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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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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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GOD DOESN’T SUPPORT SIN

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A True Believer Should Be Ready To Forfeit Sin For God

The Israelites assumed that God would ignore their sins and protect them from their enemies, but they were disappointed. Despite their attempt to bribe God with casual godliness, they were still punished! (The Israelites brought God’s Ark of Covenant to a battlefield with the hope that the Creator would confirm his presence with them). God refused to defend the disobedient children, and that caused them to lose their treasured Ark of The Covenant to their enemies.

However, God honored his name among the gentiles that hijacked the Ark of Covenant. He severed them with plagues and also publicly embarrassed their idols.  The scripture reported,

“When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. And when the people of Ashdod arose early in the morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon, and set it in its place again. And when they arose early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. The head of Dagon and both the palms of its hands were broken off on the threshold; only Dagon’s torso was left of it. Therefore, neither the priests of Dagon, nor any who come into Dagon’s house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day” (1 Samuel 5:2-5).

In addition, God also significantly destroyed the enemies that tampered with his glory. Many of them experienced premature death.

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God Reciprocates When Tested

God is not an ordinary being; he is supreme, and he must not be compared with any other deity. God will go an extra mile to protect his image among the people. The Creator has enough power to afflict and kill anyone who attempts to tamper with his glory. Hence, all people must tremble before God and honor him with due respect. No one should attempt to be involved in any exercise that might provoke God into exercising his severe authority. Also, every Christian should make a significant effort to witness Christ’s gospel, so that unbelievers can establish positive relationships with God.

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Prayer For Forgiveness and Grace

Dear God, I have learned that it is dangerous to engage in any action that can provoke your anger. Therefore, I am determined to operate within the scope of your mercy. I am sorry for all my past wrong deeds, and I ask you to please forgive me. From now on, I will serve you with the integrity of my heart. I believe in your Son Jesus Christ, and I accept him as my personal Lord and Savior. Please write my name in the book of life, and let it be well with me throughout the days of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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JESUS CHRIST WILL COME WITHOUT A NOTICE – Luke

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True Believers Must Prepare For The Second Coming Of Jesus

Jesus Christ compared his second coming to the time of Noah when all things appeared to be going on smoothly until the flood came unexpectedly to wipe out the people of first generation. People failed to heed to Noah’s message heralding God’s warning that people must repent of their sins. God was provoked and destroyed everyone, except the family of Noah who responded to his warning. A great flood overtook the earth and everyone died! Jesus warned the people of the present generation to learn this important lesson of repentance and confess their faith in him. Jesus said,

“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:26-30).

Only Believers In Jesus Christ Will Be Saved

Jesus Christ will return to earth when people have least expected. Christ will rapture his saints to heaven and condemn the unbelievers to hell fire. The left-behind-people will live under the mercy of Satan (The most wicked creature in existence!)

Satan, who is also known as the devil, will torment the sinners in hell fire. However, the raptured believers will be with Christ in heaven to enjoy an everlasting peace and joy. Therefore, all people are encouraged to declare their faith in Jesus Christ in order to qualify for the rapture.

Jesus Christ is the only deity who is worthy to advocate for sinners on God’s Last Day of Judgment! Christ, who has died for sinners will advocate for people who believe in him; he will exonerate them from the punishment of hell and grant them the passage to heaven. The Savior will declare his saints “Justified” while the unbelievers will languish in hell.

Prayer of Salvation

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I want to make heaven; I do not want to go to hell fire. Please, I surrender my life to you today; I confess you – Jesus Christ – as my personal Lord and Savior. I declare that I will faithfully serve you for the rest of my life. I believe I am now saved since I have declared you as my personal Lord and Savior. Please keep my name ever written in the book of life. Thank you, Jesus Christ, for your saving grace. Praise God. Amen!

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GOD IS GENEROUS AND ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE – Luke

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Christians Must Realize That God Is The Only Way To Salvation

(Passage: Luke 14)

Jesus Christ compared God to a rich man who was determined to accomplish his goals without accommodating distractions. He narrated the story of the rich man and said,

“Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper” (Luke 14:16-24 KJV).

Only Worthy Christians Will Enter Heaven

There shall be no excuse adequate enough to persuade God to allow unrepentant sinners into heaven. God has opened his arms to all people through his Son Jesus Christ: Anyone who receives Jesus as his or her personal Lord will be accepted to heaven, and anyone who rejects his would be disallowed to enter heaven. Therefore, all people must realize that God’s word is law. He will perform whatever he has determined in his heart. Everyone ought to tremble before God and obey his commandments. We must all yield to God’s offer of salvation sent through Jesus Christ so that we can be saved and enter heaven.


Acceptance Of Jesus Christ

Dear God, I am determined to yield to your invitation of salvation: Today, I (please mention your name here) give my life to Jesus Christ. I accept him as my personal Lord and Savior. I confess my sins and forsake them. From now on, I will serve you, and I will glorify you with every bit of my breath. Please help me to be a worthy Christian and remain qualified for your kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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SALVATION IS NOT INHERITED BUT EARNED – Luke

 

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True Christianity Entails Faith In Jesus Christ

(Passage: Luke 13)

Jesus Christ emphasized that the door of his kingdom will not be open to just anyone who claims to be a Christian. The Savior has made it clear that not everyone who calls him, Lord would be allowed to enter heaven, except those who strive hard in their race to eternal life. Jesus said,

“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity.’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last” (Luke 13:24-30).

Christianity Is A Personal Race

Salvation is easy to describe; It is a means of escape that Jesus Christ offered (with his life) To rescue sinners from the punishments of hell fire. However, a person can only be saved when he/she personally accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Hence, it must be conceived that salvation is personal; it cannot be inherited, and it cannot be obtained on behalf of others. An individual must personally confess Jesus Christ and accept him as Lord to be accepted into God’s kingdom.

It is possible for someone to regularly go to church and yet not be saved. No person is awarded salvation through Christian activities – everyone must personally confess his or her faith in Jesus Christ to be saved!

Prayer Of Faith In Jesus Christ

Dear Lord, I believe that Jesus Christ is your Son sent from heaven to save people from the devil; therefore, I profess my faith in him. I confess that Jesus Christ died for my sins, and he rose from the dead to give me eternal life. Hence, I accept him as my personal Lord and Savior. I also confess my sins, and I forsake them. I believe that I am now a born-again Christian, and I promise to faithfully serve God for the rest of my life. Amen.

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CHRISTIANITY DOES NOT PROMOTE SIN – Judges

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True Believers Of Christ Must Keep Away From Sin To Have God’s Constant Protection

(Passage: Judges 10)

The Israelites became inconsistent with God after the death of Joshua, despite several judges who attempted to call them to order. They proceeded with their sinful routines until God was fed up and punished them. He withdrew his protection from them and allowed them to suffer. This made them easily accessible by the enemies until they repented. They eventually realized their mistakes and cried to God for help. The scriptures recorded that they lamented and said;

“And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, saying, We have sinned against thee, both because we have forsaken our God, and also served Baalim. And the Lord said unto the children of Israel, Did not I deliver you from the Egyptians, and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines? The Zidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the Maonites, did oppress you; and ye cried to me, and I delivered you out of their hand. Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more. Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation. And the children of Israel said unto the Lord, We have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us only, we pray thee, this day” (Judges 10:10-15 KJV).

However, God decided to show kindness to his children; he forgave their sins, and he restored them.

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God Never Rewards Sin

We Christians are God’s children and we are his most precious creation, which is why we enjoy his benefits greatly. God loves us so much and will not be satisfied if we entertain sinful habits. He may lessen his benefits in our lives until we repent of our sins. Therefore, all believers are challenged to faithfully walk with God, so that we can enjoy his measureless grace and goodness.

Sin Separation From God by James Taiwo at BLOG

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Pray And Promise To Serve God Faithfully

Pray for the strength to be steadfast with God

Dear God, I have decided to faithfully serve you. I repent from my sins, and I have completely turned my back against sinful habits. Henceforth, I will make you happy by living an acceptable life before you. Please give me the grace to keep my promises, and let me receive your benefits. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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A CONSTANT FIGHT AGAINST TEMPTATIONS IS A NORM IN CHRISTIANITY – 1 Corinthians

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True Believers Of God Must Strive To Conquer Inevitable Trials

(Passage: 1 Corinthians 10)

Children of God are encouraged to resist temptations and put the devil to shame. The scripture admonished;

“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:12-13 NKJV).

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Repentance And A Constant Sensitivity To Temptation Should Be Our Watchword

Tempting situations will arise, but we are encouraged not to yield to them. As God’s children, we must resist temptations to glorify God. Also, any Christian who falls into sin must repent and regain focus with God. A Christian who falls into sin must genuinely repent and make necessary restitution so that Satan can be put to shame.

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Prayer For Strength To Conquer All Trials

Dear God, please give me the strength to overcome sin. Give me the grace to resist temptations, and help me to live uprightly with you always. Bless me with grace to exercise genuine repentance, so that I can be fit for your kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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DIVINE FOCUS IS A STAPLE IN CHRISTIANITY – Daniel

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Christians Should Be Prepared To Act With Faith In All Circumstances

(Passage: Daniel 6)

Daniel chose to give his undivided attention to God, and this infuriated his enemies. This, also, led to them plotting to kill him. The scripture reported,

“So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him. Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God” (Daniel 6 4-5).

Daniel’s enemies were able to successfully cast him into the lion’s den, but God defended his servant. God shut the lions’ mouths, and they could not hurt him. Consequentially, Daniel’s opponents landed in the lions’ den, and the animals feasted on them. It is reported,

“(The king said) I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, and steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall endure to the end. He delivers and rescues, And He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions” (Daniel 6:26-27).

The Many Benefits Of Living Life In Faith

Christians must focus on effectively running their spiritual race and finish well

God will defend his people, and he will not allow the enemies to mock his name in their lives. When we (believers) act in faith, God is glorified! Therefore, we must continue in our confession of faith, and practice Christianity in a way that will glorify Christ. Once we make God happy by demonstrating unwavering faith, he will honor us in return. An inexorable fact about Christianity is that believers would face challenges.

Satan and his forces will use any means possible to stop a believer from trusting God. However, faithful sons and daughters of God must remain committed to Christ – the Savior. The mixture of good and evil that we face in this world are temporal. Believers in Jesus Christ must be courageous always since we know that our present afflictions are just for a short time. Also, our time of redemption is on the way, and Christ will move us from this evil world to a perfect one – where no form of evil will exist. Believers must expect the second coming of Jesus Christ, and be prepared always!

Pray For Strength To Always Stay Focus And Act In Faith

Dear God, please give me the strength to remain committed to my confession of faith in you. Help me to stand strong against any opposition that may challenge my belief. Let the Holy Spirit empower me to stand firm in faith, so the devil will be put to shame, and your name be glorified. Assist me to remain fit for your second coming so that I can be a partaker of your benefits in heaven. Please keep me fit now and always! For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my request. Amen.

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GOD’S REIGN IS FOREVER – Hebrews

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The Lord Was, Even Before Existence And It Shall Keep Being So

(Passage: Hebrew 1)

The scriptures revealed the Lordship identity of Jesus Christ: He was not an ordinary human being as some may have presumed. He was God in human form when he came to earth and he still retains the same identity today. It is written,

“But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness more than your companions.” And: “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak you will fold them up, and they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will not fail” (Hebrews 1:8-12).

A Genuine Belief In Christ Equals A Reward Of Eternal Life

Jesus Christ is the foundation of faith and the rooftop of salvation. Also, he is the perfection of God’s love. He simplified God’s law and presented it to us in a more relatable form. The Savior laid a royal carpet for us to step on; hence, anyone who confesses him as the Son of God and accept him as his/her personal Savior will be saved!

People of all states should come humbly before Jesus Christ and accept him as Lord. Whoever comes to Jesus Christ will not regret, but will have everlasting life in heaven.

 

Sin Separation From God by James Taiwo at BLOG

Prayer Of Thanks And Conviction

Dear Jesus, I understand that you are Christ, the Son of God who died for sinners. You sacrificed your life for a poor sinner like me so that I can inherit the gift of eternal life. Since you are so kind to me, I offer my complete life to you; I confess you as my Lord and Savior, and I will serve you for the rest of my life. From now on, I will share the testimony of your goodness to my friends and neighbors. I will proclaim your gospel so that other people can become saved as well. Please help me to stay with my conviction, and keep my promise to you! Amen!

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