Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his host had he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea. Exodus 15 : 3 , 4.
LISTEN: God is like a two edged sword. He is a God that answers by fire, as well as a consuming fire. He is a God of mercy, as well as God of judgment. He is a God of peace, as well as God of war. Truly, God is a man of war. When He is challenged to a battle, He will not stop until He has made an end to the fool who challenged Him.
The scripture has numerous accounts of people who challenged Him and were visited by His wrath. Our verse of the day is an account of God’s vengeance on Pharaoh and his Egyptian army who challenged Him and determined to retain the Israelites as slaves against His orders to let them go. The bible says, “And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus says the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go. (Exodus 5 : 1 , 2).
Pharaoh fearlessly and foolishly stood in the way of God, by attempting to keep the people God had already set free. Beloved, are satanic forces manipulating your life? Have they refused to let you go? Have they determined to keep you as a slave all through your entire life? By the most powerful name of Jesus Christ, I command such powers to let you go, in Jesus’ name. Pharaoh disobeyed God, but when he saw the power of God through the plague (deadly diseases: a disastrous evil or affliction: calamity) in the land, he determined to let the Israelites go, but temporarily.
Temporarily, because he changed his mind by asking his army to go after the freed Israelites and to return them as slaves. But no one can enslave whom God has set free. Pharaoh and the Egyptian army chased the Israelites into the Red Sea, and there God fought for the Israelites, as a result, Pharaoh and his men were drowned in the sea. Our verse of the day says, ” The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his host had he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.” (Exodus 15 : 3 , 4). Beloved, trust in the LORD, this season He will fight for you, in Jesus’ name.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Always pray, obey and trust God to deliver you from the bondage of the enemy.
2. Never lose hope in any situation, rather invite God and surrender all to Him.
3. Do not be afraid of the enemy or enemies as the case may be. Turn your battles over to God by faith and prayer, and watch Him fight for you.
4. Never stand in the ways of God by disobeying His orders, instead obey and honour His will at all times.
Daily Task: Whenever you are confronted with a force stronger than you, pray, obey and trust God. Never forget that our God is stronger than our enemies.
Daily Reflection: He who stand in the way of God will live if only he will sincerely surrender to Him, but will certainly die if he refuses to give up his rebellion.
Daily Prayer: Almighty God, You are a God of war, I surrender my battles to you. Deliver me from the forces of darkness, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: By the name of Jesus, I prophesy upon your life, every satanic agent in your life is arrested and restrained today, in Jesus’ name.