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Digging Deep No. 76
Topic: That I May Know Him – Part 5


INTRODUCTION: In the series on Philippians 3:1-14 we have examined topics like “the resurrection of the dead, Christian perfections e.t.c. Now we continue our in-depth study in an attempt to know Him more. Please remember that you must not be hearers only but the doers of the things you have learnt and are learning particularly in this series. Do not forget to share these important truths with others. They need to know Christ more, you know.

1) JESUS ALWAYS REVEALS HIMSELF TO ANY PERSISTENT SEEKER:
a) Jesus is the Wisdom of God, a Mystery or a hidden wisdom and it is only those who seek Him diligently and persistently who can find Him out. A fuller knowledge of Christ is only possible by persistently following after the Lord. However, a stage of seeking is reached when the sought, even Jesus Christ, reveals Himself plainly – Hosea 6:3, John 8:31-32, I Corinthians 2:7, John 16:25, Psalms 18:28, Psalms 119:130, Isaiah 29:18.

b) THERE IS A SPECIAL BLESSING FOR THOSE WHO SEEK GOD: THEY FIND HIM: It is a student who whole-heartedly observes the ways of the teacher who will become like the teacher. Those who whole-heartedly seek to know the Master always become like the Master. That is why God pronounced a special blessing on those who seek Him whole-heartedly. This special blessing consists in the fact that they shall find Him, the source of all joy, wealth, peace, glory and success, Proverbs 23:26, Psalms 119:2, Jeremiah 29:13, 2 Peter 2:

2) TO SUFFER FOR CHRIST IS A SPECIAL PRIVILEDGE RESERVED ONLY FOR TRUE SONS OF GOD:
a) Suffering for Christ is a special priviledge. Only worthy children of God, true heirs of the Almighty are called upon to taste it. Consequently, those who suffer for Christ’s sake should have this consolation that they are actually the privilege ones. In any case the disciple cannot be greater than His Lord. Also, we must constantly remember that whatever Christ suffered, He suffered it for us that we might be blessed eternally, Acts 5:41, Romans 8:17, II Corinthians 1:5-7, Isaiah 50:6, II Corinthians 8:9.

b) EVERY SAINT THINKS HE IS PERFEXT UNTILL HE ENCOUNTERS THE LORD: It is natural for a man to think that he is always right even when God considers him as fool. Infact nobody ever admits his filthiness until He encounters the Lord. Proverbs 12:15, proverbs 20:9, Prove3rbs 16:2, Proverbs 30:12, Rev. 1:12-17.

3) THE RACE TO HEAVEN IS A FIGHT TO FINISH: ONLY THE FITTEST WILL SURVIVE: Paul compared the Christian race to a fight; a fight against terrible odds of Satan, his agents and allies like the flesh, the world with its deceitful attractions. He also warns us to be constantly aware of the sobering fact that not all who run in a race will win. It is a terrible thing to have run in vain. Yet only the absolutely perfect will win the chritians race. Therefore, brethren, gird up the loins of your mind and soberly, resolutely, perseveringly, perseveringly press forward toward the goal for the end is nearer than you think, II Tim. 4:7, I Corinthians 9:24, Galatians 2:2, II Tim.4:8, I Cor. 9:25, Luke 13:24, Heb.12:1, I Pet.1:13, Rev. 3:11

Digging Deep No. 77
Topic: Hands on the Plough – Part 1


INTRODUCTION:
A ploughman who wants to plough straight and true must keep his eyes always forward. He must never look back, or else he will make mistakes. That is why the Lord said in Luke 9:62 “…No man having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God”. In other words, no man or woman, having decided to accept Christ, and changing his or her mind is fit for the Kingdom of heaven. Today we are beginning a series on backsliding under the title “Hands on the plough” it is our prayer that we will never backslide in Jesus name, Amen.

1. IT IS POSSIBLE TO BACKSLIDE, BUT IT IS DANGEROUS TOO: The Bible makes it plain that it is possible to fall from grace. Even after Salvation, there is the possibility of going back to perdition. Lot’s wife is an example. Demas is another. It is because of the way that backsliders end up that God says He has no pleasure in them. It is better never to have been saved than to backslide because sinners may have some excuses but backsliders have none moreover. Backsliders always begin their downward journey by ignoring God; then after they had gone back from Him, they are tormented by fear day and night. I Cor. 10:12, Luke 17:31-32, II Tim. 4:10, Hebrew 10:38-39, II Peter 2:20-22, Matthew 12:43-45, John 15:22, Psalms 53:1-5.

2. GOD DOES NOT TREAT BACKSLIDING LIGHTLY: HE CALLS IT “SHAMING MY SON, DESPISING MY HOLY SPIRIT: when backsliders start mingle with sinners again, those, who used to know them as children of God begin to blaspheme the Name of the Lord. That is why God does not regard backsliding as a light thing He calls it, “crucifying my Son afresh”, “putting my son to an open shame” “stamping on My Son” and “despising my Holy Spirit”. Backsliding is truly a dangerous proposition because it invokes the fiery indignation of God. Ezekiel 36:20, Hebrew 6:4-8, 10:26-31, Psalms 125:3-5, Matthew 11:23-24, Proverbs 28:1, Deuteronomy 32:29, Ezekiel 18:24.

3. IT IS POSSIBLE NEVER TO BACKSLIDE: INFACT IT IS GLORIOUS TO GROW OLD IN THE NARROW WAY: God’s plan for us is that we live a life that will be pleasing unto Him, a sanctified, holy, clean life. The way of the cross is the way of holiness, a narrow way of righteousness, but there is no death there, only life. Even if He tarries, press forward. To grow old in the way of righteousness is to be crowned with glory. Infact, to backslide is to admit that you do not belong to the great company of light: of joyful, victorious, triumphant people of God, the saints, I Thess.4:1-7, Prov. 12:45-48, Prov. 16:31, Ezek. 3:17-21, Prov. 26:10-11, I John 2:19.

Digging Deep No. 78
Topic: Hands on the Plough – Part 2

INTRODUCTION: In the previous study we discovered that God takes a very serious view of backsliding. The terms He uses for backsliding in His word include “Shaming my Son” Trampling Jesus under foot” “Despising the Holy Spirit”, etc. It is therefore evident that backsliding is a dangerous thing indeed. Today, we continue in this series by beginning on in-depth study of the story of the prodigal son in, Luke 15:11-32. May the Lord uphold us till the end in Jesus Name.

1) SOME BACKSLIDE IN ORDER TO GAIN SUDDEN WEALTH, BUT JESUS IS ENOUGH FOR ME:
a) Those whose inheritance is the Lord are blessed people, just as sorrows belong to backsliders. Like the prodigal son, many leave God, their Father, because they want sudden wealth, but Jesus is enough for me. He should be enough for you too. Some people, due to a lot of prosperity believe they no longer need God. They forget that whatever we have comes from God anyway. Psalms 16:26, Psalms 17:15, Mark 12:44, II Chronicle 33:1-10, Job 21:7, Job 22:15-18, Psalms 10:4-6

b) BACKSLIDERS HAVE A LOT OF QUERIES TO ANSWER FROM THE LORD: A chick that stays away from the mother hen is playing with death. Similarly anyone who stays away from the shadow of the Almighty is playing with fire. The excuse that the “The truth is hard” is unacceptable because God is the Truth anyway. Those who forsake the Lord have a lot of queries to answer therefore. Some of the queries are (i) is God evil? (ii) Has He ever failed? (iii) Was it not to fellowship with Him? (iv)What evil has the Lord done? Psalms 73:27-28, Proverbs 27:6-9, Isaiah 1:4-5, Isaiah 30:8-15, Jeremiah 2:5, 13, 17-19, 31, Micah 6:2-3, Eph.2:11-18, Luke 16:1-19.

2) SEX AND LAZINESS ARE POTENT FORCES THAT PUSH MANY DOWN HILL:
a) Many had been lured away from the narrow way by sex. Illicit sex may appear attractive to you but beware, its end is as “bitter as wormwood”. God terms adultery as taking “fire in the bosom” even though Satan may inform you that it is “enjoyment”. Some Christians are also backslidden today because they are too lazy to pray, study, and attend services, etc. For some, the down hill journey is caused by a love of pleasure. Proverbs 5:3-14, Proverbs 6:26-33, Proverbs 18:9, Proverbs 21:16-17.

b) DON’T ENVY THE FUN-SEEKERS: THEY ARE HEADING FOR DIVINE JUDGEMENT: worldly pleasure may appear to be “fun”, but its end is sorrow. Once you know the truth don’t let Him go. When the urge to backslide comes, please listen to the counsel of elder of elders, or else there will be sudden destruction. For each “fun” had by the fun-seekers they will be judged by God. That is why those who are reveling today have a secret fear; that death will come one day, Proverb 23:19-23, Proverbs 28:7, Proverbs 29:1, Eccl. 11:9-10, Isaiah 22:13, Isaiah 56:12.

3) WE HAVE WASTED ENOUGH OF OUR LIVES: LET US SPEND THE REST FOR HIM: Those reveling as if the day of reckoning is still far away are in a surprise: the end is nearer than they think. Surely, this is not the time to backslide; rather, it is the time to tighten our belts. In any case we have wasted enough of our lives. To go back to our former “allies-in-sin” is to tarnish our garment and miss the rapture. The end is near; let us do all we can before the Lord returns for His spotless Bride. Amos 6:3-7, Romans 13:11-14, I Peter 4:3-4, II Peter 2:12-18, Eph. 5:27.

Digging Deep No. 79
Topic: Hands on the Plough – Part 3

INTRODUCTION: In our previous studies on “Hands on the plough”, we have discovered that it is a dangerous thing indeed to backslide because God does not regard backsliding as a light thing. We also discovered as we began to study the story of the prodigal son in details that some people backslide for different reasons like a desire to have sudden wealth, pleasure or freedom from the narrow way of truth and self-sacrifice. Today, we continue our in-depth study of the story of the prodigal son. May we never backslide in Jesus Name.

1) SOME PEOPLE NEVER LEARN THE EASY WAY:
a) Some people never learn their lessons the easy way. They prefer to suffer first before realizing that God is truly the Lord and Master of all. When a person deserts God, the only true source of all good things and instead of spends his substance on programmes other than those approved by God; God has a way of bring such a person to his knees. The so-called “enjoyments” they went after things turn sour, and an insatiable hunger will develop within. However, when the hands of God are heavy upon some people, for their transgression, they make matters worse by Going farther and father away from God, II Cor. 33:9-13, Ezek. 16:27, Hos. 2:8-14, Amos 8:9-12, II Chronicle 28:19-23.

b) GOD HAS A TIME LIMIT WHICH HE EXPECTS BACKSLIDERS TO REPENT:If a backslider shows a true signs of repentance, God moves in quickly to the rescue. However, he is not interested in mere words of mouth but a genuine heartbroken repentance. Once the backslider realizes the errors of his ways and is determined to forsake his sins, the mercy of the father will become available to him. But God will not wait forever. When the time limit He sets for a backslider to repent is exceeded, judgment falls, Isaiah 1:4-5, 9, Isaiah 67:15-21, Jeremiah 5:2-3, 8:4-6, 31:18-20, Proverbs 28:13, II Tim. 2:25-26, Rev. 2:21-22.

2) DIVINE JUDGMENT ON BACKSLIDERS ARE EXECUTED FOR ALL TO SEE:
a) Invariably, when some one falls he takes other people along with him. Consequently, when God judges a backslider, He turns him to a public spectacle of shame. Those who refuse to mortify the flesh should not blame God when His wrath hits them because those who follow the fashions of this world must share in the wrath of God reserved for the world only – Malachi 2:8-9, Romans 1:24-32, Rom.1:24-32, Ephesians 2:2-3, I Corinthians 6:9-10, Ephesians 4:17-19, Colossians 3:5-7.

b) ONE OF THE HORRORS OF BACKSLIDING IS THAT IT REDUCES A MAN FROM KING TO BEAST: One of the borrows of backsliding is that those who used to feed on the Living Bread now feed on ashes. They that used to partake of the King of kings table now eats beside the gutters amidst the stench of human and animal refuse. They become a shadow of their former glorious self, like a beast without wisdom or knowledge. Isaiah 44:20, Lamentation 4:5, Hosea 12:1, Ps. 73:22, Rom. 6:19-20.

3) WHEN A BACKSLIDER COMES TO HIS SENSES HE WILL REALISE THAT HE IS A PRISONER: Whenever a backslider comes to himself, he would realize the following (i) he no longer has true friends (ii) those he calls friends do not really care for him (iii) he has been brought low (iv) instead of mends friends he now has enemies that are stronger than he is and (v) he has lost his freedom and is a prisoner of Satan. Ps. 142:4-5, Ps. 73:12, Isaiah 57:3, Psalms 73:16-20.

Digging Deep No. 80
Topic: The peace of God
Philippians 4:7

INTRODUCTION:
There are different types of peace: true and false. There is worldly peace and Divine peace: those who have Divine peace never worry of fear John 14:27. On the other hand, worldly peace is really tribulation. It is only Divine peace that brings good cheer and victory with it John 16:33, it is our prayer that those of us who have not obtain Divine peace will obtain it before the end of this study, Amen.
1) TRUE PEACE COMES ONLY FROM THE TRIUNE GOD
a) True peace like true grace comes from God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. True peace cannot be found in associations, societies or cults. There is only one source of true peace and that is God – Phil.1:2, Rom. 1:7, Rev. 1:4, Gal. 5:22, Isa. 45:5-7.

b) DIVINE PEACE DOES NOT WALK ALONE: God’s blessings, safety, grace and peace always go together. Therefore, if you want wealth, security, answered prayers, success together with peace, what you must do is to get acquainted with God intimately. Particularly as no one can trouble you if your peace is from God. Num.6:24-26, Job 22:21-28, Ps. 29:11, Isa. 59:19-21, Job. 34:29.

2) IF YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL WANT PEACE YOU MUST SATISFY CERTAIN CONDITIONS:
a) An individual who wants the true peace that God only can give must satisfy certain conditions. These are: he must (i) trust God, (ii) hearken to His commandments, (iii) turn from sin (iv) seek the Lord and (v) call on Him. Isa. 26:3, Isa. 48:18-22, Jer. 33:6, Isa. 55:7-12, Ps. 85:8.

b) A CONGREGATION CAN ONLY HAVE PEACE ON CERTAIN CONDITIONS: A group of people who desire that the peace of God be with them on an enduring basis must satisfy the following conditions among others: they must individually and collectively be (i) perfect, (ii) of good comfort, (iii) united (iv) merciful (v) kind (vi) humble (vii) meek (viii) patient (ix) forgiving and (x) loving. II Cor. 13:11, Rom. 15:13, II Thess. 3:16, Heb. 13:20, Col. 3:12-15.

3) THE PEACE AVAILABLE TO A DETERMINED CHRISTIAN IS LIMITLESS:once a Christian has been justified by faith and he is prepared to concentrate only on spiritual things, ever putting the kingdom of God first; and is prepared to walk along the narrow way under the guidance of the Holy Spirit; his peace cannot only increase but it can always be multiplied. Rom. 5:1, Rom. 8:6, Rom. 14:17, Luke 2:78-79, Jude verses 1-2.

Digging Deep No. 81
Topic: The Joy of the Lord


INTRODUCTION:
Joy, like peace, is of a great variety; true joy, false joy; lasting joy, ephemeral joy; but the best and most enduring type of joy comes from the Lord. This joy is available to those who love the Lord, John 14:28, and obey him in all things John 15:10-11.

1. THE JOY OF THE LORD GIVES STRENGTH: The secret of the Christian strength is the joy of the Lord. Because His joy is like a healing balm for the body. Soul and Spirit. The foundation of this strength is based on the fact that the Lord reigns for ever and not only haste broken the back of our enemies, they are permanently under our feet. Infact not only have we strength enough, but we have more to spare so that we can be channels of joyful blessings to others in need by breaking their yokes through the supernatural strength that comes from the joy of the Lord. Neh.8:10, Prov. 17:22, Isa. 52:7-10, Isa. 60:14-15, Job 29:11-17, Isa. 61:1-3.

2. ONE OF THE GREATEST LOSSES OF THE BACKSLIDER IS JOY: One of the demarcating characteristics between sinners and saints is that sinners have sorrows while saints have joy. Infact backslider misses the joy of the Lord so badly that is usually an instrument of their restoration. That is why a restored backslider praises, the Lord more than a non-backslider because he has tasted the Lord and the devil and he now knows the difference. It is also the reason why unrestored backsliders cannot praise the lord. If your praise worship is losing its quality, watch out; you may be slipping backwards. Isa. 65:13-14, Ps. 42:1-4, Ps. 43:3-5, 48:2, 137:6, Prov. 17:21, Jere. 31:10-13, Jere. 33:1-11.

3. THE GREATEST JOY IN THIS WORLD COMES FROM HAVING ABIDING FRUITS: It is a spiritual law that when people joyfully praise the Lord. The harvest will be great. This does not apply to material harvest alone but also to spiritual harvest as well. Spiritual children, more than physical children, are sources of great joy. The Bible calls them “crown to rejoicing”. Even though there are “joy unspeakable” and joy exceeding” the greatest joy in this life is to have spiritual children who will stand firm in the Lord. Psalms 67:4-7, Psalms 126:5-6, Phil 4:1, I Thess. 2:20, I Pet. 1:8, 4:13, 3 John v.4.

4. THE FULLEST JOY IS IN HIS PRESENCE: Joy is never absolutely full except ion the presence of the Lord. That is why there is never a place more delightful than the secret place of prayer. Only the beloved of the Lord know this secret and cherish it. Ps. 16:11, Jer.15:16, Matt. 25:21, Rev. 2:10, John 3:29.

Digging Deep No. 82
Topic: The Love of God

INTRODUCTION: John 3:16 has been described as the Bible within the Bible, as a summary of the entire Bible; because it talks about God, about His love, how He demonstrated His love, the consequences of receiving that love, the Son of God, eternity of God etc. It is this love of God that we intend to study in details tonight and we pray this love of God “will be shed abroad” in all hearts here tonight in Jesus Name, Amen.

1. TRUE LOVE IS ACTIVE: IT GIVES ITS BESY, ITS ALL: True love is God’s type of love and it is superior to human love. Very few men can die for their friends; no one except God can die for his enemy. We are terrible sinners, enemies of God when God sent His only begotten Son to die for us. Surely, such love demands that we should stop sinning and thus cease to be enemies of God. God, through His marvelous love has given us His best, His all. There is nothing else He cannot give us if we ask Him. Romans 5:7-8, II Cor. 5:19-21, Titus 3:3-8, I John 4:9-10, 19, Romans 8:32.

2. TRUE LOVE IS NEVER DORMANT: IT IS DEMOBSTRATIVE: God demonstrated His love by giving His all; so does Abraham demonstrate his love for God by giving his all. Infact we can demonstrate our love to God by obeying Him and doing all we can to bring our fellow men also. Infact the only way we can demonstrate that we truly know God is by showing His type of love to others, since God Himself is love. Genesis 22:12, I John 2:3-5, I John 5:3, I John 3:16-17, I John 4:21, I John 4:7-8.

3. TRUE LOVE IS EVER – INCREASING, EVER-LASTING: Since God loved us so much while we were still enemies, surely He must love us much more now that we are reconciled to Him. Love is strong and indestructible. True love lasts forever, it is priceless. It is a continuous process, ever increasing everlasting. Consequently, our hope in God has a solid foundation not only has He, through His marvelous love given us His Son, the Holy Spirit is ours also: two everlasting Anchors for our souls. Romans 5:10, Songs of Solomon 8:6-7, Hebrews 13:1, Romans 5:5.

4. TRUE LOVE IS THE FOUNDATION FOR HOLINESS: If you truly love all men, you will never sin. Love is the foundation for perfect holiness. For true love of God and man will make it impossible for you to hurt a man or disobey God. That is why Jesus demands that we love ourselves with Divine love. Without this type of love, calling ourselves Christians is mere hypocrisy. True love is first on the list of the fruit of the Holy Spirit; all other follows and grows on this foundation. You cannot even hurt your enemies if you have love. Romans 13:10, John 13:34-35, Galatians 5:22, Romans 12:9-10, I Peter 1:22, Matt. 5:44-46.

5. LOVING TRULY HAS ITS ADVANTAGES: IT PAYS TO LOVE: Harbouring true love in your heart has its advantages. Some of these are (i) You will dwell in God (ii) God will dwell in you (iii) You are not afraid of the judgment day (iv) Fear becomes a stranger to you (v) You are free from tormentors (vi) You are never alone because God will always be with you (vii) You are more than a conqueror,
I John 4:16-18, John 14:15-24, Matt. 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-20, Romans 8:37.

Digging Deep No. 83
Topic: The Mercy of God


INTRODUCTION: Mercy is underserved favour, that which causes you to help someone who has no claim to your help or to show kindness to someone who has no claim for it and without the ability to repay you. The mercies of God are great, II Samuel 24:14, and while the world gave His Son a crown of thorns, he gave them a crown of mercies, Psalms 103:4. Of course, there is no comparison between the mercies of God and that of a sinner: the nearest word to “mercy” in the book of the sinners is “cruelty” Proverbs 12:10.

1. MERCY IS ONE OF THE TREASURES OF GOD: Mercy is one of the precious things in the treasury of God: He has it in abundance. Infact His mercy is so plenteous it fills the whole earth and goes beyond the heavens in height. And as far as those who fear Him are concerned, the mercy of God upon them is forever, Ephesians 2:4, Psalms 119:64, Psalms 103:11, Psalms 106:1, Luke 1:50, Psalms 89:28, Psalms 103:17.

2. WE LIVE PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY ONLY BECAUSE GOD IS MERCIFUL: To keep us alive, God has to renew His mercy day by day, because none of us really deserve to live because of our numerous sins. But He enjoys being merciful and hence forgives easily. None of us deserved to be saved and live eternally but for the mercy of God. Furthermore, because He is plenteous in mercy, it takes a lot of provocation of really make God angry. Lamentation 3:22-23, Mich. 7:18, Titus 3:5, Psalms 103:8.

3. THE LAW OF HARVEST EXTENDS TO MERCY TOO: SOW MERCY, REAP MERCY: It pays to be merciful. Mercy has its rewards just like wickedness does. Mercy obeys the law of harvest: if you sow mercy, you will reap mercy. If you show no mercy you will receive none. Each time you let offences committed against you go unrevenged you will inherit a blessing. Besides, being merciful is a sign that you are a true Son of God. Proverbs 11:17, Matthew 5:7, II Samuel 22:25, James 2:13, I Peter 3:9, Luke 6:36.

4. GOD’S MERCY IS NOT TO ENCOURAGE SINNERS BUT REPENTANCE: One unfortunate thing is that men often misunderstand the mercy of God, mistaking it for license to do more evil. That God’s merciful does not mean that he tolerates sin. He does not punish immediately we sin because He is patiently waiting for us to repent. Those who refuse to repent will pay the necessary penalty and the fact they abused the great mercies of God will add remorse to their agonies in hell, but those who return to Him in penitence shall obtain abundant mercy. Eccl. 8:11, Eccl. 34:6-7, Joel 2:13, II Pet. 3:9, Proverbs 11:21, Proverbs 16:5, Proverbs 19:5, Hebrews 2:3, II Chronicles 30:8-9.

5. GOD’S THRONE IS CALLED “MERCY SEAT” NOT “POWER SEAT”: An example of the immensity of the mercy of God is illustrated in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah: God is willing to spare two sin drenched cities for the sake of only ten people. Another example is in His dealing with Lot and His family: they were literally dragged into safety. No wonder the throne of God is called mercy-seat not the holy-seat or the power seat, Gen.18:26-32, Gen.19:5, Ezra 9:13, Neh.9:16-17, 31, I kings 21:29, Exodus 25:17, Number 7:89.

Digging Deep No. 84
Topic: The Glory of God


INTRODUCTION:
The glory of man is at best like the flower of grass, I Pet. 1:24, infact Solomon at his best did not compare favourably with lilies of the field, Mat. 6:28-29. Whereas the glory of the Lord is like a devouring fire, Exod. 24:17. If a sinner, not covered in the blood of the Lamb, should look on Him, the glory of his face alone will kill the sinner instantly, Exodus 33:18-23. But a saved soul will obtain a portion of this eternal Divine glory, II Timothy 2:10.

1. DIVINE GLORY IS BRIGHTER THAN THE NOON-DAY SUN: Saul of Tarsus saw the glory of God at noon-day and it was brighter than the noon-day sun. John the revelator saw Jesus in full glory and described His hair as whiter than earthly white, His eyes as flame of fire, His feet like brass in a furnace, His voice loud, deep and yet soft, His countenance as the radiance of the sun on a cloudless day. When the Apostles saw Him in glory, the very garments He wore changed colours, Acts 22:6, Rev. 19:11-12, Mark 9:2-6.

2. THE HUMAN BODY IS TOO WEAK TO WITHSTAND HIS GLORY: whenever the glory of God appears to ordinary men, there are serious reactions. For example, His glory drove out the priests in Solomon’s temple, prevented Moses from entering the tabernacle, revealed the sinful state of Isaiah, knocked down Ezekiel and Saul of Tarsus, and knocked out Daniel and John the revelator. His glory can kill a careless priest our bodies must be changed to be able to fully enter into His glory at His second coming. I Kings 8:15-18, Exod. 40:34-35, Isaiah 6:1-5, Ezek. 1:26-28, Acts 9:3-4, Daniel 8:15-18, Rev. 1:17, Leviticus 16:2, Luke 2:9, Philippians 3:21, II Corinthians 4:17

3. DIVINE GLORY HAS WEIGHT: THE MORE SOULS YOU WIN THE HEAVIER YOUR GLORY: there are different kinds of glories and one glory excels another. For instance, the glory of grace excels the glory of the law. Also, glory has weight and some are heavier than other. And since one condition for obtaining glory is winning souls, it follows therefore that the more souls you win, the heavier will be your weight of glory. I Cor.15:40-41, II Cor.3:5-11, II Cor.4:17, I Thess.2:19-20, Daniel 12:3, John 15:8.

4. BELIEVERS CAN SHARE IN THE DIVINE GLORY: since everything about God is glorious, His holiness, His works, the honour of His majesty, His gospel, His liberty, His power, and His appearing, it follows that His church must be glorious too. Which means that believers, who constitute His Church, must share in His glory. But there are conditions to be satisfied before you can share in His glory apart from being born again. Some of them are; you must (i) be holy, (ii) suffer with Him, (iii) win souls, (iv) be wise, (v) be full of good works, (vi) keep your body, souls, and spirit pure. Exod.15:11, Ps.111:3, Ps.145:5, II Cor.4:4, Rom.8:21, Col.1:11, Titus 2:13, Eph.5:27, Matt.19:28, 13:43, Rom.8:17, Prov.3:35, Isa.24:16, I Pet.4:12-14, Rom.2:10, I Cor.6:20.

5. YOU CAN BRING HIS GLORY DOWN TODAY: To bring down the glory of God at any time, all you need to do is praise Him. But all present must do so in one accord i.e. with one heart and mind and with the same purpose in view. Also, if you intend to praise Him at all, you must do it gloriously. Ps.50:23, II Chron.5:13-14, Rom.15:6, Ps.66:2.

Digging Deep No. 85
Topic: The Power of God

 

 

INTRODUCTION: Many men claim that they have power, but they are lying. Some men claim that the Government is the one in power, but that is a mistake. Some declared that Satan has power but that is untrue. There is one and only one person who has power, and that person is God Almighty, Ps.62:11.

1) TRUE POWER BELONGS TO GOD ONLY: True power, all powers without exception, belongs to God only, because He is supremely powerful. God does exactly as He pleases: no one can challenge Him or forbid Him. He can deliver from any captor but no one can deliver from Him, He can use His power to help or to hinder, to make rich and honourable, Matt.6:13, Matt.28:18, Ps.115:3, Ps.135:6, Dan.3:17, Isa.43:13, II Chronicle 25:8, I Chroni.29:12.

2) GOD CAN DO ANYTHING: God has enough power to do anything: nothing, absolutely nothing is impossible for Him. What men cannot attempt, God can do easily. Because He controls all flesh, He can cause even an old woman to conceive and deliver. Because He made the earth and the heavens out of nothing, he can produce children from stones. He is able to do more than we dare ask for, Luke 1:37, Job 42:2, Matt.19:26, Gen. 18:13-14, Jere.32:17 ,27, Luke 3:8, Eph. 3:20.

3) SATAN HAS NO POWER, BUT HE IS A JUDO EXPERT: Satan has no power but he is extremely cunning. What he does is simply to put his victim into opposition with the all-powerful God. That is how he got the children of Israel into trouble in the wilderness. That is how he destroyed Samson. That is how he nearly ruined David. But in Jesus Name, he will not be able to ruin us since we are not unaware of his tricks. James 1:13-15, Number 22:15-18, Num.23:7-11, Num.20:23-26, Numbers 24:8-10, 15-19, Numbers 25:1-5, 9, Judges16:6, 19:21, II Sam.12:7-13, II Cor.2:10-11, Eph.6:11.

4) GOD CAN KEEP ANY WILLING CHRISTIAN FROM FALLING: The word of God gives us the assurance that God has enough power to establish us in the gospel and to lead us all the way home. He is able to keep us from falling and can save to the uttermost. Also, because He has all the powers and the enemy has none, any obedient son to God is sure of final victory any day. Rom.16:25-27, Jude v24, Heb.7:25, Luke 10:19, Ps. 91:1,7, 13-16.

5) THE POWER OF GOD CAN TRANSFORM ANY MAN TO A GIANT-KILLER:The only way a man can have a share in the power of God is through the Spirit of God. Through this power of the Holy Spirit, a Christian can perform wonders for God. Examples abound in the Bible of men like Samson, Elijah, Elisha, Peter, Stephen, and Paul etc. And since God is no respecter of persons, and He changes not, what He has done for others, He can do for us too. And He will if we so desire. Micah 3:8, Acts 1:8, Zech.4:6, Rom.15:18-19, Judges 14:5-6, 19, Jud..15:14-15, I Kings 18:46, II Kings 2:9-12, Acts 5:12-16, Acts 6; 8,15, Acts 9:17-22, Acts 19:11-12, Acts 10:34, Heb.13:8.

Digging Deep No. 86
Topic: The Wisdom of God

INTRODUCTION: In the previous study we studies about the power of God. This week, we want to study about His wisdom because power can be dangerous in the hand of a fool. There are all sorts of wisdom but true, pure beneficial and Divinely approved wisdom comes from God only, Daniel 2:20.

1) DIVINE WISDOM IS A GOLD MINE: The Spirit of the Lord that gives power is also the same that gives wisdom, understanding, knowledge and the fear of God. However, the scriptures confirm that Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This proves that the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ are one and there is only one God. The wisdom of God is like gold mine: the deeper you dig, the richer you become. Which implies that the more you know of Christ, the wiser you become because Jesus Christ is that “Gold mine” Isa.11:2, I Cor.1:24.

2) BUT THE HIGHEST WORLDLY WISDOM FALLS SHORT OF THE “FOLLY” OF GOD: The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God because (i) they are based on vanity and pursue vanity (ii) it eventually leads to destruction, so that what men call the foolishness of God is still wiser than the wisdom of men. For one thing, God can destroy the wisdom of men, but men cannot destroy the wisdom of God. Worldly wisdom is sensual and devilish, but divine wisdom is pure, peaceful, gentle, patient, merciful, good, impartial and straightforward. I Cor.3:19-20, I Cor.1:25, Isa.29:14, Jre.4:22, Jam.3:15-17, Rom.1:22.

3) TRUE WISDOM IS A VERY PRECIOUS GIFT FROM GOD: True wisdom is worth more than gold, silver, pearls, and rubies. That is why a Divine wise man is a happy man. True wisdom is in the same category as light, which is understandable since Jesus the wisdom of God, is also the light of the world. A wise man is stronger than tem mighty men, hence when God gives a man wisdom; no one will be able to resist him. Consequently, if you cannot get anything else from God be sure you get wisdom from Him. Job 28:12-19, Prov.3:13-14, Prov.8:11, Eccl.2:13, Eccl.7:12, Eccl.2:26, Luke 21:15, Dan.2:21, James 1:5, Prov.4:7

4) IT IS EASY TO RECOGNISE A MAN WHO LACKS WISDOM: some of the signs of a man devoid of wisdom are (i) unwillingness to acknowledge God as supreme, (ii) inability to forgive others (iii) back-biting others, (iv) making fun of sin as if it is a trivial things, (v) hatred of correction, (vi) love of arguments, (vii) meddling in other peoples affairs, (viii) trusting his own abilities, (ix) acquiring wealth by fraudulent means, (x) crookedness or hypocrisy, and (xi) living as if everything ends in this world. Ps.53:1, Prov.10:18, Prov.14:9, Prov.19:6, Prov.20:3, Jer.17:11, Luke 11:39-40.

5) IT IS ALSO EASY TO RECOGNISE A WISE MAN: some of the signs of a wise man are (i) he fears God, (ii) he puts into practice whatsoever he learns from the scriptures, (iii) he searches the scriptures constantly to discover how God wants him to live, (iv) he is a man of few words (v) he is considered a fool by those who have worldly wisdom. Job 28:28, 32:7, Matt.7:24, I Cor.2:6, I Cor.12:8, I Cor.3:18, II Tim.3:15, Eccl.5:3, Prov.15:2, Prov.12:23.

6) GOD’S TRAP FOR THE WORLDLY WISE IS THEIR WISDOM: God’s way of catching the wise man of this world is by turning their wisdom to foolishness, spoiling their grand designs while God ultimately has the last laugh. Examples in the Bible include Samson versus the Philistines, David versus Goliath, King Saul and the witch of Endor, David versus Nathan, Haman versus Mordecai, the case of Gehazi and Saul’s journey to Damascus. Judges 16:23-24, Isaiah 17:43-51, Isa.28:7-19, Isa.12:14, Ester 7:9-10, II Kings 5:20-27, Acts 1:7-22. Are you on His side or in His trap?

Digging Deep No. 87
Topic: Curses and Blessings – Part 1

INTRODUCTION: In this study on curses and blessings we intend to answer such questions as what are the various sources of curses and blessings, what causes them, what are the signs that a curse may be at work, how can we deal with curses, etc. May the Lord Himself teach us and bless us mightily, Amen.

1) CURSES COME FROM VARIOUS SOURCES: there are various sources of curses. It could be from God Himself or from a man of God on behalf of God. Other sources could be a man who has positional authority over you, e.g. a husband, or a man on behalf of the devil. Also, curses could be self imposed – Gen.3:14-19, Gen.4:9-12, Joshua 6:23, I Kings 16:34, Judges 5:23, Gen.31:19, 20-35, Gen.35:16-18, I Sam.17:43-44, I Sam.17:45-47, 50, Gen.27:11-13.

2) CURSES WITHOUT CAUSE WILL NOT COME: ACURSE IS NEVER EFFECTIVE WITHOUT A CAUSE. In other words, no curse will affect you unless you have done something to deserve it. Conditions for curses includes: (i) not listening to the voice of the Lord, (ii) not observing His commandments, (iii) not doing His commandments (iv) forsaking God, (v) going after other gods,(vi) breaking His covenant. Other causes are (vii) betrayal of friends (viii) rewarding evil for good (ix) being merciless (x) persecuting the poor and the needy (xi) taking advantage of the sorrowful (xii) loving to curse.
The following people are also under the curses of the Lord: (i) worshippers, (ii) people who bow down to any image, (iii) people who keep charms at home (iv) those who dishonour their parents (v) land thieves (vi) those who mistreat the helpless, (vii) those who cheat strangers, the fatherless or widows, (viii) those who have sex with animals, (ix) those who have sex with their step mothers or step-fathers, (x) those who have sex with their brothers or sisters, step-brothers or step sisters, (x) those who have sex with their father-in-law or mother-in-law, (xii) murders, (xiii) hired killers or thugs (xiv) those who break the law of God (xv) false preachers (xvi) enemies of God, (xvii) those who do not pay their tithes. Are you in this group? Deut.28:15, Deut. 31:16-17, Ps.55:12-15, Ps.109:5-18, Deut.27:15-26, Gal.1:8-9, Ps.68:1-2, Deut.28:16-68, Judges 5:23, Gal.3:10, Lev.26:14-17, Nehe.4:1-5, Jere.7:11-15, I kings 14:14-16, Malachi 3:8-9.

Digging Deep No. 88
Topic: Curses and Blessings – Part 2

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of this series on curses and blessing we learnt that curses may come from God, a man of God, a husband, parent or a man of the devil. Also, we learnt that curses may be self-imposed. We also mentioned about 29 causes of curses including not listening to the voice of the Lord and not obeying Him. We shall continue this series by looking at 3 notable curses and their causes and consequences before proceeding to other aspects of this study.

1) THREE (3) NOTABLE CURSES: CAUSES ANS CONSEQUENCES: The three (3) notable curses we wish to study in details are (i) the curse placed on David by Nathan (ii) the curse placed on Gehazi by Elisha and (iii) evil plotting (iii) murder (v) ingratitude to God (vi) lack of contentment (vii) injuring the Name of the Lord and (viii) judging others. The consequence is that Israel had always been at war. Gehazi on his own part was guilty of (i) covetousness, (ii) evil plotting (iii) lying (iv) hypocrisy (v) injuring the name of the Lord (vi) attempting to deceive the Holy Spirit. The consequence is that leprosy is difficult to eradicate. Joab on the other hand was guilty of (i) desire to revenge (ii) evil plotting (iii) struggle for position (iv) cold-blooded murder. It is from the Joab’s curse that we discover some signs that a curse might be at work. These are (a) incurable disease defying medicine and prayers, (b) being accident-prone (c) regular miscarriages (d) inexplicable poverty. II Samuel 12:7-14, II Samuel 3:26-29, Psalms 7:11-16, Psalms 94:20-23, Proverbs 5:21-23.

2) SOME CURSES WORKS INSTANTLY: Some curses have delayed effects. However some do work instantly. Almost invariably, there are curses pronounced by men of God. Examples include Elijah’s curses on the 2 captains and their bands of fifty soldiers each, Elisha’s curse in the insolent children, Elisha’s curse on Gehazi mentioned above and Elisha’s curse on the Syrian army. Similarly, blessings pronounced by a man of God could also have instant effects. II Kings 1:10-12, 2:23-24, 5:25-27, II Kgs.12:7-14, 6:18, II Kgs.2:19-22, 4:4.

3) THOSE YOU MUST NEVER CURSE: There is a set of people you must never curse. Infact the penalty fro cursing some of them is death and in some other cases severe curses. This set consists of God, your parents, rulers and those who curse you. Job 2:9, Exodus 21:17, Leviticus 20:9, Proverbs 20:20, Mark 7:10, Luke 6:28, Romans 12:14, Exodus 22:28, Acts 23:1-5, Psalms 109:28.

Digging Deep No.89
Topic: Curses and Blessings – Part 3



INTRODUCTION: In the first two parts of this series, we have learnt about the sources and causes of curses. We have examined 3 notable curses in details and have learnt about certain curses that work instantly. We concluded the second part by listing those people we are forbidden to curse. These include God, our parents, rulers and those who curse us. Now, we wish to continue on study by examining the sources and courses of blessings and those who qualify for Divine blessings.

1) SOURCES OF TRUE BLESSINGS: There are only three main sources of true blessings: God, His representatives, and those with positional authority. The devil and his disciples do not give true blessings; their type of blessing always have sorrow mixed with it. The first blessing that God pronounced on man is five-fold: (i) be fruitful, (ii) be multiply (iii) fill the earth (iv) subdue the earth i.e. be victorious always and (v) have dominion over all living things, including demons and all foul spirit. Till today, if you serve God, seek first His Kingdom and its righteousness, pay your tithes to Him, study His word and apply them to your life, God will bless you mightily.
In the old testaments times, the priest, as a representative of God is to pronounce a six-fold blessing on the congregation (i) The Lord bless you, (ii) the Lord keep you (iii) the Lord make His face to shine upon you (iv) the Lord be gracious unto you (v) the Lord life up His countenance upon you – i.e. the Lord look with favour upon you and (vi) the Lord give you peace. Some of the Apostolic blessings on those who remain steadfast are: (i) May God make you perfect (ii) may He establish you (iii) may He strengthen you (iv) may He settle you (v) may He give you victory over Satan (vi) may He give you peace and grace and (vii) may God love you and fellowship with you. Genesis 24:35, Prov.10:22, Ps.3:8, Gen.1:28, Exod.23:25, Matt.6:33, Malachi 3:10, Joshua 1:8, Deut.23:5, Luke 1:28, Num.6:23-26, I Pet. 5:8-10, Rom.16:19-20, II Cor.13:14.

2) CONDITIONS FOR BLESSINGS: The following are the causes of blessings i.e. the conditions to be satisfied in order to obtain blessings from God. (i) obedience to God (ii) keeping His covenant (iii) fearing Him (iv) keeping His commandments always (v) walking in His ways (v) being a doer of the word and not hearers only (vii) having clean hands and a pure heart (viii) giving to the Lord and (ix) make God welcome in your home. Exodus 19:5, Deut.4:30, Deut.5:29, I Kings 3:14, Reve. 22:14, Job 36:11, Zechariah 3:7, James.1:1-25, Psalms 24:4-5, I Samuel 2:20-21, II Samuel 6:11.

Digging Deep No.90
Topic: Curses and Blessings – Part 4



INTRODUCTION: In this series, we have learnt about the sources and causes of both curses and blessings. We have examined the conditions for receiving blessings and what to do to escape from curses. In this concluding part of the series we wish to look at some special features of blessings and the special case of Jacob versus his sons.

1) UNCONDITIONAL BLESSINGS ARE IRREVOCABLE: Some blessings are conditional, i.e. the blessings will come if certain conditions are satisfied. But some blessings are unconditional. Such blessings are irrevocable. An example of such an irrevocable blessings is that which Isaac pronounced on Jacob. Blessing could be spoken or transferred through the laying on of hands. Normally, only fathers can pronounce blessings on their children and the first-born should have more blessing than the second son but at times the first is the last and the last first. Deut. 28:1-14, Gen.27:26-29, 33, Gen.27:34-40, I Sam.1:12-17, I Sam. 1:19-20, Gen.48:14, Matt.19:15, Mark 10:16, Acts 13:1-3, I Tim.4:14, II Tim.1:6, Gen.48:17-19.

2) THE BLESSINGS OF ABRAHAM CAN BE YOURS TOO: The blessings of Abraham are seven-fold: (i) you will become a great nation (ii) you will be blessed materially, (iii) your name will be great (iv) you will be a blessing (v) those who bless you will be blessed (vi) those who curse you will be cursed of God (vii) all the families of the world will be blessed through you. All these blessings can be yours too, if you are in Christ.
All the blessings of Abraham were reconfirmed of his son Isaac who in turn pronounced a ten-fold blessing upon Jacob. The blessings of Jacob are (i) may God give thee of the dew of heaven (ii) may God give thee the fatness of the earth (iii) may God give thee plenty of food (iv) and plenty of drink (v) may people serve you (vi) may nations bow to you (vii) may you be master over your brothers (viii) may your mother’s sons bow to you (ix) let him be caused who causes you (x) let him be blessed who blesses you.
In his parting words to his sons, Jacob cursed some and blessed some. Finally, he transferred the Abramic blessing unto Judah, from whose line came the Lion of Judah Himself. Our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we are all blessed today. Genesis 12:2-3, Gal.3:13-14, Gen.26:24, Gen.27:27-29, Gen.48:15-16, Gen.49:1-28, Deut.21:17, Deut. 27:20, Gen.35:2, Gen.34:25-29, Ren.5:, Num.14:17, Ps.60:7, Isa.63:1-3, Rev,.19:11-16, I Chron.5:1-2, Isa.22:1, Ezek.21:27, Dan.9:25, Matt.21:9, Luke 1:32.

Digging Deep No.91
Topic: Soldiers of the Cross – Part 1


INTRODUCTION: The journey to the Promised Land is not a bed of roses: Joshua had his wall of Jericho. The journey to the throne is never a down hill but uphill task: David had his Goliath. There is never a crown without a cross first. No one will reach heaven without starting first at Calvary and then resolutely fighting his way through to glory. Matt.11:12. There is no royal road to success.

1) A CHRISTIAN IS AN UNUSUAL CREATURE: A MAN OF TWO WORLDS: A Christian is an unusual personality, he is dead yet alive: in the world but not of the world; living in the flesh but not operating in the flesh; dwelling in a world of science yet living in faith; in fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ yet absent from the Lord a man of flesh and bones yet led by the Spirit, the son of God is a spirit. Galatians 2:20, Jn.17:15-16, I Pet. 4:1-2, II Cor. 5:4-8, Romans 8:13, John 4:23-24.

2) A CHRISTIAN IS ENGAGED IN A WAR: CONTINUOUS AND HOT: every Christian is engaged in a big war. He is a soldier of Christ, expected to be hardened and disciplined. The war is a continuous fight from salvation to rapture. It is a running battle; continuously hot one that no one dares fight negligently. As a soldiers combat, the Christian must be prepared for afflictions, necessities, distress, wounds, imprisonments, hard work, vigils, fasting etc. I Tim.1:18, II Tim.2:3-4, II Tim.4:7-8, Heb.12:1-2, II Cor.6:3-5, Rom.6:13.

3) THE ENEMY HAS MANY FACES AND TITLES: The caption of the opposing forces has many faces and titles: He is a liar, a murderer; the original sinner, a roaring lion, a serpent, a dragon and an accuser of the brethren, a thief, a killer, a destroyer, etc. Assisting him in his diabolical conflict with children of God are a host of well trained officers and agents with frightful titles like principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, highly placed and wicked spirit, John 8:44, I Jn.3:8, I Pet.5:8, Gen.3:1, Rev.12:7-12, Jn.10:10, Eph.6:11-12.

4) OUR WEAPONS AGAINST HIM ARE NOT CARNAL: THEY ARE MIGHTY:Human wisdom and philosophies cannot win this war. Our human abilities are too puny against an unseen and tireless enemy. Victory is through the trinity because our sufficiency is of God. However, we have the Armour to put on. It is called the Armour of light, of righteousness of God. It involves pureness, knowledge of the word, patience, kindness, love,, truth and the power of God. There are six pieces in the Armour but there is a single word to describe it: JESUS. I Cor.1:18-24, Zech.4:6-7, Rom.13:12, I Cor.6:6-7, Eph.6:13-18, II Cor.3:5,I Thess.5:8, Judges 15:14-16, I Samuel 17:45-50.

5) WITH THE LORD ON OUR SIDE WE WILL WIN: We do not need to fear because of this battle. With the Lord on our side we shall win. God has said that (i) we should not fear (ii) He is with us (iii) we should not be dismayed (iv) He will strengthen us (v) He will uphold us (vi) those against us shall be ashamed (vii) they will be confounded (viii) they shall be as nothing (ix) they shall perish (x) they shall vanish (xi) we shall be a terrible weapon against them (xii) we shall rejoice in the Lord, and (xiii) we shall glory in the Holy One of Israel. Ps.110:1-2, Isa.41:10-16, Jer.20:11, Jer.15:20-21, 17:18, 18:18-22, Heb.13:8, Jer.1:10, Heb.11:30.

Digging Deep No.92
Topic: Soldiers of the Cross – Part 2

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of this series, we saw that we are fighting against a highly organized army whose captain, Satan, has many titles like liar, murderer, serpent, lion, destroyer etc. We also learnt that with God on our side, we shall win. Infact, He said in His word that whenever our enemies are preparing for war against us, He will (i) laugh them to scorn, (ii) speak to them in anger and (iii) trouble them greatly, Ps. 2:1-4, in this second part we want to find out why some perish in the war while others survive.

1) THE SPIRITUAL BATTLE GROUND IS IN THE MIND: The battle ground in the war against Satan begins in the though-realm and it starts right from youth. All sins originates from the heart in form of thoughts, knowing that if God fights for a man he will always win, Satan uses the strategy of putting wicked thoughts into a man’s mind. He knows that God abhors wicked thoughts. He knows that foolish thoughts (not necessarily immoral) are sins. So he introduces into a man’s mind thoughts that are frivolous, not based on the fear of the Lord or the furtherance of the kingdom on earth. He knows that vain thoughts lead men to (i) becoming tools (ii) doing damnable things and (iii) suffering horribly as a result. Gen.8:21, Matt.15:18-22, Prov.15:26, Deut.15:9, Ps.139:2, Prov.24:9, Isa.55:6-9, Rom.1:21, I Cor.1:19, 27-29.

2) MOST OF THE CASUALITIES ARE CAUSED BY PRIDE: Satan knows that God is willing to aid those who are attacked by evil forces. He knows the stories of Pharaoh and Sennacherib very well. But he also knows that pride locks God out and opens the door to the enemy. Infact, pride turns God from being a supporter to an opposer. He also knows that human beings never learns from the experience of others as is well illustrated in the story of Bel-shazzar, son of Nebuchadnezzar, consequently, one of the greatest causes of perishing in the war is pride. Ps.18:27-30, Exod.5:2, 9:13-17, 7:11, II Kings 19:20-22, 27-28, 35-37, Ps.10:4, Isa.2:11-12,17, Ezek.17:24, Dan.4:34-37, Dan.5:22-30.

3) ABSOLUTE SUBMISSION TO CHRIST IS THE KEY TO ETRNAL SECURITY: putting on the ability of God involves (a) putting off the ability and achievements of the flesh (b) submitting to the Directorship of God, which means Ii) surrendering your heavy burden to Him (ii) putting on His easy yoke and (iii) putting on His light burden.
By humbling ourselves before God, we can be transformed into a terror to Satan. Like in all armies all over the world, the key to survival, continuous victory and eternal security is total obedience, no more no less. Phil.3:4-10, Matt.11:28-30, Acts 9:11-12, Heb.5:8-9, I Pet.1:2-5.

Digging Deep No.93
Topic: Soldiers of the Cross – Part 3


INTRODUCTION: We now know who our enemy is. We also know that with God on our side we will win. Furthermore, we know that God insists that soldiers of the cross must surrender all to Him and be absolutely obedient. In this third part we want to learn about how to put on the Armour of God and have the ability of God.

1) ALL OVERCOMERS HAVE A SECRET: GOD IS WITH THEM: The power of God is exceedingly great and it is a available for our use. There is a fullness of God, which any desirous Christian may enjoy through the Holy Spirit, and a deeper, more complete knowledge of Christ. And that is the secret of the strength of all over-comers down the ages: God was with them. And since God never faints or tire, it follows that if His strength is yours, you too will never faith or be weary. Eph.1:19, 3:14-19, Deut.31:23, Jos.1:6,7,9, I Sam. 23:16, I Chron.28:20 , Isa.40:28,31, Ps.138:3.

2) YOU CANNOT BE CLOTHED WITH GOD AND SINS SIMULATENOUSLY:In order to put on the ability of God, we must first put off certain things. These include among others (i) lusts of the flesh, (ii) lies, (iii) anger, (iv) wrath, (v) malice (vi) blasphemy and (vii) filthy communications. Initially, there may be some hardships encountered in the putting off process and as result of it. However, after a while, as we gain more experience in the Lord, we become stronger, more stable, more settled, more perfect and more victorious. Then with our new-found ability of God, we can pull down strongholds of Satan in our lives, cast down wrong imaginations and pride, capture and hold captive any desire to disobey our Lord Jesus Christ. Eph.4:22-25, Rom.13:14, Col.13:8-10, I Pet.5:8-10, II Cor.10:4-5, Judge 16:24:25.

3) SATAN IS A STRATEGIST BUT OUR CID IS SUPERIOR: Satan is an accomplished strategist, but thank God, we are not ignorant of his devices. His devices include (i) blinding the mind of unbelievers to the truth of the Gospel (ii) deceiving people, many times not openly but indirectly (iii) demonstration of fake power (iv) the use of false prophets and teachers who are good copies of true ones (v) giving of false signs and wonders (vi) roaring like a lion. II Cor.2:11, 4:3-4, 11:3-13,15, I Thess.2:9-10, I Pet.5:8, II Pet.2:1-3, Rev.2:24, 12:9, 13:11-15, 19:20, Rev.20:1-3, 7-8.

4) GOD HAS NO ROOM FOR COWARDS IN HIS ARMY: God does not expect us to be cowardly. With the lord of Hosts, on our sides why must we be afraid? Since the strength we are going to use is not ours, every weakness in our life is an opportunity for God to demonstrate His awesome power. Consequently, for all true soldiers of the cross, it should be FORWAD EVER, BACKWORD NEVER. Icor.16:13, Hag.2:4, Zec.8:9,13, II Cor.12:9-10, Phil.4:13, Col.1:11, II Timothy 2:1, II Timothy 4:16-17.

Digging Deep No.94
Topic: Soldiers of the Cross – Part 4


INTRODUCTION:
In the previous parts of this series on soldiers of the cross, we have identified our enemy and his soldiers and we have been assured by the promises of God that with God on our side we shall win. We have discovered the conditions for enlistments in the Army of the cross as total submission to the will of God and unquestioning obedience. We have also learnt that we have to put on the whole Armour of God, which we can only do if we put off sins and lusts of the flesh first. Finally, we have learnt of the strategies of Satan and that God does not expect us to run from battle but to stand courageous. In continuation of this series we shall study in some details, Ephesians 6:13-17.

1) FOR EVERY INDIVIDUAL THERE IS AN EVIL DAY: this is the end time we are living in. Therefore, days are generally evil. But for every person, there is a particular evil day when he comes face to face with the adversary. Only those who are fully prepared will survive such a day. However, for the whole human race, there is a period called “The Evil Day” or “The Hour or temptation”. Those who belong to the Lord completely shall miss that terrible period. Eph.5:16, Eccl.12:1. Amos 6:1-7, Luke 8:13, Rev.3:10, Mal.3:2, Luke 21:34-36, Rev.6:15-17.

2) THE GIRDLE AND THE BREASTPLACE: Your loins must be girded with the truth because Satan delights in hitting below the belt. If you ever tell a single lie, it is enough to neck you. Telling the truth always is a sure road to holiness because if you sin you cannot lie when challenged. You must protect your chest with righteousness, i.e. good words done in Christ, Protecting your chest implies protecting your heart out of which is the very issues of life. Eph.5:9, Luke 12:35, II Cor.6:4,7, I Pet.1:13-16, Isa.59:16-17, I Thess.5:8, Prov.4:25.

3) THE BOOTS AND THE SHIELD: Satan is under your feet if you are a child of God. Moreover, Satan is a serpent. Consequently, your feet must be well protected or you might be bitten. Take Jesus wherever you go. Witness for Him always and you will always be on the mountain top. God is the shield of Abraham and we are of the seed of Abraham. Therefore God is our shield also. Consequently, our protection is in faith in God, a simple trust in the Almighty God as being the all sufficient, the El-Shaddai. Habakkuk 3:19, Deut.33:25, Luke 15:22, Isa.52:7, Rom.10:13-15, John 15:16, II Cor.5:18-21, Gen.15:1, Ps. 56:3-4, 10-11, Prov. 18:10, II Cor.1:24, 4:16-18, Heb. 11:24-34, I Pet.5:8-9, I John 5:4-5.

4) THE HELMET AND THE SWORD: The helmet of the victory is true Salvation. That is the only protection against all the false philosophies and religions of this world. Without genuine Salvation, one is likely to be confused by the various religions and ideologies claiming to the true way. Your mouth contains the most powerful weapon ever created: your tongue. Therefore, if your mouth is filled with the word of God you stop Satan dead in his tracks always. To overcome Satan perpetually, you need both the blood of the Lamb and your own word of victorious testimony. But how much of the word do you know? Isa.59:17, I Sam.16:46-49, Isa.49:2, Heb.4:12, Rev.1:16, Rev.2:16, 19:15, Matt.4:4,7,10-11, Heb.13:5-6, Rev.12:11

Digging Deep No.95
Topic: Soldiers of the Cross – Part 5


INTRODUCTION: We have been learning about how to win the battle against Satan, his principalities, powers, ruler, and wicked spirits. We have studies in details the whole Armour of God, how to put it on and why, in this concluding part we want to look at the greatest weapon of all i.e. prayers, Ephesians 6:10-18.
1) PRAY AS YOU BREATHE: It is only hypocrites who should find it difficult to pray because they know that God will not answer them. But when the saints call God hears and comes to their rescue. Some people only call on God when in trouble but children of God should pray as they breathe. If Daniel had waited until he was thrown into the lions den before praying, it would have been too late. When Peter was imprisoned, the church did not hire a lawyer, they prayed. Job 27:8-10, Ps.34:17, Isa.26:16, Dan.6:10, Acts 1:12-14, 6:2-4, 10:1-2, 12:5,11, Phil.1:4-5.
2) THE ONLY EXCUSE FOR NOT PRAYING IS LAZINESS: those who would not pray are just lazy and lukewarm. Whereas we are expected to be active, fervent, happy, strong, hot, some Christians are world champion worriers but we are expected to be world champion prayer warriors. However, no one can pray, as he ought without the help of the Holy Spirit. There is a spirit of supplications: if you call on God He can impart Him to you. Furthermore, the only way to pray without ceasing and to build up your faith is by praying in the spirit. Rom 12:11-12, Phil.4:6, I Thess.5:17, Rom.8:15-16, 26-27, Zech.12:10, Jude v.20-21.
3) QUITERS ARE NEVER WINNERS: WINNERS NEVER QUIT: Jacob wrestled with God till he got the blessings he wanted. The woman that the Lord compared to a dog persisted till she got what she wanted. We are better than dogs: we are children of the Most High. Let us persevere in prayers and we shall always defeat Satan all the time. No matter how “busy” God may be, if we persevere, we shall get our blessings. Gen.32:28, Matt.15:25-28, Luke 11:5-8, Luke 18:1-8.
4) WE CAN RESCUE OUR NATION FROM SATAN: God heard Solomon when he prayed for his people. God has not changed. He will hear us too if we pray for our nation. When the devil tried to destroy the Jews, it is to the only person that they had in the palace that they sent to for help. We are in the palace of the Most High we are His Brides. Our Nation needs our held now more than ever before. I Kings 9:3, Ester 4:8, Dan.9:20-23, I Timothy 2:1-4, Colossians 4:2, II Timothy 1:3, Philippians 4:5.

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Digging Deep No.97
Topic: God the Holy Spirit – Part 1


INTRODUCTION: many Christians are frustrated, defeated and fruitless. Many are wallowing in spiritual poverty unaware of the great resources of God available to them. But the wonderful truth is that every Christian has the potential to live supernaturally. The key is God the Holy Spirit. He is the supreme in revival, evangelism and every Christian endeavour. Today we shall begin to study about Him from John 14:16-18.
1) ANOTHER COMFORTER IMPLIES THERE WAS AN ORIGINAL COMFORTER: The original Comforter was Jesus Christ. He was the “consolation of Israel”. He was the Day Star, the Sun of Righteousness bringing light into darkness and shadows of death. He brought comfort to wherever He went. Whether at the rich Jairus’ house, the widow of Nain on the road to the cemetery of the poor beggar by the wayside. Those who came to Him went home comforted: be it a leper a penniless woman bleeding to death or a “dog” with a demon possessed daughter. Now, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ. No wonder He is “another Comforter”, of the same type, not different in any way. Luke 2:25, II Pet.1:19, II Cor.4:4,6, Ps.84:11, Isa.9:2, John 1:9, Isa.42:6, Luke 2:28-32, Isa.60:20, John 14:17, 15:26, Romans 8:9.
2) THE HOLY SPIRIT IS ALSO AN INSTRUCTOR, TEACHER, MONITOR, ADVOCATE: The word translated “Comforter” also means instructor, Teacher, Monitor, and Advocate. Jesus was the teacher, the instructor. They called Him Rabbi but those who had revelation knowledge knew Him as Rabboni, the instructor of Rabbis. No wonder He promised not another Pope or Archbishop but another Teacher, an Instructor in the mysteries of God revealing the deep meanings of the word of God. With Him to instruct you, you do not need the enticing words of human wisdom.
A monitor is a sort of overseer, watching over you, leading you, guiding you and assisting you when need be. So is the Holy Spirit. An advocate pleads for or against a person. The Holy Spirit pleads against a dead conscience convicting a sinner of his sins but pleads for the saint with a grooming that cannot be uttered. He is a loving Comforter, faithful, wise and true. Surely you need Him now. Matt.23:7-8, John 20:16, John 7:46, Isaiah 58:11, John 16:12-14, Romans 8:26, John 4:24, I John 4:8, I Cor.3:19-20, 24, James 3:17, Col.1:19.

Digging Deep No.98
Topic: God the Holy Spirit – Part 2

INTRODUCTION: In part one of this study, we learnt that the Holy Spirit is not only the Comforter, but He is our Instructor, Teacher, Monitor and Advocate. He not only Comfort, but He also Teaches, Watches over, leads, guides and assists those who would let Him. But He does much more than these. The Bible talks of diversities of gifts of the Holy Spirit, manifestation of the spirit and the working of the Holy Spirit, I Cor.12:4, 7, 11. Evidently, there is much to learn about the Holy Spirit. May we take step forward tonight in Jesus Name.

1) TO SEEK THE HOLY SPIRIT IS TO SEEK GOD: The Bible refers to the Holy Spirit as eternal. He has no beginning and no ending. He is also everywhere at all time. He knows all things including the hidden mysteries of God. He has all powers including the powers of the Most High. These are just other ways of saying that the Holy Spirit is God Almighty Himself and definitely not any prophet. Therefore, to seek the Holy Spirit is to seek God. Heb. 9:14, Ps. 139:7, I Corinthians 2:10-11, 1:35, Job 33:4.

2) YOUR ETERNITY COULD BE DETERMINED BY YOUR REPONSE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT: Various people respond to the Holy Spirit in various ways. Some have lied to him and have paid the heavy penalties of so doing. Others have resisted Him, for example by refusing to yield their tongues to him. Some heave grieved Him either through deliberate sins, resistance or disobedience. Some have even insulted Him or blasphemed Him, thus permanently closing the door of heaven against themselves. Some have quenched His fire and light in their lives. But you could choose to obey Him instead. Acts 5:3, Acts 7:51, Heb.10:29, Matt.12:31, I Thess.5:19, Acts 10:19-20.

3) IF YOU LISTEN, YOU CAN HEAR HIS VOICE: We learnt in part one that He helps us in prayer, He teaches and guide us and also convicts sinners and backsliders, in addition, He witnesses of Christ and for Him. How can He do these things except He speaks? Of course, He speaks and if your spiritual ear is open you can hear Him. However, His first words to you may be a command. Romans 8:26, John 14:26, 16:13, John 16:7-8, 15:26, Romans 8:16, Rev.2:7, Acts 13:2, Romans 8:14, Acts 8:26.

4) HE IS WILLING, IF YOU ARE: What is the Holy Spit willing to do for you today? He is willing (i) to make you new (ii) to dwell within you, (iii) to seal you for Christ, (iv), to fuse you into the Body of Christ through baptism (v) to clothe you with Christ (vi) to clothe you with power and (vii) to perform miracles on you, for you and through you. Titus 3:5, I Cor.6:19, I Cor.3:16, Eph.1:13, Eph.4:30, I Cor.12:12-13, Gal.3:27-29, Acts 1:8, Acts 8:39, Acts 10:38.

Digging Deep No.99
Topic: God the Holy Spirit – Part 3

INTRODUCTION: We have learnt that the Holy Spirit, who is God Himself, is able to comfort, teach, lead and guide because He speaks. But how can we hear Him? The Bible says there are all sort of voices in this world. I Cor.14:10. How can we differentiate the voice of God from the rest? These and other questions we believer God will answer for us tonight in Jesus Name, Amen.
1) THE DEVIL SPEAKS IN TWO PRINCIPAL WAYS: We all hear voices, Divine or devilish. Even before conversion we hear voices e.g. the voice of conscience and the voice of lust. There are two ways the devil can speak (i) the small voice to the spirit of man and (ii) through human beings. Of course he occasionally speaks through dreams. Examples include the decree of Caesar Augustus the advices of Sarai to Abram, Job’s wife to Job, Peter to Jesus Christ and the elder prophet to the younger. Luke 2:1-7, Genesis 16:1-6, Job 2:9, Matt.16:21-23, I Kings 13:11-24.
2) SPEAKS IN DIVERSE WAYS: There are several ways in which God can speak. He might speak (i) in the small still voice to your spirit, (ii) through human beings, when your spiritual ear is deafened by sin, e.g. Nathan to David, Samuel to Eli, Samuel to Saul (iii) by direct confrontation particularly when you are too occupied to listen to the small still voice or you may doubt the prophet e.g. Moses at the burning bush, Joshua before the wall of Jericho, Gideon in hiding, the shepherds watching flocks by night and Saul on the way to Damascus, (iv) through any means in critical situations e.g. Balaam and his ass. I Kings 19:12, II Sam. 12:1-2, I Sam.3:11-18, Exod.3:1-14, I Sam.15:16-23, Joshua 5:13, Jos.6:5, Judges 6:11-16, Luke 2:8-14, Acts 9:1-7, Number 22:28-30.
3) HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN THE VOICE OF GOD AND THE DEVIL’S: The devil’s voice is easy to recognize because it contradicts God’s word. We recognize the voice of God in the following ways: (i) it agrees with the written word of God, (ii) it frightens sinners and (iii) it is a source of joy to believers. To hear God’s voice, if you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit, all you need to do is harden not your heart. John 8:44, John 10:4, Genesis 3:9-10, John 3:9-10, john 3:29, John 16:33, Ps. 95:7-8.

Digging Deep No .100
Topic: God the Holy Spirit – Part 4


INTRODUCTION: In the previous study we learnt that the devil speaks in two principal ways through the small voice and through human beings. we also learnt that God speaks in diverse ways: in the small still voice and through human beings, by direct confrontation, through any means in critical situations. The voice of God agrees with the Bible, frightens sinners and is a source of joy to believers, whereas the voice of Satan disagrees with the Bible. In this study, we want to study the power of the Holy Spirit and how to harness it for our God.

1) THE HOLY SPIRIT WANTS YOU TO BE A CONDUCTOR OF HIS POWER:There are two kinds of power; constructive and destructive; it is Satan’s duty to destroy continually. God constructs and destroys where need be. The Holy Spirit gives life, restores life and destroys the works of the devil wherever it may be found. Through the Holy Spirit you too can construct and destroy at the case may be. This is because God wants you to be a conductor of His power; He wants His power to flow through you. There are several examples in both the Old and New Testaments of men who conducted the power of the Holy Spirit to perform miracles of construction or destruction. Men like Moses, Aaron, Joshua, Elijah, Elisha, Jesus Christ, Peter, Paul and Stephen. Now, with the earthly electricity, so it is with the heavenly the purer the conductor, the greater the flow of the power. John 10:10, I John 3:8, II Kings 5:7-8, Gen.2:7, 1:2, Luke 13:10-16, Mark 16:18-9, Exod.14:15-21, 7:19-20, Jos.6:2-5, Acts 1:2, 10:36, Acts 3:6-8, Acts 19:11,12, Acts 6:5-8.

2) HE WHO HAS SURRENDERED HIS TONGUE HAS SURRENDERED HIS ALL: Our body particularly our hands, represent the wire through which the power of God flows. But our tongue is actually the switch that sends the power flowing or stops it from flowing. Life and death is in the power of the tongue and when we are filled with the Holy Spirit whatever decree we make shall be established. Again there are several examples of men like Elijah, Elisha, Paul, etc. who decreed things under the influence of the Holy Spirit and they were established. That is why the Holy Spirit insists on taking over your tongue because whoever surrendered his all can be a true channel for the Holy Spirit’s power to flow through. Consequently, the more you pray in tongues the greater the mighty works you will be able to do for God. Prov.15:14, Prov.18:21, Prov.25:15, Prov.12:18, Proverbs 31:25, Mark 11:23-24, Job22:28-29, I Kings 17:1, II Kings 6:14-17, 6:8-11, II Kings 6:18, 5:9-10, Acts 13:8-11, James 3:2-3, Jude v.20

Lesson 76
Digging Deep No. 76
Topic: That I May Know Him – Part 5


INTRODUCTION: In the series on Philippians 3:1-14 we have examined topics like “the resurrection of the dead, Christian perfections e.t.c. Now we continue our in-depth study in an attempt to know Him more. Please remember that you must not be hearers only but the doers of the things you have learnt and are learning particularly in this series. Do not forget to share these important truths with others. They need to know Christ more, you know.

1) JESUS ALWAYS REVEALS HIMSELF TO ANY PERSISTENT SEEKER:
a) Jesus is the Wisdom of God, a Mystery or a hidden wisdom and it is only those who seek Him diligently and persistently who can find Him out. A fuller knowledge of Christ is only possible by persistently following after the Lord. However, a stage of seeking is reached when the sought, even Jesus Christ, reveals Himself plainly – Hosea 6:3, John 8:31-32, I Corinthians 2:7, John 16:25, Psalms 18:28, Psalms 119:130, Isaiah 29:18.

b) THERE IS A SPECIAL BLESSING FOR THOSE WHO SEEK GOD: THEY FIND HIM: It is a student who whole-heartedly observes the ways of the teacher who will become like the teacher. Those who whole-heartedly seek to know the Master always become like the Master. That is why God pronounced a special blessing on those who seek Him whole-heartedly. This special blessing consists in the fact that they shall find Him, the source of all joy, wealth, peace, glory and success, Proverbs 23:26, Psalms 119:2, Jeremiah 29:13, 2 Peter 2:

2) TO SUFFER FOR CHRIST IS A SPECIAL PRIVILEDGE RESERVED ONLY FOR TRUE SONS OF GOD:
a) Suffering for Christ is a special priviledge. Only worthy children of God, true heirs of the Almighty are called upon to taste it. Consequently, those who suffer for Christ’s sake should have this consolation that they are actually the privilege ones. In any case the disciple cannot be greater than His Lord. Also, we must constantly remember that whatever Christ suffered, He suffered it for us that we might be blessed eternally, Acts 5:41, Romans 8:17, II Corinthians 1:5-7, Isaiah 50:6, II Corinthians 8:9.

b) EVERY SAINT THINKS HE IS PERFEXT UNTILL HE ENCOUNTERS THE LORD: It is natural for a man to think that he is always right even when God considers him as fool. Infact nobody ever admits his filthiness until He encounters the Lord. Proverbs 12:15, proverbs 20:9, Prove3rbs 16:2, Proverbs 30:12, Rev. 1:12-17.

3) THE RACE TO HEAVEN IS A FIGHT TO FINISH: ONLY THE FITTEST WILL SURVIVE: Paul compared the Christian race to a fight; a fight against terrible odds of Satan, his agents and allies like the flesh, the world with its deceitful attractions. He also warns us to be constantly aware of the sobering fact that not all who run in a race will win. It is a terrible thing to have run in vain. Yet only the absolutely perfect will win the chritians race. Therefore, brethren, gird up the loins of your mind and soberly, resolutely, perseveringly, perseveringly press forward toward the goal for the end is nearer than you think, II Tim. 4:7, I Corinthians 9:24, Galatians 2:2, II Tim.4:8, I Cor. 9:25, Luke 13:24, Heb.12:1, I Pet.1:13, Rev. 3:11

Lesson 77
Digging Deep No. 77
Topic: Hands on the Plough – Part 1


INTRODUCTION:
A ploughman who wants to plough straight and true must keep his eyes always forward. He must never look back, or else he will make mistakes. That is why the Lord said in Luke 9:62 “…No man having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God”. In other words, no man or woman, having decided to accept Christ, and changing his or her mind is fit for the Kingdom of heaven. Today we are beginning a series on backsliding under the title “Hands on the plough” it is our prayer that we will never backslide in Jesus name, Amen.

1. IT IS POSSIBLE TO BACKSLIDE, BUT IT IS DANGEROUS TOO: The Bible makes it plain that it is possible to fall from grace. Even after Salvation, there is the possibility of going back to perdition. Lot’s wife is an example. Demas is another. It is because of the way that backsliders end up that God says He has no pleasure in them. It is better never to have been saved than to backslide because sinners may have some excuses but backsliders have none moreover. Backsliders always begin their downward journey by ignoring God; then after they had gone back from Him, they are tormented by fear day and night. I Cor. 10:12, Luke 17:31-32, II Tim. 4:10, Hebrew 10:38-39, II Peter 2:20-22, Matthew 12:43-45, John 15:22, Psalms 53:1-5.

2. GOD DOES NOT TREAT BACKSLIDING LIGHTLY: HE CALLS IT “SHAMING MY SON, DESPISING MY HOLY SPIRIT: when backsliders start mingle with sinners again, those, who used to know them as children of God begin to blaspheme the Name of the Lord. That is why God does not regard backsliding as a light thing He calls it, “crucifying my Son afresh”, “putting my son to an open shame” “stamping on My Son” and “despising my Holy Spirit”. Backsliding is truly a dangerous proposition because it invokes the fiery indignation of God. Ezekiel 36:20, Hebrew 6:4-8, 10:26-31, Psalms 125:3-5, Matthew 11:23-24, Proverbs 28:1, Deuteronomy 32:29, Ezekiel 18:24.

3. IT IS POSSIBLE NEVER TO BACKSLIDE: INFACT IT IS GLORIOUS TO GROW OLD IN THE NARROW WAY: God’s plan for us is that we live a life that will be pleasing unto Him, a sanctified, holy, clean life. The way of the cross is the way of holiness, a narrow way of righteousness, but there is no death there, only life. Even if He tarries, press forward. To grow old in the way of righteousness is to be crowned with glory. Infact, to backslide is to admit that you do not belong to the great company of light: of joyful, victorious, triumphant people of God, the saints, I Thess.4:1-7, Prov. 12:45-48, Prov. 16:31, Ezek. 3:17-21, Prov. 26:10-11, I John 2:19.

Lesson 78
Digging Deep No. 78
Topic: Hands on the Plough – Part 2

INTRODUCTION: In the previous study we discovered that God takes a very serious view of backsliding. The terms He uses for backsliding in His word include “Shaming my Son” Trampling Jesus under foot” “Despising the Holy Spirit”, etc. It is therefore evident that backsliding is a dangerous thing indeed. Today, we continue in this series by beginning on in-depth study of the story of the prodigal son in, Luke 15:11-32. May the Lord uphold us till the end in Jesus Name.

1) SOME BACKSLIDE IN ORDER TO GAIN SUDDEN WEALTH, BUT JESUS IS ENOUGH FOR ME:
a) Those whose inheritance is the Lord are blessed people, just as sorrows belong to backsliders. Like the prodigal son, many leave God, their Father, because they want sudden wealth, but Jesus is enough for me. He should be enough for you too. Some people, due to a lot of prosperity believe they no longer need God. They forget that whatever we have comes from God anyway. Psalms 16:26, Psalms 17:15, Mark 12:44, II Chronicle 33:1-10, Job 21:7, Job 22:15-18, Psalms 10:4-6

b) BACKSLIDERS HAVE A LOT OF QUERIES TO ANSWER FROM THE LORD: A chick that stays away from the mother hen is playing with death. Similarly anyone who stays away from the shadow of the Almighty is playing with fire. The excuse that the “The truth is hard” is unacceptable because God is the Truth anyway. Those who forsake the Lord have a lot of queries to answer therefore. Some of the queries are (i) is God evil? (ii) Has He ever failed? (iii) Was it not to fellowship with Him? (iv)What evil has the Lord done? Psalms 73:27-28, Proverbs 27:6-9, Isaiah 1:4-5, Isaiah 30:8-15, Jeremiah 2:5, 13, 17-19, 31, Micah 6:2-3, Eph.2:11-18, Luke 16:1-19.

2) SEX AND LAZINESS ARE POTENT FORCES THAT PUSH MANY DOWN HILL:
a) Many had been lured away from the narrow way by sex. Illicit sex may appear attractive to you but beware, its end is as “bitter as wormwood”. God terms adultery as taking “fire in the bosom” even though Satan may inform you that it is “enjoyment”. Some Christians are also backslidden today because they are too lazy to pray, study, and attend services, etc. For some, the down hill journey is caused by a love of pleasure. Proverbs 5:3-14, Proverbs 6:26-33, Proverbs 18:9, Proverbs 21:16-17.

b) DON’T ENVY THE FUN-SEEKERS: THEY ARE HEADING FOR DIVINE JUDGEMENT: worldly pleasure may appear to be “fun”, but its end is sorrow. Once you know the truth don’t let Him go. When the urge to backslide comes, please listen to the counsel of elder of elders, or else there will be sudden destruction. For each “fun” had by the fun-seekers they will be judged by God. That is why those who are reveling today have a secret fear; that death will come one day, Proverb 23:19-23, Proverbs 28:7, Proverbs 29:1, Eccl. 11:9-10, Isaiah 22:13, Isaiah 56:12.

3) WE HAVE WASTED ENOUGH OF OUR LIVES: LET US SPEND THE REST FOR HIM: Those reveling as if the day of reckoning is still far away are in a surprise: the end is nearer than they think. Surely, this is not the time to backslide; rather, it is the time to tighten our belts. In any case we have wasted enough of our lives. To go back to our former “allies-in-sin” is to tarnish our garment and miss the rapture. The end is near; let us do all we can before the Lord returns for His spotless Bride. Amos 6:3-7, Romans 13:11-14, I Peter 4:3-4, II Peter 2:12-18, Eph. 5:27.

Lesson 79
Digging Deep No. 79
Topic: Hands on the Plough – Part 3

INTRODUCTION: In our previous studies on “Hands on the plough”, we have discovered that it is a dangerous thing indeed to backslide because God does not regard backsliding as a light thing. We also discovered as we began to study the story of the prodigal son in details that some people backslide for different reasons like a desire to have sudden wealth, pleasure or freedom from the narrow way of truth and self-sacrifice. Today, we continue our in-depth study of the story of the prodigal son. May we never backslide in Jesus Name.

1) SOME PEOPLE NEVER LEARN THE EASY WAY:
a) Some people never learn their lessons the easy way. They prefer to suffer first before realizing that God is truly the Lord and Master of all. When a person deserts God, the only true source of all good things and instead of spends his substance on programmes other than those approved by God; God has a way of bring such a person to his knees. The so-called “enjoyments” they went after things turn sour, and an insatiable hunger will develop within. However, when the hands of God are heavy upon some people, for their transgression, they make matters worse by Going farther and father away from God, II Cor. 33:9-13, Ezek. 16:27, Hos. 2:8-14, Amos 8:9-12, II Chronicle 28:19-23.

b) GOD HAS A TIME LIMIT WHICH HE EXPECTS BACKSLIDERS TO REPENT:If a backslider shows a true signs of repentance, God moves in quickly to the rescue. However, he is not interested in mere words of mouth but a genuine heartbroken repentance. Once the backslider realizes the errors of his ways and is determined to forsake his sins, the mercy of the father will become available to him. But God will not wait forever. When the time limit He sets for a backslider to repent is exceeded, judgment falls, Isaiah 1:4-5, 9, Isaiah 67:15-21, Jeremiah 5:2-3, 8:4-6, 31:18-20, Proverbs 28:13, II Tim. 2:25-26, Rev. 2:21-22.

2) DIVINE JUDGMENT ON BACKSLIDERS ARE EXECUTED FOR ALL TO SEE:
a) Invariably, when some one falls he takes other people along with him. Consequently, when God judges a backslider, He turns him to a public spectacle of shame. Those who refuse to mortify the flesh should not blame God when His wrath hits them because those who follow the fashions of this world must share in the wrath of God reserved for the world only – Malachi 2:8-9, Romans 1:24-32, Rom.1:24-32, Ephesians 2:2-3, I Corinthians 6:9-10, Ephesians 4:17-19, Colossians 3:5-7.

b) ONE OF THE HORRORS OF BACKSLIDING IS THAT IT REDUCES A MAN FROM KING TO BEAST: One of the borrows of backsliding is that those who used to feed on the Living Bread now feed on ashes. They that used to partake of the King of kings table now eats beside the gutters amidst the stench of human and animal refuse. They become a shadow of their former glorious self, like a beast without wisdom or knowledge. Isaiah 44:20, Lamentation 4:5, Hosea 12:1, Ps. 73:22, Rom. 6:19-20.

3) WHEN A BACKSLIDER COMES TO HIS SENSES HE WILL REALISE THAT HE IS A PRISONER: Whenever a backslider comes to himself, he would realize the following (i) he no longer has true friends (ii) those he calls friends do not really care for him (iii) he has been brought low (iv) instead of mends friends he now has enemies that are stronger than he is and (v) he has lost his freedom and is a prisoner of Satan. Ps. 142:4-5, Ps. 73:12, Isaiah 57:3, Psalms 73:16-20.

Lesson 80
Digging Deep No. 80
Topic: The peace of God
Philippians 4:7

INTRODUCTION:
There are different types of peace: true and false. There is worldly peace and Divine peace: those who have Divine peace never worry of fear John 14:27. On the other hand, worldly peace is really tribulation. It is only Divine peace that brings good cheer and victory with it John 16:33, it is our prayer that those of us who have not obtain Divine peace will obtain it before the end of this study, Amen.
1) TRUE PEACE COMES ONLY FROM THE TRIUNE GOD
a) True peace like true grace comes from God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. True peace cannot be found in associations, societies or cults. There is only one source of true peace and that is God – Phil.1:2, Rom. 1:7, Rev. 1:4, Gal. 5:22, Isa. 45:5-7.

b) DIVINE PEACE DOES NOT WALK ALONE: God’s blessings, safety, grace and peace always go together. Therefore, if you want wealth, security, answered prayers, success together with peace, what you must do is to get acquainted with God intimately. Particularly as no one can trouble you if your peace is from God. Num.6:24-26, Job 22:21-28, Ps. 29:11, Isa. 59:19-21, Job. 34:29.

2) IF YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL WANT PEACE YOU MUST SATISFY CERTAIN CONDITIONS:
a) An individual who wants the true peace that God only can give must satisfy certain conditions. These are: he must (i) trust God, (ii) hearken to His commandments, (iii) turn from sin (iv) seek the Lord and (v) call on Him. Isa. 26:3, Isa. 48:18-22, Jer. 33:6, Isa. 55:7-12, Ps. 85:8.

b) A CONGREGATION CAN ONLY HAVE PEACE ON CERTAIN CONDITIONS: A group of people who desire that the peace of God be with them on an enduring basis must satisfy the following conditions among others: they must individually and collectively be (i) perfect, (ii) of good comfort, (iii) united (iv) merciful (v) kind (vi) humble (vii) meek (viii) patient (ix) forgiving and (x) loving. II Cor. 13:11, Rom. 15:13, II Thess. 3:16, Heb. 13:20, Col. 3:12-15.

3) THE PEACE AVAILABLE TO A DETERMINED CHRISTIAN IS LIMITLESS:once a Christian has been justified by faith and he is prepared to concentrate only on spiritual things, ever putting the kingdom of God first; and is prepared to walk along the narrow way under the guidance of the Holy Spirit; his peace cannot only increase but it can always be multiplied. Rom. 5:1, Rom. 8:6, Rom. 14:17, Luke 2:78-79, Jude verses 1-2.

Lesson 81
Digging Deep No. 81
Topic: The Joy of the Lord


INTRODUCTION:
Joy, like peace, is of a great variety; true joy, false joy; lasting joy, ephemeral joy; but the best and most enduring type of joy comes from the Lord. This joy is available to those who love the Lord, John 14:28, and obey him in all things John 15:10-11.

1. THE JOY OF THE LORD GIVES STRENGTH: The secret of the Christian strength is the joy of the Lord. Because His joy is like a healing balm for the body. Soul and Spirit. The foundation of this strength is based on the fact that the Lord reigns for ever and not only haste broken the back of our enemies, they are permanently under our feet. Infact not only have we strength enough, but we have more to spare so that we can be channels of joyful blessings to others in need by breaking their yokes through the supernatural strength that comes from the joy of the Lord. Neh.8:10, Prov. 17:22, Isa. 52:7-10, Isa. 60:14-15, Job 29:11-17, Isa. 61:1-3.

2. ONE OF THE GREATEST LOSSES OF THE BACKSLIDER IS JOY: One of the demarcating characteristics between sinners and saints is that sinners have sorrows while saints have joy. Infact backslider misses the joy of the Lord so badly that is usually an instrument of their restoration. That is why a restored backslider praises, the Lord more than a non-backslider because he has tasted the Lord and the devil and he now knows the difference. It is also the reason why unrestored backsliders cannot praise the lord. If your praise worship is losing its quality, watch out; you may be slipping backwards. Isa. 65:13-14, Ps. 42:1-4, Ps. 43:3-5, 48:2, 137:6, Prov. 17:21, Jere. 31:10-13, Jere. 33:1-11.

3. THE GREATEST JOY IN THIS WORLD COMES FROM HAVING ABIDING FRUITS: It is a spiritual law that when people joyfully praise the Lord. The harvest will be great. This does not apply to material harvest alone but also to spiritual harvest as well. Spiritual children, more than physical children, are sources of great joy. The Bible calls them “crown to rejoicing”. Even though there are “joy unspeakable” and joy exceeding” the greatest joy in this life is to have spiritual children who will stand firm in the Lord. Psalms 67:4-7, Psalms 126:5-6, Phil 4:1, I Thess. 2:20, I Pet. 1:8, 4:13, 3 John v.4.

4. THE FULLEST JOY IS IN HIS PRESENCE: Joy is never absolutely full except ion the presence of the Lord. That is why there is never a place more delightful than the secret place of prayer. Only the beloved of the Lord know this secret and cherish it. Ps. 16:11, Jer.15:16, Matt. 25:21, Rev. 2:10, John 3:29.

Lesson 82
Digging Deep No. 82
Topic: The Love of God

INTRODUCTION: John 3:16 has been described as the Bible within the Bible, as a summary of the entire Bible; because it talks about God, about His love, how He demonstrated His love, the consequences of receiving that love, the Son of God, eternity of God etc. It is this love of God that we intend to study in details tonight and we pray this love of God “will be shed abroad” in all hearts here tonight in Jesus Name, Amen.

1. TRUE LOVE IS ACTIVE: IT GIVES ITS BESY, ITS ALL: True love is God’s type of love and it is superior to human love. Very few men can die for their friends; no one except God can die for his enemy. We are terrible sinners, enemies of God when God sent His only begotten Son to die for us. Surely, such love demands that we should stop sinning and thus cease to be enemies of God. God, through His marvelous love has given us His best, His all. There is nothing else He cannot give us if we ask Him. Romans 5:7-8, II Cor. 5:19-21, Titus 3:3-8, I John 4:9-10, 19, Romans 8:32.

2. TRUE LOVE IS NEVER DORMANT: IT IS DEMOBSTRATIVE: God demonstrated His love by giving His all; so does Abraham demonstrate his love for God by giving his all. Infact we can demonstrate our love to God by obeying Him and doing all we can to bring our fellow men also. Infact the only way we can demonstrate that we truly know God is by showing His type of love to others, since God Himself is love. Genesis 22:12, I John 2:3-5, I John 5:3, I John 3:16-17, I John 4:21, I John 4:7-8.

3. TRUE LOVE IS EVER – INCREASING, EVER-LASTING: Since God loved us so much while we were still enemies, surely He must love us much more now that we are reconciled to Him. Love is strong and indestructible. True love lasts forever, it is priceless. It is a continuous process, ever increasing everlasting. Consequently, our hope in God has a solid foundation not only has He, through His marvelous love given us His Son, the Holy Spirit is ours also: two everlasting Anchors for our souls. Romans 5:10, Songs of Solomon 8:6-7, Hebrews 13:1, Romans 5:5.

4. TRUE LOVE IS THE FOUNDATION FOR HOLINESS: If you truly love all men, you will never sin. Love is the foundation for perfect holiness. For true love of God and man will make it impossible for you to hurt a man or disobey God. That is why Jesus demands that we love ourselves with Divine love. Without this type of love, calling ourselves Christians is mere hypocrisy. True love is first on the list of the fruit of the Holy Spirit; all other follows and grows on this foundation. You cannot even hurt your enemies if you have love. Romans 13:10, John 13:34-35, Galatians 5:22, Romans 12:9-10, I Peter 1:22, Matt. 5:44-46.

5. LOVING TRULY HAS ITS ADVANTAGES: IT PAYS TO LOVE: Harbouring true love in your heart has its advantages. Some of these are (i) You will dwell in God (ii) God will dwell in you (iii) You are not afraid of the judgment day (iv) Fear becomes a stranger to you (v) You are free from tormentors (vi) You are never alone because God will always be with you (vii) You are more than a conqueror,
I John 4:16-18, John 14:15-24, Matt. 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-20, Romans 8:37.

Lesson 83
Digging Deep No. 83
Topic: The Mercy of God


INTRODUCTION: Mercy is underserved favour, that which causes you to help someone who has no claim to your help or to show kindness to someone who has no claim for it and without the ability to repay you. The mercies of God are great, II Samuel 24:14, and while the world gave His Son a crown of thorns, he gave them a crown of mercies, Psalms 103:4. Of course, there is no comparison between the mercies of God and that of a sinner: the nearest word to “mercy” in the book of the sinners is “cruelty” Proverbs 12:10.

1. MERCY IS ONE OF THE TREASURES OF GOD: Mercy is one of the precious things in the treasury of God: He has it in abundance. Infact His mercy is so plenteous it fills the whole earth and goes beyond the heavens in height. And as far as those who fear Him are concerned, the mercy of God upon them is forever, Ephesians 2:4, Psalms 119:64, Psalms 103:11, Psalms 106:1, Luke 1:50, Psalms 89:28, Psalms 103:17.

2. WE LIVE PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY ONLY BECAUSE GOD IS MERCIFUL: To keep us alive, God has to renew His mercy day by day, because none of us really deserve to live because of our numerous sins. But He enjoys being merciful and hence forgives easily. None of us deserved to be saved and live eternally but for the mercy of God. Furthermore, because He is plenteous in mercy, it takes a lot of provocation of really make God angry. Lamentation 3:22-23, Mich. 7:18, Titus 3:5, Psalms 103:8.

3. THE LAW OF HARVEST EXTENDS TO MERCY TOO: SOW MERCY, REAP MERCY: It pays to be merciful. Mercy has its rewards just like wickedness does. Mercy obeys the law of harvest: if you sow mercy, you will reap mercy. If you show no mercy you will receive none. Each time you let offences committed against you go unrevenged you will inherit a blessing. Besides, being merciful is a sign that you are a true Son of God. Proverbs 11:17, Matthew 5:7, II Samuel 22:25, James 2:13, I Peter 3:9, Luke 6:36.

4. GOD’S MERCY IS NOT TO ENCOURAGE SINNERS BUT REPENTANCE: One unfortunate thing is that men often misunderstand the mercy of God, mistaking it for license to do more evil. That God’s merciful does not mean that he tolerates sin. He does not punish immediately we sin because He is patiently waiting for us to repent. Those who refuse to repent will pay the necessary penalty and the fact they abused the great mercies of God will add remorse to their agonies in hell, but those who return to Him in penitence shall obtain abundant mercy. Eccl. 8:11, Eccl. 34:6-7, Joel 2:13, II Pet. 3:9, Proverbs 11:21, Proverbs 16:5, Proverbs 19:5, Hebrews 2:3, II Chronicles 30:8-9.

5. GOD’S THRONE IS CALLED “MERCY SEAT” NOT “POWER SEAT”: An example of the immensity of the mercy of God is illustrated in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah: God is willing to spare two sin drenched cities for the sake of only ten people. Another example is in His dealing with Lot and His family: they were literally dragged into safety. No wonder the throne of God is called mercy-seat not the holy-seat or the power seat, Gen.18:26-32, Gen.19:5, Ezra 9:13, Neh.9:16-17, 31, I kings 21:29, Exodus 25:17, Number 7:89.

Lesson 84
Digging Deep No. 84
Topic: The Glory of God


INTRODUCTION:
The glory of man is at best like the flower of grass, I Pet. 1:24, infact Solomon at his best did not compare favourably with lilies of the field, Mat. 6:28-29. Whereas the glory of the Lord is like a devouring fire, Exod. 24:17. If a sinner, not covered in the blood of the Lamb, should look on Him, the glory of his face alone will kill the sinner instantly, Exodus 33:18-23. But a saved soul will obtain a portion of this eternal Divine glory, II Timothy 2:10.

1. DIVINE GLORY IS BRIGHTER THAN THE NOON-DAY SUN: Saul of Tarsus saw the glory of God at noon-day and it was brighter than the noon-day sun. John the revelator saw Jesus in full glory and described His hair as whiter than earthly white, His eyes as flame of fire, His feet like brass in a furnace, His voice loud, deep and yet soft, His countenance as the radiance of the sun on a cloudless day. When the Apostles saw Him in glory, the very garments He wore changed colours, Acts 22:6, Rev. 19:11-12, Mark 9:2-6.

2. THE HUMAN BODY IS TOO WEAK TO WITHSTAND HIS GLORY: whenever the glory of God appears to ordinary men, there are serious reactions. For example, His glory drove out the priests in Solomon’s temple, prevented Moses from entering the tabernacle, revealed the sinful state of Isaiah, knocked down Ezekiel and Saul of Tarsus, and knocked out Daniel and John the revelator. His glory can kill a careless priest our bodies must be changed to be able to fully enter into His glory at His second coming. I Kings 8:15-18, Exod. 40:34-35, Isaiah 6:1-5, Ezek. 1:26-28, Acts 9:3-4, Daniel 8:15-18, Rev. 1:17, Leviticus 16:2, Luke 2:9, Philippians 3:21, II Corinthians 4:17

3. DIVINE GLORY HAS WEIGHT: THE MORE SOULS YOU WIN THE HEAVIER YOUR GLORY: there are different kinds of glories and one glory excels another. For instance, the glory of grace excels the glory of the law. Also, glory has weight and some are heavier than other. And since one condition for obtaining glory is winning souls, it follows therefore that the more souls you win, the heavier will be your weight of glory. I Cor.15:40-41, II Cor.3:5-11, II Cor.4:17, I Thess.2:19-20, Daniel 12:3, John 15:8.

4. BELIEVERS CAN SHARE IN THE DIVINE GLORY: since everything about God is glorious, His holiness, His works, the honour of His majesty, His gospel, His liberty, His power, and His appearing, it follows that His church must be glorious too. Which means that believers, who constitute His Church, must share in His glory. But there are conditions to be satisfied before you can share in His glory apart from being born again. Some of them are; you must (i) be holy, (ii) suffer with Him, (iii) win souls, (iv) be wise, (v) be full of good works, (vi) keep your body, souls, and spirit pure. Exod.15:11, Ps.111:3, Ps.145:5, II Cor.4:4, Rom.8:21, Col.1:11, Titus 2:13, Eph.5:27, Matt.19:28, 13:43, Rom.8:17, Prov.3:35, Isa.24:16, I Pet.4:12-14, Rom.2:10, I Cor.6:20.

5. YOU CAN BRING HIS GLORY DOWN TODAY: To bring down the glory of God at any time, all you need to do is praise Him. But all present must do so in one accord i.e. with one heart and mind and with the same purpose in view. Also, if you intend to praise Him at all, you must do it gloriously. Ps.50:23, II Chron.5:13-14, Rom.15:6, Ps.66:2.

Lesson 85
Digging Deep No. 85
Topic: The Power of God

 

 

INTRODUCTION: Many men claim that they have power, but they are lying. Some men claim that the Government is the one in power, but that is a mistake. Some declared that Satan has power but that is untrue. There is one and only one person who has power, and that person is God Almighty, Ps.62:11.

1) TRUE POWER BELONGS TO GOD ONLY: True power, all powers without exception, belongs to God only, because He is supremely powerful. God does exactly as He pleases: no one can challenge Him or forbid Him. He can deliver from any captor but no one can deliver from Him, He can use His power to help or to hinder, to make rich and honourable, Matt.6:13, Matt.28:18, Ps.115:3, Ps.135:6, Dan.3:17, Isa.43:13, II Chronicle 25:8, I Chroni.29:12.

2) GOD CAN DO ANYTHING: God has enough power to do anything: nothing, absolutely nothing is impossible for Him. What men cannot attempt, God can do easily. Because He controls all flesh, He can cause even an old woman to conceive and deliver. Because He made the earth and the heavens out of nothing, he can produce children from stones. He is able to do more than we dare ask for, Luke 1:37, Job 42:2, Matt.19:26, Gen. 18:13-14, Jere.32:17 ,27, Luke 3:8, Eph. 3:20.

3) SATAN HAS NO POWER, BUT HE IS A JUDO EXPERT: Satan has no power but he is extremely cunning. What he does is simply to put his victim into opposition with the all-powerful God. That is how he got the children of Israel into trouble in the wilderness. That is how he destroyed Samson. That is how he nearly ruined David. But in Jesus Name, he will not be able to ruin us since we are not unaware of his tricks. James 1:13-15, Number 22:15-18, Num.23:7-11, Num.20:23-26, Numbers 24:8-10, 15-19, Numbers 25:1-5, 9, Judges16:6, 19:21, II Sam.12:7-13, II Cor.2:10-11, Eph.6:11.

4) GOD CAN KEEP ANY WILLING CHRISTIAN FROM FALLING: The word of God gives us the assurance that God has enough power to establish us in the gospel and to lead us all the way home. He is able to keep us from falling and can save to the uttermost. Also, because He has all the powers and the enemy has none, any obedient son to God is sure of final victory any day. Rom.16:25-27, Jude v24, Heb.7:25, Luke 10:19, Ps. 91:1,7, 13-16.

5) THE POWER OF GOD CAN TRANSFORM ANY MAN TO A GIANT-KILLER:The only way a man can have a share in the power of God is through the Spirit of God. Through this power of the Holy Spirit, a Christian can perform wonders for God. Examples abound in the Bible of men like Samson, Elijah, Elisha, Peter, Stephen, and Paul etc. And since God is no respecter of persons, and He changes not, what He has done for others, He can do for us too. And He will if we so desire. Micah 3:8, Acts 1:8, Zech.4:6, Rom.15:18-19, Judges 14:5-6, 19, Jud..15:14-15, I Kings 18:46, II Kings 2:9-12, Acts 5:12-16, Acts 6; 8,15, Acts 9:17-22, Acts 19:11-12, Acts 10:34, Heb.13:8.

Lesson 86
Digging Deep No. 86
Topic: The Wisdom of God

INTRODUCTION: In the previous study we studies about the power of God. This week, we want to study about His wisdom because power can be dangerous in the hand of a fool. There are all sorts of wisdom but true, pure beneficial and Divinely approved wisdom comes from God only, Daniel 2:20.

1) DIVINE WISDOM IS A GOLD MINE: The Spirit of the Lord that gives power is also the same that gives wisdom, understanding, knowledge and the fear of God. However, the scriptures confirm that Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This proves that the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ are one and there is only one God. The wisdom of God is like gold mine: the deeper you dig, the richer you become. Which implies that the more you know of Christ, the wiser you become because Jesus Christ is that “Gold mine” Isa.11:2, I Cor.1:24.

2) BUT THE HIGHEST WORLDLY WISDOM FALLS SHORT OF THE “FOLLY” OF GOD: The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God because (i) they are based on vanity and pursue vanity (ii) it eventually leads to destruction, so that what men call the foolishness of God is still wiser than the wisdom of men. For one thing, God can destroy the wisdom of men, but men cannot destroy the wisdom of God. Worldly wisdom is sensual and devilish, but divine wisdom is pure, peaceful, gentle, patient, merciful, good, impartial and straightforward. I Cor.3:19-20, I Cor.1:25, Isa.29:14, Jre.4:22, Jam.3:15-17, Rom.1:22.

3) TRUE WISDOM IS A VERY PRECIOUS GIFT FROM GOD: True wisdom is worth more than gold, silver, pearls, and rubies. That is why a Divine wise man is a happy man. True wisdom is in the same category as light, which is understandable since Jesus the wisdom of God, is also the light of the world. A wise man is stronger than tem mighty men, hence when God gives a man wisdom; no one will be able to resist him. Consequently, if you cannot get anything else from God be sure you get wisdom from Him. Job 28:12-19, Prov.3:13-14, Prov.8:11, Eccl.2:13, Eccl.7:12, Eccl.2:26, Luke 21:15, Dan.2:21, James 1:5, Prov.4:7

4) IT IS EASY TO RECOGNISE A MAN WHO LACKS WISDOM: some of the signs of a man devoid of wisdom are (i) unwillingness to acknowledge God as supreme, (ii) inability to forgive others (iii) back-biting others, (iv) making fun of sin as if it is a trivial things, (v) hatred of correction, (vi) love of arguments, (vii) meddling in other peoples affairs, (viii) trusting his own abilities, (ix) acquiring wealth by fraudulent means, (x) crookedness or hypocrisy, and (xi) living as if everything ends in this world. Ps.53:1, Prov.10:18, Prov.14:9, Prov.19:6, Prov.20:3, Jer.17:11, Luke 11:39-40.

5) IT IS ALSO EASY TO RECOGNISE A WISE MAN: some of the signs of a wise man are (i) he fears God, (ii) he puts into practice whatsoever he learns from the scriptures, (iii) he searches the scriptures constantly to discover how God wants him to live, (iv) he is a man of few words (v) he is considered a fool by those who have worldly wisdom. Job 28:28, 32:7, Matt.7:24, I Cor.2:6, I Cor.12:8, I Cor.3:18, II Tim.3:15, Eccl.5:3, Prov.15:2, Prov.12:23.

6) GOD’S TRAP FOR THE WORLDLY WISE IS THEIR WISDOM: God’s way of catching the wise man of this world is by turning their wisdom to foolishness, spoiling their grand designs while God ultimately has the last laugh. Examples in the Bible include Samson versus the Philistines, David versus Goliath, King Saul and the witch of Endor, David versus Nathan, Haman versus Mordecai, the case of Gehazi and Saul’s journey to Damascus. Judges 16:23-24, Isaiah 17:43-51, Isa.28:7-19, Isa.12:14, Ester 7:9-10, II Kings 5:20-27, Acts 1:7-22. Are you on His side or in His trap?

Lesson 87
Digging Deep No. 87
Topic: Curses and Blessings – Part 1

INTRODUCTION: In this study on curses and blessings we intend to answer such questions as what are the various sources of curses and blessings, what causes them, what are the signs that a curse may be at work, how can we deal with curses, etc. May the Lord Himself teach us and bless us mightily, Amen.

1) CURSES COME FROM VARIOUS SOURCES: there are various sources of curses. It could be from God Himself or from a man of God on behalf of God. Other sources could be a man who has positional authority over you, e.g. a husband, or a man on behalf of the devil. Also, curses could be self imposed – Gen.3:14-19, Gen.4:9-12, Joshua 6:23, I Kings 16:34, Judges 5:23, Gen.31:19, 20-35, Gen.35:16-18, I Sam.17:43-44, I Sam.17:45-47, 50, Gen.27:11-13.

2) CURSES WITHOUT CAUSE WILL NOT COME: ACURSE IS NEVER EFFECTIVE WITHOUT A CAUSE. In other words, no curse will affect you unless you have done something to deserve it. Conditions for curses includes: (i) not listening to the voice of the Lord, (ii) not observing His commandments, (iii) not doing His commandments (iv) forsaking God, (v) going after other gods,(vi) breaking His covenant. Other causes are (vii) betrayal of friends (viii) rewarding evil for good (ix) being merciless (x) persecuting the poor and the needy (xi) taking advantage of the sorrowful (xii) loving to curse.
The following people are also under the curses of the Lord: (i) worshippers, (ii) people who bow down to any image, (iii) people who keep charms at home (iv) those who dishonour their parents (v) land thieves (vi) those who mistreat the helpless, (vii) those who cheat strangers, the fatherless or widows, (viii) those who have sex with animals, (ix) those who have sex with their step mothers or step-fathers, (x) those who have sex with their brothers or sisters, step-brothers or step sisters, (x) those who have sex with their father-in-law or mother-in-law, (xii) murders, (xiii) hired killers or thugs (xiv) those who break the law of God (xv) false preachers (xvi) enemies of God, (xvii) those who do not pay their tithes. Are you in this group? Deut.28:15, Deut. 31:16-17, Ps.55:12-15, Ps.109:5-18, Deut.27:15-26, Gal.1:8-9, Ps.68:1-2, Deut.28:16-68, Judges 5:23, Gal.3:10, Lev.26:14-17, Nehe.4:1-5, Jere.7:11-15, I kings 14:14-16, Malachi 3:8-9.

Lesson 88
Digging Deep No. 88
Topic: Curses and Blessings – Part 2

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of this series on curses and blessing we learnt that curses may come from God, a man of God, a husband, parent or a man of the devil. Also, we learnt that curses may be self-imposed. We also mentioned about 29 causes of curses including not listening to the voice of the Lord and not obeying Him. We shall continue this series by looking at 3 notable curses and their causes and consequences before proceeding to other aspects of this study.

1) THREE (3) NOTABLE CURSES: CAUSES ANS CONSEQUENCES: The three (3) notable curses we wish to study in details are (i) the curse placed on David by Nathan (ii) the curse placed on Gehazi by Elisha and (iii) evil plotting (iii) murder (v) ingratitude to God (vi) lack of contentment (vii) injuring the Name of the Lord and (viii) judging others. The consequence is that Israel had always been at war. Gehazi on his own part was guilty of (i) covetousness, (ii) evil plotting (iii) lying (iv) hypocrisy (v) injuring the name of the Lord (vi) attempting to deceive the Holy Spirit. The consequence is that leprosy is difficult to eradicate. Joab on the other hand was guilty of (i) desire to revenge (ii) evil plotting (iii) struggle for position (iv) cold-blooded murder. It is from the Joab’s curse that we discover some signs that a curse might be at work. These are (a) incurable disease defying medicine and prayers, (b) being accident-prone (c) regular miscarriages (d) inexplicable poverty. II Samuel 12:7-14, II Samuel 3:26-29, Psalms 7:11-16, Psalms 94:20-23, Proverbs 5:21-23.

2) SOME CURSES WORKS INSTANTLY: Some curses have delayed effects. However some do work instantly. Almost invariably, there are curses pronounced by men of God. Examples include Elijah’s curses on the 2 captains and their bands of fifty soldiers each, Elisha’s curse in the insolent children, Elisha’s curse on Gehazi mentioned above and Elisha’s curse on the Syrian army. Similarly, blessings pronounced by a man of God could also have instant effects. II Kings 1:10-12, 2:23-24, 5:25-27, II Kgs.12:7-14, 6:18, II Kgs.2:19-22, 4:4.

3) THOSE YOU MUST NEVER CURSE: There is a set of people you must never curse. Infact the penalty fro cursing some of them is death and in some other cases severe curses. This set consists of God, your parents, rulers and those who curse you. Job 2:9, Exodus 21:17, Leviticus 20:9, Proverbs 20:20, Mark 7:10, Luke 6:28, Romans 12:14, Exodus 22:28, Acts 23:1-5, Psalms 109:28.

Lesson 89
Digging Deep No.89
Topic: Curses and Blessings – Part 3



INTRODUCTION: In the first two parts of this series, we have learnt about the sources and causes of curses. We have examined 3 notable curses in details and have learnt about certain curses that work instantly. We concluded the second part by listing those people we are forbidden to curse. These include God, our parents, rulers and those who curse us. Now, we wish to continue on study by examining the sources and courses of blessings and those who qualify for Divine blessings.

1) SOURCES OF TRUE BLESSINGS: There are only three main sources of true blessings: God, His representatives, and those with positional authority. The devil and his disciples do not give true blessings; their type of blessing always have sorrow mixed with it. The first blessing that God pronounced on man is five-fold: (i) be fruitful, (ii) be multiply (iii) fill the earth (iv) subdue the earth i.e. be victorious always and (v) have dominion over all living things, including demons and all foul spirit. Till today, if you serve God, seek first His Kingdom and its righteousness, pay your tithes to Him, study His word and apply them to your life, God will bless you mightily.
In the old testaments times, the priest, as a representative of God is to pronounce a six-fold blessing on the congregation (i) The Lord bless you, (ii) the Lord keep you (iii) the Lord make His face to shine upon you (iv) the Lord be gracious unto you (v) the Lord life up His countenance upon you – i.e. the Lord look with favour upon you and (vi) the Lord give you peace. Some of the Apostolic blessings on those who remain steadfast are: (i) May God make you perfect (ii) may He establish you (iii) may He strengthen you (iv) may He settle you (v) may He give you victory over Satan (vi) may He give you peace and grace and (vii) may God love you and fellowship with you. Genesis 24:35, Prov.10:22, Ps.3:8, Gen.1:28, Exod.23:25, Matt.6:33, Malachi 3:10, Joshua 1:8, Deut.23:5, Luke 1:28, Num.6:23-26, I Pet. 5:8-10, Rom.16:19-20, II Cor.13:14.

2) CONDITIONS FOR BLESSINGS: The following are the causes of blessings i.e. the conditions to be satisfied in order to obtain blessings from God. (i) obedience to God (ii) keeping His covenant (iii) fearing Him (iv) keeping His commandments always (v) walking in His ways (v) being a doer of the word and not hearers only (vii) having clean hands and a pure heart (viii) giving to the Lord and (ix) make God welcome in your home. Exodus 19:5, Deut.4:30, Deut.5:29, I Kings 3:14, Reve. 22:14, Job 36:11, Zechariah 3:7, James.1:1-25, Psalms 24:4-5, I Samuel 2:20-21, II Samuel 6:11.

Lesson 90
Digging Deep No.90
Topic: Curses and Blessings – Part 4



INTRODUCTION: In this series, we have learnt about the sources and causes of both curses and blessings. We have examined the conditions for receiving blessings and what to do to escape from curses. In this concluding part of the series we wish to look at some special features of blessings and the special case of Jacob versus his sons.

1) UNCONDITIONAL BLESSINGS ARE IRREVOCABLE: Some blessings are conditional, i.e. the blessings will come if certain conditions are satisfied. But some blessings are unconditional. Such blessings are irrevocable. An example of such an irrevocable blessings is that which Isaac pronounced on Jacob. Blessing could be spoken or transferred through the laying on of hands. Normally, only fathers can pronounce blessings on their children and the first-born should have more blessing than the second son but at times the first is the last and the last first. Deut. 28:1-14, Gen.27:26-29, 33, Gen.27:34-40, I Sam.1:12-17, I Sam. 1:19-20, Gen.48:14, Matt.19:15, Mark 10:16, Acts 13:1-3, I Tim.4:14, II Tim.1:6, Gen.48:17-19.

2) THE BLESSINGS OF ABRAHAM CAN BE YOURS TOO: The blessings of Abraham are seven-fold: (i) you will become a great nation (ii) you will be blessed materially, (iii) your name will be great (iv) you will be a blessing (v) those who bless you will be blessed (vi) those who curse you will be cursed of God (vii) all the families of the world will be blessed through you. All these blessings can be yours too, if you are in Christ.
All the blessings of Abraham were reconfirmed of his son Isaac who in turn pronounced a ten-fold blessing upon Jacob. The blessings of Jacob are (i) may God give thee of the dew of heaven (ii) may God give thee the fatness of the earth (iii) may God give thee plenty of food (iv) and plenty of drink (v) may people serve you (vi) may nations bow to you (vii) may you be master over your brothers (viii) may your mother’s sons bow to you (ix) let him be caused who causes you (x) let him be blessed who blesses you.
In his parting words to his sons, Jacob cursed some and blessed some. Finally, he transferred the Abramic blessing unto Judah, from whose line came the Lion of Judah Himself. Our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we are all blessed today. Genesis 12:2-3, Gal.3:13-14, Gen.26:24, Gen.27:27-29, Gen.48:15-16, Gen.49:1-28, Deut.21:17, Deut. 27:20, Gen.35:2, Gen.34:25-29, Ren.5:, Num.14:17, Ps.60:7, Isa.63:1-3, Rev,.19:11-16, I Chron.5:1-2, Isa.22:1, Ezek.21:27, Dan.9:25, Matt.21:9, Luke 1:32.

Lesson 91
Digging Deep No.91
Topic: Soldiers of the Cross – Part 1


INTRODUCTION: The journey to the Promised Land is not a bed of roses: Joshua had his wall of Jericho. The journey to the throne is never a down hill but uphill task: David had his Goliath. There is never a crown without a cross first. No one will reach heaven without starting first at Calvary and then resolutely fighting his way through to glory. Matt.11:12. There is no royal road to success.

1) A CHRISTIAN IS AN UNUSUAL CREATURE: A MAN OF TWO WORLDS: A Christian is an unusual personality, he is dead yet alive: in the world but not of the world; living in the flesh but not operating in the flesh; dwelling in a world of science yet living in faith; in fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ yet absent from the Lord a man of flesh and bones yet led by the Spirit, the son of God is a spirit. Galatians 2:20, Jn.17:15-16, I Pet. 4:1-2, II Cor. 5:4-8, Romans 8:13, John 4:23-24.

2) A CHRISTIAN IS ENGAGED IN A WAR: CONTINUOUS AND HOT: every Christian is engaged in a big war. He is a soldier of Christ, expected to be hardened and disciplined. The war is a continuous fight from salvation to rapture. It is a running battle; continuously hot one that no one dares fight negligently. As a soldiers combat, the Christian must be prepared for afflictions, necessities, distress, wounds, imprisonments, hard work, vigils, fasting etc. I Tim.1:18, II Tim.2:3-4, II Tim.4:7-8, Heb.12:1-2, II Cor.6:3-5, Rom.6:13.

3) THE ENEMY HAS MANY FACES AND TITLES: The caption of the opposing forces has many faces and titles: He is a liar, a murderer; the original sinner, a roaring lion, a serpent, a dragon and an accuser of the brethren, a thief, a killer, a destroyer, etc. Assisting him in his diabolical conflict with children of God are a host of well trained officers and agents with frightful titles like principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, highly placed and wicked spirit, John 8:44, I Jn.3:8, I Pet.5:8, Gen.3:1, Rev.12:7-12, Jn.10:10, Eph.6:11-12.

4) OUR WEAPONS AGAINST HIM ARE NOT CARNAL: THEY ARE MIGHTY:Human wisdom and philosophies cannot win this war. Our human abilities are too puny against an unseen and tireless enemy. Victory is through the trinity because our sufficiency is of God. However, we have the Armour to put on. It is called the Armour of light, of righteousness of God. It involves pureness, knowledge of the word, patience, kindness, love,, truth and the power of God. There are six pieces in the Armour but there is a single word to describe it: JESUS. I Cor.1:18-24, Zech.4:6-7, Rom.13:12, I Cor.6:6-7, Eph.6:13-18, II Cor.3:5,I Thess.5:8, Judges 15:14-16, I Samuel 17:45-50.

5) WITH THE LORD ON OUR SIDE WE WILL WIN: We do not need to fear because of this battle. With the Lord on our side we shall win. God has said that (i) we should not fear (ii) He is with us (iii) we should not be dismayed (iv) He will strengthen us (v) He will uphold us (vi) those against us shall be ashamed (vii) they will be confounded (viii) they shall be as nothing (ix) they shall perish (x) they shall vanish (xi) we shall be a terrible weapon against them (xii) we shall rejoice in the Lord, and (xiii) we shall glory in the Holy One of Israel. Ps.110:1-2, Isa.41:10-16, Jer.20:11, Jer.15:20-21, 17:18, 18:18-22, Heb.13:8, Jer.1:10, Heb.11:30.

Lesson 92
Digging Deep No.92
Topic: Soldiers of the Cross – Part 2

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of this series, we saw that we are fighting against a highly organized army whose captain, Satan, has many titles like liar, murderer, serpent, lion, destroyer etc. We also learnt that with God on our side, we shall win. Infact, He said in His word that whenever our enemies are preparing for war against us, He will (i) laugh them to scorn, (ii) speak to them in anger and (iii) trouble them greatly, Ps. 2:1-4, in this second part we want to find out why some perish in the war while others survive.

1) THE SPIRITUAL BATTLE GROUND IS IN THE MIND: The battle ground in the war against Satan begins in the though-realm and it starts right from youth. All sins originates from the heart in form of thoughts, knowing that if God fights for a man he will always win, Satan uses the strategy of putting wicked thoughts into a man’s mind. He knows that God abhors wicked thoughts. He knows that foolish thoughts (not necessarily immoral) are sins. So he introduces into a man’s mind thoughts that are frivolous, not based on the fear of the Lord or the furtherance of the kingdom on earth. He knows that vain thoughts lead men to (i) becoming tools (ii) doing damnable things and (iii) suffering horribly as a result. Gen.8:21, Matt.15:18-22, Prov.15:26, Deut.15:9, Ps.139:2, Prov.24:9, Isa.55:6-9, Rom.1:21, I Cor.1:19, 27-29.

2) MOST OF THE CASUALITIES ARE CAUSED BY PRIDE: Satan knows that God is willing to aid those who are attacked by evil forces. He knows the stories of Pharaoh and Sennacherib very well. But he also knows that pride locks God out and opens the door to the enemy. Infact, pride turns God from being a supporter to an opposer. He also knows that human beings never learns from the experience of others as is well illustrated in the story of Bel-shazzar, son of Nebuchadnezzar, consequently, one of the greatest causes of perishing in the war is pride. Ps.18:27-30, Exod.5:2, 9:13-17, 7:11, II Kings 19:20-22, 27-28, 35-37, Ps.10:4, Isa.2:11-12,17, Ezek.17:24, Dan.4:34-37, Dan.5:22-30.

3) ABSOLUTE SUBMISSION TO CHRIST IS THE KEY TO ETRNAL SECURITY: putting on the ability of God involves (a) putting off the ability and achievements of the flesh (b) submitting to the Directorship of God, which means Ii) surrendering your heavy burden to Him (ii) putting on His easy yoke and (iii) putting on His light burden.
By humbling ourselves before God, we can be transformed into a terror to Satan. Like in all armies all over the world, the key to survival, continuous victory and eternal security is total obedience, no more no less. Phil.3:4-10, Matt.11:28-30, Acts 9:11-12, Heb.5:8-9, I Pet.1:2-5.

Lesson 93
Digging Deep No.93
Topic: Soldiers of the Cross – Part 3


INTRODUCTION: We now know who our enemy is. We also know that with God on our side we will win. Furthermore, we know that God insists that soldiers of the cross must surrender all to Him and be absolutely obedient. In this third part we want to learn about how to put on the Armour of God and have the ability of God.

1) ALL OVERCOMERS HAVE A SECRET: GOD IS WITH THEM: The power of God is exceedingly great and it is a available for our use. There is a fullness of God, which any desirous Christian may enjoy through the Holy Spirit, and a deeper, more complete knowledge of Christ. And that is the secret of the strength of all over-comers down the ages: God was with them. And since God never faints or tire, it follows that if His strength is yours, you too will never faith or be weary. Eph.1:19, 3:14-19, Deut.31:23, Jos.1:6,7,9, I Sam. 23:16, I Chron.28:20 , Isa.40:28,31, Ps.138:3.

2) YOU CANNOT BE CLOTHED WITH GOD AND SINS SIMULATENOUSLY:In order to put on the ability of God, we must first put off certain things. These include among others (i) lusts of the flesh, (ii) lies, (iii) anger, (iv) wrath, (v) malice (vi) blasphemy and (vii) filthy communications. Initially, there may be some hardships encountered in the putting off process and as result of it. However, after a while, as we gain more experience in the Lord, we become stronger, more stable, more settled, more perfect and more victorious. Then with our new-found ability of God, we can pull down strongholds of Satan in our lives, cast down wrong imaginations and pride, capture and hold captive any desire to disobey our Lord Jesus Christ. Eph.4:22-25, Rom.13:14, Col.13:8-10, I Pet.5:8-10, II Cor.10:4-5, Judge 16:24:25.

3) SATAN IS A STRATEGIST BUT OUR CID IS SUPERIOR: Satan is an accomplished strategist, but thank God, we are not ignorant of his devices. His devices include (i) blinding the mind of unbelievers to the truth of the Gospel (ii) deceiving people, many times not openly but indirectly (iii) demonstration of fake power (iv) the use of false prophets and teachers who are good copies of true ones (v) giving of false signs and wonders (vi) roaring like a lion. II Cor.2:11, 4:3-4, 11:3-13,15, I Thess.2:9-10, I Pet.5:8, II Pet.2:1-3, Rev.2:24, 12:9, 13:11-15, 19:20, Rev.20:1-3, 7-8.

4) GOD HAS NO ROOM FOR COWARDS IN HIS ARMY: God does not expect us to be cowardly. With the lord of Hosts, on our sides why must we be afraid? Since the strength we are going to use is not ours, every weakness in our life is an opportunity for God to demonstrate His awesome power. Consequently, for all true soldiers of the cross, it should be FORWAD EVER, BACKWORD NEVER. Icor.16:13, Hag.2:4, Zec.8:9,13, II Cor.12:9-10, Phil.4:13, Col.1:11, II Timothy 2:1, II Timothy 4:16-17.

Lesson 94
Digging Deep No.94
Topic: Soldiers of the Cross – Part 4


INTRODUCTION:
In the previous parts of this series on soldiers of the cross, we have identified our enemy and his soldiers and we have been assured by the promises of God that with God on our side we shall win. We have discovered the conditions for enlistments in the Army of the cross as total submission to the will of God and unquestioning obedience. We have also learnt that we have to put on the whole Armour of God, which we can only do if we put off sins and lusts of the flesh first. Finally, we have learnt of the strategies of Satan and that God does not expect us to run from battle but to stand courageous. In continuation of this series we shall study in some details, Ephesians 6:13-17.

1) FOR EVERY INDIVIDUAL THERE IS AN EVIL DAY: this is the end time we are living in. Therefore, days are generally evil. But for every person, there is a particular evil day when he comes face to face with the adversary. Only those who are fully prepared will survive such a day. However, for the whole human race, there is a period called “The Evil Day” or “The Hour or temptation”. Those who belong to the Lord completely shall miss that terrible period. Eph.5:16, Eccl.12:1. Amos 6:1-7, Luke 8:13, Rev.3:10, Mal.3:2, Luke 21:34-36, Rev.6:15-17.

2) THE GIRDLE AND THE BREASTPLACE: Your loins must be girded with the truth because Satan delights in hitting below the belt. If you ever tell a single lie, it is enough to neck you. Telling the truth always is a sure road to holiness because if you sin you cannot lie when challenged. You must protect your chest with righteousness, i.e. good words done in Christ, Protecting your chest implies protecting your heart out of which is the very issues of life. Eph.5:9, Luke 12:35, II Cor.6:4,7, I Pet.1:13-16, Isa.59:16-17, I Thess.5:8, Prov.4:25.

3) THE BOOTS AND THE SHIELD: Satan is under your feet if you are a child of God. Moreover, Satan is a serpent. Consequently, your feet must be well protected or you might be bitten. Take Jesus wherever you go. Witness for Him always and you will always be on the mountain top. God is the shield of Abraham and we are of the seed of Abraham. Therefore God is our shield also. Consequently, our protection is in faith in God, a simple trust in the Almighty God as being the all sufficient, the El-Shaddai. Habakkuk 3:19, Deut.33:25, Luke 15:22, Isa.52:7, Rom.10:13-15, John 15:16, II Cor.5:18-21, Gen.15:1, Ps. 56:3-4, 10-11, Prov. 18:10, II Cor.1:24, 4:16-18, Heb. 11:24-34, I Pet.5:8-9, I John 5:4-5.

4) THE HELMET AND THE SWORD: The helmet of the victory is true Salvation. That is the only protection against all the false philosophies and religions of this world. Without genuine Salvation, one is likely to be confused by the various religions and ideologies claiming to the true way. Your mouth contains the most powerful weapon ever created: your tongue. Therefore, if your mouth is filled with the word of God you stop Satan dead in his tracks always. To overcome Satan perpetually, you need both the blood of the Lamb and your own word of victorious testimony. But how much of the word do you know? Isa.59:17, I Sam.16:46-49, Isa.49:2, Heb.4:12, Rev.1:16, Rev.2:16, 19:15, Matt.4:4,7,10-11, Heb.13:5-6, Rev.12:11

Lesson 95
Digging Deep No.95
Topic: Soldiers of the Cross – Part 5


INTRODUCTION: We have been learning about how to win the battle against Satan, his principalities, powers, ruler, and wicked spirits. We have studies in details the whole Armour of God, how to put it on and why, in this concluding part we want to look at the greatest weapon of all i.e. prayers, Ephesians 6:10-18.
1) PRAY AS YOU BREATHE: It is only hypocrites who should find it difficult to pray because they know that God will not answer them. But when the saints call God hears and comes to their rescue. Some people only call on God when in trouble but children of God should pray as they breathe. If Daniel had waited until he was thrown into the lions den before praying, it would have been too late. When Peter was imprisoned, the church did not hire a lawyer, they prayed. Job 27:8-10, Ps.34:17, Isa.26:16, Dan.6:10, Acts 1:12-14, 6:2-4, 10:1-2, 12:5,11, Phil.1:4-5.
2) THE ONLY EXCUSE FOR NOT PRAYING IS LAZINESS: those who would not pray are just lazy and lukewarm. Whereas we are expected to be active, fervent, happy, strong, hot, some Christians are world champion worriers but we are expected to be world champion prayer warriors. However, no one can pray, as he ought without the help of the Holy Spirit. There is a spirit of supplications: if you call on God He can impart Him to you. Furthermore, the only way to pray without ceasing and to build up your faith is by praying in the spirit. Rom 12:11-12, Phil.4:6, I Thess.5:17, Rom.8:15-16, 26-27, Zech.12:10, Jude v.20-21.
3) QUITERS ARE NEVER WINNERS: WINNERS NEVER QUIT: Jacob wrestled with God till he got the blessings he wanted. The woman that the Lord compared to a dog persisted till she got what she wanted. We are better than dogs: we are children of the Most High. Let us persevere in prayers and we shall always defeat Satan all the time. No matter how “busy” God may be, if we persevere, we shall get our blessings. Gen.32:28, Matt.15:25-28, Luke 11:5-8, Luke 18:1-8.
4) WE CAN RESCUE OUR NATION FROM SATAN: God heard Solomon when he prayed for his people. God has not changed. He will hear us too if we pray for our nation. When the devil tried to destroy the Jews, it is to the only person that they had in the palace that they sent to for help. We are in the palace of the Most High we are His Brides. Our Nation needs our held now more than ever before. I Kings 9:3, Ester 4:8, Dan.9:20-23, I Timothy 2:1-4, Colossians 4:2, II Timothy 1:3, Philippians 4:5.

Lesson 96

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Lesson 97
Digging Deep No.97
Topic: God the Holy Spirit – Part 1


INTRODUCTION: many Christians are frustrated, defeated and fruitless. Many are wallowing in spiritual poverty unaware of the great resources of God available to them. But the wonderful truth is that every Christian has the potential to live supernaturally. The key is God the Holy Spirit. He is the supreme in revival, evangelism and every Christian endeavour. Today we shall begin to study about Him from John 14:16-18.
1) ANOTHER COMFORTER IMPLIES THERE WAS AN ORIGINAL COMFORTER: The original Comforter was Jesus Christ. He was the “consolation of Israel”. He was the Day Star, the Sun of Righteousness bringing light into darkness and shadows of death. He brought comfort to wherever He went. Whether at the rich Jairus’ house, the widow of Nain on the road to the cemetery of the poor beggar by the wayside. Those who came to Him went home comforted: be it a leper a penniless woman bleeding to death or a “dog” with a demon possessed daughter. Now, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ. No wonder He is “another Comforter”, of the same type, not different in any way. Luke 2:25, II Pet.1:19, II Cor.4:4,6, Ps.84:11, Isa.9:2, John 1:9, Isa.42:6, Luke 2:28-32, Isa.60:20, John 14:17, 15:26, Romans 8:9.
2) THE HOLY SPIRIT IS ALSO AN INSTRUCTOR, TEACHER, MONITOR, ADVOCATE: The word translated “Comforter” also means instructor, Teacher, Monitor, and Advocate. Jesus was the teacher, the instructor. They called Him Rabbi but those who had revelation knowledge knew Him as Rabboni, the instructor of Rabbis. No wonder He promised not another Pope or Archbishop but another Teacher, an Instructor in the mysteries of God revealing the deep meanings of the word of God. With Him to instruct you, you do not need the enticing words of human wisdom.
A monitor is a sort of overseer, watching over you, leading you, guiding you and assisting you when need be. So is the Holy Spirit. An advocate pleads for or against a person. The Holy Spirit pleads against a dead conscience convicting a sinner of his sins but pleads for the saint with a grooming that cannot be uttered. He is a loving Comforter, faithful, wise and true. Surely you need Him now. Matt.23:7-8, John 20:16, John 7:46, Isaiah 58:11, John 16:12-14, Romans 8:26, John 4:24, I John 4:8, I Cor.3:19-20, 24, James 3:17, Col.1:19.

Lesson 98
Digging Deep No.98
Topic: God the Holy Spirit – Part 2

INTRODUCTION: In part one of this study, we learnt that the Holy Spirit is not only the Comforter, but He is our Instructor, Teacher, Monitor and Advocate. He not only Comfort, but He also Teaches, Watches over, leads, guides and assists those who would let Him. But He does much more than these. The Bible talks of diversities of gifts of the Holy Spirit, manifestation of the spirit and the working of the Holy Spirit, I Cor.12:4, 7, 11. Evidently, there is much to learn about the Holy Spirit. May we take step forward tonight in Jesus Name.

1) TO SEEK THE HOLY SPIRIT IS TO SEEK GOD: The Bible refers to the Holy Spirit as eternal. He has no beginning and no ending. He is also everywhere at all time. He knows all things including the hidden mysteries of God. He has all powers including the powers of the Most High. These are just other ways of saying that the Holy Spirit is God Almighty Himself and definitely not any prophet. Therefore, to seek the Holy Spirit is to seek God. Heb. 9:14, Ps. 139:7, I Corinthians 2:10-11, 1:35, Job 33:4.

2) YOUR ETERNITY COULD BE DETERMINED BY YOUR REPONSE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT: Various people respond to the Holy Spirit in various ways. Some have lied to him and have paid the heavy penalties of so doing. Others have resisted Him, for example by refusing to yield their tongues to him. Some heave grieved Him either through deliberate sins, resistance or disobedience. Some have even insulted Him or blasphemed Him, thus permanently closing the door of heaven against themselves. Some have quenched His fire and light in their lives. But you could choose to obey Him instead. Acts 5:3, Acts 7:51, Heb.10:29, Matt.12:31, I Thess.5:19, Acts 10:19-20.

3) IF YOU LISTEN, YOU CAN HEAR HIS VOICE: We learnt in part one that He helps us in prayer, He teaches and guide us and also convicts sinners and backsliders, in addition, He witnesses of Christ and for Him. How can He do these things except He speaks? Of course, He speaks and if your spiritual ear is open you can hear Him. However, His first words to you may be a command. Romans 8:26, John 14:26, 16:13, John 16:7-8, 15:26, Romans 8:16, Rev.2:7, Acts 13:2, Romans 8:14, Acts 8:26.

4) HE IS WILLING, IF YOU ARE: What is the Holy Spit willing to do for you today? He is willing (i) to make you new (ii) to dwell within you, (iii) to seal you for Christ, (iv), to fuse you into the Body of Christ through baptism (v) to clothe you with Christ (vi) to clothe you with power and (vii) to perform miracles on you, for you and through you. Titus 3:5, I Cor.6:19, I Cor.3:16, Eph.1:13, Eph.4:30, I Cor.12:12-13, Gal.3:27-29, Acts 1:8, Acts 8:39, Acts 10:38.

Lesson 99
Digging Deep No.99
Topic: God the Holy Spirit – Part 3

INTRODUCTION: We have learnt that the Holy Spirit, who is God Himself, is able to comfort, teach, lead and guide because He speaks. But how can we hear Him? The Bible says there are all sort of voices in this world. I Cor.14:10. How can we differentiate the voice of God from the rest? These and other questions we believer God will answer for us tonight in Jesus Name, Amen.
1) THE DEVIL SPEAKS IN TWO PRINCIPAL WAYS: We all hear voices, Divine or devilish. Even before conversion we hear voices e.g. the voice of conscience and the voice of lust. There are two ways the devil can speak (i) the small voice to the spirit of man and (ii) through human beings. Of course he occasionally speaks through dreams. Examples include the decree of Caesar Augustus the advices of Sarai to Abram, Job’s wife to Job, Peter to Jesus Christ and the elder prophet to the younger. Luke 2:1-7, Genesis 16:1-6, Job 2:9, Matt.16:21-23, I Kings 13:11-24.
2) SPEAKS IN DIVERSE WAYS: There are several ways in which God can speak. He might speak (i) in the small still voice to your spirit, (ii) through human beings, when your spiritual ear is deafened by sin, e.g. Nathan to David, Samuel to Eli, Samuel to Saul (iii) by direct confrontation particularly when you are too occupied to listen to the small still voice or you may doubt the prophet e.g. Moses at the burning bush, Joshua before the wall of Jericho, Gideon in hiding, the shepherds watching flocks by night and Saul on the way to Damascus, (iv) through any means in critical situations e.g. Balaam and his ass. I Kings 19:12, II Sam. 12:1-2, I Sam.3:11-18, Exod.3:1-14, I Sam.15:16-23, Joshua 5:13, Jos.6:5, Judges 6:11-16, Luke 2:8-14, Acts 9:1-7, Number 22:28-30.
3) HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN THE VOICE OF GOD AND THE DEVIL’S: The devil’s voice is easy to recognize because it contradicts God’s word. We recognize the voice of God in the following ways: (i) it agrees with the written word of God, (ii) it frightens sinners and (iii) it is a source of joy to believers. To hear God’s voice, if you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit, all you need to do is harden not your heart. John 8:44, John 10:4, Genesis 3:9-10, John 3:9-10, john 3:29, John 16:33, Ps. 95:7-8.

Lesson 100
Digging Deep No .100
Topic: God the Holy Spirit – Part 4


INTRODUCTION: In the previous study we learnt that the devil speaks in two principal ways through the small voice and through human beings. we also learnt that God speaks in diverse ways: in the small still voice and through human beings, by direct confrontation, through any means in critical situations. The voice of God agrees with the Bible, frightens sinners and is a source of joy to believers, whereas the voice of Satan disagrees with the Bible. In this study, we want to study the power of the Holy Spirit and how to harness it for our God.

1) THE HOLY SPIRIT WANTS YOU TO BE A CONDUCTOR OF HIS POWER:There are two kinds of power; constructive and destructive; it is Satan’s duty to destroy continually. God constructs and destroys where need be. The Holy Spirit gives life, restores life and destroys the works of the devil wherever it may be found. Through the Holy Spirit you too can construct and destroy at the case may be. This is because God wants you to be a conductor of His power; He wants His power to flow through you. There are several examples in both the Old and New Testaments of men who conducted the power of the Holy Spirit to perform miracles of construction or destruction. Men like Moses, Aaron, Joshua, Elijah, Elisha, Jesus Christ, Peter, Paul and Stephen. Now, with the earthly electricity, so it is with the heavenly the purer the conductor, the greater the flow of the power. John 10:10, I John 3:8, II Kings 5:7-8, Gen.2:7, 1:2, Luke 13:10-16, Mark 16:18-9, Exod.14:15-21, 7:19-20, Jos.6:2-5, Acts 1:2, 10:36, Acts 3:6-8, Acts 19:11,12, Acts 6:5-8.

2) HE WHO HAS SURRENDERED HIS TONGUE HAS SURRENDERED HIS ALL: Our body particularly our hands, represent the wire through which the power of God flows. But our tongue is actually the switch that sends the power flowing or stops it from flowing. Life and death is in the power of the tongue and when we are filled with the Holy Spirit whatever decree we make shall be established. Again there are several examples of men like Elijah, Elisha, Paul, etc. who decreed things under the influence of the Holy Spirit and they were established. That is why the Holy Spirit insists on taking over your tongue because whoever surrendered his all can be a true channel for the Holy Spirit’s power to flow through. Consequently, the more you pray in tongues the greater the mighty works you will be able to do for God. Prov.15:14, Prov.18:21, Prov.25:15, Prov.12:18, Proverbs 31:25, Mark 11:23-24, Job22:28-29, I Kings 17:1, II Kings 6:14-17, 6:8-11, II Kings 6:18, 5:9-10, Acts 13:8-11, James 3:2-3, Jude v.20

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