A Scripture Based Devotional for Overcomers

30 April
Hos. 1:7
God’s love
Whereas God promised to withdraw His love from the northern kingdom of Israel (Hos. 1:6), He promised to keep His love for the southern kingdom of Judah (Hos. 1:7). Why? Is God inconsistent in His being and activity? The answer is no. At this time, Judah’s time to face God’s wrath was not yet ripe (see 2 Kgs. 17:18-19). Its cup was not yet full. Later, however, Judah refused to repent, God’s love for her was also withdrawn, and she was sent into captivity (see Jer. 9:12-16; Jer. 52:27). God’s patience does not invalidate His justice (see 2 Pet. 3:8-10). His patience with the sinner is to encourage him to repent (2 Pet. 3:9). Therefore, God’s love is not irrevocable or eternal for those who refuse to acknowledge and serve Him only (see Jn. 3:18, 36). It is irrevocable for those who acknowledge and serve Him only.

PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to acknowledge and serve you only.
2. Father, please thank you for your unfailing love.

1 May
Jos. 10:10-11
The Lord fights for His own children
The Lord promised Joshua to give the five kings of the Amorites who joined forces to fight against Gibeon for making a treaty of peace with Israel into his hands (Jos. 10:1-8). The Lord personally took part in the battle to ensure that His word to Joshua came to pass (Jos. 10:10-11). He threw the armies of the five kings into confusion and hurled large hailstones down on them from the sky (Jos. 10:10-11). According to the Scripture, more of the Amorites died from the Lord’s own weapon than from the swords of the Israelites (Jos. 10:11). It was because the Lord fought for Israel that they had the victory (Jos. 10:14, 42). The point is made here again that the Lord fights for His children (see Exod. 14:13-14; 2 Chron. 20:14-17; Jos. 10:14, 42), and that He is the one who gives us victory over our enemies, not our weapons (see Ps. 44:1-8; 1 Sam. 17:47). Our battles are indeed His battles (see 1 Sam. 17:47; 2 Chron. 20:14-17). We do not have to fight our battles (Exod. 14:13-14; 2 Chron. 20:14-17). As He fought for the Israelites against the Amorites, He will fight for us today against our enemies (Jos. 10:14, 42; Exod. 14:13-14; 2 Chron. 20:14-17). All we need to do is to leave all our battles for Him to fight them for us and give us the victory (Exod. 14:13-14; 2 Chron. 20:14-17).

PRAYER: 1. Father, please fight all my battles for me.
2. Father, please enable me to entrust all my battles to you.

2 May
Ps. 11:4-7
The Lord’s whereabout
This passage answers the question of the Lord’s whereabout. According to it, the Lord is on is heavenly throne (Ps. 11:4). There is a heavenly throne, and the Lord alone is seated on it (Ps. 11:4). He is seated on it continually. There is no time when He is not seated on His throne. This is the constant teaching of Scripture (Ps. 47:8; Is. 6:1). This means that He alone is King and He alone reigns over all of His creation (see Ps. 44:7-8). It also means no act escapes His attention (see Ps. 11:4-5). There is no throne but His own, and no one sits on His throne except Him. While Satan roams about (cf. 1 Pet. 5:8), the Lord remains seated on His throne (Is. 6:1). Since His throne is the only throne and He alone is seated on it, everything and everyone is subject to Him, including Satan. Anyone who seeks can find Him always seated on His throne. He never abdicates His throne or responsibility. He alone is in charge of all creation. There is no rival or equal to Him.

PRAYER: 1. Father, please show in my life that you alone are seated on the throne.
2. Father, please let all creation be subject to you completely.

3 May
Jos. 10:12-14
The Lord listens to His children
Joshua asked the Lord for the sun to stand still over Gibeon and the moon over Aijalon to enable him and the Israelites to complete their campaign against the five kings of the Amorites who had joined forces to fight against Gibeon for making a treaty of peace with Israel, and the Lord listened to Joshua (Jos. 10:12-13). Joshua 10:14 does not mean that the Lord has never listened to anyone else before or after Joshua, but that Joshua’s case lacked an equal or a comparison. God always listens to His children. He listened to Moses (Exod. 8:12-13, 29-31). He listened to Hannah (1 Sam. 1:9-20). He listened to Elijah (1 Kgs. 17:1-6; Jam. 5:17-18). He listened to the psalmist (Ps. 18:3-6). He listened to Zechariah (Lk. 1:8-17). He listened to His only begotten Son (Jn. 11:41-44). He listened to Peter (Acts 3:1-10; Acts 9:32-42). He listened to Paul (Acts 28:2-9). He has even invited us to ask of Him and has promised to hear us when we do so (Matt. 7:7-11; Rom. 8:32; Phil. 4:6, 19). It is our duty to ask of Him as He has told us (Matt. 7:7-11). But we must ask with faith (see Matt. 9:22, 28,29; Jn. 11:40). Unbelief deprives us of His answers to our requests (Matt. 13:58).

PRAYER: 1. Father, please teach me to pray.
2. Father, please hear and answer me when I call upon you.

4 May
Ps. 136: 1-26
God is worthy of our thanksgiving
Here the psalmist is not only giving thanks to God, he is exhorting others to do the same (Ps. 136:1-26). The reason for the thanksgiving is well stated. God alone is God (Ps. 136:1-3). He alone made the heavens, the earth, the sun, the moon, and the stars (Ps. 136:5-9). He delivered His children from all their enemies and settled them on their inheritance (Ps. 136:10-24). He provides for every creature (Ps. 136:25). He is good (Ps. 136:1). He is the God of heaven (Ps. 136:26). For all this He is wholly worthy of our thanksgiving. We are all beneficiaries of His power and goodness. Therefore, it is indeed good to give thanks to Him (see Ps. 100:4; 1 Thess. 5:18). It is not proper for believers not to give thanks to God. Rather it is God’s will for believers to give thanks to Him (see 1 Thess. 5:18). No circumstances must be allowed to prevent giving thanks to God (1 Thess. 5:18). It amounts to sin not to give thanks to God (cf. Rom. 1:21). Therefore, as the psalmist has done and is exhorting us to do, let us give thanks to God (Ps. 136:26).

PRAYER: 1. Father, thank you for all your acts of power and goodness for me.
2. Father, please give me the spirit of thanksgiving.

5 May
2 Thess. 1:6-7
The time of God’s relief for His suffering children
Suffering believers are often anxious about the time of their relief (cf. Rev. 6:9-11). Here Paul assures the Thessalonians believers that their relief from persecutions and trials will come when Jesus Christ returns (2 Thess. 1:6-7).
This does not mean that God will abandon them in their suffering until Jesus returns. The Lord never abandons His persecuted and afflicted children (see 2 Cor. 4:8-9; cf. Acts 18:9-12). What Paul means is that the fullness of God’s relief will come to the suffering Thessalonians at the return of Jesus Christ (2 Thess. 1:6-7). This promise applies not only to the Thessalonians believers but to every persecuted and afflicted believer. There will indeed be full relief for all suffering believers when Jesus returns (2 Thess. 1:6-7). The call to endure suffering is an indication that God’s relief may not come to suffering believers in its fullness now (cf. 1 Cor. 4:11-13; 2 Tim. 2:3; Heb. 12:7-11). But all suffering believers will experience full relief when Jesus Christ returns (2 Thess. 1:6-7; Rev. 21:1-5). This should encourage believers to endure suffering and not to give up their faith on account of it.

PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to endure all suffering to the end.
2. Father, please keep me in time of suffering.

6 May
Ps. 138:1
We must praise God with all our heart
Here the psalmist resolves not only to praise God, but also how to do so (Ps. 138:1). According to him, he will praise God with all his heart (Ps. 138:1). This means that even before the “gods”, he will praise Him alone (Ps. 138:1). This is how we must praise Him with all our heart (Ps. 138:1). This is the kind of praise that the Lord requires and deserves (see Deut. 6:5). Anything that we do for Him half-hearted is neither acceptable to Him nor worthy of Him (see Duet. 6:5; Is. 29:13-14). There is indeed no God but Him (Ps. 18:31). To praise anyone else along with Him or in addition to Him is not to praise Him at all. Even in the prevalence of so-called gods, like the psalmist, we must praise Him alone.
PRAYER: 1. Father, praise be unto you alone.
2. Father, please make me a man of praise.


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