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SATAN ALWAYS TEMPTS CHRISTIANS TO DERAIL THEM – Luke

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Christians: Be Vigilant And Prayerful To Overcome Satan’s Temptations

(Passage: Luke 6)

The Pharisees camouflage under their religion to criticize Jesus.

They were Jealous of Jesus’ ministry and would seize any opportunity to rage at him. The Pharisees did not relent in stalking Jesus all day long.

They were eager to find an excuse to criticize and demean his ministry.

The Bible reported some of the Pharisees’ actions,

“Now it happened on the second Sabbath after the first that He (Jesus) Went through the grain fields. And His disciples plucked the heads of grain and ate them, rubbing them in their hands.

…And some of the Pharisees said to them, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?” The scripture also reported, “Now it happened on another Sabbath, also, that He entered the synagogue and taught.

…And a man was there whose right hand was withered. So the scribes and Pharisees watched Him closely, whether He would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against Him” (Luke 6:6-7) (Luke 6:1-2).

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The Footsteps of Jesus Will Help Us Overcome Satan’s Temptation

Satan loves to station his evil agents around the people of God in a bid to frustrate their efforts.

The enemies always focus on making attempts to derail believers from their pursuits of righteousness.

They do this by castigating their works and throwing every available stone at them while hoping one might stick.

Therefore, to overcome the enemy (the devil), Christians must be spiritually sensitive (watchful) and prayerful.

They must, also, be filled with the Holy Spirit always.

Meanwhile, believers must not forget that Satan’s intention is not just to discourage them from serving God only; his prime goals are to kill, steal, and destroy their salvation (according to John 10:10).

Hence, children of God must remain prayerful and watchful.

Christians should imbibe Jesus’ actions towards the opposition and react appropriately in all situations.

For example, when Satan instigated fury in the Pharisees to waylay Jesus, he did the following:

  • Jesus ignored the Pharisees – Believers should largely ignore their critics.
  • Jesus remained persistent in doing God’s business –Believers should never stop doing God’s will.
  • Jesus always withdrew to a silent place to pray for the renewal of his strengths after ministering –Believers must always refill and refresh their energy through prayers.
  • Jesus changed locations to avoid enemies’ distractions –Believers should diversify in ministry to outsmart their enemies.

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Pray For The Power To Conquer The Devil’s Temptations

Dear God, please give me the strength to overcome Satan and live triumphantly on earth, while glorifying your holy name!

…Again, give me the strength to remain focused and pay no attention to the devil and his evil agents! Let your Holy Spirit empower me to remain immovable, and to keep serving you faithfully during opposition and challenges.

…Also, let your Holy Spirit empower me to be watchful and prayerful so that I can keep prospering in all my activities. When my earthly race is over, let me appear in your presence in heaven to hear the word “well-done and welcome my servant to the joy of your Lord!” For in the name of Jesus Christ I have prayed.

Amen.

Remember: Satan Always Tempts Christians To Derail Them

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BEWARE: THE LAST DAYS TRIBULATIONS ARE IMMINENT – Revelation

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Do Away With Sin To Avoid Falling Into Tribulations

(Passage: Revelation 8)

Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God opened the seven seals in heaven, and the seventh seal unfolded the great tribulations that would befall earth inhabitants after the rapture.

The 7th seal has 7 trumpets that were blown separately. The 1st through 4th trumpets invoked great damages to the earth, to the extent that God’s angel bitterly lamented in heaven.

The scripture described,

“Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.

…And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!” (Revelation 8:12-13).

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Chances Are Still Available To Be Saved From Tribulations

In the last days, earth’s inhabitants will suffer greater tribulations than they have ever experienced from inception. God will shake the universe and prove his sovereignty over it.

The pro-end-time tribulations will cause the earth’s inhabitants to shudder in fear; however, God’s children would be shielded from the tribulations, because Jesus Christ would have raptured them to heaven.

Faithful followers of Jesus Christ would be with God in heaven, while those left would be stranded to suffer great tribulations with Satan.

Hence, it is important that everyone on earth repents and proclaim Christ as Lord – without wasting time – in order to escape the horrific event that is about to take place.

Since Christ will revisit the earth without prior notice, everyone (without exception) should grab any salvation moment that he or she may have to be saved. (Revelation 16:15).

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Pray For Divine Help To Be Saved From The Tribulations

Dear God, please save me from the tribulations that the earth’s inhabitants are about to experience.

I want to be raptured before the horrific event takes place; therefore, I declare that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and he is the Savior of the world. He died for the sinners to save them.

…I thereby confess him (Jesus Christ) as my personal Lord and Savior. I give him my complete life, and I promise to faithfully serve him throughout the days of my life.

…Please let me remain qualified for your eternal home. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Remember: Beware: The Last Days Tribulations Are Imminent

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OUR TRUST SHOULD BE ONLY IN GOD – Luke

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Christians Must Absolutely Trust God Only; Humans Are Fallible

(Passage: Luke 22)

Christians must understand that the only reliable and trust-worthy being is the Supreme God.

He is the only one that truly cares for you and won’t let you down in times of trouble.

The bible makes us understand that the heart of a man is deceitful and desperately wicked.

Judas Iscariot released himself for the devil’s use; he betrayed Jesus Christ with a kiss.

It is reported,

“And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” (Luke 22:47-48).

Human May Fail But God Never Fails

If a close associate like Judas Iscariot could betray Jesus Christ, who else should we trust? (Luke 22:47-48).

It is obvious that our present world has a problem with “Trust.” The world is full of hate and rage; acts of self-centeredness have dominated it from every side!

However, the followers of Jesus Christ still have hope in this present world; we have God’s love that prevails over evil!

We can still look up to God and some fellow believers. Meanwhile, no believer is expected to place absolute trust in a fellow human being.

Complete and absolute trust must be placed in God who remains infallible. God never fails even when people fail us.

A fellow human being may disappoint us, but God will never do!


Pray For Grace To Have Absolute Trust In God

Dear God, please help me to place my absolute faith in you. Help me to love people, but let my absolute trust be placed on you. Let me look up to you for all my needs. I understand and believe that you will send me the necessary people to meet my needs at all times.

…Let my absolute trust be reserved in you at all times so that I can live successfully and happily on earth. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Remember: Our Trust Should Be Only In God

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JESUS DIED FOR FREEDOM – Romans

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God Sacrificed His Son For Our Freedom In All Aspects Of Life

Passage: Romans 8

No Christian is expected to live in condemnation after Jesus Christ has set him or her free.

He came to free us from sin through His atoning sacrifice. He paid the death penalty for us, freeing us from death row through His Sacrifice.

Anyone in Christ is no more under the bondage of sin; for who the Son has set free is free indeed. The scripture stated,

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

…For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:1-4).

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All Christians Are Free Of Sin Once They Accept Christ

Believers in Jesus Christ are not under the bondage of sin and condemnation, but we have been freed to enjoy the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We are no more expected to live in condemnation after we have been saved and received forgiveness of sin.

We are now bonafide Christians qualified to receive God’s benefits through Jesus Christ!

However, Satan the enemy of righteousness has a custom of tempting God’s children into unjust condemnation. He may remind a Christian of his/her past sins after forgiveness.

Meanwhile, if Christ has set us free, we are free indeed! Since we have been born-again in Jesus, we must claim his justification.

Having said all, any Christian who is tempted to remain sad in a forgiven sin must resist the enemy outrightly.

He (or she) must affirm his stands in God by saying,

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death…” (Romans 8:1-4).


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Proclaim Freedom from Sin Through Jesus Christ

In the name of Jesus Christ, I am free of condemnation of sin. Jesus Christ has paid the penalty of my sins on the cross. He has washed me clean and made me fit for his kingdom.

…Since I have confessed and repented of my sins, I am no more under the bondage of sin, and neither does the condemnation of sin have power over me anymore.

…Jesus Christ has made me free today, tomorrow, and forever! Hallelujah, I am heaven-bound, and Christ will be my king forever. Amen!

Remember: Jesus Died For Freedom

OBEDIENCE TO GOD IS PARAMOUNT FOR RELATIONSHIP -Nehemiah

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CHRISTIANITY DEMANDS ABSOLUTE FOCUS ON GOD – 2 Peter

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Christians Must Remain Focused In Their Religious Acts

Passage: 2 Peter 1

Christians are called to live uprightly with God and shun pretense. Many struggle with so many things, while being weighed down by life’s trials.

If you would just focus on God, you would understand that these are just so little compared to the Almighty God we serve.

All He wants is that you make Him your point of focus and rely solely on Him. We must keep a genuine relationship with Him at all times. The scripture stated,

“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love…

…For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:5-8).

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God’s Blessings For Focused Christians Are Unlimited

Believers must have focus and cautiously practice their faith to remain worthy of God’s benefits.

The Creator reserves his eternal benefits for those who portray godly virtues.

The virtues that we must display include, but are not limited to self-control, perseverance, kindness, and love. Christians must be loyal to God and represent him well on earth.

Our practices must promote God’s name and bear good fruits of his kingdom.

Anyone who represents God well on earth with his or her godly practices will receive his blessing beyond human imaginations.

 

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Pray For God’s Perfect Grace To Focus

Dear God, please help me to live a life that is relevant to your kingdom. Help me to bear positive fruits of your kingdom…

…Please give me the grace to demonstrate a godly virtue that will showcase your glory in all ramifications. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Remember: Christianity Demands Absolute Focus On God

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THE REFLECTION OF GOD’S LOVE FOR THE JEWS – Romans

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The Jews Who Accept and Confess Jesus Will Be Saved

Passage: Romans 11

Jews who have refused to confess Jesus Christ as their messiah will still do so someday. They will have salvation opportunity and be saved. (The Bible states that whosoever confesses Jesus Christ as Lord will be saved.)

The Jews’ initial rejection of Jesus Christ as the true messiah has given the salvation opportunity for the unbelievers. The Jews’ hostility has also contributed to the expansion of the gospel. They persecuted the early Christians and forced many of them to escape from Jerusalem and other cities.

Many of the persecuted Christians went far beyond their homeland to preach the gospel of Jesus to the gentiles.

The non-Jews have received the opportunity to hear the gospel and hear more about God. Indeed gospel evangelization to the unreached world has led to the salvation of many souls!

Meanwhile, the Jews who have warred against Christian faith will receive the opportunity of salvation. They will see the light of God; confess Jesus as Lord, and be saved.

Paul, a born-Jew converted to Christianity, stated,

“If by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? For if the first fruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches…

…And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you…

…You will say then, “Branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.” Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either” (Romans 11: 14-21).

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Acceptance Of Jesus Christ Is The Criteria To Make Heaven

God loves the Jews; he raised them from a few people and turned them into a great nation. However, the Jews are not only God’s children, but Christians are his children also.

Both the Jews and Christians are like branches of the same tree grafted to God. However, the Jews cannot survive in isolation, they need the salvation of Jesus Christ to properly offer acceptable service to God.

The scripture stated that God would not give up on Israel, but he would enlighten their mind to accept Jesus Christ as the true Messiah of God (Yeshua Ha-Mashiach).

With faith in Jesus Christ, both Jews and Christians will partake in the Lord’s Passover in heaven.

Hence, since Jesus Christ is so important to salvation, everyone, Jews and non-Jews should consider it necessary to believe in him.

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Pray For The Non-Believers & the Jews

Dear God, I pray for Jews and all people who have not believed Jesus Christ as the true Messiah to do so. Please enlighten their minds to understand the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on their behalf. Let them understand that Jesus Christ died and resurrected to give them eternal life so that they can inherit your kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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WORRY NOT, GOD IS ALL-SUFFICIENT! – Matthew

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Christians Must Do Away With Worry

Passage: Matthew 6

Jesus instructed his followers to not worry about anything, but they should have confidence in God. He told them to look at the birds in the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet the heavenly Father feeds them.

Believers must be joyous and hopeful at all times. We must have an expectation that the promises of God in our lives will come to pass. Jesus said,

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:25-34).

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Absolute Trust In God Facilitates God’s Protection

People who serve God must not be anxious about anything, but we must be hopeful in God. Believers must be confident that God is ever strong to help us overcome any challenge and lead us to victory.

Christians must understand that Satan outsources scary situations to challenge our faith. His goal is to make us doubt God and stumble in faith. No Christian should give in to worrying.

We must be full of faith and have high expectations. As we demonstrate unwavering faith, God will turn our trials into testimonies, and he will also make Satan be ashamed. Indeed, God will compensate our faith and turn it to testimonies!

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Pray Not To Worry But Show Absolute Faith

Dear God, please help me to demonstrate unwavering faith in you. Help me to stop worrying about life challenges. Help me to realize that you are in charge of my life, and you will perfect whatever concerns me! As I continue to trust you, let my terrible situation turn around to a good one, and let me have the story of your goodness to share with other believers and the rest of the world. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Remember: Worry Not, God Is All-Sufficient!

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THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS – Revelation

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The Blood Of Jesus Delivers From Every Tribulation

Passage: Revelation 12

Satan attempted to overthrow God in heaven, but he lost. Angel Michael and his godly angels fought Satan and his troops, and they defeated the evil angels. They were chased out of heaven to face eternal condemnation afterward.

Meanwhile, Michael and his fellow angels wouldn’t have been able to defeat Satan if not for the power comprised in the blood of Jesus Christ.

The scripture stated;

“They overcame by the blood of the Lamb!” It is reported, “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.

…So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

…Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.

…And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death” (Revelation 12:7-11).

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The Name & Blood Of Jesus Are Spiritual Tools To Conquer Satan

There is power in the blood of Jesus Christ to overcome Satan and his cohorts. Satan trembles whenever the name of Jesus Christ is mentioned; he also trembles in the same manner whenever the blood of Jesus Christ is mentioned. Angel Michael defeated the evil angel in heaven with authority contained in the blood of Jesus Christ (Revelation 12:7-11).

Christians must use the same medium to defeat the enemy. Both Satan and his demons will tremble before Jesus’ name and blood as they made in heaven. They cannot withstand the authority of Jesus Christ!

Therefore, no Christian should hesitate to use appropriate tools against his (or her) enemies – the Name and Blood of Jesus.

Believers should command Satan to get lost from their lives to live overcomers lives! Those who do so will not regret their actions, but they will live victoriously on earth.

Let somebody who considers himself shout Hallelujah!

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Proclaim Victory Over The Devil through the Blood of Jesus

In the name of Jesus Christ, I rebuke Satan. I command the enemy to get lost from my life! I break his power by the authority in the name of Jesus Christ! I also use the authority of the blood of Jesus Christ to destroy all the enemy’s influences in my life.

…I triumph over Satan and his evil forces from today, and forever! The salvation of Jesus Christ is mine, and his victory is mine also. For “I am more than conquerors by Christ who loves me!” (Romans 8:37).

…For in the name of Jesus Christ, I exercise my authority. Amen.

Remember: There Is Power In The Blood Of Jesus

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EXPECT TEMPTATIONS IF YOU ARE TO INHERIT GOD’S KINGDOM! – 1 Peter

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God Rewards Believers Who Persevere During Temptations & Tribulations

Passage: 1 Peter 1

Children of God are encouraged to endure their trials and temptations for the sake of receiving God’s eternal reward in heaven. Our God is faithful; He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we bear

Also, God will provide a way out of any troubling situation so that believers can praise his name. Therefore, Christians must consider it important to stay close to God with unwavering faith to receive God’s incorruptible crown of glory on the last day. It is written,

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6-7).

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Enduring Temptations Earns Christians An Eternal Reward

Every child of God ought to endure whatever challenges of faith he or she may face as the effort would be rewarded in heaven. God will crown Christians who endure persecutions and trials of faith in the last days. Christ has warned believers not to assume that Christianity would be easy.

Christianity would not always come with the “bed of roses” experience. The religion would come with its own challenge of persecutions and temptations, as certain people will attack Christians and persecute them for their faith. Some Christians would be persecuted to death! However, any Christian who endures faith to the end will be rewarded.

It is important that every Christian stands firm in faith and endure persecution to receive God’s priceless eternal reward in heaven.

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Say This Prayer To Overcome Temptations and Keep Unwavering Faith In God

Dear God, please keep me in faith and let me remain consistent with your holy standard. Help me to endure persecution and temptation. Empower me through your Holy Spirit to stand firm against the trials and temptations so that I can make it to your kingdom. Let me qualify to hear your voice saying, “Weldone and welcome my good servant.” For in the name of Jesus Christ, I have prayed. Amen.

Remember: Expect Temptations If You Are To Inherit God’s Kingdom!

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RAPTURE WILL HAPPEN; BE PREPARED – 2 Peter

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Be Aware Of The Necessary Teachings Of The Rapture

Passage: 2 Peter 3

Rapture means the second coming of Jesus Christ. Skeptics have criticized this Christian believe with an argument that Jesus may not return and the world will not come to an end. Some who dispute the peaching of rapture even attack those who preach it. Meanwhile, the fact remains that the warning signs of the end time are coming to fulfillment in our day.

The Bible has warned believers to be careful of their relationship with people who dispute and influence others not to believe the fact that Jesus Christ will return to rapture his saints to heaven.

It is written in the Bible,

“Beloved, I now write to you…that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”

…But the heavens and the earth, which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up….” (2 Peter 3:1-9).

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Be Cautious And Ready For Rapture

Teachings about the end time and rapture (second coming of Jesus) are essential for all. The teachings are validated in the Bible (Matthew 24). The second coming of Jesus is imminent, and everyone must prepare for it.

Human skepticism about the end time and rapture cannot change the mind of God. God does not operate like humans. He uses a different calendar (and his views are pure!)

Humans must not underestimate God’s timing which may be different from ours. The Bible states,

“… With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8). The second coming of Jesus Christ is imminent. Christ will return as promised, and transport his saint to heaven. Whoever left behind will suffer devil’s torture. The person would be eventually sent to hell fire. (Rev. 21:8).

It is important that everyone confesses Jesus Christ as God’s Son to be saved. Confess Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior to escape the punishment of hell fire and qualify for heaven.

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Pray For Strength To Be Ready

Dear God, please help me to qualify for your kingdom! I confess my faith in Jesus Christ. I believe he died for my sins. I also believe he resurrected from death to give me eternal life. From now on, I repent of my sins, and I dedicate my complete life to Jesus Christ. I will serve him till he returns to transport me to his kingdom. Thank you, Jesus Christ, for your saving grace! Amen

Remember: Rapture Will Happen; People Must Prepare

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