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LOVE MUST BE PARAMOUNT IN THE CHURCH – 1 Corinthians

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A True Believer Should Understand That Certain Practices Are Required From Him or Her

(Passage: 1 Corinthians 16)

A Christ-centered church must ensure its members practice true love. The church must pray together and care for one another. Paul wrote to the Corinthian church and said,

“The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. The salutation with my own hand—Paul’s. If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen” (1 Corinthians 16:19-24).

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Work To Grow Your Church With Love As The Key Factor

The church of Jesus Christ was created for two major purposes; For brethren to offer corporate worships to God and minister to each others’ welfare. These two vital roles must be observed in every Christ-centered church. It is important that members of different churches understand the importance of a local fellowship. Believers must gather together to pray and exercise true love.

Members of different churches must not be “busybody”. A good church member must not engage in any practice that will negatively affect the growth of his/her church.

Every good Christian is expected to make sizable efforts to positively contribute to the growth of his/her church. God will reward anyone who contributes to the growth of the church. He will honor such a person in this life, and the one to come!

Make significant efforts to promote Christ-centered love in your church!

Pray to show a genuine love.

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Prayer For Divine Assistance To Promote True Love

Dear God, please help our churches to practice true love so that your name can be glorified among the gentiles. Help all brethren to worship you together in spirit and truth. Also, help us to minister to each others’ needs in love. Let brothers and sisters in Christ make personal efforts that are necessary to keep the body of Christ together in unity. When the end comes, let every true believer converge at your feet in paradise to enjoy an endless fellowship with you. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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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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GOD DOESN’T SUPPORT SIN

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A True Believer Should Be Ready To Forfeit Sin For God

The Israelites assumed that God would ignore their sins and protect them from their enemies, but they were disappointed. Despite their attempt to bribe God with casual godliness, they were still punished! (The Israelites brought God’s Ark of Covenant to a battlefield with the hope that the Creator would confirm his presence with them). God refused to defend the disobedient children, and that caused them to lose their treasured Ark of The Covenant to their enemies.

However, God honored his name among the gentiles that hijacked the Ark of Covenant. He severed them with plagues and also publicly embarrassed their idols.  The scripture reported,

“When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. And when the people of Ashdod arose early in the morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon, and set it in its place again. And when they arose early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. The head of Dagon and both the palms of its hands were broken off on the threshold; only Dagon’s torso was left of it. Therefore, neither the priests of Dagon, nor any who come into Dagon’s house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day” (1 Samuel 5:2-5).

In addition, God also significantly destroyed the enemies that tampered with his glory. Many of them experienced premature death.

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God Reciprocates When Tested

God is not an ordinary being; he is supreme, and he must not be compared with any other deity. God will go an extra mile to protect his image among the people. The Creator has enough power to afflict and kill anyone who attempts to tamper with his glory. Hence, all people must tremble before God and honor him with due respect. No one should attempt to be involved in any exercise that might provoke God into exercising his severe authority. Also, every Christian should make a significant effort to witness Christ’s gospel, so that unbelievers can establish positive relationships with God.

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Prayer For Forgiveness and Grace

Dear God, I have learned that it is dangerous to engage in any action that can provoke your anger. Therefore, I am determined to operate within the scope of your mercy. I am sorry for all my past wrong deeds, and I ask you to please forgive me. From now on, I will serve you with the integrity of my heart. I believe in your Son Jesus Christ, and I accept him as my personal Lord and Savior. Please write my name in the book of life, and let it be well with me throughout the days of my life. 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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BE PROTECTIVE OF GOD’S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE – Judges

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Divine Focus Is Required To Carry Out God’s Plan For Our Lives

(Passage: Judges 16)

Be careful: Samson failed God’s plan for his life! The man Samson was God’s Nazirite specifically created to serve as a deliverer for the Israelites. However, he failed God and could not absolutely deliver his people from the Philistines – Their oppressors. Samson lost focus as an Israelite leader; he did not lead a single national battle against the Philistines but fought some fragmented wars against them.

Samson flirted with Philistine women and he refused to marry anyone from his homeland. His passion and interest remained with the Philistine women, and he would only attack the Philistines whenever they tamper with his love life.

Sadly enough, the Philistine leaders knew Samson’s special interest in the forbidden women, and they were determined to prey over his weakness. They employed their women to set traps for Samson to capture and array him for execution.

Samson failed the plan of God for his life; the Philistines hired his wife Delilah – Who was also a Philistine – to seek the secret of his power. The powerful but insensitive Samson fell for the plot! The scripture reported,

“She (Delilah) pestered him daily with her words and pressed him, so that his soul was vexed to death” (Judges 16:16). Eventually, Samson fell for the trick, and he detailed the secret of his strength. Samson told Delilah “No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man” (Judges 16:17).

Delilah did not hesitate to shave Samson’s hairs based on the secret unfolded. She invited the Philistine to arrest Samson. They gorged his eyes and molested him in their shrines. Samson died at the camp of his enemies.

God’s Grace Should Not Be Taken For Granted

Children of God must be careful not to abuse the grace of God in their lives. It is God’s job to equip us with his grace, but it is our job to maintain the grace bestowed. We must ensure to appropriately use God’s grace and channel them in a manner that will glorify God. There are some consequences that follow any inappropriate use of God’s gifts. Therefore, all servants of God must be careful with their commissions and serve God adequately.

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Prayer For Divine Grace To Be Watchful Of Your Calling

Dear God, please do not let me abuse your grace in my life. Help me to fear and carefully follow your instructions so that I can prosper in life and ministry. Please frustrate any plot the enemies may set against my exploits. Empower me to stay focus in my services and give me the grace to effectively serve you unto the end. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. 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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CHRISTIANITY DOES NOT PROMOTE SIN – Judges

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True Believers Of Christ Must Keep Away From Sin To Have God’s Constant Protection

(Passage: Judges 10)

The Israelites became inconsistent with God after the death of Joshua, despite several judges who attempted to call them to order. They proceeded with their sinful routines until God was fed up and punished them. He withdrew his protection from them and allowed them to suffer. This made them easily accessible by the enemies until they repented. They eventually realized their mistakes and cried to God for help. The scriptures recorded that they lamented and said;

“And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, saying, We have sinned against thee, both because we have forsaken our God, and also served Baalim. And the Lord said unto the children of Israel, Did not I deliver you from the Egyptians, and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines? The Zidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the Maonites, did oppress you; and ye cried to me, and I delivered you out of their hand. Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more. Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation. And the children of Israel said unto the Lord, We have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us only, we pray thee, this day” (Judges 10:10-15 KJV).

However, God decided to show kindness to his children; he forgave their sins, and he restored them.

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God Never Rewards Sin

We Christians are God’s children and we are his most precious creation, which is why we enjoy his benefits greatly. God loves us so much and will not be satisfied if we entertain sinful habits. He may lessen his benefits in our lives until we repent of our sins. Therefore, all believers are challenged to faithfully walk with God, so that we can enjoy his measureless grace and goodness.

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Pray And Promise To Serve God Faithfully

Pray for the strength to be steadfast with God

Dear God, I have decided to faithfully serve you. I repent from my sins, and I have completely turned my back against sinful habits. Henceforth, I will make you happy by living an acceptable life before you. Please give me the grace to keep my promises, and let me receive your benefits. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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SPIRITUALITY ENTAILS FOCUSING ON THE RIGHT THINGS – Psalm

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True Christians Must Focus On Only What Glorifies God

(Passage: Psalm 73)

A psalmist almost collapsed in despair when he saw how wicked people prospered effortlessly. He confessed,

“But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong” (Psalm 73:2-4).

However, the reality of life was dawned on the psalmist when God showed him what the end of wicked people would be. He stated,

“When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny. Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin. How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors! They are like a dream when one awakes; when you arise, Lord, you will despise them as fantasies” (Psalm 73:16-20).

The Righteous Will Always Be Rewarded Eternally

Children of God should focus their energy on receiving blessings from God, and not on being envious of wicked people. Wicked people may prosper today, but their prosperity remains temporal. However, the prosperity of righteous people will last a lifetime, and they will also be available in heaven. In addition, the prosperity of righteous people will be transferable from one generation to another; the descendants of righteous people will not suffer! Therefore, everyone who chooses to serve God should aim for righteous riches that have no bitter ending.

Prayer For The Grace To Prioritize Wisely

Dear God, please give me the grace to pursue righteous riches that will last a lifetime. Give me the grace to follow your righteous path, and not envy the wicked people. Help my services be acceptable before you, and let me receive your blessings in this present life, and in heaven also. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. 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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