A Scripture Based Devotional for Overcomers

18 June
Deut. 6:5
Worship and serve God with the heart
God requires us His children to worship and serve Him with all our heart (see Deut. 6:5; cf. Deut. 10:12-13; Deut. 26:16; Jos. 22:5; 1Sam. 12:20, 24; 1Kgs. 9:4-5). Like the Israelites of Prophet Isaiah’s time, there are many who still worship Him with their lips while their hearts are far from Him (Is. 29:13). This kind of worship is completely unacceptable to God (Is. 29:13). God looks at our heart (1Sam. 16:7). As the Scripture puts it, the heart is the well spring of life (Prov. 4:23). God treat us according to the state of our heart in relation to Him (see 1Sam. 16:7). He knows the secret of every heart (see 1 Chron. 28:9). We cannot pretend to Him (see 1 Chron. 28:9). Thus, we must worship and serve Him with all our heart in order to worship and serve Him as He deserves (Deut. 6:5; Is. 29:13). To worship and serve Him not from our heart is not to worship and serve Him at all (Is. 29:13). Those who worship and serve Him from the heart are the only kind of worshippers God seeks (cf. Deut. 10:12-13). To worship and serve God from our heart is the basis for our blessing (Deut. 11:13) and restoration (Deut. 30:1-10). The Psalmist’s prayer for an undivided heart in his relationship with God must be our own prayer.
PRAYER: Father, please enable me to worship and serve you with all my heart.

19 June
1 Chron. 29:12
God honours His children
Honour is one of the promises and blessings of God to His children (see Deut. 28:13; Ps. 91:15). He honoured Moses (Exod. 8:9-14, 30; Exod. 9:33), Joshua (Jos. 3: 7-17; Jos. 10: 12-14), Elijah (1Kgs. 17:15-16; 1 Kgs. 18: 36-39), Peter (Acts 3:6-8; Acts 9:40-41, and Paul (Acts 19:11-12). It is His nature to honour His children (1Chron. 29:12; Ps. 84:11). God alone is the one who honours His children (see 1Chron. 29:12; Ps. 84:11). No one else can honour us except Him (1Chron. 29:12; Ps. 84:11). He will stop at nothing to honour His children (see Jos. 7:7-17). Only His true children are entitled to His honour (cf. Ps. 91:9-16). But God honours only those who honour Him (see 1 Sam. 2:30; Ps. 84:11; Jn. 12:26). Thus, sin can deprive us of His honour upon our lives (see 1Sam. 2:30; 1Sam. 15:26). Anyone who really desires God’s honour upon his life must ensure that he first honours God with his own life by living in holiness and righteousness unto Him. We must ensure that there is no sin to hinder God’s honour upon us (see 1Sam. 2:20). God is ready to honour us today if there is no sin to hinder Him.
PRAYER: Father, please honour me as you promised.

20 June
Exod. 13:21-22
God’s Guidance
God has always guided His children in their lives. When He brought the Israelites out of Egypt, He guided them along their way until He brought them to the promised land (Exod. 13:21-22). His guidance made their journey successful. His guidance guarantees the success of His children’s lives today. Without it success would be unthinkable for His children today. With His guidance the success of His children is assured. No Christian can accomplish anything without God’s guidance (cf. Jn. 15: 4-5). Except there is sin, God’s guidance never ceases (see Exod. 13:22; Neh. 9:19-20; Ps. 48:14; Is. 58:11). Unless sin hinders it, His guidance is available anywhere, in anything, and anytime (see Exod. 13:21-22). No Christian can afford to undertake anything without God’s guidance.
PRAYER: Father, please guide me everywhere, in everything, every time.

21 June
Is. 41:10
God upholds His children
God upholds His children with His own right hand (Ps. 63:8). It is His nature to uphold them (see Is. 41:10; Jos. 1:5; Deut. 31:6). To uphold them is one of His promises and activities (see Is. 41:10; Ps. 37:17). Since He upholds us with His own hand, we cannot fall, though we may stumble (see Ps. 37:23-24). With His upholding hand, our success, well being, and victory are wholly guaranteed, since all things are possible with Him (see Lk. 1:37). His upholding hand is completely safe (see Jn. 10:28; Jos. 1:5). It never ever fails (Jn. 10:28; Jos. 1:5). It is true that no one can snatch us from His hand (see Jn. 10:28). Since we cannot uphold ourselves (see Ps. 127:1-2), let us cling to Him as the Psalmist did (Ps. 63:8).
PRAYER: Father, please uphold me as you promised.

22 June
2 Pet. 3:18
Growing in Grace
We can define grace here as the special enablement that Jesus provides to His followers to enable them live the Christian life. Jesus Christ alone is the author and source of this grace (see Rom. 1:5). The Christian life is by grace from the beginning to the end (see Eph. 2:8-9). We need God’s grace not only for Salvation but also for living the Christian life (Jn. 15:4-5). In fact, we need God’s grace for all aspects of the Christian life. Believers cannot accomplish anything without God’s grace (see Jn.15: 4-5; 1Cor. 15:10). Every Christian needs grace for the Christian life. And God has graciously made His grace available to all His children who desire it (see Eph. 4:7). Grace is not a static gift. We can grow in it if we desire to (see 2Pet. 3:18).
PRAYER: Father, please enable me to grow in your grace.

23 June
1 Pet. 5:8-9
Victory over Satan
There are many Christians who are of the opinion that Satan is not real or does not exist. This point of view has no basis in the Scripture. According to the Scripture, Satan Himself and His activities against believers are quite real (see Matt. 4:1; 1 Pet. 5:8). He is personally active against Christians and the outworking of God’s will in their lives (1Pet. 5:8; Lk. 22:3, 31). No one is beyond his reach (see Matt. 4:1-11; Lk. 22:31). His sole aim is to destroy believers and their testimony on behalf of God (see 1Pet. 5:8). The good news is that Jesus conquered him by the cross (see Col. 2:15). Christians therefore have victory over Him through Jesus Christ (see 1Jn. 5:18; Col. 2:15). Satan Himself is thus a defeated foe (Col. 2:15). He and his activities are subject to God’s Sovereign authority (see Matt. 10:29-31). We can liken him to a barking lion which is chained. The lives of Christians are not subject to Him but to God (see Matt. 10:29-31). Christians can overcome Satan by resisting him (Jam. 4:7; 1Pet. 5:9), by prayer (Lk. 22:31-32, and by the authority of God’s Word (Matt. 4:4, 7, 10).
PRAYER: Father, please deliver me from Satan and his schemes, activities, agents and intentions.

24 June
Jn. 14:23-24
God requires full Obedience
Full, not partial obedience is what God requires of all His children (Deut. 28:1-2). Disobedience for whatever reason, is not acceptable to Him (see 1 Sam. 15:1-23). He even prefers our obedience to Him than our offerings and sacrifices (see 1 Sam. 15:22-23; Matt. 5:23-24). Therefore it is not enough to obey God in some things. We must obey Him in all things (see Deut. 28:1-2). It is also not enough to obey Him some of the time. We must obey Him always, all the time (cf. Deut. 6:5). Obedience is rewarding (Deut. 28: 1-14; Ps. 1:1-3). It is to our benefit to obey God full in all aspects of our lives (Deut. 28:1-14; Ps. 1:1-3). Disobedience, on the contrary, is most displeasing to God and punishable by Him (see Deut. 28:15-68; 1Sam. 23; Ps. 1:4-6). Obedience is the mark of true sonship with God (Jn.14:15, 21,23-24). Disobedience is a sign of unbelief (see Jn.14:24). God is most ready to give us the grace to obey Him fully, if we truly desire to do so.
PRAYER: Father, please enable me to be fully obedient to you.


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