Do not be deceived. Righteousness attracts God’s glory. It is an armor of God. God rewards faithfulness – He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. The Bible emphasizes faith and works. Faith without works is dead and saying Lord, Lord without walking in God’s will is futile and a deception.
Do not let the enemy outwit you, outwit him with the complete armor of God. Put on the full gospel. Cherish the word of God. Fight, fight!. Walking in holiness is a significant part of fighting the good fight of faith. Jesus struggled against sin and won. Defeat sin and anything that takes you away from God’s perfect will.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
May your ways be fully pleasing to God, in Jesus name.
That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
God wants your ways to be fully pleasing to Him. To the extent that your life is not pleasing to Him is the extent that you have given the devil a foothold over your life. The Bible says that we should not give the devil a chance.
If we do not walk in complete obedience to God’s will, judgement will come and when judgement comes, Satan will rule even when we don’t want him to rule. Death is the effect of judgement and God is the one that passes judgement not Satan.
God wants a shiny sparkling bride. His grace is available to make us what He wants us to be.
It is so very vital and important for us to always walk right with God. There are so many benefits and rewards attached to walking right with God and pleasing God. Even though we should walk right with God because we love Him not because of benefits, however. God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him,
When you walk right with God, you will
1. Be protected
2. Experience the presence of God
3. Manifest the fruits of the Holy Spirit
4. Have long life
5. Receive answers to prayers
6. Have assurance of salvation
7. Have faith instead of fear
8. Be blessed
May the Lord of glory, help us to always walk right in Him and be quick to repent when we fall.
Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. Isaiah 55:7
God is a merciful God. He is full of love and compassion, and He also loves justice. God’s love and mercy does not mean that He will watch injustice, wickedness and violence happen to innocent people, and He will do nothing. His mercy is not an invitation for all to live as they please, including believers – that is error.
Men will reap what they sow, so today should be your day of repentance and serious thought. Do not postpone your day of repentance because you do not know the future.
Repentance is the right way to embrace God’s love, mercy and forgiveness. The best things in life are free. Forgiveness is free – God freely pardons.
We are called to resist, struggle, and fight against sin. We have not yet struggled to the point of shedding blood like Jesus. By God’s grace, power, grace and help, you can be a mature believer, whose only passion and desire is to please God always.
May God lead you to the golden mountaintop of spiritual maturity, and victory, in Jesus name.
With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 2 Thessalonians 1:11
It is by God’s power and grace that we can be good. Sometimes, we find that we are doing the wrongs things that we hate. We gossip, backbite, insult and use our tongues loosely. Some of us even detest those things yet do them. This shows that knowing is not enough.
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7:24-25
We should know that those things are bad. Desire change and pray for power, grace and help from God. It is only God that can tame and crucify the flesh by His Holy Spirit. Man’s power is of no use at all.
Goodness comes through God’s power so we should recognize that, and cooperate with God, to manifest goodness, righteousness and holiness in and through us.
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. 2 Timothy 3:2-5
The power of God is rooted in holiness, prayer and worship. Faith is what binds all three together. Any faith that does not manifest holiness, prayer and worship is not faith but a form of godliness that actually denies the power of the gospel. Holiness itself is all about submission to the word and will of God. Faith is all about believing and obeying.
You must believe that the blood of Jesus redeemed you and ushered you into a covenant relationship with God. You must believe that your past forsaken sins are cancelled and you must wait upon the Lord and seek Him for restoration, transformation and renewal. You must also obey the new covenant by submission, prayer and worship.
Without believing, there is no relationship and without submission, prayer and worship your relationship is dead even when you claim to believe. Any one who believes must behave like a believer and anyone who has received the love and mercy of God must show love and mercy to others. There is no short cut.
You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. James 2:19
Actions will always prove the faith of a true child of God but faith without actions will always be dead faith. A faith without life. Some murderers, kidnappers and terrorist go to Church and confess Christ and the gospel just to deceive othersbut does that mean that they are believers? Demons believe in God but they don’t obey God so are they believers? True believers are those who do not deny the power of the gospel and false believers are those who have a form of godliness but in their actions and practices deny the power of the gospel. They are the fakes and the hypocrites. Not everyone that confesses Christ is of Christ and by their fruits you can easily detect them.
Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions. Matthew 7￼: 15-20
Also beware of false believers. If you take a look at the lives of Jesus and Paul, they were submissive to the word and will of God. In fact, Jesus Himself is the word of God, so He was in complete union with the word and will of God. He was also completely led by the voice and direction of the Holy Spirit and He obeyed the instructions that He got from the Holy Spirit. He knew the secret of the Spirit and the word. Jesus was full of worship and thanksgiving and He always set aside time to pray and seek His Fathers face. He mostly prayed at night and there is a reason why – night prayers are more effective. These were the roots of His success. By His actions, He never denied the power of the gospel that is why He manifested the power of God.
Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. Matthew 7:21
All the faith doctrines you hear nowadays that are rooted in lust, self worship, human exaltation and the flesh are not the type of faith doctrines that Jesus and Paul preached and practiced. There is a false faith and a true faith. There is the real faith and a fake faith message. The true one glorifies Christ, His word, His Spirit, His blood, His sacrifice and His ways. The false ones glorify self and relegate the grace and power of God to nothing. Those ones will never attribute help and power to the grace of God. Beware! Power belongs to God and you can never control God.
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5
In order to keep Satan from getting the upper hand over us; for we know what his plans are.2 Corinthians 2:11
And do not give the devil a foothold. Ephesians 4:27
Always compare your doctrines and actions with the requirements of God. Test yourself to see if you are really in the faith because the heart of man is completely deceptive. Self deception happens everyday without the victims awareness. It is the work of the devil but if you don’t cooperate with the devil, he will not have an upper hand over you.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8 NKJV)
Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. (James 4:9 NKJV)
When we draw near to God, He draws near to us. God wants us to cleanse our hands and purify our hearts. We can see from the above Scripture, that relationship with God is not as easy as some want it to be. Some people will tell you that if you just confess positively, all will be well with you, but the word of God is not a mantra or an incantation and it should not be used as such.
The word of God must be gloried and respected the way it is. We should not add to it and we must not subtract from it. You must confess and obey, not just confess. We need to maintain close relationship and fellowship with God. Jesus did and Paul did. Anyone that is living a careless disobedient life who expects to confess and decree and move mountains should re-examine himself. Power without purity and holiness is great deception.
We need to draw near to God so that God Himself will draw near to us. May great grace be upon us in Jesus name.
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. (John 9:31 ESV)
God listens to prayers and hears them but it is conditional. Anyone who decides to love evil and harm others should not expect mercy from God – He will not be fooled or mocked. Mercy triumphs over judgement but judgement without mercy will be given to the haters of God and man. We are free but we are not free to hurt and harm others. Hurting others is detestable and despicable in the eyes of God.
If we desire good, let us be good. Anyone who desires evil, death and judgement should keep on hating, harming and terrorizing others but there is a day of reckoning. There is a day of accountability and Christians are not exempt.
A Christian will be saved and go to heaven but he will experience chastening and judgement on earth if he goes astray. Let all who call the name of the Lord depart from evil. Judgement begins in the house of God, so we should not remain in sin just because God is merciful. Any believer with that kind of mentality does not fully know, love or respect his Heavenly Father.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives. ” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? (Hebrews 12:6 – 12:7 ESV)
If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it (Hebrews 12:8- 12:11 ESV)
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. (Revelation 3:19 ESV)
You are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord. (1 Corinthians 5:5 ESV)
I believe that the Scriptures above will convince us to stop being nonchalant about sin. May great grace be upon us in Jesus name.
Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered. (1 Peter 3:7 NKJV)
Sometimes, we forget that sin hinders prayers. We simply love to live our lives anyhow we like and presume that it is okay. However, it is not okay to walk outside the laws and precepts of Christ.
There is a new law and a new covenant sealed with the precious blood of Christ. That law is the law of the covenant that we have been commanded to obey.
When husbands refuse to treat their wives with honor and understanding as the weaker vessel, that very act of reduced love and weak understanding will hinder their prayers. So says the word of God.
On a general note, we need to live our lives in love and understanding towards one another so that our prayers will not be hindered.