MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 8 April 2019 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – Be Strong and Courageous
TOPIC: Be Strong and Courageous (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Daily Devotional 8 April 2019)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 Samuel 10-12; Luke 9:37-62
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Joshua 1:1-9
MEMORY VERSE: “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” – James 4:8
When you walk by faith, you will claim all that God has for you without consideration of your human limitations and economic circumstances. Unbelief is the key factor that makes people to settle for something less than God’s best. In getting God’s best, we must be prepared to confront and conquer all stubborn obstacles on our way. Only those who reject the devil’s alternative eventually achieve God’s best for their lives.
God charged Joshua to be strong and courageous thereby giving insight into the nature and challenges he would face in the task before him. God was not explicit about the challenges but He was emphatic about the indispensability of boldness and courage. The events that happened in the ministry of Joshua provides justification for God’s emphasis that Joshua should be strong and courageous.
In the first instance, it was necessary for Joshua to be strong and courageous in enforcing all the laws God gave them through Moses because of the human nature which naturally questions the authority of a new leader when the main leader passes on. They would want to water down the standards set by the founding fathers to suit their selfish purpose. Joshua must therefore assert his authority like Moses in order to succeed in this great task.
Secondly, it was critical for Joshua to be strong and courageous whenever events run contrary to his expectations. God knew there would be a circumstance that would terribly shake Joshua’s faith and the only thing that would sustain Joshua was to be strong and courageous. God sometimes permits us to experience humiliating defeats in order to test our faith and reveal to us what’s really going on in our hearts. What life does to us depends on what life finds in us, and we do not always know the condition of our own hearts until revealed by circumstances confronting us. The defeat of Israel by Ai revealed Joshua’s heart condition as he tried to put the blame on God without first making enquiries as to the cause of the disgraceful defeat.
Finally, Joshua needed to be strong and courageous in cleaning any defilement in the camp and bringing to judgement anyone found guilty of sponsoring the defilement. The test before Joshua was on what to do to Achan and his family. He needed to be strong and courageous in passing death sentence upon the guilty without fear or favour.
We see in our study today that we have vital roles to play in activating the promises of God. God cannot lie, but man must be strong and courageous to do all things according to the instructions of God in order to possess his possessions. You must be strong and courageous to diligently observe all the commandments of the Lord as necessary prerequisite to enter into your inheritance (Deuteronomy 28:1). You must be strong and courageous to confront and conquer voices of discouragement and frustration that the enemy may project against you. Finally, you must be strong and courageous to deal decisively with any sin in your life sponsored by satan and the flesh to hinder you from entering into your promised land. As you draw near to God, He will also draw near to you and all your battles shall turn to victory, in Jesus’ name.
THOUGH YOU MAY NOT SEE HIM BUT GOD IS ALWAYS THERE WITH YOU IN EVERY SITUATION
Every enemy of your next level shall be disgraced.
- Holy Ghost, come upon my life, power of the Most High God, overshadow me, in the name of Jesus.
- Anointing for boldness, enter me now, in the name of Jesus.
- O Lord, strengthen my hands, in the name of Jesus.
- Unbelief, loose your hold upon my life. Pack your load and go, in the name of Jesus.
- Host of heaven, arise and fight for me, in the name of Jesus.
- You gate of my blessings, open unto me by fire, in the name of Jesus.
- I possess my possessions by fire, 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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