Tuesday, January 9, 2018.
Author: Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, LORD, and let your enemies be scattered; and let them that hate you flee before you. Numbers 10 : 36
LISTEN: Beloved, did you know that God’s presence is a guarantee of His protection? When the Israelites left Egypt and encamped in the wilderness, God ordered Moses to build a mobile tabernacle that will house the ark of covenant which is a symbol of His presence. With the ark of the LORD, the children of Israel made war and defeated their enemies. Beloved, life is full of endless battles, and those who are not well equipped for it end up as victims and losers. The devil is not tired of making war with mankind, especially those who claim to serve God. We cannot pretend to not be aware of these battles. However, how we fight will determine how we will come out of it, either wounded and defeated, or, protected and victorious. In this battle, the only guarantee for victory is the presence of God. Truly, a life steered by the presence of God will find peace and rest in the midst of troubles. (Numbers 10 : 33 ; Exodus 33 : 14).
Besides, God’s presence is the guarantee for His protection and directions. God cannot protect or direct anyone who choose to make himself His enemy. To experience His protection, care and guide, we must value His presence. When we are under His reign we will be clothed with His love. (Exodus 13 : 21 , 22 ; Psalms 105 : 39). My dear, victory is equally guaranteed where God’s presence is being celebrated. The presence of God is the pathway to divine protection and preservation (Psalms 33 : 18 , 19 ; 37 : 32 , 33). Beloved, to experience the presence of God, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, obey and do not oppose the Spirit of God, seek His face, repent and return to Him. He is merciful and will abundantly pardon you. Walk with His presence and you will win, walk in absence of His presence and you will be defeated and humiliated. Beware!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Always obey and do not oppose to the directives of the Holy Spirit.
2. Repent of every known sin and obediently return to God.
3. Do not fight the enemy with your human strength, rather fight with the presence of God.
4. Resist the flesh and allow your life to be steered by the Spirit of God.
Daily Prayer: Almighty God, you are my refuge and defender. With you victory is guaranteed. Therefore, help me to overcome my battles no matter what, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, determine to experience the presence of God by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. Obey and do not oppose the Spirit of God. Seek His face, repent and return to God.
Daily Reflection: Walk with the presence of God and you will win, ignore and walk empty of His presence and you will be defeated and humiliated.
Daily Quote: God cannot guarantee a continuous protection where His presence is constantly profaned.
Today In History: January 9, 2005. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement to end the Second Sudanese Civil War is signed by the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.
SAY THIS: Today, I declare with my mouth, that I can do nothing without your help, Lord! I am empty and vulnerable without you. Therefore, by you I am equipped with power to make war, and to obtain victory in my battles, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, may you not be empty of God’s presence. May God equip you with power to make war, and to obtain victory in your battles, in Jesus’ name, amen.
A STUNNING FACT: Did you know that 85% of plant life is found in the ocean?