THEME: CROWNS OF GRACE
“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”
-Temptations form part of our Christian lives. In fact, the Bible describes temptation as a joyful process which is a test of faith that produces patience, and makes one complete lacking nothing (James 1:2-4). Job was tempted severely but yet he did not curse God (Job 2:10). Jesus was tempted by the devil and overcame by Himself Who He is the Word (Luke 4:1-14). We also find the martyr Church at Smyrna is encouraged to faithfulness unto death by the promise of the crown of life from the hands of the Lord of life (Revelation 2:10). The angel of the Church at Philadelphia is stimulated to hold fast what they have, that no man take their crowns (Revelation 3:10-11). James speaks of the crown of life which a person who is proven through trial and temptations; receives. 1 Corinthians 10:13 reveals that, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” To overcome temptations, we need to fully rely on the power of Christ, to pray and fast like Jesus did, to read and meditate on the word of God, to resist the devil and dwell in the presence of God through prayer and praise, to follow God’s instructions that come to us through dreams, visions, prophecy and His word. In all these things we are comforted for God has made provision for His grace to help us overcome every temptation from the tempter.
Almighty and everlasting Father, we come before this morning thanking You for the gift of life and the far that You have brought us. Grant us merciful Father, the grace to overcome every temptation that comes our way. Increase in us faith to conquer all and remain faithful to You. Give us the gift of wisdom that we may follow You wholeheartedly and never turn back; that no one may take our crowns. We expose every plan of the wicked one in our lives, families, schools, societies and nation by Your precious blood. We break all the bars of iron and wicked plans of the enemy. Fight for us Jesus and make every crooked path straight. May all those who plan evil against us submit to Your authority Jesus Christ. We pray for the grace Jesus to accomplish every assignment, command and burden that You have placed in our hearts. We pray for the lives that have been wasted. The people who have been diverted and misaligned from their course of life. Those whose stars have been stolen by the evil one and are used to bring forth evil to others. Those whose lives have been captured by the devil through sickness, barrenness, insanity and those that roam aimlessly in the streets. We break every curse in their lives by Your precious blood Jesus. Return them back to their course by Your merciful love. Return us all loving Father to our course where we have missed the mark. Deliver us from the snares of the enemy, O God and always be our Fortress against those who are attacking us. Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from all evil. Arise Lord to help us, look to our plight and fight for us, for the battle belongs to You. Show us Your ways dear Lord and guide us in the light of Your salvation. Bless the nation of Israel merciful Father and all its people; and grant them peace. Amen
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