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GOD IS GREATER THAN ALL BEINGS IN EXISTENCE – Job

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All Christians Must Be Humble Before God & Address Him With Respect

(Passage: Job 38)

Job found himself in an unfortunate situation; he claimed for his condition. The man complained he did not deserve his ordeal. (Indeed, Job didn’t do anything wrong to deserve his terrible situation; however, God expected him to display humility – even with his current state.) God was dissatisfied with Job’s self-righteous attitude and he challenged him with some persuasive questions to reorient his mind. Job did not hesitate to learn his lesson; he repented of his arrogance and glorified God. God had challenged Job,

“Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone” (Job 38:2-6).

God Hates Evil Self-Righteousness

God is greater than humans; he is not our equal, and we should not compare ourselves with him. A person who compares himself or herself with God is unwise! God is incomparable to humans. He has everything more than us. No human can measure up to God in terms of knowledge, wisdom or power! God is the greatest being in existence; everyone ought to honor him.

Despite God’s unquestionable authority, he still chooses to only positively deal with humans. God does not do evil; his plans for us, his children are of good, and for good. The Creator hates evil and he will reward all perpetrators of evil with punishment.

God offered an opportunity of salvation for all people so that we can be saved from our sins. That is, God will restore and bless us if we can repent of our sins and confess Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. Anyone who rejects this salvation offer of Jesus Christ will not receive God’s eternal benefits in heaven. The Creator will haul the unrepentant sinners to hell fire. It is important that all people should confess Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior to escape the punishment of hell fire, and also to qualify for the kingdom of God (Matthew 25:41).

Prayer For Help To Honor God Always

Dear God, please help me recognize your supreme power and honor you for it. Help me to give you quality praises at all times. Also, since Jesus Christ is your Son sent to save the world, I confess him as my personal Lord and Savior! I give my complete life to Jesus Christ, and I will serve him throughout the days of my life. Please count me worthy of your eternal kingdom! 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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JESUS NEVER BREAKS HIS PROMISES; HE REWARDS GOOD EFFORTS – Luke

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A True Christian Should Understand That A Deal With Jesus Is A Done Deal

(Passage: Luke 18)

Peter wanted to know his stake with Jesus Christ since he has compromised in many ways for the sake of pleasing him. Jesus responded to Peter’s request and said,

“Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house, or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life” (Luke 18:29-30).

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Jesus Christ Rewards His True Followers

Jesus is a skilled “Business Man,” and he knows the best way to reward his faithful servants. Anyone who invests in Jesus’s business will not regret it. The fellow will never be bankrupt! It is always a “Win-Win” situation to serve Jesus Christ; the adventure is worthwhile, and it has both earthly and heavenly profits. Jesus will make his faithful servants prosper on earth and he will take them to heaven also!

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Prayer For Repentance

Dear Jesus Christ, I understand that yours is a rewarding business, and I want to be involved in it. I am determined to commit myself to your business by confessing you as my personal Lord and Savior, and by faithfully serving you throughout the days of my life. In fact, I am acting on my determination right now: I (please mention your name), I confess you Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior and repent of my sins. I give my heart to Jesus Christ, and I will faithfully serve him throughout my life. Amen.

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THE HOLY SPIRIT IS WITHIN ALL CHRISTIANS – 2 Corinthians

True Believers Will Overcome All Temptations Because God’s Presence Is Within Them

(Passage: 2 Corinthians 4)

Christians are ruled by the Spirit of God and should have an unbeatable willpower. This will ensure all Christians thrive always. They will also be able to make successful advancements during times of tribulations. Paul boasted on behalf of all Christians and said,

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body” (2 Corinthians 4:7-10).

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God Directs And Protects His Children Always

Christians are God’s children, and they have the Holy Spirit within to help them overcome tribulations. Christians will always prevail over whatever challenge that Satan may bring their way! Christians also have an advantage of receiving consolation when passing through their challenges. The Spirit of the Lord will energize them to hold on to their faith.

All true believers should be challenged to preserve their faith in God, who gives strength to the weak. Jehovah will not disappoint whoever trusts him. He will make the faces of those who believe in Him shine. God will decorate believers with honor. He will ensure their lives always testify to his goodness.

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Prayer For The Divine Help Of The Holy Spirit

Dear God, please teach me how to trust you at all times, so that I can be worthy to enjoy your benefits. Endow me with the power of the Holy Spirit to prevail over my challenges. Let your Spirit keep me strong in faith so that unbelievers can be challenged to trust you also. Let my life record testimonies of goodness to your name at all times. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I have prayed.

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GOD DEFENDS HIS FAITHFUL SERVANTS

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The Records of God’s Faithfulness Towards His Children are Uncountable

King Asa of Judah served God and was prosperous in his days. God also, gave him rest from his enemies. The king, who had just five hundred thousand soldiers was able to defeat 1.3 million enemies that challenged him. The scriptures reported,

“Then Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and three hundred chariots, and he came to Mareshah. So Asa went out against him, and they set the troops in battle array in the Valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. And Asa cried out to the Lord his God, and said, “Lord, it is nothing for you to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O Lord our God, for we rest on you, and in your name we go against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God; do not let man prevail against you!” So the Lord struck the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah, and the Ethiopians fled” (2 Chronicles 14:9-12).

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God Will Always Fight For His Children

God is faithful and He will protect his children from their enemies. Although believers may sometimes, face life battles that appear challenging, God is strong enough to overcome them. God will overcome any opposition that confronts his children irrespective of its fierceness! The Creator will protect His children and earn them the victory to ensure they are not ashamed. In other words, there’s no mountain too high or valley too low, that God cannot overcome for us. We (God’s children who trust Him) will live to see the light of another day, and we shall have every reason to glorify Him in the victory.

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Prayer For Divine Help

I appreciate you God for you are my father. You are very capable of taking care of me, as promised in the scriptures. I believe You will fight my battles and earn me victory. Since I am your son/daughter, I am saved and secured! I am blessed in the morning and I am blessed in the evening. I am blessed all day long, and your joy shall ever remain my portion. Please help me keep your testimony of goodness with me forever! Give me every reason to keep singing songs of victory and appreciate your goodness. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I have prayed. Amen.

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PROMISES MADE TO GOD MUST BE FULFILLED – 1 Samuel

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Good Christians Must Fulfill All Promises Made To God To Avoid His Wrath

(1 Samuel 1:11)

Hannah was barren; she prayed and asked God for a child, and she promised to dedicate any first child she has to him. Hannah said in her prayers,

“LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head” (1 Samuel 1:11).

God answered Hannah’s prayer, and she gave birth to a son called Samuel! The lady honored her promise and brought Samuel to God. She approached God’s prophet and said,

“Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD” (1 Samuel 1:26-28).

A Promise Is A Debt; It Must Be Fulfilled

Anyone who promises God anything is under an oath; he or she must fulfill whatever is promised. Jehovah does not take our promises as a joke; he will surely wait for the fulfillment of all promises! No child of God should be too complacent with his or her success and forget to fulfill any needed debt to God. Meanwhile, some people make special promises to God when they were in trouble. They might have said; “God, if you can help me in this situation, I will do so and so for you.” However, they soon forgot their promises once their prayers are answered. God will definitely not be happy with this situation. He wants his children to honor their promises and be grateful to him. He may decide to delay future blessings until his children honor him. Therefore, all people must respect God, and fulfill their promises to him.

 

Redeem your pledges to God as soon as possible!

Prayer For Forgiveness & Grace To Redeem Pledges

Pray for the strength to keep your promises.

Dear God, I am sorry if I have failed to honor my promises to you. I repent today, and I am determined to mend my broken relationship with you. I redeem all my pledges, and I will make you happy with my offerings. In fact, I will bring a special thanksgiving offering to you, and I will share the testimony of your goodness in my life to all people. Please grant me the grace to fulfill all my promises, and let me remain your favorite child. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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GOD RESPECTS AN AGREEMENT – Judges

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True Believers Must Be Aware Of Their Promises

(Passage: Judges 11)

Judge Jephthah found himself between a rock and a hard place by making an irrevocable vow to God. He promised to offer an important sacrifice to God if he could help him overcome his enemies. Jephthah said,

“Whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering” (Judges 11:31).

God answered Jephthah’s prayer, but lo and behold, it was her only child who came to welcome him to his door-post when he returned from the battle. He found himself in a situation that he had to give up her only daughter. (Please note: This type of sacrifice is no more relevant today!). The scripture reported,

“When Jephthah came to his house at Mizpah, there was his daughter, coming out to meet him with timbrels and dancing; and she was his only child. Besides her, he had neither son nor daughter. And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he tore his clothes, and said, “Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low! You are among those who trouble me! For I have given my word of the Lord, and I cannot go back on it.” So she said to him, “My father, if you have given your word to the Lord, do to me according to what has gone out of your mouth, because the Lord has avenged you of your enemies, the people of Ammon” (Judges 11:34-36).

Jephthah decided to honor his promise despite the magnitude.

Be Watchful; God Cannot Be Cheated

God deserves to be respected at all times. We must respect him, and we must keep our promises to him. Meanwhile, believers must understand that we cannot be rash in our promises to God. We must be careful not to make ambiguous promises when we are in the presence of God. We must weigh our words and consider their magnitudes – since God does not respect jokes! He will not hesitate to register our promises and ask for their fulfillment.

God will keep asking us for his rights (promise) until we fulfill them. Therefore, believers must be careful not to make empty promises to God.

God will bless anyone who duly fulfills his promises to him. He will ensure the person is blessed so that he or she can be motivated to keep the practice of honoring his/her promises.

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Prayer For Grace To Fulfill All Promises

Dear God, please help me respect you through my words and actions. Let me fulfill my promises to you. Let the fulfillment of my promises open doors of opportunities in my life, and let me enjoy your goodness in the land of the living. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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TRUSTING GOD PAYS – Judges

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True Christians Should Focus On Carrying Out God’s Plans

(Passage: Judges 20)

Trusting God pays off in the end. The tribe of Benjamin rebelled against the remaining eleven tribes of Israel, and they instigated the civil war. The eleven tribes who remained united asked God for a strategy to use against their rebel brothers, and he gave them some specific instructions. Meanwhile, the Israelites lost the battle, because they failed to closely follow their God-given strategy; however, they were not discouraged but trusted God. The people did not stop asking God for directions. On their third attempt, after duly following God’s order, the united Israelites conquered Benjamin’s tribe. They conquered their leaders, and they brought the whole tribe to its knees. The scripture reported how the Israelites eventually conquered the revolting Benjamin Tribe. It is reported;

“But when the flame began to arise up out of the city with a pillar of smoke, the Benjamites looked behind them, and, behold, the flame of the city ascended up to heaven. And when the men of Israel turned again, the men of Benjamin were amazed: for they saw that evil was come upon them. Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel unto the way of the wilderness; but the battle overtook them; and them which came out of the cities they destroyed in the midst of them. Thus they inclosed the Benjamites round about, and chased them, and trode them down with ease over against Gibeah toward the sunrising. And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men… So that all which fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five thousand men that drew the sword; all these were men of valour…” (Judges 20:40-46 KJV).

Following God’s Instructions Would Lead You To Victories

Trusting God has enormous benefits.

God still leads people today; he leads his children to take appropriate steps that will benefit their lives. However, things may sometimes go contrary to God’s plans when we do not follow his instructions to the letter. Notwithstanding, we should not be discouraged when we do not get the expected results, rather we should summon the courage to understand God’s instructions well, and adherently follow them.

Christians must not hesitate to consult God over and over again until we have our expected solutions. Our heavenly Father will definitely respond to our cries. He will answer our prayers and guide us into victories.

Prayer For Grace To Follow God’s Instruction

Dear God, please teach me how to duly follow your instructions, so that I can have my expected victories over life situations. When you lead, let me follow; and when I follow, let me prosper. Let me have victory today, tomorrow, and throughout the days of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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CHRISTIANITY IS NOT EXCLUSIVE TO PERFECT HUMANS – Luke

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Christians Need To Understand That God Sees Everyone Equally

(Passage: Luke 14)

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

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

Salvation Is A Personal Race

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

Praying For Grace To Be Deeply Rooted In Christ

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

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GOD’S PLANS ARE ALWAYS GOOD – 1 Samuel

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All Christians Must Put Their Ultimate Trust In God

(Passage: 1 Samuel 9)

Saul was committed to his family and was busy searching for his father’s missing horse, but God had a bigger plan for him. God instructed Prophet Samuel to anoint Saul and ordain him as the first king of Israel. The remarkable event unfolded thus,

“… Now the Lord had told Samuel in his ear the day before Saul came, saying, “Tomorrow about this time I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him commander over my people Israel, that he may save my people from the hand of the Philistines; for I have looked upon my people, because their cry has come to me.” So when Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said to him, “There he is, the man of whom I spoke to you. This one shall reign over my people.” “Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: “Is it not because the Lord has anointed you commander over His inheritance?” (1 Samuel 9:15-17; 1 Samuel 10:1).

God Has Our Best Interests At Heart

God’s way is not always the same as ours; he may decide to surprise us in the way we least expected. No human being can contain God in a box, and we cannot limit him by our limited thoughts. God will do whatever he has determined to do, and nothing can change his plans. Meanwhile, God’s thoughts towards his children are always good. He stated,

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

However, God’s plans may not be fully fulfilled in our lives if we work contrarily to his commandments. We must follow God’s agenda, and we must satisfy him before we can enjoy his ultimate goodness. Therefore, every believer must endeavor to satisfy God so that he or she can enjoy his tremendous grace and goodness to the fullness.

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Prayer For Grace To Trust God

Pray for empowerment to stay within God’s plan

Dear God, please help me to stay within your plans so that I can enjoy your grace and goodness in my life. Enable me with the strength to satisfy you always, and let me remain fit for your blessings. Please, remember all your promises over me and let them materialize fully. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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