MY YEAR OF ALL ROUND PROTECTION

Psalm 91: 1 & 7

Pastor Julius Oladiran OgunkolaThe very spirit of this age is one of tension, and with the crises in world affairs constantly intensifying, we are reminded that Jesus said, “Men’s hearts will fail them from (for) fear, and expectations of those things which are coming on the earth – Luke 21:26. There is no doubt, we are living in the closing days of time and the cost of uncertainty, fear, worry, and anxiety is rising. We are in the days when many people are confused, oppressed, depressed, and anxious. There is the fear of war; travel; natural disasters and general insecurity, so that (and) people don’t know whom to trust. All these contribute to high rate of domestic accidents, work hazards, psychosomatic illnesses, divorce, suicide, juvenile delinquency, cultism and other social vices. The one thing people greatly fear is physical harm that may eventually lead to disability or death. And, in the face of social ills such as armed-robbery, banditry, high-jacking, human-trafficking, kidnapping, abduction, ritual killing and ransom-taking, Christians can rest in God’s Word, even in the face of all sorts of threats, against their wellbeing. Christians have God’s Word for protection, and they have immeasurable joy of claiming God’s promises for protection, knowing that safety is of the Lord. This year, as Christians, you should always cover yourself with the blood of Jesus and wrap yourself up with Psalm 91, with particular emphasis on verses 1 and 7. You are to daily affirm as follows – ....Click here for more

Daily Devotional

For the Week: 29th June - 5th July 2020


29th June

Topic: A DECREE TO REBUILD

Text: Ezra 6: 1- 5

“ … Let the temple be rebuilt as a place to present sacrifices, and let its foundations be laid …” V.3. (NIV)

God is indeed sovereign not only in the affairs of man-kind, but over all evil forces as well. After a great deal of deception and distortion, apparently orchestrated by Satan himself, God’s plan was finally realised. In previous devotional exhortation, a heathen king, named Artaxerxes, stopped the work of building the temple, in Jerusalem, after the Israelites’ detractors had drawn the king’s attention to the records (Ezra 5:18-23). In today’s text, it is further established that no one can hinder God’s purpose or work. However, another heathen king named Darius ordered that the same temple work be continued, even making substantial materials available (v.3). This was also based on information retrieved from records. Satan is always at work leading a host of evil spirits attempting to thwart God’s work (John 8:44b). But, God has always armed us against his wiles. Has He given you a word of a positive thing to happen in your life, and it seems some satanic agents are hindering it? Look inwards and confront the devil to submission headlong.

Emphasis:

We are to trust God and take proactive steps to defeat Satan’s evil strategies.

Prayer:

Lord God, as I arise this morning, I raise an altar to counter demonic plans and satanic forces militating against my life.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Psalms 92-95
30th June

Topic: ADVERSARIES MUST LET THE WORK ALONE

Text:Ezra 6: 6-12

Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in his place.” V.7. (KJV).

It cannot be over stressed that nothing and nobody can hinder what God wants to do. He does all things beautiful in His time. Detractors may be planning your downfall, but God will use that to lift you up. Only make sure, He is in charge of your life, and you are working in His will. Because God was at work in the lives of the Israelites, at the appointed time, He stirred up the Babylonian King to give instruction that nobody should hinder the work of rebuilding the temple, not even the Governor of the area. The enemies of the children of Israel did not want them to rebuild the temple but God used their threat to lift His children up by making them to have favour before king Darius. God is ready to fight for you when you obey His instructions. You do not need to face them physically but on your knees and He will give you victory.

Emphasis:

Rely on God, He is always there to stay the hands of the enemies in opposition to your righteous steps.

Prayer:

Yes! Adversary must let my life, my work, my family and my ministry alone, in Jesus’ name.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Psalms 96-100
1st July

Topic: A JOYOUS DEDICATION

Text: Ezra 6: 13-18.

And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy, V.16. (KJV).

There were intimidating challenges, but the temple eventually was completed twenty-one years after the laying of its foundation. When people work together with one heart, one purpose and one direction, they can accomplish the impossible. Teamwork was necessary for rebuilding the temple, and teamwork is vital to build God’s Kingdom today. Are you part of a healthy team for God? Strong personal bonds are created between partners who have learned to lean on, and trust one another. No one appreciates the required sacrifices more than those who shared in the effort. Mutual admiration and a willingness to serve one another in other areas are by-products of this kind of experience. The dedication and celebration that followed, validated the significance of the temple in the life of Israel. This celebration may have been the most lavish and important that those present would ever witness! The challenge is to separate ourselves mentally and morally from the “filthiness” of the world without altogether withdrawing ourselves from the people who need to hear the gospel.

Emphasis:

To please God, on a consistent basis, we must be committed to living in God’s will as recorded in the Holy Scriptures.

Prayer:

Let the people praise You O Lord, and cause them to rejoice in You.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Psalms 101-104
2nd July

Topic: SING TO THE LORD

Text: Psalm 96: 1- 6

O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.” V.1.

Joyous people are happy people and they also want people around them to be joyous. The psalmist, King David, is one such person. Little wonder he is inviting us to sing unto the Lord. As a legendary composer himself, he wants us to sing a new song. This psalm, like so many, is both historical and prophetic. Songs, whether secular or spiritual gives meaning and relevance to issues, while the rhythm and melody appeal to the soul and emotions of both the singer and the hearer. This is what a song of praise does in one rendering it and what it does to our heavenly Father Who is the Inspirer of the songs. It is instructive to note that, truly God dwells in the praises of His people. A new song, as put by the psalmist in this rendering, is not only symbolic, but could also be an expression of an expectation or happening in a person’s life. Singing a new song to the Lord is also an act of devotion to God. Whichever way, this may apply to you, let your soul rise like David, to praise the Lord.

Emphasis:

God desire our songs of praises in every moment of our lives. Sing a new song unto Him.

Prayer:

Oh Lord, let not songs of praises depart from my lip in Jesus’ name.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Psalms 105-107
3rdJuly

Topic: ASCRIBE TO THE LORD GLORY

Text: Psalm 96: 7- 13

“I am the Lord that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols” God wants us to honour Him in His Glory and power. God is pleased to accept these as gifts. You must acknowledge God to be the sovereign Lord and pay homage to Him accordingly (Psalm 96:7); Ascribe unto the Lord Glory strength, dominion, honour, and adoration As the King of kings, He is clothed with robes of glory and girt with the girdle of power. Give the glory to God; do not take the glory unto yourself, nor give it to any creature. You must give unto the Lord the glory due unto His Holy Name. He is pleased to make Himself known to the children of men. In all the acts of worship this is what you must aim at, to honour and reverence Him. He is the fountain of all good things. Let the whole world know that you have a Living and Powerful God that will judge the world righteously and in truth.

Emphasis:

God is worthy of honour and praises, He is the supreme strength. Worship Him in His Glory.

Prayer:

Lord I ascribe all glory, honour and adoration to your Holy Name.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Psalms 108-111
4th July

Topic: GOD HAS DONE MARVELLOUS THINGS

Text: Psalm 98: 1- 6

Oh sing unto Jehovah a new song; For He hath done marvelous things: His right hand, and His holy arm, hath wrought salvation for Him.” V.1.

O yes! God has done marvelous things in the lives of His creatures. It is His doing and it is marvelous in our eyes (Psal.118:23). Let us sit back and consider numerous things that are God’s marvel in our individual lives - The victories God has won for us by His right hand and His holy arm. The Lord Jesus, The Redeemer, has caused us to surmount all the difficulties that laid on our ways, He has subdued all the enemies that opposed His works in our lives. He has also gotten the victory over Satan, disarmed him, and spoiled principalities and powers, He has taken the prey from the mighty, God is the King of kings, He is the Lord of lords; He has power over all creatures. You should thank God for the miracle of salvation of your soul. His mercy and truth have enabled you to be acceptable before Him. God is asking you to praise Him with all that you are and have. Will you do that today and always.

Emphasis:

The deeds of the Lord are marvelous in our eyes, who can understand it.

Prayer:

Lord, You are worthy of my praise, adoration, thanksgiving and honour for wonderful things You have done in my lives.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Psalms 112-115
5th July

Topic: EXTOL THE LORD OUR GOD

Text: Psalm 99: 1- 5

Extol the Lord our God and worship at His footstool! Holy is He.” V. 5. (Amp).

The Lord reigns in every situation, God rules the world by His divine providence. You are to believe not only that the Lord lives, but that the Lord reigns. The triumph of children of God is Jehovah; the King of the universe, and let the whole world tremble before Him. There is no being on earth that can be compared with this Mighty God. For He is Holy, He wants everyone to worship Him in truth and holiness. His Kingdom is set far above all other kingdoms. He who rules in Zion also rules in all nations of the earth. Therefore let the whole earth worship and praise His great and mighty Name and give Him the glory due to Him. The holiness of God makes Him truly great to His friends and terrible to His enemies. He does not exert Himself but rules with moderation, wisdom, and tenderness. When you draw near to God, to worship Him, your heart must be filled with high thoughts of Him, and He is exalted as you do that.

Emphasis:

The more you humble yourself and worship at God’s feet, the more you exalt and glorify Him.

Prayer:

Lord, we come before Your throne to exalt and worship in truth and in total holiness.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Psalms 116-118