Category: NEW TESTAMENT

UNHOLY RICHES ARE THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL – Luke

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True Christians Should Avoid Unholy Means To Becoming Wealthy

(Passage: Luke 16)

Jesus Christ cautioned and warned his disciples not to be involved in unjust riches, but seek pure wealth that glorify God. Jesus said,

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Luke 16:10-13).

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Unholy Pursuit Of Wealth Goes Against God’s Will

The pursuit of clean riches is not evil, but the pursuit of unclean riches is evil. Hence, Christians must not pursue riches at the expense of holiness. As children of God, we must evaluate our ambitions, and we must ensure that God’s rules are not violated. We must also, strive to be involved in only careers that glorify God. It is important to note that God keeps records of our activities, and he will duly reward us in this life, and in heaven also.

Don’t be a hypocrite!

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Prayer To Be Disciplined Against Unholy Riches

God gives grace to the needy; pray!

O my God, I want to be rich, but I do not want to go to hell fire! Help me pursue clean riches, and let me honor you with my resources. Let me utilize my riches to serve you and meet other people’s needs. Do not let me be punished, but let me be duly rewarded on earth and in heaven also. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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HUMILITY AS A WAY OF LIFE – Luke

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All Christians Should Imbibe Humility As A Core Trait

(Passage: Luke 18)

Jesus Christ explained the real meaning of humility and said,

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 18:10-14).

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Benign Humility Radiates Through Actions

True humility is not proven with words, but with actions! All Christians are required to live in humility before God so that he can be pleased with us. Believers must consider others as important as we are, and we must treat them with respect. Also, Christians must not prejudice against others; we must offer people a sense of worth and make them feel important as God’s special creations.

It is also important, that we Christians, offer our petitions to God with respect. We should not pray with arrogance, but we must humbly tender our requests before him. God will surely grant our heart desires, and he will decorate us with his benefits.

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Prayer For Grace To Be Humble

Dear God, please make me a humble person. Enable me with the strength to honor you in all my activities. Help me to respect other people as well. Give me the grace to give others a sense of worth. I also pray that you teach me how to humbly present the gospel to other people so that they can confess your Son Jesus Christ as their Lord and be saved. For in the name of your Son Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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JESUS CHRIST WILL COME WITHOUT A NOTICE – Luke

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True Believers Must Prepare For The Second Coming Of Jesus

Jesus Christ compared his second coming to the time of Noah when all things appeared to be going on smoothly until the flood came unexpectedly to wipe out the people of first generation. People failed to heed to Noah’s message heralding God’s warning that people must repent of their sins. God was provoked and destroyed everyone, except the family of Noah who responded to his warning. A great flood overtook the earth and everyone died! Jesus warned the people of the present generation to learn this important lesson of repentance and confess their faith in him. Jesus said,

“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:26-30).

Only Believers In Jesus Christ Will Be Saved

Jesus Christ will return to earth when people have least expected. Christ will rapture his saints to heaven and condemn the unbelievers to hell fire. The left-behind-people will live under the mercy of Satan (The most wicked creature in existence!)

Satan, who is also known as the devil, will torment the sinners in hell fire. However, the raptured believers will be with Christ in heaven to enjoy an everlasting peace and joy. Therefore, all people are encouraged to declare their faith in Jesus Christ in order to qualify for the rapture.

Jesus Christ is the only deity who is worthy to advocate for sinners on God’s Last Day of Judgment! Christ, who has died for sinners will advocate for people who believe in him; he will exonerate them from the punishment of hell and grant them the passage to heaven. The Savior will declare his saints “Justified” while the unbelievers will languish in hell.

Prayer of Salvation

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I want to make heaven; I do not want to go to hell fire. Please, I surrender my life to you today; I confess you – Jesus Christ – as my personal Lord and Savior. I declare that I will faithfully serve you for the rest of my life. I believe I am now saved since I have declared you as my personal Lord and Savior. Please keep my name ever written in the book of life. Thank you, Jesus Christ, for your saving grace. Praise God. Amen!

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GOD IS GENEROUS AND ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE – Luke

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Christians Must Realize That God Is The Only Way To Salvation

(Passage: Luke 14)

Jesus Christ compared God to a rich man who was determined to accomplish his goals without accommodating distractions. He narrated the story of the rich man and said,

“Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper” (Luke 14:16-24 KJV).

Only Worthy Christians Will Enter Heaven

There shall be no excuse adequate enough to persuade God to allow unrepentant sinners into heaven. God has opened his arms to all people through his Son Jesus Christ: Anyone who receives Jesus as his or her personal Lord will be accepted to heaven, and anyone who rejects his would be disallowed to enter heaven. Therefore, all people must realize that God’s word is law. He will perform whatever he has determined in his heart. Everyone ought to tremble before God and obey his commandments. We must all yield to God’s offer of salvation sent through Jesus Christ so that we can be saved and enter heaven.


Acceptance Of Jesus Christ

Dear God, I am determined to yield to your invitation of salvation: Today, I (please mention your name here) give my life to Jesus Christ. I accept him as my personal Lord and Savior. I confess my sins and forsake them. From now on, I will serve you, and I will glorify you with every bit of my breath. Please help me to be a worthy Christian and remain qualified for your kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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CHRISTIANITY IS NOT EXCLUSIVE TO PERFECT HUMANS – Luke

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Christians Need To Understand That God Sees Everyone Equally

(Passage: Luke 14)

Jesus Christ preached the hardest part of Christianity to his disciples and said,

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26-27).

Salvation Is A Personal Race

Salvation is personal, and it cannot be obtained through collective efforts. Nobody should seek an approval of another fellow before he or she turns to Jesus Christ. God requires everyone on earth to personally accept Jesus Christ, as his or her personal Lord and Savior. Anyone who believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God shall be saved. However, a person who refuses to accept the Lordship of Jesus Christ shall be condemned in hell fire (John 3:18).

Praying For Grace To Be Deeply Rooted In Christ

I understand that salvation is a personal journey; therefore, I confess my faith in Jesus Christ instantly. I accept him as my personal Lord and Savior, and I am determined to serve him throughout the days of my life. I also, confess my sins and repent from them. I ask God to enable me with the ability to remain faithful to him for the rest of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I have prayed. Amen.

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SALVATION IS NOT INHERITED BUT EARNED – Luke

 

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True Christianity Entails Faith In Jesus Christ

(Passage: Luke 13)

Jesus Christ emphasized that the door of his kingdom will not be open to just anyone who claims to be a Christian. The Savior has made it clear that not everyone who calls him, Lord would be allowed to enter heaven, except those who strive hard in their race to eternal life. Jesus said,

“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity.’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last” (Luke 13:24-30).

Christianity Is A Personal Race

Salvation is easy to describe; It is a means of escape that Jesus Christ offered (with his life) To rescue sinners from the punishments of hell fire. However, a person can only be saved when he/she personally accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Hence, it must be conceived that salvation is personal; it cannot be inherited, and it cannot be obtained on behalf of others. An individual must personally confess Jesus Christ and accept him as Lord to be accepted into God’s kingdom.

It is possible for someone to regularly go to church and yet not be saved. No person is awarded salvation through Christian activities – everyone must personally confess his or her faith in Jesus Christ to be saved!

Prayer Of Faith In Jesus Christ

Dear Lord, I believe that Jesus Christ is your Son sent from heaven to save people from the devil; therefore, I profess my faith in him. I confess that Jesus Christ died for my sins, and he rose from the dead to give me eternal life. Hence, I accept him as my personal Lord and Savior. I also confess my sins, and I forsake them. I believe that I am now a born-again Christian, and I promise to faithfully serve God for the rest of my life. Amen.

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A CONSTANT FIGHT AGAINST TEMPTATIONS IS A NORM IN CHRISTIANITY – 1 Corinthians

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True Believers Of God Must Strive To Conquer Inevitable Trials

(Passage: 1 Corinthians 10)

Children of God are encouraged to resist temptations and put the devil to shame. The scripture admonished;

“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:12-13 NKJV).

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Repentance And A Constant Sensitivity To Temptation Should Be Our Watchword

Tempting situations will arise, but we are encouraged not to yield to them. As God’s children, we must resist temptations to glorify God. Also, any Christian who falls into sin must repent and regain focus with God. A Christian who falls into sin must genuinely repent and make necessary restitution so that Satan can be put to shame.

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Prayer For Strength To Conquer All Trials

Dear God, please give me the strength to overcome sin. Give me the grace to resist temptations, and help me to live uprightly with you always. Bless me with grace to exercise genuine repentance, so that I can be fit for your kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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PROCLAIMING SELF PRAISES CAN LEAD YOU TO DESTRUCTION – Philippians

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Christians Should Be Ready To Praise God Alone, As He Is The Ultimate Provider

(Passage: Philippians 3)

Christians must avoid self-praise, as our glorification must only be expressed in God. Since Christ is our all-in-all, we must ensure that we glorify him in all situations, and at all times. The scriptures admonished,

“For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3).

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God Alone Is Worthy Of Praises

We Christians have no other pride than Jesus Christ; therefore, we must rejoice in him always. We must abstain from self-glorification, but direct all honor to the Lord! The Savior has blessed us with his immeasurable grace of salvation, and has also, promised us an imperishable crown of glory in heaven. Hence, believers must dance before him and celebrate his goodness from now till eternity.

Humility is a virtue that all Christians should imbibe.

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Proclamation Of God’s Praises

(Pray for grace to abstain from self-praise).

Dear Jesus Christ, what an awesome Lord you are! You sacrificed your life to save my soul! I will praise you from now on. I will sing, dance, and proclaim your goodness throughout the earth. I am determined to shun self-praise, but give you due honor throughout the days of my life. So help me God! Amen.

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GOD’S REIGN IS FOREVER – Hebrews

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The Lord Was, Even Before Existence And It Shall Keep Being So

(Passage: Hebrew 1)

The scriptures revealed the Lordship identity of Jesus Christ: He was not an ordinary human being as some may have presumed. He was God in human form when he came to earth and he still retains the same identity today. It is written,

“But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness more than your companions.” And: “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak you will fold them up, and they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will not fail” (Hebrews 1:8-12).

A Genuine Belief In Christ Equals A Reward Of Eternal Life

Jesus Christ is the foundation of faith and the rooftop of salvation. Also, he is the perfection of God’s love. He simplified God’s law and presented it to us in a more relatable form. The Savior laid a royal carpet for us to step on; hence, anyone who confesses him as the Son of God and accept him as his/her personal Savior will be saved!

People of all states should come humbly before Jesus Christ and accept him as Lord. Whoever comes to Jesus Christ will not regret, but will have everlasting life in heaven.

 

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Prayer Of Thanks And Conviction

Dear Jesus, I understand that you are Christ, the Son of God who died for sinners. You sacrificed your life for a poor sinner like me so that I can inherit the gift of eternal life. Since you are so kind to me, I offer my complete life to you; I confess you as my Lord and Savior, and I will serve you for the rest of my life. From now on, I will share the testimony of your goodness to my friends and neighbors. I will proclaim your gospel so that other people can become saved as well. Please help me to stay with my conviction, and keep my promise to you! Amen!

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OUR FAITH IS AS PRECIOUS AS GOLD IN THE SIGHT OF GOD – 1 Peter

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Christians Should Be Ready To Face Trials and Tribulations In Their Quest for Eternal Life

Children of God are encouraged to endure their trials and temptations for the sake of receiving an eternal reward in heaven. Believers must stay close to God with unwavering faith to receive an 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).

Endurance Is A Key to God’s Abundant Grace And Favor

Every child of God ought to endure whatever challenges of faith that 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 to not assume that Christianity would be easy. Christianity would not always come with the  “bread-and-butter” experience. The religion comes with its own challenges; non-believers 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 stand firm in faith and endure persecution to receive God’s priceless eternal reward in heaven.

Pray For Strength To Endure All Manners of Tribulations As A Christian.

Dear God, please keep me in faith, and let me remain consistent with your holiness standard. Help me to endure persecution. Empower me through the 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 “well-done and welcome my good servant.” For in the name of Jesus Christ I have prayed. Amen.

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