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Author: James Taiwo

Post by James Taiwo - author of [Bible Giants of Faith] [Bible Application Lessons] [Book of Prayer] [Christian Principle Guides] [Success Express Lane] & others. * Read devotions by category at www.BibleArena.org * Learn more about the author at www.JamesTaiwo.com

September 18 – Christian: Be Responsible For Your Family

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Christians are called to be responsible for their families. Everyone in the family has a role to play. The scripture challenged Christians as written, “Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered” (1 Peter 3:1-8 ESV).

 

Lesson:

Children of God must be responsible and care for the welfare of their families. We must ensure God is glorified in our homes. *(1 Peter 3:1-8).*

God surely promotes love between family members. He expects us to be kind towards one another. There is no exception to the rule of true love. Believers must love our fellow Christians as Christ loved and died for us all. More importantly, we must love people who are closer to us, which are our family members!

Believers may be indirectly responsible for the welfare of others, but we are directly responsible for the welfare of our family members! Our family deserves first-class attention from us.

As Christians, we must genuinely express sincere love towards our family members. Husbands must love their wives; wives must love their husbands. Parents must love their children, and children must love and respect their parents. Any child of God who ignores the call to care for his (or her) family is simply not practicing true Christianity! How can a Christian claim he loves God or other people while he has neglected his family? God definitely despises such practices!

God can only be pleased when a person who claims to love him is not hypocritical. Believers must love family members in a manner that glorifies God. However, it is understood that family members have differences and some families have complicated issues to resolve; however, we must not allow the differences to prevent us from effectively performing our roles.

Every child of God must make a significant effort to put the devil to shame in his (or her) family. We must demonstrate the true and thorough love of Jesus to glorify God.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please help me to express genuine love for my family. Let me be your true ambassador in my home so that your name can be glorified. Again, I ask that you please make me a good and godly husband, wife, child, or grandchild. Help me to be a godly niece, nephew, and cousin, so that your gospel-light can shine in my family.
I am also asking that you please give me the strength to love my friends and neighbors. Let your light always shine around me to be your true ambassador on earth. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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September 17 – God Deserved Special Appreciation

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King Solomon overwhelmingly offered expensive sacrifices to God in one instance, and the efforts prompted God to pay him special attention. Jehovah tremendously blessed him beyond expectations. The scriptures reported, “…And Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before the Lord, which was at the tabernacle of meeting, and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it. On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?” (2 Chronicles 1:6-7).

 

Lesson:

Sacrifices of thanksgiving are what God demands of his children; the Creator pays special attention to anyone who goes beyond the normal routine to honor him with honest and plentiful sacrifices. A person who goes the extra mile to honor God will receive extra blessings for his efforts. Thanksgiving offerings bring sweet aroma to God; he loves to receive such at all times. Therefore, children of God should do their best to satisfy God with quality and acceptable sacrifice, so that he can bless them beyond measure!

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please teach me how to offer my best sacrifices to you at all times. Let my offerings be pure, and let them be acceptable in your presence. Please let my efforts incur your blessings, and let me receive your riches and honor that follow acts of obedience. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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September 16 – Nothing Like “Partial Obedience” With God

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God values absolute obedience; he requires that his children must fully obey his commandments to prosper. Meanwhile, some people consider “partial obedience” as a better substitute for disobedience. That is, they follow God’s instruction to a certain extent, but not completely. However, as far as God is concerned, there is nothing like “partial obedience.” Anyone who fails to fully obey God’s instruction is considered a disobedient child.

 

Christians must learn from the Israelites who failed to completely obey God’s instructions and suffered terrible consequences. God asked the Israelites to completely wipe out the indigenous Canaanites and possess their land. Israelites failed God: They wiped out some indigenous Canaanites but left some others in place. Israelites also formed an alliance with those remainder Canaanites and served their foreign gods. The Bible reported the Israelites’ actions, “Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals; and they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; and they followed other gods from *among* the gods of the people who *were* all around them, and they bowed down to them; and they provoked the Lord to anger” (Judges 2:11-12).

 

God was displeased with the Israelites for failing to completely obey his instructions. He made them became subservient to their enemy nations. The enemies evaded their land, took them captive, and subjected them to hard labor.

 

Lesson:

Every Christian must understand that the term “Partial Obedience” is not a substitute for complying with the standard of God. As far as Jehovah is concerned, anyone who fails to completely obey him will be regarded as a disobedient child and be subjected to a due punishment – Unless repentance is exercised.

 

Christians should learn from various Bible examples that God hates disobedience. Bible has many examples of people who disobeyed God and regretted their actions. For example, King Saul thought he could outsmart God with “partial obedience” when asked to completely wipe out the Amalekites; he killed some and speared some. God became angry and rejected him as a king of Israel. God replaced Saul with David as the leader of his people – Because of “partial obedience” (1 Samuel 15). Hence, every child of God must care to fully follow the commandments of God always.

 

Any child of God who prioritizes complete obedience will prosper in every area of his or her life. The Lord will “camp” with the person and help him or her succeed.

 

Prayer:

Dear Lord, please give me the strength to fully obey your instructions so that I can prosper. Don’t let me buy into the idea of “partial obedience,” but help me to fully obey your laws so that I can prosper in all my endeavors. Please order my footsteps and empower me by the Holy Spirit to meet your holiness expectations at all times. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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September 15 – Act Now: God Will Forgive Any Strayed-Off Believer

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The Israelites wandered away from God and suffered, but God – their Creator, promised to forgive them and draw them closer. The children of God will recover their losses and be blessed so that people can praise his name. God said to Israelites through Prophet Zechariah, “And it shall come to pass that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and the house of Israel, so I will save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear, let your hands be strong.’ “For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Just as I determined to punish you When your fathers provoked me to wrath, ’Says the Lord of hosts, ‘and I would not relent” (Zechariah 8:13-14).

 

Lesson:

God cares so much for his people; he will forgive their sins and help them recover from the losses they might have suffered as a result of their sins. Children of God who have received the mercy of God will live to pass their distresses and receive the help of God. Meanwhile, people who have taken advantage of a sinful situation to oppress the children of God will face the consequences of their actions. God will rescue his people and punish the wicked ones.

In most cases, the punishments that God inflicts on the wicked people are beyond human comprehension. Therefore, those who think they can take advantage of a child of God should think twice because they will suffer some terrible consequences for their actions.

It is beneficial for everyone to be on the positive side of God to avoid his punishment and also qualify for his benefits.

Children of God should consider themselves fortunate because God will forever stand by their sides. He will forgive their sins and bless them.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, I understand you care for your children; you promise to forgive their sins and accept them. I am your child, and I ask that you fulfill these promises over my life! Please forgive all my sins; redeem my life, and keep me fit to receive your benefits in this life and in heaven also. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I have prayed. Amen.

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Make a Good Tree – Part 1

You may not have discovered all the values that you own as a child of God. You can be a good tree that bears good fruits, by virtue of the relationship that you keep.

If you happen to achieve that purpose – The making of a good tree, you and everyone around you will have many benefits to enjoy.

Listen and learn from this podcast to be the best you can ever be. May God help you!

September 14 – Faithful Worship Facilitates Blessings

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God blessed King Asa conditionally, in a bid to motivate him into good behavior. King Asa would receive God’s protection, only if found faithful. This meant he would suffer punishment if found unfaithful to God. The scriptures reported, “Now the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded. And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him: “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you” (2 Chronicles 15:1-2).

 

Lesson:

God cares; He is loving and will bless only those who faithfully serve him. However, since the Creator cannot revoke his righteous standard, he would be unable to bless those that are inconsistent in their relationship with him. Jehovah refuses to bless people who live in sin.
Unrepentant sinners may be at an arm’s length with God unless repented. They would also miss God’s blessings. Meanwhile, people who love God and faithfully serve him will be blessed with riches and honor. Men and women who faithfully serve God will prosper in all their ways. Their blessings will glorify God and motivate others into serving him.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, I realize you love people that give you undivided attention. I am willing to give you my full devotion from today! I want to maintain a consistent relationship with you so that I can prosper, and so that you can be glorified. Therefore, I ask for your grace to live a holy life. Help me to meet your standard of righteousness. Please empower me through your Holy Spirit to walk in your ways, so that I can prosper throughout the days of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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September 13 – Prayer Is An Effective Tool

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Prayer is an effective tool that any Christian can use to overcome his or her problem. Jesus prayed a lot while he was on earth. He prayed for his disciples and also prayed for himself. Christ said to Peter, “…Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to me, strengthen your brethren” (Luke 22:31-32). Jesus who relied on the power of prayer also challenged his disciples to emulate him. Christ practically demonstrated his teaching to his disciples. The scripture reported, “Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him. When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:39-42).

 

Lesson:

Christians have no other weapon than prayer. We must pray to overcome our challenges. Believers should not consider anything too significant or too insignificant to pray about. Our prayers signify that we depend on God for help. That is, when believers pray, it means that we are entrusting our situations into the hands of God and also affirming the trust that we believe he can provide us the needed solution. God answers every prayer; he leaves no stone untouched. The Creator will respond to every need of his children. Of course, God’s response to our request may sometimes be “Yes”, “No”, or “wait.”

 

Prayer:

Dear God, yes, I believe that you have the unbeatable power to handle my situation; therefore, I commit all my problems into your hands. Please solve them. Let your power destroy the influences of sin, sickness, poverty, and other evils. Please anoint me with grace to live in good health and prosperity. Let me prosper in every area of my life so that people can glory your name on my behalf. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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September 12 – God’s Mercy Has A Limit!

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The people of Israel and Judah provoked God beyond proportion, and he promised to disown them. Jeremiah prophesied that God’s people have transgressed; they have persisted in their sins, therefore, they will bear consequences of their actions. The man of God prophesied that Israelites would remain subservient to their enemies and suffer till they have repented. Meanwhile, despite the promise of punishment, God also left his room of forgiveness and restoration open for his people. Should the people reverse their behavior, the Creator promised to forgive and restore whatever they have lost.

 

God who promised to allow the enemies to overpower his disobedient children also promised to punish the enemies of his children. People who took the advantage of Israelites’ downfall would not be exonerated. God said through Jeremiah, “In those days and in that time,” says the Lord, “The children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together; with continual weeping they shall come, and seek the Lord their God. They shall ask the way to Zion, with their faces toward it, saying, ‘Come and let us join ourselves to the Lord In a perpetual covenant that will not be forgotten.’ “My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray; they have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill; they have forgotten their resting place. All who found them have devoured them; and their adversaries said, ‘We have not offended, because they have sinned against the Lord, the habitation of justice, the Lord, the hope of their fathers.’ “Move from the midst of Babylon, go out of the land of the Chaldeans; and be like the rams before the flocks. For behold, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon An assembly of great nations from the north country, And they shall array themselves against her; from there she shall be captured. Their arrows shall be like those of an expert warrior; none shall return in vain” (Jeremiah 50:4-9).

 

Lesson:

God is merciful, and he will forgive any sinner of his or her sins. Jehovah will restore the repentant sinner to the joy of his or her salvation. Meanwhile, people must understand that God’s grace of forgiveness will not last forever; Jehovah will stop his grace of forgiveness at a specific time to judge the unrepentant sinners. God will cast the unrepentant sinners to the lake of fire (known as hellfire) where they will suffer eternally. Since God’s judgment is imminent on sinners; all people ought to consider it necessary to repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Only Jesus Christ can successfully advocate for sinners on God’s day of judgment. Christ has sacrificed his life for humanity’s sins; whosoever repents of his (or her) sins and confess Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior will be saved.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, I understand that you will not leave the door of forgiveness and salvation open indefinitely, you will judge the unrepentant sinners at your own appointed time. Therefore, I repent of my sins and I confess your Son Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. Please forgive my sins and write my name in the book of life so that I can inherit your eternal kingdom! For in the name of your Son Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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September 11 – God Specially Favors The Humans; He Deserves Honor

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God’s supernatural power can be reckoned with by accessing how he created the human race. God first made Adam; then he made Eve. The couple gave birth to Cain, Abel, and Seth. Abel and Seth also gave birth to some children. The procreation process continues and the world population grows. The scripture traced the generation of mankind to the first man and first woman that God created – Adam and Eve. It is written, “Adam, Sheth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalaleel, Jered, Henoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth…” (1 Chronicles 1:1-4).

Lesson:

God created the universe with his extraordinary power. He created humans and placed on earth to show the beauty of his work. Out of all the countless various species of creatures that God made, he paid no special attention to anyone other than the humans! God created us in his image and also gave us the power to have dominion over other creatures that he made.

 

God of the universe created all things and gave humans an opportunity to dominate them all. God gave humans control over all other creatures. Both the terrestrial and aquatic creatures submit to our commands. Humans can flex muscle as we like over the animals, the birds, and the plants. Meanwhile, the mere fact that God has given humans much authority does not make us become his contemporaries. God will remain God and humans will remain humans! God will remain the supreme authority that every creature must serve. Humans must honor God and serve him faithfully. We must be grateful to God for all his benefits in our lives.

 

Lesson:

Humans should daily praise God and obey his laws. More importantly, humans should reckon with the Son of God – Jesus Christ that he has sent to save the world from their sins. We ought to confess Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior to appreciate God for his benefits and also to receive an opportunity to inherit his eternal kingdom – Heaven.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, I thank you for creating me in your image. I also thank you for giving me the opportunity to have the dominion over all other creatures. I want to be grateful to you; therefore, I confess your Son Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. Henceforth, I will live the rest of my life serving Jesus Christ and follow his teachings (through Bible study) so that I can remain qualified for your eternal kingdom. Please give me the grace to faithfully serve you unto to the end! For in the name of Jesus Christ I made my request! Amen.

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September 10 – The Significance of the Holy Communion

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The Lord’s Supper (also known as the Holy Communion) Is a remarkable exercise initiated by Jesus Christ, which all believers are required to honor and practice. Paul described the Holy Communion and said, “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

 

Lesson:

The Holy Communion is an important part of Christianity that no one must overlook. The Holy Communion symbolizes an establishment of Jesus’ covenant with the saints. The scripture explains that Jesus broke bread and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11:24-26).

Therefore, every born-again Christian must partake in the Holy Communion, which is an exercise that signifies the renewal of our covenant with Jesus Christ. The Holy Communion also symbolizes our declaration of faith that we partake in Christ’s pain, death, and resurrection.

 

Prayer:

Dear Jesus Christ, I believe in your death and resurrection. I also believe in the Holy Communion that you started to register believers’ covenant and commit to your death and resurrection. Therefore, please help me to remain worthy to participate in the Holy Communion. Please let it result in the renewal of my commitment to serving you throughout the days of my life. Let me remain rapturable, so that I can partake in your Holy Communion in heaven also. For I have made this prayer request through your name “Jesus Christ.” Amen!

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September 9 – Prayer Changes Situations

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A man called Jabez in the Bible realized that he was born with a limited status; he took a proactive approach to address the situation by praying to God for a change of status. God answered his prayers, and the rest was (an outstanding) history. the Bible stated, “Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested” (1 Chronicles 4:9-10).

 

Lesson:

Children of God must understand the importance of prayer and make effective use of it. Indeed, prayer is an effective tool that any Christian can use to overcome any situation! Prayer is powerful at destroying the works of Satan. It earns believers an opportunity to exercise their spiritual power without any obstacle. Satan trembles whenever a Christian prays (by mentioning the name of Jesus Christ)!

 

No Christian should consider prayer as a rigorous exercise to perform. Prayer is actually a very simple exercise that anyone can explore. Prayer does not cost money, yet it remains the most effective tool for influencing any situation!

 

Anyone who does not consider it difficult to chat with his or her friend should also not consider it difficult to talk to God in prayers. Every Christian ought to call on God through *Prayer of Thanksgiving* and *Prayer of Petition*.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please give me the ability to effectively pray to you at all times. Also, help me to trust you for a solution whenever I make my petition. Please make me someone who prays with a heart of expectations!

 

Help me to find it convenient to tell you whatever is bothering me. Do not let me hesitate to tell you how I feel about any situation. Give me the power to table my request before you so that my joy can be full. Earn me your victory, and give me every reason to praise you always! For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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September 8 – Believe God; Receive Miracles

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God promised to bless Manoah’s family with a Nazirite child, who would deliver the Israelites from their oppressors. God’s angel said to Manoah’s wife, “For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.” (Judges 13:5 NKJV).

 

The child was born and he was named Samson. He grew up to become a judge in Israel, and God anointed him with extraordinary strength. He killed a lion with his bare hands, and he also killed 1000 enemies with a jawbone of a donkey. When thirsty after a battle, Samson prayed to God for water supply– and God answered him instantly. Jehovah used an earthquake to shift earth formations, and the faults instantly gushed out water for Samson to drink – so that he could quench his thirst.

 

Lesson:

As far as God is concerned, wonders shall never end! He will perform wonders through his anointed servants, and he will ensure that his name is praised throughout the world. Meanwhile, God’s servants are to understand that His selections are not made by the virtue of their righteousness. God who calls, has his own special reasons for awarding specific talents and grace to anyone. Therefore, all servants of God must be humble and be careful not to abuse his grace and talents.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please do not let your wonders cease in my life. Let me obtain your grace so that I can be selected for special assignments that would glorify your name throughout the world. Once I am anointed, please keep me humble so that I can be used immensely. This way your name can be glorified more than ever before. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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