MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 26 March 2019 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – Dangers of Leaving God Out Of the Calculation (II)
TOPIC: Dangers of Leaving God Out Of the Calculation (II) (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Daily Devotional 26 March 2019)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Joshua 22-24; Luke 3
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Genesis 12:18-20
MEMORY VERSE: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:” – Isaiah 1:18-19
Many people travel out of their home country to foreign lands in search of the so-called better opportunities. Like Abraham, many of them may be lucky to acquire what they consider the gains of traveling overseas. A casual observer might conclude that what happened to Abraham was not all bad. Pharoah gave him a lot of wealth (Genesis 12:16; 13:2), and Sarah was also given a maid, Hagar (16:1). You can also say that God forgave Abraham’s sin, and he started over again with God as a wealthier man. So, what is the big problem in relocating if your economic needs can be met in a foreign land? A review of the events that followed the gains of Abraham’s relocation would guide us on the need to consult God before relocating, rather than seek to repent when you eventually realise that you have stepped outside the will of God.
The big problem is that everything Abraham received in Egypt later caused trouble. Because of their great wealth, Abraham and Lot could not live together and had to separate (Genesis 13:5-6). Hagar, the Egyptian maid-servant, brought division and sorrow into the home (Genesis 16). Having had a taste of Egypt (the world), Lot started measuring everything by what he saw there (Genesis 13:10-11), and this led to his downfall and the ruin of his family. All these happenings show that there are no enduring benefits from operating outside the will of God. Abraham had sojourned in the world’s kingdom and had learned the above lessons which, as it too often happens, only a bitter experience can teach. He returned a sadder, but a wiser man.
Many people in pursuit of the Golden Fleece have pushed themselves out of divine place of blessings. Like Abraham, they have left Canaan for Egypt and are now facing the consequences of their sojourn in Egypt. They tell diverse lies by cooking up fake papers to sustain their illegal stay in a foreign land. Some enter into “contract marriage” in order to secure permanent residence permit and in the process end up losing their spouse. The culture of the foreign land which forbids training children according to home culture which preserves family unity and respect for parents and elders has polluted many children to unrestricted liberty while many marriages have hit the rocks as a result of environmental influences. People nurture pains in one way or the other in a foreign land and it is actually a helpless situation.
Like Abraham, some of them are celebrating increase in financial income and acquisition of personal assets but the question to ask is at what cost to their relationship with God and their family? Many engage in destiny demoting employment for survival while some end up being fraudsters. The despicable state some of them find themselves make it even too difficult to summon courage and return to their fatherland. They left God out of their calculation in relocating to a foreign land and now have to contend with the consequences as in the case of Abraham.
To you the reader of this devotional, the practical lesson from all of this is that you should never abandon your altar when all roads to success seem blocked. Stay in fellowship with the Lord, no matter what the circumstances may be. God has a master plan for your life and when you consult Him, He will show you the way you should go. Just patiently wait for divine direction and it shall be well with you. If you have left God out of your calculation and you are facing the consequences, go back to the place where you left Him and make things right. Repent and seek His forgiveness with an open heart expecting a positive turnaround. Remember: “The victorious Christian life is a series of new beginnings.” That is not an excuse for sin, but it is an encouragement for repentance and going back to your Bethel like Abraham and the prodigal son. May the Lord grant you boldness to take a bold step of faith, in Jesus’ name.
MAN IS NOTHING WITHOUT GOD IN THIS WORLD.
Let the Host of Heaven arise and fight for you today.
- My Father, have mercy on me and deliver me from trouble, in the name of Jesus.
- Every snare of demotion operating in my life in my present location, catch fire and burn to ashes, in the name of Jesus.
- If I have relocated out of my place of divine blessings, O God, by Your mercy, deliver me today, in the name of Jesus.
- Holy Spirit, empower me to take bold steps in returning to my Bethel, in the name of Jesus.
- Any trouble programmed into my future as a result of wrong location, be reversed now by fire, in the name of Jesus.
- Satanic deception making me to trade off my divine call for earthly blessings, I come out of your snare today, in the name of Jesus.
- O God my Father, give me a new beginning in a glorious way, in the name of Jesus.
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