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A Christian who endures in faith unto the end will receive eternal rewards from God. It is written,
“For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul” (Hebrews 10:36-39).
“Endurance and patience” are important virtues that everyone must have to run a successful Christian race on earth. If we patiently and carefully run our Christian race, we shall see God on the last day. We Christians are to endure any suffering that might associate with our faith. Whatever hash circumstance that may come our way today will disappear one day. Pains and suffering of persecution will not last eternally; Christ will bring an ultimate end to all suffering. Christ will wipe tears off the face of his saints; he will give us new names, and award us royal honor. Followers of Jesus Christ will enjoy everlasting peace and joy in heaven – and all senses of sorry will vanish forever!
Dear God, please give me an enduring heart to stand in faith unto the end. Assist me to have resolute faith that cannot be overcome by any wave of persecution and/or suffering. Let my confession of Jesus Christ remain resolute, and grant me the grace to steadfastly serve you in the beauty of your holiness. Please keep my feet firm within your gate, and let me remain qualified to partake in the joy of your kingdom. Please give me the grace to faithfully serve you unto the end! For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.
Nehemiah heard about the uncomfortable situation of the Israelites (his people), and he was sad. His noble cities (including Jerusalem) And their dwellers were in distress. The news caused Nehemiah to pray and fast for God’s intervention. The Bible reported, “… Hanani, one of my brethren, came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.” So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven” (Nehemiah 1:2-4). God responded to Nehemiah’s request and granted him grace before a gentile king to return home to rebuild his homeland.
God loves people that help others. He greatly delights in a person who seeks the good welfare of others. Jehovah will bless and honor such a person and ensure he (or she) Is not ashamed. People who are kind and graceful towards others will have their faces beautified with amazing rewards. Although they may have their brief moment of hardship on earth, they will ultimately prevail. Jehovah will lift kindhearted people so that they can be encouraged in their good works. A person of a generous heart will enjoy God’s benefits in this life and the one to come. Their succeeding generations will also reap good rewards for their labor! No good thing will be found wanting for a person whose heart is fully committed to God, and fully represent Jesus Christ in the lives of others. God will honor them always.
Dear God, please give me a heart that cares and helps other people. Let me be part of someone else’s solution. Enable me with grace to make positive contributions to other people’s lives. Let me be a problem solver and not a problem contributor! Enable me with grace to be your true ambassador on earth, so that your name can be praised in the land of the living. (Please address my personal problems also so that I can have more reasons to serve you). For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.
Caleb trusted God in the wilderness and got rewarded some years after. He got his pay-day for the remarkable confidence that he demonstrated when others failed. Moses had sent twelve people to spy Canaan, only Caleb and Joshua returned with some good news; others brought back some negative reports and incited confusion in the camp of Israelites. Those ten spies compared themselves with grasshoppers and argued that they were inadequate to possess the Promised Land; however, Caleb and Joshua firmly declared that God was able to help them possess the land, which he had promised them (Numbers 14:24).
Caleb who demonstrated remarkable faith as a spy for his people did not stop the practice. He continued to live in faith throughout his life. In fact, at age 85 years, Caleb walked up to Joshua to demand a land that was filled with the giants – A feat that many young people could not attempt. Caleb asked for the land of giants as an inheritance.
He approached Joshua and stated, “I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart. Nevertheless, my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the Lord my God. So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.’ And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old.
…As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said.” And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance. Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel. And the name of Hebron formerly was Kirjath Arba (Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim). Then the land had rest from war” (Joshua 14:7-15).
God requires his children to consistently demonstrate faith in him so that he can bless them. Anyone who satisfies this demand will not be put to shame under whatever condition! Indeed, Jehovah will appreciate whoever adopts the principle of maintaining a persistent faith in him. No matter how terrible a situation may appear for the person, he (or she) will always have the upper hand and match to victory.
Christians can apply their faith in any given situation. That is, no situation should be considered as too big or too small for the need of a faith exercise. The need to apply faith may relate to a health condition, marriage situation, financial situation, business engagement, and/or any other.
Anyone who makes it a practice to exercise a steady faith in God will have victory in all ramifications of his or her life. Come rain come shine, the person will have a testimony and have every reason to praise the name of God.
Dear God, please give me the ability to demonstrate a resolute faith in you at all times. Help me to apply faith to whatever I do so that I can experience your unlimited signs and wonder in every area of my life. Please let my faith be strong as a rock in any given situation. During a difficult moment, help me to be able to confess: “My God whom I serve is well and able to deliver me; he shall supply all my needs according to his reaches in glory through Christ Jesus!”
Please earn me great testimony as I make a significant effort to demonstrate my faith in you! Give me every reason to testify to your goodness in the assembly of your people. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen!
Judge Jephthah found himself between a rock and a hard place by making an irrevocable vow to God. He promised to offer an important sacrifice to God if he could help him overcome his enemies. Jephthah said, “Whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering” (Judges 11:31).
God answered Jephthah’s prayer, but lo and behold, it was her only child who came to welcome him at his door-post when he returned from the battle. He found himself in a situation that he had to give up her only daughter. *(Please note: This type of sacrifice is no more relevant today!). The scripture reported, “When Jephthah came to his house at Mizpah, there was his daughter, coming out to meet him with timbrels and dancing; and she was his only child. Besides her, he had neither son nor daughter. And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he tore his clothes, and said, “Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low! You are among those who trouble me! For I have given my word of the Lord, and I cannot go back on it.” So she said to him, “My father, if you have given your word to the Lord, do to me according to what has gone out of your mouth, because the Lord has avenged you of your enemies, the people of Ammon” (Judges 11:34-36).
Jephthah decided to honor his promise despite the magnitude.
God deserves to be respected at all times. We must respect him, and we must keep our promises to him. Meanwhile, believers must understand that we cannot be rash in our promises to God. We must be careful not to make ambiguous promises when we are in the presence of God. We must weigh our words and consider their magnitudes – since God does not respect jokes! He will not hesitate to register our promises and ask for their fulfillment. God will keep asking us for his rights (promise) until we fulfill them. Therefore, believers must be careful not to make empty promises to God.
God will bless anyone who duly fulfills his promises to him. He will ensure the person is blessed so that he or she can be motivated to keep the practice of honoring his/her promises.
Dear God, please help me respect you through my words and actions. Let me fulfill my promises to you. Let the fulfillment of my promises open doors of opportunities in my life, and let me enjoy your goodness in the land of the living. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.
God will not cast off people who have rebelled against him, but he will show them mercy and grant them the grace of salvation. God stated through Prophet Hosea, “I will call them my people, who were not my people, and her beloved, who was not beloved.” “And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ There they shall be called sons of the living God” (Romans 9:25-26).
People who have distanced themselves from salvation still enjoys the grace of Jesus Christ and have a chance of getting saved. God will patiently wait for unbelievers to exercise, a change of heart so that he can save them. However, the door of salvation will not be indefinitely open for sinners, but it will be shut at God’s appointed time. Once the last trumpet blasts, unbelievers will be hurled into hell fire while believers are sent to heaven (Revelation 20:8). Therefore, since “faith in Jesus Christ” remains the only formidable access to God’s kingdom, all people must exercise it. Everyone must confess Jesus Christ as Lord and accept him as his or her personal Savior to be saved.
Dear Jesus Christ, I understand that there is no other way through which a person can be saved other than you. Therefore, I confess you as my Lord and personal Savior. I believe you are the Son of God who was sent to save sinners. I confess my sins to you, and I repent from them. I will serve you from now on, and forever! Please write my name in your book of life, and count me worthy of your kingdom. I believe I am now saved through faith since I have confessed you as my Lord. Glory to God. Amen.
Jesus Christ challenged Christians to forgive offenses at all costs. Christ said, “If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him” (Luke 17:3-4).
Forgiveness has a simple definition, which means, to pardon people who have wronged us. All people must learn from God who sent his Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, so that he could forgive and save us. (God suffered hurt and disappointments from the sinful activities of humans, yet he sent his Son to die for us to save us from those sins).
God pardons our sins without asking for a penny in return; therefore, we should also forgive people who have offended us without asking for a price. God will definitely bless us, if we can reciprocate love for any sense of hurt and/or disappointment that we may have suffered from others.
Dear God, please help me to forgive people who have wronged me. Help me to demonstrate a graceful heart towards them. An act of forgiveness can be challenging; therefore, I ask that you please empower me by the Holy Spirit to completely forgive others. Please help me to stay strong so that devil can be ashamed as I graciously forgive others! Give me the grace and power to operate in liberty through forgiveness. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
Joshua, in the Bible, testified to the goodness of God at age 110. The man recounted the faithfulness of God among the Israelites. He shared the memory of God’s wonders he witnessed in Egypt and other places. He saw how God miraculously parted the Red Sea for Israelites to cross; he also witnessed God leading them through the wilderness to the Promised Land. Having testified to the goodness of God, Joshua challenged everyone to obey God’s laws and faithfully serve him so that they can qualify for more benefits. Joshua said to Israelites, “Therefore be very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, lest you turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left, and lest you go among these nations, these who remain among you. You shall not make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause anyone to swear by them; you shall not serve them nor bow down to them, but you shall hold fast to the Lord your God, as you have done to this day. For the Lord has driven out from before you great and strong nations; but as for you, no one has been able to stand against you to this day. One man of you shall chase a thousand, for the Lord your God is He who fights for you, as He promised you” (Joshua 23:6-10).
Joshua reminded the Israelites of the consequences they will face if they fail to observe the laws of God. He said, “Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all the good things have come upon you which the Lord your God promised you, so the Lord will bring upon you all harmful things until He has destroyed you from this good land which the Lord your God has given you. When you have transgressed the covenant of the Lord your God, which He commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed down to them, then the anger of the Lord will burn against you, and you shall perish quickly from the good land which He has given you” (Joshua 23:15-16).
God’s goodness and mercy shall forever follow people who observe his laws and faithfully serve him. Indeed, God will not forsake his children that faithfully serve him; he will “stick” with them as his best friends. Jehovah will care for his friends: He will provide for their needs and solve any problem they may face. Meanwhile, people who care-less about God and those who fail to faithfully serve him will not be in the best position to receive his first-hand benefits. The nonchalant people may also suffer defeat from their enemies.
Any believer who has turned away from God is considered backside; he is on a slippery slope and may see some negative circumstances rolling into his or her life. Such a person must repent and return to the practice of faithfully serving God.
Anyone (whether a believer or not) who intends to enjoy the rare benefits of God must confess his (or her) sins to God and repent. The person must also confess his faith in God’s Son- Jesus Christ by accepting him as his personal Lord and Savior.
God who is alive and ever-faithful will bless whosoever faithfully serves him. Make it your personal choice to faithfully serve God so that you can befit his first-hand benefits!
Dear God, I understand that you are a faithful Father who will forever benefit anyone that faithfully serves you! Please give me the ability to commit to your faithful services so that I can be in the best position to receive your first-hand benefits! Please keep me devoted to you from now on, and forevermore! Amen.
God withdrew his defense from the Israelites because they refused to repent from their sins. However, the Creator promised to reinstate his relationship with them if they repent. Jehovah promised to forgive the Israelites’ sin and punish their oppressors should they consider repentance. God promised to severely deal with enemy nations that took advantage of the Israelites’ negative circumstances.
God stated through his prophet, “For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. For surely I will shake my hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their servants. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me. “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the Lord. “Many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and they shall become my people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. And the Lord will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem. Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!” (Zechariah 2:8-16).
God is tough on sin; he does not condone it, and would punish whoever refuses to repent from his or her sins. Meanwhile, at the same time, Jehovah, who is caring and forgiving, will forgive any offense that is committed should an act of repentance be exercised.
Our gracious God will kindly deal with anyone who repents of his sins and seeks his forgiveness. That is, a person who is humble enough to say “sorry” for his mistakes will obtain God’s mercy and be forgiven. No sin is too big for God to forgive. He will forgive our iniquities no matter the magnitude. The only condition he asks is repentance!
People who repent from their sins will enjoy his benefits. He will give them his salvation and write their names in his Book of Life. Jehovah will watch over repentant sinners and satisfy them with many benefits. However, everyone must understand that God does not entertain casual repentance. No game playing with God, he wants a repentant sinner to be serious before him. Jehovah does not want us to indulge in any sin that we have repented of. He wants us to build a steady relationship with him so that he can continue to bless us.
It is, therefore, important that all God’s children (who have repented from their sins) maintain an honest and consistent relationship with God. Children of God must be diligent and serve him with full devotion so that we can prosper! Anyone who has not reached the state of repentance of sin should not hesitate; he needs to take an action, since much benefits would be derived in the process. Anyone whom God’s Spirit convicts of a sin should humbly submit to God and say “sorry.” A repentant sinner should declare Jesus Christ as Lord, because through him alone can forgiveness and salvation be obtained.
There is much joy to obtain from Jesus Christ. He is the author of life, and he will give it to whoever comes to him with a humble heart. Believe in Jesus Christ. Confess your sins in his name to obtain forgiveness and salvation, which means that you will obtain the gift of eternal life.
Dear God, I dedicate my complete life to you today. I am sorry for my sins, and I repent from them. I promise to start living a new life of holiness before you. I declare your Son Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, and I promise to serve him throughout the days of my life. Please write my name in your Book of Life, and keep me worthy of your eternal kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.
A psalmist praised God for all his goodness over Israelites. The children of God have been through thin and thick, but God was faithful to them always. God forgave their sins; he delivered them from troubles and fed them with food specially made for the angels. The psalmist stated about Israelites, “They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses” (Psalm 107:4-6).
God will remain wonderful to people who associate with him. People who diligently serve him will not be ashamed under whatever condition. Jehovah will forgive the sins of his children and save them from their troubles. The Creator will not change his mind but he will honor his covenant of peace, protection, and prosperity over those who faithfully walk with him. His children will not have cause to suffer, but they will always have reasons to praise his holy name.
Dear God, please I want you to keep me consistent with you so that I can enjoy your divine blessings. Give me the grace to praise and serve you in the beauty of your holiness so that I can live in peace and prosperity in this life, and in heaven also. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.
King Saul abused his relationship with God, and he made repeated mistakes. While he ought to follow God’s instruction and be blessed, Saul chose to please himself and disobey God. An instance of Saul’s failure became evident when he refused to destroy God’s enemies as commanded. The instruction is stated, “Samuel also said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over His people, over Israel. Now, therefore, heed the voice of the words of the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them…” (1 Samuel 15:1-3). Meanwhile, Saul acted contrary to God’s instructions. He killed some God’s enemies but spared some treasured assets of the land for his private riches. He also rationalized that he intended to sacrifice the forbidden assets to God. However, the Prophet Samuel chastised King Saul and said, “Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel 15:22). Since Saul failed to follow God’s instructions, he was displaced as an Israelite king, and David was ordained to take over his position.
“To obey God is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel 15:22). Obedience has no substitute, and God requires that we must obey him at all costs. We cannot rationalize a decision or an action and expect God to agree with us; we must do whatever he asks us to do – and we must do it very well. As far as God is concerned, “We must obey before complaints.” Meanwhile, God will surely bless his obedient children. He will honor anyone who obeys him! God can suspend any law for the purpose of blessing and honoring anyone who chooses to fear and obey him. Therefore, all people are encouraged to duly obey God’s instructions, since they will never regret
Dear God, I understand that you require that all people must faithfully obey you and follow your instructions. Therefore, I am ready to yield my life and obey you to the fullest. I will serve and honor you as long as I live. I am utilizing this opportunity to ask for your extra grace that will enable me to satisfy you at all times. Please give me your grace so that I can prosper on earth and in heaven. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.
Jesus Christ warned his disciples to stay focused and always be ready for the rapture. The Messiah said, “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always, that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:34-36).
The world system is programmed to get people occupied with mundane things that can distract them from faithfully serving God. There are challenges here and there; bills must be paid, and other pressuring circumstances would keep featuring. Meanwhile, Christians must be careful not to allow anything to affect their relationship with God. Whether the world likes it or not, the rapture will happen and Jesus will transport his saints to heaven. Anyone who is left behind would suffer Satan’s assaults. Therefore, all people should be ready to return with Jesus Christ whenever he appears in the sky.
Vanity upon vanity, the world is vanity! I am determined to follow Jesus Christ and not allow any situation to distract me from him. I have made up my mind to keep my testimony as a child of God. I stand by my word, and I will hold firm to my confession of Jesus Christ to the end. Yes, Jesus Christ is the true and only Son of God sent to rescue the lost sinners. Since I believe in Jesus, my sins are forgiven and I am qualified for the rapture! Jesus Christ is my personal Lord and Savior, and the devil cannot do anything to stop it. My faith is reserved in the Son of God forever! Amen!
Jesus Christ alerted his disciples to prepare for persecutions from anti-gospel people. He made them realize they would suffer difficult situations for the sake of his name. However, the Savior promised to help his followers overcome their afflictions, and help them finish their race well. The Savior said, “They will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.” “You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost” (Luke 21:12, 16-18).
All Christians are to endure persecutions and hold firm to their faith so that they can inherit the imperishable rewards from God in heaven. The road to heaven may be rough, but it has a smooth finish. Jesus Christ has promised us (believers) the strength needed to overcome challenges – and finish our race well (Luke 21:12, 16-18).
Any affliction that a Christian suffers on earth would be insignificant, compared to the blessing that he or she will receive from God in heaven. It is a worthwhile effort to remain steadfast in God since there shall be a countless joy to experience in heaven!
Dear God, please endow me with grace to remain steadfast with you until the end. Let me endure any challenge that may come my way, and let me hold firm onto my faith so that I can be duly rewarded in heaven. Let me be counted worthy of your benefits in heaven. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.