MFM Daily Devotional 17 March 2019
TOPIC: Christian Discipline (Part III)
(Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Deuteronomy 30-31; Mark 15:1-25
FIRE SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 2:1-10
MEMORY VERSE: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15
Failure to separate oneself from bad company and not studying the word of God are opposed to Christian discipline.
It is easy in life to acquire friends who may eventually lure you into a bad company if you fail to imbibe the Christian discipline as taught in the Bible. An adage says, “Bad company corrupts good manner”. Also, the Bible warns us to watch and take heed lest we fall. Being disciplined as a Christian would make us look at our background, our present position and what we could gain living a righteous life.
Nathaniel was born into a Christian family. After his tertiary education, he could not get a good job. He kept company with friends with whom he used to sneak out every time without the knowledge of his parents, who always advised him against friends who were not disciplined. They used to tell him to always pray and let God guide his steps. Some of his friends were into all manner of fraud like Yahoo business, gambling and betting. He did not separate himself from the bad friends. One fateful morning, his friends came to pick him at home to go and play somewhere, a Yahoo playing centre. Nathaniel kept watching as his friends got engaged in both Yahoo and the game of gambling at the casino. They were yelling, screaming and throwing banters at each other. Suddenly, law enforcement officers, including soldiers, came knocking at the door of the games centre. Almost all his friends who had been conversant with the place escaped arrest while Nathaniel and two others (not too clever friends) were arrested, handcuffed and taken to the police cells. It was during the news on the television that his parents saw him alongside his two other friends. The damage had been done. His entire household was thrown into sadness and confusion. He was eventually jailed three months as a first offender. He failed to imbibe Christian discipline from his parents.
A disciplined Christian would always study the word of God regularly. The story of one sister who refused to go on a journey with her fellow friends to someone’s social party in the outskirt of their town illustrates this. It was the habit of Sister Rhoda to always study and ruminate on the word of God for at least one hour a day. At weekends, she always spends more than this time. It was one of her friends who gave birth to a set of twins in another town that the other friends decided to go and visit and it was on a Saturday. Getting to Sister Rhoda’s house to pick her up, they met her in her usual way of reading and ruminating over the word of God. Some of them wanted to wait for her to finish while majority of them interjected, that they would want to go quickly and return on time before night fall. At the end, all of them decided to go together and taunted Sister Rhoda to pray for them, that they too would give birth to twins. They did not ask her to pray for their safe journey. On their way, their vehicle, through the carelessness of their driver, had an accident with many of the sisters seriously wounded and others had fractured legs and arms. They were all rushed to the hospital. Imagine what would have happened if they had all been patient and joined Sister Rhoda in studying the word of God for a brief moment. God would have made them miss the vehicle and the careless driver. They would have boarded another vehicle. Studying the word of God, which Christian discipline has planted in the soul of Sister Rhoda, made her escape the vehicle mishap.
THE WORD OF GOD WILL GUIDE YOUR FOOTSTEPS IN LIFE.
Your life will not end in disaster.
Father Lord, disgrace all unfriendly friends in my life, in the name of Jesus.
Every effort to take away what is mine shall fall and scatter, in the name of Jesus.
I shall not die before my time, I scatter any arrow of premature death, in the name of Jesus.
By the grace of God, I shall not end my destiny in regret, in the name of Jesus.
O Lord, reveal every waster around my life, family and ministry and let them run mad, in the name of Jesus.
I break loose from every limitation and bondage, in the name of Jesus.
I walk in boldness and courage life Caleb, I will not live and languish in fear, in the name of Jesus.
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)
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