daily devotional guide

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  • Monday:

     

     

    PAINFUL EXPERIENCE

    Job 3:1-10

    Job says, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). Job had bitter experience of life and the devil seriously dealt with him to the point, according to our Bible passage today, he has to curse the day of his birth. Job indeed, regrets being born into this world. He found nothing interesting in this world. He rather preferred to die than live any longer. Job was full of pains and agony; his joy and strength disappeared. He was indeed a man of sorrow, clothed with grief and forsaken by all. Job according to our Bible passage caused the day he was born instead of cursing God, or blaming God for all that befallen him.

    Let us take the flood situation in Rivers State, Bayelsa and some other States in Nigeria in the year 2012 as example; do you think that the people affected by this flood were the worst sinners or that it is their fault that flood carried away their houses, farmlands and other important possessions? No this is happening so that men will learn to fear God, and that at the end His name will be glorified, just like the time of Noah in the ark.

    MEDITATION:

    “I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help” (Psalm 121:1).

    PRAYER POINTS:

    1. Ask God to help you to keep trusting Him even in time of trouble.
    2. Pray that God will not allow you to alter any word that will offend Him when you are passing through trials of life.
    3. Pray that God will cause you to remain faithful in the face of adversity. 

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  • Tuesday:

     

     

    NO MAN TAKES GOD’S GLORY

    Acts 12:20-24

    God created all things through His Son Jesus Christ, “All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3). God created all things for His pleasure and that all may bring glory to him. But unfortunately some people do not give glory to God, rather arrogate all powers to themselves. God is never happy with anyone that takes glory due him.
    In our passage today, we saw king Herod, while addressing the people of Tyre and sidon, ascribed all power to himself and the people referred to him as God, “And the people gave a shout, saying, it is the voice of a god, and not of a man” (Acts 12:22). Herod did not rebuke their claim but instead enjoyed it. It is common among men to praise their fellow men when they do things worthy of praise, but we should always be careful to always return the glory to God for any achievement they make in life; knowing that it is God enabled them to achieve such.

    You should be conscious and continue to give God all the glory. That was not the case of Herod. He accepted all the praises and was happy; filled with joy and arrogance. God therefore sent an Angel and struck him down, and he died instantly. All glory must be for the Lord, for no man on earth should give glory to himself.

    MEDITATION:

    “I am the Lord; that is my name and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images” (Isaiah 42:8).

    PRAYER POINTS:

    1. Pray that God should give you the Spirit of humility.
    2. Pray against every spirit of pride and arrogance.
    3. Ask the Lord for mercy in any way have sinned against him. 

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  • Wednesday:

       

     

    BEWARE OF ELY-MAS

    Acts 13:12-24

    Elymas was a sorcerer and a false prophet. He was with sergius Paulus trying to turn his heart away from the word of God which Paul and Barnabas were preaching to. Elymas was afraid that should sergius Paulus repent he would no longer have need of his sorcery.

    As a child of God, you should be careful to know the friends you keep. They must not be the type that will turn you away from the Lord, rather ones that will always encourage you to continue to do the will of God.

    Elymas did not go unpunished, Apostle Paul stopped him: “Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him. And said, oh full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand” (Acts 13:9-11).

    The above punishment given to Elymas, made Sergius Paulus repent and believe on the Lord. Sometimes someone may be out against you and your works. Everything you do will be hated by such a person to the extent that you no longer know what to do with such person. Today, the Lord wants to let you know that you have the power to turn down the plans of the wicked against you. Beware of all the Elymas that may be out there to confront you. In the name of the Lord you will overcome them all. Never be afraid of them, for the Lord had given you victory over them all: “Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

    MEDITATION:

    “Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

    PRAYER POINTS:

    Pray that God will help you to overcome those who are troubling you.

     

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  • Thursday:

       

     

                                                                                 

    RESIST IDOL WORSHIP

    Acts 14:8-15

    At Lystra, Apostle Paul, as his manner was, preached to the people and many repented and believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. Among those that heard his preaching was a cripple, who personally paid attention to Paul’s message. Apostle Paul, seeing that the man had faith for healing declared him to be healed. The healing of the cripple was amazing to the entire city that it attracted the attention of all including the chief Priest. They exclaimed: “The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men” (Acts 14:11). They called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul mercury, because he was the chief speaker. The Priest of Jupiter brought oxen and garland to offer sacrifice to the gods.

    On hearing what the Priest of Jupiter wanted to do, Paul and Barnabas tore their clothes and cried out to stop them from offering sacrifice to idols nor give them special honour, saying that they too are men like them. Paul used the opportunity to preach to them about God and our Lord Jesus Christ. These two Apostles of Jesus Christ refused to take honour to themselves, knowing that all honour must be ascribed to God. They also resisted offering of the sacrifice to idols, they were not afraid, even as they were in a strange land. Can you stand for Jesus and speak for him and to canter every opposing voice? The Almighty God himself commanded us not to worship idols. “Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth” (Exodus 20:3-4). Your duty as a Christian is to resist every form of idol worship.

    MEDITATION:

    “Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it; for I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 26:1).

    PRAYER POINTS:

    1. Ask the Lord to give you grace to resist every form of idol worship.
    2. Thank God for the life of Paul and Barnabas and pray that such an excellent Spirit may come upon you.

     

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  • Friday:

                                                             

                                                                              

    NO OTHER YOKE

    Act 15:8-20

    According to the book of Mathew 11:29, Jesus Christ said: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls”. From the above scriptures, we understand that there are yokes, the yoke from man, the yoke from Satan and the yoke from Jesus Christ. He is encouraging you and I to take his yoke and learn of Him, especially in the areas of meekness and lowliness. These are two major attributes of a true believer and must be seen in you.

    As the church continued to grow, many more converts were added, including the gentiles, there arose some disputes among the brethren on how to integrate the gentiles into the fold. This led to the meeting of the Sanhedrin council, the highest policy making body of the church of Jerusalem. After much deliberations, they agreed that they shall not put any yoke on them but they should, abstain from pollution of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood (Acts 15:20).

    Yoke actually means instrument of hardship or bondage. Yoke is also a piece of wood used to tie two oxen or animals together to enable them work in unison. Ordinarily, a yoke is an additional burden that prevents one from acting as a normal being. Many today have put themselves into greater yokes that they cannot bear. Some enter into churches that will not help them know the truth. Some go to churches that will push them into more and more ungodliness.

    Are you under any man’s or Satan’s yoke? Then I have good news for you. The yoke breaker is here! He is the master of circumstances and situations: his name is Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the king of kings and Lord of Lords. He is calling upon you today to take his yoke and learn from him for his yoke is easy and his burden is light. Every other yoke, including the yoke of sin is heavy but the yoke of Jesus Christ is easy and light.

    MEDITATION:

    “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Mathew 11:29).

    PRAYER POINTS:      

    1. Pray that no power can put yoke into your life.
    2. Ask the Lord to give you grace to stand for the truth at all times.

     

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  • Saturday:

      

     

    GOD DELIVERED PAUL AND SILAS

    Acts 16:16-26

    At Philippi, Paul and Silas were going to pray; a certain young girl followed them and was saying;…..these men are servants of the most high God, which showed unto us the way of salvation” (Acts 16:17). His demon possessed lady was used by her masters to make money for themselves. She continued following Paul and Silas for days. This provoked Paul, who then rebuked the unclean spirit and it came out of her within the same hour. This made her masters to arrest Paul and Silas, dragged them to the market square and heavily bit them up and locked them up in a prison; charging the jailor to ensure their safety and proper security while in prison.

    While in prison, Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises to God. Suddenly there was an earthquake, which shook the foundations of the prison, and immediately all the prison doors were opened and everyone’s bands were loosened and there were set free.

    “Is anything too hard for the Lord? (Genesis 18:14). The masters of the Damsel put the Apostles in prison, thinking that such will stop them from the work of God. But God of miracle came down and open the prison doors for them to go. This is unbelievable to them at Philippi. The lesson we are to learn here is that no matter the circumstance you may find yourself, God is ever ready and willing to deliver you and set you free. Never be worried when you are persecuted for the sake of Christ. There is always a way out of every temptation that comes your way is greater than you can bear.

    MEDITATION:

    Blessed is the man that endures temptation, for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord had promised to them that love Him (James 1:12)

    PRAYER POINTS:

    1. Pray that God will continue to deliver you from every temptation
    2. Ask the Lord to empower you to resist the devil and to gain victory from him at all times.
    3. Pray for those who are passing through temptation right now. 

     

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  • Sunday:

         

     

    POWER OF PRAYER AND PRAISE

    Acts 16:25-33

    “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God, and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; immediately all the doors were open, and everyone’s bands were loosed” (Acts 16:25-26).

    Prayer and praises can do what human wisdom and mechanism cannot do. Prayer and praise move faster than any weapon of war. Paul and Silas used it and it effectively worked for them and granted them freedom from prison. Prayer is very important weapon that every believer needs in order to succeed as a Christian. The word of God reveals that Jesus Christ started with prayer in the wilderness and ended up in prayer on the cross of Calvary. It was the power of prayer that enabled Jesus Christ to conquer the devil even on the cross of Calvary. Prayer indeed, is the master key, apply it in every aspect of your Christian life today and you will not regret it. Like prayer, praises is another tool that you need in order to run this race through to the end.

    According to our Bible passage today, when the jailor saw that the prison doors were widely open and yet the prisoners did not run away, he humbly asked Paul and Silas: “sirs, what must I do to be saved? Your prayer and praises will bring your enemies and every ugly situation over your life to bow.

    MEDITATION:

    “…. Sirs, what must I do to be saved”? (Acts 16:30).

    PRAYER POINTS:

    1. Pray and ask the Lord to teach you how to pray.
    2. Pray for the salvation of all your relations who are yet to be saved.
    3. Pray for the Church of Jesus Christ here on earth that she would be caught up with fire of end time revival. 

     

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