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ZEALOUS JEHOVAH WILL REWARD FAITHFUL SERVICE – Nahum

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God Will Reward Faithful Christians

(Passage: Nahum 1)

Faithful services. Christians are required to give due honor and faithfully serve him at all times. We must give whatever it takes to make God happy with us. The Creator reserves his measurable punishment for anyone who fails to offer him an acceptable service. It is written,

“God is jealous, and the Lord avenges; The Lord avenges and is furious. The Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserves wrath for His enemies; The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked. The Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet. He rebukes the sea and makes it dry, and dries up all the rivers. Bashan and Carmel wither, and the flower of Lebanon wilts. The mountains quake before Him, The hills melt, and the earth heaves at His presence, Yes, the world and all who dwell in it. Who can stand before His indignation? And who can endure the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by Him. The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him. But with an overflowing flood He will make an utter end of its place, and darkness will pursue His enemies” (Nahum 1:2-8 NKV).

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Faithful Service To God Will Lead To Our Blessings

God’s overflow of blessing will flourish the lives of people that faithfully serve him. Faithful believers will also enjoy God’s protection. Jehovah promised to go an extra mile to defend the interest of his children that make him proud. It is important that all people understand that God will not positively reward whoever abuses his benefits in their lives. Only those who maintain good standing with him will enjoy his benefits. God will decorate the lives of his faithful worshipers with every goodness of life, and he will also benefit them in his kingdom.

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Prayer To Faithfully Serve God

Dear God, please give me your grace to faithfully walk before you every day of my life. Do not let me take your benefits for granted, but help me to be appreciative of them. Empower me to live an acceptable life before you, and please multiply your benefits in my life so that I can share the testimony of your goodness every day of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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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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CHRISTIANITY PRESERVES FAMILY – 1 Peter

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God Wants Everyone To Play A Role In His/Her Family

(Passage: 1 Peter 3)

Christians are called to be responsible for their families. Everyone in the family has a role to play. The scripture challenged Christians as written,

“Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered” (1 Peter 3:1-8 ESV).

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God Blesses A Loving Family

Children of God must be responsible and care for the welfare of their family. We must ensure God is glorified in our homes. (1 Peter 3:1-8).

God surely promotes love between family members. He expects us to be kind towards one another. There is no exception to the rule of true love. Believers must love our fellow Christians as Christ loved and died for us all. More importantly, we must love people who are closer to us, which are our family members!

Believers may be indirectly responsible for the welfare of others, but we are directly responsible for the welfare of our family members! Our family deserves the first-class attention from us.

As Christians, we must genuinely express sincere love towards our family members. Husbands must love their wives; wives must love their husbands. Parents must love their children, and children must love and respect their parents. Any child of God who ignores the call to care for his (or her) family is simply not practicing the true Christianity! How can a Christian claim he loves God or other people while he has neglected his family? God definitely despises such practices!

God can only be pleased when a person who claims to love him is not hypocritical. Believers must love family members in a manner that glorifies God. However, it is understood that family members have differences and some families have complicated issues to resolve; however, we must not allow the differences to prevent us from effectively performing our roles.

Every child of God must make a significant effort to put the devil to shame in his (or her) family. We must demonstrate the true and thorough love of Jesus to glorify God.

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Pray That True Love Starts From You

Dear God, please help me to express a genuine love for my family. Let me be your true ambassador in my home so that your name can be glorified. Again, I ask that you please make me a good and godly husband, wife, child, or grandchild. Help me to be a godly niece, nephew, and cousin, so that your gospel-light can shine in my family.

I am also asking that you please give me the strength to love my friends and neighbors. Let your light always shine around me to be your true ambassador on earth. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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GOD’S DIRECTIONS ARE VITAL FOR YOUR PROGRESS – 1 Samuel

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A Christians Must Endeavor To Adhere To God’s Plans After Asking For Directions

(Passage: 1 Samuel 30)

David and his followers lost their family and possessions to some foreign invaders; they bitterly lamented for their losses and were confused. No one knew what to do since they were confused and perplexed, but David knew and did the right thing. He consulted God for directions; he got what he needed!

The scripture reported,

“So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David’s two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive. Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “Please bring the ephod here to me.” And Abiathar brought the ephod to David. So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.” (1 Samuel 30:3-8).

God Always Directs The Path of His Children

God still talks and he will direct his people who prioritize seeking his directions in any matter. People who call on God will never be ashamed, and their footsteps would be far from a failure.

It is important that people are encouraged to daily seek God and ask for his directions. Whoever does so will prosper. The scripture emphasized that God orders the steps of his people! (Psalm 37:23).

Prayer For The Strength To Follow God’s Guidance

Dear God, please enable me with grace to seek your face over all matters so that I can prosper in any situation that comes my way. Help me to follow your instruction as you lead. Don’t let me allow any situation to overwhelm me to an extent that I won’t call on you for help. Empower me to call on you in all situations so that I can prosper in every day of my life. 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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PRAISE AND WORSHIP MOVE GOD’S HANDS – Psalm

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Proclaim The Greatness of God And Gain His Attention
(Passage: Psalm 84)

Christians are encouraged to praise God at all times. In fact, the scripture encourages us to dwell in God’s presence consistently for his pleasure and for our blessing. That is, a true worshiper of God will be refreshed in his presence and be blessed.

The more you bring God quality praise and worship, the more your blessing will become. If you can praise God genuinely and consistently, you will not lack a good thing in his presence. The scripture states,

“Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they will still be praising you. Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools” (Psalm 84:4-6).

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An Attitude Of Praising God Comes With A Reward

God loves to inhabit the praises of his people; he delights in it. The Creator will forever bless the people who make it a consistent practice to honor God with their resources.

Since much benefits will accompany God’s true worshipers, everyone should cultivate the habit.

No better and faster means of receiving God’s special attention than to praise him consistently. Anyone who intends to receive something special from God should praise God at all times.

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Ask For God’s Grace To Praise Him Consistently

Dear God, please teach me how to praise you genuinely and consistently! Give me the strength to praise you with my best efforts so that I can get your attention and be blessed. As I do my best to honor you, please shower your grace and goodness into my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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JESUS NEVER BREAKS HIS PROMISES; HE REWARDS GOOD EFFORTS – Luke

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A True Christian Should Understand That A Deal With Jesus Is A Done Deal

(Passage: Luke 18)

Peter wanted to know his stake with Jesus Christ since he has compromised in many ways for the sake of pleasing him. Jesus responded to Peter’s request and said,

“Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house, or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life” (Luke 18:29-30).

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Jesus Christ Rewards His True Followers

Jesus is a skilled “Business Man,” and he knows the best way to reward his faithful servants. Anyone who invests in Jesus’s business will not regret it. The fellow will never be bankrupt! It is always a “Win-Win” situation to serve Jesus Christ; the adventure is worthwhile, and it has both earthly and heavenly profits. Jesus will make his faithful servants prosper on earth and he will take them to heaven also!

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Prayer For Repentance

Dear Jesus Christ, I understand that yours is a rewarding business, and I want to be involved in it. I am determined to commit myself to your business by confessing you as my personal Lord and Savior, and by faithfully serving you throughout the days of my life. In fact, I am acting on my determination right now: I (please mention your name), I confess you Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior and repent of my sins. I give my heart to Jesus Christ, and I will faithfully serve him throughout my life. Amen.

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GOD DEFENDS HIS FAITHFUL SERVANTS

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The Records of God’s Faithfulness Towards His Children are Uncountable

King Asa of Judah served God and was prosperous in his days. God also, gave him rest from his enemies. The king, who had just five hundred thousand soldiers was able to defeat 1.3 million enemies that challenged him. The scriptures reported,

“Then Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and three hundred chariots, and he came to Mareshah. So Asa went out against him, and they set the troops in battle array in the Valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. And Asa cried out to the Lord his God, and said, “Lord, it is nothing for you to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O Lord our God, for we rest on you, and in your name we go against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God; do not let man prevail against you!” So the Lord struck the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah, and the Ethiopians fled” (2 Chronicles 14:9-12).

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God Will Always Fight For His Children

God is faithful and He will protect his children from their enemies. Although believers may sometimes, face life battles that appear challenging, God is strong enough to overcome them. God will overcome any opposition that confronts his children irrespective of its fierceness! The Creator will protect His children and earn them the victory to ensure they are not ashamed. In other words, there’s no mountain too high or valley too low, that God cannot overcome for us. We (God’s children who trust Him) will live to see the light of another day, and we shall have every reason to glorify Him in the victory.

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Prayer For Divine Help

I appreciate you God for you are my father. You are very capable of taking care of me, as promised in the scriptures. I believe You will fight my battles and earn me victory. Since I am your son/daughter, I am saved and secured! I am blessed in the morning and I am blessed in the evening. I am blessed all day long, and your joy shall ever remain my portion. Please help me keep your testimony of goodness with me forever! Give me every reason to keep singing songs of victory and appreciate your goodness. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I have prayed. Amen.

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UNHOLY RICHES ARE THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL – Luke

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True Christians Should Avoid Unholy Means To Becoming Wealthy

(Passage: Luke 16)

Jesus Christ cautioned and warned his disciples not to be involved in unjust riches, but seek pure wealth that glorify God. Jesus said,

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Luke 16:10-13).

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Unholy Pursuit Of Wealth Goes Against God’s Will

The pursuit of clean riches is not evil, but the pursuit of unclean riches is evil. Hence, Christians must not pursue riches at the expense of holiness. As children of God, we must evaluate our ambitions, and we must ensure that God’s rules are not violated. We must also, strive to be involved in only careers that glorify God. It is important to note that God keeps records of our activities, and he will duly reward us in this life, and in heaven also.

Don’t be a hypocrite!

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Prayer To Be Disciplined Against Unholy Riches

God gives grace to the needy; pray!

O my God, I want to be rich, but I do not want to go to hell fire! Help me pursue clean riches, and let me honor you with my resources. Let me utilize my riches to serve you and meet other people’s needs. Do not let me be punished, but let me be duly rewarded on earth and in heaven also. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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PROMISES MADE TO GOD MUST BE FULFILLED – 1 Samuel

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

(1 Samuel 1:11)

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

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

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

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

A Promise Is A Debt; It Must Be Fulfilled

Anyone who promises God anything is under an oath; he or she must fulfill whatever is promised. Jehovah does not take our promises as a joke; he will surely wait for the fulfillment of all promises! No child of God should be too complacent with his or her success and forget to fulfill any needed debt to God.

Meanwhile, some people make special promises to God when they were in trouble. They might have said; “God, if you can help me in this situation, I will do so and so for you.” However, they soon forgot their promises once their prayers are answered. God will definitely not be happy with this situation.

God wants his children to honor their promises and be grateful to him. He may decide to delay future blessings until his children honor him. Therefore, all people must respect God, and fulfill their promises to him.

 

Redeem your pledges to God as soon as possible!

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Prayer For Forgiveness & Grace To Redeem Pledges

Pray for the strength to keep your promises.

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

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