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: 20th - 26th January 2020


20th Jan.

Topic: WHEN YOU HAVE TURNED BACK

Text: Luke 22:24-34

“…I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” V.32.

Temptations to sin or to deny Jesus abound everywhere. Depending on one’s location, one’s status, and certain circumstances, no one is immune to temptations. Before Peter was tempted Jesus had warned him but in the face of temptation and certain threats to his life, Peter caved in. The comforting thing is that the Lord that knew that Peter would deny Him had already prayed for him and was sure Peter would come back to Him. Till now the Lord is living to make intercessions for the saints (Hebrews 7:25). But do we intercede for the erring believers or we make a spectacle of them before the world? Before Peter failed, the Lord has secured his return. If we join hands with the Lord, the lost and erring ones will be turned back to the Lord.

Emphasis:

: If not for the Lord’s grace and mercy, to stand for Christ in our generation is almost impossible, but the Lord is interceding for us.

Prayer:

Father, guide my heart and order my feet to abide in Your arms of love, never to depart from You, in Jesus’ name.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Exodus 10-12
21st Jan.

Topic: PETER DENIES JESUS

Text: Luke 22:54-62

“And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.” V.61.

Since Peter had been warned he should be more careful not to deny the Lord, but he did anyway. Peter had said that he would follow the Lord to prison or to death (vs. 33), but when reality dawned on him, he could not. Jesus said, “the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). This shows human frailty. To stand firm in the face of trials and temptations is beyond human flesh. Human determination is good but not enough; if the Lord does not help, victory over sin and Satan is not in sight. It is time we learn to look unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith for divine sustenance (Hebrews 12:2).

Emphasis:

Never depend on yourself or fleshly energy to fight spiritual battle; it will never work.

Prayer:

Lord I pray You be my Strength and Present Help in the face of the challenges I face in my walk with You and life generally. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Exodus 13-15
22nd Jan.

Topic: PETER GOES FISHING

Text: John 21:1-6

“Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth… and that night they caught nothing.” V.3.

Sure by now Peter was downcast; how could he face the Lord he loved whom he had let down? How could he continue to do the work given him when he had failed before he started? That may be some of the reasons he went back to his fishing business, where he once failed. What Peter did not know was that without the Lord, he could not succeed. At this juncture of his life, it was only the Lord he denied that could raise him up. Whatever challenges you have faced or still facing in your walk with the Lord, going back to your worldly lifestyle or friends is not the solution. That will be like a dog going back to its vomit (II Peter 2:22). Go back to the Lord.

Emphasis:

You can’t afford to neglect your walk with God and His calling upon your life. If anything has gone wrong, don’t let it remain wrong; repent and be restored.

Prayer:

Father, I come back to You, do not let me go astray anymore, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Exodus 16-18
23rd Jan

Topic: IT IS THE LORD

Text: John 21:7-14

“Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord.” V.7.

God is merciful. Peter denied the Lord but it’s the Lord now pursuing Peter to restore him. The Lord knew where Peter was and pursued him there. You might have failed God at one point or the other, secretly or publicly, yet the Lord has not forsaken you. He is seriously concerned about your restoration to Him. Peter was so engrossed with fishing that he didn’t recognize the Lord. It seems the devil was trying to delete anything “Jesus” from Peter’s mind. Thank God for the other disciple who recognize the Lord’s presence. It’s devil’s deception to make you think that you cannot be restored. To read this piece this morning is the Lord beckoning on you to come back to Him. If the Lord has pursued you to this message today, please, return to the Lover of your soul.

Emphasis:

God cannot let His children become outcasts; their restoration is His concern.

Prayer:

Lord, open the eyes of my heart never to lose sight of Christ every day of my life. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Exodus 19-21
24th Jan.

Topic: SIMON, DO YOU LOVE ME

Text: John 21:15-19

“Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.” V.15.

Before the Lord got there the disciples caught nothing. His presence made the difference with a ship-sinking abundance. Even before they brought that blessing to the shore, the Lord already had something on fire for them. When Peter returned to the Lord, the first thing He settled was the issue of food. And then following was the questions we too must face today: “Do you love Me more than these?” “These” may refer to Peter’s fishing business etc, or other disciples. But the important thing is that the Lord is asking for the Supreme place in our heart. No tolerance for rivalry with Him. Check your heart today, what are the things, who are the people, taking the place of Christ in your life? As the workers’ retreat starts today, rededicate your life to His service.

Emphasis:

We cannot claim to love the Lord while we are doing contrary to His will. His love should dictate what we do or do not.

Prayer:

Father, please do not let anything or anyone contest with Your place in my heart. Let Your love reign supreme in my heart. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Exodus 22-24
25th Jan.

Topic: REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED

Text: Acts 2:37-42

“…Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” V.38.

Today’s passage is a testimony to the fact that Peter was not only restored but also that he is strengthening the sheep. Few weeks ago, he denied Christ, now he is preaching the same Christ, something must have happened to him. This is how the Holy Spirit transforms the life of those in whom He lives. The same call is coming to all of us today: Repent and be baptized. The man Christ restored is calling others to share the secret of his restoration – repent and receive the gift. Stop running away from Christ; it will only lead to perdition. If Christ could restore Peter, He will restore you. Repent of your sins and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit – the power for daily Christ-like living.

Emphasis:

Restoration is not what God cannot do but we must be ready and humble enough to let God’s Spirit take control of our lives.

Prayer:

Lord, I surrender myself to the dealings of Your Spirit henceforth, make me all You want me to be.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Exodus 25-27
26th Jan.

Topic: IN JESUS’ NAME, WALK

Text: Acts 3:1-7

“Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” V.6.

Yesterday we read where Peter preached and about 3000 souls were saved. Today, Peter ministered healing to a man crippled from birth. He knew that the cripple man’s freedom can only answer to the power and authority in the name of Jesus (v.16). I do believe that the hosts of heaven were happy with the moves Peter was making. The Lord would rejoice that He didn’t pursue Peter’s restoration in vain. There is power in the name of Jesus – to save, to heal, and to restore. He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever. Not only God will restore you, He will use you to restore others, if you will make yourself available for His glory. Are you ready for Him?

Emphasis:

There is hope for you still, to serve the Lord faithfully and fruitfully, when you have repented and are restored to the Lord.

Prayer:

Here I am Lord, make me a vessel of honour in Your hands. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Exodus 28-30