Text: 2 Corinthians 13:5-8: 5. Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?. 6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.. 7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. 8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
Texts: Micah 6:11, Prov. 16:11, Deu.25:13-16
Weights could be literal or implied. Literal in terms of things used to get the accurate measure or value of a thing such as scales, tape rule, containers, kegs, bowls, certificate after a course, exam results from one class to the other etc. this enables one to know the level, the true worth and value. A weight is a neutral judge. It simple spells out what is there!
Text: Acts 3:17 – end.
And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.
18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
Rev 3:7-22, Mark 24: 3,4, 10-12
The Christians in Philadelphia : The Christians in Philadelphia are example true Christians who stand for God’s word and His name in these last days. They are said to have strength, they kept the word of God and there was nothing that could take the name of Jesus from their mouth. God’s Strength, the Word of God and the Name of Jesus are three major things that the devil has stolen from Christians’ lives today. And he has turned several churches to synagogue of Satan.
SUBTITLE: THE IDEAL LIFESTYLE FOR A CHRISTIAN. - Romans 12:1-2
Now that we've dealt with the spiritual duties of a Christian, we need to focus on the lifestyle of a true Christian. This is the point at which you differentiate yourself from the world and show them through the way you live your life what it means to be a Christian and how much it pays to serve God.
Life has two sides, the practical side and the prophetic side, and you must work the two very well in these days we are stepping into. When you get into a zone and it looks like there is destruction ahead, you will need to take heed to the prophetic at that moment. Handling these two sides of life will help us to know the difference between the different situations and what to do at such instances.
THE ROLES A TRUE CHRISTIAN MUST PLAY: Romans 12:1-2
Last week, we studied on the problems that plague today's Christians and your duties in this world of pollution and mixtures. There is an urgent need for Christians to wake up to their responsibilities and stop creating confusions. There no longer exists a clear demarcation between most Christians and the rest of the world.
God and the devil have been engaged in an all-out war for the souls of men for a very long time. And as Christians, we are to be God's representatives on the earth in this war. We are His soldiers. We have been empowered with many a tool to bring forth destruction upon the kingdom of darkness. Sadly, however, in these modern times, we Christians have become increasingly confused individuals.
Luke 13:6-9, John 15:8, 16, Matthew 25:14-30
You will be amazed that God frowns at an unfruitful child. He is not coming to judge only the sinners, the Lord is coming also for the unfruitful Christians, He calls them wicked servants (Luke 19:20-24). Even Jesus had to curse a fig tree that had only leaves but without any fruits to show for it. A Christian should not only be full of activities but be full of results.
Take note of the following things that you must take along as you go into 2017:
1. The Sword of the Spirit: Load yourself with words from God as you are going into the year. Whatever your work is―a doctor, a banker, a business man―load yourself with words from God.