The Lord Is My Shepherd – [podcast]

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Sermon by Rev. James Taiwo

If the Lord be for you, who can be against you? No matter how big or small a problem may appear before you, it shall be leveled by the power of God. Why? Because you serve the Lord God who made the entire universe; all things submit to him, therefore, all things must submit to you!

God will be with you in any situation to earn you victory and glorify his name. Sing along as Rev. James Taiwo leads this song (The Lord Is My Shepherd) throughout the message.

Song:

The Lord is my shepherd any time any day
I have no reason to fear
The Lord is my shepherd any time any day
I have no reason to fear
He’s the Lord over the sea
He’s the Lord over the land
I have no reason to fear

He’s the Lord over the sea
He’s the Lord over the land

Intensify

I have no reason
I have no reason
I have no reason to fear

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State of Christian Faith – [podcast]

 

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Sermon by Rev. James Taiwo

The church has lost its first love. Why and where have we fallen?

  1. Cares of the world (They initially appear okay but quickly degenerate into spiritual pitfalls)
  • Competition
  • Thirst for wealth
  1. People are afraid of persecution, peer pressure, and fear of unknown. Meanwhile, God withdraws his hands when people fail under whatever circumstance.
  • “You have left your first love” (Revelation 2:1-4).
  • “Why… because you have not kept sabbath day holy” (Isaiah 58:3-6).
  • “The hands of the Lord is not too short to save” (Isaiah 59:1-2).
  • “The eyes of the Lord move to and fro the earth so show himself strong on behalves of people that serve him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).

Don’t blame others: We Are All Causes Of Christian Failures!

  • Parents
  • Children
  • Church
  • Church leadership

What Have We Promoted?

  • Technological gadget vs Bible
  • Cartoon Network vs Christian Education
  • Fairy tales vs Bible stories
  • Secular songs vs Memory verses

How can we go back to God?

Christians must have discipline.

  • Cut out the unnecessary stuff, and
  • Set our priority right

For example,

The parents can make their home a micro church and promote

  • Singing Christian songs
  • Family bible discussion
  • Family prayer
  • Make children play games with the Bible characters

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WILL GOD FORGET ME? – [podcast]

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Sermon by Rev. James Taiwo

> Where is my portion?

The prodigal son’s brother – Luke 15:11-32 (vs 31).

> When shall I provide for my own house?

Jacob requested from Laban (Gen. 30:30)

> “Even dogs eat crumbs from their master’s table”

The Syrophoenician woman confronted Jesus (Matthew 15:21-28 (27)

God’s Portion For You

Isaiah 49:15-26

  • Verse: 19-21

(God, in his infinite mercy and power, will make your situation turn around positively. He will completely change your status for good!)

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Persistent Faith and Action Lead to Success

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Faith-in-action is the best means of obtaining God’s benefits. People who have expressed their faith in God ought not to limit their efforts into serving God only, they ought to also aspire to receive some significant benefits from the Lord as well. Christians ought to make their faith applicable to their personal situations to experience God’s miracles.

Children of God must take practical steps into bringing their expected miracles into reality. To better understand this fact, let’s use the situations of a Greek woman notable as a Syrophoenician woman in the Bible as a case study. The woman took the bull by its horn to achieve her expected victory.

The Syrophoenician woman had a daughter who was tormented by the evil spirits; she brought her situation to Jesus, and the Messiah turned down her request. However, she refused to be discouraged. She was persistent with her request until Jesus healed her daughter.

The result of the Syrophoenician effort paid off, but the process of obtaining her expected help from Jesus was not so easy. Anyone could have easily given up when the Master refused to honor his or her request, but Syrophoenician woman was different.

Jesus said “No” to the Syrophoenician woman, but she insisted that he must say “Yes.” The Syrophoenician pestered Jesus with her persistent request until Jesus reversed his decision and said “Yes” also.

Perhaps I can imagine what someone would be thinking right now. Maybe you are questioning yourself, “how come Jesus- the good Master rejected the poor woman’s request to heal her daughter?” Well, of course, Jesus was indeed a caring Son of God – A great deliverer and a perfect healer for that matter! Jesus turned down the request of the Syrophoenician woman to test her faith. Christ wanted the woman to prove her faith as a true believer. The woman passed the test!

The Syrophoenician woman proved her worth as a true believer in Jesus Christ. Her persistence proved that she knew what she believed. She was confident that Jesus had the capacity to solve her problem, so she refused to turn somewhere else. The behavior of the Syrophoenician woman could be perceived as if she won’t let Jesus proceed on his journey until he had done something concerning the spiritual health of her daughter.

Someone could literarily hear the Syrophoenician woman saying, “Master I won’t let you move an inch until you have delivered my daughter.”

The persistent attitude of the Syrophoenician woman changed the dynamics of her daughter’s situation. Jesus responded with a positive affirmation and delivered the woman’s daughter from the power of darkness.

History credited the Syrophoenician woman for her steadfast faith. Read the brief Bible’s account of the Syrophoenician lady and Jesus Christ:

“From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden. For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.” Then He said to her, “For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed. (Mark 7:24-30 NKJV).

Persistent faith will bring you benefits!

Learn some Important Lessons of Faith from the Syrophoenician Woman

  1. Syrophoenician woman heard about Jesus’ unbeatable power to do all things and believed.
  2. She did not keep her faith to herself but she walked up to Jesus to ask for his help.
  3. Syrophoenician woman was a humble person who would not take any offense from Jesus’ rejection of her request. (The woman’s attitude did not change towards Jesus even though he turned down her request).
  4. Syrophoenician woman was persistent with her request that Jesus must heal her daughter even when it appeared that her effort was fruitless.
  5. Syrophoenician lady understood her right as a true believer in Jesus Christ deserving his undeniable miracles.

Any Christian who shares the attributes of the Syrophoenician woman listed above will receive an undeniable miracle from God. Trust God and wait for his salvation.

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Clear Facts about Faith, Action, and Benefits

  • The God of the Bible is still alive to benefit whoever will reserve an absolute trust in him.

 

  • Christians ought to maximally explore their opportunities in God. Believers must believe in the power of Jesus Christ as the main solution to their problems. In fact, any devoted Christian ought to understand that nothing goes beyond the reach of the power of Jesus Christ.

 

  • Christians must not pocket the faith they have in Jesus Christ. They must act on their faith to turn every necessary table to their advantage. Every Christian ought to be able to make an affirmative statement that he or she has the entitlement to have victory in any situation that confronts him or her.
  • Bible has stated it clearly that Jesus Christ has the power to control all situations. It is written, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV).

 

  • Christians must profess their faith in God’s power to meet their needs. They must demonstrate the courage to profess their expectations over their situations.
  • If a Christian could not consider himself or herself as the bonafide child of God deserving his miracles who else would do? Every child of God has undeniable right to receiving God’s miracles which are not limited to healing, deliverance, peace, and prosperity. You ask why? Jesus Christ-the Son God has purchased Christians (the believers) with his precious blood. In other words, Christians are the blood-relative of God; they deserve to receive his unfiltered benefits.
  • Christians must not be arrogant with their faith but be submissive. Believers must make their petitions to God with full respect to receive their expected miracles.
  • The fact that Christians have the entitlement to receive God’s benefits does not mean they should approach him with arrogance.
  • God is the Giver; you are the receivers, therefore you have to put up some nice attitude in the presence of God to befit his blessings! Remember, God can give anything at will and he can take it away at will. So, stay humble before God as you present your petitions to him.

 

  • A delay is not a denial. Christians must consistently pray until their prayers are answered. No believer should mistake his or her persistent prayers as “vain repetitions.”

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  • Persistent Prayers show your dependence on God. It proves that you trust that God has the power to solve your problems – Meaning the more a Christian prays (in the name of Jesus Christ), the more his faith will arouse, and the likelihood of him receiving the expected answer sooner. Christ said, “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24).

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How Can A Christian Put His of Her Faith To Action?

Learn from the Syrophoenician woman in the Bible:

  • She had a need; she walked up to Jesus, and she made a persistent request about her need until Jesus favored her.
  • Syrophoenician woman refused to be discouraged when Jesus turned down her request.
  • Syrophoenician woman persisted until Jesus responded with a solution.
  • Syrophoenician woman walked back home with her problem solved. (Jesus took care of it.)

As a Christian, you must take a pragmatic approach to addressing your problem.

Pray to God and act!

  • Understand that you are a child of God deserving to receive his benefits.
  • Walk up to Jesus in prayers.
  • Do not give up on your efforts even when it appears things are not working.
  • Prepare your mind as people may turn you down- Don’t let rejection destroy your morale.
  • Understand that you occupy a special place in God’s mind; he will never ignore you.
  • God will create a situation that will turn to your benefits; he will send the necessary helper as you make your efforts.
  • Be confident in God and know:
    • Your God cannot be restricted and he cannot be defeated.
    • Your God whom you serve and trust will not leave you comfortless.
    • Your God will respond to your needs and make your face shine.

In recap to the teachings on faith and action, Christians must venture to take the full benefits of their faith in God. They must venture to complement their faith with the necessary action that will generate the expected result.

Pray For God’s Strength To Put Your Faith Into Practice

Pray in faith and expect a solution.

Dear God I know that you have the power to do all things. You are God that answers prayers, and there is nothing too difficult for you to do. I am asking that you give me the strength to reserve an absolute trust in you.

Please give me the power to be proactive with my faith by taking every necessary step that will propel me to victory. Also, help me to exercise faith as I pray so that my joy can be full. Give me the ability to confess the promises of the scriptures into my situations. Let my faith declaration result to my healing, deliverance, prosperity, and other benefits. Please fill my mouth with the testimony of your goodness. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen. If you like what you’re reading, subscribe here

 

Implication of the Blood of Jesus Christ

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Crucify him; crucify him, shouted the Pharisees who wanted Jesus dead by all means. The enemies got their wish, but it became my blessing!

Jesus Christ shed his blood on the Cross of Calvary for humanity. He suffered and languished in pain from his persecutors who beat him mercilessly and squeezed the crown of thorns on his head. An already weaken Son of God was forced to carry his own cross as mob chanted “crucify him” to Roman soldiers.

The main goal of the enemies was to kill Jesus Christ. They hope that their effort will stop him from being proclaimed as the Messiah – the Savior of the world.

“Crucify him, crucify him” the mob were shouting. They wanted Jesus dead by all means. The authority (in collaboration with the Pharisees) dragged Jesus to Golgotha where they nailed his arms and feet on the cross. Hammers pounded the nails as they were driven into his arms and feet; he cried in pain but no one was ready to help. The enemies laughed and mocked him as he groaned in pain!

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Jesus’ enemies were having a field day as they hung the body of Jesus on the cross and hammered the crown of thorns to his head. They even took their time to post on Jesus’ cross to showcase the allegation they brought against him. The signage was “Hinri” meaning The self-proclaimed “King of Jews.”

Blood run all over Jesus’ body as he was groaning in excruciating pain.

Not just the enemies mocked Jesus Christ, the onlookers and passersby did the same. Even one of the two thieves nailed to the cross took a cheap shot at Jesus stating, “If you are the Son of God, save yourself, and save us also.” (Luke 23:37).

No one sympathized with Jesus Christ, except a few mothers and some men of integrity. Perhaps those few ones murmured, “This is an act of injustice; this man doesn’t deserve this kind of treatment!” However, what influence have the sympathizers gotten? They were powerless by all standards!

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Jesus Shed His Blood to Save Mankind!

Jesus Christ languished in excruciating pain on the cross. Blood flowed from wounds sustained from beatings and crown of thorns hammered to his head. Meanwhile a soldier doubled his punishment as he gave him vinegar to drink when he lamented for water. Perhaps the same soldier tossed spear into his side as water and blood gushed out from his side!

However, the experience of Christ from his enemies is a prophecy in fulfillment. Long before he was born, Isaiah had prophesied about him,

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5 KJV).

O that the blood of Jesus Christ may never be in vain over my life!

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The Importance of The Blood of Jesus Christ

What has the blood of Jesus Christ gotten to do for anyone who believes?

The blood washes sins away! He cleanses people’s lives from their past mistakes and make them fit for God’s kingdom. Believers receive God’s forgiveness via the blood of Jesus Christ! That is, someone who confesses his sins and prays in the name of Jesus will receive God’s forgiveness.

The blood of Jesus Christ heal all kinds of diseases and sickness. The power of God transpires from the blood of Jesus Christ to perform miracles in the lives of people who believe! That is, anyone who anchors his faith in the resurrection power of Jesus Christ and also trust in his blood will experience God’s supernatural power of healing and deliverance.

The blood of Jesus Christ gives Christians upper hands over the power of darkness! Since no activity of men could prevent Jesus Christ from resurrection, whoever anchors his faith in the same Jesus will have similar experience. No power of man or of Satan will be able to prevail over him!

Here comes the sweetest part:

People who share in the privilege of Jesus’ blood and resurrection power are the candidates of heaven. Jesus Christ will advocate for them on the last day of judgement! They will receive pardon for their sins since Christ himself has already paid for the penalty on the cross! The followers of Jesus Christ will confidently match into God’s paradise where they will rejoice in the presence of God forever!

Having mentioned the great benefits of the blood of Jesus Christ, a person who wants to live an overcomer’s life on earth and also qualify for heaven ought to consider the necessity of becoming a Christian. An inquisitive mind will check out the benefits. Perhaps he may have his own advantage to ditch out! More importantly, someone who is concerned about life after death ought to attempt to declare Jesus Christ as his Lord and Personal Savior! 

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The Resurrection Power of Jesus and Its Benefits… Christians have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ to live above Satan’s trials and temptations. Also, no persecution of the enemy can prevail over us since the power consist in Jesus’ resurrection has earn us upper arms…

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Christians To Have Confidence In God During Trial

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Children of God must have confidence in God and know that he is with them at all times. Apostle Paul declared, “If God be for us who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

History has repeatedly made it clear that God is ever faithful to deliver those who trust in him. He defended his children during bible time, and he is still doing the same today!

God of the universe that Christians serve is faithful to help us triumph during challenges.

Christians are God’s children; we occupy a special place in his heart, and he will benefit us with his limitless provision and protection.

It is important that we (believers) trust God when we are at the point of needs. Why? God is an Omnipotent one – His strength has no limit!

During bible time, Jehovah performed all kinds of miracle to protect and provide for his children. God’s supernatural power raised the death; parted the sea, and rained manner from heaven. God also rained stones to defend his children in the past!

A special example of how God delivered his children from trouble can be found in 2 Chronicle 20. God’s children were oppressed and surrounded by enemies that outnumbered them.

The enemies intended to loath the land of Judah and kill God’s people. However, Jehovah turned table against the enemies.

King Jehoshaphat of Judah called on God for his defense. He cried out to God in prayer and trusted him for help.

The king prayed,

“O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You” (2 Chronicles 20:12).

God responded to Jehoshaphat’s prayer with a promise to deliver his land from the oppressors. Jehoshaphat trusted God and made a decision to start praising God immediately.

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King Jehoshaphat demonstrated his confidence in God!

As King Jehoshaphat trusted God for his promise, he organized people to praise God. His action impressed God who immediately insinuated confusion in the camp of his enemies. The enemies began to kill each other until no one remain standing. Bible 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).

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God’s Strength Is Ever Active Till Date

The living God that Christians serve has undiminished strength. God can go to any extent to care for his people. Jehovah who is an Omniscient one will help whoever reserves his complete trust in him!

A person’s attitude towards God will dictate the amount of breakthrough he will receive from him. That is, the more a person trust God, the more his blessing would be. Therefore anyone who intend to receive full benefit should question himself (or herself) whether he deeply trust God or not.

Do you genuinely and deeply trust God during your difficult moment?

To enjoy God’s defense and provisions, your heart must fully rest on God! You must have confidence that he won’t disappoint you when you need his assistance.

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Enemies Lose Battle When You Trust God

Have you considered what your enemies will suffer if you trust God? Your enemies will suffer unimaginable losses as you exercise Trust in God!

God dealt with King Pharaoh who oppressed his children (Exodus 11-15). The same God will deal with whoever raises a finger against you – The beloveth of the Lord!.

Be assured of God’s help if you are a Christian and are currently passing through a challenging moment. God’s help is on the way for you!” You will soon laugh and praise God for his deliverance.

Trust God and wait for his salvation! He will fulfill his promises so that you can praise his name.

Consider to pray to enhance your trust in God. Please pray,

Dear God, I am grateful that you are alive and ever active to defend your children from their troubles! I know you care and you will solve my problems.

Please increase my faith so that I can have confidence and trust you! As I trust you, let my trial turn to a testimony, and let me celebrate my victory to the glory of your name. For in the name of Jesus Christ I have prayed. Amen.

Abram waver in faith and stumbled at his wife’s suggestions. #Wisewords #Wisecounsel #DailyBible

Abram Followed Wife’s Ungodly Counsel and Stumbled

Abram waver in faith and stumbled at his wife’s suggestions. He ignored God’s prior promise of making him the father of all nations (Genesis 13:14-16). Abram wanted a “quick fix” to his wife’s barrenness, but stumbled. The scripture highlighted the consequence of his action, “…And the Angel of the Lord said to her (Hagar): “Behold, you are with child, and you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, because the Lord has heard your affliction. He shall be a wild man; His hand shall be against every man, and every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren” (Genesis 16:9-12).

It is wise to listen to God than to listen to man. Man (and woman) may counsel anyone to error, but God will never mislead anyone. Yet, God has best options for his children at all time. Therefore it is profitable to follow God’s footsteps and listen to his instructions. Also, Christians must remain confident in their God for all his promises. He will do whatever he has determined to do – under whatever condition. Although the road may be rough and the battle may be tough, but God’s children will eventually see his promises fulfilled over them. READ FULL DEVOTION >> http://woem.org/bible/071815-bible-life/

Resolute Faith in God Leads to Success

faith in godAn act of exercising faith in God will always lead to breakthrough.

Anyone who devotes his or her trust in God will not regret his action. We can clearly understand this lesson by studying the life of David in the bible.

Terrible and overwhelming circumstances befell him, but he still managed to express his confidence in God.

David was very sure that his God was strong enough to deliver him from all his tribulations.

The man composed a psalm and said,

faith works“Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved… My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God” Psalm 62:1-7

 

Lesson on Faith in God – Especially during Trial

faith in godAll Christians should learn how to trust God in their difficult moments.

No challenge should be able to stop us from trusting God, since nothing is beyond his reach.

He is strong and able to solve any problem – irrespective of its magnitude!

Meanwhile, if we do not trust God, who else should we trust?

We cannot expect any miracle from a fellow human being, since all humans are fallible and are limited in capability.

peaceBelievers must trust God and ask for his help since he is omnipotent and indefatigable!

No matter how terrible a trial is, it would submit to God’s power.

Therefore, everyone who wants to laugh over his or her problem must trust God.

 

Prayer of Grace To Exercise Faith in God

prayerDear God, please enable me to anchor my faith in you at all times.

Let me have resolute faith, and let me trust you over any challenge that comes my way. Give me victory; let me laugh, and let Satan be ashamed.

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

Jesus Is The Permanent Solution to The World Crises

perfect solutionGod revealed to Prophet Isaiah a permanent solution to world crises.

While people dilly-dally about God’s law, prophet Isaiah unfolded God’s plan and said,

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

 

Lesson on Jesus’ Solution To the World’s Crises

solutionJesus Christ was the Immanuel to be born as prophesied by Isaiah (Isaiah 7:14).

Indeed, Christ was born, and he has provided a permanent solution to world crises.

Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, all life questions are answered.

fixPeople who call his name and believe would receive the gift of eternal life.

Hence, anyone who confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and accept him as his/her personal Savior will inherit eternal life in heaven.

 

Prayer for Solution To the World’s Crises

prayerDear God, I believe that Jesus Christ is your only Son sent to save the world.

Through him I receive salvation and gift of eternal life, since there is no other name under heaven through which anyone can be saved.

I swear my allegiance to Jesus Christ, and I am determined to serve him throughout the days of my life – so help me God! Amen.

Worshiping the Living God Instead of an Idol Worship

top secretWorship to the living God has great gains! King Hezekiah outperformed his predecessors to lead derailed citizens of Judah back to God. He had a clear plan of what to do, and he did it well.

The king charged God’s priests and Levites to strip God’s temple of improper activities.

He encouraged people to offer their sacrifices to the living God instead of idol worship.

King Hezekiah also ordered some staff to disseminate his special message throughout the land. His message was clear and simple as stated,

“All people must shun idolatry and return to God.”

It is reported, as people responded and gathered to repair God’s altar for true worship to God,

“king Hezekiah gave to the assembly a thousand bulls and seven thousand sheep, and the leaders gave to the assembly a thousand bulls and ten thousand sheep; and a great number of priests sanctified themselves.

The whole assembly of Judah rejoiced, also the priests and Levites, all the assembly that came from Israel, the sojourners who came from the land of Israel, and those who dwelt in Judah.

So there was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the time of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel, there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem.

Then the priests, the Levites, arose and blessed the people, and their voice was heard; and their prayer came up to His holy dwelling place, to heaven” (2 Chronicles 30:24-27).

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Lesson on Worship of the Living God vs Idol Worship

 

God still loves people who faithfully worship him like people of olden days. In fact, the scripture stated,

“The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him…” – 2 Chronicles 16:9).

 

warningHeavenly Father delights in people who fear him and refuses to follow a multitude in their evil practices.

God’s rewards towards his faithful children include long life, good health, and prosperity.

More importantly, God will award gift of eternal life for people who remain steadfast in him unto the end.

 

Prayer on Worship to the Living God

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Dear God, please help me to live a disciplined life on earth and serve you in truth.

Keep me steadfast, and let me remain immovable and nonresponsive to worldly pressures.

 

Make me a man/woman of integrity who will remain faithful to you unto the end, so that I can receive your tremendous blessings in heaven.

For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.