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: 11th - 17 th January 2021


11th Jan.

Topic: MY EYES ARE TURNED TOWARD YOU

Text: Psalm 141:1-8

“But mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.” - V.8.

The psalmist says: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD…” (Psalm 121:1, 2). The earlier we turn our eyes upon the Lord for help, the better, because “They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed” (Psalm 34:5). In time of distress and hardship, turning one’s eyes to the Lord is like saying, “if the Lord doesn’t help me, then I am finished.” In such a case, the glory goes to God while we enjoy the blessing. Remember when COVID 19 was ravaging the world, when science was slow to procure solution and thousands were perishing, people turned to the streets in many places all around the world to seek help from God. God is not against science but God is greater and far more powerful than science. Our help comes from the Lord; turn your eyes upon Him.

Emphasis:

The eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is truly set on Him for help.”

Prayer:

Father, I look up to You for help and guidance. Let me not be ashamed.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Genesis 31-33
12th Jan.

Topic: DIRECT MY STEPS

Text: Psalm119:121-128

“Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.” - V.128.

People have diverse opinions about different issues of life. But how can we remain steadfast with God except God directs our steps? Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord…” we can be sure that we won’t slip and fall when we let God order our steps. He does that by His word (119:133. NKJV). Our key verse today says that God’s precept about all things are right. When God has spoken, human opinion is irrelevant. There’s a way that seems right before man but its end is destruction (Proverbs 16:25). We save ourselves from a lot of unnecessary headache and heartache when we align ourselves and attitude with God’s Word on every issue. And when God delights in your way, you can be at rest that you are more than conquerors

Emphasis:

:You need to take time to study the Word regularly and obey His Spirit. There’s no other way to be directed by God.

Prayer:

Father, grant me understanding of Your Word, that I may wall according to Your counsel, in Jesus’ name.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Genesis 34-36
13th Jan.

Topic: THE RIGHTEOUS WALK BLAMELESSLY

Text: Psalm 15:1-5

“LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? …he that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness...” - Vs.1, 2.

Righteousness is a gift of grace to those who believe in Christ Jesus. But God expects that since He has done for us what we couldn’t do for ourselves, we should go ahead and live out (by His Spirit) what He has done within us. This is what it means to work out our salvation (Philippians 2:12). Being righteous goes beyond only confession; it needs to be lived out. This is what our passage deals with today: the righteous walks righteously, blamelessly, not giving room for the adversary to mock the work of Christ in our lives. There is something the Bible calls the fruit of righteousness (Hebrews 12:11). It shows as we yield to the Lordship of Jesus over our lives and keep steps with the Spirit. This fruit brings glory to God.

Emphasis:

:Our way of life should demonstrate our confession of faith in Christ.

Prayer:

: I receive grace to live the life of the redeemed, the life of a righteous person in Jesus Christ. Amen

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Genesis 37-40
14th Jan.

Topic: JOB DECLARES HIS INTEGRITY

Text: Job 27:2-6

“…Till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me. My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go…” – Vs. 5b–6a.

Job was responding here to his friends’ comments. Somehow, Job laid the cause of his suffering at the Lord’s feet (v.2) but in spite of that he declares that nothing can make him shift grounds on his integrity. What does it take you to lose your integrity? A man of God wrote: “What adversity does to some, prosperity does to some.” Some throw away their integrity when adversity knocks, and some when they have their heart’s desires in their custody. But Job said that either adversity or prosperity, he will not put away his integrity. This is similar to the attitude of the three Hebrew children who did not compromise in spite of the obvious death (Daniel 3:16–18). Learning from Job, we should not only talk about our integrity; we should walk the talk.

Emphasis:

: Do not let adversity get the best of you; take your stand under God, irrespective of the challenge.

Prayer:

Father, hold me by Your right hand of righteousness, do not let me disappoint You in my walk of faith, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Genesis 41-43
15thJan.

Topic: LET GOD KNOW MY INTEGRITY

Text: Job 31:3-8

“Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.” – V. 6.

In truth, there is nothing about you that God doesn’t know. When you’re having it rough and when you’re soaring on eagle’s wings, the Lord knows it all. Job had earlier said: “He knows the way I take” (23:10). But Job’s outcry here that God may know his integrity is a cry of an innocent man suffering without a known or justifiable cause, who at the same time is expecting a respite from the only One who can grant it. God has promised to be with us come fire or water (Isaiah 43:2) and to never forsake us (Hebrew 13:5). That’s why one of our songs says: “Faith can sing in tribulation, all will be well.” Brethren, all is well. God knows your integrity. If He is with you in tribulation you can be sure it won’t drown you.

Emphasis:

God knows your stand with Him, He will vindicate you and not let you be put to shame.

Prayer:

Pray that God will not find you wanting when He’s looking for someone with integrity to be used for His glory.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Genesis 44-46
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16th Jan.

Topic: JOB DEFENDS HIMSELF

Text: Job 31:13-23

“For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb.” - V. 18.

When I was much younger I noticed that when someone wanted to prove his innocence, they resort to swearing (which sometimes involve saying something negative to happen if he is lying). In our passage today, it’s like Job was swearing. Like any other person still in the flesh, Job could not easily accept the fact that someone who has been a help and blessing to others in need can fall helplessly into the kind of situation he found himself. Job therefore was trying to prove his innocence, defend himself, and probably accomplish that by stating what he has done before for others in need. But the truth is that God is the defense of the righteous – total defense from all forms of attack (Psalm 7:10). He has been doing it, He’s still at work, and He does it better than anyone. Therefore, rest your case with God and He will show forth His righteousness in you.

Emphasis:

God defends the righteous, keep doing good, and keep pleasing God. He will not fail you.

Prayer:

Father, You are my Rock of refuge. Be my defense against all forms of assaults in Jesus’ name.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Genesis 47-50
17th Jan.

Topic: JOB DECLARES HIS LOYALTY TO GOD

Text: Job 31:24-28.

“(If) my heart hath been secretly enticed…this also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge…” – Vs. 27-28.

It often happens that when a man is struggling to make it they sought God for help, but when victory is achieved, their hearts are secretly enticed and then ascribe the glory to themselves. Job was saying that he was not like that, that he acknowledged the hand of God upon his life which granted him all he had. Job demonstrated to us today one of the ways to show our loyalty to God – that is by not letting anyone or anything take the place and praise of God in our lives. Disloyalty is an iniquity bad enough to be punished because it is tantamount to denying God the honour He alone deserves. To Job, secretly or openly, neither creature nor wealth amassed can replace God in his life. Little wonder God could boast of him to Satan.

Emphasis:

The state of your heart is what determines your stand with God; do not be lured away from Him by anything or anyone.

Prayer:

I have reserved my whole life for You, O Lord, come take Your throne.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Exodus 1-3