Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : “Listen, Israel! Today you are moving forward to do battle with your enemies. Do not be fainthearted. Do not fear and tremble or be terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you to fight on your behalf against your enemies to give you victory.” Deuteronomy 20 : 3 – 4.

LISTEN : Life is a battle, and only brave warriors can taste the victories thereafter. Although there’re countless battles to fight, however, we’re enjoined to be courageous and not be afraid. When we’re with God fear is forbidden. Our Master Jesus Christ is the indomitable Lion of the tribe of Judah, when he roars all satanic power and forces would take to their heels. When the Israelites came out of the land of Egypt, they had seen little of war in their journey to Canaan with inferior adversaries. But now, things would soon become more serious. Hence the admonition and encouragement to be courageous. God through Moses told them that they’re going into a full blown war, however, should be courageous and fight because He’s with them. Similarly, all Christians are soldiers, and wage a good warfare. It is a necessary and trying warfare that continues through every season and in every condition. The forces of our enemies may be superior in number, in vigilance, in wisdom, and in might. However, we must be courageous. Let’s remember that none have better grounds for courage than we; not in ourselves, for then we must fail, but in our God. As Israel matched to battle God assured them of his Divine presence. He said, “For the Lord your God is with you.” Beloved, our God is all-wise and almighty, one with him is in majority. Prophet Elisha said to his servant, “They that be with us are more than they that be with them.” (2 Kings 6 : 16). The bible further said, “Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4 : 4). Beloved, what else do you want to hear? God is always the same, and never suffers what He has done to be undone. He brought the Israelites out of Egypt with a mighty hand and promised to carry them through to Canaan. It would have been so strange, after opening a passage for them through the Red Sea, to have drowned them in Jordan. What would have been thought of His great name, after placing Himself at their head to lead them to Canaan, if He had suffered them to be overcome by the way? He, who begins the work, is not only able to finish, but begins it for the very purpose. The bible said, “He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8 : 32). Brethren, we’re privileged. The presence of the LORD is with us, therefore, our victory is sure because the LORD is with us.

Having read today’s devotional, what are you expected to do?
1. Don’t be afraid of the battles of your life for our head warrior is God, with him victory is sure.
2. Always create an atmosphere for God’s presence if you want him to join in fighting your battles.
3. Don’t be intimidated by the size of your enemy, rather watch your enemies stand intimidated by your God.
4. Don’t allow fear to keep you from moving forward, just keep moving by faith.

Daily Task : Don’t be afraid of the battles of life, for you’re not alone; When we’re with God fear is forbidden.

Daily Reflection: The forces of our enemies may be superior in number, in vigilance, in wisdom, and in might; but we must be courageous, for our God will certainly fight for us

Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you for your word, I receive divine help for my battles, cause me to overcome in Jesus’ name, amen.

Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy over your life, the LORD shall fight for you and humiliate your enemies. You’ll be celebrated this season in Jesus ‘ name, amen.

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