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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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THE CHURCH TO LIVE IN PURITY OF JESUS – 1 Corinthians

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1 Corinthians – Purity Means Everything To God

(Passage: 1 Corinthians 7)

Paul encouraged Corinthian Christians to maintain purity, and abstain from activities that can trap them into sexual immorality.

Those who are ripe for marriage must do so to avoid sexual sins. Also, any adult who chooses to live unmarried should do so, and be sure to abstain from sexuality and maintain body purity.

Paul wrote to the Corinthians (as it also applies to today’s Christians),

“I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be. Art thou bound unto a wife? Seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? Seek not a wife. But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned…” (1 Corinthians 7:26-28 KJV).

Christians to Learn and Meet God’s Expectations

Humans are comprised of spirit, soul, and body – which are necessary for normal functioning. All three elements, except human soul, will transition after death.

The human body is corruptible and would decay after death. (Christians who are alive during rapture would see their body transformed). The spirit that keeps a person alive will also return to God after death.

However, human soul would survive natural death to face God’s judgment at the end. A person’s soul will face judgment to be rewarded for its past earthly activities. Souls that served God well on earth and also received the salvation of Jesus Christ will be awarded heaven, but unrepentant souls would be condemned in hell.

Therefore, everyone should be sensitive not to allow human body – which is temporal corrupt his/her soul that would ultimately face God’s judgment.

 

Application Prayer

Ask God to Help You Maintain Purity of Life

Dear God, please I do not want my soul to burn in hell-fire, but I want to make heaven! Help me to resist sins; do not let me yield to temptations, but empower me to maintain my body in holiness so that I can receive your positive rewards in heaven. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. 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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WOE TO WICKED PEOPLE SAYS THE BIBLE – Micah

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God Will Deal With Wicked People Unless They Repent

(Passage: Micah 2)

God hates wickedness, and he asked the wicked people to repent of their evil ways or else they pay dire consequences. (Meanwhile, God promised to bless people who exercise genuine repentance).

The end game will not be sweet for a defiant person as God stated,

“Woe to those who devise iniquity, and work out evil on their beds! At morning light they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand. They covet fields and take them by violence, Also houses, and seize them So they oppress a man and his house, A man and his inheritance” (Micah 2:1-2).

Lesson On Fairness and Justice

God dislike wickedness and he will cast wicked people away from his presence. People who oppress others will not exist at the mercy of God on his Day of Judgment. No alternate action for wicked people than repentance!

Jehovah who knows and sees all things will exert his righteous judgment on wicked people. Meanwhile, God will favorably deal with people who exercise fairness and justice. Compassionate people will receive God’s blessing in all their ways.

The bible states,

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. (Acts 3:19-21 NIV)

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Prayer To Exercise Fairness

Dear God, please help me to be fair and treat other people with respect. Make me a righteous person who cares for others and make positive contributions to their lives. Do not let me be obsessed with power and/or position so that I might not sin against you!

Please forgive my past mistakes and help me to start living an acceptable life before your from today! Please count me worthy to receive your blessings always. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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CHRISTIAN TO SHARE TRUE LOVE – James

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True Love Must Reign In Christian Fold

(Passage: James 5)

Christianity was established to demonstrate God’s love. Therefore, Christians must love God and love each other dearly. Any exercise that is demonstrated in the absence of love will not be acceptable to God.

The scripture emphasized the importance of love when it stated,

“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:14-16).

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Lesson on True Love

True love is essential for all Christians to demonstrate. Believers must love each other to demonstrate the true love of God. Christians must not prejudice; we must not segregate people, and we must not offer preferential treatment. Believers must also exercise forgiveness and pray for other people. We must confess our sins to one another and make a significant effort to restore people who have backslided from faith. The demonstration of our true love will bind brethren together; it will glorify God, and it will lead to an expansion of his kingdom.

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Pray For Grace To Practice True Love

Dear Jesus Christ, please help Christians to operate in true love to honor your name. Help us to love each other genuinely! Let brethren minister to the needs of our fellows in prayers and encouragements. Empower us to provide welfare for people with food, clothes, money, and others. Let the brethren visit and pray for those who are sick. Please let your genuine love revolve around Christian community so that your name can be glorified at all times! For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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CHRISTIANS TO PROPERLY USE THEIR TONGUES – James

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Tongues Are Powerful – Christians Use Them Cautiously

(Passage: James 3)

Human tongue can make a huge impact in the lives of others. Christians are warned to be cautious of the use of our tongues so that it can bless people, and glorify his name.

The bible declared,

“For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so” (James 3:7-10 NKJV).

Tongues Can Make Or Break Lives

Christians must be careful with the use of our tongues since words carry weight to either make or break a life. Words can demoralize people, and it can encourage them! We (Christians) must use our tongues to build lives to honor God. We must be sensitive to use our tongues to teach people about God’s law. It is important that we use our tongues to encourage people to reserve their faith in Jesus Christ so that God can save them and qualify them for heaven. Jehovah will surely bless people who make him proud with the use of their tongues! He will honor them in this life and in heaven also.

Prayer To Maintain Decency With Tongue Usage

Dear God, please give me grace to adequately utilize my tongue to bless people so that your name can be glorified. Help me to not abuse your grace of free speech that I have. Do not let me tear other people down with my tongue, but let my words be full of grace to bless them! Please let your blessing pursue me as I desire to satisfy you everyday of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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