Devotional Guide: BEWARE OF FAMILIARITY

The Lord’s Chosen Devotional Guide

Date: Saturday, July 17th, 2021

Text: Mark 6: 1-6

Theme: BEWARE OF FAMILIARITY

Memory Verse: “And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.” (Luke 5:17)

Many times people wonder why they are not recipients of God’s intervention especially when all around them are testifying about His wonderful works. Because they are not experiencing the move of God in their lives they start to doubt the authenticity of what they hear and see. You might ask yourself why some people receive while others don’t even though they are exposed to the same word of truth.

The answer to this question can be gleaned from our Bible reading and memory verse of today. In the time of Jesus, His people found it hard to believe in Him even though they were seeing and hearing of the miracles that He was doing. They could not get over the fact that they knew His supposed roots. They thought they knew whose son He was and had watched Him grow up.

Despite the evidence of miracles to back up His claims that He was the Messiah, they still saw Him as that ‘boy’ that was born yesterday and grew up in their midst.
Our memory verse is taken from a very well-known passage about the paralytic that was healed when four of his friends passed him through the roof.

But our focus here is on the Pharisees and doctors of the law that were also present at the time. The verse tells us that the ‘power of the Lord was present to heal them’. This means that even the Pharisees and doctors of the law had access to divine healing, but their unbelief, pride, and hypocrisy caused by familiarity deprived them of receiving. There must have been amongst them those that also required healing however it was only the man who showed faith and humility that was healed. They missed their time of visitation!

Are you also too familiar with the word of God or/and his servants? Your attitude may be why you are still in bondage. The Bible tells us that Jesus “could there do no mighty work”. Not that He would not but that He could not. Their familiarity caused them to doubt Jesus and that hindered the move of God in their lives and cost them their deliverance.

Brethren, it is time for self-examination if you have not experienced the power of God amid the Chosen congregation. His power is present to save, heal and deliver. Amend your ways and your captivity will be broken. Do not miss your time of visitation.

Worship/praise God and then take the following prayer points:

1. Lord, help me so I will not take your word or Your servant for granted, in Jesus’ name.

2. Lord, by Your Grace, I will not miss my time of visitation in Jesus’ name.

3. Any spirit of familiarity assigned to run down my spiritual battery, catch fire, in Jesus’ name.

4. Father, release extraordinary grace and anointing upon our G. O and Mommy in the Lord to remain humble, in Jesus’ name.

5. Father, create an enabling environment for peace to enable us to serve you with joy, in Jesus’ name.

Authored By Pastor Lazarus Muoka.

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