Bible Study For The 60th Annual Convention Of The Redeemed Christian Church Of God “Come Up Higher”

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Bible Study For The 60th Annual Convention Of The Redeemed Christian Church Of God “Come Up Higher”

 

 

 

 

 

BIBLE STUDY OUTLINE

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction:

Everything about our God is upward. He is higher than the highest, Ecclesiastes 5:8 and more powerful than anyone, Psalms 91:1. His throne is above any other, Isaiah 66:1. Consequently, He is always wanting His children to come up higher. May you be moved higher after this study in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

The Basics Of Christianity:

Certain things are basics to Christianity. These include Divine selection, Salvation, Sanctification and Baptism in the Holy Spirit. (Ezekiel 36:24, John 6:44; Ezekiel 36:25; 1 John 1:7; Ezekiel 36:26; Jeremiah 17:9; Ezekiel 36:27; Acts 1:8)

 

 

 

 

 

There Is A Lot More Than The Basics:

Not only can you have numerous gifts of the Holy Spirit, you can become a mighty vessel unto honour in God’s hands. (1 Corinthians 12: 8-10; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 3:1-8, Acts 5:1-11; Acts 5:14-16; Acts 19:11-12; Acts 9:36-42).

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION:

You can still make it to heaven, if you in addition have the fruits of the Holy Spirit and live holy. (Matthew 7:21-23; Galatians 5:22-23, Hebrews 12:14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

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For I Know The Thoughts That I Think Towards You, Says The LORD, Thoughts Of Peace, And Not Of Evil, To Give You An Expected End

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For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end

Jeremiah 29:11 says: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

God has a plan and a purpose for your life. There’s no evil in that plan. I’m so glad to know that when I am in a battle, when I am facing struggles and need, and when it seems as if I am in my darkest hour the last thing I have to consider is where God stands. He stands at my side. He stands on my behalf. He’s got my back. He’s got my front. Though a thousand would fall at my side and ten thousand at my right hand, it will not come near me. The angels of the Lord are encamped round about me.

God is with you, too!

You never have to wonder who brought you trouble. You can rest assured that God will bring you out. You don’t have to reason or wonder if it is too hard for God. You can know that nothing is impossible to Him. When you are in a battle, never give thought to who brought the problem. Always think upon God, because He is your answer.
God is not the problem!

 

 

 

 

 

 

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Put Your Trust In God! Just Trust And Obey!

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Put Your Trust In God

Psalm 56:4 says:

 

 

 

 

 

“In God I will praise His Word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”

David faced many troubles, just as you and I do. We face troubles every day from demonic sources, from the ignorance, hatred, and strife of men, from the tongues of men, from men who are learned and unlearned, believers, and unbelievers. It seems as if we can be totally overcome and overwhelmed if not for the fact that God is on our side. In this scripture we see that we need not fear what flesh can do to us. This refers to what can happen in the world, the things that can be birthed and set in motion against us. God is our refuge, and we are to trust Him and look forward to His deliverance in Jesus’ name.
Trust God!

 

 

 

 

 

 

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Because He died, I Am Free From Sin And Its Penalty

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Because He died, I am free! Free from my sin and its penalty

 

 

 

 

 

Set Free!

 

 

 

 

 

You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

Romans 6:18, NIV

With blood flowing from His wounds and streaming down His face from the thorns in His brow, Jesus stood before Pilate. As part of the Passover celebration, it was Pilate’s custom to release any prisoner the crowd chose. It just so happened that “at that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. So . . . Pilate asked them, ‘Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus Who is called Christ?'” (Matt. 27:16-17, NIV)

The rulers shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” (John 18:40, NIV). Barabbas! Barabbas was a thief and a murderer and a rabble-rouser! The religious leaders of Israel were demanding that Barabbas be set free and Jesus be crucified. And so Barabbas became the first person to be set free by the death of Jesus.

Jesus died, not just in the place of Barabbas, but in your place and mine. Because He died, I am free! Free from my sin and its penalty.

Blessings

 

 

 

 

 

 

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Greater Love Has No Man Than This, That A Man Lay Down His Life For His Friends (John 15:13)

God is Love

Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13)

 

 

 

 

 

GOD IS LOVE!

 

 

 

 

 

TRUE LOVE!

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The plan seemed so wonderful at the time. During the summer of 1969, more than 100,000 people would camp out in a pristine glade in upstate New York where everyone would get along and love each other. This meeting was part of the hippie movement. Their slogans expressed noble ideals: love, not hate; peace, not war. One of its cornerstones was “free love.” Hippies thought they could find love through sex.
The Woodstock Festival culminated a national “Love-In.” But instead of the expected 100,000 hippies, 1.5 million long-haired young people wearing beads and feathers flooded the area for three days.
Was Woodstock really a place of peace and love? Peter Townsend, a member of the band The Who which played during Woodstock, said, “What was going on off the stage was just beyond comprehension—stretchers and dead bodies, people throwing up, and people having [drug] trips…I thought the whole of America had gone mad.”
Tempers flared; people were assaulted. Nudity, sex, and drug dealing were everywhere. And they left behind acres of trash. What was supposed to be a monument to free love and brotherhood was actually a hedonistic mess. Selfishness and a disregard for others reigned.
Everyone wants to be loved. But what is love? Tragically, our world understands very little about true love. We must turn to our Creator to understand what love really is. His love is not just words on a page, but was demonstrated in the deepest kind of sacrifice—Christ’s death on the cross.

Your View of God Really Matters …

Compare the world’s concept of love — self-gratification — with God’s concept of love — selfless sacrifice for others. If we all loved each other as God loves us, what practical effect would that have in your community? In your church? In your family?

What More Does God Say?

John 3:16; John 15:12-13; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Because God Is Love, He in Unconditionally Committed to My Well-Being.

 

 

 

 

 

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Obedience Keeps Us Covered

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Obedience Keeps Us Covered

Many people believe in the Bible, but it is important to act on the Bible. In order to build our lives in righteousness, we must walk in strict obedience to the Word of God. By doing so, we will gain the covering of the protection of the Lord. God is continuously trying to bring protection, peace and joy into our lives, but when we walk outside of the laws of His kingdom, He is restricted by our own actions. God made us free moral agents with a will to choose of our own accord. Our lives become the sum total of the choices that we have made, yet many of us still blame God for the delays and disappointments in our lives. The foundation of our lives will only be as strong as our obedience. To build our house upon the rock that can never be torn down by the winds and storms of life, we must be obedient to the Word. We must study and place it in our hearts, so that we will never come out from the protective covering of the Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

Scripture Study

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock.” (Matthew 7:24, KJV)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be like the Father

This week’s characteristic of the Father’s family is action – we must act on God’s Word in order to have the covering of God’s protection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

What Are You Planting?

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What Are You Planting?

 

 

 

 

 

Galatians 6:7-8. (NKJV)

 

 

 

 

 

7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

The world teaches you that if you’re cunning and slick enough, you can fool, trick, and deceive almost anybody. But, no matter how many people you may fool, God is never fooled! Whatever kind of seeds you plant, you can be sure that in time you will bear the same kind of fruit. If you sow ungodly seeds, you will reap ungodly fruit. If you spend all your time indulging your flesh – that which is temporal – in the end you will have nothing but death and destruction. So we need to be cautious of what we are planting. So, begin right now to invest or plant good seeds in the Kingdom of God. Only what you do for Christ will last. Only what you do in God’s Love, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will be found worthy before His throne.

Forever Remain Blessed!

 

 

 

 

 

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

God Still Heals

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God Still Heals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acts 19:11-12

“Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.”
NKJV

In this verse, we see that it is God who works the miracles out among people, not Paul. This is an interesting section of scripture that some have twisted for their own monetary gain in the selling of such items as prayer cloths and other “miracle producing items”. The miracles were not from the handkerchiefs nor from Paul, but from God. These were merely the instruments God used. We should desire to be God’s instrument. God used unexpected means to restore health to those who were ill.

The Bible is a supernatural book. Jesus, our leader who died and didn’t stay dead, offers us eternal life. While this passage is not a model for ministry, it does demonstrate that God can work through various unconventional means to draw people to Him. God used Paul to heal people then, and God still uses people today. Did God use Paul to heal everyone that he came across? No. Some were healed and some were not. Remember, Paul prayed for God to heal him and apparently Paul was not healed. We should pray for God to heal others and even expect God to heal them while trusting in His will.

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 “Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” NKJV

God said to Paul, “I am not going to heal you but give you the grace to get through it.” Sometimes God doesn’t heal us and take us out of our situation or condition, but He gives us the strength to go through it. When He heals, we give Him the glory. When He doesn’t, we are made stronger in our walk with Him.

 

 

 

 

 

Life Lesson: God can and does heal people.

Dear Heavenly Father:
Thank You for loving me. Thank You for giving me the strength to endure the difficulties of this world. Please help me to keep my focus on You and not on those difficulties. I pray this in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

If I Just Touch His Clothes, I Will Be Healed

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If I just touch His clothes, I will be healed

A High Hope

She thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed”. Mark 5:28

The Gospel of Mark tells the story of a woman who suffered from a bleeding disorder for many years. She was among a crowd following Jesus and believed, “If I can reach him—just touch his clothes—I’ll be healed.”

A risky decision, don’t you think? To touch Jesus she’ll have to touch the people. If one of them recognizes her—hello rebuke, good-bye cure! But what choice does she have?

She has no money, no clout, no solutions. All she has is a crazy hunch that Jesus can help and a high hope that he will!

Maybe that’s all you have—a crazy hunch that Jesus can help and a high hope. You have nothing to give. But you’re hurting. And all you have to offer him is your hurt!

Faith is the belief that God is real and that God is good. There was no guarantee for the woman. She hoped he’d respond. She longed for it—but she didn’t know if he would.

All she knew was that he was there and that he was good.

That’s faith!

 

 

 

 

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Counting The Cost Of Being A Disciple

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Counting the Costs Of Being A Disciple

 

If one of you is planning to build a tower, you sit down first and work out what it will cost, to see if you have enough money to finish the job, if you don’t you will not be able to finish the tower after laying the foundation; and all who see what happened will laugh at you. “This man began to build but can’t finish the job!” They will say…….in the same way, concluded Jesus, “none of you can be my disciple unless you give up everything you have”.

Luke 14:28-30; 33

Jesus is talking about counting the cost of being His disciple, but He
uses an illustration based on common sense. Any individual who is going
to take on an endeavour first of all sits down and writes out a budget.
Part of being a good steward over what God has given you is being an
individual who budgets, an individual who will take the time to be
faithful in little and in much.

The kingdom of God does not consist of people who only get saved, and
then lay back and never do another thing. We need to do everything
necessary to be faithful in God’s work. We must budget and know
what’s happening with everything that comes through our hands!

 

 

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!