MFM Daily Devotional 19 February 2019
TOPIC: Deal With Your Character Flaws (Part 1)
(Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Daily Devotional 19 February 2019)
Bible In One Year: Leviticus 25; Mark 1:23-45
FIRE SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 25:2-14
MEMORY VERSE: “Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.” -Proverbs 8:10
Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking. Character can make or mar a person’s life. It can lift to the height of success and also bring down to the valley of failure and shame. Good character builds and promotes while bad character destroys. No one should neglect any flaw in his or her character.
Literary giants like William Shakespare and Thomas Hardy wrote great works in the genre called tragedy as playwrights and novelists respectively. In literature, a work of art is regarded as tragedy when a character rises to prominence, wealth, fame and so on but later falls from grace to grass, from the sublime to the ridiculous, due to a flaw in the character of the person. For example, in Shakespare’s “Julius Caesar”, Julius Caesar’s character flaws among others, were arrogance and ambition. As a result, he ignored and despised the soothsayer’s warning and turned deaf ears to the pleas of his subjects. These flaws made the other leaders around him believe he would make himself a tyrant or dictator. So they conspired and assassinated him. In Thomas Hardy’s “The Mayor of Casterbridge”, Michael Henchard’s undoing was drunkenness. He got so drunk one day that he sold his wife and only daughter. Later, providence smiled on him and he became wealthy and famous, emerging as the Mayor of Casterbridge. He never thought his fortune would one day change. The mistake he made about two decades earlier when he was poor and drunk was exposed and used against him when he became a mayor. He didn’t know someone knew his past. The revelation devastated him and led to his downfall and death.
Beloved, these literary personalities are people like us. Have you ever sat down to check your life? What character flaws do you have? Some of the flaws might even be inherited. Perhaps they run in your family. You must be determined to deal with them and not pass them on to your children. If it is over-ambition, take it to the Lord in prayer. Cry to Him for help, He will deal with it. It could be uncontrollable anger. If you ask the Holy Spirit for help on it, He will dislodge the spirit of anger from your life and give you a new spirit. If you are struggling with excessive love of money or evil appetite for food and sex, just take it to the Lord. Isaiah was a man of unclean lips. One encounter he had with the fire of God changed his life and ministry for good. Ask God to baptise you with His fire of change. Every flaw in your character will be destroyed, in Jesus’ name.
WEAKNESS IN ATTITUDE BECOMES WEAKNESS IN CHARACTER.
The Lord will deliver you from every flaw.
Character flaw in my life, come out and die, in the name of Jesus.
Anything in my life working against my destiny, die now, in the name of Jesus.
Any defect in my character due to my ancestry, your time is up, come out and die, in the name of Jesus.
O Lord, arise and purge me of any character flaw, in the name of Jesus.
Holy Ghost fire, overshadow my life, in the name of Jesus.
Blood of Jesus, purge my foundation of any character defect, in the name of Jesus.
My Father, this is my life, change my story to glory, 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)