DIGGING DEEP SERIES 101-200

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LESSON 101
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 5

INTRODUCTION: In the last study of this series in volume one, we discovered that the Holy Spirit could be compared to Electricity, a sort of divine, heavenly Electricity. Your body, particularly your hands, could be the conductor of His awesome power while your tongue is the switch that sets the current flowing. That is why powerful Christians are Christians who pray in tongues often. But suppose a once powerful Christian lost his power, how can he regain it? How can a powerful Christian remain powerful? These are the questions we hope to answer in this study in Jesus Name. Amen.


1. NO LOSS WITHOUT CAUSE
There is no smoke without fire. There can be no loss of power without a cause or causes. When the power diminishes or vanishes, the first thing to do is to try and locate the why of it Power could be lost through (i) absorbing false doctrines, (ii) innocent amusements (iii) flattery or (iv) the “oil” drying up. To get the fire going again, we must (i) trim the wick i.e. restitute our ways, (ii) obtain oil afresh, (iii) go back to the source of fire (iv) stay put till we become so conformed to the source that we can partake of His nature once again.
Eph. 4:14; Pro. 9:17-18; 29:5; Mf. 25:27; 25:9; Ps. 34:4-5; Rom. 8:29; II Cor. 3:18; Phi. 3:21; II Pet. 1:4; I John 4:17.


2. RETENTION IS BETTER THAN RECOVERY
It is good to regain lost powers, but it is better still never to lose the powers. If you do not want to lose your powers but instead you want the powers to increase, here are some suggestions on what to do. (i) Keep in continuous touch with the source, whatever it costs (ii) your desire and thirst for Him must be intense and continuous (iii) you must have a deep and continuous burden to serve Him, passionately, desirous of winning souls (iv) you must be temperate in all things (v) you must constantly keep your body under even as you feed on the word (vi) you must forget past glories and aim higher each day and (vii) you must constantly increase your flying time: i.e. hours of prayers, the type of praying that shuts all else out except God.

Is. 44:3; Jer, :9;11-13; Acts 1:8; Acts 13:2-4: 8:29-30; I Cor. 9:25-27; II Cor.4-.ll; Phil. 1:21; Deu. 8:3; Phil. 3:13 – 14; Is. 40:31; Act. 4:31: Col. 4:12.

LESSON 102
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 6

INTRODUCTION: In the previous study, we learnt that since God never changes, if anyone loses the power given him by God, there must be a reason for it. Therefore, a person who wants to regain his lost powers must examine himself to find out why he lost the powers. Then he must restitute his ways and return afresh to the source of all powers for recharging of his battery. In this study, we want to begin to look into the gifts of the Holy Spirit and we pray that as we know more about these gifts they shall become more manifest in our lives and ministries. Amen.

1. GOD REQUIRES PURITY BEFORE POWER
Our God is a holy God. He demands that His children be like Himself. One reason for this is that those who operate the gifts of God arc usually targets of attack from the enemy. Another reason is that the gifts of God arc precious and are meant for the pure and holy. The third reason is so that the operator of the gifts of God may not be a castaway in (he end. Joel. 2:12-30; Matt. 5:48; John 1:5; Jer. 15:19-21; II Tim. 2:20-21; Matt. 7:6; Lev. 10:8-10; Heb. 12:14.

2. BASIC GIFTS MUST BE DEVELOPED BEFORE RECEIVING OTHER GIFTS
Every Christians has basic gifts or talents. These must be used and developed to the outmost before one could be justified in asking for more gifts. These gifts include the gifts of service and the gift of giving. Those who exercise these gifts cheerfully are superior Christians whose lives glorify God.

I Cor. 16:15-16; II Cor. 8:1-5; II Cor. 9:7; 9:11-13.

3. THE GIFTS OF GOD ARE IN THREE CATEGORIES
There are different kinds of Spirits, lying spirits, seducing spirits, spirits of error, etc. But there is only one Holy Spirit. His gifts can be split into three categories; (a) Revelation gifts, which consists of the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge and the discerning of spirits, (b) Inspiration gifts, which include prophecy, different kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues,

(c) The power gifts which are faith, gifts of healings, and the working of miracles.

There are three kinds of wisdom; (i) Satanic, (ii) human and (iii) divine wisdom; Satanic wisdom is corrupted wisdom. Human wisdom is at times called common sense whereas Divine Wisdom is pure and excellent.

Matt. 10:1; I Tim. 4:1-3; Pro. 4:7; James 3:14-16; Eze. 28:12-17; Luke 14:28-32; Ecc. 1:16-18; I Cor. 1:19; James 3:17; Matt. 6:19-21; II Tim. 4:7-8; James 1:5.

LESSON 103
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 7

INTRODUCTION: In the last study, we began a study of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We learnt that God demands purity before power and He expects us to develop our basic gifts of service and giving before requesting for other gifts. We also learnt that there are three kinds of wisdoms; satanic, human and Divine. Now, we want to study a Divine gift called “Word of wisdom”, I Cor. 12:4-8. We pray that if you lack this precious gift you will obtain it today in Jesus Name.

1. A WORD OF WISDOM IS LIKE AN APPLE OF GOLD
Divine Wisdom is not limited to spiritual matters only. We can obtain Divine Wisdom for our daily trade, for leadership, forever/day living in addition to understanding spiritual things. To understand the term “Word of Wisdom”, we need to note that God knows the past, present and future. He has a large storehouse of information. He gives only a bit of it at a time of need, hence the term “Word of Wisdom”. It is a word fitly spoken.

Exo. 31:1-5; Dent. 34:9; Pro. 3:5; I Cor. 2:13-14; Eph. 1:17; Pro. 25:11; Ecc. 9:16-18; Ecc. 10:12; Isa. 50:4; Pro. 15:23.

2. THE PURPOSE OF THE GIFT IS VARIED
Depending on the circumstances, there are various reasons why God may manifest the gifts of the word of wisdom in His body. Some of the reasons could be (a) to solve human problems (b) to confuse the enemy (c) for deliverance from a tight comer (d) to turn a fool to a learned person there by demonstrating the superiority of God’s wisdom over man’s and (e) to give direction.

I Kings 3:24-27; Acts 15.24-29; Matt. 2 2:1–22; John 8:4-11; Matt. 21:23-27; Ecc. 9:16-18; Acts 22:24-29; Acts 23:6-9; Matt. 10:18-19; Isa. 50:4; Acts 6:8-10; Acts 16:9-10.

3. THE MANIFESTATION OF THE GIFT
The gift of the word of wisdom could be manifested through four major namely: (a) by the audible voice, (b) by vision or dream (c) by prophecy, which we shall consider later and (d) through reading scriptures. A man may know that he has this gift when he finds it operating in a time of need and by faith a Her asking for it.

I Kings 19:11-12; Dan. 2:19-23; Gen. 40:5-22; 41:1-39; Ps. 119:105.

LESSON 104
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 8

INTRODUCTION: Last week we study, we learnt about the gift of the Holy Spirit called “Word of Wisdom”. We learnt that God gives the gift for various purposes and that it could be manifested through four major ways. In this study, we wish to learn about another gift of the Holy Spirit called “The Word of Knowledge” I Cor. 12:8, We pray that as you hunger and thirst for this gift you will be satisfied. Amen.

1. THE WORD OF KNOWLEDGE IS A FRAGMENT OF GOD’S KNOWLEDGE
God has a storehouse of knowledge from eternity past to eternity future. The word of knowledge is therefore a fragment of God’s knowledge revealed to one of His children. It is a peep into the Divine’s mind. It is related to the word of wisdom because wisdom is the right application of knowledge. The word of knowledge can be manifested through (a) the audible voice (b) visions and (c) Spiritual revelation.

Dan. 2:20-22; I Sam. 2:3-14; Isa. 40:28; Matt. 6:8;I Chr. 28:9; Jer. 23:24; Matt. 12:25; Mark 2:8; John 2:25; Amos 3:7; I Cor. 3:20; I Chr. 28:9; Jer. 23:24; Matt. 12:25; Mark 2:8; John 2:25; I Cor. 2:9-10; Eph. 1:9-10. I Cor. 3:20.

2. GOD NEVER DOES ANYTHING WITHOUT A PURPOSE
Since our God never does anything without a purpose, there are several reasons why God gives the gift of the word of Knowledge. Some of the reasons are (a) to warn against imminent judgment (b) revelation of secret sin or sinful intentions (c) to warn against mistakes in choices (d) to warn against impending danger (e) to give specific directions (f) to encourage or give good news.

Gen. 18:17-21; 1 Sam. 3:11-14; Acts 5:1-4; II Kings 5:25-26; I Sam. 16:6-12; II Kings 6:8-12; Acts 27:9-10; Acts 10:11; Acts 9:10-12; I Kings 19:9-10, 18.

3. HOW TO OBTAIN THE GIFT
The gift of the word of knowledge is usually given to covenant men and people whose sole aim is to serve the Lord with all they are and have. If you want the gift, you must be prepared to pay the cost.

Gen. 18:17-19; Phil. 3:7-10; Acts 10:1-2; John 15:14-16.

LESSON 105
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 9

INTRODUCTION: In our study of the gifts of the Holy Spirit we learnt that the nine gifts could be grouped into three parts and that the first part consists of (i) the word of wisdom (ii) the word of Knowledge and (iii) the discerning of Spirits. These three are usually called the revelation gifts. Now we have studied the word of wisdom and the word of knowledge. Right now, we wish to study the gift of the discerning of Spirit, I Cor. 12:10. May the Lord bestow these gifts on all the hunger and thirst for it in Jesus Name. Amen.

la. DISCERNING OF SPIRITS IS DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL
As we learnt earlier on, there are different kinds of spirits, unclean spirits, seducing spirits, lying spirits, spirits of error, spirits of anti-Christ, etc. To be able to differentiate between these evil spirits and good ones require a Divinely given gifts called the gifts of discerning of Spirits (not the gift of discernment).

Matt. 10:1; I Tim. 4:1; I Kings 22:23; 1 John 4:6; I John 4:3; Acts 16:16-18; Matt. 16:15-17, 21-23.

Ib. THIS GIFT ENABLES YOU TO SEE INTO AND HEAR IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM
The ability to differentiate between evil and good spirit pre-supposes the ability to see into the spiritual realm and hear in it. Man is a spiritual being and has spiritual faculties i.e. eyes, ears, etc. Those who have this gift readily observe that the spirit world is highly organized.

I Thess. 5:23; Jude 13:2-5; 6:11-12; Luke 1:26-28; Eph. 6:12; Dan 10:12-13.

2. THE GIFT IS GIVEN FOR VARIOUS PURPOSE
There are various reasons why God could give the gift of the discerning of spirits. These include, among others, (a) to give an advance warning of impending judgment, (b) to reveal the future, (c) to enable special instructions to be given before a special event, (d) to announce special happenings that has happened (e) to assure in time of grave dangers (f) to stabilize a Christian warrior (g) when there is no other way to get the message across (h) to prepare someone for a special assignment and (i) to show Divine Appreciate. Gen. 18:1-3; 17-22; Rev. 1:10-12; Luke 1:11-17; 1:26-3 7; Jos. 5:13,; 6:5; Jude 13:3-4; Luke 2:8-15; II Kings 6:14-17; Acts 27:21-24; II Cor. 12:2-4; 12:2-4; Acts 10:1-6; Isa. 6:1-8; Dan. 3:24-25; Acts 7:55-56.

3. HOW TO KNOW WHEN SPIRITS ARE NEAR AND HOW TO IDENTIFY THEM
There are Biblical signs for knowing when a spirit or an angel is near. As soon as you sense the presence of a spirit you could command it to manifest in the name of Jesus Christ. To identify if it is good or evil you can ask the following questions: (a) Has Jesus come in the flesh? (b) Is Jesus Christ the Lord? Moreover, good spirits or angels always say, “Fear not” to subdue your fears whereas evil spirits enjoy your being troubled.

Job. 4:15-17; Heb. 1:13-14; I John 4:1-3; I Cor. 12-3; Mark 9:38-40; Luke 1:11-13; Luke 1:29-30; Jude 6:22-23.

LESSON 106
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 10

INTRODUCTION: We have learnt a lot about the three revelation gifts: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge and the discerning of spirits. Now, we wish to begin a study of the three inspirational gifts: prophecy, divers kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues. We shall start with prophecy. This is because this gift is a link between revelation and inspiration. I Cor. 12:10. May God make this valuable gift available to us today.

1. THERE ARE THREE SOURCES OF PROPHECY
Ordinarily, prophecy means revealing the mind of God over certain issues either at present or in the future. There are two types of prophecy: direct and indirect. Also there are three sources of prophecy namely, the devil, the human spirit and God the Holy Spirit. The devil and his evil spirits constitute the most dangerous source of prophecy. This is because the fake prophets possessed or controlled by these evil spirits actually hear from the devil. They can truly identify your problems but will never suggest the true solutions. They can tell you a certain measure of your past history only to mislead you concerning the future.

1Kings 22:20-22; Acts 16:16-18; Rom. 8:16; Jer. 23:16-17; Joel 2:28.

2. DIVINELY GIVEN PROPHECY COULD COME IN THREE WAYS
The Divine Source of prophecy is God the Holy Spirit. However, God send His word through (a) the gift of prophecy (b) the office of a prophet or (c) the Scriptures. There are several situations the future of which can be accurately predicted from the Bible. For example, when Elijah pronounced that there would be no rain or dew in Israel, he based his prophecy on the written Word of God, again when he said there would be rain again, he was also solidly supported by the written word of God

Isa. 3:10; Job. 11:14-19; Ps. 34:10; Isa. 3:11; Eze. 18:21-23: 18:24; I Kings 17:1; Dent. 11:16-17; I Kings 18:41; II Chr. 7:13-14.

3. TRUE AND FALSE PROPHECIES CAN BE RECOGNIZED
There is a purpose for prophecies as stated clearly in the word of God. Also, a true prophecy has the following characteristics among others: (i) fulfillment (ii) accompanying conditions, (iii) agreement with God’s word, (iv) public acknowledgment (v) purity of the vessel, (vi) and the Spirit of the message. A false prophet can also be recognized by the way he opposes the truth, his failure to expose sin because of his own unholy life and his appeal, directly or indirectly, for money.

I Cor. 14:3; Jer. 18:7-8; II Chr. 7:14; Rev. 10:10; Matt. 23:37- 39; Jer. 23:21-22; Num. 16:28-35; Jer. 28:9; II Pet. 2:1-2; Acts. 13:8; II Tim. 4:2-4; Lam. 2:14; I Tim. 3:5: I Pet. 5:2.

LESSON 107
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 11

INTRODUCTION: As we learnt earlier, there are three gifts in the “inspirational gifts” group. They are, prophecy divers kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues. In the immediate past study, we studied prophecy. Its three sources are satan, the human spirit and the Holy Spirit. We also learnt how to differentiate between true and false prophecies. In this lesson, we want to study the two other gifts in that group together, that is divers kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues, I Cor. 12:10. May the Lord satisfy our thirst for spiritual gifts today in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. TONGUES ARE VOCAL MIRACLES
Divers kind of tongues has nothing to do with linguistic ability. They are supernatural utterance by the Holy Spirit in languages never learnt by the speaker. They are vocal miracles. Interpretation on the other hand supernaturally reveals the meaning of what was said in tongues. Therefore, both normally go hand in hand. Tongues are not primarily for teaching or preaching. Instead they are for private devotion between men and God. Also, praying. Without ceasing is only possible if we pray both with understanding and with tongues.

Mark 16:17; I Cor. 14:13; 14:19; I Cor. 14:2 7-28; I Cor. 14:2,4; I Cor. 14:14-15, 18.

2. THE PURPOSE OF TONGUES AND INTERPRETATION
There are several reasons why God could give the gifts of divers kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues. Some of them are: (a) Tongues could be given as a sort of secret code when God wants to reveal His mind over an issue to His servant only. Of course, with His permission, the mysteries so learnt could be revealed while preaching the Gospel (b) To assist us to grow in spirit as we grow in age (c) To build us up and establish us in faith (d) To assist us in the controlled use of our tongues (e) To help us get out of tight situations. Interpretation on the other hand could be given to glorify God among heathens. Above all, the greatest purpose of tongues and interpretation is to prepare us for heaven so that we can all understand one another over there.

I Cor. 14:21-22; I Cor. 2:16; Amos 3:7; I Cor. 2:9-10; John 16:13; Eph. 6:19; Col.4:2-3; Luke 1:80, 2:40; I Cor. 3:1-2; Jude 20. II Cor. 8:7; I Cor. 1:4-5; Eph.4:29; Dan. 5:11-12; 24-28; Acts 2:4-8.

LESSON 108
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 12

INTRODUCTION: The third group of the gifts of the Holy Spirit consists of the gift of faith, the gifts of healing and the gift of the working of miracles. These are called the power gifts because they are the gifts that cause things to happen. We shall begin now with the first part of the gift of faith I Cor. 12:9; Since it is impossible to please God without faith, it is our sincere prayer that God will give us all this gift in Jesus name Amen.

1. THERE ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FAITH
Basically, faith is an acknowledgement that God exists and that He is holy and supreme. There are various types of faith; natural faith, supernatural faith, little faith, growing faith, great faith, mustard-seed faith, faith the fruit of the Spirit and faith the gift of the spirit. Everybody has the basic measure of faith to start with but false teaching could destroy faith. Also faith could falter severe stress.

Heb. 11:1; Heb. 11:6; Matt. 6:30; Luke 17:5; Matt. 8:10; Matt. 17:20; Gal. 5:22; Rom. 12:3; II Tim. 2:16-18; Matt. 11:2-3.

2. FAITH THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRITS IS DIFFERENT FROM FAITH THE GIFT OF THE SPIRIT
Faith the fruit of the Holy Spirit, is the quiet restful type. “God said it, therefore it is settled” type of faith. No querying of God. A quiet confidence within the believer that all will be well. The type of faith that kept Elijah for one year beside the Brook Cherith and rescued the widow of Zarephath and her son from famine.

On the other hand, faith the gift of the Holy Spirit is active, dynamic type. The type that subdues kingdoms that sends angels hurrying to the rescue and raises the dead.

Rom. 11:33-36; 8:28. Acts 12:5-11; I Kings 17:2-6; I Kings 17:8-16; Job. 13:15; Heb. 11:32-35; Dan. 6:21-22; Acts 5:19 20; Gen. 22:10-12. Job. 14:19; II Kings 6:17: Gen. 15:1; Gen 17:1-8; Gen.
21:14-19; 46:1-4; Eze. 37:1-14; Acts 27:20-25; Matt. 5:8.

3. VISIONS BELONG TO THE SPIRITUAL REALM
Visions always take place in the spiritual realm. The physical is
suspended for awhile and one is said to be “in the spirit”, “taken
up by the Spirit”, “having spiritual eyes opened” etc. In a
vision, journeys could be undertaken in the spirit to a place you
have been before. And it is possible to see far into the future or
even a glimpse of heaven.

II Kings. 6:17-18; Eph. 1:8 Acts 26:15-18; Col. 3:1-3; Ez. 11.:24; 37:2; Rev. 1:9-10; Dan. 8:1-12; II Cor. 12:1-4.

LESSON 109
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 13

INTRODUCTION: We have started our study of the Power gifts with the gift of faith part one. We have discovered what faith is and the various types and degrees of faith like little faith, mustard seed faith, growing faith, great faith, faith the fruit of the Holy Spirit and faith the gift of the Holy Spirit. We have seen the difference between the quiet restful faith that is the fruit of the Holy Spirit and the active, dynamic type of faith that is the gift of the Holy Spirit. Now we shall continue our study of this gift of the Holy Spirit called the gift of faith. May the Lord make us receptive of this wonderful gift in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE REAL CORNERSTONE OF FAITH IS THE HOLINESS OF GOD
Since God is holy, His word stands forever sure. Hence the cornerstone of faith is the holiness of God. The foundation of faith is the unchangeable Word of God. That is why we can be sure that He will supply any need of ours that is specifically provided for in His Word. Great men of faith like Elijah, Shadrach and his friends, Daniel and others based their faith on the written Word of God. Consequently, if God had said it, it will surely happen provided you satisfy your own part of the bargain, which is holiness unto the Lord.

Isa. 40:8; 53:5; I Pet. 2:24; Phil 4:19; Ps. 34:10; 84:11; 1:1-3; Jos. 1:8; I Kings 17:1; Dent. 11:16-17; Dan. 3:17; Isa. 43:2; Dan. 6:21-22; Pro. 29:25; Ps. 37:3; Isa. 26:3; Heb. 13:5-6; Isa. 54:17; Pr. 12:21; Ps. 34:17; Heb. 11:10.

2. ONLY THOSE WHO ARE READY TO DIE FOR CHRIST RECEIVE THIS DEADLIEST WEAPON AGAINST SATAN.
There are various reasons for giving the gift of faith. These include (i) protection against natural and supernatural dangers like storms, thunderbolt, reckless drivers, armed robbers, and demons (ii) To give courage when facing mountains of problems e.g. Jonah in the whale’s belly and Job in the time of his severe trial. The gift is given primarily to (a) those who know the scriptures (b) those who put God first in all things (c) those who are ready to yield all, including their lives to God, i.e. those who are ready to die for Christ.

Ps. 91:1-13; Matt. 6:13; Matt. 6:13; Ps. 106:1; Jonah 2:7-9, Pro. 28:13; Pr. 24:16; Job 19:25-27; Exo. 3:14-15; Ps. 37:5; John 14:26; Ps. 23:4; Phil. 1:21; Rom. 14:8.

LESSON 110
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 14

INTRODUCTION: We have learnt that there are three gifts in the Power group of gifts of the Holy Spirit. They are the gifts of faith, healing and working of miracles. We have studied the gift of Faith. Now we want to study the gifts of healing, I Cor. 12:9. The first thing to note is that these gifts of healing have nothing to do with the medical art. Also while all may pray for the sick, not all have the gifts of healing, I Cor. 12:30. Furthermore, there are gifts of healing because there are categories of sicknesses and diseases. As many of us as desire these gifts, may God enable us to obtain them tonight in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. VARIOUS DISEASES NECESSITATES VARIOUS GIFTS OF HEALING
There are three main reasons why the gifts of healing are given to the body of Christ (i) So that the Body of Christ may be strong physically (ii) So that the Body of Christ may be joyful and (hi) so that God may be glorified.

The various gifts of healing may be classified under five main headings (a) The general healing gifts which empowers one to deal with diseases/sickness caused by bacteria. Viruses and germs (b) the gift for casting out of blind, deaf and dump spirits (c) the gift for casting out of the more powerful demons like the epileptic demon, (d) the higher gift of healing involving recreation and (e) the gift of healing requiring the raising of the dead.

Acts 8:5-8; Isa. 38:18-20; Acts 3:8-9; 10:38; 5:15-16; Matt. 8:16; Luke 11:24-26; Eph. 6:12; Matt. 17:19-21; Luke 10:17; Matt. 12:28; John 9:6; 32, 11:39-40,44; Acts 9:36-41.


2. HOW TO OBTAIN THE GIFTS
There are conditions to be satisfied if you arc to obtain these gifts. They include: You must be (i) born again, sanctified, and baptized in the Holy Spirit (ii) Compassionate (iii) stubborn i.e. once you start something you must see it through and (iv) Industrious. Matt. 5:7; Pro. 11:17; James I:6-7;Acts 16:16-23; Luke 5:5; John 21:3; Matt. 25:28-29.

3. HOW TO USE THE GIFTS
There are seven important things to note in administering healing to the sick. They are (i) get the patient born again because healing is the Children’s bread (ii) raise the faith of the sick (iii) get the sick to participate. Healing is a two-way traffic of giving and receiving (iv) healing is not a show business (v) Explain to the sick that healing may be gradual (vi) do not use the gifts indiscriminately. Be led by the Holy Spirit (vii) continue to seek the Lord in prayer and fasting.

Matt. 15:25-27; Mark 6:5-6; Matt. 9:6; Man. 12:38-39; Luke 23:8; Luke 17:12-14; John 5:2-3. 5; Luke 4:2 7; 6:12; I Cor. 9:27; Matt. 7:21-23.

LESSON 111
SPECIAL EDITION – EXAMINE

God’s thought for you is for good. God wants you to live in peace and prosperity. He wants you to be healthy and happy. Jer. 29:11-13. Why is it then that so many fail to live a happy, prosperous and successful life? Why are prayers not answered promptly? Is there something wrong with God? Or is the problem with us? Let us examine ourselves today. May God guide us in the self examination. Amen.

1. THOSE WHO FELL INTO A PIT SHOULD TEACH OTHERS TO WATCH OUT
As we searched the Scripture, we discover that God’s thought were for good for Cain, Esau, Noah, Lot, Eli, King Saul, Gehazi, King Hezekiah, Solomon, Judas and Nebuchadnezzar. But one after the other, they turned God’s favour to something else. Cain was the first-born of the world but despite God’s warning he lost everything. Esau was the first born of Isaac, but he lost his blessings because of food. Noah was rescued with his family but because of pleasure he cursed one of his children. Lot also was rescued but lie ended badly. Eli because of indifference lost the priesthood for his family. King Saul lost his kingdom because of his disobedience. Gehazi lost a double portion of the power of Elisha because of material gains. Solomon started well and ended poorly and so on. What do you think could prevent you from getting your blessings from God? Repent like Nebuchadnezzar.

Gen. 4:6-7; Gen. 4:9-12; Ex. 13:1-2; (Gen. 27:30-35; 7:21-23; 9:20-21; 24-25; 19:15-17,30-36:1 Sam. 4:12-18; I Sam. 2:27-30; 13:13; 31:3-6; II Kings 4:29; 5:25-27: ha. 38:5-6; 39:1-7; I Kings 3:11-14; Ecc 1:1-33; Luke 22:21; Matt. 27:3-6; Dan. 4:20-22: 4:29-33.

2. GOD IS NOT A LIAR. WHAT THEN IS HINDERING YOUR PRAYER?
The Lord God promised to answer prayers and He is not a liar. What type of prayers have you been offering? Have you got answers to all of them? Examine yourself if any of the following prayer stoppers are in your life: (i) disobedience, (ii) Secret Sin (iii) indifference (iv) neglect of mercy (v) instability (vi) self indulgence (vii) stubbornness. Surely God answers prayer but there is condition attached. Fulfill the condition today and your prayers will no longer be hindered.

Isa. 58:9; 65:24; Ps. 91:15; Dent. 1:42-45; I Sam. 15:22-23; Ps. 66:18; Jos. 7:10-12; Pro. 1:24-33; 21:13; Deut. 25:17-19: James 1:6-7; James 4:3; Zech. 7:8-13; John 15:7.

LESSON 112
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 15

INTRODUCTION: In the power gift group of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we have studied the gift of faith and the gifts of healing. Now, we shall be in the study of the gift of the working of miracles I Cor. 12:10. It shall be in two parts. May the Lord increase our faith so that we might be able to appropriate this gift also. Amen.

1. WHAT IS A MIRACLE?
Just as there are physical laws to regulate nature, so are there spiritual laws too. Even some physical laws have their spiritual equivalent e.g. the law of harvest. In all cases however, spiritual laws are stronger and more powerful than physical laws. A miracle occurs, therefore, whenever God uses a spiritual law to set aside a physical law. Since it is God who is behind the working of miracles, there is nothing like “the days of miracles” which can pass away, instead there is the God of miracles who lives forever. God may use natural means in performing miracle e.g. 5 loaves of bread and two fishes to feed over 5,000 people; or He may use supernatural means e.g. the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Matt. 7:16; Job. 4:8; Gal. 6:7; Hos. 8:7; John 11:23-26; 43-44; Acts 1:9; Heb. 13:8; Mark 6:37-44; II Kings 4:1-7; Ex. 14:21; John.2:7-10; Gen. 19:24-26; 11:6-10; Matt. 2:1- 2, 8-10.

2. RECEIVING A MIRACLE DIFFERS FROM THE WORKING OF MIRACLES
Miracles fall into seven major categories: they are miracles of (i) supply (ii) raising the dead (iii) judgment (iv) deliverance (v) overruling nature (vi) unusual manifestations and (vii) Salvation. Examples of those who had experienced unusual miracles include Gideon, Balaam, and the children of Israel in the wilderness. Now, receiving a miracle is different from the working of miracles.

Through the gift of faith you can receive a miracle but you need the gift of the working of miracles to perform a miracle yourself from God today.

I Kings 17:10-16; 17:17-22; Acts 5:1-5; Mark 5:1-5; 4:35-39; John 6:36-40; Num. 22:22-23, 28-31; Deut. 29:5.

LESSON 113
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 16

INTRODUCTION: In our last study, we defined what a miracle is. We showed how spiritual laws could be used by God to set aside physical laws thus producing what we call a miracle. Also, since God is the Author of miracles and He is unchangeable, miracles still happen today. Finally, we explained the different between receiving a miracle and working a miracle. We want to continue with our study of the gift of the working of miracles. May God quicken our understanding as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. WHY IS THE GIFT OF THE WORKING OF MIRACLES GIVEN?
There are several reasons why this precious gift may be given. We shall mention seven of them. (i) To deliver God’s people from tight corners (ii) to remove satanic obstructions (iii) to administer Divine discipline (iv) to keep the church pure and undefiled (v) to win souls (vi) to glorify God and bring fear on unbelievers and (vii) to demonstrate the supremacy of God over human impossibilities. We can see illustrations of these in the lives of Elijah, Elisha, Paul, Gehazi, Peter and our Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

II Kings 4:1; I Kings 17:17-20; II Kings 6:14, 18; Acts 12:6-12; II Kings 5:25-27; Acts 5:5, 10-11; Acts 5:12-13; 5:14; 9:40-42; Luke 7:11-16; John 6:5-10; John 11:40.

2. QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE GIFT
Since having this gift makes you an archenemy of Satan, apart from being born again, totally sanctified and baptized in the Holy Spirit, you must (i) be fearless (ii) surrender all to God and (iii) be completely dedicated to Him. Illustrative examples include Joshua, Elisha, and Paul.

Jos. 5:13; 1:1, 24:15; II Kings 6; II Kings 5:9-12; II Kings 5:5-7; I Kings 19:19-21; II Kings 2:2, 4, 6; Acts 21:8-13; Phil. 3:7; Rom. 8:35-39.

3. HOW TO USE THE GIFT:
The gift of the working of miracles is not for show business. Therefore, it is preferable that you be alone and undisturbed when this gift is to be used. If need be, bodily contact with the patient is permissible but not more than thrice at most.

Luke 23:8-9; 8:42; 7:14; I Kings 17:19; II Kings 4:32-33; Acts 9:39-40; I Kings 17:20-21; II Kings 4:34-35.

LESSON 114
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 17

INTRODUCTION: We have studied about God the Holy Spirit as Teacher, Comforter, Guardian, the Revealer of the future, the Glorifier of Jesus Christ, etc. John 14:26; 16:13-14. We have also studied the gifts of the Holy Spirit in detail in I Cor. 12:4-11. Now we want to begin a study of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. May the Holy Spirit manifest Himself mightily in our midst from now on and forever in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE KINGDOM OF GOD HAS ALREADY STARTED
Daniel prophesied of a time when God will set up a kingdom that will be everlasting we believed that as Christians, we are already in that Kingdom. Our Lord Jesus Christ said that some of His hearers would witness the coming of the kingdom before they died. That kingdom started at Pentecost. You can become a part of that kingdom the moment you are baptized in the Holy Spirit because it is a kingdom for only those endowed with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Dan. 2:44; Isa. 9:7; Mark 9:1; Acts 1:8; 2:2-4; I Cor. 4:20; Zcch. 4:6.

2. MEMBERS OF GOD’S KINGDOM ARE THE TRUE RULERS OF THIS WORLD
Since Christ is the power of God to all believers any one who is in Christ has no excuse for being powerless. Like Paul, every Christian must be able to demonstrate the power of God. Surely, there is power in the Gospel of Jesus Christ not only to save from sin but also to heal, deliver and meet every need. Therefore in order to make sinners submissive to His Children, God usually wrought wonders by the power of the Holy Spirit even as Christ is preached.

I Cor. 1:24; 2:4; Rom. 1:16-17; 14:17; Rom. 15:18-19; II Cor. 10:3-6; I Thes. 1:5.

3. OUR GOD IS A GOD OF SIGNS AND WONDERS
Since God’s Kingdom is one of power, that is why every member of the Kingdom is a soldier. They have a Commander-m-Chief whose orders are (i) preach the Gospel (ii) heal the sick (iii) cleanse the lepers (iv) raise the dead and (v) cast out demons. In short, His orders are, perform signs and wonders. And since He is a God of signs and wonders Himself, he assured all of us that He would supply all the resources we need to perform these signs and wonders. And you can claim that promise tonight.

Acts 4:29-30; 5:12-16; Mark 16:15-18; Acts 2:17-18; Joel 2:28-29; Isa. 44:3; Matt. 5:6; John 7:37-39; Isa. 7:14.

LESSON 115
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 18

INTRODUCTION: We have learnt that the kingdom of God on earth started on the day of Pentecost. That you can be a part of that kingdom if you obtain the power that only the Holy Spirit can give, since the kingdom of God is not of words but of power. That all members of this kingdom are soldiers and our Commander-in-chief is Jesus Christ whose marching orders to us are (i) preach the Gospel (ii) heal the sick (iii) cleanse the lepers (iv) raise the dead (v) cast out demons Matt. 10:7-8, His promise is that He will supply the resources needed to carry out His orders and none will be excluded from the supply Acts 2:17-18. Tonight, we want to see some of the things that will happen if we carry out His orders as we continue our study of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit.

1. WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT IS IN MANIFESTATION LIGHT IS BORN
Wherever Holy Spirit-filled children of God are preaching or witnessing, light is always born, i.e. People are born again. Because all born again Christians are lights. This is because God is Light and His children are automatically lights too. God made the Sun Moon and Stars to give physical lights but He recreated us to give spiritual light to the world. Whenever the Gospel preached under the power of the Holy Spirit, Light shines into dark hearts and the understanding of men are enlightened and they become born again. Just as the heavens declare the glory of God all soldiers of the cross are called to do the same by bringing more people into light.

Gen. 1:1-3; James 1:17; Deut. 4:19; Matt. 5:14-16; Is. 60:19; John 1:9; 18:12; II Cor. 4:6; Eph. 1:18; I John 1:5; Ps. 84:11; Isa. 54:7; Rev. 21:23; 22:5; Ps. 19:5; I Pet. 2:9.

2. WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT MANIFESTS, THERE IS JOY: WHEN THERE IS JOY, THE HOLY SPIRIT MANIFESTS
When the Holy Spirit is manifesting through His children, there will be healings and miracles. Consequently, there will be joy. On the other hand, if we want the Holy Spirit to manifest, we can start by rejoicing. Therefore, if we want the Holy Spirit to be in perpetual manifestation in our midst, we must rejoice perpetually. Either while hoping for a miracle, in the midst of trials and temptations. In persecution or sufferings we can force the Holy Spirit to manifest simply be rejoicing.

Acts 3:1-8; 8:5-8; Jos. 6:15-16, 20; II Chr. 20:21-22; Acts 16:25-26; Phil. 4:4. Phil. 3:1; Rom. 12:12; Rom. 5:2-3; Ps. 34:1-2; 145:1-3; 146:1-2; Matt. 5:11-12; Acts 5:40-41; I Thes. 5:16-16; James 1:2-4; I Pet. 4:13.

LESSON 116
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 19

INTRODUCTION: We have seen that when the Holy Spirit is in manifestation lights are born. We have also seen that because of the miracles that accompany the manifestations of the Holy Spirit there is always joy when the Holy Spirit is in manifestation. Furthermore, we have learnt that if we want the Holy Spirit to manifest Himself, we can cause Him to do so by rejoicing that the more we rejoice the more the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. In the last study one of the stories we referred to was in Acts 3:1-8. In this lesson, we want to study that story in some details so that we can benefit more from it.

1. SPIRIT FILLED CHRISTIANS ARE NOT ONLY POWERFUL BUT ALSO BEAUTIFUL
The story starts with Peter and John going to Church. By so doing, they are following the example set by our Lord Jesus Christ who always want to go to church even though He knew every sermon in advance. The soul is like a plant needing water to grow. The church is like a river with an inexhaustible supply of water. Peter and John are vastly different people in temperament and outlook. Peter was a man of action and poor financially. John was visionary and rich. But because they both loved Jesus intensely, they naturally teamed up. The gate was called beautiful. Everything that belongs to God are beautiful too, particularly His children.

Luke 4:16; Ps. 122:1; Heb. 10:25; Ps. 1:1-3; Acts 13:14-16; Is. 2:3; Zech. 8:21; Col. 1:16-17; Rom. 11:36; I Pet. 4:8-11; Rev. 21:21-22; Dan. 12:3.

2. THE SINNER IS UGLY, POOR AND HELPLESS: JESUS CAN MAKE HIM BEAUTIFUL, RICH AND STRONG
The gate is beautiful but outside it is tragedy: a beggar, ugly, poor and helpless. The beggar is a symbol of a sinner who is always seeing the good things of God without everlasting it. The beggar asked for alms which could not have lasted him long just as a sinner is always asking for material things which are temporal whereas Jesus offers a permanent solution to all problems. Peter said, “Look on us” just as Jesus said to all the sinners in the world. Peter offered him no silver, no gold but Christ. And today, Christ is still enough for all your needs: physical, soulish and spiritual.

Rev. 22:15; James 2:14-18; Ps. 51:5; Ecc. 2:26; Is. 59:1-2; Is. 57:20-21; Matt. 11:28; Is. 45:22; John 3:14-15; Phil. 4:19; Phil. 4:13; Eph. 3:20.

LESSON 117
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 20

INTRODUCTION: We have been studying about the manifestations of the Holy Spirit; how there
is joy when He is manifesting and how joy brings His manifestations. How He
empowers the members of the kingdom of God so that they can subdue the
earth and rule it for Him etc. As we continue in our study, we want to see how manifestation of the Holy Spirit can lead to a solution of the problems facing our Nations. May God quicken His words that we shall study now in our heart in such a way that we shall be instruments of salvation to this Nation in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE ONLY POWER THAT CAN SAVE NIGERIA IS ONE THAT CAN MAKE US ALL HOLY.
Force had never really solved any problem. Bows and arrows are never really the answer. It is not by human power or might but by the Spirit of God can the impossible and mountains of problems be leveled. The only power that can solve the problems of this Nation has to be a power that can make us all holy since
our problems are due to sin, which had eaten deep into the heart of every individual. That power is the Holy Himself. It is when the Holy Spirit is manifesting Himself in a man that he can have supernatural wisdom, understanding, knowledge and might with which to deal with the wicked forces on earth. The same Holy Spirit who caused dry bones to live can revive the economy of any Nation that will allow Him to control them.

Hosea 1:7; Zech. 4:6-7; Matt. 21:21; Is. 30:1; H Chr. 14:1 I Sam. 14:6; Jos. 23:10; Is. 11:2-4; Is. 32:13-15;Ps. 104:30; Is. 63.-9-10; Eze. 37:11-14.

2. SPIRITUAL WARFARE CAN ONLY BE FOUGHT SPIRITUALLY
Today, this Nation is no longer what it used to be. But with the help of the Holy Spirit, tomorrow will be alright. Our problems may be many, but once we realize that they are not just physical but spiritual problems, we can begin to fight through the Holy Spirit and win convincingly. If all of us who had been anointed by the Holy Spirit will keep calling on the Name of the Lord the war will soon be over and we shall win. God has promised that if ever there is austerity and His people pray to Him, as they ought there will be plenty. But how best do we pray if not by the Holy Spirit?

Hag. 2:2-5; Zech. 4:10; Is. 63:11; II Chr. 32:7-8; Ps. 55:18; IIChr. 10:4-5; Ps. 20:6-8; Ps. 33:16-21; Ps. 44:3-8; II Chr. 7:13-14; Rom. 8:26-27.

LESSON 118
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 21

INTRODUCTION: We have learnt that whenever the Holy Spirit is in manifestation, all sons of
miraculous things happen which brings joy. We have also learnt that if we want the Holy Spirit to move among His children, then we should rejoice. Now. we want to see other things that happen whenever the Holy Spirit is in manifestation. May the Holy Spirit manifest Himself mightily in our midst today in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. WHENEVER THE HOLY SPIRIT MOVES, ANGELS FOLLOW
Angels are spirits that are holy intact. Therefore, it follows that when the Holy Spirit moves, holy angels must follow. Consequently, where Holy Spirit filled children of God are gathered together rejoicing, angels automatically abound. This is because every true child of God has a bodyguard of angels. These guards
have instructions from our Father God to take good care of us so much so that if we strike our feet against stones, the angels receive a query from heaven. Their duties also include (i) dealing with the lions in our lives, (ii) bringing answers to our prayers (iii) delivering messages to us that contains supernatural secrets (iv) giving us advance warnings of dangers and how to avoid them (v) carrying us home if we sleep before the rapture and (vi) gathering us together at the rapture.

Heb. 1:7; Heb. 1:13-14. Ps. 34:7; Ps. 91:11-12; Dan. 6:21- 22; 10:10-14; 9:21-23; Matt. 1:20; 2:10; Luke 16:22; Matt. 24:30-31; Acts 5:17-20; 12:5-11; 27:21-25.

2. THE ANGELIC CHOIR NEVER STOPS SINGING: WHY MUST WE?
Since the angels also form a substantial part of the heavenly choir and they move whenever the Holy Spirit moves, it follows that whenever the Holy Spirit is manifesting, there will be songs of praise. At least, the angels will be singing since they never stop singing anyway. Anyone can praise God when the going is good. But it is only spirit filled children of God who can praise God as he ought to be praised and at all times. In any case, since the angels never stop praising God and we are higher than the angels, why must we stop praising God?

Isa. 6:1-3; John 4:24; 16:13-14; Acts 16:25-26; Ps. 119:164; 50:23; Eph. 5:17-20; Ps. 103:1-5.

LESSON 119
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 22

INTRODUCTION:Whenever the Holy Spirit moves, there is joy, miracles and angelic visitations. The angels are around to minister to us children of God and heirs of salvation. We want to go further in our study of what happens when the Holy Spirit is manifesting. We give glory to God for His previous manifestations in our midst.

1. WHENEVER THE HOLY SPIRIT IS IN MANIFESTATION THERE WILL BE VISIONS
Man has two sets of eyes: Physical and Spiritual. Things spiritual are seen with spiritual eyes, which is why it is the Holy Spirit that can enable you to see visions of heavenly and divine things. For example, Paul the Apostle, a man full of the Holy Spirit saw plenty of visions, which kept him going strong in the Christian way despite severe difficulties. What you fix your eyes on can have tremendous impact on your life. For example, looking backward arrests progress; looking at difficulties brings depression; looking at Jesus Christ brings salvation and hope and looking heaven ward brings glory. It is those with pure hearts that will have the greatest vision of all: they shall see God and behold His face in glory.

II Kings 6:17; John 16:14-15, II Cor. 12:1; Gen. 19:26; Matt. 14:26-30; Num. 21:9; John 3; 14-15; Acts 7:55; Matt. 5:8; Ps. 123:1; Is. 40:26; Dan. 4:34; I Cor. 13:12; I John 3:2; I Thes. 5:4; I Sam. 3:1; Rev. 22:4.

2. WITHOUT VISIONS THERE WILL BE NO PROGRESS
God promised that Holy Spirit filled young men would see visions. This is because without visions there will be no progress and where there is no progress, destruction will result. The samples of Moses, Jacob, Abraham, Joseph, etc., shows clearly that those who will become great must have great visions. They must see what others cannot see. They must see and fasten their eyes on “The Invisible One”. May God opens our eyes today. Amen.

Joel. 2:28; Acts. 2:17; Pro. 29:18; Heb. 11:13-16; Heb. 11:27; I Cor. 30:25-43; Gen. 15:1-5; Gen. 37:5-11.

LESSON 120
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 23

INTRODUCTION: We have learnt that whenever the Holy Spirit is in manifestation there will be joy, praise, angelic visitations and visions. We have discovered the importance of visions to progress and that where there is no vision, the people perish. Now, we want to dig deep and discover that whenever the Holy Spirit is manifesting there will be prophesy, demons will be cast out and special miracles will occur. Thank God for the Holy Spirit. Amen.

1. WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT MOVES, PROPHECY FLOWS.
Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit will show us things to come. Consequently, whenever the Holy Spirit is in manifestation, the curtain is drawn aside for the children of God to see into the spiritual realm. Wherever the Holy Spirit is in charge, Christians are never kept in the dark about what God aims to do; hence, prophecy flows when the Holy Spirit moves.

John 16:12-13; Ecc. 2:26; Matt. 13:11; John 16:25; Acts 11:27-29; I Thess. 5:19-20; I Cor. 14:4-5; I Cor. 14:39.

1. WHEN LIGHT FLOWS IN, DARKNESS MUST FLOW OUT. WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT MOVES IN DEMONS MOVE OUT
The Holy Spirit is Light, demons are forces of darkness, Consequently whenever the Holy Spirit moves in, demons must move out since darkness must always give room to light. Whenever the Holy Spirit is moving therefore, people not only hear of His movement but they also see physical proofs of His manifestations. Once of such evidences of His manifestations is the casting out of demons.

Acts 8:5-8; 16:16-18; Matt. 8:32; Matt. 9:33; 15:28; 17:18; Mark 1:26; Luke 8:2; Acts 19:12.

3. SPECIAL MIRACLES BELONG TO SPECIAL PEOPLE: HOLY SPIRIT PEOPLE
Miracles are special occurrences in the physical realm brought about by Divine interventions. Special miracles are therefore super-special occurrences. They only occur when the Holy spirit is moving among special people who are spirit-filled people.

Acts 5:14-16; Acts. 19:11-12; Heb. 13:8; John 14:12; Mark 2:17; Jer. 3:22; Luke 4:18; Hosea 6:1.

 

LESSON 121
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 24

INTRODUCTION: God is the source of true joy; which explains why there is joy wherever the Holy Spirit is moving. God is the miracle worker, which is why miracles accompany the movements of the Holy Spirit. Angels are Holy Spirits, which explains why angels follow wherever the Holy Spirit leads. And since God is Light and demons are forces of darkness, demons have to run when the Holy Spirit approaches. In this study we want to show that whenever the Holy Spirit is in manifestations, there will be Holy fear.

1. THERE IS ALWAYS HOLY FEAR WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT MOVES
Note all fears arc bad. intact some are healthy and good. The Christians has only one person to fear and that is God. Godly fear is reverential i.e. the fear of hurting someone you love and adore. Whenever the Holy Spirit is in manifestation there is reverence for God. a holy fear that grips people whenever they see the demonstration of the power of the Almighty. This is always the case whenever the Holy Spirit exposes sinners and judges them. Pretenders become afraid of joining the church but earnest seekers troop in.

Is. 8:13; Matt. 10:28: Rom. 11:20. I Pet. 1:17; I Pet. 2:17; Deut. 10:12; Deut. 13:4; Jos. 4:24; Acts 5:1-5; Acts 5:11-14; Acts 19:13-20.

2. GODLY FEAR AND GODLY SERVICE ARE LINKED
Only those who fear God follow Him truly. Intact Godly fear and sincere service go hand in hand because only those who fear Him can obey Him implicitly. Which is why He says that the whole duty of a man is summed up in “fearing God and obeying Him.” I Sam.l2-.14; Jos. 24:14; I Chr. 16:30, II Chr. 19:7, Pro. 3:7; Ecc. 12:13.

3. MEN AND HOUSES OF GOD SHOULD BE REVERENCED TOO.
Anything that belongs to God must be treated with almost the same reverence that is due to God. This includes all men of God who are in His truth. They must be held in high esteem because they represent God Himself. So also must His sanctuary be
reverenced?

Matt.l0-40; Exo. 33:8; I Thes. 5:12-13; I Thess. 5:17; Heb. 13:7; Lev. 19:30; Ecc. 5:1.

4. GOD REWARDS THOSE WHO FEAR HIM
Those who fear God are always rewarded by Him. Their rewards include (1) Divine direction, (2) great goodness (3) mercy and (4) being His favourite bride.

Ps. 25:12.

LESSON 122
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 25

INTRODUCTION: In the last study we learnt that whenever the Holy Spirit is moving there is holy fear or reverence for God. That whenever the Holy Spirit exposes sinners and judges them, pretenders become afraid and genuine seekers of God troop into the Church of the Living God. In this study, we want to show that wherever and whenever the Holy Spirit is in manifestation, it is usual to find men and women in continuous and deep prayers. Acts 4:23-31.

1. WHEN SHOULD SPIRIT-FILLED CHRISTIANS PRAY?
The morning is a good time to pray, to greet our father before doing anything else. However, we need Him in the afternoon and evening too. Intact we need Him most in the night time when forces of darkness are about. In short, we need to be in continuous contact with our father throughout our lives

Ps. 5:1-3; 55:16-17; Luke 6:12; 18:1-7; I Thes. 5:17; Acts. 16:13.

2. HOW SHOULD WE PRAY
Prayer is a private and intimate affair between man and God, between a child and His father. Consequently, there are steps to be taken when engaging in meaningful prayers. They are (i) withdraw yourself or draw apart (ii) totally to it (iii) be fervent (iv) pray with the Spirit as well as with understanding (v) watch as you pray, keeping on the alert for His replies (vi) pray anywhere.

Matt. 14:23; Ps. 109:4; Acts 6:4; I Cor. 7:6; Rom. 12:12; Eph. 6:18; I Cor. 14:15; Matt. 26:41; I Pet. 4:7; I Tim. 12:8.

3. FOR WHAT AND WHOM DO WE PRAY?
Some people complain that they cannot pray long because they have nothing much to pray about. Well, apart from praising God and praying for the whole world, the nation of Israel and your country, pray for the following (i) those who hate you (ii) your pastors (iii) those in trouble (iv) one another (v) your leader, physical and spiritual, (vi) all your needs (vii) the sick. Matt. 5:44; Luke 16:27; I Thes. 5:25; James 5:13; 5:16; Acts. 12:5.

4. DIVINE INVOLVEMENTS IN AND CONDITIONS FOR PRAYERS
The trinity is involved with you in your prayers. We pray to the Father, in the Name of the Son with assistance of the Holy Spirit. Beside this is the fact that Jesus prayed and is praying for you, the Holy Spirit is groaning in prayer for you and the Father delights in your prayer provided you are Holy and you do not ill-treat your wife. Above all, He has promised to regard the prayer of even a destitute.

Matt. 6:6; John 14:14; Rom. 8:26; John 14:16; John 16:26; John 17:9; 17:20; I Pet. 3:12; Pro. 15:8; James 5:16; Rev. 5:8; Rev. 8:3-4; I Pet. 3:7; Ps. 102:17; Ps. 109:25:27.

LESSON123
REVIVAL PRAYERS – PART 1

INTRODUCTION: Someone said that everyone has the opportunity of affecting the course of history in their lifetime, but few realize this and the opportunity. Intercessors praying regularly and effectively for the nation, with clean hearts, become among the greatest history makers of their generation. You too can be a history maker if you choose to be one. You do not have to be a politician to be one. You can make history on your knees. This series of studies are to show you how.

1. YOU PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT SHOULD STAR I WITH PRAYING FOR THE NATIONS ON A REGULAR BASIS.
One of the reasons why we should ask God to bless us is so that we could use the blessing to evangelize the world. Moreover, God had said His house must be a house of prayer for all peoples i.e. for the whole world. Infact, the only times Jesus was openly angry was when He found this commandment of God being disobeyed.

Ps. 6 7:1-2; Ecc. 3:11; I Tim. 2:1-2; Is. 56:7; Mark 11:15-17.

2. THOUGH GOD HAS SUPREME AUTHORITY OVER ALL NATIONS, HE INVITES YOUR COOPERATION IN SHAPING THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD.
God reigns supreme over the nations. He makes nations great or destroys them as He wills. But He says that at your request. He could hand over the nations to you to do with them as you please. At least you should prevent Him from destroying the nations by interceding for them.

Ps. 47:8; Job. 12:23; Ps. 2:8-9; Eze. 22:30-31; Ps. 106:23.

3. THE GREAT MEN OF GOD OF THE PAST PRAYED FOR REVIVAL, WE SHOULD NOT BE INDIFFERENT IN OUR TIME.
We are not the first set of people to have problems. There were problems in the times of David, Habakkuk, Isaiah, Nehemiah, Daniel and Ezia to mention a few What did these men of God do? Did they fold their arms and accept problems as their lot? No they cried unto God and God answered them. God has not changed. We too should cry unto Him now.

Ps. 80:7; Hab. 3:2; Ps. 119:126; Isa. 64:13; Neh. 1:6-7; Dan. 9:4-19; Ezra 9:6-15.

4. THOUGH WE MAY FEEL ALONE AT THE TASK AND RESULTS MAY BE DELAYED, SURELY REVIVAL WILL COME ONE DAY
The prophets of old also felt the loneliness and lack of others feeling desperate enough to pray these sorts of prayers for the nations. We, like Elijah, may need seven prayers or more to bring the rain of revival but results are assured. Nations that have not previously been evangelized not only will be, but they shall declare His glory among other nations. But before you begin to pray for revival, ask yourself, are you willing to be the answer to the prayer? If God calls you to go for Him, will you go?

Is. 64:7; 37:3; Is. 66:7-9; I Kings 18:42-44; Is. 55:5; Is. 61:11; 66:18-19; Rom. 10:14-15.

LESSON 124
REVIVAL PRAYERS – PART 2

INTRODUCTION: One of the greatest promises Jesus ever made to us is in John 15:7. It is the key to answered prayers; whether for yourself, your home or your nation. It is a tremendous promise of prayer power. It is therefore, not surprising that there are conditions to be met before much unlimited powers could granted to mortal man. The conditions are two: (i) if you abide in Christ (ii) if His words abide in you. Abiding in Christ needs little or no explanation but “His words abiding in you” needs some clarification. And that is what we propose to do from this study onward. May the Lord quicken your understanding as you dig deep into His words

1. WHAT ARE HIS WORDS ?
Christ’s word include (i) those the Father gave to Him to give to us, (ii) those the Holy Spirit would teach and bring to our remembrance, (iii) those He Himself opened to us from the Old Testament between His resurrection and ascensions and (iv) His new commandments.

John 17:8; 14:25-26; Luke 24:27; 24:45; John 16:25; John 15:12, 17, John 15:16; Matt. 28:18-20.

2 JESUS, IN HIS WORDS, TAUGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CLEANSED LIFE IN PRAYER
Jesus was aware that it is possible for Christians to sin. The Apostles reaffirmed it. Infact, the commonest sins in the lives of the Christians are not the sins of commissions but of omission. These include the sins of tin forgiveness and failure to do what we know to be right. We shall now consider some ways in which we commit these sins of omission and had unwillingly hindered our own prayers from being answered.

Matt. 6:9-15; I John 1:8-9; I Pet. 3:12; James 4:17; Mark 11:24-26; II Cor. 2:5-11; Matt. 5:44; I Thes. 5:18; Eph. 3:20; Acts 1:8; Eph. 4:31; Rom. 12:3; Ps. 66:18.

LESSON 125
REVIVAL PRAYERS – PART 3

INTRODUCTION: We learnt in the previous study that the two conditions for unlimited prayer powers are given in John 15:7 i.e. (i) abiding in Christ and (ii) Christ’s words abiding in us. In explaining the second condition, we learnt that the words of Christ are of 4 categories i.e. those the father gave Him to give to us, those the Holy Spirit would teach and bring to our remembrance, those Old Testament scriptures which Jesus opened up to us fore His ascension and finally His new commandments. Finally we discovered that the sins most prevalent in the lives of Christians are sins of omission and that these sins hinder our prayers. In the study, we shall examine more of these sins of omission and then begin to consider how to pray revival prayers. May the Lord Himself teach us as we learn at His feet in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. FAILURE TO DO GOOD OR DOING IT HALF-HEARTEDLY IS SIN
Among sins of omission are (i) failure to take good care of our bodies (ii) careless or unclean use of our bodies even though we know that these bodies are (lie temples of the Holy Spirit (iii) slothfulness in business or daily work (iv) causing weaker Christians to fall by careless use of our liberty in Christ (v) attending services in body but not in spirit, (vi) Failure to love the brethren or the organization to which you belong whole-heartedly (vii) making money for money-sake (viii) listening to evil reports and meditating on them, and (ix) lusting.

I Cor. 6:19; Rom. 12:l; I Cor. 8:9; Heb. 10:25;.John 13:35; Eph. 4:28; 5:16; Matt. 6:24; Phil. 4:8; I Pet. 2:11.

2. SOME STEPS TO REVIVAL PRAYERS
Revival prayers are not aimless type of prayers. They are prayers with a goal. And goals can only be reached if certain steps are taken one at a time. So you must pray systematically. Also, since effortless prayer is often fruitless prayer, you must pray fervently thoroughly, intensely and intimately.

Is. 41:21; Luke 22:44; I John 5:14; Eph. 6:18; Dent. 4:29; Matt. 6:6.

3. SOME STEPS TO REVIVAL PRAYERS (CONT’D)
Since revival brings joy, in anticipation that God will answer your prayer, pray joyfully and with excitement. Forget all previous failures in prayer; instead fight all prayer hindrances fiercely. Pray expectantly, sincerely, unselfishly, humbly and frequently. Above all, learn to fellowship with the Lord in Love.

Ps. 40:16; Phil. 3:13; Eph. 6:13-18; Matt. 8:5-8; Luke 20:45-47; James 4:3; II Chr. 7:14; Dan. 6:10; Ex. 25:22.

Lesson 101

LESSON 101
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 5

INTRODUCTION: In the last study of this series in volume one, we discovered that the Holy Spirit could be compared to Electricity, a sort of divine, heavenly Electricity. Your body, particularly your hands, could be the conductor of His awesome power while your tongue is the switch that sets the current flowing. That is why powerful Christians are Christians who pray in tongues often. But suppose a once powerful Christian lost his power, how can he regain it? How can a powerful Christian remain powerful? These are the questions we hope to answer in this study in Jesus Name. Amen.


1. NO LOSS WITHOUT CAUSE
There is no smoke without fire. There can be no loss of power without a cause or causes. When the power diminishes or vanishes, the first thing to do is to try and locate the why of it Power could be lost through (i) absorbing false doctrines, (ii) innocent amusements (iii) flattery or (iv) the “oil” drying up. To get the fire going again, we must (i) trim the wick i.e. restitute our ways, (ii) obtain oil afresh, (iii) go back to the source of fire (iv) stay put till we become so conformed to the source that we can partake of His nature once again.
Eph. 4:14; Pro. 9:17-18; 29:5; Mf. 25:27; 25:9; Ps. 34:4-5; Rom. 8:29; II Cor. 3:18; Phi. 3:21; II Pet. 1:4; I John 4:17.


2. RETENTION IS BETTER THAN RECOVERY
It is good to regain lost powers, but it is better still never to lose the powers. If you do not want to lose your powers but instead you want the powers to increase, here are some suggestions on what to do. (i) Keep in continuous touch with the source, whatever it costs (ii) your desire and thirst for Him must be intense and continuous (iii) you must have a deep and continuous burden to serve Him, passionately, desirous of winning souls (iv) you must be temperate in all things (v) you must constantly keep your body under even as you feed on the word (vi) you must forget past glories and aim higher each day and (vii) you must constantly increase your flying time: i.e. hours of prayers, the type of praying that shuts all else out except God.

Is. 44:3; Jer, :9;11-13; Acts 1:8; Acts 13:2-4: 8:29-30; I Cor. 9:25-27; II Cor.4-.ll; Phil. 1:21; Deu. 8:3; Phil. 3:13 – 14; Is. 40:31; Act. 4:31: Col. 4:12.

Lesson 102

LESSON 102
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 6

INTRODUCTION: In the previous study, we learnt that since God never changes, if anyone loses the power given him by God, there must be a reason for it. Therefore, a person who wants to regain his lost powers must examine himself to find out why he lost the powers. Then he must restitute his ways and return afresh to the source of all powers for recharging of his battery. In this study, we want to begin to look into the gifts of the Holy Spirit and we pray that as we know more about these gifts they shall become more manifest in our lives and ministries. Amen.

1. GOD REQUIRES PURITY BEFORE POWER
Our God is a holy God. He demands that His children be like Himself. One reason for this is that those who operate the gifts of God arc usually targets of attack from the enemy. Another reason is that the gifts of God arc precious and are meant for the pure and holy. The third reason is so that the operator of the gifts of God may not be a castaway in (he end. Joel. 2:12-30; Matt. 5:48; John 1:5; Jer. 15:19-21; II Tim. 2:20-21; Matt. 7:6; Lev. 10:8-10; Heb. 12:14.

2. BASIC GIFTS MUST BE DEVELOPED BEFORE RECEIVING OTHER GIFTS
Every Christians has basic gifts or talents. These must be used and developed to the outmost before one could be justified in asking for more gifts. These gifts include the gifts of service and the gift of giving. Those who exercise these gifts cheerfully are superior Christians whose lives glorify God.

I Cor. 16:15-16; II Cor. 8:1-5; II Cor. 9:7; 9:11-13.

3. THE GIFTS OF GOD ARE IN THREE CATEGORIES
There are different kinds of Spirits, lying spirits, seducing spirits, spirits of error, etc. But there is only one Holy Spirit. His gifts can be split into three categories; (a) Revelation gifts, which consists of the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge and the discerning of spirits, (b) Inspiration gifts, which include prophecy, different kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues,

(c) The power gifts which are faith, gifts of healings, and the working of miracles.

There are three kinds of wisdom; (i) Satanic, (ii) human and (iii) divine wisdom; Satanic wisdom is corrupted wisdom. Human wisdom is at times called common sense whereas Divine Wisdom is pure and excellent.

Matt. 10:1; I Tim. 4:1-3; Pro. 4:7; James 3:14-16; Eze. 28:12-17; Luke 14:28-32; Ecc. 1:16-18; I Cor. 1:19; James 3:17; Matt. 6:19-21; II Tim. 4:7-8; James 1:5.

Lesson 103

LESSON 103
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 7

INTRODUCTION: In the last study, we began a study of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We learnt that God demands purity before power and He expects us to develop our basic gifts of service and giving before requesting for other gifts. We also learnt that there are three kinds of wisdoms; satanic, human and Divine. Now, we want to study a Divine gift called “Word of wisdom”, I Cor. 12:4-8. We pray that if you lack this precious gift you will obtain it today in Jesus Name.

1. A WORD OF WISDOM IS LIKE AN APPLE OF GOLD
Divine Wisdom is not limited to spiritual matters only. We can obtain Divine Wisdom for our daily trade, for leadership, forever/day living in addition to understanding spiritual things. To understand the term “Word of Wisdom”, we need to note that God knows the past, present and future. He has a large storehouse of information. He gives only a bit of it at a time of need, hence the term “Word of Wisdom”. It is a word fitly spoken.

Exo. 31:1-5; Dent. 34:9; Pro. 3:5; I Cor. 2:13-14; Eph. 1:17; Pro. 25:11; Ecc. 9:16-18; Ecc. 10:12; Isa. 50:4; Pro. 15:23.

2. THE PURPOSE OF THE GIFT IS VARIED
Depending on the circumstances, there are various reasons why God may manifest the gifts of the word of wisdom in His body. Some of the reasons could be (a) to solve human problems (b) to confuse the enemy (c) for deliverance from a tight comer (d) to turn a fool to a learned person there by demonstrating the superiority of God’s wisdom over man’s and (e) to give direction.

I Kings 3:24-27; Acts 15.24-29; Matt. 2 2:1–22; John 8:4-11; Matt. 21:23-27; Ecc. 9:16-18; Acts 22:24-29; Acts 23:6-9; Matt. 10:18-19; Isa. 50:4; Acts 6:8-10; Acts 16:9-10.

3. THE MANIFESTATION OF THE GIFT
The gift of the word of wisdom could be manifested through four major namely: (a) by the audible voice, (b) by vision or dream (c) by prophecy, which we shall consider later and (d) through reading scriptures. A man may know that he has this gift when he finds it operating in a time of need and by faith a Her asking for it.

I Kings 19:11-12; Dan. 2:19-23; Gen. 40:5-22; 41:1-39; Ps. 119:105.

Lesson 104

LESSON 104
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 8

INTRODUCTION: Last week we study, we learnt about the gift of the Holy Spirit called “Word of Wisdom”. We learnt that God gives the gift for various purposes and that it could be manifested through four major ways. In this study, we wish to learn about another gift of the Holy Spirit called “The Word of Knowledge” I Cor. 12:8, We pray that as you hunger and thirst for this gift you will be satisfied. Amen.

1. THE WORD OF KNOWLEDGE IS A FRAGMENT OF GOD’S KNOWLEDGE
God has a storehouse of knowledge from eternity past to eternity future. The word of knowledge is therefore a fragment of God’s knowledge revealed to one of His children. It is a peep into the Divine’s mind. It is related to the word of wisdom because wisdom is the right application of knowledge. The word of knowledge can be manifested through (a) the audible voice (b) visions and (c) Spiritual revelation.

Dan. 2:20-22; I Sam. 2:3-14; Isa. 40:28; Matt. 6:8;I Chr. 28:9; Jer. 23:24; Matt. 12:25; Mark 2:8; John 2:25; Amos 3:7; I Cor. 3:20; I Chr. 28:9; Jer. 23:24; Matt. 12:25; Mark 2:8; John 2:25; I Cor. 2:9-10; Eph. 1:9-10. I Cor. 3:20.

2. GOD NEVER DOES ANYTHING WITHOUT A PURPOSE
Since our God never does anything without a purpose, there are several reasons why God gives the gift of the word of Knowledge. Some of the reasons are (a) to warn against imminent judgment (b) revelation of secret sin or sinful intentions (c) to warn against mistakes in choices (d) to warn against impending danger (e) to give specific directions (f) to encourage or give good news.

Gen. 18:17-21; 1 Sam. 3:11-14; Acts 5:1-4; II Kings 5:25-26; I Sam. 16:6-12; II Kings 6:8-12; Acts 27:9-10; Acts 10:11; Acts 9:10-12; I Kings 19:9-10, 18.

3. HOW TO OBTAIN THE GIFT
The gift of the word of knowledge is usually given to covenant men and people whose sole aim is to serve the Lord with all they are and have. If you want the gift, you must be prepared to pay the cost.

Gen. 18:17-19; Phil. 3:7-10; Acts 10:1-2; John 15:14-16.

Lesson 105
LESSON 105
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 9

INTRODUCTION: In our study of the gifts of the Holy Spirit we learnt that the nine gifts could be grouped into three parts and that the first part consists of (i) the word of wisdom (ii) the word of Knowledge and (iii) the discerning of Spirits. These three are usually called the revelation gifts. Now we have studied the word of wisdom and the word of knowledge. Right now, we wish to study the gift of the discerning of Spirit, I Cor. 12:10. May the Lord bestow these gifts on all the hunger and thirst for it in Jesus Name. Amen.

la. DISCERNING OF SPIRITS IS DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL
As we learnt earlier on, there are different kinds of spirits, unclean spirits, seducing spirits, lying spirits, spirits of error, spirits of anti-Christ, etc. To be able to differentiate between these evil spirits and good ones require a Divinely given gifts called the gifts of discerning of Spirits (not the gift of discernment).

Matt. 10:1; I Tim. 4:1; I Kings 22:23; 1 John 4:6; I John 4:3; Acts 16:16-18; Matt. 16:15-17, 21-23.

Ib. THIS GIFT ENABLES YOU TO SEE INTO AND HEAR IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM
The ability to differentiate between evil and good spirit pre-supposes the ability to see into the spiritual realm and hear in it. Man is a spiritual being and has spiritual faculties i.e. eyes, ears, etc. Those who have this gift readily observe that the spirit world is highly organized.

I Thess. 5:23; Jude 13:2-5; 6:11-12; Luke 1:26-28; Eph. 6:12; Dan 10:12-13.

2. THE GIFT IS GIVEN FOR VARIOUS PURPOSE
There are various reasons why God could give the gift of the discerning of spirits. These include, among others, (a) to give an advance warning of impending judgment, (b) to reveal the future, (c) to enable special instructions to be given before a special event, (d) to announce special happenings that has happened (e) to assure in time of grave dangers (f) to stabilize a Christian warrior (g) when there is no other way to get the message across (h) to prepare someone for a special assignment and (i) to show Divine Appreciate. Gen. 18:1-3; 17-22; Rev. 1:10-12; Luke 1:11-17; 1:26-3 7; Jos. 5:13,; 6:5; Jude 13:3-4; Luke 2:8-15; II Kings 6:14-17; Acts 27:21-24; II Cor. 12:2-4; 12:2-4; Acts 10:1-6; Isa. 6:1-8; Dan. 3:24-25; Acts 7:55-56.

3. HOW TO KNOW WHEN SPIRITS ARE NEAR AND HOW TO IDENTIFY THEM
There are Biblical signs for knowing when a spirit or an angel is near. As soon as you sense the presence of a spirit you could command it to manifest in the name of Jesus Christ. To identify if it is good or evil you can ask the following questions: (a) Has Jesus come in the flesh? (b) Is Jesus Christ the Lord? Moreover, good spirits or angels always say, “Fear not” to subdue your fears whereas evil spirits enjoy your being troubled.

Job. 4:15-17; Heb. 1:13-14; I John 4:1-3; I Cor. 12-3; Mark 9:38-40; Luke 1:11-13; Luke 1:29-30; Jude 6:22-23.

Lesson 106
LESSON 106
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 10

INTRODUCTION: We have learnt a lot about the three revelation gifts: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge and the discerning of spirits. Now, we wish to begin a study of the three inspirational gifts: prophecy, divers kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues. We shall start with prophecy. This is because this gift is a link between revelation and inspiration. I Cor. 12:10. May God make this valuable gift available to us today.

1. THERE ARE THREE SOURCES OF PROPHECY
Ordinarily, prophecy means revealing the mind of God over certain issues either at present or in the future. There are two types of prophecy: direct and indirect. Also there are three sources of prophecy namely, the devil, the human spirit and God the Holy Spirit. The devil and his evil spirits constitute the most dangerous source of prophecy. This is because the fake prophets possessed or controlled by these evil spirits actually hear from the devil. They can truly identify your problems but will never suggest the true solutions. They can tell you a certain measure of your past history only to mislead you concerning the future.

1Kings 22:20-22; Acts 16:16-18; Rom. 8:16; Jer. 23:16-17; Joel 2:28.

2. DIVINELY GIVEN PROPHECY COULD COME IN THREE WAYS
The Divine Source of prophecy is God the Holy Spirit. However, God send His word through (a) the gift of prophecy (b) the office of a prophet or (c) the Scriptures. There are several situations the future of which can be accurately predicted from the Bible. For example, when Elijah pronounced that there would be no rain or dew in Israel, he based his prophecy on the written Word of God, again when he said there would be rain again, he was also solidly supported by the written word of God

Isa. 3:10; Job. 11:14-19; Ps. 34:10; Isa. 3:11; Eze. 18:21-23: 18:24; I Kings 17:1; Dent. 11:16-17; I Kings 18:41; II Chr. 7:13-14.

3. TRUE AND FALSE PROPHECIES CAN BE RECOGNIZED
There is a purpose for prophecies as stated clearly in the word of God. Also, a true prophecy has the following characteristics among others: (i) fulfillment (ii) accompanying conditions, (iii) agreement with God’s word, (iv) public acknowledgment (v) purity of the vessel, (vi) and the Spirit of the message. A false prophet can also be recognized by the way he opposes the truth, his failure to expose sin because of his own unholy life and his appeal, directly or indirectly, for money.

I Cor. 14:3; Jer. 18:7-8; II Chr. 7:14; Rev. 10:10; Matt. 23:37- 39; Jer. 23:21-22; Num. 16:28-35; Jer. 28:9; II Pet. 2:1-2; Acts. 13:8; II Tim. 4:2-4; Lam. 2:14; I Tim. 3:5: I Pet. 5:2.

Lesson 107

LESSON 107
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 11

INTRODUCTION: As we learnt earlier, there are three gifts in the “inspirational gifts” group. They are, prophecy divers kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues. In the immediate past study, we studied prophecy. Its three sources are satan, the human spirit and the Holy Spirit. We also learnt how to differentiate between true and false prophecies. In this lesson, we want to study the two other gifts in that group together, that is divers kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues, I Cor. 12:10. May the Lord satisfy our thirst for spiritual gifts today in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. TONGUES ARE VOCAL MIRACLES
Divers kind of tongues has nothing to do with linguistic ability. They are supernatural utterance by the Holy Spirit in languages never learnt by the speaker. They are vocal miracles. Interpretation on the other hand supernaturally reveals the meaning of what was said in tongues. Therefore, both normally go hand in hand. Tongues are not primarily for teaching or preaching. Instead they are for private devotion between men and God. Also, praying. Without ceasing is only possible if we pray both with understanding and with tongues.

Mark 16:17; I Cor. 14:13; 14:19; I Cor. 14:2 7-28; I Cor. 14:2,4; I Cor. 14:14-15, 18.

2. THE PURPOSE OF TONGUES AND INTERPRETATION
There are several reasons why God could give the gifts of divers kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues. Some of them are: (a) Tongues could be given as a sort of secret code when God wants to reveal His mind over an issue to His servant only. Of course, with His permission, the mysteries so learnt could be revealed while preaching the Gospel (b) To assist us to grow in spirit as we grow in age (c) To build us up and establish us in faith (d) To assist us in the controlled use of our tongues (e) To help us get out of tight situations. Interpretation on the other hand could be given to glorify God among heathens. Above all, the greatest purpose of tongues and interpretation is to prepare us for heaven so that we can all understand one another over there.

I Cor. 14:21-22; I Cor. 2:16; Amos 3:7; I Cor. 2:9-10; John 16:13; Eph. 6:19; Col.4:2-3; Luke 1:80, 2:40; I Cor. 3:1-2; Jude 20. II Cor. 8:7; I Cor. 1:4-5; Eph.4:29; Dan. 5:11-12; 24-28; Acts 2:4-8.

Lesson 108
LESSON 108
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 12

INTRODUCTION: The third group of the gifts of the Holy Spirit consists of the gift of faith, the gifts of healing and the gift of the working of miracles. These are called the power gifts because they are the gifts that cause things to happen. We shall begin now with the first part of the gift of faith I Cor. 12:9; Since it is impossible to please God without faith, it is our sincere prayer that God will give us all this gift in Jesus name Amen.

1. THERE ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FAITH
Basically, faith is an acknowledgement that God exists and that He is holy and supreme. There are various types of faith; natural faith, supernatural faith, little faith, growing faith, great faith, mustard-seed faith, faith the fruit of the Spirit and faith the gift of the spirit. Everybody has the basic measure of faith to start with but false teaching could destroy faith. Also faith could falter severe stress.

Heb. 11:1; Heb. 11:6; Matt. 6:30; Luke 17:5; Matt. 8:10; Matt. 17:20; Gal. 5:22; Rom. 12:3; II Tim. 2:16-18; Matt. 11:2-3.

2. FAITH THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRITS IS DIFFERENT FROM FAITH THE GIFT OF THE SPIRIT
Faith the fruit of the Holy Spirit, is the quiet restful type. “God said it, therefore it is settled” type of faith. No querying of God. A quiet confidence within the believer that all will be well. The type of faith that kept Elijah for one year beside the Brook Cherith and rescued the widow of Zarephath and her son from famine.

On the other hand, faith the gift of the Holy Spirit is active, dynamic type. The type that subdues kingdoms that sends angels hurrying to the rescue and raises the dead.

Rom. 11:33-36; 8:28. Acts 12:5-11; I Kings 17:2-6; I Kings 17:8-16; Job. 13:15; Heb. 11:32-35; Dan. 6:21-22; Acts 5:19 20; Gen. 22:10-12. Job. 14:19; II Kings 6:17: Gen. 15:1; Gen 17:1-8; Gen.
21:14-19; 46:1-4; Eze. 37:1-14; Acts 27:20-25; Matt. 5:8.

3. VISIONS BELONG TO THE SPIRITUAL REALM
Visions always take place in the spiritual realm. The physical is
suspended for awhile and one is said to be “in the spirit”, “taken
up by the Spirit”, “having spiritual eyes opened” etc. In a
vision, journeys could be undertaken in the spirit to a place you
have been before. And it is possible to see far into the future or
even a glimpse of heaven.

II Kings. 6:17-18; Eph. 1:8 Acts 26:15-18; Col. 3:1-3; Ez. 11.:24; 37:2; Rev. 1:9-10; Dan. 8:1-12; II Cor. 12:1-4.

Lesson 109
LESSON 109
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 13

INTRODUCTION: We have started our study of the Power gifts with the gift of faith part one. We have discovered what faith is and the various types and degrees of faith like little faith, mustard seed faith, growing faith, great faith, faith the fruit of the Holy Spirit and faith the gift of the Holy Spirit. We have seen the difference between the quiet restful faith that is the fruit of the Holy Spirit and the active, dynamic type of faith that is the gift of the Holy Spirit. Now we shall continue our study of this gift of the Holy Spirit called the gift of faith. May the Lord make us receptive of this wonderful gift in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE REAL CORNERSTONE OF FAITH IS THE HOLINESS OF GOD
Since God is holy, His word stands forever sure. Hence the cornerstone of faith is the holiness of God. The foundation of faith is the unchangeable Word of God. That is why we can be sure that He will supply any need of ours that is specifically provided for in His Word. Great men of faith like Elijah, Shadrach and his friends, Daniel and others based their faith on the written Word of God. Consequently, if God had said it, it will surely happen provided you satisfy your own part of the bargain, which is holiness unto the Lord.

Isa. 40:8; 53:5; I Pet. 2:24; Phil 4:19; Ps. 34:10; 84:11; 1:1-3; Jos. 1:8; I Kings 17:1; Dent. 11:16-17; Dan. 3:17; Isa. 43:2; Dan. 6:21-22; Pro. 29:25; Ps. 37:3; Isa. 26:3; Heb. 13:5-6; Isa. 54:17; Pr. 12:21; Ps. 34:17; Heb. 11:10.

2. ONLY THOSE WHO ARE READY TO DIE FOR CHRIST RECEIVE THIS DEADLIEST WEAPON AGAINST SATAN.
There are various reasons for giving the gift of faith. These include (i) protection against natural and supernatural dangers like storms, thunderbolt, reckless drivers, armed robbers, and demons (ii) To give courage when facing mountains of problems e.g. Jonah in the whale’s belly and Job in the time of his severe trial. The gift is given primarily to (a) those who know the scriptures (b) those who put God first in all things (c) those who are ready to yield all, including their lives to God, i.e. those who are ready to die for Christ.

Ps. 91:1-13; Matt. 6:13; Matt. 6:13; Ps. 106:1; Jonah 2:7-9, Pro. 28:13; Pr. 24:16; Job 19:25-27; Exo. 3:14-15; Ps. 37:5; John 14:26; Ps. 23:4; Phil. 1:21; Rom. 14:8.

Lesson 110

LESSON 110
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 14

INTRODUCTION: We have learnt that there are three gifts in the Power group of gifts of the Holy Spirit. They are the gifts of faith, healing and working of miracles. We have studied the gift of Faith. Now we want to study the gifts of healing, I Cor. 12:9. The first thing to note is that these gifts of healing have nothing to do with the medical art. Also while all may pray for the sick, not all have the gifts of healing, I Cor. 12:30. Furthermore, there are gifts of healing because there are categories of sicknesses and diseases. As many of us as desire these gifts, may God enable us to obtain them tonight in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. VARIOUS DISEASES NECESSITATES VARIOUS GIFTS OF HEALING
There are three main reasons why the gifts of healing are given to the body of Christ (i) So that the Body of Christ may be strong physically (ii) So that the Body of Christ may be joyful and (hi) so that God may be glorified.

The various gifts of healing may be classified under five main headings (a) The general healing gifts which empowers one to deal with diseases/sickness caused by bacteria. Viruses and germs (b) the gift for casting out of blind, deaf and dump spirits (c) the gift for casting out of the more powerful demons like the epileptic demon, (d) the higher gift of healing involving recreation and (e) the gift of healing requiring the raising of the dead.

Acts 8:5-8; Isa. 38:18-20; Acts 3:8-9; 10:38; 5:15-16; Matt. 8:16; Luke 11:24-26; Eph. 6:12; Matt. 17:19-21; Luke 10:17; Matt. 12:28; John 9:6; 32, 11:39-40,44; Acts 9:36-41.


2. HOW TO OBTAIN THE GIFTS
There are conditions to be satisfied if you arc to obtain these gifts. They include: You must be (i) born again, sanctified, and baptized in the Holy Spirit (ii) Compassionate (iii) stubborn i.e. once you start something you must see it through and (iv) Industrious. Matt. 5:7; Pro. 11:17; James I:6-7;Acts 16:16-23; Luke 5:5; John 21:3; Matt. 25:28-29.

3. HOW TO USE THE GIFTS
There are seven important things to note in administering healing to the sick. They are (i) get the patient born again because healing is the Children’s bread (ii) raise the faith of the sick (iii) get the sick to participate. Healing is a two-way traffic of giving and receiving (iv) healing is not a show business (v) Explain to the sick that healing may be gradual (vi) do not use the gifts indiscriminately. Be led by the Holy Spirit (vii) continue to seek the Lord in prayer and fasting.

Matt. 15:25-27; Mark 6:5-6; Matt. 9:6; Man. 12:38-39; Luke 23:8; Luke 17:12-14; John 5:2-3. 5; Luke 4:2 7; 6:12; I Cor. 9:27; Matt. 7:21-23.

Lesson 111

LESSON 111
SPECIAL EDITION – EXAMINE

God’s thought for you is for good. God wants you to live in peace and prosperity. He wants you to be healthy and happy. Jer. 29:11-13. Why is it then that so many fail to live a happy, prosperous and successful life? Why are prayers not answered promptly? Is there something wrong with God? Or is the problem with us? Let us examine ourselves today. May God guide us in the self examination. Amen.

1. THOSE WHO FELL INTO A PIT SHOULD TEACH OTHERS TO WATCH OUT
As we searched the Scripture, we discover that God’s thought were for good for Cain, Esau, Noah, Lot, Eli, King Saul, Gehazi, King Hezekiah, Solomon, Judas and Nebuchadnezzar. But one after the other, they turned God’s favour to something else. Cain was the first-born of the world but despite God’s warning he lost everything. Esau was the first born of Isaac, but he lost his blessings because of food. Noah was rescued with his family but because of pleasure he cursed one of his children. Lot also was rescued but lie ended badly. Eli because of indifference lost the priesthood for his family. King Saul lost his kingdom because of his disobedience. Gehazi lost a double portion of the power of Elisha because of material gains. Solomon started well and ended poorly and so on. What do you think could prevent you from getting your blessings from God? Repent like Nebuchadnezzar.

Gen. 4:6-7; Gen. 4:9-12; Ex. 13:1-2; (Gen. 27:30-35; 7:21-23; 9:20-21; 24-25; 19:15-17,30-36:1 Sam. 4:12-18; I Sam. 2:27-30; 13:13; 31:3-6; II Kings 4:29; 5:25-27: ha. 38:5-6; 39:1-7; I Kings 3:11-14; Ecc 1:1-33; Luke 22:21; Matt. 27:3-6; Dan. 4:20-22: 4:29-33.

2. GOD IS NOT A LIAR. WHAT THEN IS HINDERING YOUR PRAYER?
The Lord God promised to answer prayers and He is not a liar. What type of prayers have you been offering? Have you got answers to all of them? Examine yourself if any of the following prayer stoppers are in your life: (i) disobedience, (ii) Secret Sin (iii) indifference (iv) neglect of mercy (v) instability (vi) self indulgence (vii) stubbornness. Surely God answers prayer but there is condition attached. Fulfill the condition today and your prayers will no longer be hindered.

Isa. 58:9; 65:24; Ps. 91:15; Dent. 1:42-45; I Sam. 15:22-23; Ps. 66:18; Jos. 7:10-12; Pro. 1:24-33; 21:13; Deut. 25:17-19: James 1:6-7; James 4:3; Zech. 7:8-13; John 15:7.

Lesson 112

LESSON 112
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 15

INTRODUCTION: In the power gift group of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we have studied the gift of faith and the gifts of healing. Now, we shall be in the study of the gift of the working of miracles I Cor. 12:10. It shall be in two parts. May the Lord increase our faith so that we might be able to appropriate this gift also. Amen.

1. WHAT IS A MIRACLE?
Just as there are physical laws to regulate nature, so are there spiritual laws too. Even some physical laws have their spiritual equivalent e.g. the law of harvest. In all cases however, spiritual laws are stronger and more powerful than physical laws. A miracle occurs, therefore, whenever God uses a spiritual law to set aside a physical law. Since it is God who is behind the working of miracles, there is nothing like “the days of miracles” which can pass away, instead there is the God of miracles who lives forever. God may use natural means in performing miracle e.g. 5 loaves of bread and two fishes to feed over 5,000 people; or He may use supernatural means e.g. the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Matt. 7:16; Job. 4:8; Gal. 6:7; Hos. 8:7; John 11:23-26; 43-44; Acts 1:9; Heb. 13:8; Mark 6:37-44; II Kings 4:1-7; Ex. 14:21; John.2:7-10; Gen. 19:24-26; 11:6-10; Matt. 2:1- 2, 8-10.

2. RECEIVING A MIRACLE DIFFERS FROM THE WORKING OF MIRACLES
Miracles fall into seven major categories: they are miracles of (i) supply (ii) raising the dead (iii) judgment (iv) deliverance (v) overruling nature (vi) unusual manifestations and (vii) Salvation. Examples of those who had experienced unusual miracles include Gideon, Balaam, and the children of Israel in the wilderness. Now, receiving a miracle is different from the working of miracles.

Through the gift of faith you can receive a miracle but you need the gift of the working of miracles to perform a miracle yourself from God today.

I Kings 17:10-16; 17:17-22; Acts 5:1-5; Mark 5:1-5; 4:35-39; John 6:36-40; Num. 22:22-23, 28-31; Deut. 29:5.

Lesson 113

LESSON 113
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 16

INTRODUCTION: In our last study, we defined what a miracle is. We showed how spiritual laws could be used by God to set aside physical laws thus producing what we call a miracle. Also, since God is the Author of miracles and He is unchangeable, miracles still happen today. Finally, we explained the different between receiving a miracle and working a miracle. We want to continue with our study of the gift of the working of miracles. May God quicken our understanding as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. WHY IS THE GIFT OF THE WORKING OF MIRACLES GIVEN?
There are several reasons why this precious gift may be given. We shall mention seven of them. (i) To deliver God’s people from tight corners (ii) to remove satanic obstructions (iii) to administer Divine discipline (iv) to keep the church pure and undefiled (v) to win souls (vi) to glorify God and bring fear on unbelievers and (vii) to demonstrate the supremacy of God over human impossibilities. We can see illustrations of these in the lives of Elijah, Elisha, Paul, Gehazi, Peter and our Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

II Kings 4:1; I Kings 17:17-20; II Kings 6:14, 18; Acts 12:6-12; II Kings 5:25-27; Acts 5:5, 10-11; Acts 5:12-13; 5:14; 9:40-42; Luke 7:11-16; John 6:5-10; John 11:40.

2. QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE GIFT
Since having this gift makes you an archenemy of Satan, apart from being born again, totally sanctified and baptized in the Holy Spirit, you must (i) be fearless (ii) surrender all to God and (iii) be completely dedicated to Him. Illustrative examples include Joshua, Elisha, and Paul.

Jos. 5:13; 1:1, 24:15; II Kings 6; II Kings 5:9-12; II Kings 5:5-7; I Kings 19:19-21; II Kings 2:2, 4, 6; Acts 21:8-13; Phil. 3:7; Rom. 8:35-39.

3. HOW TO USE THE GIFT:
The gift of the working of miracles is not for show business. Therefore, it is preferable that you be alone and undisturbed when this gift is to be used. If need be, bodily contact with the patient is permissible but not more than thrice at most.

Luke 23:8-9; 8:42; 7:14; I Kings 17:19; II Kings 4:32-33; Acts 9:39-40; I Kings 17:20-21; II Kings 4:34-35.

Lesson 114

LESSON 114
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 17

INTRODUCTION: We have studied about God the Holy Spirit as Teacher, Comforter, Guardian, the Revealer of the future, the Glorifier of Jesus Christ, etc. John 14:26; 16:13-14. We have also studied the gifts of the Holy Spirit in detail in I Cor. 12:4-11. Now we want to begin a study of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. May the Holy Spirit manifest Himself mightily in our midst from now on and forever in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE KINGDOM OF GOD HAS ALREADY STARTED
Daniel prophesied of a time when God will set up a kingdom that will be everlasting we believed that as Christians, we are already in that Kingdom. Our Lord Jesus Christ said that some of His hearers would witness the coming of the kingdom before they died. That kingdom started at Pentecost. You can become a part of that kingdom the moment you are baptized in the Holy Spirit because it is a kingdom for only those endowed with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Dan. 2:44; Isa. 9:7; Mark 9:1; Acts 1:8; 2:2-4; I Cor. 4:20; Zcch. 4:6.

2. MEMBERS OF GOD’S KINGDOM ARE THE TRUE RULERS OF THIS WORLD
Since Christ is the power of God to all believers any one who is in Christ has no excuse for being powerless. Like Paul, every Christian must be able to demonstrate the power of God. Surely, there is power in the Gospel of Jesus Christ not only to save from sin but also to heal, deliver and meet every need. Therefore in order to make sinners submissive to His Children, God usually wrought wonders by the power of the Holy Spirit even as Christ is preached.

I Cor. 1:24; 2:4; Rom. 1:16-17; 14:17; Rom. 15:18-19; II Cor. 10:3-6; I Thes. 1:5.

3. OUR GOD IS A GOD OF SIGNS AND WONDERS
Since God’s Kingdom is one of power, that is why every member of the Kingdom is a soldier. They have a Commander-m-Chief whose orders are (i) preach the Gospel (ii) heal the sick (iii) cleanse the lepers (iv) raise the dead and (v) cast out demons. In short, His orders are, perform signs and wonders. And since He is a God of signs and wonders Himself, he assured all of us that He would supply all the resources we need to perform these signs and wonders. And you can claim that promise tonight.

Acts 4:29-30; 5:12-16; Mark 16:15-18; Acts 2:17-18; Joel 2:28-29; Isa. 44:3; Matt. 5:6; John 7:37-39; Isa. 7:14.

Lesson 115

LESSON 115
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 18

INTRODUCTION: We have learnt that the kingdom of God on earth started on the day of Pentecost. That you can be a part of that kingdom if you obtain the power that only the Holy Spirit can give, since the kingdom of God is not of words but of power. That all members of this kingdom are soldiers and our Commander-in-chief is Jesus Christ whose marching orders to us are (i) preach the Gospel (ii) heal the sick (iii) cleanse the lepers (iv) raise the dead (v) cast out demons Matt. 10:7-8, His promise is that He will supply the resources needed to carry out His orders and none will be excluded from the supply Acts 2:17-18. Tonight, we want to see some of the things that will happen if we carry out His orders as we continue our study of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit.

1. WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT IS IN MANIFESTATION LIGHT IS BORN
Wherever Holy Spirit-filled children of God are preaching or witnessing, light is always born, i.e. People are born again. Because all born again Christians are lights. This is because God is Light and His children are automatically lights too. God made the Sun Moon and Stars to give physical lights but He recreated us to give spiritual light to the world. Whenever the Gospel preached under the power of the Holy Spirit, Light shines into dark hearts and the understanding of men are enlightened and they become born again. Just as the heavens declare the glory of God all soldiers of the cross are called to do the same by bringing more people into light.

Gen. 1:1-3; James 1:17; Deut. 4:19; Matt. 5:14-16; Is. 60:19; John 1:9; 18:12; II Cor. 4:6; Eph. 1:18; I John 1:5; Ps. 84:11; Isa. 54:7; Rev. 21:23; 22:5; Ps. 19:5; I Pet. 2:9.

2. WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT MANIFESTS, THERE IS JOY: WHEN THERE IS JOY, THE HOLY SPIRIT MANIFESTS
When the Holy Spirit is manifesting through His children, there will be healings and miracles. Consequently, there will be joy. On the other hand, if we want the Holy Spirit to manifest, we can start by rejoicing. Therefore, if we want the Holy Spirit to be in perpetual manifestation in our midst, we must rejoice perpetually. Either while hoping for a miracle, in the midst of trials and temptations. In persecution or sufferings we can force the Holy Spirit to manifest simply be rejoicing.

Acts 3:1-8; 8:5-8; Jos. 6:15-16, 20; II Chr. 20:21-22; Acts 16:25-26; Phil. 4:4. Phil. 3:1; Rom. 12:12; Rom. 5:2-3; Ps. 34:1-2; 145:1-3; 146:1-2; Matt. 5:11-12; Acts 5:40-41; I Thes. 5:16-16; James 1:2-4; I Pet. 4:13.

Lesson 116
LESSON 116
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 19

INTRODUCTION: We have seen that when the Holy Spirit is in manifestation lights are born. We have also seen that because of the miracles that accompany the manifestations of the Holy Spirit there is always joy when the Holy Spirit is in manifestation. Furthermore, we have learnt that if we want the Holy Spirit to manifest Himself, we can cause Him to do so by rejoicing that the more we rejoice the more the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. In the last study one of the stories we referred to was in Acts 3:1-8. In this lesson, we want to study that story in some details so that we can benefit more from it.

1. SPIRIT FILLED CHRISTIANS ARE NOT ONLY POWERFUL BUT ALSO BEAUTIFUL
The story starts with Peter and John going to Church. By so doing, they are following the example set by our Lord Jesus Christ who always want to go to church even though He knew every sermon in advance. The soul is like a plant needing water to grow. The church is like a river with an inexhaustible supply of water. Peter and John are vastly different people in temperament and outlook. Peter was a man of action and poor financially. John was visionary and rich. But because they both loved Jesus intensely, they naturally teamed up. The gate was called beautiful. Everything that belongs to God are beautiful too, particularly His children.

Luke 4:16; Ps. 122:1; Heb. 10:25; Ps. 1:1-3; Acts 13:14-16; Is. 2:3; Zech. 8:21; Col. 1:16-17; Rom. 11:36; I Pet. 4:8-11; Rev. 21:21-22; Dan. 12:3.

2. THE SINNER IS UGLY, POOR AND HELPLESS: JESUS CAN MAKE HIM BEAUTIFUL, RICH AND STRONG
The gate is beautiful but outside it is tragedy: a beggar, ugly, poor and helpless. The beggar is a symbol of a sinner who is always seeing the good things of God without everlasting it. The beggar asked for alms which could not have lasted him long just as a sinner is always asking for material things which are temporal whereas Jesus offers a permanent solution to all problems. Peter said, “Look on us” just as Jesus said to all the sinners in the world. Peter offered him no silver, no gold but Christ. And today, Christ is still enough for all your needs: physical, soulish and spiritual.

Rev. 22:15; James 2:14-18; Ps. 51:5; Ecc. 2:26; Is. 59:1-2; Is. 57:20-21; Matt. 11:28; Is. 45:22; John 3:14-15; Phil. 4:19; Phil. 4:13; Eph. 3:20.

Lesson 117
LESSON 117
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 20

INTRODUCTION: We have been studying about the manifestations of the Holy Spirit; how there
is joy when He is manifesting and how joy brings His manifestations. How He
empowers the members of the kingdom of God so that they can subdue the
earth and rule it for Him etc. As we continue in our study, we want to see how manifestation of the Holy Spirit can lead to a solution of the problems facing our Nations. May God quicken His words that we shall study now in our heart in such a way that we shall be instruments of salvation to this Nation in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE ONLY POWER THAT CAN SAVE NIGERIA IS ONE THAT CAN MAKE US ALL HOLY.
Force had never really solved any problem. Bows and arrows are never really the answer. It is not by human power or might but by the Spirit of God can the impossible and mountains of problems be leveled. The only power that can solve the problems of this Nation has to be a power that can make us all holy since
our problems are due to sin, which had eaten deep into the heart of every individual. That power is the Holy Himself. It is when the Holy Spirit is manifesting Himself in a man that he can have supernatural wisdom, understanding, knowledge and might with which to deal with the wicked forces on earth. The same Holy Spirit who caused dry bones to live can revive the economy of any Nation that will allow Him to control them.

Hosea 1:7; Zech. 4:6-7; Matt. 21:21; Is. 30:1; H Chr. 14:1 I Sam. 14:6; Jos. 23:10; Is. 11:2-4; Is. 32:13-15;Ps. 104:30; Is. 63.-9-10; Eze. 37:11-14.

2. SPIRITUAL WARFARE CAN ONLY BE FOUGHT SPIRITUALLY
Today, this Nation is no longer what it used to be. But with the help of the Holy Spirit, tomorrow will be alright. Our problems may be many, but once we realize that they are not just physical but spiritual problems, we can begin to fight through the Holy Spirit and win convincingly. If all of us who had been anointed by the Holy Spirit will keep calling on the Name of the Lord the war will soon be over and we shall win. God has promised that if ever there is austerity and His people pray to Him, as they ought there will be plenty. But how best do we pray if not by the Holy Spirit?

Hag. 2:2-5; Zech. 4:10; Is. 63:11; II Chr. 32:7-8; Ps. 55:18; IIChr. 10:4-5; Ps. 20:6-8; Ps. 33:16-21; Ps. 44:3-8; II Chr. 7:13-14; Rom. 8:26-27.

Lesson 118
LESSON 118
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 21

INTRODUCTION: We have learnt that whenever the Holy Spirit is in manifestation, all sons of
miraculous things happen which brings joy. We have also learnt that if we want the Holy Spirit to move among His children, then we should rejoice. Now. we want to see other things that happen whenever the Holy Spirit is in manifestation. May the Holy Spirit manifest Himself mightily in our midst today in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. WHENEVER THE HOLY SPIRIT MOVES, ANGELS FOLLOW
Angels are spirits that are holy intact. Therefore, it follows that when the Holy Spirit moves, holy angels must follow. Consequently, where Holy Spirit filled children of God are gathered together rejoicing, angels automatically abound. This is because every true child of God has a bodyguard of angels. These guards
have instructions from our Father God to take good care of us so much so that if we strike our feet against stones, the angels receive a query from heaven. Their duties also include (i) dealing with the lions in our lives, (ii) bringing answers to our prayers (iii) delivering messages to us that contains supernatural secrets (iv) giving us advance warnings of dangers and how to avoid them (v) carrying us home if we sleep before the rapture and (vi) gathering us together at the rapture.

Heb. 1:7; Heb. 1:13-14. Ps. 34:7; Ps. 91:11-12; Dan. 6:21- 22; 10:10-14; 9:21-23; Matt. 1:20; 2:10; Luke 16:22; Matt. 24:30-31; Acts 5:17-20; 12:5-11; 27:21-25.

2. THE ANGELIC CHOIR NEVER STOPS SINGING: WHY MUST WE?
Since the angels also form a substantial part of the heavenly choir and they move whenever the Holy Spirit moves, it follows that whenever the Holy Spirit is manifesting, there will be songs of praise. At least, the angels will be singing since they never stop singing anyway. Anyone can praise God when the going is good. But it is only spirit filled children of God who can praise God as he ought to be praised and at all times. In any case, since the angels never stop praising God and we are higher than the angels, why must we stop praising God?

Isa. 6:1-3; John 4:24; 16:13-14; Acts 16:25-26; Ps. 119:164; 50:23; Eph. 5:17-20; Ps. 103:1-5.

Lesson 119
LESSON 119
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 22

INTRODUCTION:Whenever the Holy Spirit moves, there is joy, miracles and angelic visitations. The angels are around to minister to us children of God and heirs of salvation. We want to go further in our study of what happens when the Holy Spirit is manifesting. We give glory to God for His previous manifestations in our midst.

1. WHENEVER THE HOLY SPIRIT IS IN MANIFESTATION THERE WILL BE VISIONS
Man has two sets of eyes: Physical and Spiritual. Things spiritual are seen with spiritual eyes, which is why it is the Holy Spirit that can enable you to see visions of heavenly and divine things. For example, Paul the Apostle, a man full of the Holy Spirit saw plenty of visions, which kept him going strong in the Christian way despite severe difficulties. What you fix your eyes on can have tremendous impact on your life. For example, looking backward arrests progress; looking at difficulties brings depression; looking at Jesus Christ brings salvation and hope and looking heaven ward brings glory. It is those with pure hearts that will have the greatest vision of all: they shall see God and behold His face in glory.

II Kings 6:17; John 16:14-15, II Cor. 12:1; Gen. 19:26; Matt. 14:26-30; Num. 21:9; John 3; 14-15; Acts 7:55; Matt. 5:8; Ps. 123:1; Is. 40:26; Dan. 4:34; I Cor. 13:12; I John 3:2; I Thes. 5:4; I Sam. 3:1; Rev. 22:4.

2. WITHOUT VISIONS THERE WILL BE NO PROGRESS
God promised that Holy Spirit filled young men would see visions. This is because without visions there will be no progress and where there is no progress, destruction will result. The samples of Moses, Jacob, Abraham, Joseph, etc., shows clearly that those who will become great must have great visions. They must see what others cannot see. They must see and fasten their eyes on “The Invisible One”. May God opens our eyes today. Amen.

Joel. 2:28; Acts. 2:17; Pro. 29:18; Heb. 11:13-16; Heb. 11:27; I Cor. 30:25-43; Gen. 15:1-5; Gen. 37:5-11.

Lesson 120
LESSON 120
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 23

INTRODUCTION: We have learnt that whenever the Holy Spirit is in manifestation there will be joy, praise, angelic visitations and visions. We have discovered the importance of visions to progress and that where there is no vision, the people perish. Now, we want to dig deep and discover that whenever the Holy Spirit is manifesting there will be prophesy, demons will be cast out and special miracles will occur. Thank God for the Holy Spirit. Amen.

1. WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT MOVES, PROPHECY FLOWS.
Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit will show us things to come. Consequently, whenever the Holy Spirit is in manifestation, the curtain is drawn aside for the children of God to see into the spiritual realm. Wherever the Holy Spirit is in charge, Christians are never kept in the dark about what God aims to do; hence, prophecy flows when the Holy Spirit moves.

John 16:12-13; Ecc. 2:26; Matt. 13:11; John 16:25; Acts 11:27-29; I Thess. 5:19-20; I Cor. 14:4-5; I Cor. 14:39.

1. WHEN LIGHT FLOWS IN, DARKNESS MUST FLOW OUT. WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT MOVES IN DEMONS MOVE OUT
The Holy Spirit is Light, demons are forces of darkness, Consequently whenever the Holy Spirit moves in, demons must move out since darkness must always give room to light. Whenever the Holy Spirit is moving therefore, people not only hear of His movement but they also see physical proofs of His manifestations. Once of such evidences of His manifestations is the casting out of demons.

Acts 8:5-8; 16:16-18; Matt. 8:32; Matt. 9:33; 15:28; 17:18; Mark 1:26; Luke 8:2; Acts 19:12.

3. SPECIAL MIRACLES BELONG TO SPECIAL PEOPLE: HOLY SPIRIT PEOPLE
Miracles are special occurrences in the physical realm brought about by Divine interventions. Special miracles are therefore super-special occurrences. They only occur when the Holy spirit is moving among special people who are spirit-filled people.

Acts 5:14-16; Acts. 19:11-12; Heb. 13:8; John 14:12; Mark 2:17; Jer. 3:22; Luke 4:18; Hosea 6:1.

 

Lesson 121

LESSON 121
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 24

INTRODUCTION: God is the source of true joy; which explains why there is joy wherever the Holy Spirit is moving. God is the miracle worker, which is why miracles accompany the movements of the Holy Spirit. Angels are Holy Spirits, which explains why angels follow wherever the Holy Spirit leads. And since God is Light and demons are forces of darkness, demons have to run when the Holy Spirit approaches. In this study we want to show that whenever the Holy Spirit is in manifestations, there will be Holy fear.

1. THERE IS ALWAYS HOLY FEAR WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT MOVES
Note all fears arc bad. intact some are healthy and good. The Christians has only one person to fear and that is God. Godly fear is reverential i.e. the fear of hurting someone you love and adore. Whenever the Holy Spirit is in manifestation there is reverence for God. a holy fear that grips people whenever they see the demonstration of the power of the Almighty. This is always the case whenever the Holy Spirit exposes sinners and judges them. Pretenders become afraid of joining the church but earnest seekers troop in.

Is. 8:13; Matt. 10:28: Rom. 11:20. I Pet. 1:17; I Pet. 2:17; Deut. 10:12; Deut. 13:4; Jos. 4:24; Acts 5:1-5; Acts 5:11-14; Acts 19:13-20.

2. GODLY FEAR AND GODLY SERVICE ARE LINKED
Only those who fear God follow Him truly. Intact Godly fear and sincere service go hand in hand because only those who fear Him can obey Him implicitly. Which is why He says that the whole duty of a man is summed up in “fearing God and obeying Him.” I Sam.l2-.14; Jos. 24:14; I Chr. 16:30, II Chr. 19:7, Pro. 3:7; Ecc. 12:13.

3. MEN AND HOUSES OF GOD SHOULD BE REVERENCED TOO.
Anything that belongs to God must be treated with almost the same reverence that is due to God. This includes all men of God who are in His truth. They must be held in high esteem because they represent God Himself. So also must His sanctuary be
reverenced?

Matt.l0-40; Exo. 33:8; I Thes. 5:12-13; I Thess. 5:17; Heb. 13:7; Lev. 19:30; Ecc. 5:1.

4. GOD REWARDS THOSE WHO FEAR HIM
Those who fear God are always rewarded by Him. Their rewards include (1) Divine direction, (2) great goodness (3) mercy and (4) being His favourite bride.

Ps. 25:12.

Lesson 122

LESSON 122
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 25

INTRODUCTION: In the last study we learnt that whenever the Holy Spirit is moving there is holy fear or reverence for God. That whenever the Holy Spirit exposes sinners and judges them, pretenders become afraid and genuine seekers of God troop into the Church of the Living God. In this study, we want to show that wherever and whenever the Holy Spirit is in manifestation, it is usual to find men and women in continuous and deep prayers. Acts 4:23-31.

1. WHEN SHOULD SPIRIT-FILLED CHRISTIANS PRAY?
The morning is a good time to pray, to greet our father before doing anything else. However, we need Him in the afternoon and evening too. Intact we need Him most in the night time when forces of darkness are about. In short, we need to be in continuous contact with our father throughout our lives

Ps. 5:1-3; 55:16-17; Luke 6:12; 18:1-7; I Thes. 5:17; Acts. 16:13.

2. HOW SHOULD WE PRAY
Prayer is a private and intimate affair between man and God, between a child and His father. Consequently, there are steps to be taken when engaging in meaningful prayers. They are (i) withdraw yourself or draw apart (ii) totally to it (iii) be fervent (iv) pray with the Spirit as well as with understanding (v) watch as you pray, keeping on the alert for His replies (vi) pray anywhere.

Matt. 14:23; Ps. 109:4; Acts 6:4; I Cor. 7:6; Rom. 12:12; Eph. 6:18; I Cor. 14:15; Matt. 26:41; I Pet. 4:7; I Tim. 12:8.

3. FOR WHAT AND WHOM DO WE PRAY?
Some people complain that they cannot pray long because they have nothing much to pray about. Well, apart from praising God and praying for the whole world, the nation of Israel and your country, pray for the following (i) those who hate you (ii) your pastors (iii) those in trouble (iv) one another (v) your leader, physical and spiritual, (vi) all your needs (vii) the sick. Matt. 5:44; Luke 16:27; I Thes. 5:25; James 5:13; 5:16; Acts. 12:5.

4. DIVINE INVOLVEMENTS IN AND CONDITIONS FOR PRAYERS
The trinity is involved with you in your prayers. We pray to the Father, in the Name of the Son with assistance of the Holy Spirit. Beside this is the fact that Jesus prayed and is praying for you, the Holy Spirit is groaning in prayer for you and the Father delights in your prayer provided you are Holy and you do not ill-treat your wife. Above all, He has promised to regard the prayer of even a destitute.

Matt. 6:6; John 14:14; Rom. 8:26; John 14:16; John 16:26; John 17:9; 17:20; I Pet. 3:12; Pro. 15:8; James 5:16; Rev. 5:8; Rev. 8:3-4; I Pet. 3:7; Ps. 102:17; Ps. 109:25:27.

Lesson 123

LESSON123
REVIVAL PRAYERS – PART 1

INTRODUCTION: Someone said that everyone has the opportunity of affecting the course of history in their lifetime, but few realize this and the opportunity. Intercessors praying regularly and effectively for the nation, with clean hearts, become among the greatest history makers of their generation. You too can be a history maker if you choose to be one. You do not have to be a politician to be one. You can make history on your knees. This series of studies are to show you how.

1. YOU PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT SHOULD STAR I WITH PRAYING FOR THE NATIONS ON A REGULAR BASIS.
One of the reasons why we should ask God to bless us is so that we could use the blessing to evangelize the world. Moreover, God had said His house must be a house of prayer for all peoples i.e. for the whole world. Infact, the only times Jesus was openly angry was when He found this commandment of God being disobeyed.

Ps. 6 7:1-2; Ecc. 3:11; I Tim. 2:1-2; Is. 56:7; Mark 11:15-17.

2. THOUGH GOD HAS SUPREME AUTHORITY OVER ALL NATIONS, HE INVITES YOUR COOPERATION IN SHAPING THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD.
God reigns supreme over the nations. He makes nations great or destroys them as He wills. But He says that at your request. He could hand over the nations to you to do with them as you please. At least you should prevent Him from destroying the nations by interceding for them.

Ps. 47:8; Job. 12:23; Ps. 2:8-9; Eze. 22:30-31; Ps. 106:23.

3. THE GREAT MEN OF GOD OF THE PAST PRAYED FOR REVIVAL, WE SHOULD NOT BE INDIFFERENT IN OUR TIME.
We are not the first set of people to have problems. There were problems in the times of David, Habakkuk, Isaiah, Nehemiah, Daniel and Ezia to mention a few What did these men of God do? Did they fold their arms and accept problems as their lot? No they cried unto God and God answered them. God has not changed. We too should cry unto Him now.

Ps. 80:7; Hab. 3:2; Ps. 119:126; Isa. 64:13; Neh. 1:6-7; Dan. 9:4-19; Ezra 9:6-15.

4. THOUGH WE MAY FEEL ALONE AT THE TASK AND RESULTS MAY BE DELAYED, SURELY REVIVAL WILL COME ONE DAY
The prophets of old also felt the loneliness and lack of others feeling desperate enough to pray these sorts of prayers for the nations. We, like Elijah, may need seven prayers or more to bring the rain of revival but results are assured. Nations that have not previously been evangelized not only will be, but they shall declare His glory among other nations. But before you begin to pray for revival, ask yourself, are you willing to be the answer to the prayer? If God calls you to go for Him, will you go?

Is. 64:7; 37:3; Is. 66:7-9; I Kings 18:42-44; Is. 55:5; Is. 61:11; 66:18-19; Rom. 10:14-15.

Lesson 124

LESSON 124
REVIVAL PRAYERS – PART 2

INTRODUCTION: One of the greatest promises Jesus ever made to us is in John 15:7. It is the key to answered prayers; whether for yourself, your home or your nation. It is a tremendous promise of prayer power. It is therefore, not surprising that there are conditions to be met before much unlimited powers could granted to mortal man. The conditions are two: (i) if you abide in Christ (ii) if His words abide in you. Abiding in Christ needs little or no explanation but “His words abiding in you” needs some clarification. And that is what we propose to do from this study onward. May the Lord quicken your understanding as you dig deep into His words

1. WHAT ARE HIS WORDS ?
Christ’s word include (i) those the Father gave to Him to give to us, (ii) those the Holy Spirit would teach and bring to our remembrance, (iii) those He Himself opened to us from the Old Testament between His resurrection and ascensions and (iv) His new commandments.

John 17:8; 14:25-26; Luke 24:27; 24:45; John 16:25; John 15:12, 17, John 15:16; Matt. 28:18-20.

2 JESUS, IN HIS WORDS, TAUGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CLEANSED LIFE IN PRAYER
Jesus was aware that it is possible for Christians to sin. The Apostles reaffirmed it. Infact, the commonest sins in the lives of the Christians are not the sins of commissions but of omission. These include the sins of tin forgiveness and failure to do what we know to be right. We shall now consider some ways in which we commit these sins of omission and had unwillingly hindered our own prayers from being answered.

Matt. 6:9-15; I John 1:8-9; I Pet. 3:12; James 4:17; Mark 11:24-26; II Cor. 2:5-11; Matt. 5:44; I Thes. 5:18; Eph. 3:20; Acts 1:8; Eph. 4:31; Rom. 12:3; Ps. 66:18.

Lesson 125
LESSON 125
REVIVAL PRAYERS – PART 3

INTRODUCTION: We learnt in the previous study that the two conditions for unlimited prayer powers are given in John 15:7 i.e. (i) abiding in Christ and (ii) Christ’s words abiding in us. In explaining the second condition, we learnt that the words of Christ are of 4 categories i.e. those the father gave Him to give to us, those the Holy Spirit would teach and bring to our remembrance, those Old Testament scriptures which Jesus opened up to us fore His ascension and finally His new commandments. Finally we discovered that the sins most prevalent in the lives of Christians are sins of omission and that these sins hinder our prayers. In the study, we shall examine more of these sins of omission and then begin to consider how to pray revival prayers. May the Lord Himself teach us as we learn at His feet in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. FAILURE TO DO GOOD OR DOING IT HALF-HEARTEDLY IS SIN
Among sins of omission are (i) failure to take good care of our bodies (ii) careless or unclean use of our bodies even though we know that these bodies are (lie temples of the Holy Spirit (iii) slothfulness in business or daily work (iv) causing weaker Christians to fall by careless use of our liberty in Christ (v) attending services in body but not in spirit, (vi) Failure to love the brethren or the organization to which you belong whole-heartedly (vii) making money for money-sake (viii) listening to evil reports and meditating on them, and (ix) lusting.

I Cor. 6:19; Rom. 12:l; I Cor. 8:9; Heb. 10:25;.John 13:35; Eph. 4:28; 5:16; Matt. 6:24; Phil. 4:8; I Pet. 2:11.

2. SOME STEPS TO REVIVAL PRAYERS
Revival prayers are not aimless type of prayers. They are prayers with a goal. And goals can only be reached if certain steps are taken one at a time. So you must pray systematically. Also, since effortless prayer is often fruitless prayer, you must pray fervently thoroughly, intensely and intimately.

Is. 41:21; Luke 22:44; I John 5:14; Eph. 6:18; Dent. 4:29; Matt. 6:6.

3. SOME STEPS TO REVIVAL PRAYERS (CONT’D)
Since revival brings joy, in anticipation that God will answer your prayer, pray joyfully and with excitement. Forget all previous failures in prayer; instead fight all prayer hindrances fiercely. Pray expectantly, sincerely, unselfishly, humbly and frequently. Above all, learn to fellowship with the Lord in Love.

Ps. 40:16; Phil. 3:13; Eph. 6:13-18; Matt. 8:5-8; Luke 20:45-47; James 4:3; II Chr. 7:14; Dan. 6:10; Ex. 25:22.

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

Hebrews 13: 8

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