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Respond to God’s calling!

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for thy servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

And the Lord came and stood forth, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for thy servant hears.” Then the Lord said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel, at which the two ears of every one that hears it will tingle. (1 Samuel 3:7-11)

The great man of God, the prophet Samuel had his calling from God. O how many times God called him? O what if Samuel would have not taken help of Eli to understand God’s calling? O if Samuel would have never responded to God’s calling? Then God’s will for Israel by the prophet Samuel would have been affected. What a shame to lose God’s calling.

Be humble to enough to ask help of those serving the Lord God, to understand God’s will for you. Never feel to small to still yourself and keep away from the chaos of the world, to hear God’s voice. And when you finally come to know God’s for yourself, do not even hesitate to do it, fair and square. All for the glory of God!

Will you intercede?

Will you intercede for a world that’s dying?
In which there is sin, hate, and lying.
If you wish to do God’s will,
Then in your life intercession you fill.

Pray for the poor, pray for the rich,
That they don’t end up in Hell’s ditch.
Pray for the healthy, pray for the sick,
That they don’t fall for any evil trick.

Intercede unto Christ Our Lord and Saviour,
And be holy, sinless with good behaviour.
Don’t faint nor your sorrow lengthen,
But by the Holy Spirit yourself strengthen.

Pray for miracles more and plenty,
That they’d be hundredfold not twenty.
Pray for those who yearn for salvation,
That they believe the Gospel with joyful acclamation.

Hear God’s Word and to Him be grateful,
And cast out in Christ’s name all things hateful.
So make you petitions in full faith,
And in hope for deliverance wait.

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I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. (1 Timothy 2:1)

Stop sinning to please God

The true Christian hates sin!

Avoid idleness

Avoid idleness, and fill up all the spaces of thy time with severe and useful employment; for lust easily creeps in at those emptinesses where the soul is unemployed and the body is at ease; for no easy, healthful, idle person was ever chaste if he could be tempted; but of all employments, bodily labor is the most useful, and of the greatest benefit for driving away the Devil. (Jeremy Taylor)

What is sin?

It is the glory of God not honored.
The holiness of God not reverenced.
The greatness of God not admired.
The power of God not praised.
The truth of God not sought.
The wisdom of God not esteemed.
The beauty of God not treasured.
The goodness of God not savored.
The faithfulness of God not trusted.
The commandments of God not obeyed.
The justice of God not respected.
The wrath of God not feared.
The grace of God not cherished.
The presence of God not prized.
The person of God not loved.
That is sin.

-John Piper

True

Quick Reminder: Avoid fake repentance

Prayers leading to Christmas – 4

O Lord God, help me to grow in perseverance, for the sake of your Holy Name. Don’t let me get overwhelmed, even if all around me people fall away into death, or in sin. Help me know and realize, that my main goal in life is to live and abide in your Holy Word each day. Strengthen me by your Holy Spirit, to keep in mind all the things you have called me out to do. Cause me to to always love and cherish following your Son Jesus Christ, no matter what the world says and does. Grant me the endurance to seek first the Kingdom of God and I know that then you will grant all the things that I need. I ask this earnestly, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Prayers leading to Christmas – 3

O Lord God, who gives worth to all his creation, help me to live worthily for you. Help me to consider, the length and end of my days, that I might follow worthy pursuits. Take away from me the love of ungodly gain, and ungodly pleasures, by your Holy Spirit. Give me a heart, that only seeks after the right path, at all times. Save me from all deceptions that come from within myself, from the world and from the Enemy of my soul that life is not wasted. Always cause me to ponder your Word like how Mary cherished it once she received your only begotten Son Jesus Christ, the only and true Saviour of the World. I pray that I always realize that you have given me the duty to make the right choices in my life so I glorify you always in all that I say, think and do. I ask this all in the name of Jesus Christ the Redeemer of the world. Amen,

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