It is erroneous for any Christian to think that he was saved through his own work.
No one is saved by his efforts, but we are saved by grace through Jesus Christ.
The scripture emphasized, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9
Saved by Grace Lesson
Christians are fortunate to have someone who paid for the penalty of their sins. Since we have believe in Jesus Christ, Christ has gravitated us with God through his saving grace.
The Savior paid for our sins with his own life. He volunteered himself to suffer and die on our behalf as a sacrificial lamb.
We are no more indebted to paying penalty of sin.
Christ has paid our debts; he has saved us; he has cleansed us, and he has transformed us! Christ has made us become new, and we are no more the same old person in sin. Old has gone, new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17)!
We Christians are the redeemed people of God, and crown of glory is awaiting us in heaven.
Meanwhile, none of all benefits of Christianity is awarded to us through hard work or self righteousness.
We are saved and blessed by God – through Jesus Christ. Glory be to his holy name!
Prayer on Salvation By Grace
Dear God, I praise you for saving me through your beloved Son Jesus Christ.
I understand that you have not saved me as a result of my personal works, but you have saved me by grace.
Therefore, my life will remain dedicated to praising your name!
I will praise you always for saving me by grace.
Please, I ask for more grace to remain faithful to you.
Do not let me abuse my salvation with sin, but help me to live a sanctified life that will remain fit for your kingdom.
Empower me through your Holy Spirit to keep focus and remain serving you until the end of my life, so that I can meet you in heaven.
For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.
God promised to correct self-sufficient nations that solely believe on human knowledge and military strength for their means of security, who honors Him not.
God warned through his prophet that nations that fail to honor him will suffer.
“Woe to the land of whirring wings along the rivers of Cush, which sends envoys by sea in papyrus boats over the water. Go, swift messengers, to a people tall and smooth-skinned, to a people feared far and wide, an aggressive nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers.
All you people of the world, you who live on the earth, when a banner is raised on the mountains, you will see it, and when a trumpet sounds, you will hear it.
This is what the Lord says to me: “I will remain quiet and will look on from my dwelling place, like shimmering heat in the sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”
For, before the harvest, when the blossom is gone and the flower becomes a ripening grape, he will cut off the shoots with pruning knives, and cut down and take away the spreading branches.” (Isaiah 18:1-5 NIV).
Lesson on God Honors
God honors His name, and He expects every human to honor Him as well.
The Creator will suppress any individual or a group of people that fail to duly recognize him.
Also, a nation that fails to put God first in their practices will stumble.
The heavenly Father hates arrogant looks and prideful hearts – whether it comes from a person or a nation.
All people should submit to God and duly honor his name.
People and nations must put God first in their practices so that the Creator can bless them.
In addition, no child of God should be self-sufficient, but we must all submit at the feet of the Creator and satisfy him with praises.
God’s blessings will pursue his faithful children that honors Him.
Prayer to Honor God
Dear heavenly God, you are the first and the last; you are the final authority, and no one can question you.
My life goal is to be humble before you and give you due honor. Please give me the grace to do so.
Empower me to arrogate every victory I have to the praise of your name.
I also pray that you will enlighten people to realize the greatness of your power over their situations, so that they can praise you. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
Jesus Christ alerted his disciples to prepare for persecutions from anti-gospel people.
They would suffer difficult situations for the sake of his name. However, the Savior promised to help his followers overcome their afflictions, and helped them finish their race well.
The Savior said,
“They will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.” “You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost” (Luke 21:12, 16-18).
All Christians are to endure persecutions and hold firm to their faith, so that they can inherit imperishable rewards from God in heaven.
The road to heaven may be rough, but it has a smooth end.
Jesus Christ has promised us (believers) the strength needed to overcome challenges – and finish our race well (Luke 21:12, 16-18).
Any suffering that a Christian suffer on earth would be insignificant to compare with the blessing that he/she will receive from God in heaven.
It is a worthwhile effort to remain steadfast in God, since there shall be countless joy to experience in heaven!
Dear God, please endow me with grace to remain steadfast with you unto the end. Let me endure any challenge that may come my way, and let me hold firm unto my faith so that I can be duly rewarded in heaven. Let me be counted worthy of your benefits in heaven. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.
Jesus Christ appointed his disciples for specific ministerial activities. (He also sent them to the field to evangelize his gospel, and they came back with remarkable testimonies! The disciples brought good news and glorified God). The scripture reported,
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting” (Ephesians 4:11-14 NKJV).
Lesson on the Use of Gifts to Share Gospel
Christians are given grace with diversity of gifts to prosper for the kingdom of God. Meanwhile, despite variety of gifts and ministries that exist in Christendom, believers must still consider evangelism as a prime task, and we must do it effectively.
We must share our faith with other people, and motivate them to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. No Christian should underestimate the importance of evangelism since it is very important to God. In fact, it is written,
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:1-5 ESV)
Gospel propagation (evangelism) is so much important to God to the extent that he had to send his only begotten Son to the world for it. His Son (Jesus) must preach and save people for his kingdom. Christ preached, and Christians must preach too! The more we preach the gospel, the more people will come to God’s kingdom – and Satan’s kingdom will become depopulated at the same time. Also, as we preach the gospel, God will be happy to decorate our lives with beautiful benefits.
Prayer for Grace to Use Gifts for Gospel Sharing
Dear God, I want to preach your gospel, please teach me how to do so. Give me the confidence to share your good news with unbelievers so that they can become saved too. Anoint me to freely extend the light of your gospel to both the reached and unreached parts of the world.
Please let your light shine through me so that many people can become saved and qualify for your kingdom. Also, please keep me fit so that I can be counted among people that will meet and rejoice with you on the last day. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.
Some principles must apply before a person can successfully make his or her faith work to a good advantage.
A practicable approach to understanding how this can be achieved could be learned from the bible patriarchs that exercised their faith and make it work to their advantages.
Some bible iconic figures that prevailed with faith include Daniel, Shadrak, Meshak, Abednego, David, and others. Daniel was defiant to his king’s national call not to serve God; his action landed him in lions’ den, but he came back alive unarmed (Daniel 6:19-23).
Shadrak, Meshak, and Abednego stomped their feet against a king that ordered them to serve his idol; they were cast into furnace of fire, but they came back alive and unarmed (Daniel 3:26-27).
Mordechai refused to worship a king’s most prominent chief; he was summoned to die, but he lived to see his enemies die instead (Esther 7:10).
A shepherd David challenged a giant for defiling God’s name; he engaged him in battle and prevailed against him (1 Samuel 17:50).
The bible patriarchs mentioned above had one virtue in common: Faith!
They exercised their faith to prevail over adversity with three major principles that are summarized in an acronym GLP.
G – Look Unto God
L – Look Into God’s Laws for Promises
P – Look “Not” at the Problems
The bible patriarchs – Daniel, Shadrak, Meshak, Abednego, Mordechai, David, and others obtained their victory by observing GLP principles.
They looked up to God; they looked up to the promises of God, and they refused to look at their problems.
To clarify, Daniel kept his cool and maintained confidence in God when his jealous counterparts plotted to kill him.
He watched the people manipulating King Ahasuerus to issue a decree that would force him to compromise his devotion to God.
With full awareness of the consequences involved, Daniel chose to violate the king’s order to honor his God.
He willingly walked to the enemies’ trap and observed his customary three-time daily prayers. Why?
Daniel had his mind focused on God – Dirty politics had no effect on him.
Daniel understood that God’s laws must be observed to earn his benefits.
Daniel considered lions’ brutal attacks as insignificant. He would rather suffer bodily pain than to sin and bring God pain.
Shadrak, Meshach, and Abednego chose to disappoint King Nebuchadnezzar that trusted and appointed them as provincial governors.
The men refused to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image; they responded to his threat,
“If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king” (Daniel 3:17).
The trio rejected the king’s order with full awareness of the consequences involved basically for the sake of GLP principles!
Shadrak, Meshach, and Abednego
Had their minds focused on God –Not on Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image.
They considered God’s laws as supreme –Nebuchadnezzar’s laws must be subject to it! (You shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3)
They care less of the promised punishment of furnace fire for their defiance –They were willing to die if God chose not to rescue them.
Mordechai – being a mere exile slave – had no voice in Babylon.
His status demanded that he must honor whatever any higher authority presented to him, but he rebelled against ungodly practice of human-worship.
He acted against the culture and remained unbent to worship the king’s most prominent chief – Haman.
Mordechai knew his action was suicidal, but he was determined to honor God and suffer any consequences that may follow. Why?
Mordechai had his mind focused on God –Not on any popular opinion.
Mordechai considered God’s law as prime –All people must serve him only.
Mordechai considered the consequences of his action as secondary –God’s interest must remain primary.
The three GLP basic principles that bible patriarchs exercised to have their groundbreaking success remain available for today’s believers to explore and benefit.
For children of God to live triumphantly in every situation, they must learn how to focus on God; they must consider God as the supreme authority, and they must consider their circumstances as secondary while God’s interests remain primary.
By the way, what would God have done when those reputable people honored him during their difficult moments?
Should he had ignored them and let them suffer shame?
No he wouldn’t! God will not abandon anyone who honors him under whatever condition, but he will make the individual’s face shine to bring him glory.
If I may ask, do you look at God or you look at your problems?
I encourage you to look at God.
A person whose mind remains focus on God will win his or her life battles to glorify God.
Remember: GLP will always earn you victory!
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Holiness has always been God’s priority. Children of Israel sinned repeatedly against him with their unholy characters to the extent that they pressured him to allow terrible situations to befall them.
Isaiah, the mouth piece of God prophesied,
“Here is a message about the Valley of Vision: What is the reason that all of you go up to the rooftops? The noisy city is full of raucous sounds; the town is filled with revelry. Your slain were not cut down by the sword;they did not die in battle.
All your leaders ran away together— they fled to a distant place; all your refugees were captured together—they were captured without a single arrow being shot.
So I say: “Don’t look at me! I am weeping bitterly. Don’t try to console me concerning the destruction of my defenseless people.” For the sovereign master, the Lord who commands armies, has planned a day of panic, defeat, and confusion. In the Valley of Vision people shout and cry out to the hill.” (Isaiah 22:1-5 NET).
It caused the first man and first woman to fall from grace; it continues to build walls of separation between humanity and God.
Sin makes it difficult for God to perform his wonders in the lives of his people.
Since God is holy, he cannot deal with sin. Meanwhile, Satan, the enemy of righteousness continues to pester human with all sorts of sinful activities that can irritate God.
However, God has provided an escape route for people who are trapped in sin.
Jehovah provided his Son Jesus Christ as a sure route of escape.
Any man or woman who believes in Jesus can overcome craving of sin, and escape the penalty of sin. Christ the Son of God is the pathway to victory.
To enjoy the victory, a person must confess Christ as his/her personal Lord and Savior. The scripture stated,
“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. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10 NKJV)
Prayer on God’s Help to Serve Him in Holiness
Dear Lord, I have the desire to serve you in holiness; I want to meet your expectations and live a holy life.
Meanwhile, it is sometimes difficult to meet your holiness standard; therefore, I am asking for your special grace to measure up.
Empower me through your Holy Spirit to do what pleases you so that I can be qualified to enter your kingdom.
In addition, I understand that no one can make it to heaven without first confessing Jesus Christ as Lord.
Therefore, I confess your Son Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior.
I will follow him today, and throughout my life – so help me God. Amen.
Honest service means a lot to God. He reigns over the earth, and all people ought to honor him. People of different classes and status should submit before the Creator since he is the highest being in existence.
All people ought to submit before God and serve him with full devotion.
Jehovah is God; he is supreme and has dominion over all things. Humanity has no choice than to serve him. Our services to the Creator would be regarded to as “a show of commitment” to him.
Christians must ensure that whatever service we offer to God comes from a plain and honest mind – Thorough service.
Anyone can be tempted to consider himself (or herself) as indispensable, or consider his offering to be overly significant. No good believer should entertain such thought! A good Christian must not consider his spiritual activities to be too important before God.
God does not need our services to survive. He doesn’t feed on anyone’s gratuity other than to accept it as a show of an appreciation for his benefits rendered.
God desires our worship so that he can turn it to our avenue of blessing. God will bless us if we thoroughly worship him
To bring effective service to God’s satisfaction, each believer need to evaluate whatever effort that he or she makes. Every Christian must check to see that nothing bias or selfish is consists in his services.
No one should be deceived to think that he/she is indispensable before God.
No one should think that his/her services are good enough to sustain God.
Any service that a believer presents to God must come from a pure heart of humility.
God needs none of our services to fulfill his mandate in any given situation. God declares in the Bible,
“If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine. Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me” (Psalm 50:12-15 NKJV).
Why Should People Present Honest Service To God?
There are many reasons why humanity must honor God and bring him honest services.
Firstly, he is God and we are human. He is above and we are beneath!
God furnishes us with many great things freely at his own expense. We don’t pay him royalty for the air that we breathe.
He gives us rainfall and sunshine freely.
He provided us health care that no mortal person can boast of.
He chooses not to make our health affordable, but free!
The list of God’s goodness to humanity is endless. Anyone who subjects himself to good thought will realize multiple benefits that he can appreciate him for.
Don’t Be An Ingrate: Offer True Worship To God
All people (especially Christians) ought to reverence God and give him thorough worship at all times. It is important that each Christian makes his or her services to God come from a devoted heart.
Whatever anyone considers good worship must be void of pride, selfishness, and grudges.
Almighty God desires perfect worship from you!
Ensure your attitude supports your motive whenever you come before God to offer your appreciation.
Don’t be reluctant. Don’t come under impulses – Be free and happy!
Your article presented must not be with fake impression or bias mind. Be honest with your article – Whether it is money, material, or any other.
Quality and Quantity Matter To God!
Christians should not only give their best to God, but we must offer them in abundance.
Christian must make God feel the importance of our actions. We must ensure they are genuine before him. Quality and quantity are important to God. That is, our presentations before God must be with quality offerings, and they must be presented in quantities.
Tithe payment is God’s principle. He emphasized the need for Israelites to pay their tithes once they reach the Promised Land. God said,
“When you have finished laying aside all the tithe of your increase in the third year—the year of tithing—and have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, so that they may eat within your gates and be filled, then you shall say before the Lord your God: ‘I have removed the holy tithe from my house, and also have given them to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, according to all Your commandments which You have commanded me; I have not transgressed Your commandments, nor have I forgotten them’” (Deuteronomy 26:12-13 NKJV).
Lesson on Tithe
It is important that every believer understand the principle of tithe payment and comply with it.
God requires his children to pay him the ten percent (10%) of their incomes (which is also known as tithe) to provide resources for gospel evangelization, meet ministers needs, and also serve poor people.
Believers must understand that Jehovah does not negotiate tithe, but he claims ownership on it – as his own entitlement. God allows us to have personal claim on the remaining 90% of our incomes.
However, despite the large 90% of our incomes that we personally own, some believers still find it difficult to give God his own share; they would prefer to keep complete 100% for their personal use, therefore God labels them as thieves! (Malachi 3:8-10).
However, God who established the rule of tithe will not give his disobedient children a pat on the back.
Those who failed in paying their tithes are considered to have failed test of character, and they will have some consequences to face for their actions.
Some consequences may include a delayed blessing or loss of opportunities.
Dear God, please help me to faithfully observe the principle of paying my tithes to you.
Enough of hindering my own blessings due to my unfaithfulness!
Please forgive me of my past failures, and let me start paying my dues to you so that I can be adequately blessed.
Please let doors of opportunities open towards me from every side, and let me be more blessed so that I can be able to present you my “fat tithes and offerings!”
Let the testimony of your goodness ever fill my mouth!
For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.