MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 10 April 2019 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – Our Ever-Present Help
TOPIC: Our Ever-Present Help (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Daily Devotional 10 April 2019)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 Samuel 15-16; Luke 10:25-42
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Psalms 46:1-7
MEMORY VERSE: “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. – Deuteronomy 31:6
God is a dependable refuge for His people when everything around them seems to be falling apart. He is our strong tower against the foe, a defence for His people, but He does not protect us in order to pamper us. He shelters us so He can strengthen us to go back to life with its duties and dangers. He is an “ever-present help”, but He cannot work for us unless we trust Him (Matthew 13:58). He is the only One that can get us out of tight places when we are boxed to a corner and threatened on every side.
When the Assyrian officials threatened Jerusalem, Isaiah told the king, do not be afraid because of the works that you have heard. The earth may change, the mountains may be hurled violently into the sea, there may come earthquakes and tidal waves, but all things are in the control of our sovereign Lord. Circumstances may change, but God’s covenant with His people will never change. He is our high tower and our refuge in the uncertainties of life.
God’s people have always depended on the hidden spiritual resources that come from God alone. Whenever the enemy comes against us as a flood, the Spirit of God is readily available to lift up a standard against him. The challenges of life confront us differently but the faith and confidence we express in God determines how stable we would be. His promise in Isaiah 43:2 Is that when you pass through the waters, He will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you, when you walk through fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.
The experience of Job clearly explains what the Bible means by the ‘enemy coming like a flood” against someone. Job’s credentials in terms of relationship with God, and his possessions in terms of blessings of God are what any child of God would desperately desire, but certainly, not his travails. Even satan recognised that Job was untouchable for as long as God’s protection upon him and his possessions was intact. The flood of attacks against Job was permitted by God to put Job’s loyalty to test and prove satan’s allegation wrong. When you imagine what Job suffered, you will begin to feel some emotional pains within yourself that would make you pray that such a fate should never befall you.
Job lost all his children and properties in one day but he did not lose his relationship with God. Despite the calamities, Job still fell to the ground and worshipped God. On another day, satan struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his feet to the crown of his head such that his state of health irritated his wife to the point of telling Job to curse God and die. His three friends initially identified with his travails but later turned against him, claiming that Job was being punished justly by God. Who would job now turn to for help now that his friends and wife no longer see any hope for his recovery? Only God was with him throughout this period of flood of affliction, keeping a close eye on him, and preventing satan from taking his soul.
God did not leave Job alone in his troubled hours. He turned away Job’s captivity and restored double for his losses. God was present with him during his troubles but did not prevent the trouble from coming upon him. As promised in Isaiah 43:2, Job passed through the waters but he did not sink, he passed through the rivers but the river did not carry him away, He walked through the fire but was not burned to death. The enemy was rejoicing over him during his moment of affliction but he laughed last over all his adversaries. His wife and friends that castigated him came around rejoicing with him when the Lord turned his sorrows to rivers of joy. So shall God do for you when you hook on to Him as the ever-present help in the time of trouble. Shalom!
THE DOWNFALL OF A MAN IS NOT THE END OF HIS LIFE.
God will send you help as soon as you call for it.
- O God, please strengthen me in the hours of my temptation, in the name of Jesus.
- Flood of affliction, my life is not your candidate, go back to your senders, in the name of Jesus.
- Rage of the waters against my family, be quenched by the power in the blood of Jesus, in the name of Jesus.
- The joy of the enemy over my life, be converted to sorrow, in the name of Jesus.
- I shake into fire, every garment of affliction, in the name of Jesus.
- I shall bounce back by fire, whether my enemies like it or not, in the name of Jesus.
- I recover sevenfold, whatsoever the devil has stolen from me, in the name of Jesus.
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)
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