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CHRISTIANS TO HAVE HONEST BUSINESS WITH GOD – ROMANS

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A Christian Must Have Honest Dealings

(Passage: Romans 2)

God despise hypocritical behaviors, but he will honor people who deal with him in honesty. The scripture says “Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?” (Rom. 2:1-3).

Lesson on Honest Dealings

God requires all people to do straightforward business with him; he does not want us to play hanky-panky game with him. He expects us to repent from our sins, and operate in holiness. The Creator does not want us to rationalize sins, but he wants us to repent from them. We must also make every necessary restitution as the Holy Spirit convicts us. If we walk uprightly with God, he will relate with us as his children and bless us.

Prayer of Grace to deal Honestly with God and Man

Dear God, please help me to serve you with honesty and walk with you in integrity. Empower me through your Holy Spirit to exercise genuine repentance and make necessary amendment. Let me demonstrate true Christianity so that I can be qualified for your eternal kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. 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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GOD SEEKS REPENTANCE OR PUNISH ISRAELITES – Amos

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God Requires Repentance From People

(Passage: Amos 2)

Israelites provoked God to an extent that he decided to keep the record of their sins and promised to punish them. Israelites lacked godly fear and were brutal to their neighbors. God promised them a severe punishment as the bible recorded,

“Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, because they sell the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals” (Amos 2:6).

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Lesson On Repentance

God who is a merciful God also keeps a record of sin for people who reject repentance. The Creator will not lightly esteem people who heartlessly deal with their fellows. God’s watchful eyes see how wicked people operate; he will catch up with them in due time. However, Jehovah is interested in repentance of a sinner. Whoever turns to God in humility and repent from his sinful way shall be forgiven.

God’s mercy will prevail over his punishment; he will decorate repentant sinners with beauty and honor. The Creator will punish unrepentant sinners. A person who dies in his sin is bound to face God’s irreversible punishment of hell fire on the last day of judgment.

Anyone who intends to receive God’s forgiveness and enjoy his benefits should not hesitate to repent from his sin. Repentance means a lot to God! He will award the gift of eternal life for whoever repent from his sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

 

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Prayer of Repentance

Dear God I repent from my sins, please forgive me! please give me power to overcome trials of sin. Help me to recognize my sins and repent from them.

Help me to live humble before you so that I can be blessed on earth and also to qualify for your eternal kingdom. Please count me worthy to meet rapture during your second coming! For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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JOSHUA WITNESSED GOD’S BENEFITS – Joshua

Children of God Will Earn Huge Rewards for Their Good Services

(Passage: Joshua 23)

Joshua the servant of God recounted his experience with God after he had lived 110 years. He had witnessed God’s goodness from childhood to his old age. Joshua witnessed how God miraculously delivered Israelites from their Egyptian slave masters. God parted the Red Sea and performed many other miracles in the wilderness while they sojourned to their Promised Land.

Joshua counseled Israelites to remain grateful to God and obey his commandments. He reminded them of multiple benefits they would receive should they faithfully serve God. Joshua said,

“Therefore be very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, lest you turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left, and lest you go among these nations, these who remain among you. You shall not make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause anyone to swear by them; you shall not serve them nor bow down to them, but you shall hold fast to the Lord your God, as you have done to this day. For the Lord has driven out from before you great and strong nations; but as for you, no one has been able to stand against you to this day. One man of you shall chase a thousand, for the Lord your God is He who fights for you, as He promised you” (Joshua 23:6-10).

However, Joshua mentioned some consequences that Israelites would bear should they disobey God. He said,

Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all the good things have come upon you which the Lord your God promised you, so the Lord will bring upon you all harmful things, until He has destroyed you from this good land which the Lord your God has given you. When you have transgressed the covenant of the Lord your God, which He commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed down to them, then the anger of the Lord will burn against you, and you shall perish quickly from the good land which He has given you” (Joshua 23:15-16).

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Lesson on Service to the Lord

God will reward people who faithfully serve him. He will build his edge of protections around them. At the same time, Jehovah will frown his face at wicked people; he will displace them and give their possessions to those who are faithful.

It is important that Christians understand they would reap positive rewards for their good services to God. Since believers are God’s Apple eyes, he will help them overcome their challenges and earn them his testimony.

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Prayer of Grace to Service

Dear God, I understand you will always prove your faithfulness over people who are faithful to you; therefore, I request your grace to faithfully serve you. Help me to keep faithfully serving your so that I can receive your overwhelming benefits every day of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

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GOD’S DIRECTIONS ARE VITAL FOR YOUR PROGRESS – 1 Samuel

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A Christians Must Endeavor To Adhere To God’s Plans After Asking For Directions

(Passage: 1 Samuel 30)

David and his followers lost their family and possessions to some foreign invaders; they bitterly lamented for their losses and were confused. No one knew what to do since they were confused and perplexed, but David knew and did the right thing. He consulted God for directions; he got what he needed!

The scripture reported,

“So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David’s two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive. Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “Please bring the ephod here to me.” And Abiathar brought the ephod to David. So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.” (1 Samuel 30:3-8).

God Always Directs The Path of His Children

God still talks and he will direct his people who prioritize seeking his directions in any matter. People who call on God will never be ashamed, and their footsteps would be far from a failure.

It is important that people are encouraged to daily seek God and ask for his directions. Whoever does so will prosper. The scripture emphasized that God orders the steps of his people! (Psalm 37:23).

Prayer For The Strength To Follow God’s Guidance

Dear God, please enable me with grace to seek your face over all matters so that I can prosper in any situation that comes my way. Help me to follow your instruction as you lead. Don’t let me allow any situation to overwhelm me to an extent that I won’t call on you for help. Empower me to call on you in all situations so that I can prosper in every day of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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GOD REWARDS ALL CHRISTIANS WHO HONOR HIM – Esther

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Good Christians Must Obey And Serve God Diligently

(Passage: Esther 4)

Queen Esther must use her influence to save the Jews from Mr. Haman who has vouched to destroy them. Mordecai walked up to Esther and challenged her to use her rare God-given opportunity to save her people. Esther must not fail, Mordecai warned the queen,

“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).

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God’s Wrath Will Come Upon Those Who Disobey Him

Christian must remember to honor God with their positions since he is counting on them. As his trusted servants, we (believers) must do whatever we can in our capacity to satisfy God’s will. We must not disobey him! The Creator will be happy to see that we do not fail him, because he will bless us in return. However, God has replacements for insolent children, he will displace people who dare to disobey him, and replace them with a better choice. Therefore, all Christians must give due honor to God and serve him with their best efforts.

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Prayer For God’s Help To Obey Him And Diligently Serve Him

Dear God, please help me to serve you well and give you due honor. Do not let me take you for granted and don’t let me abuse my opportunity. Help me to utilize my God-given grace to bolster efforts that will glorify your name in every ramification of life. Please don’t let me fail you so that I can be worthy of your blessing always. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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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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PRAISE AND WORSHIP MOVE GOD’S HANDS – Psalm

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Proclaim The Greatness of God And Gain His Attention
(Passage: Psalm 84)

Christians are encouraged to praise God at all times. In fact, the scripture encourages us to dwell in God’s presence consistently for his pleasure and for our blessing. That is, a true worshiper of God will be refreshed in his presence and be blessed.

The more you bring God quality praise and worship, the more your blessing will become. If you can praise God genuinely and consistently, you will not lack a good thing in his presence. The scripture states,

“Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they will still be praising you. Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools” (Psalm 84:4-6).

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An Attitude Of Praising God Comes With A Reward

God loves to inhabit the praises of his people; he delights in it. The Creator will forever bless the people who make it a consistent practice to honor God with their resources.

Since much benefits will accompany God’s true worshipers, everyone should cultivate the habit.

No better and faster means of receiving God’s special attention than to praise him consistently. Anyone who intends to receive something special from God should praise God at all times.

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Ask For God’s Grace To Praise Him Consistently

Dear God, please teach me how to praise you genuinely and consistently! Give me the strength to praise you with my best efforts so that I can get your attention and be blessed. As I do my best to honor you, please shower your grace and goodness into my life. 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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