Monthly Archives: October 2015

VIEWPOINTS FOR SUNDAY, 25TH OF OCTOBER 2015

Bible Study

THEME FOR THE MONTH: Living Prayerfully
TODAY’S TOPIC: What Prayer Involves
KEY TEXT: Ps. 55:16-17
KEY VERSE: Ps. 55:17
“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice”

INTRODUCTION
A true Christian understands the importance of praying often. He prays every time and just about everything. He understands that no relationship survives outside communication—no, not even a relationship with his Heavenly Father. However, what is it with this prayer thing? Why do we need to pray? Why must it be always too?
This is because Christianity is not possible alone. To run this race, we definitely need the help of the Father. After all, the journey seems shorter when there is someone to talk to while on it. Listed below are the reasons why we pray.


1. CONFESSION
When we read Prov. 28:13, we see that confession should be a necessary part of a Christian. We are never perfect. Therefore, when we err, we must prayerfully seek God’s forgiveness and wholeheartedly turn away from our sins. David was a man after the heart of God, not because he did not sin, but because he always confessed whenever he did. Do not wait for the pastor or elder in church; you can—in fact, you should—knee and ask for forgiveness immediately you sin against God.
Read also: Ps. 38:18; Ps. 32:5; 1Jn. 1:8-10

2. THANKSGIVING
Read Ps. 107:1. True Christians know that thanksgiving should be a lifestyle. Immediately you received deliverance from that accident; as soon as you get that admission; even before you see that promotion; or for that healing. Come on, you can just stop for a minute and ‘prayerfully’ thank God for whatever it is that you have received from Him. According to Tye Tribbett, God does not need our thanks, but He deserves it. How would you feel if you handed money to someone and they did not thank you? Disappointed, right? That is how God feels anytime you do not thank Him for what He has done for you.
Read also: Ps. 118:1; 1Thess. 5:18; 1Chrn. 16:8

3. PRAISE
Any chronic reader of the Psalms knows that it is a book of praise. Folks who truly understand the value of this GOD wrote it. They understood that this ever-faithful God deserves a never-ending praise. For instance, let us look at chapter 34 verse 1 of this book:

“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
(Emphasis added)

Note the use of the word, “continually”. Giving praise is very different from giving thanks. We thank when we received a favour or blessing from God. We praise when we think of Him. It would be better to say it this way: we thank God for what He has done; we praise Him for Who He is! Sometimes, we just need to praise God. Just think of anything: His mercy, His promptness, His providence, His goodness, etc. Sometimes we need to praise God just because He is God.
Read also: Ps. 71:8; Ps. 145:1-2


FURTHER STUDY:
Ex. 10:16-17; Ps. 51:3-4; Ps. 147:1; Eph. 5:20; Isa. 24:15; Acts 16:25


theTASK:
* Read Ps. 138:3. You shall share with the house next week about a point in your life when prayer provided strength where you needed it.


PRAYERS:
1. Thank God for His word
2. Thank God for the privilege of prayer
3. Confess any known and unknown sin to God now. Ask Him to forgive you and show you His mercy
4. Think of one thing you have ever received from God…thank Him for it
5. Secure your week with the Blood of Jesus. Pray for your family as well
6. Pray for all Codites far and near
7. Praise God for Who He has been to you, Who He is right now to you.

VIEWPOINTS FOR SUNDAY, 18TH OF OCTOBER 2015

Bible Study

THEME FOR THE MONTH: Living Prayerfully
TODAY’S TOPIC: What Prayer Is Not
KEY TEXT: Ps. 55:16-17
KEY VERSE: Ps. 55:17
“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice”

INTRODUCTION
God’s endless Grace saw us through last lesson on what prayer is. It is now clear that prayer is more than an act. It is a connection, a union. Today we tend to look at certain misconceptions of prayer.

1. PRAYER IS NOT AN ACT
Prayer, unlike many people have thought, is not an act. Prayer, on the contrary, is meant to be a habit. In fact, it is meant to be a lifestyle. Read Rom. 1:9; 1Thess. 5:17. It is expected the Christian communicates with his Father regularly, just as a child would love to talk to their parent. The same way children report all cases to their parents, Christians should pray (talk to God) about everything. Read Prov. 3:5,6. God must be aware of every part of our lives.
Read also: Prov. 16:3; Phil. 4:6

2. PRAYER IS A NOT JUST A REQUEST
People think that the times one should pray only when they have needs that should be met. That is actually the thinking of a baby Christian. You do not go to your father only to make requests. Sometimes you just want to talk to him. That is how Christianity should look like. Prayers could be made just to appreciate God for something. It could be that you just want to greet Him. It could be something esle.
Read: Acts 10:9; Eph. 6:18; Mark 6:46

Connecting Codites

Below is the list of names of Codites to ‘disturb’ this season:

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3. Abiola Alex — 07062382287; 08092105363
4. Godwin Osarobo — 08135231470; 08180413728
5. Tosin Ayeni — 08188683021
6. James Audu — 08150690885

Call them.
See how they are doing.
Wish them well.

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VIEWPOINTS FOR SUNDAY, 4TH OF OCTOBER 2015

THEME FOR THE MONTH: Living Prayerfully
TODAY’S TOPIC: What Prayer Is
KEY TEXT: Ps. 55:16-17
KEY VERSE: Ps. 55:17
“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice”

INTRODUCTION
Thank God, for how He took us these last two months on how we could maintain an intimate relationship with Him as a Father. Since one of the major ingredients in any relationship is communication, we intend to look at the art and habit of communicating with the Father. This lesson we trust God to use in shaping our understanding of the term, “prayer”.

PRAYER IS A RELATIONSHIP
Very many persons have a vague or unclear understanding of prayer. Most people believe it is simply a means of ‘talking’ to God. Prayer, however, is more than that. Prayer is NOT just talking to God, but CONNECTING WITH GOD. Now, that phrase means to ASSOCIATE with God in a relationship. The Hebrew word for “pray” in our key text is “śı̂yach”. It means to commune or converse with someone. You see, it is very impossible to keep a relationship when you and the other party are not in talking terms. In a relationship, one party does not do the talking; all parties do the discussion. It is a give and take thing. Read Habakkuk 2:1-2. From here, it is clear that Habakkuk waited on (prayed to) God first. Then, God responded.

If you can call your earthly dad just to say hi, then you can do that to God. That is what being in a relationship means: you deliberately want to talk to the other person. As a Christian, your Father wants to speak to you. Erase the funny mentality that God is just a provider. Let Him be a Friend—your Friend.
Read also: Isa. 65:24; Jer. 29:12; Psa.91:15

PRAYER IS A CONNECTION
Whenever you pair or connect two phones via Bluetooth, what happens? Information can be sent between both phones. That is how prayer works for the believer. Prayer is like the Bluetooth connection. It enables sharing between God and His people. It is very clear and evident that God intends to keep connection with His Children. He wants to discuss with us. Read Jer. 33:3. Notice that God said He would answer and show (reveal) things to us.

During conversations with your earthly father, you might have learned a secret or two about something or about someone. That is How God works with His Children. Anytime you pray to God, deliberately expect Him to speak to you about anything.
Read also:Psa. 25:14; Amos 3:7; Jn.15:15

FURTHER STUDY:
Gen. 18:17-19; Psa. 119:18; Matt. 16:17; Prov. 3:6; Psa. 32:8; Rev. 3:20

theTASK:
* Read through Psa. 142:1-7

PRAYERS:
1. Thank God for giving us His word.
2. Ask that the Lord will keep and grow His word in you.
3. Pray that God opens your eye to see the importance of prayers.
4. Ask that God breathe upon you with the Spirit of prayers.
5. Secure the month of October by the blood of Jesus.
6. Pray for your spiritual growth and advancement.
7. Pray for the salvation of your friends and family members.
8. Pray for all those born in the month of October.
9. Pray for all Codites who are currently schooling.
10. Individual Prayer requests.
11. Thank God for answers.

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Do something today. There is a difference that ONLY YOU can make. There is a song you alone must sing. There is a voice that only you have.

There is ALWAYS something you can do around you to make your world a better place.
TWEET THIS NOW!

Do these things.

Dream them.
See them.
Do them.

Then we can be sure of progress.

A Lovely weekend to all of you.