A Scripture Based Devotional for Overcomers

2 April
2 Chron. 2:4
The purpose of God’s house

Here in this passage King Solomon states the purpose of his temple (2 Chron. 2:4). The temple is built for the Lord’s Name and is dedicated to Him for worship (2 Chron. 2:4). This is the primary purpose of all church buildings (cf. Is. 56:6-7; Matt. 21:12-13). Therefore, any Church building that is not used for this purpose is not being used properly. It is not acceptable for the Church building to be used for any contrary purpose (see Matt. 21:12-13). We must ensure that the Church building serves this divine and sacred purpose alone (Matt. 21:12-13). However, under the New covenant, this rule extends beyond the physical building to the believer’s body or heart. The believer’s body or heart now replaces the physical building as the temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16-17; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 2 Cor. 6:16). Therefore, the believer’s body or heart must serve the same purpose as Solomon’s temple. The decree is everlasting (See 2 Chron. 2:4; cf. Rev. 4:8).

PRAYER: 1. Father, please consecrate me fully unto you.
2. Father, please let my life serve no other purpose than yours.

3 April
The Lord fulfills His word

What the Lord foretold (Lk.1:13) is fulfilled (Lk.1:24-25). Elizabeth, Zechariah’s wife, became pregnant as the Lord promised (Lk.1:13, 24-25). She who was barren became pregnant according to the Lord’s own word (Lk.1:13, 24-25; 1 Sam. 2:5). The word of the Lord came to pass for Elizabeth, exactly as the Lord spoke it (Lk.1:13, 24-25). Therefore the word of the Lord never fails. The Lord never ever speaks without bringing it to pass (Jos.23:14;Matt. 24:35). Every word of the Lord is potent and efficacious. No word of the Lord ever failed to be fulfilled (Is. 55:10-11). The Lord’s word never passes away without reaching its fulfillment (Jos.23:14;Matt. 24:35). The Lord will certainly fulfill all His promises to His true children (cf. 2 Cor. 1:20). True believers should never give up on God’s word, since it will never fail to come to pass at its appropriate time.

PRAYER: 1. Father, please let all your promises come to pass in my life.
2. Father, please enable me to put my trust in your word.

4 April
Deut. 32:47
God’s words are living and active

In his final address to the Israelites before his death, Moses urged them to take to heart the words of the law that he spoke to them (Deut. 32:45-46). He told them that the words were not just idle words, but their very life (Deut. 32:47). Their long life depended on their obedience to these words (Deut. 32:47; cf. Deut. 28:1-14). Many take God’s words as idle and ordinary words. But as Moses discovered and told the Israelites, God’s words are living and active (Heb. 4:12; cf. 1 Pet. 1:23). They are not ordinary or human words, but God’s (1 Thess. 2:13). Therefore they are potent and efficacious (Heb. 4:12). They are the words of life indeed. There is no life outside of God’s word. And only God’s word has this quality. It is not only the physical life that is guaranteed by God’s word but eternal life as well (Jn. 6:68). We must not treat God’s word as idle or ordinary words, but as God’s words that they are (1 Thess. 2:13). What we need to do to God’s word is to obey and trust them, not to doubt or disobey them. No one will ever be disappointed by obeying and trusting God’s words (see Rom. 10:11).

PRAYER: 1.Father, please let your word come to pass in my life.
2. Father, please enable me to obey and trust all your word.

5 April
Ps. 12:5
The Lord arises for the weak and needy

Here the Lord promises to arise on behalf of the weak and needy (Ps. 12:5). Their oppression and groaning have not gone without His notice (Ps. 12:5). In fact, it is due to their oppression and groaning that He promises to arise (Ps. 12:5). To arise for them means to protect them from those who malign them (Ps. 12:5). This is what the Lord does for all the weak and needy (see 1 Sam. 2:8; Ps. 35:10; Ps. 69:33; Ps. 72:12-14; Ps. 140:12). He even commands us to be open handed toward them instead of oppressing and exploiting them (Deut. 15:7-11). In the Lord the weak and the needy will not be disappointed if they look up to Him and put their trust in Him (Rom. 10:11).

PRAYER: 1. Father, please arise for me always.
2. Father, please enable me to look up to you alone for my deliverance.

6 April
Jos. 3:7
God Exalts His Obedient Children

God promised to exalt Joshua in the eyes of all Israel (Jos. 3:7). He did exactly as He promised (Jos. 4:14). He exalted Joshua by drying up the Jordan for the Israelites to cross (Jos. 3:1-4: 24). This promise does not belong to Joshua alone. God is the one who exalts all His obedient children (see 1Sam. 2:7; Ps. 75:6-7). Therefore the promise belongs to all God’s obedient children (1Sam. 2:7; Ps. 75:6-7). For example, He exalted David (see 2Sam. 22:48-49; 2Sam. 23:1; Ps. 89:19-20) and Solomon (1Chron. 29:25). He exalted our blessed Saviour Jesus Christ (see Acts 2:33; Acts 5:30-32; Phil. 2:9-11). As He exalted Joshua and others mentioned above, He will exalt all His obedient children as well. The requirement is the same for us today as it was for Joshua. Consecration comes before exaltation (see Jos. 3:5; cf. Lk. 14:11; Lk. 18:14; Phil. 2:5-11). The proper response to God’s exaltation is praise and more consecration. Anyone who desires God to exalt him must wait on Him to do so (see Ps. 37:34). No one can exalt someone except God (see Ps. 75:6-7).

PRAYER: Father, please exalt me in the eyes of all people.

7 April
Lev. 20:7
God Requires our Full Consecration

God requires all His children to be fully consecrated to Him (Lev. 11:44-45; Lev. 20:7; Eph. 1:4; 1Pet. 1:15-16). This is His goal for His children even before creation (see Eph. 1:4). His holy nature demands it (Lev. 11:44-45; Lev. 20:7). Full consecration opens the way for an intimate, one on one relationship with God (see Num. 12:6-8). It is a mark of sound, cordial relationship with God. Without it no one can please God or have a sound relationship with Him (see Heb. 12:14; Rom. 8:6-8). Besides, full consecration comes with God’s blessings (see Deut. 28:1-14). It actually opens the way for God’s blessings (see Deut. 28:1-14). On the contrary, an unconsecrated individual is not an object of God’s blessings (see Deut. 28:15-68; Ps. 1:4-6). Every true Christian must be fully consecrated to God. No true Christian can do without it. But only God can consecrate us unto Himself.

PRAYER: Father, please consecrate my fully unto yourself.

8 April
1 Kgs. 8:22-23
God Alone is God

According to the Scripture, God is the only God in heaven above and on the earth below (1Kgs. 8:22-23). This means that throughout creation and from everlasting, He alone is God (Is. 37:16; Is. 44:6). There is none like Him (1Chron. 17:20). There is none but Him (1Chron. 17:20). There is none beside Him (Is. 43:10-11; Is. 44:6). He alone is the ever-living God (Ps. 90:2). He alone made all things (Jn. 1:3; Is. 37:16). It further means that all other gods are not God at all (see Acts 19:26). He is the Almighty God (Gen. 17:11). In view of this, we must worship and serve Him only (Matt. 4:10; Deut. 6:5, 13; Gen. 17:1). We must never turn away from Him to worship other so called gods. He does not tolerate it at all (Exod. 20:3-6). We must trust in Him alone for all things (see Ps. 127:1-2; Jn. 15:4-6; Phil. 4:19).

PRAYER: Father, please show that you alone are God in heaven above
and on the earth below in everything that concerns me.



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