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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

March 6 – The World Is Full Of Wickedness

Judas Iscariot who was one of Jesus’ twelve disciples sought bribery, and he handed over his master to the enemies. The scripture reported,

“Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve. So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them. And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. So he promised and sought opportunity to betray Him to them in the absence of the multitude” (Luke 22:3-6).

 

Lesson:

Wonders shall never end on earth! The world is full of wickedness, and many unimaginable things happen. In this world, servants would betray their masters; family would disintegrate, and absolute trust would be difficult to earn. Meanwhile, the earth that comprised all atrocities will not last forever! The end will come to this earth one day, and perfect earth from God would replace it. Meanwhile, God would destroy the wicked people who have lived in this wicked world; he will transfer the righteous people to the perfect earth that would be created. Hence, all people are to make themselves fit to escape the present wicked world and be able to possess the perfect one to come.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, I understand that the present world is full of evil and you will soon destroy it; you will make a new world that will host your saints. Therefore, I want to be qualified for the new world that will soon come. Please count me worthy; help me to be mindful of what will make me remain qualified. Please let my faith in your Son Jesus Christ qualifies me for your eternal kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

March 5 – Jealousy

King Saul killed eighty-five priests of God for the sake of David. He also ordered complete destruction of the city that hosted the priests. The brutal king rationalized that God’s priests supported David to revolt against him. The scripture reported how King Saul attacked God’s servants,

“Then Saul said to him (Priest Ahimelech), “Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, in that you have given him bread and a sword, and have inquired of God for him, that he should rise against me, to lie in wait, as it is this day?” So Ahimelech answered the king and said, “And who among all your servants is as faithful as David, who is the king’s son-in-law, who goes at your bidding, and is honorable in your house? Did I then begin to inquire of God for him? Far be it from me! Let not the king impute anything to his servant, or to any in the house of my father. For your servant knew nothing of all this, little or much.” And the king said, “You shall surely die, Ahimelech, you and all your father’s house!” Then the king said to the guards who stood about him, “Turn and kill the priests of the Lord, because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled and did not tell it to me.” But … So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck the priests, and killed on that day eighty-five men who wore a linen ephod. Also Nob, the city of the priests, he struck with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and nursing infants, oxen and donkeys and sheep —with the edge of the sword” (1Samuel 22:13-16).

 

Lesson:

Jealousy is evil, and no child of God should allow the spirit of jealousy to possess him/ her. The evil spirit does not help anyone, but it destroys anyone who comes in contact with it. Anyone who realizes any trace of jealousy in his/her life must fight to stop it immediately. It takes God’s power to overcome jealousy, and every child of God must pray to possess the power. All children of God must not only pray, but they must also refuse to yield to temptations of jealousy. We can all train ourselves to sincerely share pains, sorrow, joy, and success with our fellows. We must endeavor not to behave contrarily to other people’s feelings – whether family, friends, or neighbors. In other words, we ought to be happy when people are happy, and we ought to be sad when they are sad. May God help us to possess and demonstrate a good spirit that heaven will commend!

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please help me to love other people genuinely. Let me be happy when they are happy, and let me contribute to the success of other people. Do not let me be an object of people’s downfall, but their object of lifting. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

March 4 – Vain World

Jesus Christ warned his disciples to stay focus and always be ready for the rapture. The Messiah said

“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:34-36).

 

Lesson:

The world system is programmed to get people to occupy with mundane things that can distract them from faithfully serving God. There are challenges here and there; bills must be paid, and other pressuring circumstances would keep featuring. Meanwhile, Christians must be careful not to allow anything to affect their relationship with God. Either the world likes it or not, the rapture will happen and Jesus will transport his saints to heaven. Anyone who is left behind would suffer Satan’s assaults. Therefore, all people should be ready to be raptured with Jesus Christ whenever he appears in the sky.

 

Prayer:

Vanity upon vanity, the world is vanity! I am determined to follow Jesus Christ and not allow any situation to distract me from him. I have made up my mind to keep my testimony as a child of God. I stand by my word, and I will hold firm my confession of Jesus Christ to the end. Yes, Jesus Christ is the true and only Son of God sent to rescue the lost sinners. Since I believe in Jesus, my sins are forgiven and I am qualified for the rapture! Jesus Christ is my personal Lord and Savior, and the devil cannot do anything to stop it. My faith is reserved in the Son of God forever! Amen!

 

March 3 – The Judgment

David risked his life to defend his country and kill Goliath, but he was not rewarded adequately. King Saul who ought to be happy for David’s achievement had become jealous, and he wanted him dead by all means. As David escaped for his life, he had to sleep in the jungle for at least three days waiting for what his fate would bring. The scripture reported David’s ordeal as Jonathan attempted to help him escape King Saul’s assaults,

“Then Jonathan said to David, “Tomorrow is the New Moon; and you will be missed, because your seat will be empty. And when you have stayed three days, go down quickly and come to the place where you hid on the day of the deed; and remain by the stone Ezel. Then I will shoot three arrows to the side, as though I shot at a target; and there I will send a lad, saying, ‘Go, find the arrows.’ If I expressly say to the lad, ‘Look, the arrows are on this side of you; get them and come’—then, as the Lord lives, there is safety for you and no harm. But if I say thus to the young man, ‘Look, the arrows are beyond you’—go your way, for the Lord has sent you away. And as for the matter which you and I have spoken of, indeed the Lord be between you and me forever” (1 Samuel 20: 18-23).

 

Lesson:

The world system is somehow programmed to abuse righteous people and honor wicked individuals. Such act of wickedness may persist but it would not last. God will eventually judge the wicked people based on their wickedness. The Perfect Judge will honor people that have been marginalized and abused on earth. He will give them prestigious positions in his kingdom. Meanwhile, God will not only award heavenly blessings to his faithful children, he will also bless them on earth. He will ensure that people who stand with him on earth are never put to shame.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please bless me beyond the limits of enemies’ persecutions and suppressions. Let your glorious light shine upon me, and let my face radiate your beauty. Let me prosper on earth, and let me be blessed in heaven. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

 

March 2 – Enduring Temptations And Persecutions Our Source Of Solution

Jesus Christ alerted his disciples to prepare for persecution from anti-gospel people. They would suffer difficult situations for the sake of his name. However, the Savior promised to help his followers overcome their afflictions, and helped them finish their race well. The Savior said,

“They will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.” “You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost” (Luke 21:12, 16-18).

 

Lesson:

All Christians are to endure persecutions and hold firm to their faith so that they can inherit imperishable rewards from God in heaven. The road to heaven may be rough, but it has a smooth end. Jesus Christ has promised us (believers) the strength needed to overcome challenges – and finish our race well (Luke 21:12, 16-18).

Any suffering that a Christian suffers on earth would be insignificant to compare with the blessing that he/she will receive from God in heaven. It is a worthwhile effort to remain steadfast in God since there shall be countless joy to experience in heaven!

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please endow me with grace to remain steadfast with you unto the end. Let me endure any challenge that may come my way, and let me hold firm unto my faith so that I can be duly rewarded in heaven. Let me be counted worthy of your benefits in heaven. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

March 1 – God’s Protection Is Over His Children

David killed Goliath and received favor from his country fellows, but his success provoked the rage of his boss. King Saul felt threatened and hated David passionately. He set traps for him and sought every opportunity to terminate his life. However, God protected David from Saul, and he foiled the enemy’s assassination attempts. The scripture reported King Saul’s action against David,

“The distressing spirit from the Lord came upon Saul as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand. And David was playing music with his hand. Then Saul sought to pin David to the wall with the spear, but he slipped away from Saul’s presence, and he drove the spear into the wall. So David fled and escaped that night” (1 Samuel 19:9-10).

Lesson:

An enemy of righteousness may pursue a child of God, but he/she will soon experience a failed mission. Enemies will stumble, but God will protect his own people. The protections of God will rest and abide with his children, and he will save them from any adversary! No matter how brutal an enemy of righteousness may appear, he/she is still limited in power! However, God who cares for his children is limitless in power! He will protect his children against any visible or invisible weapon of the enemy. Jehovah will also beat down the enemies in the presence of all people so that they can recognize his power and praise his holy name.

Prayer:

Dear God, I ask you to please subdue all enemies’ attacks that are wage against me. Let my enemies stumble in their evil imaginations. Give them rooms for repentance, but if they refuse, beat them down and completely incapacitate them! As for me, let me continue to fly in beautiful colors that radiate your glory. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

February 28 – Believers Must Avoid Wicked People

The Pharisees and Sadducees surrounded Jesus Christ-like bees seeking every opportunity to bite their host. The religious enemies set traps and tested Jesus on many grounds with the hope that he might stumble in his speech so that they can arrest and kill him. Meanwhile, Jesus was sensitive to recognize the presence of his enemies, and he put them in the right place! When the Pharisees asked a tricky question about the resurrection, Jesus referred them to scripture that everyone in the society respected – and the foes became silent (Luke 20:27-39).

However, Jesus warned his disciples to be watchful of hypocrites who would be envious of their success and seek their downfall. Jesus said,

“Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation” (Luke 20:46-47).

Lesson:

We Christians are God’s children and we are lights that are surrounded by people who celebrate the works of darkness; therefore we must be careful! Our works and godly lifestyles often irritate worldly people, and they would tend to react to whatever we do. We should be sensitive not to allow evildoers to drag us into their evil practices. We should not seek world acceptance and sin against God. We Christians must maintain our godly standards and remain heavenly bound. God will definitely empower us to overcome our adversaries, and he will reward us for every job well done.

Prayer:

Dear God, please help me to be wise and be sensitive so that I will not become a victim of wicked people. Help me to abstain from people who may influence me to sin against you. Empower me to remain steadfast in the faith, and let me keep my godly testimony unto the end so that I can be blessed immensely in heaven. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

February 27 – Using The Authority In God’s Name

Goliath led the Philistine army to constantly harass Israelites for forty days. Goliath being huge in stature and very skilled a warrior, could not be confronted by any Israelite. The gentile soldier cursed Israelites and deviled their God, and no Israelite soldier was confident enough to challenge him, including King Saul. Meanwhile, a young boy (not old enough to be enlisted as a soldier) named David had enough courage to stand against Goliath and challenged him to fight. David was peculiar about silencing an infidel who defiled God and his army. The boy said,

“What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (1 Samuel 17:26). However, Goliath ridiculed David and cursed him by his gods. David only responded with few words before the battle began, and his response was, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied” (1 Samuel 17:45).

David eventually killed Goliath in the battle, and he ensured that glory was given to the living God of Israel.

Lesson:

Goliath was a representation of Satan who constantly harassed Israelites for forty days until God empowered David to permanently silence him (1 Samuel 17:26). Satan still has many Goliaths that he uses to harass God’s children today, and they must be silenced also! The same procedure that David used to silence the first Goliath should also be explored to silence any other Goliath that may feature in a Christian’s life. Christians’ weapons against any generation of Goliaths should not be misconceived to be physical, but they must be understood to be spiritual. Believers are meant to utilize prayers to subdue Satan in his efforts. Even though he may bring multiple confrontations, they will all be subdued through prayers of faith! Believers must understand that Satan does not have power over prayers – God does! The enemy will flee when a Christian mentions the name of Jesus Christ in his/her prayer. Hence, all children of God ought to exercise their faith and utilize their God-given power to overcome Satan.

For example:

1. A person who has marital challenges should say, “I command Satan to flee from my marriage in the name of Jesus Christ! My marriage is an institution of God, and I am determined to enjoy it!”

2. A person who experiences a health challenge should say, “I command Satan to withdraw his hands from my health in Jesus’ name! I claim the good and perfect health of God, and I obtain an antidote to my health problems from the blood of Jesus Christ. I declare my healing today, tomorrow, and forever – in the name of Jesus Christ.”

3. A person who lacks resources should say, “I rebuke Satan and I command him to remove his dirty hands from my resources! God is rich and I am rich also! I destroy poverty in my life and I declare myself a rich person. I claim my total victory over poverty today and forever – in the name of Jesus Christ! Amen.”

Prayer:

Dear Jesus Christ, please help me to exercise my authority reserved in your name. Empower me to subdue all forms and appearances of Goliath in my life. Anoint me with your Holy Spirit to exercise my faith in a manner that will benefit your kingdom, and also prosper my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

February 26 – Jesus is the way to heaven

The religious scholars and Pharisees were jealous of Jesus because he had a different mode of preaching and practices, and they stalked him to find an occasion to harass, persecute, and kill him. The hypocritical people challenged Jesus’ authority and questioned him on controversial topics – such as tax payments. Meanwhile, Jesus – the Son of God – remained steadfast and never hesitated to silence his foes with intellectual responses. Two instances of Jesus’ responses are highlighted as follows:

1. “Now it happened on one of those days, as He taught the people in the temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted Him and spoke to Him, saying, “Tell us, by what authority are you doing these things? Or who is he who gave you this authority?” But He answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one thing, and answer me: The baptism of John—was it from heaven or from men?” And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet.” So they answered that they did not know where it was from. And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things” (Luke 20:1-8).

2. “So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor. Then they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that you say and teach rightly, and you do not show personal favoritism, but teach the way of God in truth: Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, “Why do you test me? Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?” They answered and said, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” But they could not catch Him in His words in the presence of the people. And they marveled at His answer and kept silent. (Luke 20:20-26)

Lesson:

Anyone who attempts to challenge the authority of Jesus Christ is merely joking. No one can challenge his authority! People who claim to be intellectual and those who believe other media of salvation should think twice and realize that there is no deity or person who has ever died and resurrected – except Jesus Christ. At least conventional wisdom testify that if Jesus could resurrect from death, he would certainly retain the power to resurrect his followers from death on the last day. The inductive conclusion is sound and clear, Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life. Hence, all people should humbly come to Jesus Christ and accept him as their personal Lord and Savior. Anyone who rejects Jesus Christ will not resurrect to share a part in God’s kingdom.

Prayer of Salvation/Affirmation:

Yes, I believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven! Yes, yes, yes, I am ready to give my life to Jesus Christ today! I am emphatically declaring an oath to God that I (Mention Your Name) declare that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died for sinners. I believe that Jesus Christ is the only pathway to the kingdom of God; therefore, I confess him (Jesus Christ) as my personal Lord and Savior. As from today, I am a child of God, and I will serve God forever! Amen.

February 25 – Obedience Is Better Than Sacrifice

King Saul abused his relationship with God, and he made repeated mistakes. While he ought to follow God’s instruction and be blessed, Saul chose to please himself and disobey God. An instance of Saul’s failure became evident when he refused to destroy God’s enemies as commanded. The instruction is stated,

“Samuel also said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over His people, over Israel. Now therefore, heed the voice of the words of the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them…” (1 Samuel 15:1-3). Meanwhile, Saul acted contrarily to God’s instructions. He killed some God’s enemies but spared some treasured assets of the land for his private riches. He also rationalized that he intended to sacrifice the forbidden assets to God. However, Prophet Samuel chastised King Saul and said, “Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel 15:22). Since Saul failed to follow God’s instructions, he was displaced as an Israelite king, and David was ordained to take over his position.

Lesson:

“To obey God is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel 15:22). Obedience has no substitute, and God requires that we must obey him at all costs. We cannot rationalize a decision or an action and expect God to agree with us; we must do whatever he asks us to do – and we must do it very well. As far as God is concerned, “We must obey before complaints.” Meanwhile, God will surely bless his obedient children. He will honor anyone who obeys him! God can suspend any law for the purpose of blessing and honoring anyone who chooses to fear and obey him. Therefore, all people are encouraged to duly obey God’s instructions, since they will never regret the action.

Prayer:

Dear God, I understand that you require that all people must faithfully obey you and follow your instructions. Therefore, I am ready to yield my life and obey you to the fullness. I will serve and honor you as long as I live. I am utilizing this opportunity to ask for your extra grace that will enable me to satisfy you at all times. Please give me your grace so that I can prosper on earth and in heaven also. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

February 24 – God Is Able

The disciples of Jesus Christ honored him in the public. They sang his praise and gave him royal entry to Jerusalem. It is reported,

“Then they brought him colt (horse) to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road. Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: “‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19:35-38).

Lesson:

No one deserves better honor than Jesus Christ who left a joyful place in heaven to come down to earth for the sake of dying for lost sinners. All Christians are qualified to be Jesus’ cheerleaders, and we should sing his praises to the ends of the earth.

Prayer:

I love you Jesus Christ, and I am very proud of you! I thank you for all your goodness in my life. I specially thank you for your divine commitment to leave heaven and come to earth in order to die for the sinners. My praises would not be adequate until I have confessed you as my Lord! Therefore, I passionately confess you, Jesus Christ, as my personal Lord and Savior. I give you my whole heart, and I am determined to serve you for the rest of my life. I believe that I am now saved. Thank you Jesus Christ for your saving grace. Amen.

February 23 – Yield Not To Temptation

King Saul found himself between a rock and a hard place: The enemies who outnumbered his army challenged him to war; his soldiers were scared and they began to gradually desert him. Worse still, Prophet Samuel who was supposed to offer traditional sacrifice prior to battle engagement has not shown up for seven days. King Saul was indeed in trouble and he was running out of choices, but he has to do something to curtail the situation. However, the choice he made did not favor him. He decided to offer a sacrifice that only Prophet Samuel should offer; Samuel arrived immediately after he finished with the sacrifice, and the end result was not pleasant. Samuel said,

“You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you” (1 Samuel 13:13-14).

Lesson:

It takes God’s grace and favor to successfully overcome temptations. Also, it takes God’s favor to make an appropriate decision when someone undergoes uncomfortable situations, and pressures mount. Meanwhile, God will surely help his children that call unto him for help. He will help them to make appropriate decisions during their time of need, and he will ensure that they have victory over challenges. Hence, every child of God must learn how to call on God over any situation that comes his or her way. Nothing should be considered insignificant to be prayed about; no Christian should second-guess God when calling on him for help during distress!

Prayer:

Dear God, please give me the grace to call unto you for help when I am in difficult situations. Guide me to make an appropriate decision when I am confused, and help me to follow your instructions so that I can have an expected result. Let it be well with me always, and let Satan be ashamed over my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.