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THE POWER OF GOD IS UNBEATABLE – Nahum

The Power of God will Benefit Christians

(Passage: Nahum 1)

The power of God is extraordinarily great and remains unbeatable. Jehovah is God; he is the only deity that all people must serve. The Creator has an autonomous power to do whatever he likes. The magnitude of God’s power is beyond any human comprehension! God has the power to give life; he also has the power to take it back. God can make rain to fall in the morning, cause the sun to shine in the afternoon, and snow to fall in the evening. In fact, God is so powerful to an extent that nothing is difficult for him to handle! The Creator, in his magnificent power, requires that all people must recognize him, revere him, and serve him. He asked everyone (his creation) to serve him with all their strength and might. Whoever honors the call to faithfully serve God will prosper on earth and in heaven!

The Bible states,

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

 

Blessings Shall Follow People That Recognize the Power of God

The Power of God controls the universe; people who recognize and appreciate this fact will prosper. Why? God has the supreme authority to control all things. He has an autonomous power over the earth and heaven. Whatever God says and does are final. No one can question his authority. The Creator has promised to use his magnificent power to favor the people who faithfully serve him. He considers his faithful worshipers as his true children deserving of blessings, and he will bless them.

 

Anyone that recognizes the power of God and honors the Creator will not regret his (or her action). God will use his magnificent power to favor him. Jehovah will go to an extra mile to ensure that his child that makes him proud get blessed.

Follow the course; serve God for Who He Is

People who expect the blessings of God must faithfully serve God. They must prioritize serving him so that the Creator can surprise them with his much benefits.

Serve God to receive his benefits!

Pray for Grace to Recognize The Power of God

Dear God, please give me the enabling grace to honor you and faithfully serve you so that I can prosper. Help me to serve you in the Spirit and in truth (as you required in the Bible – John 4:24). Please bless me as I acknowledge your power and make a sincere effort to satisfy your desires. Let your goodness and mercy follow me in every day of my life. Earn me the privilege to testify to your goodness in the assembly of your people. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here.

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GOD SCOLDED ISRAELITES FOR THEIR PRANK – Hosea

Believers Must Positively Receive God’s Correction

(Passage: Hosea 13)

God rebuked the Israelites for attempting to play a double-standard game with him. Israelites were dishonest in their relationship with God. They only served him for their selfish interest. They returned to idol worship after God has blessed them. Meanwhile, God requires his children to faithfully serve him with an undivided attention. People ought to serve God for who he is, and not for the sake of what they intend to receive from him.

Israelites engaged in a face-worship to receive God’s benefits; they turn their back at him after his has blessed them. Therefore, God promised to punish the people for their hypocritical behaviors. God stated,

“When Ephraim spoke, trembling, He exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended through Baal worship, he died. Now they sin more and more, and have made for themselves molded images, Idols of their silver, according to their skill; all of it is the work of craftsmen. They say of them, “Let the men who sacrifice kiss the calves!” Therefore they shall be like the morning cloud and like the early dew that passes away, like chaff blown off from a threshing floor and like smoke from a chimney. “Yet I am the Lord your God Ever since the land of Egypt, and you shall know no God but Me; for there is no savior besides Me. I knew you in the wilderness, in the land of great drought. When they had pasture, they were filled; They were filled and their heart was exalted; Therefore they forgot Me. “So I will be to them like a lion; Like a leopard by the road I will lurk; I will meet them like a bear deprived of her cubs; I will tear open their rib cage, And there I will devour them like a lion. The wild beast shall tear them” (Hosea 13:1-8).

No Game Playing With God!

A good Christian ought to respond to a godly correction.

A Christian who expects God to go a long way for him must also go a long way for God. Christians must understand that we have an obligation to live in honesty before God. No Christian is allowed to play pranks with God. It will backfire!

 

Yield to correction: Believers must understand that we cannot deceive God. He knows a person that is honest in his or her relationship with him. Christians must understand that God will reward us if are honest with him.

Christians must not attempt to test God by serving him with the goal of receiving his benefits only. We must faithfully serve God because he deserves it. We must also obey the commandments of God so that he can count us worthy of his kingdom.

Every Christian must faithfully serve God with a sincere heart at all times.

Respond to correction. It is important to emphasize that a Christian should not be an ingrate by keeping a casual relationship God. Jehovah asks his children to shun sin and pursue righteousness. He asks us to walk uprightly before him so that we can enjoy his earthly and heavenly benefits.

Correction leads to blessings.

Let the weak say, “I am strong.” Whoever struggles in his relationship with God should be honest with his or her status and ask God for help. God will grant the request of his children who acknowledge their weaknesses and prayerfully work towards improvement.

Prayer to Yield to Correction an be Consistent With God

Dear God, I stand to be corrected! Please give me the grace to keep an honest relationship with you. Help me to serve you in righteousness so that you can be happy with me. Empower me by the Holy Spirit to respond to your corrections and change. Please, give me the ability to have an unconditional love for you and faithfully serve you in every day of my life. Let my life glorify you on earth so that you can be proud of me in heaven. Please ever keep me worthy of your eternal kingdom O Lord. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.  => Subscribe here.

 

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GOD TAUGHT JONAH THE LESSON OF OBEDIENCE – Jonah

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Christians To Obey God For Their Benefits

(Passage: Jonah 2)

Prophet Jonah disobeyed God and attempted to escape, but God caught him red-handedly. God caught Jonah in a ship and commanded a fish to swallow him. The stubborn servant felt the heat of hell until he repented. Jonah repented while in the belly of a fish; God heard his voice and saved him.

The scripture reported,

“Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly. And he said: “I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, and He answered me. “Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice. For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the floods surrounded me; All Your billows and your waves passed over me” (Jonah 2:1-3 NKJV).

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It Is Better To Obey God Than To Disobey Him

A person should aspire to obey God and receive his blessing than to disobey him and suffer terrible consequences. God who dearly loves his children also has a special mode of correction for his children. Jehovah can allow his children to suffer for the sake of saving them. However, anyone who willingly obeys God has an advantage of receiving greater benefits than a person who was coerced into obedience. God rates his favorite children by their obedience. He will establish his abiding presence with his favorite children. He will rescue them during trouble and provide for their needs. Jehovah will satisfy the needs of his faithful children from this earth to heaven.

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Prayer To Live In Obedience To God

Dear God, please make me your obedient child. Help me to obey your instructions. Give me the ability to do whatever you ask of me. Enable me with the strength to be conscious of your expectations and meet them! Please keep me ever worthy of your kingdom! 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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THE WALL OF JERUSALEM WAS REBUILT DESPITE OPPOSITION – Nehemiah

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Christians Serve God of Possibilities Who Rebuilt Jerusalem Wall

(Passage: Nehemiah 12)

Nehemiah who led exile Jews back to their land to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem was opposed by Sanballat and Tobiah. However despite the oppositions, the man of God triumph, and he accomplished his mission. The Jews successfully built the wall and completed it. They also celebrated their achievement to honor God. The scripture reported,

“Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings and singing, with cymbals and stringed instruments and harps” (Nehemiah 12:27).

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God Who Built Jerusalem Wall Can Do Much More For Us!

God who built Jerusalem’s wall for Nehemiah can help us! Christians serve God of Possibilities; he will make any impossibility turn to possibility for his children! Indeed, God can do all things, and nothing is impossible for him to do. People who are determined to faithfully serve God will receive God’s help to overcome their challenges and have a testimony.

Jehovah will support his faithful children against any obstacle they may confront. It is important that believers understand that we are not ordinary people. We are people anointed by God to succeed on earth. God is on our side, and he will help us prosper in all our ways. Nothing shall be impossible for us in as much we continue to reserve our trust in him!

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Pray For Faith To Keep Trusting God

Dear God, please help me to realize my status as your child who deserves to succeed on earth, and also worthy of heaven. Help me to take the steps of faith into achieving my expected breakthroughs! Please bless the work of my hands so that I can prosper and share the testimony of your goodness to people around me.

Please make my life a living testimony to the glory of your name! For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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PAUL PRAISED PHOEBE FOR HER SERVICE TO GOD – Romans

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Service To God: God Will Reward Faithful Christians

(Passage: Romans 16)

A lady by the name Phoebe caught Paul’s attention with her exceptional godly servitude. Paul recognized Phoebe as a faithful servant of God who ministers to the needs of her people. Paul highlighted in her letter to the Romans, “I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also” (Romans 16:1-2 NKJV).

serviceLesson On Faithful Service to God

Faithful service to God has a reward! Christians must understand that our activities are not limited to church activities only. We must demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to people within and without the church. That is, believers must minister to all people. We must understand that some fellow believers are in dire need of a few help that we can render. Our efforts to support others should include the provision of material and other resources. Believers must also offer moral support to people in need.

It is important that each believer is sensitive to the needs of other people and make a significant effort to assist them. In our attempt to demonstrate faithful service to God, Christians must operate as a theme and exercise the true love that Jesus Christ will applaud. We must not leave a brother or a sister-in-Christ behind to suffer. We must understand that every Christian is a co-sharer of God’s kingdom, and we must care for them.

Christians must understand that God cares to watch our attitudes demonstrated towards other people. God knows how we treat other people, and he will compensate us duly. Every Christian must understand that whatever he/she does to his fellow believer is touching the heart of God. In other words, whatever you do to a Christian brother or sister is what you are technically doing to God himself, and he will reward you in due time.

Be faithful in your service to God, He is watching you!

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Prayer To Faithfully Serve God

Dear God, please help me to be a relevant Christian who support others. Help me to be your true ambassador and make positive contributions to the lives of my Christian brothers and sisters. Help me to be relevant to your kingdom with true services! Please give me the resources that I will need to care for my fellow believers so that your name can be glorified.

Please qualify me for your kingdom! When my earthly race is over, let me wake up in your kingdom to hear “Weldone and welcome my good servant!”  For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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ISRAELITES MUST HAVE COURAGE – Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy – Children of God Must Maintain Confidence in God

(Passage: Deuteronomy 20,21,22)

God asked Israelites to demonstrate courage and not fear their enemies during battles. They must not fear the enemies that may outnumber them. Israelites must always remember God’s past faithfulness and have confidence for future victory.

Israelites must remain strong in God. The same God who brought them out of Egypt and made them to successfully pass through the wilderness would win any battle that may come their way in future.

God said to Israelites, When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the Lord thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt” – Deuteronomy 20:1.

Christians to Draw Their Strength from Past Victory

Children of God are to remain confident in God under whatever circumstance. No matter what type of battle we confront – God is able to overcome it and earn us victory.

Jehovah will fight for his children at all cost and award us victory. We must never forget that same God who is in control of the entire world affairs is on our sides, he is big enough to overpower whatever influence our enemies may have. He will override the enemies’ sophisticated skills and weapons for the sake of glorifying his name in our lives.

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Application Prayer

Dear God, I believe you are God of miracle, and you will surely perform your miracles to my advantage! Therefore, I am asking that you stand on my behalf to show yourself strong and glorify your name. Please silence my enemies and override their evil desires against my life.

Fight my battles and give me victory! Let me have rest in every aspect of my life so that I can have a testimony and glorify your holy name. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

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JESUS PREACHED AGAINST ANXIETY – Matthew

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Matthew – Christians Must Not Be Anxious For Anything

(Passage: Matthew 6)

Jesus instructed his followers to not worry about anything, but they should have confidence in God. Believers must be joyous and hopeful at all times. We must have an expectation that promises of God on our lives will come to pass.

Jesus said, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek.

For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:25-34).

Important Lesson on Anxiety

People who serve God must not be anxious about anything, but we must be hopeful in God. Believers must be confident that God is ever strong to help us overcome our challenges and lead us to victory.

Christians must understand that Satan outsource scary situations to challenge our faith. His goal is to make us doubt God and stumble in faith. No Christian should give in for the desire of the enemy.

We must be full of faith and have high expectations. As we demonstrate unwavering faith, God will turn our trials into testimonies, and he will also make Satan be ashamed. Indeed, God will compensate our faith and turn it into testimonies!

Prayer Against Anxiety

Dear God, please help me to demonstrate unwavering faith in you. Help me to stop worrying about life challenges. Help me to realize that you are in charge of my life, and you will perfect whatever concerns me! As I continue to trust you, let my terrible situation turn around to good one, and let me have the story of your goodness to share with other believers and the rest of the world. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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GOD WILL REWARD PEOPLE THAT SERVE HIM – Obadiah

Reward for Confidence in God

(Passage: Obadiah 1)

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People who reserve their confidence in God will not be put to shame, but they will triumph over difficult situations to possess their possessions.

The scripture stated, “But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions” (Obadiah 1:17).

Lesson on Confidence in God

 

Deliverance, safety, and prosperity are bound to follow people who faithfully serve God. Although some challenges may arise, children of God have guaranteed promise of victory. No matter how tough a situation may appear, God will cover his people under his blanket of provision and protection. He will help them smile over crises; he will pay their bills, and he will comfort them.

Jehovah will ensure that his children always have reasons to glorify his name. Therefore, it makes sense for anyone to establish definite relationship with God, since there is nothing good to lose in the process. Meanwhile, a person who fails to establish a precise relationship with God, and a person who slacks in his or her relationship with God will have many good things to lose! God’s deliverance, safety, and prosperity may not be readily available for people who distant themselves from their Creator.

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Prayer of Grace to have Total Confidence in God

 

Dear God, I do not want to fool myself by assuming that it is not necessary to have definite relationship with you! I need you; I need your deliverance, protection, and provisions! Therefore, I am ready to give all it takes to have you in my life as my personal Lord and Savior. I yield my total life to you today; I confess your Son Jesus Christ as Lord, and I accept him as my personal Savior. From now on, I will faithfully serve you, and for the rest of my life! Thank you God for sending your Son Jesus Christ to save my soul. For in the name of Jesus Christ I prayed. Amen.

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