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THE PARABLE OF THE LOST SON by Bishop Dr. Julius Soyinka 

Luke 15:11-15:32 

- The parable illustrates the love of God for all sinners, and even thought He will not force them, but willing to receive them.
- It shows that gamine repentance can bring reconciliation and restoration of broken fellowship.

1. The Rebellion of a carefree son 
2. The Reconciliation by a compassionate father
3. The Resentment of a Complaining brother

1. The Rebellion of a carefree son
- He rose up without a cause to ask for his inheritance, and to leave the house.

1. He confronted his father’s authority
2. He seeks for freedom and independence at a wrong time.
3. He despised the relationship and fellowship of the family.
4. He was attracted by the pleasures of sin outside
5. He was deceived by the present wealth and riches.
6. He was influenced by ungodly companions.
7. He was controlled by selfishness not considering others.
The outcome of his rebellion
1. He wasted all his resources.
2. He was forced to work for a stranger what he cannot do for his father.
3. He became very poor, helpless and lonely.
- Sin promises freedom, but only brings slavery, 
- It promises success, but only brings failure.
- It promises life but the wages of sin is death.

2. The Reconciliation by a compassionate Father.
- The father is compassionate, but the son must return.
- Genuine repentance will result in total reconciliation.

- The steps to repentance.
1. He came to himself
- He personally considered his ways and got convicted.
2. He complains about no one or blame anybody
3. He did not cover up or justify himself
4. He was willing to endure the pains of the guilt and shame.
5. He turn his resolution to action

- The Reception by the Father
1. He was gladly received from afar off.
2. He was valued by his father
3. He was celebrated by his father
4. He was restored by his father
5. He was defended by his father

3. The Resentment of a complaining brother
- He was at home, but not with his heart
- The case of those active in Church, but harbor wrong attitudes, motions 
- Possessing a religious and judgmental spirit, unforgiving spirit
- Not willing to rejoice at the restoration of others e.g. Jonah in Nineveh.
- A sign of self-righteousness and ‘holier than thou’ attitude
- He was not condemned by the father but encouraged and conforted.



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PREVAILING PRAYERS by Bishop Dr. Julius Soyinka 

Luke 11:1-11:13 

The Christian and the Church is in great need of powerful, persistent, passionate and prevailing prayer in our days more than ever before. A prayerless Christian is a powerless Christian, and a prayerless church is a powerless church.
When prayer fails, Satan prevails and the demons of hell will be rejoicing over the prayerlessness of a Christian and the church.
At the request of the disciples, Jesus taught them how to pray, thereby throwing a light to certain essentials for a prevailing prayer.
We shall discuss the topic under three (3) Subheadings:
1. The Conditions for Prevailing Prayer
2. The Characteristics of Prevailing Prayer
3. The Champions in Prevailing Prayer
1. The Conditions for Prevailing Prayer: James 5:14-18
1. Righteousness Ps 24:3-6
- A life submitted to the righteousness of God rather than self-righteousness is a necessity.
2. Repentance 2 Cor 7:10
- A genuine repentance that comes out of godly sorrow is required for all known sins.
3. Reconciliation Mark 11:25-26 Matt5:23-24
- No prayer will be answered if we secretly hold animosity or bitterness in our hearts against anyone.

4. Right Motive James 4:3
- God will not answer our prayers if our hearts is filled with selfish desires.
2. The Characteristics of Prevailing Prayer
1. Praying Specifically Phil 4:6
- We must specifically make our request known unto God.
2. Praying Fervently James 5:16
- We must be serious, conscious, and committed to our prayer, and not just handled as a mere religious exercise.
3. Praying Reverently Ps 51:1-2 Ps 100:1-5
- We must approach God with fear and trembling and with praises and thanksgiving.
4. Praying Believingly James 1:5-7
- We must pray with the assurance that God will hear and answer our prayers.
5. Praying Persistently Luke 18:1
- We must continue to pray until something happens, we are not to get tired or give up in praying.
3. The Champions in Prevailing Prayers
1. Hanah 1 Sam 1:9-18
- She prayed with faith
- She prayed with a vow
2. Jabez 3 1 Chron 4:9-10
- He prayed with faith
- He prayed with specific requests
3. Elijah 1King 18:41-46
- He prayed with faith
- He prayed persistently
4. The Apostles Acts 4:23-31
- They prayed with unity
- They prayed according to God’s promises.

5. The Apostolic Church Acts 12:5
- They prayed on behalf of peter
- They prayed persistently

God intends his people to gather together for meaningful, enduring and prevailing prayers. Individual believers must be committed to prayers and they must come together in unity for corporate prayer. We must pray in accordance with God’s principles and pattern stated in his words, if we must have prevailing prayers.

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PROPHESY TO THE DRY BONES by Bishop Dr. Julius Soyinka 

Ezekiel 37:1-37:10 

STUDY TEXT: Ezekiel 37:1-10
1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,

2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.

3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:

6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.

8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.

9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.

10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

- Whenever the hand of God comes upon a man, it can be for blessing or for judgment. In the case of Ezekiel here, the hand of God came upon him for a blessing. But in other instances, it can come for a curse, a punishment or a judgment. For instance in Acts 13:8-11, the hand of God came upon Elymas for a curse. 

Acts 13:8-11: But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.

Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,

10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.

- When it comes for blessing, certain things will be evident as we can see in the life of Ezekiel, there will be:
1. Divine leading.
2. Divine enlightenment or insight.
3. Divine fellowshipping.
4. Divine empowerment.

- It is my prayer that the hand of God will always be upon you for blessings and not for a curse in Jesus name. We are going to look at this study under three headings.

1. The problem with the dry bones.
2. The prophecy to the dry bones.
3. The progress to the dry bones.

1. They were many. 
-The problem of any individual are always many, and most of the times people get discouraged and weighed down because of the multitudes of their problem, but the good news is that the multitude of problem cannot hinder the power of God. God has solution to every problem and He is not intimidated by them.
- The man with the legion of demons thought he could intimidate Jesus by their number, but Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit sent all of them out. I prophesy to your life that all the problems of your life shall give way to the power of God, and your joy shall be full in Jesus name.
2. They were very dry.
- This has to do with the length of time they have been there and also indicated that their condition was a very hopeless one.
- No situation is hopeless before God until we declare them so. Lazarus had been buried for four days, and all hope were lost about his case, and the people believed as at that time he will be decaying and stinking, but Jesus said despite that, there is hope for every situation when God is involved in it. He called upon God and Lazarus came back again to life and the body was restored back fresh.
- I declare into your life that your Lazarus in the grave shall come out to live again by the power of God and your lost hope shall be restored in Jesus name.
3. They were in a valley.
- In the valley, they had no opportunity for liberty. The devil specializes in keeping people in the valley where he will want them to remain permanently under his bondage.
- Jesus said we shall know the truth and the truth shall make us free. It does not matter the valley of satanic bondage you are locked up, you can be set free if you give your heart to believe the truth of the word of God.
- You can be free from the valley of sin by surrendering your life to Jesus and receive the new life He will give you with joy. Then you will be free from the valley of sicknesses, oppressions, poverty and all kinds of satanic bondages.
4. They were in an open valley.
- They were left in an open valley for public show, disgrace and reproach. Satan is always interested in you being disgraced and reproached. He came to steal, to kill and destroy, but Jesus came that you will have life in abundance, and He said instead of reproach and shame, you will have double honour. I pray that shall be your portion in Jesus name.

- Three things are obvious in this study:
1. There was critical evaluation of the problem.
2. There was correct description of their condition.
3. There was divine attention to their condition.
- Any time you are seeking divine intervention over any case; you must critically evaluate the situation and correctly describe them in the place of prayer.

- Whenever there is divine attention, four things are bound to happen as we can see in this case study:
1. There is divine mandate: a messenger raised with authority 
2. There is divine pronouncement for a positive change
3. There is divine deliverance from the challenges and hopeless situation.
4. There is divine possession and restoration of all that were previously stolen or destroyed.

1. The prophecy is from the divine instructions.
- God is committed to His word, If He said it, He has the power to bring it to pass and He will do it. If we will believe God for divine intervention we must be certain that we follow and do His will.
2. The prophecy describes the bones in their real condition.
- We should be bold to describe the situation to the Lord because He knows them already and He is not intimidated by the multitude or the magnitude of the problem.
3. The prophecy reveals the power of God and the willingness of God.
- Not only that God can do all things, but He is also willing to do all things to those who believe in Him and trust in the power of His name.
- Unbelief and lack of faith is one of the greatest hindrances to our divine interventions and we must deal with it.
4. The prophecy has provision for total recovery and restoration.
- If God will do it, He will do it perfectly well, if He started it, He will also bring it to completion.
- By believing in God, we can have total healing from our sicknesses, total deliverance from our bondages and total restoration of our loses.
5. The prophecy is set to glorify the name of God.
- God will not do anything except for His glory. You must give room for Him to glorify Himself in your life. The reason why He allowed Lazarus to die was to take a greater glory in his life.

3. THE PROGRESS OF THE DRY BONES. Ezekiel 37: 7-10
1. Total obedience to God brings about total divine support.
- Ezekiel obeyed the Lord and did as he was commanded, so everything he said came to pass.
- We are ready to punish all disobedience only when our own obedience to the Lord and His word is complete.
2. The word of God is quick and powerful it brings actions immediately.
- God is committed to His words, and because He can not lie, His words must surely come to pass.
3. The first step in restoration is to obtain victory over the enemy.
- The enemy is never happy for your deliverance and restoration and he will do all things possible to resist it. The noise here was a fighting back from the enemy, but despite their resistance, they could not stop they word of God from coming to pass.
- There was also a shaking, so that all the hold of Satan can be loosed and the strong holds pulled down.
4. After you have done the speaking, God does the doing.
- We need to take action without doubt when we are sure God is sending us. We can not help God to fulfil His word; He will perform all that He will say through His servant.
5. No life without the Holy Spirit.
- Just like the bones could not have life without the spirit, for us to succeed and survive in our walk with the Lord and our work for Him, we need the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
6. Divine restoration will come with a greater glory.
- When God is bringing restoration, He is going to give a better blessing so that He will take a greater glory.
- The following situations can be your dry bones:
1. A condition of sinfulness.
2. A state of satanic oppression.
3. A condition of great lack.
4. A situation bringing shame and reproach.
5. A condition of hopelessness.
6. A situation beyond your control.
7. A situation of emergency needing divine intervention. 
- Whatever it is, the power of God is not limited and He will bring deliverance, solution and restoration to your case in Jesus name.
- But you must receive Jesus as your Lord and saviour if you have not done so, and make a decision to live for Him all the days of your life. 


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COMING TO THE THRONE OF GRACE by Bishop Dr. Julius Soyinka 

Hebrews 4:14-4:16 

STUDY TEXT: Hebrews 4:14-16
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

- Because Jesus is our high priest we are to:
a. Hold fast our profession.
1. We are not to deny him or be ashamed of him. 
2. We are not to be discouraged by our challenges to go back from him.
3. We are not to be double minded in our walk with him.
4. We are not to walk in disobedience to his words and commands to us.
5. We are not to compromise our faith in Him nor be conformed to this evil world practices and principles.
b. Come badly to the throne of grace.
1. We are to come through the righteousness of the blood of Jesus.
2. We are to come with assurance that we will be gladly received.
3. We are to come with certainty that our request shall be granted.
4. We are to come with readiness to receive help in all our weaknesses.
5. We are to come with the consciousness that He had made us His sons, and we are no longer slaves.
- We shall consider the study under three sub-headings:
1. The priest of the throne of grace.
2. The people for the throne of grace.
3. The provision at the throne of grace.
- After giving his life as a sacrifice, he entered Heaven and serves in the presence of God as our high priest.
1. Jesus was both the priest and the sacrifice itself.
- He offered himself for all the people as a perfect sacrifice for sin, dying in sinner’s place.
2. Jesus mediates the new and better covenant that we might receive the promise of external inheritance.
3. He is in Heaven to bestow the grace of God upon us who believe.
- By his grace, we are saved and received a new life in order to have a healthy fellowship with the Lord.
- Christ regenerates us. John 3:3-8:
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
- He pours out the Holy Spirit upon us. Acts 2:1-4:
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

4. Jesus acts as a mediator between God and all who have broken God’s law and seek forgiveness and reconciliation. 1 John 2:1-2
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

5. Jesus holds his priesthood permanently, sympathizing with believers temptations and aiding them in their needs.
6. Jesus lives forever to make intercession continually in heaven for all those who come unto God by him.

1. All sinners in need of repentance and salvation. Luke 19:1-6
And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.

2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.

5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.

6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

2. All self-righteous and innocent people who are ignorant of the grace of GodActs 10:1-6
There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,

2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.

4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:

6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.

3. All backsliders or believers that fell into sin. 
4. Everyone in needs of grace for a victorious Christian living.
5. Everyone in need of help for a divine assignment or responsibility.
6. Everyone facing difficulties and challenges of life.
7. Everyone in need of blessing both physical and spiritual.

It is called the throne of grace because from it flows:
1. The love of God.
2. Help from above.
3. Mercy that prevails over judgment. 
4. Forgiveness of all kinds of sin.
5. God’s wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
6. Fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
7. All that we need in all circumstances. 
- No one comes to the throne of grace and will be rejected; there is abundance of grace and mercy to everyone who comes for a newness of life.
- Jesus is inviting you to come there today whatever the situation with you, and His grace, mercy, healing, favour and blessings are waiting for you.


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