The Lord’s Chosen Devotional Guide
Date: Wednesday 11th August 2021
Text: John 12:25
Theme: GIVE IT YOUR ALL
Memory Verse: “…. and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16)
The reason many people cannot get to the point where they can say, “I have an abundance of all things,” is because they do not have the nerves to challenge themselves. They are always skeptical that it is not possible or doable. For that reason, they give it no try. The implication is that they become stagnated and begin to play chance cards. With this kind of mindset, whenever they encounter any obstacle or hindrance on their way, they fizzle out. If you are among those that are not ready to stick out their necks to survive or overcome, may I inform you that life is full of risks. Nowhere is safe, not even the inside of your home.
For any situation that comes your way, you need to be ready to confront it headlong and not to back off or shy away from it. Esther and the Jews living in Shushan under King Ahasuerus were confronted by the problem posed by the wicked Haman. He had conceived an evil plot to exterminate all the Jews living in Shushan because of his hatred for Mordecai. In that case, something urgent needed to be done to avert the impending disaster. Esther thought about this and knew she had to take a decisive step or else things would get out of hand.
Together with her maidens and all the Jews living in Shushan, she embarked on a three-day dry fast. As at the time of the fast, it was not an appointed time to seek an audience with the king. Doing such would amount to a breach of official protocol which violation was instant death. Esther had to take that risk and declared, “If I perish, I perish.” From her statement, she was not sure how it would end, but she was ready to give it her all even if meant losing her life in the process. Esther exemplifies a woman who was ready to give life her all by taking a great risk going in unto the king when it was not convenient.
The lesson inherent in that behavior is that there is nothing we set our hearts to do, that we cannot achieve.
Therefore, whatsoever we desire to achieve in this life, we must be prepared to challenge ourselves and take the necessary risks. Many believers love the song, “Abraham’s blessings are mine.” Abraham’s blessings were transferred to us through his sons Isaac and Jacob and we become partakers of the blessings through Jesus Christ.
However, the irony today, is that many people cannot pay the price of faith that Abraham paid. Yet, they expect the same results. As a believer, maybe you have decided to give up because you do not see any bright light ahead of you, do not give. Rise to the occasion and give it a try. Follow the example of Esther who staked her life in her bid to obtain deliverance for her people.
No matter the hopelessness of the situation you find yourself in, you must not grow weary or faint and therefore, give up. Life is full of battles. So, do not give up. The good news is that we are now under the dispensation of the grace of God through His Son Jesus Christ, which is sufficient unto you to ensure victory on every front.
Therefore, hold on to God’s promise that never fails, and be rest assured that He will give you an abundance of all things.
Worship/praise God and then take the following prayer points:
- Any spirit of lukewarm attitude, laxity, and apathy operating in my life; be cast out by fire, in Jesus’ name.
- O God, give me the determination, grit, and doggedness that I need to unlock the doors of God’s abundant blessings upon my life, in Jesus’ name.
- O God, by the reason of your covenant upon the chosen ones through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob manifesting through your Son Jesus Christ, release greater anointing for an abundance of all things upon our G. O and Mommy in the Lord, in Jesus’ name.
- Father, we pray for divine intervention in our nation. Let there be no war. Instead, grant us peace, in Jesus’ name.
Authored By Pastor Lazarus Muoka.
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