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HOLINESS IS THE BASIC STANDARD OF GOD – Exodus

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God Requires His Children To Comply With His Holiness Standard

God ordered Moses to specially decorate his priest in a fashion that glorified his name. Moses must ensure that the robes of the priests are legibly inscribed with “HOLINESS TO THE LORD”. The Bible stated,

“And they made coats of fine linen of woven work for Aaron, and for his sons, And a mitre of fine linen, and goodly bonnets of fine linen, and linen breeches of fine twined linen, And a girdle of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, of needlework; as the Lord commanded Moses. And they made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold, and wrote upon it a writing, like to the engravings of a signet, Holiness To The Lord. And they tied unto it a lace of blue, to fasten it on high upon the mitre; as the Lord commanded Moses.” (Exodus 39:27-31 KJV).

Holiness Means Everything To God

God who is holy also expects his children to be holy. Christians’ services must be holy so that they can be acceptable to God.

God-The Creator will not accept anything short of purity from anyone! Everyone, including those who are commissioned with some special assignments, must satisfy the holiness standard of God.

Any service that a person renders to God out of an impure heart will not be acceptable in his presence. For a service to be acceptable to God, it must come from a pure heart. Meanwhile, not only will God reject an impure service, he will also reject an impure person.

Any service that a person renders to God out of an impure heart will not be acceptable in his presence.

Whoever does not meet the holiness standard of God will not be accepted to his kingdom on the last day.

The Bible emphasized, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14 NIV).

Pray For Strength To Meet God’s Holiness Standard

Dear God, please help me to live a pure life before you so that both my work and I can be acceptable in your presence. Do not let me contaminate myself with an impure practice; let the Holy Spirit empower me to serve you in holiness so that I can befit your kingdom and forever rejoice in your presence in heaven. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here.

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SEXUAL SIN IRRITATES GOD – 1 THESSALONIANS

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Human Body Is Temple Of The Holy Spirit

(Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4)

God commanded his children to abstain from the practices of fornication and adultery so that he can bless them. Since God is holy, anyone who desires to satisfy his standard must be holy as well. A person who maintains the sanity of his body to honor God will prosper in this life and in heaven. It is written in the scripture,

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 NKJV).

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Believers Must Keep Their Body Pure

The practices of fornication and adultery are sinful; they irritate God, therefore believers must desist from them. People who engage in a sexual sin must also understand that the practices corrupt their bodies – Which is considered as the temple of Holy Spirit.

The scripture emphasized that human body is God’s temple, and it must be kept pure at all times (1 Corinthians 6:19). Anyone who prioritizes holiness will receive a special attention from God and be blessed.

 

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Pray For God’s Grace To Be Holy

Dear God, I understand that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which I must keep pure at all times. I am sorry for any immoral activity that I have engaged in the past. I repent from them and I promise to start living a holy life before you. Please give me the grace and power to meet your expectations. Keep me qualified for your earthly and heavenly benefits. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here

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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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IMMORALITY WILL GAIN GROUND DURING END TIME – Jude

Christians Be Watchful Of Immoral Activities

Passage: Jude 1

The final days are here, and Christians are warned to beware of the surge of immoral activities that will perpetuate the earth. Bible warned that some insensitive believers would fall short of signs of the end time, thereby be deceived. Christians who are insensitive to the signs of end time will accommodate a sin rather than resisting it. The Bible declares,

“…These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit” (Jude 1:16-19).

Despite the reign of promiscuity and other ungodly activities that will perpetuate the society during the crucial period of end time, the heavenly bound Christians will keep their body pure and maintain a godly status that will make them befit rapture – The second coming of Jesus Christ.

Christians Must Be Sensitive, Watchful, and Prayerful

The present-day believers must understand that Satan-the enemy of righteousness has crafted some new methods to influence people and prepare them for hellfire. Besides some major sins that people are familiar with, the enemy keeps introducing other subtle ones – Which are not easily detected. Believers who are not spiritually sensitive quickly fall into these sins without realizing them.

Christians must take a decisive step to stand by the principles of the Bible. They must not compromise their stand against sin. That is, a Christian must neither support nor practice any behavior that Bible rejects. For example, the society now promotes homosexuality as if it is not sinful. The view which does not go well with God. Therefore, Christians must not entertain it!

Christians must take precaution and learn from the Bible to understand the mind of God and comply with his standard. A Christian who studies his or her Bible is in the best position to be familiar with the laws of God. The person also exposes himself or herself to the Holy Spirit’s empowerment to receive God’s strength to obey his laws. Also, a believer who prays for God’s strength to keep himself or herself fit for heaven will receive God’s answer.

Pray For Grace To Keep Yourself Fit For God’s Kingdom

Dear God, I pray that you please give me the grace and ability to keep myself pure so that I can befit your kingdom. Help me to diligently study the Bible and follow its teaching so that I can prosper! Let the Holy Spirit inspire and empower me to understand your word. Please save me from the subtle sins that the enemy is using to deceive people and prepare them for eternal damnation of hellfire. Please count me worthy of your eternal kingdom O Lord! For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here

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CHURCH LEADERS MUST HAVE INTEGRITY – Titus

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Christians Must Have Integrity To Honor God

(Passage: Titus 1)

Church leaders are expected to be people of integrity who lead others by example. Paul in his letter to Titus (and as the same principle applied to other Christian leaders) explained the qualities that every Christian leader must have. Paul wrote,

An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it” (Titus 1:6-9 NIV).

Christians Have Obligation to Lead by Examples

Christians leaders have the obligation to be moral and lead people by example. Religious leaders must be people of integrity. They must have the characters that are good enough to emulate other people to faithfully serve God. Since the fact remains that church leaders are appointed to represent God in their services, they must be careful not to act in any fashion that can mislead and/or negatively influence their congregations.

Any activity that a religion leader performs ought to motivate people to love and serve God. Meanwhile, the congregants of the local churches also have the obligation to support their leaders as well. Church members ought to help ease the burden of their spiritual leaders by providing them any needed support they may need, which are inclusive of both the physical and spiritual assistance.

Members of local churches ought to pray for their leaders to properly operate under the guidance of the Holy Spirit so that they can prosper in their services and bring glory to God.

Pray for yourself and pray for your spiritual leaders.

Pray for Church Leaders

Dear God, please make me an agent of positive change in my local assembly. Enable me with the strength to be an active church member and give me the ability to support my leaders. Help me to pray for my church leaders and offer them any support they might need.

I seize this opportunity to pray for my church leaders. Please grant them courage to properly serve you so that they can prosper for your kingdom. Please empower all church leaders throughout the world to operate under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to adequately serve in your honor. Help your servants throughout the world to be faithful in their services. Give them the ability to be effective their leadership activities and prosper for your kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my request. Amen. => Subscribe here.

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GOD PLACED HOLINESS CONDITION ON ISRAELITES – Hosea

Christians Must Prioritize Holiness

(Passage: Hosea 10)

God prioritize holiness! God reminded Israelites that he would punish them for their unrepentant sins. Israelites will be punished if they persist in sin, but they will be blessed if they repent of their sins. The Creator promised to avert evil that ought to come on his children if they can repent of their evil ways.

God said, “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap loyal love. Break up for yourself fallow ground; it is time to seek Yahweh so he will come and rain righteousness upon you.” (Hosea 10:12).

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Obey God To Receive His Blessing

Holiness has no substitute with God! There are God’s punishments to apply for human sins. God’s positive rewards will pursue people who pursue peace and serve him in righteousness. God will judge people that persist in their sins. However, God’s desires that all people repent of their wicked ways so that he can bless them. Those who satisfy the holiness standard of God will receive his immeasurable blessing of peace and prosperity in this life and in heaven also.

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Prayer For Strength To Obey God

Dear God, please help me to live in holiness so that you can be happy with me! I know that you have a righteous standard to reward the righteous people and punish the wicked people; therefore, I desire to be your righteous child. Please empower me to live the life that satisfies you so that I can enjoy your blessing here on earth and in heaven also. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here.

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GOD DESIRES UNCONDITIONAL LOVE FROM BELIEVERS – Habakkuk

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Christians To Have Unconditional Love For God

(Passage: Habakkuk 3)

The type of relationship that Christians keep with God must be unconditional. We are not required to serve God for the purpose of what we intend to get from him, but we must absolutely serve God because he is our Creator. He is God and there should not be anyone or anything to replace his position in our hearts.

Christians’ declaration of faith in God must be similar to what Prophet Habakkuk stated in the scripture. He said,

“Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls—Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills” (Habakkuk 3:17-19 NKJV).

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Unconditional Love For God Leads to Blessing

Anyone may have become a Christian for any reason; however, once we have become a Christian, we have an obligation to serve God with an unconditional love.

Christians must serve God with an unconditional love to appease him and to receive his benefits. Of course, we will always have an expectation from God, and we must not hesitate to ask him for what we want. However, we must not become obsessed with our needs and place him on condition that we can only serve him after he has blessed us. Christians must serve God faithfully irrespective of what we expect from him, and whether he has met our needs or not. No doubt that the Creator will meet all our needs! He will fulfill all his plans on us so that we can praise his name.

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Prayer To Love God Unconditionally

Dear God, please help me to serve you with faithfulness. Help me to serve you with an unconditional love so that you can be happy and bless me. I know that you can meet all my needs; therefore, I ask you to please give me the strength to remain loyal to you with my honest services! Let my heartfelt love bring you glory and lead to my testimony. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here.

 

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GOD WILL DELIVER ISRAELITES FROM IDOLATRY – Zechariah

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God’s Standard Of Righteousness Is Irreversible

(Passage: Zechariah: 13)

 

Israelites had enjoyed practicing idolatry which has made them suffer terrible punishments from God; however, the Creator promised to rid them out of their sinful habit. God will give them a change of mind and remove evil practices from their land. Evil people in the land would be ashamed when God’s scepter of righteousness is lifted up. God promised the nation of Israel,

“And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the Lord: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth” (Zechariah: 13:2-3 KJV).

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Holiness is a matter of importance to God

God has a standard of righteousness that cannot be broken; he will not change his mind, but humans are to change their mind to comply with his standard. God’s principles remain immovable and unchangeable; he will not compromise those principles based on our “evolving” beliefs and practices. We humans may rationalize and come up with excuses, but Jehovah will remain immovable, and he will judge the world based on his set rules. Therefore, people of our generation should sit tight and serve God according to his standard. We should clearly define God’s expectations according to Bible standards and comply with them. We should desist from trivializing issues that are important to God.

The Creator expects his children to change from our sinful ways, and turn to him with purity. We must revere God and serve him with dignity so that he can bless us. If we make God happy with our holy living, he will make us happy with his benefits: Rain will fall in its time, and the sun will shine according to schedule. However, if we disobey God and take him for granted, his imminent judgments loom over us. People who walk against God’s laws will have themselves to blame in hell – unless they exercise repentance before it is too late.

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Prayer For Power To Live In Holiness

Dear God, I understand that you are God of grace and mercy, but you are also God of fire and brimstone. You will not tolerate evil but you will judge evildoers; those who refuse to repent of their sinful ways will suffer consequences for their actions. Therefore, I submit myself to you today. I come to say, “I will obey your instructions and serve you well.” I am sorry for my sins and I repent of them all. As from today, my total life is dedicated to you, and I will serve you faithfully throughout my life! Please write my name in the book of life and keep me heavenly worthy. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here.

 

 

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GOD WILL PUNISH ISRAELITES FOR THEIR SINS – Amos

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Children of God Must Not Abuse God’s Grace With Sin

(Passage: Amos 8)

Israelites provoked God with sin, and the Creator promised to make them pay for it. Amos the servant of God prophesied,

“And it shall come to pass in that day,” says the Lord God, “That I will make the sun go down at noon, And I will darken the earth in broad daylight; I will turn your feasts into mourning, And all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth on every waist, And baldness on every head; I will make it like mourning for an only son, and its end like a bitter day” (Amos 8:9-10).

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Impact of Sin vs Holiness

God can cope with anything other than sin – because sin is not a part of his system. Among all human activities on earth, nothing is strong enough to stop God’s operation – except sin! Sin can limit God’s blessing in anyone’s life. It can turn an active blessing to a passive blessing. That is, a person who sinned may be unable to tap into his blessing until he has exercised repentance.

All believers must understand that God does not have a substitute for holiness. He asks that his sinful children repent from their sins so that he can bless them. An unrepentant sinner will suffer dire consequences from his Maker.

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Pray For Grace to Live Up To God’s Standard

Dear God, please help me to live holy life before you so that you can be happy with me. Do not let me play with disobedience but help me to obey your commandments. Please keep me in grace to live an acceptable life before you! Let my practices be acceptable to you! Guide me to operate under the leadership of your Holy Spirit so that I can prosper everyday of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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GOD SEEKS REPENTANCE OR PUNISH ISRAELITES – Amos

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God Requires Repentance From People

(Passage: Amos 2)

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

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

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Lesson On Repentance

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

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

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

 

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Prayer of Repentance

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

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

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