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DIGGING DEEP 51
Topic: We need A Revival Part 1

INTRODUCTION: what is a religious? Revival means a religious awakening, a rousing from spiritual slumber, a rekindling of a dying spiritual flame, a refilling of a dying spiritual lamp with Divine oil. We believe many, if not all, of us need a revival now.

1. Who needs a revival? When can I know that I need a revival? There are several danger signs along the pilgrims pathway that can warn him of the need for a revival. Some of them are:

a) When you pray less than before – I Thess 5:17, I Tim.2:8, James 5:13,16
b) When you do not study the Word as before – Jos. 1:8, Deut. 17:18-19, Ps. 1:1-2, I Chron. 22:12-13, Prov. 3:1-4.
c) When you sleep too much – Prov. 6:9-11, Prov. 20:13, Psalms 13:3-4
d) When you are depressed or sad – John 14:1, Ps. 30:5, Ps. 34:19, II Cor. 4:17
e) When little things begin to offend you – John 15:5, Jer.10:23, John3:17, II Cor. 3:5.
f) When your love for material wealth is overriding your longing for spiritual wealth, I John 2:15-17, Heb. 11:24-25, Gal. 6:14, II Tim.2:4.
g) When you overeat – Prov. 23:21, Phil.3:19, I Kings 12:19-20, I Tim. 5:6
h) When you easily become impatient – Eccl.7;8, Heb.10:36, James 1:4
i) When you begin to talk too much – James 1:26, Eccl. 3:7, Prov. 17:27
j) When you faith grows weak – Ps. 27:1, Isa. 43:2, Ps. 66:10-12
k) When you worry over little things – Matt. 6:25-34, Ps. 56:22, I Pet. 5:7

DIGGING DEEP 52
Topic: We need A Revival – Part 2

INTRODUCTION: In the previous study, we listed the danger signs on the pilgrim’s way that tell him when he needs a spiritual awakening, a revival. Among these danger signs inability to pray and study the word of God as before, oversleeping, overeating, impatience, talkativeness, worries, lack of faith etc.

This week we want to answer in some details: what is a revival?
1. It is a time when Christians collectively humble themselves before God in true repentance – Lam.3:40-42, Hos.6:1-3, Ezra 10:1-13, Luke 3:1-20.
2. It is a time when Christians collectively rejects the idols in their lives. By idols we mean anything that is striving to displace God as our number one priority – II Kings 23:4,
II Chro. 19:3, Acts 19:17-20.
3. It is a time when Christians collectively seek the Lord afresh and wholeheartedly. This brings in the sinners too – Zechariah 8:20-23, Ps. 80:7, Acts 9:25, Acts 11:21.
4. It is a time of spiritual repairs after satanic destruction. This is because whenever a people seek the face of the Lord in truth the Lord will move on their behalf, Isa.57:15-17, Jere. 3:21-22, Hosea 14:4-8, Joel 2:25-27.
5. It is a time of the restoration of the joy of Salvation and divine blessings – Ps. 51:12-13, Ps. 85:6, Acts 8:8, II Chron. 7:12-14.
This is because as the people seek the Lord the more a desire to pray more often develops in them until it envelops them – Psalms 80:18, Acts 2:42-47.


CONCLUSION: Shall we now collectively humble ourselves before the Most High is true repentance confessing our sins and rejecting them? Shall we collectively seek the Lord our Redeemer afresh and in truth? Shall we or shall we not?

Digging Deep No. 53
Topic: We need A Revival – Part 3


INTRODUCTION:
In the first part of the series, we listed the conditions in a Christian that would show him that he/she needs a revival. In the second part of the series, we described what a true revival is. We said that a revival among other things is a time of collective seeking of the Lord in humility and repentance, a time of rejection of sins and idols, a time of revivals of prayer meetings and the restoration to the joy of salvation. Today, we want to see another aspect of a true spiritual revival.

1. A true spiritual revival is a time of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Once a community has cleansed itself from idols and sins, the Holy Spirit moves in – Isaiah 32:16, Micah 3:8, Joel 2:23, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 6:8.
2. The Holy Spirit moves in as showers of early and latter rain, refreshing and in good measure – Joel 2:23, James 5:7-8, Acts 3:19, Luke 6:38, Luke 24:49
3. The power of the Holy Spirit is imparted to the revived Christian then overflow to the needy human as streams into the desert land is 35:1-10, John 7:8, Luke 6:19, John 7:38-39.
4. As a result of mighty demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit many sinners begins to flock in to the fold of God – I Cor. 2:4, Ps. 80:7, Acts 2:41, Acts 9:35, Acts 11:21.

CONCLUSION: Do you now see why we surely need a revival? Let us pray that the Lord may revive us so that we can be filled to overflowing with the power of the Mighty Holy Spirit, Psalms 23:5.

Digging Deep No. 54
Topic: We Must help the poor – Part – 1


INTRODUCTION: There are certain political philosophies that aim at redistributing the wealth of the world. They claim that if we can get a government that will take all the money from the rich and distribute it to the poor, then everybody will be happy and satisfied. Are they genuine? Are they right? What does the Bible teach about the relationship between the rich and the poor? These and other questions we shall answer this week and the next in Jesus Name.

1. The Bible teachers that there will always be poor people till Jesus returns to set up His millennium kingdom and therefore commands us to be kind to the poor and needy even if he is our enemy – Deut. 24:14-17, Prov. 25:21, Isa 58:7, Luke 3:11, Romans 12:12-13, Gal.2:10, 6:10, I Tim. 6:18, Heb. 13:16, James 1:27. Included amongst the needy are widows, orphans, strangers, ministers of God and other believers in need.

2. However, many do not practice this injunction of God at all. But it is nothing new. It has always been so Job 24:1-11, Ps.109:16, Eze.22:12, Amos 2:7, 5:11, Titus 1:12. This is despite the fact that we are all poor compared to God – Matt. 18:23-34.

3. What has God done about it? He says in His word that he is taking note of everything and will reward everyone accordingly – Eccl.5:8-10, Isaiah 10:2.


CONCLUSION: Do you know the greatest cause of unanswered prayers? It is refusing to help the poor, Prov. 21:13. Have you been unkind to the poor? Will you like to talk to Jesus about it.

DIGGING DEEP 55
Topic: We Must Help the poor – Part 2


INTRODUCTION: In the previous study we discussed the urgent need to help the poor so that they do not fall prey to dubious philosophers and self-seeking politicians. We concluded by saying that since anyone who has not got Jesus is poor. Helping the poor really means giving them Jesus Christ. If they have Jesus, they will not need communism since they have got Elohim they will not need either socialism or capitalism and since they have Cherubim and Seraphim to serve them. Today we shall look at the blessing waiting those who help poor.

1. The Bible says those who help the poor shall be blessed indeed – Ps. 41:1, Prov. 28:27, Isa. 58:6-11, Matt. 10:42, Luke 12:32-34, Dan.12:3, Matt.25:23, Luke 6:35, Rom.2:10, Eph. 6:8, John 4:36, Colossians 3:23-25.

2. Several other blessings are listed in the scripture. Some of such passages are – Prov. 29:14, Jere. 22:16, Prov. 19:17, Matt.19:21, Prov.14:21.

3. The greatest reward of all is God himself. To have Him as your reward is surely more than anything else in the world – Gen. 15:1, Isa.62:11, Revelation 22:12, II Timothy 4:8,
I Peter 5:4.

DIGGING DEEP 56
Topic: Divine Guidance – Part 2


INTRODUCTION:
In the world today, fake prophets, astrologers, palm-readers, Babalawos and other occultists are doing brisk business because men and women are consulting them for guidance. The future looks so uncertain, men’s hearts are failing them for fear, the economic situation seems hopeless and men and women do not know what will happen next. Must a child of God join the queue of sign seekers? Will God guide His own? How far will God lead us? When can we turn to God for guidance? These and other questions will be answered in this study in Jesus Name.

1. God has guided His own before even in a trackless wilderness – Exodus 13:21, Nehemiah 9:19-20, Psalms 77:20. He has not changed since then because He is an unchangeable God. So we can expect Him to guide us yet again – Hebrew 13:8, Matt.2:1-11, Job 22:27, Ps. 23:2-3, Psalms 139:10, John 8:12, Acts 9:6.

2. He will not only guide us in physical matters, He will guide us in Spiritual matters also – Ps. 25:9, Matt.13:36, Luke 1:79, Luke 18:18, Luke 11:1, John 14:26, John 16:13. He will not guide us for a short period, like the short-sighted seers, but He will guide us forever –
I Cor. 12:9, Isa 30:21, Ps. 48:14, Ps. 73:23-24. Surely, He will guide us by His Spirit, even as a Father guides his son – Romans 8:14, until we reach home at last.

DIGGING DEEP 57
Topic: Divine Guidance – Part 2

INTRODUCTION: In the last study, we learnt that God has guided His people before and He will guide them still, Heb.13:8. Also, He is able and willing to guide in all matters, physical, financial, marital and spiritual and also forever. Now, God has various ways of guiding His people. One of this ways through prophesies.

1. Talking about prophesy, there are two types:

a) Direct, which is readily recognized and
b) Direct, which is blended with inspired preaching. There are also two major functions of prophesy:
i. Directive i.e. Specific instructions about a course of action –Acts 13:1-2 and
ii. Imperative i.e. By the laying on of hands and prophesying, the Holy Spirit imparts certain gifts or specific calling on the believer, I Tim.4:14. Hence, prophecy is not evil even though it may be abused – I Cor.14:1,22,39.

2. There are three (3) possible sources of prophesies:
i. The Holy Spirit Jere 1:9, II Sam. 23:2, Acts 19:6, Acts 21:11,
ii. Evil and lying spirits, I Kings 22:20-22, Isa. 8:19-20, Matt. 8:29, Acts 16:17, and
iii. The human spirit, Jere.23:16. It is important to note that God is against false prophets and warns us to beware of them, Jere. 23:31-32, Deut. 13:5, Deut. 18:20, Isa. 9:15, Jer. 2:8, Jer. 14:14, Ezek.22:28, Hosea 9:7, Micah 3:5, Zephaniah 3:4, Zechariah 13:3, Matthew 7:15, 24:11, Mark 13:22.

3. There are nine guideline got judging a prophesy to know if it is true or false
i. Fulfillment – Deut.18:21-22,
ii. Accompanying conditions – II Chronicles 7:14
iii. Agreement with the word of God – I Cor.13:8-9, with Isaiah 40:8
iv. Public acknowledgement – I Corinthians 14:29,
v. Confirmation of something God has already told you – Acts 13:2,
vi. Spiritual witness – Rom 8:16,
vii. The purity of the vessel of prophecy, i.e. the life (holy or unholy) of the person prophesying
viii. The Spirit of the message – Revelation 19:10, Jesus is never unnecessarily harsh – Matthew 23:37-39, and
ix. The burden of the Lord – Isaiah 1:19-20.

4. Just a prophecy for your consideration and meditation – Isaiah 21:11-12

DIGGING DEEP 58
Topic: Divine Guidance – Part 3

INTRODUCTION: In the second part of our study on Divine Guidance, we leant about prophecy, direct and indirect. We also learnt the nine guidelines for judging a prophecy to know whether it is true or false. In this third Part, we will look at Visions.

1. A vision is a direct illumination from God, Invariably, visions occur while the person concerned is awake or on the verge of sleep. This is perhaps because some people are too busy or too impatient to hear the small still voice of God so that they need to see since they refuse to hear, Exodus 3:1-6, Judges 6:11-23, Judges 13:2-14, Acts 1:1-9, Revelation 1:9-16. The intensity of a vision works on the principle that the farther away we are from God, the louder He has to shout.

2. Visions are also given at times because some people need a concrete experience, a sort of strong point of reference for future service. The principles is that God must speak to us in direct proportion to the challenge we will face in the future, Joshua 5:13, 6:5, acts 16:9-10, Acts 16:22-24, Acts 26:16.

3. A vision may be given to guide or to prepare someone for an important ministry, particularly when the ministry may be dangerous or risk – Acts 10:1-8.

4. A vision can also be given to warn against the danger of self-overestimation or to announce the impending judgment of God – Isaiah 6:1-5, Dan.5:1-5, 25-30, Isaiah 21:1-2, Ezekiel 11:24, 12:27, Daniel 8:1-14.

5. Do you wish to see God? Can you satisfy the necessary conditions? – Matthew 5:8, Number 21:9, John 3:14-15, Acts 7:55, II Kings 6:17, Hebrews 11:24-27, Hebrews 12:4, I Corinthians 2:9-10.

CONCLUSION:what more can a man ask than to have God as a Reward!.

DIGGING DEEP 59
Topic: Divine Guidance – Part 4


INTRODUCTION: In the third part of our study on Divine Guidance, we learnt about Visions. We saw that visions are direct illuminations from God given either to provide a strong point reference to someone being called to higher service to warn against self-overestimation or to prepare someone for an important or risky ministry. In this forth part, of our study, we shall look at Dreams.

1. God speaks in dreams at times, infact; dreams are one of the languages of the Holy Spirit. Dreams could also be used as whip in the punishment of sinners and as a source of comfort and encouragement to those that God loves – Number 12:5-6, Job 33:14-15, Joel 2:28, Job 7:13-14, Deuteronomy 28:67, Gen.28:10-15, I Kings 3:5-15.

2. Dreams cam warn against impending danger or judgment of God and when the dream is repeated, it means its fulfillment is very near indeed – Genesis 20:1-33, Matt.27:1-2,19, Genesis 41:17-24, Genesis 4:32.

3. Dreams can foretell apparently impossible things but with God all things are possible. Infact, God often uses dreams to further His purpose and achieve His planned goals – Genesis 37:5-11, Luke 1:37, Genesis 42:5-9, Genesis 40:9-14, Genesis 41:9-14, 38-41, Judge 7:9-15, Matt.1:18-25, Matt.2:11-12, Matt.2:13-15, Matt.2:19-23.

4. However, we should not put our trust absolutely in dreams and visions for several reasons. Some of these reasons are:
i. What you think on much may be reflected in your dreams.
ii. There are false dreamers
iii. There are false dreams through the influence of Satan
iv. Dreams need to be interpreted and only God can give the correct interpretations
v. The word of God is superior to any visions and dreams and Jesus is the word – Eccl. 5:3, 7, Jere. 23:25,32, II Cor. 11:13-14, Gen. 40:8, Gen. 41:16, Dan. 2:1-5, Dan. 19:23, 27-28, Jere. 23:28-29, Phil.3:8-10.

DIGGING DEEP 60
Topic: Psalms 8 – Part 1
Ps. 8:1

INTRODUCTION: Psalms 8 talk about the Lord our God whose name is just excellent. Lord who is more to be honoured and adored than any other god in the whole world. Who is this Lord? How much of Him do you know? Why must He be praised, adored, magnified, exalted and glorified? These and other questions will be answered as we study Psalms 8 in detail.

1. To be able to praise the Lord Jesus Christ, as you ought, you must make him yours personally, endeavour to know Him intimately. As you become aware of His power, glory, loving kindness, greatness, mighty acts, majesty, goodness, compassion you cannot but praise Him particularly when you recollect how shamefully Satan your former master had treated you – Psalms 63:1-3, Psalms 145:1-9, Matthew 22:45, Phil.2:11, Phil.3:8.

2. Why will we not praise Him when they are doing so in heaven? Why won’t we praise Him whose name endureth forever? Why won’t we praise Him whose name brings untold blessings to anyone who cares call on Him? He cares for the poor, the needy and the barren. No one is too low for His attention even though He alone is the wonder-working God. Revelation 19:5-6, Psalms 72:17-19, Ps. 113:2-9, 148:4-13, Exodus 15:11.

3. With all His powers, He is still merciful, gracious, patient and forgiving, His mercy and faithfulness are as high as the heavens, His righteousness as great mountains, his loving kindness just excellent, His pleasure as a river and His life like a fountain. So that He abundantly cares for the fatherless, supports the widows, fellowship with the lonely and releases the prisoners of sin and Satan – Exodus 34:5-7, Psalms 36:5-9, 57:10-11, 68:4-6, 108:4-5.

4. Do you ever wonder that such a mighty God can listen to prayers and petitions from ants like us? And not only listen, but bother to answer too. No wonder he has a name above every name, He lives forever, unchangeable, able to save His own to the uttermost, absolutely holy and yet harmless, higher than the heavens and yet so humble. O Lord our God, how excellent is Thy Name. I Kings 8:27, Habakkuk 3:3-4, Ephesians 4:10, Philippians 2:6-10, Hebrew 7:24-25, 26.

DIGGING DEEP 61
Topic: Psalms 8 – Part 2
Ps. 8:2

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of this series on Psalms 8 we began to learn about our God whose name is just excellent. We learnt of His great might, strength, love, loving kindness, mercy, grace, miracles, compassion, majesty, glory, etc. No wonder they praise Him unceasingly in Heaven. Hence we must praise Him unceasingly on earth also. We now go on to the second verse in order to discover more about him whose Name is excellent.

1. God prefers to deal with “babies” than with the so-called “adults”. He always reveals deep mysteries to babies” not to the academic giants. For example, praise is the greatest weapon in the hand of any Christian and it is babies who know how to use this weapon most. God strategy of war consist simply in choosing the despised and the weak to launch a surprise attack on His enemies, Matt.11:25, 21:16, Luke 10:21, Psalms 84:4-7, I Corinthians 1:27-28, II Corinthians 20:22, 31:2.

2. True strength, unfailing strength, ever increasing strength comes from the Lord and only those who praise Him constantly have it. Those who think they are strong will fall, but those who fall back on the Lord in their weakness shall exchange their weakness for the strength of the Lord. Our God always turns defeat into victory, death into life, darkness into light the defeated into victor Human extremely in weakness is God’s opportunity to demonstrate His own might strength – Isa 40:28-31, Amos 5:5-9, II Cor. 12:9-10, Psalms 4:4, 46:10, Amos 5:8-9, II Samuel 22:33, Psalms 28:8, Psalms 73:26, Exodus 11:7.

3. When God decides to help you, He has ways you cannot dream of. He has the ability to immobilize your enemies till He has fully established you. A good example is the testimony of Rehab, the harlot; you must remember that you cannot win the battle against Satan on your own strength anyway. However, your enemies cannot win against God either. And God will help you because He loves to help the poor and the helpless. Exodus 15:15-17, Deut. 26:19, Psalms 78:52.

4. An excellent example that our God is the help of the helpless is the true story of Sennacherib verses Hezekiah. That same God is here with us and will subdue our enemies. Therefore, let us show our complete trust in Him by shouting in triumph in defiance of our enemies and in praise of our God whose name is just excellent. Isaiah 37:20-29, 37:33-38, Habakkuk 2:20, Psalms 46:7, 44:5-8, 46:1-3, 47:1-3.

DIGGING DEEP62
Topic: Psalms 8 – Part 3
Ps. 8:3

INTRODUCTION: In part two of this series on Psalms 8 we saw how God preferred to operate through “babies”, the weak the foolish and the despised in order to surprise his enemy, the devil. We saw how those who think they are strong, wise and independent of God will fail but those who fall back on God in their weakness and helplessness will obtain strength and hope. God is the help of the helpless and those who know Him always praise Him. Now, we move on to the third part of the series as we go on to Psalms 8:3.

1. If you wish to see the glory of God, just look up at the heavens. If you want to visit the showroom of the Almighty, just consider the firmament. His works are so glorious and honourable that Solomon in all his spendour falls short of the glory of ordinary grass. But only those who know the values of the works of God appreciate them and to such meditating on the works of God is sweet. Have you ever considered the fact that as high as the stars are, God is higher still? Psalms 19:1, Psalms 19:1, Psalms 111:2-3, Psalms 97:6, Job 37:14, Matt. 6:28-29, Psalms 104:34, Job 22:12, Psalms 102:25-26, Psalms 47:9, Psalms 57:9-11.

2. Have you meditated on the fact that the age of God is unknown that there was once upon a time when there was nothing except God? Have you tried to comprehend His creative ability? Why then do you think there is a problem of yours that he cannot solve? Do you know that his creations do not consist of visible things alone but that there are uncountable invisible things also? The wonder of it is that He just spoke and all things were made. Surely, He is a wonder working God, as even a heathen king confesses – Job 36:22-29, Psalms 102:27, Proverbs 102:27, Proverbs 8:23-27, Romans 1:20, Psalms 33:6, Psalms 77:11-16, Genesis 1:1, 3,6,9, 11, Daniel 4:1-3.

3. What He can do with a single finger of His, all the world scientists can never do. With a single finger. He overpowers Satan, binds him and casts out demons. He controls the movements of the sun, moon and stars and He can make them obey you if you know how to please Him. Exodus 8:16-19, Exodus 31:18, Luke 11:20-22, Daniel 5:5, Psalms 104:19, Joshua 10:12-13, Ps.186:7-9.

4. The heavens and all they contain are not to be worshipped by us but they are to join us in praising the Creator of us all. Now He has such a large army of His own that could praise Him continuously so that if you do not praise Him, He loses nothing by it, it is you who would lose something. Also, consider the fact that even the stars are not pure in His sight because the sight of His glory is like a devouring sire. So much so that whenever His glory descended in the olden days even the priests could not stand? Do you not therefore count it a great priviledge that a dirty worm like you can praise the one who is called Glorious in Holiness? Psalms 148:1-5, Deut. 4:19, Job 25:3-6, Exodus 24:17, I Kings 8:11.

LESSON 63
Topic: Psalms 8 – Part 4
Ps. 8:4

INTRODUCTION: In the previous studies in this series, we saw why we must praise the one whose name is excellent in all the earth. The works of His mighty hand, the stars, the moon, the sun, the firmament, the birds, fishes, animals, insects, plants, flowers, precious stones etc, are all objects of great beauty and glory. All His creatures praise Him, why should we human beings the best of all His creations fail to praise Him continuously? Now, we wish to discover other reasons why we should magnify the Lord.

1. Man is nothing whereas if God merely touches the mountains, they begin to smoke. God is so big that heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him. So He fills the heaven and the earth as well. He knows how much water is in the oceans and the weight of the mountains. He knows what is in the darkness and even the secret thoughts of every man. His wisdom and knowledge is beyond comprehension. Psalms 144:3-5, II Chronicles 6:18, Jeremiah 23:24, Isaiah 66:1-2, Acts 17:27, Isaiah 40:12-17, Daniel 2:22, I Corinthians 3:20, Isaiah 40:28, Job 25:6, Psalms 4:2, I Samuel 2:3, Matthew 6:8, Psalms 80:17.

2. Man is so frail, so transient that he cannot be relied upon. He is here today and gone tomorrow like a grass that withers and fades away. Whereas, not only does God live forever but He has the power to make and unmake. Yet God loves man so much that He calls himself – “The Son of Man”. Even though He is so high, yet He humble Himself to the level of man, reaching down to help even those on the dunghill – Psalms 146:3-4, Isaiah 40:6-8, Isaiah 51:12-15, Psalms 90:5-6, Psalms 103:15-16, Isaiah 51:12, I Peter 1:24, Psalms 78:39, Matthew 8:20, Psalms 113:4-6, Psalms 138:6.

3. God magnifies the dust of the earth called man to such an extent that He wants to visit man daily. Not only does He come to visit but He does not come empty handed either. The first present in His hand is Salvation. Other presents include: children for barren, deliverance from slavery to sin and Satan, comfort to the afflicted, answers to prayers, etc. How else can we repay this Great visitor for all His kindness except to praise Him continually? Job 7:17-18, Psalms 106:4, Genesis 21:1-3, Exodus 4:31, Luke 1:68, Luke 19:44, I Peter 2:12, Psalms 116:12-13.

LESSON 64
Topic: Psalms 8 – Part 5
Ps. 8:5

INTRODUCTION: We have been considering the Excellencies of the name of our God. But much as we study we will find that there is so much to learn about our great, majestic and wonderful God. It is easy to agree with the Scriptures as recorded in Job 37:22-27, it says, “fair weather cometh out of the north, with God is terrible majesty. Touching the Almighty, we cannot find Him out: He is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice, he will not afflict. Now we want to proceed to Psalms 8:5.

1. Angels are very strong, yet they obey God and do only those things that are pleasing to Him. They worship Him by the millions. However, excellent as angels are, God still decided in His infinite wisdom that He would still prefer a creature that is like Himself so he gave a part of Himself and transformed ordinary dust to something wonderful called man. It is not only life that God imparted to man but He transferred part of His glory also. Psalms 103:20-21, Nehemiah 9:6, Daniel 7:10, Hebrew 12:22, Acts 12:7, Acts 27:23, Exodus 14:19, James 2:26, Proverbs 20:27, Job 32:8, I Corinthians 11:7.

2. As excellent as angels are, God considers them foolish. Even though angels are immortal and man is ordinary dust yet God loves man. It is this inexplicable love that changes God Himself to man in the form of Jesus Christ. That is, God puts Himself into the “prison” of a clay body so that he might fully appreciate the difficulties of man and thus be able to help us sympathetically. Also, all the blessings that man lost when he sinned, God restored them after salvation. But these valuable blessings honour, success, victories etc were paid for dearly by Jesus Christ with His precious blood, Job 4:28-21, Philippians 2:5-8, John 3:16, Genesis 2:16-18, Psalms 21:3-5, Hebrew 7:26, Hebrew 8:1, I Corinthians 6:21, I Peter 1:18-19, Psalms 45:1-36, John 13:31-32, Psalms 91:15, John 12:26, I Samuel 2:7, Psalms 75:7, Daniel 2:21.

3. Tremendous power and glory are transferred to man through the achievements and glorification of Jesus Christ. One of such unspeakable blessings transferred to us is that death has lost its power over us because Christ has removed its sting. And there is no greater power than being able to use that name that is above all names, that excellent name JESUS – Ephesians 1:15-23, Hebrew 2:9, I Corinthians 15:51-57, I Peter 1:18-21, Proverbs 16:7, John 8:29, Hebrew 13:16, Philippians 2:9-11.

LESSON 65
Topic: Psalms 8 – Part 6
Ps. 8:6-9

INTRODUCTION: In the last few studies we have been study Psalms 8 in details, learning about our God whose Name is excellent. We have learnt about His greatness, His awesome power and His love for the dust of the earth called man. We have discovered that even angels, as powerful as they are relegated to the background while God in His infinite wisdom exalt man. Now, we want to conclude our series Psalms 8 and we look at the last four verses together.

1. God created a lot of things and in great numbers too. And there are quite some giants among them too, living on land and sea. Notable among these giants are the behemoths and leviathans. God made them all in different sizes and shapes in His infinite wisdom and supplies all their needs in His infinite providence. Finally, He created man in His own image to oversee all His creatures and to rule over them. To make the assignment easy, God puts the fear of man in every creature so that man can tame any animal. But man, who God call a “god” lost his highly exalted position when he sinned – Genesis 1:20-25, Job 40:15-24, Job 41:1-7, Psalms 104:24-27, Genesis 1:26-28, Genesis 9:2, James 3:7, I Corinthians 11:7, James 3:9, Matthew 6:20, Psalms 82:6-7.
2. However the great love of God for man persists so that he sent Christ to redeem us. Through Christ the dominion that man lost has been regained so that no power is great enough to defeat us now. Today, Jesus Christ backs every believer with an awesome power: the total power in the universe since Christ Himself is seated on the right hand of power of God, we can claim that we have a friend in the highest office in the universe. And that friend is the Lord of both the living and the dead, including “non-living” things as well. Now since Christ is our Brother we being children of the same Father, whatever Christ has belongs to us because we are part and parcel of Him, even of His flesh and bones – Hebrew 1:1-4, John 17:23, Romans 8:38-39, Matthew 28:18-20, Genesis 28:15, Exodus 33:14, Hebrew 2:8-12, Deuteronomy 20:1, Matthew 18:20, Psalms 110:1, John 3:31, Romans 14:9, Genesis 28:15, Colossians 1:8, Matthew 8:27, Romans 7:4, I Corinthians 6:15, I John 2:24, Ephesians 5:30.
3. So now we have God the father at the head of all things, the Lord Jesus Christ as His right hand and all believers as the body of Christ with all else at our feet. Now, there are many questions that man, in His own wisdom, can never answer. For example; who is the father of the rain or the mother of the dew? But God has the answer to all these questions and many more. Infacts it is possible to know all the details about God but believers should rejoice nonetheless. This is because since there is none more blessed than the people of God. No wonder we should just keep on blessing that excellent Name, JESUS – I Cor. 15:23-28, Ephesians 1:19-22, Job 38:28-41, Job 39:1-5, Job 11:7-9, 5:9, Eccl.3:11, I Corinthians 2:16, Deuteronomy 22:26-29
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Topic: The New Life

INTRODUCTION: The Bible says that if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, II Corinthians 5:17. What exactly does that mean? What are the implications of being in Christ? What does being born again implies? These and other similar questions should be full settled by the time we finish this study in Jesus Name.

1. If you are truly in Jesus, then you are in God and God is in you through Christ. Consequently, you not only have redemption and righteousness of God but also sanctification and the wisdom of God become available to you. As a result of this, tremendous blessings from God can be yours through Christ. However, these blessings carry some responsibilities too: holiness, purity and love. In short, we are expected to be saints. In other words, we are either sinners or saints since there is no such combination as half-sinner half-saint. And what we are will show through our fruits: our behaviour speech, habits, mode of dressing etc, John 14:20, John 15:5-8, I Corinthians 1:30, Ephesians 1:3-4, Philippians 4:21, Romans 8:1-9, Romans 16:7,11, Galatians 3:28-29, Galatians 5:6, Psalms 51:10, Ezekiel 18:31-32, John 17:23, Matthew 12:33.

2. In actual fact, being in Christ means we must become new babies, without a past record, starting completely afresh. We must become brand new creatures. Even our former “good works” must be forgotten too so that God can start His own good works in us. Any patch of our old self with the new will only make our life completely miserable. Therefore, the person we used to be must be dead and buried. An entirely new person must resurrect to whom sin must be a total stranger. Otherwise, we will not be able to fellowship with other true saints, join the household of God or be temple fit for God to occupy – John 3:3,5, Galatians 6:15, Ephesians 2:8-10, Isaiah 65:17-18, Matthew 9:16-17, Romans 6:4-7, Romans 8:19-14, Ephesians 2:18-22.

3. Therefore, our new life in Christ implies two things: (i) We must put off our old sinful self and (ii) we must put on a new righteous man who is truly holy. The things that have to go are nothing but dung compared to the blessings in Jesus Christ anyway. Some of them are: fornication, uncleanness, covetousness, anger, wrath, malice, filthy communication and lying. And when you remember that your old self belongs to a fast perishing world and that new self will belong to a coming kingdom where there is no sorrow, death, pain or any evil, it should be easy to choose. I prefer the new life in Christ to the old life in sin. What of you? Ephesians 4:22-24, Philippians 3:7-10, Colossians 3:1-10, II Pet.3:10-13, Revelation 21:1-5.

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Topic: Why God Chose You – Part 1

 

INTRODUTION: The word of God says: “Many are called but few are chosen” – Matthew 22:14. Praise God you are one of the chosen few: But why are you chosen by God? Jesus made it plain in John 15:16, when He said, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruits should remain…”

1. God who has chosen you from your mother’s womb has a purpose for doing so. He wants to be glorified in you, by you and though you. He loved you even before you know Him and it is only reasonable that you respond to that love. It is the supreme mercy of God that has made you what you are today, a saved soul, it is His purpose that you be an instrument of honour to Him – Isaiah 49:1-3, I John 4:10, 19, Exodus 19:5, Deut. 14:2, Psalms 78:52, Luke 1:17, Acts 15:14, Romans 9:11-16, 21.
2. One of the reasons why God chose you is to bear fruits. Now there are many types of fruits that God expects from you. These includes: (i) fruits of repentance as evidence of your turning away from sin (ii) fruit acceptable to God, the type of fruit that those who had died with Christ and had arisen with him can bear (iii) fruit of the Holy Spirit which is in goodness, righteousness and truth and (iv) souls for Christ, Matthew 3:8-9, Romans 7:4, Romans 6:22, Hebrew 12:11, Matthew 13:8, Philippians 1:11, II Corinthians 9:10, Philippians 4:17, Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 5:9-10.
3. In order to be able to bear fruits for Christ, there are certain conditions to be satisfied, these conditions include (i) being in perpetual contact with Jesus Christ who is the living water (ii) understanding Jesus fully, because He is the word of God (iii) Being dead to the old life, (iv) constant spiritual polishing and (v) abiding permanently in Jesus Christ the Lord – Psalms 1:1-3, Matt.13:23, John 1:1, John 12:24, John 15:2, John 15:5, Philippians 4:13.
4. It is a dangerous thing not to bear fruits for the Lord. There are several reasons why this is so. Some of them are the facts that unfruitfulness (i) is a sign of worldliness (ii) a sign of misuse or disuse of talents (iii) disappoints the Master (iv) leads to Divine judgment and (v) ends in final rejection Matthew 12:22, Luke 13:6, Luke 19:20, Matthew 3:10, Hebrews 6:8, John 15:6.

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Topic: The Crucified Life


INTRODUCTION:
It was established in part one of this study that God chose you so that you may (i) go (ii) bring forth fruit and (iii) that your fruit should remain – John 15:16. It was also established that there are two types of fruits: (a) fruits that result from repentance and (b) producing (i.e. converting) other children for God. Both types are connected. There is fruit of righteousness which is sown only by those who get men to make peace with God i.e. soul-winners Proverbs 11:30, James 3:18, and happy are such fruitful people, Isaiah 55:10-13. Now, we want to look at the second type of fruit – souls

1. The reason we are separated unto God from our mother’s womb is so that we might preach the gospel to others. It is not to all that the light of Jesus has been shown. It has been shown to you in all His power so that you too can show it to others. God allowed you to see and hear what you have heard so that you can pass the message on to the rich and the poor, the educated and illiterate, big men and “small”. Since God used others to reach you, it is only reasonable that you must reach others yet unreached – Galatians 1:15-16, Acts 10:38-41, Acts 9:10-15, Acts 22:14-15, Romans 1:13-14, Romans 15:16-19.

2. Witnessing to others is not a matter of choice. It is not something you do if you like, when you like or how you like. It is compulsory and seriously so. Infact we are in great danger if we fail to do so effectively. God will not accept any excuse from you either. He that sends you will supply the strength, grace, wisdom, and power to be successful soul-winner once you yield to Him. Not only will he back you up with all the powers in heaven and on earth. He even allow a tremendous amount of personal power through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I Corinthians 9:16-18, Jeremiah 1:5-7, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 24:47-49, Romans 15:15-16, Matt.28:18-20, Acts 1:8.

3. As a Christian, you are of the seed of Abraham and must therefore be a blessing to the whole world. This can only be so if you produce children who will in turn produce more children. That is you are not only to win others to Christ but you are to make disciples of them also so that they too can become soul-winners. You are to pass the batons of the Gospel of peace to your children who will pass them on the their children and so on till Jesus comes. Generations after generations are to carry on the works of witnessing for Christ Jesus, the beloved Son of the Father, was sent to win you back to God. He paid a terrible price to achieve this purpose. Now, as the Lover of your soul, He sends you to claim the world back to Him. You must not let his sacrifice be in vain. Remember. He loves you so, Genesis 18:18, II Timothy 2:2, I Corinthians 3:6-15, Psalms 71:17-18, Psalms 78:4-6, Psalms 145:4, Acts 20:25-28, John 21:15:17, John 20:21.

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Topic: The Crucified Life

INTRODUCTION: Paul said in Galatians 2:20 that “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, but not I Christ liveth in me…” How can a man be crucified and at the same time he is alive? What does it means to live a crucified life? What does Paul mean by saying “Christ liveth in Me? This and many other questions we will try and answer in this study in JESUS name.

1. THE CRUCIFIED LIFE IS ONE EXPECTING THE RAPTURE: Death as Christians knows it does not mean the end of life. Yet Christians have to be dead to certain things: that is there are certain things he will never do anymore or support doing. These include flesh and the lust thereof, lust and pleasure of the world. Galatians 5:17, Galatians 6:14, Colossians 2:13. It is important that we are crucified with Christ, so that (i) we will not continue in sin. (ii) we can grow in the Spirit (iii) So that we can please God (iv) we can have new life and peace (v) we might reign with Christ during his appearing – Romans 8:3-9, Colossians 2:11-14, Romans 6:8, Colossians 3:3-6, John 14:19-20.

2. BEING DEAD TO SIN LIVES TREMENDOUS GROWTH IN THE SPIRIT: The world will constantly tempt us and this is why we must be dead daily to all the world ropes that Satan might be throwing. Also, since the body is dead, the Spirit will overrule and the Christian will b established and rooted in God, until we are empowered in the knowledge and fullness of God – II Corinthians 4:10-11, II Corinthians 13:3-5, Ephesians 3:16-17, Colossians 1:23-27, I Thessalonians 5:9-10. Being crucified with Christ is like inflicting oneself with punishment but is a truthful life to enjoy divine deep fellowship. This is because flesh is a co-worker with Satan, a spy in his army and terribly dangerous enemy too. I Peter 4:1-2, Revelation 3:20, II Corinthians 10:3.

3. THE CRUCIFIED LIFE IS ONE THAT LIVES BY FAITH IN JESUS AND IS POWERFUL: being crucified with Christ, according to the experience of some Christians is a life of faith. It is faith in a hidden power and grace of God that makes the crucified life not only possible but also with peace, joy and glorious hope Gal 3:11, John 6:57, Romans 1:17, Romans 6:1-2, II Corinthians 1:24, II Corinthians 5:7, 14-15, Philippians 4:13, I Peter 1:8-9. Jesus gave himself for you, not only to save your soul but also that victorious Christian life might be yours also, with unfilthiness and holiness. He loves you and he will make you more than an overcomer, if you allow him to do that for you. Titus 2:11-14, Gal. 1:3-4, Matt. 20:28, John 10:11, John 15:13-14, Rom.8:37

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Topic: Love Not The World – Part 1

INTRODUCTION: In the book of John 2:15-17 the word of God says “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world, if any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but of the world. And the world passeth away and the lust of it, but he that doeth the will of the father abideth forever”. This passage is one of those that many people hate most in the Bible because many want the advantages derived from being Christians, forgetting the part they have to play. What exactly is God saying here? How can we be in the world without loving the world? What are the dangers in loving the world? These and many other questions we will try to answer in this study in Jesus name.

1) THE MAIN GOAL OF HUMAN BEINGS THAT LOVE THE WORLD IS TO PLEASED MEN ONLY
a) Those who seek to please men cannot please God. This is because you cannot perfectly please God in a way that is acceptable if you are still being controlled by paying attention to the world. You cannot eat your cake and have it. You either love God and hate the world or not at all. God will not compromise this issue at all. God is a jealous God. Nothing can be called a spiritual-worldly-person. He is either world or spiritual – Galatians 1:10, Romans 12:1-2, Matt. 6:19-24, Jam.4:4-6, Luke 16:13, Galatians 5:16-17.

b) CHILDREN OF GOD ARE STRANGER ON EARTH BUT CITIZENS OF HEAVEN
Children of God cannot love the world because the world is an enemy of God. If the world does not hate you, then you must have failed spiritually. Once we were of the world, doing things that made God angry but has passed away now. What concern us now should be those things of our new citizenship and not of the old one. Also, Naira is not spent where we are going and the houses are not built with hands. Our passport into His Kingdom will be holiness, love, patience, meekness, etc John 15:18-19, Ephesians 2:1-3, Colossians 3:1-2, Titus 2:11-14, I Tim 6:6-12.

2) IT IS EASY TO RECOGNISE THOSE WHO LOVE THE WORLD:
a) One way to know those who are worldly is through the word that proceeds out of their mouth. Other traits of the world include: disobedience, pleasure, malice, murmuring, accusation, talkativeness, ostentation and contempt, jealousy is also a trait of worldliness especially when it proceeds from (i) an ambition to outshine others (ii) dissatisfaction (iii) lack of foresight, I John 4:5-6, Titus 3:3, Judges 16:19, Romans 13:12-14. Loving the world is not limited to just amazing wealth alone, but also wrong use of our money and eyes as well as those who refuse to bless the needy with their substance are worldly, Matt.5:27-30, Num. 11:4-6, 33-34. Ps. 78:18-31, Prov. 6:25, I John 3:17.

b) THE CRISTIANS HAVE THEIR OWN MARKS TOO
Spiritual Christians are easy to recognize in that they are full of praises, self control, faithfulness, obedience, patience, humility, good works, honour God and His commands. Regularly read the Bible broad in learning, prayerful, fellowshipping with the saints. Hates former sinners of the past. I Peter 17, 1:14, 4:1-4, II Peter 2:10-18, I Peter 2:2, Joshua 1:8, Psalms 1:1-2, II Peter 3:18.

3) LUST IS A DESTROYER, RUN FROM IT
a) Sin started with lust of the flesh as one who is smart. Instant destruction came upon man though lusts of the eyes and flesh. The sin of Achan and the destruction that followed started when he looked – Genesis 3:6, Genesis 6:1-7, Joshua 7:20-26.

b) WISE CHRISTIANS LOVE NOT THE WORLD, BUT FOOLISH CHRISTIANS LOVE THE WORLD:
The wisest and richest king Solomon amongst those who ever lived in the world knew that it is vanity to heap wealth to one self. Satan’s proclamation today is how to draw people with the glittering things of the world. Job knew the danger in the lust of the eyes. David knew what he paid for loving the things of the world especially in the areas of agonizing prayer. Eccl.5:10-12, Matt. 4:8-10, Luke 4:5-8, Job 31:1-3, Ps.119:36-38. Loving the world is very dangerous.

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Topic: Love Not The World – Part 2


INTRODUCTION:
In the first part of this series on “love not the world”, we learnt that the chief desire of worldly people is to please men rather than God. But true children of God are strangers in this world because they are actually citizens of the heaven. Therefore, their desire is to please God rather than men. We also discovered some of the characteristics of worldly people as well as those of spiritual Christians. We concluded with a warning to flee from the killer called “LUST”, and that wise Christians are not worldly whereas worldly Christians are not wise. Now, we want to continue our study on this essential theme. May the Lord quicken our understanding in Jesus Name.

1) WEALTH WITHOUT CHRIST IS WORTHLESS:
a) Wealth without Christ is a waste of time energy and effort. The best the world can offer us is vanity. There is nothing to be envious about in the prosperity of sinners. Their end shows that those who put God first are wise. The poor Christian in the will of God is far superior to the rich sinner and any business endeavour that leaves God out of the picture or places God second is foolishness of the highest degree – Psalms 39:9-6, James 4:13-15, James 1:9-11, Psalms 73:3, 18-20.

b) THEY SAY, “THINGS OF BEAUTY IS OF JOY FOREVER” BUT DOESN’T BEAUTH FADE?
All the beauties of the world are transient. The old women of today were the beautiful damsels of yesterday. Everything will fade except the word of God. That is why it is foolish to follow the fashions of this world. In any case, how long are we going to be here for? And why must we love the creatures more than the Creator? Particularly when we know that the creatures will pass away but the Creator remains forever – Isaiah 40:6-8, I Corinthians 7:31, Psalms 90:9-10, Psalms 102:25-27.

2) IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO CALL JESUS ‘LORD’ HE MUST BE TRULY ‘THE LORD’
a) If the living God is your God, you will desire above all things to know his will and do it, because He is a good God and His will is not grievous. In any case, you have to do His will to qualify for heaven and His will opposite to that of the world. Only those who do the express will of God are true brothers and sisters of Christ. Others bear the titles “brother” and “sister” in vain Psalms 143:10, Matt.7:2, Matt 21:28-32, Mark 3:31-32, John 7:11-17.

b) TO KNOW JESUS IS TO LOVE HIM: TO LOVE HIM IS TO DO HIS WILL:
The will of God concerning your body is that it be a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to Him (not to the world). Concerning your mind, His will is that you do not think the way of the world but to constantly strive to be exactly like God in goodness, perfection, soberness, humility, and faith. He wants you to know Him, please Him. Be worthy of Him, joyful, strong, fruitful, wise, patient sanctified holy, honourable and always thankful. In particular, He wants you to avoid fornication and adultery at all cost – Romans 12:1-3, Colo.1:9-11, 4:12, I Thess 4:3-7, 5:18, Heb.10:36, I Pet.2:2.

3) DEATH ENDS YOUR STAY IN THIS WORLD, BUT DEATH IS NOT THE TRUE END
The things of the world will perish with the world. You came with nothing into this world and when you die you will take nothing out. But if you decide unchangeably to pitch your tent with Christ today and forsake the world, then there is an inheritance that cannot be corrupted or fade, which will be yours on the last day. The choice is yours: either to love the world or to love the Lord – Psalms 125:1-2, Proverbs 10:25, John 4:14, 6:58, 10:27-30, I Peter 1:3-5.

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Topic: That I May Know Him – Part 1

INTRODUCTION: many people believe that Paul the Apostle was the greatest of the Apostles of old. Definitely, he did much for Christ. II Corinthians 11:5. But one of the most profound of his statements in our opinion is in Philippians 3:7-14. These verses of the Scripture are what we want to look at more closely in this beginning from this study. It is our prayer that by the time we finish those series, we shall know Christ the more.

1) TO REIGN IN THE NEXT WORLD, YOU MUST FORSAKE THIS ONE:
a) Since this world is going to perish with all its wealth and admirers, those who will reign in the next world are those who are prepared to forsake all. And if all you have in this world and all the world can offer you be forfeited in exchange for the kingdom of God, it will be a good bargain indeed. If it costs you the loss of friends and relations too, it is still a very light loss. However, if you prefer this world to the next then you better enjoy as much as you can now, because there is no enjoyment in hell. And without doubt, if you cling to this world and its deceitful riches, you are doomed forever, Genesis 19:17-26, Matt. 13:44-46, Luke 14:26, 33a, Luke 16:9, Luke 17:32-33.

b) YOUR SOUL IS TOO PRECIOUS: DO NOT JOKE WITH IT: Solomon, the richest man ever to live, considered losing your wealth to save your life a reasonable deal. He said that wise men will pay any price for the truth, but we know that Jesus Christ, the Truth is priceless. Jesus considers your soul more precious than the whole world. He should know, because it cost him His own life to redeem your soul. Surprisingly, even the devil knows that your life is more precious than your possessions, Proverbs 13:8, 23:23, Matthew 16:26, Acts 27:18-19,38, Galatians 2:15-17, Job 2:4.

2) TO KNOW CRIST IS TO HAVE THE WISDOM OF GOD, PHILODOPHIES ARE VANITY:
a) There is not glory in human wisdom; your children cannot inherit your certificates. There is not glory in human might or riches: they do not last forever. But it is glorious to know Christ. Moreover, many of the wise men of this world do not know the only person they should know in order to become truly wise. And those of us who know Him did so through the grace and mercy of God and not by our own wisdom or cleverness, Jere.9:23-24, Matthew 11:25-27, I Corinthians 1:18-20, Matthew 16:16-17, Luke 10:22, I Cor. 2:2.

b) TO KNOW CHRIST IS TO LIVE FOREVER, BECAUSE IT IS GOD WHO REVEALS HIM TO PEOPLE: what is life eternal? It is to know the true God and Jesus Christ his Son. Those who believe not are blinded by the devil and those of us who believe must rejoice and glorify God because it is God who commanded His light to shine into our hearts. It is through the mercy of God, who had known us before we were born, that we know Jesus Christ today as our Saviors and Lord. To some people, Jesus Christ means nothing. But to those of us who know Him, He is the most precious thing in our lives John 17:2, II Corinthians 4:4-6, Gal. 1:15-16, Ephesians 1:17-18, John 14:19-21, I Peter 2:7-10.

3) BLESSED ARE THOSE THAT MOURN NOW: THEY SHALL LAUGH LAST, AND SOON TOO: saying good-bye to all your former dreams may cause you some initial sorrow, but at the end you will rejoice. We may suffer some hardships because of our determination to follow Christ completely, but then the glory to come is just incomparable with sufferings of now. Consider how Jesus suffered and how he now reigns supreme. Moreover, the end is much nearer than you think. Keep up the race; the glorious day is fast approaching.
Psalms 126:5-6, Romans 8:16-19, Isaiah 53:7-12, Philippians 2:5-11, Revelation 3:21, II Peter 3:17-18, I John 2:18.

Digging Deep No. 73
Topic: That I May Know Him – Part 2

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of this series, we learnt that there is nothing as precious as our soul. That the wealth of the whole world is not enough to pay for one soul. Consequently, we learnt that anything that the world may offer us in exchange for the knowledge of Christ and eternal life must be vigorously rejected. Now, we proceed in our quest to know him more.

1) MAN IS NATURALLY WICKED, FITHY, AND TOTALLY UNRELIABLE.
a) We all know that man is naturally wicked. He takes to sin as a fish takes to water. Evan the so called saints of old are not totally reliable: they did strong things under pressure David versus Nabal, Peter versus the gentiles, etc. In fact, before the advent of Christ, God’s testimony of man is that He is absolutely filthy without exception. The great problem about sins is that there are some we commit unknowingly. But ignorance is no plea in law. Thank God for the blood of Jesus that cleanses from all sins. Job 15:14-16, Psalms 14:2-3, Psalms 130:3-4, 13:1-2, 19: 12-13, I John 1:7.

b) THE SIN OF THE WHOLE WORLD WAS SUCH A BURDEN THAT EVEN THE ALMIGHTY JESUS GROANED UNDER IT: When man is at his best, he is like a rag dipped in night-soil in the sight of God. When at his worst, he is desperate wicked. Thank God, Jesus came for sinners not for those who trust in their own righteousness. Because we all had strayed at one time or the other and it takes the Almighty God’s son Himself to bear the iniquities of us all. And it was such a heavy burden that even Christ groaned under it. Isaiah 64:5-6, Jeremiah 17:9, Matthew 9:12-13, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 26:37-39, Mark 14:33-36, Luke 22:41-44.

2) TO KNOW CHRIST THEREFORE IS TO BE FREE, JOYFUL, HOPEFUL, SAFE AND POWERFUL:
a) To know Christ is to be free from your burden of sin, sickness, sorrow, and condemnation. To know Him is to be full of joy and hope; strong unshakable hope that provides an anchor that is sure and steadfast in any storm of life. The whole world may perish, but those who know Christ and are in Him shall be safe from eternal destructions. To know Him is to have the unfathomable wisdom and power of God. Isaiah 53:4-5, Romans 8:1, John 1:3-5, Hebrews 6:17-20, Genesis 7:23, Deuteronomy 19:1-3, I Corinthians 1:24.

b) THE MORE YOU KNOW HIM, THE HUMBLER YOU BECOME: The closer you get to Christ, the humbler you become. This is because the knowledge of His holiness exposes your sinfulness, His purity exposes your corruption. To catch even a glimpse of Christ in all His glorious holiness and spotless perfection is to utterly abhor your so-called holiness and purity. Job 42:5-6, I Corinthians 4:9-13, Isaiah 6:1-5, Psalms 24:3-4.

3) TO KNOW JESUS IS TO READILY ACCEPT HIM AS LORD: King David saw Jesus Christ a far off. And though he was His great ancestor, He still called Him Lord because he realized even then that He is the King of kings. Those who had felt the delivering power of this great Monarch. Jesus, who has power over even the devil, find it easy to call Him Lord. Those who had doubted Him before always call Him Lord whenever they see Him in His resurrected glory. Beside, He is a most generous Lord. Others have surrendered all to Him before: why not you? Luke 20:41-44, John 20:1, 11, 13, John 20:26-28, Matthew 19:27-29

Digging Deep No. 74
Topic: That I May Know Him – Part 3


INTRODUCTION:
In the two previous studies, we have been studying Philippians 3:7-14 in some details. Our desire is to know Jesus more. The question then is: How do I know that I know Him? I John 2:3-4 gives the answer (i) if I find Him I will keep His commandments, (ii) if I enjoy His words and I am guided by them, (iii) if I walk as He walked, love, compassion, purity, holiness and power; then I know Him. And what about the power of His resurrection?

1) THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION IS PRESENT WHEREVER CHRIST IS PRESENT:
a) Before the History of man, Jesus Christ lived. Some 2,000 years ago, He dies for 3 days but He arose and has been alive ever since. From eternity to eternity He is alive. He tasted death once, for you and for me, but He is above now so that we who are crucified with Him may live forever triumphant victoriously and above sin. The power of His resurrection can (i) raise the dead, (ii) give life to the dying , (iii) bestow eternal life to the believers (iv) rescue the perishing and (v) bring believers out of their grave on the resurrection morning. The power is present wherever Jesus is. Revelation 1:18, Romans 6:4-11, John 5:28-29, John 10:18, John 11:25-26.

b) YOU MUST DIE IN ORDER TO LIVE THE MORE YOUDIE, THE MORE YOU LIVE: This power to permeated the body of Jesus Christ that even though He spent 3 days in the grave His body did not rot. That same power is given to those who are baptized in the Spirit. But for this power it would have been worthless being a Christ. This is because our present body is death-bound and we must not put our trust in it. In fact we must die daily to the flesh so that resurrection power of Christ might be made more abundantly manifest in our lives. Acts 2:31-39, I Cor. 15:16-20, II Cor. 1:9-10, II Cor. 4:10-15.

2) IF YOU WANT TO SHARE IN HIS POWER AND GLORY, YOU MUST SHARE IN HIS SUFFERINGS TOO:
a) When Christ surrendered Himself to death on the cross, He was mocked as a weakling; but when He rose triumphantly, seasoned soldiers fainted at the sight of His glory. You can share in this powerful glory if you are prepared to share in the mocking too. To share in His power and glory, it is only fair that you share in His trials, persecutions, death and burial. You must die in order to live; the cross must precede the crown, II Corinthians 13:4, Ephesians 1:19-21, Matthew 20:20-23, Col. 2:13, Romans 6:3-5.
b) JOINT – PRINVILAGES IMPLY JOINT – RESPONSIBILITIES:
If we are to be joint-heirs of the unthinkable riches of God, we have to be joint-hears in the sufferings for the building of the kingdom. If we are to live with Him, we must die with Him; if we are to reign with Him, we must suffer for His sake. If we deny Him, we are the losers since He has nothing to loose now. Therefore, the more you suffer for Him, the happier you should be because this is your evidence that the “Spirit and glory of God resteth on you” Romans 8:17, 29, II Tim.2:11-13, Col. 1:23-27, II Cor. 1:5, I Pet.4:13-14.

3) THOSE WHO HAVE THE RESURRECTION POWER IN THEM HAVE A LINK WITH HEAVEN: The rapture is coming even as it is written. Those of us who are living or dying who belong to Him have an unimaginable blessing waiting for us when our Lord shall come again. Of course, it is because He rose from the dead that he can come again. And the beauty of it all is that those of us who truly have Christ in us, have this power in us and hence we have a “telephone” link with heaven. Hence when the trump shall sound, we shall hear and off to glory we go, I Thess 4:13-17, Col. 3:1-4, I Pet.1:3-6, Romans 8:9-11.

Digging Deep No. 75
Topic: That I May Know Him – Part 4
 

INTRODUCTION: In the last study, in this series, we delved deeply into “The Power of His Resurrection”. This week as we continue in our quest to know Him more, we wish to peep into “the resurrection of the dead” the need for Christian perfection and how to attain it. This is an extremely important series: do not miss any part of it.

1) THE COST OF SALVATION IS HEAVY: IT IS THE BLOOD OF JESUS:
a) Money cannot buy salvation, nor any gift of the Spirit of God. Neither can we save ourselves by self-effort. The cost of Salvation is the blood of Jesus, the life of the Almighty God Himself. That is why winning a soul is so important that a true witness must be able to adapt himself to any situation in order to win more souls. Psalms 49:6-7, Acts 8:18-22, Romans 7:18, 25, I Corinthians 9:19-22.

b) SATAN IS ALIVE AND WELL BEWARE OF HIM: while winning others to Christ, you must constantly remember that your own soul is precious too and you must do all you can to preserve your salvation. You must realize that Satan has improved tremendously on his basic technique, which floored Eve. So that as you follow-up your new converts you must watch out for Satan as well. He knows how to drain oil from a burning lamp. Do not for a moment give room to the ally of Satan, the flesh, so that you might not leave the narrow road that leads to the resurrection morning, I Corinthians 9:24-27, II Corinthians 11:3, I Thessalonians 3:5, Galatians 5:16-17, II Thessalonians 2:1-3.

2) APPARENTLY, THE JOY OF RESURRECTION SURPASSES THE JOY OF THE RAPTURE:
a) Some people think that there will be no resurrection but many saint know better. Seeing far into the suture to the wonderful day of resurrection, they refused Divine deliverance once an opportunity to die come. Makes one to wonder if resurrection is better than rapture, Acts 26:8, Hebrews 11:25, Psalms 119:176.

b) GETTING TO HEAVEN IS A BATTLE: NO CIVILIANS IN THE ARMY OF THE CROSS: Because of the great blessings in heaven, the Christian life is a war; but a war we have won 2000 years ago. The hottest of the warfare is in the mouth; the use of the tongue. Another hot zone is the hand, with all the spiritual implications of the team “clean hands”. However, if we will humbly ourselves and allow Jesus to lead the way, we will make it. I Timothy 6:12, James 3:2, Job 17:9, Psalms 138:6-8.

3) ONLY THOSE WHO ARE PERFECT CAN DWELL IN HEAVEN
a) Everything in heaven is perfect, therefore only those who are perfect will feel at home there. In the city of the living God, only the perfect saints can dwell there, it is to help us reach perfection that God provided the five-fold ministers of Apostles, prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers. I Cor. 13:9-10, II Cor. 7:1, II Cor.13:9, Heb.12:22-23, Ephesians 4:11-12.

b) GOD WILL MAKE YOU PERFECT, IF YOU ALLOW HIM TO: Becoming perfect is a matter of cooperation between you and God, i.e. God does it if you allow Him to. First, He provides the water then creates a thirst in you and then shows you the way to the water. But even though a true thirst after righteousness is more agonizing than any physical thirst. God will never force you to drink of the river of perfection: Hebrews 13:21, I Peter 5:10, Psalms 42:1-2, Psalms 63:1-3,8, Psalms 84:2, Ps. 94:15, II Peter 1:5-8, II Peter 3:17-18.

Lesson 51
DIGGING DEEP 51
Topic: We need A Revival Part 1

INTRODUCTION: what is a religious? Revival means a religious awakening, a rousing from spiritual slumber, a rekindling of a dying spiritual flame, a refilling of a dying spiritual lamp with Divine oil. We believe many, if not all, of us need a revival now.

1. Who needs a revival? When can I know that I need a revival? There are several danger signs along the pilgrims pathway that can warn him of the need for a revival. Some of them are:

a) When you pray less than before – I Thess 5:17, I Tim.2:8, James 5:13,16
b) When you do not study the Word as before – Jos. 1:8, Deut. 17:18-19, Ps. 1:1-2, I Chron. 22:12-13, Prov. 3:1-4.
c) When you sleep too much – Prov. 6:9-11, Prov. 20:13, Psalms 13:3-4
d) When you are depressed or sad – John 14:1, Ps. 30:5, Ps. 34:19, II Cor. 4:17
e) When little things begin to offend you – John 15:5, Jer.10:23, John3:17, II Cor. 3:5.
f) When your love for material wealth is overriding your longing for spiritual wealth, I John 2:15-17, Heb. 11:24-25, Gal. 6:14, II Tim.2:4.
g) When you overeat – Prov. 23:21, Phil.3:19, I Kings 12:19-20, I Tim. 5:6
h) When you easily become impatient – Eccl.7;8, Heb.10:36, James 1:4
i) When you begin to talk too much – James 1:26, Eccl. 3:7, Prov. 17:27
j) When you faith grows weak – Ps. 27:1, Isa. 43:2, Ps. 66:10-12
k) When you worry over little things – Matt. 6:25-34, Ps. 56:22, I Pet. 5:7

Lesson 52
DIGGING DEEP 52
Topic: We need A Revival – Part 2

INTRODUCTION: In the previous study, we listed the danger signs on the pilgrim’s way that tell him when he needs a spiritual awakening, a revival. Among these danger signs inability to pray and study the word of God as before, oversleeping, overeating, impatience, talkativeness, worries, lack of faith etc.

This week we want to answer in some details: what is a revival?
1. It is a time when Christians collectively humble themselves before God in true repentance – Lam.3:40-42, Hos.6:1-3, Ezra 10:1-13, Luke 3:1-20.
2. It is a time when Christians collectively rejects the idols in their lives. By idols we mean anything that is striving to displace God as our number one priority – II Kings 23:4,
II Chro. 19:3, Acts 19:17-20.
3. It is a time when Christians collectively seek the Lord afresh and wholeheartedly. This brings in the sinners too – Zechariah 8:20-23, Ps. 80:7, Acts 9:25, Acts 11:21.
4. It is a time of spiritual repairs after satanic destruction. This is because whenever a people seek the face of the Lord in truth the Lord will move on their behalf, Isa.57:15-17, Jere. 3:21-22, Hosea 14:4-8, Joel 2:25-27.
5. It is a time of the restoration of the joy of Salvation and divine blessings – Ps. 51:12-13, Ps. 85:6, Acts 8:8, II Chron. 7:12-14.
This is because as the people seek the Lord the more a desire to pray more often develops in them until it envelops them – Psalms 80:18, Acts 2:42-47.


CONCLUSION: Shall we now collectively humble ourselves before the Most High is true repentance confessing our sins and rejecting them? Shall we collectively seek the Lord our Redeemer afresh and in truth? Shall we or shall we not?

Lesson 53
Digging Deep No. 53
Topic: We need A Revival – Part 3


INTRODUCTION:
In the first part of the series, we listed the conditions in a Christian that would show him that he/she needs a revival. In the second part of the series, we described what a true revival is. We said that a revival among other things is a time of collective seeking of the Lord in humility and repentance, a time of rejection of sins and idols, a time of revivals of prayer meetings and the restoration to the joy of salvation. Today, we want to see another aspect of a true spiritual revival.

1. A true spiritual revival is a time of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Once a community has cleansed itself from idols and sins, the Holy Spirit moves in – Isaiah 32:16, Micah 3:8, Joel 2:23, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 6:8.
2. The Holy Spirit moves in as showers of early and latter rain, refreshing and in good measure – Joel 2:23, James 5:7-8, Acts 3:19, Luke 6:38, Luke 24:49
3. The power of the Holy Spirit is imparted to the revived Christian then overflow to the needy human as streams into the desert land is 35:1-10, John 7:8, Luke 6:19, John 7:38-39.
4. As a result of mighty demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit many sinners begins to flock in to the fold of God – I Cor. 2:4, Ps. 80:7, Acts 2:41, Acts 9:35, Acts 11:21.

CONCLUSION: Do you now see why we surely need a revival? Let us pray that the Lord may revive us so that we can be filled to overflowing with the power of the Mighty Holy Spirit, Psalms 23:5.

Lesson 54
Digging Deep No. 54
Topic: We Must help the poor – Part – 1


INTRODUCTION: There are certain political philosophies that aim at redistributing the wealth of the world. They claim that if we can get a government that will take all the money from the rich and distribute it to the poor, then everybody will be happy and satisfied. Are they genuine? Are they right? What does the Bible teach about the relationship between the rich and the poor? These and other questions we shall answer this week and the next in Jesus Name.

1. The Bible teachers that there will always be poor people till Jesus returns to set up His millennium kingdom and therefore commands us to be kind to the poor and needy even if he is our enemy – Deut. 24:14-17, Prov. 25:21, Isa 58:7, Luke 3:11, Romans 12:12-13, Gal.2:10, 6:10, I Tim. 6:18, Heb. 13:16, James 1:27. Included amongst the needy are widows, orphans, strangers, ministers of God and other believers in need.

2. However, many do not practice this injunction of God at all. But it is nothing new. It has always been so Job 24:1-11, Ps.109:16, Eze.22:12, Amos 2:7, 5:11, Titus 1:12. This is despite the fact that we are all poor compared to God – Matt. 18:23-34.

3. What has God done about it? He says in His word that he is taking note of everything and will reward everyone accordingly – Eccl.5:8-10, Isaiah 10:2.


CONCLUSION: Do you know the greatest cause of unanswered prayers? It is refusing to help the poor, Prov. 21:13. Have you been unkind to the poor? Will you like to talk to Jesus about it.

Lesson 55
DIGGING DEEP 55
Topic: We Must Help the poor – Part 2


INTRODUCTION: In the previous study we discussed the urgent need to help the poor so that they do not fall prey to dubious philosophers and self-seeking politicians. We concluded by saying that since anyone who has not got Jesus is poor. Helping the poor really means giving them Jesus Christ. If they have Jesus, they will not need communism since they have got Elohim they will not need either socialism or capitalism and since they have Cherubim and Seraphim to serve them. Today we shall look at the blessing waiting those who help poor.

1. The Bible says those who help the poor shall be blessed indeed – Ps. 41:1, Prov. 28:27, Isa. 58:6-11, Matt. 10:42, Luke 12:32-34, Dan.12:3, Matt.25:23, Luke 6:35, Rom.2:10, Eph. 6:8, John 4:36, Colossians 3:23-25.

2. Several other blessings are listed in the scripture. Some of such passages are – Prov. 29:14, Jere. 22:16, Prov. 19:17, Matt.19:21, Prov.14:21.

3. The greatest reward of all is God himself. To have Him as your reward is surely more than anything else in the world – Gen. 15:1, Isa.62:11, Revelation 22:12, II Timothy 4:8,
I Peter 5:4.

Lesson 56
DIGGING DEEP 56
Topic: Divine Guidance – Part 2


INTRODUCTION:
In the world today, fake prophets, astrologers, palm-readers, Babalawos and other occultists are doing brisk business because men and women are consulting them for guidance. The future looks so uncertain, men’s hearts are failing them for fear, the economic situation seems hopeless and men and women do not know what will happen next. Must a child of God join the queue of sign seekers? Will God guide His own? How far will God lead us? When can we turn to God for guidance? These and other questions will be answered in this study in Jesus Name.

1. God has guided His own before even in a trackless wilderness – Exodus 13:21, Nehemiah 9:19-20, Psalms 77:20. He has not changed since then because He is an unchangeable God. So we can expect Him to guide us yet again – Hebrew 13:8, Matt.2:1-11, Job 22:27, Ps. 23:2-3, Psalms 139:10, John 8:12, Acts 9:6.

2. He will not only guide us in physical matters, He will guide us in Spiritual matters also – Ps. 25:9, Matt.13:36, Luke 1:79, Luke 18:18, Luke 11:1, John 14:26, John 16:13. He will not guide us for a short period, like the short-sighted seers, but He will guide us forever –
I Cor. 12:9, Isa 30:21, Ps. 48:14, Ps. 73:23-24. Surely, He will guide us by His Spirit, even as a Father guides his son – Romans 8:14, until we reach home at last.

Lesson 57
DIGGING DEEP 57
Topic: Divine Guidance – Part 2

INTRODUCTION: In the last study, we learnt that God has guided His people before and He will guide them still, Heb.13:8. Also, He is able and willing to guide in all matters, physical, financial, marital and spiritual and also forever. Now, God has various ways of guiding His people. One of this ways through prophesies.

1. Talking about prophesy, there are two types:

a) Direct, which is readily recognized and
b) Direct, which is blended with inspired preaching. There are also two major functions of prophesy:
i. Directive i.e. Specific instructions about a course of action –Acts 13:1-2 and
ii. Imperative i.e. By the laying on of hands and prophesying, the Holy Spirit imparts certain gifts or specific calling on the believer, I Tim.4:14. Hence, prophecy is not evil even though it may be abused – I Cor.14:1,22,39.

2. There are three (3) possible sources of prophesies:
i. The Holy Spirit Jere 1:9, II Sam. 23:2, Acts 19:6, Acts 21:11,
ii. Evil and lying spirits, I Kings 22:20-22, Isa. 8:19-20, Matt. 8:29, Acts 16:17, and
iii. The human spirit, Jere.23:16. It is important to note that God is against false prophets and warns us to beware of them, Jere. 23:31-32, Deut. 13:5, Deut. 18:20, Isa. 9:15, Jer. 2:8, Jer. 14:14, Ezek.22:28, Hosea 9:7, Micah 3:5, Zephaniah 3:4, Zechariah 13:3, Matthew 7:15, 24:11, Mark 13:22.

3. There are nine guideline got judging a prophesy to know if it is true or false
i. Fulfillment – Deut.18:21-22,
ii. Accompanying conditions – II Chronicles 7:14
iii. Agreement with the word of God – I Cor.13:8-9, with Isaiah 40:8
iv. Public acknowledgement – I Corinthians 14:29,
v. Confirmation of something God has already told you – Acts 13:2,
vi. Spiritual witness – Rom 8:16,
vii. The purity of the vessel of prophecy, i.e. the life (holy or unholy) of the person prophesying
viii. The Spirit of the message – Revelation 19:10, Jesus is never unnecessarily harsh – Matthew 23:37-39, and
ix. The burden of the Lord – Isaiah 1:19-20.

4. Just a prophecy for your consideration and meditation – Isaiah 21:11-12

Lesson 58
DIGGING DEEP 58
Topic: Divine Guidance – Part 3

INTRODUCTION: In the second part of our study on Divine Guidance, we leant about prophecy, direct and indirect. We also learnt the nine guidelines for judging a prophecy to know whether it is true or false. In this third Part, we will look at Visions.

1. A vision is a direct illumination from God, Invariably, visions occur while the person concerned is awake or on the verge of sleep. This is perhaps because some people are too busy or too impatient to hear the small still voice of God so that they need to see since they refuse to hear, Exodus 3:1-6, Judges 6:11-23, Judges 13:2-14, Acts 1:1-9, Revelation 1:9-16. The intensity of a vision works on the principle that the farther away we are from God, the louder He has to shout.

2. Visions are also given at times because some people need a concrete experience, a sort of strong point of reference for future service. The principles is that God must speak to us in direct proportion to the challenge we will face in the future, Joshua 5:13, 6:5, acts 16:9-10, Acts 16:22-24, Acts 26:16.

3. A vision may be given to guide or to prepare someone for an important ministry, particularly when the ministry may be dangerous or risk – Acts 10:1-8.

4. A vision can also be given to warn against the danger of self-overestimation or to announce the impending judgment of God – Isaiah 6:1-5, Dan.5:1-5, 25-30, Isaiah 21:1-2, Ezekiel 11:24, 12:27, Daniel 8:1-14.

5. Do you wish to see God? Can you satisfy the necessary conditions? – Matthew 5:8, Number 21:9, John 3:14-15, Acts 7:55, II Kings 6:17, Hebrews 11:24-27, Hebrews 12:4, I Corinthians 2:9-10.

CONCLUSION:what more can a man ask than to have God as a Reward!.

Lesson 59
DIGGING DEEP 59
Topic: Divine Guidance – Part 4


INTRODUCTION: In the third part of our study on Divine Guidance, we learnt about Visions. We saw that visions are direct illuminations from God given either to provide a strong point reference to someone being called to higher service to warn against self-overestimation or to prepare someone for an important or risky ministry. In this forth part, of our study, we shall look at Dreams.

1. God speaks in dreams at times, infact; dreams are one of the languages of the Holy Spirit. Dreams could also be used as whip in the punishment of sinners and as a source of comfort and encouragement to those that God loves – Number 12:5-6, Job 33:14-15, Joel 2:28, Job 7:13-14, Deuteronomy 28:67, Gen.28:10-15, I Kings 3:5-15.

2. Dreams cam warn against impending danger or judgment of God and when the dream is repeated, it means its fulfillment is very near indeed – Genesis 20:1-33, Matt.27:1-2,19, Genesis 41:17-24, Genesis 4:32.

3. Dreams can foretell apparently impossible things but with God all things are possible. Infact, God often uses dreams to further His purpose and achieve His planned goals – Genesis 37:5-11, Luke 1:37, Genesis 42:5-9, Genesis 40:9-14, Genesis 41:9-14, 38-41, Judge 7:9-15, Matt.1:18-25, Matt.2:11-12, Matt.2:13-15, Matt.2:19-23.

4. However, we should not put our trust absolutely in dreams and visions for several reasons. Some of these reasons are:
i. What you think on much may be reflected in your dreams.
ii. There are false dreamers
iii. There are false dreams through the influence of Satan
iv. Dreams need to be interpreted and only God can give the correct interpretations
v. The word of God is superior to any visions and dreams and Jesus is the word – Eccl. 5:3, 7, Jere. 23:25,32, II Cor. 11:13-14, Gen. 40:8, Gen. 41:16, Dan. 2:1-5, Dan. 19:23, 27-28, Jere. 23:28-29, Phil.3:8-10.

Lesson 60
DIGGING DEEP 60
Topic: Psalms 8 – Part 1
Ps. 8:1

INTRODUCTION: Psalms 8 talk about the Lord our God whose name is just excellent. Lord who is more to be honoured and adored than any other god in the whole world. Who is this Lord? How much of Him do you know? Why must He be praised, adored, magnified, exalted and glorified? These and other questions will be answered as we study Psalms 8 in detail.

1. To be able to praise the Lord Jesus Christ, as you ought, you must make him yours personally, endeavour to know Him intimately. As you become aware of His power, glory, loving kindness, greatness, mighty acts, majesty, goodness, compassion you cannot but praise Him particularly when you recollect how shamefully Satan your former master had treated you – Psalms 63:1-3, Psalms 145:1-9, Matthew 22:45, Phil.2:11, Phil.3:8.

2. Why will we not praise Him when they are doing so in heaven? Why won’t we praise Him whose name endureth forever? Why won’t we praise Him whose name brings untold blessings to anyone who cares call on Him? He cares for the poor, the needy and the barren. No one is too low for His attention even though He alone is the wonder-working God. Revelation 19:5-6, Psalms 72:17-19, Ps. 113:2-9, 148:4-13, Exodus 15:11.

3. With all His powers, He is still merciful, gracious, patient and forgiving, His mercy and faithfulness are as high as the heavens, His righteousness as great mountains, his loving kindness just excellent, His pleasure as a river and His life like a fountain. So that He abundantly cares for the fatherless, supports the widows, fellowship with the lonely and releases the prisoners of sin and Satan – Exodus 34:5-7, Psalms 36:5-9, 57:10-11, 68:4-6, 108:4-5.

4. Do you ever wonder that such a mighty God can listen to prayers and petitions from ants like us? And not only listen, but bother to answer too. No wonder he has a name above every name, He lives forever, unchangeable, able to save His own to the uttermost, absolutely holy and yet harmless, higher than the heavens and yet so humble. O Lord our God, how excellent is Thy Name. I Kings 8:27, Habakkuk 3:3-4, Ephesians 4:10, Philippians 2:6-10, Hebrew 7:24-25, 26.

Lesson 61

DIGGING DEEP 61
Topic: Psalms 8 – Part 2
Ps. 8:2

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of this series on Psalms 8 we began to learn about our God whose name is just excellent. We learnt of His great might, strength, love, loving kindness, mercy, grace, miracles, compassion, majesty, glory, etc. No wonder they praise Him unceasingly in Heaven. Hence we must praise Him unceasingly on earth also. We now go on to the second verse in order to discover more about him whose Name is excellent.

1. God prefers to deal with “babies” than with the so-called “adults”. He always reveals deep mysteries to babies” not to the academic giants. For example, praise is the greatest weapon in the hand of any Christian and it is babies who know how to use this weapon most. God strategy of war consist simply in choosing the despised and the weak to launch a surprise attack on His enemies, Matt.11:25, 21:16, Luke 10:21, Psalms 84:4-7, I Corinthians 1:27-28, II Corinthians 20:22, 31:2.

2. True strength, unfailing strength, ever increasing strength comes from the Lord and only those who praise Him constantly have it. Those who think they are strong will fall, but those who fall back on the Lord in their weakness shall exchange their weakness for the strength of the Lord. Our God always turns defeat into victory, death into life, darkness into light the defeated into victor Human extremely in weakness is God’s opportunity to demonstrate His own might strength – Isa 40:28-31, Amos 5:5-9, II Cor. 12:9-10, Psalms 4:4, 46:10, Amos 5:8-9, II Samuel 22:33, Psalms 28:8, Psalms 73:26, Exodus 11:7.

3. When God decides to help you, He has ways you cannot dream of. He has the ability to immobilize your enemies till He has fully established you. A good example is the testimony of Rehab, the harlot; you must remember that you cannot win the battle against Satan on your own strength anyway. However, your enemies cannot win against God either. And God will help you because He loves to help the poor and the helpless. Exodus 15:15-17, Deut. 26:19, Psalms 78:52.

4. An excellent example that our God is the help of the helpless is the true story of Sennacherib verses Hezekiah. That same God is here with us and will subdue our enemies. Therefore, let us show our complete trust in Him by shouting in triumph in defiance of our enemies and in praise of our God whose name is just excellent. Isaiah 37:20-29, 37:33-38, Habakkuk 2:20, Psalms 46:7, 44:5-8, 46:1-3, 47:1-3.

Lesson 62

DIGGING DEEP62
Topic: Psalms 8 – Part 3
Ps. 8:3

INTRODUCTION: In part two of this series on Psalms 8 we saw how God preferred to operate through “babies”, the weak the foolish and the despised in order to surprise his enemy, the devil. We saw how those who think they are strong, wise and independent of God will fail but those who fall back on God in their weakness and helplessness will obtain strength and hope. God is the help of the helpless and those who know Him always praise Him. Now, we move on to the third part of the series as we go on to Psalms 8:3.

1. If you wish to see the glory of God, just look up at the heavens. If you want to visit the showroom of the Almighty, just consider the firmament. His works are so glorious and honourable that Solomon in all his spendour falls short of the glory of ordinary grass. But only those who know the values of the works of God appreciate them and to such meditating on the works of God is sweet. Have you ever considered the fact that as high as the stars are, God is higher still? Psalms 19:1, Psalms 19:1, Psalms 111:2-3, Psalms 97:6, Job 37:14, Matt. 6:28-29, Psalms 104:34, Job 22:12, Psalms 102:25-26, Psalms 47:9, Psalms 57:9-11.

2. Have you meditated on the fact that the age of God is unknown that there was once upon a time when there was nothing except God? Have you tried to comprehend His creative ability? Why then do you think there is a problem of yours that he cannot solve? Do you know that his creations do not consist of visible things alone but that there are uncountable invisible things also? The wonder of it is that He just spoke and all things were made. Surely, He is a wonder working God, as even a heathen king confesses – Job 36:22-29, Psalms 102:27, Proverbs 102:27, Proverbs 8:23-27, Romans 1:20, Psalms 33:6, Psalms 77:11-16, Genesis 1:1, 3,6,9, 11, Daniel 4:1-3.

3. What He can do with a single finger of His, all the world scientists can never do. With a single finger. He overpowers Satan, binds him and casts out demons. He controls the movements of the sun, moon and stars and He can make them obey you if you know how to please Him. Exodus 8:16-19, Exodus 31:18, Luke 11:20-22, Daniel 5:5, Psalms 104:19, Joshua 10:12-13, Ps.186:7-9.

4. The heavens and all they contain are not to be worshipped by us but they are to join us in praising the Creator of us all. Now He has such a large army of His own that could praise Him continuously so that if you do not praise Him, He loses nothing by it, it is you who would lose something. Also, consider the fact that even the stars are not pure in His sight because the sight of His glory is like a devouring sire. So much so that whenever His glory descended in the olden days even the priests could not stand? Do you not therefore count it a great priviledge that a dirty worm like you can praise the one who is called Glorious in Holiness? Psalms 148:1-5, Deut. 4:19, Job 25:3-6, Exodus 24:17, I Kings 8:11.

Lesson 63
LESSON 63
Topic: Psalms 8 – Part 4
Ps. 8:4

INTRODUCTION: In the previous studies in this series, we saw why we must praise the one whose name is excellent in all the earth. The works of His mighty hand, the stars, the moon, the sun, the firmament, the birds, fishes, animals, insects, plants, flowers, precious stones etc, are all objects of great beauty and glory. All His creatures praise Him, why should we human beings the best of all His creations fail to praise Him continuously? Now, we wish to discover other reasons why we should magnify the Lord.

1. Man is nothing whereas if God merely touches the mountains, they begin to smoke. God is so big that heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him. So He fills the heaven and the earth as well. He knows how much water is in the oceans and the weight of the mountains. He knows what is in the darkness and even the secret thoughts of every man. His wisdom and knowledge is beyond comprehension. Psalms 144:3-5, II Chronicles 6:18, Jeremiah 23:24, Isaiah 66:1-2, Acts 17:27, Isaiah 40:12-17, Daniel 2:22, I Corinthians 3:20, Isaiah 40:28, Job 25:6, Psalms 4:2, I Samuel 2:3, Matthew 6:8, Psalms 80:17.

2. Man is so frail, so transient that he cannot be relied upon. He is here today and gone tomorrow like a grass that withers and fades away. Whereas, not only does God live forever but He has the power to make and unmake. Yet God loves man so much that He calls himself – “The Son of Man”. Even though He is so high, yet He humble Himself to the level of man, reaching down to help even those on the dunghill – Psalms 146:3-4, Isaiah 40:6-8, Isaiah 51:12-15, Psalms 90:5-6, Psalms 103:15-16, Isaiah 51:12, I Peter 1:24, Psalms 78:39, Matthew 8:20, Psalms 113:4-6, Psalms 138:6.

3. God magnifies the dust of the earth called man to such an extent that He wants to visit man daily. Not only does He come to visit but He does not come empty handed either. The first present in His hand is Salvation. Other presents include: children for barren, deliverance from slavery to sin and Satan, comfort to the afflicted, answers to prayers, etc. How else can we repay this Great visitor for all His kindness except to praise Him continually? Job 7:17-18, Psalms 106:4, Genesis 21:1-3, Exodus 4:31, Luke 1:68, Luke 19:44, I Peter 2:12, Psalms 116:12-13.

Lesson 64
LESSON 64
Topic: Psalms 8 – Part 5
Ps. 8:5

INTRODUCTION: We have been considering the Excellencies of the name of our God. But much as we study we will find that there is so much to learn about our great, majestic and wonderful God. It is easy to agree with the Scriptures as recorded in Job 37:22-27, it says, “fair weather cometh out of the north, with God is terrible majesty. Touching the Almighty, we cannot find Him out: He is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice, he will not afflict. Now we want to proceed to Psalms 8:5.

1. Angels are very strong, yet they obey God and do only those things that are pleasing to Him. They worship Him by the millions. However, excellent as angels are, God still decided in His infinite wisdom that He would still prefer a creature that is like Himself so he gave a part of Himself and transformed ordinary dust to something wonderful called man. It is not only life that God imparted to man but He transferred part of His glory also. Psalms 103:20-21, Nehemiah 9:6, Daniel 7:10, Hebrew 12:22, Acts 12:7, Acts 27:23, Exodus 14:19, James 2:26, Proverbs 20:27, Job 32:8, I Corinthians 11:7.

2. As excellent as angels are, God considers them foolish. Even though angels are immortal and man is ordinary dust yet God loves man. It is this inexplicable love that changes God Himself to man in the form of Jesus Christ. That is, God puts Himself into the “prison” of a clay body so that he might fully appreciate the difficulties of man and thus be able to help us sympathetically. Also, all the blessings that man lost when he sinned, God restored them after salvation. But these valuable blessings honour, success, victories etc were paid for dearly by Jesus Christ with His precious blood, Job 4:28-21, Philippians 2:5-8, John 3:16, Genesis 2:16-18, Psalms 21:3-5, Hebrew 7:26, Hebrew 8:1, I Corinthians 6:21, I Peter 1:18-19, Psalms 45:1-36, John 13:31-32, Psalms 91:15, John 12:26, I Samuel 2:7, Psalms 75:7, Daniel 2:21.

3. Tremendous power and glory are transferred to man through the achievements and glorification of Jesus Christ. One of such unspeakable blessings transferred to us is that death has lost its power over us because Christ has removed its sting. And there is no greater power than being able to use that name that is above all names, that excellent name JESUS – Ephesians 1:15-23, Hebrew 2:9, I Corinthians 15:51-57, I Peter 1:18-21, Proverbs 16:7, John 8:29, Hebrew 13:16, Philippians 2:9-11.

Lesson 65
LESSON 65
Topic: Psalms 8 – Part 6
Ps. 8:6-9

INTRODUCTION: In the last few studies we have been study Psalms 8 in details, learning about our God whose Name is excellent. We have learnt about His greatness, His awesome power and His love for the dust of the earth called man. We have discovered that even angels, as powerful as they are relegated to the background while God in His infinite wisdom exalt man. Now, we want to conclude our series Psalms 8 and we look at the last four verses together.

1. God created a lot of things and in great numbers too. And there are quite some giants among them too, living on land and sea. Notable among these giants are the behemoths and leviathans. God made them all in different sizes and shapes in His infinite wisdom and supplies all their needs in His infinite providence. Finally, He created man in His own image to oversee all His creatures and to rule over them. To make the assignment easy, God puts the fear of man in every creature so that man can tame any animal. But man, who God call a “god” lost his highly exalted position when he sinned – Genesis 1:20-25, Job 40:15-24, Job 41:1-7, Psalms 104:24-27, Genesis 1:26-28, Genesis 9:2, James 3:7, I Corinthians 11:7, James 3:9, Matthew 6:20, Psalms 82:6-7.
2. However the great love of God for man persists so that he sent Christ to redeem us. Through Christ the dominion that man lost has been regained so that no power is great enough to defeat us now. Today, Jesus Christ backs every believer with an awesome power: the total power in the universe since Christ Himself is seated on the right hand of power of God, we can claim that we have a friend in the highest office in the universe. And that friend is the Lord of both the living and the dead, including “non-living” things as well. Now since Christ is our Brother we being children of the same Father, whatever Christ has belongs to us because we are part and parcel of Him, even of His flesh and bones – Hebrew 1:1-4, John 17:23, Romans 8:38-39, Matthew 28:18-20, Genesis 28:15, Exodus 33:14, Hebrew 2:8-12, Deuteronomy 20:1, Matthew 18:20, Psalms 110:1, John 3:31, Romans 14:9, Genesis 28:15, Colossians 1:8, Matthew 8:27, Romans 7:4, I Corinthians 6:15, I John 2:24, Ephesians 5:30.
3. So now we have God the father at the head of all things, the Lord Jesus Christ as His right hand and all believers as the body of Christ with all else at our feet. Now, there are many questions that man, in His own wisdom, can never answer. For example; who is the father of the rain or the mother of the dew? But God has the answer to all these questions and many more. Infacts it is possible to know all the details about God but believers should rejoice nonetheless. This is because since there is none more blessed than the people of God. No wonder we should just keep on blessing that excellent Name, JESUS – I Cor. 15:23-28, Ephesians 1:19-22, Job 38:28-41, Job 39:1-5, Job 11:7-9, 5:9, Eccl.3:11, I Corinthians 2:16, Deuteronomy 22:26-29
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Lesson 66
DIGGING DEEP 66
Topic: The New Life

INTRODUCTION: The Bible says that if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, II Corinthians 5:17. What exactly does that mean? What are the implications of being in Christ? What does being born again implies? These and other similar questions should be full settled by the time we finish this study in Jesus Name.

1. If you are truly in Jesus, then you are in God and God is in you through Christ. Consequently, you not only have redemption and righteousness of God but also sanctification and the wisdom of God become available to you. As a result of this, tremendous blessings from God can be yours through Christ. However, these blessings carry some responsibilities too: holiness, purity and love. In short, we are expected to be saints. In other words, we are either sinners or saints since there is no such combination as half-sinner half-saint. And what we are will show through our fruits: our behaviour speech, habits, mode of dressing etc, John 14:20, John 15:5-8, I Corinthians 1:30, Ephesians 1:3-4, Philippians 4:21, Romans 8:1-9, Romans 16:7,11, Galatians 3:28-29, Galatians 5:6, Psalms 51:10, Ezekiel 18:31-32, John 17:23, Matthew 12:33.

2. In actual fact, being in Christ means we must become new babies, without a past record, starting completely afresh. We must become brand new creatures. Even our former “good works” must be forgotten too so that God can start His own good works in us. Any patch of our old self with the new will only make our life completely miserable. Therefore, the person we used to be must be dead and buried. An entirely new person must resurrect to whom sin must be a total stranger. Otherwise, we will not be able to fellowship with other true saints, join the household of God or be temple fit for God to occupy – John 3:3,5, Galatians 6:15, Ephesians 2:8-10, Isaiah 65:17-18, Matthew 9:16-17, Romans 6:4-7, Romans 8:19-14, Ephesians 2:18-22.

3. Therefore, our new life in Christ implies two things: (i) We must put off our old sinful self and (ii) we must put on a new righteous man who is truly holy. The things that have to go are nothing but dung compared to the blessings in Jesus Christ anyway. Some of them are: fornication, uncleanness, covetousness, anger, wrath, malice, filthy communication and lying. And when you remember that your old self belongs to a fast perishing world and that new self will belong to a coming kingdom where there is no sorrow, death, pain or any evil, it should be easy to choose. I prefer the new life in Christ to the old life in sin. What of you? Ephesians 4:22-24, Philippians 3:7-10, Colossians 3:1-10, II Pet.3:10-13, Revelation 21:1-5.

Lesson 67
DIGGING DEEP 67
Topic: Why God Chose You – Part 1

 

INTRODUTION: The word of God says: “Many are called but few are chosen” – Matthew 22:14. Praise God you are one of the chosen few: But why are you chosen by God? Jesus made it plain in John 15:16, when He said, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruits should remain…”

1. God who has chosen you from your mother’s womb has a purpose for doing so. He wants to be glorified in you, by you and though you. He loved you even before you know Him and it is only reasonable that you respond to that love. It is the supreme mercy of God that has made you what you are today, a saved soul, it is His purpose that you be an instrument of honour to Him – Isaiah 49:1-3, I John 4:10, 19, Exodus 19:5, Deut. 14:2, Psalms 78:52, Luke 1:17, Acts 15:14, Romans 9:11-16, 21.
2. One of the reasons why God chose you is to bear fruits. Now there are many types of fruits that God expects from you. These includes: (i) fruits of repentance as evidence of your turning away from sin (ii) fruit acceptable to God, the type of fruit that those who had died with Christ and had arisen with him can bear (iii) fruit of the Holy Spirit which is in goodness, righteousness and truth and (iv) souls for Christ, Matthew 3:8-9, Romans 7:4, Romans 6:22, Hebrew 12:11, Matthew 13:8, Philippians 1:11, II Corinthians 9:10, Philippians 4:17, Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 5:9-10.
3. In order to be able to bear fruits for Christ, there are certain conditions to be satisfied, these conditions include (i) being in perpetual contact with Jesus Christ who is the living water (ii) understanding Jesus fully, because He is the word of God (iii) Being dead to the old life, (iv) constant spiritual polishing and (v) abiding permanently in Jesus Christ the Lord – Psalms 1:1-3, Matt.13:23, John 1:1, John 12:24, John 15:2, John 15:5, Philippians 4:13.
4. It is a dangerous thing not to bear fruits for the Lord. There are several reasons why this is so. Some of them are the facts that unfruitfulness (i) is a sign of worldliness (ii) a sign of misuse or disuse of talents (iii) disappoints the Master (iv) leads to Divine judgment and (v) ends in final rejection Matthew 12:22, Luke 13:6, Luke 19:20, Matthew 3:10, Hebrews 6:8, John 15:6.

Lesson 68
DIGGING DEEP 68
Topic: The Crucified Life


INTRODUCTION:
It was established in part one of this study that God chose you so that you may (i) go (ii) bring forth fruit and (iii) that your fruit should remain – John 15:16. It was also established that there are two types of fruits: (a) fruits that result from repentance and (b) producing (i.e. converting) other children for God. Both types are connected. There is fruit of righteousness which is sown only by those who get men to make peace with God i.e. soul-winners Proverbs 11:30, James 3:18, and happy are such fruitful people, Isaiah 55:10-13. Now, we want to look at the second type of fruit – souls

1. The reason we are separated unto God from our mother’s womb is so that we might preach the gospel to others. It is not to all that the light of Jesus has been shown. It has been shown to you in all His power so that you too can show it to others. God allowed you to see and hear what you have heard so that you can pass the message on to the rich and the poor, the educated and illiterate, big men and “small”. Since God used others to reach you, it is only reasonable that you must reach others yet unreached – Galatians 1:15-16, Acts 10:38-41, Acts 9:10-15, Acts 22:14-15, Romans 1:13-14, Romans 15:16-19.

2. Witnessing to others is not a matter of choice. It is not something you do if you like, when you like or how you like. It is compulsory and seriously so. Infact we are in great danger if we fail to do so effectively. God will not accept any excuse from you either. He that sends you will supply the strength, grace, wisdom, and power to be successful soul-winner once you yield to Him. Not only will he back you up with all the powers in heaven and on earth. He even allow a tremendous amount of personal power through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I Corinthians 9:16-18, Jeremiah 1:5-7, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 24:47-49, Romans 15:15-16, Matt.28:18-20, Acts 1:8.

3. As a Christian, you are of the seed of Abraham and must therefore be a blessing to the whole world. This can only be so if you produce children who will in turn produce more children. That is you are not only to win others to Christ but you are to make disciples of them also so that they too can become soul-winners. You are to pass the batons of the Gospel of peace to your children who will pass them on the their children and so on till Jesus comes. Generations after generations are to carry on the works of witnessing for Christ Jesus, the beloved Son of the Father, was sent to win you back to God. He paid a terrible price to achieve this purpose. Now, as the Lover of your soul, He sends you to claim the world back to Him. You must not let his sacrifice be in vain. Remember. He loves you so, Genesis 18:18, II Timothy 2:2, I Corinthians 3:6-15, Psalms 71:17-18, Psalms 78:4-6, Psalms 145:4, Acts 20:25-28, John 21:15:17, John 20:21.

Lesson 69
Digging Deep 69
Topic: The Crucified Life

INTRODUCTION: Paul said in Galatians 2:20 that “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, but not I Christ liveth in me…” How can a man be crucified and at the same time he is alive? What does it means to live a crucified life? What does Paul mean by saying “Christ liveth in Me? This and many other questions we will try and answer in this study in JESUS name.

1. THE CRUCIFIED LIFE IS ONE EXPECTING THE RAPTURE: Death as Christians knows it does not mean the end of life. Yet Christians have to be dead to certain things: that is there are certain things he will never do anymore or support doing. These include flesh and the lust thereof, lust and pleasure of the world. Galatians 5:17, Galatians 6:14, Colossians 2:13. It is important that we are crucified with Christ, so that (i) we will not continue in sin. (ii) we can grow in the Spirit (iii) So that we can please God (iv) we can have new life and peace (v) we might reign with Christ during his appearing – Romans 8:3-9, Colossians 2:11-14, Romans 6:8, Colossians 3:3-6, John 14:19-20.

2. BEING DEAD TO SIN LIVES TREMENDOUS GROWTH IN THE SPIRIT: The world will constantly tempt us and this is why we must be dead daily to all the world ropes that Satan might be throwing. Also, since the body is dead, the Spirit will overrule and the Christian will b established and rooted in God, until we are empowered in the knowledge and fullness of God – II Corinthians 4:10-11, II Corinthians 13:3-5, Ephesians 3:16-17, Colossians 1:23-27, I Thessalonians 5:9-10. Being crucified with Christ is like inflicting oneself with punishment but is a truthful life to enjoy divine deep fellowship. This is because flesh is a co-worker with Satan, a spy in his army and terribly dangerous enemy too. I Peter 4:1-2, Revelation 3:20, II Corinthians 10:3.

3. THE CRUCIFIED LIFE IS ONE THAT LIVES BY FAITH IN JESUS AND IS POWERFUL: being crucified with Christ, according to the experience of some Christians is a life of faith. It is faith in a hidden power and grace of God that makes the crucified life not only possible but also with peace, joy and glorious hope Gal 3:11, John 6:57, Romans 1:17, Romans 6:1-2, II Corinthians 1:24, II Corinthians 5:7, 14-15, Philippians 4:13, I Peter 1:8-9. Jesus gave himself for you, not only to save your soul but also that victorious Christian life might be yours also, with unfilthiness and holiness. He loves you and he will make you more than an overcomer, if you allow him to do that for you. Titus 2:11-14, Gal. 1:3-4, Matt. 20:28, John 10:11, John 15:13-14, Rom.8:37

Lesson 70
DIGGING DEEP 70
Topic: Love Not The World – Part 1

INTRODUCTION: In the book of John 2:15-17 the word of God says “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world, if any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but of the world. And the world passeth away and the lust of it, but he that doeth the will of the father abideth forever”. This passage is one of those that many people hate most in the Bible because many want the advantages derived from being Christians, forgetting the part they have to play. What exactly is God saying here? How can we be in the world without loving the world? What are the dangers in loving the world? These and many other questions we will try to answer in this study in Jesus name.

1) THE MAIN GOAL OF HUMAN BEINGS THAT LOVE THE WORLD IS TO PLEASED MEN ONLY
a) Those who seek to please men cannot please God. This is because you cannot perfectly please God in a way that is acceptable if you are still being controlled by paying attention to the world. You cannot eat your cake and have it. You either love God and hate the world or not at all. God will not compromise this issue at all. God is a jealous God. Nothing can be called a spiritual-worldly-person. He is either world or spiritual – Galatians 1:10, Romans 12:1-2, Matt. 6:19-24, Jam.4:4-6, Luke 16:13, Galatians 5:16-17.

b) CHILDREN OF GOD ARE STRANGER ON EARTH BUT CITIZENS OF HEAVEN
Children of God cannot love the world because the world is an enemy of God. If the world does not hate you, then you must have failed spiritually. Once we were of the world, doing things that made God angry but has passed away now. What concern us now should be those things of our new citizenship and not of the old one. Also, Naira is not spent where we are going and the houses are not built with hands. Our passport into His Kingdom will be holiness, love, patience, meekness, etc John 15:18-19, Ephesians 2:1-3, Colossians 3:1-2, Titus 2:11-14, I Tim 6:6-12.

2) IT IS EASY TO RECOGNISE THOSE WHO LOVE THE WORLD:
a) One way to know those who are worldly is through the word that proceeds out of their mouth. Other traits of the world include: disobedience, pleasure, malice, murmuring, accusation, talkativeness, ostentation and contempt, jealousy is also a trait of worldliness especially when it proceeds from (i) an ambition to outshine others (ii) dissatisfaction (iii) lack of foresight, I John 4:5-6, Titus 3:3, Judges 16:19, Romans 13:12-14. Loving the world is not limited to just amazing wealth alone, but also wrong use of our money and eyes as well as those who refuse to bless the needy with their substance are worldly, Matt.5:27-30, Num. 11:4-6, 33-34. Ps. 78:18-31, Prov. 6:25, I John 3:17.

b) THE CRISTIANS HAVE THEIR OWN MARKS TOO
Spiritual Christians are easy to recognize in that they are full of praises, self control, faithfulness, obedience, patience, humility, good works, honour God and His commands. Regularly read the Bible broad in learning, prayerful, fellowshipping with the saints. Hates former sinners of the past. I Peter 17, 1:14, 4:1-4, II Peter 2:10-18, I Peter 2:2, Joshua 1:8, Psalms 1:1-2, II Peter 3:18.

3) LUST IS A DESTROYER, RUN FROM IT
a) Sin started with lust of the flesh as one who is smart. Instant destruction came upon man though lusts of the eyes and flesh. The sin of Achan and the destruction that followed started when he looked – Genesis 3:6, Genesis 6:1-7, Joshua 7:20-26.

b) WISE CHRISTIANS LOVE NOT THE WORLD, BUT FOOLISH CHRISTIANS LOVE THE WORLD:
The wisest and richest king Solomon amongst those who ever lived in the world knew that it is vanity to heap wealth to one self. Satan’s proclamation today is how to draw people with the glittering things of the world. Job knew the danger in the lust of the eyes. David knew what he paid for loving the things of the world especially in the areas of agonizing prayer. Eccl.5:10-12, Matt. 4:8-10, Luke 4:5-8, Job 31:1-3, Ps.119:36-38. Loving the world is very dangerous.

Lesson 71
DIGGING DEEP 71
Topic: Love Not The World – Part 2


INTRODUCTION:
In the first part of this series on “love not the world”, we learnt that the chief desire of worldly people is to please men rather than God. But true children of God are strangers in this world because they are actually citizens of the heaven. Therefore, their desire is to please God rather than men. We also discovered some of the characteristics of worldly people as well as those of spiritual Christians. We concluded with a warning to flee from the killer called “LUST”, and that wise Christians are not worldly whereas worldly Christians are not wise. Now, we want to continue our study on this essential theme. May the Lord quicken our understanding in Jesus Name.

1) WEALTH WITHOUT CHRIST IS WORTHLESS:
a) Wealth without Christ is a waste of time energy and effort. The best the world can offer us is vanity. There is nothing to be envious about in the prosperity of sinners. Their end shows that those who put God first are wise. The poor Christian in the will of God is far superior to the rich sinner and any business endeavour that leaves God out of the picture or places God second is foolishness of the highest degree – Psalms 39:9-6, James 4:13-15, James 1:9-11, Psalms 73:3, 18-20.

b) THEY SAY, “THINGS OF BEAUTY IS OF JOY FOREVER” BUT DOESN’T BEAUTH FADE?
All the beauties of the world are transient. The old women of today were the beautiful damsels of yesterday. Everything will fade except the word of God. That is why it is foolish to follow the fashions of this world. In any case, how long are we going to be here for? And why must we love the creatures more than the Creator? Particularly when we know that the creatures will pass away but the Creator remains forever – Isaiah 40:6-8, I Corinthians 7:31, Psalms 90:9-10, Psalms 102:25-27.

2) IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO CALL JESUS ‘LORD’ HE MUST BE TRULY ‘THE LORD’
a) If the living God is your God, you will desire above all things to know his will and do it, because He is a good God and His will is not grievous. In any case, you have to do His will to qualify for heaven and His will opposite to that of the world. Only those who do the express will of God are true brothers and sisters of Christ. Others bear the titles “brother” and “sister” in vain Psalms 143:10, Matt.7:2, Matt 21:28-32, Mark 3:31-32, John 7:11-17.

b) TO KNOW JESUS IS TO LOVE HIM: TO LOVE HIM IS TO DO HIS WILL:
The will of God concerning your body is that it be a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to Him (not to the world). Concerning your mind, His will is that you do not think the way of the world but to constantly strive to be exactly like God in goodness, perfection, soberness, humility, and faith. He wants you to know Him, please Him. Be worthy of Him, joyful, strong, fruitful, wise, patient sanctified holy, honourable and always thankful. In particular, He wants you to avoid fornication and adultery at all cost – Romans 12:1-3, Colo.1:9-11, 4:12, I Thess 4:3-7, 5:18, Heb.10:36, I Pet.2:2.

3) DEATH ENDS YOUR STAY IN THIS WORLD, BUT DEATH IS NOT THE TRUE END
The things of the world will perish with the world. You came with nothing into this world and when you die you will take nothing out. But if you decide unchangeably to pitch your tent with Christ today and forsake the world, then there is an inheritance that cannot be corrupted or fade, which will be yours on the last day. The choice is yours: either to love the world or to love the Lord – Psalms 125:1-2, Proverbs 10:25, John 4:14, 6:58, 10:27-30, I Peter 1:3-5.

Lesson 72
DIGGING DEEP 72
Topic: That I May Know Him – Part 1

INTRODUCTION: many people believe that Paul the Apostle was the greatest of the Apostles of old. Definitely, he did much for Christ. II Corinthians 11:5. But one of the most profound of his statements in our opinion is in Philippians 3:7-14. These verses of the Scripture are what we want to look at more closely in this beginning from this study. It is our prayer that by the time we finish those series, we shall know Christ the more.

1) TO REIGN IN THE NEXT WORLD, YOU MUST FORSAKE THIS ONE:
a) Since this world is going to perish with all its wealth and admirers, those who will reign in the next world are those who are prepared to forsake all. And if all you have in this world and all the world can offer you be forfeited in exchange for the kingdom of God, it will be a good bargain indeed. If it costs you the loss of friends and relations too, it is still a very light loss. However, if you prefer this world to the next then you better enjoy as much as you can now, because there is no enjoyment in hell. And without doubt, if you cling to this world and its deceitful riches, you are doomed forever, Genesis 19:17-26, Matt. 13:44-46, Luke 14:26, 33a, Luke 16:9, Luke 17:32-33.

b) YOUR SOUL IS TOO PRECIOUS: DO NOT JOKE WITH IT: Solomon, the richest man ever to live, considered losing your wealth to save your life a reasonable deal. He said that wise men will pay any price for the truth, but we know that Jesus Christ, the Truth is priceless. Jesus considers your soul more precious than the whole world. He should know, because it cost him His own life to redeem your soul. Surprisingly, even the devil knows that your life is more precious than your possessions, Proverbs 13:8, 23:23, Matthew 16:26, Acts 27:18-19,38, Galatians 2:15-17, Job 2:4.

2) TO KNOW CRIST IS TO HAVE THE WISDOM OF GOD, PHILODOPHIES ARE VANITY:
a) There is not glory in human wisdom; your children cannot inherit your certificates. There is not glory in human might or riches: they do not last forever. But it is glorious to know Christ. Moreover, many of the wise men of this world do not know the only person they should know in order to become truly wise. And those of us who know Him did so through the grace and mercy of God and not by our own wisdom or cleverness, Jere.9:23-24, Matthew 11:25-27, I Corinthians 1:18-20, Matthew 16:16-17, Luke 10:22, I Cor. 2:2.

b) TO KNOW CHRIST IS TO LIVE FOREVER, BECAUSE IT IS GOD WHO REVEALS HIM TO PEOPLE: what is life eternal? It is to know the true God and Jesus Christ his Son. Those who believe not are blinded by the devil and those of us who believe must rejoice and glorify God because it is God who commanded His light to shine into our hearts. It is through the mercy of God, who had known us before we were born, that we know Jesus Christ today as our Saviors and Lord. To some people, Jesus Christ means nothing. But to those of us who know Him, He is the most precious thing in our lives John 17:2, II Corinthians 4:4-6, Gal. 1:15-16, Ephesians 1:17-18, John 14:19-21, I Peter 2:7-10.

3) BLESSED ARE THOSE THAT MOURN NOW: THEY SHALL LAUGH LAST, AND SOON TOO: saying good-bye to all your former dreams may cause you some initial sorrow, but at the end you will rejoice. We may suffer some hardships because of our determination to follow Christ completely, but then the glory to come is just incomparable with sufferings of now. Consider how Jesus suffered and how he now reigns supreme. Moreover, the end is much nearer than you think. Keep up the race; the glorious day is fast approaching.
Psalms 126:5-6, Romans 8:16-19, Isaiah 53:7-12, Philippians 2:5-11, Revelation 3:21, II Peter 3:17-18, I John 2:18.

Lesson 73
Digging Deep No. 73
Topic: That I May Know Him – Part 2

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of this series, we learnt that there is nothing as precious as our soul. That the wealth of the whole world is not enough to pay for one soul. Consequently, we learnt that anything that the world may offer us in exchange for the knowledge of Christ and eternal life must be vigorously rejected. Now, we proceed in our quest to know him more.

1) MAN IS NATURALLY WICKED, FITHY, AND TOTALLY UNRELIABLE.
a) We all know that man is naturally wicked. He takes to sin as a fish takes to water. Evan the so called saints of old are not totally reliable: they did strong things under pressure David versus Nabal, Peter versus the gentiles, etc. In fact, before the advent of Christ, God’s testimony of man is that He is absolutely filthy without exception. The great problem about sins is that there are some we commit unknowingly. But ignorance is no plea in law. Thank God for the blood of Jesus that cleanses from all sins. Job 15:14-16, Psalms 14:2-3, Psalms 130:3-4, 13:1-2, 19: 12-13, I John 1:7.

b) THE SIN OF THE WHOLE WORLD WAS SUCH A BURDEN THAT EVEN THE ALMIGHTY JESUS GROANED UNDER IT: When man is at his best, he is like a rag dipped in night-soil in the sight of God. When at his worst, he is desperate wicked. Thank God, Jesus came for sinners not for those who trust in their own righteousness. Because we all had strayed at one time or the other and it takes the Almighty God’s son Himself to bear the iniquities of us all. And it was such a heavy burden that even Christ groaned under it. Isaiah 64:5-6, Jeremiah 17:9, Matthew 9:12-13, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 26:37-39, Mark 14:33-36, Luke 22:41-44.

2) TO KNOW CHRIST THEREFORE IS TO BE FREE, JOYFUL, HOPEFUL, SAFE AND POWERFUL:
a) To know Christ is to be free from your burden of sin, sickness, sorrow, and condemnation. To know Him is to be full of joy and hope; strong unshakable hope that provides an anchor that is sure and steadfast in any storm of life. The whole world may perish, but those who know Christ and are in Him shall be safe from eternal destructions. To know Him is to have the unfathomable wisdom and power of God. Isaiah 53:4-5, Romans 8:1, John 1:3-5, Hebrews 6:17-20, Genesis 7:23, Deuteronomy 19:1-3, I Corinthians 1:24.

b) THE MORE YOU KNOW HIM, THE HUMBLER YOU BECOME: The closer you get to Christ, the humbler you become. This is because the knowledge of His holiness exposes your sinfulness, His purity exposes your corruption. To catch even a glimpse of Christ in all His glorious holiness and spotless perfection is to utterly abhor your so-called holiness and purity. Job 42:5-6, I Corinthians 4:9-13, Isaiah 6:1-5, Psalms 24:3-4.

3) TO KNOW JESUS IS TO READILY ACCEPT HIM AS LORD: King David saw Jesus Christ a far off. And though he was His great ancestor, He still called Him Lord because he realized even then that He is the King of kings. Those who had felt the delivering power of this great Monarch. Jesus, who has power over even the devil, find it easy to call Him Lord. Those who had doubted Him before always call Him Lord whenever they see Him in His resurrected glory. Beside, He is a most generous Lord. Others have surrendered all to Him before: why not you? Luke 20:41-44, John 20:1, 11, 13, John 20:26-28, Matthew 19:27-29

Lesson 74
Digging Deep No. 74
Topic: That I May Know Him – Part 3


INTRODUCTION:
In the two previous studies, we have been studying Philippians 3:7-14 in some details. Our desire is to know Jesus more. The question then is: How do I know that I know Him? I John 2:3-4 gives the answer (i) if I find Him I will keep His commandments, (ii) if I enjoy His words and I am guided by them, (iii) if I walk as He walked, love, compassion, purity, holiness and power; then I know Him. And what about the power of His resurrection?

1) THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION IS PRESENT WHEREVER CHRIST IS PRESENT:
a) Before the History of man, Jesus Christ lived. Some 2,000 years ago, He dies for 3 days but He arose and has been alive ever since. From eternity to eternity He is alive. He tasted death once, for you and for me, but He is above now so that we who are crucified with Him may live forever triumphant victoriously and above sin. The power of His resurrection can (i) raise the dead, (ii) give life to the dying , (iii) bestow eternal life to the believers (iv) rescue the perishing and (v) bring believers out of their grave on the resurrection morning. The power is present wherever Jesus is. Revelation 1:18, Romans 6:4-11, John 5:28-29, John 10:18, John 11:25-26.

b) YOU MUST DIE IN ORDER TO LIVE THE MORE YOUDIE, THE MORE YOU LIVE: This power to permeated the body of Jesus Christ that even though He spent 3 days in the grave His body did not rot. That same power is given to those who are baptized in the Spirit. But for this power it would have been worthless being a Christ. This is because our present body is death-bound and we must not put our trust in it. In fact we must die daily to the flesh so that resurrection power of Christ might be made more abundantly manifest in our lives. Acts 2:31-39, I Cor. 15:16-20, II Cor. 1:9-10, II Cor. 4:10-15.

2) IF YOU WANT TO SHARE IN HIS POWER AND GLORY, YOU MUST SHARE IN HIS SUFFERINGS TOO:
a) When Christ surrendered Himself to death on the cross, He was mocked as a weakling; but when He rose triumphantly, seasoned soldiers fainted at the sight of His glory. You can share in this powerful glory if you are prepared to share in the mocking too. To share in His power and glory, it is only fair that you share in His trials, persecutions, death and burial. You must die in order to live; the cross must precede the crown, II Corinthians 13:4, Ephesians 1:19-21, Matthew 20:20-23, Col. 2:13, Romans 6:3-5.
b) JOINT – PRINVILAGES IMPLY JOINT – RESPONSIBILITIES:
If we are to be joint-heirs of the unthinkable riches of God, we have to be joint-hears in the sufferings for the building of the kingdom. If we are to live with Him, we must die with Him; if we are to reign with Him, we must suffer for His sake. If we deny Him, we are the losers since He has nothing to loose now. Therefore, the more you suffer for Him, the happier you should be because this is your evidence that the “Spirit and glory of God resteth on you” Romans 8:17, 29, II Tim.2:11-13, Col. 1:23-27, II Cor. 1:5, I Pet.4:13-14.

3) THOSE WHO HAVE THE RESURRECTION POWER IN THEM HAVE A LINK WITH HEAVEN: The rapture is coming even as it is written. Those of us who are living or dying who belong to Him have an unimaginable blessing waiting for us when our Lord shall come again. Of course, it is because He rose from the dead that he can come again. And the beauty of it all is that those of us who truly have Christ in us, have this power in us and hence we have a “telephone” link with heaven. Hence when the trump shall sound, we shall hear and off to glory we go, I Thess 4:13-17, Col. 3:1-4, I Pet.1:3-6, Romans 8:9-11.

Lesson 75
Digging Deep No. 75
Topic: That I May Know Him – Part 4
 

INTRODUCTION: In the last study, in this series, we delved deeply into “The Power of His Resurrection”. This week as we continue in our quest to know Him more, we wish to peep into “the resurrection of the dead” the need for Christian perfection and how to attain it. This is an extremely important series: do not miss any part of it.

1) THE COST OF SALVATION IS HEAVY: IT IS THE BLOOD OF JESUS:
a) Money cannot buy salvation, nor any gift of the Spirit of God. Neither can we save ourselves by self-effort. The cost of Salvation is the blood of Jesus, the life of the Almighty God Himself. That is why winning a soul is so important that a true witness must be able to adapt himself to any situation in order to win more souls. Psalms 49:6-7, Acts 8:18-22, Romans 7:18, 25, I Corinthians 9:19-22.

b) SATAN IS ALIVE AND WELL BEWARE OF HIM: while winning others to Christ, you must constantly remember that your own soul is precious too and you must do all you can to preserve your salvation. You must realize that Satan has improved tremendously on his basic technique, which floored Eve. So that as you follow-up your new converts you must watch out for Satan as well. He knows how to drain oil from a burning lamp. Do not for a moment give room to the ally of Satan, the flesh, so that you might not leave the narrow road that leads to the resurrection morning, I Corinthians 9:24-27, II Corinthians 11:3, I Thessalonians 3:5, Galatians 5:16-17, II Thessalonians 2:1-3.

2) APPARENTLY, THE JOY OF RESURRECTION SURPASSES THE JOY OF THE RAPTURE:
a) Some people think that there will be no resurrection but many saint know better. Seeing far into the suture to the wonderful day of resurrection, they refused Divine deliverance once an opportunity to die come. Makes one to wonder if resurrection is better than rapture, Acts 26:8, Hebrews 11:25, Psalms 119:176.

b) GETTING TO HEAVEN IS A BATTLE: NO CIVILIANS IN THE ARMY OF THE CROSS: Because of the great blessings in heaven, the Christian life is a war; but a war we have won 2000 years ago. The hottest of the warfare is in the mouth; the use of the tongue. Another hot zone is the hand, with all the spiritual implications of the team “clean hands”. However, if we will humbly ourselves and allow Jesus to lead the way, we will make it. I Timothy 6:12, James 3:2, Job 17:9, Psalms 138:6-8.

3) ONLY THOSE WHO ARE PERFECT CAN DWELL IN HEAVEN
a) Everything in heaven is perfect, therefore only those who are perfect will feel at home there. In the city of the living God, only the perfect saints can dwell there, it is to help us reach perfection that God provided the five-fold ministers of Apostles, prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers. I Cor. 13:9-10, II Cor. 7:1, II Cor.13:9, Heb.12:22-23, Ephesians 4:11-12.

b) GOD WILL MAKE YOU PERFECT, IF YOU ALLOW HIM TO: Becoming perfect is a matter of cooperation between you and God, i.e. God does it if you allow Him to. First, He provides the water then creates a thirst in you and then shows you the way to the water. But even though a true thirst after righteousness is more agonizing than any physical thirst. God will never force you to drink of the river of perfection: Hebrews 13:21, I Peter 5:10, Psalms 42:1-2, Psalms 63:1-3,8, Psalms 84:2, Ps. 94:15, II Peter 1:5-8, II Peter 3:17-18.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.

Hebrews 13: 8

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