Mathew

Commentary on Matthew 1

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The theme of Matthew 1 is the genealogy and birth of Jesus Christ.

We can see that Jesus descended from a godly ancestry. He is the direct descendant of David and Abraham. May every ungodly ancestry in your lives or in your past be cut off in Jesus name

The Chapter also reflects the perfection of the Bible. All the ancestors of Jesus were recorded, 42 of them from Adam, even in those days when record keeping was poor. This shows the Bible is truly inspired by the Holy Spirit. See verses 1 and 42.

Jesus is also a direct descendant of King Solomon who was a son of an adulterous relationship between King David and Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife. See verse 6. These shows God’s infinite mercy. Once you confess and repent, God forgive your past sins, no matter the magnitude.

Joseph did not come together with his espoused wife -Mary, before they married. Verse 18. If Joseph and Mary had indulged in pre-marital sex, they would have lost their historical and spiritual roles in the destiny of Jesus, the Saviour.

Many people are involved in sexual relationship outside marriage these days either in form of premarital sex or extra marital sex. Youths, if you are engaged to be married, emulate the example of Joseph, avoid coming together until your wedding night.

Teenagers, flee from sexual lusts. Keep yourself. Zip up. The Holy Spirit shall strengthen you in Jesus name.

The Bible describes Joseph as a ‘Just’ man. Verse 19. Could you be described as a just man or woman? Are you a just husband, wife, or child? May Holy Spirit sharpen you to become a just person in Jesus name

The greatest lesson or message of the chapter lies in the names of son of God: He was revealed as Jesus in Matthew 1 vs. 21 – And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sinsand Emmanuel in Matthew 1 vs. 23 – Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

The lessons in Mathew 1 vs 21 is that Names are important. Jesus fulfilled his name as a Saviour, Lord, and Messiah. What does your name mean? What names did you inherit from your parents or ancestors? Do they glorify God or Satan? Cut off every evil ancestry in Jesus name.

Mary is described as a Virgin. Verse 23. Do you still treasure your virginity? Would Mary have been chosen as the ‘mother’ of Jesus if she was not a virgin. If you have been sexually active before outside marriage, you can still practice secondary abstinence. May blood of Jesus blot out your past sins

Joseph was obedient to the word of God, he followed the instruction of the Angel of God that directed him to take Mary as his wife and name the new born baby Jesus. Verse 24. Many people have lost their blessings through disobedience to divine instructions. May God kill your disobedience in Jesus name

Jesus means Saviour, from sins. There is no founder of any religion that was foretold or proclaimed himself as being able to save man from his sins.

Emmanuel means God with us. As such, Jesus is God in human flesh.

Jesus is the only man that ever lived that did not inherit the sin of Adam which brought destruction to the world; though he is a descendant of Abraham, his ‘biological’ father was the Holy Ghost through which he was conceived. Joseph was really his adopted father because he never knew Mary.

Jesus can save man from sin because he was not born a sinner. No other religion could save from sin because their founders were born of flesh and blood, inherited sin and are sinful themselves.

The key lesson of Mathew 1 is that anytime you call on Jesus, you are calling God and Saviour.

Call upon Jesus to save you right now.

 

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April 24, 2017

Commentary on Matthew 8

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Matthew 8 introduces us to the three-fold ministry of the Lord Jesus:

  1. Ministry of healing
  2. Ministry of deliverance
  3. Ministry of salvation

 

  1. Jesus is the Healer
  2. Jesus healed the leper – 2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
  3. Jesus healed the man sick of palsy (vs.6)And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented;
  4. Jesus healed Peter’s mother sick of fever (vs. 14)And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.
  5. If you wish to receive a miracle, start by worshipping God. The leper worshipped Jesus before requesting for healing

vs. 2 –  And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying

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  1. The leper worshipped Jesus. What are you passing through that is hindering you from worshipping God?
  2. The leper worshipped God and received a miracle. Jesus does not respond to weeping, murmurings, or lamentations. Jesus respond to worship
  3. You need faith to receive divine healing. The centurion received divine healing for his servant by faith. Verse 88The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
  4. Jesus healed by speaking word of God (vs. 8 and 15) –

8The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.  15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.

 

Jesus did not heal by asking people to drink holy water, asking them to bath in streams, asking them to sow a financial seed for healing, or asking the sick to rub spiritual cream on the body. He simply spoke the word of God healed the sick.

  1. If you desire healing, just speak the word. Compile healing scriptures and recite them daily.
  2. Jesus healed the sick by touch. The finger of Jesus shall touch you today in Jesus name

Verse 3:And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him

  1. Jesus is the deliverer. He delivered many that were possessed by devils ( 16) – 16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:

And (vs. 28) – 28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.

  1. Deliverance is core of Jesus’s ministry. Jesus cast out devils. You can cast out every devils troubling your life in Jesus name.

 

  1. Deliverance is by the word of God, Deliverance is not by any other material, except the word. It is the word that delivers, not intermediaries such as oil, handkerchief, water, soap, clothes, or photograph of men of God.

Verse 16 – and he cast out the spirits with his word 

  1. Jesus was asleep despite the stormy winds that was drowning the ship because he knew angels are ministering to him and God is in control. We need to be calm in face of crises and trust in Emmanuel, God is with us

Verse 24 – And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. 

  1. The disciples of Jesus were almost getting drowned but Jesus intervened. The disciples were almost perishing in the sea, but Jesus saved them. As long as you are with God, you shall not perish in any stormy wind of life in Jesus name. The Lord Jesus shall surely save you from perishing

Verse 25: And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

  1. Jesus is the Saviour. He rebuked the stormy wind, and saved his disciples from the drowning ship.

Verse 26  And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

I rebuke every storm in your ship in Jesus name

 

  1. Christians should be ready to make sacrifices for the kingdom. If you wish to carry the cross and follow Jesus, you should be ready to make sacrifices.

Verse 20: And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head

  1. Are you a true follower of Jesus.? Are you ready to follow Jesus anywhere? The disciples of Jesus followed him. If you are not doing any thing for the kingdom or obeying Gods laws, then you are not following Jesus

Verse 23:  And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.

  1. You need to speak the word to claim your healing, call on Jesus to deliver you from devils; and pray to Him to save you from the stormy winds threatening to drown you.

Prayer

  • My body hear the word of God, be healed in Jesus name
  • Devils afflicting my life, I cast you out in Jesus name
  • Jesus of Nazareth, save me.

 

 

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Judas Iscariot: death of destiny

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Commentary on Matthew 27: The reward of sin

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One of the main lessons of Matthew 27 is that the reward of sin is destruction.

  1. Judas betrayed Jesus for thirty shekels of silver but didn’t live to enjoy the thirty shekels.
  2. Judas returned the thirty shekels to the Chief priest when he saw that Jesus was crucified.
  3. When you commit a sin you will not have peace of mind.
  4. Judas betrayed Jesus by collecting thirty shekels of silver from the chief priest but the chief priest in turn betrayed him by refusing to collect back the money when Judas sought to return it.
  5. When you commit sin, your conspirators will eventually betray you. The money satan gives us for forsaking Christ really belongs to God. Judas did not cast the money to the chief priest but to the temple. All monies come from God.

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  1. Any money you receive illegally is blood money. The chief priest refused to put the money into the treasury because it was blood money (Matthew 27 vs. 6) – The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.”
  2. Ill-gotten wealth ends in destruction. Judas eventually hanged himself (Matthew 27 vs.5) – So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
  3. Judas like the other disciples should have ended up as an apostle, a saint, and the pillar of the church, but his destiny ended up on a tree because of the love of money. We now hear of Saint Peters Catholic Church, Saint James Anglican Church, Saint Mathews School, Saint Luke School..and several other monuments named after the disciples of Jesus. Have you ever heard of anything name after Saint Judas? Judas died a betrayer not a Saint, and his colorful destiny ended on a tree.

 

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Commentary on Matthew 26: Love of money, root of all evil

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Matthew 26 vs. 15 – and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins

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  1. Judas betrayed his master Jesus for thirty pieces of Silver.
  2. Judas covenanted with the enemies of Jesus because he was greedy for a monetary reward.
  3. Judas destroyed his destiny because of love for money.
  4. Several Christians are still falling to the error of Judas. They are asking the same question?
  • What will you give me, if I sleep with you?
  • What will you give me, if I give you that Job?
  • What will you give me, if I give you that contract?
  • What will you give me, if I help you to pass that examination?
  • What will you give me, if I approve your documents/papers?
  • What will you give me, if I give your child admission to college?
  • What will you give me, if I approve your promotion?
  • What will you give me, if I forge papers/documents for you?
  • What will you give me, if I enter into a contract marriage with you?
  • What will you give me, if I bear false witnesses/tell lies against your opponents?
  • What will you give, if I award underserved marks for you?
  • What will you give me if I will pray for you?
  • What will you give for bending rules to benefit you?

 

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Bible parable: The unprofitable sevants

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Commentary on Matthew 25: Are you an unprofitable servant?

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  1. 1. Every Christian has a divine assignment to win souls (Matthew 25 vs. 14) – “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them
  2. God has apportioned the soul winning according to everyones ability (Matthew 25 vs. 15) – To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.

 

  1. The nature and responsibility of these evangelistic assignments vary in dimensions. Some the made Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Deacons, Teachers, and other he made Overseers (Matthew 25vs.15) – To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.

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  1. God will one day ask every believer to account how he has used his ability to execute this evangelistic assignment (Matthew 25 vs. 19) – “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.
  2. Heavens will rejoice with soul sinners (Matthew 25 vs. 21) – “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

 

  1. Christians are expected to win more souls with their divine abilities (Matthew 25 vs. 20) – The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’
  2. Believers will be given positions of leadership and responsibility according to the number of souls they won on earth (Matthew 25 vs. 21) – “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
  3. Evangelists and soul winners shall experience and live in joy in heaven (Matthew 25 vs. 23) – “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
  4. Unprofitable servants, those that did not add value to the kingdom, those who wasted or buried their talents while on earth shall be rebuked by God and cast into hell (Matthew 25 vs. 30) – And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

 

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Charateristics of modern day Pharisees and Sadducees

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Commentary on Matthew 23: Are you a Pharisee?

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Matt 23 vs. 2-32 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.

  1. The Pharisees didn’t obey the laws they give. They gave the laws and broke the laws; Jesus came to teach people not only to believe the law, but practice the law.

 

Matt 23 vs. 4 – They tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.

  1. Pharisees increased the burdens of the people. But Jesus came as a burden bearer and yoke breaker.

 

Matthew 23 vs. 5: “Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long;

  1. Pharisees played to the gallery, sought self-glory and dressed flamboyantly to gain public attention. Jesus lived a life of piety, humility, and meekness while on earth.

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Matthew 23 vs. 6: they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues;

  1. Pharisees were attention seekers and reserved grand and special seats for themselves; while Jesus lived a life of lowliness.

 

Matthew 23 vs. 7 – they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them ‘Rabbi.’  

  1. Pharisees liked to be publicly addressed with double barrel and high sounding titles, while Christ was meek while on earth.

 

 

Matthew 23 vs. 13 – “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!

  1. Pharisees were hypocrites; as they hindered the spread of the gospel why pretending to be children of God.

 

Matthew 23 vs.3 – So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach,

  1. Pharisees worshiped God with their lips, not their hearts, whereas Jesus taught that worshippers must worship God in the spirit and truth.

 

Matthew 23 vs.8 –  “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one Master and you are all brothers

  1. Pharisees liked to be introduced with flattering titles- great men of God, anointed men of God, God’s general, etc.. Whereas Jesus did not carry any title in front of his name.

 

Matthew 23 vs. 9And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.

  1. Pharisees encouraged people to look unto them rather than unto God, they took the glory that belonged to God by encouraging people to call and treat them as ‘father’. Whereas Jesus said there is only one father, which is God.

 

(Matthew 23 vs.14) – You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. 

  1. Pharisees oppressed, exploited and robbed the very people, including widows they are supposed to help.

 

Mathew 23 vs 14:  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

  1. Pharisees are pretentious, as they sought to be honored by saying long prayers in the streets.

 

Matthew 23 vs.17 – You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?

  1. Pharisees are foolish for they honoured the gold that decorated the temple, more than the temple; they honoured the cover of the bible more than the word written.

 

Matthew 23 vs.23 –  “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices — mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law — justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.

  1. Pharisees were religious but not merciful. They faithfully paid tithes, but failed to practice the acts of faith, mercy, holiness, and righteousness. Jesus preached that we must not only pay tithes, but also practice the spirit of the law.

 

Matthew 23 vs.25 – “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.

  1. Pharisees were full of iniquity and sin. They were physically beautiful but spiritually ugly.

 

Matthew 23 vs.10 – Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one Teacher, the Christ

  1. Pharisees made themselves lord and master over their congregation. Whereas Jesus preached that the leader should serve the followers.

 

Matthew 23 vs.1) – “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.

  1. Pharisees were great evangelists, but they ended up converting people into hell rather than heaven.

 

Matthew 23 vs.25 – “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.

  1. Pharisees were materialistic, greedy, and fattened themselves through spiritual exploitation and manipulation.

 

(Matthew 23 vs.33) – “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell.

  1. Pharisees were cunny, deceitful, crafty, and dishonest. Jesus described them as vipers and serpents.

 

Matthew 23 vs.13-15 – 13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. 15 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.

  1. Pharisees gathered members not souls. They gathered a crowd not a kingdom. They doubled the hurdles, sinner needed to overcome to enter heaven.

 

 

Prayer

I cast out the Pharisee spirit in me in Jesus name

 

 

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Commentary on Matthew 22: Pharisess and Saducees

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Mathew 22 vs 34 and 46

34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.

46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

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  1. In Mathew 22 several questions were thrown at Jesus by the Pharisees and Sadducees who sought to tempt him and nail him.
  2. One clear lesson we can learn from Matthew 22 is that you have to be wiser than your accusers, persecutors, and enemies.
  3. Jesus was wiser than his accusers and there are three strategies he used to achieve this virtue.
  4. You need to think deeply before talking in order to be wiser than your accusers.
  5. You need to talk less, tame your tongue, and be patience in order to be wiser than your accusers.
  6. You need to be learned and knowledgeable; as well as read widely in order to be wiser than your enemies
  7. Jesus answered all questions poised to him by his accusers because he was patient in speaking, thought before he spoke and knew the laws of Moses more than the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Prayers

  1. Every tongue falsely accusing me, shall be silenced in Jesus name
  2. I receive divine wisdom in Jesus name

 

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Commentary on Mathew 20: How to receive a miracle

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Matthew 20 vs. 29-34

29 And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. 30 And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.

 31 And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. 32 And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? 33 They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. 34 So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

 

 

Two blind men who are professional beggars received instant miracles from Jesus. What lessons can we learn from this incident to receive a miracle?

  1. Be informed: seek information by asking questions. The two blind heard Jesus was coming to town; if they were ignorant that a miracle worker was in town, they would not have been able to receive a miracle.
  2. Be diligent: The two blind men were professional beggars, and they encountered their miracle on duty. Even as beggars, the two blind men were diligent. If they had decided to sleep at home that day instead of going out to beg; they would have missed the miracle.
  3. Believe Jesus: If the two blind men did not believe in Jesus they would not have cried to him. Your deliverance starts by surrendering your life to Jesus and believing He can save, heal and deliver you.
  4. Don’t resign to fate: Reject every contrary situation. The two blind men refused to accept blindness as their destiny and permanent fortune. They desired a change and received a change.
  5. Cry to God: Don’t murmur, lament, grumble, or weep about your situation; rather cry to God. Jesus does not respond to tears, but prayers. The two men could have lamented that their blindness prevented them from seeing Jesus, rather they cried to Jesus as He passed by, instead of lamenting about their situation.
  6. Pray fervently: The prayer of the two blind men was fervent, earnest, and efficacious. There is a time for silent prayers, but when a multitude is looking for a miracle, you need to raise your voice above the crowd to get attention.
  7. Have self confidence: Believe in yourself, pursue your dreams. The two blind men were not too shy to cry, and cried louder even when rebuked.
  8. Position yourself: You need to be at the right spot at the right time. The two blind men were well positioned where Jesus could see them, in the midst of a multitude. You need to be at the place where your miracle is waiting for you.
  9. Repent: Confess, repent of your sins and ask for mercy. The two blind men pleaded their case under mercy.
  10. Be restless: The multitude rebuked the two men but they refused to be silenced. Your voice has to be louder than the voice of your enemies. The more the blind men were asked to remain silent, the more they cried. Your miracle is on the way immediately you become restless. Your restlessness shall attract the attention of Jesus.
  11. Pray the prayer of Jacob: The prayer of Jacob is the prayer of Enough is Enough. The prayer of Jacob is the prayer of I will not leave you unless you bless me. The two blind men refused to keep quiet until they received a miracle. Keep praying until your miracle appears.
  12. Call God by His name that addresses your situation. The two blind men called Jesus Lord knowing fully well that:
  • This will provoke Jesus to proof his lordship.
  • Jesus must answer His name.
  • At the mention of the name Jesus, every kneel must bow, blindness must bow.
  • If Jesus answers His name the demon causing blindness into their lives must bow.
  • Anyone that calls on the name of Jesus must be saved.
  • Jesus came to save sinners.
  1. Be a prayer addict. Your prayers must embarrass heaven before you can receive a miracle. Your prayer must become a nuisance to the kingdom of darkness, before you can receive a miracle. Your prayers must draw the attention of Heaven before you can receive a miracle.
  2. Don’t limit yourself: The two blind men asked for what was been hard to achieve, they wanted to see. Ask God for the impossible.
  3. Be specific in your prayers: The prayer request of the two blind men was specific, clear, unambiguous, and straightforward. They wanted to see, and they saw. Their prayer request did not involve storytelling, or name calling. They were not seeing the cause of the problems nor indulged in name calling. Rather they focused on the solution.
  4. Be prophetic: The two blind men have never seen, yet they started seeing. Unless you see what you have not seen yet, you may not receive a miracle.
  5. Decide to serve: The two blind men immediately became followers of Jesus, and became his servants. Your deliverance is for service. Until God sees your heart that you will serve him when he delivers you, He will not likely deliver you.

Matthew 13: Commentary on the parable of the Sower

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The parable of the sower is one of the most popular parables by Jesus; its main lessons are:

  1. The word of God cannot prosper in your life, and you cannot grow spiritually unless you understand the word of God. (vs. 19) When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
  1. Followers of Christ will surely face persecutions and turbulences (vs. 21) Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
  1. A new Christian convert needs to be discipled to be rooted in the word of God, otherwise the tribulations and persecutions of the world will cause him to backslide. (vs. 21)Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
  1. You cannot set your affection and interest on Christ and riches at the same time. The desire to acquire wealth stifles Christian growth and development (vs. 22)He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. Choose between Christ or riches.
  1. Those that understand and abide by the word of God shall bear fruits of different depths, dimensions, and degree. vs 23

Prayers

  • Holy Spirit, reveal your word to me.
  • Holy Spirit teach me your word.
  • I cut off the pleasures of sin and deceitfulness of riches in Jesus name.

 

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Bible study on Matthew 8

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1. Matthew 8 introduces us to the three-fold ministry of the Lord Jesus:

  • Ministry of healing
  • Ministry of deliverance
  • Ministry of salvation

  1. Jesus is the Healer.

He healed the leper – vs. 2 –  And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

 

The man sick of palsy (vs.6)And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented;

 

And Peter’s mother sick of fever (vs. 14)And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.

 

  1. Jesus healed by speaking word of God (vs. 8 and 15) –

8The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.  15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.

 

Jesus did not heal by asking people to drink holy water, asking them to bath in streams, asking them to sow a financial seed for healing, or asking the sick to rub spiritual cream on the body. He simply spoke the word of God that promises healing and the sick were healed.

 

  1. Jesus is the deliverer. He delivered many that were possessed by the devil ( 16) –

16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:

 

And (vs. 28) – 28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.

 

 

  1. Jesus is the Saviour. He rebuked the stormy wind, and saved his disciples from the drowning ship.

 

  1. You need to speak the word to claim your healing, call on Jesus to deliver you from devils; and pray to Him to save you from the stormy winds threatening to drown you.

Prayer

  • My body hear the word of God, be healed in Jesus name
  • Devils afflicting my life, I cast you out in Jesus name
  • Jesus of Nazareth, save me.

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Commentary on Matthew 12 – Facts about demons

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Matthew 12 vs. 43 – 45

43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

Matthew 12 vs. 43 – 45 – gives more spiritual insight into the nature and activities of demon spirits, which are the following:

  1. They can go in and out of a person (vs. 43)When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

 

  1. They walk up and down. They are mobile, not stationary (vs. 43)When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

 

  1. They are parasites; they can’t survive on their own, but have to inhabit a host environment. (vs. 43) – When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

  1. They don’t enjoy being homeless OR not finding a body to inhabit (vs.43) – When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

 

  1. They can be tired, and like to rest in a host environment ( 43) – When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

 

 

  1. They can turn the body of a person into their houses (vs. 44) – Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

 

  1. They can become a landlord or landlady in the body of their host (vs. 44) – Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

 

  1. They find it difficult to possess Christians that are holy (vs. 44) Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

 

  1. They network, they work in unity, and strengthen one another (vs. 44) – Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

 

  1. They recognize a Christian that is holy, and reinforce their strength to attack Christians (vs.45) – Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

 

  1. They are wicked (vs. 45) – Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

 

  1. They have hierarchy (vs. 45) – Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

 

  1. They can stay in a person for a long time; they can occupy a person comfortably (vs. 43)

 

  1. They are destructive (vs. 45)Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

 

  1. They afflict those that are spiritually dry (vs. 45) – Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

Prayers

  • Demons that have become landlords in my body, I cast you out in Jesus name

 

 

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Bible commentary – Matthew 7

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Matthew 7 outlines some of the acts of righteousness expected from Christians.

  1. Don’t judge others. Don’t pass judgment on others. Walk out your own salvation first rather than passing something on others – 1Judge not, that ye be not judged
  2. Ask 7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: Present your petitions to God.
  3. Seek 7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: Be persistent and determined when you pray. Use different weapons of warfare.
  4. Knock – 8For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Be violent. Don’t take No for an answer. Pray until something happens.
  5. Seek the word – 13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Forsake the world. Making heaven demands sacrifice. Don’t join the crowd to do evil. Stand up for righteousness, even if you are standing alone.
  6. Beware of false prophets. Don’t believe every man that calls himself a man of God. Test the spirit. Test the character. Look out for the fruits of the spirit.
  7. Build your life on the rock. The key to success in life is focusing on God. – 24 –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:

 

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Commentary on Matthew 6: The Lord’s prayer

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The Lord’s prayer is a pattern, guide, model and pattern for saying prayer. The Bible does not expect us to restrict our prayers to it, follow these steps to pray according to God’s will.

  1. Our Father which art in heaven – vs. 9

Start your prayers by acknowledging and recognizing the attributes of God, who you are directing your prayers.

  1. Hallowed be thy name – 9

Next step is to Praise God, before presenting any request before him.

  1. Thy kingdom come – 10

Pray for His will first, before your will. Intercede for the kingdom, the church, the ministry, evangelist, the mission work, before you start laying down your needs.

  1. Thy will be done in earth 10

Pray and intercede for holiness and righteousness among all men in the world

  1. Give us this day our daily bread – vs. 11

Now you can start praying for your needs.  Don’t pray for luxuries. Pray for only your daily needs.

 

  1. Forgive us our debt 12

Confess your sins and pray for forgiveness of your sins.

  1. As we forgive our debtors – vs. 12

Don’t pray if you hold bitterness or grudge against anyone, otherwise your prayer will remain unanswered. Forgive those who offend you first before you come to the altar of prayer.

 

  1. Lead us not into temptation – vs. 13

Pray for grace to remain righteous and holy.

 

  1. Deliver us from evil – vs. 13

Resist the devil with prayers to wade off evils.

 

  1. For thine is the kingdom – vs. 13

Conclude your prayers by giving thanks to God, praising and worshiping Him for Who He is and for answered prayers.

 

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Mathew 4: Lessons from the temptation of Jesus

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  1. Know the word. You need to feed on the word of God as you feed on food and drinks – Matthew 4 vs. 4 – But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
  2. Act with wisdom. Don’t act foolishly. Your decisions and lifestyles will determine your fate. Even Jesus was taken to safety when Herod wanted to kill him. Matthew 2 vs. 14-15; And Jesus departed from Nazareth in Galilee to Capernaum when He learnt of the arrest of John the Baptist – Matthew 4 vs. 13 – And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:
  3. Christians should avoid idolatry, such as making covenant with Satan in return for status, wealth and positionsMatthew 4 vs. 10 – Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

 

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Bible commentary: Matthew 6

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Matthew 6 lists the acts of righteousness expected from Christians;

  1. Giving Alms- Alms should be given to the needy secretly to be rewarded by God, not openly to receive the glory of men – 4That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
  2. Fasting and Praying to God- Personal prayers should be said to God secretly, not in public places; also your prayers should not be repetitive of words you have memorized, but a free expression of your thoughts to God – 7But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
  3. Fast secretly- Don’t fast to be recognized by men, but by God. Let no man know you are fasting – 16Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
  4. Seek God First- Seek after the things of the kingdom – 20But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
  5. Love God, hate the love of money 24No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
  6. Have faith in God, trust Him. Don’t be anxious or apprehensive. Focus on your daily needs – 25 – Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 34 – Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
  7. Seek God first, and He will take care of your needs 33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

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Mathew 3: Bible study

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baptismBible commentary: Matthew 3

    1. Matthew 3 focuses on the ministry of John the Baptist and the necessity of repentance and confession of sins – 3 vs. 2 – And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
    2. Just as the voice of John the Baptist who is the forerunner of Christ cried in the wilderness calling for repentance of sins; the voice of Jesus is now crying in our hearts calling for repentance and confession of sins.
    3. Heaven is looking for John the Baptist of this generation who will preached both in the wilderness of hamlets, villages, towns, and cities, but also turn the social media into gospel media.
    4. The central focus of John the Baptist message is the necessity for true repentance. The Church need to return to this message, which has been eroded and compromised by motivational and inspirational sermons on prosperity and sudden breakthroughs.
    5. There is a brother and a sister that needs to repent today from the sin of stealing, anger, bitterness, lying, cheating, murder, and sexual perversion.
    6. We also need to purge ourselves of the Sadducees and Pharisees, who erroneously thought they could be saved by their positions. Bigmanism has creeped into the present-day church, and the message need to be preached that God is no respecter of persons, and people can only be saved by true repentance.
    7. The chapter also contains a message on the essence of fruitfulness, God increases only those that bear fruits in His vineyard.
    8. We are also introduced to water baptism which symbolizes submission to God in repentance
    9. But the ritual of water baptism can no longer save anyone, as John the Baptist himself said baptism of followers of Christ will be by Holy Ghost and fire – 11indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
    10. While anyone can present himself for water baptism, the Holy Ghost and fire of God only baptizes the righteous. Water baptism cannot save anyone from sin.
    11. Have you been baptized by the Holy Ghost?
    12. Lastly, we saw the humility and righteousness of both John the Baptist and the Lord Jesus.
    13. John the Baptist said he was not worthy to baptize Jesus, and the Lord Jesus humbled by subjecting himself to be baptized by John the Baptist.
    14. This is in sharp contrast to the spiritual arrogance in contemporary Christians and Christian leadership.

    Prayers

    Holy Spirit, break me down in Jesus name.

     

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Bible study on Matthew 8

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  1. Matthew 8 introduces us to the three-fold ministry of the Lord Jesus:
  • Ministry of healing
  • Ministry of deliverance
  • Ministry of salvation
  1. Jesus is the Healer. He healed the leper – 2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.; the man sick of palsy (vs.6)And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented; and Peter’s mother in laid sick of fever (vs. 14)And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.

 

  1. Jesus healed by speaking word of God (vs. 8 and 15) – 8The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them. Jesus did not heal by asking people to drink holy water, asking them to bath in streams, asking them to sow a financial seed for healing or asking the sick to rub spiritual cream on the body. He simply spoke the word of God that promised healing and the sick were healed.

  1. Jesus is the Deliverer. He delivered many that were possessed by the devil ( 16) – 16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: and (vs. 28) – 28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.

  1. Jesus is the Saviour. He rebuked the stormy wind, and saved his disciples from the drowning ship.
  2. You need to speak the word to claim your healing, call on Jesus to deliver you from devils; and pray to Him to save you from the stormy winds threatening to drown you.

Prayer

  • My body hear the word of God, be healed in Jesus name
  • Devils afflicting my life, I cast you out in Jesus name
  • Jesus of Nazareth, save me now.

Bible commentary: Matthew 1

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The theme of Matthew 1 is the genealogy and birth of Jesus Christ.

We can see that Jesus descended from a godly ancestry. He is the direct descendant of David and Abraham. May every ungodly ancestry in your lives or in your past be cut off in Jesus name

The Chapter also reflects the perfection of the Bible. All the ancestors of Jesus were recorded, 42 of them from Adam, even in those days when record keeping was poor. This shows the Bible is truly inspired by the Holy Spirit. See verses 1 and 42.

Jesus is also a direct descendant of King Solomon who was a son of an adulterous relationship between King David and Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife. See verse 6. These shows God’s infinite mercy. Once you confess and repent, God forgive your past sins, no matter the magnitude.

Joseph did not come together with his espoused wife -Mary, before they married. Verse 18. If Joseph and Mary had indulged in pre-marital sex, they would have lost their historical and spiritual roles in the destiny of Jesus, the Saviour.

Many people are involved in sexual relationship outside marriage these days either in form of premarital sex or extra marital sex. Youths, if you are engaged to be married, emulate the example of Joseph, avoid coming together until your wedding night.

Teenagers, flee from sexual lusts. Keep yourself. Zip up. The Holy Spirit shall strengthen you in Jesus name.

The Bible describes Joseph as a ‘Just’ man. Verse 19. Could you be described as a just man or woman? Are you a just husband, wife, or child? May Holy Spirit sharpen you to become a just person in Jesus name

The greatest lesson or message of the chapter lies in the names of son of God: He was revealed as Jesus in Matthew 1 vs. 21 – And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sinsand Emmanuel in Matthew 1 vs. 23 – Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

The lessons in Mathew 1 vs 21 is that Names are important. Jesus fulfilled his name as a Saviour, Lord, and Messiah. What does your name mean? What names did you inherit from your parents or ancestors? Do they glorify God or Satan? Cut off every evil ancestry in Jesus name.

Mary is described as a Virgin. Verse 23. Do you still treasure your virginity? Would Mary have been chosen as the ‘mother’ of Jesus if she was not a virgin. If you have been sexually active before outside marriage, you can still practice secondary abstinence. May blood of Jesus blot out your past sins

Joseph was obedient to the word of God, he followed the instruction of the Angel of God that directed him to take Mary as his wife and name the new born baby Jesus. Verse 24. Many people have lost their blessings through disobedience to divine instructions. May God kill your disobedience in Jesus name

Jesus means Saviour, from sins. There is no founder of any religion that was foretold or proclaimed himself as being able to save man from his sins.

Emmanuel means God with us. As such, Jesus is God in human flesh.

Jesus is the only man that ever lived that did not inherit the sin of Adam which brought destruction to the world; though he is a descendant of Abraham, his ‘biological’ father was the Holy Ghost through which he was conceived. Joseph was really his adopted father because he never knew Mary.

Jesus can save man from sin because he was not born a sinner. No other religion could save from sin because their founders were born of flesh and blood, inherited sin and are sinful themselves.

The key lesson of Mathew 1 is that anytime you call on Jesus, you are calling God and Saviour.