[6:51 AM, 5/30/2019] 919063:
THEME: GOD STILL CHOOSES FOR HIS OWN.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Bible Reading: Proverbs 3:1-8
1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
In these perilous times, we must always keep in mind that God is still in the business of choosing and directing the manner of life His children should live if God id trying to lead your life on a certain path, I rejoice with you because this shows that He has special interest in you. When God shows special interest in a person’s life, it is because He wants to show His awesomeness to the world through that person. God will make you a sign-post to the world on the awesomeness of His power in Jesus’ Name. Jesus said in Matthew 22:14:
“For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Who are the few? The few are those who allow God to chart the course of their lives and allow Him to rule over their affairs. The level to which you allow God to have His way in your life shows how much you trust Him. Moses was a leader who would not do anything unless God approved of it. In his conversation with the Almighty, he emphatically told God in Exodus 33:15,
“If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.”
How pleasant our lives would be if we make God the captain of our ship. David is another man who trusted God’s judgment and sought God’s direction when he was faced with difficult situations. When his camp at Ziglag was raided and his wives and children, as well as those of the soldiers, were all carried away as captives, one would have expected David, as the commander of a formidable army, to immediately ride out and pursue the raiders. On the contrary, he did not move until he got clearance from God (1 Samuel 30:8). Imagine the strength and confidence with which David pursued the marauding raiders once he got divine backing from the Lord of Host Himself. When we allow God to chart the course of our lives, we can never suffer failure or defeat. Children of God who gamble with their lives when taking critical decisions should blame themselves and not God when they fail or are defeated.
Today’s bible reading is full of divine wisdom and loaded with several benefits. It encourages us to keep God’s law in our hearts and allows it rule our lives. The result is that we will live a long and peaceful life. When we live within the framework of God’s precepts. He will favor us and cause men to favor us as well. Whenever you are where God wants you to be, you cannot expect anything less than his favor because you are in His will. Earlier in my life, my ambition was to be the youngest professor in a chosen discipline. However, the Lord commanded me to carry my cross and continue from where my father in the Lord stopped. I am enjoying my life today because I answered “Yes Lord.” No other answer could have turned out better for me. Beloved, let God choose for you! Don’t be among those who think they can use and dump God for their selfish interest. In your career, marriage, where you settle in life and so on, acknowledge the supremacy of God’s judgment and align yourself with His purpose. You will not regret you did.
Yield to the Lord in every area where you have been battling with His choice for you.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 3: TRUST AND OBEY
1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.
[6:52 AM, 5/30/2019] 919063: Spend more time in prayer
Thursday 30th May 2019
‘Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.’ 1 Chronicles 16:11 NIV
In Catherine Marshall’s book, A Closer Walk, her husband Leonard LeSourd writes about the beginning of their marriage. ‘Catherine had huge adjustments to make. She sold her Washington dream house to move to Chappaqua, so I could continue to commute to my job at Guideposts in New York City. My children – Linda, ten; Chester, six; Jeffrey, three – had been through a deeply unsettling two years, adjusting to a variety of housekeepers. They had mixed feelings towards moving into a new house, and especially towards “the new mommy that Daddy’s bringing home”. Catherine’s son Peter, who was nineteen, was going through a period of rebellion at Yale…Catherine and I had so many things to pray about that we began to rise an hour early each morning to read the Bible and seek answers together. Her current journal lay open beside us in these predawn prayer times, recording our changing needs, and hisunchanging faithfulness.’
As the pressures of life mount, you need to pray more, not less. Jesus rose before dawn to pray. Sometimes he prayed all night. Other times he left the demands of the crowd to pray. Why? Because your power, peace, joy and effectiveness are directly related to the time you spend in prayer.
Then why don’t we pray daily? For the same reason people join a gym in January and quit by February. Prayer requires discipline that only you can put in place. But it brings great rewards. Hymnist Fanny Crosby wrote: ‘Oh, the pure delight of a single hour, that before thy throne I spend. When I kneel in prayer, and with thee my God, I commune as friend with friend.’
[6:52 AM, 5/30/2019] 919063: Above Only Devotional
Thursday, May 30
Pray for Divine Restoration
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. The LORD hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely, I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast labored.
Just like God said through Prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 42:19-22, some times, we the people of God seem to be the most blind and deaf people around because despite all the evil happening around us, we either seem too relaxed or we feel too powerless to cry out to God for His intervention and restoration power to manifest in our land and in the lives of those around us. Many times, God wants to bless and restore us, but He wants us to call upon Him for that blessing and restoration. He also has great and incredible plans for our lives, but He wants us to pray and seek Him for the revelation and manifestation of those plans, Jer.29:11-13. Even though God had declared that He was sending rain to the land of Israel, Elijah still went up the mountain to pray until the rain came, 1 Kings 18:1, 41-45.
Via persistent prayer, you and I can activate God’s unlimited power. We cannot keep quiet and simply expect that things will get better someday, while the devil wreaks unprecedented evil and havoc around us. Jesus said that if an unjust judge will respond to the persistent pleas of a burdened woman, our Heavenly Father will respond to us more speedily as we call upon Him day and night, Luke 18:1-8. Do not be discouraged or tired and do not relent. Nehemiah prayed unto God and God brought restoration through him. Esther prayed unto God and God brought restoration through her. As we take our prayers seriously this year, our fervent and effectual prayers will avail much in our lives and in our land, James 5:16-18.
Pray and ask God for His intervention and restoration right now over that situation burning in your heart.