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Author: James Taiwo

Beware Of Pride Of Personal Achievement

Paul used his personal experience to analyze how Satan can manipulate anyone into pride through personal achievement.

The enemy can trick someone to mistake God’s grace and blessing as mere fruits of human labor (which is a practice detested by God). Paul used his life as an example and said,

 

“…And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9).

 

Lesson on Pride of achievement

 

God created humanity to depend on him. He wants us to look up to him for every help that assassination-attempt-268910_640we need.

Even when we have adequate provisions, God still wants us to gratify whatever we have towards him.

The Creator simply does not want us to be self-sufficient. He is our sufficiency.

Meanwhile, human flesh tends to do the opposite of God’s expectations.

Flesh wants self-gratifications, which makes us prone to Satan’s temptations.

Meanwhile, since we Christians have the Spirit of God in us, we can mortify the desires of the flesh.

 

We can yield ourselves to the leadership of the Holy Spirit, which will make us satisfy God.

Hence, every child of God should be sensitive not to entertain human gratification that can cause us to sin against God.

(This fact does not negate the fact that we can be thankful of our achievement and have sense of accomplishment in it).

 

Prayer Against Pride of achievement

prayer-1143598__180Dear God, please give me the grace to see you in all things that happen in my life.

Let me glorify you in my achievements. Enable me with the courage to honor you with everything I have.

Let your Holy Spirit empower me to live a pleasant life before you always, so that I can qualify for more blessings.

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

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How To Become Rich In God’s Way

A psalmist lamented and voiced his concerns as he witnessed how wicked people prospered on earth.

The man thought God was partial to have allowed the prosperity of such evil people. However, God opened his eyes to reality as he confessed,

envy“When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.

Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin. How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!

They are like a dream when one awakes; when you arise, Lord, you will despise them as fantasies” (Psalm 73:16-20 NIV).

Become Rich In God’s Way: Pursue Honest Riches

Children of God are to focus on receiving their riches from God, and not to envy the wicked people.

Wicked people may prosper today but their prosperity would remain temporal – They will not last, but soon vanish.

 

Become Rich In God’s Way: Why?

    • The prosperity of the righteous people will last a lifetime – It will also abide in heaven.

 

    • The prosperity of the righteous people will be inheritable.

 

  • God will spare their descendants to enjoy the benefits of their labor!

People who have made their choice to pursue righteous riches and serve God well should not hesitate their efforts, since they will receive better and lasting success from God.
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Bible Declares,

“Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses. He himself shall dwell in prosperity, And his descendants shall inherit the earth” (Psalm 25:12-13 NKJV)).

Pray To Become Rich In God’s Way

Dear God please give me grace to pursue riches that come from you!

    • Let my efforts be effective towards righteousness.

 

    • Do not let me envy the wicked people, or follow their footsteps.

 

  • Let my efforts glorify your name in this life to receive abiding success and also qualify for your eternal blessings in heaven.

Please do these things and more for me!

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

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Immoral Conduct Affects Church Health

Abstain From Immoral Conduct For Church Health

(Passage: James 4)

Immoral conduct affected the early church and God’s miracle stopped happening. The people deviated from the worship of the living God, and substituted it for conducts that God disapproved.

Bible detests immoral conducts: Apostle James reproved the early church as stated,

“Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:1-3).

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Lesson Against Immoral Conduct

A Christian must live a principled lifestyle to enjoy God’s benefits. Christians must prioritize holiness and yield to the leadership of the Holy Spirit so that we can prosper.

Believers must understand that immoral activities are detestable to God. God requires his children to abstain from activities that satisfy carnal appetite.

Christians are required to desist from an immoral conduct that violates God’s requirement of holiness.

Immoral conducts are detestable to God, believers must endeavor to avoid it to fully satisfy God!

A believer who intends to enjoy God’s blessing must serve God in Spirit. He must not be hypocrite who offers fake services with secret intention of receiving God’s benefits.

Anyone who lives in sin must repent and live a pure life. God cannot be deceived, he will only reward those who refused to succumb to the works of flesh but serve him in Spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

Prayer of Holiness

Dear God, please help me to abstain from immoral conduct. Help me and other Christians to meet your expectations with faithful services. Save us from immoral leadership also! Help the brethren to serve you with pure motives to incur your blessings.

I also pray that you please help the brethren to operate in love and submit to the leadership of your Holy Spirit so that your name can be glorified. Please keep the church pure to remain fit for the second coming of your Son Jesus Christ. For in the name of Jesus Christ I have made my requests. Amen.

 

James Taiwo is the author of [Bible Application] [Christian Principle] [Book of Prayer] Available at www.BibleLifeLesson.com

Christians To Have Confidence In God During Trial

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.

James Taiwo is the author of [Bible Application] [Christian Principle] [Book of Prayer] Available at www.BibleLifeLesson.com

CHRISTIANS TO WITHSTAND PERSECUTION


Christians will face persecution in this world, but God will help us overcome!

Today’s believers are in no way different from early day Christians that were severely persecuted by their opponents.

Early believers survived their trial moments; they also had effective evangelism.

Many new souls were added to the faith on daily basis when early Christians were severely persecuted.

 

A young lawyer called Saul spearheaded the persecution of early Christians.

He was obsessed of his Judaism (religion) and persecuted Christianity.

He persecuted Christians from door to door, and from town to town.

Eventually, Saul met with the Lord and became saved.

(Saul converted to Christianity and changed his name to Paul).

 

Jesus Christ saved Paul and turned him to his fisherman – an evangelist! (Acts 9).

 

The conversion of Paul from Judaism to Christianity infuriated the Pharisees who considered him as their effective agent.

They attempted to kill Paul, however God protected him.

God exposed the anti-gospel individuals that wanted to kill Saul as the scripture reported,

 

“… So he (Saul) was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out. And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him. When the brethren found out, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus” (Acts 9:28-30).

 

Important Lessons on Persecution of Saints

 

1. Persecution of saints is inevitable

People who have professed their faith in Jesus Christ will suffer persecution in this world, but Jesus will help us prevail.

The persecution of saints would come in different forms, and make believers experience pain.

However, believers ought to maintain focus and serve God effectively.

2. Resolute faith will help Christians overcome persecutions

 

Christians must maintain confidence in God and hold on to our profession of faith in Jesus Christ.

“For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 cor 15:9-10).

Christians must be courageous to find motivation in our persecutions.

As we endure in faith, we must allow the Holy Spirit of God to rule us.

We must let God’s light shine through us to make Satan ashamed.

 

God will utilize our irresistible faith to conquer Satan.

That is, believers should proclaim the faithfulness of God while we are being persecuted.

The evil wall of the enemy will crack and ultimately collapse as we affirm the faithfulness of God.

 

Christians must ensure to proclaim the faithfulness of God during adversity.


Satan cannot withstand God’s light; he will cave in and yield to God’s light to shine as we maintain irresistible faith in God.

 

3. Christians to preach gospel while under persecution

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you” (2 Corinthians 4:7-12 KJV).

 

A Christian who suffers persecution should endeavor to live a pious lifestyle like Apostle Paul.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35-39).

Despite repeated persecutions that Paul suffered from his opponents during his time, he was determined to remain an active Christian.

He traveled far and wide to preach gospel.

 

Paul traveled beyond the border of his country and visited various remote countries to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.

He reached out to many gentile nations and led many unbelievers to Christ.

 

Perhaps the greatest achievement of Apostle Paul is that he wrote many inspiring letters to early Christian churches that were sparsely located around the globe.

Paul’s letter edified early Christians worldwide!

Those letters of Paul eventually became part of the manuscripts that were canonized into the bible.

 

Today, Christians throughout the world continue to find motivation and inspiration from the letters that Paul wrote to early Christian churches!

Christians to Pray for Power to Endure Persecution

 

Christians to pray for God’s strength to endure persecution; we need to ask God for strength to turn our adversity into a motivating factor to preach effective gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Please pray:

 

Dear Jesus Christ, I appreciate your word that states, “In this world you will be of much tribulation, but be of good shares, I have overcome the world” (Acts 16:32-33).

 

Please give me strength to find motivation in any persecution that I suffer.

Help me to stand firm in faith and preach your gospel under whatever circumstance!

Endow me with strength to maintain stable faith in you always!

 

Please subdue the power of my enemies, and let your Holy Spirit energize me to remain faithful to you, so that I can reign with you in heaven.

 

Please God help me! For the in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

James Taiwo is the author of [Bible Application] [Christian Principle] [Book of Prayer] Available at www.BibleLifeLesson.com

IMPLICATION OF KEEPING BAD ASSOCIATION

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)

Lesson on Association

Wrong association corrupts 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.

Pray for 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

James Taiwo is the author of [Bible Application] [Christian Principle] [Book of Prayer] Available at www.BibleLifeLesson.com

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James Taiwo is the author of [Bible Application] [Christian Principle] [Book of Prayer] Available at www.BibleLifeLesson.com

CHRISTIANS TO PRACTICE TRUE LOVE

True love is good for everyone. It is good for God and it is good for humans.

Christians (out of all people on earth) must understand the importance of true love and practice it.

Christians must understand that God requires genuine love from us.

We must consider the practice as our basic essential requirement for inheriting God’s kingdom.

Each believer must appreciate the love of God and express it.

God expects his children to demonstrate true love notable as Agape Love – Which is void of an imperfection.

No Christians should find basis in hatred.

The scripture stated,

“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness” (1 John 2:9 NIV).

God fulfilled his portion of love mandate by sending his beloved Son Jesus Christ to die for the world.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 KJV).

God fulfilled his love obligation; we humans are now left with task to fulfill ours!

Will it be easy to express true love at all times? Absolute not.

However, the Spirit of God that dwells in us can help us overcome temptation of hated and motivate us to live in love.

A Christians who desires to obey God and live in love should not focus on any hateful or hostile circumstance that surrounds him (or her).

A good Christian is expected to focus on God who is able to empower him to obey his commandment of living in True Love.

Christians should focus on Jesus Christ who abandoned his adorable heavenly home to live among wicked people on earth for the sake of saving their souls.

 

Why Should a Christian focus on Jesus Christ to Demonstrate True Love?

 

    • Christ loved the world that hated him.

 

    • Christ reciprocated love for hatred.

 

    • Christ died for the wicked world.

 

  • Christ commissioned his followers to keep showing his true love to the wicked world.

The call for Christians to live in true love must not only be demonstrated towards the wicked world.

Believers must also demonstrate true love towards one another.

Christians must love each other dearly!

“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness” (1 John 2:9 NIV).

Paul admonished Christians to live and operate in love that symbolizes God’s required Agape Love.

Paul stated,

“Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen” (2 Corinthians 13:11-14).


 

 

Christians need to be watchful of Factors that Derail True Love

It is important that children of God take caution not to fail on the subject of true love.

 

    1. Christians must ensure that the expression of our love is without reservation.

 

    1. Christians must allow the Holy Spirit to motivate and rule our love activities

 

    1. Christians must avoid selfishness when exercising love

 

    1. Christian must avoid partiality when exercising love

 

  1. Christian must allow God to be at the center of our activities, and let him take due glory.

 

Advantages of True Love

Some advantages are bound to come with expression of true love.

 

    1. Love and unity will help Christian community stay strong.

 

    1. Christian body will experience growth with true love affirmation.

 

    1. Christian community will experience God’s demonstrative power like bible time.

 

    1. More people will be added to God’s kingdom. Unbelievers will sense the presence of genuine love and be gravitated to it.

 

  1. Those who persecute Christianity will be challenged to drop batons and be converted to the faith.

Beyond the success of gospel evangelisation that comes with True Love, the practice will also open a pathway of prosperity for believers.

That is, people who demonstrate true love are bound to prosper in this life, and the one to come!

So much joy await believers that demonstrate true love to glorify God!

 

 

Pray for God’s Empowerment to Demonstrate True Love

Dear God I am determined to live in true love!

I want to represent you well on earth with the required true love so that I can qualify for your kingdom.

Please empower me through your Holy Spirit to live in true love!

I also pray for all believers throughout the world to receive your grace and power needed to sincerely love, as you required.

Please help my brothers and sisters in Christ to stay together and love each other dearly.

Help Christians to share and practice common love that meet your expectations.

Let believers throughout the world lay aside selfishness and segregation.

Help the church to promote activities that will solidify our relationship with you so that we can prosper!

Please let your Holy Spirit bind brethren together so that we can remain fit to inherit your eternal kingdom.

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

James Taiwo is the author of [Bible Application] [Christian Principle] [Book of Prayer] Available at www.BibleLifeLesson.com

OBEDIENCE LEADS TO BLESSING

God demands obedience from his children. We must satisfy God with holiness to receive his blessings.

Believers can learn from a bible scenario that God used to chastise his children for their disobedient acts.

God put people of Judah to task by asking them some provocative questions.

In a metaphorical statement, Jehovah challenged Judah inhabitants to consider what the consequences of their sinful actions would be should they persist in sin and shun repentance.

God said,

Now let me sing to my Well-beloved a song of my beloved regarding His vineyard: My Well-beloved has a vineyard on a very fruitful hill.

He dug it up and cleared out its stones, and planted it with the choicest vine.

He built a tower in its midst, and also made a winepress in it; so He expected it to bring forth good grapes, But it brought forth wild grapes.

“And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, Judge, please, between Me and My vineyard. What more could have been done to my vineyard that I have not done in it?

Why then, when I expected it to bring forth good grapes, did it bring forth wild grapes?” (Isaiah 5:1-4).


 

Important Lessons on Obedience to God

 

Lesson 1

Obedience leads to blessings. A person who chooses to walk in God’s way and obey his laws will prosper. Such person will see his/her fruits abide.

Lesson 2

Disobedience leads to suffering. A person who disobeys God’s law exposes himself (or herself) to negative consequences.

Sin exposes a person to influences of Satan, which are detrimental to any soul!

Nothing good comes from the devil who is ever willing to assault God’s children.

 

Lesson 3

Anyone who makes a decisive effort to satisfy God with obedience will prosper.

Believers’ portions of obedience are not limited to heavenly blessings; they will also prosper on earth and glorify God.

Please Pray for Strength to Obey God

O dear good Lord please give me grace and strength to obey your laws so that I can qualify for your earthly and heavenly rewards.

I understand that Satan has nothing good to offer anyone who chooses to follow him; therefore, I choose not to follow him!

I choose to obey God!

I am determined to follow you (God) and obey your instructions so that I can prosper.

Please give me grace to remain committed and obey your instructions from now on, and forever more!

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

James Taiwo is the author of [Bible Application] [Christian Principle] [Book of Prayer] Available at www.BibleLifeLesson.com

CHRISTIANS MUST POSSESS THE SPIRIT OF HUMILITY

Humility is an excellent virtue that God’s children must possess.

Jehovah requires all his children to live humbly and uprightly before him at all times.

A good child of God would not seek for an excuse to 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.

King Uzziah satisfied God.

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

God compensated King Uzziah for his faithfulness by helping him to become prosperous.

Uzziah was more famous than his neighboring kings.

Other kings looked up to his success.

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The Coin Flip of King Uzziah – Pride Took Over His Humility

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

Uzziah allowed fame and success to blindfold him, and sinned against his God.

The king let down his guard of righteousness; he allowed pride to set in, and was derailed!

The end game wasn’t palatable for King Uzziah. His exploits ended terribly!

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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 King Uzziah received to repent from his sins, he persisted to pursue God’s forbidden task.

He crossed his boundary to usurp the position of God’s priests – Which was beyond his customary roles.

Uzziah’s action upset God as 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).

 

 A believer must have a servant-heart always!

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Learn Some Important Lessons on Humility

Christians are required to fear God, and serve him with humility.

We must understand that our acquired success comes from the Lord.

No matter the amount of success we might have achieved, we must not forget our little beginning.

  • Believers must remember how God has helped us in the past.
  • Jehovah provided for our needs when we lack.
  • He performed miracles to turn our impossibilities to possibilities!

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Not A Christian-By-Chance, But A Christian-By-Grace

Christians must remember how God adopted us to become his children.

We were once staunch sinners, and have no hope of eternity; yet God forgave our sins and saved us though grace of his Son Jesus Christ.

No Christian should take his salvation grace for granted.

It is the most precious gift of all times.

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).

Bible also stated,

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 NKJV).

It is important to emphasize that God will bless people that are consistently loyal to him, and live in humility.

No Christian is allowed to live in pride.

 

A good Christian must always say: “I am what I am by the grace of God.” (1 Corinthians 15:10)

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Some Consequences of Pride

A person who lives in pride will pay a heavy price in the hands of his/her Maker.

  • God will not lightly esteem anyone who arrogates God’s glory unto himself.
  • God will not be proud of a Christian who wears arrogant look.
  • God will not honor a person who secretly lives in pride but camouflage humility.
  • God will distance himself from a person who forgets his/her little beginning and refuses to honor him.
  • God will punish anyone (whether Christian or not) who lives in pride.

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Pray to Walk in Humility before God

Dear God please give me grace to serve you in humility at all times.

Help me to respect you always!

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

Enable me with grace to always appreciate you for everything that happens in my life.

Empower me through your Holy Spirit to keep focusing on you during my trying moments and success moments.

Help me to live in humility and glorify you always, so that you can be comfortable to bless me more.

Please take all glory over my life!

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

James Taiwo is the author of [Bible Application] [Christian Principle] [Book of Prayer] Available at www.BibleLifeLesson.com

MAKE THE CHURCH RETURN TO GOOD OLD DAYS

The church is important to God. The church is also known as the body of Christ, which he purchased with his blood.

Jesus Christ expects believers to carefully handle the affairs of his church, and ensure it fulfills the purpose for which it was founded.

God’s warnings to some early churches are highlighted in multiple places in the bible. (Read Revelation 2 and Revelation 3).

God’s warnings given in the bible still apply to today’s churches.

Paul also admonished the church to maintain a godly position and remain relevant for God’s kingdom.

During his farewell speech to the elders at Ephesus, Paul declared a warning that was full of prophecies of the integrity battle that the end time churches would have to fight.

Paul said,

“Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.

 

Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

 

For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock” (Acts 20:26-29).

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Common Problems That Our Churches Must Address

Christian body must always appreciate the principles of the bible; uphold them, and practice them.

Believers must understand that Jesus Christ paid a heavy price for our sins, and also purchased the church with his blood.

Jesus Christ – The Redeemer purchased his church with his own blood through his death on the cross, so that all people can have access to God.

Christ established his church for the purpose of benefiting Christians (and any other who would subscribe to the religion).


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The Church to Acknowledge Its Failures and Change for Good

Christian body must acknowledge the fact that we are falling short of God’s expectations on subject of holiness and true love.

We (believers) must admit our failures, and come to the conclusion that we need to turn a new leaf to satisfy God.

Christians must make things right with God!

Holiness practices have become secondary for the present day churches.

While the church has not publicly denied God’s principle of holiness, we have secretly done so!

Our churches have substituted important topics such as righteousness and holiness for some convenient subjects – Which are not limited to faith, healing, and prosperity.

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14 KJV).

The church leaders must redirect their steps back to God, and offer good leadership by upholding the fundamental principles of the bible.

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The Roadmap to Appeasing God

Among other Christian topics that brethren need to hear, our church leaders must lay emphasis on holiness.

More importantly, Christian body must duly acknowledge the facts listed below and practice them:

  • Christian body must prioritize gospel evangelization
  • We must lay emphasis on the preaching of holiness as the basis of inheriting God’s kingdom
  • We must emphasize the need to care for the poor
  • We must stop denominational segregation
  • We must uphold unbiased love among our faith community

It is important that believers pray for the revival of our churches so that we can remain relevant for God.

Our prayers and commitments will help us witness God’s power like the people of olden days (and much more!)

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Please Pray for The Church

Pray for the Church of Jesus Christ, and Believers Throughout the World

Dear Jesus Christ, I appreciate the efforts you made to establish the church.

You established the church for the purpose of benefiting believers and glorify your name.

Please help the church to take the necessary steps needed to meet your expectations.

Help believers to walk and work together in true love.

Save the Body of Christ from segregation.

Please guide our church leaders to yield to the leadership of your Holy Spirit.

Help Christians throughout the world to prioritize gospel evangelization.

Help us to preach unbiased word of God that will benefit people at this end time!

Please empower believers to maintain good relationship with you.

Help us to keep radiating the light of your gospel from now on, and forever more!

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

James Taiwo is the author of [Bible Application] [Christian Principle] [Book of Prayer] Available at www.BibleLifeLesson.com

GOD DESERVES OUR PRAISES – BELIEVERS MUST PRAISE HIM

Children of God must praise God at all times, and in all situations.

Christians are divinely packaged to be God’s bundle of praises. We must praise his name.

The scripture stated,

“In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

 

In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:11-14).

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Lesson on Praises to God


God created humans for the benefit of receiving our praises.

If no one gets the purpose of his/her creation, Christians must get it!

We must give God due praises at all times.

Believers are to praise God always, since the Spirit of Christ dwell in us.

We must not allow our circumstances to overwhelm and prevent us from praising God.

Also, Christians must not allow human feelings to dictate how much or how less we should praise God.

Our unbiased and un-quantifiable praises must go to God always.

Each Christian must understand that praises is a primary assignment that he (or she) is created to offer unto God.


Believers must not allow any situation to reduce our interest in giving heartfelt gratitude to God at all times.

We cannot afford to fail our duty of offering due praises to God!

A good Christian will emphasize: “No life situation can stop me from praising God!”

 

Praising God is our due task in spite of our situations – Whether it has to do with failure, success, poverty, or riches.

God will bless people that sincerely praise him at all times.

Jehovah will honor believers as we offer him our quality praises in every situation.

Our heavenly Father will ensure the season of thanksgiving will never miss in our lives.

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Prayer of Grace to Praise God at all Times

Dear God, I am offering you my praises at this time, and I will praise you forever more!

You are the best thing that has ever happened to me!

You created me well and decorated my life with beauty and honor.

You saved me from affliction and provided for my needs.

You even saved my soul from eternal destruction of hell, and earned me the gift of eternal life!

What a wonderful God you are!

I am dedicating my life for your praises. I will praise you in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

I will praise you throughout the days of my life.

Please give me a contrite heart to keep praising your name from now on, and forever more.

For in the name of your Son Jesus Christ I have offered my prayers and praises! Amen.

James Taiwo is the author of [Bible Application] [Christian Principle] [Book of Prayer] Available at www.BibleLifeLesson.com