Category: NEW TESTAMENT

GOD’S PRESENCE IS REQUIRED FOR A BLISSFUL MARRIAGE – Matthew

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Christian Couples Must Focus Making Their Marriages Work

Passage: Matthew 19

Marriages are meant to be for a lifetime; a divorce option should not be considered as the “money in the bank!”

The Pharisees questioned Jesus Christ on the subject of divorce and referenced the Law of Moses to justify their support for it. Jesus then responded with the scripture and said,

“Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery” (Matthew 19:8-9).

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Marriage Requires Maturity & Subservience From Couples

Marriage is the oldest institution that God created. He instituted it for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. God, who started the idea of marriage, still loves the institution today. He prefers marriage to divorce. God expects Christian couples to work out their differences amicably and keep the sanity of their home. God does not want anyone to tamper with the special institution. He wants people to keep to the marriage tradition as an institution that mainly consists of a man and a woman. Homosexuality is not in the language of God for marriage!

God, also, expects married couples to be matured people. They must have a clear understanding of what the institution is about. Married couples must be ready to submit to each other. They must relate to each other in honesty. Also, they must forgive each other to keep the health of their relationship and grow in love.

Married couples must seek the prosperity of their home. They must have mutual respect for each other. Most importantly, married couples must promote the fear of God in their home!

Pray To God For A Blissful Marriage

Dear God, please give me the grace to be committed to my marriage. Help me to give whatever it takes to make my relationship successful. Please give my spouse and me the ability to submit to each other. Help us to trust and love each other as you loved and died for us! Please enrich my union with every blessing of life. Please let our home radiate the beauty of your goodness, even now and forever more! For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Remember: God’s Presence Is Required For A Blissful Marriage!

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THE PARABLE OF TEN VIRGINS ARE MEANT FOR ALL – Matthew

Preparation Is The Key To Making Heaven

Passage: Matthew 25

Jesus Christ told the story of Ten Virgins to explain what it takes for anyone to qualify for heaven. Christ narrated a story stating that ten virgins wanted to meet their bridegroom: Five of them made adequate preparations while the remaining five lacked the insight to prepare well. The bridegroom came when everyone had least expected; he took away the prepared five virgins and left the unprepared behind to be disappointed. Christ stated his second coming would be similar to this story. Only the prepared Christian will be raptured on the last day. Here is the Bible account of Jesus’ story,

Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut” (Matthew 25:1-10).

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Prepare For The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ

We Must Spend Our Lives Complying With The Standard of God

Christians are to make adequate preparations for the second coming of Jesus Christ. We cannot be slothful but prepare and be ready for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ! Once he comes, he will rapture the prepared Christians to his kingdom.

Believers must do our due diligence to keep fit for the second coming of Jesus Christ so that we won’t be disappointed.

Unfortunately, Christ has said not everyone will have the criterial for heaven; those that will be considered unqualified are the people who failed to make an adequate preparation as Bible required. That is, the nonchalant (those who refused to confess Christ as their Lord) and the unrepentant sinners will not have a portion in God’s kingdom.

It is important that everyone daily live up to the standard of God as they read and meditate from the Bible.

Christians must comply with the standard of God stipulated in the Bible to qualify for the rapture on the last day!

Indeed, our aspiration and efforts to comply with God’s standard will pay off in the end. Jesus will transport us to heaven to forever enjoy his immeasurable benefits.

Jesus said,

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3).



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Pray For God’s Grace To Keep His Biblical Standard

Dear Jesus Christ, please count me worthy to be raptured on the last day. Let your Holy Spirit rule me to live up to your standard so that I can be transported to heaven. Help me to study your words and practice the lesson learned. Let the Holy Spirit empower me to act in accordance with the Scripture so that I can make heaven and rejoice in your presence forever. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Remember: The Parable Of Ten Virgins Are Meant For All

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ONLY THE FAITHFUL SHALL HAVE A PLACE WITH GOD IN HEAVEN – Matthew

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The Chosen Ones Are Those Who Have Confessed Jesus As Lord

Passage: Matthew 25

God designed heaven for everyone, but unfortunately, only a few people would get there. Those who have refused to confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will be disqualified from heaven.

Indeed, the second coming of Jesus Christ will alter all earth activities. Christ’s return will come with some mixed reactions. While the Christians rejoice and welcome their Master, the non-Christians would be left to face their fate of God’s condemnation in hell fire.

People who have rejected the salvation offer of Jesus would be considered as wicked people and be cast to hell. Christ will advocate for his followers as the scripture states,

“All the nations will be gathered before Him (Christ), and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats… Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world… And the wicked people will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:32-46).

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Unbelievers and Unrepentant Sinners Risk Losing Heaven

The followers of Jesus Christ will receive the gift of eternal life and rejoice with God in heaven! That is, those who have confessed Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior will be saved and be raptured to heaven.

Since the Lord’s final day of judgment is imminent, people of all classes and religions must heed the Bible warning that requires all people to confess Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior to be saved.

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Prayer For Divine Help To Serve God Consistently

Dear God, please count me worthy to partake in rapture. Count me among the people that will be transported to heaven on the last day. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God; I confess him as my personal Lord and Savior. Please give me the strength to faithfully serve you unto the end. Thank you, Jesus Christ, for your saving grace! Amen.

Remember: Only The Faithful Shall Have A Place With God In Heaven!

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FORGIVENESS IS A MUST FOR ALL CHRISTIANS – Matthew

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Christians Must Keep To The Bible’s Instruction on Forgiveness

(Passage: Matthew 18)

Jesus Christ used the simplest of languages to explain what forgiveness is all about. While Peter struggled with the requirements and wanted to validate his reasoning, Jesus challenged him with some big numbers to keep his common sense in check. However, it wasn’t the numbers that mattered, but the core message passed across. It must be understood that a Christians should not keep any record of an offense, but forgive whoever has wronged them. The Bible reported,

“… Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:21-22)”

The Holy Spirit Energizes Us To Forgive Easily

Jesus Christ focused his teachings on the requirements of God’s kingdom, of which forgiveness is one of them. Jesus even taught his disciples to request that God should pardon them, as they release those who have offended them. That is, every child of God must forgive other people to receive the forgiveness of God! Christ himself opened the pathway of forgiveness and salvation for us when he died on the cross for our sins! The scripture testified; “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Therefore, since we are saved by grace, we ought to extend the same grace to other people by forgiving their offenses. Although it might be difficult to forgive sometimes, we have no choice but to let go offenses. It is, also, the major reason why Christians ought to pray for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit at all times. The Spirit of God will energize us to forgive others and live uprightly with Him!

 

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Pray For The Grace To Forgive Easily

Dear God, please give me the grace and strength to forgive people who have wronged me. Help me to practice forgiveness as you demonstrated it on the cross. Please give me a tender heart like the little children to forgive others. Empower me to walk uprightly before you so that I can qualify for your eternal kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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CHRISTIANITY OFFERS AN EVERLASTING SALVATION – John

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Faith In Jesus Paves Way For God’s Kingdom

(Passage: John 3)

Christianity is a religion established by God to save people from destruction and grant them an opportunity to obtain God’s eternal peace and joy in heaven. The strength of Christianity cannot be compared to any other religion since the path was created by Jesus-the Son of God.

The religion of Christianity guarantee everlasting life for its observers. People who have confessed Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior will live to enjoy God’s eternal benefits in heaven as the Scripture stated,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). 

The Bible also states,

“But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us” (2 Corinthians 1:18-20).

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Christianity Is All About Salvation Of Jesus

Christianity is all about the gospel of Jesus Christ. The religion teaches people to believe in Jesus as the Son of God and confess him as their Lord to be saved. That is, a person must agree that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and personally confess him as Lord to be saved.

Why must a person only go to God through Jesus Christ? The answer is plain and simple: Jesus declares, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6 – NKJV).

Since we are all sinners, we need an advocate on God’s last day of judgment; Jesus will advocate for his followers (the Christians). Anyone who has refused to confess Jesus as his (or her) Lord will lack an advocate on God’s last day of judgment. He (or she) will face the wrath of God and be condemned to hell.

Since “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” it is important that a person has an advocate on God’s day of judgment. Only Jesus Christ can properly defend a sinner since he has died to pay the penalty of humans sins. Only Christ’s followers will have an opportunity to enjoy the benefit of his sacrifice offered.

Hence, it is advisable for everyone to confess Jesus Christ as his (or her) personal Lord and Savior before he dies. There shall be no opportunity of sin confession and repentance after death.

Declare your faith in Jesus Christ to be saved!

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Make A Declaration Of Faith

Take a personal decision to confess Jesus Christ as your Personal Lord and Savior to be saved. The Bible states,

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).

Don’t hesitate to take the step of salvation. Confess Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.



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Please Proclaim Your Faith In Jesus Christ Now

Dear God, I now understand that Christianity is not just a mere religion; it was founded by Jesus Christ to save a sinner like me. Therefore, I have decided to personally declare Jesus as my Lord! Jesus Christ is the Son of God! I confess him as my personal Lord and Savior. From now on, I will be a true Christian! Please give me the grace to faithfully serve you unto the end! For in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord, I have prayed. Amen!

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CHRISTIANS TO HAVE HONEST BUSINESS WITH GOD – ROMANS

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A Christian Must Have Honest Dealings

(Passage: Romans 2)

God despise hypocritical behaviors, but he will honor people who deal with him in honesty. The scripture says “Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?” (Rom. 2:1-3).

Lesson on Honest Dealings

God requires all people to do straightforward business with him; he does not want us to play hanky-panky game with him. He expects us to repent from our sins, and operate in holiness. The Creator does not want us to rationalize sins, but he wants us to repent from them. We must also make every necessary restitution as the Holy Spirit convicts us. If we walk uprightly with God, he will relate with us as his children and bless us.

Prayer of Grace to deal Honestly with God and Man

Dear God, please help me to serve you with honesty and walk with you in integrity. Empower me through your Holy Spirit to exercise genuine repentance and make necessary amendment. Let me demonstrate true Christianity so that I can be qualified for your eternal kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

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DISILLUSION OF GODDESS DIANA WORSHIPERS – Ephesians

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Christianity Reigns Beyond Idolatry

(Passage: Acts 19)

Demetrius who cave materials for the shrine of goddess Diana at Ephesus insinuated an uproar against God’s evangelists. The Ephesians supported Demetrius to defend their idols, and they chanted songs of praise to their goddess Diana (an idol) in protest against God’s evangelists and their gospel messages.

The scripture reported, “When they found out that he (Alexander – one of the evangelist) was a Jew, all with one voice cried out for about two hours, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!” (Acts 19:34).

Common Sense Disdain Idol worship

It is unfortunate to see people who God made dedicating their lives to idol worship. God requires that all people worship him; however, some people still go to any length to defend the forbidden practices of idolatry. Worse still, some people fight for their sake of their gods! They kill others in protest of anyone insulting their deity. However, common sense proves that no one needs to fight to defend his or her god. At least anything worth of worship ought to be strong enough to defend itself! Yet people still kill for the sake of religion defense.

Any god should be allowed to prove itself. Meanwhile, everyone knows that idols are dummy! They can neither talk nor see. It makes sense for people to serve the living God who is the Creator of heaven and earth. He is the only deity worth of worship! All people should submit to God and serve him with contrite heart so that they can obtain his blessing. It is also important that all people accept the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He must be confessed as the only Savior sent by God to save the world from its sins. Anyone who confesses Jesus Christ as Lord shall be saved on God’s last day of judgment.

Christians believe in the living God of heaven as the real God.

Pray for Strength to Serve the Living God

I believe that the living God who lives in heaven and reigns on earth is the real God. I also believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I understand that my faith in Jesus Christ will rescue me from God’s wrath that would come upon this present earth. I strongly believe that there is no other God except the living God and no one can get to his presence without first confessing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and he is the Lord. This is my declaration, and this is my testimony. Amen.

 

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CHRISTIANITY PRESERVES FAMILY – 1 Peter

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God Wants Everyone To Play A Role In His/Her Family

(Passage: 1 Peter 3)

Christians are called to be responsible for their families. Everyone in the family has a role to play. The scripture challenged Christians as written,

“Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered” (1 Peter 3:1-8 ESV).

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God Blesses A Loving Family

Children of God must be responsible and care for the welfare of their family. We must ensure God is glorified in our homes. (1 Peter 3:1-8).

God surely promotes love between family members. He expects us to be kind towards one another. There is no exception to the rule of true love. Believers must love our fellow Christians as Christ loved and died for us all. More importantly, we must love people who are closer to us, which are our family members!

Believers may be indirectly responsible for the welfare of others, but we are directly responsible for the welfare of our family members! Our family deserves the first-class attention from us.

As Christians, we must genuinely express sincere love towards our family members. Husbands must love their wives; wives must love their husbands. Parents must love their children, and children must love and respect their parents. Any child of God who ignores the call to care for his (or her) family is simply not practicing the true Christianity! How can a Christian claim he loves God or other people while he has neglected his family? God definitely despises such practices!

God can only be pleased when a person who claims to love him is not hypocritical. Believers must love family members in a manner that glorifies God. However, it is understood that family members have differences and some families have complicated issues to resolve; however, we must not allow the differences to prevent us from effectively performing our roles.

Every child of God must make a significant effort to put the devil to shame in his (or her) family. We must demonstrate the true and thorough love of Jesus to glorify God.

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Pray That True Love Starts From You

Dear God, please help me to express a genuine love for my family. Let me be your true ambassador in my home so that your name can be glorified. Again, I ask that you please make me a good and godly husband, wife, child, or grandchild. Help me to be a godly niece, nephew, and cousin, so that your gospel-light can shine in my family.

I am also asking that you please give me the strength to love my friends and neighbors. Let your light always shine around me to be your true ambassador on earth. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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FORGIVENESS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS GO HAND IN HAND – Luke

 

True Christianity Celebrates Forgiveness And Love

(Luke 17: 3-4)

Jesus Christ challenged Christians to forgive offenses at all costs. Jesus said,

“If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him” (Luke 17:3-4).

Forgive Others As God Forgives Us

Forgiveness has a simple definition, which means, to pardon people who have wronged us. All people must learn from God who sent his Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, so that he could forgive and save us. (God suffered hurt and disappointments from the sinful activities of humans, yet he sent his Son to die for us to save us from those sins).

God pardons our sins without asking for a penny in return; therefore, we should also forgive people who have offended us without asking for a price. God will definitely bless us, if we can reciprocate love for any sense of hurt and/or disappointment that we may have suffered from others.

Prayer For Holy Spirit Empowerment To Forgive Others

Dear God, please help me to forgive people who have wronged me. Help me to demonstrate a graceful heart towards them. An act of forgiveness can be challenging; therefore, I ask that you please empower me by the Holy Spirit to completely forgive others. Please help me to stay strong so that devil can be ashamed as I graciously forgive others! Give me the grace and power to operate in liberty through forgiveness. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

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GOD LOVES ALL SINNERS; COME CLOSE TO HIM, AND BE SAVED – Luke

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Christianity Isn’t Exclusive To Saints, It’s Meant For All

(Luke 15)

Jesus Christ admonished the Pharisees to shun their religious dogma and become God’s true children. The Pharisees criticized Jesus for preaching the gospel to the sinners, but he corrected them with an illustration. Jesus said,

“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ 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 15:4-7).

Heaven Rejoices Over The Conversion Of Just One Sinner

A man may segregate but God does not segregate anyone. The Creator loves everyone equally; he opens his hands widely to receive any converted sinner so that he (or she) can gain an access to his kingdom.

God-The heavenly Father is always happy to see a sinner who repents of his sins. In fact, the scripture stated the angels in heaven rejoice over any single sinner who repents of his sin and turns to Jesus Christ (Luke 15:7,10).

Pray For Strength To Be Steadfast With God

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, please save the unbelievers. Help them to realize who you are as the Son of God. Energize them to confess their sins and accept you as their personal Savior. I also pray that you destroy all works of Satan in the lives of your children throughout the world so that they can keep focus and be committed to serving you! Please, keep the saints steadfast in your love in order to make it to your kingdom and enjoy your everlasting benefits. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

 

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