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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

January 19 – Heaven Is Yours!

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The prophet Ezekiel was privileged to receive the revelation of heaven; he described his experience thus: “Then he (God’s angel) went to the gateway which faced east; and he went up its stairs and measured the threshold of the gateway, which was one rod wide, and the other threshold was one rod wide. Each gate chamber was one rod long and one rod wide; between the gate chambers was a space of five cubits; and the threshold of the gateway by the vestibule of the inside gate was one rod. He also measured the vestibule of the inside gate, one rod. Then he measured the vestibule of the gateway, eight cubits; and the gateposts, two cubits. The vestibule of the gate was on the inside” (Ezekiel 40:6-9) … “He measured the width of the entrance to the gateway, ten cubits; and the length of the gate, thirteen cubits. There was a space in front of the gate chambers, one cubit on this side and one cubit on that side; the gate chambers were six cubits on this side and six cubits on that side. Then he measured the gateway from the roof of one gate chamber to the roof of the other; the width was twenty-five cubits, as door faces door” (Ezekiel:11-13) …“After that he brought me toward the south, and there a gateway was facing south; and he measured its gateposts and archways according to these same measurements. There were windows in it and in its archways all around like those windows; its length was fifty cubits and its width twenty-five cubits. Seven steps led up to it, and its archway was in front of them; and it had palm trees on its gateposts, one on this side and one on that side” (Ezekiel:24-26).

 

Lesson:

Heaven is an indescribable place of glory that God has prepared for his saints. Heaven – a place not designed by any human, but by God himself, consists of every bit of perfection. He planned it, designed it, and constructed it! God crafted both the interior and exterior parts of heaven by himself. He also crafted the landscapes and ensured they have his best creativity.

No human word is suitable enough to describe the beauty of heaven. Jehovah created it to showcase his glory and also, to lavish it on his saints. Earthly people who have confessed Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will qualify for heaven. They are regarded as God’s saints, and they will inherit heaven – Which houses God’s throne. However, those who have failed to confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal Savior are unqualified for heaven. They will be disallowed to enter heaven. They are regarded as unbelievers, and they will have their part in the lake of fire called hell fire.

It is important that we all confess Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior to qualify for heaven. Whoever makes this important decision will have his/her name written in the Book of Life. God will welcome the person to heaven on the last day to enjoy his eternal benefits.

Sing with me:

“Jerusalem on high; my song and city is, my home whene’er I die, the center of my bliss. O happy place! When shall I be, my God, with thee, to see thy face?”

 

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, I believe that Jesus Christ is your only Son sent to save the world. I confess him as my personal Lord and Savior. I declare that I repent from my sins and I promise to faithfully serve you every day of my life. Please write my name in your Book of Life, and ever keep me worthy of your eternal kingdom. For I have prayed and confessed in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

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January 18 – Are Your Spiritual Gifts For God?

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The gifts of prophecy and speaking with diverse tongues are expected to be utilized for edifying the body of Christ. Paul admonished the Corinthian brethren to be decent with their religious practices and ensure that demonstration of their spiritual gifts benefit others, and promote God’s kingdom. Paul said, “Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:39-40).

 

Lesson:

The baptism of the Holy Spirit (impacted by God) comes with special gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-11). Those gifts are expected to solidify the body of Christ, and also, help Christians prosper in God’s kingdom. Therefore, believers are to ensure they become productive for God’s kingdom. Meanwhile, the gifts of the Holy Spirit can elevate a person into the limelight, and the fellow can be tempted to be proud; therefore, anyone who demonstrates a spiritual gift must be careful to operate in humility. Any Christian who demonstrates a spiritual gift must ensure that God is glorified in whatever he or she does! The fellow must not arrogate God’s glory unto him or herself since Jehovah does not share his glory with anyone. In essence, every demonstration of the Holy Spirit’s gift must not focus on glorifying a man or woman – it must be focused on glorifying God!

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please help me to demonstrate the gifts of the Holy Spirit in a manner that will glorify your name. Let your Holy Spirit operate in me with grace and power to benefit the church and your kingdom! Please keep me humble, and do not let me arrogate your glory unto myself. Let me serve you with fear and trembling; let my services be acceptable in your sight at all times, and let your name be praised forever. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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January 17 – God Is Super Available To Everyone

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Jesus Christ compared God to a rich man who was determined to accomplish his goals without accommodating distractions. He narrated the story of the rich man and said, “Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yokes of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper” (Luke 14:16-24 KJV).

 

Lesson:

There shall be no excuse adequate enough to persuade God to allow unrepentant sinners into heaven. God has opened his arms to all people through his Son Jesus Christ: Anyone who receives Jesus as his or her personal Lord will be accepted to heaven, and anyone who rejects his would be disallowed to enter heaven. Therefore, all people must realize that God’s word is the law. He will perform whatever he has determined in his heart. Everyone ought to tremble before God and obey his commandments. We must all yield to God’s offer of salvation sent through Jesus Christ so that we can be saved and enter heaven.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, I am determined to yield to your invitation of salvation: Today, I (*please mention your name here*) give my life to Jesus Christ. I accept him as my personal Lord and Savior. I confess my sins and forsake them. From now on, I will serve you, and I will glorify you with every bit of my breath. Please help me to be a worthy Christian and remain qualified for your kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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January 16 – Just Trust That God Will Always Care For You!

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One woman proved her relentless faith in the power of God through Jesus Christ; she persuaded Christ for the healing of her child. Jesus didn’t make her request easy; he tested her faith with a common Jewish tradition, but the woman did not give in. She passed the test by demonstrating her remarkable faith in the power of Christ. The Savior immediately granted her request based on the conviction. The Bible describes the woman’s style of approach to demand her daughter’s miracle. She said, “… Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He (Jesus) answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” “But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.” (Matthew 15:22-28).

 

Lesson:

Christians must demonstrate an irresistible and consistent faith in Jesus Christ at all times. We must be persistent in our prayers and have an unshakable faith that moves God’s hands to take action. Indeed, God expects his worshippers and believers to make their requests with unshakable faith. Some situations may challenge our faith to doubt God, but we must remain confident that our God of possibilities is well and able to help us. Jehovah can do all things; he will answer our prayers and make us laugh with a testimony of victory.

Any Christian who demonstrates unwavering faith in God will live an overcomer’s life on earth.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please give me the strength to demonstrate unwavering faith in you! Help me to pray in faith and have the expectations that you are more than able to perfect whatever that concerns me! I know you are well and able to grant me victory in all situations. Please help me to remain confident in you always so that I can testify your goodness to other people! For in the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

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January 15 – Ready For Rapture?

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Skeptics have criticized the theory of the rapture. Some have even attacked the preachers that warn people of the signs of the End Time. Meanwhile, the bible has warned the Christians to abstain from people who may persuade us to doubt the teachings of Jesus’ second coming. It is written,

“Beloved, I now write to you…that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”

“…But the heavens and the earth, which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up….” (2 Peter 3:1-9).

 

Lesson:

Teachings about the End Time and the second coming of Jesus Christ are important for all. The teachings are validated in the Bible (Matthew 24). The second coming of Jesus Christ is imminent and everyone must prepare for it. Human skepticism about the end time and rapture cannot change God’s mind. God does not operate like human beings. He uses a different calendar (and his views are pure!)
Humans must not underestimate God’s timing which may be different from ours.

The bible states,

“… With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8). The second coming of Jesus Christ is imminent. Christ will return as promised, and transport his saint to heaven. Whoever left behind will suffer the devil’s torture. The person would be eventually sent to hell fire. (Rev. 21:8).”

It is important that everyone confess Jesus Christ as God’s Son to be saved. Confess Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior to escape the punishment of hell fire and qualify for heaven.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please help me be qualified for your kingdom! I confess my faith in Jesus Christ. I believe he died for my sins. I, also, believe he resurrected from the dead to give me eternal life. From now on, I repent from my sins, and I dedicate my complete life to Jesus Christ. I will serve him till he returns to transport me to his kingdom. Thank you, Jesus Christ, for your saving grace! Amen

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January 14 – Christianity Requires Sensitivity

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Christians are expected to be disciplined and be firm with their religious practices. Believers must not be reckless in faith to believe just any teaching that they have heard. We must be sensitive in the Spirit to differentiate between heretical teachings and the true word of God.

The Bible warned, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this, you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world” (1 John 4:1-3).

 

Lesson:

Christianity is a firm religion that is consistent with the principles of God. The religion has a sound foundation; therefore anyone who claims to be a Christian must know what he or she stands for. Everyone must understand that Christianity is a religion established to satisfy God’s interest. As believers, we must hold firm to our faith in Jesus Christ without wavering.
No Christian should appreciate any doctrine that lacks bases in the scripture. We must evaluate sermons, teachings, and prophecies with that of the scriptures. We must reject erroneous teachings, and we must faithfully follow the teachings that comply with God’s principles taught in the bible.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please save me from becoming a victim of heretical teachings. Do not let me be deceived to believe teachings that are orchestrated by the antichrist. Please help me to hold firm to my faith in your Son, Jesus Christ. Help me to diligently study the scripture to establish all truths. Also, help me to apply principles of the bible to my life. Let me prosper in all my ways, and please count me worthy for your eternal kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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January 13 – Stay Focus On God’s Plan

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Be careful: Samson failed God’s plan for his life! The man Samson was God’s Nazirite specifically created to serve as a deliverer for the Israelites. However, he failed God and could not absolutely deliver his people from the Philistines – Their oppressors. Samson lost focus as an Israelite leader; he did not lead a single national battle against the Philistines, but fought some fragmented wars against them. Samson flirted with Philistine women and he refused to marry anyone from his homeland. His passion and interest remained with the Philistine women, and he would only attack the Philistines whenever they tamper with his love life. Sadly enough, the Philistine leaders knew Samson’s special interest in the forbidden women, and they were determined to prey over his weakness. They employed their women to set traps for Samson to capture and array him for execution.

Samson failed the plan of God for his life; the Philistines hired his wife Delilah – Who was also a Philistine – to seek the secret of his power. The powerful but insensitive Samson fell for the plot! The scripture reported, “She (Delilah) pestered him daily with her words and pressed him, so that his soul was vexed to death” (Judges 16:16). Eventually, Samson fell for the trick, and he detailed the secret of his strength. Samson told Delilah “No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man” (Judges 16:17).

Delilah did not hesitate to shave Samson’s hairs based on the secret unfolded. She invited the Philistine to arrest Samson. They gorged his eyes and molested him in their shrines. Samson died at the camp of his enemies.

 

Lesson:

Children of God must be careful not to abuse the grace of God in their lives. It is God’s job to equip us with his grace, but it is our job to maintain the grace bestowed. We must ensure to appropriately use God’s grace and channel them in a manner that will glorify God. There are some consequences that follow any inappropriate use of God’s gifts. Therefore, all servants of God must be careful with their commissions and serve God adequately.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please do not let me abuse your grace in my life. Help me to fear and carefully follow your instructions so that I can prosper in life and ministry. Please frustrate any plot the enemies may set against my exploits. Empower me to stay focus in my services and give me the grace to effectively serve you unto the end. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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January 12 – Human Struggles Can’t Stop God

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God will heal, reward, and restore his saints in heaven. They will live beyond any painful experience they might have survived on earth as the scripture explained. It proclaimed that an important river of God will flow to all regions of God’s kingdom to heal and restore saints from their past traumatic experiences. Ezekiel had an encounter with God and he shared his experience,

“Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Geri to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds, as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt. Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine” (Ezekiel 47:8-12).

 

Lesson:

The river of God gives life. It heals all bruises, and it grants his children perfect peace. God’s river of life has its source from the heart of Jesus Christ. Anyone who drinks from the river will not be thirsty again; the fortunate fellow will have the divine assurance of going to heaven. God’s river of life is automatically apportioned to anyone who gives his or her life to Jesus Christ. A person who confesses Jesus Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior will have peace on earth and in heaven also.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please let your river of life flow into my heart. I open the door of my heart and I am ready for you today! I confess and believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and I accept him as my personal Lord and Savior. I believe that my name is now written in the book of life, and I will enjoy eternal life with God in heaven. All my declarations and prayers are done through the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Lasting Rewards For Believers

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The last chapter of Revelation explains the lasting rewards for people who believe in Jesus. They will eat fresh fruits and drink fresh water in heaven.

Jesus is a skilled “Business Man,” and he knows the best way to reward his faithful servants. Anyone who invests in Jesus’s business will not regret it. The fellow will never be bankrupt!

Read more >> JESUS NEVER BREAKS HIS PROMISES

January 11 – Christians Must Be Selflessness As Christ

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Ruth decided to stay with Naomi (her mother in law) After the death of her husband, despite the fact that Naomi was old and she had nothing good left to offer. Ruth ignored Naomi’s persuasions, and she refused to turn back to her native land. She insisted and said, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me” (Ruth 1:16-17).

 

Lesson:

Christians are required to demonstrate selfless love towards other people. We are not expected to seek selfish gains before we can offer assistance to people who are in need. God himself knows the best way to reward good services; he will reward his selfless children! Therefore, we must endeavor to open-heartedly serve other people, and do it diligently, so that God can bless us.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please grant me enablement to demonstrate selfless love towards other people. Do not let me seek selfish gains, but help me to care with a liberal heart. I know that you will definitely bless me if I represent you well on earth, so help me please you. Let me be your true ambassador on earth, and let me qualify to receive your heavenly rewards. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

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January 10 – An Unpredictable God

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God inspired a gentile king to sponsor the reconstruction of his Holy Temple. Despite an idolatry background that King Cyrus of Persia had, God used him for his own purpose. Touched by God, King Cyrus encouraged captive Jews in his empire to return to their homeland, and repair God’s temple at Jerusalem. King Cyrus also, mandated his citizens to provide material and financial supports for the Jews. The scripture reported, “Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying, Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is among you of all His people? May his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel (He is God), which is in Jerusalem. And whoever is left in any place where he dwells, let the men of his place help him with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, besides the freewill offerings for the house of God which is in Jerusalem” (Ezra 1:1-4).

 

Lesson:

God has the divine ability to use anyone for the purpose of glorifying himself. Jehovah can use anyone to bless his children as well. The Creator can use both kings and servants alike to meet his agenda. Jehovah has no restrictions; he will use any available vessel for his own purpose. Therefore, children of God should be assured in his. We must be confident that God is able to fulfill all his plans for our lives. As humans, we may have some limitations, but, we must always be mindful of the fact that God has no limitations. He will do whatever is necessary to meet his mandates in our lives.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, I strongly believe that you have the power to do all things. There are no limitations to your power! Therefore, I ask that you give me a heart that trusts you at all time. Please give me the strength to cast my complete trust in you. Let my faith bear fruits so that I can prosper every day of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my request. Amen.

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January 9 – Humble Yourself Before God To Be Helped

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Job found himself in an unfortunate situation; he claimed self-righteousness for his condition. The man complained he did not deserve his ordeal. (In deed, Job didn’t do anything wrong to deserve his terrible situation; however, God expected him to display humility – even with his current state.) God was dissatisfied with Job’s self-righteous attitude and he challenged him with some persuasive questions to reorient his mind. Job did not hesitate to learn his lesson; he repented of his arrogance and glorified God. God had challenged Job, “Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone” (Job 38:2-6).

 

Lesson:

God is greater than humans; he is not our equal, and we should not compare ourselves with him. A person who compares himself or herself with God is unwise! God is incomparable to humans. He has everything more than us. No human can measure up to God in terms of knowledge, wisdom or power! God is the greatest being in existence; everyone ought to honor him.

Despite God’s unquestionable authority, he still chooses to only positively deal with humans. God does not do evil; his plans for us, his children are of good, and for good. The Creator hates evil and he will reward all perpetrators of evil with punishment.

God offered an opportunity of salvation for all people so that we can be saved from our sins. That is, God will restore and bless us if we can repent of our sins and confess Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. Anyone who rejects this salvation offer of Jesus Christ will not receive God’s eternal benefits in heaven. The Creator will haul the unrepentant sinners to hell fire. It is important that all people should confess Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior to escape the punishment of hell fire, and also to qualify for the kingdom of God (Matthew 25:41).

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please help me recognize your supreme power and honor you for it. Help me to give you quality praises at all times. Also, since Jesus Christ is your Son sent to save the world, I confess him as my personal Lord and Savior! I give my complete life to Jesus Christ, and I will serve him throughout the days of my life. Please count me worthy of your eternal kingdom! For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

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