[1/14, 5:33 AM] 919063: RHAPSODY OF REALITIES.
HE NOURISHES AND CHERISHES YOU.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 14TH.
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church (Ephesians 5:29).
The Lord Jesus, in John 10:11 & 14, said, “I am the good shepherd….” The Greek word for “shepherd” is “poimēn” and it means “Pastor”; one that’s called of God to nourish, carefully protect and cherish the flock. This is what Jesus does to the Church; He nourishes and cherishes it. The Apostle Paul implied this in his Spirit-inspired admonition in our theme verse.
How does the Lord nourish the Church? He does it through the ministry of the Word! It brings to mind something the Lord said to me while in prayer many years ago. He said, “Feed my sheep.” While I was still pondering on the statement, He said it again. At this time, tears flowed freely down my eyes, because I knew what He meant. He wanted me to teach the Word; and I’ve been at it ever since.
What the Lord said to me back then parallels His encounter with Peter in John 21:17. After asking Peter three consecutive times, “Do you love me?” and Peter answered in the affirmative, He said to him, “Feed my sheep.” He was telling Peter to feed them with the Word. The Word is food for the spirit, and anyone who dares to believe and receive the Word is nourished, built up, and sustained in the victorious life. In Acts 20:32, the Spirit writes, “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”
The Church is very important to the Lord. The Bible says “…we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones” (Ephesians 5:30). We’re one with Him. And through the ministry of the Word, He sustains, energizes, strengthens and prepares us for His soon return: “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:26-27).
Even now, the Lord is nourishing you as you study this devotional. He’s doing something to your spirit; He’s invigorating and vitalizing you through and through, because He cherishes you. Hallelujah!
Dear Father, thank you for your Word that builds me up and positions me on the right course in life. I’m completely given to the ministry of the Word in study and meditation, and therefore, nurtured, edified, developed and sustained in the victorious life. I walk in divine health, prosperity, and enjoy unprecedented increase in every area of my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Acts 20:32 (KJV)
And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
Ezekiel 34:14-15 (KJV)
14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.
15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.
2 Timothy 3:15-17 (KJV)
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
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Thanks and God bless you.
[1/14, 6:46 AM] 919063: *DAILY MANNA*
*TUESDAY, JANUARY 14 2020*
*NO QUICK FIXES!*
*TEXT:* EXODUS 5:15-23.
_*🔑KEY VERSE* “For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all” (EXODUS 5:23)._
The challenges of life often breed severe pain and discomfort. As a result, we tend to desire a quick fix from the Lord, that He will waste no time in giving us a solution. But God does not work by man’s timetable, nor does He always answer when we desire it most. Vironika Tugaleva, an award-winning author and poet, has some fitting words of admonition: “Whatever you do, it will be a path. Life does not work like a light switch – on/off, fat/skinny, miserable/happy. All things take time, patience, and practice. Anyone who tells you differently is profiting off your fearful ignorance of the truth.”
Moses did not quite understand this in the early part of his ministry. In obedience to God, he had gone to Pharaoh to demand that he should let the people of Israel go from captivity to serve and worship the Lord. But instead of granting the request, Pharaoh strengthened the severity of the people’s working condition. To him, the Israelites had a lot of idle time, hence their agitation for freedom to go and serve God.
Saying that their already hard labour had been made harsher, the Israelites blamed Moses and Aaron for the worsening condition. Moses himself complained to God about Pharaoh’s wicked response. He wondered why he was sent on this mission, adding that since he spoke to Pharaoh, he had done only more evil to the Israelites; “neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.”
God does not always answer our prayers when and how we expect it. The fact that the hardship and suffering we are experiencing have persisted does not mean that He is not at work on our behalf. Such tough experiences are often meant to increase our faith and enable us to trust God to do the best for us.
*✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* Quick solutions are not always the best remedy.
*COVER TO COVER* GENESIS 41-44.
Technical errors during spiritual warfare
1. The spiritual warfare is different from other warfares in some sense.
2. Don’t negotiate with your Pharaoh (Satan). It is fight to finish. You are predestined to overcome. No retreat, no surrender vv15,16, I John 4:4.
3. Don’t let the adversaries notice your discouragement even when you are. It gives them more reinforcement to fight you vv15,16. “Sing when your trials are greatest”.
4. Don’t ever expect pity or understanding from your enemy. They may feign it but it is never real. Don’t be deceived. Never open up your mind to them. Your true Helper is God vv17,18, I Peter 5:8.
5. Never think the adversary is at home with your drawing closer to God. He wants to do all that is possible to discourage, distract and stop it vv17,18,19. Watch. Keep firing and never faint Luke 18:1.
6. Increased pressure from the adversaries is a sign of their fear of defeat. Be valiant in fight, press on vv20,21.
7. When the battle is raging, passing blame to your Pastor, God or any other person is counterproductive. Just continue in fervency vv22,23.
*Praise* God because you are destined to overcome🙏
*Ask* God for the spirit of a conqueror🙏
*Ask* God for the power and anointing that supersedes your adversaries and challenges.
*Ask* God that this year will be a year of victory and triumph for all His true children.
*HYMN* The song of the soldier
1 Rise, ye children of salvation,
All who cleave to Christ the Head!
Wake, arise, O mighty nation,
Ere the foe on Zion tread;
He draws nigh and would defy
All the hosts of God Most High.
2 Saints and heroes long before us
Firmly on this ground have stood;
See their banners waving o’er us,
Conqu’rors through the Savior’s blood.
Ground we hold, whereon of old,
Fought the faithful and the bold.
3 Fighting, we shall be victorious
By the blood of Christ our Lord;
On our foreheads, bright and glorious,
Shines the witness of His Word;
Spear and shield on battlefield,
His great name; we cannot yield.
4 When His servants stand before Him,
Each receiving his reward,
When His saints in light adore Him,
Giving glory to the Lord;
“Victory!” our song shall be,
Like the thunder of the sea.
[1/14, 6:46 AM] 919063: *Above Only Devotional*
Tuesday, January 14
*Your Portion is Always Preserved*
_Psalms 16:5-7 (NKJV & LB)_
_O LORD, You are the Portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance. I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. *The Lord himself is my inheritance, … my highest joy! He guards all that is mine. He sees that I am given pleasant brooks and meadows as my share! What a wonderful inheritance! I Will bless the Lord who counsels me; he gives me wisdom in the night. He tells me what to do._
One of the things that will help you to keep trusting in God and receiving direction from Him is your consciousness that no matter what happens or does not happen to you, your portion in God and inheritance in every area of your life is always secure. David wrote the verses in our text above because he came to the understanding that even though it may sometimes appear that what belongs to us or what we deserve is eluding us and it may even appear like we will never attain that thing, God Himself will ensure that we do not lose what He has allocated to us. It does not matter the seeming disappointment or delay that you are experiencing. God is in charge of your inheritance and the land or blessings that He has allocated to you. He will preserve it for you. He will make sure that you receive it. Even when people feel like they are cheating you, God in His wisdom will cause their schemes to work out for your good.
After all that Joseph went through at the hands of his brothers, it appeared that his dreams would not come true. However, God cause his dreams to turn out even better than he imagined. Even when Joseph was a slave in Potiphar’s house and a prisoner in Egypt, he continued to prosper because his portion was preserved in God and by God. Ephesians 6:8 (GNB) says, “Remember that the Lord will reward each of us, whether slave or free, for the good work we do.” No matter your status or situation, your blessing and reward from God are guaranteed When the storm at sea was violently raging, the disciples of Jesus must have felt that it was over for them, but Jesus calmed the storm and they got to the other side as Jesus had said. Their lives were preserved, Mark 4:35-41. You will experience God’s supernatural power, favour and preservation.
Faith Declaration: My portion is divinely preserved in every area of my life. I have a goodly inheritance and nothing can stop me from experiencing it.Share On: