KEY SCRIPTURE: John 7:14 KJV Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.

The Lord went to the feast inspite of all the threats of the Jewish leaders, yet He took advantage of the large gathering to preach the Goodnews to them. The scripture says we must “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”  2 Tim 4:2 The Lord fulfilled this scripture to the letter This was an out of season period, yet He saw a great opportunity to share the word with them. The Lord was not going to allow the threats of the people to prevent Him from doing what the Holy Spirit prompted Him to do. We must always be ready to obey the voice of the Spirit even in moments when we do not feel like doing it.

 Conquering your will to do what the Lord says is the real molding of character.

What each one of us must know is that we do not live for ourselves. The scripture said, for me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Phil 1:21

The anticipated threats of the people did not materialise after all. He spoke and did all that He was led to do and nothing happened.

 Real failure is to respond to the instructions or threats of the devil. It is seen, when you act out of fear. Indeed, it is what God says that matters. We will achieve so much for God if we would just follow the voice of the Spirit.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome shared a testimony of an occasion that certain cult group on their campus warned that everyone in the school should stay indoors and put out every light in their rooms, because they would be matching through the campus. They threatened that, anyone they met would face their fury. The man of God said, he prayed about the situation, and the spirit of the Lord asked them to meet at that very hour. They obeyed, met and prayed. The cultists could do nothing to them. The cultists rather dispersed. A number of the cult members were later converted to Christianity.

 The threats of the devil do not carry any substance.

The Lord says the following about the threats of the enemy. Isaiah 8:10 KJV “Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us_ “.The Lord is with His people, and it is what He says that would prevail.



Joshua 1:7 KJV “Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.”

John 4:34 KJV “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.”


KEY SCRIPTURE: John 7:14 KJV” Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.”

The Lord’s action in going to teach during the course of the feast, sounds like a big paradox. The Jewish leaders were seeking for Him to kill Him, and so He kept Himself in the quiet. He did not even go along with His brethren. Barring all these He goes to the feast and then goes to teach in a place where everyone could see Him and attack Him, if they so wished. What is happening here? The Lord’s action was never out of fear for His life, but just following the counsel of the Spirit. He was also never afraid of the Jews.

Fear is a detachment from the Spirit. Fear is one of the signs of the dominance of the flesh. The Lord never functions in the flesh. The Lord was always on top of every circumstance because He was constantly led by the Spirit. He is the creator of all things, and his creation could never threaten Him. John 1:10 KJV” He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. “He said His father was always with Him, because He always did that which pleases the father John 8:29. Fear has so much torment and nothing could torment the Lord emotionally since that would show no faith in the father. Anything done without faith is a sin. The Lord was without sin.

Why could He never be overtaken with fear?

1. He said, the father was always with Him.

2. He could ask for angelic support and assistance.

3. Nothing took Him by surprise.

4. He was a man of the Spirit and walked in absolute faith in God. Fear is a product of the flesh. Fear does not function in the presence of faith in God.

What do we learn from His example?

1. Get to know the Lord in truth. You do this by accepting the revelations He’s given about Himself. Totally trust in Him

2. BE always aware of the presence of angels to assist and protect you. Note we do not give direct commands to angels, but rather ask the Lord to release them for us. Matt 26:53 KJV ” Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?”

3. Decide never to panic at any situation, but to trust the Lord always,

4. One sure answer to fear is to live in the Spirit. To live in the spirit is to view everything from God’s point of view. Accept that you are a Spirit, living in a body and having a soul.



Proverbs 29:25 KJV “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.”

Matt 14:9 KJV “And the king was sorry: nevertheless, for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.


KEY SCRIPTURE: John 7:9 KJV” When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.”

The Jewish feast of Tabernacles or the feast of tents was a very important feast that every adult male had to attend or participate. It was a feast to commemorate their ancestors who dwelt in tents or Tabernacles during the exodus to the promised land. The Lord Jesus could not stay out of the celebrations, yet He had to keep Himself from being attacked by the Jewish leaders. In the light of this He kept to His word that He gave to His brothers by staying behind as they left. In such occasions most families move together yet He had to act differently knowing what evil plans some had towards Him. 2Th 3:2 KJV “And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.”

In all these the Lord kept to His words although His brothers would have influenced Him to come along with them. We must learn to be people of our words.

There are some individuals who dishonor their own words such that, they no longer have confidence in themselves. They are not able to say, I am going to do this and then stick to it.

 Strength of character is a product of how consistent we stick to what we say.

One area that many find wanting is in keeping to punctuality. He promises to be present at 8:00 AM, yet He comes at 9:00 or even 10:00 a.m. Such a person gives His word to do a thing or a vow to pay some amount but fails.

 This one says it knowing very well he did not even mean to honour that word.

The scripture cautions us on the danger of such utterances. Eccl. 5:6 KJV.” Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?”

The preceding verse warns us against saying things we don’t mean to honour or we are not prepared to force ourselves to honour.

It says it is a way of causing your flesh to sin. It has certain hardships it brings to your flesh. It causes failure in what we do by making God angry with us. In 2nd Sam 21:1 King David suffered famine for three years because king Saul failed to honour a vow Joshua made with the Gibeonites.

 Although it was not Saul who entered into the pact with the Gibeonites but as a king he was accountable to every existing covenant of the nation.

Please note: A man who honours his words can easily trust God’s word



Num 30:6 KJV” And if she had at all an husband, when she vowed, or uttered ought out of her lips, wherewith she bound her soul;”

Psalms 24:4 KJV “He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.”


KEY SCRIPTURE: John 7:8 KJV “Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come.”

Serving God is all about following divine counsel. A servant of God is a love slave of God. His life becomes meaningful and successful if he or she diligently adheres to divine instructions. In 1 Kings 13 the bible speaks about a young prophet who the Lord asked to give a message to the king in Bethel. God gave him specific instructions not to sleep nor eat anything in Bethel. He was deceived by an old prophet to act against God’s word. Unfortunately, he was attacked and killed by a lion on his way back. This was the result of breaking divine instructions.

The Lord said to His brothers that, it was not His time to go to Judaea for the feast. He was simply honoring God’s instructions.

 It is a great privilege to know what the Lord wants you to do and it is your blessing to do it.

Wisdom is doing what God wants you to do. I believe one main reason the Lord Jesus spent so much time praying was to receive the Spirit’s instructions on, where to go, what to do and how to do it. He gladly obeyed the Father always. John 8:29 KJV” And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.”

King Solomon wrote in, Prov 4:13   that” Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. ” This scripture implies failure to adhere to godly counsel or instructions will spell your doom. Humanity is at presently at the brink of serious crises, because men consistently flout divine counsel. Certain countries, that were founded on the basis of the Holy Scriptures, are today trying to extinct the bible from their lands.

 If the foundation be destroyed how can the building stand? The scriptures said” righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach unto any people. Sexual perversion is an abomination unto the Lord, yet the law courts of the so-called elite nations uphold and defend it, and even criminalise all those who speak against it. Our world is lost indeed.



Prov 6:23 KJV” For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:”

Prov 10:17 KJV” He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.”


KEY SCRIPTURE: John 7:6 KJV “Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.”

As children of God, we must be ready always to give appropriate answers to the forceful influence of the world. The whole picture is like walking on water, with the waves and winds blowing all around you. If you turn your attention from your source, that is the word, you find yourself sinking into the ocean of the world. The world seeks to drawn you, and you must not allow that.

The Lord Jesus rightly dealt with the menacing pressure of the world. How did He do it. He said “my time”. He acknowledged He was very different from the rest of the people. In Daniel 1:8, Daniel the young Hebrew boy sent to Babylon, purposed in his heart not to defile himself with the King’s portion of meat, which has been presented to their idol. He acknowledges he was different and therefore maintained that difference.

The act of maintaining your difference from the world is called holiness. Holiness means separating yourself from the world to dedicate yourself unto the Lord and His word.

 Holiness, that is separation from the world is power.

When the child of God, joins the world in her ways, that child of God short circuits himself from his source of power. When Daniel separated himself from the foods of the Babylonians, God’s power manifested mightily in Him, such that he and his friend who took that action became ten times more intelligent, handsome and wiser than all their peers. 2Cor 6:17 KJV “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,”.

In our key scripture, the Lord said to his brethren, that his time was not ready. Never keep mute to the appeals of the world. Always open your mouth and speak what God has instructed for the world. Satan is the prince of the power of the air, and so gives lots of ungodly suggestions to people. Be ready to talk back to him. The Lord Jesus stopped Satan by telling him, it is written. Do not keep mute to a wrong suggestion that comes to you. You may just say no, or say what God’s word says about that particular thing.

The next step is to act in line with your words. Do not be afraid to tell men what the Lord wants you to do. If they were not shy to tell you their view, do not be shy to tell them what God says.



1Peter 3:15 KJV” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: “

Dan 1:8 KJV “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”


KEY SCRIPTURE: John 7:3 KJV” His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest.”

When the Lord hanged on the cross one of the men who hanged to his left said to Jesus, if you are the Christ save yourself and save us too. Some of the onlookers shouted at him, if you are the Christ save yourself, and we would believe you. The world attacks us to forfeit God’s will, please refuse it.

When the Lord decided to avoid going to Jerusalem, because of the Jews who were planning to kill him, His brothers, came to Him and said, to Him go to Judaea. They stated a few humanly convincing reasons why He must go there. They told Him (John 7:4)

1. Go there so that, thy disciples may see thy works

2. No man does things in secret

3. Everyman also wants to be known

4. If you are doing anything spectacular, then show thyself to the world. These were well thought out convincing statements to influence Jesus to abandon His program not to go to Judaea.

We live at such a time that the social world influences the thinking and actions of most Christians. There seem to be so much scriptural messages going around yet most people do not spend quality time with God and the Word of God. Most of the time is used watching funny videos and other secular films. Some Christians secretly watch pornographic pictures and have sadly gotten addicted to them. Dear child of God Christianity is a call out from the world.

 The word church means, the called-out ones (ekklesia). We have been called out to bring the life of God to bear on the world.

 It becomes a big misunderstanding of Christianity if the world should rather influence us.

Any kind of influence that controls you should come from the Holy Spirit.2Co 6:14 KJV” Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”

Who is your Counsellor Is it your family, friends the secular world, or the Holy Spirit? Refuse to let the pressure of the world model you into something different from the heavenly life. Listen to Jesus’ terms for following Him; Luke 14:26 KJV ” If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”



Rom 12:2 KJV “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Matt 5:16 KJV “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”


KEY SCRIPTURE: John 7:1 KJV “After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.”

I once tried using a pathway, but saw two huge dogs which had gone loose from their home. I felt within myself just go in that path and when the dogs attempt attacking call on the name of Jesus. I also thought this way, why go for trouble when it could be avoided. I just turned back and wisely used another route.

In our story the Lord Jesus avoided the places where they were planning to arrest and kill him. He is the master over all things, and so he could have gone to these areas claiming he had power over everything. The Lord did avoid what was unnecessary.

At the birth of Jesus, the wisemen in their search to locate the new baby went to King Herod’s Palace. When King Herod felt his reign was threatened, he sent for the slaughter of all children below two years. The angel of the Lord asked Joseph to send Mary the mother of Jesus and the baby to Egypt. Why didn’t God send an angel to protect the baby Jesus.? There are certain occasions when the action for safety and survival lies within our ability and we must be responsible to our duty

Another point to note is to understand divine timing. When it was time for the Lord to go to the cross to die for all men, he set his face as a flint and went to Jerusalem. (Isaiah 50:7) This was God’s plan and it could not be avoided. This teaches us to be in tune with the Holy Spirit to know when He would want us to do what He may be saying. One thing that every child of God ought to be doing in his prayer times is to ask the Holy Spirit to tell him any specific act or step he has to take around that moment. Knowing God’s specific instruction for a particular hour, has great blessing and benefit.



1Sam 16:2 KJV” And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the LORD said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the LORD.”

Joshua 5:12 KJV” And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna anymore; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.”


KEY SCRIPTURE: John 6:70 KJV “Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?”

We learnt in our previous study that Judas did not repent from his path of greed. The Lord described him as a devil. Why did Judas go that way?

 Judas although he followed Jesus, had his flesh as his Lord and master.

Judas played a lip service to the Lord Jesus, yet his heart held its allegiance to his flesh. There are many today who claim to follow Jesus, but have not been free from this age long master, the flesh. Phil 3 :18

 Let’s consider the work of Christ that brought us salvation. Our Lord Jesus died to free us from Satan and his tool the flesh. During our birth into the family of God, we confessed that Jesus is our Lord. By this declaration we break away from the rule of that tool of Satan, that is the flesh.

 If the individual makes the confession that Jesus is his Lord yet did not mean what he said, and so lives continually after the flesh then he was not converted at the first instant.

The conversion process begins with believing in our heart that Jesus died and resurrected, and then confess that Jesus is our Lord. Rom 10:9,10

When a person confesses that Jesus is the Lord over his life, it is implied that he has denounced every other lord including the flesh. This point must always be made clear to all prospective converts.

 Salvation among other blessings means death to self.

Gal 5:24 KJV ” And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  ” The fall of man in the garden of Eden, was a takeover by the senses of man, the flesh.

 The flesh or self is fundamentally not the body but a consciousness within him that has longings or appetites that functions outside the influence of Christ and his word.

A man who is truly free has subjected those longings and appetites totally to the influence of Christ and the Word of God (Col 3:5). Judas did not subject his appetites to the influence of the word of God, and so became an instrument of the devil.



Rom 6:11 KJV “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Rom 6:6 KJV” Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”


KEY SCRIPTURE: John 6:70 KJV “Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?”

 The name Judas paints a very wrong and a bad picture, yet the name has a very wonderful meaning.

It is the Hebrew name Yudah, which means praise or ‘he will be praised’. The names Judah, Jude and Judas are all one and the same name.

In our study the Lord said He chose twelve disciples whom He designated as apostles, yet one was a devil. What is the difference between humans and devils?

 Humans can repent from their wrong ways, yet devils cannot or will not repent.

Judas had the amazing opportunity to be walking with Jesus, who is truth personified. Jesus, is the embodiment of love. Inspite of the great teachings the Lord gave, backed by great acts of love, Judas still kept to his mean life. In John 12, Mary the sister of Lazarus anointed the feet of Jesus with a very costly ointment, and Judas commented that this was a waste, for it could have been sold and the money given to the poor. The bible revealed the following about him. John 12:6 KJV” This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.”

Judas was filled with greed because, he was a thief. He walked with Jesus but never allowed the words of Jesus to get into him. He never repented from his greediness. He was a devil.

 Sadly, there are people who go to church who may be described as devils, that is, they never repent from the error in them. It feels awful to call a fellow human a devil, yet that is how the Lord described it.

They could even be preachers of the gospels, who preach to congregations every Sunday and other times, yet they act as devils. Dear one, refuse to be a devil. Don’t be eaten up with a bad temper, and keep priding in it, and say that, ‘as for me, I have a bad temper’ Another will say, ‘as for me my problem is women’.  If you admit to these bad characters and are not ready to stop it , then you are  acting as a devil.

Decide to repent today.  Jesus did not save you to be a devil. He saved you to make you a Saint. Romans 1:7

What must you do? Accept you can change from that wrong character, and that you would repent from it. The word of God holds the key to your transformation. Psalms 19 :7 says ” The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.” God’s word is perfect, that is, it is whole, complete or without blemish, and so, if you give it that attention, it will convert your soul. The soul here represents that inner personality that put up the wrong nature. It would be made perfect by the word which is perfect. The testimony or the declarations of the word will also make you wise, so you would act appropriately. Don’t be like Judas who never gave attention to Jesus and His message. The scripture says, the statutes of the Lord are right, REJOICING THE HEART. It will give you the joy that no physical wrong act can give you.  Accept God’s word and live as a Saint.



Psalms 19:8 KJV ” The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Psalms 19:10, 11 KJV” More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.


KEY SCRIPTURE: John 6:69 KJV “And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.”

The above topic of discussion is very important for every child of God to grasp very well. You must be fully certain, and settled in your heart that Jesus is the Messiah.

The first point from the scriptures that announces the Messiahship of Jesus Christ is the law and the prophet. The law and the prophets refer to the Old Testament as a whole. John 1:45 KJV “Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. ” In Deut 18:15, 16, 18, Moses spoke about the prophet whom God will raise in the later years after his era. He was referring to Jesus according to Acts 3:32,  ” For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. ” Bible scholars say there are about (300) three hundred prophecies in the Old Testament concerning our Lord Jesus Christ. Space will not permit me even to list most of them, but let’s take a few striking ones. Micah 5:2 KJV “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” You may read, Ps 22:13-18, Isaiah 7:14, 9:6

The Lord Himself made statements and did things that revealed He is the Messiah.

1. His virgin birth. -Matt 1:18-22

2. Some confessions He made about Himself.

John 14:6 KJV “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” He also said in John 6:54 KJV that ” Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day”. In Matthew 26:28 KJV He said” For this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

3. His resurrection from the dead.

Rev. 1:18 KJV” I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death”. He also proved to Thomas that He died and was indeed alive. John 20:27 KJV “Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing”.

Finally, we look at His power to transform lives and set the oppressed free. All that has been said above will mean nothing, if it has not been translated into bringing peace, changing lives and blessing humanity in diverse ways. It is an undeniable truth that the Christian message has brought great positive changes and blessing to millions of people across the earth. There is the evidence of countless number of people with incurable, death bound diseases, who have been healed by the power of God through the good news. Whole communities have been transformed through the preaching of the gospel.

Jesus is indeed the Messiah. Christianity remains the world’s most populous faith on earth today. Europe and the United States of America were founded fundamentally by the precepts of Christ. Just consider the flags of some European nations. A number of them come with the cross on it. Nations like Gt Britain, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Greece, and Finland have the cross on them. It is a fact that most of these nations are now turning against Christianity anyway, yet this was also prophesied to come to pass in the last days. Jesus is the Messiah, until a man surrenders to Him he is lost in his sins.



1Peter 2:6 KJV” Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.”

Psalms 22:18 KJV “They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.”

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