MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 6 April 2019 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – Do Not Despair
TOPIC: Do Not Despair (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Daily Devotional 6 April 2019)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 Samuel 4-6; Luke 19:1-17
FIRE SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 30:1-4
MEMORY VERSE: “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” – Proverbs 24:10
Many people will naturally feel bad and sometimes dejected over certain losses depending on the nature and magnitude of the loss. There are some losses you many not so much bother yourself over when they occur, but there are some that will challenge your faith and confidence beyond imagination. A man yet to be confronted by a very formidable enemy and terrible loss is more likely to boast of his emotional strength. Your strength lies in your attitude to the major adversity you suffer. This was the situation David found himself in today’s study.
David was greatly distressed because the Amalekites had kidnapped all the women and children left in the camp at Ziklag and the city was burned. It was the mercy of the Lord that the Amalekites spared the lives of the women and children, for in their raids, David and his men had certainly killed their share of their enemy’s women and children (1 Samuel 27:11). Even though David and his men wept bitterly over this terrible situation, their weeping did not bring any solution to the problem confronting them. Men of war could not figure out a better solution to the problem than weeping profusely.
The next reaction of the soldiers was to stone David to death having failed to figure out the right solution to the problem at hand. Indeed, different people react in different ways to the same circumstances because what life does to us depends on what life finds in us. The attempt to stone David would compound their problem as they would have to contend with the loss of a great leader, which would still not bring any solution to their problem. This threat to David’s life somehow produced a change in his attitude to the problem. Rather then yell at his followers, David chose to seek God’s face concerning the matter. This proved to be a better approach than weeping at a time when human wisdom had failed woefully.
As David consulted the Lord, he was assured that his pursuit of the enemy would meet with success. This triggered a positive move to pursue the enemies even though they had just returned from war front terribly tired. The Lord had spoken but the direction to go was not mentioned. David had to engage his warfare skill to trace the path of the enemies and the Lord guided them to find an Egyptian slave whom his Amalekite master had abandoned because he was ill. The abandonment of the sick slave which was a terrible mistake on the part of the Amalekite soldier became the ingredient for David’s victory. The sick slave was fed and revived by David and he in turn led David and his men to the Amalekites camp where they overpowered them and recovered all they had taken away.
As the Lord delivered David in that dark hour of his life, we can apply this knowledge to better understand how God helps His people when problems and crises come into their lives. First, the Lord encouraged David so that he didn’t despair but trusted the Lord to help him. Whenever a crises comes, we need the courage to face it and we must not try to blame others or pretend that nothing is wrong. The Lord also gave David wisdom to know what to do and the strength to do it. He and his men were weary, but the Lord enabled David and 400 of his men to preserve in their quest for the Amalekite invaders. The Lord also provided David with the facts he needed so he could find where the enemy was camping in that vast wilderness. When we step out by faith and trust the Lord, He will guide us when we need it. Finally, God gave David and his men the strength they needed to defeat the enemy and recover the prisoners and their wealth. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. Today may look bleak, but your tomorrow shall be brighter and better, in Jesus’ name.
COURAGE IS ONE STEP AHEAD OF FEAR.
You will overcome all your life’s troubles.
- Anxiety and despair, depart from my life by fire, in the name of Jesus.
- I shall not be overtaken by fear and hopelessness, in the name of Jesus.
- My problems shall become a stepping stone to my greatness, in the name of Jesus.
- O Lord, let my enemies make mistake that will advance my cause, in the name of Jesus.
- O Lord, direct my path in the way I should go, in the name of Jesus.
- Let the rejoicing of the enemy over my life expire now, in the name of Jesus.
- I pursue, I overtake and I recover all the enemies have 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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