COMPLYING WITH GOD’S STANDARD

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 God placed a conditional blessing on King Asa; he will bless and protect the king if he remains loyal to him. However, the king will suffer heavy punishment if he would be found inconsistent with his Maker.

The scripture reported,

“The Spirit of God came on Azariah son of Oded. He went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.” (2 Chronicles 15:1-2 NIV).

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Lesson on God’s Standard

God is loving and he will bless people that serve him, but he will dishonor people who are disloyal to him. Since his standard of righteousness is irrevocable, Jehovah cannot bless people who are persistent in sin.

He regards unrepentant sinners as wicked people; he will keep them at distance until they repent from their sins. The Creator will punish people that remain adamant in their sins!

However, God’s divine riches and honor will follow men and women that faithfully serve God. He will prosper them in all their ways, so that all people can glorify his name in their lives.

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Prayer of Grace to remain Faithful

Dear God, I realize that you want my perfect attention, and you want me to maintain consistent relationship with you; therefore, I ask for your grace to remain faithful and meet your holiness expectations.

Energize me through your Holy Spirit to walk in your ways so that I can prosper throughout the days of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

UNCONQUERABLE SPIRIT OF GOD

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Christians are ruled by an undefeatable power of God; nothing can subdue their spirits. They will always thrive – even in the midst 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 NKJV).

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 Lesson on Spirit of God

Christians are God’s children, and they have God’s Spirit that operates in them. No matter what Satan brings their way, they will prevail! No adversity can overcome them, since they have an unconquerable Spirit of God in them.

The Holy Spirit gives believers consolations during crises; he energizes them with remarkable strength to keep going when others have dropped their batons.

In fact, God’s children will ever triumph in all situations. They will triumph on earth, and they will also triumph in heaven.

Meanwhile, since much benefits are available for God’s children, everyone on earth ought to endeavor to become a child of God. Every living soul should confess Jesus Christ as Lord and accept him as his or her personal Savior.

God’s crowns of glory await Christ’ believers in heaven – where they will ever sing songs of victory.

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Prayer of Affirmation

Dear God, I understand that I cannot lose any good thing for being your child, but I can only gain. Therefore, I am determined to be your child today! I confess your Son Jesus Christ as my Lord, and I accept him as my personal Savior.

I confess my sins and I forsake them. Please release your unconquerable Spirit upon me. Let him empower me to be an overcomer! Let him energize me to start living a triumphant life from today.

Let your Holy Spirit empower me to triumph throughout the days of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

 

GOD’S PROTECTION TO HIS PEOPLE

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King Asa of Judah served God, and he prospered in his days. God rescued him from his enemies and ensured that he was not ashamed.

The king who had just about five hundred thousands soldiers was able to defeat 1.3 million soldiers that challenged him.

The scripture 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).

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Lesson on God’s Protection

God will protect his children from all enemies’ assaults. Although the battle of life may be tough and the challenges may be fierce, but God who is faithful will keep his promises of protection for his children.

Jehovah will subdue any opposition that rise against them irrespective of its fierceness!

The Creator will not allow his children to suffer shame. He will ensure that every mountain and every valley are leveled for them. Jehovah will make his children see the light of another day in victory; he will make them laugh over every situation, and he will give them reasons to praise his name!

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Prayer of Victory

Glory to God for he is my father and I am his son/daughter! I am secured in his loving arms. He will keep and save me from enemies’ assaults. Jehovah will keep watch over me and rescue my soul from wicked people. Since I am a child of God, there shall be no mountain so high and no valley so low, God will level them all for me!

I am confident that the promises of God over me are irrevocable! I am blessed in the morning and I am blessed in the evening. In fact, I am blessed throughout the days of my life.

The joy of the Lord is my strength and his testimony shall remain fresh in my mouth. Amen!

IMPLICATION OF BAD ASSOCIATION

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King Rehoboam succeeded his father Solomon as a king of Israel, but he quickly followed wrong counsels and lost credibility with his citizens. Therefore, he lost more than 70% of his kingdom to someone who had no royal blood.

The scripture reported,

“…And Jeroboam and all Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam, saying, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy; now therefore, lighten the burdensome service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.’” (2 Chronicles 10:3-4).

“So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king had directed, saying, ‘Come back to me the third day.’ Then the king answered them roughly. King Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders, and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, ‘My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!’”(12-14).

“Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying: ‘What share have we in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. Every man to your tents, O Israel! Now see to your own house, O David!’ So all Israel departed to their tents” (2 Chronicles 10:16)

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Lesson on Association

Wrong association corrupt good people; children of God must avoid relationship that may affect their standing with God. Ungodly people may care less about meeting God’s expectations, they may also care less about any eternal consequence that is attached with a sinful act.

Ungodly people may pursue human feelings and selfish desires.
Meanwhile, we (God’s children) are obligated to put God first in whatever we do.

We are trained to prioritize obedience to God above any human desire! Since we do not share common values with unbelievers, we cannot afford to follow their footsteps. Instead, we must remain steadfast with bible principles, so that God can be glorified in our lives.

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Prayer of Grace to Walk with Godly People

Dear God, please help me not to keep ungodly relationship, but help me to maintain relationship with godly people. Enable me to appreciate Christian values and practice them. Empower me through your Holy Spirit to keep relationships that respect your commandments.

Do not let me follow bad examples, but help me to be faithful to you, so that I can be fit to receive your blessings always. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

UNIMAGINABLE POWER OF GOD

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God has done many unimaginable things for humanity to witness. The depth of his knowledge is rare and unsearchable. A psalmist tried his best to recount God’s goodness and said,

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite” (Psalm 147:3-5).

 

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Lesson on Power of God

God is the greatest and highest being in existence. He has an autonomous power to do whatever he likes. His path is right and he is ever faithful. God does goodness and he detests evil. He demonstrates goodness in many ways. He favors, promotes, and blesses people that trust him.

The Creator deserves human praises; everyone should praise him. We must praise him for his deep and genuine love towards us. Every living soul should sing and shout hallelujah to a wonderful God who does wonders at all time. Let a living soul shout hallelujah!

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Prayer for God’s Power

l love you God for all the signs and wonders that you have performed for humanity. I specially thank you for all your goodness in my life! Thank you for the beauty of everyday that I witness.

Thank you for sun, moon, sky, and stars. Thank you for fresh air, and thank you for other wonderful natures that you have created. Thank you for yesterday and today; thank you for tomorrow also.

Thank you for every benefit that you have brought into my life. I will praise you with everything I have, and I will continue to praise you as long as I live.

The praises of your goodness will never elude my mouth – for I will praise you forever more. For in the name of your only Son Jesus Christ I offer all my praises. Amen.

 

BIBLE LIFE – STAND FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS

God challenged Judah inhabitants to stand up for righteousness and stop abusing the weak and the less privileged people. Judah would be blessed if they care for others, but they would suffer terrible consequence if they act otherwise.

Jeremiah prophesied, “

“Thus says the Lord: Execute judgment and righteousness, and deliver the plundered out of the hand of the oppressor. Do no wrong and do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, or the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.

For if you indeed do this thing, then shall enter the gates of this house, riding on horses and in chariots, accompanied by servants and people, kings who sit on the throne of David. But if you will not hear these words, I swear by myself,” says the Lord, “that this house shall become a desolation’” (Jeremiah 22:3-5).

 

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Lesson on Standing for Righteousness

 

Children of God are required to fairly treat others – with respect, and without prejudice. To demonstrate that we are truly God’s children, we must not violate the right of others.

We must not take advantage of other people, and we must abstain from selfish ambitions. However, our behavior (as God’s true children) must be to care for the less privileged people.

We must consider the needs of others. We must provide for orphans, widows, and other people in position of need. Jehovah will delight in us if we carefully observe these things.

Once he is satisfied, we should be expecting him to be bless us – he will lift us above our limitations. Jehovah will ensure that we do not suffer lack!

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Pray to Stand for Righteousness

 

Dear God, please help me to care for others. I do not want to be a selfish individual who is only obsessed with his/her personal needs. Help me to have empathy for others, and help me to do my best in meeting their needs.

Please fill be with your divine Holy Spirit to do what is just; empower me with grace to demonstrate good heart towards others.

Let me be your true ambassador on earth, so that people can be happy and praise your holy name. After all these things, please bless me, and meet me in every area of my needs. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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BIBLE LIFE – MOTIVE OF SALVATION

 

Believers are challenged to understand the real motivation behind the salvation of their souls received through Jesus Christ. No one should take his or her salvation for granted, but deeply appreciate it.

The scripture stated,

“how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?” (Hebrews 2:3-4).

 

 

Lesson on Motive of Salvation

 

The process of obtaining salvation for humankind was never cheap for Jesus Christ.

He had to vacate heaven (with all its comforts) to come to earth; he had to suffer persecution from his enemies.

Ultimately, Christ had to die on the cross to obtain salvation for humankind.

Hence, no child of God should take his/her grace of salvation for granted! We are to humbly come to the feet of Jesus Christ and accept him as our Lord and Savior. Also, to appreciate Christ’s work of salvation, we must truthfully serve God with a devoted mind.

 

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Prayer on Motive of Salvation

“I have decided to follow Jesus; I have decided to follow Jesus; I have decided to follow Jesus: No turning back; No turning back.”

I (mention your name), I give my life to Jesus Christ. I believe he is the Son of God; he has paid for my sins, and I receive my forgiveness of sin through him. Therefore, I declare him (Jesus Christ) to be the Lord of my life.

I give my complete life to him, and I will faithfully serve him with all my strength and might. I will follow and serve Jesus Christ throughout my life!

Please Lord, give me grace to serve you unto the end! For in the name of Jesus Christ alone I have prayed. 

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BIBLE LIFE – JUDGEMENT ON SINNERS

 

God spoke through Prophet Jeremiah that he would destroy an arrogant nation that exalted itself above his interest. God said,

“And Moab shall be destroyed as a people, because he exalted himself against the Lord” (Jeremiah 48:42).

 

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Lesson on God’s Judgement on Sinners

 

All people are made by God, and everyone is accountable to him. Both Christians and non-Christian are accountable to God! The Creator is impartial and will exercise righteous judgement on all people. He will bless whoever satisfies his desires, but punish unrepentant sinners.

All people are therefore encouraged to serve God faithfully and maintain a consistent relationship with him. It is important that everyone knows that God cannot be adequately satisfied God without a confession of Jesus Christ as Lord. Jesus Christ is the true Son of God, and without him no one will see God (John 14:6).

 

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Pray to Live in Righteousness

 

Dear God, I humble myself before you so that I can be saved! I repent from my sins, and I confess your Son Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal Savior. I submit my desires to you from today. I will obey your commandments, and faithfully serve you throughout my life.

Please count me worthy for your eternal kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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