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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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PROMISES MADE TO GOD MUST BE FULFILLED – 1 Samuel

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

(1 Samuel 1:11)

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

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

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

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

A Promise Is A Debt; It Must Be Fulfilled

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

 

Redeem your pledges to God as soon as possible!

Prayer For Forgiveness & Grace To Redeem Pledges

Pray for the strength to keep your promises.

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

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TRUSTING GOD PAYS – Judges

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True Christians Should Focus On Carrying Out God’s Plans

(Passage: Judges 20)

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

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

Following God’s Instructions Would Lead You To Victories

Trusting God has enormous benefits.

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

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

Prayer For Grace To Follow God’s Instruction

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

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GOD’S PLANS ARE ALWAYS GOOD – 1 Samuel

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All Christians Must Put Their Ultimate Trust In God

(Passage: 1 Samuel 9)

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

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

God Has Our Best Interests At Heart

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

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

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

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Prayer For Grace To Trust God

Pray for empowerment to stay within God’s plan

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

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POWER INTOXICATES AND CAN LEAD TO DESTRUCTION – 1 Samuel

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True Believers Should Imbibe Humility In Positions Of Power

(Passage: 1 Samuel 12)

Prophet Samuel proved himself as a godly leader of Israel. He had served well, and he was not afraid to ask people to review his record. The scriptures recorded that Samuel called the elders of Israel and said;

“Here I am; testify against me before the Lord and before his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Or whose donkey have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Or from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? Testify against me and I will restore it to you.” They said, “You have not defrauded us or oppressed us or taken anything from any man’s hand.” And he said to them, “The Lord is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand.” And they said, “He is witness.” (1 Samuel 12:3-5 ESV).

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God Rewards Christians Who Honor Him With Their Services

Many people are intoxicated with power and have abused their positions. In fact, it is now romanticized in the society, as the saying goes; “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Meanwhile, the children of God must not be obsessed with power. We must not abuse power if we obtain high-ranking positions in any aspect of life.

No matter what capacity, we may occupy, we must serve with integrity! We must honor God with our services, and we must ensure that we are fair in our decisions. In addition, we must not be greedy with our positions. We must adequately serve in whatever capacity that we occupy and ensure that we do not entertain selfish ambitions. God will honor any Christian that honors him with his/her position, but he will punish anyone who misuses his/her position.

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Pray For The Grace To Serve Religiously And Righteously

Dear God, please keep me humble and do not let me be obsessed with power. Help me to manage my position well so that I will not provoke your fury. Help me apply godly principles to all my engagements and let me be a true ambassador of Jesus Christ. I also pray for people in authority: Please grant them God-fearing hearts; empower them to make good judgments. Do not let them focus on selfish ambitions, but help them to adequately serve in whatever capacity that they occupy. Let it be well with people in the government, and let there be peace in our land. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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PATRIOTISM SHOULD BE THE WATCHWORD OF EVERY BELIEVER – Daniel

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True Christians Should Care For Their Earthly Home As Much As Their Heavenly

(Passage: Daniel 9)

Daniel researched the record in quest to avert the tribulation that has befallen his country. Based on this research, the Man of God realized a past prophecy that explained the future deliverance of Israel. Israelites that were held captive in Babylon would be released after a period of 70 years. They would return to rebuild their homeland, and they would live in peace again. Having uncovered the fact about the destiny of his people, Daniel began praying and fasting to remind God of his promises. The scripture reported;

“In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments” (Daniel 9:2-5 KJV)

…O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolation, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for your own sake, my God, for your city and your people are called by your name” (Daniel 9:18-19 NKJV).

Interceding For Your Country Can Attract Blessings

Children of God are expected to be patriotic to their respective country. Indeed heaven is our homeland, but we still live in this world; we must do our best to support the interest of our earthly home. We must pray for the peace of our country where we hold the right of citizenship. We must contribute our quota of efforts that will aid our society to be peaceful and habitable.

Christians must also make efforts to promote the unity and integrity of their society! Since we are God’s children, we must influence people around us to be responsible and create positive impact. The same God who has utilized the efforts of his children in time past to positively transform people’s destiny can do the same again. God will honor the efforts of his children again, and he will visit our lands!

Your loyalty won’t only benefit your country, it will also benefit God.


Prayer For Grace To Be More Patriotic

Dear God, please help me to be patriotic to my homeland. Give me the grace to make every necessary contribution within my capacity to help make my country strong and successful. Please, enable my fellow Christians to make positive contributions to their society, so that your name can be glorified among the people. Please remember our political leaders to properly govern us. Weed out selfishness and corruption from our government; let morality reign, so that the citizens of our land can enjoy their right benefits and live peacefully. Please do this and many more! For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen. 

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CALEB TRUSTED GOD AND GOT HIS REWARD AS PROMISED – Joshua

 

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True Children Of God Must Trust His Process And Believe His Word

God fulfilled his promise made to Caleb in the wilderness; he granted him an opportunity to own a landed property in Canaan. Indeed, it was a pay-day for Caleb since only he and Joshua brought good reports to Moses in the wilderness. Others compared themselves as grasshoppers against the giants, but Caleb and Joshua confidently declared that God was able to help them possess the Promised Land. The bold declarations of Caleb (and Joshua) made God promise that he would grant them an opportunity to possess the Canaan land. (God disallowed the ten pessimist spies who brought bad reports to Moses and Israelites in the camp – Numbers 14:24).

Caleb, who demonstrated courage at the border of Canaan Land also showed courage, as he was about to witness the fulfillment of God’s promise. Caleb, at a very old age of 85 years, requested that Joshua granted him the portion of the promised land that was occupied by the giants. Caleb told Joshua;

“I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to scout the land of Canaan, and I brought a report back to him as it was in my heart. My brothers (fellow spies) who went up with me made the heart of the people melt with fear; but I followed the Lord my God completely. So Moses swore an oath to me on that day, saying, ‘Be assured that the land on which your foot has walked will be an inheritance to you and to your children always, because you have followed the Lord my God completely.’ And now, look, the Lord has let me live, just as He said, these forty-five years since the Lord spoke this word to Moses, when Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, look at me, I am eighty-five years old today. I am still as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so is my strength now, for war and for going out and coming in. So now, give me this hill country about which the Lord spoke that day, for you heard on that day that the giant-like Anakim were there, with great fortified cities; perhaps the Lord will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the Lord said.” So Joshua blessed him and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance. Therefore, Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he followed the Lord, the God of Israel, completely. The name of Hebron was formerly Kiriath-arba city of Arba; for Arba was the greatest man among the giant-like Anakim. Then the land had rest from war” (Joshua 14:7-15KJV).

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Trust And Faith Work Hand In Hand

Impossibilities will become possibilities for someone who has an absolute trust in God. The person may face some challenges, but the ever-strong God will come to his or her aid. Jehovah will not allow his children who cast their confidence in him be put to shame.

It is important that all children of God understand that they have an obligation to trust God in their situations. No restriction applies, Christians must not consider any situation as insignificant to be treated with faith.

Faith application can relate to our day-to-day activities. Also, faith application can be relative to situations such as bill payment, healing expectation, job provision, marriage resolution, and children’s growth. In other words, believers must trust God for all our businesses! As believers trust God for our situations, we will witness the signs and wonders of God. Faith declarations and expectations will make us have significant testimonies!

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Ask The Lord For The Grace To Have Faith In His Words

Dear God, please give me an ability to have resolute faith in you! Help me to demonstrate courage during adversity. Give me the ability to apply faith to all my situations so that I can enjoy your unfiltered benefits! Please be my confidence, be my comfort, and be my testimony! For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen!

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GOD’S WRATH SHALL COME UPON SINNERS DESERVING – Ezekiel

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True Christians need to deviate from sin to bask in God’s Glory

(PASSAGE: Ezekiel 20)

For the longest time, the Israelites continued to live in sin despite God’s punishments inflicted on them in the foreign lands. They provoked God by partaking in idol worships, disobedience, and several other vices. God was not too pleased and promised to adequately compensate his disobedient children. According to the bible;

‘‘As I live’’ says the Lord God, “surely with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out, I will rule over you. I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will plead my case with you face to face. Just as I pleaded my case with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will plead my case with you,”. He goes on to say, “I will make you pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant; I will purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me; I will bring them out of the country where they dwell, but they shall not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 20:33-38).

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God Is Omnipresent And Omnipotent

God is smarter than all human beings, and we cannot manipulate him to achieve our goals. Also, there are no alternatives to holiness; we cannot stand on the fence to please God. If anyone claims to love God, he or she must abandon sinful practices, and faithfully serve God. As humans, we must not forget that acts of manipulations may work with men, but they cannot work with God. Therefore, we must all be honest with God in all interactions with him.

No substitute for sin.

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Pray To God For The Grace To Worship Wholeheartedly

Dear God, please help me not to play dirty tricks with you. Help me to be factual in my interactions with you. Give me the grace to humble myself and apologize for my sins. Help me to exercise true repentance so that I can prosper on earth and in heaven. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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GOD’S CHILDREN TO PAY THEIR TITHES – Malachi

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Christians Must Pay Their Tithes To Their Churches

Passage: Malachi 3

God requires the believers to faithfully pay their tithe to his honor and for their own benefits. A Christian who faithfully pays his (or her) tithe put himself or herself in the best position to receive God’s blessing. However, beyond the blessings to receive by paying a tithe, the practice is also regarded as an act of obedience to God. People who fail the obligation to pay their tithes are sinning against God, Bible referenced those who fail to faithfully pay their tithes as thieves (since they deprive him of his entitlement).

The ten percent of your income belongs to God. You are obliged to pay it as a tithe to your local church. In fact, consider the tithe payment as equally important to God as the tax is important to the government.

Children of God must pay the ten percent of their income to God’s house to sustain his servants and promote the activities that promote his kingdom. The scripture warned people about tithe payment,

“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed you?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:8-10).

Tithe Payment Is God’s Requirement

Believers must understand that the requirement to pay their tithe (Ten percent of their income) is God’s commandment which is date back to the Bible time. God required all his children to meet this obligation for the purpose of replenishing his “storehouse.” That is, tithes are meant to suffice provision for the matter of God’s kingdom.

Any Christian who violates the requirement to pay his or her tithe to the local church is acting in disobedience to God’s law.

Christians must not be confused with heresy that many false teachers out there are disseminating. False teachers are claiming that the requirement of tithe payment only applies to the people of Old Testament era. Nothing can be further from the truth, believers in the New Testament (Christians) have the same obligation to pay their tithes also.

Everyone must fully understand that human’s opinion is different from God’s opinion; believers must obey God’s requirement to the letter to receive his abundant blessings.

Besides, believers must understand that God will bless us if we are faithful in our tithe payments. People who violate the tithe payment requirement will not only miss their benefits, but they will also receive God’s punishment. The Creator considers people who fail to pay their tithes as thieves, and he will award them some measurable punishments.

Believers who faithfully pay their tithes must understand that their due diligence is directed to the Lord, and not to any pastor, priest, or someone else. That is, a Christian should be less bothered about how the clergy is managing his or her tithes. God knows how to reward everyone for his or her action. Yours is to pay your tithe. Leave the rest for God to handle! He is able to adequately take care of his businesses. (God also knows how to properly handle anyone that mismanages his Kingdom’s fund.)

In addition, Christians’ obligation to pay their tithes to “God’s storehouse” must not be substituted for other services. That is, a Christian should prioritize paying his (or her) tithe to his local church. He should not consider any charity obligation that he has somewhere else as a substitute for tithe. Of course, Bible supports charity and other moral activities, but a Christian must just not substitute his tithe for it! In short, your tithe belongs to your local church.

Pray For Grace To Be Consistent With Your Giving

Dear God, please give me the power and grace to be faithful in my tithe payments. Help me to be faithful in paying the ten percent of my income to support my local church, as you required it. Do not let me be deceived by false teachers who are out there preaching the wrong doctrine and preparing people for eternal damnation. Please, do not let me get involved in “church politics!” Help me to be consistent in my relationship to you, and let my heart be completely devoted to serving you. As I make a serious effort to satisfy your desires, please bless me richly and keep me fit for your eternal kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here

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ONE DISRESPECTFUL CHIEF PAID A DIRE CONSEQUENCE – 2 Kings

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People Must Honor God’s Servants

(Passage: 2 Kings 7)

One Israelite’s chief paid a dire consequence for being disrespectful to Prophet Elisha over his prophecy. A prolonged famine had plagued the land of Israel at the time, but Elisha showed up and prophesied that God would avert the terrible situation overnight. The chief who heard the prophecy mocked the man of God (Elisha); however, the aftermath was not funny. Elisha uttered a statement that reshaped everyone’s thinking as he furthered stated that the man who mocked his prophecy would die for his behavior. The Bible reported Elisha’s prophecy, the chief’s response, and the aftermath consequence.

“Then Elisha said, “Hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord: ‘Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.’” So an officer on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God and said, “Look, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” And he said, “In fact, you shall see it with your eyes, but you shall not eat of it.” (2 Kings 7:1-2).

 

Christians To Honor Their Pastors

Christians have an obligation to honor the servants of God, for especially those who labor over their souls. The servants of God are guided by the Holy Spirit to serve as God’s mouthpiece; believers must relate to them with faith and follow their instructions.

The Bible states that whoever believes the word of a prophet shall be blessed. (2 Chronicles 20:20). That is, someone who believes any spiritual utterance (prophecy) that is stated by a man or woman of God will be rewarded for his faith. (Of course, the prophecy has to be in compliance with the Bible!) A person who acts in faith based on the utterances that are inspired by the Holy Spirit will propers. The person’s faith and action will turn to become his blessing.

 

Pray for Ability to Respect Your Spiritual Leaders

Dear God, I believe that you still lead people by the Holy Spirit. You lead your servants through the Holy Spirit to minister to their people. Please help me to respect your servants. Let me operate in faith and honor them as they perform their spiritual activities. Give me the ability to support your servants as they labor to bear positive fruits for your kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.
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