A Scripture Based Devotional for Overcomers


8  January - Ps.  1:1-3 ~ How  the  Lord  blesses

When  the  Lord  blesses,  He  does  so  distinctly.  As  a  tree  planted  by  streams  of   water  is  amply  supplied  at  all  times,  so  is  the  man  whom  God  blesses  (Ps.  1:3).   This  means  that  he  is  blessed  always  and  in  everything  (Ps.  1:3).  The  Scripture   confirms  that  this  is  how  the  Lord  blesses  those  who  obey  him  (Deut.  28:1 -14).   God  applies  no  limit  or  measure  to  the  blessings  of  His  beloved  children  (see   Deut.  28:1 -14).  On  the  contrary,  His  blessings  for  them  are  limitless  or   measureless  (Ps.  1:3;  Deut  28:1 -14; Rom 8:32) The Lord's blessing are the only blessings  worth  seeking  (Prov.  10:22).  Anyone  who  does  not  belong  to  Him   through  Christ  (see  Jn.  1:12 -13)  and  is  not  living  for  Him  is  a  stranger  to  His   bountiful  blessings.

1.  Father,  please  make  me  wholly  yours
2.  Father,  please  let  your  bountiful  blessings  be  my  portion  always


9  January - Deut.  23:21-23 ~ God  requires  us  to  fulfill  our  vows  

The  Lord  requires  us  to  fulfill  our  vows  to  Him  (Eccl.  5:4 -5;  Num.  30:1 -2;  Deut.   23:21).  The  Lord  considers  it  as  sin  if  we  make  a  vow  to  Him  and  fail  to  fulfill  it   (Deut  23:21).  To  God,  it  is  better  not  to  vow  than  to  vow  and  not  fulfill  it  (Eccl.   5:5).  We  do  not  sin  if  we  do  not  vow  (Deut.  23:22).  But  we  sin  if  we  vow  and  fail   to  fulfill  it  (Deut.  23:21).  As  God  keeps  His  word  so  does  He  require  us  to  keep  our   own  (Num.  30:1 -2;  Deut.  23:21 -23;  Eccl.  5:4 -5).  This  is  one  sin  of  which  guilt  is  so   rampant  and  common.  We  must  fulfill  our  vows  to  avoid  sin  and  displeasing  God.    

1.  Father,  please  forgive  me  of  vows  I  made  and  did  not  fulfill
2.  Father,  please  enable  me  to  fulfill  all  my  vows


10 January - Gen.  1:26-29 ~ God  made  man  made  in  His  image  

Man  is  different  from  other  creatures  of  God.  God  made  him  in  His  own  image   (Gen.  1:26 -27).  This  does  not  mean  that  man  is  like  God  in  being.  What  it  means  is that he is like God in terms of the latter's communicable attributes. This image was  lost  at  the  fall  of  man  (Gen.  3),  and  is  being  restored  through  Christ  (2  Cor.   5:17 -21).  It  is  through  Christ  alone  that  man  can  regain  his  true  status  before  God.   Without  Christ  man  remains  eternally  in  his  lost  and  corrupt  status  (Gen.  3).  Only in Christ can man's corruption be removed (2 Cor. 5:17 -21).  We  live  like  beasts   when we do not live in God's image. Anyone who really longs to regain his status before  God  is  invited  to  be  reconciled  to  Him  through  Christ  (2  Cor.  5:17 -21).

1.  Father,  please  enable  me  to  be  like  you  as  you  intended
2.  Father,  please  take  away  everything  that  hinders  me  from  being  like you


11  January - Obad.  15-16 ~ The  day  of  the  Lord  

Prophet  Obadiah  announces  the  coming  of  the  day  of  the  Lord  for  Edom  and  all   other  nations  (Obad.  15 -16).  The  phrase  the  day  of  the  Lord  is  used  consistently throughout the Scripture to refer to God's judgment (see Jer. 46:10; Ezek. 30:1 ff; Acts. 17:31). The phrase is synonymous with God's judgment  or vengeance. Therefore,  when  the  Scripture  speaks  of  the  day  of  the  Lord,  it  is  referring  to God's judgment or vengeance. For Edom, and the nations referred to in Obadiah's prophecy, it meant the Lord's judgment or vengeance was going to come upon them  (Obad.  15 -16).  The  day  of  the  lord  is  a  real  and  most  certain  event(Acts   17:31).  It  has  come  to  pass  in  numerous  and  various  instances  and  cases  for   individuals  and  nations.  It  will  certainly  come  to  pass  once  and  for  all  for  all   mankind  (Acts  17:31).  The  right  thing  to  do  is  to  be  ready  for  it.  One  is  ready  for  it   by  turning  from  sin  to  God  through  Christ  (see  Acts  3:  19 -20).

1.  Father,  please  enable  me  to  be  ready  for  your  day  whenever  it  comes.
2.  Father,  please  overcome  for  me  whatever  it  is  that  can  make  me  not   to  be  ready  for  your  day


12  January - 1  Kgs.  4:29 ~ God  gives  wisdom

The  one  who  gave  wisdom  to  Solomon  is  God  (1  Kgs.  4:29).  Wisdom  belongs  to   Him  alone  (Job  12:13;  Dan.  2:20).He  alone  is  the  fountain  of  wisdom.  We  all  need   wisdom  to  live  a  successful  and  effective  life  and  accomplish  our  life  purpose,   regardless  of  our  respective  vocations.  There  is  no  one  who  does  not  need   wisdom  to  live  and  accomplish  his  life  purpose.  There  is  indeed  no  aspect  of  living   that  can  succeed  without  wisdom.  But  only  God  can  give  real  wisdom.  Therefore,   if  anyone  needs  wisdom  He  will  have  to  ask  Him  (Jam.  1:5).  He  is  the  only  source   of  true  wisdom.  He  gives  generously  to  anyone  who  asks  of  Him  in  faith  (Jam.   1:5).  It  is  futile  to  look  for  wisdom  anywhere  apart  from  God  (Jam.  1:5).  Anyone   who  looks  for  wisdom  outside  of  God  looks  in  vain  (Jam.  1:5).

1.  Father,  please  give  me  wisdom  as  you  promised
2.  Father,  please  enable  me  to  make  you  alone  my  fountain  of  wisdom


13  January - Ps.  130:3-4 ~ There  is  forgiveness  in  God

The  sole  problem  between  God  and  man  is  that  of  sin.  And  sin  is  a  universal   phenomenon  (Rom.  3:23 -24).  No  human  being  is  without  sin  (Rom.  3:23 -24).  But   as  there  is  sin,  so  there  is  forgiveness  (Ps.  130:4).  The  Lord  is  indeed  a  forgiving   God  (Ps.  86:5;  Dan.  9:9;  Neh.  9:17 -18).  If  He  were  not  forgiving,  all  mankind  would   have  been  most  miserable  (see  Ps.  130:3).  But  as  the  psalmist  affirms,  in  God   there  is  forgiveness  (Ps.  130:4).  His  forgiveness  is  available  to  all  mankind  through   Jesus  Christ  (Acts  2:38 -39;  Jn.  3:16;  Acts  4:12).  There  is  no  sin  for  which  there  is  no   forgiveness  in  Jesus  Christ.  Jesus  will  never  drive  away  anyone  away  who  seeks God's forgiveness through Him (Jn. 6:37). To forgive, all God requires is to turn  from  sin  completely  and  accept  the  cleansing  and  pardon  available  in  Jesus   Christ  (Acts  2:38 -39;  Acts  3:19 -20).

1.  Father,  please  forgive  all  my  sins  through  Jesus  Christ
2.  Father,  please  enable  me  to  turn  away  from  every  sin


14  January - Ps.  3:4 ~ What  to  do  with  our  problems

As  seen  in  this  passage,  the  psalmist  took  his  problem  to  the  Lord  (Ps.  3:4).  He  did   not  take  it  to  any  other  (Ps.  3:4).  He  knew  that  the  help  of  man  is  worthless  (Ps.   108:12).  He  knew  that  only  the  Lord  could  solve  his  problem  (Ps.  108:13).  This  is   wholly  true.  The  Lord  alone  gives  victory  (Ps.  44:6 -7).  As  the  sovereign  one  (Acts.   4:24),  nothing  is  impossible  with  Him  (Lk.  1:37).  It  is  therefore  futile  to  take  our   problems  to  another  (Ps.  108:12).  No  one  else  can  help  us  with  our  problems   except  the  Lord  (Ps.  121:1 -8;  Ps.  50:14 -15).  Like  the  psalmist,  we  must  take  our   problems  to  the  Lord  alone.  

1.  Father,  please  enable  me  to  bring  all  my  problems  to  you
2.  Father,  please  attend  to  all  my  problems  for  me


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