CHRISTIANS SHOULD POSSESS LOVE AND HUMILITY

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Love and humility are excellent virtues that God’s children must practice.

Jehovah requires all his children to live uprightly before him.

A good child of God would not seek for an excuse to hate others, or entertain pride.

Christians should learn from King Uzziah in the bible who practiced both sides of the coin and reaped the consequences.

Uzziah lived in humility at the beginning of his tenure, but switched to entertain pride at the end.

 

Explore the Life of King Uzziah from 2 Chronicles 26

King Uzziah succeeded many wayward kings in the land of Judah. His predecessors disobeyed God but he chose to act differently. He satisfied God.

Against the common practices of his time, Uzziah prioritize serving God and ruled his land with Godly fear.

God compensated the King for his faithful by helping him to become prosperous.

Uzziah was more famous than other kings that reigned during his time.

 

The Coin Flip of King Uzziah – Pride replaced Humility

It is unfortunate that King Uzziah who started well with God did not finish well.

He allowed fame and success to blindfold him.

Uzziah he let down his guards and stumbled into sin. The king allowed pride to set in, and was derailed.

The end game of Uzziah’s exploit was horrific!

The scripture reported,

“When he (Uzziah) was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction, for he transgressed against the Lord his God by entering the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense” (2 Chronicles 26:16).

Despite all warnings that Uzziah received to repent from his sins, he persistent to pursue the tasks that God forbad.

King Uzziah usurped the priest’s position, and his action upset God. The bible reported,

“Then Uzziah became furious; and he had a censer in his hand to burn incense. And while he was angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead, before the priests in the house of the Lord, beside the incense altar.

And Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and there, on his forehead, he was leprous; so they thrust him out of that place.

Indeed he also hurried to get out, because the Lord had struck him. King Uzziah was a leper until the day of his death.

He dwelt in an isolated house, because he was a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the Lord.

Then Jotham his son was over the king’s house, judging the people of the land” (2 Chronicles 26:19-21).

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Important Lesson on Love and Humility

Children of God must operate in love

Christians are required to love God, serve God, and fear God.

Most importantly, children of God must operate in humility.

Children of God must have servant-hearts

Believers must have servant hearts. We must not forget our little beginning, no matter what we have become.

Christians must remember that we were once sinners saved by the grace of Jesus Christ to befit God’s benefits. We must not abuse our grace opportunity.

Christians are saved by grace as the bible stated,

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

It is important to emphasize that God will bless people that are consistently loyal to him.

In contrast, he will not withhold his correcting rod but punish anyone who refuses to repent from his or her sins.

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Prayer to Walk with God in Humility

Dear God please give me grace to serve you in humility at all times. Help me to operate in fear and respect.

Please let your Holy Spirit guide me to make decisions that satisfies you.

Also, help me to love other people dearly as Christ demonstrated his love for the world.

Please ever keep me fit for your eternal kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

CHRISTIANS OVERCOME THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS

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Christians are not ordinary people. We are spiritual people endowed with God’s grace to do remarkable things for his glory.

Believers have special anointing to uproot the stronghold of the enemies and triumph in victory of the Lord.

It is proclaimed in the scripture,

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

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Lesson on Faith that Overcomes

People who believe in the Jesus Christ are equipped with necessary tools to have victory always.

Truly, believers may not live problem-free lives, but we are powerful in God to triumph in all situations.

The Spirit of God that resides in us will earn us victory.

The Holy Spirit of God that lives in us will give us strength and dynamism needed to overcome the enemies at all times.

Also, the name of Jesus Christ is powerful enough towards earning believers victory in all situations.

The name of Jesus Christ is sufficient for victory at all times!

A battle of any kind – whether physical or spiritual – will fizzle out when a Christian mentions the name of Jesus Christ. Demons will bow, and victory will be won.

People who reserve their trust in Jesus Christ will walk tall and raise their heads. They will have victory and share their testimony to honor God.

Christians are made to overcome problems through faith in Jesus Christ!

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Prayer to Have Faith that Overcomes

Praise God, I am a child of God. Praise God I am not an ordinary person, but a victor in God.

Since the Holy Spirit of God lives in me, I exercise my authority in faith over all situations:
In the name of Jesus Christ I command every stronghold of the enemy in my life to become demolished.

I bind and cast out every demon that may be associated with my problem.

I remove the root of sickness, poverty, failure, and any other through the authority in the name of Jesus Christ.

I replace problems with God’s blessings.

I declare my victory today through Jesus Christ, and I proclaim my triumph forever.

For in the name of Jesus Christ I made my declarations. Amen!

CHRISTIANS TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL OF SALVATION

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Christians are required to proclaim gospel of Jesus Christ. We must do it without hesitation to populate God’s kingdom.

Christians must inform people about Jesus’ gift of salvation. They must also remind people of God’s punishment that will befall them if they refuse to repent from their sins.

The scripture stated,

Blow the trumpet on Zion. Shout a warning on my holy mountain.

Let all the people who live in the land shake with fear. The Lord’s special day is coming; it is near” (Joel 2:1).

 

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Lesson on Gospel Sharing

This present world will remain a temporal home for all people. Everyone will migrate from here to his or her permanent destination.

The permanent destination will either be heaven or hell.

Not everyone will end up in the same destination. Some people will end their earthly race in heaven, while others end up in hell.

People who will qualify for heaven are those who have believed in Jesus Christ. They must have confessed Jesus Christ as Lord, and accepted him as their personal Savior.

Unbelievers will end up in hell fire where there will be everlasting torment.

The scripture declared,

“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).

Anyone who is yet to establish a good relationship with Jesus Christ should not hesitate to do so – before it is too late.

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Prayer of Grace to Faithfully Spread the Gospel

Dear God, please give me strength to proclaim your gospel and populate your kingdom.

Let the fire of evangelism burn in me to proclaim your good news.

Empower me to ceaselessly proclaim your gospel so that unbelievers can come to the knowledge of your Son Jesus Christ.

Please give sinners a change of mind so that they can escape the punishment of hell, and qualify for your kingdom.

Also, please keep your children throughout the world to remain steadfast in their faith of your Son Jesus Christ.

Please keep your children ever fit for your eternal kingdom.

For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

GOD DESIRES OFFERING FROM A WILLFUL HEART

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God expects his children to present their offerings to him from willful hearts. The Creator is only interested in offerings that are presented to him from liberal hearts.

He is not interested in receiving anything that comes from a grudging heart!

The scripture stated,

“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NKJV).

 

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Lesson on Offerings of Willful Hearts

God will reward people based on the amount of sacrifices that they present unto him.

Since he reserves the storehouses of blessing, the Creator will plentifully reward people who offer him tangible offerings.

Jehovah will sparingly reward people that hold back their resources from him.

Anyone who expects huge blessing from God should learn how to offer his or her plentiful sacrifices to God – without reservation.

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Prayer of Grace to Present Honest Services to God

Dear God, please teach me how to present you my honest sacrifices.

Let my efforts and sacrifice of praise come from open and pure mind, so that they can be acceptable to you.

Do not let me hold back my services from you, but let me use my resources to honor you liberally, so that I can be qualified to obtain your blessings.

Please do these things and many more. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

A CHRISTIAN NEEDS GOOD COUNSEL AND LEADERSHIP

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Every king needs counseling, and his counselor must be a good one. King Ahaziah in the bible was unfortunate to have a bad counselor who misled him.

King Ahaziah chose a closest family member as his counselor. He was misled, and his life ended in crisis.

King Ahaziah was counseled to self-destruction as the scripture reported,

“Ahaziah was forty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah the granddaughter of Omri.

He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother advised him to do wickedly” (2 Chronicles 22:2-3 NKJV).

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Lesson on Good Counseling for Christians

Every child of God must be careful to select a God-fearing person as his or her mentor.

No child of God should emulate a corrupt and ungodly leader.

Christians should venture to interact with mature Christians that cherish bible principles and practice them.

Anyone worthy of mentorship honor must be ready to lead people in a way that glorifies God.

Christian counselors must ensure they lead well and challenge their protégé to model Jesus Christ.

The goal of mentorship should not be to “lord” over anyone. Rather, the goal must be to help a protégé maximize his or her God-given talents and resources to glorify God.

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Prayer to Receive and Follow Good Counsels

Dear God, please help me not to form alliance with people that care less about you.

Help me to be sensitive enough to interact and network with people who have regard for your principles.

Let me walk with people of value, so that your light may shine through me.

Help me to be a good example for other people to emulate.

Please let my services be acceptable before you always.

For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

HONOR FOR CONSISTENT SERVICES TO GOD

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Titus was praised for having excellent Spirit and consistent heart towards God.

Paul praised him and said,

“But thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you. For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord” (2 Corinthians 8:16-17 ESVUK).

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Lesson on Consistent Services to God

God honors people that serve him with consistent mind. Jehovah will reward them with honor.

He will charge his angels to watch over them, so that they would not dash their feet against stone (Psalm 91:11).

The rewards of people who faithfully serve God are plenty.

God’s grace, goodness, and prosperity will be pronounced in every aspect of their lives. They shall always have upper hands over their enemies.

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Prayer to be Consistent in God’s Services

Dear God, I ask you to please give me a heart that is sold out for your faithful services.

Help me to dedicate my life into serving you with a consistent mind, so that I can qualify to receive your reward of blessings on earth and in heaven.

Please do these things and many more for me. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

REWARD FOR CONFIDENCE IN GOD

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People who reserve their confidence in God will not be put to shame. They will triumph over difficult situations to possess their possessions.

The scripture stated,

“But in Mount Zion shall be deliverance, and it shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions” (Obadiah 1:17 JUB).

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Lesson on Confidence in God

Deliverance, safety, and prosperity are bound to follow people that faithfully serve God. Some challenges may rise again them, but they shall ultimately prevail.

Believers must retain their confidence in God since they have his guaranteed promise of victory.

No matter how tough a situation may appear, God will cover his people under his blanket of protection and provision.

He will help them smile over their crises. He will pay their bills and comfort them in all situations.

Jehovah will ensure that his children always have reasons to glorify his name.

It makes sense for anyone to establish definite relationship with God, since there is nothing good to lose in the process.

A person who fails to establish a consistent relationship with God have tendency to lose a lot of benefits!

God’s deliverance, safety, and prosperity may not be steadily available for people who keep distant relationship with him.

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Prayer of Grace to Have Steady Confidence in God

Dear God, I do not want to fool myself by assuming that it is not necessary to have definite relationship with you!

I need you; I need your deliverance, protection, and provisions!

Therefore, I am ready to give all it takes to have you in my life as my personal Lord and Savior.

I declare today that I yield my total life to you. I confess your Son Jesus Christ as my Lord, and I accept him as my personal Savior.

From now on, I will faithfully serve you, and I will do this for the rest of my life!

For in the name of Jesus Christ I prayed. Amen.

GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

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Anyone who dreams of having good relationship with God to enjoy his benefits must first repent from his or her sins.

As far as God is concerned, repentance of sins is non-negotiable, and everyone must exercise it.

Everyone must obey God’s rule. The scripture intensified this as written,

“For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death” (2 Corinthians 7:10). 

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Lesson on Keeping Relationship with God

God preserves his kingdom for whoever is humble enough to repent from his (or her) sins.

God is interested in relating with any sinner who is honest, humble, and exercise repentance.

Jehovah will forgive any sin that is repented of. The Creator will accept repentant sinners with open arms and show them his mercy.

However, people who are adamant in sin have already signed up for eternal crisis. God will hurl unrepentant sinners to hell fire on the last day.

The clock is ticking and no one knows when his (or her) end would come.

Anyone who dreams of inheriting the joy of heaven should not hesitate to repent from his or her sins, and walk rightly with God.

It is important to mention that people who have exercised repentance of sins and received salvation of Jesus Christ should not continue to live in condemnation of their past sins.

The scripture emphasized,

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death” (Rom 8:1-2 NIV).

 

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Prayer of Grace to be in Good Relationship with God

Dear God, my life is empty without you, and I want to have a good relationship with you.

I understand that you can only relate with me if I repent from my sins; therefore, I come to you with full confession today.

I am sorry for all my sins, I confess my sins and repent from them. I request the forgiveness of my sins through your Son Jesus Christ.

Please wash me clean and keep me fit to enjoy the benefits of your relationship. Please keep me fit for your kingdom.

Let it be well with me throughout the days of my life.

For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

GOD’S HELP IN TIME OF DISTRESS

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God delivered the nation of Judah from the enemy nations that outnumbered them. The king of Judah (King Jehoshaphat) cried to the Lord for help, and he remarkably saved him and his people in an unprecedented manner.

The king prayed to God as the scripture reported,

“Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (2 Chronicles 20:12 NIV).

Since King Jehoshaphat prayed, God responded with a promise of protection. Therefore as a step of faith, the king organized a special worship session to God. Something remarkable happened afterward.

The Scripture reported,

“Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.

For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. 

And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another” (2 Chronicles 20:22-23 NKJV).

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Lesson on Helping Hands during Distress

Jehovah – the Lord God – will fight for his people, and he will not allow their enemies to rejoice over them.

Anyone who fights God’s children will incur God’s wrath.

The Creator will go any extent to defend his own people, and he will punish their adversaries.

The Creator has honor; he has promised protection for his people, and he will fulfill it.

He will do whatever it takes to achieve his goal of protection on his children.

Hence, anyone who aims at attacking God’s children should think twice, because he (or she) will pay for his actions.

The consequences of evildoers’ actions would be too much to bear!

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Prayer of Affirmation during Distress

Dear God, what a privilege I have to be your child! I am your choice child and I am the apple of your eyes. I believe that you will go any extra mile to defend your glory in my life.

You will rescue me from evildoers and give me upper hands over them.

With my very eyes I will see my expectations on the adversaries!

All what I ask now is grace to remain your true child!

Please keep my feet steadfast in your presence, and let me remain fit to inherit your kingdom.

For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

KEEPING GODLY RELATIONSHIP HAS GREAT GAIN

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God required believers to stay clear of ungodly association that can damage our relationship with him.

The scripture emphasized,

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial?

Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?

For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord.

Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:14-18 NKJV).

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Lesson on Relationship Keeping

God’s children must keep godly relationship. We are not allowed to keep relationship that may negatively influence us and cause us to sin against God.

We are only allowed to keep relationship that can improve our standing with God.

Also, whatever we consider as relationship must add virtues to our lives.

Since we Christians are heavenly bound people, we cannot only afford to interact with people who do not celebrate bible principles.

We must share godly values with our friends; our view of God and his principles must be the same!

We Christians must always remember that God’s treasured gift of salvation is too valuable to trade for any temporal earthly friendship.

Jehovah will honor and bless us if we jealously protect his principles.

Prayer of Grace to Imbibe Discipline Attitude

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Dear God, I understand that I am a child of light and I must not associate with children of darkness.

Therefore, I ask you to help me maintain a discipline attitude and not make friendship with worldly people.

Help me to comply with your goodly standard that will keep me qualified for your blessings.

For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.