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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

May 31 – Use The Name And Blood Of Jesus

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Satan attempted to overthrow God in heaven, but he lost. Angel Michael and his godly angels fought Satan and his troop, and they defeated the evil angels. They were chased out of heaven to face eternal condemnation afterward. Meanwhile, Michael and his fellow angels wouldn’t have been able to defeat Satan if not for the power comprised in the blood of Jesus Christ. The scripture stated, “They overcame by the blood of the Lamb!” It is reported, “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death” (Revelation 12:7-11).

 

Lesson:

There is power in the blood of Jesus Christ to overcome Satan and his cohorts. Satan trembles whenever the name of Jesus Christ is mentioned; he also trembles in the same manner whenever the blood of Jesus Christ is mentioned. Angel Michael defeated the evil angel in heaven with authority contained in the blood of Jesus Christ (Revelation 12:7-11); Christians must use the same medium to defeat the enemy. Both Satan and his demons will tremble before Jesus’s name and blood as they made in heaven. They cannot withstand the authority of Jesus Christ! Therefore, no Christian should hesitate to use appropriate tools against his/her enemies – the Name and Blood of Jesus. Believers should command Satan to get lost from their lives to live overcomers’ lives! Those who do so will not regret their action, but they will live victoriously on earth. “Let somebody shout, Hallelujah!”

 

Prayer:

In the name of Jesus Christ, I rebuke Satan. I command the enemy to get lost from my life! I break his power by the authority in the name of Jesus Christ! I also use the authority of the blood of Jesus Christ to destroy all the enemy’s influences in my life. I triumph over Satan and his evil forces from today, and forever! The salvation of Jesus Christ is mine, and his victory is mine also. “For I am more than conquerors by Christ who loves me!” *(Romans 8:37). For in the name of Jesus Christ, I exercise my authority. Amen.

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May 30 – Study Your Bibles Always

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Some exile Jews who returned from Babylon to Jerusalem trusted the scripture for their guidance. They concentrated on researching the scripture to understand God’s mind, and also to have their expectations met. The scripture stated, “… Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month. Then he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law” (Nehemiah 8:2-3).

 

Lesson:

The secret to life achievements is reserved in the Bible. Anyone who aspires success must study his or her bible. Also, the Bible exposes its readers to understand God’s mind and his requirements. It teaches a person to learn how to repent of his sin and live a holy life that God expects. Indeed, lasting success, peace, and prosperity can only be found in the Bible, which is the word of God. Hence, all children of God should make it a committed practice of studying their Bibles to live successful lives.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please teach me how to study my Bible daily so that I can be wise and prosper. Teach me how to apply biblical knowledge to my daily activities so that I can thrive in all my ways. Most importantly, let the understanding of your word keep me fit to inherit your eternal kingdom. Please do these things and many more. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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May 29 – Wicked People Will Face God’s Wrath

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The antichrist operations in sinful kingdoms against God’s saints will not last eternally. God will put an end to those activities and haul the wicked people to hell fire. Thus, God’s saints will celebrate their victories and glorify God. The scripture stated, “Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!” And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready” (Revelation 19:5-7).

 

Lesson:

All Christians are encouraged to endure any persecution that they may encounter since they will reap God’s rewards in the end. Satan’s attacks against believers may be harsh and brutal, but they won’t last forever! They will soon fade away. God will halt all the enemy’s activities and cast evildoers to hell fire. Therefore, children of God must be happy and be hopeful that their joy is around the corner. To remain steadfast, we must daily pray to God and yield ourselves to the leadership of his Holy Spirit. The Bible has warned that in the last days, Christians will be persecuted. A lot of people might be oblivious to this, but THIS. IS. HAPPENING. RIGHT. NOW. Think about it; the amount of evil in the world can’t be compared to some years ago. The good news, however, is, we have eternal life. God will keep us for a spot in his new earth. Trust him.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please let your Holy Spirit keep my feet firm in you. Give me the strength to resist temptations and triumph in all situations. Let your Holy Spirit help me to live a conquerable life on earth so that I can rejoice with you in heaven. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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May 28 – Confess Jesus and Get Perfect Security

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Only God can guarantee perfect security for people; no one else has the capability of granting absolute protection! Any security provided by mortal man should be deemed imperfect because it will ultimately fail. The scripture emphasized, “No king is saved by the multitude of an army; a mighty man is not delivered by great strength. A horse is a vain hope for safety; neither shall it deliver any by its great strength” (Psalm 33:16-17).

 

Lesson:

Perfect security comes from God, and only people who have confessed their faith in Jesus Christ will benefit from his protection. God is ever concerned for his children; he will keep them under his watchful eyes. However, people who have reserved their trust in the arms of flesh will be disappointed because no man-made security can last indefinitely. God’s sure security will last for his children! To qualify for God’s protection, a person must confess Jesus Christ as his/her personal Lord, and exercise undaunting faith in him.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please I need your guaranteed security; please teach me how to reserve my confidence in you, so that I can enjoy your benefit of protection. I understand that I must be your child to enjoy your unrestricted benefits; therefore, I confess your Son Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. Please bless me in all my ways, and let your peace, provision, and protection be my portion every day of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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May 27 – Jesus Is The Only Way To Heaven

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There shall be a mix-reaction on the Lord’s Day of Judgment. Some people will have an opportunity to dine and wine with God, while others are condemned in hell fire. John relayed his God-given revelation and said, “Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits to God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God” (Revelation 14:1-5).

However, people who followed antichrist and receive the mark of the beast would be cast into hell fire. The scripture stated, “And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:8-11).

 

Lesson:

People who faithfully serve God on earth will live to enjoy their benefits in heaven. Those who have rejected the testimony of Jesus Christ and have refused to confess him as their personal Lord and Savior will spend their eternity in hell fire. God has made his irreversible decision about heaven and hell since inception. He will not change his mind. However, humanity has a choice to change their minds and repent from their evil, so that they can escape the punishment of hell fire and qualify for heaven. Heaven is real, and Hell is real also. Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven, and only escape route from hell. The scripture attested; “If you say with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved from the punishment of sin. When we believe in our hearts, we are made right with God. We say with our mouth how we were saved from the punishment of sin” (Romans 10:9-10).
Therefore, since Jesus Christ is the only sure way to heaven, everyone must confess him as his/her personal Lord and Savior.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please I desire heaven and I hate hell. I understand that no one will enter heaven without confessing Jesus Christ as Lord. Therefore, I confess him as my personal Lord and Savior. I believe he died for my sins on the cross and resurrected from the grave to give me eternal life. Please forgive my sins and wash me clean! Write my name in the book of life and keep me ever worthy of your eternal kingdom. For in the precious name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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May 26 – Endure Persecution For Eternal Rewards

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The Christians’ church would be persecuted before the second coming of Jesus Christ. Some believers would lose their lives to the persecutions, but the horrifying event would only happen for a limited time, and nothing will go unaccounted for. Christ will rescue his saints, and those who died for the sake of his name would be resurrected to experience eternal life with him. John described his revelation, “Then I was given a measuring stick, and I was told, “Go and measure the Temple of God and the altar and count the number of worshipers. But do not measure the outer courtyard, for it has been turned over to the nations. They will trample the holy city for 42 months” (Revelation 11:1-2).

 

Lesson:

Children of God would suffer persecution and oppression on earth for the sake of their faith in Jesus Christ, but they will reap rewards of their faith in heaven. Christ will wipe tears off their faces; he will decorate them with beauty and honor. Christ’s believers who remain steadfast with unshifted faith will not only receive unique treatments of God, but they will also receive the gift of eternal life. God will crown them, and they will be his princes and princesses. Hence, the price of steadfast Christianity!

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please grant me the grace and power to serve you throughout the days of my life faithfully. Help me to remain immovable during adversity; let me stay confident with the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ, and proclaim undeniable faith that will glorify your name. Please make your Holy Spirit empower me to remain fit for the second coming of Jesus Christ. Let me stay rapturable! For in the name of your Son Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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May 25 – Commit To God; Gets His Blessings!

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The scripture commended the courageous Jews who were determined to return from Babylon to Israel, their homeland to repair God’s temple. The patriotic Jews left Babylon to successfully repair God’s temple in Jerusalem as proposed. They also offered acceptable sacrifices to God after the completion of their works. The scripture reported their efforts, “The children of those who had been carried away captive, who had come from the captivity, offered burnt offerings to the God of Israel: twelve bulls for all Israel, ninety-six rams, seventy-seven lambs, and twelve male goats as a sin offering. All this was a burnt offering to the Lord. And they delivered the king’s orders to the king’s satraps and the governors in the region beyond the River. So they gave support to the people and the house of God” (Ezra 8:35-36).

 

Lesson:

People who sold out their lives to God will not be ashamed under whatever circumstance. They will be rewarded for their efforts. God will reciprocate the goodness of the resources used for him. Jehovah will ensure that none of their efforts will be unrewarded. People who make God happy with a heart of servitude will not suffer shame, but their faces will radiate God’s glory from time to time. Their light will shine into the end of days. Therefore, anyone who has committed himself or herself to a good course of serving God should keep up the practice; he/she will earn many benefits in return in due time. Also, a person who has not chosen to serve God with full commitment should improve his/her practice so that he can earn many benefits from his Creator. Are you fully committed to God?

 

Prayer:

Dear God, my life will have no significant meaning if I do not adequately serve you. Therefore, I am determined to give you my devoted service so that you can take full glory over my life. Please give me a heart of servitude to faithfully serve you until the end of my life. Enable me with grace through your Holy Spirit to faithfully serve you until the end! Help me to serve you with ease, and let my services be acceptable to you always. Please turn me to a beacon of praise to your holy name from now on and forever more! For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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May 24 – Serve God With Your Riches

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A man called Job in the Bible was rich but he did not allow his riches to blindfold him from faithfully serving God and be accountable to his people. Job who could be considered as a billionaire of his time faithfully served God. The Bible described him as a faithful man who loved God and served him with everything he had. It was written about Job, “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil. And seven sons and three daughters were born to him. Also, his possessions were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very large household, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the East. And his sons would go and feast in their houses, each on his appointed day, and would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did regularly” (Job 1:1-5).

 

Lesson:

Children of God can be rich and still serve God faithfully. We can learn from Job’s example (Job 1:1-5) – A man who faithfully served God and honor him throughout his life. People who are rich must be humble to achieve the goal of faithfully serving God. A rich person must place God above his own personal interest. In other words, he must promote God’s interest above the desire to expand his riches.

 

A believer in Jesus Christ (Christian) who desires to be rich ought to question himself or herself whether God can trust him! The person should ask, “Will I still remain humble if God can bless me with riches? Will I still be able to faithfully serve God?” No doubt that God will surely bless a humble person who chooses to remain loyal to him with his or her faithful services.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please make me a trustworthy Christian who will be humble and faithfully serve you – Whether I am rich or not! Help my to prioritize your interest above mine, and help me to give you my best services at all times. Please bless me in this life and bless me in your kingdom. Please give me every reason to keep serving you in every day of my life! For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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May 23 – Immorality Is Punishable By God

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The Bible indicates that some powerful kingdoms will rise to oppress God’s saints during the end time. They will oppress people and promote immorality until God’s appointed time comes to judge the earth. Apostle John explained his God-given revelation and said; “… the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement. But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is” (Revelation 17:4-8).

 

Lesson:

Immorality and persecution of saints would rise before the second coming of Jesus Christ. Various kingdoms in the world will promote violence against God’s elects, and some of them would be killed for the sake of their testimony in Jesus Christ. Many people will derive pleasure from fornication, adultery, homosexuality, and all other immoralities. However, God will put a final stop to the activities of the evil workers at his appointed time. He will haul evil people to hell fire, which would be a permanent place of punishment.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please help me not to follow the footsteps of evil people. Do not let me practice, so that I will not sin against you and incur your punishment. Help me to maintain a good relationship with you, and let me hold firm your testimony till the end, so that I can be duly rewarded in heaven. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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May 22 – True Christians Must Practice God’s Love

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Christianity is rooted in God’s love, and every Christian must demonstrate sincere love. Paul explained the necessity of love to the Corinthian brethren and said, “If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud” (1 Corinthians 13:3-4 NLT).

 

Lesson:

Christ’s love must be found among all Christians. Nothing is remotely significant as true love. Christ came to love, he preached love, and he died and resurrected for love’s sake! Christ’s love is selfless, pure, and positive. It was meant for everyone to prosper and benefit from God’s kingdom. Hence, everyone who claims to be followers of Jesus Christ must prove his or her faith with sincere love. If we claim to believe Christ, we must truly love other people; we must seek their welfare, and we must pray for their salvation. God’s blessings are bound to follow people who genuinely love others.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please give me the grace to love other people genuinely. Let me have the positive interests of other people at heart. Help me to demonstrate selfless love towards my fellow believers, and let me make positive contributions to their lives. Please let me receive the benefits of true love in this life, and the one to come! For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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May 21 – Make God’s Love Real In Your Church

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A Christ-centered church must ensure its members practice true love. The church must pray together and care for one another. Paul wrote to the Corinthian church and said, “The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. The salutation with my own hand—Paul’s. If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen” (1 Corinthians 16:19-24).

 

Lesson:

The church of Jesus Christ was created for two major purposes; For brethren to offer corporate worships to God and minister to each others’ welfare. These two vital roles must be observed in every Christ-centered church. It is important that members of different churches understand the importance of a local fellowship. Believers must gather together to pray and exercise true love.

Members of different churches must not be “busybody”. A good church member must not engage in any practice that will negatively affect the growth of his/her church.

Every good Christian is expected to make sizable efforts to contribute to the growth of his/her church positively. God will reward anyone who contributes to the growth of the church. He will honor such a person in this life, and the one to come!

Make significant efforts to promote Christ-centered love in your church!

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please help our churches to practice true love so that your name can be glorified among the gentiles. Help all brethren to worship you together in spirit and truth. Also, help us to minister to each others’ needs in love. Let brothers and sisters in Christ make personal efforts that are necessary to keep the body of Christ together in unity. When the end comes, let every true believer converge at your feet in paradise to enjoy an endless fellowship with you. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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