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GIDEON: A STUDY IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE – PART 3


INTRODUCTION:

We began the study of the life history of Gideon by nothing that the wages of sin is death: spiritual, financial and otherwise. And that God calls the things that are not as though they were, calling a fearful young man a “mighty man of valour”. Today, we shall continue to study the life of that “mighty man of Valour” may the Lord bless richly as we do so in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. OBEDIENCE PLUS A WORTHY OFFERING EQUALS AN
ACCEPTABLE OFFERING.

Gideon requested a sign from the Divine visitor: that he be allowed to offer his hospitality. All great men and women of the Bible are hospitable people. However, it is not only their worthy offerings that make them acceptable to God, it is their obedience to God in all-things that is mixed with their offerings. If God has to choose, He will prefer obedience to any offering at any time.

Judg. 6:17-27; Gen. 18:1-5; Gen. 19:1-3; I Kings 17:8-16; II Kings 4:8-17; Acts 9:36-41; Heb. 13:2; Gal. 6:9-10; Gen. 4:3-7; Gen. 18:6-8; I Sam. 15:22.

2. OUR GOD IS A GOD OF PEACE WHO TURNS WEAK PEOPLE
TO STRONG ONES.

Gideon was scared that he would die because he had seen
God but our God of peace assured him that all would be well. Then Gideon demonstrated another trait common to all spiritual giants: he built an altar and worshipped God. When God told him pull down the altar of Baal, he obeyed; though he did it at night out of fear.

I John 3:2-3; Matt. 5:8; Mark 4:37-39; Matt. 14:22; John 14:1; Gen. 8:20; Gen. 13:14-18; Acts 2:37-38; Ps. 33:16; II Cor. 12:9; Ps. 18:1; Ps. 46:1; Ps. 81:1; Ps. 27:1; 28:8; Rev. 3:8.

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GIDEON: A STUDY IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE – PART 5


INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we saw the dangers of asking God for sign and the wisdom of simply trusting in Him. We also saw that many are called but few are chosen and that the few chosen must be fearless, watchful, prepared strong, perfect vessels unto honour. May the Lord bless us richly as we continue with our study of Gideon today in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. OUR GOD IS THE FATHER OF MERCIES

When the Almighty saw the state of mind of Gideon, He arranged an encouragement for him by way of a dream and its interpretation. This again shows how merciful God is. Surely, He will never allow us to be tempted beyond our ability.

Judg. 7:9-15; II Cor. 1:3-4; I Cor. 10:13; Matt. 1:18-24; I Kings 19:4-8; II Kings 6:15-17.

2. GOD USES STRANGE WEAPONS TO FIGHT HIS BATTLES

Whenever God engages in spiritual warfare, He uses the most unlikely weapons. In this case, He used a broken pot, a flaming touch and a blaring trumpet in the hands of each of 300 men to rout 300,000 of His enemies. He is still the same today and will give you victory in a manner you least expect.

Judg. 7:16-25; Gal. 2:20; I Cor. 9:25-27; Rom. 12:1-2; Matt. 5:14; I Thess. 5:22-23; Rom. 12:9; II Cor. 6:17-18; I Pet. 1:14-16; John 14:30; Isa. 52:7; John 15:16; James 4:7; Matt. 8:5-10; I Sam. 15:17-23.

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THE FLOOD SURVIVORS A TYPE OF THE CHURCH


INTRODUCTION:

Noah and those who were saved with him in the ark are remarkably typical of Christian believers and of the church as a whole in seven outstanding ways, may the Lord teach us today and bless us tremendously as we study at His feet in Jesus name. Amen.

1. BELIEVERS SEVEN OUTSTANDING WAYS

The conversation in which they were chosen to salvation was made before the flood; the ark was entered in response to a divine call. Noah believed God with his family, the ark that effected, salvation also involved separation, and the Lord shut him in. The higher the flood prevailed the more the ark rose above it, when the guilty world was beneath the flood of judgement and death, those in the ark were risen above it and were alive, they not only survived the flood, they became the possessors of a new world.

Gen. 6:18; II Thess. 2:13; Eph. 1:4; Gen. 7:1; Rom. 3:30; I Cor. 1:9; Rom. 5:1; John 17:16; I Thess. 5:24; Gen. 7:4,5,7; Heb. 10:39; I Pet. 1:21-22; Rom. 16:26; Heb. 1:7; I Pet. 2:9; II Cor. 6:17; Gen. 7:16; Eph. 4:30; II Cor. 1:22; Gen. 7:17-19; Gen. 7:16; Col. 3:1; I Pet. 3:21; Gen. 3:15-19; II Pet. 3:13; Rev. 22:1-4; Rev. 7:15-17; Rev. 22:3-5.

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GIDEON: A STUDY IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE – PART 6


INTRODUCTION:

We saw in the last part of this series that our merciful God will never allow us to be tempted beyond our ability. We also saw the God uses strange weapons to fight His battles. In this concluding chapter, we want to see how to win continuously in our warfare against the devil, may the Lord bless us richly as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE DEVIL IS A BOXING CHAMPION: WATCH AND PRAY

After the victory, the “grateful” people of Israel offered Gideon a throne, but he was too wise to accept to be king over Israel. However, he had weakness for gold and this was cleverly used by the devil to defeat him. The devil is a good boxer; he knows how to use the opponent’s weakness to destroy him.

Judg. 8:22-27; II Cor. 10:4; Ex. 14:11-12; Ex. 15:23-24; Ex. 16:2-3; Ex.17:1-2; Ex. 32:19-20; Num. 11:4-6, 11-15; Num. 20:1-4, 7-12.

2. IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO BE HOLY IN BIG THINGS; WE MUST BE HOLY IN SMALL THINGS

It is important to be holy in big things. But that is not enough: we must be holy in all things, small things inclusive. It is good to protect our weak points from the attack of enemy, but it is far better to be get rid of them completely.

I Cor. 9:27; Matt. 5:27-30; I Thess. 5:2; Heb. 12:4; Jam. 4:7.

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SAMSON; A STUDY IN “THE ANOINTING” – PART 1


INTRODUCTION:

What is the anointing? What can it do? When is it needed? Who can have it? What can hinder or prevent it from functioning? These and similar questions will be answered in this series as we use Samson as a case study, may the Lord bless us as we study at His feet in Jesus Name.

1. THE ANOINTING BREAKS THE YOKE

The closest way to describe the anointing is “Divine electricity”. Like physical electricity, it can produce heat, light, sound etc. Handled wrongly it can kill. But principally it is to enable humans to do supernatural things. It can break any yoke of the enemy.

Judg. 13:1-14; Is. 10:27; Is 61:1-3; Matt. 9:12; Rom. 5:20.

2. ANOINTING FUNCTIONS BEST IMPURE VESSELS

Just like electricity, anointing flows best when the conductor is purest. The one through whom anointing must flow is a privileged person. And special privileged implies by special responsibilities.

Rom. 9:20-21; Ps. 127:3; Deut. 28:1-2; Ex. 19:5-6; Eph. 5:18; Pro. 20:1; Pr. 31:6; Acts 2:4-15, 13-18; Jer. 1:4-5; Eph. 1:3-5; Ps. 62:11; Num. 22:7-35; Jos. 1:6,7,9, Heb. 1:9.

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SAMSON: A STUDY IN “THE ANOINTING” – PART 2


INTRODUCTION:

In the first part of this series, we saw that the main purpose of the anointing is to break the yokes of the enemy. We also learnt that holiness and purity are essential characteristics of those vessels through which the anointing must flow. Today, as we continue our studies, may the Lord bless us richly with His anointing in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE ANOINTING ATTRACTS BLESSING TO THE ANOINTED

One of the conditions for receiving Divine visitors is hospitality. Also, those who receive Divine visitors always receive miracles, not death. Just as the anointed grows physically, so also can the anointing grow in intensity. Moreover, the anointing brings to the anointed blessings because of the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Judg. 13:15-21; Gen. 18:1-15; Gen. 19:1-3; Judg. 6:17-19; Judg. 13:22-23; Gen. 19:21; Judg. 6:22-23; I Kings 17:17-24; II Kings 4:17-37; Judg. 13:24; Ps. 119:89; Is. 40:8; I Sam. 3:19; Luke 1:80; Luke 2:40; II Sam. 5:11-12; II Kings 6:21; I Sam. 3:1-10.

2. THE ANOINTING ALSO ATTRACTS FROM THE ENEMY: BUT THE ANOINTED ALWAYS LAUGHS LAST

The anointing precipitate attacks from the enemy. Infact, the greater the anointing, the greater the attacks. But the Divine purpose is so that the enemy might be put to shame openly.

Judg. 14:1-6; I Sam. 17:34-35; II Kings 1:7-12; II Kings 6:8-14; II Kings 1:13-17; I Sam. 17:45-50; I Kings 18:25-40; II Kings 6:15:23.

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SAMSON; A STUDY IN “THE ANOINTING” – PART 3
JUDGES 14:7 – JUDGES 15:20


INTRODUCTION:

We learnt in the last part of this series that anointing attracts blessing to the anointed. Also, anointing attacks from the enemy, though the Divine purpose is so that enemy might be disgraced. Today, we pray that the Almighty will bless us richly as we continue our studies in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. ANOINTING GOES HAND IN HAND WITH FIRE

Whenever the enemy tries to cheat the anointed, the enemy ends up being the cheated. This is because anointing goes hand in hand with fire, our God being himself a consuming Fire. The fire purifies the anointed as it burns the planting of the enemy.

II Sam. 15:31; II Sam. 17:4-11, 51-54; II Sam. 15:13-14; II Sam. 18:9-15; Judge 14:7-20; II Sam. 17:23; Judge 15:1-8; Heb. 12:29; Acts 18:9-15; Acts 2:1-4; II Kings 2:9-12; Ex. 3:2-3; Is. 6:1-7; Is. 43:2; Dan. 3:26-27.

2. EVERYTHING PROSPERS IN THE HANDS OF THE ANOINTED

The anointed is a live wire and must be handled with care. Everything prospers in his hands either for the destruction of the enemy or for the meeting of the needs of himself or others.

Judge. 15:9-10; I Sam. 25:9-39; Acts 5:15; Ps. 105:15; I Kings 13:4; Num. 12:1-2, 9-10; Dan. 5:1-31; Judg. 15:14; II Kings 2:23-24; Acts 13:6-12; Acts 16:16-18; Is. 54:17; Acts 12:5-7; Acts. 16:25-26; Judge. 15:15-20; II Kings 4:38-41; II Kings 4:42-44; II Kings 6:1-7.

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SAMSON; A STUDY IN “THE ANOINTING” – PART 4


INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we learnt that anointing goes hand in hand with fire and you must be careful how you handle the anointed of God. We also learnt that everything prospers in the hands of the anointed. Today, we pray that the Almighty will bless us deeply as we continue our study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. DIVINE PATIENCE IS NOT THE SAME AS DIVINE APPROVAL

Anointing is no excuse for a sinful life and anyone who goes to the enemy’s territory to play will surely be attacked by the enemy’s soldiers. Whenever God decides to be patient with the anointed, he should be careful to note that God never approved of sin, never.

Judge 16:1-3; Rom. 6:1-2; Matt. 4:5-7; Gen. 13:10-13; 14:1-2, 12; 19:1-9, 26; II Thess. 2:9; Ex. 7:11, 22; II Pet. 3:9-14; Rom. 9:22; Isa. 16:14.

2. THE ANOINTED MINUS GOD EQUAL DUST

Samson did not fall suddenly in one day. He took 7 gradual steps from the mountain top of power to the pit of powerlessness. He broke all the rules of a Nazarite only to discover that without God the anointed is nothing but dust.

Judge 16:4-20; I Cor. 10:21; Eph. 5:18; Hab. 2:15; I Cor. 6:18; 6:19-20; I Cor. 6:15-16; 12:27; Lev. 21:14; II Cor. 6:14-18; I Cor. 10-12; John 15:5.

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SAMSON; A STUDY IN “THE ANOINTING” – PART 5 JUDG 16:21-31


INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we saw that Divine patience is no the same as Divine approval and we saw how Samson took 7 gradual steps into powerlessness. Today, as we conclude this series on Samson, may the Lord bless us mightily in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. WHEN THE BACKSLIDDEN, ANOINTED ONE REPENTS, GOD WILL RESTORE HIM.

When the anointed backslides, the enemies revenge, rejoice and laugh at God. But when the Backslidden anointed repents, though he may suffer a while, God will restore him.

Judge 16:21-27; I Sam. 31:1, 6; 31:8-19; II Sam. 1:19-20; 12:13-14; I Sam. 28:7-10; II Sam. 12:15-24; Mark 10:46-47; II Tim. 4:6-7.

2. THE PRAYER OF THE ANOINTED MAY BE AN SWERED TO THE LETTER: WATCH YOURS

What happened after Samson prayed his only prayer shows clearly that an anointed one should watch his prayer carefully. The prayer of an anointed one may be answered to the letter be careful how you pray.

Judge 16:28-31; Jud. 15:18; II Pet. 2:4-9; Luke 1:7; Hag. 2:9.

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ELISHA: A STUDY IN DOUBLE PORTION OF ANOINTING –
PART 1 I KINGS 19:19-21.


INTRODUCTION:

The reason why God releases His anointing on man is always because (i) there is an assignment that is superhuman (ii) God wants the assignment achieved by a human being (iii) therefore the man chosen by God to do the assignment needs to be supernaturally equipped to do what ordinary human frame cannot do. We pray that God will bless us mightily as we begin this series of study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. A DOUBLE PORTION OF ANOINTING CAN DO BREATH – TAKING THINGS

A singly portion of anointing can do fantastic things as is evident in the life of Elijah and Samson. Consequently, a double portion of the anointing can do breath-taking thing: things that could be called “special miracles” even through “ordinary” miracles are special intervention of God in the affairs of men.

I Kings 17:19-22; 18:36-38; Judge 14:5-6; 15:11-15; 16:1-3, II Kings 13:20-21; Acts 5:12, 15-16; Acts 19:11-12.

2. THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS OBTAINING A DOUBLE PORTION IS A CALL

The first step towards obtaining a double portion of anointing is a call into Divine Service. Now there are various types of call e.g. into the ministry of helps. But each call is a call to salvation and rest, to a life of meaning, fulfillment, true prosperity, higher service and power. And of course a life of separation.

I Kings 19:19-21; Luke 8:1-3; Matt. 11:28-30; I Kings 2:38-41; Pr. 2:44; II Kings 5:15-16; II Kings 4:8; 4:32-35; I Sam. 16:4; II Kings 6:21; 5:9-12; II Cor. 6:14-18.

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ELISHA: A STUDY IN DOUBLE PORTION OF ANOINTING –
PART 2 II KINGS 2:1-15.


INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we saw the reason why God normally pours His anointing on someone; we also saw that the first step to obtaining a double portion of anointing is a call from God. Today as we continue our study, may the Almighty God bless us richly in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THOSE WHO CAN HAVE THE DOUBLE PORTION

The double portion is normally for the first born of the family. But there could be “First born” by adoption. Those who can have the double portion must in addition to being called and adopted also be hard working, humble, compassionate and bold.

Deut. 21:17; Ex. 13:2; Rom. 8:28-29; Rom. 8:14-17; I Kings 19:19-21; Acts.. Pro. 22:29; II Cor. 6:17-18; Matt. 4:3-4; I Kings 5:26-27; II Kings 3:11; Matt. 14:14; II Kings 5:1,9-12.

2. HOW TO OBTAIN THE DOUBLE PORTION

A rugged determination, a desire that shuts out all else except God, spiritual alertness, an expanded horizon and of course faith are parts of what must be present in an individual who would obtain a double portion of anointing.

II Kings 2:1-15; Luke 9:62; Jam. 1:5-7; Deut. 4:29; Gen 13:14-15, 17; Eph. 1:15-19; Isa. 29:18; Ps. 84:2; Luke 11:9-40; Mark 11:23-24.

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ELISHA: A STUDY IN DOUBLE PORTION OF ANOINTING –
PART 3, II KINGS 2:13-25


INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we saw the qualifications of those who can receive the double anointing and how to receive it. As we know continue with our study of Elisha, we begin to see how to use the double anointing, may the Lord bless us as we study at His feet in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE DOUBLE ANOINTING CAN WORK FOR THE ONE WHO HAS IT AS WELL AS OTHERS

The first miracle that Elisha performed with his double anointing was to cross-river Jordan. By so doing, he removed the major obstacle to his progress and ministry; next he went on to help the people of Jericho to remove the curse that had been placed on their city long ago. Next, he silenced forever those who dared to mock him. From these three miracles, it is clear that the double anointing can work for the one who has it as well as for others in deed.

II Kings 2:13-35; Mark 11:23; III John 2; Ps. 23:5; John. 10:10; I Sam. 17:34-37; Phil. 2:10; II Sam. 22:45-46; Jos. 6:26; I Kings 16:34; Isa. 54:17.

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INCREASING IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD


INTRODUCTION:

To know God is often synonymous with gladness and the true knowledge of god is that we are brought to His favour and likeness and enjoyment, may the Lord bless us richly as we study at His feet in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. GOD’S NATURE AND PERFECTION

He is a Spirit, the Almighty and all wise, Eternal without a beginnings, He is holy without sport and absolutely unchangeable, the creator of all, His will is furnish in the scripture.

Col. 1:10; John 4:24; I Sam. 2:2: Lev. 11:45; Isa. 11:45; Isa. 9:6; James 1:5; Heb. 13:8; Ps. 111:2; Gen. 1:1; John 1:3; Gen. 3:15; Gal. 4:4-6; II Tim. 3:16-17; Phil. 3:10; Eph. 1:17-23.

2. THE INCREASE TO BE DESIRE

We do not know all at the first stage of Christian experience. The increase is most desirable because it adds to our strength, happiness and comfort. This may be attained by reading and hearing of God word.

I Pet. 2:2; Hosea 4:6; Ps. 29:11; II Tim. 2:5; Jos. 1:8; Ps. 1:1-3; Ps. 1:1-3; Pr. 2:1-6; I Cor. 6:3-6, 9-10.

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COMPROMISE OR SEPARATION (FROM THE WORLD) WHICH WAY?


INTRODUCTION:

What does separation mean? It does not necessarily mean the life of an ascetic, i.e. (one who practices rigorous self denial) or shut oneself up in a monastery, a secluded place even in the Christian, it means the power to live “in the world, but not of the world”, i.e. the desire for worldly things and pleasures is replaced and overcome by the new nature of Christ, which fills the heart. Compromise with evil in any form hinders blessing for a Christian, may God bless us as we go on in study of His word.

1. SEPARATION FROM THE WORLD

This is well illustrated by the story of the Israelites coming out of Egypt. Pharaoh represents the Adversary. On their (Israelite) trying to leave Egypt Pharaoh offered his compromises.

THE COMPROMISES

First Compromise
Ex. 2:10-11; Ex. 6:6; Ex. 7:14; Ex. 8:25; II Cor. 6:14-17; John 2:15-17.

Second Compromise
Ex. 8:28; Eph. 5:11.

Third Compromise
Ex. 10:24; I Sam. 15:9; 13-14; I Sam. 15:22-23; Ex. 10:26; Ex. 10:27-29; Ex. 33:16; John 15:18-19; Ezra 6:21; Neh. 9:2; I Tim. 6:5.

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SELF EXAMINATION


INTRODUCTION:

Self-examination is the ascending of our true state and character before God. It is seeing whether the tree has been made good, whether we are converted or not, may the Lord bless us richly as we study as His feet in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. REASONS FOR SELF EXAMINATION

The lamb of profession may be taken and like others we may be waiting for the bridegroom, there are some who received the word with gladness, who after all were but story ground hearers e.g. Felix and Agrippa.

II Cor. 13:5; Rom. 8:10-11; Gal. 4:19; Matt. 25:10-13; 13:20-22; Jer. 4:3-4; Luke 18:22-25; Acts 24:24-25; Acts 26:28-29.

2. WHAT DOES IT MEANS TO BE IN FAITH

Having the true faith of a disciple of Christ, Living in the Kingdom, the fruit of the Spirit will be manifested and obedient to His word.

3. HOW TO EXAMINE OURSELVES

The standard of spiritual examination is the word of God, the true mirror the only standard of true holiness, it should be a daily exercise and not others examination.

Luke 6:47-49; James 1:22-25; 2:12; Heb. 3:12-15; I Cor 10:12; John 21:20-22.

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ELISHA: A STUDY IN DOUBLE ANOINTING – PART 4


INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we saw how the anointing can destroy a curse and replace it with a blessing. We also saw how the anointing can put to shame those forces trying to ridicule our God or ask us, “where is your God”. Today, as we study II Kings 3 we want to see the role of the anointing in producing miracles, may God bless us richly in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. ONE WAY OF KNOWING THAT ANOINTING IS FLOWING IS WHEN MIRACLES HAPPEN

In the story recorded for us in II Kings 3, there are several points of interest. Some of these are (i) the flow of anointing can be interrupted by anger (ii) the flow can be restored by worship (iii) when anointing flows, prophecy flows too (iv) Miracle will reveal the presence of the anointing.

II Kings 3, I Sam. 16:14-23; Ps. 22:3; I Kings 18:45-46; Eze. 3:14; Joel 2:28: I Cor. 12:4-10; Ecc. 11:5; John 3:8; II Cor. 5:7; John 11:40; John 11:39-40, 44; Acts 12:5-11; Acts 19:11-12; I Kings 17:8-16.

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ELISHA: A STUDY IN DOUBLE ANOINTING – PART 5


INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we saw that anger can low the fuse of the anointed, that preparations must precede blessings and that anointing works silently to produce miracles. Today, as we continue with the series, may the Lord reveal more to us for our blessings in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. WHEN ANOINTING SOLVES A PROBLEM IT IS PER MANENTLY SOLVED

In the story under consideration today, there are many points of interest. Some of which are: (i) the anointing breaks the yoke of poverty and the debt (ii) the anointing delivers from bondage generally (iii) most of the times the anointed requires material things to produce material miracles. (iv) anointing can be limited by the extent obedience of the one being helped and (v) when anointing solves a problem it is permanently solved.

II Kings 4:1-7; II John 2; John 10:10; Phil. 4:19; Acts 16:16-18; II Kings 6:8-16; Luke 13:10-17; Acts 10:38; John 15:5; Phil. 4:13; Mark 8:18; II Kings 2:19-20; I Kings 17:8-16; John 2:-11; John 2:6.

2. THOSE WHO NEED THE HELP OF THE ANOINTING MUST PLAY THEIR PARTS TOO.

Before the physician can be of much use to the patient, the patient must cooperate with the physician. Those who need the help of the anointed must play their parts too through (i) a distinct request for help (ii) obedience and (iii) willingness to use what they have to obtain what they need.

Ps. 34:6; Ps. 34:17; Is. 1:8; Deut. 28:1-14.

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WHAT CHRIT IS MADE TO BELIEVERS


INTRODUCTION:

Our Lord Jesus Christ is made unto us Wisdom, (righteousness) i.e. Justification, Sanctification and Redemption, may the Lord open our understanding and bless us richly as we study at His feet in Jesus most precious. Amen.

1. WISDOM OF GOD

Christ is the Wisdom of God He is able to remove the earthly wisdom. We are not wise unit we have this wisdom.

I Cor. 1:30; I Cor. 1:24; Col. 2:3; Luke 2:40; Col. 3:16; James 3:17-18; Matt. 12:42.

2. JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION

Justification affects our state as sinner, sanctification affects our character as defiled, Justification is effected at once, sanctification is progressive work, which begins with our regenerated and only ends in glory. The anointing blood which he shed is not only the ground of our pardon but is the medium of our purification.

Acts. 13:38-39; Rom.5:17-19; 5:1; Isa.64:6; John 17:17; Titu 2:14; Titu 3:4-5; Cor. 2:9-10; I John 1:7; Heb. 9:13-14; Rev. 7:14; Ex. 29: 43-44; Acts 26:1-8.

3. REDEMPTION

This obviously relates to the resurrection of the body and glorification of body and soul in heaven.

Rom. 8:22-23 Eph. 4:30; Phil. 3:20-21; I Cor. 15:51; I Thess 5:23 I Thess. 4:16-17.

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THE FRUIT OF REVIVAL


INTRODUCTION:

Revivals have not maintained their peak of favour over any length span of years. In this study, we shall know, the undeniable fruits of revival, may the Lord bless us as we study at His feet in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. REVIVAL BRINGS A NEW SENSITIVITY TO SIN

Revival is accompanied by a deepened conviction of sin, men will be constrained to cry for their sins, men who though themselves to be good religious people have been led to search into the foundation upon which they were resting.

Isa. 44:3-5; Num. 23:23; Mark 7:20, 17; Job 42:6; Ps. 73:22; Jer. 31:10; Luke 18:13; II Cor. 7:10; Matt. 7:24-27.

2. REVIVAL BRINGS A NEW CONSECRATION TO GOD

Holiness becomes the goal of God’s children; men and women are so renewed in the spirit. The hypocrites will face the challenge, by this, people will know, what is require of them.

Eph. 4:23-24; Matt. 23:25-26; Eph. 5:96; Mic. 6:6-8; Heb. 12:14.

3. REVIVAL BRINGS A NEW LOYALTY TO THE CHURCH

The goings of God is seen in His sanctuary, members will be concerned for the souls of their neighbour. The appetite for God’s word is immeasurably sharpened.

Ps. 68:24; Eph. 2:21-22; Acts 2:47; Ps. 119:105; Heb. 4:12;

4. REVIVAL BRINGS A NEW
It is gloriously impossible for those who are reconciled to God to be permanently unreconciled to one another.

Gal. 5:22-23; Acts 4:32; John 17:20; Acts 2:46-47.

5. REVIVAL BRINGS A NEW CONCERN FOR THE LOST
It rekindles the passion for souls and stimulates the zeal to win other for Christ; the message of salvation is taken to the people where they are.

Act. 5:22-23; Num. 10:29; Matt. 22:10; Isa. 58:6; Jer. 20:9.

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ELISHA: A STUDY IN DOUBLE ANOINTING
PART 6, II KINGS 4:8-37


INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we saw that anointing can break the yoke of poverty and that those who need the help of the anointed must play their parts too. Today, as we continue our study, we pray that the source of all anointing will bless us mightily in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. HE WHO ACCEPTS A PROPHET WILL RECEIVE PROPHET’S REWARD

In the story under considerations, we have a lot of lessons to learn. Some of which are:
(i) Those who know the value of the anointed treat them with reverence
(ii) He who accepts a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward and
(iii) The word of the anointed is creative because it is backed by the creator Himself.

II Kings 4:8-37; Ex. 17:11-13; I Kings 17:8-16; Matt. 10:41-42’ Phil. 4:15-19; II Kings 2:22; I Kings 17:1; I Sam. 17:43-51.

2. FAITH IS A SWITCH THAT CAN TURN ON THE ANOINTING

Other lessons in the story including (iv) the devil may fight but he cannot overcome the anointed, (v) sin is an insulator to the flow to anointing (vi) anointing can conquer death too and (v) faith is a switch that turns on anointing.

Rom. 8:31, 37; Heb. 1:9; Acts 8:5-8; I Kings 17:17-24; Acts 9:39-42; Matt. 8:5-13; Matt. 15:21-28; Matt. 9:22-29; Luke 8:43-48; I John 4:8; Gal. 5:6.

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JOURNEY INTO GOD’S POWER

INTRODUCTION:

Many Christian look for short cuts to the power of God, there is power in Godliness. Jesus was holy and He was powerful, there is tremendous power for us in God, but not without holiness, may the Lord bless us mightily as we study at His feet in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen.

1. HOLINESS PRECEDES POWER

God will empower what He first makes holy, humility precedes holiness, holiness is the product of grace and God gives grace to the humble by this you will be confronted with the truth about yourself. Hypocrites love to judge, it makes them feel superior, every season of significant spiritual growth always happen by a time of deep repentance.

II Tim. 3:5; Ps. 62:11; II Sam. 22:23; Ps. 101:6; Acts:13-14; Phil. 2:5-9; Matt. 11:29; I Pet. 5:5-6; Luke 18:9; John 8:1-10; Rom. 2:1; I Cor. 4:5; Luke 13:3-5; Matt. 3:8; I John 8:9.

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ELISHA: A STUDY IN DOUBLE ANOINTING – PART 8

INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we learnt that anointing could conquer both austerity and poison too. Today, as we study the well-known story of Naaman. We wish to see the role of anointing in other areas of life, may the Lord bless us richly as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. WHAT NO HUMAN KING CAN DO, THE KING OF CAN DO THROUGH
HIS ANOINTED ONES.

The circle of influence of anointing can be widened through witnessing. Also, what kings of the world cannot do the King of Kings can do it easily through His anointed ones. Moreover, anointing can be carried by the word of the anointed to remove the “but” in any man’s life.

I Kings 5; John 4:29-30, 39-42; Mark 5: 18-20; I Sam. 17:33-37; I Sam. 17:45-51, 1-14; Acts 3:1-8; Luke 13:10-16; Luke 8:43-48; Acts 8:5-8.

2. ANOINTING IS A TWO-EDGED SWORD

The Holy Spirit guides His anointed on when to receive or reject gifts. Anointing is also a two edged sword which can be used for executing judgments too.

II Kings. 4; Tit. 1:7; Matt. 10:8; Acts 5:1-11; Acts. 13:6-12.

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GIDEON: A STUDY IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE – PART 3


INTRODUCTION:

We began the study of the life history of Gideon by nothing that the wages of sin is death: spiritual, financial and otherwise. And that God calls the things that are not as though they were, calling a fearful young man a “mighty man of valour”. Today, we shall continue to study the life of that “mighty man of Valour” may the Lord bless richly as we do so in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. OBEDIENCE PLUS A WORTHY OFFERING EQUALS AN
ACCEPTABLE OFFERING.

Gideon requested a sign from the Divine visitor: that he be allowed to offer his hospitality. All great men and women of the Bible are hospitable people. However, it is not only their worthy offerings that make them acceptable to God, it is their obedience to God in all-things that is mixed with their offerings. If God has to choose, He will prefer obedience to any offering at any time.

Judg. 6:17-27; Gen. 18:1-5; Gen. 19:1-3; I Kings 17:8-16; II Kings 4:8-17; Acts 9:36-41; Heb. 13:2; Gal. 6:9-10; Gen. 4:3-7; Gen. 18:6-8; I Sam. 15:22.

2. OUR GOD IS A GOD OF PEACE WHO TURNS WEAK PEOPLE
TO STRONG ONES.

Gideon was scared that he would die because he had seen
God but our God of peace assured him that all would be well. Then Gideon demonstrated another trait common to all spiritual giants: he built an altar and worshipped God. When God told him pull down the altar of Baal, he obeyed; though he did it at night out of fear.

I John 3:2-3; Matt. 5:8; Mark 4:37-39; Matt. 14:22; John 14:1; Gen. 8:20; Gen. 13:14-18; Acts 2:37-38; Ps. 33:16; II Cor. 12:9; Ps. 18:1; Ps. 46:1; Ps. 81:1; Ps. 27:1; 28:8; Rev. 3:8.

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GIDEON: A STUDY IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE – PART 5


INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we saw the dangers of asking God for sign and the wisdom of simply trusting in Him. We also saw that many are called but few are chosen and that the few chosen must be fearless, watchful, prepared strong, perfect vessels unto honour. May the Lord bless us richly as we continue with our study of Gideon today in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. OUR GOD IS THE FATHER OF MERCIES

When the Almighty saw the state of mind of Gideon, He arranged an encouragement for him by way of a dream and its interpretation. This again shows how merciful God is. Surely, He will never allow us to be tempted beyond our ability.

Judg. 7:9-15; II Cor. 1:3-4; I Cor. 10:13; Matt. 1:18-24; I Kings 19:4-8; II Kings 6:15-17.

2. GOD USES STRANGE WEAPONS TO FIGHT HIS BATTLES

Whenever God engages in spiritual warfare, He uses the most unlikely weapons. In this case, He used a broken pot, a flaming touch and a blaring trumpet in the hands of each of 300 men to rout 300,000 of His enemies. He is still the same today and will give you victory in a manner you least expect.

Judg. 7:16-25; Gal. 2:20; I Cor. 9:25-27; Rom. 12:1-2; Matt. 5:14; I Thess. 5:22-23; Rom. 12:9; II Cor. 6:17-18; I Pet. 1:14-16; John 14:30; Isa. 52:7; John 15:16; James 4:7; Matt. 8:5-10; I Sam. 15:17-23.

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THE FLOOD SURVIVORS A TYPE OF THE CHURCH


INTRODUCTION:

Noah and those who were saved with him in the ark are remarkably typical of Christian believers and of the church as a whole in seven outstanding ways, may the Lord teach us today and bless us tremendously as we study at His feet in Jesus name. Amen.

1. BELIEVERS SEVEN OUTSTANDING WAYS

The conversation in which they were chosen to salvation was made before the flood; the ark was entered in response to a divine call. Noah believed God with his family, the ark that effected, salvation also involved separation, and the Lord shut him in. The higher the flood prevailed the more the ark rose above it, when the guilty world was beneath the flood of judgement and death, those in the ark were risen above it and were alive, they not only survived the flood, they became the possessors of a new world.

Gen. 6:18; II Thess. 2:13; Eph. 1:4; Gen. 7:1; Rom. 3:30; I Cor. 1:9; Rom. 5:1; John 17:16; I Thess. 5:24; Gen. 7:4,5,7; Heb. 10:39; I Pet. 1:21-22; Rom. 16:26; Heb. 1:7; I Pet. 2:9; II Cor. 6:17; Gen. 7:16; Eph. 4:30; II Cor. 1:22; Gen. 7:17-19; Gen. 7:16; Col. 3:1; I Pet. 3:21; Gen. 3:15-19; II Pet. 3:13; Rev. 22:1-4; Rev. 7:15-17; Rev. 22:3-5.

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GIDEON: A STUDY IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE – PART 6


INTRODUCTION:

We saw in the last part of this series that our merciful God will never allow us to be tempted beyond our ability. We also saw the God uses strange weapons to fight His battles. In this concluding chapter, we want to see how to win continuously in our warfare against the devil, may the Lord bless us richly as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE DEVIL IS A BOXING CHAMPION: WATCH AND PRAY

After the victory, the “grateful” people of Israel offered Gideon a throne, but he was too wise to accept to be king over Israel. However, he had weakness for gold and this was cleverly used by the devil to defeat him. The devil is a good boxer; he knows how to use the opponent’s weakness to destroy him.

Judg. 8:22-27; II Cor. 10:4; Ex. 14:11-12; Ex. 15:23-24; Ex. 16:2-3; Ex.17:1-2; Ex. 32:19-20; Num. 11:4-6, 11-15; Num. 20:1-4, 7-12.

2. IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO BE HOLY IN BIG THINGS; WE MUST BE HOLY IN SMALL THINGS

It is important to be holy in big things. But that is not enough: we must be holy in all things, small things inclusive. It is good to protect our weak points from the attack of enemy, but it is far better to be get rid of them completely.

I Cor. 9:27; Matt. 5:27-30; I Thess. 5:2; Heb. 12:4; Jam. 4:7.

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SAMSON; A STUDY IN “THE ANOINTING” – PART 1


INTRODUCTION:

What is the anointing? What can it do? When is it needed? Who can have it? What can hinder or prevent it from functioning? These and similar questions will be answered in this series as we use Samson as a case study, may the Lord bless us as we study at His feet in Jesus Name.

1. THE ANOINTING BREAKS THE YOKE

The closest way to describe the anointing is “Divine electricity”. Like physical electricity, it can produce heat, light, sound etc. Handled wrongly it can kill. But principally it is to enable humans to do supernatural things. It can break any yoke of the enemy.

Judg. 13:1-14; Is. 10:27; Is 61:1-3; Matt. 9:12; Rom. 5:20.

2. ANOINTING FUNCTIONS BEST IMPURE VESSELS

Just like electricity, anointing flows best when the conductor is purest. The one through whom anointing must flow is a privileged person. And special privileged implies by special responsibilities.

Rom. 9:20-21; Ps. 127:3; Deut. 28:1-2; Ex. 19:5-6; Eph. 5:18; Pro. 20:1; Pr. 31:6; Acts 2:4-15, 13-18; Jer. 1:4-5; Eph. 1:3-5; Ps. 62:11; Num. 22:7-35; Jos. 1:6,7,9, Heb. 1:9.

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SAMSON: A STUDY IN “THE ANOINTING” – PART 2


INTRODUCTION:

In the first part of this series, we saw that the main purpose of the anointing is to break the yokes of the enemy. We also learnt that holiness and purity are essential characteristics of those vessels through which the anointing must flow. Today, as we continue our studies, may the Lord bless us richly with His anointing in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE ANOINTING ATTRACTS BLESSING TO THE ANOINTED

One of the conditions for receiving Divine visitors is hospitality. Also, those who receive Divine visitors always receive miracles, not death. Just as the anointed grows physically, so also can the anointing grow in intensity. Moreover, the anointing brings to the anointed blessings because of the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Judg. 13:15-21; Gen. 18:1-15; Gen. 19:1-3; Judg. 6:17-19; Judg. 13:22-23; Gen. 19:21; Judg. 6:22-23; I Kings 17:17-24; II Kings 4:17-37; Judg. 13:24; Ps. 119:89; Is. 40:8; I Sam. 3:19; Luke 1:80; Luke 2:40; II Sam. 5:11-12; II Kings 6:21; I Sam. 3:1-10.

2. THE ANOINTING ALSO ATTRACTS FROM THE ENEMY: BUT THE ANOINTED ALWAYS LAUGHS LAST

The anointing precipitate attacks from the enemy. Infact, the greater the anointing, the greater the attacks. But the Divine purpose is so that the enemy might be put to shame openly.

Judg. 14:1-6; I Sam. 17:34-35; II Kings 1:7-12; II Kings 6:8-14; II Kings 1:13-17; I Sam. 17:45-50; I Kings 18:25-40; II Kings 6:15:23.

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SAMSON; A STUDY IN “THE ANOINTING” – PART 3
JUDGES 14:7 – JUDGES 15:20


INTRODUCTION:

We learnt in the last part of this series that anointing attracts blessing to the anointed. Also, anointing attacks from the enemy, though the Divine purpose is so that enemy might be disgraced. Today, we pray that the Almighty will bless us richly as we continue our studies in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. ANOINTING GOES HAND IN HAND WITH FIRE

Whenever the enemy tries to cheat the anointed, the enemy ends up being the cheated. This is because anointing goes hand in hand with fire, our God being himself a consuming Fire. The fire purifies the anointed as it burns the planting of the enemy.

II Sam. 15:31; II Sam. 17:4-11, 51-54; II Sam. 15:13-14; II Sam. 18:9-15; Judge 14:7-20; II Sam. 17:23; Judge 15:1-8; Heb. 12:29; Acts 18:9-15; Acts 2:1-4; II Kings 2:9-12; Ex. 3:2-3; Is. 6:1-7; Is. 43:2; Dan. 3:26-27.

2. EVERYTHING PROSPERS IN THE HANDS OF THE ANOINTED

The anointed is a live wire and must be handled with care. Everything prospers in his hands either for the destruction of the enemy or for the meeting of the needs of himself or others.

Judge. 15:9-10; I Sam. 25:9-39; Acts 5:15; Ps. 105:15; I Kings 13:4; Num. 12:1-2, 9-10; Dan. 5:1-31; Judg. 15:14; II Kings 2:23-24; Acts 13:6-12; Acts 16:16-18; Is. 54:17; Acts 12:5-7; Acts. 16:25-26; Judge. 15:15-20; II Kings 4:38-41; II Kings 4:42-44; II Kings 6:1-7.

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SAMSON; A STUDY IN “THE ANOINTING” – PART 4


INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we learnt that anointing goes hand in hand with fire and you must be careful how you handle the anointed of God. We also learnt that everything prospers in the hands of the anointed. Today, we pray that the Almighty will bless us deeply as we continue our study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. DIVINE PATIENCE IS NOT THE SAME AS DIVINE APPROVAL

Anointing is no excuse for a sinful life and anyone who goes to the enemy’s territory to play will surely be attacked by the enemy’s soldiers. Whenever God decides to be patient with the anointed, he should be careful to note that God never approved of sin, never.

Judge 16:1-3; Rom. 6:1-2; Matt. 4:5-7; Gen. 13:10-13; 14:1-2, 12; 19:1-9, 26; II Thess. 2:9; Ex. 7:11, 22; II Pet. 3:9-14; Rom. 9:22; Isa. 16:14.

2. THE ANOINTED MINUS GOD EQUAL DUST

Samson did not fall suddenly in one day. He took 7 gradual steps from the mountain top of power to the pit of powerlessness. He broke all the rules of a Nazarite only to discover that without God the anointed is nothing but dust.

Judge 16:4-20; I Cor. 10:21; Eph. 5:18; Hab. 2:15; I Cor. 6:18; 6:19-20; I Cor. 6:15-16; 12:27; Lev. 21:14; II Cor. 6:14-18; I Cor. 10-12; John 15:5.

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SAMSON; A STUDY IN “THE ANOINTING” – PART 5 JUDG 16:21-31


INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we saw that Divine patience is no the same as Divine approval and we saw how Samson took 7 gradual steps into powerlessness. Today, as we conclude this series on Samson, may the Lord bless us mightily in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. WHEN THE BACKSLIDDEN, ANOINTED ONE REPENTS, GOD WILL RESTORE HIM.

When the anointed backslides, the enemies revenge, rejoice and laugh at God. But when the Backslidden anointed repents, though he may suffer a while, God will restore him.

Judge 16:21-27; I Sam. 31:1, 6; 31:8-19; II Sam. 1:19-20; 12:13-14; I Sam. 28:7-10; II Sam. 12:15-24; Mark 10:46-47; II Tim. 4:6-7.

2. THE PRAYER OF THE ANOINTED MAY BE AN SWERED TO THE LETTER: WATCH YOURS

What happened after Samson prayed his only prayer shows clearly that an anointed one should watch his prayer carefully. The prayer of an anointed one may be answered to the letter be careful how you pray.

Judge 16:28-31; Jud. 15:18; II Pet. 2:4-9; Luke 1:7; Hag. 2:9.

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ELISHA: A STUDY IN DOUBLE PORTION OF ANOINTING –
PART 1 I KINGS 19:19-21.


INTRODUCTION:

The reason why God releases His anointing on man is always because (i) there is an assignment that is superhuman (ii) God wants the assignment achieved by a human being (iii) therefore the man chosen by God to do the assignment needs to be supernaturally equipped to do what ordinary human frame cannot do. We pray that God will bless us mightily as we begin this series of study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. A DOUBLE PORTION OF ANOINTING CAN DO BREATH – TAKING THINGS

A singly portion of anointing can do fantastic things as is evident in the life of Elijah and Samson. Consequently, a double portion of the anointing can do breath-taking thing: things that could be called “special miracles” even through “ordinary” miracles are special intervention of God in the affairs of men.

I Kings 17:19-22; 18:36-38; Judge 14:5-6; 15:11-15; 16:1-3, II Kings 13:20-21; Acts 5:12, 15-16; Acts 19:11-12.

2. THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS OBTAINING A DOUBLE PORTION IS A CALL

The first step towards obtaining a double portion of anointing is a call into Divine Service. Now there are various types of call e.g. into the ministry of helps. But each call is a call to salvation and rest, to a life of meaning, fulfillment, true prosperity, higher service and power. And of course a life of separation.

I Kings 19:19-21; Luke 8:1-3; Matt. 11:28-30; I Kings 2:38-41; Pr. 2:44; II Kings 5:15-16; II Kings 4:8; 4:32-35; I Sam. 16:4; II Kings 6:21; 5:9-12; II Cor. 6:14-18.

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ELISHA: A STUDY IN DOUBLE PORTION OF ANOINTING –
PART 2 II KINGS 2:1-15.


INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we saw the reason why God normally pours His anointing on someone; we also saw that the first step to obtaining a double portion of anointing is a call from God. Today as we continue our study, may the Almighty God bless us richly in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THOSE WHO CAN HAVE THE DOUBLE PORTION

The double portion is normally for the first born of the family. But there could be “First born” by adoption. Those who can have the double portion must in addition to being called and adopted also be hard working, humble, compassionate and bold.

Deut. 21:17; Ex. 13:2; Rom. 8:28-29; Rom. 8:14-17; I Kings 19:19-21; Acts.. Pro. 22:29; II Cor. 6:17-18; Matt. 4:3-4; I Kings 5:26-27; II Kings 3:11; Matt. 14:14; II Kings 5:1,9-12.

2. HOW TO OBTAIN THE DOUBLE PORTION

A rugged determination, a desire that shuts out all else except God, spiritual alertness, an expanded horizon and of course faith are parts of what must be present in an individual who would obtain a double portion of anointing.

II Kings 2:1-15; Luke 9:62; Jam. 1:5-7; Deut. 4:29; Gen 13:14-15, 17; Eph. 1:15-19; Isa. 29:18; Ps. 84:2; Luke 11:9-40; Mark 11:23-24.

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ELISHA: A STUDY IN DOUBLE PORTION OF ANOINTING –
PART 3, II KINGS 2:13-25


INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we saw the qualifications of those who can receive the double anointing and how to receive it. As we know continue with our study of Elisha, we begin to see how to use the double anointing, may the Lord bless us as we study at His feet in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE DOUBLE ANOINTING CAN WORK FOR THE ONE WHO HAS IT AS WELL AS OTHERS

The first miracle that Elisha performed with his double anointing was to cross-river Jordan. By so doing, he removed the major obstacle to his progress and ministry; next he went on to help the people of Jericho to remove the curse that had been placed on their city long ago. Next, he silenced forever those who dared to mock him. From these three miracles, it is clear that the double anointing can work for the one who has it as well as for others in deed.

II Kings 2:13-35; Mark 11:23; III John 2; Ps. 23:5; John. 10:10; I Sam. 17:34-37; Phil. 2:10; II Sam. 22:45-46; Jos. 6:26; I Kings 16:34; Isa. 54:17.

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INCREASING IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD


INTRODUCTION:

To know God is often synonymous with gladness and the true knowledge of god is that we are brought to His favour and likeness and enjoyment, may the Lord bless us richly as we study at His feet in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. GOD’S NATURE AND PERFECTION

He is a Spirit, the Almighty and all wise, Eternal without a beginnings, He is holy without sport and absolutely unchangeable, the creator of all, His will is furnish in the scripture.

Col. 1:10; John 4:24; I Sam. 2:2: Lev. 11:45; Isa. 11:45; Isa. 9:6; James 1:5; Heb. 13:8; Ps. 111:2; Gen. 1:1; John 1:3; Gen. 3:15; Gal. 4:4-6; II Tim. 3:16-17; Phil. 3:10; Eph. 1:17-23.

2. THE INCREASE TO BE DESIRE

We do not know all at the first stage of Christian experience. The increase is most desirable because it adds to our strength, happiness and comfort. This may be attained by reading and hearing of God word.

I Pet. 2:2; Hosea 4:6; Ps. 29:11; II Tim. 2:5; Jos. 1:8; Ps. 1:1-3; Ps. 1:1-3; Pr. 2:1-6; I Cor. 6:3-6, 9-10.

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COMPROMISE OR SEPARATION (FROM THE WORLD) WHICH WAY?


INTRODUCTION:

What does separation mean? It does not necessarily mean the life of an ascetic, i.e. (one who practices rigorous self denial) or shut oneself up in a monastery, a secluded place even in the Christian, it means the power to live “in the world, but not of the world”, i.e. the desire for worldly things and pleasures is replaced and overcome by the new nature of Christ, which fills the heart. Compromise with evil in any form hinders blessing for a Christian, may God bless us as we go on in study of His word.

1. SEPARATION FROM THE WORLD

This is well illustrated by the story of the Israelites coming out of Egypt. Pharaoh represents the Adversary. On their (Israelite) trying to leave Egypt Pharaoh offered his compromises.

THE COMPROMISES

First Compromise
Ex. 2:10-11; Ex. 6:6; Ex. 7:14; Ex. 8:25; II Cor. 6:14-17; John 2:15-17.

Second Compromise
Ex. 8:28; Eph. 5:11.

Third Compromise
Ex. 10:24; I Sam. 15:9; 13-14; I Sam. 15:22-23; Ex. 10:26; Ex. 10:27-29; Ex. 33:16; John 15:18-19; Ezra 6:21; Neh. 9:2; I Tim. 6:5.

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SELF EXAMINATION


INTRODUCTION:

Self-examination is the ascending of our true state and character before God. It is seeing whether the tree has been made good, whether we are converted or not, may the Lord bless us richly as we study as His feet in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. REASONS FOR SELF EXAMINATION

The lamb of profession may be taken and like others we may be waiting for the bridegroom, there are some who received the word with gladness, who after all were but story ground hearers e.g. Felix and Agrippa.

II Cor. 13:5; Rom. 8:10-11; Gal. 4:19; Matt. 25:10-13; 13:20-22; Jer. 4:3-4; Luke 18:22-25; Acts 24:24-25; Acts 26:28-29.

2. WHAT DOES IT MEANS TO BE IN FAITH

Having the true faith of a disciple of Christ, Living in the Kingdom, the fruit of the Spirit will be manifested and obedient to His word.

3. HOW TO EXAMINE OURSELVES

The standard of spiritual examination is the word of God, the true mirror the only standard of true holiness, it should be a daily exercise and not others examination.

Luke 6:47-49; James 1:22-25; 2:12; Heb. 3:12-15; I Cor 10:12; John 21:20-22.

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ELISHA: A STUDY IN DOUBLE ANOINTING – PART 4


INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we saw how the anointing can destroy a curse and replace it with a blessing. We also saw how the anointing can put to shame those forces trying to ridicule our God or ask us, “where is your God”. Today, as we study II Kings 3 we want to see the role of the anointing in producing miracles, may God bless us richly in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. ONE WAY OF KNOWING THAT ANOINTING IS FLOWING IS WHEN MIRACLES HAPPEN

In the story recorded for us in II Kings 3, there are several points of interest. Some of these are (i) the flow of anointing can be interrupted by anger (ii) the flow can be restored by worship (iii) when anointing flows, prophecy flows too (iv) Miracle will reveal the presence of the anointing.

II Kings 3, I Sam. 16:14-23; Ps. 22:3; I Kings 18:45-46; Eze. 3:14; Joel 2:28: I Cor. 12:4-10; Ecc. 11:5; John 3:8; II Cor. 5:7; John 11:40; John 11:39-40, 44; Acts 12:5-11; Acts 19:11-12; I Kings 17:8-16.

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ELISHA: A STUDY IN DOUBLE ANOINTING – PART 5


INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we saw that anger can low the fuse of the anointed, that preparations must precede blessings and that anointing works silently to produce miracles. Today, as we continue with the series, may the Lord reveal more to us for our blessings in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. WHEN ANOINTING SOLVES A PROBLEM IT IS PER MANENTLY SOLVED

In the story under consideration today, there are many points of interest. Some of which are: (i) the anointing breaks the yoke of poverty and the debt (ii) the anointing delivers from bondage generally (iii) most of the times the anointed requires material things to produce material miracles. (iv) anointing can be limited by the extent obedience of the one being helped and (v) when anointing solves a problem it is permanently solved.

II Kings 4:1-7; II John 2; John 10:10; Phil. 4:19; Acts 16:16-18; II Kings 6:8-16; Luke 13:10-17; Acts 10:38; John 15:5; Phil. 4:13; Mark 8:18; II Kings 2:19-20; I Kings 17:8-16; John 2:-11; John 2:6.

2. THOSE WHO NEED THE HELP OF THE ANOINTING MUST PLAY THEIR PARTS TOO.

Before the physician can be of much use to the patient, the patient must cooperate with the physician. Those who need the help of the anointed must play their parts too through (i) a distinct request for help (ii) obedience and (iii) willingness to use what they have to obtain what they need.

Ps. 34:6; Ps. 34:17; Is. 1:8; Deut. 28:1-14.

Lesson 294

DIGGING DEEP . 294
WHAT CHRIT IS MADE TO BELIEVERS


INTRODUCTION:

Our Lord Jesus Christ is made unto us Wisdom, (righteousness) i.e. Justification, Sanctification and Redemption, may the Lord open our understanding and bless us richly as we study at His feet in Jesus most precious. Amen.

1. WISDOM OF GOD

Christ is the Wisdom of God He is able to remove the earthly wisdom. We are not wise unit we have this wisdom.

I Cor. 1:30; I Cor. 1:24; Col. 2:3; Luke 2:40; Col. 3:16; James 3:17-18; Matt. 12:42.

2. JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION

Justification affects our state as sinner, sanctification affects our character as defiled, Justification is effected at once, sanctification is progressive work, which begins with our regenerated and only ends in glory. The anointing blood which he shed is not only the ground of our pardon but is the medium of our purification.

Acts. 13:38-39; Rom.5:17-19; 5:1; Isa.64:6; John 17:17; Titu 2:14; Titu 3:4-5; Cor. 2:9-10; I John 1:7; Heb. 9:13-14; Rev. 7:14; Ex. 29: 43-44; Acts 26:1-8.

3. REDEMPTION

This obviously relates to the resurrection of the body and glorification of body and soul in heaven.

Rom. 8:22-23 Eph. 4:30; Phil. 3:20-21; I Cor. 15:51; I Thess 5:23 I Thess. 4:16-17.

Lesson 295

DIGGING DEEP . 295
THE FRUIT OF REVIVAL


INTRODUCTION:

Revivals have not maintained their peak of favour over any length span of years. In this study, we shall know, the undeniable fruits of revival, may the Lord bless us as we study at His feet in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. REVIVAL BRINGS A NEW SENSITIVITY TO SIN

Revival is accompanied by a deepened conviction of sin, men will be constrained to cry for their sins, men who though themselves to be good religious people have been led to search into the foundation upon which they were resting.

Isa. 44:3-5; Num. 23:23; Mark 7:20, 17; Job 42:6; Ps. 73:22; Jer. 31:10; Luke 18:13; II Cor. 7:10; Matt. 7:24-27.

2. REVIVAL BRINGS A NEW CONSECRATION TO GOD

Holiness becomes the goal of God’s children; men and women are so renewed in the spirit. The hypocrites will face the challenge, by this, people will know, what is require of them.

Eph. 4:23-24; Matt. 23:25-26; Eph. 5:96; Mic. 6:6-8; Heb. 12:14.

3. REVIVAL BRINGS A NEW LOYALTY TO THE CHURCH

The goings of God is seen in His sanctuary, members will be concerned for the souls of their neighbour. The appetite for God’s word is immeasurably sharpened.

Ps. 68:24; Eph. 2:21-22; Acts 2:47; Ps. 119:105; Heb. 4:12;

4. REVIVAL BRINGS A NEW
It is gloriously impossible for those who are reconciled to God to be permanently unreconciled to one another.

Gal. 5:22-23; Acts 4:32; John 17:20; Acts 2:46-47.

5. REVIVAL BRINGS A NEW CONCERN FOR THE LOST
It rekindles the passion for souls and stimulates the zeal to win other for Christ; the message of salvation is taken to the people where they are.

Act. 5:22-23; Num. 10:29; Matt. 22:10; Isa. 58:6; Jer. 20:9.

Lesson 296

DIGGING DEEP . 296
ELISHA: A STUDY IN DOUBLE ANOINTING
PART 6, II KINGS 4:8-37


INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we saw that anointing can break the yoke of poverty and that those who need the help of the anointed must play their parts too. Today, as we continue our study, we pray that the source of all anointing will bless us mightily in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. HE WHO ACCEPTS A PROPHET WILL RECEIVE PROPHET’S REWARD

In the story under considerations, we have a lot of lessons to learn. Some of which are:
(i) Those who know the value of the anointed treat them with reverence
(ii) He who accepts a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward and
(iii) The word of the anointed is creative because it is backed by the creator Himself.

II Kings 4:8-37; Ex. 17:11-13; I Kings 17:8-16; Matt. 10:41-42’ Phil. 4:15-19; II Kings 2:22; I Kings 17:1; I Sam. 17:43-51.

2. FAITH IS A SWITCH THAT CAN TURN ON THE ANOINTING

Other lessons in the story including (iv) the devil may fight but he cannot overcome the anointed, (v) sin is an insulator to the flow to anointing (vi) anointing can conquer death too and (v) faith is a switch that turns on anointing.

Rom. 8:31, 37; Heb. 1:9; Acts 8:5-8; I Kings 17:17-24; Acts 9:39-42; Matt. 8:5-13; Matt. 15:21-28; Matt. 9:22-29; Luke 8:43-48; I John 4:8; Gal. 5:6.

Lesson 297

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Lesson 298

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Lesson 299

DIGGING DEEP .299
JOURNEY INTO GOD’S POWER

INTRODUCTION:

Many Christian look for short cuts to the power of God, there is power in Godliness. Jesus was holy and He was powerful, there is tremendous power for us in God, but not without holiness, may the Lord bless us mightily as we study at His feet in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen.

1. HOLINESS PRECEDES POWER

God will empower what He first makes holy, humility precedes holiness, holiness is the product of grace and God gives grace to the humble by this you will be confronted with the truth about yourself. Hypocrites love to judge, it makes them feel superior, every season of significant spiritual growth always happen by a time of deep repentance.

II Tim. 3:5; Ps. 62:11; II Sam. 22:23; Ps. 101:6; Acts:13-14; Phil. 2:5-9; Matt. 11:29; I Pet. 5:5-6; Luke 18:9; John 8:1-10; Rom. 2:1; I Cor. 4:5; Luke 13:3-5; Matt. 3:8; I John 8:9.

Lesson 300

DIGGING DEEP 300
ELISHA: A STUDY IN DOUBLE ANOINTING – PART 8

INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we learnt that anointing could conquer both austerity and poison too. Today, as we study the well-known story of Naaman. We wish to see the role of anointing in other areas of life, may the Lord bless us richly as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. WHAT NO HUMAN KING CAN DO, THE KING OF CAN DO THROUGH
HIS ANOINTED ONES.

The circle of influence of anointing can be widened through witnessing. Also, what kings of the world cannot do the King of Kings can do it easily through His anointed ones. Moreover, anointing can be carried by the word of the anointed to remove the “but” in any man’s life.

I Kings 5; John 4:29-30, 39-42; Mark 5: 18-20; I Sam. 17:33-37; I Sam. 17:45-51, 1-14; Acts 3:1-8; Luke 13:10-16; Luke 8:43-48; Acts 8:5-8.

2. ANOINTING IS A TWO-EDGED SWORD

The Holy Spirit guides His anointed on when to receive or reject gifts. Anointing is also a two edged sword which can be used for executing judgments too.

II Kings. 4; Tit. 1:7; Matt. 10:8; Acts 5:1-11; Acts. 13:6-12.

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

Hebrews 13: 8

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