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DIGGING DEEP INTO THE WORD

LOVE AND FORGIVENESS. LOVE, FORGIVENESS AND MERCY BY A/P (MRS) WUNMI AGUNBIADE

Text:               I COR 13: 4-8, I JN 4: 7-21.

 

 

WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LOVE, FORGIVENESS AND MERCY?

  • Love gives room for forgiveness. Prov. 10:12b, I Pet 4:8b
  • God’s Love shows mercy. Num 14:18a,19, Ps 103:8,10,11, Lam 3:22-23, Isa 63:7, Mic 7:18
  • God’s love forgives our sins. Ps 103:12, Isa 1:18, Mic 7:19, Heb 8:12

WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH THE LOVE OF GOD IN US?

  • Forgive others as God forgives us. Matt 18:33, Luke 6:36, Eph 4:32, Col 3:13
  • Have longsuffering, great mercy and keep forgiving. Luke 17:4, Matt 18:21,22, Prov 17:9.
  • Make mercy a rule in your heart. Pro 3:3,4
  • Let offences go, don’t harbor grudges ( forgive completely ) Lev 19:17-18, Matt 18:35, Eph 4:31-32, Jam 5:9

WHY SHOULD WE SHOW MERCY?

  • God will also show us mercy. Ps 18:25, Matt 5:7, Matt 6:12,14, Mk 11:25, Lk 6:37
  • The unmerciful cannot obtain mercy. Matt 6:15, Matt 18:23-35, Jam 2:13

WHEN IS THERE A LIMIT TO FORGIVENESS?

  • God does not forgive wicked and unrepentant offenders. Isa 22:12-14, Matt 12:31-32, Rom 1:29-32
  • God’s forgiveness is balanced with justice. Num 14:1-3, 11-13, II Sam 12:7-14, Matt 21:33-41
  • The unrepentant wicked people are not forgiven and will pay for their evil doing. II Thess 1:6-9, Rev 6:9-11, Rev 16:5,6
  • Unrepentant brethren cannot receive forgiveness. Luke 17:3, Matt 18:15

WHAT OUR ATTITUDE SHOULD BE TOWARDS ERRING CHRISTIANS

  • You must be firm in rebuke. I Cor 4:18,21, Tit 1:13
  • Show mercy and patience in order to help them repent. Luke 13:6-9, Rom 2:3-6, Gal 6:1
  • Serious offenders must change (converted) not merely ‘sorry’. Isa 55:7, Matt 3:8, Matt 3:10.
  • Erring Christians must confess their sins and ask for forgiveness. Ps 32:5, Ps 86:5, Acts 3:19, I Jn 1:9
  • Don’t harbor unforgiveness against your brethren. Matt 5:22
  • God still loves the wayward, you should too. Ps 89:30-33, II Thess 3:15
  • After repentance, God loves freely; we should do the same. Hos 14:4

CONCLUSION: LOVE, FORGIVE AND SHOW MERCY ALWAYS!

 

 

 

LOVE AND FORGIVENESS. THE LOVE OF GOD BY A/P (MRS) WUNMI AGUNBIADE 16-02-2010

Text:               I COR 13: 4-8, I JN 4.

 

INTRODUCTION: Without the Love of God, the bible tells us that even if we manifest the entire gifts of the Spirit; it would not profit us anything. Ponder on this! The possession of great knowledge, faith and understanding all mysteries without the Love of God operating within us is also unprofitable. Give all your possession to the poor without this real love is fruitless. Nothing you do will profit you unless it is done from the motive of God’s Love.

The God-kind of Love is so important; it is greater than faith and hope.

 

WHAT IS LOVE?

  • God is Love. I Jn 4:8b
  • Love is Sacrificial. Jn 3:16, Rom 5:7,8, I Jn 4:9-10, Jer 31:3
  • Love is giving. Jn 10:11, Jn 15:13, II Cor 8:9
  • Love is the greatest law of God. Mk 12:33, Gal 5:14, Lk:25,27,28
  • Love is the most important virtue. ICor 13:13, Eph 3:17-19, Col 3:14

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE AGAPE LOVE OF GOD

  • It does not hurt or do wrong to others. Rom 13:9,10, I Cor 13:6
  • It is kind and courteous. I Cor 13:4a, Eph 4:15, Eph 4:32, I Pet 3:8
  • It considers other people’s weaknesses. Rom 15: 1-2, Eph 4:2
  • It is not pushy. Rom 12:10, Philemon 8,9a
  • It does not give up or fail. Sos 8:7, I Cor 13:4,7-8, Heb 13:1
  • It is Sacrificial. Jn 15:13, I Jn 3:16, Acts 15:25,26
  • It is followed up with action. Matt 14:14, Matt 25:35, I Jn 3:18, II Jn 6. Phil 2:4

WHY SHOULD WE LOVE?

  • When we love others; we are loving God. Matt 25:35-40, Heb 6:10
  • If we do not love; then we don’t truly love God. I Jn 4:20, Tit 3:3-5, Jam 3:9-12
  • We are commanded not to be hateful Lev 19:17,18
  • If we don’t love, we are not of God. I Jn 3:10, 15, I Jn 4:8,20a

HOW SHOULD WE LOVE?

  • Love the Lord first. Deut 6:5, Deut 10:12, Deut 30:20, Jos 22:5, Matt 22:37,38
  • Love your neighbor. Lev 19:18, Matt 22:39
  • Love others just as God loves us. Jn 13:34, Eph 5:2a, I Jn 4:11, I Jn 5:1b
  • Give love just as God gives us. Rom 5:5, Gal 5:22a
  • Love fervently. I Thess 3:12, I Pet 1:22b, 4:8
  • Love sincerely and genuinely. Rom 12:9, I Pet 1:22a
  • We should even love our enemies. Pro 25:21,22, Matt 5:43-47, Luke 6:27-30, 32-35

BENEFITS OF EXHIBITING THE AGAPE LOVE OF GOD

  • You will be filled with the fullness of God. Eph 3:17-19
  • You show others that you belong to Christ. Jn 13:35
  • You will abide in the light of God. I Jn 2:10
  • God will dwell in you. I Jn 4:12, I Jn 2:5

CASE STUDIES

  • Jonathan and David I Sam 18: 1, II Sam 1:26
  • Jesus and the rich young ruler. Mk 10: 17-21
  • Jesus and Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Jn 11: 3,5
  • Jesus and apostle John Jn 13:23, 19:26, 21:7,20

 

TOPIC: Obedience to the Word   BY Pastor Tony Nnacheta 02- 01 2010

TEXT: 1Sam.8: 1Sam.15:22; Matt.7:24-26
DATE: 2nd January, 2010

Introduction: Welcome to my Father’s Dinner Table.
The dinner is set and the meal garnished with dainties..
How hungry are you? Matt.5:6; Isa.55:1
We started this series by trying to understand the basic truth about the Word, and then we progressed to ask what we must do with the Word. Among the things we must do is Speak the Word, Jer. 55:14; meditate the Word Isa.30:15; Josh. 1:8

Tonight we shall be looking at obedience to the Word. In doing the will of God, willingness on our part is important Isa.1:19-20; Phil.2:13; 2Cor.8:12. Willingness to obey is an issue of the heart; your heart must be right with Him.

A MATTER OF THE HEART: It begins from the heart. If a man does not obey from the heart, that obedience is not acceptable. Jer.6:16-17; Matt.21:28; 2Tim; 4:3; Rom.1:28;Obedience: What is obedience? This seems to be an active word. It has to do with taking an action towards something. Between us and God the issue of obedience is a matter of obligation. Ecc. 12:13; Heb. 2:1; 2Pet.1:19

Complete obedience: Our obedience to God must be total, as partial obedience is no obedience, therefore, not acceptable unto Him, Deut. 10:12; Heb. 10:7-9; complete obedience follows a complete surrendrance to His ways and will.
Examples of complete obedience are: Jesus Lk. 22:42; Jn. 4:34; Jn. 5:17. Apostle Paul: Acts 9:5-6; Phil. 3:12; Phil.3:13.

Examples of partial obedience: Partial obedience is incomplete obedience and this is without the right heart. This kind of obedience is from a deceptive and a crooked heart. Samuel 1Sam.15:22-23, The Young Prophet 1Kings 13:11-15. The Composite Couple, Acts 5:1-3

“And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes in front of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will not follow a stranger, never! But they will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of the strangers, John 10:4-5

 

UNDERSTANDING THE WORD ( Pastor Tony Nnacheta) 19-01-2010

TEXT: John 1:1; 2Tim.3:16; 1John 5:7
DATE: 19th January, 2010

Introduction: A word can either be spoken or written. Words are usually for communication, therefore, if a word does not communicate, it does not qualify as a word. In one of our texts (2Tim.3:16) the Scripture enumerated what the words of God are for.
The word is the characteristic means whereby God makes His will to man. The forms may differ
It may be spoken through the prophets (pastors), written in the law and other Scriptures, or living in the person of Jesus Christ. It is also the means by which God accomplishes His providential purposes in the world

 Basic truths about the Word: .

  1. Every word of God is inspired by the Holy Spirit 2Tim.3:16; Gen.1:3
  2. The word is eternal Isa.40:8; Mat.5:18
  3. The word has been tested and tried for authenticity Ps.12:6;
  4. The word is creative Gen.1:1-3; Ps.33:6; Mat.12:13
  5. The word is effective and powerful Heb.4: 11-12; Mat.8:8; Jer.23:29
  6. The word is light Ps.119:105
  7. The word produces faith Rom.10:17; 2Chro.20:19-20; Isa.55:10
  8. The word is sweet Ps19:16; Ps119:103; Eze.3:3-4
  9. The word is food Deut.8:32; 1Pet.2:2; Jer.15:16
  10. The word is spirit and life Eze.37:7; 10:8
  11. The word is truth and purges John 8:32
  12. The word is a purifier John 15:3; Isa. 6:6
  13. The word is a mirror James 1:22-23

Note: The word has been divided into two categories.

  1. The Rhema, this is the revealed word or revelation of God
  2. Logos or logions, this is the written word, the documented written codes which is the Bible we have today.

 

What to Do with the Word ( Pastor Tony Nnacheta ) 26-01-2010

TEXT: John 1:1; 2Tim.3:16; 1John 5:7
DATE: 26th January, 2010

Introduction: Last week we studied on understanding the Word of God.
In the study we came to the realization that the Word is so many things to the Believer. As we try to finish up on that we shall today look at the things we are instructed to do with the Word. The Holy Spirit Himself will teach us in Jesus mighty name.

  • The word is sweet Ps19:16; Ps119:103; Eze.3:3-4.
  • The word is food Deut.8:32; 1Pet.2:2; Jer.15:16
  • The word is spirit and life Eze.37:7; 10:8
  • The word is truth and purges John 8:32
  • The word is a purifier John 15:3; Isa. 6:6
  • The word is a mirror James 1:22-23

What to do with the word

The entire world and the lives therein are sustained by the word of God. Therefore, there is little we are and can do without the Word, Jn 15:1-4; Heb. 1:3.

  • Hear the Word: Prov.24:26; Jn. 5:24; Mat.17:5; Pro.4:1; Mat.7:24
  • Receive the Word: Prov.24:13; 1:21; Pro.5:7; Jer.35:13
  • Believe the word: Jn 14:12; Mar. 11:24; Lk.8:12
  • Meditate on the word: Job 9:11; Job 33:14; Josh 1:8; 1Tim 4:15; Gen.24:63; Ps.1:2; Ps.119:15.
  • Search the Scriptures: Acts 17:11; Jn 5:39; 2Tim.2:15; Lk.10:26; Acts 8:30
  • Heed the word: Ps 119:9; 2Ch.19:6-7; Jam.1:22; Heb.2:1; Prov.4:10; Prov.6:20; Prov.7:1
  • Speak out the word: Mat.12:34; Lk.6:45; 2Cor.2:17; 1Thess.1:8; Acts 4:20; 1Cor.2:6; Jn 7:38
  • The amount of the Word you carry will determine your worth in the world.
  • The Devil dreads the Word spoken in faith, but laughs at the word spoken in fear.
  • The closer you are to the world, the further away you are to the Word
  • Your wealth in life depends on the Word of life
  • Worry answers to the Word

 

BIBLE STUDY OUTLINE: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 ( TOPIC: WISDOM )

TEXT: I Kings 4: 29-34; Luke 16: 1-9

Introduction

The book of Proverbs and several other passages in the Bible talk about the advantages of wisdom and describes wise people. The bible equally calls some people foolish and encourages us to choose to be wise.

The three friends of Job namely Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar discussed their understanding of wisdom with Job: (Eliphaz in Job 4: 7-8; 5: 3, 27; Bildad in Job 8: 8-9, 18: 5-21; Zophar in Job 11: 6, 20: 1-29). But Job himself told them that God is the source of wisdom and that the first step towards wisdom is to fear God (Job 28: 20-28) Verse 28 says
“And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is .understanding.”

Today, we shall consider the subject of wisdom. Who are the 12 people that the Bible called wise? What do they all have in common and how can we emulate them in being wise?
We shall finally look at the benefits of being wise. May the Lord help us to be wise in Jesus’ name. Amen

1. What is wisdom?

  • It is a virtue
  • It is the ability to make sensible decisions and give good advice because of the experience and knowledge that you have
  • It is a quality often applied to the elderly
  • It is marked by sound judgment, moral sense and prudence
  • It is the fear of the Lord Prov. 9: 10, Ecc. 12: 13
  • Ability to make conversation with meekness of wisdom James 3: 13
  • Wisdom makes for godly living

2. People that the Bible calls wise

12 significant people are called wise in the Bible.

  • Joseph called a wise leader Acts 7: 10 (because he prepared for a major famine, and helped rule Egypt)
  • Moses called a wise leader Acts 7: 20: 22 (He learned all Egyptian wisdom, then graduated to God’s lessons in wisdom to lead Israel out of Egypt)
  • Bezaleel called a wise artist in Exodus 31: 1-5 (He designed and supervised the construction of the Tabernacle in the wilderness)
  • Joshua called a wise leader in Deut. 34: 9 (he learned by observing Moses, obeyed God and led Israel into the Promised Land)
  • David called a wise leader in 2 Sam 14: 20 (He never let his failures keep him from God who is the source of wisdom; and had reverence for God)
  • Abigail called a wise wife in 1 Sam 25: 3 (she managed her household well in spite of a mean and dishonest husband)
  • Solomon called a wise leader in 1 Kings 3: 5-14, 4: 29-34 (He knew what to do and was acclaimed as the wisest man ever)
  • Daniel called a wise counselor in Dan 5: 11-12 (He was known as the solver of complex problems with God’s wisdom)
  • The Wise men called wise learners in Matt.2: 1-12 (They not only received special knowledge of God’s visit to the earth, but checked it out personally)
  • Stephen called a wise leader in Acts 6: 8-10 (Organized the distribution of food to the Grecian widows)
  • Paul called a wise messenger in 2 Pet. 3: 15-16 (He spent his life preaching of God’s love)
  • Jesus Christ called a wise youth, wise Saviour and the Wisdom of God. Luke 2: 40, 52; 1 Cor. 1: 20-25 (He came to fulfill the Father’s purpose; lived a perfect life but died on the cross to make God’s plan of eternal life available to us)

3. Characteristics of wise people (Prov. 3-4, 8-9)

  • They know that God controls all things Prov. 16: 33, 21: 30
  • Put God first because God knows the heart of all people Prov. 15: 3, 11; 16: 2
  • Trust in the Lord
  • They know right from wrong and do the right thing
  • Listen and learn; love correction and are teachable 1 Kings 3: 16-23, Prov. 15: 32, 17: 10
  • Turn away from evil
  • Hate pride, arrogance and corruption
  • Their speech is full of purity, peace, consideration for others and sincerity James 3: 13, 17; Prov. 15: 28
  • Know where to find knowledge and understanding

4. How can we be wise?

  • By reading the word of God Psalm 119: 97-104
  • By listening and learning Prov. 1: 23-28
  • In God Job 28: 13, Prov. 2: 6-7
  • Go after wisdom by asking God 1 Kings 3: 6-9
  1. Fearing God Prov. 1: 7

5. The benefits of being wise

  • Preservation from evil Prov. 2: 10-12, 22: 5
  • It shall be well with the wise Ecc. 8: 12
  • Conquer the strength of others Prov. 21: 22
  • The wise are not endangered by their words      Prov. 18: 6-7
  • The wise also get riches, honour, peace, health, pleasure and long life as did Solomon because God approves of them

CONCLUSION

Seeing that wisdom is a good and desirable thing to have, what are you doing about getting it? Prov. 4: 5-7

James 1: 5 says “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask God, that giveth to all men liberally.. And it shall be given him.”

Let us ask God for wisdom today

 

POWER OF THE TONGUE BY A/P (MRS) WUNMI AGUNBIADE 01-05-2007

TEXT:             PSALM 15:1-3, PROV 18:21, MATT 12:37.

 

INTRODUCTION: The road to heaven is very narrow. Very few people ultimately get there. However, we are determined to make it and I pray that you will make it also. But one of the greatest weapons of Satan in preventing you from getting there could be your tongue as Psalms 15:3 clearly shows, as we continue with our study may His Word, like a coal of fire touch our tongues today in Jesus name.

WHAT ARE THE EXAMPLES OF NEGATIVE USE OF THE TONGUE?

  1. Gossiping, backbiting and slander.
  2. Judging others.
  3. Arguments and contentions.
  4. Evil, foolish and corrupt speeches.
  5. Lying, deceit and bearing false witness.

A.GOSSIPING, BACKBITING AND SLANDER.

  1. The Lord forbids you to gossip; Lev 19:16, Exo 23:19, Eph 4:31, Tit 3:2a, Jam 4:11, I Pet 2:1.
  2. The Bible warns against backbiting; Prov 25:9, II Cor 12:20.
  3. Gossiping shows a lack of true faith and love; Pro 10:18, I Tim 5:11-13, Jam 1:26.
  4. Gossiping is out of hatred; Ps 38:12, Ps 41:7.
  5. Gossiping is of the devil; I Tim 3:11, Rev 12:10.
  6. The scripture counsel that we separate from backbiters etc, if they do not change; Ps 101:5, 7, Prov 20:19 Prov 22:10, Prov 26:20.
  7. The Lord will judge all backbiters & co; Matt 12:36, 37.

HOW TO AVOID CRITICISING AND GOSSIPING ABOUT OTHERS;

  1. Think about their virtues; Phil 4:8, Phil 1:3.
  2. Remember the blessing for not backbiting; Ps 15:1, 3, I Pet 3:10, Rev 14:15.
  3. Be very careful with your words; Ps 17:3b, Ps 39:1, Pro 30:32.
  4. Don’t even think evil; Ps 19:14, Eccl 10:20, Mk 7:21, II Cor 10:5, Matt 12:34.
  5. Beware of hypocritical flattery; Ps 12:2, Ps 28:3, Ps 55:21, Ps 62:4.

B. JUDGING OTHER PEOPLE;

      The Scripture warns against judging others; Matt 7:1.

C. ARGUMENTS AND CONTENTIONS

I. What causes arguments and contentions; Pro 10:12a, Prov 13:10, Prov 15:1b, 18a, Prov 18:6, I Tim 6:4, Jam 4:1.

II. Avoid getting into arguments; Pro 17:14, Pro 29:11b, II Tim 2:24, I Pet 3:9.

III. Listen carefully, and think about what you say; Pro 15:28, Pro 18:13, Jam 1:19.

IV. Don’t be provoke and answer rashly; Pro 15:18b, Pro 16:32, Pro 29:20, Eccl 5:2.

  1. Speak calmly; Pro 15:1a, Pro 22:11.
  2.  The futility of arguing; Pro 9:7, 8, Pro 23:9, Pro 29:9.
  3. Warning to those who ‘love a good argument’; Jam 3:14, 15, Pro 17:19 ICor 3:3.
  4. The bad fruit of arguments; Ps 106:33, Pro 18:19, Gal 5:15, Jam 3:16.
  5. Ending an argument; Pro 17:9, Pro 20:3a, Pro 22:10, Col3:13.
  6. When is it right to contend? Pro 26:5, Pro 28:4, Pro 28:23, Acts 15:1,2, Jude 3b.
  7. Humbly explain, correct and instruct the receptive; Gal 6:1, II Tim 2:25, IPet 3:15.

D. EVIL, FOOLISH AND CORRUPT SPEECHES;

      I. Evil speech comes from an evil heart; Pro 15:2b, 28b, Matt 12:35b.

      II. Evil, foolish speeches corrupt and stinks; Eccle 10:1, I Cor 15:33.

  1. Foolish and vain talks leads to mischief and ungodliness; Pro    14:7, Pro 15:14b, Eccl 10:13, II Tim 2:16.

CONCLUSION; ISAIAH 6: 5 – 7.

 

FINDING THE WILL OF GOD BY A/P (MRS) WUNMI AGUNBIADE 19-06-2007

TEXT:            LUKE 22: 39-42..

 

INTRODUCTION: ‘NOT MY WILL, BUT THINE, BE DONE’ these were Jesus’ words. Our father in Heaven desires we live our lives; walking in His will, but on the contrary; this seems to be a great task for us as Christians. Most of us do not even know the will of the Father for our lives, some of desire to know; but we do not know how to find it. Today, it is our prayer that we will find the will of the Father for us and also follow it in Jesus name, Amen.

 

WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITE TO FINDING THE WILL OF GOD?

  1. Submit your will to the Lord, seek His will, not your own. Lk 22:42, Jn 5:30b, Jn 6:38.
  2. Seek and trust the Lord. Psa 37:5, Pro 3:6, Psa 143:10, Col 1:9.
  3. Sincerely desire to the God’s will. Psa 40:8, Mat 6:10b, Jn 4:34, Eph 6:6.
  4. As you obey Him, He will reveal His will to you. Hos 6:3a, Mk 4:24, 25, Jn 7:17, Rom 12: 1, 2.

HOW DO WE FIND THE WILL OF GOD?

  1. The Holy Spirit guides us to find the will of the Father. Jn 16:13, 14, I Cor 2:11, Jam 1:5.
  2. The Word of God is the first place to find His will. Psa 119:105, Rom 2:18, II Tim 3:16, Psa 119:128b Acts 17:11.
  3. God can also reveal His will through dreams. Num 12:6, Jer 23:28.

Old testament example: Abraham; Gen 15:12-16, Abimelech; Gen 20:2-7, Jacob; Gen 28: 10-16, Gen 31:10-13, Laban; Gen 31:22-24, Joseph; Gen 37:5-9.

New Testament examples: Joseph; Matt 1:20, 21, 2:13, 19, 20, 22. Wise men; Matt 2:12.

Caution regarding finding God’s will by dreams; Eccl 5:3a, Eccl 5:7, Jer 23:25-27a, Jer 23:32, Jer 29:8b.

  1. God can reveal His will through visions (a vision is when God flashes a picture in your mind’s eye). Num 12:6, Hos 12:10, Joel 2:28, Acts10:9b-11.

Old Testament examples: Abraham; Gen 15:1-5, Ezekiel; Ezek 1:1-4, 8:1-2, 10:1, Daniel; Dan 8:1,2, 10:4-7, Zechariah; Zech 1:7,8.

New Testament examples: Zacharias; Luke 1:11-13,22, Paul; Acts 9:1-7; 26:13-19, Acts 9:12, Acts 16:9, Acts 18:9,10, Peter; Acts 10:9b-16.

Beware of false vision: Jer 14:14, Jer 23:16, Lam 2: 14.

  1. God can reveal His will through Prophecy. (Prophecy is the Lord speaking through you or to your heart). I kings 19:12, Jer 1:9, Ezek 3:27, Acts 10:19, 20.

Be careful about false prophesy: Deut 13:1-3, Deut 18:22, Jer 23:26, Ezek 13:6, 7.

  1. God can reveal His will through Godly counsel. Pro 11:14, Pro 15:22, Pro 20:18, II Cor 13:1b. Beware of wrong counsels; II Chro 10:1-15.
  2. God sometimes set up special circumstances to show His will. I Cor 16:9, Jn 2: 1-11. Matt 14: 15-21, Matt 15:32-38,  Lk 5: 5, Jn 11:39, 40.
  3. God can reveal His will my Faith and ‘witness of the Spirit’. Psa 37:4, Pro21:1, Pro16:1.
  4. Some can ask for confirmation of God’s will through other signs. Judg 6:36-40, Gen 24:14.  

CONCLUSION: There is nothing to compare with being in the perfect will of God for your life in all areas. Even today you can return to the will of God for your life; that His purpose for your life may be established. Let us pra

 

The Christian Armour. Truth as armour by A/P (Mrs) Wunmi Agunbiade 19-09-2006

Text:                Ephesians 6: 10 – 18.

 

INTRODUCTION: As we continue in this series today, we shall together look at how we need to “have our loins girt about with TRUTH”, so that we are able to withstand these evil days.

 

What does the phrase “gird yours loins” mean? – Prepare and strengthen oneself for what is to come. Illustrations-; 1.of street people or a troublesome woman who is ready to fight. 2. A man putting on the belt.

 

What is the meaning of gird?-; encircle or secure with a belt or band. To bind, to fasten, enclose, confine.

GIRD ONESELF FOR BATTLE-; prepare, make ready, get ready and fortify.                                        

What is the meaning of loins? Poetic/literary; the region of the sexual organs, regarded as the source of erotic or procreative power. Greek-; osphus- os-foos. External (hip), internal by extension (procreative power).

 

PROCREATE.

Procreative power-; power (to bring forth). What other part of a person has the power to bring forth? THE MIND-;

  • Faculty of consciousness and thought
  • The source of a person’s thought; the intellect
  • A person’s will or determination.
  • Seat of intellect
  • Powers of reasoning.

Another word that relates to PROCREATE IS CONCEPTION (You cannot bring forth without conception. CONCEPTIONS from CONCEPT from CONCEIVE.

 

CONCEIVE-; * Being pregnant with a child

  • Device in the mind; imagination.

CONCEPTION-; * the devising of a plan or idea

  • The way in which something is perceived.
  • Ability to imagine or understand.

What is truth? (From last week)

Why then do you need to gird our loins with TRUTH?

  1. As you think so are you. Pro 23: 7, Matt 12: 33. Look at a person’s attitude and know what kind of thinking is prevalent in his life. A sweet, kind person does not have mean, vindictive thoughts and vice versa.
  2. For a believer, right thinking is a vital necessity. Phil 4: 8. As a heartbeat or blood pressure is vital to life, so is right thinking vital to a believer.
  3. Your thoughts become your words. Matt 12: 34. Therefore, choose life generating thoughts, this way right words will follow.
  4. The mind is the leader or forerunner of all actions. Rom 8: 5.
  5. Your actions are a direct result of your thoughts. The reason must times you are not able to control your actions is because you do not control your thoughts (THE STORY OF MARY AND JOHN).
  6. Your life will not get straightened out until your mind does. James 1:6-8. (You cannot have a negative mind and a positive life). So many people’s problem is rooted in there thinking pattern, this produce the problems they experience in life.
  7. Satan offers the wrong thinking pattern to everyone, but we do not have to accept it.

HOW DOES THE DEVIL BATTLE WITH YOUR MIND?

  • he bombards our heart with cleverly devised pattern e.g. little nagging thoughts, suspicions, doubts, fears, wonderings, reasoning and theories.
  • He studies you, tries to know your insecurities, weaknesses and fears. He tries to work on what bothers us most.

How do you gird your loins with TRUTH?

  1. Renew your mind. Rom 8: 5, Rom 12: 2. ( In the story of Mary and John, Mary always can’t control her actions because of the thoughts of the past, the experiences of the past has become a stronghold in her mind)

The process of mind renewal maybe difficult because you are trying to reprogram a very carnal, worldly mind to think as God thinks, but is certainly not impossible.

  1. You need to abide in the truth. Jn 8: 31,32. Truth comes from the Word.

       II Tim2: 15. Abide in the truth, until it becomes a revelation given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

  1. Reject the wrong thinking of the devil, cast down every evil imagination II Cor 10:4, 5.
  2. Face the truth about yourself and the past as God reveals it to you through His Word.II Cor 13:5.
  3. Let nothing separate you from the love of Christ. Rom 8: 35.
  4. It does not matter how the tough the trials maybe, DON’T GIVE UP FIGHTING. Isa 43: 2, Habakkuk 3: 19.
  5. Don’t give space to the devil in your mind.  Eph 4: 27.
  6. Keep yourself in a condition conducive to hearing. I kings 19: 11, 12. John 8:47.

MAY THE LORD GIVE US TOTAL VICTORY OVER THE BATTLES OF OUR MIND IN JESUS NAME, AMEN.

 

The Christian Armor. Breastplate of Righteousness. Righteousness like armor on your chest By A/P (Mrs) Wunmi Agunbiade 26-09-7006

Text:               Ephesians 6: 10 – 18.

 

INTRODUCTION: The armor on the chest (the breastplate) of the Roman soldier was worn to protect his heart, the source of physical life. The armor of the Christian here is called RIGHTEOUSNESS. This armor covers the heart, the motives and the desire of our inner most being. Little wonder, the Word of God tells us to “keep our heart with all diligence for out of it are issues of life”. Prov 4: 23. May the Lord grant us great insight in His Word.

WHY IS RIGHTEOUSNESS VITAL AS CHRISTIAN ARMOR?

When you are unrighteous you become a prey to the devil. 1 Pet 5:8, Eccle 10:8

  1. When you are righteous, God shields you from all attacks of the devil. Job 1:1, 8-10, Prov 10:2, Prov 11:4-5, 8, Ps 34:15-17, 19.
  2. Sin separates you from the Lord, and when the Lord is not with you there is trouble. Isa 59: 1-2, (Rom 8:31). Judges 2:11-15, 3: 7-8, 12-14, 4: 1-3.
  3. When you are not upright you become an abomination to the Lord. Prov 28:9, Deut 25:16b, Prov 11:20.

HOW DO YOU PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS?

Fear God and submit to Him fully. Prov 10:27, Prov 14:27, Prov 3:7, Eccle 12:13, Acts 10:35.

  1. Flee from evil and lay aside every sin. Ps 34:12-14, Rom 12:9, 2 Tim 2:19,22a, 1 Cor 15: 34, Ps 17: 15.
  2. Love God with all your heart. Deut 6:5, 11:1, 2 Corin 5:14.
  3. Keep God’s Word in your heart. Ps 119:11.

CONCLUSION: Let’s keep this in our heart, we cannot continue in sin and expect God to fight for us in the battles in encounter, the Word of God says; “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? And the answer is God forbids it! Awake to righteousness and allow God deliver you. Remember Job!

 

THE CHRISTIAN ARMOUR THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT BY A/P (MRS) WUNMI AGUNBIADE 07-11-2006

Text:               EPHESIANS 6: 10 – 18.

 

 

INTRODUCTION:  The sword is the only weapon of offense in the list of all the Christian armor. There are times when we need to take the offensive against Satan. When we are tempted or going through trials, we need to trust in the truth of the Word of God to see us through. Today, as we study this very vital armor, may we receive more Grace to know His Word, be a doer of this Word and also use it effectively in Jesus name, Amen.

 

 

WHY IS GOD’S WORD SO IMPORTANT AS ARMOR?

  1. It is your life. Deut 32:46, 47, Prov 3:1-2, Jn 6:63.
  2. Jesus is the Word made flesh. Jn 1:1, Jn 1:14 Rev 19: 11-13.
  3. The Word carries the power of God. Ps 33:6, 9, Rom 1: 16, Heb 11:3, 2 Pet 3: 5-7.
  4. His Word is magnified above His name. Ps 138:2, Isa 42:21.
  5. His word never fails. Matt 24:35.

WHAT DOES THE WORD DO FOR YOU?

  1. You grow in the Word. 1 Pet 2:2.
  2. The Word saves us. Ps 19:7a, Jam 1:18 Jam 1:21b, 1 Pet 1:23, 2Pet 1:4.
  3. The Word gives us Faith, truth, wisdom and strength. Rom 10:17, Psa 19:7b, Ps 119:99-100, Jn 15:7, Acts 20:32.
  4. Meditation on His Word causes prosperity and success. Jos 1:8, Ps 1:2, 3, 1Tim 4:15.
  5. The Word guide and lightens our path. Ps 19:8, Ps 25:10, Ps 119:105, Ps 119:130.
  6. The Word cleanses us spiritually. Ps 119:9, Jn 15:3, Eph 5:25b, 26.
  7. The Word keeps us away from sin. Ps 119:11.
  8. The Word gives us Joy in the face of trials. Jer 15:16b.
  9. The Word Sets us free from all the wiles of the enemy Jn 8:31, 32.
  10. The Word heals and gives us great peace. Ps 107:20, PS 119: 165.

WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO WITH THE WORD.

  1. Don’t read it skeptically or doubtfully. Heb 4:2, 2Chro 36:16, Ps 50:17, 21, Isa 5:24, Hos 4:6, Zech 7:11, 12.
  2. Don’t err by being ignorant of the Word. Matt 22:29, Matt 12:3, Matt 19:4, Matt 21:42, Jn 20:9, Acts 13:27.
  3. Don’t argue over minor controversial doctrines. Rom 14:1, 2Tim 2:14-16, Tit 3:9.
  4. Don’t harden your heart and despise the word. 2Chro 36:16, Pro 13:13, Isa 5:24, Zech 7:12-13.

THE WORD OF GOD AS ARMOR AND WEAPON.

  1. God’s Word is fire in your mouth. Jer 5:14.
  2. God’s word is like hammer. Jer 23:29.
  3. The word is quick and powerful. Heb 4:12, Jer 1:12, Isa 55:11.
  4. We overcome the devil with the Word. 1Jn 2:14.
  5. The proper use of the Word sends the devil away, every time he comes to tempt us. Matt 4: 1-10.

CONCLUSION.        The engrafted Word of God is able to save our soul from the enemy; let’s imbibe the habit of studying and meditating on this Word of life. With this we will be able to use the sword effectively. May this powerful sword not be a mere decoration in our hands name in Jesus name, Amen!