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: 3rd - 9th August 2020


3rd Aug.

Topic: A REPORT FROM THE LORD

Text: Obadiah 1:1-9

“…We hear a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.” V.1.

Today, the word rumour means something like idle gossip, talk that is passed around without any reliable information about the source. Here, we know the source of the message to Obadiah is God Himself. Themessage is that of a coming battle against Judah. The message is that God is stirring upthe ungodly nations as instruments of destruction to attack Edom. But God stilluses unbelievers to punish His people, and particularly, nations that need punishment. Is our situation in this nation different from what is, here, recorded? The Edom’s foolish pride has brought about her destruction. These days, Christian leaders are flaunting their wealth and possessions, displayingarrogant self-worship, and false security. By these, Christian leaders have lost focus.This may explain reason Christians are under siege? Yet, leaders are not sensitive to all these developments. And God is not happy. This is a wake-up call to leaders and followers in Christendom to get focused on Kingdom’s service, or else, the siege would continue.

Emphasis:

God frowns atarrogance and self-worship, and God’s peopleneed to guide against these.

Prayer:

Lord, keep us away from the spirit of pride and allied vices.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Isaiah 16-19
4th Aug.

Topic: YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE REJOICED

Text: Obadiah 1:10-16

“But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger, neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction.” V.12.

Though Jacob and Esau made peace with each other, Esau’s descendants later became arch enemies of Jacob’s clan. In today’s passage,God condemns Edom for standing “on the other side” when Judah (Israel) fell. We are sometimes guilty of standing aloof when someone is in trouble.We, as individuals, churches, and nations, should help those we see in trouble. Jesus addressed this issue in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). There, a priest and a Levite purposefully avoided a situation where they should have helped. Is it not highly thought provoking, the story of the Imam, in Nigeria, who hid more than 200 Christians from the rampaging herders, thereby saving their lives? Christians should live by the “law of love,” which says anyone in need should be our neighbour, not our enemy. Sometimes churches can do things that individual Christians cannot. And certain projects, such as feeding millions of starving refugees, are so daunting that only entire nations can make a significant difference. We can’t always expect a secular nation to live by Christian values, but Christians and their churches can show that it is possible to offer service rather than self-interest.

Emphasis:

It is evil when we see the pains of our fellow brothers as our gain, this is evil in God’s sight. Christians should live by the “law of love,”

Prayer:

Father, give us a compassionate and forgiving Spirit to be active helpers of our neighbours in Jesus’ name.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Isaiah 20-23
5th Aug.

Topic: ISRAEL SHALL TAKE POSSESSION

Text: Obadiah 1:17-21

“But upon Mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness and the house of Jacob shall possess their possession.” V.17.

The final words of Obadiah echo many words of hope and victory. God promises that Israel will be delivered from their enemies. When the house of Jacob becomes a fire, the house of Esau that has been arrogant, proud, and rebellious shall become a stubble. When Edom who had thought itself unconquerable is humbled, God promises to restore the fallen Judah and destroy their enemies. Are you going through a tempting and challenging situation? Always remember that, “he who laughs last, laughs best.” Yes, Israel had sinned and the temple was destroyed because of their sins but God would cleanse and restore them and make them to possess their possessions. God is able to bring restoration to our life, no matter what the enemies have stolen from us. Our deliverance and holiness is God’s concern. Our part begins with submitting ourselves to Him and allowing His will to dominate ours. As He promises to establish His kingdom, when our Great Saviour comes, then shall we be in possession of true eternal inheritance.

Emphasis:

Deliverance from sin, Satan and self, with holy living is the path way to possessing our possessions.

Prayer:

Father, as I come humbly before you, by the power of your grace, lead me unto possessing all what you have in stock for me.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Isaiah 24-26
6th Aug.

Topic: I WILL SAY “GIVE THEM UP”

Text: Isaiah 43:1-7

“I will say to the North, Give up; and to the South, Keep not back.” V.6.

God makes some profound promises to Israel in our focal text today. It is a package of overwhelming protection (vs.1,2). All of these promises are founded on the precious Father-son relationship, which He has established with them. The God of all creation declares Himself to be the God of the Israelites. He had every right to be their God and to call them His people because He had saved them from the Egyptian captivity. These same promises belong to all those God has also redeemed by the power of the blood. Life’s content is a mixture of diverse experiences. But you too can come under the divine security. Are you redeemed? You can come under the covenant relationship. And being sure of His presence, you need not be afraid of anything or anyone else. And in the end He will gather all the people together – All those who praise His name and follow Him.

Emphasis:

As you surrender your life totally to Jesus Christ, He is set to command your release!” If the Son shall set you free, you shall be free indeed”.

Prayer:

Our heavenly Father, is any of Your Children in a kind of spiritual captivity, set them free in Your mercy and for Your name’s sake, Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Isaiah 27-29
7stAug.

Topic: GOD IS ISRAEL’S SAVIOUR

Text: Isaiah 43:8-13

“I, even I, am the LORD, and beside me there is no Saviour.” V.11.

These days people are, seeking solution to their problems, running from pillar to post. Though many attend churches, yet they have “plan B.” When eventually they find this alternative not working, they make a recourse to the living God. God existed before any god was made, and He will continue to exist long after the last Idol perishes. If Baal could not save its worshipers in the days of Elijah, neither can, today, save any of its adherents. The deliverance of Israel by God, shows that He is truly God, her only Saviour, as no one could oppose His plans. He saved them from the hand of Pharaoh in Egypt. He saved them severally, even at the Red Sea. What other gods could have done that? However, the ultimate salvation brought by this Saviour is when God the Son came into the world to save human race from sin and eternal death. God’s exclusiveness as the Saviour is emphasized in our text today.” I even I am the LORD; and beside me there is no Saviour.” Salvation is found in no one else for there is no other name under heaven, given among men by which we must be saved.”

Emphasis:

Today, make Jesus your only Saviour and let there be no “plan B.”

Prayer:

Lord, it is You and You alone, and no other option.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Isaiah 30-32
8th Aug.

Topic: ISRAEL WILL BE THE LORD’S

Text: Isaiah 44:1-8

“One shall say I am the LORD’S; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob.” V.5

God presents Himself to Israel as one who made her His chosen people, and who made her in the womb and will help her. He promises her and her descendants, satisfaction and the Spirit’s power. Because of this intimate relationship, the Israelites enjoy special privilege with God. Those who come to the Lord in simple faith can be rest assured of the Lord’s support. And He fills them with His Spirit. A prominent result of the Spirit being poured out upon us is our testimony that we belong to the Lord and that He is our heavenly Father. The Spirit creates in us the confidence that we belong to God and that we have all the right and privileges of being His children.God exposes the foolishness of making an idol of a god out of material substance and the praying to it for help. Even today people make all kind of statutes and idols and bow before them in prayer and adoration, hoping that the Spirit whom the image represent will help and deliver them. You can make Jesus your Lord today and stop wandering.

Emphasis:

To be the Lord’s is the greatest decision you can ever make, and nobody ever regrets doing it.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, how glorious it is to belong to You! make me Your Possession for ever Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Isaiah 33-35
9th Aug.

Topic: GOD WILL COMFORT ISRAEL

Text: Isaiah 66:10-14

“As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I Comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” V.13.

When comfort is actually needed, no human words could be as comforting as God’s. What He says and does in the life of His people to comfort them cannot be found elsewhere. Remember Naomi, she did not have any suitable words of comfort for Ruth, neither did she haveanything in her power assuccour. However, God, the great Comforter comforted her. When we are still on this side of the divide, we will surely go through challenging periods. It may be you are experiencing such at the moment, but our God is a God of all comforts. He will comfort you and make you glad! Those who mourn for Jerusalem are called to rejoice and be glad with her, because the glory, peace and many blessings that had eluded her shall be brought back in full. (Isaiah 51:3). The Church as spiritual Israel (Zion) may have those who are zealously witnessing, yet, mourning for her today: probably for seeing holiness of the church being beclouded, and many sinners yet unsaved! God shall restore holiness and He shall save the unsaved, if they do not relent. And the mourners shall therefore be comforted.

Emphasis:

Never be weary of life’s challenging situations, the Lord is near to bring you the needed comfort and succour.

Prayer:

O God of all Comfort, help us to remain hopeful and faithful until we will be eternally comforted. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Isaiah 36-38