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GOD HATES SIN; COVET HOLINESS AND STAY STRONG – Zechariah

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God’s Children Must Abstain From Sin And Focus On Righteousness

Passage: Zechariah 2

God withdrew his defense from the Israelites because they refused to repent from their sins.

However, the Creator promised to reinstate his relationship with them if they repent.

Jehovah promised to forgive the Israelites’ sin and punish their oppressors should they consider repentance.

God promised to severely deal with enemy nations that took advantage of the Israelites’ negative circumstances.

God stated through his prophet,

“For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. For surely I will shake my hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their servants.

…Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me. “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the Lord. “Many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and they shall become my people.

…And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. And the Lord will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem.

…Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!” (Zechariah 2:8-16).

Sin Is Awful; God Forgives Genuine Repentant Sinners

God is tough on sin; he does not condone it and would punish whoever refuses to repent from his or her sins.

Meanwhile, at the same time, Jehovah, who is caring and forgiving, will forgive any offense that is committed should an act of repentance be exercised.

Our gracious God will kindly deal with anyone who repents of his sins and seeks his forgiveness.

That is, a person who is humble enough to say “sorry” for his mistakes will obtain God’s mercy and be forgiven.

No sin is too big for God to forgive. He will forgive our iniquities no matter the magnitude. The only condition he asks is repentance!

People who repent from their sins will enjoy their benefits. He will give them his salvation and write their names in his Book of Life.

Jehovah will watch over repentant sinners and satisfy them with many benefits. However, everyone must understand that God does not

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GOD DOES NOT REWARD FALSE CHARITY – Matthew

Honest Charity Deserves Good Reward

It is good to be good! When we act in good faith, people are blessed, and God is glorified.

No doubt that God sees our charity efforts. He is surely keeping the record, and he will reward them in due time.

God and his angels rejoice when someone goes out of his way to bless his fellow human being, but not only are heavenly hosts celebrating the good deed, but God keeps the record; he will hands down his good reward for the effort.

Since an act of charity is honorable in the sight of the Lord, Christians are encouraged to engage in it.

Charity Worker, Check Your Motive

Not all charity works are visible to others, but some can’t really be kept secret from the public eyes. In such a situation, people may acknowledge and shower praises on the worker. However, the charity worker must take caution and not get carried away with the praises he receives.

A person who does a thing to receive human praise has gotten all he deserves. He may not necessarily receive God’s reward afterward since he’s all out seeking human’s approval and praises.

Seek God’s Endorsement, not a human endorsement! #endorse

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As children of God, our efforts must not focus on receiving human’s praises but must focus on glorifying God.

When selfishness is not the driving motive, the result of our efforts will be so praise-worthy in the presence of God.

Meanwhile, besides any human’s praises and acknowledgment, God knows how best to reward our righteous services that focus on helping humanity and glorifying the name of God.

God will reciprocate our true efforts with riches and glory in his kingdom. He will also bless us on earth.

“Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you; they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. (Matthew 6:2-4).

God’s Reward Awaits Your True Services

God is an honest deity; he also respects people who share the same attribute. True worshipers score a high mark with God, but people’s pleasers won’t go far!

As a child of God, you should evaluate your motive in any matter.

Ask yourself, “Why am I doing what I’m doing: Am I doing it to receive human’s praises, or I’m doing it to receive God’s praises?”

Self-seeking praise may go well with humans, but it doesn’t go well with God. Let your efforts be motivated by love; let your action glorify God! 

Allow God to Guide Your Actions Human flesh is in enmity with God – Flesh will encourage you to go in the way of human satisfaction, which means you will have to seek human praises to meet the demand. The flesh will motivate you to parade your charity, but the Holy Spirit of God can help you overcome that challenge. Those who are led by the Spirit are the children of God! Ask God to give you the strength and power not to be selfish nor seek

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