Sin Separates People from God

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God and sin are not friends. A person who stays away from sin has automatically positioned himself in the right spot to receive the blessings of God. A person who lives in sin will bear the consequence of his (or her) actions. A sinful activity brings some sort of enjoyment; however, once the excitement is over, the same sin leaves the person to face a bitter consequence that will follow suit.

Sin can come from any source to affect a person or a group of people. In fact, God has labeled nations as sinners in the past, and he punished them for their sins. The nation of Israel is an example. The people who should be God’s “apple eyes” turned their back against the Creator; they suffered a bitter consequence for their action.

Jeremiah, in the Bible, explained the horror that his country (Israel) faced as a result of their sins. The land of Israel that was once considered a center of attraction for their neighbors lost its value when the people sinned against God.

Israelites dropped their love for God and pursued Idolatry; therefore, God forsook them. God suspended his love for the Israelites and make them became subservient to their enemies.

The opposing nations discovered that God’s protection was missing on the Israelites and took advantage of the situation.

Realizing that God was no more in friendship with the Israelites, the enemies attacked them from every side and overpowered them. They destroyed their land and took them captive. Israelites lost their freedom and become the slaves of others.

Jeremiah who witnessed the downfall of his nation lamented,

“How deserted lies the city, once so full of people! How like a widow is she, who once was great among the nations! She who was queen among the provinces has now become a slave. Bitterly she weeps at night, tears are on her cheeks. Among all her lovers there is no one to comfort her. All her friends have betrayed her; they have become her enemies. After affliction and harsh labor, Judah has gone into exile. She dwells among the nations; she finds no resting place. All who pursue her have overtaken her in the midst of her distress” (Lamentations 1:1-3 NIV). 

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God Loves The Sinners, But He Hates Their Sins

Does God love the sinners? Yes, he does. God loves everyone – He loves both the saints and the sinners; however, God does not love sin. The Creator can simply not cope with sin.

Jehovah hates sin. He can’t operate under a sinful atmosphere. That is, God will not be able to relate with us if we entertain sin in our lives.

Anyone who is willing to receive the prime benefit of God must steer clear of sin. Stay away!

How Serious Is The Consequence of Sin?

  1. Sin destroys any good relationship that exists between God and a person.
  2. God’s limit of interaction with a sinner also leads to the withdrawal of his benefits. (A sinner loses both ways).
  3. A sinner will be vulnerable to the enemy’s attack since God’s protection will be unavailable for him.
  4. God has an established judgment for an unrepentant sinner. (God will cast an unrepentant sinner to hellfire on the last day).

God is not partial, he will not punish a sinner and spare the other, Any Christian who lives in sin will not be exempted from God’s punishment.

Every sinner must repent – Without an exception! Everyone must understand that God is not partial; he won’t punish one sinner and leave the other; therefore, both the nominal Christian (A Christian without Christ’s attributes) and the unbeliever should await God’s imminent punishments unless due repentance is exercised.

Are The Consequences of Sin Predictable?

A soul that sins shall die” says the Bible; however, some consequences are bound to follow a sinner before he dies.

The consequences of a sin on earth is not predictable since no one can second-guess God. The Creator mostly take an action that beats human’s imagination. Meanwhile, instead of wasting time on making unnecessary assumptions about God’s variety of punishment in any given situation, everyone should aspire to measure up to the standard of God and serve him in holiness.

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What Should A Sinner Do?

Better safe than sorry, a person who realizes his mistakes should not hesitate to repent from it. Once the person is convicted by the Holy Spirit that he (or she) has transgressed, he should immediately exercise genuine repentance to appease God and avoid his punishment.

Meanwhile, not just an exercise of repentance counts towards restoration, a sinner must also choose to follow the appropriate path that God has created in the Bible. That is, a repentant sinner must pick his/her cross and daily follow Jesus Christ.

A person who has repented of his sins and professed to love God must also make a serious effort to stay away from sin and serve God in holiness.

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What Are The Benefits to Receive When Repentance Is Exercised?

  1. God’s divine blessing will pursue a repentant sinner.
  • An obedient child of God will prosper in whatever he or she does.
  1. A person who repents of his or her sins will have peace of mind
  • The peace of God that surpasses all human understanding will take over the life of a repentant sinner – Since the Holy Spirit will effectively take control.
  1. A person who repents of his or her sin will have an assurance of heaven
    • Heaven is the prime benefit that every repentant sinner will enjoy. God will accept every repentant sinner into his kingdom. He will grant him/her an opportunity to dine and wine with him forever.

Serve God well. Obey his commandments and you shall prosper in all your ways!
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Sin Separation From God by James Taiwo at BLOG.

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FALSE TEACHERS WILL TURN MANY FROM GOD

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Christians Must Be Watchful Of False Teachers

Christians must be watchful of false teachers that camouflage to exploit people for their selfish gains. Some teachers and teachings that are not consistent with bible are out there, and believers must be watchful not to become their victims. Apostle Paul had a similar warning for Galatians’ church when he stated,

“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:6-9).

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Christian To Stay Away From False Teachers

Christians must reject erratic and misleading teachings that lack bases in the scriptures. An heavenly bound believer must not just believe anything that a teacher presents to him or her without establishing facts. Nothing is more factual than the bible, and it remains the basic operation manual for all Christians. Therefore, all Christians must cross-reference whatever they are taught with the bible; a teaching that lacks basis in the bible must be outrightly rejected!

Meanwhile, it is important that Christians pray and ask for Holy Spirit interpretations over all matters. The Spirit of God will shed light on all subjects, and he will enlighten our minds to understand the truth. Also, the Holy Spirit of God will empower us to comply with the scripture.

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Prayer To Be Consistent With God

Dear God, please help me to consistently study bible and listen to leadership of the Holy Spirit. Do not let me be lazy in studying your word. Also, let me prayerfully consider every teaching that is presented to me, and give me grace to reject false teachings. Enable me to accept and celebrate all truth that will liberate me from sin, and make me heavenly bound. Let your word and leadership of the Holy Spirit prosper me now, and always. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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CHRISTIANS OVERCOME THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS

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Christians are not ordinary people. We are spiritual people endowed with God’s grace to do remarkable things for his glory.

Believers have special anointing to uproot the stronghold of the enemies and triumph in victory of the Lord.

It is proclaimed in the scripture,

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

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Lesson on Faith that Overcomes

People who believe in the Jesus Christ are equipped with necessary tools to have victory always.

Truly, believers may not live problem-free lives, but we are powerful in God to triumph in all situations.

The Spirit of God that resides in us will earn us victory.

The Holy Spirit of God that lives in us will give us strength and dynamism needed to overcome the enemies at all times.

Also, the name of Jesus Christ is powerful enough towards earning believers victory in all situations.

The name of Jesus Christ is sufficient for victory at all times!

A battle of any kind – whether physical or spiritual – will fizzle out when a Christian mentions the name of Jesus Christ. Demons will bow, and victory will be won.

People who reserve their trust in Jesus Christ will walk tall and raise their heads. They will have victory and share their testimony to honor God.

Christians are made to overcome problems through faith in Jesus Christ!

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Prayer to Have Faith that Overcomes

Praise God, I am a child of God. Praise God I am not an ordinary person, but a victor in God.

Since the Holy Spirit of God lives in me, I exercise my authority in faith over all situations:
In the name of Jesus Christ I command every stronghold of the enemy in my life to become demolished.

I bind and cast out every demon that may be associated with my problem.

I remove the root of sickness, poverty, failure, and any other through the authority in the name of Jesus Christ.

I replace problems with God’s blessings.

I declare my victory today through Jesus Christ, and I proclaim my triumph forever.

For in the name of Jesus Christ I made my declarations. Amen!

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CHRISTIANS TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL OF SALVATION

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Christians are required to proclaim gospel of Jesus Christ. We must do it without hesitation to populate God’s kingdom.

Christians must inform people about Jesus’ gift of salvation. They must also remind people of God’s punishment that will befall them if they refuse to repent from their sins.

The scripture stated,

Blow the trumpet on Zion. Shout a warning on my holy mountain.

Let all the people who live in the land shake with fear. The Lord’s special day is coming; it is near” (Joel 2:1).

 

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Lesson on Gospel Sharing

This present world will remain a temporal home for all people. Everyone will migrate from here to his or her permanent destination.

The permanent destination will either be heaven or hell.

Not everyone will end up in the same destination. Some people will end their earthly race in heaven, while others end up in hell.

People who will qualify for heaven are those who have believed in Jesus Christ. They must have confessed Jesus Christ as Lord, and accepted him as their personal Savior.

Unbelievers will end up in hell fire where there will be everlasting torment.

The scripture declared,

“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).

Anyone who is yet to establish a good relationship with Jesus Christ should not hesitate to do so – before it is too late.

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Prayer of Grace to Faithfully Spread the Gospel

Dear God, please give me strength to proclaim your gospel and populate your kingdom.

Let the fire of evangelism burn in me to proclaim your good news.

Empower me to ceaselessly proclaim your gospel so that unbelievers can come to the knowledge of your Son Jesus Christ.

Please give sinners a change of mind so that they can escape the punishment of hell, and qualify for your kingdom.

Also, please keep your children throughout the world to remain steadfast in their faith of your Son Jesus Christ.

Please keep your children ever fit for your eternal kingdom.

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

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GOD DESIRES OFFERING FROM A WILLFUL HEART

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God expects his children to present their offerings to him from willful hearts. The Creator is only interested in offerings that are presented to him from liberal hearts.

He is not interested in receiving anything that comes from a grudging heart!

The scripture stated,

“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NKJV).

 

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Lesson on Offerings of Willful Hearts

God will reward people based on the amount of sacrifices that they present unto him.

Since he reserves the storehouses of blessing, the Creator will plentifully reward people who offer him tangible offerings.

Jehovah will sparingly reward people that hold back their resources from him.

Anyone who expects huge blessing from God should learn how to offer his or her plentiful sacrifices to God – without reservation.

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Prayer of Grace to Present Honest Services to God

Dear God, please teach me how to present you my honest sacrifices.

Let my efforts and sacrifice of praise come from open and pure mind, so that they can be acceptable to you.

Do not let me hold back my services from you, but let me use my resources to honor you liberally, so that I can be qualified to obtain your blessings.

Please do these things and many more. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

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A CHRISTIAN NEEDS GOOD COUNSEL AND LEADERSHIP

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Every king needs counseling, and his counselor must be a good one. King Ahaziah in the bible was unfortunate to have a bad counselor who misled him.

King Ahaziah chose a closest family member as his counselor. He was misled, and his life ended in crisis.

King Ahaziah was counseled to self-destruction as the scripture reported,

“Ahaziah was forty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah the granddaughter of Omri.

He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother advised him to do wickedly” (2 Chronicles 22:2-3 NKJV).

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Lesson on Good Counseling for Christians

Every child of God must be careful to select a God-fearing person as his or her mentor.

No child of God should emulate a corrupt and ungodly leader.

Christians should venture to interact with mature Christians that cherish bible principles and practice them.

Anyone worthy of mentorship honor must be ready to lead people in a way that glorifies God.

Christian counselors must ensure they lead well and challenge their protégé to model Jesus Christ.

The goal of mentorship should not be to “lord” over anyone. Rather, the goal must be to help a protégé maximize his or her God-given talents and resources to glorify God.

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Prayer to Receive and Follow Good Counsels

Dear God, please help me not to form alliance with people that care less about you.

Help me to be sensitive enough to interact and network with people who have regard for your principles.

Let me walk with people of value, so that your light may shine through me.

Help me to be a good example for other people to emulate.

Please let my services be acceptable before you always.

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

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HONOR FOR CONSISTENT SERVICES TO GOD

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Titus was praised for having excellent Spirit and consistent heart towards God.

Paul praised him and said,

“But thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you. For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord” (2 Corinthians 8:16-17 ESVUK).

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Lesson on Consistent Services to God

God honors people that serve him with consistent mind. Jehovah will reward them with honor.

He will charge his angels to watch over them, so that they would not dash their feet against stone (Psalm 91:11).

The rewards of people who faithfully serve God are plenty.

God’s grace, goodness, and prosperity will be pronounced in every aspect of their lives. They shall always have upper hands over their enemies.

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Prayer to be Consistent in God’s Services

Dear God, I ask you to please give me a heart that is sold out for your faithful services.

Help me to dedicate my life into serving you with a consistent mind, so that I can qualify to receive your reward of blessings on earth and in heaven.

Please do these things and many more for me. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

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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.

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GOD’S HELP IN TIME OF DISTRESS

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God delivered the nation of Judah from the enemy nations that outnumbered them. The king of Judah (King Jehoshaphat) cried to the Lord for help, and he remarkably saved him and his people in an unprecedented manner.

The king prayed to God as the scripture reported,

“Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (2 Chronicles 20:12 NIV).

Since King Jehoshaphat prayed, God responded with a promise of protection. Therefore as a step of faith, the king organized a special worship session to God. Something remarkable happened afterward.

The Scripture 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 NKJV).

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Lesson on Helping Hands during Distress

Jehovah – the Lord God – will fight for his people, and he will not allow their enemies to rejoice over them.

Anyone who fights God’s children will incur God’s wrath.

The Creator will go any extent to defend his own people, and he will punish their adversaries.

The Creator has honor; he has promised protection for his people, and he will fulfill it.

He will do whatever it takes to achieve his goal of protection on his children.

Hence, anyone who aims at attacking God’s children should think twice, because he (or she) will pay for his actions.

The consequences of evildoers’ actions would be too much to bear!

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Prayer of Affirmation during Distress

Dear God, what a privilege I have to be your child! I am your choice child and I am the apple of your eyes. I believe that you will go any extra mile to defend your glory in my life.

You will rescue me from evildoers and give me upper hands over them.

With my very eyes I will see my expectations on the adversaries!

All what I ask now is grace to remain your true child!

Please keep my feet steadfast in your presence, and let me remain fit to inherit your kingdom.

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

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NEW LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST

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Anyone who is a born-again Christian has become transformed from being a sinful person to a person of holiness. Such person is expected to abide by God’s standard of holiness.

The scripture stated,

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV).

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Lesson on How to Live New Life in Jesus Christ

Christianity involves spiritual transformation of souls from sinfulness to holiness. Therefore, a person who becomes a child of God must be ruled by the Spirit of God.

He (or she) ought not operate in sin anymore. Since his acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, he must disengage himself from old ways of life.

He must start to demonstrate godly lifestyle. As a born again Christian, he must allow God’s Holy Spirit to comfort, instruct, and direct him so that he can remain qualified to receive God’s blessings on earth and in heaven.

In addition, people who are possessed with the Spirit of God are recognized to be adopted sons and daughters of God.

Meanwhile, people who refuse Jesus’ account of resurrection, and those who fail to confess Christ as their Lord and Savior will not have portions with God in heaven.

Their portions will be with devil in hell fire (Matthew 25:41). Therefore, everyone who aspires to go to heaven must confess Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior.

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Prayer of Confession in Jesus Christ

Dear God I want to go to heaven, therefore I am determined to become a born-again Christian. I confess your Son Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior.

I believe he died for my sins and resurrected. I also believe that I can only receive forgiveness of sins through him. Therefore, I confess my sins and repent from them.

I declare my total life for Jesus Christ as from today. I will serve him today, and throughout the days of my life. Amen.

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