Category: NEW TESTAMENT

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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THE ANTICHRIST EVIL MARK OF 666 SYMBOLIZES DESTRUCTION – Revelation

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God Will Reward Whoever Rejects The Beast Mark of 666

(Passage: Revelation 15)

In fulfillment of the scripture, Satan will introduce and impose his evil mark of 666 to decimate people and prepare them for an eternal destruction in hell fire. The naive; the nonchalant, and those who choose to be ignorant of the word of God would be Satan’s prey.

It is recorded in the bible,

“Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666” (Revelation 13:11-18 NIV).

People who have a clear understanding of the bible will have an awareness of Satan’s ploys and also have the momentum to resist him. Anyone who successfully avoid receiving the mark of Satan (666) will praise God’s name in the end. A survival of Satan’s manipulation, temptation and oppression will inherit the kingdom of God. The scripture explains the survivors’ outcome. It is written,

“Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete. And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: “Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the saints! Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before you, for your judgments have been manifested.” (Revelation 15:1-4 NKJV).

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Christians To Be Cautious Of Satan’s Schemes

Persecution of saints will be on the rise during the End Time – prior to the second coming of Jesus Christ. Satan and his forces will manipulate people to receive a mark of the beast “666” that will signify their eternal destruction. Christians must take caution to live by the principles of the bible and reject all Satan’s works (including his subtle temptations).

Christians are expected to have the proper knowledge of the bible. We must also be sensitive and be prayerful to have the strength needed to overcome sin and prevail over Satan’s onslaught. That is, Christians must read their bible, understand it, and practice it to have the strength needed to overcome Satan’s plans and avoid receiving his evil mark of 666.

Unfortunately, God will judge anyone who receives the antichrist symbol of 666 and condemn him (or her) in hell fire. Therefore, Christians must be vigilant, watchful and prayerful!

  • Be watchful of the end time events prophesied in the bible!
  • Read your Bible to understand the godly principles to live by!
  • Do not allow Satan to manipulate you to miss heaven!

 

(People who have confessed their faith in Jesus Christ should not be afraid of Satan’s mark of 666 since they would have escaped it through rapture. The followers of Christ will be raptured prior to the enforcement of the beast mark of 666.)

Satan will manipulate and oppress many people in an attempt to make them receive his evil mark – prior to the second coming of Jesus. (However, the enforcement of the signs will be post-rapture). Everyone still has an opportunity to receive Christ’s salvation and meet the rapture; thereby escape the iminent horror of the antichrist.

It is important that people align their faith with Jesus Christ to escape Satan’s manipulation through rapture.

The sure way to escape Satan’s horror is to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.

The process of accepting the Salvation of Jesus Christ is presented in Romans 10:9-10 which states,

“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. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10 KJV).

People who have refused to confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will not be raptured. They will live under the mercy of Satan who will rule the world with an iron hand and impose his evil sign of “666.”

 

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Pray For Grace And Strength To Escape Satan’s Efforts And Meet Christ

Dear God, please save me from the evil sign of 666 that Satan will impose to confirm people for hell fire. Please, count me worthy of your kingdom! I understand that Jesus Christ offers the sure way of salvation to everyone who believes in him; therefore, I confess him (Jesus Christ) as my personal Lord and Savior. I dedicate my life to Jesus, and I promise to faithfully serve him throughout the days of my life. Please help me to comply with your standard and remain rapturable! For in the name of Jesus Christ I have prayed. Amen!


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GENUINE WORSHIP BRINGS FORTH BLESSINGS – 3 John

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True Christians Must Be Steadfast In Christ At All Times

The apostle John commended and prayed for Gaius having heard the news of his steadfast faith and services to the Lord Jesus Christ. John said,

“The Elder, to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth: Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 John 1-4).

God Rewards Our Faithful Services To Him

Righteous services and godly living are God’s measuring standard of steadfastness; any Christian who is loyal to God and faithful to him will be rewarded. It is virtually impossible for any Christian to be passive in his relationship with God and still be able to satisfy him. The Creator requires our full attention to receive his commendations. However, the roadmap to adequately satisfy God’s standard of righteousness is not too easy. It takes the assistance of the Holy Spirit for anyone to be able to adequately satisfy God. Therefore, believers must seek for the baptism of the Holy Spirit so that we can be empowered to do God’s will. Also, believers must be responsive to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in order to prosper.

Prayer of steadfastness can help you!

Prayer For Grace To Continuously Trust In God

Dear God, please make me a serious Christian who is devoted to your services. Let me serve you in righteousness to be counted worthy of your commendation in heaven! Also, let my loyalty to you be rewarded with some earthly benefits so that unbelievers can be challenged to serve you as well. I surely know you will pay a special attention to those who faithfully serve you; therefore, please give me the strength to serve you with loyalty throughout the days of my life! For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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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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