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VIEWPOINTS FOR SUNDAY, 21ST OF FEBRUARY 2016

Bible Study

THEME FOR THE MONTH: His Divine Presence
TODAY’S TOPIC: Accessing His Presence
KEY TEXT: Gen. 39:1-23
KEY VERSE: Gen. 39:2a
“And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man”

INTRODUCTION
Over the weeks, we have looked into the goodies attached to being with God. Those are the very little we can behold. However, there is much more. “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” — 1Cor. 2:9. The bounties that follow the presence are numerous to mention, and overwhelming to understand.

Today, however, we look at ways we can get this Presence. No result just comes; results are provoked. How do we provoke the release of Divine Presence?

1. OPEN YOUR DOOR
Many young people deliberately shut the door of their hearts to Christ. This is because they think being a Christian is boring. They are attracted to all the fun-promising things of life. However, Christianity does not stop fun; it only channels it rightly. Wouldn’t you enjoy getting first-hand secrets about your life and that of others from God Himself? How do you like to be guaranteed 100% protection? All you need to do is open up and let God. Christianity is NOT a call to suffering; it is a call to sonship. God really wants to care for you. However, He cannot. Why? Because family benefits are only enjoyed by family members. To enjoy the benefits we have seen, you must be a family member (Jn. 1:12). You should… You have to be saved. And if you want to, right now is the time (2Cor. 6:2).

Pray the prayer of salvation now before you continue studying. Ask God to forgive you of your sins. Ask Jesus to come into your life and take total control. Ask Him to be your personal Saviour and Lord.

Read also: Prov.14:12; Jn. 3:14-18; Jn. 3:36; Heb. 7:25

2. LOVE GOD
You would do almost for the sake of love. Unfortunately, however, young people have decided to love the wrong things. That is why you see them going the extra mile just to get the satisfaction they think they deserve. On the other hand, anyone who loves God will always want to follow Him, be with Him, and please Him. Your love for God will make you:

  • a. Listen to Him and obey Him always. You would not want to disobey God, if you love Him. You would always want to hear His voice. You would listen to everything He says and do them. One way to listen to God is by reading His word (The Bible) daily.
    – Jn. 14:23; Josh. 1:8; Ps. 1:2, 119:11
  • b. Talk to Him always. If you love God, you will always want to talk to Him. You would share with Him your pains and success stories. You would seek advice, direction and support from Him whenever you are confused. You would pray.
    – Jer. 33:3; Jer. 29:12; Lk. 11:9-10; Ps. 145:18

FURTHER STUDY:
Isa. 45:22; Heb. 11:6; Jn. 14:6; Jer. 33:3; Acts 2:21; Isa. 65:24

theTASK:
Everyone should come next Sunday with their I.E notebook.

PRAYERS:
1. Thank God for His word
2. Thank God sincerely for the privilege of His Presence
3. Confess any known and unknown sin to God now. Ask Him to forgive you and show you His mercy
4. Ask for grace to remain in God’s presence always.
5. Bless your week.

GOD BLESS YOU!!!

JESUS IS ALIVE; AND HE IS STILL PROVING IT!!

…but do you believe that?

There are such times when we doubt the truth that Christ ever existed. Times when what we’ve been told by our pastors suddenly lose their meanings. At these times, prayer becomes the last thing on our minds—that’s if it’s there in the first place. Sometimes, when caught in this trying and tricky situation, we are tempted to: complain, become offended, doubt, and blaspheme.

In this season of the remembrance of Christ victory over satan and death, I want to remind you of the same truth: Jesus STILL lives. And not just that; HE LIVES IN YOU! Truth is, He knew you were going to doubt His love for you one day. Better truth is, He went on to love you anyway.

Knowing what He was going to pass through just to prove this love, He almost prayed against it. He didn’t just go through all of that for nothing. He always saw one more reason why He had to die—you had to live!

Jesus so loves you that even after He died—and seized power for you—He arose to make sure that you see Him ALIVE (Luke 24:15, 31, 36)! He didn’t just stop there. He showed you his hands and feet (Luke 24:40). Yet, you did not believe (Luke 24:41). Then He had to dine with you (Luke 24:42-43). He even had to help your understanding (Luke 24:45).

He knew that one day you would question His existence. He knew that someday you would disbelieve Him. Then He gave you the Bible, so you could read for yourself all the facts therein (2Tim. 3:16; Heb.4:12). This Word carries the therapies for your growth, healing and inspiration.

He also thought that you would need help with the Testaments. So He sent you The Comforter—His Presence (Jn. 14:16). The Holy Spirit powers God’s Word in us. He reminds us of the promises in the Bible and of Jesus’ love for us (Jn. 14:26; 15:26).

Then He gave His Blood, that through it, you should be saved and spared (Heb. 12:24; 1Peter 1:18-19). By this Blood, your sins were paid for (Mt. 26:28). Destruction skips you, because of the stains of this Blood (Ex. 12:13). Your biggest enemy, the devil, is defeated by this Blood (Rev. 12:11).

Wait a minute! He even gave you His Name. The name JESUS—that comes with His Power—was given to you the day you believed. Armed with this weapon of a name, you could command mountains to move, instruct ailments to pack up and leave, and even stop death—you could do and undo! Equipped with this code of a name, you could also access Heaven, the Throne of GOD, to seek forgiveness and to give thanks. (Mt. 28:18; Acts 3:6-8; Phil. 2:9-11)

Finally, to keep assuring you of His continued existence, He gave you Christians—other people like Him! These precious beings—your pastor, your leaders, your mentors, your parents, or those ordinary people living extraordinary lives—are around you. He is alive in them. And every time you see them, you see Him same way—alive!

As we celebrate the resurrection of Christ, I want you to be reminded again, beyond your mere obligation or desire to celebrate Easter, that HE TRULY LIVES…and IN YOU too. Deliberately remind yourself always of all He went through to prove His existence to you.

I, Uncle P celebrate the Christ in you.
Happy Easter Celebrations, and GOD BLESS YOU.

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