IMPLICATION OF KEEPING 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)

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

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CHRISTIANS TO BEWARE OF PRIDE AND AVOID PITFALL

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Everyone (including Christians) is prone to temptation of pride.

Children of God must take extra caution not to fall into the pitfall.

Every child of God must cautiously make efforts not to fall for Satan’s trick of self-pride!

No doubt that Satan – the enemy of righteousness – would first attempt pride as an attack tool to make a successful Christian stumble into sin.

The enemy would tempt a Christian to be self-focus and/or be self-gratifying without the consciousness of glorifying God. (A practice considered detestable to God).

Instead of anyone becoming obsessive of his (or her) achievement, he should make efforts to divert due glory to God.

A good Christian will divert people’s attention to God under whatever circumstance!

It is un-disputable fact to state that no one can successfully make anything happen without the help of God.

“…A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven” (John 3:27 KJV)

Christians to learn from Apostle Paul (in the bible); with the use of his personal experience, he analyzed how Satan can manipulate anyone into pride – through his personal achievements.

Paul stated,

“…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).

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Summary Lesson on Humility vs Pride

 

  1. God created humanity to depend on him. He wants us to look up to him for our needed help.
  1. God does not want us to be self-gratifying or be self-sufficient.
  1. Satan will attempt to make anyone be obsessed of his achievements without the consciousness of glorifying God.
  1. God wants us to gratify our success to him – Even if our personal efforts are involved.

 

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To Be Reminded Of Christians’ Need To Take Caution

 

  • Flesh wants self-gratification. We must not allow it.
  • Satan wants us to choose pathway of pride to trip and fall. We must not allow him.
  • God dislike any gratification that voids the praise of his name. We must give God his due honor.
  • Christians must yield to the leadership of the Holy Spirit and refuse to satisfy desires of self.

Don’t get confused about Pride

 

  • It is important to note there is nothing bad in taking pride in an achievement if due honor is given to God.
  • Pride of an achievement is only considered erratic when a person pretends he has earned his success without God’s help.

Never Forget!

 

    • God wants to take pride out of us to bless us more.

 

  • God wants to demonstrate to everyone around that he is the brain behind our success.

 

A thoughtful believer will honor God for his/her achievement.

Will you pray for grace to do so?

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Prayer of Grace to Practice Humility Before God

Dear God, please make me a Christian that appreciates you for my achievements.

Give me grace to appreciate your help in everything I do.

Enable me with courage to honor you over my achievement so that you can be happy with me, and be motivated to bless me more.

Empower me through your Holy Spirit to live a pleasant life before you always.

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

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Purity Is Important To God

purityPaul encouraged Corinthian Christians to maintain purity, and abstain from activities that can trap them into sexual immorality.

The apostle also encouraged people who are ripe for marriage to do so, in order to avoid sexual sins.

Any adult who chooses to remain single must maintain body purity and abstain from sexuality.

Paul admonished,

“I suppose therefore that this is good because of the present distress—that it is good for a man to remain as he is: Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be loosed. Are you loosed from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But even if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned….” (1 Corinthians 7:26-28).

 

Lesson on Purity

clear waterHumans are comprised of spirit, soul, and body – which are necessary for normal functioning.

All three elements, except human soul will transition after death. Human body is corruptible and will decay after death.

(Christians who are alive during rapture would see their body transformed).

The spirit that keeps a person alive will also return to God after death.

clear lightHowever, human soul will survive natural death to face God’s judgment at the end.

A person’s soul will face judgment to be rewarded for its past earthly activities. Souls that served God well on earth and also received salvation of Jesus Christ will be awarded heaven, but unrepentant souls would be condemned in hell.

Therefore, everyone must be sensitive not to allow human body – which is temporal corrupt his/her soul that will ultimately face God’s judgment.

 

Prayer of Grace to Maintain Purity of Life

prayDear God, please I do not want my soul to burn in hell fire, but I want to make heaven!

Help me to resist sins; do not let me yield to temptations, but empower me to maintain my body in holiness so that I can receive your positive rewards in heaven.

bible factJesus Will Soon Come To Rapture His Saints To Heaven

The second coming of Jesus Christ is also known as Rapture, and it is not a question of “what if,” but a question of “when it will happen.”

The rapture of saints is imminent.

It will surely occur as the scripture foretold.

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“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.

For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.

And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Jesus Christ asked his disciples to diligently tarry for his second coming and said,

“Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them also, blessed are those servants.

But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.

Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Luke 12:37-40).

 

Deeper Focus

What Qualifies A Person For Rapture?

scaleRapture is imminent.

Christ will soon come, and his coming may be sooner than later. People who considered themselves as followers of Jesus Christ – that is, Christians should remain steadfast in their commitments to their Lord because their basis of faith will be evaluated before they can be qualified.

Christians who are courageous to steadfastly serve Christ and wait for the Messiah’s second coming will be ultimately rewarded.

Christ – the Savior – will use the standard of the bible to either accept or reject anyone from his Father’s kingdom.

His main qualifying criteria is a person’s choice of deity.

That is, Jesus will only transport people who have confessed their faith in him to heaven.

Those people who have personally identified themselves with him as their personal Lord and Savior will qualify. As the scripture stated,

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved” (Romans 10:9-10 NLT).

Not just a confession of faith that saves a person, but the lifestyle that he or she has lived on earth that will determine if he/she will qualify for heaven or not.

Believers who have confessed Jesus Christ as Lord and remain consistent in their faith by keeping his testimony will be regarded as “Just” and be counted worthy to inherit the kingdom of God.

It is stated,

“I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:50-54 NIV)

 

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If Rapture Is Real, Then What Stake Does It Offer Christians?

rewardThe reward of Christian faithfulness is far reaching.

Christ will rapture his saints and call them home from the trouble and trauma of the world.

The Savior will wipe off tears of affliction and persecution from the faces of his saints.

He will also award them his gift of imperishable eternal crown of glory.

Perhaps the best of all gifts the saints will receive in heaven is the of gift of eternal life of peace (tranquility).

Believers will be permanently stationed with God in heaven to rejoice in his loving arms. Sin and pain won’t be mentioned in heaven.

Sickness will be found wanting there also!

All that saints of God will enjoy in heaven is everlasting life of perfect peace and joy.

Not much of some anticipated benefits that should excite anyone about qualifying for rapture, but the actual tasks that are required.

Christians are saved by grace, but they must be fully committed and be serious with their faith and practices to qualify for God’s well advertised kingdom.

To actually qualify for God’s kingdom, believers must daily make conscious efforts to serve God with faithfulness.

They must hold their confession of Jesus Christ firmly, and live holy lives.

Also, each Christian must understand that human power would not be strong enough to help anyone meet

God’s criteria of heaven. Believers must rely on God to adequately meet his standard.

More importantly, believers must express their fear and weaknesses to God through prayers. They must pray that God should grant them grace and strength needed adequately satisfy him.

 

Prayer To Qualify For Christ’s RapturePrayer

Christians must pray for God’s strength. No serious Christian should consider the exercise as a tedious job.

Please pray!

My dear Jesus Christ, please give me grace to keep my testimony as a true Christian.

I know you are Christ the Son of God; no one can go to the Father except through you.

I have confessed you as my personal Lord, and that is why I am a Christian.

All I am asking now is your grace to keep my testimony unto the end. Help me to live holy and acceptable life before you, so that I can qualify for your rapture.

Please give me grace to serve you well and remain consistent with you throughout the days of my life.

Please write my name in the book of life, and let me remain heavenly bound.

For in your precious name “Jesus Christ” my Savior I make my requests.

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

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Holiness Preaching of Jesus Christ

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Holiness – The Fundamental Teaching of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ, unlike other teachers of his time, taught fundamental truth and God’s principles that could provoke any audience into a protest.

He analyzed different controversial topics and simplified God’s words for people to have better understanding of God’s requirement of holiness.

For example, Jesus taught people and said:

 

    1. Bless those who curse you (Luke 6:28)

 

    1. Give to everyone who asks you something (Luke 6:30)

 

    1. Do as you want other people to do to you (Luke 6:31)

 

    1. Love your enemies (Luke 6:35)

 

    1. Do not judge others (Luke 6:37)

 

  1. Give abundant charity to other people (Luke 6:38)

 

Lesson on Holiness

holinessChristians must continuously follow the principles of Jesus Christ by teaching people the basic facts of God’s kingdom.

Some truth will be uncomfortable and hurtful, yet people need to hear them so that they can understand God’s requirements for his kingdom, and thereby comply with them.

However, we (believers) must ensure to preach what we practice and also lead by examples to motivate people into godliness.

 

Meanwhile, the basis of speaking the truth of God’s kingdom must not be based on anyone’s holiness standard.

That is, whether a Christian still struggles to comply with God’s laws in one area of his/her life or not, he/she is still required to preach God’s truth at all times – without any dilution or over-simplicity.

God’s righteous standard remains irrevocable; therefore, believers have to preach it always.

 

We must learn from Jesus whose preaching throughout the scripture laid emphasis on holiness – as the only requirement that qualifies anyone for God’s kingdom.

Christ even stated,

“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

 

In addition, for any Christian to adequately comply with God’s righteous standard and preach it, he/she must have been empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Without him (Holy Spirit) in control, it is absolutely impossible for anyone to please God.

The Spirit will encourage us to love God and our neighbors well.

He will also help us to live by example and preach undiluted word of God.

 

Prayer of Holiness

Dear Jesus Christ, please help me to be an honest Christian who will live according to the scripture and also preached the truth of your kingdom.

Empower me with your Holy Spirit to live holy and acceptable life before you; let your divine Spirit give me a contrite heart “To talk the talk and walk the walk” for the purpose of benefitting your kingdom.

When my earthly race is over, please count me worthy in your eternal kingdom to rejoice in your presence forever!

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

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Christians to Walk in Dignity before God Always

dignityChristians are required to have dignity and walk uprightly in a manner that glorifies God always.

Believers must ensure that our activities honor God at all times!

The scripture emphasized,

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV). 

 

Christians Must Understand that Dignity Matters to God

order-1586513_640Believers must understand the importance of dignity, and how it matters to God.

We must not misunderstand the concept of liberty that Christianity offers.

That is, we must live in holiness before God.

The true concept of Christianity is salvation of grace offered by Jesus Christ.

We must enjoy the grace without compulsion.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8 KJV).

Truly, Christian religion is not burdensome since it does not impose a strict rule on anyone.

However, It is important that Christians understand the liberty of worship that the religion offers – Which must not be abused.

Christians must honestly celebrate our salvation of grace that Christ offers, but not abuse it.

We must not assume that all things are acceptable to God by practicing the religion of Christianity anyhow.

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive” (1 Corinthians 10:23).

firmnessChristianity requires firmness; every Christian is expected to live a bible-principled lifestyle.

 

 

Take Caution with Your Christian Faith

Believers must understand that the liberty of faith that we have received through Jesus Christ does not allow us to act against God’s commandments.

The religion requires that we comply with the laws of God!

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Whatever anyone calls liberty of the spirit, as Christianity offers, must be weighed with the standard of the bible.

Such belief or exercise must comply with the bible standard.

Christians must not celebrate any notion, practice, belief, or an exercise that is discredited in the bible.

A heavenly bound Christian must not engage in practices that bible opposed.

Our society may accept them but we must not entertain them.

For example, a Christian must understand that homosexuality is unacceptable to God according to the Bible

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another;

men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient” (Romans 1:26-28 KJV).

In addition, immoral activities such as fornication and adultery compromise God’s standard of holiness, and Christian must not engage in them.

 

simpleUnderstand Christianity in a Simple Language

 

    • A Christian must not entertain whatever practices contradict bible standard.

 

    • Ungodly practices are sinful and punishable by God.

 

    • Believers must reject any practice that God has rejected!

 

  • Holiness has no substitute with God

prayerPrayer for God’s Grace to Walk in Dignity of Scripture

O dear God please give me grace to walk in dignity before you always.

Enhance me with an ability to resist temptations of sin.

Give me steadfast heart to be firm and live a Christian-principled lifestyle.

Please help and guide me with your Holy Spirit to accurately walk before you throughout the days of my life, so that I can qualify for your eternal kingdom.

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

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