Category: OLD TESTAMENT

GOD DENOUNCED HYPOCRITE – Hosea

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God Detest Hypocritical Behaviors

(Passage: Hosea 8)

God was dissatisfied with his disobedient children and asked his prophet to announce the judgment that would come on them. God said to Prophet Hosea,

“Set the trumpet to your mouth! He shall come like an eagle against the house of the Lord, because they have transgressed my covenant and rebelled against my law. Israel will cry to me, ‘My God, we know you!’ Israel has rejected the good; the enemy will pursue him” (Hosea 8:1-3 NKJV).

Believers must carefully serve God and respect him for who he is. Believers must not attempt to take God for granted. They must not camouflage some honest behaviors in an attempt to manipulate God for the purpose of receiving his blessing.

The hypocrite will have no luck with God. Christians must fear and respect God in whatever they do so that he can be pleased with them. For example, any Christian who wears some beautiful dresses to church and sing beautiful songs but keep some secret sins will not be recognized as an honest person by God. The Creator expects his children to avoid pretense but serve him with openness, humility, and genuine repentance so that they can prosper.” (Biblelifelesson.com).

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Denounce Hypocritical Behaviors to be Blessed

People who believed they can deceive God with their hypocritical behaviors are actually deceiving themselves because no one can successfully manipulate God. The Creator has a set rule that will not be reversed. Everyone must comply with God’s standard of holiness to be blessed. Anyone who fails to obey God’s instruction will be judged on the last day. Therefore, each individual person must make a choice to desist from evil and serve God with holiness to receive the gift of eternal blessing in heaven.

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Prayer Of Honesty

Dear God, please help me to fear you and operate before you with faithfulness so that I can prosper. Help me to walk before you with honesty so that I can qualify for your benefits every day of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.  => Subscribe here.

 

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THE WORLD IS IN END TIME SEASON – Zephaniah

end timePeople To Take Note of End Time Events

(Passage: Zephaniah 1)

The end time season is here! The scriptures have notified us that this earth will soon come to an end. God will destroy the present earth and replace it with a new one. The new earth that God will establish will be void of corruption and wickedness. God said in his word,

“I will utterly consume everything from the face of the land,” Says the Lord; “I will consume man and beast; I will consume the birds of the heavens, the fish of the sea, and the stumbling blocks along with the wicked. I will cut off man from the face of the land,” Says the Lord” (Zephaniah 1:2-3 NKJV).

The end time signs are all over places; the scripture has warned that these signs will precede the second coming of Jesus Christ. God will destroy the evil doers on earth; he will also destroy the planet altogether. God will replace this earth with a new and better one that will become a perfect habitation for his saints. Only God-fearing people will take part in the new heaven and new earth that God will create! God said,

“Then I will change the people of the nations, and they will pray to me alone and not to other gods. They will all obey me. Even from distant Ethiopia my scattered people will bring offerings to me. At that time you, my people, will no longer need to be ashamed that you rebelled against me. I will remove everyone who is proud and arrogant, and you will never again rebel against me on my sacred hill. I will leave there a humble and lowly people, who will come to me for help. The people of Israel who survive will do no wrong to anyone, tell no lies, nor try to deceive. They will be prosperous and secure, afraid of no one.” (Zephaniah 3:9-13 GNT).

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End Time Is Here; All People To Care More About Satisfying God

End Time is here all people should gear up to living uprightly with God! The word of God has emphasized the signs of the end times will signify the period that Jesus Christ will return to rapture his saints to heaven. People who are insensitive to the signs of end time may found themselves to be the victims of circumstances. Insensitive people will receive the sign of antichrist, and thereby be unqualified for God’s kingdom. Jesus will come like a thief in the night, and people who are insensitive and those who persist in their sins will be left behind! (1 Thessalonians 5:2)

End time prophecy will be fulfilled!

The Lord will destroy the present earth alongside the wicked people. He will create a new replacement to host his faithful children. God will rule the new earth and the new heaven to be established (Revelation 21:1-3). People who make it to God’s kingdom will live in God’s perfect peace forever! The faithful sons and daughters of God will partake in heavenly banquette and rejoice in his presence eternally. Read more about this in.

 

End time events are happening, be watchful and prayerful!

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Pray For Grace to Remain Consistent With God

Dear God, please help me to be sensitive to the signs of end time. Do not let down my guard of righteousness. Don’t let me compromise my faith so that I can be the partaker of your new heaven and new earth to be created. Please empower me through the Holy Spirit so that I can live the life that is acceptable to you. I claim your grace to live an acceptable life in your presence so that I will not be disappointed on the last Day of Judgment. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here.

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ISRAELITES FAILED PRIORITY CHECK – HAGGAI

priorityPeople Must Prioritize Serving God

(Passage: Haggai 1,2)

Inappropriate priority brought set-back for Israelites. God called the attention of Israelites to the secrets behind their poverty. Israelites were suffering because they have prioritized their personal interests above God’s interest. Moreover, God challenged them to amend their ways so that they can prosper. God said,

“You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but are not satisfied. You drink but are still thirsty. You put on clothes but cannot keep warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes! “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Look at what’s happening to you! Now go up into the hills, bring down timber, and rebuild my house. Then I will take pleasure in it and be honored, says the Lord” (Haggai 1: 6-8 NLT).

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Lesson On Christian Priority

Priority check!

Christians are not allowed to prioritize our personal interests above God’s interests. We must consider God’s interest to be primary – while our personal interests become secondary! God is always challenged to help when people adequately prioritize their objectives. The blessings of God will forever abide by people who put God first in their lives.

Indeed God cares and he will bless whoever honors him with the lifestyle of righteousness! He is Jehovah, and he knows how to create a situation that will bless his children who put him first in their lives.

Apostle Paul encouraged the Philippi Christians (as well as all other Christians throughout the world), “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).

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Prayer To Be Responsible

Dear God, I ask that you please give me an ability to prioritize your desire above my any other interest. Help me to put you first in my life. Give me the grace to love and serve you with a pure heart so that I can prosper in all my ways. Empower me by the Holy Spirit to place priority on holiness so that I can qualify for your eternal kingdom. Please do these things and many more, for in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here.

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GOD GUARANTEED ABSOLUTE SECURITY FOR ISRAELITES – Zechariah

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God will protect people that serve him

(Passage: Zechariah 12)

 

Security is of the Lord! Dwellers of Jerusalem have lived in fear and suffered oppression from their surrounding nations, but God promised them guaranteed safety. The City of Jerusalem would prosper and flourish despite hostility suffered from their enemies.

God said,

“In that day I will make the clans of Judah like a little fire that sets the forest aflame—like a burning match among the sheaves; they will burn up all the neighboring nations right and left, while Jerusalem stands unmoved” (Zechariah 12:6 TLB).

God’s Guaranteed Security Will Be For His Observers

The security of God stands sure for people that serve him. Jehovah will protect his own people, and offer them many benefits. External influences and pressures that children of God may suffer on earth would not be strong enough to stop God from performing his goodness in their lives. Since nothing can stop God, he will advance his goodness in his people’s lives; he will not stop until he has made his children’s faces shine.

God’s children will have upper hands over their enemies; they have unquenchable Spirit of God dwelling in them, therefore they are bound to succeed. Congratulations to people who have made their choices to serve Jehovah and also follow the footsteps of his Son Jesus Christ – They will prosper in this life, and they will also prosper in heaven. People who have not registered a relationship with God should do so by confessing Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal Savior.

Prayer To Trust God For His Security

Dear God, I understand that you are the only one who has guaranteed security. You have enough strength to save and bless people. Therefore, I swear my allegiance to follow you. I yield my life to you, and I will faithfully serve you throughout the days of my life. Please anoint my head with your oil of gladness, and make my face shine. Overflow me with your grace, and empower me through your Holy Spirit to live a life acceptable to you always. Please defend my interest in this life, and let me remain qualify for your eternal riches in heaven. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here.

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GOD PLACED HOLINESS CONDITION ON ISRAELITES – Hosea

Christians Must Prioritize Holiness

(Passage: Hosea 10)

God prioritize holiness! God reminded Israelites that he would punish them for their unrepentant sins. Israelites will be punished if they persist in sin, but they will be blessed if they repent of their sins. The Creator promised to avert evil that ought to come on his children if they can repent of their evil ways.

God said, “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap loyal love. Break up for yourself fallow ground; it is time to seek Yahweh so he will come and rain righteousness upon you.” (Hosea 10:12).

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Obey God To Receive His Blessing

Holiness has no substitute with God! There are God’s punishments to apply for human sins. God’s positive rewards will pursue people who pursue peace and serve him in righteousness. God will judge people that persist in their sins. However, God’s desires that all people repent of their wicked ways so that he can bless them. Those who satisfy the holiness standard of God will receive his immeasurable blessing of peace and prosperity in this life and in heaven also.

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Prayer For Strength To Obey God

Dear God, please help me to live in holiness so that you can be happy with me! I know that you have a righteous standard to reward the righteous people and punish the wicked people; therefore, I desire to be your righteous child. Please empower me to live the life that satisfies you so that I can enjoy your blessing here on earth and in heaven also. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here.

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GOD DESIRES UNCONDITIONAL LOVE FROM BELIEVERS – Habakkuk

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Christians To Have Unconditional Love For God

(Passage: Habakkuk 3)

The type of relationship that Christians keep with God must be unconditional. We are not required to serve God for the purpose of what we intend to get from him, but we must absolutely serve God because he is our Creator. He is God and there should not be anyone or anything to replace his position in our hearts.

Christians’ declaration of faith in God must be similar to what Prophet Habakkuk stated in the scripture. He said,

“Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls—Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills” (Habakkuk 3:17-19 NKJV).

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Unconditional Love For God Leads to Blessing

Anyone may have become a Christian for any reason; however, once we have become a Christian, we have an obligation to serve God with an unconditional love.

Christians must serve God with an unconditional love to appease him and to receive his benefits. Of course, we will always have an expectation from God, and we must not hesitate to ask him for what we want. However, we must not become obsessed with our needs and place him on condition that we can only serve him after he has blessed us. Christians must serve God faithfully irrespective of what we expect from him, and whether he has met our needs or not. No doubt that the Creator will meet all our needs! He will fulfill all his plans on us so that we can praise his name.

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Prayer To Love God Unconditionally

Dear God, please help me to serve you with faithfulness. Help me to serve you with an unconditional love so that you can be happy and bless me. I know that you can meet all my needs; therefore, I ask you to please give me the strength to remain loyal to you with my honest services! Let my heartfelt love bring you glory and lead to my testimony. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here.

 

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GOD WILL DELIVER ISRAELITES FROM IDOLATRY – Zechariah

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God’s Standard Of Righteousness Is Irreversible

(Passage: Zechariah: 13)

 

Israelites had enjoyed practicing idolatry which has made them suffer terrible punishments from God; however, the Creator promised to rid them out of their sinful habit. God will give them a change of mind and remove evil practices from their land. Evil people in the land would be ashamed when God’s scepter of righteousness is lifted up. God promised the nation of Israel,

“And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the Lord: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth” (Zechariah: 13:2-3 KJV).

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Holiness is a matter of importance to God

God has a standard of righteousness that cannot be broken; he will not change his mind, but humans are to change their mind to comply with his standard. God’s principles remain immovable and unchangeable; he will not compromise those principles based on our “evolving” beliefs and practices. We humans may rationalize and come up with excuses, but Jehovah will remain immovable, and he will judge the world based on his set rules. Therefore, people of our generation should sit tight and serve God according to his standard. We should clearly define God’s expectations according to Bible standards and comply with them. We should desist from trivializing issues that are important to God.

The Creator expects his children to change from our sinful ways, and turn to him with purity. We must revere God and serve him with dignity so that he can bless us. If we make God happy with our holy living, he will make us happy with his benefits: Rain will fall in its time, and the sun will shine according to schedule. However, if we disobey God and take him for granted, his imminent judgments loom over us. People who walk against God’s laws will have themselves to blame in hell – unless they exercise repentance before it is too late.

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Prayer For Power To Live In Holiness

Dear God, I understand that you are God of grace and mercy, but you are also God of fire and brimstone. You will not tolerate evil but you will judge evildoers; those who refuse to repent of their sinful ways will suffer consequences for their actions. Therefore, I submit myself to you today. I come to say, “I will obey your instructions and serve you well.” I am sorry for my sins and I repent of them all. As from today, my total life is dedicated to you, and I will serve you faithfully throughout my life! Please write my name in the book of life and keep me heavenly worthy. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here.

 

 

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GOD’S JUDGMENT WILL COME ON SINFUL ISRAELITES – Ezekiel

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A Sinner Must Repent To Avert God’s Judgment

(Passage: Ezekiel 14)

God set a precedence of his punishment for the Israelites. He engaged Prophet Ezekiel in a conversation and stated that his people would pay for their sins on an individual basis. God also promised not to allow any righteous person to save his sinful neighbor. Every individual will face God to account for his or her sins. A righteous person would be restricted to only save himself or herself. God said to Ezekiel,

“Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it. Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,” says the Lord God. “If I cause wild beasts to pass through the land, and they empty it, and make it so desolate that no man may pass through because of the beasts, even though these three men were in it, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they would deliver neither sons nor daughters; only they would be delivered, and the land would be desolate” (Ezekiel 14:13-16 NKJV).

The Judgment of God Is Imminent

God’s judgment is imminent on the unrepentant sinners. Why? God cannot cope with a sin. He hates it! Every sinner is mandated to repent of his (or her) sin to enjoy a mutual relationship with God. Jehovah will punish a person who refuses to repent of his sins. The Creator has two different types of punishments preset for an unrepentant sinner: He will not bless him on earth, and he will disqualify him from heaven. That is, a person who refuses to repent of his sin will not be in a good position to receive God’s benefits on earth and in heaven. Meanwhile, Jehovah is willing to forgive any sinner who repents from his or her sin. To obtain sin forgiveness, a person must first confess Jesus Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior.

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No Conflict Between God’s Grace and God’s Judgement

Some people purposefully mix the meaning of God’s love and God’s judgment; they claim that the gracious God cannot be hash in punishing his people. Unfortunately, this type of reasoning does not disturb God from exercising his judgment on the wicked people. The two factors (God’s love and God’s judgment) do not conflict each other. God’s grace does not disturb God’s judgment. Despite the fact that Jehovah is gracious, he will still exert his judgment on people who have refused to repent of their sins.

God’s Judgment Day Will Come On The Sinners

God’s judgment is imminent. The best thing a person can do to escape from the judgment of God is to confess his or her faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died on the cross to pay the penalty of sin for all people. His death became the sacrifice of human sins. Therefore, anyone who confesses him as his or her personal Lord and Savior will be forgiven of his or her sins!

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Prayer To Scale Through God’s Judgment

Dear God, I know that you will judge this world at your own appointed time. I don’t want to be condemned alongside people of the world! I acknowledge that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins. Please forgive my sins. I understand that you can only forgive a sin that is confessed through the name of your Son Jesus Christ; therefore, I confess Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. I will faithfully follow Jesus Christ from now on, and I will do this for the rest of my life. Please bless me on earth and keep me worthy of your eternal benefits in heaven! For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here.

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THE POWER OF GOD IS DOUBLE SIDED – Hosea

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Power of God Cannot Be Underestimated

(Passage: Hosea 8)

God mostly steers his supernatural power to bless his children, but he acts in contrast if his children attempt to take him for granted. That is, the power of God may not be favorable to everyone alike. God may turn his back on a disobedient child that refuses to repent of his or her sins.

For example, God spoke to Prophet Hosea that Israelites have deeply hurt him, and he would punish them for their actions. God said to Hosea,

“Set the trumpet to your mouth! He shall come like an eagle against the house of the Lord, because they have transgressed my covenant and rebelled against my law. Israel will cry to me, ‘My God, we know you!’ Israel has rejected the good; the enemy will pursue him” (Hosea 8:1-3).”

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God’s Power Ought To Benefit The Believers

The power of God will ever benefit people who reserve their trust in Jesus Christ. However, people who claim to love God must serve him in holiness. We must not test God’s patience by attempting to take his grace for granted.

Christians must understand that God who is great at performing his miracles to favor believers is also great at punishing people who persist in their sins. Everyone has the obligation to repent of his or her sins to enjoy God’s full benefits.

Anyone who is humble enough to acknowledge his or her sin and repent of it will prosper! The Bible states,

“He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).

Everyone must understand that God sees and knows all things; he will bless whoever genuinely confesses his or her sin and repent of it. The path of a repentant sinner shall be peaceful. Jehovah will prosper it in this life and the one to come!

The judgment of God will come on people who have failed to obey his commandments. Jehovah will exercise his power against his rebellion children. Meanwhile, the Creator will not withhold his benefit from his faithful children who follow his rules. God will enrich the lives of his faithful observers in this life, and the one to come. The power of God will forever benefit his children!

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Ask for God’s Power To Meet His Standard

Dear God, please give me the ability to serve you with a loyal heart. Make me someone that repents from his (or her) sin whenever I make a mistake. Help me to genuinely repent of my sins, and give me the ability to serve you in holiness so that I can prosper in every day of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here.

 

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KING MANASSEH’S REPENTANCE AND FORGIVENESS – 2 Chronicles

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God Demands Repentance From Sinners

(Passage: 2 Chronicles 33)

Repentance of a sin is not an option; it is the only important step that a sinner must take to appease God. King Manasseh of Judah devoted all his resources to idol worship when he ought to obey God and serve him with all his strength and might. Manasseh was so obsessed with idolatry to an extent that he sacrificed his son to his choice idol! The ungodly king also sponsored other forbidden practices that included witchcraft, sorcery, and spiritism. The scripture reported Manasseh’s practices,

“And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger. And he set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen before all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever: Neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of the land which I have appointed for your fathers; so that they will take heed to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses. So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the Lord had destroyed before the children of Israel” (2 Chronicles 33:5-9).

God punished King Manasseh for his evil deed. He allowed his enemies to overpower him. They captured and transported him in chains to Babylon where he served as a slave. However, Manasseh later repented of his past misdeed and begged God for his forgiveness.

Manasseh exercised repentance as the Bible reported,

“Now when he was in affliction, he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before God of his fathers” (2 Chronicles 33:12).

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Important Lesson on Repentance

Sin is irritable to God; a sinner must exercise repentance to receive God’s forgiveness. He requires all sinners to repent of their sins to obtain his forgiveness. Jehovah will forgive any sinner who repents from his or her sin, irrespective of its magnitude! As far as God is concerned, there is no sin beyond his forgiveness.

God will redeem any life and make it more beautiful than any previous time if repentance from a sin can be exercised. That is, a sinner must first acknowledge his or her sin and repent of it prior to obtaining God’s forgiveness. The person must also turn a new leaf by complying with God’s laws.

Any sinners who turn to God to serve him faithfully will not regret his action. He will receive God’s grace to prosper in all his ways. In fact, the scripture stated,

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

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Prayer for Strength to Exercise Repentance

Dear God, I understand that you hate sin. You want a sinner to repent of his or her sins to obtain your grace of forgiveness; therefore, I submit to your feet today to ask for the forgiveness of my sins! Please forgive me! Cleanse me with the blood of your Son Jesus Christ and confirm me as your true child that is worthy of your benefits. Let the Holy Spirit empower me to walk faithfully before you so that I can prosper on earth and also qualify for your heavenly benefits. For in your name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here.

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