Tag: wait on the Lord

FAITH PROMPTS GOD TO TAKE AN ACTION ON OUR BEHALFS – Matthew

faith

Christians Must Trust That God Will Always Favor Us

(Passage: Matthew 15)

One woman proved her relentless faith in the power of God through Jesus Christ; she persuaded Christ for the healing of her child. Jesus didn’t make her request easy; he tested her faith with a common Jewish tradition, but the woman did not give in. She passed the test by demonstrating her remarkable trust in the power of Christ. The Savior immediately granted her request based on the conviction.

The Bible describes the woman’s style of approach to demand her daughter’s miracle. She said,

“… Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He (Jesus) answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” “But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.” (Matthew 15:22-28).

Believers To Have Confidence In God Despite Our Challenges

Christians must demonstrate an irresistible and consistent faith in Jesus Christ at all times. We must be persistent in our prayers and have an unshakable faith that moves God’s hands to take an action. Indeed, God expects his worshippers and believers to make their requests with steadfast trust. Some situations may challenge our faith to doubt God, but we must remain confident that our God of possibilities is well and able to help us. Jehovah can do all things; he will answer our prayers and make us laugh with a testimony of victory.

Any Christian who demonstrates unwavering faith in God will live an overcomer’s life on earth.

Pray For God’s Strength To Exercise Faith

Dear God, please give me the strength to demonstrate an unwavering faith in you! Help me to pray in faith and have the expectations that you are more than able to perfect whatever that concerns me! I know you are well and able to grant me victory in all situations. Please help me to remain confident in you always so that I can testify your goodness to other people! For in the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

Christian Articles - Free Weekly

GOD’S VALIDATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS – 1 Chronicles

 

Holy Spirit

God’s Guidance Helps Us Survive – The Holy Spirit!

Kind David authorized a military census that God did not approve, and he was punished for his action. Since David’s sinful action was evident in Israel. His unapproved census was expunged from history, and the record was never referenced in the land. The scripture confirmed,

“Joab the son of Zeruiah began to number, but he finished not, because there fell wrath for it against Israel; neither was the number put in the account of the chronicles of king David” (1 Chronicles 27:24 KJV).

faith

The Holy Spirit Is Our Guide

As children of God, we must endeavor to operate within our approved jurisdictions, and never attempt to usurp God’s sovereign power. Also, we must allow the Holy Spirit to guide our operations, rather than yielding to emotion and carnal suggestions. With all certainty, God will help us if we consult him on any matter. However, our failure to seek God’s face in any situation will lead to disaster! Instead of yielding to pride and selfish cravings, we must go to God in prayer. Every child of God must consider it a priority to walk with God and yield to his instructions.

assistance

Prayer For Help

Dear God, please keep me steadfast with you at all times, and help me to relate to you as a friend and a father. Enable me to share my thoughts with you and also seek your directions. Give me the grace to follow your instructions and not yield to the desires of the flesh. Empower me through your Holy Spirit to relate to you with integrity. Let me serve you with dignity and honor, and let all my services be acceptable in your sight. Please count me among the people that will receive your imperishable rewards in heaven. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Christian Articles - Free Weekly

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS WITHIN ALL CHRISTIANS – 2 Corinthians

True Believers Will Overcome All Temptations Because God’s Presence Is Within Them

(Passage: 2 Corinthians 4)

Christians are ruled by the Spirit of God and should have an unbeatable willpower. This will ensure all Christians thrive always. They will also be able to make successful advancements during times of tribulations. Paul boasted on behalf of all Christians and said,

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body” (2 Corinthians 4:7-10).

faith

God Directs And Protects His Children Always

Christians are God’s children, and they have the Holy Spirit within to help them overcome tribulations. Christians will always prevail over whatever challenge that Satan may bring their way! Christians also have an advantage of receiving consolation when passing through their challenges. The Spirit of the Lord will energize them to hold on to their faith.

All true believers should be challenged to preserve their faith in God, who gives strength to the weak. Jehovah will not disappoint whoever trusts him. He will make the faces of those who believe in Him shine. God will decorate believers with honor. He will ensure their lives always testify to his goodness.

believe

Prayer For The Divine Help Of The Holy Spirit

Dear God, please teach me how to trust you at all times, so that I can be worthy to enjoy your benefits. Endow me with the power of the Holy Spirit to prevail over my challenges. Let your Spirit keep me strong in faith so that unbelievers can be challenged to trust you also. Let my life record testimonies of goodness to your name at all times. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I have prayed.

Christian Articles - Free Weekly

GOD DEFENDS HIS FAITHFUL SERVANTS

faithful

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).

faith

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.

hopeful

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.

Christian Articles - Free Weekly

GOD IS SECOND TO NONE; SERVE HIM – Ezekiel

serve God

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).

faith

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.

prayer

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.

Christian Articles - Free Weekly

HUMILITY AS A WAY OF LIFE – Luke

humility

All Christians Should Imbibe Humility As A Core Trait

(Passage: Luke 18)

Jesus Christ explained the real meaning of humility and said,

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 18:10-14).

respect

Benign Humility Radiates Through Actions

True humility is not proven with words, but with actions! All Christians are required to live in humility before God so that he can be pleased with us. Believers must consider others as important as we are, and we must treat them with respect. Also, Christians must not prejudice against others; we must offer people a sense of worth and make them feel important as God’s special creations.

It is also important, that we Christians, offer our petitions to God with respect. We should not pray with arrogance, but we must humbly tender our requests before him. God will surely grant our heart desires, and he will decorate us with his benefits.

obey

Prayer For Grace To Be Humble

Dear God, please make me a humble person. Enable me with the strength to honor you in all my activities. Help me to respect other people as well. Give me the grace to give others a sense of worth. I also pray that you teach me how to humbly present the gospel to other people so that they can confess your Son Jesus Christ as their Lord and be saved. For in the name of your Son Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Christian Articles - Free Weekly

JESUS CHRIST WILL COME WITHOUT A NOTICE – Luke

second coming

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!

Christian Articles - Free Weekly

BE PROTECTIVE OF GOD’S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE – Judges

God's plan

Divine Focus Is Required To Carry Out God’s Plan For Our Lives

(Passage: Judges 16)

Be careful: Samson failed God’s plan for his life! The man Samson was God’s Nazirite specifically created to serve as a deliverer for the Israelites. However, he failed God and could not absolutely deliver his people from the Philistines – Their oppressors. Samson lost focus as an Israelite leader; he did not lead a single national battle against the Philistines but fought some fragmented wars against them.

Samson flirted with Philistine women and he refused to marry anyone from his homeland. His passion and interest remained with the Philistine women, and he would only attack the Philistines whenever they tamper with his love life.

Sadly enough, the Philistine leaders knew Samson’s special interest in the forbidden women, and they were determined to prey over his weakness. They employed their women to set traps for Samson to capture and array him for execution.

Samson failed the plan of God for his life; the Philistines hired his wife Delilah – Who was also a Philistine – to seek the secret of his power. The powerful but insensitive Samson fell for the plot! The scripture reported,

“She (Delilah) pestered him daily with her words and pressed him, so that his soul was vexed to death” (Judges 16:16). Eventually, Samson fell for the trick, and he detailed the secret of his strength. Samson told Delilah “No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man” (Judges 16:17).

Delilah did not hesitate to shave Samson’s hairs based on the secret unfolded. She invited the Philistine to arrest Samson. They gorged his eyes and molested him in their shrines. Samson died at the camp of his enemies.

God’s Grace Should Not Be Taken For Granted

Children of God must be careful not to abuse the grace of God in their lives. It is God’s job to equip us with his grace, but it is our job to maintain the grace bestowed. We must ensure to appropriately use God’s grace and channel them in a manner that will glorify God. There are some consequences that follow any inappropriate use of God’s gifts. Therefore, all servants of God must be careful with their commissions and serve God adequately.

Christian, be sensitive!

Prayer For Divine Grace To Be Watchful Of Your Calling

Dear God, please do not let me abuse your grace in my life. Help me to fear and carefully follow your instructions so that I can prosper in life and ministry. Please frustrate any plot the enemies may set against my exploits. Empower me to stay focus in my services and give me the grace to effectively serve you unto the end. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Christian Articles - Free Weekly

GOD RESPECTS AN AGREEMENT – Judges

promise

True Believers Must Be Aware Of Their Promises

(Passage: Judges 11)

Judge Jephthah found himself between a rock and a hard place by making an irrevocable vow to God. He promised to offer an important sacrifice to God if he could help him overcome his enemies. Jephthah said,

“Whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering” (Judges 11:31).

God answered Jephthah’s prayer, but lo and behold, it was her only child who came to welcome him to his door-post when he returned from the battle. He found himself in a situation that he had to give up her only daughter. (Please note: This type of sacrifice is no more relevant today!). The scripture reported,

“When Jephthah came to his house at Mizpah, there was his daughter, coming out to meet him with timbrels and dancing; and she was his only child. Besides her, he had neither son nor daughter. And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he tore his clothes, and said, “Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low! You are among those who trouble me! For I have given my word of the Lord, and I cannot go back on it.” So she said to him, “My father, if you have given your word to the Lord, do to me according to what has gone out of your mouth, because the Lord has avenged you of your enemies, the people of Ammon” (Judges 11:34-36).

Jephthah decided to honor his promise despite the magnitude.

Be Watchful; God Cannot Be Cheated

God deserves to be respected at all times. We must respect him, and we must keep our promises to him. Meanwhile, believers must understand that we cannot be rash in our promises to God. We must be careful not to make ambiguous promises when we are in the presence of God. We must weigh our words and consider their magnitudes – since God does not respect jokes! He will not hesitate to register our promises and ask for their fulfillment.

God will keep asking us for his rights (promise) until we fulfill them. Therefore, believers must be careful not to make empty promises to God.

God will bless anyone who duly fulfills his promises to him. He will ensure the person is blessed so that he or she can be motivated to keep the practice of honoring his/her promises.

prayer

Prayer For Grace To Fulfill All Promises

Dear God, please help me respect you through my words and actions. Let me fulfill my promises to you. Let the fulfillment of my promises open doors of opportunities in my life, and let me enjoy your goodness in the land of the living. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Christian Articles - Free Weekly

TRUSTING GOD PAYS – Judges

trusting god

True Christians Should Focus On Carrying Out God’s Plans

(Passage: Judges 20)

Trusting God pays off in the end. The tribe of Benjamin rebelled against the remaining eleven tribes of Israel, and they instigated the civil war. The eleven tribes who remained united asked God for a strategy to use against their rebel brothers, and he gave them some specific instructions. Meanwhile, the Israelites lost the battle, because they failed to closely follow their God-given strategy; however, they were not discouraged but trusted God. The people did not stop asking God for directions. On their third attempt, after duly following God’s order, the united Israelites conquered Benjamin’s tribe. They conquered their leaders, and they brought the whole tribe to its knees. The scripture reported how the Israelites eventually conquered the revolting Benjamin Tribe. It is reported;

“But when the flame began to arise up out of the city with a pillar of smoke, the Benjamites looked behind them, and, behold, the flame of the city ascended up to heaven. And when the men of Israel turned again, the men of Benjamin were amazed: for they saw that evil was come upon them. Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel unto the way of the wilderness; but the battle overtook them; and them which came out of the cities they destroyed in the midst of them. Thus they inclosed the Benjamites round about, and chased them, and trode them down with ease over against Gibeah toward the sunrising. And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men… So that all which fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five thousand men that drew the sword; all these were men of valour…” (Judges 20:40-46 KJV).

Following God’s Instructions Would Lead You To Victories

Trusting God has enormous benefits.

God still leads people today; he leads his children to take appropriate steps that will benefit their lives. However, things may sometimes go contrary to God’s plans when we do not follow his instructions to the letter. Notwithstanding, we should not be discouraged when we do not get the expected results, rather we should summon the courage to understand God’s instructions well, and adherently follow them.

Christians must not hesitate to consult God over and over again until we have our expected solutions. Our heavenly Father will definitely respond to our cries. He will answer our prayers and guide us into victories.

Prayer For Grace To Follow God’s Instruction

Dear God, please teach me how to duly follow your instructions, so that I can have my expected victories over life situations. When you lead, let me follow; and when I follow, let me prosper. Let me have victory today, tomorrow, and throughout the days of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Christian Articles - Free Weekly