Author: James Taiwo

Bible lessons by James Taiwo - author of [The Pinnacle of Compassion] [Success Express Lane] [Bible Giants of Faith] [Who Was Jesus, Really?] [Bible Application Lessons] [Book of Prayers] & others. Learn more at * www.JamesTaiwo.com

JESUS DIED FOR FREEDOM – Romans

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God Sacrificed His Son For Our Freedom In All Aspects Of Life

Passage: Romans 8

No Christian is expected to live in condemnation after Jesus Christ has set him or her free.

He came to free us from sin through His atoning sacrifice. He paid the death penalty for us, freeing us from death row through His Sacrifice.

Anyone in Christ is no more under the bondage of sin; for who the Son has set free is free indeed. The scripture stated,

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

…For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:1-4).

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All Christians Are Free Of Sin Once They Accept Christ

Believers in Jesus Christ are not under the bondage of sin and condemnation, but we have been freed to enjoy the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We are no more expected to live in condemnation after we have been saved and received forgiveness of sin.

We are now bonafide Christians qualified to receive God’s benefits through Jesus Christ!

However, Satan the enemy of righteousness has a custom of tempting God’s children into unjust condemnation. He may remind a Christian of his/her past sins after forgiveness.

Meanwhile, if Christ has set us free, we are free indeed! Since we have been born-again in Jesus, we must claim his justification.

Having said all, any Christian who is tempted to remain sad in a forgiven sin must resist the enemy outrightly.

He (or she) must affirm his stands in God by saying,

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death…” (Romans 8:1-4).


Prayer of Grace

 

Proclaim Freedom from Sin Through Jesus Christ

In the name of Jesus Christ, I am free of condemnation of sin. Jesus Christ has paid the penalty of my sins on the cross. He has washed me clean and made me fit for his kingdom.

…Since I have confessed and repented of my sins, I am no more under the bondage of sin, and neither does the condemnation of sin have power over me anymore.

…Jesus Christ has made me free today, tomorrow, and forever! Hallelujah, I am heaven-bound, and Christ will be my king forever. Amen!

Remember: Jesus Died For Freedom

OBEDIENCE TO GOD IS PARAMOUNT FOR RELATIONSHIP -Nehemiah

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OBEDIENCE TO GOD IS PARAMOUNT FOR RELATIONSHIP -Nehemiah

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God Requires Obedience from His Children

Passage: Nehemiah 10

Jesus loves those who follow and obey His commandment. And because He loves us, His Father in heaven will love us too.

He promised to show Himself and his ways to only those that love him.

You must be able to keep a healthy relationship with God by obeying Him and following his ways.

The exiled Jews who returned to Jerusalem (their homeland) renewed their covenant with God.

They promised to follow God’s rule of marriage, and they also promised to obey his requirement to keep the Sabbath Day holy.

The people said,

“ If the peoples of the land brought wares or any grain to sell on the Sabbath day, we would not buy it from them on the Sabbath, or on a holy day; and we would forego the seventh year’s produce and the exacting of every debt” (Nehemiah 10:31).

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Obedient Christians Will Always Have God’s Presence In Their Lives

God is willing to work with any Christian who is determined to serve him well.

He will also, work with a backslidden Christian, who chooses to repent of his sin. Jehovah will accept a repentant sinner in a way that is similar to the story of the Prodigal Son in the Bible (Luke 15:11-32).

A person who repents of his sins, and serves God well will not be condemned on God’s day of judgment.

The person will find his place with God in heaven.


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Obedience: Pray For An Obedient Heart

Dear God, please give me a heart that follows your instructions. Help me to humbly repent of my sins and turn a new leaf, so that I can qualify for your kingdom.

…Forgive my past sins and guide me to start living a new life of holiness before you. Please let my ways satisfy you on earth so that I can qualify for your eternal kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests.

Amen!

Remember: Obedience to God Is Paramount For Relationship

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GOD HATES SIN; COVET HOLINESS AND STAY STRONG – Zechariah

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God’s Children Must Abstain From Sin And Focus On Righteousness

Passage: Zechariah 2

God withdrew his defense from the Israelites because they refused to repent from their sins.

However, the Creator promised to reinstate his relationship with them if they repent.

Jehovah promised to forgive the Israelites’ sin and punish their oppressors should they consider repentance.

God promised to severely deal with enemy nations that took advantage of the Israelites’ negative circumstances.

God stated through his prophet,

“For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. For surely I will shake my hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their servants.

…Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me. “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the Lord. “Many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and they shall become my people.

…And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. And the Lord will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem.

…Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!” (Zechariah 2:8-16).

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Sin Is Awful; God Forgives Genuine Repentant Sinners

God is tough on sin; he does not condone it and would punish whoever refuses to repent from his or her sins.

Meanwhile, at the same time, Jehovah, who is caring and forgiving, will forgive any offense that is committed should an act of repentance be exercised.

Our gracious God will kindly deal with anyone who repents of his sins and seeks his forgiveness.

That is, a person who is humble enough to say “sorry” for his mistakes will obtain God’s mercy and be forgiven.

No sin is too big for God to forgive. He will forgive our iniquities no matter the magnitude. The only condition he asks is repentance!

People who repent from their sins will enjoy their benefits. He will give them his salvation and write their names in his Book of Life.

Jehovah will watch over repentant sinners and satisfy them with many benefits. However, everyone must understand that God does not entertain casual repentance.

No playing games with God, he wants a repentant sinner to be serious before him.

Jehovah does not want us to indulge in any sin that we have repented of.

God wants us to build a steady relationship with him so that he can continue to bless us.

It is, therefore, important that all God’s children (who have repented from their sins) maintain an honest and consistent relationship with God.

Children of God must be diligent and serve him with full devotion so that we can prosper!

Anyone who has not reached the state of repentance of sin should not hesitate; he needs to take an action, since much benefits would be derived in the process.

Anyone whom God’s Spirit convicts of sin should humbly submit to God and say “sorry.”

A repentant sinner should declare Jesus Christ as Lord, because through him alone can forgiveness and salvation be obtained.

There is much joy to obtain from Jesus Christ. He is the author of life, and he will give it to whoever comes to him with a humble heart.

Believe in Jesus Christ. Confess your sins in his name to obtain forgiveness and salvation, which means that you will obtain the gift of eternal life.

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Pray For Forgiveness Of Sin

Dear God, I dedicate my complete life to you today. I am sorry for my sins, and I repent from them. I promise to start living a new life of holiness before you.

…I declare your Son Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, and I promise to serve him throughout the days of my life. Please write my name in your Book of Life, and keep me worthy of your eternal kingdom.

…For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests.

Amen.

Remember: God Hates Sin; Covet Holiness and Stay Strong

Dear God, please help me to love you dearly and help me to obey your instructions so that I can prosper. Let serving you be a convenient task for me!

…Give me the grace to resist the temptation of disobedience. Please, don’t let Satan take advantage of me; let the Holy Spirit empower and guide me so that I can prosper in every aspect of my life and also qualify for your kingdom.

For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests.

Amen.

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CHRISTIANITY DEMANDS ABSOLUTE FOCUS ON GOD – 2 Peter

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Christians Must Remain Focused In Their Religious Acts

Passage: 2 Peter 1

Christians are called to live uprightly with God and shun pretense. Many struggle with so many things, while being weighed down by life’s trials.

If you would just focus on God, you would understand that these are just so little compared to the Almighty God we serve.

All He wants is that you make Him your point of focus and rely solely on Him. We must keep a genuine relationship with Him at all times. The scripture stated,

“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love…

…For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:5-8).

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God’s Blessings For Focused Christians Are Unlimited

Believers must have focus and cautiously practice their faith to remain worthy of God’s benefits.

The Creator reserves his eternal benefits for those who portray godly virtues.

The virtues that we must display include, but are not limited to self-control, perseverance, kindness, and love. Christians must be loyal to God and represent him well on earth.

Our practices must promote God’s name and bear good fruits of his kingdom.

Anyone who represents God well on earth with his or her godly practices will receive his blessing beyond human imaginations.

 

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Pray For God’s Perfect Grace To Focus

Dear God, please help me to live a life that is relevant to your kingdom. Help me to bear positive fruits of your kingdom…

…Please give me the grace to demonstrate a godly virtue that will showcase your glory in all ramifications. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Remember: Christianity Demands Absolute Focus On God

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THE GOSPEL IS MEANT FOR EVERYONE – Psalm

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All Christians Must Preach The Gospel So It Can Get To All Corners Of The World

Passage: Psalm 71

Christians have been given the mandate to proclaim the faithfulness of God to the ends of the earth.

Jesus told us to go into the world and preach the gospel to all creations, to make disciples of all nations.

He wants the good news of the kingdom to be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations.

We must acknowledge the supreme power of God as one of the psalmists committed to doing in the Bible. He stated,

“I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of your righteousness, of yours only. O God, You have taught me from my youth; and to this day I declare your wondrous works…

…Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come” (Psalm 71:16-18).

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Gospel Evangelization Step By Step Process

Every Christian has the primary assignment to proclaim and promote the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people.

Believers must spread the good news of Jesus Christ with the use of any medium available.

We must effectively preach Christ’s gospel to the extent that unbelievers will be convinced to change their minds and serve God.

Proclaiming faith in Christ is not a difficult task to perform.

Each Christian is to share his or her faith in any straightforward manner he could.

A believer can start with his or her family, before proceeding to extend the effort to other people.

A Christian who faithfully serves God will be honored in the presence of God in heaven.

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Pray For Grace & Power To Promote God’s Gospel

Dear God, thank you for saving my soul! I understand that I am commissioned to go out and preach your gospel to all people…

…Please give me your grace and power to do so effectively! Help me to proclaim your gospel to other people so that they can be saved…

…Please empower me through your Holy Spirit to bear fruits for your kingdom at all times! For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Remember: The Gospel Is Meant For Everyone

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EVIL DOCTRINE INCURS GOD’S WRATH – 1 Kings

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Understand The Difference Between Right & Wrong Doctrines

Passage: 1 Kings 13

A human being is born with a conscience and an innate sense of right and wrong. As Christians, we must be able to discern between good and bad doctrine.

Children of God must know when to flee so that we don’t fall into temptation.

Children of God must not believe every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God or not.

Many false doctrines are out there in the world; Christians must be watchful of them!

During the Bible time, the Land of Israel that once operated as one nation during Solomon’s rule disintegrated into two nations of sinners.

They chose not to give God his deserved attention.

The people of Israel and Judah (the two new nations) operated wickedly. They turned to idol worships – a practice that God forbade.

The scripture reported,

“Jeroboam did not turn from his evil way, but again, he made priests from every class of people in the high places; whoever wished, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places” (1 Kings 13:33)…

…Also, “Judah did evil in the sight of the Lord, and they provoked Him to jealousy with their sins which they committed, more than all that their fathers had done” (1 Kings 14:22).

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People Who Promote Wrong Doctrine Will Be The Consequence

God will punish a leader who distracts the attention of God’s people (from their commitment to serving the true God).

A leader of any capacity is expected to have the fear of God and be considerate. He or she ought to promote the doctrine that honors God.

Leaders should neither be obsessed nor self-serving; rather, they should utilize their influence to benefit people. They should also encourage the people they lead to be godly in their practices.

It is the responsibility of the followers to evaluate any instruction they receive and ensure it complies with the laws of God.

Both the leaders and followers of any country and/or establishment are mandated to satisfy God in whatever they do.

God will not entertain an excuse that anyone uses to justify an act of wickedness.

Pray For Divine Grace To Shun Evil Doctrine But Serve God

Dear God, please help me to manage my position in a fashion that will glorify you. Help me to care for people and have your fear in my heart.

Let me lead by example, and let me motivate people to behave well and please you in their endeavors.

Do not let me be carried away with any honor that is associated with my position and sin against you. Help me to serve you well.

Let my leadership style benefit everyone under my command. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.

Remember: Evil Doctrine Incurs God’s Wrath

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