Category: OLD TESTAMENT

THE PROTECTION OF GOD STANDS SURE ON HIS CHILDREN – Esther

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Christians Must Have Faith In God’s Promises Of Protection

(Passage: Esther 6)

Haman plotted to kill Mordecai at the same time that God was determined to promote him. The plan of God prevailed over Mordecai’s life. He was promoted, but his enemy (Haman) was killed for his evil plot (Haman was killed for the sake of Mordecai and other Jews).

The scripture reported,

“That night the king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, the doorkeepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. Then the king said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” And the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” So the king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace to suggest that the king hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.” (Unfortunately, the game changed for Haman)… Haman naively suggested, “Then let this robe and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that he may array the man whom the king delights to honor. Then parade him on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him: ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!’” Then the king said to Haman, “Hurry, take the robe and the horse, as you have suggested, and do so to Mordecai the Jew who sits within the king’s gate! Leave nothing undone of all that you have spoken” (Esther 6:1-4; 6:9-10).

The Promises of God Will Never Fail On His Children

God’s protection over his children will not fail regardless of any circumstance. The enemies of God’s children will be put to shame. They will be ashamed of their evil works and be ridiculed. Meanwhile, God’s children will sail on to victory in all circumstances. They will not be ashamed during a confrontation.

Since God’s children dwell under divine grace, they will have renewed energy to bring more praises to God’s name.

Christians have nothing to lose for serving God; they will forever live as overcomers! The scripture assured us (Christians), “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).



Pray For Grace To Trust God In Your Situation

Dear God, please give me the enabling grace to remain your faithful child so that I can continue to enjoy your divine grace and protections. Beat down my enemies until they are destroyed! Let your goodness be abundant in my life and let me forever enjoy your benefits. Please set your angels to keep watch over my life so that I can continue to testify to your goodness in the assembly of your people. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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GOD FORGIVE OFFENSES OF HIS PEOPLE – Zechariah

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God Will Accept All Who Have Strayed Away And Forgive Them

(Passage: Zechariah 8)

The Israelites wandered away from God and suffered, but God – their Creator, promised to forgive them and draw them closer. The children of God will recover their losses and be blessed so that people can praise his name. God said to Israelites through Prophet Zechariah,

“And it shall come to pass that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and the house of Israel, so I will save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear, let your hands be strong.’ “For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Just as I determined to punish you When your fathers provoked me to wrath, ’Says the Lord of hosts, ‘and I would not relent” (Zechariah 8:13-14).

God Will Forgive His People And Punish Their Oppressors

God cares so much for his people; he will forgive their sins and help them recover from the losses they might have suffered as a result of their sins. Children of God who have received the mercy of God will live pass their distresses and receive the help of God. Meanwhile, people who have taken advantage of a sinful situation to oppress the children of God will face the consequences of their actions. God will rescue his people and punish the wicked ones.

In most cases, the punishments that God inflicts on the wicked people are beyond human comprehension. Therefore, those who think they can take advantage of a child of God should think twice because they will suffer some terrible consequences for their actions.

It is beneficial for everyone to be on the positive side of God to avoid his punishment and also qualify for his benefits.

Children of God should consider themselves fortunate because God will forever stand by their sides. He will forgive their sins and bless them.

Are you a child of God?



Pray To Be Consistent With God

Dear God, I understand you care for your children; you promise to forgive their sins and accept them. I am your child, and I ask that you fulfill these promises over my life! Please forgive all my sins; redeem my life, and keep me fit to receive your benefits in this life and in heaven also. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I have prayed. Amen.

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GOD DEFENDS US AGAINST OUR ENEMIES – Exodus

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All Christians Must Put Their Trust In God For Protection

Passage: Exodus 12

King Pharaoh and his Egyptians citizens oppressed the Hebrews with an accusation that they intended to dominate their land. However, despite the pressure of the enemies, God stood to the defense of the Hebrews. He assured them,

For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord” (Exodus 12:12).

God’s words came to pass for the Hebrews as he defended them against the Egyptians. The Bible reported,

“And it came to pass at midnight that the Lord struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock” (Exodus 12:29).

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God Reserves His Wrath For The Enemies Of His Children

God is strong and able to defend the interests of his children from their enemies. Jehovah knows the right way to get back at the enemies and adequately compensate them for their evil deeds. God’s anger will overtake the enemies when they have least expected.

Anyone who plans to attack a child of God should think twice since he or she may end up receiving any worse punishment ever imagined!

People should consider it a good option to care for God’s children since they will be blessed.

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Pray For God’s Help To Be A Source Of Blessing To Others

Dear God, Please let me be a source of blessing to the people around me, for especially your children. Do not let me be an instrument of Satan and don’t let me affect anyone’s life negatively. Please, let my activities invite your blessings! Make me your true ambassador, and prosper my life! For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

Remember: God Defends Us Against Our Enemies!

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DARE TO ONLY TRUST THE SUPREME AND INFALLIBLE GOD

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True Followers Of Christ Must Depend On God For Solutions

Leah and Rachel were obsessed with their husband Jacob. They idolized him and competed to earn his favor; however, the duo was wrong since God alone should be revered and worshiped! Both women were wrong to trust in a mortal man for their fertility needs.

The scripture reported,

“Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die!” (Genesis 30:1).

Jacob could not meet the expectations of his wives since he was just a mere human being.

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Believers’ Faith Must Solely Rest on God

God wants His people to point their attention to him; He wants us all to serve him only. Jehovah does not want anyone to shift focus and assume a fellow human being or any other deity can replace him! We must all understand that God alone is infallible; He has no shortcoming, and He is perfect!

A person who idolizes a fellow human being will soon be disappointed because every human being has a fallible attribute. Humans are limited, while God is limitless! God can do all things, but humans can’t! God can make the rainfall in the morning and the sunshine in the afternoon. God also, makes the day and night run according to schedule! As a matter of fact, God is the supreme deity that every single person ought to serve.

It is unwise for anyone to serve a fellow human being. It is also wrong for anyone to cast his (or her) hope on a fellow human being as his great provider.

All people must come humbly before God and serve him with a tender heart. Each individual person must pray to God and hope for his assistance. Indeed Jehovah answers prayers! He knows how to grant the request of people who trust him. The omnipotent God who has all things at his disposal will definitely favor anyone who gives Him due honor as the Almighty!

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Pray For The Ability To Honor God As Your Supreme Provider

Dear God, please give me the ability to honor you as the only supreme authority in heaven and earth. Do not let me share your glory with any mortal man or woman. Help me to exercise my complete faith in you so that I can earn the benefit of your obedience! Please forgive me if I have disrespected you in the past! From now on, I will consider you as my All-in-All; please give me the power to do so! Help me to prosper in all my ways so that I can bring more glory to your Holy name. For in the name of Jesus Christ I have prayed. Amen.

Remember: Dare To Only Trust The Supreme And Infallible God!

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ZEALOUS JEHOVAH WILL REWARD FAITHFUL SERVICE – Nahum

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God Will Reward Faithful Christians

(Passage: Nahum 1)

Faithful services. Christians are required to give due honor and faithfully serve him at all times. We must give whatever it takes to make God happy with us. The Creator reserves his measurable punishment for anyone who fails to offer him an acceptable service. It is written,

“God is jealous, and the Lord avenges; The Lord avenges and is furious. The Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserves wrath for His enemies; The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked. The Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet. He rebukes the sea and makes it dry, and dries up all the rivers. Bashan and Carmel wither, and the flower of Lebanon wilts. The mountains quake before Him, The hills melt, and the earth heaves at His presence, Yes, the world and all who dwell in it. Who can stand before His indignation? And who can endure the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by Him. The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him. But with an overflowing flood He will make an utter end of its place, and darkness will pursue His enemies” (Nahum 1:2-8 NKV).

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Faithful Service To God Will Lead To Our Blessings

God’s overflow of blessing will flourish the lives of people that faithfully serve him. Faithful believers will also enjoy God’s protection. Jehovah promised to go an extra mile to defend the interest of his children that make him proud. It is important that all people understand that God will not positively reward whoever abuses his benefits in their lives. Only those who maintain good standing with him will enjoy his benefits. God will decorate the lives of his faithful worshipers with every goodness of life, and he will also benefit them in his kingdom.

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Prayer To Faithfully Serve God

Dear God, please give me your grace to faithfully walk before you every day of my life. Do not let me take your benefits for granted, but help me to be appreciative of them. Empower me to live an acceptable life before you, and please multiply your benefits in my life so that I can share the testimony of your goodness every day of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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GOD WILL PUNISH ISRAELITES FOR THEIR SINS – Amos

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Children of God Must Not Abuse God’s Grace With Sin

(Passage: Amos 8)

Israelites provoked God with sin, and the Creator promised to make them pay for it. Amos the servant of God prophesied,

“And it shall come to pass in that day,” says the Lord God, “That I will make the sun go down at noon, And I will darken the earth in broad daylight; I will turn your feasts into mourning, And all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth on every waist, And baldness on every head; I will make it like mourning for an only son, and its end like a bitter day” (Amos 8:9-10).

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Impact of Sin vs Holiness

God can cope with anything other than sin – because sin is not a part of his system. Among all human activities on earth, nothing is strong enough to stop God’s operation – except sin! Sin can limit God’s blessing in anyone’s life. It can turn an active blessing to a passive blessing. That is, a person who sinned may be unable to tap into his blessing until he has exercised repentance.

All believers must understand that God does not have a substitute for holiness. He asks that his sinful children repent from their sins so that he can bless them. An unrepentant sinner will suffer dire consequences from his Maker.

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Pray For Grace to Live Up To God’s Standard

Dear God, please help me to live holy life before you so that you can be happy with me. Do not let me play with disobedience but help me to obey your commandments. Please keep me in grace to live an acceptable life before you! Let my practices be acceptable to you! Guide me to operate under the leadership of your Holy Spirit so that I can prosper everyday of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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GOD’S VALIDATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS – 1 Chronicles

 

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God’s Guidance Helps Us Survive – The Holy Spirit!

Kind David authorized a military census that God did not approve, and he was punished for his action. Since David’s sinful action was evident in Israel. His unapproved census was expunged from history, and the record was never referenced in the land. The scripture confirmed,

“Joab the son of Zeruiah began to number, but he finished not, because there fell wrath for it against Israel; neither was the number put in the account of the chronicles of king David” (1 Chronicles 27:24 KJV).

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The Holy Spirit Is Our Guide

As children of God, we must endeavor to operate within our approved jurisdictions, and never attempt to usurp God’s sovereign power. Also, we must allow the Holy Spirit to guide our operations, rather than yielding to emotion and carnal suggestions. With all certainty, God will help us if we consult him on any matter. However, our failure to seek God’s face in any situation will lead to disaster! Instead of yielding to pride and selfish cravings, we must go to God in prayer. Every child of God must consider it a priority to walk with God and yield to his instructions.

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Prayer For Help

Dear God, please keep me steadfast with you at all times, and help me to relate to you as a friend and a father. Enable me to share my thoughts with you and also seek your directions. Give me the grace to follow your instructions and not yield to the desires of the flesh. Empower me through your Holy Spirit to relate to you with integrity. Let me serve you with dignity and honor, and let all my services be acceptable in your sight. Please count me among the people that will receive your imperishable rewards in heaven. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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GOD SEEKS REPENTANCE OR PUNISH ISRAELITES – Amos

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God Requires Repentance From People

(Passage: Amos 2)

Israelites provoked God to an extent that he decided to keep the record of their sins and promised to punish them. Israelites lacked godly fear and were brutal to their neighbors. God promised them a severe punishment as the bible recorded,

“Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, because they sell the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals” (Amos 2:6).

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Lesson On Repentance

God who is a merciful God also keeps a record of sin for people who reject repentance. The Creator will not lightly esteem people who heartlessly deal with their fellows. God’s watchful eyes see how wicked people operate; he will catch up with them in due time. However, Jehovah is interested in repentance of a sinner. Whoever turns to God in humility and repent from his sinful way shall be forgiven.

God’s mercy will prevail over his punishment; he will decorate repentant sinners with beauty and honor. The Creator will punish unrepentant sinners. A person who dies in his sin is bound to face God’s irreversible punishment of hell fire on the last day of judgment.

Anyone who intends to receive God’s forgiveness and enjoy his benefits should not hesitate to repent from his sin. Repentance means a lot to God! He will award the gift of eternal life for whoever repent from his sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

 

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Prayer of Repentance

Dear God I repent from my sins, please forgive me! please give me power to overcome trials of sin. Help me to recognize my sins and repent from them.

Help me to live humble before you so that I can be blessed on earth and also to qualify for your eternal kingdom. Please count me worthy to meet rapture during your second coming! For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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JOSHUA WITNESSED GOD’S BENEFITS – Joshua

Children of God Will Earn Huge Rewards for Their Good Services

(Passage: Joshua 23)

Joshua the servant of God recounted his experience with God after he had lived 110 years. He had witnessed God’s goodness from childhood to his old age. Joshua witnessed how God miraculously delivered Israelites from their Egyptian slave masters. God parted the Red Sea and performed many other miracles in the wilderness while they sojourned to their Promised Land.

Joshua counseled Israelites to remain grateful to God and obey his commandments. He reminded them of multiple benefits they would receive should they faithfully serve God. Joshua said,

“Therefore be very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, lest you turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left, and lest you go among these nations, these who remain among you. You shall not make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause anyone to swear by them; you shall not serve them nor bow down to them, but you shall hold fast to the Lord your God, as you have done to this day. For the Lord has driven out from before you great and strong nations; but as for you, no one has been able to stand against you to this day. One man of you shall chase a thousand, for the Lord your God is He who fights for you, as He promised you” (Joshua 23:6-10).

However, Joshua mentioned some consequences that Israelites would bear should they disobey God. He said,

Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all the good things have come upon you which the Lord your God promised you, so the Lord will bring upon you all harmful things, until He has destroyed you from this good land which the Lord your God has given you. When you have transgressed the covenant of the Lord your God, which He commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed down to them, then the anger of the Lord will burn against you, and you shall perish quickly from the good land which He has given you” (Joshua 23:15-16).

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Lesson on Service to the Lord

God will reward people who faithfully serve him. He will build his edge of protections around them. At the same time, Jehovah will frown his face at wicked people; he will displace them and give their possessions to those who are faithful.

It is important that Christians understand they would reap positive rewards for their good services to God. Since believers are God’s Apple eyes, he will help them overcome their challenges and earn them his testimony.

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Prayer of Grace to Service

Dear God, I understand you will always prove your faithfulness over people who are faithful to you; therefore, I request your grace to faithfully serve you. Help me to keep faithfully serving your so that I can receive your overwhelming benefits every day of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

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OBEDIENCE IS A MUST FOR ALL CHRISTIANS – Genesis

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God’s Protection Will Remain With Those Who Obey Him

(Passage: Genesis 34)

Obedience means everything to God; every child of God should consider it a matter of importance to obey and serve him. An act of disobedience may incur some bitter consequences. A lesson of disobedience could be learned from one lady in the Bible called Dinah who disobeyed her father and brought much trouble for her family.

Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, failed to conduct her business within her family’s jurisdiction where she could be protected. She trespassed into a gentile zone where she became vulnerable. An ungodly man took an advantage of the situation and violated her. Dinah’s brothers were raged with the news and decided to take a revenge. Meanwhile, the brothers’ action complicated the matter further as the security of the entire family was at risk. Jacob (their father) was forced to take a pragmatic action overnight – He relocated the entire family. The man (Jacob) lamented to his disobedient children,

“… You have troubled me by making me obnoxious among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites; and since I am few in number, they will gather themselves together against me and kill me. I shall be destroyed, my household and I” (Genesis 34:30).

Beware: Satan Can Use A Disobedient Act To His Advantage!

God loves obedience; he hates disobedience. Jehovah loves obedient children and will bless them. The Creator will do whatever necessary to protect a person who follows his instructions. The list of the benefits that an obedient child of God can enjoy includes but not limited to joy, peace, and security. In contrast, a disobedient child of God positions himself (or herself) to risk God’s benefits.

Someone who disobeys God risks missing his benefits. Satan also can seize a moment of disobedience to attack anyone! The worse part is the fact that a disobedient person limits his/her chances of going to heaven since God considers disobedience as a sin!

Obedience leads to blessing!

Prayer For God’s Help To Obey Him

Dear God, please help me to love you dearly and help me to obey your instructions so that I can prosper. Let serving you be a convenient task for me! Give me the grace to resist the temptation of disobedience. Please, don’t let Satan take an advantage of me; let the Holy Spirit empower and guide me so that I can prosper in every aspect of my life and also qualify for your kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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