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DAILY RENEWAL : KNOW WHO IS WITH YOU AND WHO IS AGAINST YOU.

DAILY RENEWAL : KNOW WHO IS WITH YOU AND WHO IS AGAINST YOU.

Scripture of the Day || July 20th, 2018

These were the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he was banished from the presence of Saul…(…they were relatives of Saul from the tribe of Benjamin)…

Other Benjamites and some men from Judah also came to David in his stronghold. David went out to meet them and said to them, “If you have come to me in peace to help me, I am ready for you to join me. But if you have come to betray me to my enemies when my hands are free from violence, may the God of our ancestors see it and judge you.”

Then the Spirit came on Amasai, chief of the Thirty, and he said:

“We are yours, David!

We are with you, son of Jesse! Success, success to you, and success to those who help you, for your God will help you.”  

So David received them and made them leaders of his raiding bands.  

I Chronicles 12:1-18

God gives us dreams and visions for our lives to serve His Kingdom agenda and humanity as a whole. He brings people around us to help accomplish those objectives. Those dreams could take a myriad of forms: It could be an invention that would make a remarkable difference in the lives of many. It could be songs that might nourish the souls of many. It could be books that might turn lives around and encourage many. It could be medical accomplishments that would bring hope to many. It could be a business to employ many. It could be a ministry that will touch many lives, homes and families. It could be political leadership that could turn the fortunes of a nation and people around.

But the truth is, not everyone who comes around you has your best interest at heart. Some come around as wolves in sheep’s clothing. Others come as opportunists and negative influencers. Some come with their own agenda. Some might even come as agents of the Devil (Jesus said to His disciples very early in His ministry that one of His disciples was a devil – John 6:70). We must not be naive about this reality. Ignorance in this area can be rather costly.

David had been anointed by God to be the next king of Israel but he was going through very difficult times as he waited on the Lord for the appointed time. He was living in exile and many were flocking around him because of his future. But David was not naive. He knew that not everyone had his best interest at heart. So, he confronted the Benjamites (who were from the same tribe as King Saul from whom he was running): “If you have come to me in peace to help me, I am ready for you to join me. But if you have come to betray me to my enemies…may the God of our ancestors see it and judge you.” David confronted them because he wanted to know where they stood with him. The Spirit of God gave the assurance, through a prophetic word, that those Benjamites were sincerely on the side of David!

There is a time to confront situations and persons whose spirit or loyalty we are unsure or uncomfortable with. Jesus knew that Judas was not for Him so at the last supper, Jesus confronted Judas. Jesus said to him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” Satan entered Judas and he left the team. Judas ended up betraying Jesus. He had never been for Jesus.

Question: Are you exercising discernment when it comes to the people around you? Are you asking the Holy Spirit to open your eyes and understanding to distinguish those who are genuine from those who are not? David was not naive. Jesus knew who was against Him. We must love all but we must exercise great discernment otherwise the dreams and visions God has given us can be severely hindered.

Prayer: Lord, you know the heart of every person. Please open the eyes of my understanding to distinguish those who are genuine from those who are not. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL : THE TEST OF A TRUE PREACHER.

DAILY RENEWAL : THE TEST OF A TRUE PREACHER.

Scripture of the Day || July 19th, 2018

And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.  

I Cor. 2:1-5

What is the test of an authentic preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? How do you know if someone has the true calling of God on his or her life? How do you know which Pastor to sit under for your spiritual nourishment so that your soul will not be led astray? The above passage gives us an insight into those who can be called true servants of God.

Frankly, these are days when everything except the truth of God’s word is being proclaimed from many pulpits. Some pastors are preaching all kinds of messages to flatter people and satisfy their itching ears. Some Pastors are afraid that preaching the truth of God’s word will be offensive to people and they might leave the church. So they have resorted to preaching with eloquence and human wisdom. They simply do not bother to preach the Scripture let alone take time to depend on the power of the Holy Spirit. They preach to entertain and placate.

Paul gives us the test of a true Preacher of the Gospel:

First: True preaching is not dependent on human eloquence or wisdom. The testimony of true preaching is not about human accomplishments but about God. Human eloquence and wisdom cannot save or transform lives. Human wisdom is as hollow as the human vessel from which it comes. If a preacher is constantly preaching human wisdom and does not emphasize godly wisdom which is the word of God, then that preacher is not worth sitting under or listening to. It is only a matter of time before you are led astray.

Second: True preaching is Christ-centered: “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”  The Gospel should always be Christ-centered, never man-centered. The Gospel is the good news that Jesus died to save humanity from our sins and to reconcile us eternally with God in Heaven. Preaching that emphasizes anything other than Christ is bound to lead people astray in the long run. Nothing should replace Christ in our preaching. Jesus promises that if we lift Him up, He will draw all men unto Himself.

Third: True preaching is done in weakness, great fear and trembling. This means the preacher has no trust in his or her own abilities. The preacher is keenly aware of his limitations and human inadequacies. He knows that he has nothing to boast of except the grace of God which gives him the privilege to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Finally: True preaching is totally dependent on the power of God’s Holy Spirit so that the hearers will focus on God, not man. True preaching directs people to worship, honor and depend on God, not man. That is the ultimate goal of true preaching.

So, question: Are you under the teachings of a true preacher of the Gospel? If not, then carefully evaluate your situation. Taking care of your soul is one of the most crucial things you can do for yourself. Only true preaching can nourish your soul and give you the godly wisdom you need for life.

Prayer: Father, these are days when many are declaring anything but your true word. Please help me to discern what I hear so that I will not be led astray by deceptive preaching. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL : GOD IS WATCHING OVER YOU.

DAILY RENEWAL : GOD IS WATCHING OVER YOU.

Scripture of the Day || July 18th, 2018

But I will encamp at my temple to guard it against marauding forces.

Never again will an oppressor overrun my people, for now I am keeping watch. Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your King comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly  and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Zechariah 9:8-9

This prophetic word referred to the future invasion of Jerusalem by Alexander and how God spared the temple and the city of Jerusalem. Those were days when a nation could be attacked, plundered and made subservient to another nation. Overnight, the fortunes of a nation could be decimated. The prophecy was also looking forward to the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem as He rode on a donkey to shouts of “Hosanna!” Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” “Blessed is the King of Israel.” Jesus was riding triumphantly as king to make a final statement of victory before going to the cross.

So, what principles can we learn from this? What does the temple mean today? What temple is God watching over? Who is the oppressor? Who are the marauding forces? Today, you and I are the Temple of the Living God. We live in Jesus and move in Jesus and have our being in Jesus. The Holy Spirit of God dwells in us. We are God’s special possession! Our King, Jesus, has all power and all authority. He has already defeated Satan and His marauding forces who are on a relentless agenda to attack and destroy God’s children.

Satan’s marauding forces can attack us (God’s temple) with all kinds of things to try to destroy our faith. They can attack us with sickness, they can attack our children, our marriages, our relationships, our finances, even our very faith in God! But Jesus rode triumphantly as King to make a final statement of victory before going to the cross. Jesus was giving us  the assurance that things were going to be different under His rule and Lordship. Jesus wants us to rejoice because He was going to make a public spectacle of Satan and His forces through the shedding of His precious blood.

So, child of God: Even when things seem hopeless and uncertain, do not lose heart! God wants you to rejoice because in the end, He always wins. God will take care of your situation. You are the temple of God. God is watching over you against the marauding forces of Satan and his demons who are seeking to override your life (God’s temple). You are precious to God! You are the work of God’s hands. God will never abandon you. Remind God about His promises and remind Satan of whose you are. God is watching over you. You are the temple of God.

Prayer: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For You are with me. Your rod and Your staff will always protect and comfort me. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL : GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES FOR JESUS

DAILY RENEWAL : GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES FOR JESUS

Scripture of the Day || July 17th, 2018

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:16-20

What is God’s purpose for establishing the Church? Why did Jesus die on the cross? Why did Peter, Paul and the other apostles give their lives for the Gospel? Why did the early Christians stand so strong and unflinching in their faith that they were willing to be thrown into arenas with wild animals and allow their bodies to be lit up at night to light the streets of Rome?

Was it so that you and I could enjoy the grace of God and name things and claim them as we wish? Was it so that we could “seek first our personal kingdoms and comforts” and then add God’s kingdom to it at our pleasure? That seems to be the case in many churches today. Our focus is on ourselves and our comfort. All our prayers are about ourselves, our families, our jobs and our situations. We hardly pray for God’s kingdom agenda. We are hardly concerned about making disciples for Jesus! Many of us never bother to share our faith in Jesus.

When Jesus taught the disciples to pray, the order of the prayer was rather instructive: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.” Jesus was teaching the disciples that our priority in prayer and action should be to focus on what God desires to be done on earth. Jesus buttressed this when He said in Matthew 6:33 that we should seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all the things we need will be added to us as well.

The final words Jesus gave His disciples was to go out into the entire world and preach the Gospel to all people groups. Our calling as Christians is to witness to people about Jesus and bring them into the Church to be taught and discipled for Christ. Many are dying and going to hell without Jesus. We have the responsibility to let them know that Jesus died for them and that He is waiting to receive them with open arms and empower them with His Spirit and give them wisdom and hope in this present world.

So, question? Has Jesus really made any difference in your life? Are you truly blessed from being a child of God? Can you imagine your life without Jesus? Can you imagine not having Jesus intercede for you before the Father? Can you imagine living your life without the Word of God and the guidance and empowerment of the Holy Spirit? Can you imagine not having access to God through prayer? Can you imagine going to hell because you do not know God through Christ?

That is the whole point! Jesus wants us to invite everyone who does not know Him to give their lives to Him and and enjoy the same blessings and privileges you and I have. That is the reason why Jesus gave His life. That is why the Church exists! That is what God has called us to do. Telling people about Jesus is our most important responsibility as Christians. God will bless us and add all other things to our lives if we do.  Let’s go and make disciples. We must go, not sit.

Prayer: Father, please help me to fulfil my reason for being a part of your family. Help me to boldly share Christ with the lost. Help me to go and not to sit. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL : HONOR GOD AND  VALUE PEOPLE

DAILY RENEWAL : HONOR GOD AND VALUE PEOPLE

Scripture of the Day || July 16th, 2018

Three of the thirty chiefs came down to David to the rock at the cave of Adullam, while a band of Philistines was encamped in the valley of Rephaim. At that time, David was in the stronghold, and the Philistine garrison was at Bethlehem. David longed for water and said, “O that someone will get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!” So the three broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out to the LORD. “God forbid that I should do this!” he said. “Should I drink the blood of these men who went at the risk of their lives?” Because they risked their lives to bring it back, David would not drink it. Such were the exploits of the three mighty warriors.    

I Chronicles 11:15-19

David was thirsty for water. He wasn’t longing for just any type of water. He longed to taste water from a particular well near the gate of Bethlehem. It was rather impossible to get that particular water to drink because Bethlehem was under the control of the Philistine army. But David’s three mighty men secretly went off at the risk of their lives, broke through enemy ranks and brought back water from the well that David longed to drink from. It was a surprise gift.

What was David’s reaction? He poured out the water on the ground as an offering to God saying, “God forbid that I should do this!…Should I drink the blood of these men who went at the risk of their lives?” There is a lot to ponder in David’s reaction.

First: David was a man who deeply honored God. He recognized that God had protected the warriors who risked their lives to fetch him the water from the well. His “natural” reaction was to pour out the water as an offering to God. It was simply too “holy” to drink. He would not touch what he considered sacred to satisfy his personal craving. David honored God.

Second: David valued People. David realized that the men had fetched him the water at an incredible risk to their lives. Pouring out the water as an offering to the God they served God, was a message to the men that he valued them so much that he would use their “feat” as an offering to God. He did not take them for granted by selfishly drinking “blood water.”

Recently, I challenged our Church to give sacrificially toward our building project. I made a simple appeal and challenged us to respond to enable us reach a particular goal. I was astonished by the incredible sacrifice made by the Church. My private response was, “Lord, please help me never to let your children down. This sacrifice is so sacred that I need your grace to manage it with great wisdom and integrity. This is so sacred.” The sacrificial response from the church overwhelmed me and has caused me to look at every contribution with a totally different understanding and perception. I was inspired by what David did with the water.

Take a moment to reflect over the response of David. Honor God and value people. Never take the sacrifices of God’s people for granted. Prayer: Father. I thank you for the privilege to serve you and your Church family. Please help me to honor you and value your children. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL : WANTED: FAITHFUL PEOPLE TO ADVANCE THE CAUSE

DAILY RENEWAL : WANTED: FAITHFUL PEOPLE TO ADVANCE THE CAUSE

Scripture of the Day || July 15th, 2018

When all the elders of Israel had come to king David at Hebron, he made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel as the LORD had promised through Samuel…

These were the chiefs of David’s mighty warriors -they, together with all Israel, gave his kingship strong support to extend it over the whole land, as the LORD had promised…

Jashobeam, a Hakmonite, was chief of the officers; he raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.

Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai…He was with David at Pas Dammim when the Philistines gathered there for battle. At a place where there was a field full of barley, the troops fled from the Philistines. But they took their stand in the middle of the field. They defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the LORD brought about a great victory.  

1 Chronicles 11:3-14

No vision, dream or agenda can ever be fulfilled without the hard work and support of faithful and dedicated individuals who sacrificially rally around the cause. The greatest example is the case of our Lord Jesus Himself. He chose the twelve disciples, trained them for three years and released them to carry out God’s kingdom agenda. At the cost of their lives, they spread the Gospel because they were totally sold out on the cause of Christ. They were faithful men.

Perhaps, the greatest sacrifice was made by the Apostle Paul whose suffering and sacrifice is simply mind-boggling. He was constantly beaten and hated but he pressed on to spread the Gospel. He travelled thousands of miles on foot for the Gospel because he believed in the cause of Christ. Paul’s passion, focus and dedication was unsurpassed.

David had been chosen by God to rule His people and set up Israel as a shining example of the rulership of God on earth through His chosen people. David could not advance the agenda all by himself. He needed faithful men to help the cause. The Scripture summarizes it so well: “These were the chiefs of David’s mighty warriors – they, together with all Israel, gave his kingship strong support to extend it over the whole land, as the LORD had promised.” God had promised but faithful people were needed to work out the promise into reality. The support of faithful people made it possible for David to accomplish what God had already decreed. Without them, the vision could not have been accomplished.

Would you take a moment to reflect over your call and role in God’s kingdom? Could it be that you are one of the mighty warriors called to help establish the vision God has given to your Church or ministry? Could it be that you are meant to be an invaluable resource right where you are today? God needs faithful people who are willing to give their all to the cause of Christ. Could you be one of them? Have you taken your position and role? Think about it.

Prayer: Father, I thank you for the privilege to serve you. I pray that you will help me to fulfill all my responsibilities with great love and passion. Help me to be faithful to your cause. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL : THE CONSEQUENCES OF UNFAITHFULNESS

DAILY RENEWAL : THE CONSEQUENCES OF UNFAITHFULNESS

Scripture of the Day || July 14th, 2018

Now the Philistines fought against Israel; the Israelites fled before them, and many fell dead on Mount Gilboa. The Philistines were in hot pursuit of Saul and his sons and they killed his sons Jonathan, Abinadab and Malki-Shua. The fighting grew fierce around Saul and when the archers overtook him, they wounded him.

Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and abuse me.”

But his armor-bearer was terrified and will not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died. So Saul and his three sons died, and all his house died together…

The next day when the Philistines came to strip the dead…they stripped him and took his head and his armor…They put his armor in the temple of their gods and hung up his head in the temple of Dagon…

Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD; he did not keep the word of the LORD and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the LORD. So the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.  

1 Chronicles 10:1-14

The story of King Saul is one of the most tragic and unfortunate in Scripture. Saul was chosen by God as the first King of Israel. He had everything he needed to leave a godly and lasting legacy and dynasty. God gave him all he needed to succeed as king, including the spiritual guidance he needed in the person of the prophet Samuel.

But very early in his kingship, Saul started taking liberties with divine directives. He offered sacrifices when he was not allowed to because that was a pure priestly function. He spared the life of Agag, king of the Amalekites when God had specifically instructed him not to spare any of the Amalekites because it was a divine judgment. Paul became obsessed with the preservation of his name, family and legacy so he spent enormous resources and time chasing David to eradicate him because he was a threat to his kingship. Saul focused on self, not God.

Saul became so ungodly and so distracted that he actually consulted a medium for guidance! The reckless path of ungodliness ended with his committing suicide and having his head cut off by his enemies and displayed in the temple of their god. The Scripture summarizes his end as follows: “Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD…so the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.”

It is interesting that many dismiss divine judgment in our time because we function under grace! But the truth is: the Bible also makes it clear that everything in the Old Testament was written to serve as examples for us. The stories might be chilling but the principles are meant for our growth and edification. The lessons must not be lost on us. So, what lesson do we learn from the rather tragic story of Saul? It is this: Unfaithfulness to God has tragic consequences.

Prayer: Lord, please help me to remain faithful to you at all times. Amen.  

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DAILY RENEWAL : LIFE WITHOUT GOD IS A HOPELESS END

DAILY RENEWAL : LIFE WITHOUT GOD IS A HOPELESS END

Scripture of the Day || July 13th, 2018

The people of the half tribe of Manasseh were numerous; they settled in the land from Bashan to Baal Hermon…

These were the heads of their families: Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah and Jahdiel. They were brave warriors, famous men, and heads of their families. But they were unfaithful to the God of their ancestors and prostituted themselves to the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them.

So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul King of Assyria (that is,Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria), who took the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh into exile. He took them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and the river of Gozan, where they are to this day.    

I Chronicles 5:18-22

One of the saddest things in life is to watch a person fall from “grace to grass”. It usually happens after a person has acquired either much wealth or fame or some form of prosperity. Unless the person is very humble, there is always the temptation to be blinded by the success attained and become rather proud at heart. Pride usually leads to one’s downfall.

Every breath and ability we have is purely by the grace of God. We cannot presume on anything. In fact the Bible admonishes concerning our future plans: Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow, we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make some money.” Why you don’t even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that” (James 4:13-15).

All that we are and all that we ever hope to be is purely a gift from God!  It is only grace and grace alone.

We are always on very dangerous grounds when turn our backs on the God of all grace. That is what the half tribe of Manasseh did. Their prosperity caused them to forget about God: “They were brave warriors, famous men…but they were unfaithful to the God of their ancestors…So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria who took the Reubenites…into exile.” They forgot that the source of their greatness and prosperity was God. The result was that God removed His protection over them and they ended up decimated in exile. Life without God, proved to be a rather hopeless end.

Unfortunately, this is a lesson humanity never seems to learn. The temptation for us to become proud and forget God when we experience prosperity is a real one. When things are on the upswing, we tend to forget that we function purely under grace. We can become boastful and even arrogant. The things of God no longer have any strong importance to us and our relationship with God is neglected. In the end, we are deceived and destroyed because we abandoned God. Life without God is definitely a hopeless end. Don’t forget your God!

Prayer: Father, I thank you for all the blessings that you have so graciously bestowed upon my life. Please help me never to forget that you are the source of all that I am. Help me to remain humble and dependent upon you at all times. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL : PRAISE HIS MAJESTIC NAME

DAILY RENEWAL : PRAISE HIS MAJESTIC NAME

Scripture of the Day || July 12th, 2018

Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His Name; worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness.

The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the glory of God thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.

The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic…

The voice of the LORD strikes with flashes of lightning.

The voice of the LORD shakes the desert; the LORD shakes the desert of Kadesh.

The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and strips the forests bare.

And in His temple all cry, “Glory!”

The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever.

The LORD gives strength to His people; the LORD blesses His people with peace.

Psalm 29:1-11

Did you wake up with a rather heavy heart this morning?

Were there things weighing you down even before you started your day?

Well, let me remind you that the Bible assures us that: “The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh every morning.” (Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT) This morning, count yourself as blessed because you are the recipient of fresh mercies from God. Count yourself as the favored recipient of God’s unending love and great faithfulness. The eyes of the LORD are on you. It will all be well.

As you work your way into the day, take a moment to reflect over what David is saying in this Psalm. David is asking us to ascribe to the LORD the glory due His Name and to worship Him in the splendor of His holiness.

Why this invitation?

Because: The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD shakes the waters; the voice of the LORD twists the oaks…

The LORD sits enthroned over the waters; the LORD gives strength to His people; the LORD blesses His people with peace.

So Is your heart heavy? Meditate over these wonderful words from the Holy Spirit and be at peace because the LORD is over every water that seeks to drown you! God’s voice will speak powerfully over your life and situation. God sits enthroned over every flood water that you will encounter. God will give you strength and He will bless you with peace.

So, put a smile on your face and look ahead with confidence, your circumstances notwithstanding. Ascribe praise to our Majestic LORD for He has the power and resources to see you through every situation.

Prayer: Lord, I ascribe my highest praise to you today. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL : PREPARE TO FIGHT AND GOD WILL GRANT THE VICTORY

DAILY RENEWAL : PREPARE TO FIGHT AND GOD WILL GRANT THE VICTORY

Scripture of the Day || July 11th, 2018

The Reubenites, the Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh had 44,760 men ready for military service – able-bodied men who could handle shield and sword, who could use a bow, and who were trained for battle. They waged war against the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish and Nodab. They were helped in fighting them, and God delivered the Hagrites and all their allies into their hands because they cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers because they trusted in Him.

They seized the livestock of the Hagrites…They also took one hundred thousand people captive, and many others fell slain because the battle was God’s. And they occupied the land until the exile.  

I Chronicles 5:18-22

The Bible declares that no matter how many promises God has made, they are yes in Christ and so through Him, the amen is said by us to the glory of God. This means God is ready to fulfill every promise He makes to us in accordance with His will. Our responsibility is to say “Amen” – we agree with those promises and we want to make those promises a reality in our lives. Unfortunately, many Christians simply quote the promise, say Amen and end there!

But saying “Amen” is more than a verbal agreement with God’s promises. Amen does not mean we spout out those promises, fold our arms and expect the blessings to fall into our laps from heaven. Amen means we roll up our sleeves and practically fight for our dreams and vision. It might mean getting off the couch and enrolling in college to get the education you need for your future. It might mean not being afraid to embark on a particular educational course or career because it is too hard or too long. If you feel the calling, don’t be afraid, go for it! It might mean starting that business with the little capital you have and trusting God to help you. It might also mean controlling your diet and exercising to lose weight and improve your health knowing that your body is the temple of God. It might mean working hard and long hours in ministry.

God will always do His part; but he waits for us to step out in faith. There is always a “Ram waiting in the thicket” but we must step out in faith like Abraham, take the journey to Mount Moriah and put Isaac on the altar and we will see the glory of God. That is what the Reubenites, Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh did. “They waged war…and God delivered the Hagrites and all their allies into their hands because they cried out to Him during the battle. He answered their prayers because they trusted in Him.” They fought and trusted!

The Bible makes it clear that the horse is made ready for the day of battle but victory comes from the Lord (Proverbs 21:31). If we don’t get ourselves ready to fight for our vision, destinies and dreams, God will never grant us victory. God does not bless lazy hands. Lazy hands typically squander, mismanage and dwindle whatever resources they are given. They subtract rather than multiply! God expects multiplication not diminishing returns. We must work hard.

Jesus set the example by working so hard that he fell asleep in a boat tired with exhaustion. He worked so hard that in three years, He accomplished His objective of saving humanity and building His Church. Two thousand years later, the hard work is still bearing great fruit.

Paul travelled on foot for thousands of miles to spread the Gospel, establish churches, train pastors and write 13 books of the New Testament. Today, we are enjoying the fruit of his hard work and writings even from prison cells. No wonder God blessed the work of His hands!

We must step out and put in the plain hard work and See God move on our behalf. We must be prepared to fight and God will grant the victory. We must work hard and trust God to help us.

Prayer: Lord, please help me to cultivate the godly virtue of working hard and trusting you to bless my efforts as I call upon you by faith. Amen.

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