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OUR FAITH IS AS PRECIOUS AS GOLD IN THE SIGHT OF GOD – 1 Peter

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Christians Should Be Ready To Face Trials and Tribulations In Their Quest for Eternal Life

Children of God are encouraged to endure their trials and temptations for the sake of receiving an eternal reward in heaven. Believers must stay close to God with unwavering faith to receive an incorruptible crown of glory on the last day. It is written,

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6-7).

Endurance Is A Key to God’s Abundant Grace And Favor

Every child of God ought to endure whatever challenges of faith that he or she may face, as the effort would be rewarded in heaven. God will crown Christians who endure persecutions and trials of faith in the last days. Christ has warned believers to not assume that Christianity would be easy. Christianity would not always come with the  “bread-and-butter” experience. The religion comes with its own challenges; non-believers will attack Christians and persecute them for their faith. Some Christians would be persecuted to death! However, any Christian who endures faith to the end will be rewarded.

It is important that every Christian stand firm in faith and endure persecution to receive God’s priceless eternal reward in heaven.

Pray For Strength To Endure All Manners of Tribulations As A Christian.

Dear God, please keep me in faith, and let me remain consistent with your holiness standard. Help me to endure persecution. Empower me through the Holy Spirit to stand firm against the trials and temptations so that I can make it to your kingdom. Let me qualify to hear your voice “well-done and welcome my good servant.” For in the name of Jesus Christ I have prayed. Amen.

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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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CHRISTIAN: BE CAREFUL OF FALSE TEACHERS – 2 JOHN

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False Teachers Will Deceive Many People

Some false teachers will rise during the period of the end time to deceive many people. Christians must ensure not to fall victim of those fake leaders.

In most cases, the deceptive teachers do not declare their identities; they camouflage as agents of light to manipulate people for their selfish gains.

False teachers will rob people of money and materials. They will also cause many people to lose their salvation and be doomed in hellfire.

Folks who believe false teachings run the risk of losing their souls to Satan and end up in hellfire. The scripture warned,

“I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully” (2 John 1:7-8 NIV).

 

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Watch Out For Fake Religion Leaders

Christians are warned to be careful and not fall victim of preachings that are not consistent with the standard of the Bible. Believers are advised to be in friendship with their Bible. They must read it diligently! They must study the scripture with a mindset to have a better understanding of God’s laws and comply with them.

Christians must ensure not to believe any theory that lacks the basis of the Bible. We must be prayerful and be disciplined to uphold the principles of the Bible.

Believers must not go with the wave of accommodating the unbiblical (but convenient) theories that our society celebrate. Christians must not allow the cares of this world to cause us to lose our salvation that Christ suffered to earn for us.

God will bless any Christian that stands firm with the testimony of Jesus Christ and complies with Bible standard. Jehovah will reward his faithful children with an imperishable crown of glory in his kingdom.

 

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Pray For The Strength To Be Watchful

Dear God, Please save me from the deceptive teachers that manipulate people into losing their salvation. Help me to comply with the standard of your word. Enable me with the strength to daily read my Bible so that I can better understand your laws and comply with them. Let my devotion be meaningful to you, and please keep my feet firm within thy gate O Lord! Let me remain steadfast before you so that I can qualify for an imperishable crown of glory in your kingdom! For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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CHRISTIANS TO PREACH GOSPEL ALWAYS – 2 Timothy

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Believers In Christ Must Prioritize Gospel Evangelization

The scripture requires Christians to always preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to other people so that they can have an opportunity to be saved. Christians have the mandate to spread the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ. We must share his message to as many people as possible without holding back.

Christians must prioritize gospel evangelization like Christ himself did. The Son of God received the mandate from God to save the lost souls, and he sacrificed everything he had to fulfill the mission.

Jesus Christ endured and overcame all the challenges that crossed his path for the sake of accomplishing the goal of establishing a salvation pathway for humankind. Christ came to the earth to preach the gospel; he suffered and died for the course. He declared, “Mission accomplished” on the cross. Believers must also follow suit and prioritize gospel evangelization as God required.

Christians have the obligation to extend the gospel light to all people around us, and beyond. Paul challenged Timothy (as well as other Christians throughout the world) to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul said,

“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Timothy 4:1-4 KJV).

Gospel Evangelization Is A-Must For Every Christian

Christians have the obligation to prioritize gospel evangelization since we have been commissioned to do so by the scripture. We are commanded to spread the gospel, and we must do so!

No Christian should consider it optional to evangelize the gospel. We are all mandated to do so!

Christians must not hoard the message of the Cross; we must preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to everyone around us!

  • Christians must preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to people of every tongue, nation, and tribe. We must preach without giving any preference to people’s religion, race or culture.
  • Christians must preach the gospel without reservation!
  • Believers must not only preach the gospel when it is convenient. We must also do so when we feel it is not convenient.
  • Christians must not preach the gospel to satisfy human feelings. Irrespective of our mood, we must preach the gospel at all times.

It is important to emphasize that a Christian does not need any religion title to qualify for the task of evangelizing the gospel.

Who Is Qualified To Preach The Gospel?

  • Every Christian is qualified to preach the gospel.
  • A believer must preach whether he or she is a church member, a pastor, a teacher, a deacon, an evangelist, a bishop, a pope, or any other title.
  • It is not mandatory that a Christian must have a particular church umbrella to preach the gospel. The motive of gospel evangelism must be to populate the kingdom of God.
  • No special tool is needed for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. A person only needs to share his or her bible-based knowledge to other people.
  • The gospel message must centralize on encouraging a sinner to repent of his or her sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. Whosoever takes a step of faith by confessing Jesus Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior shall be saved.

The scripture declares,

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom. 10:9-10 NKJV).

Be A True Christ’s Ambassador And Preach The Gospel!

Christians must bear plenty profits for the kingdom of God. To achieve this, we must make a significant effort to step out of our comfort zones. We must preach at a time convenient and at a time not convenient. In short, we must preach the gospel at all times!

Every child of God must prioritize gospel evangelization above his or her personal interests.

God will reward a believer that diligently preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to other people. The bearer of Christ’s good news will receive an imperishable crown of glory in God’s kingdom.

A Christian who hoards the gospel will not be highly esteemed by God! Those who avoid the responsibility of sharing their gospel faith with others and those who sabotage gospel evangelization efforts will meet some unfavorable surprises on the Lord’s day of judgment.

Pray For God’s Enablement To Preach The Gospel

Dear God, please empower me to faithfully preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people. Please energize me by the Holy Spirit to proclaim your good news to people of different tongues and tribes. Help me to preach the gospel when convenient and when not convenient. Give me the grace to proclaim your good news on the mountain and in the valley.

Empower me to use my resources to promote your kingdom from coast to coast so that people from all walks of life can come to the light of Jesus’ salvation.

Please help me to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to my neighbors, my friends, and my family so that they can be saved! Help me to maximize every opportunity I have to lead a multitude of people to your kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord I have prayed. Amen.=> Subscribe here for the latest post

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GOD PLACED ISRAELITES ON CONDITIONAL FREEDOM – Leviticus

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Christians Must Fully Obey God To Have His Full Blessing

Passage: Leviticus 26

Israelites were free from the Egyptians’ bondage but their freedom had terms and conditions. God who delivered the Israelites from their Egyptians’ oppression placed then under a strict term that they must comply with his laws to continue enjoying the benefit of their freedom. Jehovah emphasized that the people must fully desist from idolatry.

God reiterated to the people of Israel that their deliverance would be a thing of the past if they serve an idol. God stated,

“You shall not make idols for yourselves; neither a carved image nor a sacred pillar shall you rear up for yourselves; nor shall you set up an engraved stone in your land, to bow down to it; for I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 26:1).

God promised to bless Israelites his people if they serve him with full devotion and desist from any form of idol worship. God stated as quoted,

“If you walk in my statutes and keep my commandments, and perform them, then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. Your threshing shall last till the time of vintage, and the vintage shall last till the time of sowing; you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none will make you afraid; I will rid the land of evil beasts, and the sword will not go through your land. You will chase your enemies, and they shall fall by the sword before you. Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall by the sword before you. For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm my covenant with you. You shall eat the old harvest, and clear out the old because of the new. I will set my tabernacle among you, and my soul shall not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be my people” (Leviticus 26:3-12).

Jehovah also reiterated, through Moses, the impending judgment that would befall the Israelites should they engage in idolatry. He stated,

“And after all these, if you do not obey me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. I will break the pride of your power; I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield its produce, nor shall the trees of the land yield their fruit” (Leviticus 26:18-20).

A Christian Must Not Serve An Idol

Any Christian who wants to prosper on earth and also qualify for heaven must not engage in an idol worship. An idol worshiper will not have his or her name written in God’s book of life! God is the only supreme deity that is worthy of our worship. All people must submit to his feet and reverence him with sincere worship.

God is Jehovah; he does not want anyone to equate him with an idol. He does not want anyone to share the glory due to his name with an idol. The Creator will do everything necessary to protect the integrity of his name!

Jehovah requires complete obedience from his children so that he can bless them. Children of God must understand that God cannot be deceived. He knows all things; he knows a person that faithfully serves him, and he knows who does not.

Christians must abide by the laws of God to obtain God’s benefits. Each believer must understand that God has his yardstick of punishment for every sinner unless repentance is exercised! God will not relent until he has properly corrected any of his children that engage in idolatry. It is therefore important that every child of God stays away from idol worship. Every believer must give God an undivided attention and serve him wholeheartedly.

Pray For Grace To Abide By God’s Rule

Dear God, please plant your fear in my heart and help me to serve you wholeheartedly. Empower me by the Holy Spirit to meet your holiness standard! Please guide my thoughts and actions so that I can live a pure life before you! Give me the ability to repent from my sin whenever I make a mistake. Help me to exercise a genuine repentance so that you can be happy with me! Please Help me to be conscious of your laws and empower me to meet your holiness expectation so that I can remain worthy of your eternal kingdom! For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here

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CHRISTIANS TO LIVE EXEMPLARY LIVES – Philippians

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Christian Must Be Moral and Portray a Good Example

Passage: Philippians 4

Christians are required to be honest in their relationship with God; they must be godly role models that are suitable for other people to emulate. Christians must understand that unbelievers are watching our behaviors to derive motivation for serving God. Believers must not fail our due diligence of positively influencing the unbelievers and leading them to become God’s worshipers. The scripture emphasized,

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

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Believers to Serve God with Pure Motives

Christians must serve God with a pure motive and portray a godly example for other people to emulate. Christians’ services must satisfy God. Our practices must motivate other people to love and serve God as well. Christians must understand that we have an obligation to live the exemplary lifestyle for other people to emulate (especially the unbelievers).

Despite the need to meet the pious obligation of faithfully serving God and leading others with godly examples, Christians still face the reality of being powerless without the help of the Holy Spirit. Believers will not have enough strength to adequately meet the mandate to be a true ambassador of Jesus Christ. Christians, like other humans, have weak nature that cannot easily comply with the standard of God. We must rely on the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to adequately serve God and positively influence others.

To have the ability to faithfully serve God and offer godly leadership for other people, Christians must daily pray to receive the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God will also offer us divine guidance to make an appropriate decision and honor God. The Holy Spirit will indeed properly guide and aid us in meeting the standard of God which include an ability to faithfully serve him on earth and befit his kingdom.

Christians should consider it an important matter to pray for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to meet God’s requirements and appropriately serve him.

Ask God to make you a good example for other people to emulate. May you ever remain a true ambassador of Jesus Christ!

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Prayer for God’s Grace to be a Good Example for Others

Dear God, please I need the help of the Holy Spirit to be a good Christian that faithfully represents you on earth. Let your divine Holy Spirit guide me to live in compliance with the Bible standard so that I can prosper! Please let me be a good example for other people to emulate. Also, let my services bring glory unto your name and ever keep me worthy of your eternal kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here

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GOD WILL RENEW HIS COVENANT WITH HIS CHILDREN – Hebrews

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Believers Will Enjoy God’s Perfect Creation Again

Passage: Hebrews 8

God promised to have a new covenant with his children so that they can have an opportunity to access the ever-reaching benefits in his kingdom. God’s new covenant will make a lasting impact on his children, and they will enjoy it eternally. God said in the scripture,

“…For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 8:7-12 KJV). 

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Earth Will Declare the Wonders of God

Earth inhabitants have witnessed many wonders of God, but what we have seen so far are virtually nothing to compare with more wonders to be unfolded. Presently, earth inhabitants witness the display of God’s power as they are noticeable when we observe the nature and galaxy. Meanwhile, God will make everything that we see go into extinction. He will create a new earth that will display his advanced ingenuity. God’s new creation (new heaven and new earth) will contain his indescribable and glamorous works. However, something remarkable about God’s new creation is the fact that not all people will witness it. Only a few people who have declared Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior will qualify. That is, a person must declare Jesus Christ as his or her personal Lord to qualify for God’s kingdom.

(People who once had a good relationship with God but have lost it for any reason must retrace their steps back to God. Everyone must renew his or her covenant with God to qualify for his undaunted benefits.)

 

People who have rejected the testimony of Jesus Christ will not be allowed to access God’s benefits. Their portion will be in the lake of fire. Hence, anyone who has not confessed Jesus Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior should not hesitate to do so, since this is the only requirement that God has set for people to inherit his kingdom.

 

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Renew your covenant with God.

Pray for God’s Power to Befit His Kingdom

Dear God, please count me worthy to inherit your kingdom. Count me among the people that will witness the beauty of your creation and enjoy it. I understand that you require all people to confess (your Son) Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior to be saved. Therefore, I am renewing my covenant with you today: I confess Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior! I repent from my sins, and I promise to start serving you with honesty and full devotion. From now on, I will prioritize serving you, and I will do this for the rest of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. => Subscribe here

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EARLY CHRISTIANS DEVIATED FROM TRUE DEVOTION – James

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Services of Devotion, A Must for Christians

(Passage: James 4)

The early believers deviated from serving God with true devotion, and God’s miracle stopped happening in their midst also. Apostle James explained the main cause of God’s retrogressive miracles that existed among the brethren. James stated,

“Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:1-3).

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God’s Miracles Accompany True Devotion

A devotion service means so much to God; Christians should give the best of it to him. Any Christian who expects to witness the power of God in his or her life must keep a consistent relationship with God. A Christian cannot demonstrate the works of the flesh and expect God’s miracles to happen in his or her life.

Some activities that are categorized as the works of the flesh that inhibit true devotion are listed in Galatians 5:19. All the activities listed (and the related ones) only satisfy the cravings of the flesh. Believers must shun ungodly behaviors and allow the Holy Spirit to rule them to adequately fit God’s plan and enjoy his benefits. The scripture emphasized that God requires his worshipers to worship him in Spirit and in truth.

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24 NIV).

Many rewards await the believers that prioritize serving God with faithfulness. Jehovah will reward them with some imperishable crowns in his kingdom.

 

 

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Prayer for God’s Grace to be Devoted to Him

Dear God, please give the ability to serve you with full devotion so that I can befit your benefits. Help me to faithfully serve you, and let me yield to the leadership of the Holy Spirit and serve you with faithfulness. Empower me to desist from the works of the flesh. Rule me by the Holy Spirit to satisfy your holiness desires so that it can be well with me in every day of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I have made my requests. Amen.
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GOD TAUGHT JONAH THE LESSON OF OBEDIENCE – Jonah

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Christians To Obey God For Their Benefits

(Passage: Jonah 2)

Prophet Jonah disobeyed God and attempted to escape, but God caught him red-handedly. God caught Jonah in a ship and commanded a fish to swallow him. The stubborn servant felt the heat of hell until he repented. Jonah repented while in the belly of a fish; God heard his voice and saved him.

The scripture reported,

“Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly. And he said: “I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, and He answered me. “Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice. For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the floods surrounded me; All Your billows and your waves passed over me” (Jonah 2:1-3 NKJV).

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It Is Better To Obey God Than To Disobey Him

A person should aspire to obey God and receive his blessing than to disobey him and suffer terrible consequences. God who dearly loves his children also has a special mode of correction for his children. Jehovah can allow his children to suffer for the sake of saving them. However, anyone who willingly obeys God has an advantage of receiving greater benefits than a person who was coerced into obedience. God rates his favorite children by their obedience. He will establish his abiding presence with his favorite children. He will rescue them during trouble and provide for their needs. Jehovah will satisfy the needs of his faithful children from this earth to heaven.

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Prayer To Live In Obedience To God

Dear God, please make me your obedient child. Help me to obey your instructions. Give me the ability to do whatever you ask of me. Enable me with the strength to be conscious of your expectations and meet them! Please keep me ever worthy of your kingdom! For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.  => Subscribe here.

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GALATIAN CHRISTIANS MUST BE STEADFAST WITH GOD – Galatians

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Christianity Requires Steadfastness

Passage: Galatians 3

Paul rebuked the Galatians for their inconsistent relationship with God. He challenged them to be steadfast with God since that is the only means of obtaining God’s mercy and inheriting his eternal kingdom. Paul scolded the Galatians for lack of consistency in their relationship with him. God said, “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?” (Galatians 3:1).

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Christians Must Understand What Salvation By Grace Mean

Aspire to be a steadfast Christian.

Believers must understand that Christianity requires steadfastness. The religion is free but it does not accommodate unfiltered practices. Whoever wants to serve God should do so with full devotion. Christians must not assume their fleshly characters measure up to God’s standard.

Today’s Christians should learn from Paul’s letter to the Galatians who instructed they must not mismatch their faith with fleshly exercise.

Paul emphasized,

“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:26-29 NKJV).

God loves steadfast Christians.

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Pray to be steadfast with God

Dear God, please help me to practice true Christianity. Help me to be a steadfast person! I understand that I am saved by the grace of God; therefore, I must not abuse my freedom obtained through Jesus Christ. Please help me to live every day of my life celebrating the fact that I was saved by your grace! Help me to be consistent with your word so that I can prosper. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my request. Amen.
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