DIGGING DEEP SERIES 101-200

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LESSON 126
REVIVAL PRAYERS – PART 4

INTRODUCTION: In the previous study, we began to learn how to pray revival prayers. Revival prayers must be purposeful, intense, sincere, expectant, earnest and intimate among several other things. When you pray revival prayers, you must forget past failures and press on, praying often and fighting all hindrances to prayer. Today, we want to take a close look at Mark 11:22-24 where there are several important truths concerning revival prayers. May God grant us a deep understanding of these truths in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. THERE IS A TEACHER, FOUNDATION AND STUDENT OF PRAYER
Christ is the true Teacher of all prayer. Before lie left, He promised to replace Himself with the Holy Spirit. Jesus was called Rabboni i.e. Teacher of teachers and so also is the Holy Spirit who guides into all truths. The foundation of all true prayer is God Himself. Thus, how we view God determines how we pray. And of course where there is a Teacher, there must be at least a student. Anyone willing to learn can enroll in Christ’s school of prayer; be he a King or a beggar by the roadside.

John 20:16; Matt. 23:8; John 16:13; Luke 1:37; Gen. 18:14; Jer. 3 2:17-27; Ps. 51:1-2; Mark 10:46-52; Ps. 34:6.

2. THERE IS A MYSTERY, DESIRE, REQUIREMENT AND PROMISE OF PRAYER
The real mystery of prayer is that God has empowered us to command a situation to take care of itself, to speak things into or out of existence. The desire of prayer is the point around which prayer revolves. The greater the desire, the more intense the prayer. The true requirement of prayer is faith. Faith in God not faith in power. The promise of God concerning sincere prayers prayed according to His will is simply that they will be answered.

Mark 16:17-18; Matt. 18:18; Ps. 122:10; Pr. 10:24; I Cor. 14:1; Ps. 107:23-30; Heb. 11:6; James 1:6-7; Chr. 20:20; John 6:28-29; Mark 9:23; John 16:24; Ex. 15:23-25; I Sam. 1:27; 7:9-10; I Kings 18:37-38; II Chr. 18:31; Acts 4:31; Ps. 91:15; Matt. 18:19.

LESSON 127
VESSEL UNTO HONOUR – PART 1

INTRODUCTION: We read in the Bible of various types of vessels. II Tim. 2:20 tells of vessels of gold, silver, wood and earth. Surely, if all the vessels have a choice, they would prefer to be vessels unto honour. You have a choice. Which would you like to be: a vessel unto honour or dishonour? This series is to show you how you can be a vessel unto honour and how to remain so forever. May the Lord bless us even as we study at His feet, in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. A VESSEL UNTO HONOUR MUST BE UNDEFILED
A vessel unto honour must be clean at all time. It cannot afford to be defiled. And so it must know what can defile so as to be able to avoid them. Things that can defile a man come under 3 categories: (i) sins committed in the heart. Included in these list of sins are, shedding of blood, stealing, lies, immoral speaking, breach of covenant, bitterness, immoral thoughts, covetousness and all forms of idolatry.

Is. 59:3; Eze. 28:18; Is. 24:5; Mark 7:18-23; Heb. 12:15; James 3:6; Eph. 5:3-7.

2. YOU HAVE A PART TO PLAY IN YOUR CLEANSING
Certainly, God has a part to play in making you a vessel unto honour. But you too have a part to play. To start with, you can wash in the blood of the Lamb. You can reject vain thoughts. You can say, “No”, to those things that can defile you bodily and spiritually. You can draw near to God and ask Him to help you. He is willing and able to make you as white as snow. He has a fountain full of blood that can purify you absolutely.

Is. 1:16; Jer. 4:14; Acts 22:16; I Cor. 5:7; II Cor. 7:1; James 4:8; I John 3:3; Ps. 51:2; Ps. 79:9; Is. 1:18; Eze. 36:24-25; I John 1:7; Heb. 9:14; Zech. 13:1; Titus 3:5; Rev. 1:5; Mal. 3.3.

LESSON 128
VESSEL UNTO HONOUR – PART 2

INTRODUCTION: In part one of this series we learnt that a vessel unto honour must be undefiled. Also we classified the sins that can defile a man unto three categories as (i) sins committed with the hand (ii) those committed with the tongue and (iii) above all, those committed with the heart. Today, as we continue in this series we want to use another classification of sins into three other categories as (i) Sin Against ourselves (ii) Sin against other and (iii) sin against God. In this study, we shall look at the first two categories to discover how they can defile a vessel unto honour and cause its rejection. May the Lord speak to our hearts as we study at His feet in Jesus Name.

1. A MAN CAN SIN AGAINST HIMSELF
To the master of the great House, sin means the failure of a vessel to be what it can or ought to be. That is why the commonest word of sin can be translated to mean a “missing of the target” The parables of the talents, the salt that lost its savor, the fig that refused to bear fruits, etc. are illustrative examples of what the Lord considers to be sin. While men are not expected to be equal in ability or achievement, they are expected to be equal in effort. Sitting on the fence is a sin in the sight of God.

Matt. 25:14-30; Matt. 5:13; Luke 13:6-9; Mat. 7:18; 16:24-25; Rev. 3:15-16.

2. SINS AGAINST OTHERS CAN ALSO BE IN THREE CATEGORIES
(i) it is a sin to fail to respond and react to human need i.e. it is a sin either to see someone in need and remain unmoved or pass by on the other side; or to be so unaware of others as not even to see their need. i.e. it is sin to fail to pity others.
(ii) Secondly, it is sin to fail to fellowship with others because lack of fellowship is brought about by lack of love. A breach with man is a breach with God.
(iii) thirdly, it is a grievous sin to cause others to sin, to put a stumbling block in the way of others.

Matt. 25:31-46; Luke 10:25-27; Pr. 21:13; Matt. 18:21-35; Luke 15:25-32; 16:19-31; Matt. 5:43-48; 5:23; Luke 18:9-14: Matt. 18:6-7.

3. ALL SIN ARE AGAINST GOD
All sins arc actually against God. But in particular, sin is deliberately doing things our own way instead of God’s way. Secondly, sin is showing off, that is putting ourselves in the center of the picture in place of God. Thirdly, since God is love, all sins are sin against love, a deliberate refusal to honour the loving invitation of God, to accept what God knows is the best for us.

Ps. 51:4: Man. 4:1-11; Matt. 15:1-9; 6:1-18: 23:1-12; 22:1-10; 11:20-22; Mark 3:22-30.

LESSON 129
VESSEL UNTO HONOUR – PART 3

INTRODUCTION: We have learnt of the various categories of sins that can defile a vessel and render it unfit for the use of the Master of the house. We have seen how the vessel can sin against himself against others and against God. In this third part, we want to discuss (i) why the vessel must be perpetually clean and (ii) how. May the Lord open our hearts to receive His words in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. WHY THE VESSEL UNTO HONOUR MUST BE CLEAN
God is the King of kings, the Supreme Being. He is the best, the greatest, the Almighty. Consequently, He uses only the best vessels of the purest gold and finest silver. Vessels unto Honour are not just to be used they are to join other saints in forming a team that will be co-labourers with God. Also, Jesus is part of them. Hence any member of the team has to be pure so as not to stain the other saints and the Lord Jesus. That is why defiled vessels are not tolerated bin discarded.

Dan. 5:2; II Cor. 4:6-7; Rom. 9:21-24; Eph. 2:13; 18:22; Heb. 3:12-14; I Cor. 3:9; 16-17; I Pet. 2:5-12.

2. THE CLEANSING PROCESS COULD BE PEACEFUL OR PAINFUL: THE CHOICE IS YOURS
In the cleansing process, no stain, no matter how small, (be it physical, soulish or spiritual), is allowed. The purifying process might be fiery and painful, but the end justifies the means. However, if you will not allow the word to do it. the fire will.

I Cor. 5:6-8; II Cor. 7:1; I Pet. 1:22; 1 Pet. 1:2-7; I John 3:1-3; Acts 9:15-16; II Tim. 3:16-17; Is. 1:25.

3. HOW TO STAY CLEAN
If you wish to remain perpetually clean for the Lord and be a permanent vessel unto honour, the following are some of the steps to take (i) study the Word (ii) memorize it. (iii) do it (iv) Be separate from the world (v) stay clear of anything that is “Not too bad” (vi) do not go back to your old friends (vii) beware of the following (a) pride (b) questioning Divinely appointed authorities (c) envy (d) strife (e) railing (f) evil surmising (g) disputing (h) wrong ideas of godliness, (i) desire for quick wealth. Above all, if you are clean, watch-out; if you had fallen, get up and flee the danger zone. The refiner is ready now, if you are.

Ps. 119:9, 11, Is. 52:11, Jer. 15:19; I Tim. 6:3-11; I Cor. 10:12-14; 6:15-18; Mal. 3:3.

LESSON 130
VESSEL UNTO HONOUR – PART 4

INTRODUCTION: In part three of this series, we learnt that vessels unto honour must be perpetually clean because they are a part of a team of saints with Jesus Christ as the Captain. Consequently, defiled vessels can neither be tolerated nor indulged. They are promptly discarded. To reach the clean stage, there are two routes: the fiery route of trials and the gentle route of the Word of God. Out of these two, you are free to choose one. In this part of the study, we want to continue our study on how vessels unto honour are chosen and why, John 15:16; May God quicken our understanding as we study in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

1. VESSELS UNTO HONOUR ARE CHOSEN BY THE MASTER
The vessels unto honour are chosen by the Master Himself and not by voting. That is why the other vessels envy them. This point about the Master choosing His own vessel of honour is clearly illustrated in the story of Jacob and Esau. We must also note that some vessels after spending some time with the Master may break or get spoilt and be discarded. May this never be our lot in Jesus Name. Amen.

John 15:19; Acts. 1:23-25; 9:10-15; Rom. 9:10-16, 21; I John 4:10, 19, John 6:70; John 13:18

2. YOU ARE BORN TO BREED, SAVED TO SERVE
The privileged and powerful position of the chosen ones imposes a heavy responsibility on them: that of service. They dare not fail to serve because no greater woe can befall a man than to be once chosen and then cast aside. Having served satan for so long and so much in the past, is it not only fair that we now serve Him who saved us with all our strength, time and resources?

Acts 1:8; Rom. 1:5; Rom. 15:15-16; I Cor. 9:16-18; Gal. 1:15-16; Eph. 2:8-10.

3. VESSELS UNTO HONOUR ARE THE “GO-BETWEENS” BETWEEN THE MASTER AND OTHERS

The vessels unto honour are the links between the Master and the other vessels. They are His ambassadors. He reveals Himself to them and they in turn reveal Him to the others. Consequently, just as the vessels on the Master’s table are not only to serve the Master but also His guests so also are Christians expected to witness to others in addition to worshipping God.

Acts 10:40-42; Luke 6:13; Acts 22:12-15; John 20:21-23; John 21:15-17; Is. 49:1-3; Jer. 1:5-7; Matt. 28:18-19; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:47-49.

LESSON 131
VESSEL UNTO HONOUR – PART 5

INTRODUCTION: The previous lesson taught us, we learnt that the vessels unto honour are chosen by the Master Himself. They arc chosen to serve both the master and his guests. They are the “go-between” between the Master and all others. And if they should fail to perform, they are promptly discarded. Now, we want to learn more of the responsibilities of these vessels and their effects on others. May God quicken our understanding as we study at His feet. Amen.

1. THE LORD JESUS IS A GLORIOUS KING: NO NEED TO BE ASHAMED OF HIM
There is no earthly reason to be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the King of Kings and because we belong to Him. We are kings too. We are, infact, the most powerful people on earth. Consequently, we have no one to fear. Instead we should be strong and teach people what we know about Christ and encourage them to teach others also. Because we are not just to have spiritual children, our spiritual children should be encouraged to have their own too.

II Tim. 1:7-11; 2:1-3; Tit. 1:5; John 15:8; Pro. 11:30-31; Is. 27:6; Is. 55:10-13.

2. THE LORD HAS A SPECIAL LOVE FOR CHILDREN: HE WANTS THEM SAVED TOO
We must not forget that children can eat with the Master of the House even when adults may not be able to come near. Consequently, vessels unto honour must realize their responsibilities to children too. We can tell them that the problems facing our Nation today is caused by our fathers failure to heed the warnings of God. Consequently, we need to learn from their mistakes and follow Christ now. We must also realize that we cannot stay with our children forever, but the word of God will stay with them whether or not we are around.

Ps 78:2-8; 147:3-4; Zech. 1:2-6; Rom. 15:1-4; I Cor 10:11; II Tim. 3:14-17; Heb. 11:3-5; II Pet. 1:12-15; 3:1-12.

3. VESSELS UNTO HONOURARE ALWAYS FEW: BUT THEIR IMPACTS CAN BE TREMENDOUS
The vessels unto honour are always few, just a remnant, but their effects are always great; like those of dew and rams. Everyone needs them and they just have to work like a team because none of them can single-handedly do all there is to do. God needs them too.

Mic. 5:7; Rom. 1:14; Acts 20:26-28; 1Cor. 3:12-18; Gen. 18:17-19; Ps. 71:17-18; John 14:12-14, 16:23-24; Matt. 21:22.

LESSON 132
VESSEL UNTO HONOUR – PART 6

INTRODUCTION: We learnt in our last lesson that we do not need to be ashamed of Jesus Christ because He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Consequently, we should boldly declare His glorious saving power to all men. Also, we learnt that He has a special love for children and He wants them saved too. Consequently, we must not limit our efforts to adults only but must actively participate in children ministries, m this study, we want to know how to identify vessels unto honour and how God treats them. May God quicken our understanding as we study at His feet in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. VESSELS UNTO HONOUR ARE EASY TO RECOGNIZE
Vessels unto honour are easy to know. They are zealous people with the law of God written in their hearts and with a deep sense of their own unworthiness to be used of God. Examples of men of god like Moses, Gideon, David, Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, John the Baptist and Paul illustrate clearly the characteristics common to all vessels unto honour. They know that they are merely vessels and can do nothing on their own.

Titus 2:14; Heb. 8:10; Ex. 3:11; Jude 6:15; I Sam. 9:21; 18:18; I Kings 3:7; Is. 6:5; Jer. 1:6; Matt. 3:14; John 3:27; II Cor. 2:15-16; 3:5; Ps. 127:1.

2. GOD HANDLES HIS VESSELS WITH CARE BECAUSE HE KNOWS THEY ARE FRAGILE
Every Master of the house knows that the vessels on his table are not likely to be plastic or wood. There are likely to be china and glass, useful but fragile. God knows also that His vessels unto honour are fragile, so He handles them with care. He regarded them as peculiar treasure preferred above all others. So he treats them with special care, guiding them like flock. Whenever they need help Her is near at hand to offer assistance.

I Cor. 1:25-27; James 2:5; Ps. 103:13-18; Ex. 19:5; Deut. 26:19; I Pet. 2:5-10; Ps. 4:3; Ps. 46:1-2.

3. GOD’S WORK CAN ONLY BE DONE BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD
No one can do the work of God successfully without the Spirit of God. By His Spirit you can obtain the ability to rebuke sin, the wisdom for judgment and the strength to deal with the enemy anytime he knocks at the gate. If you only will have faith and learn how to wait on God, the strength, power and ability, which you need to do even the impossible, will be given you.

Zech. 4:6; Mic. 3:8; Is. 28:5-6; Dan. 11:32; Heb. 11:33-34; II Cor. 12:9-10; Ps. 8:2; Is. 40:31.

LESSON 133
VESSEL UNTO HONOUR – PART 7

INTRODUCTION: In our last study we saw that the Master chooses fragile vessels cleans them and fills them with His Spirit and turns them round to use them to confound those who think they are mighty, wise or important. Also because they are fragile. He handles His vessels with tender care. Now, we want continue our Study as we learn something about the invitation of the Master to all vessels to come forward for choice. May God make everything clear to us as we study in Jesus’ name Amen.

1. OUR GOD IS IMPARTIAL: HE INVITES ALL TO BECOME VESSELS UNTO HONOUR
In order to be fair to all, the Master is always inviting everyone who cares to come unto His table. Since the days of Noah, he has been issuing invitations to all. He sends the invitation to all men through men. Not everyone will accept the Master’s invitation but if you do, you too will soon-fce passing the invitation on to others. The whole world must of necessity be invited because many must be called before the few would be chosen that will be chosen.

Is. 45:22; Rom. 10:12; Rev. 7:4-9; II Cor. 5:20; Is. 6:8; John 7:37-38; Rev. 3:20; Rev. 22:17.

2. ACCEPTING THE MASTER’S INVITATION IS OBTAINING FREEDOM FROM DEATH
The master’s table is a place of safety; vessels there are as secure as Noah was in the ark. They have the assurance of Divine protection. They dine with the Master free of charge and partake of His food that is already prepared by vessels that may never reach the Master’s table. Moreover, accepting the Master’s invitation is obtaining freedom from death.

Gen. 7:1; Num. 10:29; Is. 1:18; Matt. 22:4; Luke 14:17; Matt. 11:28; Eze. 33:11.

3. TO REFUSE THE MASTER’S CALL IS TO REFUSE LIFE
To reject the invitation of the Almighty is to accept an invitation to disaster and Divine rejection. If you refuse the call of God, there will be vessels for Him to use. It is you who could be the loser for it because to refuse the Master’s call is simply use. It is you who could be loser for it because to refuse the Master’s call is simply to refuse life.

Isa. 65:12; Is. 66:4: Jer. 7:13-16; Hos. 9:17; Matt. 22:2-10; John 5:40.

LESSON 134
THE BRIDE OF THE LAMB – PART 1

INTRODUCTION: Whenever we use the word “Church” different people think of different things as being the one referred to. Some think that the Church is a building with pews and an altar. Some think it is a denomination. Very few realize that the Church is a “Living body” an “Organism” not an organization. Fewer still know why the church is called the Body of Christ or the bride of the Lamb and how to become a member of this Body. This series, by the grace of God, shall reveal to us in depth the mysteries of the Bride of the Lamb. May God quicken our understanding as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE BRIDE OF THE LAMB WAS A MYSTERY
The BRIDE was a mystery to the Old Testament prophets. They knew there was to be something between the suffering and the glory of the Messiah but they did not know what, Jesus Himself merely gave a hint hut did not elaborate. The mystery was first revealed to Paul. That the Gentiles were to be saved was no mystery. The mystery was that God was going to form an entirely NEW THING, composed of both Jews and Gentiles.

I Pet. 1:3-5, 10-12; Luke 10:24: Mutt. 16:13-18; Matt. 13:16; Eph. 3:1-11; Rom. 5:2; 9:22-30; Deut. 29:29; Pro. 25:2; John 13:7.

2. THE BRIDE CONSISTS OF SPECIALLY CALLED PEOPLE
The word “Church” comes from the Greek word “Ecclesia” which means “an assembly of called-out ones “Hence we see that the Bride is made up of specially chosen people, people who are chosen in JESUS, out of the world. You join this “Body of Christ’ through the Baptism of the Spirit. That is why there could not be anything called the Church until the day of Pentecost. That is why Paul emphasizes this Holy Spirit baptism. One reason why the Church can never die is because Christ, the head of this Body, is alive forever more.

Acts 15:13-18; Eph. 1:3-6; Eph. 1:19-23; I Cor. 12:12- 13; Acts 1:4-5; 2:1-4, Eph. 4:4-6. Rom. 12:5, Rev. 1:18, Col. 3:4.

LESSON 135
THE BRIDE OF THE LAMB – PART 2

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of this series, we saw how the Church vas a mystery to the Old Testament Saints. Also, we saw that the Church, the Body of Christ, is “an assembly of called – out ones”. In this study, we want to find out why the Church is called the Body of Christ, how the Bride could be related to a Temple, and so on. May God bless us richly as we study at His feet in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. WHY CALL THE CHURCH THE BODY OF CHRIST?
Some of the functions of the head are: think with the brain, supply food into the body through the mouth and keep the body alive through air supply via the nostrils. Jesus performs these functions perfectly for the Church. On the other hand, the church is expected to perform the functions of the body which include carrying the head about, executing the plans of the brain and making the head known generally.

Matt. 6:31-34; Phil. 4:19; John 15:5; Ps. 34:8, 10; Ps. 23:1; Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:17-18; Phil. 1:21; Matt. 5:48; Eph. 4:11-13.

2. THE BRIDE AS A TEMPLE
The Bride, the Body of Christ or the Church is also called a Temple with the Lord Jesus Christ Himself being the Church Cornerstone. Next to Christ are the Apostles in the foundation of the Temple. The first layer of superstructure consists of 3,000 “living stones”. A few days later, the next layer of 5,000 was built. The building is continuing till now. Only those who are saved between Pentecost day and the second coming of Christ will fit into this “living Temple”. Will you be among?

Matt. 16:13-20; Acts 4:5-12; I Pet. 2:5-8; I Cor. 3:11; Eph. 2:19-22; Acts 2:41; Acts 4:4; Rev. 19:9.

LESSON 136
THE BRIDE OF THE LAMB – PART 2

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of this series, we saw how the Church vas a mystery to the Old Testament Saints. Also, we saw that the Church, the Body of Christ, is “an assembly of called – out ones”. In this study, we want to find out why the Church is called the Body of Christ, how the Bride could be related to a Temple, and so on. May God bless us richly as we study at His feet in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. WHY CALL THE CHURCH THE BODY OF CHRIST?
Some of the functions of the head are: think with the brain, supply food into the body through the mouth and keep the body alive through air supply via the nostrils. Jesus performs these functions perfectly for the Church. On the other hand, the church is expected to perform the functions of the body which include carrying the head about, executing the plans of the brain and making the head known generally.

Matt. 6:31-34; Phil. 4:19; John 15:5; Ps. 34:8, 10; Ps. 23:1; Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:17-18; Phil. 1:21; Matt. 5:48; Eph. 4:11-13.

2. THE BRIDE AS A TEMPLE
The Bride, the Body of Christ or the Church is also called a Temple with the Lord Jesus Christ Himself being the Church Cornerstone. Next to Christ are the Apostles in the foundation of the Temple. The first layer of superstructure consists of 3,000 “living stones”. A few days later, the next layer of 5,000 was built. The building is continuing till now. Only those who are saved between Pentecost day and the second coming of Christ will fit into this “living Temple”. Will you be among?

Matt. 16:13-20; Acts 4:5-12; I Pet. 2:5-8; I Cor. 3:11; Eph. 2:19-22; Acts 2:41; Acts 4:4; Rev. 19:9.

LESSON 137
THE BRIDE OF THE LAMB – PART 3

INTRODUCTION: In part two, we discovered that the Church is called the Body of Christ because Christ fulfills the role of a Head to a body by supplying all the needs – Physical, mental and spiritual of the Church. The Church in return is expected to fulfill the role of a body to a head by making Jesus Christ known and executing His decisions and commandments. We also saw how the Bride of Christ could be likened to a Temple with Jesus Christ as the Chief Cornerstone while other Christians are the “living stones” for the building of the Temple. In this part of the series, we shall continue our study of the Bride of the Lamb. May the Lord bless us as we do so. Amen.

1. THE BRIDE IS A VIRGIN
How the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, gets His Bride will be similar to how Adam got his own, because Jesus Christ is the second Adam. A beautiful illustration of what is going to happen can be found in the story of how Isaac got his bride. It is also interesting to note that there are 2 Brides in the scriptures: Israel is the Bride of Jehovah and the Church is the Bride of Christ. Of course the Anti-Christ claims he has a bride too.

Cor 11:12; Gen. 2:18, 21-24; John 19:33-34; Eph. 5:29- 30; Gen. 24; I Thes. 4:15-18; Is. 54:5-8.

2. THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB
It is essential that you note that it is going to be the marriage of the LAMB. The great event is not so much the consummation of the hopes of the Bride as it is the consummation of the plan of God for His son. arranged for before the foundation of the world. It is the greatest reward for Jesus for becoming a man. And it’s a marriage that will never suffer a divorce.

Luke 17:34-36; Matt. 24:27; 24:36-39; II Cor. 5:10; I Cor. 3:11-15; Rev. 19:7-9; Eph. 1:4; I Tim. 2:5.

LESSON 138
THE SPIRITUAL MAN – PART 1

INTRODUCTION: The Bible talks of different kinds of men. There is the “Natural man” the “Regenerated man”, the “Carnal Man”, the “Spiritual man” etc. Now, we begin a study of the spiritual man. But in an attempt to find out who is the spiritual man, we will need to know who the other men are. May God quicken our understanding as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THERE ARE TWO FINES OF HEREDITY: THE FLESH LINE AND THE SPIRIT LINE
When Jesus was discussing with Nicodemus, He made it clear that there are those who are born of the flesh and those who are born of the Spirit. Hence, there are two lines of heredity: the flesh and the spirit line. The flesh line produces the natural man whose characteristics are (i) a darkened understanding (ii) inability to receive things of God (iii) absence of any really good thing (iv) an object of the wrath of God and (v) a deceitful and desperately wicked heart (vi) inability to please God (vii) inability to change
from his sinful ways unaided.

John 3:5: I Cor. 6:10; I Pet. 1:23; I Cor. 2:14; James 1:18; John 3:6; Eph. 2:1 Eph. 4:17-19; II Chr. 4:40; Gal. 5:19; Rom. 7:8; Jer. 17:9; Mark 7:21-22; Rom. 8:8. Eph. 2:3; Jer. 13:23; Rom. 3:23.

2. THE SPIRITUAL MAN HAS A DIVINE PARENTAGE
God is the Father of the spiritual man, the human heart is the womb into which the SEED of the Word of God is dropped. The seed is vitalized by the Holy Spirit and a new nature is imparted within. This new nature cannot sin but bears fruits which are the outward evidence of what is within. The spiritual man has spiritual eyes and can see what is hidden to the natural man.

I Pet 1:23; John 3:6; I John 3:9; Col. 1:27; I John 5.11-12; Col. 3:3-4; Gal. 5:22.23; I Cor. 2:9-10; II Cor. 5:17.

LESSON 139
THE SPIRITUAL MAN – PART 2

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of this series, we discovered that there are two lines of heredity: (i) the flesh line which produces the natural man and (ii) the spirit line which produces the spiritual man. We also learnt the characteristics of both the
natural man and the spiritual man. In this study, we want to know how to fight
(he battle between the Spirit and the flesh. May the Lord Himself teach us
how to be over comers in Jesus Name Amen.

1. HOW TO FIGHT THE WAR BETWEEN THE OLD MAN AND THE NEW
When a man has just received spiritual birth, a big battle starts between the old man (the flesh) and the new man. The battle continues till death separates the flesh from the spirit.
Consequently, if you are to win, here arc some hints, (i) be constantly vigilant (ii) do not repose your confidence in the flesh or fleshly things (iii) make no provisions for the flesh to fulfill its lusts (iv) feed the new nature regularly (v) walk constantly in the Spirit.

Gal. 5:17; Rom. 7:14-23; 23-25; I Pet. 5:8; Gal. 6:2; Phil, 3:4; Rom. 13:14; I Pet. 2:2; Gal. 5:16.

2. THREE WAYS TO OVERCOME THE FLESH
There are 3 major ways to practically overcome the flesh. The first is by amputation. To amputate is to cut off, get rid off completely. The second is by mortification. To mortify is to cause some part of a living body to die. The third is by limitation. There fore, whatever is in your life that need to be mortified or limited, do not spare them.

Matt 18:8-9; Pr. 10:31; Matt. 5:30; Rom. 6:6; Col. 3:5-10; Rom.8:13; Gal. 5:12; Col. 2:11; Phil. 2:12-13; Heb. 12:1; I Pet. 2:1 l; l Pet. 4:2.

LESSON 140
DON’T BE LEFT BEHIND – PART 1

INTRODUCTION: All Christians know that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming again. Acts 1:10-11. Most of them know that His second coming will be in two stages; (i) like a thief in the night to take the spotless Bride away before the tribulation starts and (ii) to return with the Bride seven years later to reign on earth for 1,000 years. Without doubt, some people will be here on earth during those 7 terrible years. Anyone who did not go with Him at His first appearing will pass through the tribulation. Be warned, brethren, do not be left behind.

1. AFTER THE RAPTURE, THERE WILL BE A WORLD CHURCH
After the rapture, Satan will endeavor to establish a worldwide kingdom with a king at its head. This satanic king has several titles among which are: (i) the Anti-Christ, (ii) the will king (iii) the lawless one (iv) the son of perdition. He will become the head of a revived form of the Roman Empire, gain control of the Western world and form an alliance with the world church. Don’t be left behind if you don’t want to join the world church.

II Thess. 2:6-7; I John 2:18-22; I John 4:3; 11 John 7; Dan. 11:36; II Thess. 2:3, 8 Dan.2:40-43; Dan. 7:23-25; Rev. 13:1; Rev. 17:12-13; II Thes. 2:8-12; Rev. 17.

2. THE ANTI-CHRIST WILL HAVE SPECIAL DEALINGS WITH ISRAEL
The anti-Christ will make a covenant with Israel who will rebuild the temple in Jerusalem and start sacrifices again. The only opposition to the anti-Christ at this moment will be Russia who will instigate Syria and Egypt to invade Israel. The anti-Christ will defeat Syria and Egypt but meanwhile Russia would have invaded Israel and be supernaturally defeated. Thus the power of the anti-christ would grow to the extent that he would declare that he is God and demand worship that everyone should worship him. Don’t be left behind if you don’t want to worship the anti-christ.

Dan. 9:27; Ew. 37:11, 14; Dan. 11:40-43; Ew. 38:1-16, 17-39; Dan. 11:45; Dan. 9:27; Rev. 17:16; Dan 11:36-37; Matt. 24:15; II Thess. 2:4; Rev. 13:8.

LESSON 141
DON’T BE LEFT BEHIND – PART 2

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of this series, we learnt that after the rapture, Satan will endeavor to establish a world-wide kingdom headed by the anti-christ who will form an alliance with the world church. The anti-christ will also make a covenant with Israel who will rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem and start sacrifices again. Syria and Egypt will invade Israel at the instigation of Russia but the Anti-christ will defeat them. Russia will suffer a supernatural defeat and the power of the anti-christ will grow so that he will break his covenant with Israel declare that He is God and demand that everyone should worship him. In this study, we shall consider what follows next.

1. INSPITE OF ALL THE ACTIVITIES OF SATAN, THERE WILL STILL BE WITNESS FOR CHRIST
As soon as the anti-christ declares himself as God, another man will arise to become the high priest of the anti-Christ cult. The Bible calls him the false prophet. He will develop a highly organized religious system on behalf of the anti-christ. But inspite of all these devilish activities, there will be active witnesses for God and Christ. Many of them will be those who were lukewarm Christians now who will become red-hot for God after they have missed the rapture. They will be sorely persecuted. Israel will also rebel against the antichrist and their persecution will be so severe that the Bible calls it “the time of Jacob’s trouble”.

Rev. 16:13; Rev. 19:20; Rev. 13:11-18; Dan. 7:25; Rev. 13:7-15;
Rev. 17:6; Rev. 20:4; Matt. 25:15-20; Jer. 30:4-7; Zech. 14:1-2; Jer.30:7.

2. THE INTENSE SUFFERINGS OF THIS PERIOD WILL CAUSE ISRAEL TO REPENT AND THEN CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN.
Knowing that his time was short, the anti-christ will gather the armies of the world to Armageddon for a final battle. Meanwhile, the intense sufferings of the time of Jacob’s trouble will cause Israel to repent genuinely and God will cleanse them. Then Christ will return again riding on a white horse and the saints will return with Him to reign for a thousand years. Will you return with Him or will you be among those who are left behind?

Rev. 16:12-16; Ps. 2:1-3; Rev. 19:19; Rev. 16:1, 12,-Zeph. 3:8: Ps. 2:4-12; Rev. 19:17-18, 21; Rev. 20:1-3; Rev. 20:4-6.

LESSON 142
DON’T BE LEFT BEHIND – PART 3

INTRODUCTION: In the second part of this series, we learnt that as soon as the antichrist declares himself as God, anew man will arise to help him organize his religion. This new man is called the false prophet and through him and the world church,Christians who are left behind as well as Jew will be sorely persecuted. The sufferings of this period will be so much that Israel will finally repent and Jesus will return with His saints to wipe out the army of the antichrist at Armageddon. Then the reign of Christ for 1,000 years will start. Satan will be out of the way and Kingdom of God on earth will be wonderful, Rev. 20:1 -6.

1. THERE ARE CONDITIONS FOR ENTRY INTO THE KINGDOM AND HINDRANCES TOO
To be part of those who will reign with Christ, the following are some of the conditions you must satisfy: (i) you must be born again (ii) you must have a child-like spirit (iii) you must have a forgiving spirit (iv) you must be holy and (v) you must witness all the time. The things that could prevent you from entering the kingdom include (a) Love of money (b) lack of clear-cut decision (c) you may refuse the invitation to enter (d) you may lose the
opportunity to enter (e) The priviledge to enter may be taken away from you (f) you may refuse to do the will of God.

John. 3:3, 5; Matt. 18:1-4, 23-25; Heb. 12:14; John 15:2,6; Luke 19:15-19; Matt. 25:15-23; Mark 10:23-25; Luke 9:61-62; Luke 14:15-24; Matt. 25:1-13; Matt. 8:11; Luke 13:28; Matt. 6:10.

2. TO ENTER THE KINGDOM IS WORTH ANY SACRIFICE
The Kingdom belongs to the poor in spirit and whoever wants to enter must submit to God’s wisdom, power and mercy. Men are advised to seek the Kingdom desperately and be willing to pay any cost or make any sacrifice to enter. It is surely must better to be in the Kingdom than to be left behind. Please do not be left behind.

Matt. 5:3;ICor. 1:27; I Cor. 1:25, 28; Ps. 25:6-7; Ps. 73:22-24; Matt. 6:33; Matt. 13:44-46; Matt. 11:12; Mark 9:43-48.

LESSON 143
SORROW OF A BACKSLIDER- PART 1

INTRODUCTION: The African has a proverb: until a woman has tried two husbands, she would not know that one is preferable to the other. Until man has tried two lives: one without Christ and the other in Christ, he would not know the difference. But what a sorrow it would be to have lived in the glorious liberty that is Christ’s and then go back into the world. May it never happen to you in Jesus Name. Amen. This series of studies is to know the sorrow’-s of such a backslider.

1. THE LIFE OF SINNER IS A WRETCHED ONE: DON’T GO BACK TO IT
The life of a sinner is ci wretched and terrible one. The Bible gives
a graphic description of the life of a sinner and it is quite unenviable.
It is a life (i) without peace, (ii) without rest (iii) full of pains (iv)
full of afflictions (v) full of hardship (vi) full of tribulation (vii) full
of anguish (viii) full of misery (ix) full of destructions (x) full of sorrows, etc. Besides, there is the constant dread that he will end up in hell where he will be tormented forever. If you are still a sinner, you must get out of such a life immediately. If a saved soul, do not go back to such a wretched life.

Is. 57:21; Is. 57:20; Job. 15:20; Ps. 107:17; Pi: 13:15; Rom. 2:9; Rom. 3:16; James 5:1; Ecc. 2:23; Is. 21:4; Is. 23:12; Dent. 28:67; Jude 2:15; Is. 28:15; Job. 7:3; Ps. 38:8; Rev. 14:11.

2. THE NEW LIFE IN CHRIST IS A GLORIOUS ONE: PLEASE JOIN US AND STAY WITH US
Contrary to the life of a sinner, the new life in Christ offers you (i) joy (ii) peace (iii) hope (iv) victory (v) comfort (vi) power (vii) royalty (viii) spiritual blessings (ix) glory etc. if you have not tested
it, join us today. If you are already in it, stay with us. Don’t go
back to sorrow.

John 15:11; John 16:24; Rom. 15:13; Neh. 8:10; John 14:27; Is. 3:10; John 14:19; John 16:33; I John 4:4; Ps. 23:1; Ps. 34:10; Phil. 4:19; Phil 4:13; Matt. 16:19; John 14:18; John 14:1-3; I Pet. 2:9; Eph. 1:3; Col. 1:27.

LESSON 144
SORROW OF A BACKSLIDER- PART 2

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of this series, we examined the two lives: the one without Christ and how gloriously pleasant is the life of Christ. The difference was clear. It will be a very sad thing to go from the life in Christ to the life without Christ. May it never happen to us in Jesus’ name. Amen. Now we continue with series as we search the scriptures for the real meaning of backsliding and some of its basic causes. May the Lord quicken our understanding as we study at His feet in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

1. WHAT EXACTLY IS BACKSLIDING?
Basically, backsliding means ceasing to follow Jesus Christ. But there are other definitions of backsliding in the scriptures. For example, the following amount to backsliding in the sight of the Lord. (i) Changing a Christian decision (ii) condoning the sins of others (iii) Remembering old glories instead of achieving new ones (iv) resting on ones achievements instead of pressing forward (v) refusal to make progress (vi) loss of enthusiasm and (v) failure to make decision who would take over from oneself.

Tim. 4:10; Luke 9:62; Heb. 10:38; Pr. 24:24-25; Pr. 28:4; Is. 43:18-19; Phil. 3;13-14; John 15:1-25; Re. 2:4; I Sam. 3:11-13.

2. CAUSE OF BACKSLIDING
The causes of backsliding could be many and varied. Some of which are (i) disappointment by Christian elders (ii) Satanic deceit (iii) pride of achievement (iv) evil association (v) wrong spiritual leadership and (vii) severe trial. Now, once we know our enemies, they should not be able to destroy us again if we are careful. To be fore warned is to before armed.

Jer. 9:4; .for. 17:5; Gen. 3:4-5; Gen. 25:29-33; I Pet. 5:5; Dan. 4:29-33; 1 Kings 11:4; II Sam. 11:1-5; Ex. 32:1-8; Jer. 51:30; Zech.4:6.

LESSON 145
SORROW OF A BACKSLIDER- PART 3

INTRODUCTION: In the second part of this series, we discovered that backsliding is not merely ceasing to follow Jesus Christ. Changing a Christian decision, condoning sin, remembering old glories, resting on oars, being unprogressive, loss of enthusiasm and failure to make disciples are all cases of backsliding. We also discovered that causes of backsliding include disappointment by Christian’s elders, satanic deceit, pride of achievement, evil association, comfort arising from worldly success, wrong spiritual leadership and severe trials. In this study, we want to consider the sorrows of a backslider, how to cure backsliding and how to prevent it. May the Lord quicken our understanding as we study at His feet in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE SORROWS OF A BACKSLIDER ARE MANY AND VARIED
A backslider has many problems to contend with. Some of these problems are (a) a deep feeling of emptiness (b) Severe loneliness (c) Misery (d) Anxiety (e) Poverty spiritual as well as physical (f) Sickness (g) Inability to approach God and (h) inability to witness due to guilty conscience. This is so because when a backslider loses the only genuine friend in the world, he will quickly realize that there is no substitute for Christ anywhere.

Ps. 22:1,-Is. 59:1-2; Ps. 142:4; Luke 15:16; Pr. 14:15; Rom. 2:9; Ps. 51:8, 12; Is. 59:8; Amos 8:11; Jer. 5:4:Deut. 28:15-58; Ps. 51:11; 51:12-15.

2. PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE
If you are a backslider and you want full restoration, you must first of all allocate where you went wrong, repent and restitute your ways. Then you can stall all over again. But surely it is better never to backslide even once. To prevent backsliding, you must be willing to lose your life in order to find it. The steps you are to take constantly include (i) Mortification of the flesh (ii) crucifixion of affections (iii) consecration of all you consider as gain (iv) separation from earthly ties and (v) living a life of absolute surrender.

Eze. 18:31; Rev. 2:5; John 3:30; Matt. 10:39; II Cor. 4:11; Gal. 2;20; John 12:24; Rom 8:13; Phil. 3:7-8, Luke 14:26; Rom. 12:1; Act. 1:8.

LESSON 146
TAKE YOUR STAND – PART 1

INTRODUCTION: Consider the traffic policeman. His most strenuous personal effort cannot stop a fast moving car. Yet, he stands firmly in the middle of the road, raises his hand and the traffic stops. In a similar manner, a Christian who takes firm stand for his Lord has authority to stop all the satanic traffic in his life, Luke 10:19. May the Lord grant us all the grace to take our stand firmly for Him as we study this series in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE POWER BEHIND US IS GREATER THAN THAT OF THE ENEMY, AND HE KNOWS IT TOO.
All powers belong to Jesus Christ and He has delegated these powers to us. The devil knows this and he trembles each time he thinks about it. If you are truly joined to Christ, then whatever power Christ has belongs to you too. Wherever the Head is must be where the body is also and Christ is seated at the right hand of
the throne of God. And that is the center of power of the whole universe. The reasons why some Christians still alive a defeated lie therefore are mainly (i) lack of comprehension of this truth and (ii) a shaky stand for God.

Matt. 28:18; Eph. 1:22; I John 4:4; James 2:19; Eph. 1;20-21; Phil. 2:9-11;I Cor. 12:27; I Cor. 6:17; Heb. 1:13; Eph. I;16-19; John 14:12; James 4;7; James 1:6-8.

2. THE DEVIL CAN CONTROL ONLY THOSE WHO ARE NOT STANDING FIRMLY FOR CHRIST.
Some people think the devil is in control of everything in this world, but they are wrong. He cannot control you if you are not of this world because he is the prince of this world and those in love with it. God has already destroyed the works of the devil in the lives of those who truly belong to Him. All we are required to do is stand firm in Christ and continue to reign in life with Christ. As for the devil, he is surely under our feet if we are truly for Christ.

John 15:19; John 14:30; John 2:15-17; Col. 1:12-13; Luke 10:19; Rom. 5:17; I Pet. 5:8; Eph. 4-.27; Heb. 1:13-14; Matt. 18:18.

LESSON 147
TAKE YOUR STAND – PART 2

INTRODUCTION: In the second part of this series, we learnt that we may be called upon to suffer persecution for our faith. If this happens, we must stand firm because we will not be the first or the last to suffer for our faith. And that whatever happens, we must never lose our grip on eternal life. We only need to fear the Lord and there will be nothing else to fear. In this third part, we wish to learnt what standing for Christ means both in life and in death. May the Lord open our spiritual eyes so that we could see those things that pertain to our peace in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. CHRIST IS NOT ASKING YOU TO SERVE HIM FOR FREE; HE WILL PAY EACH ACT OF SERVICE YOU RENDER TO HIM
As far as God is concerned, He requires total submission from you. He wants your heart and not mere lip service. Infact, it is only by doing the will of God absolutely that you can claim to be truly related to Christ. Now, when you compare what Christ and other saints of old had done with what we are required to do today, you will know that we are given an easy task. Moreover, Christ is not asking us to serve Him for free, even though He has a right to do so. But He will still reward our efforts provided they are whole-heatedly done.

Pro. 23:26; Matt. 12:50; Eph. 6:6; John 4;34-38; Ps. 126:5-6; Ex. 23:25; Deut. 10:12; I Cor. 15:58; II Tim. 4:5; Phil. 2:12.

2. MAN IS A TRINITY: BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT. HE NEEDS MORE THAN BREAD TO TRULY SURVIVE.
Let your goal both in life and in death be how to please Christ. Do not let your search for daily bread obstruct your spiritual goal or dun your spiritual vision. Man needs more than bread to survive because he is a trinity and the one who truly survived is the one who survived after death. Death is once per person, but death is not the end of the story. It is just a new beginning. Sign a contract
of total allegiance with God now and your survival here and yonder will be settled.

Phil. 1:21; Deut. 8:3; Ecc. 8:8; Ps. 23:4; Heb. 9:27; Pr.I4.-32; Col. 1:27; Heb. 11:13; Rev. 14:13; Ps. 116:15; Dan. 1:8.

LESSON 148
TAKE YOUR STAND – PART 3

INTRODUCTION: In the third part of this series, we learnt that since man is a trinity of body, soul and spirit, he needs more than ordinary bread to survive. Therefore we should not allow our search for daily bread to obstruct our spiritual vision or goal.
Similarly, we learnt that if we sign a contract of total submission to God like
Daniel and co did, then the lions of this world and the fires of hell will not have power over us. Now, we continue our series exhorting you to take your stand against shame, fear of death and for Christ. May God bless us as we study at His feet in Jesus Name, Amen.

1. GOD PROMISES YOU BLESSINGS AND SONGS OF PRAISE, NOT SHAME
If you take your stand absolutely for Christ, you will be a blessed person and have no cause to be ashamed. It is unbelievers who will find Christ a stumbling block. It is blessings and songs of praise that God promises His people not shame. If you suffer for Christ’s sake, that is an opportunity to praise God. In any case” you are not sure of eternal life beyond doubts until you are willing to loose your life for Christ’s sake. And if you abide in Him totally, you will have no cause to be ashamed before Him when He comes again.

Ps. 119:1-6; Rom. 9:33; Joel. 1:26; Is. 50:7-9; I Pet. 4:15-16; Matt. 15:25; II Tim. 2:11; I John 2:28; Acts. 5:29-41; I John 4:15-18.

2. IF YOU SERVE CHRIST WHOLE – HEARTEDLY, GOD WILL HONOUR YOU
If you are completely for Christ, you should be bold because through Christ you have access to God. And if you are bold enough to visit God Himself, why must you be afraid of any man? Also, you do not need men’s honours because if you serve Christ, whole-heartedly God Himself will honour you if your entire love
is focused on Christ, the following are part of your blessings: (i) deliverance (ii) promotion (iii) answered prayers (iv) Divine presence in the day of trouble (v) honour (vi) long life and (vii) salvation.

Eph. 3:11-12; Heb. 4:14-16; Heb. 10:19-23; John 12:26; Ps. 91:14-16; Ps. 40:8; Ps. 143:10.

WHO IS A CHRISTIAN?
Some people believe that tradition can or must be embedded
into the true worship of God. This is wrong. Such people cling to
a common saying that “this is not too bad”. They fail to realize the
fact that what is not too bad has an element of it being bad in it.
You cannot serve God and mammon. God has a standard and
his standard cannot be compromised.

Matt. 5:20; I Pet. 4:16; Is. 3:16-24; I Pet. 3:3-4; John 13:34-35; John 15:14, 23; Rom. 8:35-36; I Pet. 4:16.

LESSON 149
FRUITFUL LIVES & FRUITFUL ONES – PART 1

How does one determine a life that has been fruitfully and usefully spent?
How does God measure success in the life of an individual? Is it by the fleet of cars and rows of houses he has? How does God measure failure in the life of an individual? Is it by poverty or lack of education? Certainly not. God’s
standard is different from human standards, Luke 12:15. And we are concerned about God’s standard in this series. May the Lord open our spiritual eyes to see those things that arc of God in Jesus, Name. Amen.

1. JESUS CHRIST’S LIFE IS A PATTERN OF A FRUITFUL LIFE
A fruitful life is one that puts Jesus first in all things. A life that starts with Jesus and end with Him. A life that recognizes that Jesus never changes and His standards remain the same today as ever. A life of wisdom, gloriously lived in the fear of God. A life without a stain, without a blemish. A honest life, of hard work and soul-winning, spent in turning sinners to righteousness.

Col. 1:17-19; Matt. 28:18; Rev. 1:10-11; John 7:5; I Cor. 8:6; Heb. 13:8; Pro. 3:35; Dan. 6:1-4; Phil. 2:15; I Pet. 2:12; Dan. 12:3; Matt. 4:19; Matt. 4:19; I Cor. 11:1; I Thess. 3:9; Eccl. 4:5.

2. A FRUITFUL LIFE IS A LIFE OF LOVE
A fruitful life is a life that loves God. A life spent joyfully reading the word of God and meditating therein. A life spent obeying God and keeping His commandments. A life of peace double portion of peace, based on holiness and absolute trust in God.

Deut 6:5; Ps. 119; 162; Ps. 138:2; Ps. 119:97; John 14:23; John 15:14; Ps. 119:163, 165; Is. 26:3.

LESSON 150
FRUITFUL LIVES & FRUITFUL ONES – PART 2

1. In the first part of series, we saw that as far as God is concerned, what makes your life fruitful is not necessarily how much material wealth you possess. Also, that God’s standard of measuring fruitfulness is different from man’s standard. Some of the things we have learnt so far as contributing to a fruitful life are (i) putting Jesus first (ii) holiness, (iii) following the footsteps of the Lord (vi) loving God (v) reading and meditating on the word of God (vi) doing the word of God (vil) wisdom based on the fear of the Lord. We shall continue to look at those things that make a life fruitful. May the Holy Spirit teach us today, in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. A FRUITFUL LIFE IS ONE OF COMPASSION AND ACTIVE LOVE
Compassion, particularly for the downtrodden, the sick and the
unhappy captives of Satan, is an ingredient for a fruitful life. Love
for our fellow men, as demonstrated by giving our best be it money,
time, tracts, comfort etc. is another ingredient. A life of love is a
life of obedience to God who commanded us to love our
neighbours like ourselves. Hence it is a godly, fruitful life.

Matt. 9:36; Mark 1:40-41; John 3:16; Acts 3:b-o; John 15:13: John
15:12; Rom. 5:8; I John 4:7-12; Mark 16:15-16; Col. 1:5-8.

2. FOR A LIFE TO BE FRUITFUL, IT HAS TO BE SACRIFICIAL
A fruitful life has to be a life of sacrifice; sacrificial living, sacrificial
giving and even sacrificial praising of God. That is how Christ lived
His life; that is how we must live our own because He is our example.

Luke 21:4; Mark 26:7; I Kings 17:13-15; Ps. 107:21-22; Ps. 116:17; Jer. 17:26; Jer. 33:11; Jonah 2:8-9; Heb. 13:15; II Cor.8:9; Eph. 5:2; I John 3:16.

Lesson 126

LESSON 126
REVIVAL PRAYERS – PART 4

INTRODUCTION: In the previous study, we began to learn how to pray revival prayers. Revival prayers must be purposeful, intense, sincere, expectant, earnest and intimate among several other things. When you pray revival prayers, you must forget past failures and press on, praying often and fighting all hindrances to prayer. Today, we want to take a close look at Mark 11:22-24 where there are several important truths concerning revival prayers. May God grant us a deep understanding of these truths in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. THERE IS A TEACHER, FOUNDATION AND STUDENT OF PRAYER
Christ is the true Teacher of all prayer. Before lie left, He promised to replace Himself with the Holy Spirit. Jesus was called Rabboni i.e. Teacher of teachers and so also is the Holy Spirit who guides into all truths. The foundation of all true prayer is God Himself. Thus, how we view God determines how we pray. And of course where there is a Teacher, there must be at least a student. Anyone willing to learn can enroll in Christ’s school of prayer; be he a King or a beggar by the roadside.

John 20:16; Matt. 23:8; John 16:13; Luke 1:37; Gen. 18:14; Jer. 3 2:17-27; Ps. 51:1-2; Mark 10:46-52; Ps. 34:6.

2. THERE IS A MYSTERY, DESIRE, REQUIREMENT AND PROMISE OF PRAYER
The real mystery of prayer is that God has empowered us to command a situation to take care of itself, to speak things into or out of existence. The desire of prayer is the point around which prayer revolves. The greater the desire, the more intense the prayer. The true requirement of prayer is faith. Faith in God not faith in power. The promise of God concerning sincere prayers prayed according to His will is simply that they will be answered.

Mark 16:17-18; Matt. 18:18; Ps. 122:10; Pr. 10:24; I Cor. 14:1; Ps. 107:23-30; Heb. 11:6; James 1:6-7; Chr. 20:20; John 6:28-29; Mark 9:23; John 16:24; Ex. 15:23-25; I Sam. 1:27; 7:9-10; I Kings 18:37-38; II Chr. 18:31; Acts 4:31; Ps. 91:15; Matt. 18:19.

Lesson 127

LESSON 127
VESSEL UNTO HONOUR – PART 1

INTRODUCTION: We read in the Bible of various types of vessels. II Tim. 2:20 tells of vessels of gold, silver, wood and earth. Surely, if all the vessels have a choice, they would prefer to be vessels unto honour. You have a choice. Which would you like to be: a vessel unto honour or dishonour? This series is to show you how you can be a vessel unto honour and how to remain so forever. May the Lord bless us even as we study at His feet, in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. A VESSEL UNTO HONOUR MUST BE UNDEFILED
A vessel unto honour must be clean at all time. It cannot afford to be defiled. And so it must know what can defile so as to be able to avoid them. Things that can defile a man come under 3 categories: (i) sins committed in the heart. Included in these list of sins are, shedding of blood, stealing, lies, immoral speaking, breach of covenant, bitterness, immoral thoughts, covetousness and all forms of idolatry.

Is. 59:3; Eze. 28:18; Is. 24:5; Mark 7:18-23; Heb. 12:15; James 3:6; Eph. 5:3-7.

2. YOU HAVE A PART TO PLAY IN YOUR CLEANSING
Certainly, God has a part to play in making you a vessel unto honour. But you too have a part to play. To start with, you can wash in the blood of the Lamb. You can reject vain thoughts. You can say, “No”, to those things that can defile you bodily and spiritually. You can draw near to God and ask Him to help you. He is willing and able to make you as white as snow. He has a fountain full of blood that can purify you absolutely.

Is. 1:16; Jer. 4:14; Acts 22:16; I Cor. 5:7; II Cor. 7:1; James 4:8; I John 3:3; Ps. 51:2; Ps. 79:9; Is. 1:18; Eze. 36:24-25; I John 1:7; Heb. 9:14; Zech. 13:1; Titus 3:5; Rev. 1:5; Mal. 3.3.

Lesson 128
LESSON 128
VESSEL UNTO HONOUR – PART 2

INTRODUCTION: In part one of this series we learnt that a vessel unto honour must be undefiled. Also we classified the sins that can defile a man unto three categories as (i) sins committed with the hand (ii) those committed with the tongue and (iii) above all, those committed with the heart. Today, as we continue in this series we want to use another classification of sins into three other categories as (i) Sin Against ourselves (ii) Sin against other and (iii) sin against God. In this study, we shall look at the first two categories to discover how they can defile a vessel unto honour and cause its rejection. May the Lord speak to our hearts as we study at His feet in Jesus Name.

1. A MAN CAN SIN AGAINST HIMSELF
To the master of the great House, sin means the failure of a vessel to be what it can or ought to be. That is why the commonest word of sin can be translated to mean a “missing of the target” The parables of the talents, the salt that lost its savor, the fig that refused to bear fruits, etc. are illustrative examples of what the Lord considers to be sin. While men are not expected to be equal in ability or achievement, they are expected to be equal in effort. Sitting on the fence is a sin in the sight of God.

Matt. 25:14-30; Matt. 5:13; Luke 13:6-9; Mat. 7:18; 16:24-25; Rev. 3:15-16.

2. SINS AGAINST OTHERS CAN ALSO BE IN THREE CATEGORIES
(i) it is a sin to fail to respond and react to human need i.e. it is a sin either to see someone in need and remain unmoved or pass by on the other side; or to be so unaware of others as not even to see their need. i.e. it is sin to fail to pity others.
(ii) Secondly, it is sin to fail to fellowship with others because lack of fellowship is brought about by lack of love. A breach with man is a breach with God.
(iii) thirdly, it is a grievous sin to cause others to sin, to put a stumbling block in the way of others.

Matt. 25:31-46; Luke 10:25-27; Pr. 21:13; Matt. 18:21-35; Luke 15:25-32; 16:19-31; Matt. 5:43-48; 5:23; Luke 18:9-14: Matt. 18:6-7.

3. ALL SIN ARE AGAINST GOD
All sins arc actually against God. But in particular, sin is deliberately doing things our own way instead of God’s way. Secondly, sin is showing off, that is putting ourselves in the center of the picture in place of God. Thirdly, since God is love, all sins are sin against love, a deliberate refusal to honour the loving invitation of God, to accept what God knows is the best for us.

Ps. 51:4: Man. 4:1-11; Matt. 15:1-9; 6:1-18: 23:1-12; 22:1-10; 11:20-22; Mark 3:22-30.

Lesson 129
LESSON 129
VESSEL UNTO HONOUR – PART 3

INTRODUCTION: We have learnt of the various categories of sins that can defile a vessel and render it unfit for the use of the Master of the house. We have seen how the vessel can sin against himself against others and against God. In this third part, we want to discuss (i) why the vessel must be perpetually clean and (ii) how. May the Lord open our hearts to receive His words in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. WHY THE VESSEL UNTO HONOUR MUST BE CLEAN
God is the King of kings, the Supreme Being. He is the best, the greatest, the Almighty. Consequently, He uses only the best vessels of the purest gold and finest silver. Vessels unto Honour are not just to be used they are to join other saints in forming a team that will be co-labourers with God. Also, Jesus is part of them. Hence any member of the team has to be pure so as not to stain the other saints and the Lord Jesus. That is why defiled vessels are not tolerated bin discarded.

Dan. 5:2; II Cor. 4:6-7; Rom. 9:21-24; Eph. 2:13; 18:22; Heb. 3:12-14; I Cor. 3:9; 16-17; I Pet. 2:5-12.

2. THE CLEANSING PROCESS COULD BE PEACEFUL OR PAINFUL: THE CHOICE IS YOURS
In the cleansing process, no stain, no matter how small, (be it physical, soulish or spiritual), is allowed. The purifying process might be fiery and painful, but the end justifies the means. However, if you will not allow the word to do it. the fire will.

I Cor. 5:6-8; II Cor. 7:1; I Pet. 1:22; 1 Pet. 1:2-7; I John 3:1-3; Acts 9:15-16; II Tim. 3:16-17; Is. 1:25.

3. HOW TO STAY CLEAN
If you wish to remain perpetually clean for the Lord and be a permanent vessel unto honour, the following are some of the steps to take (i) study the Word (ii) memorize it. (iii) do it (iv) Be separate from the world (v) stay clear of anything that is “Not too bad” (vi) do not go back to your old friends (vii) beware of the following (a) pride (b) questioning Divinely appointed authorities (c) envy (d) strife (e) railing (f) evil surmising (g) disputing (h) wrong ideas of godliness, (i) desire for quick wealth. Above all, if you are clean, watch-out; if you had fallen, get up and flee the danger zone. The refiner is ready now, if you are.

Ps. 119:9, 11, Is. 52:11, Jer. 15:19; I Tim. 6:3-11; I Cor. 10:12-14; 6:15-18; Mal. 3:3.

Lesson 130

LESSON 130
VESSEL UNTO HONOUR – PART 4

INTRODUCTION: In part three of this series, we learnt that vessels unto honour must be perpetually clean because they are a part of a team of saints with Jesus Christ as the Captain. Consequently, defiled vessels can neither be tolerated nor indulged. They are promptly discarded. To reach the clean stage, there are two routes: the fiery route of trials and the gentle route of the Word of God. Out of these two, you are free to choose one. In this part of the study, we want to continue our study on how vessels unto honour are chosen and why, John 15:16; May God quicken our understanding as we study in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

1. VESSELS UNTO HONOUR ARE CHOSEN BY THE MASTER
The vessels unto honour are chosen by the Master Himself and not by voting. That is why the other vessels envy them. This point about the Master choosing His own vessel of honour is clearly illustrated in the story of Jacob and Esau. We must also note that some vessels after spending some time with the Master may break or get spoilt and be discarded. May this never be our lot in Jesus Name. Amen.

John 15:19; Acts. 1:23-25; 9:10-15; Rom. 9:10-16, 21; I John 4:10, 19, John 6:70; John 13:18

2. YOU ARE BORN TO BREED, SAVED TO SERVE
The privileged and powerful position of the chosen ones imposes a heavy responsibility on them: that of service. They dare not fail to serve because no greater woe can befall a man than to be once chosen and then cast aside. Having served satan for so long and so much in the past, is it not only fair that we now serve Him who saved us with all our strength, time and resources?

Acts 1:8; Rom. 1:5; Rom. 15:15-16; I Cor. 9:16-18; Gal. 1:15-16; Eph. 2:8-10.

3. VESSELS UNTO HONOUR ARE THE “GO-BETWEENS” BETWEEN THE MASTER AND OTHERS

The vessels unto honour are the links between the Master and the other vessels. They are His ambassadors. He reveals Himself to them and they in turn reveal Him to the others. Consequently, just as the vessels on the Master’s table are not only to serve the Master but also His guests so also are Christians expected to witness to others in addition to worshipping God.

Acts 10:40-42; Luke 6:13; Acts 22:12-15; John 20:21-23; John 21:15-17; Is. 49:1-3; Jer. 1:5-7; Matt. 28:18-19; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:47-49.

Lesson 131

LESSON 131
VESSEL UNTO HONOUR – PART 5

INTRODUCTION: The previous lesson taught us, we learnt that the vessels unto honour are chosen by the Master Himself. They arc chosen to serve both the master and his guests. They are the “go-between” between the Master and all others. And if they should fail to perform, they are promptly discarded. Now, we want to learn more of the responsibilities of these vessels and their effects on others. May God quicken our understanding as we study at His feet. Amen.

1. THE LORD JESUS IS A GLORIOUS KING: NO NEED TO BE ASHAMED OF HIM
There is no earthly reason to be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the King of Kings and because we belong to Him. We are kings too. We are, infact, the most powerful people on earth. Consequently, we have no one to fear. Instead we should be strong and teach people what we know about Christ and encourage them to teach others also. Because we are not just to have spiritual children, our spiritual children should be encouraged to have their own too.

II Tim. 1:7-11; 2:1-3; Tit. 1:5; John 15:8; Pro. 11:30-31; Is. 27:6; Is. 55:10-13.

2. THE LORD HAS A SPECIAL LOVE FOR CHILDREN: HE WANTS THEM SAVED TOO
We must not forget that children can eat with the Master of the House even when adults may not be able to come near. Consequently, vessels unto honour must realize their responsibilities to children too. We can tell them that the problems facing our Nation today is caused by our fathers failure to heed the warnings of God. Consequently, we need to learn from their mistakes and follow Christ now. We must also realize that we cannot stay with our children forever, but the word of God will stay with them whether or not we are around.

Ps 78:2-8; 147:3-4; Zech. 1:2-6; Rom. 15:1-4; I Cor 10:11; II Tim. 3:14-17; Heb. 11:3-5; II Pet. 1:12-15; 3:1-12.

3. VESSELS UNTO HONOURARE ALWAYS FEW: BUT THEIR IMPACTS CAN BE TREMENDOUS
The vessels unto honour are always few, just a remnant, but their effects are always great; like those of dew and rams. Everyone needs them and they just have to work like a team because none of them can single-handedly do all there is to do. God needs them too.

Mic. 5:7; Rom. 1:14; Acts 20:26-28; 1Cor. 3:12-18; Gen. 18:17-19; Ps. 71:17-18; John 14:12-14, 16:23-24; Matt. 21:22.

Lesson 132

LESSON 132
VESSEL UNTO HONOUR – PART 6

INTRODUCTION: We learnt in our last lesson that we do not need to be ashamed of Jesus Christ because He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Consequently, we should boldly declare His glorious saving power to all men. Also, we learnt that He has a special love for children and He wants them saved too. Consequently, we must not limit our efforts to adults only but must actively participate in children ministries, m this study, we want to know how to identify vessels unto honour and how God treats them. May God quicken our understanding as we study at His feet in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. VESSELS UNTO HONOUR ARE EASY TO RECOGNIZE
Vessels unto honour are easy to know. They are zealous people with the law of God written in their hearts and with a deep sense of their own unworthiness to be used of God. Examples of men of god like Moses, Gideon, David, Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, John the Baptist and Paul illustrate clearly the characteristics common to all vessels unto honour. They know that they are merely vessels and can do nothing on their own.

Titus 2:14; Heb. 8:10; Ex. 3:11; Jude 6:15; I Sam. 9:21; 18:18; I Kings 3:7; Is. 6:5; Jer. 1:6; Matt. 3:14; John 3:27; II Cor. 2:15-16; 3:5; Ps. 127:1.

2. GOD HANDLES HIS VESSELS WITH CARE BECAUSE HE KNOWS THEY ARE FRAGILE
Every Master of the house knows that the vessels on his table are not likely to be plastic or wood. There are likely to be china and glass, useful but fragile. God knows also that His vessels unto honour are fragile, so He handles them with care. He regarded them as peculiar treasure preferred above all others. So he treats them with special care, guiding them like flock. Whenever they need help Her is near at hand to offer assistance.

I Cor. 1:25-27; James 2:5; Ps. 103:13-18; Ex. 19:5; Deut. 26:19; I Pet. 2:5-10; Ps. 4:3; Ps. 46:1-2.

3. GOD’S WORK CAN ONLY BE DONE BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD
No one can do the work of God successfully without the Spirit of God. By His Spirit you can obtain the ability to rebuke sin, the wisdom for judgment and the strength to deal with the enemy anytime he knocks at the gate. If you only will have faith and learn how to wait on God, the strength, power and ability, which you need to do even the impossible, will be given you.

Zech. 4:6; Mic. 3:8; Is. 28:5-6; Dan. 11:32; Heb. 11:33-34; II Cor. 12:9-10; Ps. 8:2; Is. 40:31.

Lesson 133

LESSON 133
VESSEL UNTO HONOUR – PART 7

INTRODUCTION: In our last study we saw that the Master chooses fragile vessels cleans them and fills them with His Spirit and turns them round to use them to confound those who think they are mighty, wise or important. Also because they are fragile. He handles His vessels with tender care. Now, we want continue our Study as we learn something about the invitation of the Master to all vessels to come forward for choice. May God make everything clear to us as we study in Jesus’ name Amen.

1. OUR GOD IS IMPARTIAL: HE INVITES ALL TO BECOME VESSELS UNTO HONOUR
In order to be fair to all, the Master is always inviting everyone who cares to come unto His table. Since the days of Noah, he has been issuing invitations to all. He sends the invitation to all men through men. Not everyone will accept the Master’s invitation but if you do, you too will soon-fce passing the invitation on to others. The whole world must of necessity be invited because many must be called before the few would be chosen that will be chosen.

Is. 45:22; Rom. 10:12; Rev. 7:4-9; II Cor. 5:20; Is. 6:8; John 7:37-38; Rev. 3:20; Rev. 22:17.

2. ACCEPTING THE MASTER’S INVITATION IS OBTAINING FREEDOM FROM DEATH
The master’s table is a place of safety; vessels there are as secure as Noah was in the ark. They have the assurance of Divine protection. They dine with the Master free of charge and partake of His food that is already prepared by vessels that may never reach the Master’s table. Moreover, accepting the Master’s invitation is obtaining freedom from death.

Gen. 7:1; Num. 10:29; Is. 1:18; Matt. 22:4; Luke 14:17; Matt. 11:28; Eze. 33:11.

3. TO REFUSE THE MASTER’S CALL IS TO REFUSE LIFE
To reject the invitation of the Almighty is to accept an invitation to disaster and Divine rejection. If you refuse the call of God, there will be vessels for Him to use. It is you who could be the loser for it because to refuse the Master’s call is simply use. It is you who could be loser for it because to refuse the Master’s call is simply to refuse life.

Isa. 65:12; Is. 66:4: Jer. 7:13-16; Hos. 9:17; Matt. 22:2-10; John 5:40.

Lesson 134

LESSON 134
THE BRIDE OF THE LAMB – PART 1

INTRODUCTION: Whenever we use the word “Church” different people think of different things as being the one referred to. Some think that the Church is a building with pews and an altar. Some think it is a denomination. Very few realize that the Church is a “Living body” an “Organism” not an organization. Fewer still know why the church is called the Body of Christ or the bride of the Lamb and how to become a member of this Body. This series, by the grace of God, shall reveal to us in depth the mysteries of the Bride of the Lamb. May God quicken our understanding as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE BRIDE OF THE LAMB WAS A MYSTERY
The BRIDE was a mystery to the Old Testament prophets. They knew there was to be something between the suffering and the glory of the Messiah but they did not know what, Jesus Himself merely gave a hint hut did not elaborate. The mystery was first revealed to Paul. That the Gentiles were to be saved was no mystery. The mystery was that God was going to form an entirely NEW THING, composed of both Jews and Gentiles.

I Pet. 1:3-5, 10-12; Luke 10:24: Mutt. 16:13-18; Matt. 13:16; Eph. 3:1-11; Rom. 5:2; 9:22-30; Deut. 29:29; Pro. 25:2; John 13:7.

2. THE BRIDE CONSISTS OF SPECIALLY CALLED PEOPLE
The word “Church” comes from the Greek word “Ecclesia” which means “an assembly of called-out ones “Hence we see that the Bride is made up of specially chosen people, people who are chosen in JESUS, out of the world. You join this “Body of Christ’ through the Baptism of the Spirit. That is why there could not be anything called the Church until the day of Pentecost. That is why Paul emphasizes this Holy Spirit baptism. One reason why the Church can never die is because Christ, the head of this Body, is alive forever more.

Acts 15:13-18; Eph. 1:3-6; Eph. 1:19-23; I Cor. 12:12- 13; Acts 1:4-5; 2:1-4, Eph. 4:4-6. Rom. 12:5, Rev. 1:18, Col. 3:4.

Lesson 135
LESSON 135
THE BRIDE OF THE LAMB – PART 2

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of this series, we saw how the Church vas a mystery to the Old Testament Saints. Also, we saw that the Church, the Body of Christ, is “an assembly of called – out ones”. In this study, we want to find out why the Church is called the Body of Christ, how the Bride could be related to a Temple, and so on. May God bless us richly as we study at His feet in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. WHY CALL THE CHURCH THE BODY OF CHRIST?
Some of the functions of the head are: think with the brain, supply food into the body through the mouth and keep the body alive through air supply via the nostrils. Jesus performs these functions perfectly for the Church. On the other hand, the church is expected to perform the functions of the body which include carrying the head about, executing the plans of the brain and making the head known generally.

Matt. 6:31-34; Phil. 4:19; John 15:5; Ps. 34:8, 10; Ps. 23:1; Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:17-18; Phil. 1:21; Matt. 5:48; Eph. 4:11-13.

2. THE BRIDE AS A TEMPLE
The Bride, the Body of Christ or the Church is also called a Temple with the Lord Jesus Christ Himself being the Church Cornerstone. Next to Christ are the Apostles in the foundation of the Temple. The first layer of superstructure consists of 3,000 “living stones”. A few days later, the next layer of 5,000 was built. The building is continuing till now. Only those who are saved between Pentecost day and the second coming of Christ will fit into this “living Temple”. Will you be among?

Matt. 16:13-20; Acts 4:5-12; I Pet. 2:5-8; I Cor. 3:11; Eph. 2:19-22; Acts 2:41; Acts 4:4; Rev. 19:9.

Lesson 136
LESSON 136
THE BRIDE OF THE LAMB – PART 2

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of this series, we saw how the Church vas a mystery to the Old Testament Saints. Also, we saw that the Church, the Body of Christ, is “an assembly of called – out ones”. In this study, we want to find out why the Church is called the Body of Christ, how the Bride could be related to a Temple, and so on. May God bless us richly as we study at His feet in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. WHY CALL THE CHURCH THE BODY OF CHRIST?
Some of the functions of the head are: think with the brain, supply food into the body through the mouth and keep the body alive through air supply via the nostrils. Jesus performs these functions perfectly for the Church. On the other hand, the church is expected to perform the functions of the body which include carrying the head about, executing the plans of the brain and making the head known generally.

Matt. 6:31-34; Phil. 4:19; John 15:5; Ps. 34:8, 10; Ps. 23:1; Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:17-18; Phil. 1:21; Matt. 5:48; Eph. 4:11-13.

2. THE BRIDE AS A TEMPLE
The Bride, the Body of Christ or the Church is also called a Temple with the Lord Jesus Christ Himself being the Church Cornerstone. Next to Christ are the Apostles in the foundation of the Temple. The first layer of superstructure consists of 3,000 “living stones”. A few days later, the next layer of 5,000 was built. The building is continuing till now. Only those who are saved between Pentecost day and the second coming of Christ will fit into this “living Temple”. Will you be among?

Matt. 16:13-20; Acts 4:5-12; I Pet. 2:5-8; I Cor. 3:11; Eph. 2:19-22; Acts 2:41; Acts 4:4; Rev. 19:9.

Lesson 137
LESSON 137
THE BRIDE OF THE LAMB – PART 3

INTRODUCTION: In part two, we discovered that the Church is called the Body of Christ because Christ fulfills the role of a Head to a body by supplying all the needs – Physical, mental and spiritual of the Church. The Church in return is expected to fulfill the role of a body to a head by making Jesus Christ known and executing His decisions and commandments. We also saw how the Bride of Christ could be likened to a Temple with Jesus Christ as the Chief Cornerstone while other Christians are the “living stones” for the building of the Temple. In this part of the series, we shall continue our study of the Bride of the Lamb. May the Lord bless us as we do so. Amen.

1. THE BRIDE IS A VIRGIN
How the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, gets His Bride will be similar to how Adam got his own, because Jesus Christ is the second Adam. A beautiful illustration of what is going to happen can be found in the story of how Isaac got his bride. It is also interesting to note that there are 2 Brides in the scriptures: Israel is the Bride of Jehovah and the Church is the Bride of Christ. Of course the Anti-Christ claims he has a bride too.

Cor 11:12; Gen. 2:18, 21-24; John 19:33-34; Eph. 5:29- 30; Gen. 24; I Thes. 4:15-18; Is. 54:5-8.

2. THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB
It is essential that you note that it is going to be the marriage of the LAMB. The great event is not so much the consummation of the hopes of the Bride as it is the consummation of the plan of God for His son. arranged for before the foundation of the world. It is the greatest reward for Jesus for becoming a man. And it’s a marriage that will never suffer a divorce.

Luke 17:34-36; Matt. 24:27; 24:36-39; II Cor. 5:10; I Cor. 3:11-15; Rev. 19:7-9; Eph. 1:4; I Tim. 2:5.

Lesson 138
LESSON 138
THE SPIRITUAL MAN – PART 1

INTRODUCTION: The Bible talks of different kinds of men. There is the “Natural man” the “Regenerated man”, the “Carnal Man”, the “Spiritual man” etc. Now, we begin a study of the spiritual man. But in an attempt to find out who is the spiritual man, we will need to know who the other men are. May God quicken our understanding as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THERE ARE TWO FINES OF HEREDITY: THE FLESH LINE AND THE SPIRIT LINE
When Jesus was discussing with Nicodemus, He made it clear that there are those who are born of the flesh and those who are born of the Spirit. Hence, there are two lines of heredity: the flesh and the spirit line. The flesh line produces the natural man whose characteristics are (i) a darkened understanding (ii) inability to receive things of God (iii) absence of any really good thing (iv) an object of the wrath of God and (v) a deceitful and desperately wicked heart (vi) inability to please God (vii) inability to change
from his sinful ways unaided.

John 3:5: I Cor. 6:10; I Pet. 1:23; I Cor. 2:14; James 1:18; John 3:6; Eph. 2:1 Eph. 4:17-19; II Chr. 4:40; Gal. 5:19; Rom. 7:8; Jer. 17:9; Mark 7:21-22; Rom. 8:8. Eph. 2:3; Jer. 13:23; Rom. 3:23.

2. THE SPIRITUAL MAN HAS A DIVINE PARENTAGE
God is the Father of the spiritual man, the human heart is the womb into which the SEED of the Word of God is dropped. The seed is vitalized by the Holy Spirit and a new nature is imparted within. This new nature cannot sin but bears fruits which are the outward evidence of what is within. The spiritual man has spiritual eyes and can see what is hidden to the natural man.

I Pet 1:23; John 3:6; I John 3:9; Col. 1:27; I John 5.11-12; Col. 3:3-4; Gal. 5:22.23; I Cor. 2:9-10; II Cor. 5:17.

Lesson 139

LESSON 139
THE SPIRITUAL MAN – PART 2

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of this series, we discovered that there are two lines of heredity: (i) the flesh line which produces the natural man and (ii) the spirit line which produces the spiritual man. We also learnt the characteristics of both the
natural man and the spiritual man. In this study, we want to know how to fight
(he battle between the Spirit and the flesh. May the Lord Himself teach us
how to be over comers in Jesus Name Amen.

1. HOW TO FIGHT THE WAR BETWEEN THE OLD MAN AND THE NEW
When a man has just received spiritual birth, a big battle starts between the old man (the flesh) and the new man. The battle continues till death separates the flesh from the spirit.
Consequently, if you are to win, here arc some hints, (i) be constantly vigilant (ii) do not repose your confidence in the flesh or fleshly things (iii) make no provisions for the flesh to fulfill its lusts (iv) feed the new nature regularly (v) walk constantly in the Spirit.

Gal. 5:17; Rom. 7:14-23; 23-25; I Pet. 5:8; Gal. 6:2; Phil, 3:4; Rom. 13:14; I Pet. 2:2; Gal. 5:16.

2. THREE WAYS TO OVERCOME THE FLESH
There are 3 major ways to practically overcome the flesh. The first is by amputation. To amputate is to cut off, get rid off completely. The second is by mortification. To mortify is to cause some part of a living body to die. The third is by limitation. There fore, whatever is in your life that need to be mortified or limited, do not spare them.

Matt 18:8-9; Pr. 10:31; Matt. 5:30; Rom. 6:6; Col. 3:5-10; Rom.8:13; Gal. 5:12; Col. 2:11; Phil. 2:12-13; Heb. 12:1; I Pet. 2:1 l; l Pet. 4:2.

Lesson 140
LESSON 140
DON’T BE LEFT BEHIND – PART 1

INTRODUCTION: All Christians know that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming again. Acts 1:10-11. Most of them know that His second coming will be in two stages; (i) like a thief in the night to take the spotless Bride away before the tribulation starts and (ii) to return with the Bride seven years later to reign on earth for 1,000 years. Without doubt, some people will be here on earth during those 7 terrible years. Anyone who did not go with Him at His first appearing will pass through the tribulation. Be warned, brethren, do not be left behind.

1. AFTER THE RAPTURE, THERE WILL BE A WORLD CHURCH
After the rapture, Satan will endeavor to establish a worldwide kingdom with a king at its head. This satanic king has several titles among which are: (i) the Anti-Christ, (ii) the will king (iii) the lawless one (iv) the son of perdition. He will become the head of a revived form of the Roman Empire, gain control of the Western world and form an alliance with the world church. Don’t be left behind if you don’t want to join the world church.

II Thess. 2:6-7; I John 2:18-22; I John 4:3; 11 John 7; Dan. 11:36; II Thess. 2:3, 8 Dan.2:40-43; Dan. 7:23-25; Rev. 13:1; Rev. 17:12-13; II Thes. 2:8-12; Rev. 17.

2. THE ANTI-CHRIST WILL HAVE SPECIAL DEALINGS WITH ISRAEL
The anti-Christ will make a covenant with Israel who will rebuild the temple in Jerusalem and start sacrifices again. The only opposition to the anti-Christ at this moment will be Russia who will instigate Syria and Egypt to invade Israel. The anti-Christ will defeat Syria and Egypt but meanwhile Russia would have invaded Israel and be supernaturally defeated. Thus the power of the anti-christ would grow to the extent that he would declare that he is God and demand worship that everyone should worship him. Don’t be left behind if you don’t want to worship the anti-christ.

Dan. 9:27; Ew. 37:11, 14; Dan. 11:40-43; Ew. 38:1-16, 17-39; Dan. 11:45; Dan. 9:27; Rev. 17:16; Dan 11:36-37; Matt. 24:15; II Thess. 2:4; Rev. 13:8.

Lesson 141
LESSON 141
DON’T BE LEFT BEHIND – PART 2

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of this series, we learnt that after the rapture, Satan will endeavor to establish a world-wide kingdom headed by the anti-christ who will form an alliance with the world church. The anti-christ will also make a covenant with Israel who will rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem and start sacrifices again. Syria and Egypt will invade Israel at the instigation of Russia but the Anti-christ will defeat them. Russia will suffer a supernatural defeat and the power of the anti-christ will grow so that he will break his covenant with Israel declare that He is God and demand that everyone should worship him. In this study, we shall consider what follows next.

1. INSPITE OF ALL THE ACTIVITIES OF SATAN, THERE WILL STILL BE WITNESS FOR CHRIST
As soon as the anti-christ declares himself as God, another man will arise to become the high priest of the anti-Christ cult. The Bible calls him the false prophet. He will develop a highly organized religious system on behalf of the anti-christ. But inspite of all these devilish activities, there will be active witnesses for God and Christ. Many of them will be those who were lukewarm Christians now who will become red-hot for God after they have missed the rapture. They will be sorely persecuted. Israel will also rebel against the antichrist and their persecution will be so severe that the Bible calls it “the time of Jacob’s trouble”.

Rev. 16:13; Rev. 19:20; Rev. 13:11-18; Dan. 7:25; Rev. 13:7-15;
Rev. 17:6; Rev. 20:4; Matt. 25:15-20; Jer. 30:4-7; Zech. 14:1-2; Jer.30:7.

2. THE INTENSE SUFFERINGS OF THIS PERIOD WILL CAUSE ISRAEL TO REPENT AND THEN CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN.
Knowing that his time was short, the anti-christ will gather the armies of the world to Armageddon for a final battle. Meanwhile, the intense sufferings of the time of Jacob’s trouble will cause Israel to repent genuinely and God will cleanse them. Then Christ will return again riding on a white horse and the saints will return with Him to reign for a thousand years. Will you return with Him or will you be among those who are left behind?

Rev. 16:12-16; Ps. 2:1-3; Rev. 19:19; Rev. 16:1, 12,-Zeph. 3:8: Ps. 2:4-12; Rev. 19:17-18, 21; Rev. 20:1-3; Rev. 20:4-6.

Lesson 142

LESSON 142
DON’T BE LEFT BEHIND – PART 3

INTRODUCTION: In the second part of this series, we learnt that as soon as the antichrist declares himself as God, anew man will arise to help him organize his religion. This new man is called the false prophet and through him and the world church,Christians who are left behind as well as Jew will be sorely persecuted. The sufferings of this period will be so much that Israel will finally repent and Jesus will return with His saints to wipe out the army of the antichrist at Armageddon. Then the reign of Christ for 1,000 years will start. Satan will be out of the way and Kingdom of God on earth will be wonderful, Rev. 20:1 -6.

1. THERE ARE CONDITIONS FOR ENTRY INTO THE KINGDOM AND HINDRANCES TOO
To be part of those who will reign with Christ, the following are some of the conditions you must satisfy: (i) you must be born again (ii) you must have a child-like spirit (iii) you must have a forgiving spirit (iv) you must be holy and (v) you must witness all the time. The things that could prevent you from entering the kingdom include (a) Love of money (b) lack of clear-cut decision (c) you may refuse the invitation to enter (d) you may lose the
opportunity to enter (e) The priviledge to enter may be taken away from you (f) you may refuse to do the will of God.

John. 3:3, 5; Matt. 18:1-4, 23-25; Heb. 12:14; John 15:2,6; Luke 19:15-19; Matt. 25:15-23; Mark 10:23-25; Luke 9:61-62; Luke 14:15-24; Matt. 25:1-13; Matt. 8:11; Luke 13:28; Matt. 6:10.

2. TO ENTER THE KINGDOM IS WORTH ANY SACRIFICE
The Kingdom belongs to the poor in spirit and whoever wants to enter must submit to God’s wisdom, power and mercy. Men are advised to seek the Kingdom desperately and be willing to pay any cost or make any sacrifice to enter. It is surely must better to be in the Kingdom than to be left behind. Please do not be left behind.

Matt. 5:3;ICor. 1:27; I Cor. 1:25, 28; Ps. 25:6-7; Ps. 73:22-24; Matt. 6:33; Matt. 13:44-46; Matt. 11:12; Mark 9:43-48.

Lesson 143
LESSON 143
SORROW OF A BACKSLIDER- PART 1

INTRODUCTION: The African has a proverb: until a woman has tried two husbands, she would not know that one is preferable to the other. Until man has tried two lives: one without Christ and the other in Christ, he would not know the difference. But what a sorrow it would be to have lived in the glorious liberty that is Christ’s and then go back into the world. May it never happen to you in Jesus Name. Amen. This series of studies is to know the sorrow’-s of such a backslider.

1. THE LIFE OF SINNER IS A WRETCHED ONE: DON’T GO BACK TO IT
The life of a sinner is ci wretched and terrible one. The Bible gives
a graphic description of the life of a sinner and it is quite unenviable.
It is a life (i) without peace, (ii) without rest (iii) full of pains (iv)
full of afflictions (v) full of hardship (vi) full of tribulation (vii) full
of anguish (viii) full of misery (ix) full of destructions (x) full of sorrows, etc. Besides, there is the constant dread that he will end up in hell where he will be tormented forever. If you are still a sinner, you must get out of such a life immediately. If a saved soul, do not go back to such a wretched life.

Is. 57:21; Is. 57:20; Job. 15:20; Ps. 107:17; Pi: 13:15; Rom. 2:9; Rom. 3:16; James 5:1; Ecc. 2:23; Is. 21:4; Is. 23:12; Dent. 28:67; Jude 2:15; Is. 28:15; Job. 7:3; Ps. 38:8; Rev. 14:11.

2. THE NEW LIFE IN CHRIST IS A GLORIOUS ONE: PLEASE JOIN US AND STAY WITH US
Contrary to the life of a sinner, the new life in Christ offers you (i) joy (ii) peace (iii) hope (iv) victory (v) comfort (vi) power (vii) royalty (viii) spiritual blessings (ix) glory etc. if you have not tested
it, join us today. If you are already in it, stay with us. Don’t go
back to sorrow.

John 15:11; John 16:24; Rom. 15:13; Neh. 8:10; John 14:27; Is. 3:10; John 14:19; John 16:33; I John 4:4; Ps. 23:1; Ps. 34:10; Phil. 4:19; Phil 4:13; Matt. 16:19; John 14:18; John 14:1-3; I Pet. 2:9; Eph. 1:3; Col. 1:27.

Lesson 144

LESSON 144
SORROW OF A BACKSLIDER- PART 2

INTRODUCTION: In the first part of this series, we examined the two lives: the one without Christ and how gloriously pleasant is the life of Christ. The difference was clear. It will be a very sad thing to go from the life in Christ to the life without Christ. May it never happen to us in Jesus’ name. Amen. Now we continue with series as we search the scriptures for the real meaning of backsliding and some of its basic causes. May the Lord quicken our understanding as we study at His feet in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

1. WHAT EXACTLY IS BACKSLIDING?
Basically, backsliding means ceasing to follow Jesus Christ. But there are other definitions of backsliding in the scriptures. For example, the following amount to backsliding in the sight of the Lord. (i) Changing a Christian decision (ii) condoning the sins of others (iii) Remembering old glories instead of achieving new ones (iv) resting on ones achievements instead of pressing forward (v) refusal to make progress (vi) loss of enthusiasm and (v) failure to make decision who would take over from oneself.

Tim. 4:10; Luke 9:62; Heb. 10:38; Pr. 24:24-25; Pr. 28:4; Is. 43:18-19; Phil. 3;13-14; John 15:1-25; Re. 2:4; I Sam. 3:11-13.

2. CAUSE OF BACKSLIDING
The causes of backsliding could be many and varied. Some of which are (i) disappointment by Christian elders (ii) Satanic deceit (iii) pride of achievement (iv) evil association (v) wrong spiritual leadership and (vii) severe trial. Now, once we know our enemies, they should not be able to destroy us again if we are careful. To be fore warned is to before armed.

Jer. 9:4; .for. 17:5; Gen. 3:4-5; Gen. 25:29-33; I Pet. 5:5; Dan. 4:29-33; 1 Kings 11:4; II Sam. 11:1-5; Ex. 32:1-8; Jer. 51:30; Zech.4:6.

Lesson 145

LESSON 145
SORROW OF A BACKSLIDER- PART 3

INTRODUCTION: In the second part of this series, we discovered that backsliding is not merely ceasing to follow Jesus Christ. Changing a Christian decision, condoning sin, remembering old glories, resting on oars, being unprogressive, loss of enthusiasm and failure to make disciples are all cases of backsliding. We also discovered that causes of backsliding include disappointment by Christian’s elders, satanic deceit, pride of achievement, evil association, comfort arising from worldly success, wrong spiritual leadership and severe trials. In this study, we want to consider the sorrows of a backslider, how to cure backsliding and how to prevent it. May the Lord quicken our understanding as we study at His feet in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE SORROWS OF A BACKSLIDER ARE MANY AND VARIED
A backslider has many problems to contend with. Some of these problems are (a) a deep feeling of emptiness (b) Severe loneliness (c) Misery (d) Anxiety (e) Poverty spiritual as well as physical (f) Sickness (g) Inability to approach God and (h) inability to witness due to guilty conscience. This is so because when a backslider loses the only genuine friend in the world, he will quickly realize that there is no substitute for Christ anywhere.

Ps. 22:1,-Is. 59:1-2; Ps. 142:4; Luke 15:16; Pr. 14:15; Rom. 2:9; Ps. 51:8, 12; Is. 59:8; Amos 8:11; Jer. 5:4:Deut. 28:15-58; Ps. 51:11; 51:12-15.

2. PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE
If you are a backslider and you want full restoration, you must first of all allocate where you went wrong, repent and restitute your ways. Then you can stall all over again. But surely it is better never to backslide even once. To prevent backsliding, you must be willing to lose your life in order to find it. The steps you are to take constantly include (i) Mortification of the flesh (ii) crucifixion of affections (iii) consecration of all you consider as gain (iv) separation from earthly ties and (v) living a life of absolute surrender.

Eze. 18:31; Rev. 2:5; John 3:30; Matt. 10:39; II Cor. 4:11; Gal. 2;20; John 12:24; Rom 8:13; Phil. 3:7-8, Luke 14:26; Rom. 12:1; Act. 1:8.

Lesson 146

LESSON 146
TAKE YOUR STAND – PART 1

INTRODUCTION: Consider the traffic policeman. His most strenuous personal effort cannot stop a fast moving car. Yet, he stands firmly in the middle of the road, raises his hand and the traffic stops. In a similar manner, a Christian who takes firm stand for his Lord has authority to stop all the satanic traffic in his life, Luke 10:19. May the Lord grant us all the grace to take our stand firmly for Him as we study this series in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE POWER BEHIND US IS GREATER THAN THAT OF THE ENEMY, AND HE KNOWS IT TOO.
All powers belong to Jesus Christ and He has delegated these powers to us. The devil knows this and he trembles each time he thinks about it. If you are truly joined to Christ, then whatever power Christ has belongs to you too. Wherever the Head is must be where the body is also and Christ is seated at the right hand of
the throne of God. And that is the center of power of the whole universe. The reasons why some Christians still alive a defeated lie therefore are mainly (i) lack of comprehension of this truth and (ii) a shaky stand for God.

Matt. 28:18; Eph. 1:22; I John 4:4; James 2:19; Eph. 1;20-21; Phil. 2:9-11;I Cor. 12:27; I Cor. 6:17; Heb. 1:13; Eph. I;16-19; John 14:12; James 4;7; James 1:6-8.

2. THE DEVIL CAN CONTROL ONLY THOSE WHO ARE NOT STANDING FIRMLY FOR CHRIST.
Some people think the devil is in control of everything in this world, but they are wrong. He cannot control you if you are not of this world because he is the prince of this world and those in love with it. God has already destroyed the works of the devil in the lives of those who truly belong to Him. All we are required to do is stand firm in Christ and continue to reign in life with Christ. As for the devil, he is surely under our feet if we are truly for Christ.

John 15:19; John 14:30; John 2:15-17; Col. 1:12-13; Luke 10:19; Rom. 5:17; I Pet. 5:8; Eph. 4-.27; Heb. 1:13-14; Matt. 18:18.

Lesson 147
LESSON 147
TAKE YOUR STAND – PART 2

INTRODUCTION: In the second part of this series, we learnt that we may be called upon to suffer persecution for our faith. If this happens, we must stand firm because we will not be the first or the last to suffer for our faith. And that whatever happens, we must never lose our grip on eternal life. We only need to fear the Lord and there will be nothing else to fear. In this third part, we wish to learnt what standing for Christ means both in life and in death. May the Lord open our spiritual eyes so that we could see those things that pertain to our peace in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. CHRIST IS NOT ASKING YOU TO SERVE HIM FOR FREE; HE WILL PAY EACH ACT OF SERVICE YOU RENDER TO HIM
As far as God is concerned, He requires total submission from you. He wants your heart and not mere lip service. Infact, it is only by doing the will of God absolutely that you can claim to be truly related to Christ. Now, when you compare what Christ and other saints of old had done with what we are required to do today, you will know that we are given an easy task. Moreover, Christ is not asking us to serve Him for free, even though He has a right to do so. But He will still reward our efforts provided they are whole-heatedly done.

Pro. 23:26; Matt. 12:50; Eph. 6:6; John 4;34-38; Ps. 126:5-6; Ex. 23:25; Deut. 10:12; I Cor. 15:58; II Tim. 4:5; Phil. 2:12.

2. MAN IS A TRINITY: BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT. HE NEEDS MORE THAN BREAD TO TRULY SURVIVE.
Let your goal both in life and in death be how to please Christ. Do not let your search for daily bread obstruct your spiritual goal or dun your spiritual vision. Man needs more than bread to survive because he is a trinity and the one who truly survived is the one who survived after death. Death is once per person, but death is not the end of the story. It is just a new beginning. Sign a contract
of total allegiance with God now and your survival here and yonder will be settled.

Phil. 1:21; Deut. 8:3; Ecc. 8:8; Ps. 23:4; Heb. 9:27; Pr.I4.-32; Col. 1:27; Heb. 11:13; Rev. 14:13; Ps. 116:15; Dan. 1:8.

Lesson 148
LESSON 148
TAKE YOUR STAND – PART 3

INTRODUCTION: In the third part of this series, we learnt that since man is a trinity of body, soul and spirit, he needs more than ordinary bread to survive. Therefore we should not allow our search for daily bread to obstruct our spiritual vision or goal.
Similarly, we learnt that if we sign a contract of total submission to God like
Daniel and co did, then the lions of this world and the fires of hell will not have power over us. Now, we continue our series exhorting you to take your stand against shame, fear of death and for Christ. May God bless us as we study at His feet in Jesus Name, Amen.

1. GOD PROMISES YOU BLESSINGS AND SONGS OF PRAISE, NOT SHAME
If you take your stand absolutely for Christ, you will be a blessed person and have no cause to be ashamed. It is unbelievers who will find Christ a stumbling block. It is blessings and songs of praise that God promises His people not shame. If you suffer for Christ’s sake, that is an opportunity to praise God. In any case” you are not sure of eternal life beyond doubts until you are willing to loose your life for Christ’s sake. And if you abide in Him totally, you will have no cause to be ashamed before Him when He comes again.

Ps. 119:1-6; Rom. 9:33; Joel. 1:26; Is. 50:7-9; I Pet. 4:15-16; Matt. 15:25; II Tim. 2:11; I John 2:28; Acts. 5:29-41; I John 4:15-18.

2. IF YOU SERVE CHRIST WHOLE – HEARTEDLY, GOD WILL HONOUR YOU
If you are completely for Christ, you should be bold because through Christ you have access to God. And if you are bold enough to visit God Himself, why must you be afraid of any man? Also, you do not need men’s honours because if you serve Christ, whole-heartedly God Himself will honour you if your entire love
is focused on Christ, the following are part of your blessings: (i) deliverance (ii) promotion (iii) answered prayers (iv) Divine presence in the day of trouble (v) honour (vi) long life and (vii) salvation.

Eph. 3:11-12; Heb. 4:14-16; Heb. 10:19-23; John 12:26; Ps. 91:14-16; Ps. 40:8; Ps. 143:10.

WHO IS A CHRISTIAN?
Some people believe that tradition can or must be embedded
into the true worship of God. This is wrong. Such people cling to
a common saying that “this is not too bad”. They fail to realize the
fact that what is not too bad has an element of it being bad in it.
You cannot serve God and mammon. God has a standard and
his standard cannot be compromised.

Matt. 5:20; I Pet. 4:16; Is. 3:16-24; I Pet. 3:3-4; John 13:34-35; John 15:14, 23; Rom. 8:35-36; I Pet. 4:16.

Lesson 149
LESSON 149
FRUITFUL LIVES & FRUITFUL ONES – PART 1

How does one determine a life that has been fruitfully and usefully spent?
How does God measure success in the life of an individual? Is it by the fleet of cars and rows of houses he has? How does God measure failure in the life of an individual? Is it by poverty or lack of education? Certainly not. God’s
standard is different from human standards, Luke 12:15. And we are concerned about God’s standard in this series. May the Lord open our spiritual eyes to see those things that arc of God in Jesus, Name. Amen.

1. JESUS CHRIST’S LIFE IS A PATTERN OF A FRUITFUL LIFE
A fruitful life is one that puts Jesus first in all things. A life that starts with Jesus and end with Him. A life that recognizes that Jesus never changes and His standards remain the same today as ever. A life of wisdom, gloriously lived in the fear of God. A life without a stain, without a blemish. A honest life, of hard work and soul-winning, spent in turning sinners to righteousness.

Col. 1:17-19; Matt. 28:18; Rev. 1:10-11; John 7:5; I Cor. 8:6; Heb. 13:8; Pro. 3:35; Dan. 6:1-4; Phil. 2:15; I Pet. 2:12; Dan. 12:3; Matt. 4:19; Matt. 4:19; I Cor. 11:1; I Thess. 3:9; Eccl. 4:5.

2. A FRUITFUL LIFE IS A LIFE OF LOVE
A fruitful life is a life that loves God. A life spent joyfully reading the word of God and meditating therein. A life spent obeying God and keeping His commandments. A life of peace double portion of peace, based on holiness and absolute trust in God.

Deut 6:5; Ps. 119; 162; Ps. 138:2; Ps. 119:97; John 14:23; John 15:14; Ps. 119:163, 165; Is. 26:3.

Lesson 150
LESSON 150
FRUITFUL LIVES & FRUITFUL ONES – PART 2

1. In the first part of series, we saw that as far as God is concerned, what makes your life fruitful is not necessarily how much material wealth you possess. Also, that God’s standard of measuring fruitfulness is different from man’s standard. Some of the things we have learnt so far as contributing to a fruitful life are (i) putting Jesus first (ii) holiness, (iii) following the footsteps of the Lord (vi) loving God (v) reading and meditating on the word of God (vi) doing the word of God (vil) wisdom based on the fear of the Lord. We shall continue to look at those things that make a life fruitful. May the Holy Spirit teach us today, in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. A FRUITFUL LIFE IS ONE OF COMPASSION AND ACTIVE LOVE
Compassion, particularly for the downtrodden, the sick and the
unhappy captives of Satan, is an ingredient for a fruitful life. Love
for our fellow men, as demonstrated by giving our best be it money,
time, tracts, comfort etc. is another ingredient. A life of love is a
life of obedience to God who commanded us to love our
neighbours like ourselves. Hence it is a godly, fruitful life.

Matt. 9:36; Mark 1:40-41; John 3:16; Acts 3:b-o; John 15:13: John
15:12; Rom. 5:8; I John 4:7-12; Mark 16:15-16; Col. 1:5-8.

2. FOR A LIFE TO BE FRUITFUL, IT HAS TO BE SACRIFICIAL
A fruitful life has to be a life of sacrifice; sacrificial living, sacrificial
giving and even sacrificial praising of God. That is how Christ lived
His life; that is how we must live our own because He is our example.

Luke 21:4; Mark 26:7; I Kings 17:13-15; Ps. 107:21-22; Ps. 116:17; Jer. 17:26; Jer. 33:11; Jonah 2:8-9; Heb. 13:15; II Cor.8:9; Eph. 5:2; I John 3:16.

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

Hebrews 13: 8

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