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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 devotionals by category at www.BibleArena.org * Learn more about the author at www.JamesTaiwo.com

May 20 – God Is Incomparable

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Man has limited power that cannot be compared with God’s limitless power. God is greater than us all! Humans have no better option than to reverence God and serve him faithfully. It is, however, unfortunate that some people allow the devil to tempt them into comparing themselves with God. The same action that caused him (Satan) to lose his heavenly honor.

Satan attempted to compare himself with God in heaven; he failed, and God cast him to earth. God also, immediately pronounced on Satan that he would suffer eternal damnation in hellfire. The scripture revealed how Satan compared himself with God in heaven and failed,

“… ‘Thus says the Lord God: “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. “By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within, And you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones. “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, That they might gaze at you” (Ezekiel 28:12-17).

 

Lesson:

Humans need to submit to God and honor him dearly. We must not equate ourselves with God, but we should rather honor him.

There are many reasons why humans must submit to God and serve him. His goodness has no limits. It can be felt in our peaceful atmosphere, beautiful sunshine, pleasant rainfall, and many other resources. Humans are worthless without God’s support.

Our lives are completely dependent on him! The Creator possesses an autonomous power to do whatever he desires. He has the power to make and destroy anything as he pleases. God has control over us all! We must submit at his feet and honor him.

Jehovah will shower his grace and goodness on any person that recognizes his supremacy and serve him adequately!

 

Prayer:

Dear God, I am pleased with the fact that you are the God of gods and Lord of lords! You are higher and better than all people. There is no word to express your greatness and supremacy! Please keep me humble to reverence and faithfully serve you every day of my life. Please keep me worthy of your eternal kingdom also. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

 

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May 19 – A Faithless Christian Is A Pagan

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The Bible patriarchs were considered as fanatics by the people of their time, yet they summoned the courage to exercise their faith and honor God. The patriarchs contradicted the ungodly practices of their time; their people hated them, but God honored them. The scripture reported about Moses (as well as others), “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them. By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned” (Hebrews 11:24-29).

 

Lesson:

Christians must exercise their faith to honor God. Each believer must apply faith to his or her situation to honor God and put the devil to shame. The need for a Christian to exercise his or her faith cannot be overemphasized. Why? “Faith” is what makes Christianity relevant! A Christian who cannot exercise his or her faith is not better than a pagan!

 

God is God of faith; he expects his people to relate with him in faith. That is, each Christian must live by his/her faith exercised through the authority of the name of Jesus Christ.

 

Faith will make anything work for the benefit of God’s people. It will make things work for our advantages. With “faith in action,” any mountain of problems or a valley of problems will level out. Adversity will turn to testimony for a person that exercises his or her faith in God!

 

A person of faith will always have victory in every situation and also have every reason to praise God.

 

Every child of God is expected to affirmatively declare in faith, “My God shall supply all my needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” A good Christian also ought to boldly confess, ”With God all things are possible!”

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please give me the ability to be a steadfast Christian and help me to put my faith into practice! Help me to exercise faith in every situation of my life. In fact, I immediately summon the courage to start my faith proclamation today: I decree victory into every situation of my life. I command the mountain and valley of problems to level out. I decree and declare that the blessings of God shall overtake me in all my endeavors and I shall prosper both physically and spiritually. For in the name of Jesus Christ I exercise my authority. Amen.

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May 18 – Love Is Essential To Christianity

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Every Christian is expected to promote true love that honors God. Believers must love each other dearly as Christ loved the Church and died for it. The scripture emphasized, “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:5-6).

 

Lesson:

Believers in Christ are called to operate in the spirit of unity to promote God’s name. We must be honest with one another and promote unity. God expects us to be our \*brothers’ keepers. \* We must seek the welfare of other brethren. Indeed, no Christian is expected to be self-centered; we must not focus on ourselves only, but also, be mindful of the needs of other people.

How can someone refer to himself as a good Christian, when he has neglected his fellow believer who is in need? Should a person who seeks the downfall of other believers expect God to applaud him? Will God be contented with any acclaimed Christian who abuses other believers?

Jesus Christ is consistent in his teaching to support the unity of brethren. Christ rejects hypocritical behaviors. The Son of God does not play games. He has promised to shut the gate of his kingdom against people who fail to practice unselfish and unbiased love. (Matthew 25:41-46).

Anyone who claims to be a child of God must be honest in his practices. He must meet God’s standard of holiness – at all costs!

A Christian who is in love with God must share the news of his faith with other people, so that they can have an opportunity of salvation. A true Christian is expected to understand that Christ came to save the whole world; he/she must spread the gospel ceaselessly to help others escape punishment from hellfire.

 

Prayer:

Dear Lord, please help me to demonstrate true love towards other people, especially towards my fellow Christians. Also, please help the church to practice your true love. Let the brethren shun segregation and self-righteousness; let believers operate in righteousness, and empower believers throughout the world to share their faith with others. This way, they can have exposure to the light of the gospel and be saved. Please do these things and many more! For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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May 17 – Gospel Ministers Must Be Courageous

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Some insensitive Christians and the unbelievers make it their point of duty to persecute the gospel ministers. They look for every excuse to criticize them and negatively influence their efforts. Meanwhile, people who persecute God’s servants ought to realize that they are acting against the scripture and offending God in the process. God is appreciative of his servants; humanity also must follow suit to appreciate them as well.

 

Gospel ministers must demonstrate the courage to maintain their stand in faithfully serving God and their people. They must keep up with their good works whether people appreciate them or not. God will reward them if they remain faithfully – Irrespective of the magnitude of any pressure that people mount against them.

 

Paul, a servant of God, shared his personal experience about how people abused him (and other gospel ministers). Paul said, “For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now” (1 Corinthians. 4:9-13).

 

Lesson:

The servants of God often face the criticisms of others; they are persecuted and abused for the sake of their faith in Christ and their services to humanity. Meanwhile, the efforts of God’s faithful servants shall be accounted for and be rewarded! God will reward his faithful servants in his kingdom. Not only will God’s servants be rewarded in heaven, but they will also be rewarded on earth. God will look into the earthly affairs of his servants and bless them. He will also bless their descending generations for their commitment.

 

Since God will bless his faithful servants on earth and in heaven, the gospel ministers ought to stay encouraged. They must be persistent in their good works and not relent.

 

The people who serve God in any capacity must understand that whatever services they render to God and others are not in vain. God will reward them in due time.

 

Any spiritual leader who currently suffers persecution for the sake of his or her services should be encouraged and remain faithful to God. God will reward the courage soon!

 

*May every persecuted gospel minister receive the grace to remain persistent in his or her services to God – I pray in Jesus’ name! Amen! *

 

Prayer:

Dear God, I ask you to please encourage all your faithful servants throughout the world to remain persistent in their good works. Help your servants to summon the courage to faithfully serve you and not yield to the temptation and persecution of their enemies. Empower your servants to bear positive fruits that will lead to the salvation of people’s souls. Please anoint your servants to be successful in all areas of their lives. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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May 16 – We Are Victorious In God

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Christians are to utilize Christ’s experience of death and resurrection to their advantage. No Christian should live under the sinful influences of Satan, since Christ has already won them victory. The scripture stated, “Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries” (1 Peter 4:1-3).

 

Lesson:

Jesus Christ has engaged in a war against Satan and won victory for his followers; therefore, no child of God should live a defeated life. Satan has lost his battles against us, and now, we must live in victory.

Believers must celebrate victory in God through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. We have the Holy Spirit of God available to help for all exploitations. We can live a pleasant and pleasurable life in the presence of God; we can live in holiness and be in tune with heaven always. The Holy Spirit of God can empower us to love people during difficult times.

He (Holy Spirit) can energize us to live sacrificial lives and be productive for God’s kingdom. Yes, the Holy Spirit can give us the needed courage to be effective evangelists! Indeed, Christians are the most fortunate people on earth: a bounty of goodness is available at our disposal on earth, and plentiful riches are waiting for us in heaven. No one on earth is as fortunate as Christians! Congratulations to people who have confessed their faith in Jesus Christ, for eternal victory shall be our portion! Anyone who aspires to live a triumphant life on earth must submit to Jesus Christ and confess him as Lord, since there is no better alternative to his guaranteed security.

 

Prayer:

Hallelujah! I am a child of God. Praise God, I am a victor on earth, and Satan has lost the battle over my life. The victory of Jesus Christ is my portion, and I will rejoice in the salvation of the Lord – forever! God please baptize me with your Holy Spirit, so that I keep serving you in truth and Spirit. Let your Holy Spirit empower me to stand upright with you, and let him lead me into all righteousness. Please keep me alive for your purpose, and let the fire of the gospel continue to burn in my bones. Let me live above sin, and please keep my feet firm within your gates to remain fit for your eternal kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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May 15 – Strive To Overcome Temptation

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Children of God are encouraged to resist temptations and put the devil to shame. The scripture admonished, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands to take heed lest he falls. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:12-13).

 

Lesson:

Tempting situations will arise, but we are encouraged not to yield to them. As God’s children, we must resist temptations to glorify God. Also, any Christian who falls into sin must repent and regain focus with God. A Christian who falls into sin must genuinely repent and make necessary restitution so that Satan can be put to shame.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please give me the strength to overcome sin. Give me the grace to resist temptations, and help me to live uprightly with you always. Bless me with grace to exercise genuine repentance, so that I can be fit for your kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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May 14 – God Loves Sinners But Sin

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The Israelites upset God with their evil practices, but the Creator promised to help them come clean of their messes. God promised to help them measure up to his standard of holiness. God promised, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you will keep my judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be my people, and I will be your God. I will deliver you from all your uncleanness. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations” (Ezekiel 36:26-30).

 

Lesson:

God is holy, and he will not permit any of his children to suffer and allow unbelievers to mock his name. Jehovah, who is the supreme God has the power to overrule any human imperfections. He can help anyone who is trapped in a sinful lifestyle escape from it. God gives strength to the weak, and he is able to empower his children to measure up to his standard of holiness.

Jehovah has been ever willing to forgive any sin; however, he does not want someone to take him for granted. God may forgive sin and still allow its consequence to linger. In other words, God does not want anyone to live in sin, and ask for his grace to abide. The Creator’s rod of correction would lay on a persistent sinner.

No child of God should attempt to gamble with his relationship with God. We must not underestimate his power. Children of God will be in the best position to receive his blessing if we abide by his rules.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, I understand you are an upright, God, who demands his children to live uprightly. I also, understand that you are a loving and forgiving God, but you do not want anyone to take you for granted. Therefore, I am asking for your grace to stay upright with you. Help me to serve you well so that I can qualify for your blessings. Help me to walk well with you so that I can prosper every day of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

 

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May 13 – Christians Should Re-Direct Praises To God

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Christians must avoid self-praise, as our glorification must only be expressed in God. Since Christ is our all-in-all, we must ensure that we glorify him in all situations, and at all times. The scriptures admonished, “For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3).

 

Lesson:

We Christians have no other pride than Jesus Christ; therefore, we must rejoice in him always. We must abstain from self-glorification, but direct all honor to the Lord! The Savior has blessed us with his immeasurable grace of salvation, and has also, promised us an imperishable crown of glory in heaven. Hence, believers must dance before him and celebrate his goodness from now till eternity.

 

Prayer:

Dear Jesus Christ, what an awesome Lord you are! You sacrificed your life to save my soul! I will praise you from now on. I will sing, dance, and proclaim your goodness throughout the earth. I am determined to shun self-praise, but give you due honor throughout the days of my life. So help me God! Amen.

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May 12 – Bible Equals Christian Standard

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The scriptures warned Christians to beware of false prophets and false teachers who manipulate people for their selfish ambitions. Both the deceptive leaders and their followers will pay for their actions on God’s day of judgment. It is written,

“But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber” (2 Peter 2:1-3).”

 

Lesson:

Christians are to be watchful of practices and teachings that are contradictory to the bible. We must use the bible as our measuring standard to judge between good and evil. We must base our judgment on the biblical principles and nothing more! If a teaching, prophecy, and/or any other spiritual activity does not comply with the Bible, we must reject it. As God’s children, we must be firm with the truth and ensure that our activities comply with the bible. Every Christian must personally study his/her bible to know what God expects from him/her. It is everyone’s responsibility to develop a personal relationship with God and grow in his grace. Yes, we may need mentors/teachers for guidance, but the Bible must be considered as the final authority. God will honor anyone who practices true Christianity and remains consistent with his word.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please help me to be watchful and not to fall in the traps of false teachers. Let me only entertain teachings that are consistent with your word. Let the Bible be my measuring standard to judge between good and evil; let me reject activities that lack bases in your word. Help me to be firm with the truth, so that I can remain rapturable and meet you in heaven on the last day. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

 

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May 11 – Your Diligence Can Save A Generation

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Queen Esther must use her influence to save the Jews from Mr. Haman who has vouched to destroy them. Mordecai walked up to Esther and challenged her to use her rare God-given opportunity to save her people. Esther must not fail, Mordecai warned the queen, “For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).

 

Lesson:

Christian must remember to honor God with their positions since he is counting on them. As his trusted servants, we (believers) must do whatever we can in our capacity to satisfy God’s will. We must not disobey him! The Creator will be happy to see that we do not fail him, because he will bless us in return. However, God has replacements for insolent children, he will displace people who dare to disobey him, and replace them with a better choice. Therefore, all Christians must give due honor to God and serve him with their best efforts.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please help me to serve you well and give you due honor. Do not let me take you for granted and don’t let me abuse my opportunity. Help me to utilize my God-given grace to bolster efforts that will glorify your name in every ramification of life. Please don’t let me fail you so that I can be worthy of your blessing always. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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May 10 – Your Heaven Is Guaranteed

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All Christians must remain focused and faithfully serve God. We must always remember that though we live in the same world with unbelievers, we do not share a common final destination. Christians are meant to permanently live with God in heaven, but unbelievers are unqualified for heaven. Therefore, the objective of every Christian is to make efforts on a daily basis to walk righteously before God to remain fit for Heaven.

The scripture reminds Christians about heaven and stated, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:1-3).

 

Lesson:

Heaven is a permanent home for Christians. The earth only serves as a temporary home; therefore, as Christians, we must not allow worldly influences to make us lose our opportunity of making heaven. Believers must cautiously walk their pilgrimage (which are basically our earthly activities). We must abstain from sinful activities that would corrupt our holiness standard set by God to qualify us for his kingdom.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please help me to live a holy life before you on earth, so that I can qualify for your kingdom. Please do not let me be carried away with sinful and earthly influences that can corrupt my soul. Help me to always remember that this earth is a temporal home! Let me always remember that heaven is my permanent home! Please keep my feet firm before you until the last day, so that I can eternally rejoice in your presence in heaven. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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May 9 – A Christian Should Have Self-Control

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Prophet Samuel proved himself as a godly leader of Israel. He had served well, and he was not afraid to ask people to review his record. The scriptures recorded that Samuel called the elders of Israel and said, “Here I am. Witness against me before the Lord and before His anointed: Whose ox have I taken, or whose donkey have I taken, or whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed, or from whose hand have I received any bribe with which to blind my eyes? I will restore it to you.” And they said, “You have not cheated us or oppressed us, nor have you taken anything from any man’s hand.” Then he said to them, “The Lord is witness against you, and His anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand.” And they answered, “He is witness” (1 Samuel 12:3-5).

 

Lesson:

Many people are intoxicated with power, and have abused their positions. In fact, it is now romanticized in the society, as the saying goes; “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Meanwhile, the children of God must not be obsessed with power. We must not abuse power if we attain high-ranking positions in any aspect of life. No matter what capacity, we may occupy, we must serve with integrity! We must honor God with our services, and we must ensure that we are fair in our decisions. In addition, we must not be greedy with our positions. We must adequately serve in whatever capacity that we occupy and ensure that we do not entertain selfish ambitions. God will honor any Christian that honors him with his/her position, but he will punish anyone who misuses his/her position.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please keep me humble and do not let me be obsessed with power. Help me to manage my position well so that I will not provoke your fury. Help me apply godly principles to all my engagements and let me be a true ambassador of Jesus Christ. I also pray for people in authority: Please grant them god-fearing hearts; empower them to make good judgments. Do not let them focus on selfish ambitions, but help them to adequately serve in whatever capacity that they occupy. Let it be well with people in the government, and let there be peace in our land. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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