DIGGING DEEP SERIES 301-400

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LESSON 301
ELISHA A STUDY IN DOUBLE ANOINTING – PART 9


INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we saw how anointing can be carried by words of the anointed to remove the “buts” in any life or to inflict punishment on sinners. We shall now continue our study by examine two different life situations in II Kings 6. May the Lord bless us richly as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. ANOINTING IS THE GREATEST INSURANCE AGAINST DISASTER

Anointing has its’ own problems, but they are good problems Luke.1:37; II Kings 6:1-7. Those who solve the problems of the anointed are solving their own problems too I Kings 17:8-16; II Kings 4:8-17. Moreover, those who know the value of anointing never stay afar from the anointed because anointing is the greatest insurance against disaster Ps. 34:5; II Kings 2:2-6.

2. THE ANOINTING HAS AN UNSEEN BODYGUARD

The anointed is endowed with supernatural audio-visual powers, which frustrate the plans of the enemy II Kings 6:8-13; II Kings 5:26. This is one of the reasons why the devil respects the anointed Judges 15:11-16; Heb. 13:5-6. Moreover, anointing can make the blind see and the seeing blind II Kings 1:9-14; John 9:40-41; Acts 13:8-12; also the anointing has an unseen body guard John 1:45-50; John 14:16.

Further Readings: Matt. 8:41-45; I Sam. 22:1-2.

LESSON 302
ELISHA A STUDY IN DOUBLE ANNOINTING – PART 10


INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series we saw that the anointing can make iron swim i.e. make the impossible. We also saw that the reason why the anointed is always cool is because he can see what others cannot see his fiery bodyguards. Today as we continue our study may God bless us richly in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. IF YOUR WAYS PLEASE GOD YOUR ENEMIES WILL BE AT PEACE WITH YOU.

It is unsual for the devil to try to turn every situation against the anointed, II Kings 6:24-27, 30 but God always frustrates the devil’s plans in fact II Kings 18:17-18, if a man’s ways please the Lord Prov. 16:7; Heb. 11:6. He will cause his enemies to be at peace with him Luke 7:50; Matt. 9:22; Matt. 9:29; Rom. 3:3-4. Moreover what you receive by faith is what you get while your doubts cannot make God a liar.

2. THE WORD OF GOD WRITTEN OR SPOKEN BY HIS ANOINTED IS SETTLED

God can use anybody to achieve his purpose and to bring his word to pass II Kings 5:1-4; II Sam. 17:1-4. He controls both the seen and unseen forces to bless one and curse another with them I Sam. 24:24-42; II Sam. 17:27-29, He will not let his word written or spoken by his anointed fall to the ground I Kings 17:8-16; II Chro. 20:22-25; Isa. 55:10-11.

Further Readings: Exo. 3:5; Matt. 21:21; Heb. 3:18-19; Isa. 55:12-13…

 

LESSON 303
ELISHA A STUDY IN DOUBLE ANNOINTING – PART 11


INTRODUCTION:

For weeks past we had been looking at the life and ministry of Elisha as a case study in double anointing. In this concluding part of the series, we wish to look at the death of Elisha and the lessons we can learn from it. May the Lord bless us richly as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE SECURITY OF A NATION IS ACTUALLY IN THE HANDS OF THE ANOINTED WITHIN THAT NATION

Any child of God, anointed or not, can go home to heaven in either of two ways; by rapture or sleeping in the Lord II Kings 13:14-21; I Thess. 4:13-17; II Kings 2:11; Deut. 34:1-8. But as long as the anointed lives, his personal bodyguard will ensure the security of his nation II Cor. 4:7; Psalm 34:7; Psalm 68:17. And any ruler who cooperates fully with the anointed in his domain will have a successfully reign II Chro. 20:1-24; I Sam. 13:8-14; I Sam. 15:22-28.

2. THE MINISTRY OF THE ANOINTED NEVER ENDS.

The usefulness of the anointed does not end with his earthly life. Infact once anointed, they remain useful for all eternity. Matt. 17:1-3; Rev. 11:1-2; II Kings 2:13-15; II Kings 2:9-12; Acts 10:38; John 14:12.

Further Readings: Gen. 5:24; II Tim. 4:6; II Chr. 32:7; Ps. 55:18.

LESSON 304
A HEART WITH IDOL – PART 1


INTRODUCTION:

An Idolatry is not an occasional sin. It is something that rules us, and makes us its slave. Christ doesn’t personally destroy the sin of idolatry and self within us. Rather, He points to them. May the Lord bless us as we study at His feet in Jesus might Name. Amen.

1. THE IDOL OF LUST

Sin committed in the sanctuary and outside it will be punished. Exodus 25:1-13, Exo. 34:12-14; II Thess. 2:3-4; Rom. 6:23. There should be no relationship with the ungodly, disobedience to God’s word will bring sudden destruction. God will only make covenant of peace with any one who would destroy the idol II Cor. 6:16-17 James. 1:15; Isaiah 52:11; Pro. 29:1, I Cor. 5:11-13; II Chr. 36:15-16; Mal. 2:4-5.

Further Reading: Psalm. 106:30

LESSON 305
A HEART WITH IDOL — PART II

INTRODUCTION:
When God shows us an idol within us, we must demolish it completely, we can not secretly harbor the slightest intention of ever using the idol again. Today we want to sturdy about the idol of rebellion and pride. May the Lord bless us, as we study at His feet in Jesus most powerful name. Amen.

1.     THE IDOL OF REBELLION AND PRIDE. 

Rebellion goes hand in hand with witchcraft, it makes you to disobey God and also doubt Him Deut. 9:7; Numbers 16:28-33; 11Sam. 18:9-14; Exodus 15:24; 1 Cor. 10:10. It involves disrespect for leaders and the death penalty is different from the common death, murmuring is the danger sign Gal. 3:1; Numbers 14:9-12; It will turn God to be your enemy.

          Further Reading: 1 Sam. 15:23; Gal. 5:7-8; 

LESSON 306
ESTHER: CASE STUDY IN VESSELS UNTO HONOUR PART 1

Esther : 1

INTRODUCTION:
The Bible teaches that there are kinds of people or “Vessels” in any great house. Some of these vessels are unto honour and some unto dishonour. II Tim. 2:20. To be a vessel unto honour is a costly endeavour, but a very worthwhile one. As we study the life of Esther, may we find grace to become vessels unto honour for God in Jesus name. Amen.

1. THERE IS A QUEEN ONLY BECAUSE THERE IS A KING: THERE ARE CHRISTIANS ONLY BECAUSE THERE IS CHRIST

Ahaesuerus reigned over a large kingdom and was very wealth Est. 1, Ps. 24:1. But there is a king above all kings, who reigns over all and owns all Ps. 19:1-3; Hag. 2:8; Isa. 55:1. His name is Jesus Christ. Queen vashti was free to enjoy as much as she wanted provided she remembered that she was queen because she belonged to a king Rev. 19:7-9; Ps. 34:10; John 10:10; Ph. 4:13, 19. Every Christian is free to alive life more abundant provided he/she puts Christ first John 15:5; Dan. 4:28-33.

2. WATCH AND PRAY

We must realize that all gifts are from God and are to be used for Him James. 1:17; John 3:27; Rom. 13:7. Consequently, we must always have time for God because honour must be given to Him unto whom honour is due Ph. 2:9-10; Isa. 15:22-28; I Sam. 16:14; Luke 14:11; John 15:2; Mk. 13:35-37; Thess. 5:6. The enemy is also constantly looking for an opportunity to strike and displace a vessel unto honour II Tim. 4:5. Watch and pray.

Further Reading: Rom. 12:10; John 10;10.

LESSON 307
ESTHER: CASE STUDY IN VESSELS UNTO HONOUR PART 2
ESTHER: 2: 1-18.

INTRODUCTION:

In the Ist part of this series, as we studied what happened to Vashti the former queen of king ahaseurus, we saw how God wants the Christian to enjoy life to the full provided he puts God first all the time. We also saw the need to watch and pray constantly. In this second part, we are introduced to Esther proper. May God bless us richly as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THERE IS NO ROOM FOR A VACUUM IN NATURE PHYSICAL OR SPIRITUAL

When one queen fell, there was soon a suggestion for a replacement. This is because there is no room for a vacuum in nature Est. 2:1-18; Matt. 12:43-45, I Sam. 16:14; Ps. 51:11; John 1:11-12; Rom. 11:11-21; Eph. 2:5; Rom. 9:15; I Pet. 5:5; I Sam. 15:22; John 15:16; Jere. 1:4-5; Isa. 49:1; Ps. 75:5-7; Matt. 23:12; Acts 15:18. Esther found grace and favour with everyone because she was humble. Obedient and submissive Heb. 13:5-6. Consequently, God who always respects the humble and is a help of the helpless promoted her Ps. 46:1-3.

2. MANY ARE CALLED, FEW ARE CHOSEN

Many virgins were invited, but only one was chosen and the chosen one was the excellent one Matt. 20:16. However, God can turn a slave to a queen and give victory to whomsoever, pleases Him I Pet. 2:9; I Cor. 9:24. that is why those who remained vessels unto honour forever are those who remained obedient to God forever I Cor. 9:24; Ps. 113:7-8; Ecc. 9:11; Deut. 8:10-14; 17-20.

Further Readings: Rom. 9:16; James 4:6

LESSON 308
ESTHER: CASE STUDY IN VESSELS UNTO HONOUR – PART 3
Esther 3,4

INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we learnt that there is no room for a vacuum in nature, when one queen fall another one rose to take her place. We also saw that the statement of our Lord that many are called but few are chosen had always been true. Today as we study chapter 3, and 4 of the book of Esther, we begin to see some crucial characteristic of a vessel unto honoure. May you be a vessel unto honour in Jesus name.

1. GOD MUST COME FIRST ALL THE TIME

There are occasions when children of God may have to disobey the orders of the Government i.e. when those orders contravene the higher orders of the King of Kings Acts 3:4; Acts 5:27-32; Exo. 1:15-21; Dan. 3:13-18. While we must give honour to whom honour is due, the one who knows the end from the beginning must have pre-eminence in all things at all times Dan. 6:7-10; Acts 15:18; Eph. 5:18; John 14:1.

2. VESSELS ARE MADE TO BE USED: TO LEAD US TO SERVE

Vessels, whether unto honours or not, are made to be used I Sam. 16:11-16; Rev. 2:10; Matt. 10:39; John 12:24-25; Mark 2:18-20. He who would lead must be willing to serve and to lay down his life if need be I Sam. 15:1-3. If a chosen vessel fails to perform, God, who has a thousand ways to solve a problem, will arrange for a substitute I Sam. 17:45-47; Jude 6:11-16; Exo. 3:7-12; John 15:16; I Kings 17:8-16; II Kings 4:11; Matt. 3:9; Matt. 19:37-40; I Sam. 2:27-31.

Further Readings: Act. 4:18-20; Jos. 1:1-6.

LESSON 309
ESTHER: CASE STUDY IN VESSELS UNTO HONOUR – PART 4(B) Esther 7

INTRODUCTION:

THE COUNSEL OF THE WICKED SHALL NOT

After Esther had proved her submission to the king beyond all doubts, she rose up boldly against the enemy of soon the enemy was on his kneels begging for mercy Est. 7, James 4:7; Isa. 54:17; Ps. 68:1; Ph. 2:10; Ps. 5:7; Pro. 11:8; Isa. 43:3-4; Ps. 7:15; Ps. 9:15-16. Within a short time, the enemy had fallen into his own pit Dan. 6:24; Ps. 37:35-36.

Further Readings: Psalm 20:7-8; Pro. 11:17.

LESSON 310
ESTHER: CASE STUDY IN VESSELS UNTO HONOUR – PART 5 Esther 8

INTRODUCTION:

In the last past of this series, we saw the counsel of the wicked against the righteous cannot stand and how instead the enemy will end up in the pit he dug for the righteous ones. As we continue our study, we find Esther and Modecai trying to undo what Human had done. May the Lord use us to undo what satan had done to our people in Jesus name. Amen.

1. THE WEALTH OF THE WICKED SHALL BE SPENT BY THE RIGHTEOUS

The house of late Haman was transferred to Esther who put Modecai in charge Esther 8 Pro, 13:22; Pro. 12:7; in the hands of Haman now rested securely in the hands of someone who would use it for beneficial purposes Pro. 11:28; Pro. 13:21; Ps. 49:10; John 1:11-12. Jesus is the RING of the Almighty God and is the secret of the Power of the Christian Rom. 8:32; John 14:14.

2. THE VESSEL UNTO HONOUR DOES NOT LIVE FOR HIMSELF: HE LIVES TO SERVE OTHERS.

The principal concern of every vessel unto honour is the well being of his people Mark 16:17-18; Acts. 3:60B; Acts 8:5-8. That is why every believer, armed with the name of Jesus must spend his live undoing what Satan had done to his people, thereby restoring their joy Jer. 8:21-22, Rom. 8:31; I John 3:8.

Further Reading: Isa. 3:10-11; Pro. 11:31.

LESSON 311
ESTHER: CASE STUDY IN VESSELS UNTO HONOUR PART 6
Esther 9,10

INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we saw how wealth of the wicked is stored up for the use of the righteous. We also discovered that JESUS is the Ring (i.e.) Power of God and we can use his Name to undo whatever Satan had done to our peoples and us. As we go part of this series, may the Lord confirm us as vessels unto hoinour into the concluding in his hands in Jesus name. Amen.

1. A VESSEL UNTO HONOUR IS A SOLDIER OF THE CROSS

The Jews led by Esther and Mordecai went about destroying their enemies ruthlessly. A vessel unto honour is not a civilian, he is called to be a soldier of the cross Est. 9:10, II Tim. 2:3-4; James 4:7. He must fight ruthlessly against Satan and his hosts I Pet. 5:8-9; Exo. 3:7-10; Matt. 28:18-20; Jos. 14:6-12; Judg. 14:5-15; Judge. 15:9-13; Judge 15:9-13; Judges 15:14-15; I Sam. 17:44-49.

2. NEVER GIVE THE DEVIL A BREATHING SPACE

The Jews did not strike at their enemies only once Isa. 54:17; II Kings 13:15-19; Judges 2:1-3; I Sam. 17:4; Jos. 11:21-22; Eph. 6:11-13. They kept striking until all the enemies were either dead or they become Jews; the vessel unto honour must never give Satan a breathing space. Keep firing I Thess. 5:16-18; Ph. 3:12-14.

Further Reading: John 16:24; I Tim. 6:12

LESSON 312
THE WRONG SWORD

INTRODUCTION:


To overcome the battle of life we should not use the wrong sword instead, we are to use the weapons that are not carnal II Cor. 10:3-5. May the Lord bless us richly as we study at His feet in Jesus mighty name. Amen.

1. WE NEED GOD’S HELP IN TIMES OF BATTLE AND WHEN THE BATTLE IS OVER.

Many a times we fight the world battle with great inspiration power and spiritual victory only to become carnal fleshly and defeated, when another battle arises I Sam. 21:1-15; Joshua 7:3-4; Matt. 26:40-43; John 18:10-11; Luke 18:1; Isaiah 40:31; Zech. 4:6; John 15:5; Acts. 12:5; II Cor. 1:11; Eph. 6:18. Therefore we should take heed I Thess. 5:17; I Cor. 10:11-12; Rom. 10:21; II Cor. 10:5.

2. THE END RESULT OF BACKSLIDING

When a child of God backslide’s fear enters the heart and is quickly followed by confussion and depression Prov. 29:25; Psalm 27:1-3; II Sam. 1:27; Rev. 21:27. We are tempted to twist the truth and tell lies, our testimony, may then become so blemished, that the worldly people laugh at our folly, and madness John 8:44; John 8:32; Judges 16:24-25.

Further Reading: Rom. 8:15; I Sam. 17:47.

LESSON 313
SANCTIFICATION

INTRODUCTION:


Sanctification, holiness and consecration are synonymous terms, justification, deals with the quiet and condemnation of sin. Sanctificaton deals with power of indwelling sin.

In sanctification there is both (i) Instantaneous and (ii) Practical and progressive experience. May the Lord bless us richly as we study at His feet in Jesus most powerful Name. Amen.

1. POSITIONAL AND INSTANTANEOUS EXPERIENCE

There is a sense in which the believer is sanctified instantaneously, set aprt for God and clothed in the righteousness of Christ I Cor. 1:2; II Thess. 2:1-3; John 17:17; Heb. 13:12; I Cor. 1:30; I Pet. 1:2; Acts 15:9; Rom. 4:20-24; Acts 10:15-28.

2. PRACTICAL AND PROGRESS EXPERIENCE

The believer walks with God, he becomes more and more conformed with the likeness of Christ Heb. 12:14; Gen. 39:9; Luke 23:42-43; Gen. 5:24; Heb. 11:5; II Cor. 7:1; Rom. 1:7; Matt. 5:8; Lev. 11:44. He dedicates himself to the services and worship of God Rom. 12:1-2; II Tim. 2:21; Rom. 6:22; I Cor. 6:19-20.

Further Reading:
I Pet. 1:15-16; I Thess. 5:23.

LESSON 314
THE LAW OF HARVEST

INTRODUCTION:

Life time is sowing time, each of us by thought, word and deed is constantly planting for future reaping. We want to look into the rules of sowing and reaping. May the Almighty God bless us richly as we study at his feet in Jesus mighty Name. Amen.

1. RULES OF SOWING AND REAPING

Though the seed may be sowing in secret, the harvest can not be concealed but will be open for all to see Gal. 6:7-8; Judges 1:6-7; James 2:13; I Sam. 15:33; Rom. 2:16; Luke 8:17. Sometimes the fruitage may not be completely viewed in this world, a time is coming when every hidden and secret things shall be revealed in the judgement Ecc. 12:14; II Cor. 5:10; II Cor. 9:6; Jere. 17:10. There is always a time of waiting between the sowing and the reaping, but the harvest never fails Prov. 20:12. The harvest will always be greater than that which is sown Jere. 32:19.

Further Reading: Psalm 62:12; II Kings 5:26:27.

LESSON 315
PREPARATION FOR ANOINTING
JOEL 2:15-29

INTRODUCTION:


Every precious thing costs money, time, energy, effort, etc. and the more precious a thing is, the more costly it is to obtain it. Without doubt the anointing that comes from God is very precious indeed. We pray that as we study tonight. God will give us the grace to pray the cost of obtaining His anointing in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. ANOINTING CANNOT BE BOUGHT WITH MONEY, YET IT COSTS.

Divine anointing only comes after genuine repentance, Godly sorrow over sin and fervent prayers Joel 2:15-29; Acts 8:18-23; Ps. 34:18; Isa. 57:15; Isa. 66:2; Joel 2:13; II Cor. 7:10; I Chr. 16:11; Ps. 65:2; Pro. 8:17; Isa. 8:8; II Chr. 20:13; Deut. 24:5; I Cor. 7:5. These rule does not have any exceptions: it included both children and the newly wed. if you want the anointing, you must pay the price Acts. 2:1-4.

2. WHEN YOU MEET GOD’S CONDITIONS, HIS ANOINTING WILL FLOW

God is merciful and he will gladly release his anointing on anyone who is genuine repentant. Any genuine seeker who is sold out to God and a life of holiness will receive from God joy, divine compassion, prosperity deliverance, preservation and anointing. Ps. 126:5-6; Ps. 103:13; Isa. 63:9; Exo. 23:25; Matt. 6:33; Ps. 9:1-3; I Cor. 10:13; II Tim. 4:18; Heb. 1:9.

Further Readings: I Pet. 2:9; Ps. 51:17

LESSON 316
ANOINTING IS FOR CONQUEST

INTRODUCTION:


Last week we discussed the preparations necessary for anointing to flow freely. This week we wish to discuss the purpose of anointing and how to guard spiritual power-failure. May the Lord bless us tremendously as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. ANOINTING IS FOR CONQUEST

One of the primary purposes of anointing is for conquest I Sam. 17:34-37; Ps. 18:16-17; Ps. 63:7; Ps. 77:11; I Kings 17:17-22; I King 18:40; II Kings 2:19-22; II Cor. 1:10; II Tim. 4:17-18; II Kings 4:1-7.Anointing is given to deal with lions, physical and spiritual; to clear giant obstacles out of the way; to conquer even death and to execute deliverance from demonic influences, curse and poverty Judg. 14:5-6; John 10:10; I Pet. 5:8-9; Judge 15:14-15; Lev. 26:8; Jos. 23:10.

2. HOW TO AVOID SPIRITUAL POWER FAILURE

Like electricity, anointing can be interrupted by fuse blowing, short-circuiting. Wrong connection and disconnection II Kings 3:13-14; Jos. 7:1-5; I Sam. 16:14; Judge 16:16-20. Fortunately, each one could be prevented or rectified II Kings 3:15; Jos. 7:10-12; Jos. 7:24-25; Jos. 8:18-21; I Sam. 16:23; Judge 16:22; 28-30.

Further Readings: Eccl. 7:9; John 10:10.

LESSON 317
THE POWER OF THE ANOINTING

INTRODUCTION:

The church is to be a vehicle, the body through which a flow of like and anointing can be manifested. The anointing is the secret of deliverance the breaking down of barriers and the eliminating of sin in lives. May the Lord teach us as we study at his feet in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen.

1. ANOINTING IN THE WORD AND THE SPIRIT

The anointing is always associated in the spirit, the word is quickened and made powerful because of an anointing or unction Psalm 107:20; II Cor. 3:6-8; II Cor. 10:3-5; Matt. 8:8; Rom. 8:2; Hosea 4:6. The anointing can be felt spiritually, mentally, physically through one or all of these channels. Heb. 4:12; Jere. 23:29; Matt. 4:3-4; Acts 8:5-8; Acts 14:8-10; Ps. 119:33-34.

2. ANOINTING DESTROY’S THE YOKE

Christians are rejoice in the midst of all their troubles for the yokes, that Satan will put upon them are already broken through the anointing, they should calm their possessions, because whatever the bondage may be the anointing of Jesus is different Gen. 13:15; Isa. 10:27; Matt. 11:28-30; I Cor. 2:12; Isa. 14:25-26; Isa. 37:35-38.

Further Readings: John 6:63; Isa. 54:17.

LESSON 318
OUR THOUGHTS AND THE GOD OF PEACE

INTRODUCTION:

The thoughts lay the wires, which presently convey the message, as you think so you are almost without it. In this study we are going to talk on two aspects: (i) The important of thoughts and (ii) The secret of the indwelling presence of God of peace. May the Lord bless us richly as we study at His feet in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen.

1. THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR THOUGHTS

To bring the blessed dove to brood in the nest of our souls our thoughts must be right. Thought is important because it has a reflex effect upon the whole character and because we naturally pursue our ideals. Phil. 4:7-8; Act. 8:19-21; Pro. 15:26; Isa. 55:6; Matt. 15:19-20; I Cor. 6:19-20; Rom. 1:28-30.

2. THE SECRET OF THE INDWELLING PRESENCE OF THE GOD OF PEACE

Allow the six angels (i.e.) True, Honest, Just, Pure, Lovely, Good report to come into your soul, give the entire control of your nature up their scene, God abides where the heart is kept free from evil thoughts Phil. 4:8; Pro. 12:19; Mal. 2:6; Deut. 25:15; Rom. 12:17; Col. 4:1; Deut. 16:20; Psalm 24:3-4; Matt. 5:8; Heb. 13:1-3.

Further Reading: Rom. 12:10; Heb. 11:1.

LESSON 319
STUDIES IN ACTS – PART ONE ACTS. 1:1-8

INTRODUCTION:

Within 2 years, the first century church covered the world with the Gospel. How did they do it? Can we use the same methods or weapons today? That is the purpose of this new series. May the Lord bless us richly as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE GOSPEL REACHED THE FIRST CENTURY WORLD IN SIX STAGES

The human author of the Book of Act is Dr. Luke and the correct title is “Acts of Apostolic men Acts 1:1-3; Luke 1:3; Acts 6:7. The name of the recipient, Theophilus, means, a lover of God. The Book of Acts shows us how the Church spread from (i) Jerusalem, to (ii) Palestine, to (iii) Antioch, to (iv) Asia Minor to (v) Europe, and finally to (iv) Rome, the headquarters of the world. So that the world was reached in six stages Acts 9:31; Acts 12:24; Acts. 16:5; Acts 28:31.

2. THERE IS A POWER SUPERIOR TO POLITICAL POWER

Whenever God promises anything, it will surely come to pass Acts. 1:4-5; Ps. 119:89; Num. 23:19; I Sam. 15:29; Acts 1:6-7. And He has promised to every believer something superior to any political power; that is spiritual power, the power that the Holy Spirit alone can give Zech. 4:6; I Sam. 16:4-5; I Kings 17:1; II Kings 6:21-23; II Kings 13:14-17. You can receive that power today Acts 1:8; John 14:6; Matt. 24:35; John 14:14.

Further Readings: Acts 19:20; Ps. 119:89.

LESSON 320
STUDIES IN ACTS – PART TWO ACTS 1:8-11

INTRODUCTION:


In the 1st part of this series, we saw how the Gospel reached the then world in 6 stages and that there is a power superior to political power. In this 2nd part we wish to examine that power more closely and take a look at another important promise of the Bible. May the Lord bless us as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. MIRACLES ARE ESSENTIAL TO EFFECTIVE EVANGELISM.

The reason why we need power from on high to witness effectively is that unbelievers must see signs and wonders to convince them of the reality of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For example, each time a miracle occurred in the early Church a lot of conversion followed.

2. THE KING IS COMING AGAIN.

The ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ was a crucial necessity for us Christians. He had to go far several reasons Acts. 1:9-11; John 16:7; John 16:12-14; John 14:15-18; Heb. 7:22-27; I John 2:1; I Tim. 2:5; John 14:1-2. However, far more important still is the fact and certainty that He will surely come again Rev. 19:5-9; John 14:3; Acts 1:11. May we be ready when He shall come. Amen. Eph. 5:25-27; Matt. 24:40-41; Heb. 10:38-39.

Further Reading: Heb. 9:24; Matt. 25:6.

LESSON 321
THE TRUE WORSHIP

INTRODUCTION:
We should understand what it is to live in the temple of worship, performing every duty as to the Lord, most of our worship is mechanical in outward posture and routine, whereas we ought to worship the Father in the Spirit & Truth John 4:24 May the Lord bless us as we study at his feet in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen.

1. THE ACCEPTABLE WORSHIP
True and acceptable worship can only be done in the heart and mind of a regenerated believer; God cannot accept the worship of an unsaved person Phi. 3:3; John 4:21-23; Acts. 10:4-6; I Cor. 2:14-16; I Cor. 1:18; II Cor. 3:14; Eph.4:18; Heb. 5:14; Rev. 14:7; Psalm 96:9; Matt. 4:10.

2. THE MODE OF TRUE WORSHIP
Jesus Christ should be our heart’s love and praises in our worship, believers should be conscious of what Christ did, remembrance of his atoning sacrifice, resurrection, ascention, and his priestly intercession should fill believers heart, the flesh should not be allowed to mar the sacred moments of spiritual worship. I Cor. 1:29-31, I Pet. 2:9, Ps. 9:11, Isa. 42:12, Romans 8:1-2, 5-6, I Cor. 6:15, I John 2:16.

Further Readings: Heb. 13:15, I Chr. 16:29

LESSON 322
ACTS OF THE APOSTLE PART 3
ACTS 1:12-26

INTRODUCTION:
In the last part of this series, we learnt that one of the Reasons why we need the of the Holy Spirit is because miracle are essential to effective evangelism. Furthermore, we also learnt that probably the most important fact for all Christians is that Christ is coming again. Today, as we look at the rest of the 1st chapter of Acts, may the Lord quicken our understanding as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THERE ARE CONDITIONS TO BE SATISFIED IF YOU WANT DIVINE GUIDANCE
The Apostles wanted to fill the vacancy created by Judas Iscariot. But they sought guidance the wrong way and chose the wrong man. Amen Acts 1:12-26; Ps. 25:9; Isa. 30;21; Isa. 42:16; Mic. 7:8; Luke 1:78-79; Ps. 48:14; John 16:13. Anyone who wants Divine guidance must satisfy certain conditions according to the Scripture Job. 22:21-28; Prov. 4:18.

2. THERE ARE CRUCIAL LESSONS TO BE LEARNT FROM THE FALL OF JUDAS ISCARIOT.
There are some crucial lessons to be learnt from the fall of Judas Iscariot. Several things led to this fall, principal among which are avarice hypocrisy and treachery, every Christian must flee these things in order not to end up as Judas did Matt. 26:14-15; Amos. 2:6; John 12:4-6; Ecc. 12:14; Luke 22:47-48; Pro. 26:27; Ps. 50:17-22; Ps. 49:16-20.

3 THE HOLY SPIRIT HAD BEEN ACTIVE ON EARTH BEFORE THE DAY OF PENTECOST

The Holy Spirit is God and as such he is eternal, that is he has no beginning and not ending of days. On several occasions in the Old Testament, we can see the Holy Spirit in operation. However, something very special happened on the day of Pentecost; the dispensation of the Holy Spirit began.Gen. 1:1-2; Gen. 6:1-3; Judge 13:24-15; Acts 16; Acts 7:51; Acts 28:25; John 14:15-16; I Cor. 3:16.

Further Readings: II Cor. 5:20; John 14:15-16.

LESSON 323
STUDIES IN ACTS PART 4
ACTS 2:1-4

INTRODUCTION:
n the last part of this series we saw the folly of choosing first and then asking the Holy Spirit to bless your choice we also learnt a lot of lessons from the fall of Judas Iscariot. Today, as we move to the next chapter of the Book of Acts, we pray that God will bless us richly in Jesus name. Amen.

1. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GIVEN FOR THE HARVESTING OF SOULS

The feast of Pentecost is held form 6th to 13th of June after the harvesting of wheat Acts 2:1-4; Acts 2:41. This shows clearly that the Holy Spirit choose this day of Pentecost to come because the principal purpose of the Holy Spirit is harvest souls and to separate the wheat from the tares John 16:7-13; Exo. 32:26-28.

2. THERE WAS A PURPOSE BEHINF THE TARRYING OF THE APOSTLES TOO

Some of the reasons why the Apostles had to tarry long in the upper room before the Holy Spirit descended on them are to have time to (i) pray (ii) repent thoroughly (iii) meditate (iv) surrender and (v) obey. II Chr. 7:14; I John 1:9; Rom. 13:8; Ps. 66:18; I Cor. 1:20; I Cor. 1:25; Ps. 73:21-24; I Sam. 2:3-4; Ps. 73:26; I Cor. 1:27; Ps. 73:27-28; Rom. 6:13; John 4:34; Acts 5:32; Matt. 18:19; Jer. 29:13.

Further Readings: Acts 1:8; Eccl. 9:16-17.

LESSON 324
STUDIES IN ACTS (PART FIVE)
ACTS 2:1-4 CONT.

INTRODUCTION:

Last week we learnt that Holy Spirit present in the Pentecost because power giving to us is to reap some soul and to separate tears from wheat. Today, as we study in the book of Acts 2:1-4 may the Lord bless mightily in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. BODY OF CHRIST IS ONE
Jesus the head of the Church is one so also your bodies, if it is some parts belong to the body Acts 2:1-4; Rom. 12:4-5; I Cor. 10:17; Gal. 3:28; I Cor. 1:10; Eph. 4:3; I John 4:17; Psalm 119:63. Still those who will worthy to be part one body must be separated from some certain things because just as head is like wise is the body I Pet. 1:15-16; I Pet. 2:26; I Pet. 3:8; Phil. 1:27; Matt. 18:19.

2. DIVINE FIRE IS A SIGN REVEALING FROM ABOVE
A lot of special Divine Happening comes suddenly, because of this lesson every Christian must be prepared fully in every time. When the Holy Spirit is our Eternal, He came like a fire, in other to realize kind of power that is supernatural or superceded any kind which person have known or person which we have seen before. Mal. 3:1; Matt. 24:27; Act. 9:1-3; Mich. 3:8; Zech. 4:6; Psalm 50:3; Isa. 66:15; Num. 11:25; Num. 24:1-9; John 6:34; I Sam. 10;10; I Sam. 19:20; Act. 2:38.

Further Readings: Psalm 91:3; I John 1:7.

LESSON 325
STUDIES IN ACTS PART 6
ACTS 2:5-13

INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we saw that there should be no division in the true body of Christ, that the great happening of God are always sudden and that Divine fire is always a sign of Divine presence and power. Today as we look at Acts 2:5-13, we pray that the Almighty will bless us more than ever before, in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. WHEN HEAVEN CAME DOWN, NOISE FILLED THE CITY

On the day of Pentecost, heaven came and brought its joyful noise with it. Like those in heaven, those of us who have tasted or seen the miracles of God, those who are expecting his wonders and even those who think they had lost a miracle should still shout for joy. Acts 2:5-13; Rev. 19:5-6; Rev. 19:7; Isa. 6:1-4; Rom. 8:37; Ps. 66:1-4; Jos. 6:16-20; Rom. 8:28.

2. THERE IS AN EARTHLY WINE AND A HEAVENLY WINE ALSO

Children of God are for signs and wonders to the world, especially when they are filled with the new wine of the Holy Spirit. Because just as there is an earthly wine, so also there is a heavenly wine. Ps. 71:7; Acts 3:6-10; Ps. 78:32; Dan. 6:25-27; Rev. 22:11-12; John 4:13-14; John 7:37-39; Isa. 55:1; Isa. 35:4-7.

Further Readings: Ps. 47:1; Eph. 5:18.

Lesson 301
LESSON 301
ELISHA A STUDY IN DOUBLE ANOINTING – PART 9


INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we saw how anointing can be carried by words of the anointed to remove the “buts” in any life or to inflict punishment on sinners. We shall now continue our study by examine two different life situations in II Kings 6. May the Lord bless us richly as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. ANOINTING IS THE GREATEST INSURANCE AGAINST DISASTER

Anointing has its’ own problems, but they are good problems Luke.1:37; II Kings 6:1-7. Those who solve the problems of the anointed are solving their own problems too I Kings 17:8-16; II Kings 4:8-17. Moreover, those who know the value of anointing never stay afar from the anointed because anointing is the greatest insurance against disaster Ps. 34:5; II Kings 2:2-6.

2. THE ANOINTING HAS AN UNSEEN BODYGUARD

The anointed is endowed with supernatural audio-visual powers, which frustrate the plans of the enemy II Kings 6:8-13; II Kings 5:26. This is one of the reasons why the devil respects the anointed Judges 15:11-16; Heb. 13:5-6. Moreover, anointing can make the blind see and the seeing blind II Kings 1:9-14; John 9:40-41; Acts 13:8-12; also the anointing has an unseen body guard John 1:45-50; John 14:16.

Further Readings: Matt. 8:41-45; I Sam. 22:1-2.

Lesson 302
LESSON 302
ELISHA A STUDY IN DOUBLE ANNOINTING – PART 10


INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series we saw that the anointing can make iron swim i.e. make the impossible. We also saw that the reason why the anointed is always cool is because he can see what others cannot see his fiery bodyguards. Today as we continue our study may God bless us richly in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. IF YOUR WAYS PLEASE GOD YOUR ENEMIES WILL BE AT PEACE WITH YOU.

It is unsual for the devil to try to turn every situation against the anointed, II Kings 6:24-27, 30 but God always frustrates the devil’s plans in fact II Kings 18:17-18, if a man’s ways please the Lord Prov. 16:7; Heb. 11:6. He will cause his enemies to be at peace with him Luke 7:50; Matt. 9:22; Matt. 9:29; Rom. 3:3-4. Moreover what you receive by faith is what you get while your doubts cannot make God a liar.

2. THE WORD OF GOD WRITTEN OR SPOKEN BY HIS ANOINTED IS SETTLED

God can use anybody to achieve his purpose and to bring his word to pass II Kings 5:1-4; II Sam. 17:1-4. He controls both the seen and unseen forces to bless one and curse another with them I Sam. 24:24-42; II Sam. 17:27-29, He will not let his word written or spoken by his anointed fall to the ground I Kings 17:8-16; II Chro. 20:22-25; Isa. 55:10-11.

Further Readings: Exo. 3:5; Matt. 21:21; Heb. 3:18-19; Isa. 55:12-13…

 

Lesson 303

LESSON 303
ELISHA A STUDY IN DOUBLE ANNOINTING – PART 11


INTRODUCTION:

For weeks past we had been looking at the life and ministry of Elisha as a case study in double anointing. In this concluding part of the series, we wish to look at the death of Elisha and the lessons we can learn from it. May the Lord bless us richly as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE SECURITY OF A NATION IS ACTUALLY IN THE HANDS OF THE ANOINTED WITHIN THAT NATION

Any child of God, anointed or not, can go home to heaven in either of two ways; by rapture or sleeping in the Lord II Kings 13:14-21; I Thess. 4:13-17; II Kings 2:11; Deut. 34:1-8. But as long as the anointed lives, his personal bodyguard will ensure the security of his nation II Cor. 4:7; Psalm 34:7; Psalm 68:17. And any ruler who cooperates fully with the anointed in his domain will have a successfully reign II Chro. 20:1-24; I Sam. 13:8-14; I Sam. 15:22-28.

2. THE MINISTRY OF THE ANOINTED NEVER ENDS.

The usefulness of the anointed does not end with his earthly life. Infact once anointed, they remain useful for all eternity. Matt. 17:1-3; Rev. 11:1-2; II Kings 2:13-15; II Kings 2:9-12; Acts 10:38; John 14:12.

Further Readings: Gen. 5:24; II Tim. 4:6; II Chr. 32:7; Ps. 55:18.

Lesson 304

LESSON 304
A HEART WITH IDOL – PART 1


INTRODUCTION:

An Idolatry is not an occasional sin. It is something that rules us, and makes us its slave. Christ doesn’t personally destroy the sin of idolatry and self within us. Rather, He points to them. May the Lord bless us as we study at His feet in Jesus might Name. Amen.

1. THE IDOL OF LUST

Sin committed in the sanctuary and outside it will be punished. Exodus 25:1-13, Exo. 34:12-14; II Thess. 2:3-4; Rom. 6:23. There should be no relationship with the ungodly, disobedience to God’s word will bring sudden destruction. God will only make covenant of peace with any one who would destroy the idol II Cor. 6:16-17 James. 1:15; Isaiah 52:11; Pro. 29:1, I Cor. 5:11-13; II Chr. 36:15-16; Mal. 2:4-5.

Further Reading: Psalm. 106:30

Lesson 305

LESSON 305
A HEART WITH IDOL — PART II

INTRODUCTION:
When God shows us an idol within us, we must demolish it completely, we can not secretly harbor the slightest intention of ever using the idol again. Today we want to sturdy about the idol of rebellion and pride. May the Lord bless us, as we study at His feet in Jesus most powerful name. Amen.

1.     THE IDOL OF REBELLION AND PRIDE. 

Rebellion goes hand in hand with witchcraft, it makes you to disobey God and also doubt Him Deut. 9:7; Numbers 16:28-33; 11Sam. 18:9-14; Exodus 15:24; 1 Cor. 10:10. It involves disrespect for leaders and the death penalty is different from the common death, murmuring is the danger sign Gal. 3:1; Numbers 14:9-12; It will turn God to be your enemy.

          Further Reading: 1 Sam. 15:23; Gal. 5:7-8; 

Lesson 306

LESSON 306
ESTHER: CASE STUDY IN VESSELS UNTO HONOUR PART 1

Esther : 1

INTRODUCTION:
The Bible teaches that there are kinds of people or “Vessels” in any great house. Some of these vessels are unto honour and some unto dishonour. II Tim. 2:20. To be a vessel unto honour is a costly endeavour, but a very worthwhile one. As we study the life of Esther, may we find grace to become vessels unto honour for God in Jesus name. Amen.

1. THERE IS A QUEEN ONLY BECAUSE THERE IS A KING: THERE ARE CHRISTIANS ONLY BECAUSE THERE IS CHRIST

Ahaesuerus reigned over a large kingdom and was very wealth Est. 1, Ps. 24:1. But there is a king above all kings, who reigns over all and owns all Ps. 19:1-3; Hag. 2:8; Isa. 55:1. His name is Jesus Christ. Queen vashti was free to enjoy as much as she wanted provided she remembered that she was queen because she belonged to a king Rev. 19:7-9; Ps. 34:10; John 10:10; Ph. 4:13, 19. Every Christian is free to alive life more abundant provided he/she puts Christ first John 15:5; Dan. 4:28-33.

2. WATCH AND PRAY

We must realize that all gifts are from God and are to be used for Him James. 1:17; John 3:27; Rom. 13:7. Consequently, we must always have time for God because honour must be given to Him unto whom honour is due Ph. 2:9-10; Isa. 15:22-28; I Sam. 16:14; Luke 14:11; John 15:2; Mk. 13:35-37; Thess. 5:6. The enemy is also constantly looking for an opportunity to strike and displace a vessel unto honour II Tim. 4:5. Watch and pray.

Further Reading: Rom. 12:10; John 10;10.

Lesson 307

LESSON 307
ESTHER: CASE STUDY IN VESSELS UNTO HONOUR PART 2
ESTHER: 2: 1-18.

INTRODUCTION:

In the Ist part of this series, as we studied what happened to Vashti the former queen of king ahaseurus, we saw how God wants the Christian to enjoy life to the full provided he puts God first all the time. We also saw the need to watch and pray constantly. In this second part, we are introduced to Esther proper. May God bless us richly as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THERE IS NO ROOM FOR A VACUUM IN NATURE PHYSICAL OR SPIRITUAL

When one queen fell, there was soon a suggestion for a replacement. This is because there is no room for a vacuum in nature Est. 2:1-18; Matt. 12:43-45, I Sam. 16:14; Ps. 51:11; John 1:11-12; Rom. 11:11-21; Eph. 2:5; Rom. 9:15; I Pet. 5:5; I Sam. 15:22; John 15:16; Jere. 1:4-5; Isa. 49:1; Ps. 75:5-7; Matt. 23:12; Acts 15:18. Esther found grace and favour with everyone because she was humble. Obedient and submissive Heb. 13:5-6. Consequently, God who always respects the humble and is a help of the helpless promoted her Ps. 46:1-3.

2. MANY ARE CALLED, FEW ARE CHOSEN

Many virgins were invited, but only one was chosen and the chosen one was the excellent one Matt. 20:16. However, God can turn a slave to a queen and give victory to whomsoever, pleases Him I Pet. 2:9; I Cor. 9:24. that is why those who remained vessels unto honour forever are those who remained obedient to God forever I Cor. 9:24; Ps. 113:7-8; Ecc. 9:11; Deut. 8:10-14; 17-20.

Further Readings: Rom. 9:16; James 4:6

Lesson 308

LESSON 308
ESTHER: CASE STUDY IN VESSELS UNTO HONOUR – PART 3
Esther 3,4

INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we learnt that there is no room for a vacuum in nature, when one queen fall another one rose to take her place. We also saw that the statement of our Lord that many are called but few are chosen had always been true. Today as we study chapter 3, and 4 of the book of Esther, we begin to see some crucial characteristic of a vessel unto honoure. May you be a vessel unto honour in Jesus name.

1. GOD MUST COME FIRST ALL THE TIME

There are occasions when children of God may have to disobey the orders of the Government i.e. when those orders contravene the higher orders of the King of Kings Acts 3:4; Acts 5:27-32; Exo. 1:15-21; Dan. 3:13-18. While we must give honour to whom honour is due, the one who knows the end from the beginning must have pre-eminence in all things at all times Dan. 6:7-10; Acts 15:18; Eph. 5:18; John 14:1.

2. VESSELS ARE MADE TO BE USED: TO LEAD US TO SERVE

Vessels, whether unto honours or not, are made to be used I Sam. 16:11-16; Rev. 2:10; Matt. 10:39; John 12:24-25; Mark 2:18-20. He who would lead must be willing to serve and to lay down his life if need be I Sam. 15:1-3. If a chosen vessel fails to perform, God, who has a thousand ways to solve a problem, will arrange for a substitute I Sam. 17:45-47; Jude 6:11-16; Exo. 3:7-12; John 15:16; I Kings 17:8-16; II Kings 4:11; Matt. 3:9; Matt. 19:37-40; I Sam. 2:27-31.

Further Readings: Act. 4:18-20; Jos. 1:1-6.

Lesson 309

LESSON 309
ESTHER: CASE STUDY IN VESSELS UNTO HONOUR – PART 4(B) Esther 7

INTRODUCTION:

THE COUNSEL OF THE WICKED SHALL NOT

After Esther had proved her submission to the king beyond all doubts, she rose up boldly against the enemy of soon the enemy was on his kneels begging for mercy Est. 7, James 4:7; Isa. 54:17; Ps. 68:1; Ph. 2:10; Ps. 5:7; Pro. 11:8; Isa. 43:3-4; Ps. 7:15; Ps. 9:15-16. Within a short time, the enemy had fallen into his own pit Dan. 6:24; Ps. 37:35-36.

Further Readings: Psalm 20:7-8; Pro. 11:17.

Lesson 310

LESSON 310
ESTHER: CASE STUDY IN VESSELS UNTO HONOUR – PART 5 Esther 8

INTRODUCTION:

In the last past of this series, we saw the counsel of the wicked against the righteous cannot stand and how instead the enemy will end up in the pit he dug for the righteous ones. As we continue our study, we find Esther and Modecai trying to undo what Human had done. May the Lord use us to undo what satan had done to our people in Jesus name. Amen.

1. THE WEALTH OF THE WICKED SHALL BE SPENT BY THE RIGHTEOUS

The house of late Haman was transferred to Esther who put Modecai in charge Esther 8 Pro, 13:22; Pro. 12:7; in the hands of Haman now rested securely in the hands of someone who would use it for beneficial purposes Pro. 11:28; Pro. 13:21; Ps. 49:10; John 1:11-12. Jesus is the RING of the Almighty God and is the secret of the Power of the Christian Rom. 8:32; John 14:14.

2. THE VESSEL UNTO HONOUR DOES NOT LIVE FOR HIMSELF: HE LIVES TO SERVE OTHERS.

The principal concern of every vessel unto honour is the well being of his people Mark 16:17-18; Acts. 3:60B; Acts 8:5-8. That is why every believer, armed with the name of Jesus must spend his live undoing what Satan had done to his people, thereby restoring their joy Jer. 8:21-22, Rom. 8:31; I John 3:8.

Further Reading: Isa. 3:10-11; Pro. 11:31.

Lesson 311

LESSON 311
ESTHER: CASE STUDY IN VESSELS UNTO HONOUR PART 6
Esther 9,10

INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we saw how wealth of the wicked is stored up for the use of the righteous. We also discovered that JESUS is the Ring (i.e.) Power of God and we can use his Name to undo whatever Satan had done to our peoples and us. As we go part of this series, may the Lord confirm us as vessels unto hoinour into the concluding in his hands in Jesus name. Amen.

1. A VESSEL UNTO HONOUR IS A SOLDIER OF THE CROSS

The Jews led by Esther and Mordecai went about destroying their enemies ruthlessly. A vessel unto honour is not a civilian, he is called to be a soldier of the cross Est. 9:10, II Tim. 2:3-4; James 4:7. He must fight ruthlessly against Satan and his hosts I Pet. 5:8-9; Exo. 3:7-10; Matt. 28:18-20; Jos. 14:6-12; Judg. 14:5-15; Judge. 15:9-13; Judge 15:9-13; Judges 15:14-15; I Sam. 17:44-49.

2. NEVER GIVE THE DEVIL A BREATHING SPACE

The Jews did not strike at their enemies only once Isa. 54:17; II Kings 13:15-19; Judges 2:1-3; I Sam. 17:4; Jos. 11:21-22; Eph. 6:11-13. They kept striking until all the enemies were either dead or they become Jews; the vessel unto honour must never give Satan a breathing space. Keep firing I Thess. 5:16-18; Ph. 3:12-14.

Further Reading: John 16:24; I Tim. 6:12

Lesson 312

LESSON 312
THE WRONG SWORD

INTRODUCTION:


To overcome the battle of life we should not use the wrong sword instead, we are to use the weapons that are not carnal II Cor. 10:3-5. May the Lord bless us richly as we study at His feet in Jesus mighty name. Amen.

1. WE NEED GOD’S HELP IN TIMES OF BATTLE AND WHEN THE BATTLE IS OVER.

Many a times we fight the world battle with great inspiration power and spiritual victory only to become carnal fleshly and defeated, when another battle arises I Sam. 21:1-15; Joshua 7:3-4; Matt. 26:40-43; John 18:10-11; Luke 18:1; Isaiah 40:31; Zech. 4:6; John 15:5; Acts. 12:5; II Cor. 1:11; Eph. 6:18. Therefore we should take heed I Thess. 5:17; I Cor. 10:11-12; Rom. 10:21; II Cor. 10:5.

2. THE END RESULT OF BACKSLIDING

When a child of God backslide’s fear enters the heart and is quickly followed by confussion and depression Prov. 29:25; Psalm 27:1-3; II Sam. 1:27; Rev. 21:27. We are tempted to twist the truth and tell lies, our testimony, may then become so blemished, that the worldly people laugh at our folly, and madness John 8:44; John 8:32; Judges 16:24-25.

Further Reading: Rom. 8:15; I Sam. 17:47.

Lesson 313

LESSON 313
SANCTIFICATION

INTRODUCTION:


Sanctification, holiness and consecration are synonymous terms, justification, deals with the quiet and condemnation of sin. Sanctificaton deals with power of indwelling sin.

In sanctification there is both (i) Instantaneous and (ii) Practical and progressive experience. May the Lord bless us richly as we study at His feet in Jesus most powerful Name. Amen.

1. POSITIONAL AND INSTANTANEOUS EXPERIENCE

There is a sense in which the believer is sanctified instantaneously, set aprt for God and clothed in the righteousness of Christ I Cor. 1:2; II Thess. 2:1-3; John 17:17; Heb. 13:12; I Cor. 1:30; I Pet. 1:2; Acts 15:9; Rom. 4:20-24; Acts 10:15-28.

2. PRACTICAL AND PROGRESS EXPERIENCE

The believer walks with God, he becomes more and more conformed with the likeness of Christ Heb. 12:14; Gen. 39:9; Luke 23:42-43; Gen. 5:24; Heb. 11:5; II Cor. 7:1; Rom. 1:7; Matt. 5:8; Lev. 11:44. He dedicates himself to the services and worship of God Rom. 12:1-2; II Tim. 2:21; Rom. 6:22; I Cor. 6:19-20.

Further Reading:
I Pet. 1:15-16; I Thess. 5:23.

Lesson 314

LESSON 314
THE LAW OF HARVEST

INTRODUCTION:

Life time is sowing time, each of us by thought, word and deed is constantly planting for future reaping. We want to look into the rules of sowing and reaping. May the Almighty God bless us richly as we study at his feet in Jesus mighty Name. Amen.

1. RULES OF SOWING AND REAPING

Though the seed may be sowing in secret, the harvest can not be concealed but will be open for all to see Gal. 6:7-8; Judges 1:6-7; James 2:13; I Sam. 15:33; Rom. 2:16; Luke 8:17. Sometimes the fruitage may not be completely viewed in this world, a time is coming when every hidden and secret things shall be revealed in the judgement Ecc. 12:14; II Cor. 5:10; II Cor. 9:6; Jere. 17:10. There is always a time of waiting between the sowing and the reaping, but the harvest never fails Prov. 20:12. The harvest will always be greater than that which is sown Jere. 32:19.

Further Reading: Psalm 62:12; II Kings 5:26:27.

Lesson 315

LESSON 315
PREPARATION FOR ANOINTING
JOEL 2:15-29

INTRODUCTION:


Every precious thing costs money, time, energy, effort, etc. and the more precious a thing is, the more costly it is to obtain it. Without doubt the anointing that comes from God is very precious indeed. We pray that as we study tonight. God will give us the grace to pray the cost of obtaining His anointing in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. ANOINTING CANNOT BE BOUGHT WITH MONEY, YET IT COSTS.

Divine anointing only comes after genuine repentance, Godly sorrow over sin and fervent prayers Joel 2:15-29; Acts 8:18-23; Ps. 34:18; Isa. 57:15; Isa. 66:2; Joel 2:13; II Cor. 7:10; I Chr. 16:11; Ps. 65:2; Pro. 8:17; Isa. 8:8; II Chr. 20:13; Deut. 24:5; I Cor. 7:5. These rule does not have any exceptions: it included both children and the newly wed. if you want the anointing, you must pay the price Acts. 2:1-4.

2. WHEN YOU MEET GOD’S CONDITIONS, HIS ANOINTING WILL FLOW

God is merciful and he will gladly release his anointing on anyone who is genuine repentant. Any genuine seeker who is sold out to God and a life of holiness will receive from God joy, divine compassion, prosperity deliverance, preservation and anointing. Ps. 126:5-6; Ps. 103:13; Isa. 63:9; Exo. 23:25; Matt. 6:33; Ps. 9:1-3; I Cor. 10:13; II Tim. 4:18; Heb. 1:9.

Further Readings: I Pet. 2:9; Ps. 51:17

Lesson 316

LESSON 316
ANOINTING IS FOR CONQUEST

INTRODUCTION:


Last week we discussed the preparations necessary for anointing to flow freely. This week we wish to discuss the purpose of anointing and how to guard spiritual power-failure. May the Lord bless us tremendously as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. ANOINTING IS FOR CONQUEST

One of the primary purposes of anointing is for conquest I Sam. 17:34-37; Ps. 18:16-17; Ps. 63:7; Ps. 77:11; I Kings 17:17-22; I King 18:40; II Kings 2:19-22; II Cor. 1:10; II Tim. 4:17-18; II Kings 4:1-7.Anointing is given to deal with lions, physical and spiritual; to clear giant obstacles out of the way; to conquer even death and to execute deliverance from demonic influences, curse and poverty Judg. 14:5-6; John 10:10; I Pet. 5:8-9; Judge 15:14-15; Lev. 26:8; Jos. 23:10.

2. HOW TO AVOID SPIRITUAL POWER FAILURE

Like electricity, anointing can be interrupted by fuse blowing, short-circuiting. Wrong connection and disconnection II Kings 3:13-14; Jos. 7:1-5; I Sam. 16:14; Judge 16:16-20. Fortunately, each one could be prevented or rectified II Kings 3:15; Jos. 7:10-12; Jos. 7:24-25; Jos. 8:18-21; I Sam. 16:23; Judge 16:22; 28-30.

Further Readings: Eccl. 7:9; John 10:10.

Lesson 317

LESSON 317
THE POWER OF THE ANOINTING

INTRODUCTION:

The church is to be a vehicle, the body through which a flow of like and anointing can be manifested. The anointing is the secret of deliverance the breaking down of barriers and the eliminating of sin in lives. May the Lord teach us as we study at his feet in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen.

1. ANOINTING IN THE WORD AND THE SPIRIT

The anointing is always associated in the spirit, the word is quickened and made powerful because of an anointing or unction Psalm 107:20; II Cor. 3:6-8; II Cor. 10:3-5; Matt. 8:8; Rom. 8:2; Hosea 4:6. The anointing can be felt spiritually, mentally, physically through one or all of these channels. Heb. 4:12; Jere. 23:29; Matt. 4:3-4; Acts 8:5-8; Acts 14:8-10; Ps. 119:33-34.

2. ANOINTING DESTROY’S THE YOKE

Christians are rejoice in the midst of all their troubles for the yokes, that Satan will put upon them are already broken through the anointing, they should calm their possessions, because whatever the bondage may be the anointing of Jesus is different Gen. 13:15; Isa. 10:27; Matt. 11:28-30; I Cor. 2:12; Isa. 14:25-26; Isa. 37:35-38.

Further Readings: John 6:63; Isa. 54:17.

Lesson 318

LESSON 318
OUR THOUGHTS AND THE GOD OF PEACE

INTRODUCTION:

The thoughts lay the wires, which presently convey the message, as you think so you are almost without it. In this study we are going to talk on two aspects: (i) The important of thoughts and (ii) The secret of the indwelling presence of God of peace. May the Lord bless us richly as we study at His feet in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen.

1. THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR THOUGHTS

To bring the blessed dove to brood in the nest of our souls our thoughts must be right. Thought is important because it has a reflex effect upon the whole character and because we naturally pursue our ideals. Phil. 4:7-8; Act. 8:19-21; Pro. 15:26; Isa. 55:6; Matt. 15:19-20; I Cor. 6:19-20; Rom. 1:28-30.

2. THE SECRET OF THE INDWELLING PRESENCE OF THE GOD OF PEACE

Allow the six angels (i.e.) True, Honest, Just, Pure, Lovely, Good report to come into your soul, give the entire control of your nature up their scene, God abides where the heart is kept free from evil thoughts Phil. 4:8; Pro. 12:19; Mal. 2:6; Deut. 25:15; Rom. 12:17; Col. 4:1; Deut. 16:20; Psalm 24:3-4; Matt. 5:8; Heb. 13:1-3.

Further Reading: Rom. 12:10; Heb. 11:1.

Lesson 319

LESSON 319
STUDIES IN ACTS – PART ONE ACTS. 1:1-8

INTRODUCTION:

Within 2 years, the first century church covered the world with the Gospel. How did they do it? Can we use the same methods or weapons today? That is the purpose of this new series. May the Lord bless us richly as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THE GOSPEL REACHED THE FIRST CENTURY WORLD IN SIX STAGES

The human author of the Book of Act is Dr. Luke and the correct title is “Acts of Apostolic men Acts 1:1-3; Luke 1:3; Acts 6:7. The name of the recipient, Theophilus, means, a lover of God. The Book of Acts shows us how the Church spread from (i) Jerusalem, to (ii) Palestine, to (iii) Antioch, to (iv) Asia Minor to (v) Europe, and finally to (iv) Rome, the headquarters of the world. So that the world was reached in six stages Acts 9:31; Acts 12:24; Acts. 16:5; Acts 28:31.

2. THERE IS A POWER SUPERIOR TO POLITICAL POWER

Whenever God promises anything, it will surely come to pass Acts. 1:4-5; Ps. 119:89; Num. 23:19; I Sam. 15:29; Acts 1:6-7. And He has promised to every believer something superior to any political power; that is spiritual power, the power that the Holy Spirit alone can give Zech. 4:6; I Sam. 16:4-5; I Kings 17:1; II Kings 6:21-23; II Kings 13:14-17. You can receive that power today Acts 1:8; John 14:6; Matt. 24:35; John 14:14.

Further Readings: Acts 19:20; Ps. 119:89.

Lesson 320

LESSON 320
STUDIES IN ACTS – PART TWO ACTS 1:8-11

INTRODUCTION:


In the 1st part of this series, we saw how the Gospel reached the then world in 6 stages and that there is a power superior to political power. In this 2nd part we wish to examine that power more closely and take a look at another important promise of the Bible. May the Lord bless us as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. MIRACLES ARE ESSENTIAL TO EFFECTIVE EVANGELISM.

The reason why we need power from on high to witness effectively is that unbelievers must see signs and wonders to convince them of the reality of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For example, each time a miracle occurred in the early Church a lot of conversion followed.

2. THE KING IS COMING AGAIN.

The ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ was a crucial necessity for us Christians. He had to go far several reasons Acts. 1:9-11; John 16:7; John 16:12-14; John 14:15-18; Heb. 7:22-27; I John 2:1; I Tim. 2:5; John 14:1-2. However, far more important still is the fact and certainty that He will surely come again Rev. 19:5-9; John 14:3; Acts 1:11. May we be ready when He shall come. Amen. Eph. 5:25-27; Matt. 24:40-41; Heb. 10:38-39.

Further Reading: Heb. 9:24; Matt. 25:6.

Lesson 321

LESSON 321
THE TRUE WORSHIP

INTRODUCTION:
We should understand what it is to live in the temple of worship, performing every duty as to the Lord, most of our worship is mechanical in outward posture and routine, whereas we ought to worship the Father in the Spirit & Truth John 4:24 May the Lord bless us as we study at his feet in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen.

1. THE ACCEPTABLE WORSHIP
True and acceptable worship can only be done in the heart and mind of a regenerated believer; God cannot accept the worship of an unsaved person Phi. 3:3; John 4:21-23; Acts. 10:4-6; I Cor. 2:14-16; I Cor. 1:18; II Cor. 3:14; Eph.4:18; Heb. 5:14; Rev. 14:7; Psalm 96:9; Matt. 4:10.

2. THE MODE OF TRUE WORSHIP
Jesus Christ should be our heart’s love and praises in our worship, believers should be conscious of what Christ did, remembrance of his atoning sacrifice, resurrection, ascention, and his priestly intercession should fill believers heart, the flesh should not be allowed to mar the sacred moments of spiritual worship. I Cor. 1:29-31, I Pet. 2:9, Ps. 9:11, Isa. 42:12, Romans 8:1-2, 5-6, I Cor. 6:15, I John 2:16.

Further Readings: Heb. 13:15, I Chr. 16:29

Lesson 322

LESSON 322
ACTS OF THE APOSTLE PART 3
ACTS 1:12-26

INTRODUCTION:
In the last part of this series, we learnt that one of the Reasons why we need the of the Holy Spirit is because miracle are essential to effective evangelism. Furthermore, we also learnt that probably the most important fact for all Christians is that Christ is coming again. Today, as we look at the rest of the 1st chapter of Acts, may the Lord quicken our understanding as we study in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. THERE ARE CONDITIONS TO BE SATISFIED IF YOU WANT DIVINE GUIDANCE
The Apostles wanted to fill the vacancy created by Judas Iscariot. But they sought guidance the wrong way and chose the wrong man. Amen Acts 1:12-26; Ps. 25:9; Isa. 30;21; Isa. 42:16; Mic. 7:8; Luke 1:78-79; Ps. 48:14; John 16:13. Anyone who wants Divine guidance must satisfy certain conditions according to the Scripture Job. 22:21-28; Prov. 4:18.

2. THERE ARE CRUCIAL LESSONS TO BE LEARNT FROM THE FALL OF JUDAS ISCARIOT.
There are some crucial lessons to be learnt from the fall of Judas Iscariot. Several things led to this fall, principal among which are avarice hypocrisy and treachery, every Christian must flee these things in order not to end up as Judas did Matt. 26:14-15; Amos. 2:6; John 12:4-6; Ecc. 12:14; Luke 22:47-48; Pro. 26:27; Ps. 50:17-22; Ps. 49:16-20.

3 THE HOLY SPIRIT HAD BEEN ACTIVE ON EARTH BEFORE THE DAY OF PENTECOST

The Holy Spirit is God and as such he is eternal, that is he has no beginning and not ending of days. On several occasions in the Old Testament, we can see the Holy Spirit in operation. However, something very special happened on the day of Pentecost; the dispensation of the Holy Spirit began.Gen. 1:1-2; Gen. 6:1-3; Judge 13:24-15; Acts 16; Acts 7:51; Acts 28:25; John 14:15-16; I Cor. 3:16.

Further Readings: II Cor. 5:20; John 14:15-16.

Lesson 323

LESSON 323
STUDIES IN ACTS PART 4
ACTS 2:1-4

INTRODUCTION:
n the last part of this series we saw the folly of choosing first and then asking the Holy Spirit to bless your choice we also learnt a lot of lessons from the fall of Judas Iscariot. Today, as we move to the next chapter of the Book of Acts, we pray that God will bless us richly in Jesus name. Amen.

1. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GIVEN FOR THE HARVESTING OF SOULS

The feast of Pentecost is held form 6th to 13th of June after the harvesting of wheat Acts 2:1-4; Acts 2:41. This shows clearly that the Holy Spirit choose this day of Pentecost to come because the principal purpose of the Holy Spirit is harvest souls and to separate the wheat from the tares John 16:7-13; Exo. 32:26-28.

2. THERE WAS A PURPOSE BEHINF THE TARRYING OF THE APOSTLES TOO

Some of the reasons why the Apostles had to tarry long in the upper room before the Holy Spirit descended on them are to have time to (i) pray (ii) repent thoroughly (iii) meditate (iv) surrender and (v) obey. II Chr. 7:14; I John 1:9; Rom. 13:8; Ps. 66:18; I Cor. 1:20; I Cor. 1:25; Ps. 73:21-24; I Sam. 2:3-4; Ps. 73:26; I Cor. 1:27; Ps. 73:27-28; Rom. 6:13; John 4:34; Acts 5:32; Matt. 18:19; Jer. 29:13.

Further Readings: Acts 1:8; Eccl. 9:16-17.

Lesson 324

LESSON 324
STUDIES IN ACTS (PART FIVE)
ACTS 2:1-4 CONT.

INTRODUCTION:

Last week we learnt that Holy Spirit present in the Pentecost because power giving to us is to reap some soul and to separate tears from wheat. Today, as we study in the book of Acts 2:1-4 may the Lord bless mightily in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. BODY OF CHRIST IS ONE
Jesus the head of the Church is one so also your bodies, if it is some parts belong to the body Acts 2:1-4; Rom. 12:4-5; I Cor. 10:17; Gal. 3:28; I Cor. 1:10; Eph. 4:3; I John 4:17; Psalm 119:63. Still those who will worthy to be part one body must be separated from some certain things because just as head is like wise is the body I Pet. 1:15-16; I Pet. 2:26; I Pet. 3:8; Phil. 1:27; Matt. 18:19.

2. DIVINE FIRE IS A SIGN REVEALING FROM ABOVE
A lot of special Divine Happening comes suddenly, because of this lesson every Christian must be prepared fully in every time. When the Holy Spirit is our Eternal, He came like a fire, in other to realize kind of power that is supernatural or superceded any kind which person have known or person which we have seen before. Mal. 3:1; Matt. 24:27; Act. 9:1-3; Mich. 3:8; Zech. 4:6; Psalm 50:3; Isa. 66:15; Num. 11:25; Num. 24:1-9; John 6:34; I Sam. 10;10; I Sam. 19:20; Act. 2:38.

Further Readings: Psalm 91:3; I John 1:7.

Lesson 325

LESSON 325
STUDIES IN ACTS PART 6
ACTS 2:5-13

INTRODUCTION:

In the last part of this series, we saw that there should be no division in the true body of Christ, that the great happening of God are always sudden and that Divine fire is always a sign of Divine presence and power. Today as we look at Acts 2:5-13, we pray that the Almighty will bless us more than ever before, in Jesus Name. Amen.

1. WHEN HEAVEN CAME DOWN, NOISE FILLED THE CITY

On the day of Pentecost, heaven came and brought its joyful noise with it. Like those in heaven, those of us who have tasted or seen the miracles of God, those who are expecting his wonders and even those who think they had lost a miracle should still shout for joy. Acts 2:5-13; Rev. 19:5-6; Rev. 19:7; Isa. 6:1-4; Rom. 8:37; Ps. 66:1-4; Jos. 6:16-20; Rom. 8:28.

2. THERE IS AN EARTHLY WINE AND A HEAVENLY WINE ALSO

Children of God are for signs and wonders to the world, especially when they are filled with the new wine of the Holy Spirit. Because just as there is an earthly wine, so also there is a heavenly wine. Ps. 71:7; Acts 3:6-10; Ps. 78:32; Dan. 6:25-27; Rev. 22:11-12; John 4:13-14; John 7:37-39; Isa. 55:1; Isa. 35:4-7.

Further Readings: Ps. 47:1; Eph. 5:18.

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

Hebrews 13: 8

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