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.

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.

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.