MOURNING TURNED INTO DANCING: Devotion for Monday September 19, 2016

There are dangers in wealth, power, and fame because of their intoxicating effect on people. It can make us to fell we are making them feel self-dependent, self-secure, and independent of God. But this false security can easily be shattered and they will be left dazed in the aftermath of self destruction. May that not be our portion in Jesus name. Don’t be trapped by the false security of wealth and riches. Depend on God for your security, and you won’t be shaken when worldly possessions disappear.

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MOURNING TURNED INTO DANCING: Devotion for Monday September 19, 2016                       

Text: Psalm 30:6 – 12                    Memory verse: Psalm 30:11

Yesterday, our food for thought was Isaiah 54:7 and 8. There, God was saying that in His wrath, He turns His face against us but with everlasting kindness He shows mercy to us. When God turned His face against us the result will be mourning but when He shows us His everlasting kindness, it will result into dancing. This was the case of the Psalmist here. This is similar to so many of us who had gone through the curves and problems of life. I am one of them as I have experienced God’s favour especially on this particular date when I went under the knives of doctors for a second kidney transplant operation. On a day like this when I remember the ordeals I passed through, I sing and dance unto the Lord God. The reason God brings us out of trouble so we can praise Him.

David’s prosperity had led him into a state of false security but God sent him this affliction to wake him from it. In our text, we can see his frame of mind clearly shown here. 1. His carnal security. 2. His spiritual negligence. 3. His fervent prayers. 4. His speedy recovery. 5. His grateful acknowledgments. The carnal security and spiritual negligence are common within the ranks of the rich and well to do. When God, in His mercies rouses them from such state, they will begin to seek God in prayer.

The false security David had built around himself made him feel invincible. Although he knew that his riches and power had come from God, they had gone to his head, making him proud. This can happen to any person if such fails to control his or her riches. There are dangers in wealth, power, and fame because of their intoxicating effect on people. It can make us to fell we are making them feel self-dependent, self-secure, and independent of God. But this false security can easily be shattered and they will be left dazed in the aftermath of self destruction. May that not be our portion in Jesus name. Don’t be trapped by the false security of wealth and riches. Depend on God for your security, and you won’t be shaken when worldly possessions disappear.

Food for Thought: Isaiah 61:3

Prayer: Lord, may your blessings not lull me into feeling independent of you.

THERE IS ALWAYS JOY AFTER WEEPING: Devotion for Sunday September 18, 2016

Beloved brothers and sisters, I don’t know what you maybe going through at this moment. Maybe you are passing through problems like sickness, no job, problem in your marriage, chastisement, loss as a result of current economic crises, problem in your office, imprisonment, etc; I want you to know that there is no problem without an end or a solution. There is always a change when we allow God to come in and when He does, it ends with joy. As you invite him to come into your problem, that problem plaguing you for some time now will lead to joy in Jesus name. Keep believing in Him for your breakthrough, healing, favour, promotion, etc.

THERE IS ALWAYS JOY AFTER WEEPING: Devotion for Sunday September 18, 2016

Text: Psalm 30:1 – 5           Memory verse: Psalm 30 verse 5

When a doctor gives you a shot (injection) in the hospital during treatment, it is always painful but thereafter, those shots will be a great source of relief. Likewise a woman who is in labour, she will almost cry out her eyes and writhe in pain as if that is the end of life for her (John 16:21; 1 Thessalonians 5:3; Revelation 12:2). But when that child comes out, she will become happy on seeing her baby. These are some of the ways to explain Psalm 30:5.

God is always gracious to us. His providence is seen in our daily lives. For this reason, these graces and providences we enjoy on daily basis should endear us to Him to always show our gratitude (Psalm 30:1–4) for all we receive. David alludes in this Psalm 30:5 that dispensations of God’s chastisement ordered against his children are but short judgments. They don’t last forever or for a long time as God removed them when we show real repentance and ask for pardon.

We saw in that past few days how Job was afflicted. His case was not chastisement but a trial and test of faithfulness towards God. With the ways those serial attacks came upon him, no one expected him to last longer than he did. We know what became of him at the end. This is a great lesson for us. David used this Psalm as he dedicates his house to testify and encourage us to realise that there is no problem that lasts forever, and that when we call upon God, He will answer us.

Beloved brothers and sisters, I don’t know what you maybe going through at this moment. Maybe you are passing through problems like sickness, no job, problem in your marriage, chastisement, loss as a result of current economic crises, problem in your office, imprisonment, etc; I want you to know that there is no problem without an end or a solution. There is always a change when we allow God to come in and when He does, it ends with joy. As you invite him to come into your problem, that problem plaguing you for some time now will lead to joy in Jesus name. Keep believing in Him for your breakthrough, healing, favour, promotion, etc.

Food for Thought: Isaiah 54:7 and 8

Prayer: Use 2 Corinthians 4:17 to pray

LIVING ABOVE STORMS OF LIFE: Devotion for Saturday September 17, 2016

Beloved, Job resigned himself to God. His understanding of life and wealth (1:20, 21) made a great difference. He saw the storms of life as a passing phase in his life. This made to overcome at last. These storms did not make him sin. Don’t give up easily when you face storms of life.

LIVING ABOVE STORMS OF LIFE: Devotion for Saturday September 17, 2016

Text: Job 1:20 – 22                  Memory verse: Job 1 verse 22

Living above storms of life is one thing that can single us out as men and women who are faithful to God and those who know the God they serve. It is our faithfulness till the end that can earn us the anticipated crown which God had promised us when we are done here on earth. These are some of the things we can do to live above storms of life.

  1. Look unto Jesus (Hebrews 12:1–2). To overcome the storms of life, we must look unto Jesus Christ. He endured all hostilities and was rewarded with a name that is above every other name. That is an example that should motivate us when we come to the crossroads, bumps and curves of life. We should not be discouraged when we are confronted with storms of life.
  2. Another way to live above storms of life is to study the word of God regularly (Josh 1:8 and Ps 1:1–3). Let the word of God richly dwell in you. When you have the word of God in you, it will sustain you when problems and storms of life challenge your faith.
  3. Through prayer we can overcome storms of life just as Hannah did (1 Sam. 1:9–11). The story of Hannah is well known to us. She had a challenge of delayed conception. She went to God in prayer after her mate, Peninnah taunted her.
  4. Taking positive action as Ruth did. This is another positive way to live above the storms of life. Ruth confronted her fears, disappointments, and challenges with faith. Though everything looked bleak but she was not daunted. God looked favourably on her and blessed her by making a home for her.
  5. Through networking with right minds, we can overcome storms of life. Avoid people with the kind of mind Job’s wife had, people who will give you negative counsel that will demoralize you.
  6. Be determined to persevere till the end (Job 13:15; 27:5 & Ps 30:5). Determination is one key to success.
  7. Beware of advices you receives when you are passing through storms of life. People like Job’s wife could talk you out of faith.
  8. Remember that storms are not meant to last forever (Psalm 30:5). They all have their expiry dates.

Beloved, Job resigned himself to God. His understanding of life and wealth (1:20, 21) made a great difference. He saw the storms of life as a passing phase in his life. This made to overcome at last. These storms did not make him sin. Don’t give up easily when you face storms of life.

Food for Thought: In all this, Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

Prayer: God, grant me the grace I need as I pass through storms of life.

Beloved, Job resigned himself to God. His understanding of life and wealth (1:20, 21) made a great difference. He saw the storms of life as a passing phase in his life. This made to overcome at last. These storms did not make him sin. Don’t give up easily when you face storms of life.

LIVING ABOVE STORMS OF LIFE: Devotion for Saturday September 17, 2016

Text: Job 1:20 – 22                  Memory verse: Job 1 verse 22

Living above storms of life is one thing that can single us out as men and women who are faithful to God and those who know the God they serve. It is our faithfulness till the end that can earn us the anticipated crown which God had promised us when we are done here on earth. These are some of the things we can do to live above storms of life.

  1. Look unto Jesus (Hebrews 12:1–2). To overcome the storms of life, we must look unto Jesus Christ. He endured all hostilities and was rewarded with a name that is above every other name. That is an example that should motivate us when we come to the crossroads, bumps and curves of life. We should not be discouraged when we are confronted with storms of life.
  2. Another way to live above storms of life is to study the word of God regularly (Josh 1:8 and Ps 1:1–3). Let the word of God richly dwell in you. When you have the word of God in you, it will sustain you when problems and storms of life challenge your faith.
  3. Through prayer we can overcome storms of life just as Hannah did (1 Sam. 1:9–11). The story of Hannah is well known to us. She had a challenge of delayed conception. She went to God in prayer after her mate, Peninnah taunted her.
  4. Taking positive action as Ruth did. This is another positive way to live above the storms of life. Ruth confronted her fears, disappointments, and challenges with faith. Though everything looked bleak but she was not daunted. God looked favourably on her and blessed her by making a home for her.
  5. Through networking with right minds, we can overcome storms of life. Avoid people with the kind of mind Job’s wife had, people who will give you negative counsel that will demoralize you.
  6. Be determined to persevere till the end (Job 13:15; 27:5 & Ps 30:5). Determination is one key to success.
  7. Beware of advices you receives when you are passing through storms of life. People like Job’s wife could talk you out of faith.
  8. Remember that storms are not meant to last forever (Psalm 30:5). They all have their expiry dates.

Beloved, Job resigned himself to God. His understanding of life and wealth (1:20, 21) made a great difference. He saw the storms of life as a passing phase in his life. This made to overcome at last. These storms did not make him sin. Don’t give up easily when you face storms of life.

Food for Thought: In all this, Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

Prayer: God, grant me the grace I need as I pass through storms of life.

PERHAPS GOD PERMITTED IT: Devotion for Thursday September 15, 2016

From this conversation, it is obvious that Satan is (1:7) is real and active on earth. This knowledge about Satan and his limitations should cause us to remain close to the Almighty God who is greater than Satan. This conversation teaches us that some of the things we pass through in life may have been permitted by God. What are you suffering now? Is it sickness, lack of different kinds, business collapsing, retrenchment, death of a benefactor, etc? Maybe God permitted it.

PERHAPS GOD PERMITTED IT: Devotion for Thursday September 15, 2016

Text: Job 1:8 – 12     Memory verse: Job 1: 12

Our bible reading for the day is the record of the conversation between God and Satan. Satan wanted God to withdraw His favours in the life of Job. This is an eye opener of what the enemies can do to frustrate our relationship with God. We should not discredit God when we are going through the problems of life because Satan might have caused it. From that conversation between God and Satan, here are some lessons for us about the craftiness and subtle nature of Satan who is our adversary and accuser.

(1) He is answerable to God. The conversation shows that all angelic beings; good and evil, are compelled to present themselves before God (1:6). They come before God to account for their deed. But for Satan who is rebellious and moves about looking for who to devour, it was opportunity for him to target Job. We learn here that God knew Satan was intent on attacking Job.

(2) He is not omnipresence in nature. He can only be at one place at a time (1:6, 7). Though his demons assist him in his work against man, he is handicapped because he is a created being. He is limited.

(3) Satan cannot see our future (1:9 – 11). If he could, he would have known that Job would not break under pressure. This is obvious because he is created by God and thus can never be equal with or greater than God.

(4) Satan cannot do anything against us without God’s permission (1:12). This shows that Christians can overcome his attacks through the power of God.

(5) Another lesson for us in that conversation is that God puts limitations on what Satan can do (1:12; 2:6). He is not permitted to do some things. From this conversation, it is obvious that Satan is (1:7) is real and active on earth. This knowledge about Satan and his limitations should cause us to remain close to the Almighty God who is greater than Satan. This conversation teaches us that some of the things we pass through in life may have been permitted by God. What are you suffering now? Is it sickness, lack of different kinds, business collapsing, retrenchment, death of a benefactor, etc? Maybe God permitted it. Why not seek His face because He has answers to our problems. He will surely give you an answer (Jeremiah 33:3).

Food for Thought: There are limitations on what Satan can do.

Prayer: God, grant me the grace to endure every trial that you permit to come my way because it will lead to better things for me at the end.

PATROLLING THE EARTH: Devotion for Wednesday September 14, 2016

Satan is called the enemy because he actively and constantly looks for people to attack through temptation (1 Pet. 5:8, 9). Again, because he had lost out in heaven, he wants to make people hate God by discrediting Him. He does this through lies and deception (Gen. 3:1-6). It is for this reason; he patrols the earth looking for people who are vulnerable. Job, a blameless and upright man who had been greatly blessed, was a perfect target for Satan. Thus God questioned Satan about Job and of course he had an answer.

PATROLLING THE EARTH: Devotion for Wednesday September 14, 2016

Text: Job 1:6 – 7               Memory verse: Job 1: 7

Originally, Satan was an angel of God who became corrupt through his own greed and pride. He wanted the position of his creator and that prompted him to rebel against God. Unfortunately for him and his supporters, they were defeated and chased out of heaven. He was casted out of heaven into the earth and bible says that the heavens should rejoice while woe is for the inhabitants of the earth because Satan has been cast down into the earth (Rev. 12:12).

One would wonder why such thing should be said. But the fact is that Satan is accuser and tormenter of those who obey and worship God. He moves about, roaring like a lion, looking for whom to devour. He wants to gain more followers. He has been evil since his rebellion against God (1 John 3:8). Satan considers God as his enemy and tries to hinder God’s work in people, but he is limited by God’s power, and can only do what he is permitted (Lk. 22:31, 32; 1 Tim 1:19, 20; 2 Tim. 2:23–26).

Satan is called the enemy because he actively and constantly looks for people to attack through temptation (1 Pet. 5:8, 9). Again, because he had lost out in heaven, he wants to make people hate God by discrediting Him. He does this through lies and deception (Gen. 3:1-6). It is for this reason; he patrols the earth looking for people who are vulnerable. Job, a blameless and upright man who had been greatly blessed, was a perfect target for Satan. Thus God questioned Satan about Job and of course he had an answer.

There were other heavenly councils held outside this one mentioned in the book of Job. In such council, God and the angels plan their activities on earth and some times, the angels were required to give account of themselves (1 Kings 22:19-23). God as the Creator of all angels, both of those who serve Him and of those who rebelled, has complete power and authority over them. He can overrule their actions. Any person who is committed to God should expect Satan’s attacks. If he can rebel against God and tempt Him, who are we that He cannot attack? He hates God and also hates Christians. Job 1:7 describes the nature of Satan, which is always seeking his prey. Therefore we should apply the wisdom Peter shared with us in 1 Peter 5:8.

Food for Thought: 1 Peter 5:8

Prayer: Lord, make me sober and vigilant because my adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking those to devour me.

SO HE DID REGULARLY: Devotion for Tuesday September 13, 2016

Do you have spiritual concern for your children? How often do you care to teach them the word of God and pray for, and with them?

SO HE DID REGULARLY: Devotion for Tuesday September 13, 2016

Text: Job 1:4 – 5         Memory verse: Job v 5b

As God blessed Job in various ways, he allowed his children to benefit from that blessing. He did not withdraw the blessing from them. He allowed them to benefit from them. On their birthdays, they will host birthday parties. They usually invite their friends to the parties so as to share in their joy. Because Job had deep concern for the spiritual welfare of his children, he usually make sacrifice after the parties to appease God on their behalf. As he was always fearful that they might have sinned unknowingly, he offered these sacrifices for them and this he did regularly.

In the time of Job and even as it stands today, the father of the house is seen as the chief priest of that family whose responsibilities include making sacrifice on behalf of his family. He is often seen as the family’s religious leader. Because there were no priests to instruct Job in God’s laws, Job acted as the priest and offered sacrifices to God to ask for forgiveness for sins he and his family had committed. This demonstrated that Job did not consider himself sinless. Job did this out of conviction and love for God, not just because it was his role as head of the house.

The period of feasting and celebrations are often seasons of peculiar danger. As we joyfully enjoy during festive periods, we are at times tempted to forget the source of our wealth or dishonour God, the giver of the blessings we are enjoying and thus we need to be forgiving, Can parents today can show the same concern by praying for their children, leading them to Bible studies, Prayer meetings, etc. This means “sacrificing” some time each day to ask God to forgive them, to help them grow, to protect them, and to help them please God. Do you carry out your spiritual duties because they are expected or spontaneously from a heart of devotion to God?

Food for Thought: Do you have spiritual concern for your children? How often do you care to teach them the word of God and pray for, and with them?

Prayer: God, help me to make time each day to pray for forgiveness of my children and grant me grace to help them grow to please you in Jesus name.

Text: Job 1:4 – 5         Memory verse: Job v 5b

 

As God blessed Job in various ways, he allowed his children to benefit from that blessing. He did not withdraw the blessing from them. He allowed them to benefit from them. On their birthdays, they will host birthday parties. They usually invite their friends to the parties so as to share in their joy. Because Job had deep concern for the spiritual welfare of his children, he usually make sacrifice after the parties to appease God on their behalf. As he was always fearful that they might have sinned unknowingly, he offered these sacrifices for them and this he did regularly.

In the time of Job and even as it stands today, the father of the house is seen as the chief priest of that family whose responsibilities include making sacrifice on behalf of his family. He is often seen as the family’s religious leader. Because there were no priests to instruct Job in God’s laws, Job acted as the priest and offered sacrifices to God to ask for forgiveness for sins he and his family had committed. This demonstrated that Job did not consider himself sinless. Job did this out of conviction and love for God, not just because it was his role as head of the house.

The period of feasting and celebrations are often seasons of peculiar danger. As we joyfully enjoy during festive periods, we are at times tempted to forget the source of our wealth or dishonour God, the giver of the blessings we are enjoying and thus we need to be forgiving, Can parents today can show the same concern by praying for their children, leading them to Bible studies, Prayer meetings, etc. This means “sacrificing” some time each day to ask God to forgive them, to help them grow, to protect them, and to help them please God. Do you carry out your spiritual duties because they are expected or spontaneously from a heart of devotion to God?

Food for Thought: Do you have spiritual concern for your children? How often do you care to teach them the word of God and pray for, and with them?

Prayer: God, help me to make time each day to pray for forgiveness of my children and grant me grace to help them grow to please you in Jesus name.