Inspiring quotes and articles 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.BibleLifeLesson.com
People ought to be thankful for every blessing they receive from God. In as much everyone will agree with this fact, most people still find it difficult sometimes to give God their heartfelt praises. We drag our feet and wait for the happy moment to come so that we can express our gratitude to God. Meanwhile, the practice of giving God conditional praises is insufficient to satisfy God. In fact, the practice of offering God conditional praises shows how much ungrateful we are to God who blesses us with undeserving benefits.
This post will not only scold the readers, but it will also teach us how to retrain our minds to do the due diligence – Offering God an unconditional appreciation!
Indeed, God deserves our praises. He has done so many things for us that deserve us honoring him at all times. Everyone ought to give God his or her best thanksgiving to God at all times. That is, we must consider it a matter of importance to give our unconditional quality praises to God whether we are in the mood to do so or not.
Everyone (myself inclusive) has the tendency to drag our feet when things don’t go our way. Meanwhile, over time, I have learned to settle with a simple slogan crafted for myself, “If you can think, you can thank!”
My slogan: “If you can think, you can thank!” can also be rephrased as “Someone who can reflect on his past will be motivated to thank God.”
There are so many benefits to derive from cultivating the attitude of specially thanking God.
Thanksgiving Is Vertically Effective
Thanksgiving is a service rendered to God. It is an exercise that put us in a position to offer something to God – which is rare!
Prayer positions us to request something from God, while thanksgiving positions us to offer something to God. What a remarkable opportunity!
Thanksgiving exercise brings pleasure to God. It also brings a blessing to us. That is, God sends down his blessing to us to compensate our efforts. (Meanwhile, we should not praise God with the aim to manipulate and receive his blessing; we should praise God for who he is.)
You Must Overcome Discouragement To Truly Thank God
Thanksgiving, as much as it pleases God and leads to our blessings, requires a significant effort from us. A person must be ready for it before it can be effectively done. Satan will attempt to interrupt the process.
To overcome any odd and bring God some dedicated worships, note the following factors:
Don’t allow your problem to consume you. Shift your mind from your problem and focus on God. (You can’t centralize your mind on a problem and still expects to have enough motivation to praise God .)
Don’t wait till the feeling of thanksgiving comes; take a personal approach and set some times aside to praise God!
Make it a point of duty to reflect on your past success; let your discovery motivate you into praising God.
Don’t be condemned of the past; don’t be anxious about tomorrow; praise God for today!
Don’t compare yourself with anyone – simply thank God for who you are!
Life sometimes throws a curve ball at people, but don’t allow anything in this life to steal your joy! Don’t let any stressful situation take away your right to praise God.
Don’t dwell on your emotion to tell you when to praise God. Be proactive to create the moment yourself. Understand there is no rule requires; just start to think positively about God and count his blessings in your life.
To create an atmosphere of praises, ask yourself the following three questions:
Has God added anything positive to my life between then and now?
Has God protected me from any danger in the past?
Has God done anything for my family deserving of saying “Thank you God”?
If your responses to those questions are affirmative, then you are all set to begin sending God your heartfelt praises.
Verbalize your appreciations to God. Say it out loud, “Thank you God!”
You Are Very Important To God!
Last But Not The Least: You’re a VIP!
Understand that your life worths more than a sparrow. God owns your life; he is able to care for you more so that you can have more reasons to praise him.
Understand that you are a Very Important Personality (VIP) of God. Raise your head high and walk tall – with full assurance that all shall be well!
If you can make thanksgiving your routine practice, God’s angels will soon deliver some new packages of blessing to your life. Be assured that God will compensate your appreciative efforts!
I hope you can take a deep breath now and say, “Thank you Lord!”
Bible Application Lessons and Prayers is a Bible study tool that helps the readers to have a clear understanding of the Bible as it consistently teaches the Bible lessons from Genesis to Revelation. A daily Bible devotion and commentary combined, Bible Application Lessons and Prayers is structured for easy reads as it provides the lessons of the Bible in chronological order. The lessons are alternately arranged between the Old and New Testament.
Consider Bible Application Lessons and Prayers as one of your Bible study tools and a Bible study guide as it daily teaches on godliness, morality, and steadfastness.
With the consciousness of daily Bible reading plan, the author of this book (James Taiwo) ensures that each daily Bible devotion comes with a practical lesson, prayer, and Bible references. Each Bible lesson is short and precise as it encourages you to stick with God in this fast pace environment.
Make Bible Application Lessons and Prayers your daily companion to offer you 365 days divine inspirations from the Bible! Buy this book to improve your Bible reading habit and enhance your spiritual growth. Let Bible Application Lessons and Prayers guide you in walking with God this year!
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Some readers’ review of Bible Application Lessons and Prayers, as seen on Amazon.com
“To those who are nervous about picking up a book about religion and the bible, I wouldn’t fret too much about this one. This is not the type of book that is forced on you by pastors on the corners of college campuses…”
“The author offers powerful lessons and it is interesting to see how he weaves his personal story into the narrative. I couldn’t stop reading.”
“If you have questions about weird Bible stories, then you may just find them more relatable with how Dr. Taiwo brings them down to Earth.”
“Bible Application Lessons and Prayers breaks the tough ordeal of reading and understand the Bible into simple life lessons and scenarios depicted and analogue-d by Devotions, making it more appealing to those who are not savvy or well-versed with the various phrases and versus of the actual Bible.”
“This book is well organized and will keep you on track for a yearly Bible devotional read.”
“I liked the down-to-earth and humble writing style of this author. He never seemed to presume that his reader was well versed in scripture and took the time to explain certain points without coming across as condescending. A great book and especially in today’s fast-paced world these short lessons and prayers may help you get back to the Bible and stick with it.”
“The devotionals are not lengthy and will not require a huge time investment. You will find it easy to incorporate into your day.”
“I guess this book is like a company that you can keep on your book shelve whenever you need some guidance, help or feeling sad and need some motivation. It is a keeper that can be read to yourself or to your kids. Start with any lesson and read as much when you need it.”
“Each month is separated… It’s something that once read could be reread the following year.”
“This is not just a bible, which in this day and age can be rather hard to understand, the author has gone to great lengths to teach the words and give them meaning an help people to understand them in the context of a modern society.”
“The author’s teaching is very sound… This is a good example for me as a Christian to keep serving God on daily basis with my mind centralized on God.”
“Daily theme, biblical references, scriptural quotation, lesson and closing prayer frame each of the 365 days. Compact, insightful, and from the heart, James’ book is a sound study guide for life improvement.”
“I found the book rather interesting and even challenging. One could say that I was not the one who found this book and that this book found me.”
“We were getting a little bored with some other books and devotionals and needed something to excite us and motivate us to continue with our ‘daily walk’ with God. This book certainly accomplished that!”
Success Express Lane presents the principles and the stages that are necessary for success in clear, easy-to-follow steps. Its pages are full of descriptive examples and real-life stories that will teach you to work your way up the ladder and inspire you to reach for all life has to offer.
The secret of success unfolded! Indeed, the road to success is not always easy, but Success Express Lane shows you how to avoid the potholes, traffic jams and detours, busting through the self-imposed and external roadblocks that keep you from reaching your goals. Accomplishing your dreams and achieving tangible, lifelong success.
What others have to say about Success Express Lane
Some readers’ reviews of Success Express Lane, as seen on Amazon website, are posted below.
As with most success plans, the focus is determination, perseverance, discipline and hard work. I liked that the author used key points throughout the book to restate ideas and that success in this book is not tied to wealth accumulation (which is sometimes a by-product but not the focus).”~ Dennie
“Success Express Lane is a great read for anyone who is striving to reach goals, starting off in their career, or working towards personal achievements. No doubt that this book will get nothing short of five stars because who doesn’t strive for success? The steps towards reaching success that the author James Taiwo describes are motivating, makes you realize that success doesn’t just come overnight. The book is easy to read and follow and I love how he adds inspirational quotes at the beginning of every chapter. If you want to be successful and have the desire to be then you will in your own way, and that is what Taiwo writes about.”~ Jessie
“…Simply looking at it (Success Express Lane) is enough to encourage readers to strive for success. A road leading into the sky? How is this anything but inspiring?! Opening the book, the reader then encounters page after page of how success is within anyone’s reach. To drive home his point, he even refers to historical figures for example Benjamin Franklin and Frederick Douglass—individuals who had to clear substantial hurdles to make things happen in their lives. I especially applaud Taiwo’s acknowledgment that success is not all about money. It’s refreshing to see someone point out just how important it is that we pursue goals that give us a sense of fulfillment, happiness, and purpose in life. After all, money comes and goes. It’s the intangibles that truly make a difference. Highly recommended!~ Catwriter
One gentleman I met in a Nigerian music studio a couple of years back challenged me to sing some gospel songs and harmonize it with my Green Beret Soprano Saxophone. I wasn’t quite ready for this, so I argued, but my friend won. I stood up to his challenge. Therefore Played some of my favorite gospel songs, and the result was nice!
My studio encounter in Nigeria led to the production of a two-track album titled “Gospel Praise Jazz”
Once I came back to the States, I formed a habit of privately playing the Gospel Praise Jazz on my devices and in the car. However, I later realized how selfish this practice could be. I release the songs and make them available in the public domain for everyone!
Gospel Praise Jazz
African Medley 1 & 2
ought to serve as a tool to motivate people into engaging in practical praise and worship to God.
Please share this music and let all children of God benefit from it.
Sing the Gospel Praise Jazz – African Medley during your prayer time Let this usher you to the presence of God in form of praises, worships, and prayers. Giving praise to the Lord with conversation and Jazz music.
Proper handling of gifts of the Holy Spirit will create a lasting positive impact on the Christian community and promote God’s kingdom. The gifts of the Divine Spirit of God are expected to solidify the body of Christ and also enable everyone to properly grow in the love of God. #holyspirit #community #growth #promote #create #grow
Think twice before you condemn someone; God the supreme judge watches!
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:37-38 NIV).
God Will Judge Those Who Condemn Others
People who engage in the business of judging others ought to take the road of personal improvement and live uprightly with God. A person should aspire to improve from his (or her) personal flaws, rather than usurping God’s role and condemning others.
Someone who indulges in the business of condemning other people exposes himself to the judgment of God. It is written, “The measure which you used for someone else shall be used for you! (Luke 6:38).”
Humans should not usurp God’s authority by attempting to condemn other people. It is very dangerous for you to condemn someone who has confessed his sin to God and has received forgiveness!
A person who judges or condemns someone that God has exonerated is setting himself up for the wrath of God.
How perfect are you?
“How can you say, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while you yourself fail to see the beam in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Luke 6:42 BSB).
Get the fact straight:
Humans are not perfect but God is perfect. Something undoubtedly true about God is the fact that he is interested in building a life than to destroy it. God is loving, merciful and forgiving. He will forgive any offender who repents of his sin.
Let’s delve into the attributes of God – The Supreme Judge
God is the supreme judge of the world.
How Does God – The Supreme Judge, Handles An Offender?
God, unlike humans, is interested in forgiving any sinner and redeem his life. God will not keep a record of an offense like humans would do.
Meanwhile, the fact that God is merciful does not remove the fact that he will punish someone who has refused to repent from his sin.
God – the Supreme Judge, is quite aware of any sin committed; he also has the strength to proportionally punish a sinner for his sin.
Despite his supernatural power to exert any kind of judgment, God – The Supreme Judge, does not rush into judgment. He allows a moment of grace to set-in so that a sinner can seize the opportunity to exercise repentance. In other words, God allows people to escape his judgment through repentance.
(Meanwhile, a person should not underestimate God by consciously committing a sin with a plan to beg for forgiveness later. God frowns at hypocritical practices; he won’t allow anyone to abuse his grace).
God’s characteristics towards sin and judgment are summarized as follows:
Almighty God hates sin
God forgives sin and forgets
In delving deeper into discussing God’s attributes, someone may ask,
What is the gravity of a sin that God forgives?
At what point does God forgive a sin?
How long does it take for God to forgive a sin?
Here are the responses to the above questions:
What is the gravity of a sin that God forgives?
God knows the details of any sin committed; His standard of punishment for any sin is stated, “The soul who sins shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20 NKJV). That is, any sin committed – whether big or small – deserves an absolute condemnation from God.
However, the statement about God’s absolute judgment on any sin will lose its ground when repentance is exercised! In other words, when a sinner confesses and repents of his sin, God forgives him – And that settles it.
God completely erases any sin he forgives (Through washing in the blood of his Son Jesus Christ) as the Bible states,
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18 KJV).
There is no sin that is too big for God to forgive. Also, there is no sin that is too old or too new for God to forgive. That is, God will equally forgive any offense committed 30 years ago as well as an offense committed yesterday. What God asks for is “Repentance!”
Once repentance is exercised, the worst offender will receive God’s absolute forgiveness – irrespective of the magnitude of his sin.
Any repentance exercise expected to fit God’s standard must involve a person to verbalizing his mistake (sin) to God; be remorseful of the sin, and beg God for the forgiveness.
How much does it cost to receive God’s forgiveness?
God’s forgiveness cost nothing; however, you must be humble enough to admit your sin, repent from it, and ask for God’s forgiveness. The Scripture emphasized,
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV).
What Lesson Must We Learn From Jesus About Forgiveness?
As Jesus taught his disciples the Lord’s prayer and included the clause “Forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us” (Matthew 6:12).
Jesus scolded people who accused someone of harlotry by saying “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” (John 8:7).
Peter has heard Jesus “I tell you, not (to forgive) seven times, but seventy-seven times” (Matthew 18:22).
The recap of God’s Eye In The Supreme Judgment
God will forgive any sin, whether it was committed 30 years ago or it was committed yesterday.
No one is authorized to condemn another person unless God has specifically assigned him for the task.
Before you judge someone, first consider you might be a worse offender in the sight of God, deserving hefty punishment.
Rather than exercising condemnation of others, do an assessment of yourself; discover your personal flaws; repent of your sins, and determine to live uprightly with God.
Don’t be interested in the downfall of others – You may soon be in their shoes. God is watching!
Benefits of The Holy Spirit. The third person in Trinity is an active part of God that he uses to make all things happen. God does everything through the Holy Spirit. This Spirit of God now lives with every believer.
Christians have the opportunity of maximizing their benefits through the Holy Spirit. The Spirit which manifested his power periodically in the Old Testament has been permanently stationed with the New Testament’s believers.
The Holy Spirit is here just as Jesus Christ promised,
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:16-17 NIV). “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26 NIV).
Christians must treat the Holy Spirit as our companion to enjoy his full benefits. In other words, you, as a Christian, should daily consult with the Holy Spirit in all matters.