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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

July 17 – Christians: Be Careful Of Unholy Riches

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Jesus Christ warned his disciples not to be involved in unjust riches, but seek pure wealth that glorifies God. Jesus said, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (Luke 16:10-13).

 

Lesson:

The pursuit of clean riches is not evil, but the pursuit of unclean riches is evil. Hence, Christians must not pursue riches at the expense of holiness. As children of God, we must evaluate our ambitions, and we must ensure that God’s rules are not violated. We must also, strive to be involved in only careers that glorify God. It is important to note that God keeps records of our activities, and he will duly reward us in this life, and in heaven also.

 

Prayer:

O my God, I want to be rich, but I do not want to go to hell fire! Help me pursue clean riches, and let me honor you with my resources. Let me utilize my riches to serve you and meet other people’s needs. Do not let me be punished, but let me be duly rewarded on earth and in heaven also. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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July 16 – God Guarantee You His Protection!


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God distracted King Saul and prevented him from capturing David. The scripture stated, “Saul went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain. So David made haste to get away from Saul, for Saul and his men were encircling David and his men to take them. But a messenger came to Saul, saying, “Hurry and come, for the Philistines have invaded the land!” Therefore Saul returned from pursuing David, and went against the Philistines; so they called that place the Rock of Escape. Then David went up from there and dwelt in strong holds at En Gedi” (1 Samuel 23:26-29).

 

Lesson:

God knows how to protect his children during a crisis, and he knows how to confuse their enemies. Jehovah will respond to the cries of his children whenever they call on him, and he will defend their interests. Even when a child of God fails, God will still show mercy. He will restore his backsliding children so that Satan would not rejoice over them. Therefore, all children of God ought to take refuge in God, and solely depend on his unbeatable power!

 

Prayer:

Dear God, I believe that you are the strongest being in existence and you have the power over all things. Therefore, I invite you to come to my aid and rescue me from all the problems. Please confuse my enemies and let them stumble in their evil practices. Give me the upper hand over my adversaries, and let me experience your divine victory. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

 

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July 15 – Maintain Your Firm Faith In God

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Christians are challenged to improve their relationship with God. A Christian must not be complacent with the elementary aspect of Christianity, but he or she must make a decisive effort to meet the standard of God. The scripture stated, “Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame” (Hebrews 6:1-6).

 

Lesson:

Christians must aspire to meet the standard of God and make him proud by all means. We are to practice Christianity at best! That is, we must not dilly-dally with the standard of God stipulated in the Bible, but we must remain firm in faith. God reserves many rewards for any believer that has a contrite spirit and honors him in whatever he or she does.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please give me the grace to love and serve you with full devotion. Let the Holy Spirit empower me to meet your expectations so that I can prosper in every day of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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July 14 – Cast Your Total Trust On God Only!

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Judas Iscariot released himself for the devil’s use, and he betrayed Jesus Christ with a kiss. It is reported, “And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” (Luke 22:47-48).

 

Lesson:

If a close associate like Judas Iscariot could betray Jesus Christ, who else should we trust? (Luke 22:47-48). It is obvious that our present world has a problem with “Trust.” The world is full of hate and rage; acts of self-centeredness have dominated it from every side! However, the followers of Jesus Christ still have hope in this present world; we have God’s love that prevails over evil! We can still look up to God and some fellow believers. Meanwhile, no believer is expected to place absolute trust in a fellow human being. Complete and absolute trust must be placed in God who remains infallible. God never fails even when people fail us. A fellow human being may disappoint us, but God will never do!

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please help me to place my absolute trust in you. Help me to love and trust people, but let my absolute trust be placed on you. Let me trust, pray, and look up to you for all my needs. I understand and believe that you will send me the necessary people to meet my needs at all times. Let my absolute trust be reserved in you at all times so that I can live successfully and happily on earth. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

 

 

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July 13 – Keep A Steady Relationship With God

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Christians are expected to grow in our relationship with God as we interact with him. We are expected to become his mature children by growing in his knowledge and consistently interacting with him through prayers. Bible emphasized, “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:12-14).

 

Lesson:

God is ever interested to see his children moving closer to have a better relationship with him. He desires that we grow in faith and not remain baby Christians. That is, each believer must improve in his or her Bible study and daily prayer. We ought to learn more about God and communicate with him better. As we improve our relationship with the Creator, we will occupy a crucial place in his heart and be in the best position to receive his benefits. In other words, the more consistently we relate with God, the better our lives will become. Call this a “Win-Win situation!”

 

Prayer:

Dear God I desire to improve my relationship with you, please give me your grace and strength to do so! I am determined to be a better Christian from now on. I will study my Bible more and pray better! Please let it be convenient for me to serve you with a loyal heart so that I can enjoy your benefits in this life and in heaven also. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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July 12 – Christian: Don’t Fear Evil, Jesus Reigns!

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Judge Pilate considered the Pharisees’ arguments against Jesus, but he could not justify any reason to condemn him to death. Pilate engaged the chief priests and said, “You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence, I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him; no, neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him; and indeed nothing deserving of death has been done by Him” (Luke 23:14-15).

 

Lesson:

Satan is an enemy of righteousness and he would attempt anything to attack God’s people. The enemy would use any instrument that he can think of, and he would attempt to throw any stone available. However, Christians must remain steadfast, and not be afraid of Satan. Nothing should make us retreat from our commitments to God; we are required to remain steadfast and keep our faith unto the end. All believers must remember that Christ has promised to earn us victory over all circumstances of life (John 16:33).

 

Prayer:

Dear Jesus Christ, please make me strong and let me keep my faith unto the end. Give me the grace and power to resist oppositions and stop their advances. Anoint me to keep the flag of your gospel flying, and let me rejoice in all ramifications of life. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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July 11 – Stop Criticizing God’s Servants, Honor Them!

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Gospel ministers occupy an important space in the mind of God; all people should honor them as well. Paul explained the reason it is important to care for the servants of God. He stated, “Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar? Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:13-14).

 

Lesson:

People must honor God’s ministers (Those who serve God in one leadership capacity or the other). We must honor them for their services to God and humanity. Christians ought to encourage people who labor over our souls. We should support them to keep them motivated in their good works.

 

Besides the requirement of the Bible to honor the servants of God, courtesy also demands that believers take a good care of our pastors. They labor over our souls to conform us to the standard of God and qualify us for his benefits. Most servants of God go out of their way to serve their church members (and followers). They pray and fast for their flock. In some cases, they also provide them physical welfare.

 

A good Christian should not consider it over-reaching to honor any man or woman of God that labor over his or her soul. Besides, whatever a Christian does to God’s servant is what has been technically done to God himself! Therefore, it is important that believers relate with gospel ministers with care, and support them in their good works.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please give me the grace and strength to respect your servants and minister to their needs. Make me a good source of encouragement for your servants. Again, I’m saying “Empower me to do everything within my power to support your servants!”

 

I am using this opportunity to pray for your servants throughout the world (and especially for those who labor over my soul) that you should increase your grace in their lives. Prosper the gospel leaders as they commit their lives to serving you and making positive contributions to the lives of others!

 

Bless your servants; meet their spiritual and personal needs. Please, help them to remain faithful in their services unto the end. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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July 10 – Christianity Requires Practical Demonstration

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God required all his children to shun insensitive religion, dogma, but sincerely serve him according to expectations. Jehovah prefers that we exercise our religious activities before him in good faith. He wants us to offer our services plainly without being hypocritical. The Creator promised to make us prosper if we duly satisfy his desires.

God stated in the scripture, “Is it a fast that I have chosen, a day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, And to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord? “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ “If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In” (Isaiah 58:5-12).

 

Lesson:

God will honor us if we humbly and faithfully serve him. He considers charity as an acceptable service, and he expects us to really get into the business of helping others. The Creator promised to make us experience peace and prosperity if we are not obsessed with mundane things, but freely share our resources with others. Contrarily to popular opinion, our religion activities such as fasting and prayers are not only the necessary key factors in receiving blessings from God. Those spiritual activities will only earn us fruits if we can apply God’s principles of sowing positive seeds into the lives of other people.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please make me a faithful Christian. Help me to serve you and care for other people around me faithfully. Help me to be sensitive and supportive of people who may be going through one type of difficulty or the other. Enable me with grace to be your faithful ambassador who makes positive contributions in other people’s lives. Also, please bless me and let me have a testimony of your goodness to share with others. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

 

 

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July 9 – Judas Betrayed Jesus; Who Should You Trust?

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Judas Iscariot allowed Satan to use him; he betrayed Jesus Christ with a kiss! This should be an important lesson for Christians to be cautious and not allow Satan to gain ground in our lives. Also, believers must understand that we can only cast our complete trust in God. Our complete trust must not be reserved in a mortal man (or woman). The Bible reported Judas’s betraying moment, “And while He (Jesus) was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” (Luke 22:47-48).

 

Lesson:

Children of God must only cast our complete trust in God. Of course, we are still obliged to trust people; however, we cannot cast our absolute trust in them – Because humans are fallible. Judas, a close associate of Jesus Christ, betrayed him! (Luke 22:47-48).

 

Meanwhile, Christians are not hopeless on the subject of “Trust.” It may be difficult to completely trust a fellow human being, but it is easy to trust God. Why? God never fails. He does not disappoint anyone; whoever cast his or her complete trust in God will never be disappointed under whatever condition.

 

Cast your complete trust in God; you will never regret it!

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please give me the ability to cast my complete trust in you. I understand that I don’t need to be overly sensitive and suspect people, but I must cast my complete trust in you. Please give me the ability to do so. Help me to completely trust you in my situations. As I trust you, earn me great testimony! Let all things work to my advantage and let me have a reason to praise your holy name. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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July 8 – It Is Easy To Become A Christian

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Christianity is simple, and the requirement for becoming born again is simple as well. The scripture stated, “… That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).

 

Lesson:

Salvation offer of Jesus Christ is simple, and it is easily obtained. Anyone can become saved within a short moment. The process of obtaining Christ’s salvation can be categorized into two; the profession of faith and confession of faith. However, it is expedient that people of all status align themselves with Jesus Christ by confessing him as their Lord. Christ is the only sure way that leads to heaven. He guaranteed the assurance of eternal life for people who follow him.

 

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, I believe in you; I am sure that you are Christ the Son of God. You are the only pathway that leads to God, and there is no other way besides you. Therefore, I confess you Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. I promise to commit my entire life unto you from today, and I will serve you throughout the days of my life. Please keep me fit for your eternal kingdom. Thank you, Jesus Christ, for your saving grace. Amen.

 

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July 7 – Christian: Be Aware Of Your Promises

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Judge Jephthah found himself between a rock and a hard place by making an irrevocable vow to God. He promised to offer an important sacrifice to God if he could help him overcome his enemies. Jephthah said, “Whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering” (Judges 11:31).

God answered Jephthah’s prayer, but lo and behold, it was her only child who came to welcome him at his door-post when he returned from the battle. He found himself in a situation that he had to give up her only daughter. *(Please note: This type of sacrifice is no more relevant today!). The scripture reported, “When Jephthah came to his house at Mizpah, there was his daughter, coming out to meet him with timbrels and dancing; and she was his only child. Besides her, he had neither son nor daughter. And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he tore his clothes, and said, “Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low! You are among those who trouble me! For I have given my word of the Lord, and I cannot go back on it.” So she said to him, “My father, if you have given your word to the Lord, do to me according to what has gone out of your mouth, because the Lord has avenged you of your enemies, the people of Ammon” (Judges 11:34-36).

Jephthah decided to honor his promise despite the magnitude.

 

Lesson:

God deserves to be respected at all times. We must respect him, and we must keep our promises to him. Meanwhile, believers must understand that we cannot be rash in our promises to God. We must be careful not to make ambiguous promises when we are in the presence of God. We must weigh our words and consider their magnitudes – since God does not respect jokes! He will not hesitate to register our promises and ask for their fulfillment. God will keep asking us for his rights (promise) until we fulfill them. Therefore, believers must be careful not to make empty promises to God.

God will bless anyone who duly fulfills his promises to him. He will ensure the person is blessed so that he or she can be motivated to keep the practice of honoring his/her promises.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please help me respect you through my words and actions. Let me fulfill my promises to you. Let the fulfillment of my promises open doors of opportunities in my life, and let me enjoy your goodness in the land of the living. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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July 6 – Jesus Is For Jews and Gentiles

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Jews who denied Jesus Christ as the true messiah may still have an opportunity to receive his salvation again. The fact that they initially rejected Christ have successfully opened the door of salvation for non-Jews who would believe. Hostility and persecutions that early Christians suffered from Jews forced them out of comfort zones to preach to the gentiles. They extended their gospel evangelization to people who were not traditional Jews. However, God would not cast off Jews forever, Paul said, “If by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? For if the first fruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.” Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either” (Romans 11: 14-21).

 

Lesson:

God loves the Jews; he raised them from a few people, and turned them into a great nation. However, the Jews are not God’s children, Christians are his children also. Both the Jews and Christians are like branches of the same tree grafted to God. However, the Jews cannot survive in isolation, they need the salvation of Jesus Christ to offer acceptable service to God. The scripture stated that God would not give up on Israel, but he would enlighten their mind to accept Jesus Christ as the true Messiah of God (Yeshua Ha-Mashiach). With faith in Jesus Christ, both Jews and Christians will partake in the Lord’s Passover in heaven. Hence, since Jesus Christ is so important to salvation, everyone, Jews and non-Jews should consider it necessary to believe in him.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, I pray for Jews and all people who have not believed Jesus Christ as the true Messiah to do so. Please enlighten their minds to understand the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on their behalf. Let them understand that Jesus Christ died and resurrected to give them eternal life, so that they can inherit your kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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