THE BATTLE HAS BEEN WON BEFORE IT STARTED

MORNING

Monday, January 28, 2019

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against you shall fall for your sake. Isaiah 54:15

LISTEN : We are not ignorant of wicked people and the devil’s plots against our lives. The devil roams about and roars like a lion; but Jesus Christ the Lion of the tribe of Judah protects us against his evil plots. Jesus Christ defeated him for us on the cross and stripped him of his powers. That means, in every battle we will ever engage in, our victory is guaranteed. The battle is won before it ever begins. God promises to defeat those who are against us if we obey His words (Exodus 23:22; Isaiah 45:2). No matter the power of Satan and wicked people, the power of God is supreme. Beloved, do you have faith in God. Are you living in obedience to Him? Do you fear God? When you honour God and lives in obedience to Him you activate your authority (the believer’s authority) in Christ Jesus. When you put your faith in God your enemies will surrender to you because God will be your defense. No matter the forces that are against you, if the living God is on your side, you will defeat them as one man. Yes! The Bible says, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). My dear, we have a God who cares about His people. He will not allow you to play into the hands of your enemies. He will keep you because He promises to keep those who love and fear Him. However, we must not take our relationship with Him (God) lightly or give the devil a chance to overcome us. When we obey God and put our trust in Him, He will fight our battles and make us more than conquerors. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not be afraid of the wicked, rather put your confidence in God.
2. Pray in every situation and never give up no matter what.
3. Be strong, courageous and dedicated to God and He will defend you always.
4 Do not be ignorant of your authority in Christ Jesus, rather fight the devil with it.

Prayer : Most High God, you are my shield and defense. Help me to overcome the battles of my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : When we obey God and put our trust in Him, He fights our battles and make us more than conquerors.

Quote : “God wins our battles for us before they ever started and make us conquerors through faith in Christ Jesus.”

Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God will fight my battles. Therefore, I will walk in obedience to Him all the days of my life, amen.

Biblical Fact: Did you know Nicolas is one of the seven deacons chosen to serve in the early church? (Acts 6:5).

Today In History : January 28, 1986 The space shuttle Challenger explodes just after liftoff.

Stunning Fact : Did you know the Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific?

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I speak to your life, may God destroy what the devil prepares against you, in Jesus’ name, amen.

EVENING

Monday, January 28, 2019

TOPIC : WAKE UP AND PREPARE FOR ETERNITY

Bible Verse : Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. Colossians 3:2

LISTEN : Are you preparing for eternity? Do you know you will not be here (on the earth) someday? My dear, eternity with God should be your goal and concern. Always meditate on life after here (earth). Reflect on God’s word and let it provoke right decision for eternity. When you think in this direction, God will help you to act wisely. Thoughts trigger actions, and your actions will determine your success or failure in life. It will equally determine where you will spend eternity – heaven or hell. That is why it is vital to direct your thoughts in line with the will of God. In our Bible verse , we are urged to think about things that are above and not about things that are on the earth. We should constantly desire the blessings that God has prepared for us in heaven. (1 Corinthians 2:9,10). We should bother ourselves with the things of heaven and abstain from evil in the world. Besides, our minds should be consumed with thoughts of “a life with God after our earthly life.” We should always think about our eternal home, a place of peace, free from crisis, heartbreak, sicknesses and diseases, death and sorrow, etc. My dear, will you not want to be part of the eternal bliss of the obedient sons and daughters of God? If you want to be there, then, delight yourself in God. Be wise!

PRAYER POINTS
1. Thank God for today and bless Him for the life of others.
2. Ask Him to forgive your sin and restore your fellowship with Him.
3. Ask God to give you a heart for Him and the zeal to prepare for eternity.
4. Pray and cancel every satanic arrangement against your life.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION

It is well with you. May the Lord give you a heart for Him and enable you to prepare for eternity as long as you live, in Jesus’ name, amen.

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