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: 21st - 27th September 2020


21st Sept.

Topic: SEARCH FOR WISDOM

Text: Proverb 2:1-5

“If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shall thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.” Vs. 4, 5. (KJV)

In our world, some things are available but not easily obtainable. When you consider this set of things they are precious, highly valuable but at the same time hidden away. They include silver, gold and other precious metals. Usually, you have to dig deep and break rocks before you can reach them. Your possession of these hidden treasures however, add value to your life. And therefore people search and do expend so much labour to get them. Godly wisdom has the same characteristics. To gain it, we must sincerely and earnestly search for it. As expressed in today’s devotional, human responsibility and personal diligence are involved. The source of wisdom is His treasure book, the Holy Bible. At our disposal is the written and inspired word of God. We must daily and diligently search and meditate in it. In our total life, the importance of wisdom cannot be overstressed. First and foremost, wisdom instill in us the fear of God. In our various endeavours, we need wisdom to succeed. King Solomon succeeded through wisdom. Do you need wisdom? Ask God. He will give you richly.

Emphasis:

You can receive wisdom by drawing near to God and persistently asking for it in faith (James 1:5).

Prayer:

Father Lord, where I have been acting in ignorance and outright foolishness, give me wisdom.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Joel 1-3
22nd Sept.

Topic: GOD GIVES WISDOM

Text: Proverbs 2: 6-11

“For the Lord gives wisdom, out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” V.6 (KJV)

There is both pure and impure wisdom. Pure wisdom is divine but the impure wisdom is that of this world. And to gain divine wisdom we must walk by the Spirit and not in the flesh. Although we are to be diligent in studying the Scriptures, we are to earnestly ask God to enlighten our hearts and minds so we will be able to comprehend and apply His wisdom. Only when God’s wisdom enters our heart, that is, our inward motives, desires and thoughts, will it produce life and power. To accomplish this, the Spirit of Truth must work within our souls to make God’s commandments and ways a delight to us. In order to keep the paths of judgment and preserve the ways of His saints, God gives the righteous sound wisdom. Do you want to be filled with true knowledge and understanding? Ask God in faith.

Emphasis:

: God gives the righteous sound wisdom. Be the righteous of the Lord.

Prayer:

In all my transactions in the market place of life, Father, I count on Your wisdom to choose rightly.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Amos 1-4
23rd Sept.

Topic: BE CAREFUL TO LIVE WISELY

Text: Ephesians 5:11-17

“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” V. 17. V. 17.

Human existence involves making decision and choice. The choice or decision could be foolish or wise. Our foolish choices would definitely attract immediate or long-run terrible consequences. In this portion of our Scripture today, Apostle Paul, counsels the Ephesian Christians, and by extension, us, on walking in light and in wisdom. Our Christian life is the everyday walk we have in God’s presence. In this walk, Paul talks about: (i) The quality of our fellowship (vs.11-13); (ii) Command to be awake or being sensitive (v.14); (iii) Walking circumspectly in wisdom (v.15); (iv) Fruitful use of time; (v.16), and (v) Understanding the will of God. These five cardinal criteria are essential to the success of our sojourn on earth, and what we do with them will determine our final destination. It is crucial that you know the will of God for your life. Then you can carefully choose who you keep company with, and serve God with wisdom.

Emphasis:

As Christians, the ultimate choice is to strive to live as a sojourner who has a destination in view.

Prayer:

O Lord, give me the grace to choose wisely in order to fulfil your purpose on earth.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Amos 5-9
24th Sept.

Topic: A PRAYER FOR WISDOM

Text: Colossians 1:9-14

"“That ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” V.9

It is pertinent to pray for wisdom after an individual gives his or her life to Christ. By divine wisdom alone can he or she walk worthily to please God. The wisdom of God ensures fruitfulness and increase in the knowledge of the word of God. God has given us an express opportunity to ask for wisdom for as many that lack such (James 1:5). And until now, we have not asked for enough wisdom, because it is a daily need of every Christian. Also, every situation requires different and dynamic wisdom to bring solution. We should never be satisfied of asking for more wisdom. Only the wisdom from above can guarantee a true Christian living and success in life’s activities and enterprises.

Emphasis:

:Sincere seekers of Wisdom from God shall receive it without limits”

Prayer:

God, grant unto me Your divine wisdom to live victoriously,1 daily

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Obadiah - Jonah
25thSept.

Topic: KEEP THE TONGUE IN CHECK

Text: James 3:1-6

“So is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature, and it is set on fire of hell.” V.6

Many people are confused about the relationship between faith and works. This confusion can have serious consequences since an erring view could lead someone into believing and teaching something that is very unbiblical. We should know that justification is the legal declaration by God upon the sinner, as being righteous. This declaration is based completely on the work of Christ on the Cross. A person is justified by faith, not by our works. The only way to be saved is to trust in the finished sacrificial work of Christ on the cross. He then becomes a new creature (II Corinthians 5:17). This means that our old sinful ways are gone. This new status produces good works that honor God. I once heard it said that you are not saved by good works, but you aren't saved without them. Once we are saved we naturally obey God's law and do good works which is a sign of our being saved.

Emphasis:

Keep a check on your tongue before it shatters you

Prayer:

: Father, help me to keep my whole life in good control by taming my tongue.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Micah 1-3
26th Sept.

Topic: BLESS AND DO NOT CURSE

Text: James 3:7-12

“Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing, My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” V. 10

To keep our words from becoming destructive, we must be able to control what we say. Negative words proceeding out of a Christian’s mouth, either to oneself or to another is an eyesore and as such does not portray the true nature of Christ. What an inconsistency! We use our tongues to bless God and then turn around to curse people who are made in His image. Of course, some people have horribly defaced the image of God by their sin. We have to take a stand against evil and rebuke it (Luke 17:3). Sometimes we ought to do that privately and sometimes publicly, but we must do that by using God’s word to point out the right way and show the wrong. Of course, some people really are eternally cursed, but that judgment is not for you to make, it is the Lord’s (Matthew 25:41-46).

Emphasis:

Do not curse anybody, Christian talk that is uplifting, is good, clean, and wholesome.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, help me to maintain a consistent Christian life that blesses people around me as I bless You with my mouth.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Micah 4-7
27th Sept.

Topic: GODLY WISDOM IS PURE

Text: James 3:13-18

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. V. 17. (KJV) V.16.

It seemed like a good idea at the time. A professor at a University Business School decided to do some research on how businesses handle customer complaints. So he wrote identical letters of complaint to two hundred and forty restaurants. In the letter he falsely complained that he had contracted food poisoning on an evening when he and his wife had eaten there. The poisoning ruined a “romantic wedding anniversary,” and also resulted in his curling up, violently ill, in the fetal position of their home bathroom all night. Several of the restaurants checked their reservation lists or the evening in question and found the professor’s claim to be spurious. Although his research was well intentioned, he was forced to send out letters of apology to each of the firms, admitting his lack of integrity. Then he had to face an academic review board to determine the fate of his career. James tells us that our manner of life should demonstrate the integrity that comes from living in accordance with the wisdom that comes from above. The Bible is a ready source of instruction as to the kind of attitudes, speech and actions that are to characterize the life of the Christian. True wisdom will demonstrate itself in relationships that are honest, pure and straightforward. Do our lives show it?

Emphasis:

:Carnal Christians manifest the wisdom of this world activated by self and Satan, resulting in ambivalent and double lives. .

Prayer:

Help me Lord, to live out true wisdom that reflects itself in relationships that are honest, pure and straightforward, through Your enabling Holy Spirit.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

Nahum 1 - 3