Devotional Guide: DO NOT GO BACK TO CAPTIVITY

The Lord’s Chosen Devotional Guide

Date: Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

Text: Numbers 14:1-4

Theme: DO NOT GO BACK TO CAPTIVITY.

Memory Verse: “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world…” (2 Timothy 4:10a)

Imagine a prisoner who has been granted pardon and acquitted and has been graciously released from prison. He will no doubt be overjoyed and take all steps to ensure that he never does anything again that will land him back into prison. Can you imagine for such a person to willingly go back to a life of crime that will land him back in prison? To end back in prison after such a lucky break would be foolish.

However, this is exactly what happens when a person who has experienced a new life in Christ decides to backslide. He is technically going back into captivity. This might sound strange but the fact is that many people that become born again find it hard to forget their past life. They still long for the so-called ‘pleasures’ they left behind. They are not ready to take up their cross which is required to follow Christ. Like Lot’s wife, they keep looking back at what they left behind. They do not know that these so-called ‘pleasures’ are traps to lead them back into captivity.

In our text of today, we see the Israelites longing to go back to Egypt. Anytime they encountered an obstacle along the way, they would quickly forget the bondage and the hardship they left behind and start longing to go back. They would rather remember the food and the houses and other ‘luxuries’ and start to complain and murmur. They easily forgot all God’s benefits towards them. They were tired of roaming the wilderness. They forgot that it was their disobedience that turned a 40-day trip into 40 years. They however did not realize that going back to Egypt would mean going back to captivity and eternal bondage. They were willing to sacrifice their freedom for the illusion of comfort. What a pity! Their attitude eventually provoked the anger of God and He vowed that they would not enter His promise land.

Brethren, never be tempted to go back to your vomit no matter the obstacle you might meet along the way. Where God is taking you to, is much better than whatever you had to give up to follow Christ. He has in store for you a glorious future. Why go back to captivity when the Lord has paid such a high price for your freedom? The price He paid is much more than anything you have given up to follow Him. Going back will lead to destruction and death. Do not be deceived by the vanity of this world. Remember Lot’s wife.

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

1. Continuation brings freedom. Therefore, Lord, give me the Grace to continue no matter the challenges, in Jesus’ name.

2. I command every voice speaking discouragement and disillusionment into my heart to be silenced forever, in Jesus’ name.

3. Lord, by your Grace and mercy, I will never go back to the world, in Jesus’ name.

4. Dear Lord, uphold my G. O and Mommy in the Lord so that they will remain encouraged even amid trials and temptations, in Jesus’ name.

5. Father, by Your Mercy, deliver our nation from the hands of blood-sucking demons and their human agents, in Jesus’ name.

Authored By Pastor Lazarus Muoka.

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