A Scripture Based Devotional for Overcomers

23 April
Hos. 1:10-11
The Lord restores
Although the Lord had promised to withdraw His love from the northern kingdom of Israel (Hos. 1:6, 8), He also promised to love them again and take them as His children (Hos. 1:10). Both the southern and northern kingdoms will be re-united and restored to their land (Hos. 1:11). This is the Lord’s nature. He is ever ready and willing to restore and take back anyone who returns to Him (see 2 Chron. 30:6-10; Ezek. 18:21-23). He never forsakes those who return to Him (cf. Ps. 51:17). In fact, His love for His repentant children sets Him apart from all so called gods. Anyone who returns to Him will find Him the most welcoming Father (cf. Luke 15:1-7 ). We can be quite sure of His warmest reception if we return to Him with all our hearts. It is His nature to forgive all our sins and remember them no more if we forsake them and return to Him with all our hearts. (Jer. 31:34; cf. Acts 2:38-39).

PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to return to you totally, wholeheartedly.
2. Father, please restore me fully as you promised.

24 April
Deut. 31:16-18
The Lord forsakes those who forsake Him
God told Moses that after his death, the Israelites will soon prostitute themselves to the foreign gods of the land they are entering (Deut. 31:16). This will amount to forsaking Him and breaking His covenant with them (Deut. 31:16). The Lord also told Moses that when this happens, He will become angry with them and forsake them (Deut. 31:17). And when He forsakes them, He will hide His face from them (Deut. 31:17, 18), and they will be destroyed as many disasters and difficulties come upon them (Deut. 31:17-18). As the Lord foretold, the Israelites forsook Him and turned to the gods of the land they entered and as He promised, He also forsook them, handing them over to their enemies who plundered them (Judg. 2:10-15; Judg. 10:6-13). The Scripture has made this point consistently and conclusively that the Lord will forsake those who forsake Him (Deut. 4:25-28; 1 Kings 9:6-9). When we turn to other gods, we forsake the Lord and break His covenant (cf. Deut.31:16). In return, the Lord forsakes us, hiding His face from us, as a result of which disasters and difficulties come upon us (see Judg. 2:10-15; Judg. 10:6-13; 2 Chron. 15:1-2). In fact, nothing displeases God more than forsaking Him and turning to other gods, hence His angry and fierce response (Judg. 2:10-15; Judg. 10:6-13). If anyone has forsaken God and turned to other gods, the right thing to do is to return to Him with all his heart and soul, and he will find mercy and forgiveness (Deut. 4:29-31; Acts 2:38-39; Acts 3:19-20). Anyone who refuses to return to Him remains the object of His displeasure and wrath (Judg. 2:10-15; Judg. 10:6-13).

PRAYER: 1. Father, please keep me from forsaking you and turning to other gods.
2. Father, please take away whatever can make me to forsake and turn
away from you.

25 April
Ps. 11:4-7
The Lord’s attitude to the wicked
This passage states clearly that the Lord hates the wicked (Ps. 11:5). This hatred results in His fiery judgment upon them (Ps. 11:6). The fact that God is love does not apply to the unrepentant wicked. The unrepentant wicked are objects of His wrath, not of His love (see Ps. 1:4-6; Deut. 28:15-68). The Lord’s hatred and wrath upon the unrepentant wicked can only be taken away if they turn from their wickedness to Him (Is. 55:7; Ezek. 18:21-23, 27-28). Anyone who commits an act of wickedness makes himself an object to God’s hatred and wrath (Ps. 11:4; Ps. 1:4-6; Deut. 28:15-68). The wicked man who refuses to turn from his wickedness to the Lord remains an object of God’s hatred and wrath. There is forgiveness for the wicked who turns from his wickedness to Christ (Acts 2:38-39; Acts 3:19-20). Anyone who desires to be a friend of God and loved by Him must turn away from wickedness to Him. The desire of the Lord for the wicked is that he turns from it and live (Ezek. 18:21-23). The hatred and wrath of God remain on the one who persists in his wickedness. The key to God’s love for the wicked is to turn from wickedness to God.

PRAYER: 1. Father, please keep me away from all wickedness.
2. Father, please enable me to be most faithful to you in everything.

26 April
Jos. 9:18-21
Believers must keep their word
When the people of Gibeon heard of the victory of the Israelites over Jericho (Jos. 6:1-25) and Ai (Jos. 8:1-29), they tricked them to make a treaty of peace with them to let them live (Jos. 9:3-15). The leaders of Israel ratified the treaty with an oath (Jos. 9:15). Later, the Israelites found out that it was a ruse, and that the Gibeonites lived near them (Jos. 9:16). However, in spite of the grumbling of the whole assembly, the leaders kept their promise to them and allowed them to live (Jos. 9:17-21). The leaders said they did so because they gave them their word in the name of the Lord (Jos. 9:19), and so that God’s wrath will not fall on them for breaking their word (Jos. 9:20). These Israelite leaders did the right thing by keeping their promise to the Gibeonites. Believers are required to keep their words (see Num. 30:2; Matt. 5:37; cf. Eccl. 5:4-6). According to the Scripture, it is evil when one does not keep his word (Matt. 5:37). The one who keeps his word even when it hurts is considered worthy of the Lord’s assembly (Ps. 15:1-4). It is the right thing for believers to keep their word. It is even a divine obligation for them to do so (Matt. 5:37). It is unchristian for a believer not to keep his word (Matt. 5:37). The Lord is not pleased when His children fail to keep their word as He taught (see Ezek. 5:4-6).

PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to keep my word.
2. Father, please take away whatever hinders me from keeping my word.

27 April
Jos. 9:14-16
God’s will is indispensable for His children
When the Gibeonites heard of Israel’s victory over Jericho (Jos. 6:1-25) and Ai (Jos. 8:1-29), they resorted to a ruse (Jos. 9:3-13). Without enquiring of the Lord, the Israelites made a treaty of peace with them to make them live (Jos. 9:14-15). Later, however, they found out that the Gibeonites were neighbours who lived near them (Jos. 9:16). Had they enquired of the Lord, they would have found out the truth about the Gibeonites. By failing to enquire of the Lord, they failed to find out the truth about them and ended up making a treaty of which the Lord had forbidden (Exod. 34:11-15; Deut. 7:1-6). Therefore, it is of utmost importance to seek out and follow God’s will in everything, all the time (cf. 2 Sam. 5:18-21). One can make a fundamental or fatal mistake by not doing so (see Jos. 9:3-27; cf. Exod. 34:11-15; Deut. 7:1-6). The Scripture requires believers to seek out and follow God’s will in everything (Eph. 5:17). Nothing can be as dangerous as not seeking out and following God’s will in every matter and situation. Failure to seek out and follow God’s will always is worse than driving in thick darkness without lights or sailing in the high seas or flying in high altitude without a compass. And when we are sure of what God’s will is, we must follow it whole-heartedly. It is inexcusable and most dangerous not to do so.

PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to seek your will in everything.
2. Father, please reveal your will to me in every matter concerning me.
3. Father, please keep me within your will always.

28 April
2 Thess. 1:6-7
God’s relief for His suffering children
Paul declared to the Thessalonian believers that God will give relief to them in their suffering (2 Thess. 1:6-7). His love and justice demand that He does so (2 Thess. 1:6-7). As He will payback those who persecute them, so will He give them relief for the persecutions and trials they encounter (2 Thess. 1:6-7). This promise applies to all believers, not to the Thessalonian believers alone. It is the nature and will of God to comfort His persecuted and afflicted children (see 2 Cor. 1:3-5). God never abandons His persecuted and afflicted children (see 2 Cor. 4:8-9). On the contrary, it is when we are persecuted and afflicted that His presence and help become more visible and real (see Acts 18:9-12; 2 Kgs.6:15-17; Dan. 3:13-30). Therefore, believers who suffer should trust Him for His promised relief (2 Thess. 1:6-7).

PRAYER: 1. Father, please be with me in suffering.
2. Father, please give me relief in suffering.

29 April
Jos. 10:8
The Lord gives victory over our enemies
When the five kings of the Amorites joined forces together to attack the Gibeonites for making a treaty of peace with the Israelites (Jos. 10:1-4), the Lord promised Joshua that He will give them into his hand, and that not one of them will be able to withstand him (Jos. 10:8). The Lord kept His promise, and these kings and their cities were given into Joshua’s hand (Jos. 10:19, 29-32). Not one of them was able to stand up against Joshua as the Lord promised (Jos. 10:19, 29-32; cf. Jos. 1:5). Joshua could not have defeated these kings if the Lord did not give them into his hand. Therefore, it was not Joshua’s army that brought him and the Israelites victory, but the Lord. This is exactly what the Scripture teaches, that it is the Lord who brings His children victory, not their weapons or armies (see Ps. 44:1-8). Thus, if we desire victory over our enemies, we must allow the Lord to fight for us and give us victory over them (Ps. 44:1-8; 1 Sam. 17:47). As was the case for Joshua, so it is with us who believe in the Lord today. Our victory over our enemies does not lie in our weapons, but in the Lord’s hand (Ps. 44:1-8; 1 Sam. 17:47). Being the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the end, the Almighty (Rev. 22:13; Rev. 1:8), and the one of whom nothing is impossible (Lk. 1:37), He is more than able to overcome all our enemies for us.

PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to entrust all my enemies unto you.
2. Father, please fight all my battles and give me victory over all my


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