MFM Daily Devotional 9 April 2019
MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 9 April 2019 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – You Need A Word from The Lord
TOPIC: You Need A Word from The Lord
(Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 Samuel 13-14; Luke 10:1-24
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Joshua 8:1-2
MEMORY VERSE: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.” – Psalms 37:23-24
Life in the real sense of it is full of ups and downs. Life changes constantly and brings diverse challenges and opportunities our way. If you suffer defeat today, do not be dismayed and never surrender to the voice saying you will not rise again. Life, like war, is a series of mistakes, defeats and victories. Today is terrible warfare, tomorrow is victory, the next day is testimony, and before the week runs out is another attack from the enemy. Your defeat can never be final if you keep on fighting back believing that God shall surely secure victory for you. All you need is a word from the Lord concerning your current defeat and things shall surely turn around in Jesus’ name.
In our study today, we see how Joshua and Israel strategised to overcome the rude defeat they suffered at Ai. Joshua had consulted God concerning his defeat and he had taken the right steps to eliminate the fundamental cause of the defeat. Next was for him to begin again more intelligently to enable him secure victory in his battle against the voice of defeat. Once the nation of Israel had judged the sin that had defiled their camp, God was free to speak to them in mercy and direct them in their conquest of the land. No matter what mistakes we may make, the worst mistake of all is not to try again, for the victorious Christian life is a series of new beginnings.
A new beginning must start with the word of God which will give the word of encouragement. Discouragement over the past and fear of the future are two reactions that often accompany failure. We look back and remember the mistakes that we made, and then we look ahead and wonder whether there’s any future for people who fail so foolishly. The answer to our discouragement and fear is in hearing and believing God’s word. God had said “fear not” to different kinds of people in various circumstances and His word always met the need. God never discourages His people from making progress. As long as we obey His commandments, we have the the privilege of claiming His promises. God delights “to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect (wholly devoted) toward Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
In His word is the word of instruction. God always has a plan for His people to follow, and the only way for us to have victory is to obey God’s instructions. In his first attack on Ai, Joshua followed the advice of his spies and used only part of the army; but God told him to take “all the people of war” (Joshua 8:1). The Lord also told Joshua to use an ambush and take advantage of Ai’s self-confidence stemming from Israel’s first defeat (Joshua 7:1-5).
Finally, God gave the soldiers the right to claim the spoils, but they were to burn the city. Had Achan waited only a few days, he could have picked up all the wealth that he wanted. God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him. When we run ahead of the Lord, we usually rob ourselves and hurt others.
In His word is the word of promise. “I have given” was God’s promise and Joshua’s guarantee of victory as long as he obeyed the instructions of the Lord. God never made a promise that was too good to be true”, but every promise must be claimed by faith. Unless the promises of God are “mixed with faith” (Hebrews 4:2), they accomplish nothing. Because Israel acted presumptuously in their first attack against Ai, they failed miserably. The promises of God make the difference between faith and presumption. No matter how badly we have failed, we can always get up and begin again; for our God is the God of new beginnings.
In His word are strategies for victory. God changes His methods lest we start depending on our personal experience instead of His divine promises. Joshua and his men simply obeyed God’s instructions by setting an ambush and luring the people of Ai out of their city, and the Lord gave them victory. It’s important that we seek God’s will for each undertaking so that we do not depend on past victories as we plan for the future. May the Lord see you through, in Jesus’ name.
WHEN GOD SPEAKS TO YOU, YOUR LIFE WILL TAKE A NEW TURN.
Your enemies shall not triumph over you.
Every overconfident enemy, saying my case is a forgone conclusion, I summon you to the judgement throne of God, in the name of Jesus.
O God, behold their threatening, arise and fight for me, in the name of Jesus.
O Lord, give a word that will convert my defeat to victory, in the name of Jesus.
Wisdom of God, direct me in the way I should go, in the name of Jesus.
Host of Heaven, arise and fight for me today, in the name of Jesus.
I claim divine compensation for my past losses, in the name of Jesus.
I shall laugh last over all my enemies, 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)