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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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HUMILITY IS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR FOR SERVING AS A CHRISTIAN – Job

 

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True Believers Of Christ Should Embody His Humble Trait

(Passage: Job 1)

Job, in the Bible, was a rich man who portrayed a godly example for all wealthy people to emulate. Job could be described as a billionaire of his time, yet he did not allow his wealth to distract him from being a righteous person. Job served God faithfully, as the Bible reported;

“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil. And seven sons and three daughters were born to him. Also, his possessions were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very large household, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the East. And his sons would go and feast in their houses, each on his appointed day, and would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did regularly” (Job 1:1-5).

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Humility Is Deeply Connected To Receive God’s Blessings

God does not hate the rich people; he loves both poor and rich people alike. Anyone (irrespective of his or her status), who faithfully serves the Lord will receive his favor. Rich people ought to learn how to be godly from Job in the Bible (Job 1:1-5). The man was humble, and he complied with the laws of God throughout his life. Job also taught his children how to fear and faithfully serve God. Job prayed for his children and ask for their forgiveness.

Meanwhile, besides the fact that Job was godly and raised in a righteous family, he also humbly related to both his neighbors and his servants. There was no record that Job mistreated anyone around him. In fact, Job’s lifestyle was so pure to the extent that it caught the attention of God in heaven!

Christians must understand that it is not sinful to desire riches, but it is sinful to desire riches with a wrongful mindset. Christians who desire to be successful on earth must assess his or her motivation, whether it is godly or not. The question we should ask ourselves is; is the motivation for riches based on an attempt to gratify worldly desires, or it is based on an attempt to glorify God?

Christians’ pursuit of success must be solely based on positive perception. It must be based on the goal to satisfy God and benefit the lives of others! A Christian whose heart is pure will receive God’s blessings beyond his or her wildest dream!

Humility – The real virtue for the Christians!

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Pray For God’s Grace To Not Get Distracted By Worldly Riches

Christ, please help me to have a good motivation for success. Once I am blessed, please keep me humble to honor you with my riches! Give me the grace to promote godliness with my riches so that I can continue to be prosperous. Please let my lifestyle glorify your name, and please turn my life to become an embodiment of testimony to the glory of your name. For in the name of Jesus Chris Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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ISRAELITES REBELLED AND GOD SOLD THEM OUT – Jeremiah

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Christians Must Not Take God’s Grace For Granted

(Jeremiah 25)

God’s grace has a limit! God declared his judgments on the people of Judah and Israel for abusing the privilege he earned them. The people of Judah and Israel took God for granted and persisted in their sins despite his warnings. God reminded the rebels of their failures and pronounced his punishment on them. God said,

“‘Repent now everyone of his evil way and his evil doings, and dwell in the land that the Lord has given to you and your fathers forever and ever. Do not go after other gods to serve them and worship them, and do not provoke me to anger with the works of your hands; and I will not harm you.’ Yet you have not listened to me,” says the Lord, “that you might provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt. “Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Because you have not heard My words, behold, I will send and take all the families of the north,’ says the Lord, ‘and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, against its inhabitants, and against these nations all around, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, a hissing, and perpetual desolations” (Jeremiah 25:5-9). 

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God’s Grace Has A Limit

God is merciful, but his mercy has a limit. Anyone who aims at taking God for granted may be playing a risky game since God cannot be predicted. Jehovah can decide to take an action when a person has least expected; therefore, it is better to appropriately behave before him.

Everyone has the choice to establish a consistent relationship with God and enjoy his benefits.

A person who makes the choice to build a steady relationship with God won’t regret it. Such person will be automatically positioned to earn God’s unlimited benefits.

A person who thinks he can play a dirty trick on God by offering him a lip service and keep a secret sin will regret in the end. Sooner or later, God will catch up with the person and severe him with some punishments. Besides, God has designated a special day to judge all the hypocrites and haul them to hellfire. Anyone who dilly dally in faith should not hesitate to repent and repair his or her relationship with God.

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Pray To Stand Upright With God

Dear God, please do not let me abuse your grace in my life. Don’t let me take you for granted. Let the Holy Spirit empower me to honor you and obey your laws. Give me the grace to maintain a steady relationship with you in every day of my life. For in your name Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen!

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CHRISTIANS MUST BE PIOUS TO GOD – 1 JOHN

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Believers Must Be Devoted to God

(Passage: 1 John)

Jesus Christ is the light of the world. He is the savior of the world. Through him shall all people receive the forgiveness of their sins and be saved. Unrepentant sinners should not hesitate to repent of their sins and confess Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Also, people who have accepted Christ as their Savior must be devoted. They must ensure not to abuse their salvation privilege. Believers must satisfy God with a holiness lifestyle.

The word of God states,

“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:5-10 ESV).

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God Desires A Complete Devotion From Everyone

All people must submit to the feet of Jesus Christ and be saved. It is important that Christians relate to God with honesty. We must be faithful to our Master! We must confess our misdeed to him and repent. Our repentance must be genuine before God.

In addition, believers must be humble before God and diligently serve him with the beauty of his holiness. In other words, we must be completely devoted to God. We must daily seek God through prayers and praises. More importantly, we must allow the indwelling spirit of God (Holy Spirit) empower us to satisfy God in all ramifications.

A Christian must not be arrogant in his/her dealings with God. The Creator will distance himself from us if we are arrogant or self-righteous!

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Prayer For Grace To Be Devoted To God

Dear God, please help me to keep an honest relationship with you at all times. Help me to be truthful to you and be humble so that I can prosper in all my ways. Let my confession of a sin and the repentance exercise be genuine. Please fill me with the Holy Spirit to live an acceptable life before. Prosper me in all my ways! For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here

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EARLY CHRISTIANS DEVIATED FROM TRUE DEVOTION – James

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Services of Devotion, A Must for Christians

(Passage: James 4)

The early believers deviated from serving God with true devotion, and God’s miracle stopped happening in their midst also. Apostle James explained the main cause of God’s retrogressive miracles that existed among the brethren. James stated,

“Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:1-3).

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God’s Miracles Accompany True Devotion

A devotion service means so much to God; Christians should give the best of it to him. Any Christian who expects to witness the power of God in his or her life must keep a consistent relationship with God. A Christian cannot demonstrate the works of the flesh and expect God’s miracles to happen in his or her life.

Some activities that are categorized as the works of the flesh that inhibit true devotion are listed in Galatians 5:19. All the activities listed (and the related ones) only satisfy the cravings of the flesh. Believers must shun ungodly behaviors and allow the Holy Spirit to rule them to adequately fit God’s plan and enjoy his benefits. The scripture emphasized that God requires his worshipers to worship him in Spirit and in truth.

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24 NIV).

Many rewards await the believers that prioritize serving God with faithfulness. Jehovah will reward them with some imperishable crowns in his kingdom.

 

 

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Prayer for God’s Grace to be Devoted to Him

Dear God, please give the ability to serve you with full devotion so that I can befit your benefits. Help me to faithfully serve you, and let me yield to the leadership of the Holy Spirit and serve you with faithfulness. Empower me to desist from the works of the flesh. Rule me by the Holy Spirit to satisfy your holiness desires so that it can be well with me in every day of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I have made my requests. Amen.

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