God’s Will For You; 10 Verses

Grace and peace be unto you.

1. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2).

2. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10).

3. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. (1 John 5:14).

4. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31). NIV

5. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33).

6. Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

7. Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

8. Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. (2 Timothy 2:14).

9. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. (1 Peter 5:10).

10. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4).

Heavenly Father, help us to understand and accept your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.

How Will Your Story Be Told?

Grace and peace be unto you.

The story is told that Asa, son of Abijah reigned as king of Judah for forty-one years. His heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life. He returned the silver, gold, and other articles which he and his father dedicated to the Lord’s temple. The Lord was pleased with him because he did what was right in his sight, similar to king David. Nonetheless, after his work was finished, he died and was buried with his ancestors in the city of his father, David. His son, Jehoshaphat succeeded him as king (1Kings 15:9-24).

Asa wrote his story through the life he lived. It is one of inspiration, admiration, and most importantly pleased the Lord. Similarly, you are writing your life story through your daily activities. How will it be told? The Bible says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). You only have a limited time, but it is adequate to accomplish God’s plan and write a beautiful story.

When your time on this earth ends, you will rest with your ancestors, and someone will carry on your work. If you are reading this article, you have an opportunity to begin or continue your life story that is pleasing to the Lord. How can you write such a story? Scripture says, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).   

Heavenly Father, we praise you for everything is in your hands. Grant us the love, wisdom, and courage to serve you wholeheartedly every day. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Our Time On This Earth Is Limited;10 Bible Verses

Grace and peace be unto you.

1. For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall. (1 Peter 1:24).

2. Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12).

3. Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

4. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. (Psalm 51:6).

5. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ (Isaiah 46:10).

6. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. (Ecclesiastes 3:20).

7. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21).

8. So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 8:15).

9. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17).

10. I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. (Jeremiah 31:3).

Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding us that our days are finite. Help us to serve you the rest of our days. In Jesus’ name, amen.  

 Scriptures are taken from the New International Version.

God Will Work Things Out;10 Bible Verses

Grace and peace be unto you.

1. No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. (Isaiah 54:17).

2. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28).

3. Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters, a pathway no one knew was there! (Psalm 77:19).

4. …for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return. (2 Timothy 1:12).

5. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32:8).

6. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (Isaiah 41:10).

7. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13).

8. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6).

9. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7).

10. Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me? (Jeremiah 32:27).

Heavenly Father, we praise you because you work everything out according to your plan. In Jesus’ name, amen.

God’s Grace Is Available To You

And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (John 1:16).

The story is told that Paul and Barnabas travelled to Paphos to preach the gospel. It so happened that they met a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar- Jesus, who was an attendant to the proconsul Sergius Paulus.

Sergius sent for Paul and Barnabas to hear the word of God, but the sorcerer opposed them. Paul who was filled with the Holy Spirit rebuked him and said, “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun.” As soon as Paul was finished speaking, Bar-Jesus became blind. Sergius was amazed and believed in the Lord’s teaching. (Acts 13:6-12).

Our obedience to God is integral to the accomplishment of his plan. The Holy Spirit prompted Paul to rebuke the sorcerer and he obeyed. This resulted in Sergius accepting salvation. When we obey the Holy Spirit, God is glorified. Interestingly, when we try to oppose God’s plan (Proverbs 21:30), he knows how to stop us, and use it for his glory. Regardless of the path we choose, we are assured that God’s grace is always available to us.  

God demonstrated his grace while dealing with Bar-Jesus. Despite Bar-Jesus’ evil deeds and attempt to thwart God’s plan, he got a mild punishment. Scripture says, “…the Lord is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Bar-Jesus experienced God’s power and love, and an opportunity to accept salvation.  

Although you may not be a sorcerer, the Bible says you have sinned, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Still yet, God gives you grace daily while he patiently waits for you to repent. Will you take a moment and confess your sins? Will you obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit?

Heavenly Father, we praise you for your grace. In Jesus’ name, amen.  

Additional Resources:

  1. From God’s Heart To Yours: 53 Devotionals To Motivate You Throughout The Day

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      2. Hope And A Future Through Jesus Christ

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What Are You Afraid Of Losing?

Grace and peace be unto you.

What is a likely consequence when we believe our thoughts over God’s promises? Scripture says, “So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace” (Romans 8:6). God desires that we develop an intimate relationship with him and commit everything to him.  

The story is told that God divided the tribes of Israel. He gave 2 tribes to Solomon’s son Rehoboam and 10 tribes to his official, Jeroboam. He promised Jeroboam that he would build him a dynasty as lasting as King David’s if he obeyed his commands and decrees. After Solomon’s death, the leaders of the 10 tribes anointed Jeroboam as their king. (1 Kings 11:29-39).

Rehoboam was king of Judah and Jerusalem was the capital. Consequently, Jeroboam fortified Shechem as the capital of Israel and lived there. After a while, he thought to himself, “The kingdom will now likely revert to the house of David. If these people go up to offer sacrifices at the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem, they will again give their allegiance to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah. They will kill me and return to King Rehoboam.” Following this thought, he built two calves and set up one in Bethel and the other in Dan. Then, he instructed the people to worship them as their god, and they obeyed (1 Kings 12:25-31).

God appointed Jeroboam king over ten tribes, which were the majority of the Israelites. He then promised him a dynasty similar to King David’s, which was contingent on obedience to his word. Still yet, Jeroboam was afraid that the Israelites would kill him and give their loyalty to the house of David. He did not trust God to protect him and establish his legacy. In the absence of trust, fear emerges.  

Jeroboams’ responsibility was to obey God’s commands in order to maintain his position. But he believed his thoughts over God’s promise. And so, he sought to maintain the kingship and loyalty of the people by his own effort and idea, which led him and the Israelites to sin. Sadly, prior to making the fatal decision, he did not discuss his fear with God, who was available.

What are you afraid of losing? What has God given you that you are trying to keep by your own effort? It is okay to be fearful but wrong not to discuss it with Jesus. Scripture says, “God has not given you a spirit of fear but of courage, love, and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7). God is asking you to talk to him about your concern. He loves you very much and wants you to make the right decision. He is waiting to give you the answer that you need. Will you speak with him today? “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).    

Heavenly Father, we praise you because you do all things well. We commit our thoughts to you and ask that you grant us the patience to wait for your response, and the wisdom to obey. In Jesus’ name, amen.

11 Verses Regarding The Holy Spirit

Grace and peace be unto you.  

1. The power of the Lord came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel. (1 Kings 18:46).

2. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. (Acts 8:39).

3. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7).

4. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. (Romans 8:26).

5. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. (John 14:26).

6. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. (Acts 2:4).

7. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4).

8. While Barnabas, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen, and Saul were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (Acts 13:1-2).

9. The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.” (Acts 8:29).

10. Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. (Acts 16:6).

15 Bible Verses That Prove The Prosperity Gospel Wrong

Grace and peace be unto you.

The prosperity gospel is the belief that God wants us to always have financial blessings and be in good health. Proponents of this gospel teach that faith and positive words will motivate God to answer our prayers. Some verses that show the error of the prosperity gospel are;

1. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take away my thorn in the flesh. But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:8-9).

2. Now Elisha had been suffering from the illness from which he died… (2 Kings 13:14).

3. I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm. (2 Corinthians 11:27).

4. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. (Matthew 26:11).  

5. All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along. (Galatians 2:10).

6. There will always be some in the land who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor and with other Israelites in need. (Deuteronomy 15:11).

7. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5).

8. Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. (1 Timothy 6:6-8).

9. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. (1 John 5:14).

10. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21).

Heavenly Father, thank you for showing us that the prosperity gospel is antibiblical. Help us to love your word. In Jesus’ name, amen.

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

God Has A Role For Your Enemies

Grace and peace be unto you.

Have you ever prayed for God to remove your enemies? What was the response? The Bible teaches that God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours. Consequently, we are encouraged to study and obey his word so we can grow in his grace and knowledge.    

The story is told that after Joshua died, the Israelites constantly disobeyed God’s commands. Hence, God advised them that he would allow their enemies to remain in the land for two purposes. Firstly, to test their obedience to him. Secondly, to help the young ones who had no warfare experience, obtain same. The tribes that the Lord allowed to remain are the Canaanites, Sidonians, Hivites, and the five rulers of the Philistines (Judges 3:1-4).

Similarly, God placed you in this sinful world and allow your enemies to be in close proximity to you. They may be in your local church, live next door, work in the same office, or in your family. You cannot escape them. Interestingly, their purpose is to help you develop a Christlike Image (Romans 8:29). A Christlike Image is evident when you obey Gods’ Word and your lifestyle demonstrates the fruit of the Spirit.

As a result, God is watching to see how you manage the provocations from your enemies. Will you curse and malice them?  Will you love and pray for them? Scripture says, “But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” (Matthew 5:44). Occasionally, the temptations might feel painful and unbearable, but do not faint. God promised that he will not give you more than you can bear (2 Corinthians 10:13).

Heavenly Father, help us to look at our enemies’ provocations from your perspective and understand that they will help us conform to the Image of your Son. In Jesus’ name, amen.  

7 Commandments Of Prayer

Grace and peace to you. 

1. Do not give God a timeframe to grant your request. “This is what the Lord says, at just the right time, I will answer you…” (Isaiah 49:8 NLT). Our generation is guilty of being in a hurry and thinking that we know the right time that things should occur. And so, when we make requests, we expect God to respond in our timeframe. This approach is disrespectful to him. We are implying that we are wiser than him and he should conform to our expectations. God is Sovereign, he has a plan for us and knows the right time to grant our petitions. As such, he is pleased when we trust his timing and patiently wait on him.

2. Do not repeat words. “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again” (Matthew 6:7 NLT). We are all guilty of repetition during prayer at least once in our lifetime. We engage in this behavior because we think that our prayers will be more pleasing to God and he will grant us our desires. It also makes us feel good, holy, and close to God. Interestingly, these thoughts and feelings are inconsistent with God’s words. God has an excellent memory and remembers our words, consequently, repetitions are not necessary. They will not inspire God to answer our prayers.

3. Do not pray to be seen. “But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you” (Matthew 6:6 NLT). Private prayers indicate that God is your only audience. During these prayers, pretensions and boastings are stripped away and you are focused on genuinely talking and listening to him. Private prayers yield remarkable results.  

4. Do not ask for things to appease your selfish desires. “And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong, you want only what will give you pleasure” (James 4:3 NLT). God loves when you request resources to carry out your divine assignments. For example, if your assignment is teaching, ask for wisdom, knowledge and other things that will enhance your teaching abilities. Solomon’s request was granted because he asked for wisdom to help him carry out his duties.

5. Do not expect your will to be done. “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine” (Luke 22:42 NLT). In this prayer, Jesus expressed his desire but asked that God’s will be done. You are required to do the same. If you make requests according to your will and expect God to fulfill it, you will be disappointed. God is obligated to fulfill his will and not yours. For this reason, he encourages you to pray for his will to be done.    

6. Do not harbor sin. “If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened” (Psalm 66:18 NLT). You might agree that it is better not to pray than to do so while harboring unconfessed sins. The Bible teaches that we have all sinned (Romans 3:23), and if we think we are without sin, we deceive ourselves (1 John 1:8). Consequently, we are encouraged to confess our sins when we pray. By so doing, God will hear our prayers.

7. Do not doubt that God will answer your prayer. “But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind” (James 1:6 NLT). God promises that whatever we ask for that is in agreement with his plan, he will give to us. Therefore, when we pray accordingly, he wants us to believe wholeheartedly that our request will be granted. 

Heavenly Father, help us to adhere to these commandments. In Jesus’ name, amen.