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: 23rd - 29 th November 2020


23rd Nov.

Topic: PRESS ON!

Text: Philippians 3: 10-15

“I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven. This is the prize that God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done.” V.14

There is a story about one Mr Mee who, after escaping from the pit of sin, sets out to run the race of the Christian life. It is not long before he finds that there are some things which made it hard to go on running. This race holds many surprises and problems. At times Mr Mee very nearly gives up! But as he listens to what God says, with the help and friendship of other Christians, he finds strength to go on to the very end. Apostle Paul, a model Christian, sees himself running toward the goal to ‘win the prize of being called to heaven.’ The prize is as valuable as ‘what Christ Jesus has done’ even His death and resurrection. The prize of the Christian is the crown that is incorruptible in heaven. God has called us to great and noble efforts; to a career of true honour and glory; to the obtainment of a bright and imperishable crown. It demands our highest efforts, and it is worth all the exertions which a mortal can make even in the longest life. So, Press On!

Emphasis:

The Christian life is an adventure of which control is in God’s hand. No matter the challenges, hold on. You will get to the “safe haven.”

Prayer:

I will make it; I won’t fall by the way side. I will make it; I won’t fail, I won’t falter. I will make it because I believe.’

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

I Corinthians 4-6
24th Nov.

Topic: HOLD FAST!

Text: Philippians 3: 16-21.

“Only to what we have attained, to the same hold on.” V.16. (LEB).

There are progressive higher behavior expected as one grows naturally and spiritually. It was shameful to discover that a Yoruba Secondary School graduate could not read out Yoruba alphabets correctly. Likewise, sometimes, when a Christian misbehaves; even unbelievers may also remark: ‘No, we do not expect this from you.’ We may not expect or claim to have achieved absolute perfection while still on earth. The idea of living up to what we know leads Paul to offer himself as an example: “Join with others in following my example” (3:17); see also ‘Imitate me as I imitate Christ’ – I Corinthians 11:1. For Christians the model for conduct is not a written code but a life. Primarily, the life of our Lord, and secondarily, the life of His followers. Unfortunately, few live this way. Instead, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ (vs. 18, 19). By contrast, the Philippians believers have a heavenly citizenship (v.20). People pursue citizenship of America, Britain and Canada. But Paul is reminding us that there is a far more prestigious citizenship in heaven.

Emphasis:

Let your new status as a Christian reflect your citizenship.

Prayer:

Almighty God, I long for the day when you will replace my limited mortal body with a new, glorified one!

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

ICorinthians 7-9
25th Nov.

Topic: ABIDE IN CHRIST

Text: John 15: 1-7

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” V.4.

Many of the images of Christ and the believer given in Scripture emphasize this important concept of union and communion. A member of the body cut off from the body would die. The marriage creates the union, but it takes daily love and devotion to maintain the communion. The shepherd brings the sheep into the flock, but the sheep must follow the shepherd in order to have protection and provision. The sooner we as believers discover that we are but branches, the better we will relate to the Lord Who is our shepherd; for we will know our own weakness and confess our need for His strength. Therefore, remain united to Him by a living faith. Live a life of dependence on Him, and obey His doctrines, imitate His example, and constantly exercise faith in Him. In practice, one does so by spending much time in prayer dialogue with the Lord Jesus. If you remain attached to Jesus, He will remain with you, and will teach, guide, and comfort you. Believers experience these by meditating and internalising the Word of God. Effective prayer is praying according to the revealed Word of God. And fulfilled prayers brings fruitfulness that glorifies the Father.

Emphasis:

: It is our communion with Christ through the Spirit that makes possible the bearing of the fruit.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, please come into my heart afresh and give me your Holy Spirit to help me to continually abide in you.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

I Corinthians 10-11
26th Nov.

Topic: WALK IN TRUTH

Text: II John 1-6

“I rejoiced greatly that I found your children walking in truth, as we have received command from the Father.” V.4.

Walking in the Truth means living in the consciousness of the Truth personified in Jesus, as the Lord to be obeyed. Truth in the scriptures is not abstract but real and tangible. Truth in the Bible is a person with a personality. Truth in the bible is Jesus Christ. Jesus says: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6). Jesus Christ is truth personified. Only Jesus, who came down from the bosom of God in heaven, faithfully declares God. He says: “He who has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9). Therefore, he is the logos; the only true expression of God on earth. Similarly, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. He guides into all truth. (John 16:13). Walking in the truth means walking in the Spirit. Amos asks: “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” (Amos 3:3). The answer is “No!” If you are to walk in the Holy Spirit, then you would have to be in agreement with Him. You have to walk in the ways of God. You have to walk in the light of His word. You have to make His word a lamp to your feet and a light to your path. (Psalm 119:105).

Emphasis:

Walking in the Truth is rewarding. There is no stumbling when we walk in the Truth.

Prayer:

Father, give me greater joy that those who are under my care and influence, are living for you. Help me as I encourage and teach them to live wholeheartedly for you.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

I Corinthians 12-14
27thNov.

Topic: BE ON GUARD, DON’T LOSE OUT

Text: II John 7-12

“Be on your guard, then, so that you will not lose what we have worked for, but will receive your reward in full.” V.8. GNB

We live in a day in which any and everything is tolerated. There seems to be no basis for saying “no” anymore because everyone has right to his opinion. Moreover, for the opportunity of information technology, everyone can propagate opinions without limit. The sad aspect is that prominent men of God are impersonated and labelled with wrong messages especially on social media. Profiles of persons are hacked into or hijacked and used to promote evil teachings and practices. Ignorant and poorly informed persons help to propagate such lies by forwarding unverified messages and information. Therefore, today’s warning is very timely, ‘be on guard!’ After Jesus’ death and resurrection, many claimed to know Him and His message, even though their versions of the story differ remarkably. Apostles John warned against those who distort the truth (verses 7, 11). So believers must develop discernment if they are to remain loyal to truth. We must not be vanguard in promoting falsehood and wrong teachings. When we detect error, we must know how to lovingly disagree on major issues of faith and truth.

Emphasis:

Believers must develop discernment if they are to remain loyal to truth.

Prayer:

Pray for discernment to differentiate between the truthful and the falsehood. Ask for wisdom to lovingly correct those who are in errors.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

I Corinthians 15-16
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28th Nov.

Topic: BE FAITHFUL TO THE TRUTH

Text: III John 1-8

“I was so happy when some Christians arrived and told me how faithful you are to the truth---just as you always live in the truth.” V.3. (GNB)

Gaius, the receiver of this letter from Apostle John exemplify Christian hospitality. Gaius had experienced hospitality in traveling with other apostles. Gaius faithfulness to the Truth who is Christ Jesus the Lord is his motivation to be generous in hosting other Christians especially those traveling evangelists and missionaries. Gaius home is so welcoming that the good news of his hospitality spread abroad. Four times in this short letter, Gaius is so-called ‘the Beloved’ (III John 1:1, 2, 5, 11). When one is faithful to the Truth like Gaius, one becomes so beloved, precious, valued and cherished in the Church of God. The Beloved ones in the Church are so valuable that we do not want to miss them to sickness or lose them to death. Thus, we should often pray for such beloved ones to continue to prosper in health even as their souls prosper.

Emphasis:

When one is faithful to the Truth, He becomes so beloved, precious, valued and cherished in the Church of God.

Prayer:

Pray for a friend, a beloved one, a relative you have not seen in a long while. Ask God to give them health for body and soul. Write a note to that person telling him or her that you prayed.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

II Corinthians 1-3
29th Nov.

Topic: IMITATE WHAT IS GOOD

Text: III John 9-15.

“My dear friend, do not imitate what is bad, but imitate what is good. Whoever does good belongs to God; whoever does what is bad has not seen God.” V.11 (GNB).

In contrast to Gaius, Diotrephes was not hospitable to other believers. Gaius was faithful to the Truth but Diotrephes was rather full of himself; he was arrogant. Gaius showed generosity to traveling gospel workers, freeing them from dependence on outside sources. Diotrephes on the other hand even hindered others in the congregation in their desire to be hospitable (verse 10). Gaius welcome John’s communication; Diotrephes did not welcome John’s communication. Gaius was well regarded by other believers for his life and activities (verse 3). Diotrephes had bad report from other believers. Gaius did not aspire to fame or an exalted position in the fellowship; Diotrephes in contrast loved prominence who sought self-importance. Gaius attended to things that made for a godly inner spiritual life. Diotrephes rather degraded Apostle John’s character with hateful information.

Emphasis:

Don’t let bad example influence you; rather imitate those who are godly.”

Prayer:

God, give the children in my family and in my community good role models, people they can admire and aspire to emulate.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

II Corinthians 4-6