Category: OLD TESTAMENT

ALL NATIONS TO OBEY GOD’S PRINCIPLES – Ezekiel

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All Believers Must Promote And Obey God’s Standards

Passage: Ezekiel 30

God expects all nations on earth to honor him and promote his practices. Obeying Him is a true sign of our love for Him, demonstrates our faithfulness to Him, glorifies Him in the world and opens up the windows of heaven for us. It is important to note that Jehovah hates disobedience. He will judge any rebel nation that promotes sin as they did during Bible time.

Ezekiel prophesied,

“Thus says the Lord: “Those who uphold Egypt shall fall, and the pride of her power shall come down. From Migdol to Syene those within her shall fall by the sword,” Says the Lord God. “They shall be desolate in the midst of the desolate countries, and her cities shall be in the midst of the cities that are laid waste. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I have set a fire in Egypt and all her helpers are destroyed. On that day messengers shall go forth from me in ships to make the careless Ethiopians afraid, and great anguish shall come upon them, as on the day of Egypt; for indeed it is coming!” (Ezekiel 30:6-9).

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God’s Power Is Supreme

God owns the heaven and the earth. He, alone, owns supreme the authority to control all things. Therefore, all nations must promote righteous standards that honor him.

God is strong enough to bring down any nation that violates his rule of holiness. He has a history of dealing with arrogant nations that promote sin.

In the past, God has destroyed nations and brought down empires due to sin. He is still alive to exercise similar judgment on any sinful and unrepentant nations.

No earthly nation should assume it possesses any supreme power; the fact remains that nations come and go, but God’s government will last forever.

Therefore, various earthly nations and governments must appease God with godly practices.

Our government leaders must not promote practices that violate God’s law. They ought to categorize good citizenship with godly practices.

Jehovah will honor any nation and/or citizen that prioritizes his righteous standard above politics and social influences.

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Pray For God’s Grace To Promote His Principles

Dear God, please save the earthly nations. The government leaders to prioritize your righteous standard that will invite your blessings. Let our leaders submit to your authority and govern people well. Let there be justice in the land. Let the citizens of the land pursue holiness in exchange for sinful practices. Please let your light prevail over darkness in our land so that your name can be praised always. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Remember: All Nations To Obey God’s Principles

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GOD IS INCOMPARABLE; TRUST HIM – Ezekiel

incomparablePeople Ought To Understand How Incomparable God Is

Passage: Ezekiel 28

Man has limited power that cannot be compared with God’s limitless power. God is greater than us all! Humans have no better option than to reverence God and serve him faithfully, for He is incomparable. It is, however, unfortunate that some people allow the devil to tempt them into comparing themselves with God. The same action that caused him (Satan) to lose his heavenly honor.

Satan attempted to compare himself with the incomparable God in heaven; he failed, and God cast him to the earth. God also immediately pronounced on Satan that he would suffer eternal damnation in hell fire.

The scripture revealed how Satan compared himself with God in heaven and failed,

“… ‘Thus says the Lord God: “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. “By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within, And you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones. “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, That they might gaze at you” (Ezekiel 28:12-17).

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Honor God and Watch Him Performing Wonders For You!

Humans need to submit to God and honor him dearly. We must not equate ourselves with God, but we should rather honor him.

There are many reasons why humans must submit to God and serve him. His goodness has no limits. It can be felt in our peaceful atmosphere, beautiful sunshine, pleasant rainfall, and many other resources.

Humans are worthless without God’s support. Our lives are completely dependent on him! The incomparable Father makes our lives beautiful.

The Creator possesses an autonomous power to do whatever he desires. He has the power to make and destroy anything as he pleases. God has control over us all! We must submit at his feet and honor him.

Jehovah will shower his grace and goodness on any person that recognizes his supremacy and serve him adequately! Serve God!

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Proclaim God’s Supremacy Through The Power of Prayer

Dear God, I am pleased with the fact that you are the God of gods and Lord of lords! You are higher and better than all people. There is no word to express your greatness and supremacy! Please keep me humble to reverence and faithfully serve you every day of my life. Please keep me worthy of your eternal kingdom also. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Remember: God Is Incomparable; Trust Him

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JEALOUSY CAN LEAD TO A DARK PLACE – 1 Samuel

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True Believers Must Be Wary Of Jealousy And Be Contented Always

Passage: 1 Samuel 22

Christians must always find a way to deal with difficult and rebellious emotions. The Lord clearly frowns at these kinds of emotion. King Saul killed eighty-five priests of God for the sake of David. He also ordered the complete destruction of the city that hosted the priests. The brutal king rationalized that God’s priests supported David to revolt against him. The scripture reported how King Saul attacked God’s servants,

“Then Saul said to him (Priest Ahimelech), “Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, in that you have given him bread and a sword, and have inquired of God for him, that he should rise against me, to lie in wait, as it is this day?” So Ahimelech answered the king and said, “And who among all your servants is as faithful as David, who is the king’s son-in-law, who goes at your bidding, and is honorable in your house? Did I then begin to inquire of God for him? Far be it from me! Let not the king impute anything to his servant, or to any in the house of my father. For your servant knew nothing of all this, little or much.” And the king said, “You shall surely die, Ahimelech, you and all your father’s house!” Then the king said to the guards who stood about him, “Turn and kill the priests of the Lord, because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled, and did not tell it to me.” But… So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck the priests, and killed on that day eighty-five men who wore a linen ephod. Also Nob, the city of the priests, he struck with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and nursing infants, oxen and donkeys and sheep—with the edge of the sword” (1Samuel 22:13-16).

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God Can Help Us Fight Against The Spirit Of Jealousy

Jealousy is evil, and no child of God should allow the spirit of jealousy to possess him or her. The evil spirit does not help anyone, but it destroys anyone who comes in contact with it.

Anyone who realizes any trace of jealousy in his or her life must fight to stop it immediately.

It takes God’s power to overcome jealousy, and every child of God must pray to possess that power. All children of God must not only pray, but they must also refuse to yield to temptations of jealousy.

We can all train ourselves to sincerely share pains, sorrow, joy, and success with our fellows. We must endeavor not to behave contrary to other people’s feelings whether family, friends, or neighbors.

In other words, we ought to be happy when people are happy, and we ought to be compassionate and share in their sorrow. May God help us to possess and demonstrate a good spirit that heaven will commend!

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Pray For Divine Assistance To Run From Jealousy

Dear God, please help me to love other people genuinely. Let me be happy when they are happy, and let me contribute to the success of other people.

Again, I’m asking you, Lord, to help me not to entertain the spirit of jealousy! Do not let me be an object of people’s downfall, but be their object of lifting. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Remember: Jealousy Can Lead To A Dark Place

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GOD FAITHFULNESS NEVER FAILS – Genesis

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Children Of God Must Acknowledge God’s Faithfulness 

Passage: Genesis 41

Joseph had a rough life despite his beautiful dreams of becoming a prominent leader someday. Virtually everyone in his life disappointed him. His brothers deserted him and sold him to slavery. Potiphar also jailed him for an offense he did not commit, plus, Pharaoh’s chief butler failed to honor his pledge to help once he regains his position.

However, despite all the disappointments that Joseph experienced, God remained faithful to him. Through his divine arrangement, God elevated Joseph to a position of honor. He became a prime minister of the most powerful nation on earth.

King Pharaoh said to Joseph,

“… Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt” (Genesis 41:39-41).

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God Will Remain Faithful

God will fulfill every plan he has for his children, despite any challenges they may face. As true believers of Christ, we have the right access to enjoy God’s treasure to the fullest. Although circumstances of life may rise to challenge us, and we may feel the world is collapsing, the fact remains that God is faithful.

God won’t disappoint us; he will send us help. We may face injustice, and people may force us to pay what we did not owe. Friends and family may desert us and enemies may slander, but God’s faithfulness will not leave us. He will carry us through our challenges and help us prevail.

Jehovah will ensure our hope is not dashed; he will not stop when others have stopped. The Creator will turn every challenge that we face to our stepping-stone of greatness, and those tough situations will become advantageous.

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Pray For A Spiritual Turnaround From God

Dear God, I believe that you are the God of gods and Lord of lords. You are strong and able to fulfill your promises in my life. Therefore, I ask that you put me in the book of your remembrance and turn my predicament into a stepping stone of greatness. Let all my life circumstances turn around for my benefit. Use them to elevate me, and lead me in the path that will make your complete plans come to pass in my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Remember: God Faithfulness Never Fails

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GOD ALWAYS PROTECTS HIS OWN – Ezekiel

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God Protects Those Who Stay Away From Sin

Passage: Ezekiel 26

Sin caused a rift between God and the Israelites, which caused the Creator to turn His back against his own children. The separation created a vacuum that granted Satan an opportunity to attack the rebel nation. The enemy instigated the neighboring countries to attack Israel since they had lost God’s protection. However, God promised to forgive His children and protect them against those who attack them.

God said to Ezekiel,

“Son of man, because Tyrthe tires said against Jerusalem, ‘Aha! She is broken who was the gateway of the peoples; now she is turned over to me; I shall be filled; she is laid waste.’ “Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I am against you, O Tire, and will cause many nations to come up against you, as the sea causes its waves to come up” (Ezekiel 26:2-3).

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Be careful: God Protects His Children! 

Humans should learn not to meddle with God’s business. A person who engages in God’s business without proper invitation may regret his (or her action). His action can provoke God if care is not taken. For example, a person who attacks the servant of God may have every reason to justify his action, but he may still end up sinning against God.

Servants of God are primarily answerable to God. We are not allowed to lift a finger against them for any reason unless God told us to do so.

Some servants of God may have committed gross errors, which violates bible standards. Such mistakes can provoke anyone and make us wonder why God still protects them, but a good Christian will take caution not to be hasty in judgment or take an undo action.

Believers must be cautious in dealing with issues that are delicate and can incur God’s wrath. Instead of playing the devil’s advocate and mismanaging your virtues, it is preferable to mind your business.

As Christians, we should devote our religious efforts to gospel evangelization. We should focus more on propagating the gospel to populate God’s kingdom. Every Christian should gauge his or her lifestyles to meet God’s standard of holiness.

The bible states,

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

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Pray For Divine Help To Mind Your Spiritual Business

Dear God, please help me to mind my business and be careful of how I deal with other people. Please do not let me engage in any activity that would provoke you into judgment! Help me to mind my business and be committed only to activities that will provoke your blessing. Please help me to practice a godly lifestyle so that I can partake in your everlasting rewards of peace and prosperity in heaven. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I have prayed.

Remember: God Always Protects His Own

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GOD DESERVES SPECIAL THANKSGIVING SACRIFICES – 2 Chronicles

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Offer Sacrifices To God Occasionally To Show Special Appreciation

Jehovah gave explicit instructions on He wants believers to worship Him, and this includes offerings and sacrifices. Some of these offerings include fruits of the earth He created; others include sacrificing animals.

King Solomon overwhelmingly offered expensive sacrifices to God in one instance, and the efforts prompted God to pay him special attention. Jehovah tremendously blessed him beyond expectations.

The scriptures reported,

“…And Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before the Lord, which was at the tabernacle of meeting, and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it. On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?” (2 Chronicles 1:6-7).

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God Blesses His Children Who Offer Benign Sacrifices

Sacrifices of thanksgiving are what God demands of his children; the Creator pays special attention to anyone who goes beyond the normal routine to honor him with honest and plentiful sacrifices.

A person who goes the extra mile to honor God will receive extra blessings for his efforts. Thanksgiving offerings bring sweet aroma to God; he loves to receive such at all times.

Therefore, children of God should do their best to satisfy God with quality and acceptable sacrifice, so that he can bless them beyond measure!

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Pray For Help

Dear God, please teach me how to offer my best sacrifices to you at all time. Let my offerings be pure, and let them be acceptable in your presence. Please let my efforts incur your blessings, and let me receive your riches and honor that follow acts of obedience. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Remember: God Deserves Special Thanksgiving Sacrifices

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OFFER THANKS TO GOD ALWAYS – 1 Chronicles

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God Is Worthy Of Our Praises; Say Thanks To Him!

Passage: 1 Chronicles 17

Every wise father wants his children to learn how to be thankful for all the gifts he has given them. This is the same as our God. As followers of Christ, we are not just called to be thankful for the good things God has sent our way, but also for what He’s going to do and for who He is. King David recognized this in his life and became thankful. The scriptures reported,

“Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: “Who am I, Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, my God, you have spoken about the future of the house of your servant. You, Lord God, have looked at me as though I were the most exalted of men” (1 Chronicles 17:16-17).

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God Blesses His Children Who Thank Him

As Christians, we ought to thank God for His benefits in our lives. We should consider God’s blessings as a privilege, and not as our right. On many occasions, our imperfections disqualify us from receiving blessings, but God still keeps to his word and blesses us anyway! Therefore, we ought to be thankful for every bit of blessing that we receive, irrespective of its magnitude. We must remain thankful to God who has blessed us liberally without any reservation. No doubt, Jehovah will definitely bless grateful and humble people. He will bless those who are truly grateful for his benefits in their lives.

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Proclaim your Thanks To God

Dear God, how wonderful of a Father you are! You love me deeply, and you have shown me your loving-kindness. The list of your goodness in my life is endless! You forgave my sins and made me your son/daughter. You feed me when I was hungry; you healed me when I was sick, and you lifted me up when I was down! How can I forget your goodness in my life? I will never forget, but I will be grateful always! Please let your songs of praises ever be in my mouth. For in the name of your only Son Jesus Christ, I’ve brought you my thanksgiving offering. Amen.

Remember to offer thanks to God always!

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HERBAL RIVER RESERVED FOR SAINTS – Ezekiel

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God Always Caters For His Children Regardless Of Their Struggles

Passage: Ezekiel 47

God will heal, reward, and restore his saints in heaven. They will live beyond any painful experience they might have survived on earth as the scripture explained. It is proclaimed that an important river of God will flow to all regions of God’s kingdom to heal and restore saints from their past traumatic experiences.

Ezekiel had an encounter with God and he shared his experience,

Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Geri to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds, as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many.

But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt. Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine” (Ezekiel 47:8-12).

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Only True Christians Will Enjoy The River Of God

The river of God gives life. It heals all bruises, and it grants his children perfect peace. God’s river of life has its source from the heart of Jesus Christ.

Anyone who drinks from the river will not be thirsty again; the fortunate fellow will have the divine assurance of going to heaven. God’s river of life is automatically apportioned to anyone who gives his or her life to Jesus Christ.

A person who confesses Jesus Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior will have peace on earth and in heaven also.

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Pray For The Grace To Experience God’s River Of Life

Dear God, please let your river of life flow into my heart. I open the door of my heart and I am ready for you today! I confess and believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and I accept him as my personal Lord and Savior. I believe that my name is now written in the book of life, and I will enjoy eternal life with God in heaven. All my declarations and prayers are done through the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!

Remember: God’s Herbal River Is Reserved For The Saint

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OBEDIENCE IS A VITAL TRAIT FOR CHRISTIANS – 1 Samuel

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Obedience To God’s Instructions Are For Our Good

Passage: 1 Samuel 15

The bible states clearly over and over again that God blesses and rewards obedience. Obedience to God also demonstrates our love for God. King Saul abused his relationship with God, and he made repeated mistakes. While he ought to follow God’s instruction and be blessed, Saul chose to please himself and disobey God. An instance of Saul’s failure became evident when he refused to destroy God’s enemies as commanded. The instruction is stated,

“Samuel also said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over His people, over Israel. Now therefore, heed the voice of the words of the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them…” (1 Samuel 15:1-3). Meanwhile, Saul acted contrarily to God’s instructions. He killed some God’s enemies, but spared some treasured assets of the land for his private riches. He also rationalized that he intended to sacrifice the forbidden assets to God. However, the Prophet Samuel chastised King Saul and said, “Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel 15:22). Since Saul failed to follow God’s instructions, he was displaced as an Israelite king, and David was ordained to take over his position.

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God Blesses All Who Obey Him

“To obey God is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel 15:22).

Obedience has no substitute, and God requires that we must obey him at all costs. We cannot rationalize a decision or an action and expect God to agree with us; we must do whatever he asks us to do – and we must do it very well. As far as God is concerned, “We must obey before complaints.” Meanwhile, God will surely bless his obedient children. He will honor anyone who obeys him!

God can suspend any law for the purpose of blessing and honoring anyone who chooses to fear and obey him. Therefore, all people are encouraged to duly obey God’s instructions, since they will never regret

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Pray For Grace To Be Obedient

Dear God, I understand that you require that all people must faithfully obey you and follow your instructions. Therefore, I am ready to yield my life and obey you to the fullest. I will serve and honor you as long as I live. I am utilizing this opportunity to ask for your extra grace that will enable me to satisfy you at all times. Please give me your grace so that I can prosper on earth and in heaven. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Remember: Obedience Is A Vital Trait For All Christians

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HEAVEN IS A PARADISE PREPARED FOR THE SAINTS – Ezekiel

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All Believer Should Aspire To Make Heaven

Passage: Ezekiel 40

Whatever you do, don’t miss heaven. You shouldn’t be so close to God’s kingdom only to hear the Lord say, “I never knew you: depart from me”. The heaven is too beautiful a place to miss. The prophet Ezekiel was privileged to receive the revelation of heaven, and he described his experience thus:

“Then he (God’s angel) went to the gateway which faced east; and he went up its stairs and measured the threshold of the gateway, which was one rod wide, and the other threshold was one rod wide. Each gate chamber was one rod long and one rod wide; between the gate chambers was a space of five cubits; and the threshold of the gateway by the vestibule of the inside gate was one rod. He also measured the vestibule of the inside gate, one rod. Then he measured the vestibule of the gateway, eight cubits; and the gateposts, two cubits. The vestibule of the gate was on the inside” (Ezekiel 40:6-9) … “He measured the width of the entrance to the gateway, ten cubits; and the length of the gate, thirteen cubits. There was a space in front of the gate chambers, one cubit on this side and one cubit on that side; the gate chambers were six cubits on this side and six cubits on that side. Then he measured the gateway from the roof of one gate chamber to the roof of the other; the width was twenty-five cubits, as door faces door” (Ezekiel:11-13) …“After that he brought me toward the south, and there a gateway was facing south; and he measured its gateposts and archways according to these same measurements. There were windows in it and in its archways all around like those windows; its length was fifty cubits and its width twenty-five cubits. Seven steps led up to it, and its archway was in front of them; and it had palm trees on its gateposts, one on this side and one on that side” (Ezekiel:24-26).

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God Created Heaven Perfectly

Heaven is an indescribable place of glory that God has prepared for his saints. Heaven – a place not designed by any human, but by God himself, consists of every bit of perfection. He planned it, designed it, and constructed it! God crafted both the interior and exterior parts of heaven by himself. He also, crafted the landscapes and ensured they have his best creativity.

No human word is suitable enough to describe the beauty of heaven. Jehovah created it to showcase his glory and also, to lavish it on his saints. Earthly people who have confessed Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will qualify for heaven. They are regarded as God’s saints, and they will inherit heaven – Which houses God’s throne.

However, those who have failed to confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal Savior are unqualified for heaven. They will be disallowed to enter heaven. They are regarded as unbelievers, and they will have their part in the lake of fire called Hell Fire.

It is important that we all confess Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior to qualify for heaven. Whoever makes this important decision will have his/her name written in the Book of Life. God will welcome the person to heaven on the last day to enjoy his eternal benefits.

Sing with me:

“Jerusalem on high; my song and city is, my home whene’er I die, the center of my bliss. O happy place! When shall I be, my God, with thee, to see thy face?”

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Pray for Personal Declaration of Faith

Dear Heavenly Father, I believe that Jesus Christ is your only Son sent to save the world. I confess him as my personal Lord and Savior. I declare that I repent from my sins and I promise to faithfully serve you everyday of my life. Please write my name in your Book of Life, and ever keep me worthy of your eternal kingdom. For I have prayed and confessed in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

Remember: Heaven Is A Paradise Prepared For The Saints 

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