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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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HUMILITY IS A TRAIT THAT ALL CHRISTIANS MUST POSSESS – Acts

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True Believers Ought To Always Operate In Humility

(Passage: Acts 10)

Servants of God, as well as all other Christians, ought to make humility their lifestyle. This practice will glorify God and also pose a serious challenge to the unbelievers. The unbelievers will emulate the trait of humility from the believers and surrender their lives to God.

Peter (in the bible) demonstrated an act of humility that all Christians must emulate. The scripture reported,

“As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I myself am also a man” (Acts 10:25-26).

(Cornelius wanted to worship Peter, being a servant of God, but Peter forbade him with a statement “I am also a fellow human being like you”)

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God Alone Deserves To Be Worshiped; Everyone Must Worship Him

God is the only deity that all people must worship; no other deity or human being must be worshiped. Also, no human being should worship money, material wealth, or others. God frowns at any activity that would attempt to share his glory. The Creator can go any extent to withdraw his protection and provision whenever his children refuse to glorify him. It is absolutely dangerous for any Christian to acclaim God’s glory unto himself or herself. Therefore, all people must redirect every due honor to God. After all, no one can achieve any positive thing on earth without the help of God. All people must glorify God in every situation!

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Proclaim The Goodness of God In Your Prayers

Dear God, you deserve every honor in my life. You deserve my offering of praises and thanksgiving at all times. No one else can offer me protection and provision like you do! You have sheltered and cared for me in times of need; you gave me peace and earned me a solution to my problems. Why then should I not praise you?

Please give me the grace to appreciate you from the bottom of my heart at all times. Do not let me underscore your greatness; help me to praise you always and enable me with the strength to testify to your goodness throughout the days of my life. Please, let my testimony abide, so that I can keep praising your holy name. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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PRIDE IS DESTRUCTIVE TO ANYONE – Esther

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Christians Must Do Away With Pride To Experience God’s Benefits

(Passage: Esther 1)

Queen Vashti dishonored her husband, King Ahasuerus, in the presence of the dignitaries and ran into trouble. The queen turned down her husband’s request who asked her to dance to showcase her beauty. Vashti insulted the king and asked him to mind his business. Therefore, the ruling cabinet was disappointed and dethroned her as the queen of the land. They sort out for a better replacement. The Bible described the incident,

“On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, seven eunuchs who served in the presence of King Ahasuerus, to bring Queen Vashti before the king, wearing her royal crown, in order to show her beauty to the people and the officials, for she was beautiful to behold. But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command brought by his eunuchs; therefore the king was furious, and his anger burned within him” (Esther 1:10-12).

God Can Easily Do Away With Proud People

Pride goes before a fall! All Christians must be humble before God at all times. We must not be obsessed with positions and/or power. We must yield to every necessary correction. Children of God must not forget that we are replaceable. That is, God has plenty of options; he can easily replace anyone’s position. Therefore, all people must tremble before God and ensure not to allow pride to gain ground in our lives.

Prayer For Divine Help To Remain Humble

Dear God, please teach me how to be humble before you. Let me yield to your instructions and corrections so that I can experience your promotions. Please save me from pride since it will lead to a destruction! Please, let me yield to the leadership of the Holy Spirit so that I can be successful throughout the days of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I have prayed. 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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HUMILITY AS A WAY OF LIFE – Luke

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All Christians Should Imbibe Humility As A Core Trait

(Passage: Luke 18)

Jesus Christ explained the real meaning of humility and said,

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 18:10-14).

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Benign Humility Radiates Through Actions

True humility is not proven with words, but with actions! All Christians are required to live in humility before God so that he can be pleased with us. Believers must consider others as important as we are, and we must treat them with respect. Also, Christians must not prejudice against others; we must offer people a sense of worth and make them feel important as God’s special creations.

It is also important, that we Christians, offer our petitions to God with respect. We should not pray with arrogance, but we must humbly tender our requests before him. God will surely grant our heart desires, and he will decorate us with his benefits.

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Prayer For Grace To Be Humble

Dear God, please make me a humble person. Enable me with the strength to honor you in all my activities. Help me to respect other people as well. Give me the grace to give others a sense of worth. I also pray that you teach me how to humbly present the gospel to other people so that they can confess your Son Jesus Christ as their Lord and be saved. For in the name of your Son 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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PROCLAIMING SELF PRAISES CAN LEAD YOU TO DESTRUCTION – Philippians

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Christians Should Be Ready To Praise God Alone, As He Is The Ultimate Provider

(Passage: Philippians 3)

Christians must avoid self-praise, as our glorification must only be expressed in God. Since Christ is our all-in-all, we must ensure that we glorify him in all situations, and at all times. The scriptures admonished,

“For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3).

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God Alone Is Worthy Of Praises

We Christians have no other pride than Jesus Christ; therefore, we must rejoice in him always. We must abstain from self-glorification, but direct all honor to the Lord! The Savior has blessed us with his immeasurable grace of salvation, and has also, promised us an imperishable crown of glory in heaven. Hence, believers must dance before him and celebrate his goodness from now till eternity.

Humility is a virtue that all Christians should imbibe.

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Proclamation Of God’s Praises

(Pray for grace to abstain from self-praise).

Dear Jesus Christ, what an awesome Lord you are! You sacrificed your life to save my soul! I will praise you from now on. I will sing, dance, and proclaim your goodness throughout the earth. I am determined to shun self-praise, but give you due honor throughout the days of my life. So help me God! Amen.

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QUEEN VASHTI LOST HER POSITION BECAUSE OF PRIDE – Esther

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Christians Must Be Humble and Let God Take The Glory

(Passage: Esther 1)

Queen Vashti dishonored King Ahasuerus (her husband) in the presence of the dignitaries of her countries and she ran into trouble. The queen publicly turned down her husband’s request when asked to showcase her beauty. Vashti responded by asking King Ahasuerus to mind his business while she minds hers. The insult did not go well with the king and his dignitaries, therefore they ruled that Vashti be removed from her position and be replaced with someone who has better characteristics. The Bible reported,

“On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, seven eunuchs who served in the presence of King Ahasuerus, to bring Queen Vashti before the king, wearing her royal crown, in order to show her beauty to the people and the officials, for she was beautiful to behold. But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command brought by his eunuchs; therefore the king was furious, and his anger burned within him” (Esther 1:10-12).

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Humility Is Far Better Than Pride

Pride leads to a downfall!

Children of God must be people of good characters. Among other characteristics, we must have the humility to reflect the beauty of Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Christian should not be obsessed with a position and/or power. We must understand that we are replaceable in any position that we occupy.

God has plenty of people that he can use for our assignments; therefore, whoever has the privilege to operate in any certain position should not get carried away. Such person should tremble before God and allow him to take due glory.

 

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Pray for Grace to Be Humble

Dear God, please make me someone who is humble before you. Make me someone that is not obsessed with a position or power. Keep me humble, irrespective of my position, so that due glorify can be given to your name. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. => You may subscribe here

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A WOMAN WHO MOCKED DAVID REGRETTED HER ACTION – 2 Samuel

People To Honor God At All Times

(Passage: 2 Samuel 6)

A woman who mocked King David for dancing in the presence of God lived the rest of her life to regret her action. Michal, David’s wife, despised her husband when he danced before the Ark of God’s covenant. Michal scolded her husband for publicly dancing before God. To Michal, her speech was appropriate since David was her husband; however, God considered it as an insult hauled against his integrity! Therefore, Michal was barren for the rest of her life. The scripture reported Michal’s speech to David,

“…How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!” (2 Samuel 6:20).

Bible further reported,

“So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord. And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor.” Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death” (2 Samuel 6:21-23 KJV).

Learn to Honor God and Respect His Servants

Honor God. God deserves to be respected by all people. God’s servants also deserve to be honored. Believers must be careful not to relate with God anyhow. We must not allow familiarity to cause us to sin against God. The fact that Jehovah remains loving and compassionate towards us does not mean that we can take him for granted! No Christian should think that he or she can second-guess God’s action if he or she abuses God’s grace. God cannot be second-guessed. His anger may erupt and it may surpass any human imagination.

Instead of testing God’s patience, believers have an obligation to faithfully serve him. We must respect God and faithfully serve him to receive his benefits (and avoid his wrath). The Creator will bless whoever makes him proud of his or her godly character.

Prayer For Grace to Honor God

Dear God, please give me the ability to faithfully serve you and honor you in whatever I do! Do not let me abuse your grace by taking you for granted. Also, do not let me dishonored your servants. Please guide my behaviors to always satisfy you so that I can receive your benefits in this life and in heaven also. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.  => Subscribe here.

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SATAN FAILED IN HEAVEN – Isaiah

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Isaiah – Satan Abused His Post and Lost Heavenly Home

(Passage: Isaiah 14)

The scripture described Satan as a traitor who wanted to usurp the position of God in heaven. He plotted a coup détat against God but lost. Satan lost his mission attempt to overthrow God in heaven and was declared a loser. The traitor fell from grace, and Jehovah who is the master of all beings judged him immediately. Satan the Lucifer will be permanently hurled to hell-fire on the last day.

The scripture explained,

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit” (Isaiah 14:12-15).

 

 

Satan Who Lost Heavenly Home Will Also Loose Earthly Home

Satan abused his position in heaven, and God promised to cast him to eternal damnation of hell fire. Although the archenemy may still be causing uproar on earth, but his time is limited. God will not allow him to trouble the earth forever!

At God’s appointed time, Satan would be chained and cast to hell fire. He will be permanently stationed there. It is unfortunate to declare that those who serve Satan and those who believe his lies will also partake in hell fire. (Matthew 25:41).

Everyone has a choice to either follow Satan and go to hell fire, or serve Jesus Christ and go to heaven. Whoever confesses Jesus Christ as his/her personal Lord and Savior will inherit the kingdom of God – Heaven. To qualify for heaven, a person must confess his sin and declaration his faith in Jesus Christ. He (or she) must accept Jesus Christ as his her personal Savior (Rom 10:9-10).
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Application Prayer

Pray to Qualify for Heaven and Escape Hell

Dear God, I understand that Satan (who is also known as devil) is a permanent candidate of hell fire. I do not want to share hell fire with the enemy. I want to follow Jesus Christ and go to heaven. Therefore, I confess Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. I believe he died on the cross for my sins. He resurrected to earn me eternal life. From now on, I declare my total life for Jesus. I will serve him forever, and I ask for his grace to keep my promise. Amen!

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