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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!!!

VIEWPOINTS FOR SUNDAY, 22ND OF NOVEMBER 2015

Bible Study

THEME FOR THE MONTH: Living Prayerfully
TODAY’S TOPIC: Benefits of Prayer (3)
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
It is very important we understand that the tool that has been given to us—prayer—is something beyond description. One of the sweet things about prayer is this: whatever prayers cannot solve, nothing and no one can!

TWEET QUOTE!

Today, we attempt to look into some more benefits of prayer. We try as much as possible to look at the basic benefits. For the advantages of this weapon cannot be exhausted in a list. Let us see some of them…

5. FORGIVENESS OF SINS
Human beings are NOT perfect. We make mistakes. No one can claim to be perfectly holy before God. And that is why we need prayer. The Christian that loves his Lord will not allow an hour pass by and he has not reconciled with Him, anytime he is guilty. Read 2Chrn. 7:14. There it records that deliverance and forgiveness of sins will come after God’s people has prayed and sought His face.
Read also: Prov. 28:13; Isa. 55:6-7

6. A WAY TO HELP OTHERS
Jesus admonished us to let our light shine. The call to Christianity is a call to bring glory to God through our daily living. One of the ways we can do this is by praying for others. In fact, one of the greatest gifts you can give to one is the gift of intercession.

TWEET QUOTE!

Many people suffer on a daily basis. One of the ways we can help them is to pray for them. Read James 5:14-16. See that? Prayer works for others as well. You may not be able to pay the hospital bills; but you can tell God about the case. You can help, if only you can pray.
Read also: Acts 3:6-7; Acts 12:5; 2Cor. 1:11

FURTHER STUDY:
Acts 12:5-11; Matt. 18:19; Heb. 13:3; 1Thess. 5:17

theTASK:
* According to their understanding, each Codite shall put on COD Facebook page a short explanation of a benefit of prayer.

PRAYERS:
1. Thank God for His word
2. Thank God sincerely 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. Ask for the Grace to help others not just with words or gifts; but with prayer as well.
5. Ask that the grace to live this life of prayer be given you.
6. Pray for COD. On Wednesday, last week was her third anniversary. Ask for increase in all ramifications. Let GOD Himself raise COD and Codites globally.
7. Bless your week. Ask that Grace lift and keep you.

GOD BLESS YOU

VIEWPOINTS FOR SUNDAY, 23RD OF AUGUST 2015

THEME FOR THE MONTH: The Shepherd
TODAY’S TOPIC: Still Waters
KEY TEXT: Ps. 23:1-5
KEY VERSE: Ps. 23:1
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want”

INTRODUCTION
In last week’s lesson, we see the power, in our Shepherd, to guarantee our satisfaction. Green Pastures tell of God’s ability and willingness to cater for our needs. Today we shall view the ability of the Shepherd in three different perspectives. They are…

1. HE CAUSES US PEACE
When the Shepherd leads us beside still waters (or quiet waters), He causes us to rest. Still waters are those times in our lives when we are just okay with what we have. Still waters are those times when situations around us are met with instant solutions. Here, God caters for our needs immediately we have them. What is more? The leading beside still waters is a leading to quench our thirst. A thirst that only the Shepherd can fill. We are talking about meeting an emotional need here. This is that moment where God’s presence around us seems to be all we need.
(Job 34:29; 2Sam. 7:1; Isaiah 26:3; Phil. 4:7)

2. HE BRINGS US HEALING
When the Psalmist says, “He restoreth my soul”, one thing should come to mind. Restoration is the process of bringing something back to its original state, either by repairing or by rebuilding. The Shepherd is the one who knows how to fix His sheep. If the sheep has a broken limb, the shepherd fixes that. If the sheep is sick, the shepherd takes care of it also. The shepherd is there, not only to guard, but also to deliver. Are there things into which we have gotten ourselves? Could it be sickness, sin, doubt, frustration, sorrow or loss? Hand these over to the Shepherd (Jesus) who wants to care for you. Are there struggles in your life? Jesus can fix them—allow Him to.
(Micah 7:8-9; Luke 22:31-32; Isaiah 57:18; Jer. 33:6; 2Chrn. 7:14)

3. HE ENSURES OUR WALK WITH HIM
Jesus really cherishes our relationship with Him. In fact, He enjoys our company, same way any shepherd would enjoy the company of his sheep. Just to make sure we continue the communion with Him, He gave us His Word and His Spirit.
“He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
Did you see that? For His Name’s sake. Read Eph. 2:8-9. Jesus is the reason why you are still a Christian. His Spirit and His Word are His contributions to this relationship. What are yours? Nothing. Just believe Him. Our Shepherd really wants to keep this relationship. We have to do our own part; we have to trust His power and efforts. To live holy on the earth is a function of total belief and dependence on the power and finished work of Jesus via The Cross. Being holy is achievable; but ONLY THROUGH CHRIST.
(John 16:13-15; 1John 4:13; John 6:63; Phil. 4:13)

theTASK:
Study the book of Psalms 46:2-3 and Psalm 138:7

PRAYERS:
1. Thank God for giving us His word.
2. Ask for the satisfaction only God can give this week.
3. Pray for divine restoration in all areas of your life where you need it (e.g. health, academics, finance, spirituality, etc).
4. Sincerely surrender your Christian walk to Jesus. Ask Him to sustain your relationship with Him. Ask that He holds and leads you all the way, in this Christian walk with Him.
5. Pray for all parents of Codites. Pray against sin, setback, sickness and sorrow in their lives. Ask that God keeps our parents long enough to enjoy the fruits of their labours.
6. Bless your week with the blessing of the Lord. Plead the blood of Jesus over your journeys and dealings this week.

OVERCOMING TEMPTATIONS

All Christians fight the daily battle against temptations. No man or woman is exempted from this fight. It is one of the battles we must fight and win every day in the war against the arc-enemy (satan). It is of little importance whether you are a pastor or usher in church, you must fight your own battle. Nobody is above being tempted. Some preachers/teachers misleadingly tell their congregations otherwise. No matter your level or years in the Christian Faith, you must war against temptations. In Matthew’s rendition of the Gospel, he tells us that Jesus Himself was “led” up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. So, if Jesus faced it, we all sure will.

According to the Oxford Pocket English Dictionary, temptation is an incitement to do what is wrong or forbidden.

The truth is that temptations should not seem strange to the believer. In fact, here in the Kingdom, if you stay without temptations, you are not a Christian! This is because, for one, our model (Jesus Christ) was tempted; and if we (as Christians) are Christ-like, we should expect temptings. Temptation, therefore, is not sin. Yielding to it, however, is.

By now, you already know (either by personal experience or by gained knowledge) that fighting—and winning—each of these battles is not easy. Some people win these battles daily. Others are not consistent with the wins. However, and saddening so, much more are still struggling for a single win.

WHY YOU SHOULD WIN THESE BATTLES
There is a lot of gain in overcoming temptations. Here are just a few of them:
1. It reveals God’s Grace and Mercy that abounds towards you (1Cor. 10:13).
2. It is a pointer to an incoming blessing and prize (James 1:12).
3. It grows your faith—and since we are talking battle here, it increases your rank—thereby qualifying you for greater prizes after greater battles (Lk. 16:10).
4. It gives you the qualification to help and encourage others in their own times of temptings.
5. Etc

HOW THEN DO YOU WIN?
The Bible gives three war strategies. These I want to call the WPS Formula. Unlike in the battles fought with guns and grenades, you use these strategies on yourself instead of the enemy:

1. WATCH
Peter warns that the believer must be “vigilant” should he overcome in this battle (1Peter 5:8). How do you watch? By folding your arms and praying for grace? No. You watch deliberately. Most Christians wrongly pray the prayer for grace. God does not do this for you. He gives you the strength, yes, but He allows you do this yourself. It is crazy to walk wilfully into places, people, and events that promote sin. Do not do it! Do not play with sin; it is as dangerous as a snake. You must deliberately make the decision to leave that dirty job, desist from visiting that member of the opposite sex at odd hours, or end that sinful relationship with a friend. The place of watching is a place of deliberate decisions. God did not make Joseph disappear when he stood before Potiphar’s wife; Joseph had to run with his legs (Gen. 39:12)! Daniel decided himself. Nobody pushed him to request for vegetables instead of the king’s meat, neither did anybody take him to the chief of the eunuchs; he went himself (Dan. 1:8). Until you make deliberate decisions to “flee these things” (1Tim 6:11-12), you will continue to lose these battles.

2. PRAY
“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Jesus said this to His disciples in Mt. 26:41. Prayer empowers your spirit. It keeps you ‘willing’ always. An evangelist at my home church back in Northern Nigeria once told something. I tried it out, and was pleased that it worked. He advised me to pray, immediately I noticed a tempting thought in my head. He said prayers could kill these thoughts before they grew into actions. He was right! Scriptures say every knee bows at the Name of Jesus (Phil. 2:10). Prayer shows your inability to help yourself. It puts you at the mercy of God. Understand that we fight not against humans, but against spiritual forces. You need a mighty hand at work in you, if you must win. You need somebody bigger. You need God—so you need prayers. Moreover, He has said, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (Jer. 33:3)

3. STUDY
The Psalmist wrote, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”(Ps. 119:11). God’s word empowers you for the battle. These powerful guidelines keep you informed of what the enemy’s tactics are, and how you can overcome them. Even Jesus used what was written [in scriptures] against the devil. In chapter number four of Matthew’s account of the Gospel, He (Jesus) always said, “It is written”. Hear the rendition of Ps. 119:165 from the Amplified Bible: “Great peace have they who love Your law; nothing shall offend them or make them stumble.” The Scriptures have life in them (Jn. 6:63). Feed on God’s word, if you need your spirit to come alive. The mind is the centre of any man. To change a man, you have to change his mind first. And, concerning the mind, hear Paul: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5). Your study gives you the tips for overcoming this battle (2Tim. 2:15). You must learn new strategies often. You need to renew your mind (Rom. 12:2; Eph. 4:23) via the word of God. Take out time everyday deliberately to study the word of God.

God is your strength. To win in this series of battles, you will definitely need Him. I pray for you, to receive the enablement to commit to these three things, in JESUS MIGHTY NAME! Amen.

See you at the place called ‘THERE’.

Why You Should Have More PSPs This New Year!

Yes. You deserve the very best this new year! And you’ve got to have this best more often, and as much as possible!

This is because you are a regular reader here!

Okay, that was a joke.

It is because you need it (or them).

You should have more PSPs, yes, and because you need them! YOU NEED MORE OF THEM!

PLENTY.

But why…?
Every new year comes with its new troubles. Every new season is equipped with its new challenges. And, of course, for some folks, every new year is a new opportunity to make new resolutions. Keeping to resolutions are actually part of the challenges (or, for others, troubles) of the new year.

However, there’s something people rarely plan to do every new year.

ENJOY!

It is NOT a crime to make plans for entertainment in the coming year. In fact, you should only plan to enjoy yourself every year!

So, here’s how to ENJOY 2015, by having more PSPs, and why too:

1. MORE PRAYERS
Most people probably don’t want to hear this. But I ask, what other way is there to better enjoy the year (any year) than conversing with divinity? Here in Nigeria, most people know this… But sadly, not all who know it, understand it.

In Nigeria (which, by God’s Grace, is one of the most religious nations in the world), people pray at the start of every year. But they do this in groups. As I write this blog post, thousands of churches and religious groups across Nigeria have already started their annual fast programme. This happens in January every year.

But…

Really, how many of us remember to pray again after this collective exercise? So, what I’m talking about here is not a coming together. I’m talking about raising and maintaining your own altar.
Read about this Champion:
“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” (Mark 1:35).

This truth will NEVER change: the spiritual realm creates and controls the physical. And here’s another truth which carries same unchanging power: you can NEVER grow bigger than your prayer life! People struggle with growth yearly, because they struggle with prayer yearly. Jesus knew that prayer commanded his results. See verse 34: “And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.” So, for these works to continue, He refuelled daily.

To succeed everyday this year, you must pray everyday this year.

2. MORE STUDY
Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
-1 Timothy 4:13

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
-2 Timothy 2:15

“In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.”
-Daniel 9:2

“When you come, bring the coat I left with Carpus in the city of Troas. Bring the books and for sure do not forget the writings written on sheepskin.”
-2 Timothy 4:13

Can we…

…pay attention to study?

Ever heard of the saying: readers are leaders? Commit a reasonable amount of time to study for those projects this year. Carry out researches. Make findings. Grow your knowledge base. As a student, don’t you think it’s early enough to start studying? Wanna be something in the nearest future? Here’s ma question: how much of that thing do you know? Maybe it’s your dream to pursue medicine in the university. Then, it’s time you got prepared for it and stopped failing the science subjects in high school.

I understand that you have ambitions. You that have a gift, have you honed it yet? You enjoy public speaking, right? How many books have you read on the subject yet? Do you know that you can be taught by the world’s greatest minds: Albert Einstein, Mother Theresa, Benjamin Franklin, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, John Maxwell, Billy Graham, Kenneth Hagin, Joyce Meyer, John Piper, Kenneth Copeland, Joel Osteen, Paula White, Bishop David Oyedepo, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and of course, me, Prince Godfrey… Haha!? All you need to do is purchase and read their books, subscribe to email updates from them, visit and follow their blogs, read their quotes, like their pages and suck out knowledge from them.

Christain, how often do you read your Bible? How much of God do you know? If His Word is the Sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17), how strong and sharp is your sword? Are you prepared for the battles this year has got in it?

Check those who soar; they are those who study!

3. MORE PRATICE
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
-James 1:22

For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
-Romans 2:13

This year, as is the case every other year, thousands (if not millions) of resolutions will not be kept. Fact.

Change happens when we do. Not when we say we’ll do. Change itself is a ‘doing’ word, an action word.

Knowledge is not power; applied knowledge is! It is time you stopped deciding to change and just change! This part is not easy. But it is simple. God’s grace is available, and sufficient too.

The rewards of practice cannot be over-emphasized. Think about it. What if you put into practice all the truths from the books you have read? What if you did all the things instructed by the Bible? That life would definitely be glowing right now! Practice is the crown (glory) of learning (knowledge). Anyone who does not what he knows, the same is regarded as he who knows not! The only difference between those who know and those who don’t is seen in their actions. Actions are proofs of knowledge.

You need more PSPs this year. And here’s to having lots and lots of them.

From us @ Jikmatas,
|Happy, PSP-filled New Year|