MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 2 November 2019 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – Eject The Thorns
TOPIC: Eject The Thorns (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Daily Devotional 2 November 2019)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Jeremiah 27-29; Titus 3
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Matthew 13:7-9, 18-23
MEMORY VERSE: “He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” – Matthew 13:11
Jesus told the parable of the sower in the above Bible passage. The seed fell into four different soils, one of which was among the thorns. Consequently, this seed had no opportunity to grow. This was because the thorns grew up so quickly that they choked up this seed and prevented it from living. Consider the words, “sprung up” and “choked”. These two words connote a vivid picture of the thorns snuffing out life from the seed, making it practically impossible for survival. What a waste and a loss!
Thank God, Jesus went on to unveil the mystery in this parable. The seed is the Word of God, the soil is the heart of man and the sower is God Himself. The very important question is, what texture is the soil of your heart? Is it like the thorny soil? What are the thorns that would not allow the word of God to grow and have free course in your life? Your beauty, possessions, achievements, fame, position and power, and all such?
Jesus called them, “the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches”. The end of such is a life of unfruitfulness!
This cannot be compared to the seed that fell on good soil, and it produced in thirties, sixties and hundreds. Such is a heart of a man that receives the word and allows it to be firmly rooted. This understanding goes to provoke multiple growth. God is delighted with such hearts that are yielded to Him through His word. How can your heart become the good soil for God’s word to germinate, grow and flourish in? It is by dedicating it to God and yielding it to the Holy Spirit for washing by the precious blood of Jesus as well as the purging of His fire. It is also by constantly renewing your mind with the word of God.
1 John 2:15-17 talks of the three categories of the vanities of this life, the thorns that choke the seed. They are: the lust of the eyes, the lust of the heart and the pride of life. They are all elements of this world. They and all that indulge in them will get destroyed with this world because the love of the Farther is not in him. Contrarily, whosoever does the will of the Father abides forever.
Do you want to leave a godly life here on earth and eternity in heaven, then you need to do away with the cravings which Luke 8:14 calls the “cares and riches and pleasures of this life and bring no fruit to perfection”. Colossians 3:4 counsels us to put our fleshly lusts to death. Romans 6:16 says you are slave to whoever you yield yourself servant to obey, be it to righteousness or unrighteousness. Why not take a firm decision to do away with these thorns? What would it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his life? It pays you better to lose this world and its vanities than to lose Christ and eternity in heaven. But with the thorns in your heart, there is no place for the seed of His word to thrive. Alas! No vacancy for the Holy Ghost!
BE DILIGENT ABOUT YOUR WORK AND TRUST GOD FOR THE RESULTS. FRUIT NEEDS TIME IN THE SUN TO RIPEN.
Any power that is assigned to prevent the word of God from growing and bearing fruits in your life shall die.
1 Father, consecrate and sanctify my mouth. Make it fit to offer prayer and praise to You, in the name of Jesus.
2 My Father, purge my heart of iniquity and all impurities, in the name of Jesus.
3 My Father, make my heart a good soil where Your word can grow and bear fruits hundred fold, in Jesus’ name.
4 I eject thorns from my heart, in the name of Jesus.
5 By the blood of Jesus, I kill fleshly lust in me, in the name of Jesus.
6 Anything assigned to choke and kill the word of God in my life, die, in the name of Jesus.
7 My life will not be unfruitful for the Lord, 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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