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TRUSTING GOD PAYS – Judges

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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.

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GOD’S PLANS ARE ALWAYS GOOD – 1 Samuel

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All Christians Must Put Their Ultimate Trust In God

(Passage: 1 Samuel 9)

Saul was committed to his family and was busy searching for his father’s missing horse, but God had a bigger plan for him. God instructed Prophet Samuel to anoint Saul and ordain him as the first king of Israel. The remarkable event unfolded thus,

“… Now the Lord had told Samuel in his ear the day before Saul came, saying, “Tomorrow about this time I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him commander over my people Israel, that he may save my people from the hand of the Philistines; for I have looked upon my people, because their cry has come to me.” So when Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said to him, “There he is, the man of whom I spoke to you. This one shall reign over my people.” “Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: “Is it not because the Lord has anointed you commander over His inheritance?” (1 Samuel 9:15-17; 1 Samuel 10:1).

God Has Our Best Interests At Heart

God’s way is not always the same as ours; he may decide to surprise us in the way we least expected. No human being can contain God in a box, and we cannot limit him by our limited thoughts. God will do whatever he has determined to do, and nothing can change his plans. Meanwhile, God’s thoughts towards his children are always good. He stated,

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

However, God’s plans may not be fully fulfilled in our lives if we work contrarily to his commandments. We must follow God’s agenda, and we must satisfy him before we can enjoy his ultimate goodness. Therefore, every believer must endeavor to satisfy God so that he or she can enjoy his tremendous grace and goodness to the fullness.

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Prayer For Grace To Trust God

Pray for empowerment to stay within God’s plan

Dear God, please help me to stay within your plans so that I can enjoy your grace and goodness in my life. Enable me with the strength to satisfy you always, and let me remain fit for your blessings. Please, remember all your promises over me and let them materialize fully. 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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GOD’S MIRACLES WILL NEVER CEASE – Judges

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True Believers Will Experience God’s Grace And Wonders In Their Lives Forever

(Passage: Judges 13)

God promised to bless Manoah’s family with a Nazirite child, who would deliver the Israelites from their oppressors. God’s angel said to Manoah’s wife,

“For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.” (Judges 13:5 NKJV).

The child was born and he was named Samson. He grew up to become a judge in Israel, and God anointed him with extraordinary strength. He killed a lion with his bare hands, and he also killed 1000 enemies with a jawbone of a donkey. When thirsty after a battle, Samson prayed to God for water supply– and God answered him instantly. Jehovah used an earthquake to shift earth formations, and the faults instantly gushed out water for Samson to drink – so that he could quench his thirst.

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God’s Wonders Is Like None Other

As far as God is concerned, wonders shall never end! He will perform wonders through his anointed servants, and he will ensure that his name is praised throughout the world. Meanwhile, God’s servants are to understand that His selections are not made by the virtue of their righteousness. God who calls, has his own special reasons for awarding specific talents and grace to anyone. Therefore, all servants of God must be humble and be careful not to abuse his grace and talents.

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Prayer For Grace To Experience His Wonders

Dear God, please do not let your wonders cease in my life. Let me obtain your grace so that I can be selected for special assignments that would glorify your name throughout the world. Once I am anointed, please keep me humble so that I can be used immensely. This way your name can be glorified more than ever before. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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PROCLAIMING SELF PRAISES CAN LEAD YOU TO DESTRUCTION – Philippians

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Christians Should Be Ready To Praise God Alone, As He Is The Ultimate Provider

(Passage: Philippians 3)

Christians must avoid self-praise, as our glorification must only be expressed in God. Since Christ is our all-in-all, we must ensure that we glorify him in all situations, and at all times. The scriptures admonished,

“For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3).

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God Alone Is Worthy Of Praises

We Christians have no other pride than Jesus Christ; therefore, we must rejoice in him always. We must abstain from self-glorification, but direct all honor to the Lord! The Savior has blessed us with his immeasurable grace of salvation, and has also, promised us an imperishable crown of glory in heaven. Hence, believers must dance before him and celebrate his goodness from now till eternity.

Humility is a virtue that all Christians should imbibe.

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Proclamation Of God’s Praises

(Pray for grace to abstain from self-praise).

Dear Jesus Christ, what an awesome Lord you are! You sacrificed your life to save my soul! I will praise you from now on. I will sing, dance, and proclaim your goodness throughout the earth. I am determined to shun self-praise, but give you due honor throughout the days of my life. So help me God! 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 DEFENDED ISRAELITES AGAINST MULTIPLE FOES – Joshua

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Faith Exercise Will Forever Benefit Christians

(Passage: Joshua 10)

God helped Israelites in their difficult situation. The people were few in numbers and had limited weapons to their defense; however, God did not allow their enemies to prevail over them. God came to their aid during the time of need and earned them victory. The Bible bears witness on how the Creator performed all kind of miracles to assist his children. In fact, the scripture reported that God had to rain an unusual weapon from heaven when they were desperately in need. It is written,

“And it happened, as they (the enemies) fled before Israel and were on the descent of Beth Horon, that the Lord cast down large hailstones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died from the hailstones than the children of Israel killed with the sword” (Joshua 10:11).

Those Who Trust Can’t Be Defenseless

People who reserve their trust in God cannot be defenseless; God will defend them against their enemies. Jehovah will go an extra mile to protect us as we cast our complete trust in him.

Jehovah has the power to do anything at will. He can tweak any situation to benefit us (his children).

Since God remains a formidable helper in any situation for those who cast their complete trust, Christians must exercise our faith in him. We must make God proud to earn us an expected victory.

Pray To Exercise Your Faith

Dear God, I understand that you have the power to defend your children who trust you in any situation; therefore, I ask that you please give me the strength to trust you! As I exercise my faith, let miracles begin to happen so that I can testify to your goodness in the land of the living! For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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CALEB TRUSTED GOD AND GOT HIS REWARD AS PROMISED – Joshua

 

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True Children Of God Must Trust His Process And Believe His Word

God fulfilled his promise made to Caleb in the wilderness; he granted him an opportunity to own a landed property in Canaan. Indeed, it was a pay-day for Caleb since only he and Joshua brought good reports to Moses in the wilderness. Others compared themselves as grasshoppers against the giants, but Caleb and Joshua confidently declared that God was able to help them possess the Promised Land. The bold declarations of Caleb (and Joshua) made God promise that he would grant them an opportunity to possess the Canaan land. (God disallowed the ten pessimist spies who brought bad reports to Moses and Israelites in the camp – Numbers 14:24).

Caleb, who demonstrated courage at the border of Canaan Land also showed courage, as he was about to witness the fulfillment of God’s promise. Caleb, at a very old age of 85 years, requested that Joshua granted him the portion of the promised land that was occupied by the giants. Caleb told Joshua;

“I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to scout the land of Canaan, and I brought a report back to him as it was in my heart. My brothers (fellow spies) who went up with me made the heart of the people melt with fear; but I followed the Lord my God completely. So Moses swore an oath to me on that day, saying, ‘Be assured that the land on which your foot has walked will be an inheritance to you and to your children always, because you have followed the Lord my God completely.’ And now, look, the Lord has let me live, just as He said, these forty-five years since the Lord spoke this word to Moses, when Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, look at me, I am eighty-five years old today. I am still as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so is my strength now, for war and for going out and coming in. So now, give me this hill country about which the Lord spoke that day, for you heard on that day that the giant-like Anakim were there, with great fortified cities; perhaps the Lord will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the Lord said.” So Joshua blessed him and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance. Therefore, Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he followed the Lord, the God of Israel, completely. The name of Hebron was formerly Kiriath-arba city of Arba; for Arba was the greatest man among the giant-like Anakim. Then the land had rest from war” (Joshua 14:7-15KJV).

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Trust And Faith Work Hand In Hand

Impossibilities will become possibilities for someone who has an absolute trust in God. The person may face some challenges, but the ever-strong God will come to his or her aid. Jehovah will not allow his children who cast their confidence in him be put to shame.

It is important that all children of God understand that they have an obligation to trust God in their situations. No restriction applies, Christians must not consider any situation as insignificant to be treated with faith.

Faith application can relate to our day-to-day activities. Also, faith application can be relative to situations such as bill payment, healing expectation, job provision, marriage resolution, and children’s growth. In other words, believers must trust God for all our businesses! As believers trust God for our situations, we will witness the signs and wonders of God. Faith declarations and expectations will make us have significant testimonies!

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Ask The Lord For The Grace To Have Faith In His Words

Dear God, please give me an ability to have resolute faith in you! Help me to demonstrate courage during adversity. Give me the ability to apply faith to all my situations so that I can enjoy your unfiltered benefits! Please be my confidence, be my comfort, and be my testimony! For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen!

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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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CYRUS SPONSORED THE RECONSTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM – Ezra

God’s Miracles will be Available for Believers

Passage: Ezra 1

One gentile king was inspired to sponsor the reconstruction of God’s Temple in Jerusalem. The king who had an idolatry background allowed God to inspire and use him for the good course. The king’s name is Cyrus, and he ruled the Persia Empire. King Cyrus encouraged the Jews to return to their homeland and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. However, not only did King Cyrus mobilized and sent them to their ancient City of Jerusalem, he also asked the people of his empire to support the Jews. He instructed his people to provide both material and financial support for the Jewish project. The scripture reported,

“Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel, (he is the God) which is in Jerusalem. And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem” (Ezra 1:1-4).

God’s Power will Favor Christians

God has the divine ability to rally support for his children. No one is out of the radar of God’s usage for his good courses! In fact, God can even use an enemy to benefit his children! Jehovah has the autonomous power to use both kings and servants alike for the sake of glorifying his name in the lives of his children. Based on the significant fact that God is able to do all things to assist his children, Christians must exercise their trust in him!

Christians are the children of God. We are the people of his apple eyes. That is, Jehovah will take care of us even when a situation arises to tempt us into doubting him. Christians must not doubt God; we must trust in him at all times. Believers must be confident that God is exceedingly and abundantly able to do all things for our benefits. Of course, the call to trust God does not mean that a Christian should fold his hands in idleness! Every child of God still has an obligation to actively engage his or her task as he or she expects God’s miracle! People who actively trust in God will receive his help. The Creator will manifest his power to assist his diligent children now, and always!

God’s help will be sufficient for his faithful children.

Do you trust that God can help you in your situation? Don’t doubt him. Trust in him, and you will not be disappointed!

Prayer for God’s Help

God of miracle is still alive to answer every prayer.

Dear God, I have learned from the Bible that you are strongly able to do all things to benefit your children. Please give me the ability to trust you in my situations. Help me to patiently wait for your assistance. Also, help me to be diligent in my engagement as I exercise my trust in you. Please raise helper for me from every corner of the earth! Send my helpers from the north, south, east, and west! Please enrich me with your benefits so that I can testify to your goodness throughout the world! For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my request. Amen.

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