Text: Luke 7:11-17; 2 Kings
4:1-7, 8-17 Memory verse: .. I will even make a way in the wilderness, and
rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 Introduction: Our text is full of how divine
help were received by the people who were helpless. They obtained mercy and
divine intervention. Infact the Bible itself is a library of books containing
how several men and women were divinely helped. In this study we shall examine
these men and women in the Word of God. We will check if there is any
pre-requisite condition that made them to be worthy. We will equally see how God
can intervene in our own affairs too. Prepare yourself as the Lord open your
heart to receive of Him.
(1) Examples of Divine Intervention Ex. 1:8-17,22; 2:1-10, 23-25. In these verses and in our text we see examples of both individual and communal intervention of God in both their lives and situations. We will check these examples to bring us to a point of knowledge that what God had done He will equally do again. What is the situation of things with you? May be you have arrears of unsolved problems from the past year(s) and you are still not sure of what this new year has in stock for you. May be you are threatened with the memory of past "difficult years". You may need to check along how God intervened in the affairs of the following examples.
(a) Abraham: Gen. 12:1-5; 15:1-6; 17:1-8; 18:11-14; 21:1-8. How long did Abraham waited? Was he denied of God's promise? Promise God to wait on Him till your day of joy come.
(b) Bartimeus: Mark 10:46-52. He prayed and the Lord answered. You must pray more than you did last year.
(c) The woman with the issue of blood: Mark 5:25-34. God needs your faith. Believe God for even the impossible.
(d) The Man at the Pool of Bethesda: John 5:1-9. Remember that God is still going about with mercy today. This year you will receive the mercy of God. Mention and discuss more people that were divinely visited.
(2) Pre-requisite for Divine Intervention Divine intervention is always from God and no man can do it on his own no matter how strong. Despite this, we also have our role to play so that God can divinely intervene in our affairs. For God to therefore intervene in your case the following must be noted and be done by you:
a. Faith: Heb. 11:6; Mk. 11:22-24. To several people that Jesus healed or intervene in their cases, His word is always be it unto you according to your faith or your faith has made you whole (Lk. 5:20&22; Mk. 5:34; 10:52; Matt. 9:22,29). If you will simply believe God this year without doubting Him, He will divinely intervene in your life.
b. Prayer: Matt. 7:7-11. Several people who were divinely visited simply said their prayer by asking for their need. Bartimeus cried, Hannah prayed at Shiloh (1 Sam. 1:10-12). So also Jabez (1 Chro. 4:9&10). You only need to come to God with boldness in prayer and you will experience God (Heb. 10:22).
c. Obedience: Isaiah 1:19. To obey is better than several sacrifices of prayer, fasting etc. Abraham obeyed and God acted to time (Gen. 22:10-19)
d. Holiness: Heb. 12:14. Do you want to see God working miracles in your life this year? You only need to walk in holiness and you will discover that only holy people are recipients of divine intervention. There are many more pre-requisite for divine intervention. Mention and discuss them practically.
(3) The Last Intervention Whatever miracle anybody witnessed or partook of here on earth is both earthly and temporary. The major, lasting and permanent intervention is what all of us are waiting for. Remember that we must through much tribulation get to heaven (Acts 14:22). Death is an intervention to report to heaven for punishment or reward (Heb. 9:2-7; Lk. 16:19-26). Note that death does not discriminate with any age group. However, it is not only death we are waiting for. Hear Jesus again in John. 14:1-3. We will not all die but we will all be changed (1 Cor. 15:51-54). This is part of the expected intervention of God for His children. Those of us alive must be ready for a more important intervention greater and better than any earthly blessing (1 Thessa. 4:14-18; 5:1-6). Your pronouncement should be like the second to the last verse of the Bible that says ".come, Lord Jesus" (Rev. 22:20). How much preparation are you making for His coming?
Your Response: It is not in the nature of God to force anything on anybody. For any blessing including divine intervention, there must be willingness and yieldedness to the hand of God. Watch what others did. Take time to study your bible this year for you to discover and partake of God's blessings (1 Tim. 4:15; 2 Tim. 2:15). As God gives you leading, do not play or joke with the leadings of God for your life. Take and follow His instructions. Be wise in your approach to issues (Pro. 22:3). Remember the five wise virgins. Their wisdom was in their fore-sight. Bath your plan in prayer before taking action and never neglect counsels of the Godly and wise people (Pro. 11:14; 15:22). What are other things we must do? Discuss
Conclusion: God will surely visit you as He had promised this year, if you have carry over from last year, do not be troubled about that, believe God and you will also become a bearer of testimonies. God bless you. Remain rapturable.
Rev Debo Adeyemo firstname.lastname@example.org
Director, Bible Questions of the Week
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