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Honor God

Key Scripture:

1 Samuel 2:30 (KJV)”… for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.”


This sermon’s main focus is on giving God the honor. We ought to honour God and this was not only for the Old Testament saints it is for all of us ,at all times. The Lord our God is faithful to honor those who honour Him. In this sermon we learn we honor God by our living, by giving our best, by serving Him and through our praise.


 Honoring God through obedience.

1 Samuel 2:30 (KJV)  Wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

The Bible is entirely about honoring God. He wants us to honor Him. Honoring in the biblical context necessarily refers to giving, glorifying and exalting God.

Lucifer was created to worship and honor God, but he was pushed off because of his desire for God’s throne. You and I are created to take that very spot to worship and honor God Most High without desiring His throne. This is our highest calling .

Genesis 3:17 (KJV)   And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

The first sin occurred due to an error in giving honor to God. Adam, the first man ever created took heed to his wife instead of obeying what God had said to him about eating the fruit. He honored the word of his wife more than the Word of God. It brought curse on the earth.

When God says something, He expects us to abide by His word. Sin begins when we dishonor God and His Word.

Moses was denied entry into the Promised Land because he failed to honor God in the sight of all the people by striking the rock when he was commanded to speak to it. (Numbers 20:12)

Moses was a man who spoke to God face to face but one instance of dishonoring God proved very costly.

Similarly, failing to honor God puts us at the risk of not inheriting our promises.

Let us thereby make every effort to honor God.  L

Areas where we can honor God.

  1. By Giving our Best to God:

 Malachi 1:6-8 (KJV)   A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the Lord is contemptible.

And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the Lord of hosts.

God tests the quality of our giving. He will not accept half-hearted sacrifice. Whatever we do unto God, we should do it with all our heart.

Proverbs 3:9,10 (KJV)  Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

God loves a cheerful giver. Give God for honouring Him and not for getting benefits from Him. When we honor God with all the first fruits of our increase and all our substance, the Lord honors by filling us with plenty. He promises us new wine and new experiences.

  1. In our Living:

 1 Corinthians 6:19 (KJV)  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

We need to honor God with our bodies. The fact is that our body belongs to the Lord. The Lord is the owner and we are only as tenants living on rent. We will be accountable to the Lord as to what we do with the body He has given us.

We need to keep ourselves pure and holy, not allowing the filth or the unwanted things of the world to pollute our thoughts and actions; because on the day of resurrection this mortal body will be hit with the power God and raised to be with the Lord. Therefore let’s maintain it with glory.

  1. By Serving God:

 John 12:25, 26 (KJV)  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.  If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

 Those who claim to follow the Lord must serve Him. even when situations tell us to do otherwise. Jesus told His disciples that those who love life will lose it but those who hate it will keep it . If someone serves the Lord, the Father in heaven will honor him. Let us give it all to Jesus and serve Him with all that we have.

  1. By Praising God:

 Psalms 50: 23 (KJV) Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

 We honor God by praising Him. when we praise Him there is protection around us and our families. As you praise Him He shows forth His salvation.

 Psalms 26:8 (KJV)   Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.

 King David says that he loves the habitation of the Lord and that’s where His honor dwells. Do we have the same love and excitement when it comes to our church is a question we must reflect on, because that’s where we see the salvation of God.


Exodus 20:24 says An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.”

Whenever we cause His name to be honored the Lord will come and bless us. Let us always make it a point to honor God in all that we do. In every crucial decision we take, let’s make sure we are willing to do what the Bible asks us to do. It pleases the Lord when we honor Him. Let us honor Him by obeying His Word, which is exalted above the heavens.

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Realms to Honor God

Key Scripture:

1 Samuel 2:30 (KJV)”… for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.”


The Bible tells us that we have been called to live before the Lord as a family. The Lord gives us this Biblical principle wherein He honors those who honor Him. There are many ways we have received honor from the Lord but usually fail to honor Him in the way that He really deserves. This Sermon helps us understand the different areas in our lives we ought to honor God.


God is worthy of all honor.

1 Samuel 2:30 (KJV)  Wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

The Sovereign Lord is worthy of all honor and praise. Therefore it is never really our choice whether to live before Him or not. We need to always give merit to His sovereignty and offer Him the praise due to His Holy Name.

This statement the Lord is telling Eli, the priest at Shiloh. He wanted Eli and his household to serve before Him all the days of their lives. There was a generational call of God over their lives. However, they failed to honor God and they despised His word by disobeying it; this forced God to change His ordained plan.

Similarly there are many instances wherein we tend to take God lightly and that is a dangerous zone to be in.

In this sermon we can see 4 areas of our lives wherein God wants us to honor Him thoroughly.

Areas where we can honor God.

  1. In our Leadership:

 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)   But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

Eli and his sons were priests called to stand on behalf of the people before God, to offer sacrifices and bless them.

The Bible calls all of us priests. No matter what our designation is, our first duty is to stand as priests before the Lord, every day taking the place to worship and thanking God on behalf of your family, community, company, etc.

Revelation 1:5,6 (KJV)  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

 God has washed us with His precious blood to make us all kings and priests. How are we faring in this role of a priest?

We shouldn’t despise our leadership as Eli’s sons did, wherein they used their leadership to fill their stomachs.

Esau despised his birthright and sold it for a morsel of food, because of which he lost his position in God’s kingdom. (Heb 12:16)

Every decision we make is a priestly decision, carrying God’s stamp of authority and  dignity. Our leadership must honor God.

  1. In our Stewardship:

 1 Samuel 2:17 (KJV)  Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord: for men abhorred the offering of the Lord

The sons of Eli despised the precious things the people of God brought as offerings to the house of God.

God has given us an important task of stewardship. We are responsible for all that God has given us, be it family, money or work.

We need to take care of them as per the instructions given to us in God’s Word. We should be able to do as God’s Word requires without questioning it and we must take care never to reject or forsake the responsibility God has given us and thereby the Lord will be honored.

  1. In our Relationships:

 1 Samuel 2:29 (KJV) Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people?

 God accuses Eli for honoring his children more than God. Who in our lives is honored more than God is a question every person should ask.

We need to bring honor to God in our relationships. The Lord requires our sexual lives to be pure.

Eli’s sons caused offense to God’s people by having illegitimate relationships with women who came to serve at the entrance to the tabernacle. (1 Sam 2:12,24,25)

Hebrews 13:4 (KJV)  Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

Marriage is honorable in God’s sight. God commands us to keep the marriage bed pure. Otherwise we will succumb to the judgment of God.

2 Timothy 2:20-23 (KJV)  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.  Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.

 In 2 Timothy 2:20-23 we read that it lies in God’s jurisdiction whom He would use for honorable purposes. To be a vessel of honor the Lord requires us to follow faith, righteousness, peace, charity and a pure heart. Let’s honor God in our relationships by not departing from the ways of the Lord.

  1. In our Worship:

 1 Samuel 4:4 (KJV)  So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.

 Hophni and Phinehas were called to be priests and worship Him. On the day of the battle they worshiped so loud that the earth beneath them shook but that was the last time they ever did anything for God.

The Lord laments in Isaiah 29:13 about people who praise Him with their lips but their hearts are far away. Worship should come from the heart and not just a lip service.

 Romans 12:2 (KJV)   And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

 Worship is not just about the singing or the gathering. True worship is when you are living a life of worship. By following His will and doing only what God approves, we honor God in our worship.


There is a call of God on all our lives and our families to live before Him continually. This is only a possibility if we honor the Lord. We, in our fast-paced lifestyle, tend to take God and His work lightly, we treat His love and mercy with low esteem. Let’s turn that around and live in a way that we honor the Lord in every area of our lives.

Victory over Death

Key Scripture:

Philippians 3:20 (KJV)  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.


This sermon helps us understand the ways in which we encounter death. The Lord Jesus Christ has won over death and He promises us the same victory. To take the victory over death, we must first learn the different ways death takes hold over our lives and how in obedience to God’s word, we can overcome the power of death and its sting.


 Power of Death

‘Death’. The very word brings a chill down our spine. If we are born, we will die one day. We all are under the threat of death, running closely parallel to that dividing line between life and death. The Bible tells us that we can have victory over death. Let us see the different ways in which we encounter death in our lives and how the Word of God gives us a way to gain victory over death.

Ways in which Death overtakes us:

  1. Spiritual Death:

 Ephesians 2:1,5,6 (KJV)   And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Ever since we are born, we are dead in sin. (Psalm 51) When we are sinful, without the reality of the Savior, death is working in us and our spirits are not connected with God. But when you are born again and believe in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, you are quickened by His power.

Romans 6: 2-4 (KJV)  God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

 Just accepting the saving grace of the Lord does not keep us from spiritual death, we need to have a vibrant relationship and fellowship with Him. By being baptized, we accept His death and our raised into new creation by His resurrecting power and now we are seated with Christ in heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:3)

  1. Faith without works is dead:

 James 2:17,18 (KJV)  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

 If we claim to have only faith and no works to support our claims, then our faith is dead. We need to live by what we believe. Faith is not only for receiving from the Lord but it is being willing to offer all that we have up to the Lord like Abraham, who didn’t even hesitate to sacrifice his only son Isaac.

 James 2:23-26 (KJV)  And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

 Faith should be seen in our works like Rahab though a harlot, protects the messengers, who came to spy the land. Our faith should be seen in our works to provide, protect and bless the church and the man of God.


  1. Negative Character causes Death:

 Proverbs 5:3-5 (KJV)  For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.

 The way of the strange woman leads to death, that’s what the Bible teaches us. Strange woman here, refers to anything that moves you away from the system which God has established. Anything that moves you away from living a godly life, being a part of church fellowship and also from your family causes death. The only thing that should instruct us is the Word of God and we must be willing to accept its instruction. (Proverbs 5:6-9)

Proverbs 2: 10, 16, 18 (KJV)  When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.

The Lord has asked us to search for wisdom which brings both long life and riches. (Proverbs 3:13,15)


  1. Spirit gives Life:

 2 Corinthians 3:6 (KJV)  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

 The Spirit of God and the anointing of the Holy Spirit gives us life. The law kills. Our worship defines the anointing we carry.

Psalms 115:17-18 (KJV)   The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence. But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the Lord.

 The Psalmist says that the dead don’t praise God; therefore let’s give importance to spiritual worship and be an ambassador of praise for our generation.


  1. Ministry should have life:

Revelation 3:1,2 (KJV)  And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God

 God wants us to have a ministry that doesn’t die out. Our ministry should have life.


  1. Victory over Physical Death:

 Philippians 3:20,21 (NIV)  But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

 The Lord Jesus Christ enables us with His power to transform our mortal bodies with its weaknesses and sicknesses into His glorious body where we will be transformed into His image.

 Revelation 20:6, 14 (KJV)  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

The second death can never overtake us and death and hell will be cast away into the lake of fire. By the power of His resurrection we will be able to have victory even when death stares us in the eye.


Death is inevitable. However we don’t have to succumb to death, especially when our Lord and Savior has paid the price and won over death and Hades. This sermon throws light on some of the areas in which we encounter death and how we overlook its effects on our spiritual growth. The Lord asks us to examine these areas and change according to God’s word and take our rightful victory over death as believers of Christ.

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Victory over Sin and Addictions-Part-2

Key Scripture:

1 John 5:18 (KJV)  We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.


We can learn from this sermon the struggle we have with sin and the ways to overcome it especially from the First Epistle of John. Sin is our greatest enemy and it is a real battle everyday to keep away from it. This sermon highlights 5 ways we can overcome this enemy from God’s Word. Let us be equipped with the Sword of the Spirit and fight the wicked one who tries to entangle us with sin and addictions.


 Struggle with sin.

 Hebrews 12:1 (KJV) Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Sin is something that easily entangles us and disturbs our communion with the Lord. It separates us from the presence of God and we fall into the snare of the devil.  The Bible tells us it follows us, almost pursuing you, crouching at our doors waiting to take us prey.

Often Sin is regarded harmless and ignored with a false notion that every sin under the heavens have been forgiven and that all has been set right. If Sin had been done away with, these epistles would not have been written at the first place.

Adam the first human fell into sin because of the devil and he has passed it down onto us, and that seed of sin dwells in us, making us incapable to do any good.

Sin is dangerous; destroying every bit of holiness that we would have ever worked towards.Anything that takes us away from the presence of God is sin be it our cellphones, Television shows,even certain lifestyle choices leave an open door for sin and sinning repeatedly is an addiction.

The good news is that Jesus Christ came so that we can be free from this magnetic horror called sin that follows us every moment and we can only be cleansed from it by His precious Blood.

Ways we can be victorious over sin?

As adhesive as sin can be the Bible shows us steps in which we can keep away sin from our lives. There is sin that follows us even after the completed work of Christ on the cross and that is why St. John makes 27 references to sin in 1 John in the New Testament which helps us get into a habit of being conscious of our lives being in line with the Holy One.

  1. Confession of sins:

 1 John 1:8-10 (KJV)   If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

In the presence of God, we should take time to introspect our lives in the light of His holiness. We deceive ourselves when we say we haven’t sinned. If we confess our sins then the Lord is faithful to forgive us. With peer pressure, sin is always at our necks. It is so important to introspect whether we have offended God in any way or not.

1 John 1:3 (KJV)  That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

 Being associated with darkness can only lead to a sinful life but fellowship with God through prayer, worship and the ministry of God’s word can help us overcome sin. There is no deliverance without confession. Let us get into the habit of putting ourselves before the presence of God as an open book each day and evaluate our spiritual lives.

  1. Commitment to do His Word:

 1 John 2:1-6 (KJV) My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 There is a constant urge to sin within us. The commitment to keep God’s word is what helps us overcome that urge. The Bible tells us that the Law of the Lord is by which we are warned and by keeping them there is great reward. (Psalm 19) We also find the Lord Jesus telling us that if we love Him we must obey His commandments. By doing so, the love of God is perfected in us, especially when we walk as our Lord Jesus walked.  When we are committed to keep His commandments , we enter into the blessed realm of communing with Him. His commandments reveal who He is and we should be passionate in obeying those.


  1. Communion of the Holy Spirit:

 1 John 2:15-17 (KJV)  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

 We are not to love the world. The glory and medals of this world are vain. All we have is supposed to be for the Kingdom of God be it our homes, families, material possessions, even our influence.

1 John 2:27 (KJV)  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him

 The Bible tells us that the anointing of the Holy Spirit abides in us and He is the one who teaches us the way in which we are to walk. When He is in you and you have a constant communion with Him you can hear Him teach you the right thing. The world will allure us to itself, but when we have the communion of the Holy Spirit inside of us we would escape from every dart of the evil one.

  1. Conviction to be righteous

 1 John 3:9-10 (KJV)  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

 There are two groups of people in the world- children of God and children of the devil. When we are the children of God, we have His seed in us. His righteousness and grace is in us. When His seed is in us, the power of sin is rendered powerless.We are saved from addictions because His seed is there in us. Not only following righteousness but even loving your brother determines whether we are of God or not. To what extent would you love?

1 John 3:16-18 (KJV)   Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Laying down our lives for one another should be our standard in love. Without love towards those around us, we cannot say the love of God dwells within us. Let us not only speak of loving but also show it in our actions.

  1. Confidence in God:

1 John 5:18-19 (KJV)  We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

 Last but definitely in no way the least is, having the confidence in God  Whosoever has been of God cannot sin. Our Lord Jesus who is the begotten of God keeps us in His love. This is the confidence we have in God, that He is able to keep us from sin even when the whole wold is filled with wickedness. The wicked one will not be able to touch us as long as we are kept by the Lord Jesus.


People say there is no more sin in the world because Jesus Christ washed them all away. They disregard the existence of sin and thereby deceive themselves. Sin will eventually catch up with us. Denial of sin cannot be the solution to overcome sin.Today, whatever maybe that sin or addiction that is holding you back from God, get into His word, let it convict you to confess your sins and lead you to the precious cleansing power of His Blood. We have victory over sin and addictions by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus. Above all as we are committed for this warfare, He will keep us from all the evil attacks when we live in the light of His presence.

Victory over Sin and Addictions-Part 1

Key Scripture:

1 Corinthians 1:57,58 (KJV)  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.


This sermon brings out the basics of what the Law of God requires of His people. It has been widely propagated that we live in a ‘Grace-Period’ and that the Law doesn’t hold good anymore. However without understanding of God’s Law revealed in His Word, no one can have a knowledge of Sin and the need of a Savior. Our Lord Jesus amplified the law of Moses and didn’t simplify it. Our Lord Jesus came to fulfil the law and give us His righteousness. We are called to walk in fellowship with Him waging a war on Sin. Thanks be to God because we have victory in and through Him.


Victory over sin through Jesus Christ.

 1 John 3:4 (KJV) Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

The Bible tells us that anyone who transgresseth /breaks the Law, sins.

We also come to know from God’s word that there are 3 different Laws that are conflicting within us. There is no good thing that dwells in our flesh. (Romans 7:18,19)

St. Paul gives us an overview of the 3 different laws that work in us in Romans 7:24-8:3;

Romans 7:24, 25 (KJV) 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! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

We are wretched people because of our inability to lead a pure life. Sin tries to capitalize on our weaknesses and if we deny sin, we deceive ourselves . We should live in the light of our Lord Jesus everyday and follow the Spirit and not the flesh. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus who walk according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh. Though the law of God is in our minds and we want to obey it, the Law of sin is ruling the members of our body making us do the same sin that we don’t want to do!

St. Paul languishes as to who could ever save us from the law of sin and death. The answer he offers in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ our Lord is the only one who delivers us from the law of sin that rules the members of the body.

Romans 8:1,2 (KJV) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,  because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

When Jesus Christ comes into your heart, through Him you receive the Law of Spirit of Life which sets you free from the law of sin and death which works in our flesh. The Holy Spirit is able to help us keep away from wicked deeds and thoughts and because He sets us free, we have no condemnation as all the sinful passions which were once active before are rendered dead.

What is Sin?

The general belief is that the Law given by God to Moses, is only for the Old Testament believers. Any sin in the New Testament is covered by grace, is what most preachers preach and many believe.

Without the Law of God we could never know what is sin. The Bible calls lawlessness as sin. (1 John 3:4). The 10 commandments are a summary of what the entire Law asked of the people to follow. The New Testament has an amplified version of the Old Testament’s commandments. The Lord’s standard of holiness is explained clearly in the New Testament. Let’s do a comparison of the law of God in the Old Testament and the law explained by the Lord Jesus and the apostles in the New Testament.

  1. You shall have no other gods before me.

 Matthew 6:24 (KJV)   No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Our Lord Jesus stated the amplified version of the first commandment-You cannot serve God and Money

What you serve is what controls you. Our Lord categorically states that we cannot serve God and Money. It is not that God is against money. When all our choices are dependent on the Money factor, we make money as our God which is against the Law of God. The Pharisees could not understand the standard God expected when they projected their righteousness. As our Lord went on with the beatitudes, man’s self righteousness started breaking down.

  1. Do not make any Idols

 Ezekiel 14:3,4 (KJV) “Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all? Therefore speak to them and tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When any of the Israelites set up idols in their hearts and put a wicked stumbling block before their faces and then go to a prophet, I the Lord will answer them myself in keeping with their great idolatry.

 Idols are what we make. The Lord commanded that we are not to make any idols.

In the book of Ezekiel God expects us to get rid of the idols set up in the heart. The idols can be i love and reverence for material things, gadgets, children, career, etc. so much so that we tend to prioritise them over God Himself. Let such idols be removed from our hearts because as long as it is there, sin is manifest.

  1. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain

 Matthew 12:36,37 (KJV)  But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

The third commandment says that we are not to take the name of the Lord our God in vain. (Exodus 20:7). Lord Jesus said in the New Testament that we must give account for every vain or idle word we speak. We are justified by the words we speak and we are condemned by the same yardstick

  1. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

 Hebrews 10:24,25 (KJV)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching

 In the Old Testament, the Jews were to remember and keep the Sabbath day holy. (Exodus 20:8) The Bible in the New Testament commands us to consider one another and not forsake the assembling of together for any church fellowship and meetings to prepare ourselves for the Second-coming of Christ and to spur one another for good works. The early church believers gathered daily in one accord. (Acts 2:46) By keeping away from church gatherings and fellowship, we tend to live in isolation and we can be so self centered and live in sin.

  1. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you

 Romans 12:10 (KJV)  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

 In Exodus 20:12, the Lord commands His people to honour their parents so that they may live long in the land. And for many of us this is doable and we keep the commandment. But in the New Testament, we are to love everyone with brotherly love and esteem one another above ourselves.

1 Thessalonians 5:12 (KJV)   And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

This honor must  also be towards those who labour in the Lord for us, admonishing us with His word, namely, the pastors and spiritual leaders whom the Lord has placed over our lives .

  1. Thou shalt not kill.

 Matthew 5:21,22 (KJV)  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

 The above verse gives us a perfect explanation of how being angry without a cause is equivalent to murder. Next time when anger without a cause comes up in your heart remember, in the eyes of God it means to kill that person. When we read and understand the righteous standards of God we should move more closer to God and rely on Him.

  1. ´Thou shalt not commit adultery.

 Matthew 5:27,28 (KJV)  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart

 In the Old Testament being involved physically in the act of adultery was sin. Jesus Christ in His sermon on the Mount says that if you look at a man/woman with lust, you have already sinned with him/her. The rate of those succumbing to internet pornography is appalling and very sad, children being the majority among the those. Let us put an end to sin that starts with our eyes.

  1. Thou shalt not steal.

 Stealing is a sin and so is lying. The Bible has not changed that for New Testament believers. It is no compromise to put up with even though God is gracious, He is holy and doesn’t tolerate sin. Don’t give any place for these in your deeds or words. The last six commandments deal with others and we usually violate it because of sin. The New Testaments raises our awareness of sin and stresses the need for a Savior.


Victory over sin through Jesus Christ.

 Romans 8:1,2 (KJV) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,  because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

 The New Testament in no way or form has either deleted or simplified the Law of God or the severity of its consequences for disobedience. Instead, what we read in the New Testament is an amplified version of the same Laws of God. It exhibits the sin in us and our inability to fulfil the righteousness of God. Lord Jesus told the Pharisees that even their righteousness fell short of the standard of God.

1 John 1:7 (KJV) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

This is true for us as well and the only way we can be cleansed is by the Blood that Jesus shed on the cross for our sins and the only way we are free from condemnation is when Jesus Christ comes into our hearts and the Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of life, helps us in keeping the perfect Law of God and setting us free from the Law of sin and death that has been ruling our bodies.



St. Paul has perfectly described, how wretched we are because of the law of sin that works in our flesh, making us do the evil things that we don’t want to do. But ST. Paul also has made it clear that we all need a saviour who introduced Himself to us; if not for Him, nothing could ever save us from eternal death. Let us today, run to the Master and ask for His righteousness and His Holy Spirit to guide us to live a holy life.

Salvation from Zion (Study on Psalm 14)-Part 2

Key Scripture:

Psalms 14:7 (KJV)  Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion!
when the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people,
Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.


Salvation from Zion should be our prayer in the perilous times we live in. It is easy to follow the norms of the world and live a life void of any accountability. However, the Bible tells us that kind of lifestyle is a foolish one. None of us ought to be fools and this sermon helps us learn from Psalms 14, the principles we should live by to witness the salvation of God in and through our lives in this dark world.


How can Salvation come our way?

The Psalmist begins the psalm by saying that,

Psalms 14:1 (KJV) The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

That is what he sees around him and that is definitely what we can observe when we look at our world and the abominations that fills it. This makes us really wonder if we have any hope of being saved.

There were days when anyone could share the gospel; but these have become difficult days with many churches being closed, Bibles burnt and pastors targeted.

If we want the Lord our God to move and bring about our salvation, there are 7 principles that we can learn from King David’s Psalm which makes him plead with the Lord for the salvation and restoration of His people.

When we live by these, we can be rest assured that our prayer for salvation can move the hand of God to come and do things for us.

Principles that help us see the Salvation of God

  1. Being people of faith.

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)   But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

The opposite of a foolish person, according to the Word of God is a man of faith. This is because the Bible says that those who come to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Our lives must reflect the fear of God

King Solomon says that it is our duty to fear God.

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.(Ecclesiastes 12:13,14)

St. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:10 that we are accountable to Him for everything done in our body.

Therefore, it is essential for us to make choices in life that will reveal the faith we have in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Out of reverence for the Lord and His Word , we live and work for Him.

In the book of James, we read that God has called us to be rich in faith.

James 2:5 (KJV)   Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

God has chosen us to be rich in faith and thereby become heirs of the kingdom. Salvation came in search of us who were poor and who had no righteousness to boast about.

Our faith in God is very powerful, that is also why the enemy tries to give us a faith attack every day by throwing fiery darts of doubt and sin into our lives.( Ephesians 6:16)

The Lord Jesus tells Simon Peter in Luke 22:31,32, that the devil wanted to sift him but the Lord assures Peter that He has prayed that his faith will not falter. The Lord intercedes for us even today so that our faith in Him will not falter when we go through trials. (John 17; Hebrews 7:25)

There are many in the Bible who lived such faith lifestyles and the Lord honoured their faith. Noah was building an ark when the world was busy in its evil ways. ( Hebrews 11:7)

Abraham at age 100, went up the mountain to sacrifice his only son, having the faith that God would be able to raise him up again. (Hebrews 11:17-19)

The Bible records how the Lord God came into the furnace as the 4th Man to rescue Daniel’s 3 friends who were cast into a furnace for refusing to bow down to the golden image. (Daniel 3:25)

That is what happens when the people of God stand for God, He will most definitely come through for us and save. When the fool says there is no God, let our lifestyle of faith prove His existence and my we see the reward coming by.


  1. Doing good.

 Psalms 14:1 (KJV) The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

 Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them

King David says the whole world has become corrupt because there is no one that does good. When the Lord Jesus comes to our life, we become people who are saved to do good works. In the NT we see many references where the Lord wants us to be people rich in good works. Let us learn to do good things and have sincere love and genuine care for those around us.

Titus 2:8,14 (KJV)   Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.

Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

 We who are created in the Lord Jesus Christ should be examples of good works. As we strive to serve in this manner, our cities ,communities and churches would experience a new revival.

  1. Having a heart of understanding to seek God.

 Psalms 14:2 (KJV)  The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

 Isaiah 1:3 (KJV)  The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

We cannot seek God without having a heart of understanding. When the eyes of our heart is opened, we seek God.  In the busy lifestyle we forget to seek God and that shows a heart that does not understand. The Ox knoweth its owner but we forget our creator.

Ephesians 4:18 (KJV)  Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

The gospel opens our heart to seek Him. Our hearts are illuminated by the word to understand and seek Him.

Ephesians 1:18,19 (KJV)   The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.

St Paul prays that the eyes of our understanding be enlightened so that we may understand the hope of his calling and the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints and the exceeding greatness of his power to us who believe. When we have an understanding heart we are not devoid of any heavenly resources.

  1. Intercession

 Psalms 14:4 (KJV)  Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord.

People of the world try to eat up God’s people as they eat bread.  They do not call upon the Lord . God seeks for people who would call upon Him and stand in the gap. He looks for intercessors, who long for a revival and fresh touch from heaven.

Ezekiel 22:30 (KJV)   So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.

The Lord reveals to Ezekiel, the cry of His heart, where He searches only for one man, just one to stand between Him and the land and plead for His mercy. This principle indicates our prayer life. We have a responsibility as children of God to pray and call on the name of the Lord, if we want to see His blessings over our church and nation.

  1. Understanding the presence of God.

 Psalms 14:5 (KJV)  There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

When salvation comes from God , the enemy would be in fear. They would see for themselves the powerful presence of God being released in their lives. They see with their eyes the presence of God in the generation of the righteous.

 ‘God is in the generation of the righteous.’ That’s a beautiful statement and a very real truth as well. The Lord promised us His presence. Is Psalm 46 we see a great tumultuous atmosphere. The earth and hills are shaken. The oceans are roaring. Yet there is a river that makes glad the city of God. The river is in our hearts now as the Holy Spirit is an ever flowing river in our life. God is in midst of our lives and we will not be shaken though things around  us are falling.

Psalms 46:5 (KJV)   God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

It is only His constant presence with us that makes all the difference. His anointing, like a river when it flows within us and through us, we can overcome all the attacks that the devil may bring against us.

  1. Finding protection and safety in the Lord.

 Psalms 14:6 (KJV)  Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the Lord is his refuge.

 The Bible says blessed are the poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3) . No matter who we are ,the Lord looks for those poor in spirit because He is their refuge. King David, who had everything one could ever have says,

Psalms 34:6 (KJV)   This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

When we are having a heart that doesn’t long for anything from His presence, we become devoid of every spiritual blessing. We should keep recognising our spiritual need for Him and when we do that He protects and safe guards us.

  1. Restoration from captivity.

 Psalms 14:7 (KJV)  Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

 The final and the most important principle we learn from Psalm 14- Restoration from captivity. The Lord promises to change our captivity, to restore all that the enemy has stolen from us and destroyed. He is ready to turn all our mourning into rejoicing.

Zechariah 9:12 (KJV)   Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double unto thee;

Joel 2:25 (KJV)  “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.

The Lord through these promises is able to give us the victory over everything that hindered our progress and render double for all that was lost in Jesus’ name.



It is so easy to follow a foolish lifestyle; to live a life without the fear of God. However the consequences of such living are horrendous. The desperate prayer for salvation in Psalms 14 started with the very same mistake. It is up to us to live a life of faith; a life that will move the Hand of God to bring about salvation to our wayward world. Let us be the ones who would stand for God in a generation that tries to deny His existence. May we have these seven principles working constantly in our lives and may we witness His salvation.

Apostolic Prayer for a Model Church.

Key Scripture:

1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 (KJV)  Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.


Apostle Paul is the most important person after our Lord Jesus in our Christian faith. In his first letter to the Church at Thessalonica, Paul gives us a glimpse into the early church, as to what was happening. What would have St Paul prayed if he was invited to our church and we gave him the pulpit? This sermon helps us understand the prayer which Paul made for the Thessalonians, which is the outline of his letter itself.


Background of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians.

 1 Thessalonians 3:6 (KJV)   But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:

Thessalonica was a big city in Greece. Apostle Paul started a church here but because of some opposition, he was driven out of the city and was never to return. (Acts 17:1-9)

Though Paul tried real hard to go back to visit the Church at Thessalonica, he wasn’t able to do so. With lack of proper means of communication, the only way Paul could know about what’s going on with the Church he started, is by physically sending Timothy there to find out the welfare of those who were part of the church.

Paul had a special relationship with this church. In 1 Thessalonians 2:7,11, Paul says that he was as mother and father to them and this made him more anxious to go see them and hear from them.

Therefore, Paul writes this letter to the Church from Corinth, after Timothy comes to him with news from the believers at Thessalonica. (1 Thessalonians 3:2,6).

St. Paul’s Apostolic Prayer for the Church.

 1 Thessalonians 1:7 (KJV)   So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.

St. Paul calls this church a ‘Model Church’ for all the other churches to follow. (1 Thessalonians 1:7). Being the exemplary church they were, Apostle Paul makes a prayer which echos God’s desire for each one of us. This three-point staple prayer becomes the place of spiritual growth for every believer.

Apostle Paul prays that we may-

  • Grow in Purity-living a blameless and holy life.
  • Be prepared for the Coming of the Lord- living in the light.
  • Grow in love-pursuing love and generosity towards all.
  1. Grow in Purity-living a blameless and holy life.

 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 (KJV)  For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit. 

Apostle Paul gives an explanation for his prayer for the Thessalonians in chapters 4 and 5 of the letter. We are all broken people, chronically sick with sin and only the Holy Spirit whom God gives can help us live a holy life.

God wants us to have an intention, a passion for purity, especially in our sexual lives. Jesus Christ in His sermon on the mount, said,

Matthew 5:8 (KJV)   Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

We see and hear these days of people being exploited sexually by those above them . The superiors take advantage of the position they have and violate the sexual integrity one should have. It was not different in the times of the Thessalonians too. Sexual misconduct was prevalent and St Paul tried to address this in this letter. We know David, the Man after God’s own heart also fell in this trap as he killed Uriah and took Bathsheba to be his wife. That incident invariably started the downfall of David. God desires that we be pure and holy –especially in our sexual conduct.

God’s ultimate purpose for giving us the Holy Spirit is to enable us to live a pure life and control our passions. Let us seek the help of the Holy Spirit to be passionate for purity.


  1. Be prepared for the Coming of the Lord- living in the light.

 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (KJV)   But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

 The second thing that Paul prays for the believers is that they will be prepared for the Coming of the Lord. The Early Church believed in the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. However they had some questions regarding when He would come. Apostle Paul states the following in his explanation

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (KJV)   But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Our curiosity with regard to the exact time of Jesus’ Second Coming takes the better of us. This proves to not only be a distraction and waste of time, but it has also been false thus far. Nobody should try and speculate the time of the Lord’s coming because the Lord Jesus Himself said that no one knows the time. However we ought to be prepared anytime for His coming.

The real question is no matter when the Lord would return, are we prepared to be taken up with Him, when He does come? Apostle Paul calls us to live in the light and not in darkness.


1 John 1:7 (KJV)   But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

We can be prepared for the coming of the Lord Jesus by keeping our focus on living in the light. We live in the light, when we have fellowship with one another; wherein we share our struggles and confess our sins to one another. Living alone and keeping to ourselves, as a Christian means that we are living in the dark. Since there is a greater chance of dying before the Coming of the Lord, let us stop being distracted in speculating the time Jesus Christ is coming back and focus on living in the light, by being connected with others.


  1. Grow in love-pursuing love and generosity towards all.

 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 (KJV)   But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

Most of Paul’s prayer for the Churches always include that they grow in love. (Phil 1:9) He makes a special connection to growing in love and how one works.

The believers are urged to lead a quiet life, without unnecessary conflict with one other. He also encourages them to put their minds to their career and work diligently with their hands, so that they may earn the respect of outsiders.



  • By working hard,we earn the respect of non- believers.

 Sometimes, even today, at our areas of work, we tend to get lazy and procrastinate our duties. In doing so, we give an impression of being irresponsible. This destroys our testimony in the workplace and an oppurtunity to witness the gospel there is lost. Let’s become diligent and disciplined and excel in the places where God has placed us.

  • We stop becoming dependant or burdensome to others.

There were some people who were found to be idle in the church of Thessalonica. Apostle Paul asks them to get to work and not become burdensome to those around, especially when they are physically and mentally able to work. In this way, we can make sure that we don’t profane the name of the Lord by being lazy and dependant on others.

  • We will have enough to share with those in need.

Ephesians 4:28 (KJV)    Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Apostle Paul while writing to believers, asks them to not steal! Instead, he says labour hard so that you can give to those who are in need. Apart from Tithing, we need to grow in generosity towards those in need. Generosity is the way we grow in love. Tithing should be just a start of our life of giving.



 2 Corinthians 8:2 (KJV)  How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.

This unbelievable passage indicates how the Macedonian believers even in their affliction and deep poverty, abounded in liberality and abundance of joy. They had learnt this secret of generosity, which is the reason why they were liberal in their giving even in their suffering.




This prayer of Apostle Paul for the Thessalonians is also the desire God has for His children today.

He wants us to be holy and blameless, pursue purity. The Lord wants us to walk in the light like He does by being in fellowship with other believers, thereby getting ready for His coming. Last but definitly not the least, the Lord wants us to love without calculating, love even those who don’t deserve it.

Let us make it a point to live out what St Paul prayed for the Church at Thessalonica.