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LESSON 151
FRUITFUL LIVES & FRUITFUL ONES – PART 3

1. Up till now we have found many ingredients that make up a fruitful life. Some of these are, (i) putting Jesus first (ii) holiness (iii) studying and doing the word of God (iv) compassion (v) love (vi) sacrifice (vii) faith, etc. We want to look at another great ingredient of fruitfulness. It is fellowship with Jesus. May the Lord teach us Himself through His Holy Spirit in Jesus, Name. Amen.

1. JESUS IS THE FRUIT-BEARER: NO ONE CAN BEAR FRUITS WHEN CUT OFF FROM HIM
Our Lord Jesus Christ made the condition for fruit bearing clear; constant fellowship with Himself. For one thing, those who
fellowship with Christ always get whatever they ask for and
secondly, they have an assurance that they will not backslide.
Even through fellow-shipping with God requires satisfying some
conditions, there are always a few people in every generation
willing to pay the price of separation from the world and fellowship
with God. Are you going to be one of them in this generation?

John 15:4-6; John 15:7; Ps.J6:S; Acts 4:13; Ps. 73:8; Rev. 3:20; James 4:7; Rev. 3:4: Mill. 2:6; John 15:10; I John 2:6; Amos 3:3.

2. THE REWARD OF A FRUITFUL LIFE IS ETERNITY WITH CHRIST.
Continuous fellowship with Jesus in this life guarantees fellowship
with Him in eternity. The Bible is full of examples of men who
fellowshipped with God in this world and are fellowshipping with
God in Heaven. A few of such men are Enoch, Noah, Elijah, Paul
the Apostle and David. May we be counted with them after our
lives here in Jesus, name. Amen.

I John 2:28; Gen. 5:22-24; Gen. 6:9; I Kings 17:1; Acts 19:11-12; I Cor. 14:18; II Tim. 4:7-8; I Sam. 13:13-14; Ps. 119:162-164; Ps. 113:2-5;
Ps. 71:10-15.

LESSON 176
LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

The world is not a bed of roses. There are hills as well as valleys, bright days and dark night. And we all live in this same world, whether as sinners or saints. But there are certain differences between sinners and saints, particularly as to how each one passes through his/her storm. Ps. 112: 4 tells us so. May the Lord quicken our understanding as we study this verse today in Jesus, name. Amen

1. THE SAINTS WILL RECEIVE LIGHT IN HIS MOMENT OF DARKNESS SINNERS MAY NOT
To everyone there are days of darkness, saints and sinners alike.
The word of God establishes that fact. However for the saints,
there is an assurance that even in the dark hour they will receive
light. That light comes from God Himself who had promised that; He will not allow any darkness to swallow us up. But for sinners,
it is a different story altogether.

II Tim. 3:12; John 16:33; Is. 43:2; Mic. 7:8; Ps. 84:11; Pro. 4:18-19; Ps. 27:1; Ps. 23:4; I Cor. 10:13; John 8:12; Mal. 4:2; Pro. 3:32; Pr. 2:8.

2. YOU CAN BRING LIGHT TO THOSE IN DARKNESS AND YOU MUST
Saints not only receive light from above but they themselves are
the lights of the world. Therefore, they can bring light to those in
darkness. Intact, they must or else their own light might be taken away from them.

Is. 9:2: Mat. 5:14-41; Is. 60:3; Acts. 13:47; Is. 60:1; Rom. 10:11-14; John 15:1-2; Rev. 2:5.

LESSON 177
LITTLE SINS

All Christians know about the big sins: murder, adultery, fornication, lying,
anger, covetousness, stealing, etc. Ex. 20:3; 12-17. They therefore avoid
them like the plague. But little sins they do not worry much about, Heb. 12:1. Yet it is these little sins that will send many people to hell. May the Lord Himself teach us today in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. LITTLE FOXES SPOIL THE VINE
Just like a drop of poison can render a bucket of water
undrinkable, or dead flies make a precious ointment stink, so
does little sins destroy mighty men and women of God. A little
leaven is all that is needed to leaven a whole lump and little sin is
all that is required to ruin a beautiful testimony.

Eccl. 10:1; Song of Solomon 2:15; I Cor. 5:6; Matt. 16:6;
Gal. 5:7-9; Pro. 6:9-11; 24:30-34.

2. ANYTHING NOT TOO BAD IS ALREADY BAD
Some of the little foxes arc (i) Sleeping of extra minutes (ii) taking
a little extra, (iii) minor disobediences, (iv) joking about your
sources of power (v) little indulgences (vi) lateness (vii) short
prayers (viii) carelessness, etc.

II Sam.11:1-7; I Kings 13:7-24; James 3:3-5; Gen. 12:1-4. 10: Gen. 16:14-15; John 16:6-20; II Kings 13:14-19; Is. 39:1-2.

LESSON 178
DEALING WITH SIN

Many Christians have big Problems with their bodies; what they do not want to do is what they keep doing and what they would have loved to do, they just fail to do them. This is not a new problem Rom 7; 19, How is this problem to be solved? How do we deal with the flesh? May the Lord grant us victory as we study today in Jesus, name Amen.

1. COOPERATING WITH THE FLESH WILL SPELL DISASTER
There is no good thing in the flesh, all it wants to do is sin. Yet the wages of sin is death and anyone who cooperates with the flesh will reap the fruits of corruption i.e. curses, sorrows, and problems.
That is why he who converts a sinner saves a soul from death and
serious troubles.

Rom 7:18, 25, Rom 8:8, 13, Rom. 6; 23, Rom 8:6,Gal. 6:8,
Jam. 1:15, 5:20, Rom. 13:4.

2. DON’T TAKE IT EASY WITH THE FLESH: IT IS YOUR ENEMY
There are several advices the Bible gives us on how to deal with the flesh. These include (i) saying “no” to the demands of the flesh (ii) mortifying it (iii) keeping it under (iv) abstaining from its lusts, (v) making no provision to satisfy its lusts (vi) flee from dangerous zones and (vii) amputating offending members of the body.

Gal. 5:16; Col. 3:5; I Cor. 9:27; I Pet. 2:11; Rom. 13:14; Rom. 6:6; Gal. 5:24; II Tim. 2:22; I Thess. 4:3-5; Matt. 5:28; 18:8-9; John 15:5.

LESSON 152
POWER OF AGREEMENT

1. Prayer is a powerful force, far more powerful than all the bombs in the world. This is because prayer can change many things and can bring the impossible into the realm of the possible. However there are different kinds of prayers, Eph. 6:18, and some prayer are more powerful than others. In this study we want to discuss one of the most powerful forms of prayer. It is called the prayer of agreement, Matt. 18:19. May the Lord answer our united prayers tonight in Jesus, Name. Amen.

1. WHEN PEOPLE GATHER TOGETHER IN JESUS NAME, HE IS IN THEIR MIDST WITH ALL HIS POWER
It is not the intention of the Lord that a Christian be a lone ranger
This is because He knows that there is great strength in unity
Now when two or more people gather together in His name Jesus
Himself will be in their midst with all His power and majesty. It
becomes easier to praise and worship God. It becomes easier to
talk to God and about God. Faith becomes united and
strengthened, prayers are more quickly heard and answered
because the one to whom we are praying is not only present but
intimately involved in the praying.

Heb. 10:25; Luke 10:1; Eccl. 4:9-12; Ex. 17:9-12; Deut.
32:30; Jos. 23:10; Matt. 18:20; John 20:24-29; Rev. 7:9.
12; Acts. 2:46-47;Acts 16:25-26; Acts 12:5-12; Acts 2:1-4; John 17:23; Gal. 2:20; 1 John 4:4.

LESSON 153
I WILL REACH MY GOAL

It is one thing to set a goal for oneself in life, but it is quite another thing to reach the goal set. Many never make it to the goal they set for themselves and have to live all their lives in frustrations. If it is true in the physical, it is even more so in the spiritual, intact our Lord Jesus Christ warned that any step that could divert our attention from reaching the goal must be avoided, Luke 9:62. May the Lord, through this study, enable us to reach our goals in Jesus, Name. Amen.

1. ONCE YOU SET A SPIRITUAL GOAL FOR YOURSELF, 3 THINGS COULD HAPPEN
Once you set a spiritual goal for yourself, three things could
happen, namely: (i) the enemy may put obstacles in your way or
use diversionary tricks (ii) God may test your determination and
(iii) if you pass God’s test, He will intervene to help you reach
your goal.

Matt. 10:22; Eph. 4:14; Heb. 13:9; Gen. 13:10-11; Gen. 22:1-8; Job. 17:9; 1 Pet. 1:13; Rev. 3:11; II Kings 2:1-8.

2. GOD IS READY TO HELP IF YOU ARE DETERMINED
If you pass the Divine test on how determined you are to reach
your goal. God will intervene to make sure that you arrive. He
did in the case of Abraham, Caleb, and Joshua, The Shunamite
woman, Elisha, Peter and His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. He is
willing to do the same for you also.

James 5:11; Gen. 22:10-13; 1:5-8; Num. 14:28-30; II Kings 4:25-35; 2:9-12; Luke 22:31-32; 9:51: Luke 22:41-43; Rom. 15:25-26; Acts 14:19-22; Acts 20:22-24; Romans 8:35-39.

LESSON 154
THE ARMY OF LORD PART 1

1. Every Nation or Kingdom has an army of its own. And God, the King of all
kings, has an army too. Just like satan has an army of demons, witches and
wizards, etc. to God His own army are Holy Spirit – filled men and women
who can lay hands on sick for healing, who can cast out demons, etc. and just as satan is constantly recruiting more and more people into his army, so is the Army of the Lord constantly increasing in size and efficiency. May the Lord open our inner eyes to see the deep things of God as we study this series in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. GOD HIMSELF CHOOSES THE SOLDIERS IN HIS ARMY
The Almighty God does not work with volunteers. He prefers to
choose His soldiers by Himself. However, those whom He
chooses invariably have certain things in common, namely: (i)
absolute loyalty (ii) lack of fear and (iii) absolute holiness. In the
same way, the questing of officers in His army is determined by
His sovereign choice.

John 15:16; I Pet. 2:9; I Cor. 1:2, 9; I Cor. 1:26-29; Rev. 2:10; Rev. 12:11; Pro. 28:1; I Cor. 12:4, 11; 12:28-30; Mark 16:9-10; John 20:11-18; Matt. 9:9; I Tim. 1:15-16; II Cor. 12:11; Ps. 113:5-8; Luke 1:52; I Pet.5:5.

2. THERE IS ONLY ONE PUNISHMENT FOR FAILURES IN THE ARMY OF GOD: EXPULSION
A promotion in army of God is also at His supernatural discretion
However, He uses some guideline often. These include, (i) fruit-
production, (ii) faithfulness in small things etc. There is only one punishment for those who fail God: expulsion. However, for those
who succeed in His army, the reward is truly royal.

Ps. 75:6-7; John 15;2; Matt. 25:20-23; Luke 16:10; John 15:6; II Kings 2:11; II Tim. 4:6-8; John 4:23.

LESSON 155
THE ARMY OF LORD – PART 2

1. In the first part of this series, we learnt that God does not work with volunteers but that He chooses the members of His army by Himself. The same is also true of the selection of officers and promotions in His army. We also learnt. that while expulsion is the only punishment for failures, there is royal treatment for those who succeed in His army. In this part, we wish to learn more about this unusual army. May God teach us deep things in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE ARMY OF THE LORD IS AN UNUSUAL ONE
The army of the Lord is composed of unusual soldiers who are.
sheep and lambs. An army that does not use guns and bullets and
yet are never afraid, even of death. An army of priests, who at
the same time are kings, with an ability to hear God’s voice. Their
main opponent is the devil who they are prepared to fight non-
stop, even though he is invisible.

John 10:27; John 10:14; Luke 10. Ps. 23:1-4; II Cor. 10:4; Ex.l9-.5-6; Rev. 1:4-6; James 4:7; Eph. 6: 13; I Tim. 6:12-14; I Pet. 5:8-9.

2. THE SOLDIERS OF THE CROSS HAVE A THREE- FOLD ASSIGNMENT
The three-fold assignment of the soldiers of the cross are (i) a
ministry to God, through the sacrificing of praises to Him (ii) a
ministry to one another, with the strong helping the weak and (iii)
a ministry to the world, bringing them into salvation, deliverance
and health.

Gen. 12:1-3; 22:18; Ex. 20:18-19; Matt. 8:11-12; I Sam.
15:22-28; I Pet. 2:9; Rom. 11:7, 11, Heh. 13:15; Ps. 9:11; Rom. 15:1-3; I Thes. 5:74; John 15:9-13; Matt. 16:15-18, Acts. 1:8.

LESSON 156
THE ARMY OF LORD – PART 3

1.We have learnt that the army of the Lord is an unusual army. An Army of sheep that can over come wolves, with the ability to hear the voice of God and desire to obey Him totally. Army of priest that is also kings with a three-fold duty of (i) ministry to God (ii) ministry to one another and (iii) ministry of the world. In part three we want to look closely at the ministry of the army of the Lord to the Lord Himself. May the Holy Spirit quicken our understanding as we study in Jesus, Name. Amen

1. WORSHIP IS MORE IMPORTANT TO GOD THAN WORK
Every King has a throne: the throne of God is built by the praises of His people. That is why the Father’s greatest desire is not for workers but worshippers, because those who will ever succeed as His workers must first succeed as His worshippers. That is why activity without worship always produces little harvest because God has decreed that there will be no rain if there is no worship.

Ps. 22:3; John 4:23; James 4:8; Matt. 22:37-38; Luke 10:38-42; Acts 13:l 2;Zech. 14:17.

2. TRUE WORSHIP INVOLVES COOPERATION BETWEEN GOD AND MAN
Worship can be divided into two portions: (i) in spirit which is God’s part and (ii) in truth, which is man’s part i.e. there must be a participation by both God and man for worship to lie complete. For example, David was the sweet psalmist of Israel because the spirit of God spoke by Him and through Him. Our part in worship
is not only to surrender our tongues to the Holy Spirit but also to make our hearts so pure that He can dwell there continually.

John 4:19-23; II Sam. 23:1-2; Is. 50:4; I Cor. 14:15; Eph. 5:18-19; Ps. 24:4-5: Ps. 66:18; Matt. 15:7-9; James 5:16.

3. YOU CANNOT OBEY GOD FULLY EXCEPT YOU WORSHIP HIM CONSTANTLY.
There are some commandments of God that can only be obeyed fully during worship time. These include: clapping our hands, shouting victoriously, making a joyful noise unto the Lord, lifting our hands, waving our hands to Him in praise and dancing before Him.

Ps. 47:1; Ps. 100:1-4; Ps. 95:1-3; Ph. 4:4; Lam. 3:40-41; Ps. 63:3-4; Lev. 9:21; Ps. 149:3; Ps. 150:4; Ps. 30:11.

LESSON 157
THE ARMY OF LORD – PART 4

1.We have been discussing the ministry of the Army of the Lord to their Captain, the Lord of Hosts. In particular we have studied why we must worship in Spirit and in Truth. Now, we want to look into the details of how to correctly worship God. May the Lord accept our worship today and always for evermore in Jesus. Name. Amen.

1. OUR SONGS OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP MUST HAVE RELEVANCE
Those who worship God genuinely always worship Him relevantly. The song they sing when they consider the mercies of God w ill be different from those they sing when considering His holiness, sovereignty or power. We can even prophesy during our worship.

Ex. 4:31; Is. 62:5: II Sam. 12:14-23; Jos. 5:13-15: Is. 5:1-4; I Chr. 25:1-3; John 4:24; Eph. 5:18-20.

2. WORSHIPPING GOD IS INCOMPLETE UNLESS YOUR BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT ARE INVOLVED
It is not only with our voices alone that we should worship God.
We could lift up our hands or clap, we would dance, we could
shout, etc. All these are relevant ways of worshipping God and
each has its own significance if done with all our heart.

Ps. 103:1; Rom. 12:1; Ps. 95:6; Matt. 2:11; Ps. 63:3-4; Ps. 141:2; I Tim. 2:8; Ps. 47:1; I Cor. 3:9; Ps. 150:4; Ps. 95:1; I Chr. 17:16-18; Ps. 62:1, 5.

LESSON 158
THE ARMY OF LORD – PART – 5

We have spent some time learning about the ministry of the soldiers of the
cross to their Captain. This is principally worshipping Him in Spirit and in
Truth. Now we want to consider the ministry of the soldiers one to another. A good passage that seems to say it all is Acts 2:41-47. May the Lord Himself teach us today in Jesus, Name.

1. THE RICHER MUST TAKE CARE OF THE POORER
God demands from every soldier of the cross not only tithes but
offerings also. This is so that the tithes might meet the needs of
the ministers who direct His worship while the offerings meet the
needs of the needy in the fold. God knows that there will always
be the poor in the land and He wants then cared for in an organized
manner so that the devil might not exploit the situation. It is not
the wealthy alone that He expects to support the poor. It is a
case of the richer supporting the poorer.

Mal. 2:8-12; Deut. 12:5-6;Num. 18:21; Lev. 27:30-33; Deut
15:11; Is. 58:6-7; Ex. 23:10-11; Lev. 19:9-10; Deut. 25:19-
21; Luke 11:41; Pro. 25:21-22; Pro. 28:3.

2. IF YOU HARDEN YOUR HEART AGAINST THE NEEDY, YOUR TURN WILL COME
It is a dangerous thing to harden your heart against the poor.
Because failure to help a wounded soldier implies your turn will
soon come. Because God commands the strong to support the
weak not only in the physical sense but also spiritually. If you do
not know how to be merciful, learn it.

Deut. 15:7, Pro. 21:13; Rom. 15:1-2; Gal. 6:1-2; Heb. 13:3; James 1:27; Col. 3:12-14; I Pet. 3:8; Rom. 12:15; Acts 20:35; Deut. 26:12-15.

LESSON 159
THOU GOD SEEST ME

There are two ways of looking at a thing, person or an object. A ”Look”
might be evil and the other favourable. In this study, we want to examine the two sides of a “Look” and choose between the “Looks” which one we want directed at us. May the Lord Almighty show His favourable countenance on us as we go through this topic in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. OUR LOOKS AS HUMAN BEING
Human beings are like God. Gen. 1:26. We are capable of
reacting to circumstances favourably or unfavourably, depending
on situation at the particular time. Thus countenance reveals the
expression of the mind.

II Kings 5:20-27; I Sam. 15:24-28; Gen. 9:20-27; Ex. 32:21-
22, 26-28; Acts 8:20-21; 16:16-18.

2. GOD’S FAVOURABLE AND UNFAVOURABLE LOOKS
The many acts of God recorded throughout the scripture, truly
prove that He is a real person whose acts are to be understood in
the same sense as those performed by men. He also, therefore
uses these media (Favourable and unfavourable looks) to approve
or disapprove of our behaviours.

HIS UNFAVOURABLE LOOKS: Gen. 4:3-5, 8-12, 16-19; Ex. 14:23-28; Gen. 18: 16-22; 24-25; Gen 6:12-18; (8-10); Jos. 7:1-5; Hub. 1:13.

GOD FAVOURABLE LOOK: Gen. 1:26-28; Gen. 16:10-13; Ex. 3:7-8; fs. 66:2,1 Sam. 1:6-7; Luke 1:13; Luke 1:26-30; Is. 5:2-7.

LESSON 160
FRUITFUL LIVES & FAITHFUL ONES – 3

In the second part of this series, we saw some ingredients of a fruitful life.
These include compassion, active love. Sacrificial praising of God. These are
in addition to the ingredients that we discovered in part one like putting Jesus
First, holiness, loving God reading, meditating on, and doing the Word of
God. In this study, we want to look at one major ingredient of a fruitful life. It
is called faith, Heb. 11:6, May the Almighty increase our faith greatly today
even as we study at His feet in Jesus, Name. Amen.

1. FAITH IS THE FERTILIZER FOR THE TREE OF LIFE
Faith is the fertilizer for the tree of life, if faith is absent, the tree of
life of any man will be on a barren ground and fruitless. The Bible
is full of great men and women whose lives were great testimonies
simply because they had faith in God. From patriarchs to a harlot,
they got their names immortalized in the Book of hooks by over
coming great odds through simple faith in the Almighty God. Some
of these men and women include names like: Noah. Abraham,
Sarah, Moses, Joshua. Rahah, Elijah, the widow of Zarephat,
b.lisha. Naaman, the Shunamite woman, Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego. Mary, Paul and Silas, just to mention a few. they
were human beings like us. Their God is our God. May our faith
lie greater than theirs in Jesus, name. Amen.

Gen. 6:13-3 2: Heb. 11:7; Gen. 12:1-3; Heb. 11:8; Gen. 22:19; Heb. 11:17-19; Gen. 18:9-15; Heb. 11:11; Ex. 14:10-16; 15:23-25; 17:1-7; Jos. 1:6, 7, 9; 3:9-17; 6:1-20; Jos. 10:12-14; Heb. 11:31; I Kings 17:1-6; 17:10-16; 11 Kings 2:19-22; 5:11-14; 4:18-37; Dan. 3:16-18; Luke 1:30-38; Acts 16:22-26.

LESSON 161
THE SCAPE GOAT

The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary of Current English defines the
word “SCAPE GOAT” as “PERSON BLAMED OR PUNISHED FOR THE MISTAKES OR WRONGDOING OF ANOTHER OR OTHERS.”
However, in this study we want to examine what led to the issue of scapegoat, its spiritual implication and what should be our attitude towards it today. May the Lord Almighty give us a deep understanding of His word as we go on, Amen.

1. SIGNIFICANCE OF OFFERING IN ISRAEL
Making offering or sacrifice to God was a very ancient practice
Gen. 4:3,8:20; Ex. 10:25, and was known in Egypt and Babylonia
long before the patriarchal times. Gen. 3:21; Gen. 4:3: Ex. 12:1
3; Lev. 1:7 Lev. 4:3-5,13-15, 22-23,27-29, Heb. 6:1-6.

2. THE SCAPEGOAT TODAY
The High Priest has a responsibility of performing a solemn and
general act of worship to all Israelites once a year i.e. 10th of the 7th month in order to reconcile the nation to Jehovah God. There
he sacrificed a bullock for his own sin and two goats, on which
lots w ill be cast. kill one and let the other go alive into the
wilderness. This was for the sin of the whole nation of Israel. Tills
is know n as the scapegoat or the escape goat.

Lev. 16:1-10; Is. 53:4-6; Heb. 9:13-15; Heb. ] 0:8-10; Mal. 2:13; Gal. 4:9; I Pet. 3:18; II Cor. 5:77-20; I Pet. 2:24.

LESSON 162
KNOWING THE MIND OF GOD – PART 1

In Ps. 25:9-14, we find out that God guides the humble in what is right and
teaches them His way. Infact, we discover that God confides in those who
fear Him. This seems to make it clear that God will be willing to guide anyone who is humble and fears God. But the question remains: how does God guide?
In this series, we pray that the Almighty Himself will teach us on how to know His mind, in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. WILL THE ALMIGHTY RE VEAL HIS MIND TO MERE MORTALS?
Will God let us know what He thinks about a particular situation? Will the Almighty reveal His mind to mere mortals? Yes, He will. If the Lord is your shepherd, He will guide you. He promised to teach you die right turns along life’s road if only you are willing to follow. He is prepared to be your counsellor forever, if you so desire. You do not even need to be a prophet or an elder to be guided by God.

Ps. 23:1-3; Ps. 32:8 Ps. 48:14; Is. 42:16; Is. 48:17-19; John
10:4; Is. 55:8-9; Luke 1:79; Ps. 18:30; Hab. 3:6; Ps. 73:24.

2. GOD COMMUNICATES IN VARIOUS WAYS
There are various ways through which God can make His mind known to His child. It could be either by the audible voice, dreams, symbolic acts, parables, proverbs or any other means of His Divine choice. Examples include the cases of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, Joseph, Moses, Nathan, Solomon, Daniel, Zechariah, Mary, Peter, Paul and John; just to mention a few.

Is. 6:1-9; Jer. 1:4-7; Amos. 3:8; Gen. 37:11; Exo. 3:1-6; II, Sum. 7:4-17; I Kings 3:5-15; Dan. 2:19-23; Luke 1:11-17, Luke 1:26-28; Acts 10:19-20; Ads. 10:9-10; Rev. 1:10-20.

LESSON 163
KNOWING THE MIND OF GOD – PART 2

In the first part of this series, we have found out that God, the Almighty is
prepared to reveal His mind to human beings. He is willing to guide you even
if you are not prophet or an elder. We also discovered that God communicates in various ways, namely: the audible voice, vision, dreams, symbolic acts, parables, proverbs, etc. Now, we want to take a close look at dreams. May the Lord teach us to our benefits in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE SAME DREAM CAN HAVE DIFFERENT CONSEQUENCES FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE
Dreams could have different sources. These sources could include the supernatural and the natural. Not all dreams are beneficial and not all could be relied upon. Dreams could bring comforting messages from God or they could bring warnings of impending danger or Divine judgment. Supernatural transactions could also take place in a dream. The same dream could have diverse effects on different people.

Num. 12:6-8; Jer. 23:28; Joel 2:28; Eccl. 5:3,5:7; Gen. 28:10-15;
Gen. 41:1-7; Dan. 4:4-8; Judg. 7:9-14.

2. DREAMS COULD BE A POTENT WEAPON IN THE HANDS OF THE ALMIGHTY
God could thwart the plans of the enemies through dreams.
Similarly, God’s purposes could be achieved through supernatural
directions in dreams. In the hands of God dreams could be turned
to a weapon for shaping the history of individuals, nations and
even the whole world.

Matt. 1:19-20; Matt. 2:ll-12,Matt. 2:13-15, 19-23; Gen. 15:13-16; 37:26-27; Matt. 1:1-2; Gen. 40:1-22; 41:38-44; Gen. 41:55, 41, 26-27; Matt.:l-2′, Gen. 41: 1-7; 47:20-26; 47:11-12; Ex. 1:8-11

LESSON 164
KNOWING THE MIND OF GOD – PART 3

In the second part of this series, we found out that dreams could come from different sources, both natural and supernatural. That the same dream could have different consequences for different people; and dream could be a potent weapon in the hands of the Almighty. Now, we want to look at visions in some details. May the Almighty teach us Himself in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. GOD ALLOWS VISIONS FOR VARIOUS REASONS
There are various reasons why God allow visions to happen.
Some of these reasons arc (a) some people are too busy to hear the small, still voice of God. (b) some need a concrete experience for future service, a sort of strong reference point (c) some need it to prepare them for an important ministry (d) some need it for guidance (e) visions could also be given to warn against the danger of self overestimation or (f) to announce God’s judgment.

Ex. 3:1-4; Acts 9:1-4; Jos. 5:13; 6:5;.fude 6:11-21; Acts 9:10;
Acts 16:22-24; Luke 1:26-38; Acts 10:9-20; Ex. 3:7-10; Acts 10:1-8;
Acts 9:10-15; Is. 6:1-5; Dan. 5:1-5; Dan. 5:25-30.

2. VISIONS ARE MORE FREQUENT IN TIMES OF CRISIS THAN IN THE TIME OF PEACE
In times of crises or great danger. God uses visions as a means of assuring His own (i) that He is near, (ii) that all hopes are not lost (iii) that deliverance is on the way. But this is reserved for the pure in heart.

LESSON 165
GOD’S APPROVED FAMILY

Do all families receive the approval of God? Or His support? No. The book
of Gen. 18:19 tells us the mind of God regarding a true family accredited by God. It also reveals His concept concerning the standard of a true family. May the Lord open our mind of understanding as we learn from His word.
Amen.

1. GOD’S APPROVED FAMILY.
What is the conception of God about “FAMILY”?
Has He any interest in the affairs of a family?
Yes He has, if we conform With His own standard.

a. Gen. 12:10, 2:21-24; Jer. 31:1; Gen. 18:17-19; Gen. 12:10-20;
Gen. 12:3; 28:14; Gen. 20:2-6; 26:1-5; Ps. 113:9.

b. Husband’s duty: Pro. 5:18; Eccl. 9:9; 1 Tim. 5:8; I Chr. 29:19;
Col. 3:18-23; Eph. 6:4.

c. Wife’s Duty: Eph. 5:21-25; Ex. 1:20; I Tim. 3:11; Pro. 31:26-28;
1 Pet. 3:1

2. THE FAMILY NOT APPROVED OF GOD.
The family who violates that age long conception of God is not a family of God. Gen. 2:24; It is one that has its root and foundation in chaos and confusion and consequently devoid of the blessing of God.

Micah 7:6; Gen. 3:6; I Tim. 2:11-13; Gen. 25:27-28; Gen. 37:3; Col. 3:18-24; James 3:2; Job 2:9; I Kings 21:1-11. 25; I Sam. 21:33; Jug. 13:19-23; II Sam. 6:20-23.

LESSON 166
KNOWING THE MIND OF GOD – PART 1

In Ps. 25:9-14, we find out that God guides the humble in what is right and
teaches them His way. Infact, we discover that God confides in those who
fear Him. This seems to make it clear that God will be willing to guide anyone who is humble and fears God. But the question remains: how does God guide?
In this series, we pray that the Almighty Himself will teach us on how to know His mind, in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. WILL THE ALMIGHTY RE VEAL HIS MIND TO MERE MORTALS?
Will God let us know what He thinks about a particular situation?
Will the Almighty reveal His mind to mere mortals? Yes, He will. If the Lord is your shepherd, He will guide you. He promised to teach you die right turns along life’s road if only you are willing to follow. He is prepared to be your counsellor forever, if you so desire. You do not even need to be a prophet or an elder to be guided by God.

Ps. 23:1-3; Ps. 32:8 Ps. 48:14; Is. 42:16; Is. 48:17-19; John
10:4; Is. 55:8-9; Luke 1:79; Ps. 18:30; Hab. 3:6; Ps. 73:24.

2. GOD COMMUNICATES IN VARIOUS WAYS
There are various ways through which God can make His mind known to His child. It could be either by the audible voice, dreams, symbolic acts, parables, proverbs or any other means of His Divine choice. Examples include the cases of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, Joseph, Moses, Nathan, Solomon, Daniel, Zechariah, Mary, Peter, Paul and John; just to mention a few.

Is. 6:1-9; Jer. 1:4-7; Amos. 3:8; Gen. 37:11; Exo. 3:1-6; II Sum. 7:4-17; I Kings 3:5-15; Dan. 2:19-23; Luke 1:11-17, Luke 1:26-28; Acts 10:19-20; Ads. 10:9-10; Rev. 1:10-20.

LESSON 167
KNOWING THE MIND OF GOD – PART 2

In the first part of this series, we have found out that God, the Almighty is
prepared to reveal His mind to human beings. He is willing to guide you even
if you are not prophet or an elder. We also discovered that God communicates.
in various ways, namely: the audible voice, vision, dreams, symbolic acts,
parables, proverbs, etc. Now, we want to take a close look at dreams. May
the Lord teach us to our benefits in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE SAME DREAM CAN HAVE DIFFERENT CONSEQUENCES FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE
Dreams could have different sources. These sources could include the supernatural and the natural. Not all dreams are beneficial and not all could be relied upon. Dreams could bring comforting messages from God or they could bring warnings of impending danger or Divine judgment. Supernatural transactions could also take place in a dream. The same dream could have diverse effects on different people.

Num. 12:6-8; Jer. 23:28; Joel 2:28; Eccl. 5:3,5:7; Gen. 28:10-15; Gen. 41:1-7; Dan. 4:4-8; Judg. 7:9-14.

2. DREAMS COULD BE A POTENT WEAPON IN THE HANDS OF THE ALMIGHTY
God could thwart the plans of the enemies through dreams.
Similarly, God’s purposes could be achieved through supernatural
directions in dreams. In the hands of God dreams could be turned
to a weapon for shaping the history of individuals, nations and
even the whole world.

Matt. 1:19-20; Matt. 2:ll-12,Matt. 2:13-15, 19-23; Gen. 15:13-16; 37:26-27; Matt. 1:1-2; Gen. 40:1-22; 41:38-44; Gen. 41:55, 41, 26-27; Matt.:l-2′, Gen. 41: 1-7; 47:20-26; 47:11-12; Ex. 1:8-11.

LESSON 168
KNOWING THE MIND OF GOD – PART 3

In the second part of this series, we found out that dreams could come from different sources, both natural and supernatural. That the same dream could have different consequences for different people; and dream could be a potent weapon in the hands of the Almighty. Now, we want to look at visions in some details. May the Almighty teach us Himself in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. GOD ALLOWS VISIONS FOR VARIOUS REASONS
There are various reasons why God allow visions to happen.
Some of these reasons arc (a) some people are too busy to hear the small, still voice of God. (b) some need a concrete experience for future service, a sort of strong reference point (c) some need it to prepare them for an important ministry (d) some need it for guidance (e) visions could also be given to warn against the danger of self overestimation or (f) to announce God’s judgment.

Ex. 3:1-4; Acts 9:1-4; Jos. 5:13; 6:5;.fude 6:11-21; Acts 9:10; Acts 6:22-24; Luke 1:26-38; Acts 10:9-20; Ex. 3:7-10; Acts 10:1-8; Acts 9:10-15; Is. 6:1-5; Dan. 5:1-5; Dun. 5:25-30.

2. VISIONS ARE MORE FREQUENT IN TIMES OF CRISIS THAN IN THE TIME OF PEACE
In times of crises or great danger. God uses visions as a means of assuring His own (i) that He is near, (ii) that all hopes are not lost (iii) that deliverance is on the way. But this is reserved for the pure in heart.

Matt. 5:7; Pro. 11:17; James I:6-7;Acts 16:16-23; Luke 5:5; John 21:3; Matt. 25:28-29.

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

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

LESSON 169
RISE OR FALL – PART 1

Not all who begin a journey end it, not all who run in a race finish it. Some will always fall by the wayside. This is also true in the Christian race. But is it the will of God that some should fall by the wayside? Those who stand, are they responsible for their standing? These and many other questions will be answered in this series in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. NOT THE WILL OF GOD THAT ANY SHOULD FALL
Not only is God able to save to the uttermost. He actually promises to protect His own forever. Though there be obstacles on the narrow way. He provided light for those who are to use it. The word of God is full or examples of those who rose or fell according as they obeyed or disobeyed God, so that we can learn from them and be able to stand. But some people will surely fall.

Heb. 7:22-25; Ps. 125:2; Ps. 119:105; Pr. 6:23; Ps. 119:130; I Cor. 10:11; Rom. 15:4; Ps. 34:7; Matt. 19:30; Matt 25:1-12.

2. SOME WILL SURELY STAND FOREVER
The Bible also contains some examples of those who finished their races creditably men like Enoch, Peter, and Paul convince us that it is possible to stand forever. But those who will stand must (i) take heed (ii) keep their bodies under control (iii) humble themselves (iv) press on relentlessly and (v) watch and pray.

Gen. 5:24; II Kings 2:11; II Pet. 1:12-15; II Tim. 4:6-8; I Cor. 10:12; I Cor. 9:27; Phil. 2:5-8; Phil. 3:12-14; I Pet. 4:7.

LESSON 170
RISE OR FALL – PART 2

There are 3 classes of Christians: those who fall, those who stand and those who are rising constantly. In the first part of this series, we discovered that it is not the will of God that any should fall but some people will surely fall. Similarly, some people will surely stand. Now, we want to take a look at the conditions for rising constantly. May the Lord Himself teach us in Jesus, name Amen.

1. TO RISE, YOU MUST DISCARD THINGS THAT CAN WEIGH YOU DOWN
You surely cannot even stand if you are still indulging in sin.
Consequently, if you wish to keep rising, you must discard sinful habits, because it is only the righteous that shall flourish. Furthermore, all weight in the form of worldly allurements, worldly possessions and worldly securities must be discarded.

Job. 11:14-17; Eph. 4:22; Heb. 12:1; Col. 2:11; I Pet. 2:11; Ps. 92:12; Pro. 4:18; Gen. 19:26; I Sam. 17:39.

2. THOSE WHO AIM HIGH ALWAYS RISE HIGH IF THEY ARE WILLING TO PAY THE COST
To rise high, you must be ambitious, so don’t be satisfy with past achievements, focus all your desire on Jesus Christ and be willing to pay the cost of becoming like Him. Seek Him early in the morning seek Him late at night. Be temperate in all things study His word and resist sin even into the blood.

Phil. 3:12-14; I Cor. 14:1; I Cor. 12:31; I Cor. 14:12; Ps. 38:9; Ps. 63:1; Ps. 3:25; Ps. 119:20, 131; Is. 26:9; Matt. 5:6; I Cor. 9:25; II Tim. 2:15; Heb. 12:4; Is. 40:31

LESSON 171
PUTTING ON THE ARMOR

What is Armour? It is a defensive covering, usually metal, tor the body, made in the form of boilers’ suit, normally worn in fighting during warfare; particularly in the olden days. It has several parts namely. Helmet, Visor, Scale Armour breast plate, gauntlet. Greaves etc. (I Sam. 17:4-6) However, today we want to look at Christian Armour and its vital parts. May the Lord Himself teaches us in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. THE CHRISTIAN WALK AS A WARFARE
The walk of a Christian has been described as warfare, a deadly conflict in which he is engaged against the power of Satan and his hosts. Because this walk is warfare, a Christian must be prepared and equipped, in order to be victorious.

Eph. 6:10-11; Gen. 3:1-4, 5-7; Gen. 13:10-11; Gen. 25:29- 34; II Sam. 15:1, 2, 4, II Chr. 26:16; 32:25; I Chr. 21:1.

2. PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD
While God has provided this armour, the individual Christian has the responsibility of putting it on by making conscious use of the power the Lord Jesus Christ made available to him.

Eph. 6:11-13; II Clir. 14:8; Ps. 33:20; II Scim. 22:31; Ps. 91:4; Pi: 2:7; Ps. 2:9; I Sam. 17:40; II Sum. 1:18; I Sam. 17:51; Eph. 6:17; Ps. 89:20.

LESSON 172
PUTTING ON THE ARMOR

What is Armour? It is a defensive covering, usually metal, tor the body, made in the form of boilers’ suit, normally worn in fighting during warfare; particularly in the olden days. It has several parts namely. Helmet, Visor, Scale Armour breast plate, gauntlet. Greaves etc. (I Sam. 17:4-6) However, today we want to look at Christian Armour and its vital parts. May the Lord Himself teaches us in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. THE CHRISTIAN WALK AS A WARFARE
The walk of a Christian has been described as warfare, a deadly conflict in which he is engaged against the power of Satan and his hosts. Because this walk is warfare, a Christian must be prepared and equipped, in order to be victorious.

Eph. 6:10-11; Gen. 3:1-4, 5-7; Gen. 13:10-11; Gen. 25:29- 34; II Sam. 15:1, 2, 4, II Chr. 26:16; 32:25; I Chr. 21:1.

2. PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD
While God has provided this armour, the individual Christian has the responsibility of putting it on by making conscious use of the power the Lord Jesus Christ made available to him.

Eph. 6:11-13; II Clir. 14:8; Ps. 33:20; II Scim. 22:31; Ps. 91:4; Pi: 2:7; Ps. 2:9; I Sam. 17:40; II Sum. 1:18; I Sam. 17:51; Eph. 6:17; Ps. 89:20.

LESSON 173
PSALM 117

Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter in the Bible and yet it contains all the truths that a Christian should know. It enjoins you to praise God because God is merciful, kind, gracious and true. We shall look into this beautiful psalm tonight and we believe that God will bless us richly as we do so in Jesus, name Amen.

1. OUR GOD IS UNIVERSALLY GOOD
The goodness of our God is for all the earth. Those who have tasted Him have found Him to be very good. He is not only good when all is well, but He is good also in the time of trouble. He is a good Friend in the time of need. our success in life depends on His goodness and mercy.

Ps. 33:5; Ps. 34:8; Nah. 1:7; I Tim. 1:12; II Cor. 12:9; II Tim. 2:1;
Rom. 9:16; Tit. 3:5.

2. PRAISE THE LORD: HE IS WORTHY TO BE PRAISED.
We have a lot to thank God for. For our salvation, for the
forgiveness of our sins, that we are still alive today, that He is a
dependable Rock, perfect and true, and that His mercy endureth
forever are just a few of the reasons why we should constantly
praise Him.

Col. 1:12; Mic. 7:18; Lam. 3:22-23; Deut. 32:4; Ps. 108:4; Rev. 11:17; I Thes. 5:18; Ps. 22:23; Rev. 19:5; Ps. 103:17.

LESSON 174
JOHN 11 : 35

John 11:3 5 is the shortest verse in the Bible and yet it is extremely profound.
Jesus wept. The King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the word from the beginning,
the very God of the very God, wept. Can God weep? Was it genuine tears?
Why should the Almighty weep and openly at that? These and several other
questions assail one’s mind when you read. “Jesus wept”. May the Lord
open our understanding as we study in His word in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. JESUS CHRIST HAS MANY REASONS FOR WEEPING
Apart from the fact that the Bible calls our Lord Jesus Christ a
“Man of sorrow”, it is also a commandment of God that we should
weep with those who weep. In addition. He is an understanding
High Priest who appreciates what His followers were going
through, because He is not only God but Man as well. Particularly
as He knows that many do not even know when their salvation is
near to them.

Isa. 53:3; Rom. 13:15; Heb. 4:14-16; Ps. 103:13; Ps. 78:39; I Tim. 2:5; John 1:1,14; Luke 19:41-41.

2. HE WEPT BECAUSE HE LOVED
Jesus wept because He loved. He shed genuine tears because He loved genuinely. He share the agony and problems of those He loved and when He loves someone that love is forever

John 11:5, 35.–36; John 11:33; John 13:1; Heb. 13:5; Ps. 142:4; John 5:5-9; Mic. 7:5; Is. 63:9; Acts 9:3-5; Matt. 25:40; I Cor. 12:12; Eph. 5:30.

LESSON 175
SIMEON & ANNA

Apart from the shepherds watching their flocks by night, two people who saw the Messiah in the first few days of His life were Simeon and Anna. Who are these two? What is so special about them” Have we any lessons to learn from their lives? May the Lord quicken our understanding as we study at His feet in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. DIVINE REVELATIONS ARE NOT OBTAINED BY HUMAN WISDOM
Simeon and Anna had a lot of things in common. They Knew how
to wait patiently for the Lord, unmoved by what other may be
pursuing. They were under the control of the Holy Spirit by whom
deep mysteries were revealed to them. Things that human wisdom
cannot search out were made available to them by the Holy Spirit.
They were not afraid of death because they were living a life of
piety and dedication to God.

Ps.37:7; John 16:14; Dan. 2:22; Amos. 3:7; I Cor. 2:9-10; Deut. . 12:5, 4:4: Luke 4:16; Num. 23:10; Gen. 49:33; Pro. 14:32: Ps. 23:4.

2. THE PURE IN HEART SHALE SURELY SEE GOD.
To see God, the basic prerequisite is purity of heart. One day we
too shall see God if only we can keep ourselves pure. Simeon
and Anna persevered till the end, we also must persevere.

Matt. 5:8; I John 3:2-3; Isa. 9:2; Eph. 3:3-6; Hos. 2:23; Job 17:9; Gal. 6:9.

Lesson 151

LESSON 151
FRUITFUL LIVES & FRUITFUL ONES – PART 3

1. Up till now we have found many ingredients that make up a fruitful life. Some of these are, (i) putting Jesus first (ii) holiness (iii) studying and doing the word of God (iv) compassion (v) love (vi) sacrifice (vii) faith, etc. We want to look at another great ingredient of fruitfulness. It is fellowship with Jesus. May the Lord teach us Himself through His Holy Spirit in Jesus, Name. Amen.

1. JESUS IS THE FRUIT-BEARER: NO ONE CAN BEAR FRUITS WHEN CUT OFF FROM HIM
Our Lord Jesus Christ made the condition for fruit bearing clear; constant fellowship with Himself. For one thing, those who
fellowship with Christ always get whatever they ask for and
secondly, they have an assurance that they will not backslide.
Even through fellow-shipping with God requires satisfying some
conditions, there are always a few people in every generation
willing to pay the price of separation from the world and fellowship
with God. Are you going to be one of them in this generation?

John 15:4-6; John 15:7; Ps.J6:S; Acts 4:13; Ps. 73:8; Rev. 3:20; James 4:7; Rev. 3:4: Mill. 2:6; John 15:10; I John 2:6; Amos 3:3.

2. THE REWARD OF A FRUITFUL LIFE IS ETERNITY WITH CHRIST.
Continuous fellowship with Jesus in this life guarantees fellowship
with Him in eternity. The Bible is full of examples of men who
fellowshipped with God in this world and are fellowshipping with
God in Heaven. A few of such men are Enoch, Noah, Elijah, Paul
the Apostle and David. May we be counted with them after our
lives here in Jesus, name. Amen.

I John 2:28; Gen. 5:22-24; Gen. 6:9; I Kings 17:1; Acts 19:11-12; I Cor. 14:18; II Tim. 4:7-8; I Sam. 13:13-14; Ps. 119:162-164; Ps. 113:2-5;
Ps. 71:10-15.

Lesson 176

LESSON 176
LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

The world is not a bed of roses. There are hills as well as valleys, bright days and dark night. And we all live in this same world, whether as sinners or saints. But there are certain differences between sinners and saints, particularly as to how each one passes through his/her storm. Ps. 112: 4 tells us so. May the Lord quicken our understanding as we study this verse today in Jesus, name. Amen

1. THE SAINTS WILL RECEIVE LIGHT IN HIS MOMENT OF DARKNESS SINNERS MAY NOT
To everyone there are days of darkness, saints and sinners alike.
The word of God establishes that fact. However for the saints,
there is an assurance that even in the dark hour they will receive
light. That light comes from God Himself who had promised that; He will not allow any darkness to swallow us up. But for sinners,
it is a different story altogether.

II Tim. 3:12; John 16:33; Is. 43:2; Mic. 7:8; Ps. 84:11; Pro. 4:18-19; Ps. 27:1; Ps. 23:4; I Cor. 10:13; John 8:12; Mal. 4:2; Pro. 3:32; Pr. 2:8.

2. YOU CAN BRING LIGHT TO THOSE IN DARKNESS AND YOU MUST
Saints not only receive light from above but they themselves are
the lights of the world. Therefore, they can bring light to those in
darkness. Intact, they must or else their own light might be taken away from them.

Is. 9:2: Mat. 5:14-41; Is. 60:3; Acts. 13:47; Is. 60:1; Rom. 10:11-14; John 15:1-2; Rev. 2:5.

Lesson 177
LESSON 177
LITTLE SINS

All Christians know about the big sins: murder, adultery, fornication, lying,
anger, covetousness, stealing, etc. Ex. 20:3; 12-17. They therefore avoid
them like the plague. But little sins they do not worry much about, Heb. 12:1. Yet it is these little sins that will send many people to hell. May the Lord Himself teach us today in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. LITTLE FOXES SPOIL THE VINE
Just like a drop of poison can render a bucket of water
undrinkable, or dead flies make a precious ointment stink, so
does little sins destroy mighty men and women of God. A little
leaven is all that is needed to leaven a whole lump and little sin is
all that is required to ruin a beautiful testimony.

Eccl. 10:1; Song of Solomon 2:15; I Cor. 5:6; Matt. 16:6;
Gal. 5:7-9; Pro. 6:9-11; 24:30-34.

2. ANYTHING NOT TOO BAD IS ALREADY BAD
Some of the little foxes arc (i) Sleeping of extra minutes (ii) taking
a little extra, (iii) minor disobediences, (iv) joking about your
sources of power (v) little indulgences (vi) lateness (vii) short
prayers (viii) carelessness, etc.

II Sam.11:1-7; I Kings 13:7-24; James 3:3-5; Gen. 12:1-4. 10: Gen. 16:14-15; John 16:6-20; II Kings 13:14-19; Is. 39:1-2.

Lesson 178

LESSON 178
DEALING WITH SIN

Many Christians have big Problems with their bodies; what they do not want to do is what they keep doing and what they would have loved to do, they just fail to do them. This is not a new problem Rom 7; 19, How is this problem to be solved? How do we deal with the flesh? May the Lord grant us victory as we study today in Jesus, name Amen.

1. COOPERATING WITH THE FLESH WILL SPELL DISASTER
There is no good thing in the flesh, all it wants to do is sin. Yet the wages of sin is death and anyone who cooperates with the flesh will reap the fruits of corruption i.e. curses, sorrows, and problems.
That is why he who converts a sinner saves a soul from death and
serious troubles.

Rom 7:18, 25, Rom 8:8, 13, Rom. 6; 23, Rom 8:6,Gal. 6:8,
Jam. 1:15, 5:20, Rom. 13:4.

2. DON’T TAKE IT EASY WITH THE FLESH: IT IS YOUR ENEMY
There are several advices the Bible gives us on how to deal with the flesh. These include (i) saying “no” to the demands of the flesh (ii) mortifying it (iii) keeping it under (iv) abstaining from its lusts, (v) making no provision to satisfy its lusts (vi) flee from dangerous zones and (vii) amputating offending members of the body.

Gal. 5:16; Col. 3:5; I Cor. 9:27; I Pet. 2:11; Rom. 13:14; Rom. 6:6; Gal. 5:24; II Tim. 2:22; I Thess. 4:3-5; Matt. 5:28; 18:8-9; John 15:5.

Lesson 152

LESSON 152
POWER OF AGREEMENT

1. Prayer is a powerful force, far more powerful than all the bombs in the world. This is because prayer can change many things and can bring the impossible into the realm of the possible. However there are different kinds of prayers, Eph. 6:18, and some prayer are more powerful than others. In this study we want to discuss one of the most powerful forms of prayer. It is called the prayer of agreement, Matt. 18:19. May the Lord answer our united prayers tonight in Jesus, Name. Amen.

1. WHEN PEOPLE GATHER TOGETHER IN JESUS NAME, HE IS IN THEIR MIDST WITH ALL HIS POWER
It is not the intention of the Lord that a Christian be a lone ranger
This is because He knows that there is great strength in unity
Now when two or more people gather together in His name Jesus
Himself will be in their midst with all His power and majesty. It
becomes easier to praise and worship God. It becomes easier to
talk to God and about God. Faith becomes united and
strengthened, prayers are more quickly heard and answered
because the one to whom we are praying is not only present but
intimately involved in the praying.

Heb. 10:25; Luke 10:1; Eccl. 4:9-12; Ex. 17:9-12; Deut.
32:30; Jos. 23:10; Matt. 18:20; John 20:24-29; Rev. 7:9.
12; Acts. 2:46-47;Acts 16:25-26; Acts 12:5-12; Acts 2:1-4; John 17:23; Gal. 2:20; 1 John 4:4.

Lesson 153

LESSON 153
I WILL REACH MY GOAL

It is one thing to set a goal for oneself in life, but it is quite another thing to reach the goal set. Many never make it to the goal they set for themselves and have to live all their lives in frustrations. If it is true in the physical, it is even more so in the spiritual, intact our Lord Jesus Christ warned that any step that could divert our attention from reaching the goal must be avoided, Luke 9:62. May the Lord, through this study, enable us to reach our goals in Jesus, Name. Amen.

1. ONCE YOU SET A SPIRITUAL GOAL FOR YOURSELF, 3 THINGS COULD HAPPEN
Once you set a spiritual goal for yourself, three things could
happen, namely: (i) the enemy may put obstacles in your way or
use diversionary tricks (ii) God may test your determination and
(iii) if you pass God’s test, He will intervene to help you reach
your goal.

Matt. 10:22; Eph. 4:14; Heb. 13:9; Gen. 13:10-11; Gen. 22:1-8; Job. 17:9; 1 Pet. 1:13; Rev. 3:11; II Kings 2:1-8.

2. GOD IS READY TO HELP IF YOU ARE DETERMINED
If you pass the Divine test on how determined you are to reach
your goal. God will intervene to make sure that you arrive. He
did in the case of Abraham, Caleb, and Joshua, The Shunamite
woman, Elisha, Peter and His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. He is
willing to do the same for you also.

James 5:11; Gen. 22:10-13; 1:5-8; Num. 14:28-30; II Kings 4:25-35; 2:9-12; Luke 22:31-32; 9:51: Luke 22:41-43; Rom. 15:25-26; Acts 14:19-22; Acts 20:22-24; Romans 8:35-39.

Lesson 154

LESSON 154
THE ARMY OF LORD PART 1

1. Every Nation or Kingdom has an army of its own. And God, the King of all
kings, has an army too. Just like satan has an army of demons, witches and
wizards, etc. to God His own army are Holy Spirit – filled men and women
who can lay hands on sick for healing, who can cast out demons, etc. and just as satan is constantly recruiting more and more people into his army, so is the Army of the Lord constantly increasing in size and efficiency. May the Lord open our inner eyes to see the deep things of God as we study this series in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. GOD HIMSELF CHOOSES THE SOLDIERS IN HIS ARMY
The Almighty God does not work with volunteers. He prefers to
choose His soldiers by Himself. However, those whom He
chooses invariably have certain things in common, namely: (i)
absolute loyalty (ii) lack of fear and (iii) absolute holiness. In the
same way, the questing of officers in His army is determined by
His sovereign choice.

John 15:16; I Pet. 2:9; I Cor. 1:2, 9; I Cor. 1:26-29; Rev. 2:10; Rev. 12:11; Pro. 28:1; I Cor. 12:4, 11; 12:28-30; Mark 16:9-10; John 20:11-18; Matt. 9:9; I Tim. 1:15-16; II Cor. 12:11; Ps. 113:5-8; Luke 1:52; I Pet.5:5.

2. THERE IS ONLY ONE PUNISHMENT FOR FAILURES IN THE ARMY OF GOD: EXPULSION
A promotion in army of God is also at His supernatural discretion
However, He uses some guideline often. These include, (i) fruit-
production, (ii) faithfulness in small things etc. There is only one punishment for those who fail God: expulsion. However, for those
who succeed in His army, the reward is truly royal.

Ps. 75:6-7; John 15;2; Matt. 25:20-23; Luke 16:10; John 15:6; II Kings 2:11; II Tim. 4:6-8; John 4:23.

Lesson 155
LESSON 155
THE ARMY OF LORD – PART 2

1. In the first part of this series, we learnt that God does not work with volunteers but that He chooses the members of His army by Himself. The same is also true of the selection of officers and promotions in His army. We also learnt. that while expulsion is the only punishment for failures, there is royal treatment for those who succeed in His army. In this part, we wish to learn more about this unusual army. May God teach us deep things in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE ARMY OF THE LORD IS AN UNUSUAL ONE
The army of the Lord is composed of unusual soldiers who are.
sheep and lambs. An army that does not use guns and bullets and
yet are never afraid, even of death. An army of priests, who at
the same time are kings, with an ability to hear God’s voice. Their
main opponent is the devil who they are prepared to fight non-
stop, even though he is invisible.

John 10:27; John 10:14; Luke 10. Ps. 23:1-4; II Cor. 10:4; Ex.l9-.5-6; Rev. 1:4-6; James 4:7; Eph. 6: 13; I Tim. 6:12-14; I Pet. 5:8-9.

2. THE SOLDIERS OF THE CROSS HAVE A THREE- FOLD ASSIGNMENT
The three-fold assignment of the soldiers of the cross are (i) a
ministry to God, through the sacrificing of praises to Him (ii) a
ministry to one another, with the strong helping the weak and (iii)
a ministry to the world, bringing them into salvation, deliverance
and health.

Gen. 12:1-3; 22:18; Ex. 20:18-19; Matt. 8:11-12; I Sam.
15:22-28; I Pet. 2:9; Rom. 11:7, 11, Heh. 13:15; Ps. 9:11; Rom. 15:1-3; I Thes. 5:74; John 15:9-13; Matt. 16:15-18, Acts. 1:8.

Lesson 156
LESSON 156
THE ARMY OF LORD – PART 3

1.We have learnt that the army of the Lord is an unusual army. An Army of sheep that can over come wolves, with the ability to hear the voice of God and desire to obey Him totally. Army of priest that is also kings with a three-fold duty of (i) ministry to God (ii) ministry to one another and (iii) ministry of the world. In part three we want to look closely at the ministry of the army of the Lord to the Lord Himself. May the Holy Spirit quicken our understanding as we study in Jesus, Name. Amen

1. WORSHIP IS MORE IMPORTANT TO GOD THAN WORK
Every King has a throne: the throne of God is built by the praises of His people. That is why the Father’s greatest desire is not for workers but worshippers, because those who will ever succeed as His workers must first succeed as His worshippers. That is why activity without worship always produces little harvest because God has decreed that there will be no rain if there is no worship.

Ps. 22:3; John 4:23; James 4:8; Matt. 22:37-38; Luke 10:38-42; Acts 13:l 2;Zech. 14:17.

2. TRUE WORSHIP INVOLVES COOPERATION BETWEEN GOD AND MAN
Worship can be divided into two portions: (i) in spirit which is God’s part and (ii) in truth, which is man’s part i.e. there must be a participation by both God and man for worship to lie complete. For example, David was the sweet psalmist of Israel because the spirit of God spoke by Him and through Him. Our part in worship
is not only to surrender our tongues to the Holy Spirit but also to make our hearts so pure that He can dwell there continually.

John 4:19-23; II Sam. 23:1-2; Is. 50:4; I Cor. 14:15; Eph. 5:18-19; Ps. 24:4-5: Ps. 66:18; Matt. 15:7-9; James 5:16.

3. YOU CANNOT OBEY GOD FULLY EXCEPT YOU WORSHIP HIM CONSTANTLY.
There are some commandments of God that can only be obeyed fully during worship time. These include: clapping our hands, shouting victoriously, making a joyful noise unto the Lord, lifting our hands, waving our hands to Him in praise and dancing before Him.

Ps. 47:1; Ps. 100:1-4; Ps. 95:1-3; Ph. 4:4; Lam. 3:40-41; Ps. 63:3-4; Lev. 9:21; Ps. 149:3; Ps. 150:4; Ps. 30:11.

Lesson 157
LESSON 157
THE ARMY OF LORD – PART 4

1.We have been discussing the ministry of the Army of the Lord to their Captain, the Lord of Hosts. In particular we have studied why we must worship in Spirit and in Truth. Now, we want to look into the details of how to correctly worship God. May the Lord accept our worship today and always for evermore in Jesus. Name. Amen.

1. OUR SONGS OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP MUST HAVE RELEVANCE
Those who worship God genuinely always worship Him relevantly. The song they sing when they consider the mercies of God w ill be different from those they sing when considering His holiness, sovereignty or power. We can even prophesy during our worship.

Ex. 4:31; Is. 62:5: II Sam. 12:14-23; Jos. 5:13-15: Is. 5:1-4; I Chr. 25:1-3; John 4:24; Eph. 5:18-20.

2. WORSHIPPING GOD IS INCOMPLETE UNLESS YOUR BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT ARE INVOLVED
It is not only with our voices alone that we should worship God.
We could lift up our hands or clap, we would dance, we could
shout, etc. All these are relevant ways of worshipping God and
each has its own significance if done with all our heart.

Ps. 103:1; Rom. 12:1; Ps. 95:6; Matt. 2:11; Ps. 63:3-4; Ps. 141:2; I Tim. 2:8; Ps. 47:1; I Cor. 3:9; Ps. 150:4; Ps. 95:1; I Chr. 17:16-18; Ps. 62:1, 5.

Lesson 158
LESSON 158
THE ARMY OF LORD – PART – 5

We have spent some time learning about the ministry of the soldiers of the
cross to their Captain. This is principally worshipping Him in Spirit and in
Truth. Now we want to consider the ministry of the soldiers one to another. A good passage that seems to say it all is Acts 2:41-47. May the Lord Himself teach us today in Jesus, Name.

1. THE RICHER MUST TAKE CARE OF THE POORER
God demands from every soldier of the cross not only tithes but
offerings also. This is so that the tithes might meet the needs of
the ministers who direct His worship while the offerings meet the
needs of the needy in the fold. God knows that there will always
be the poor in the land and He wants then cared for in an organized
manner so that the devil might not exploit the situation. It is not
the wealthy alone that He expects to support the poor. It is a
case of the richer supporting the poorer.

Mal. 2:8-12; Deut. 12:5-6;Num. 18:21; Lev. 27:30-33; Deut
15:11; Is. 58:6-7; Ex. 23:10-11; Lev. 19:9-10; Deut. 25:19-
21; Luke 11:41; Pro. 25:21-22; Pro. 28:3.

2. IF YOU HARDEN YOUR HEART AGAINST THE NEEDY, YOUR TURN WILL COME
It is a dangerous thing to harden your heart against the poor.
Because failure to help a wounded soldier implies your turn will
soon come. Because God commands the strong to support the
weak not only in the physical sense but also spiritually. If you do
not know how to be merciful, learn it.

Deut. 15:7, Pro. 21:13; Rom. 15:1-2; Gal. 6:1-2; Heb. 13:3; James 1:27; Col. 3:12-14; I Pet. 3:8; Rom. 12:15; Acts 20:35; Deut. 26:12-15.

Lesson 159

LESSON 159
THOU GOD SEEST ME

There are two ways of looking at a thing, person or an object. A ”Look”
might be evil and the other favourable. In this study, we want to examine the two sides of a “Look” and choose between the “Looks” which one we want directed at us. May the Lord Almighty show His favourable countenance on us as we go through this topic in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. OUR LOOKS AS HUMAN BEING
Human beings are like God. Gen. 1:26. We are capable of
reacting to circumstances favourably or unfavourably, depending
on situation at the particular time. Thus countenance reveals the
expression of the mind.

II Kings 5:20-27; I Sam. 15:24-28; Gen. 9:20-27; Ex. 32:21-
22, 26-28; Acts 8:20-21; 16:16-18.

2. GOD’S FAVOURABLE AND UNFAVOURABLE LOOKS
The many acts of God recorded throughout the scripture, truly
prove that He is a real person whose acts are to be understood in
the same sense as those performed by men. He also, therefore
uses these media (Favourable and unfavourable looks) to approve
or disapprove of our behaviours.

HIS UNFAVOURABLE LOOKS: Gen. 4:3-5, 8-12, 16-19; Ex. 14:23-28; Gen. 18: 16-22; 24-25; Gen 6:12-18; (8-10); Jos. 7:1-5; Hub. 1:13.

GOD FAVOURABLE LOOK: Gen. 1:26-28; Gen. 16:10-13; Ex. 3:7-8; fs. 66:2,1 Sam. 1:6-7; Luke 1:13; Luke 1:26-30; Is. 5:2-7.

Lesson 160
LESSON 160
FRUITFUL LIVES & FAITHFUL ONES – 3

In the second part of this series, we saw some ingredients of a fruitful life.
These include compassion, active love. Sacrificial praising of God. These are
in addition to the ingredients that we discovered in part one like putting Jesus
First, holiness, loving God reading, meditating on, and doing the Word of
God. In this study, we want to look at one major ingredient of a fruitful life. It
is called faith, Heb. 11:6, May the Almighty increase our faith greatly today
even as we study at His feet in Jesus, Name. Amen.

1. FAITH IS THE FERTILIZER FOR THE TREE OF LIFE
Faith is the fertilizer for the tree of life, if faith is absent, the tree of
life of any man will be on a barren ground and fruitless. The Bible
is full of great men and women whose lives were great testimonies
simply because they had faith in God. From patriarchs to a harlot,
they got their names immortalized in the Book of hooks by over
coming great odds through simple faith in the Almighty God. Some
of these men and women include names like: Noah. Abraham,
Sarah, Moses, Joshua. Rahah, Elijah, the widow of Zarephat,
b.lisha. Naaman, the Shunamite woman, Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego. Mary, Paul and Silas, just to mention a few. they
were human beings like us. Their God is our God. May our faith
lie greater than theirs in Jesus, name. Amen.

Gen. 6:13-3 2: Heb. 11:7; Gen. 12:1-3; Heb. 11:8; Gen. 22:19; Heb. 11:17-19; Gen. 18:9-15; Heb. 11:11; Ex. 14:10-16; 15:23-25; 17:1-7; Jos. 1:6, 7, 9; 3:9-17; 6:1-20; Jos. 10:12-14; Heb. 11:31; I Kings 17:1-6; 17:10-16; 11 Kings 2:19-22; 5:11-14; 4:18-37; Dan. 3:16-18; Luke 1:30-38; Acts 16:22-26.

Lesson 161
LESSON 161
THE SCAPE GOAT

The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary of Current English defines the
word “SCAPE GOAT” as “PERSON BLAMED OR PUNISHED FOR THE MISTAKES OR WRONGDOING OF ANOTHER OR OTHERS.”
However, in this study we want to examine what led to the issue of scapegoat, its spiritual implication and what should be our attitude towards it today. May the Lord Almighty give us a deep understanding of His word as we go on, Amen.

1. SIGNIFICANCE OF OFFERING IN ISRAEL
Making offering or sacrifice to God was a very ancient practice
Gen. 4:3,8:20; Ex. 10:25, and was known in Egypt and Babylonia
long before the patriarchal times. Gen. 3:21; Gen. 4:3: Ex. 12:1
3; Lev. 1:7 Lev. 4:3-5,13-15, 22-23,27-29, Heb. 6:1-6.

2. THE SCAPEGOAT TODAY
The High Priest has a responsibility of performing a solemn and
general act of worship to all Israelites once a year i.e. 10th of the 7th month in order to reconcile the nation to Jehovah God. There
he sacrificed a bullock for his own sin and two goats, on which
lots w ill be cast. kill one and let the other go alive into the
wilderness. This was for the sin of the whole nation of Israel. Tills
is know n as the scapegoat or the escape goat.

Lev. 16:1-10; Is. 53:4-6; Heb. 9:13-15; Heb. ] 0:8-10; Mal. 2:13; Gal. 4:9; I Pet. 3:18; II Cor. 5:77-20; I Pet. 2:24.

Lesson 162
LESSON 162
KNOWING THE MIND OF GOD – PART 1

In Ps. 25:9-14, we find out that God guides the humble in what is right and
teaches them His way. Infact, we discover that God confides in those who
fear Him. This seems to make it clear that God will be willing to guide anyone who is humble and fears God. But the question remains: how does God guide?
In this series, we pray that the Almighty Himself will teach us on how to know His mind, in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. WILL THE ALMIGHTY RE VEAL HIS MIND TO MERE MORTALS?
Will God let us know what He thinks about a particular situation? Will the Almighty reveal His mind to mere mortals? Yes, He will. If the Lord is your shepherd, He will guide you. He promised to teach you die right turns along life’s road if only you are willing to follow. He is prepared to be your counsellor forever, if you so desire. You do not even need to be a prophet or an elder to be guided by God.

Ps. 23:1-3; Ps. 32:8 Ps. 48:14; Is. 42:16; Is. 48:17-19; John
10:4; Is. 55:8-9; Luke 1:79; Ps. 18:30; Hab. 3:6; Ps. 73:24.

2. GOD COMMUNICATES IN VARIOUS WAYS
There are various ways through which God can make His mind known to His child. It could be either by the audible voice, dreams, symbolic acts, parables, proverbs or any other means of His Divine choice. Examples include the cases of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, Joseph, Moses, Nathan, Solomon, Daniel, Zechariah, Mary, Peter, Paul and John; just to mention a few.

Is. 6:1-9; Jer. 1:4-7; Amos. 3:8; Gen. 37:11; Exo. 3:1-6; II, Sum. 7:4-17; I Kings 3:5-15; Dan. 2:19-23; Luke 1:11-17, Luke 1:26-28; Acts 10:19-20; Ads. 10:9-10; Rev. 1:10-20.

Lesson 163

LESSON 163
KNOWING THE MIND OF GOD – PART 2

In the first part of this series, we have found out that God, the Almighty is
prepared to reveal His mind to human beings. He is willing to guide you even
if you are not prophet or an elder. We also discovered that God communicates in various ways, namely: the audible voice, vision, dreams, symbolic acts, parables, proverbs, etc. Now, we want to take a close look at dreams. May the Lord teach us to our benefits in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE SAME DREAM CAN HAVE DIFFERENT CONSEQUENCES FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE
Dreams could have different sources. These sources could include the supernatural and the natural. Not all dreams are beneficial and not all could be relied upon. Dreams could bring comforting messages from God or they could bring warnings of impending danger or Divine judgment. Supernatural transactions could also take place in a dream. The same dream could have diverse effects on different people.

Num. 12:6-8; Jer. 23:28; Joel 2:28; Eccl. 5:3,5:7; Gen. 28:10-15;
Gen. 41:1-7; Dan. 4:4-8; Judg. 7:9-14.

2. DREAMS COULD BE A POTENT WEAPON IN THE HANDS OF THE ALMIGHTY
God could thwart the plans of the enemies through dreams.
Similarly, God’s purposes could be achieved through supernatural
directions in dreams. In the hands of God dreams could be turned
to a weapon for shaping the history of individuals, nations and
even the whole world.

Matt. 1:19-20; Matt. 2:ll-12,Matt. 2:13-15, 19-23; Gen. 15:13-16; 37:26-27; Matt. 1:1-2; Gen. 40:1-22; 41:38-44; Gen. 41:55, 41, 26-27; Matt.:l-2′, Gen. 41: 1-7; 47:20-26; 47:11-12; Ex. 1:8-11

Lesson 164

LESSON 164
KNOWING THE MIND OF GOD – PART 3

In the second part of this series, we found out that dreams could come from different sources, both natural and supernatural. That the same dream could have different consequences for different people; and dream could be a potent weapon in the hands of the Almighty. Now, we want to look at visions in some details. May the Almighty teach us Himself in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. GOD ALLOWS VISIONS FOR VARIOUS REASONS
There are various reasons why God allow visions to happen.
Some of these reasons arc (a) some people are too busy to hear the small, still voice of God. (b) some need a concrete experience for future service, a sort of strong reference point (c) some need it to prepare them for an important ministry (d) some need it for guidance (e) visions could also be given to warn against the danger of self overestimation or (f) to announce God’s judgment.

Ex. 3:1-4; Acts 9:1-4; Jos. 5:13; 6:5;.fude 6:11-21; Acts 9:10;
Acts 16:22-24; Luke 1:26-38; Acts 10:9-20; Ex. 3:7-10; Acts 10:1-8;
Acts 9:10-15; Is. 6:1-5; Dan. 5:1-5; Dan. 5:25-30.

2. VISIONS ARE MORE FREQUENT IN TIMES OF CRISIS THAN IN THE TIME OF PEACE
In times of crises or great danger. God uses visions as a means of assuring His own (i) that He is near, (ii) that all hopes are not lost (iii) that deliverance is on the way. But this is reserved for the pure in heart.

Lesson 165
LESSON 165
GOD’S APPROVED FAMILY

Do all families receive the approval of God? Or His support? No. The book
of Gen. 18:19 tells us the mind of God regarding a true family accredited by God. It also reveals His concept concerning the standard of a true family. May the Lord open our mind of understanding as we learn from His word.
Amen.

1. GOD’S APPROVED FAMILY.
What is the conception of God about “FAMILY”?
Has He any interest in the affairs of a family?
Yes He has, if we conform With His own standard.

a. Gen. 12:10, 2:21-24; Jer. 31:1; Gen. 18:17-19; Gen. 12:10-20;
Gen. 12:3; 28:14; Gen. 20:2-6; 26:1-5; Ps. 113:9.

b. Husband’s duty: Pro. 5:18; Eccl. 9:9; 1 Tim. 5:8; I Chr. 29:19;
Col. 3:18-23; Eph. 6:4.

c. Wife’s Duty: Eph. 5:21-25; Ex. 1:20; I Tim. 3:11; Pro. 31:26-28;
1 Pet. 3:1

2. THE FAMILY NOT APPROVED OF GOD.
The family who violates that age long conception of God is not a family of God. Gen. 2:24; It is one that has its root and foundation in chaos and confusion and consequently devoid of the blessing of God.

Micah 7:6; Gen. 3:6; I Tim. 2:11-13; Gen. 25:27-28; Gen. 37:3; Col. 3:18-24; James 3:2; Job 2:9; I Kings 21:1-11. 25; I Sam. 21:33; Jug. 13:19-23; II Sam. 6:20-23.

Lesson 166
LESSON 166
KNOWING THE MIND OF GOD – PART 1

In Ps. 25:9-14, we find out that God guides the humble in what is right and
teaches them His way. Infact, we discover that God confides in those who
fear Him. This seems to make it clear that God will be willing to guide anyone who is humble and fears God. But the question remains: how does God guide?
In this series, we pray that the Almighty Himself will teach us on how to know His mind, in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. WILL THE ALMIGHTY RE VEAL HIS MIND TO MERE MORTALS?
Will God let us know what He thinks about a particular situation?
Will the Almighty reveal His mind to mere mortals? Yes, He will. If the Lord is your shepherd, He will guide you. He promised to teach you die right turns along life’s road if only you are willing to follow. He is prepared to be your counsellor forever, if you so desire. You do not even need to be a prophet or an elder to be guided by God.

Ps. 23:1-3; Ps. 32:8 Ps. 48:14; Is. 42:16; Is. 48:17-19; John
10:4; Is. 55:8-9; Luke 1:79; Ps. 18:30; Hab. 3:6; Ps. 73:24.

2. GOD COMMUNICATES IN VARIOUS WAYS
There are various ways through which God can make His mind known to His child. It could be either by the audible voice, dreams, symbolic acts, parables, proverbs or any other means of His Divine choice. Examples include the cases of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, Joseph, Moses, Nathan, Solomon, Daniel, Zechariah, Mary, Peter, Paul and John; just to mention a few.

Is. 6:1-9; Jer. 1:4-7; Amos. 3:8; Gen. 37:11; Exo. 3:1-6; II Sum. 7:4-17; I Kings 3:5-15; Dan. 2:19-23; Luke 1:11-17, Luke 1:26-28; Acts 10:19-20; Ads. 10:9-10; Rev. 1:10-20.

Lesson 167
LESSON 167
KNOWING THE MIND OF GOD – PART 2

In the first part of this series, we have found out that God, the Almighty is
prepared to reveal His mind to human beings. He is willing to guide you even
if you are not prophet or an elder. We also discovered that God communicates.
in various ways, namely: the audible voice, vision, dreams, symbolic acts,
parables, proverbs, etc. Now, we want to take a close look at dreams. May
the Lord teach us to our benefits in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE SAME DREAM CAN HAVE DIFFERENT CONSEQUENCES FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE
Dreams could have different sources. These sources could include the supernatural and the natural. Not all dreams are beneficial and not all could be relied upon. Dreams could bring comforting messages from God or they could bring warnings of impending danger or Divine judgment. Supernatural transactions could also take place in a dream. The same dream could have diverse effects on different people.

Num. 12:6-8; Jer. 23:28; Joel 2:28; Eccl. 5:3,5:7; Gen. 28:10-15; Gen. 41:1-7; Dan. 4:4-8; Judg. 7:9-14.

2. DREAMS COULD BE A POTENT WEAPON IN THE HANDS OF THE ALMIGHTY
God could thwart the plans of the enemies through dreams.
Similarly, God’s purposes could be achieved through supernatural
directions in dreams. In the hands of God dreams could be turned
to a weapon for shaping the history of individuals, nations and
even the whole world.

Matt. 1:19-20; Matt. 2:ll-12,Matt. 2:13-15, 19-23; Gen. 15:13-16; 37:26-27; Matt. 1:1-2; Gen. 40:1-22; 41:38-44; Gen. 41:55, 41, 26-27; Matt.:l-2′, Gen. 41: 1-7; 47:20-26; 47:11-12; Ex. 1:8-11.

Lesson 168

LESSON 168
KNOWING THE MIND OF GOD – PART 3

In the second part of this series, we found out that dreams could come from different sources, both natural and supernatural. That the same dream could have different consequences for different people; and dream could be a potent weapon in the hands of the Almighty. Now, we want to look at visions in some details. May the Almighty teach us Himself in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. GOD ALLOWS VISIONS FOR VARIOUS REASONS
There are various reasons why God allow visions to happen.
Some of these reasons arc (a) some people are too busy to hear the small, still voice of God. (b) some need a concrete experience for future service, a sort of strong reference point (c) some need it to prepare them for an important ministry (d) some need it for guidance (e) visions could also be given to warn against the danger of self overestimation or (f) to announce God’s judgment.

Ex. 3:1-4; Acts 9:1-4; Jos. 5:13; 6:5;.fude 6:11-21; Acts 9:10; Acts 6:22-24; Luke 1:26-38; Acts 10:9-20; Ex. 3:7-10; Acts 10:1-8; Acts 9:10-15; Is. 6:1-5; Dan. 5:1-5; Dun. 5:25-30.

2. VISIONS ARE MORE FREQUENT IN TIMES OF CRISIS THAN IN THE TIME OF PEACE
In times of crises or great danger. God uses visions as a means of assuring His own (i) that He is near, (ii) that all hopes are not lost (iii) that deliverance is on the way. But this is reserved for the pure in heart.

Matt. 5:7; Pro. 11:17; James I:6-7;Acts 16:16-23; Luke 5:5; John 21:3; Matt. 25:28-29.

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

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

Lesson 169
LESSON 169
RISE OR FALL – PART 1

Not all who begin a journey end it, not all who run in a race finish it. Some will always fall by the wayside. This is also true in the Christian race. But is it the will of God that some should fall by the wayside? Those who stand, are they responsible for their standing? These and many other questions will be answered in this series in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. NOT THE WILL OF GOD THAT ANY SHOULD FALL
Not only is God able to save to the uttermost. He actually promises to protect His own forever. Though there be obstacles on the narrow way. He provided light for those who are to use it. The word of God is full or examples of those who rose or fell according as they obeyed or disobeyed God, so that we can learn from them and be able to stand. But some people will surely fall.

Heb. 7:22-25; Ps. 125:2; Ps. 119:105; Pr. 6:23; Ps. 119:130; I Cor. 10:11; Rom. 15:4; Ps. 34:7; Matt. 19:30; Matt 25:1-12.

2. SOME WILL SURELY STAND FOREVER
The Bible also contains some examples of those who finished their races creditably men like Enoch, Peter, and Paul convince us that it is possible to stand forever. But those who will stand must (i) take heed (ii) keep their bodies under control (iii) humble themselves (iv) press on relentlessly and (v) watch and pray.

Gen. 5:24; II Kings 2:11; II Pet. 1:12-15; II Tim. 4:6-8; I Cor. 10:12; I Cor. 9:27; Phil. 2:5-8; Phil. 3:12-14; I Pet. 4:7.

Lesson 170
LESSON 170
RISE OR FALL – PART 2

There are 3 classes of Christians: those who fall, those who stand and those who are rising constantly. In the first part of this series, we discovered that it is not the will of God that any should fall but some people will surely fall. Similarly, some people will surely stand. Now, we want to take a look at the conditions for rising constantly. May the Lord Himself teach us in Jesus, name Amen.

1. TO RISE, YOU MUST DISCARD THINGS THAT CAN WEIGH YOU DOWN
You surely cannot even stand if you are still indulging in sin.
Consequently, if you wish to keep rising, you must discard sinful habits, because it is only the righteous that shall flourish. Furthermore, all weight in the form of worldly allurements, worldly possessions and worldly securities must be discarded.

Job. 11:14-17; Eph. 4:22; Heb. 12:1; Col. 2:11; I Pet. 2:11; Ps. 92:12; Pro. 4:18; Gen. 19:26; I Sam. 17:39.

2. THOSE WHO AIM HIGH ALWAYS RISE HIGH IF THEY ARE WILLING TO PAY THE COST
To rise high, you must be ambitious, so don’t be satisfy with past achievements, focus all your desire on Jesus Christ and be willing to pay the cost of becoming like Him. Seek Him early in the morning seek Him late at night. Be temperate in all things study His word and resist sin even into the blood.

Phil. 3:12-14; I Cor. 14:1; I Cor. 12:31; I Cor. 14:12; Ps. 38:9; Ps. 63:1; Ps. 3:25; Ps. 119:20, 131; Is. 26:9; Matt. 5:6; I Cor. 9:25; II Tim. 2:15; Heb. 12:4; Is. 40:31

Lesson 171

LESSON 171
PUTTING ON THE ARMOR

What is Armour? It is a defensive covering, usually metal, tor the body, made in the form of boilers’ suit, normally worn in fighting during warfare; particularly in the olden days. It has several parts namely. Helmet, Visor, Scale Armour breast plate, gauntlet. Greaves etc. (I Sam. 17:4-6) However, today we want to look at Christian Armour and its vital parts. May the Lord Himself teaches us in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. THE CHRISTIAN WALK AS A WARFARE
The walk of a Christian has been described as warfare, a deadly conflict in which he is engaged against the power of Satan and his hosts. Because this walk is warfare, a Christian must be prepared and equipped, in order to be victorious.

Eph. 6:10-11; Gen. 3:1-4, 5-7; Gen. 13:10-11; Gen. 25:29- 34; II Sam. 15:1, 2, 4, II Chr. 26:16; 32:25; I Chr. 21:1.

2. PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD
While God has provided this armour, the individual Christian has the responsibility of putting it on by making conscious use of the power the Lord Jesus Christ made available to him.

Eph. 6:11-13; II Clir. 14:8; Ps. 33:20; II Scim. 22:31; Ps. 91:4; Pi: 2:7; Ps. 2:9; I Sam. 17:40; II Sum. 1:18; I Sam. 17:51; Eph. 6:17; Ps. 89:20.

Lesson 172
LESSON 172
PUTTING ON THE ARMOR

What is Armour? It is a defensive covering, usually metal, tor the body, made in the form of boilers’ suit, normally worn in fighting during warfare; particularly in the olden days. It has several parts namely. Helmet, Visor, Scale Armour breast plate, gauntlet. Greaves etc. (I Sam. 17:4-6) However, today we want to look at Christian Armour and its vital parts. May the Lord Himself teaches us in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. THE CHRISTIAN WALK AS A WARFARE
The walk of a Christian has been described as warfare, a deadly conflict in which he is engaged against the power of Satan and his hosts. Because this walk is warfare, a Christian must be prepared and equipped, in order to be victorious.

Eph. 6:10-11; Gen. 3:1-4, 5-7; Gen. 13:10-11; Gen. 25:29- 34; II Sam. 15:1, 2, 4, II Chr. 26:16; 32:25; I Chr. 21:1.

2. PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD
While God has provided this armour, the individual Christian has the responsibility of putting it on by making conscious use of the power the Lord Jesus Christ made available to him.

Eph. 6:11-13; II Clir. 14:8; Ps. 33:20; II Scim. 22:31; Ps. 91:4; Pi: 2:7; Ps. 2:9; I Sam. 17:40; II Sum. 1:18; I Sam. 17:51; Eph. 6:17; Ps. 89:20.

Lesson 173
LESSON 173
PSALM 117

Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter in the Bible and yet it contains all the truths that a Christian should know. It enjoins you to praise God because God is merciful, kind, gracious and true. We shall look into this beautiful psalm tonight and we believe that God will bless us richly as we do so in Jesus, name Amen.

1. OUR GOD IS UNIVERSALLY GOOD
The goodness of our God is for all the earth. Those who have tasted Him have found Him to be very good. He is not only good when all is well, but He is good also in the time of trouble. He is a good Friend in the time of need. our success in life depends on His goodness and mercy.

Ps. 33:5; Ps. 34:8; Nah. 1:7; I Tim. 1:12; II Cor. 12:9; II Tim. 2:1;
Rom. 9:16; Tit. 3:5.

2. PRAISE THE LORD: HE IS WORTHY TO BE PRAISED.
We have a lot to thank God for. For our salvation, for the
forgiveness of our sins, that we are still alive today, that He is a
dependable Rock, perfect and true, and that His mercy endureth
forever are just a few of the reasons why we should constantly
praise Him.

Col. 1:12; Mic. 7:18; Lam. 3:22-23; Deut. 32:4; Ps. 108:4; Rev. 11:17; I Thes. 5:18; Ps. 22:23; Rev. 19:5; Ps. 103:17.

Lesson 174

LESSON 174
JOHN 11 : 35

John 11:3 5 is the shortest verse in the Bible and yet it is extremely profound.
Jesus wept. The King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the word from the beginning,
the very God of the very God, wept. Can God weep? Was it genuine tears?
Why should the Almighty weep and openly at that? These and several other
questions assail one’s mind when you read. “Jesus wept”. May the Lord
open our understanding as we study in His word in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. JESUS CHRIST HAS MANY REASONS FOR WEEPING
Apart from the fact that the Bible calls our Lord Jesus Christ a
“Man of sorrow”, it is also a commandment of God that we should
weep with those who weep. In addition. He is an understanding
High Priest who appreciates what His followers were going
through, because He is not only God but Man as well. Particularly
as He knows that many do not even know when their salvation is
near to them.

Isa. 53:3; Rom. 13:15; Heb. 4:14-16; Ps. 103:13; Ps. 78:39; I Tim. 2:5; John 1:1,14; Luke 19:41-41.

2. HE WEPT BECAUSE HE LOVED
Jesus wept because He loved. He shed genuine tears because He loved genuinely. He share the agony and problems of those He loved and when He loves someone that love is forever

John 11:5, 35.–36; John 11:33; John 13:1; Heb. 13:5; Ps. 142:4; John 5:5-9; Mic. 7:5; Is. 63:9; Acts 9:3-5; Matt. 25:40; I Cor. 12:12; Eph. 5:30.

Lesson 175
LESSON 175
SIMEON & ANNA

Apart from the shepherds watching their flocks by night, two people who saw the Messiah in the first few days of His life were Simeon and Anna. Who are these two? What is so special about them” Have we any lessons to learn from their lives? May the Lord quicken our understanding as we study at His feet in Jesus, name. Amen.

1. DIVINE REVELATIONS ARE NOT OBTAINED BY HUMAN WISDOM
Simeon and Anna had a lot of things in common. They Knew how
to wait patiently for the Lord, unmoved by what other may be
pursuing. They were under the control of the Holy Spirit by whom
deep mysteries were revealed to them. Things that human wisdom
cannot search out were made available to them by the Holy Spirit.
They were not afraid of death because they were living a life of
piety and dedication to God.

Ps.37:7; John 16:14; Dan. 2:22; Amos. 3:7; I Cor. 2:9-10; Deut. . 12:5, 4:4: Luke 4:16; Num. 23:10; Gen. 49:33; Pro. 14:32: Ps. 23:4.

2. THE PURE IN HEART SHALE SURELY SEE GOD.
To see God, the basic prerequisite is purity of heart. One day we
too shall see God if only we can keep ourselves pure. Simeon
and Anna persevered till the end, we also must persevere.

Matt. 5:8; I John 3:2-3; Isa. 9:2; Eph. 3:3-6; Hos. 2:23; Job 17:9; Gal. 6:9.

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

Hebrews 13: 8

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