MORAL VIRTUES

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Peter 1:5 ” And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge”.

For our next series of studies we would be considering various moral virtues.

 A virtue is a good quality in men, and is also admirable. The first of these virtues to look at is believe in God. This may appear very simple and unimportant, yet it is the foundation upon which every other virtue rest or stands.  In actual fact the Lord says without it no one can please Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

The main sin for which men would be judged and cast into eternal damnation is unbelieve in God. (John 16:9) “Of sin, because they believe not on me “;

 Believing is not an act of God in man, but a decision of an individual to exercise his or her will to accept what God has said about Himself. When a man acts this way God justifies Him. (Rom 5:1).

God’s revelation of Himself to humanity presently is Jesus Christ. (Matt 1:23, 1st John 5:20)

Believe in Him is true freedom and fulfillment in this life. Every hurt, worry, pain in the heart is a sign that man has pushed aside this simple virtue. Fear which is a common human trait, which has robbed and terrorized most people, has had that freedom to harass men because man refuses to believe in the Lord Jesus. .

Please ask yourself, do I have peace, is there anything that troubles me, do I find it difficult to relate with my neighbor? If your answer is yes then certainly you have cast away that confidence in the Lord. Hebrews 10:35 “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward”. It does not matter whether you call yourself a Christian or not, so long as you have emotional pain, then there is something wrong with your believing. Believing in Him is the foundation for all proper actions that goes to honor Him, and liberates us from all emotional pain. We must daily and moment by moment submit our wills to His revealed word, so we can be free from the bondage and deception in this life. BELIEVING IS A CHOICE, CHOOSE TO BELIEVE THE LORD.

CONFESSION

My confidence is not in my reason but solely in Jesus. By Him I am absolutely free and walk in dominion and fulfillment in this life.

FURTHER STUDIES

 Numbers 20:12  “And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them”.

Hebrews 11:6 ” But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”.

 

PROPHETIC DECLARATIONS 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 5:19 “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord”

 Our key scripture admonishes us to declare the psalms and spiritual songs unto ourselves. It is not referring to others but to yourself. These psalms and prayers were prayed and sang by King David and it became the prayer and songbook of the Israelites.

There is a prophetic element to these psalms, because they minister edification, exhortation, and comfort. This is revealed about prophecy in 1 Corinthians 14:3” But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort”.

This is something you have got to do always. They are prophetic declarations or prayers.

There are many of the psalms that minister great strength to us as we speak them forth. Psalms, 23, 103, 91, are just a few common ones that most of us are used to. Please take time to explore into others and your life would be so enriched.

The other important aspect of doing this, is the fact that, we are filled with the Holy Spirit as we speak the psalms to ourselves. Ephesians 5:18-19 ” And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord”;

We see from the preceding verses that, speaking these psalms and spiritual songs unto ourselves helps us to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

A lot of stresses, satanic attacks would be stopped as we do these things. As you speak forth these psalms, you are making prophetic declarations that would be established in your life.

PRAYERS

Thank you heavenly Father for the psalms and spiritual songs. They are songs of praise, words of encouragement, and very powerful words that places me over various challenges as I speak them forth. Thank you father in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES

Psalms 34:1-6” I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles”.

PROPHETIC DECLARATIONS

KEY SCRIPTURE: Ezekiel 37:4 “Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD”.

The prophet Ezekiel was carried in the realm of the Spirit into a valley of dry bones scattered all over. The Spirit of the Lord inspired him to prophesy over those dry bones and indeed as he obeyed, flesh came over the bones, life came into them and they became a mighty army.  In our lives as children of God we can employ this same principle to see impossible situations turn positive.

Our Lord Jesus on a lot of occasions spoke to inanimate things and they responded to His declarations. He spoke to the fig tree, in Mark 11:14 “And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter forever. And his disciples heard it”. Indeed the fig tree dried from its root. (Mark 11:20) He did the same to the ranging storms and it stilled up (Mark 4:39)

Instead of complaining about how deplorable things have become prophesy to the situation. It may be an inanimate thing like your business, bank accounts, your health or anything at all. Your children may not be performing well at school, place your hand on them and prophesy over them.

In the prophet Ezekiel’s case he received instructions from the Lord. You may receive inspiration from studying the word of God. This comes through meditation on the word and then personalizing the word for yourself, and then speak to the condition or thing to line up in the way you want it.

Another way to receive an inspiration to make prophetic prayers or declarations is when you have spent some moments praying in tongues. After such time of prayer you can then go ahead to make prophetic declarations about something you want changed.

One main condition about such a declaration is to believe that what you said has been settled. (Mark 11:23)

CONFESSION

The word of God says, God has ordained power in my mouth. As I prophesy to various situations they align according to my expectations. I am seeing great successes all around me .Nothing is impossible to me in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES

Mark 11:23  “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith”.

Psalms 8:2 “Out of the mouth of babes and suckling’s hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger”.

PRAYER OF COMMITMENT 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Psalms 37:8 (Amplified) “Commit your way to the Lord-roll and repose (each care of) your load on Him; trust (lean on, rely on and be confident) also in Him, and He would bring it to pass”.

Why should we cast our cares unto the Lord? The Lord does not want His children to worry or to be full of anxiety and burdened down with the cares of life. (Matt 6:25-27). All that the Lord is saying from the above scripture is that, which of you by worrying and being overly anxious is going to change anything?

The same thought is revealed in Luke 12:22 “And he said unto his disciples, therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on”.

You must cast all your cares unto the Lord. You do this once. Any other time another issue of concern show up, just give it over to the Lord. What do you do when your thoughts seem not to stop worrying? Say to yourself,’ I have given this matter to the Lord and He is well able to handle it’. I would no longer worry. Please say this to yourself as often as, your mind seems to go for the burden.

 Worry is a sin. The bible says anything which is not of faith is  sin (Romans 14:23). Worry is not of faith. It is a sin according to the bible.

Worrying would rob you of your answers and your prayer life would be certainly fruitless. The prayer of commitment is one that we have to do always, so long as matters rise up in our lives bringing concerns to our minds. This is our only way to lead a life of peace.

CONFESSION

I always commit every care, concern or worry unto the Lord, and leave it with HIM. My life is filled with peace and power. God keeps answering my requests because I always trust in Him.

FURTHER STUDIES

Luke 12:25-26 “And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?”

Proverbs 3:5-6 ” Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths”.

 

THE PRAYER OF COMMITMENT

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1st Peter 5:7 “Casting all your cares upon him; for he careth for you”

Another kind of prayer for our consideration is the prayer of commitment. The opening scripture states that we should cast all our cares upon the Lord for He cares for us… This act of committing your concerns or worry unto the Lord is called the prayer of commitment.

Every human being would one day have issues that would demand some amount of concern. The degree of care varies from person to person. God’s remedy for us is to cast such cares to the Lord. It should not be something to pray about. The Bible said it’s God’s business to care about all such things. Please get a clear understanding about these things, you don’t ask God to take away your cares, rather you cast or give the cares over to Him.

In John 15:1, the Lord Jesus is the vine, we are the branches and the father is the husbandman or the caretaker. It is His role to take care of all that concerns us. It is our part to bear fruit that is to shine, excel and reveal His glory. These are the divine roles and you must not do God’s duty for Him.

Philippians 4:6 iterated this same point that we should be anxious about nothing, but in everything, with prayer, supplication and thanksgiving we should give our problems to God, and the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep our hearts and mind in Christ Jesus.

The instruction of scripture is never to be anxious about anything, but to give the issues to God and leave the solution to Him. Well He made the world and has never failed in sustaining its smooth running. Apply the prayer of commitment in such times. Commit your ways to Him, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path. (Proverbs 3:5)

 

  PRAYER

Thank you heavenly father that you are the caretaker and I am the fruit bearer, I leave every concern to you and refuse to worry or be anxious about anything. Your peace would continually protect my heart and mind in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES:

1st Peter 5:7 “Casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns once and for all,] on Him, for He cares about you with deepest affection, and watches over you carefully.” (Amplified Bible)

Psalm 37:5 “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass”

TRAVAILING PREVAILING PRAYER 2

KEY SCRIPTURE:  Acts 12:5 “Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him”.

In our key scripture Peter was apprehended by King Herod and was placed in the guard of sixteen soldiers, who watched from various levels in the prison. His escape meant they were to lose their lives. Peter’s deliverance was therefore an impossibility.  The only thing that could save Peter from this situation was a miracle. This is where, a travailing prayer comes into play. When an impossible situation must be changed. Remember James had been slaughtered by the same man.

Our key scripture said, Peter was held in prison but, prayer was made WITHOUT CEASING BY THE CHURCH UNTO GOD for him.

Please listen to what the Lord says in Psalms 50:15 ” And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me”. In the day of trouble call upon the Lord. Please note what Psalm 50:14, says offer unto the Lord thanksgiving and pay thine vows. What is the Lord saying? Maintain your fellowship with the Lord always. Take away everything that mares your relationship and fellowship with Him. In this way you can always stand confidently in faith before Him .Many Christians do not keep a close relationship with the Lord. It is when crises come that they want to hurriedly raise their confidence in the Lord. These things does not work out that way. Always maintain good fellowship with the Lord. Do not cut yourself from fellowshipping with the brethren. These are all your vows. Pay your vows. Keep every commitment to the Lord.

The brethren in Acts 12 prayed without ceasing, till, the answer came. Is there any impossible situation you want to see changed? Stop crying or worrying, and get into prayer. You may add fasting and according to God’s word you would see a change.

 CONFESSION

I am ever ready to stand in the presence of God, because I come in His righteousness and I maintain my fellowship with the Spirit. Nothing takes me unawares as I take it to the Lord in prayer.

FURTHER STUDIES

James 5:16-17 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months”.

Hebrews 5:7  “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared”;

 

TRAVAILING PREVAILING PRAYER

KEY SCRIPTURE:  Isaiah 66:8  “Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children”.

The key scripture is a question referring to something which has been said earlier. That is in verse 7.Isaiah 66:7 “Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child”.

These two verses are only establishing the fact that, to give birth to something new, there is the need for travailing. Without a travail no mother gives birth. This is the kind of prayer that changes situations. Be reminded it is not tea party business. No travailing is easy and pleasant, yet the ultimate is joy galore.

This is when you do not take no for an answer, knowing very well what God has revealed. Out of this form of prayer is the word PUSH, which is abbreviated form of the statement, Pray until Something Happens.

Many children of God are living far below divine provisions which they could have taken advantage of, only, if they had been a little persistent in their praying. Certain churches would have known greater victories if they had employed this form of praying. Remember what the Lord said in Matthew 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”. Our Lord Jesus has determined the church as the ultimate winner. This can only happen on the grounds that we do not stop praying aggressively to see a breakthrough in every area of our lives. That word meant the gates of hell is seeking to prevail, and so we must hold our grounds and advance through travailing, prevailing prayer.

A mother shared the following testimony at church. The son who is just about a year and a few months stood with her by the roadside. Another lady passed by who said, I see your son is walking but my child who is older than your son can’t walk. Just after she said this and passed on, this sister’s son started going down and could not walk any longer. She said, ‘no way, Satan can’t destroy my boy’. She got into persistent prayer, and after two days the son got well and started walking again.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly father, as I hold my grounds on your word, praying through various issues, nothing would be withheld from me in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES

Galatians 4:19 “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you”.

1 Timothy 1:18 ” This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightiest war a good warfare”;

THE PRAYER OF AGREEMENT

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 18:19 ” Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven”.

The prayer of agreement is one of the most positive privileges God has made available to the Christian.

Our key scripture is so explicit. It reads ,if two of you shall agree as touching anything on earth that ,they shall ask in Jesus name it shall be granted.

The word states the conditions for results in this type of prayer.

  1. You need to have another person with you on this earth
  2. Agree on the issue you want to see come to pass
  3. Present the request to the Father.

4 .Make the request in the name of the Lord.

If you obey the above conditions then there is no way you should not have your answer. You should not worry about faith for the answers. So long as you have observed these conditions just expect your answer.

The Lord gives us a certain assurance in the next verse Matt 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”.

Dear beloved brother or sister, anytime you decide to agree on an issue and subsequently make a request unto the Lord, be fully assured that Jesus is present with you. The father would definitely honor the request made in the name of the Son. If it is something you want changed, He (Jesus) says He would do it. (John 14 13&14)

In the light of the great potency of this kind of prayer, when you have an urgent issue to handle just look for a brother or sister who you know can agree with you and then make the request together. Marriage couples are one of the best people to see great impact in this area. Unfortunately a lot of couples don’t agree on very simple issues. Couples must see the hand of the enemy in their disunity and quickly kick him out, to see great results in their prayers.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, I thank you for the privilege of the prayer of agreement. I know that whatever request we make in the name of Jesus, you would always answer.

 FURTHER STUDIES

Matthew 18:18-20 “Verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”.

John 14:14 “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it”.

THE PRAYER OF INTERCESSION 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 8:26  “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groaning’s which cannot be uttered”.

In our previews study we learnt that God desires that men stir up themselves to make intercessions for their fellow men so He would intervene in their situations.

The real challenge is that on many occasions we do not know how to pray effectively for the people or individuals.

The Holy Spirit is there to help us .This is exactly what our key scripture says. He helps our weaknesses in this light. This happens when we pray with our spirit.  1 Corinthians 14:14 ” For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful”.

I would explain this with the following experience. I once went to study in a school, during the holiday period, for my A ‘level examinations. As I was studying I had a strong urge to pray. I stopped studying and started praying, since I was alone in the classroom. I prayed for quite some moments. After this session of prayer, I said, I pray for any of my siblings in trouble, to be set free.

When I got home that evening my junior brother, who was training as a Automobile mechanic, told me that he was supposed to get under a car to do some repairs. Just as he was  about to get there, the car just dropped on the ground.  I asked about the time, which it occurred, and the time he told me, tallied, with the moment just as I had finished my prayer, that afternoon.  I didn’t know what was happening, yet the Holy Spirit knew and helped me to pray rightly.

Don’t stop praying in tongues. Intercede and pray more in tongues and you would always pray rightly. Many calamities would be averted, many lives would be saved, if we would pray more with our spirit.

 

CONFESSION.

The Holy Spirit is my helper in prayer, as I pray with my spirit through the agency of the Holy Spirit, I always pray on the very issues, I am supposed to pray on. Lives are saved and transformed through my intercessions.

FURTHER STUDIES

1 Corinthians 14:2 ” For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries”.

Romans 8:27” And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God”.

THE PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

KEY SCRIPTURE: Ezekiel 22:30 “And I sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none”.

The word intercede means to act between two parties with the thought of reconciling the two of them. The prayer of intercession is standing in the gap in prayer on behalf of another. Normally we intercede for the unsaved.

God said something to Israel through the prophet Isaiah which shows that, He desires, His people to intercede on behalf of others. (Isaiah 64:7)

This verse implies that if someone has stirred himself to pray and to call upon God, judgement of the nation of Israel could have been stayed or stopped.

Our key scripture also reveals God looks for people of prayer to stand in the gap to make up the hedge and to intercede so that people’s lives can be spared.

In Genesis 18: 23-32 (please read through) Abraham stood in the gap for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. In that story, Abraham asked God to spare the city if there were fifty righteous people. He kept beating the number down to ten yet the Lord was ready to hear him.  If God in the time of Abraham was ready to be so patient and spare such sinful people even if He could find only ten righteous souls, how much more now in the new covenant.

So much in our society would have changed if we had stood in the gap to intercede for people. Let us arise and stand in the gap for our nation, our families, our communities, for the Lord seeks intercessors so evil would be stayed.

Why should a man intercede before God can effect a change? When a people break God’s law, the evil one has the full right to destroy. It is the prayers of the intercessor that gives God the right to intervene.

CONFESSION

I commit myself to stand in the gap for my family, community, nation and various events in the world. I would not hold my peace until righteousness breaks forth and the will of God is established.

FURTHER STUDIES

Isaiah 62:1“For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth”.

 Isaiah 64:7 ” And there is none that calleth upon thy name that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities”.

 

sharing simple truths