Category: NEW TESTAMENT

HUMILITY IS A TRAIT THAT ALL CHRISTIANS MUST POSSESS – Acts

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True Believers Ought To Always Operate In Humility

(Passage: Acts 10)

Servants of God, as well as all other Christians, ought to make humility their lifestyle. This practice will glorify God and also pose a serious challenge to the unbelievers. The unbelievers will emulate the trait of humility from the believers and surrender their lives to God.

Peter (in the bible) demonstrated an act of humility that all Christians must emulate. The scripture reported,

“As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I myself am also a man” (Acts 10:25-26).

(Cornelius wanted to worship Peter, being a servant of God, but Peter forbade him with a statement “I am also a fellow human being like you”)

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God Alone Deserves To Be Worshiped; Everyone Must Worship Him

God is the only deity that all people must worship; no other deity or human being must be worshiped. Also, no human being should worship money, material wealth, or others. God frowns at any activity that would attempt to share his glory. The Creator can go any extent to withdraw his protection and provision whenever his children refuse to glorify him. It is absolutely dangerous for any Christian to acclaim God’s glory unto himself or herself. Therefore, all people must redirect every due honor to God. After all, no one can achieve any positive thing on earth without the help of God. All people must glorify God in every situation!

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Proclaim The Goodness of God In Your Prayers

Dear God, you deserve every honor in my life. You deserve my offering of praises and thanksgiving at all times. No one else can offer me protection and provision like you do! You have sheltered and cared for me in times of need; you gave me peace and earned me a solution to my problems. Why then should I not praise you?

Please give me the grace to appreciate you from the bottom of my heart at all times. Do not let me underscore your greatness; help me to praise you always and enable me with the strength to testify to your goodness throughout the days of my life. Please, let my testimony abide, so that I can keep praising your holy name. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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FORGIVENESS IS A CORE FACTOR IN CHRISTIANITY – Luke 15

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True Believers Must Be Ready To Forgive As God Forgives Us

(Passage: Luke 15)

Jesus Christ preached forgiveness and narrated a story of the Prodigal Son to support his sermon. The boy regarded as the Prodigal Son in the story pestered his father to grant him the portion of his inheritance. (He wanted to inherit his father while still alive.) The father was disappointed of his son’s approach, but he granted his wish anyway.

The boy collected his inheritance from his father and travel farther away from home. He visited a foreign land and lavished all he had received. He became poor and suffered. One day, the boy came to his senses and realized how foolish he was to have inherited his father (while still alive) and lavished the resources.

The Prodigal Son acknowledged his mistakes and repented. He decided to return home and beg for his father’s forgiveness. He prepared a persuasive poem for his father as he faces his fate. However, the boy was surprised that his father accepted him back easily and forgave him. The father said to his servants,

“Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry” (Luke 15:22-24).

Forgiveness Is Divine; God Forgives A Repentant Sinner

God will gladly forgive any sinner who repents of his or her sins and turns to him. God and his angels celebrate every repentant sinner. Jesus Christ stated, “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance” (Luke 15:7).

Pray For The Forgiveness Of Your Sin

Dear God, I know you love sinners, I also know you hate sin; therefore, I am determined to repent of my sins and return to serving you in holiness. I am sorry for my past mistakes; please forgive me! I promise to faithfully serve you from now on; please give me the grace and power to do so! Help me to obey your instructions, and please count me worthy of your kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I have prayed. Amen.


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FAITH PROMPTS GOD TO TAKE AN ACTION ON OUR BEHALFS – Matthew

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Christians Must Trust That God Will Always Favor Us

(Passage: Matthew 15)

One woman proved her relentless faith in the power of God through Jesus Christ; she persuaded Christ for the healing of her child. Jesus didn’t make her request easy; he tested her faith with a common Jewish tradition, but the woman did not give in. She passed the test by demonstrating her remarkable trust in the power of Christ. The Savior immediately granted her request based on the conviction.

The Bible describes the woman’s style of approach to demand her daughter’s miracle. She said,

“… Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He (Jesus) answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” “But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.” (Matthew 15:22-28).

Believers To Have Confidence In God Despite Our Challenges

Christians must demonstrate an irresistible and consistent faith in Jesus Christ at all times. We must be persistent in our prayers and have an unshakable faith that moves God’s hands to take an action. Indeed, God expects his worshippers and believers to make their requests with steadfast trust. Some situations may challenge our faith to doubt God, but we must remain confident that our God of possibilities is well and able to help us. Jehovah can do all things; he will answer our prayers and make us laugh with a testimony of victory.

Any Christian who demonstrates unwavering faith in God will live an overcomer’s life on earth.

Pray For God’s Strength To Exercise Faith

Dear God, please give me the strength to demonstrate an unwavering faith in you! Help me to pray in faith and have the expectations that you are more than able to perfect whatever that concerns me! I know you are well and able to grant me victory in all situations. Please help me to remain confident in you always so that I can testify your goodness to other people! For in the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

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LOVE IS A DIVINE GIFT FROM GOD – 1 Corinthians

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True Christians Must Practice God’s Love

(Passage: 1 Corinthians 13)

Christianity is rooted in God’s love, and every Christian must demonstrate sincere love. Paul explained the necessity of love to the Corinthian brethren and said,

“If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud” (1 Corinthians 13:3-4 NLT).

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Christians Should Exercise True Love Like Christ

Christ’s love must be found among all Christians. Nothing is remotely significant as true love. Christ came to love, he preached love, and he died and resurrected for love’s sake! Christ’s love is selfless, pure, and positive. It was meant for everyone to prosper and benefit from God’s kingdom. Hence, everyone who claims to be followers of Jesus Christ must prove his or her faith with sincere love. If we claim to believe Christ, we must truly love other people; we must seek their welfare, and we must pray for their salvation. God’s blessings are bound to follow people that genuinely love others.

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Prayer For Divine Grace To Truly Love Others

Dear God, please give me the grace to love other people genuinely. Let me have the positive interests of other people at heart. Help me to demonstrate selfless love towards my fellow believers, and let me make positive contributions to their lives. Please let me receive the benefits of true love in this life, and the one to come! For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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JESUS NEVER BREAKS HIS PROMISES; HE REWARDS GOOD EFFORTS – Luke

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A True Christian Should Understand That A Deal With Jesus Is A Done Deal

(Passage: Luke 18)

Peter wanted to know his stake with Jesus Christ since he has compromised in many ways for the sake of pleasing him. Jesus responded to Peter’s request and said,

“Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house, or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life” (Luke 18:29-30).

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Jesus Christ Rewards His True Followers

Jesus is a skilled “Business Man,” and he knows the best way to reward his faithful servants. Anyone who invests in Jesus’s business will not regret it. The fellow will never be bankrupt! It is always a “Win-Win” situation to serve Jesus Christ; the adventure is worthwhile, and it has both earthly and heavenly profits. Jesus will make his faithful servants prosper on earth and he will take them to heaven also!

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Prayer For Repentance

Dear Jesus Christ, I understand that yours is a rewarding business, and I want to be involved in it. I am determined to commit myself to your business by confessing you as my personal Lord and Savior, and by faithfully serving you throughout the days of my life. In fact, I am acting on my determination right now: I (please mention your name), I confess you Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior and repent of my sins. I give my heart to Jesus Christ, and I will faithfully serve him throughout my life. Amen.

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THE HOLY SPIRIT IS WITHIN ALL CHRISTIANS – 2 Corinthians

True Believers Will Overcome All Temptations Because God’s Presence Is Within Them

(Passage: 2 Corinthians 4)

Christians are ruled by the Spirit of God and should have an unbeatable willpower. This will ensure all Christians thrive always. They will also be able to make successful advancements during times of tribulations. Paul boasted on behalf of all Christians and said,

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body” (2 Corinthians 4:7-10).

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God Directs And Protects His Children Always

Christians are God’s children, and they have the Holy Spirit within to help them overcome tribulations. Christians will always prevail over whatever challenge that Satan may bring their way! Christians also have an advantage of receiving consolation when passing through their challenges. The Spirit of the Lord will energize them to hold on to their faith.

All true believers should be challenged to preserve their faith in God, who gives strength to the weak. Jehovah will not disappoint whoever trusts him. He will make the faces of those who believe in Him shine. God will decorate believers with honor. He will ensure their lives always testify to his goodness.

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Prayer For The Divine Help Of The Holy Spirit

Dear God, please teach me how to trust you at all times, so that I can be worthy to enjoy your benefits. Endow me with the power of the Holy Spirit to prevail over my challenges. Let your Spirit keep me strong in faith so that unbelievers can be challenged to trust you also. Let my life record testimonies of goodness to your name at all times. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I have prayed.

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SIGNS OF END TIME – THE UNDENIABLE FACTS – 2 Timothy

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Christians To Ascertain Godly Practices To Meet The Rapture

(Passage: 2 Timothy 3)

Christians are to be careful and ensure that they are aware of the evil practices that symbolize the End Time. Believers must also ensure they do not participate in those evil practices that the scriptures have warned against. The Bible states,

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

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God Will Reward His Children’s Faithfulness In Him

In the last days, evil will perpetuate and dominate the earth; Christians must ensure they do not participate in such evil, as God will punish whoever does so. However, while some evil signs of end times like homosexuality are predominant, others are not. Some subtle signs of the end time include pride, self-righteousness, the lust for money, blasphemy, and others which are itemized in; 2-Timothy 3:1-5.

Since the evil signs of the end time manifest in multiple ways, believers must be sensitive to approach them with the power of the Holy Spirit. We must allow God’s Spirit to instruct us in dealing with evil factors! We must understand that the bible required us to outrightly reject evil practices of end times! Again, we must not tolerate them, but reject them! God is counting on Christians to be his true ambassadors on earth. We must represent him well so that people can have a clear understanding of his righteous standard and comply with it. Jehovah will honor any of his children, whether group or individuals who choose to promote his righteous standard and make him proud.

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Pray For The Grace To Properly Prepare For End Time And Meet Rapture

Dear God, please save me from evil practices that have consumed our society! Give me the grace and confidence to stand up for your righteousness, and do your will at all times. Do not let me follow the multitude to do evil, but let my deeds and actions glorify your holy name. I also pray for my brethren throughout the world that you will empower us to promote your bible standard without any form of compromise. Let Christians throughout the world be your true representative so that the light of your gospel can continue to shine in this evil world. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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FAITH WITHOUT WORK IS DEAD – 1 Peter

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Advancing In Faith Is The Key To Righteousness

(Passage: 1 Peter 2)

All Christians are expected to grow in faith and be productive for our master Jesus Christ. No Christian should remain dormant in his or her spiritual assignments, as the scripture emphasized,

“Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:1-2).

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Growth In Faith Is Required To Fight Against Temptations

God requires Christians to build and maintain a good relationship with him. He does not expect anyone to remain a “baby Christian.” Babies drink milk, but adults eat solid food! Mature Christians conduct themselves honorably among gentiles, and they are productive for God (1 Peter 2:11-12). Therefore, anyone who professes to know God for a period of time must be able to bear fruits for Jesus. However, Satan would keep insensitive Christians busy with petty activities that can rob them of their blessings. The enemy can easily manipulate “Baby Christians” to think towards worldly vices.

Their thoughts and practices would promote malice, fighting, immorality, jealousy, pride, and others. As long as a Christian engages in such evil practices, he or she will find it difficult to advance in faith; such a person cannot bear abiding fruits for God’s kingdom. Any Christian who expects God’s blessing on earth (and in heaven) must lay aside petty sinful activities. A mature Christian must engage in activities that will always make God happy with him/her.


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Prayer For Assistance From God

Dear God, please help me to be a serious Christian who will not be disappointed on the last day of judgment. Help me to focus on living a lifestyle that will glorify your name. Please do not let me be trapped by worldly and sinful activities. Help me to grow and mature in faith. Let my activities bring glory to your holy name from now on, and ever more! For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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ERA OF GRACE IS HERE FOR ALL – 2 Corinthians

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Jesus Has Made It Possible For Christians To Speak Directly With God Now

(Passage: 2 Corinthians 3)

People who live during the New Testament era should consider themselves fortunate to have the salvation of Jesus Christ readily available. This is so, because those who lived during the Old Testament era longed for what we have easy. They desperately needed to experience the salvation of Christ. For example, the glory of God that radiated on Moses in the wilderness is nothing to compare with the version that Jesus bestowed on his followers in the New Testament. Present day believers have direct access to God through Jesus Christ. The scripture explained,

“But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory” (2 Corinthians 3:7-9).

God’s Grace Is Sufficient For Everyone

Congratulations to people who have confessed their faith in Jesus Christ for they shall be entitled to God’s treasures in heaven. Christians shall enjoy the grace of Jesus Christ received freely. That is, Christians are saved by grace and not by work! We live by faith to enjoy God’s benefits.

Christians are not only fortunate to enjoy God’s benefits on earth. We are also fortunate to qualify for heavenly benefits. In fact, Christians will be more honorable than angels once they get to heaven (1 Corinthians 6:3).

Nothing is more intriguing than the everlasting pleasure that Christians will enjoy in heaven. Believers will live peacefully in heaven. We shall rejoice at the bosom of the Lord forever!

Unfortunately, those who refused to confess Jesus as Lord will not share a pleasurable moment with God in heaven. Unbelievers will not be considered as God’s sons and daughters. They shall be kicked out of heaven to live permanently with Satan in hell fire. It is important that all individuals confess their faith in Jesus Christ, in order to escape the horror of hell fire.

An unbeliever needs to confess Jesus Christ as his (or her) personal Lord and Savior to be saved. Whoever confesses Jesus Christ as Lord will enjoy an everlasting life with Him in His kingdom.

Prayer Of Repentance And Forgiveness

Dear God, I understand that Christians will make heaven and enjoy everlasting life with you; therefore, please count me worthy! Since unbelievers will not share the joy with you in heaven, I do not want to remain an unbeliever! I am determined to give my life to you today and forever! Today, I declare Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. I confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He died for my sins and resurrected to save my soul. I confess my sins and repent from them. Henceforth, I will serve and honor Jesus Christ for the rest of my life.

Please count me worthy in your eternal kingdom, O Lord! For in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord I prayed. Amen.

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LOVE MUST BE PARAMOUNT IN THE CHURCH – 1 Corinthians

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A True Believer Should Understand That Certain Practices Are Required From Him or Her

(Passage: 1 Corinthians 16)

A Christ-centered church must ensure its members practice true love. The church must pray together and care for one another. Paul wrote to the Corinthian church and said,

“The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. The salutation with my own hand—Paul’s. If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen” (1 Corinthians 16:19-24).

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Work To Grow Your Church With Love As The Key Factor

The church of Jesus Christ was created for two major purposes; For brethren to offer corporate worships to God and minister to each others’ welfare. These two vital roles must be observed in every Christ-centered church. It is important that members of different churches understand the importance of a local fellowship. Believers must gather together to pray and exercise true love.

Members of different churches must not be “busybody”. A good church member must not engage in any practice that will negatively affect the growth of his/her church.

Every good Christian is expected to make sizable efforts to positively contribute to the growth of his/her church. God will reward anyone who contributes to the growth of the church. He will honor such a person in this life, and the one to come!

Make significant efforts to promote Christ-centered love in your church!

Pray to show a genuine love.

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Prayer For Divine Assistance To Promote True Love

Dear God, please help our churches to practice true love so that your name can be glorified among the gentiles. Help all brethren to worship you together in spirit and truth. Also, help us to minister to each others’ needs in love. Let brothers and sisters in Christ make personal efforts that are necessary to keep the body of Christ together in unity. When the end comes, let every true believer converge at your feet in paradise to enjoy an endless fellowship with you. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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