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THE PROTECTION OF GOD STANDS SURE ON HIS CHILDREN – Esther

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Christians Must Have Faith In God’s Promises Of Protection

(Passage: Esther 6)

Haman plotted to kill Mordecai at the same time that God was determined to promote him. The plan of God prevailed over Mordecai’s life. He was promoted, but his enemy (Haman) was killed for his evil plot (Haman was killed for the sake of Mordecai and other Jews).

The scripture reported,

“That night the king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, the doorkeepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. Then the king said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” And the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” So the king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace to suggest that the king hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.” (Unfortunately, the game changed for Haman)… Haman naively suggested, “Then let this robe and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that he may array the man whom the king delights to honor. Then parade him on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him: ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!’” Then the king said to Haman, “Hurry, take the robe and the horse, as you have suggested, and do so to Mordecai the Jew who sits within the king’s gate! Leave nothing undone of all that you have spoken” (Esther 6:1-4; 6:9-10).

The Promises of God Will Never Fail On His Children

God’s protection over his children will not fail regardless of any circumstance. The enemies of God’s children will be put to shame. They will be ashamed of their evil works and be ridiculed. Meanwhile, God’s children will sail on to victory in all circumstances. They will not be ashamed during a confrontation.

Since God’s children dwell under divine grace, they will have renewed energy to bring more praises to God’s name.

Christians have nothing to lose for serving God; they will forever live as overcomers! The scripture assured us (Christians), “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).



Pray For Grace To Trust God In Your Situation

Dear God, please give me the enabling grace to remain your faithful child so that I can continue to enjoy your divine grace and protections. Beat down my enemies until they are destroyed! Let your goodness be abundant in my life and let me forever enjoy your benefits. Please set your angels to keep watch over my life so that I can continue to testify to your goodness in the assembly of your people. 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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ZEALOUS JEHOVAH WILL REWARD FAITHFUL SERVICE – Nahum

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God Will Reward Faithful Christians

(Passage: Nahum 1)

Faithful services. Christians are required to give due honor and faithfully serve him at all times. We must give whatever it takes to make God happy with us. The Creator reserves his measurable punishment for anyone who fails to offer him an acceptable service. It is written,

“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 NKV).

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Faithful Service To God Will Lead To Our Blessings

God’s overflow of blessing will flourish the lives of people that faithfully serve him. Faithful believers will also enjoy God’s protection. Jehovah promised to go an extra mile to defend the interest of his children that make him proud. It is important that all people understand that God will not positively reward whoever abuses his benefits in their lives. Only those who maintain good standing with him will enjoy his benefits. God will decorate the lives of his faithful worshipers with every goodness of life, and he will also benefit them in his kingdom.

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Prayer To Faithfully Serve God

Dear God, please give me your grace to faithfully walk before you every day of my life. Do not let me take your benefits for granted, but help me to be appreciative of them. Empower me to live an acceptable life before you, and please multiply your benefits in my life so that I can share the testimony of your goodness every day of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here.

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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 IS SECOND TO NONE; SERVE HIM – Ezekiel

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As Believers, We Must Put God First Before Anything

(Passage: Ezekiel 23)

God labeled the Israelites “The harlots” for practicing idolatry. The people would face some consequences for their actions unless they repent. Jehovah handpicked Prophet Ezekiel as a talking point and warned the Israelites,

“Therefore, Oholibah, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will stir up your lovers against you, those you turned away from in disgust, and I will bring them against you from every side” (Ezekiel 23:22 NIV).

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God Will Not Share His Position With Anyone

Christians are not allowed to serve two masters. We are required to serve God alone! No child of God should compare his/her Creator with any other deity. Jehovah is God, and He is the only deity that humanity must serve. Meanwhile, idol worship is not limited to bowing down to images only. An idol may appear in the form of material, money, people, and others. In fact, anything that takes the place of God in our heart is an idol!

A smartphone, laptop, and pocket-book may become an idol. If care is not taken, a person’s wife, husband, and/or a child can become an idol. Nothing must take over God’s position in our hearts.

Anyone who claims to be God’s child must ensure that he/she has an undivided attention when it comes to serving God. It is important to emphasize that history has proven that God detests idolatry more than any other form of sin. The Creator has gone an extra mile to prove his point in ancient times; He has wiped out nations and disowned his own children for the sake. He can do the worse again! Therefore, as Christians, we ought to fear God and give him due honor with full (and undistracted) Worship.

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Prayer For Strength To Serve God

Dear God, please help me to give you an undivided attention, so that you can be happy with me always. Do not let me be trapped in idol worship of any form. Please forgive my past sins of idolatry; help me to stop whatever may be claiming rivalry with you in my life. Let me start to serve you with full devotion, so that you can be pleased to shower your grace and goodness on my life, now and always! 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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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND THE POWER OF GOD INVESTED – Judges

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Trusting Your Own Strengths Can Help You Conquer Trials And Tribulations

(Passage: Judges 4)

Mrs. Deborah Lapidoth was a prophetess and an Israelites’ judge that did what other women did not do during the bible years. She encouraged Barak to mobilize a nationwide war against their oppressive neighboring country, and she also accompanied a fearful general to the battlefront. During this period, they were no match for their enemies, because they were few in numbers.

In fact, Barak, the army leader, confessed his skepticism and insisted not to launch any offense – except Prophetess Deborah accompanies him. Therefore to ensure the Israelites’ deliverance, Deborah acted against their tradition and accompanied Barak to war. The scriptures reported,

“Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go!” (Judges 4:8).

Deborah believed the power of God invested in her and went to war alongside Gideon to defend their nation, and they won the battle (Judges 4:23-24).

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Be Fully Aware Of The Strength That Lies Within

Believers must understand their positions as “unbeatable children of God!” We (Christians) have the Spirit of God residing in us, and we must consider ourselves to be unbeatable! We must understand that God’s presence is with us at all times, and his presence will remain with us in all situations. Meanwhile, God’s presence should not be considered recessive in believers lives. We must publicize his strength during difficult situations.

Also, we must stand up to defend his standard of righteousness when no one else would do. Of course, our pious efforts will provoke Satan the enemy to raise his ugly head, but whatever scenario he creates will yield God an opportunity to glorify his name. That is, God will appear during our challenging moments to prove himself strong. However, what else should be said? Should we say that God will fail people who stand up for his standard of righteousness? Absolutely not. Jehovah will surely defend his name in every situation to honor his children and glorify himself. Therefore, believers ought to maintain firm trust in God, and keep confessing his promises in every situation of life.

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Prayer For Courage To Face Trials Of Any Form

Dear God, please give me the courage to faithfully declare your standard of righteousness at all times. Empower me through the Holy Spirit to stay focused, and keep flying your banner of righteousness by sharing your gospel. Give me a relentless faith that will not cave in for worldly and sinful pressure. Also, do not let my faith subside to accept defeat during challenges, but let me keep confessing your righteousness until I triumph to testify to your goodness. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen. 

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SELFLESS LOVE TO MANKIND – Ruth

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Christians Should Imbibe Selflessness As Part Of Their Personalities

Passage: Ruth 1

Ruth decided to stay with Naomi (her mother in law) After the death of her husband, despite the fact that Naomi was old and she had nothing good left to offer. Ruth ignored Naomi’s persuasions, and she refused to turn back to her native land. She insisted and said,

“Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me” (Ruth 1:16-17 NIV).

Selfless Service Should Be A Staple For Christians

Christians are required to demonstrate selfless love towards other people. We are not expected to seek selfish gains before we can offer assistance to people who are in need. God himself knows the best way to reward good services; he will reward his selfless children! Therefore, we must endeavor to open-heartedly serve other people, and do it diligently, so that God can bless us.

Pray For God To Fill Your Heart With Love That Extends To Others.

Dear God, please grant me enablement to demonstrate selfless love towards other people. Do not let me seek selfish gains, but help me to care with a liberal heart. I know that you will definitely bless me if I represent you well on earth, so help me please you. Let me be your true ambassador on earth, and let me qualify to receive your heavenly rewards. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

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GOD’S REIGN IS FOREVER – Hebrews

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The Lord Was, Even Before Existence And It Shall Keep Being So

(Passage: Hebrew 1)

The scriptures revealed the Lordship identity of Jesus Christ: He was not an ordinary human being as some may have presumed. He was God in human form when he came to earth and he still retains the same identity today. It is written,

“But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness more than your companions.” And: “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak you will fold them up, and they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will not fail” (Hebrews 1:8-12).

A Genuine Belief In Christ Equals A Reward Of Eternal Life

Jesus Christ is the foundation of faith and the rooftop of salvation. Also, he is the perfection of God’s love. He simplified God’s law and presented it to us in a more relatable form. The Savior laid a royal carpet for us to step on; hence, anyone who confesses him as the Son of God and accept him as his/her personal Savior will be saved!

People of all states should come humbly before Jesus Christ and accept him as Lord. Whoever comes to Jesus Christ will not regret, but will have everlasting life in heaven.

 

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Prayer Of Thanks And Conviction

Dear Jesus, I understand that you are Christ, the Son of God who died for sinners. You sacrificed your life for a poor sinner like me so that I can inherit the gift of eternal life. Since you are so kind to me, I offer my complete life to you; I confess you as my Lord and Savior, and I will serve you for the rest of my life. From now on, I will share the testimony of your goodness to my friends and neighbors. I will proclaim your gospel so that other people can become saved as well. Please help me to stay with my conviction, and keep my promise to you! Amen!

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GOD DEFENDED ISRAELITES AGAINST MULTIPLE FOES – Joshua

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Faith Exercise Will Forever Benefit Christians

(Passage: Joshua 10)

God helped Israelites in their difficult situation. The people were few in numbers and had limited weapons to their defense; however, God did not allow their enemies to prevail over them. God came to their aid during the time of need and earned them victory. The Bible bears witness on how the Creator performed all kind of miracles to assist his children. In fact, the scripture reported that God had to rain an unusual weapon from heaven when they were desperately in need. It is written,

“And it happened, as they (the enemies) fled before Israel and were on the descent of Beth Horon, that the Lord cast down large hailstones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died from the hailstones than the children of Israel killed with the sword” (Joshua 10:11).

Those Who Trust Can’t Be Defenseless

People who reserve their trust in God cannot be defenseless; God will defend them against their enemies. Jehovah will go an extra mile to protect us as we cast our complete trust in him.

Jehovah has the power to do anything at will. He can tweak any situation to benefit us (his children).

Since God remains a formidable helper in any situation for those who cast their complete trust, Christians must exercise our faith in him. We must make God proud to earn us an expected victory.

Pray To Exercise Your Faith

Dear God, I understand that you have the power to defend your children who trust you in any situation; therefore, I ask that you please give me the strength to trust you! As I exercise my faith, let miracles begin to happen so that I can testify to your goodness in the land of the living! For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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