MY DAILY COVENANT WITH GOD DEVOTIONAL
Devotion for Monday June 12, 2017
Topic: Do You Desire Favour?
Text: Proverbs 11:27
Many people don’t know how to court God’s favour. Living Bible translated this verse thus: “If you search for good you find God’s favour; if you search for evil, you find His curse.” Searching for good is one of the ways to court God’s favour. Doing good to people especially the down trodden and less privileged ones are ways to procure God’s favour. Matthew Henry Commentary puts it thus: “Those that are industrious to do good in the world get themselves beloved both with God and man: He that rises early to that which is good, that seeks opportunities of serving his friends and relieving the poor, and lays out himself therein, procures favour.”
This is challenging for us in this era of greed and selfishness; where people are so concerned about self than for anything else. People who do good to others always have God’s loving kindness surrounding them. The opposite of these is for men that seek evil. They are preparing ruin for themselves, who specialize in doing evil. It shall come upon them; when they will be paid in their own coin (see Esther 7:9 and 10).
Do you earnestly seek to do evil or good? They are many who do evil indirectly like Balak who called Balaam to assist him. Cain did his own openly by killing Abel and judgment came upon him. Evil hunts even after many years (Gen. 50:15). It pays to be kind and to be good to others.
Food for Thought: Little deeds of kindness, little words of love, help to make earth happy like the heaven above – Carney
Memory verse: Psalm 7:16
Prayer: God, remove evil from my heart and life. Grant me the spirit of kindness and grace to be kind to people in Jesus name, Amen.
This devotion teaches us not to allow evil to rule over us rather we should overcome evil with good.
DEVOTION FOR WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 28, 2016
Topic: CONQUER EVIL WITH GOOD
Text: Romans 12:19 – 21
Rom. 12:6–21 states how we can live well as Christians. When someone hurts you deeply, instead of retaliating, Paul says you should befriend him. Reasons why we should forgive someone who hurts us are (1) forgiveness can break a cycle of reprisal and lead to mutual reconciliation. (2) It can make the enemy feel ashamed and change his or her ways. (3) By contrast, repaying evil for evil hurts you just as much as it hurts your enemy. You should understand that even if your enemy never repents, forgiving him or her will free you of a heavy load of bitterness. Family Bible Notes says, “Kindness towards enemies is a most likely means of making them friends; and if it does not have this effect, but they continue obstinately and wickedly to be enemies to their benefactors, they will ripen for aggravated ruin.”
We shouldn’t allow evil to rule over us (Gen. 4:6). According to Life Application Notes, “Forgiveness involves both attitudes and actions. If you find it difficult to feel forgiving toward someone who has hurt you, try responding with kind actions. If appropriate, tell this person that you would like to heal your relationship. Lend a helping hand. Send him or her, a gift. Smile at him or her. Many times you will discover that right actions lead to right feelings.” These words are hard to perform for an enemy but that is what will mark you out as a Christian. Anything short puts question mark on your Christianity.
Action: Write down five ways you can conquer evil
Memory verse: Romans 12 verse 21
Prayer: God, I need the grace to develop self-control and conquer evil with good.
You won’t lack anything good as we have in this devotion should not be interpreted literally. Something made David to make the statement. Read through and find out what David meant by “You won’t lack anything good.”
DEVOTION FOR MONDAY NOVEMBER 28, 2016
Topic: YOU WON’T LACK ANYTHING GOOD
Text: Psalm 34:1 – 10
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There are some promises in the bible that we ought not to take or interpret literally. One of those promises is the topic of our devotion for the day – You Won’t Lack Anything Good. If we are to take it the way it is written, it means that Christians won’t lack anything good at all. But that is not the promise of God. Let us look at this Psalm 34: 1 – 10 and see why David posited that Christians won’t lack anything good.
One of the things we are expected to do when we get to heaven is to praise God. Thus, it will not be out of place if we start now to praise Him all the time. This is the view of the Psalmist (Psalm 34:1) because of what the Lord has done for him. His boasting will be in the Lord (Psalm 34:2) as he is so confident about God because he sought Him and found Him (Psalm 34:4). God never said to anyone, “Seek ye me in vain – Isaiah 45:19 (compare Jeremiah 29:13). The good things David had received from God made him to call on us to taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8). One of the results of trusting in the Lord is that they shall not lack any good thing.
God knows our needs, both physical and spiritual. Lack of any good thing is not a blanket promise that all we need, we will get because there are some Christians, who, daily face unbearable poverty but inwardly are nourished enough to live for God. What the Psalmist meant is that God is enough for us. He is all that we need and when we have Him, all other needs of this life become secondary. That is the reason behind Matt 6:33. When you think you have a need, ask yourself some questions; (a) Is it really a need? (b) Is it good for me? (c) Is it the best time for me to have it? (d) Can I maintain it if it is given to me? Even though your answer is all in the affirmative, God may not give you all so you will learn to trust Him and depend on Him.
Food for Thought: “God’s providence is in favour of those that keep His laws and against those that break them” – Beecher
Memory verse: Psalm 34 verse 10
Prayer: God, grant me the understanding that you are enough for me.