MY YEAR OF CLOSER WALK WITH GOD

Psalm 119: 1 & 2

Pastor Julius Oladiran OgunkolaIn “life’s walk” as in “games plan,” there is a notion of what is fair and what is foul. And, whether in an enterprise or in a sport, we are in competition in which we don’t like to lose. However, we all agree that integrity and honesty should control the atmosphere. Yet, not everyone keeps to the rule of fairness. We can foul on ourselves or on others and when there is violation of either, there is defilement. We honour God when we practice what is fair and true. A person who has integrity has the security of a quiet life unlike the one who perverts the ways. No doubt, most of us have experienced varying degrees of pain and suffering due to evil perpetrated by others. Let us consider Mark 7:14-23. Jesus essentially requests that we do things God’s way; things that honour God. We must not live to confirm Isaiah 29:13 – “People draw near with their lips while their hearts are far from me.” Walking is one thing, talking is another! How often do we foul in what we talk or say! We must be mindful of our utterances. Sometimes, we may not say it but we exercise it because it is already in our hearts. As we advance in age, we sometimes assume that we have freedom to exercise prerogatives and discretions. We are not to use our freedom as an opportunity of the flesh but through love and fear of God serve one another – Galatians 5:13. ....Click here for more

Daily Devotional

For the Week: 20 th - 26th September 2021


20th Sept.

Topic: MOSES REMIND THE ISRAELITES

Text: Deuteronomy 29:2-9

“Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, Ye have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land.” - V.2.

Writing, reading and seeing are three essential ways to aid memory. In today’s reading, Moses called to remembrance the goodness of God to the Israelites vs.1-6. He reminded them how God brought them through the wilderness in 40 years unscathed after the servitude in Egypt(vs.1-3). For them as for us, by extension, God gave the hearing hear, seeing eyes and the understanding heart to demand for our obedience. All the good things you are enjoying, do you ever link them to God the giver? In appreciation to God, we are bound to keep the words of the covenant.” If ever we are able to cast our minds back on certain events in our lives’ journey, we would with thanksgiving appreciate the wonderful deeds of the most High God. And this should motivate us to rededicate our lives to the service of Him who had been true to the covenant of grace in our lives.

Emphasis:

Just as Moses called Israel's mercies to remembrance of the wonderful deeds of God, you too ought to take time to reflect on His past deeds, and be grateful.

Prayer:

Blessed be unto You Lord, for You have shown me Your marvelous kindness, in difficult times.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Hosea 6-10
21st Sept.

Topic: THE ISRAELITES JOIN THE COVENANT

Text: Deuteronomy 29:10-15

”… that thou shouldest enter into the covenant of the LORD thy God, and into his oath, which the LORD thy God maketh with thee this day.” - V.12.

In the world, no binding decisions are made without seal of covenant. Even marriage in the family setting, commonly begins with a covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God. The same way, God made a national covenant with the people of Israel. The covenant which was all-encompassing in that it involved all Israelites(v.10). This covenant typifies the covenant of grace that God made with all true believers. All those who stay by this covenant surrender themselves to the terms. God called them into a covenant relationship in order to establish them as a people unto Himself (v.13). Therefore, God’s covenant is and has ever been for the good of man. Entering into a covenant relationship is for our own good. In this, God is always faithful. Therefore, we are to live true to our own part of the bargain.

Emphasis:

Enter into God’s Covenant of grace today; run away from the yoke of sin, self and the world to a life of freedom of God’s Son.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, help me to daily renew my relationship with You and to remain unshakable in Your covenant.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Hosea 11-14
22nd Sept.

Topic: MOSES WARNS THE ISRAELITES

Text: Deuteronomy 29:16-21

“Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from Jehovah our God, to go to serve the gods of those nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood;” - V.18.

In today’s text, Moses reminded the people of the major events which happened on their journey to the Promised Land. He asked them to have a flash-back on other nations they passed through and recalled their abominations; how they served idols of wood, stones, silver and gold (vs.16-18). He then warned them against walking according the way of those people (v.18). Despite the goodness of the Lord to the Israelites, they resisted Him by refusing to acknowledge what He impressed in their hearts. As related to the Israelites, they have a historyof disobedience and tendency to feel secure in their sin, without being mindful of the consequences of their actions (v.19). The same warning is extended to us today not to fall in love with the world and its system. Believers must be aware that God’s wrath is real on unrepentant sinners. This, no doubt, ought to drive sinners to repentance.

Emphasis:

God is against ungodliness, unrighteousness and idolatry of man; He desires his total worship.

Prayer:

Father, I ask You to please rid our hearts of all idolatry and help us to walk in total obedience to Your will.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Joel 1-3
23rd Sept.

Topic: THE REASON FOR DEVASTATION

Text: Deuteronomy 29:22-29

“Then men shall say, because they forsook the covenant of Jehovah, the God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them forth out of the land of Egypt.” - V.25

Great destruction or damage is not an everyday occurrence. And nobody expects it when it happens. There must have been unheeded warning signs, which either, are not noticed, or ignored. However, when devastation happens, it leaves so much ruins that up-coming generations would see it and would ask questions. Should we be wary of the devastating ruins brought about by sin, we will by all means try to avoid it. In the same vein, up-coming generations of the children of Israel would ask and wonder why God dealt so much blow on His people, when they see how Jehovah has made the land sick. Are we not experiencing this in our nation today? This situation is not limited to only the children of Israel, but it affects even all nations which act in disobedience to God’s will.Any nation and individuals that fails to embrace God and His principles in its system will experience devastation.

Emphasis:

To avoid the consequence of sin that would lead to utter ruin and total devastation, make friend with God by obeying Him.

Prayer:

God, help us and our leaders to be humble before you, and to heed the warning that is sounding too loud in our hearing.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Amos 1-4
24thSept.

Topic: GOD WILL FORGIVE THOSE WHO RETURN

Text: Deuteronomy 30:1-5

“If at that time you and your children return to the Lord your God, and if you obey with all your heart and all your soul all the commands I have given you today, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes.” - Vs.2, 3.

It is normal for any nation or people to be discouraged in times of difficulty when war, famine and or diseases ravaged the land. This was the situation of God’s people but “Moses passionately urged the nation to obey the LORD and His commands, and he set blessings and curses... before them, in order to motivate them to obeying God.” Although, they will surely go on exile because of their hard heartedness, there is mercy with God for those who return to the Lord their God. God promised forgiveness, mercy and restoration for the Israelites who return to the Lord and are obedient to His commands with their hearts and soul (vs.2, 3). Likewise, you can receive pardon and blessings if you turn to God in a repentant heart and in obedience to His command. We serve a compassionate and faithful God; He always keeps His promises. Are you passing through a trying time? Never give up, you can hold on to God’s promises in verse 5.

Emphasis:

God’s promises are yea and amen, obedience to His commands and will unlocks them

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, help me to be obedient to Your commands that I may continually enjoy restoration of my fortunes

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Amos 5-9
25th Sept.

Topic: GOD WILL PROSPER THOSE WHO BELIEVE

Text: Deuteronomy 30:6-10

“Then the Lord your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The Lord will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your fathers.” - V.9.

Men are always thrilled and readily jump at claiming God’s promises. They hardly think of the requirement to be qualified for such promises. While these promises are there and God is always ready to release them, He demands that believers meet the criteria required for enjoying the benefits of such promises. Obedience is always a key requirement for the people of Israel to enjoy God’s promises. This shows that as God has a part to play in blessing His people, the people as well have their part. In today’s passage, God promised to circumcise their hearts (v.6) that is, He will “graciously grant the nation a new will to obey Him, instead of their former spiritual insensitivity and stubbornness.” To enjoy the abundant blessings at their returning to the promised land depended on their remaining committed to the Lord. That is a great lesson for us to note if we are to enjoy God’s abundance, we must not be involved in double game in our walk with Him.

Emphasis:

Have faith in God believe Him and His promises and you will prosper in all the works of your hands.

Prayer:

Lord God we ask that You graciously grant this nation Nigeria and all the nations of the world a new will to obey You, instead of our former spiritual insensitivity and stubbornness, increase our faith and trust in You.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Obadiah - Jonah
26th Sept.

Topic: OBEY GOD AND CHOOSE LIFE

Text: – Deuteronomy 30:11-20

“ in that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply, and that the LORD thy God may bless thee in the land whither thou goest in to possess it.” - V.16

People in general love life and give all it takes to live a good life. No matter what, only the one who is alive can make choices. Now as it was in the Old Testament, there are laws associated with living a fulfilled life (v.16). In our daily living, we are faced with making choices, either to obey or not to obey the law. The Israelites were given Ten Commandments to live by. Today, all over the world, there are laws guiding families, states and nations. During any form of epidemics, laws are made to protect individuals and whoever goes against the law, has to face the consequence (v.18). God’s word is His laws and commandments. In today’s reading, Moses made it clear that in their fellowship with God, obedience is essential for them to live a life full of enjoyment. They were not justified only by obeying the law as was with Abraham (Genesis 15:6), but they are to choose life. To choose life, obedience is needful. Verse 20 emphasizes loving God and obeying Him as prerequisite to life and length of days

Emphasis:

Obeying God makes for a fulfilled and a long life.

Prayer:

God, as I purpose to be obedient to Your commands, preserve my life and make me to be fulfilled.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Micah 1-3