFFECTION 98
LESSON 684 THE LORD KNOWETH HIS OWN 99
LESSON 685 VICTORIOUS CHRISTIANS LIVING: 1 101
LESSON 686 CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP 103
LESSON 687 LIVING A CHRIST- LIKE LIFE 105
LESSON 688 THE PROMISE LAND 106
LESSON 689 MAN & TEMPTATION 108
LESSON 690 DARE TO BE AN ACHIEVER 110
LESSON 691 ARE YOUR PRAYERS ALWAYS ANSWERED? 112
LESSON 692 IN HARMONY WITH GOD 114
LESSON 693 THE PLACE OF CHARACTER IN EVANGELISM 116
LESSON 694 ONE INDIVIDUAL USED BY GOD 118
LESSON 695 WALKING WITH GOD WHAT IT IS 120
LESSON 696 DECEIT AND DEFEAT 122
LESSON 697 “CHRISTIAN WARFARE WEAPONS” 124
LESSON 698 LOOKING UNTO JESUS 126
LESSON 699 THE INHABITANTS OF GOD’S HOLY HILL 127
LESSON 700 LIVING A CHRIST LIKE LIFE 129
CONTENTS
DIGGING DEEP


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