A Scripture Based Devotional for Overcomers

4 June
The Lord’s promise to the wicked
As the Lord promised to watch over those who love Him, so has He promised to destroy the wicked (Ps.145:20).Thus, the wicked are not entitled to God’s watch and care but to His destruction (see Deut.28:15-68;Ps.1:4-6). This promise applies to all the wicked without exception(Ps.145:20). The wicked are all subject to God. The wicked refer to all those who neither acknowledge God nor love Him nor live for Him (Ps.145:20). Their destruction is most certain. Part of it will occur in this present life, but the fullness of it will take place when Jesus returns (see Rev.20:15). God does not tolerate wickedness, hence His promise to destroy the perpetrators. However, the wicked can escape God’s destruction by turning from their wicked acts to Him (see Deut.30:1-10; Ezek.33:14-16).
The Lord takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways to Him and live (Ezek.33:11;cf.Acts 2:38-39; Acts 3:19-20).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please keep me away from every form of wickedness.
2. Father, please deliver me and everyone and everything relating to me from the hands of the wicked.
3. Father, please enable the wicked to turn from their ways to you and live.

5 June
Jesus rejects false teachings and teachers
In spite of the good qualities of the Church at Thyatira (Rev.2:19), Jesus states that He has something against her (Rev.2:20). What He holds against her is that she tolerates Jezebel, a false prophetess, whose teaching has misled His followers (Rev.2:20). This means that the Church must not condone or tolerate false teachers and their teachings (see 1 Tim.1:3-4; 1Tim.4:7; 2 Tim.2:16-18). The Church must not tolerate them since they do not serve the purpose of the gospel (Rev.2:20). As Jesus was not pleased with the Church at Thyatira for tolerating them, He is equally not pleased with any Church that is guilty of the same offense today. Here Jesus makes it quite clear that false teachers and their teachings have no place or part whatever in His church. We who are His followers must take the same stand and hold no other view concerning false teachers and teachings. The gospel has nothing whatever to do with false teachings. Therefore, there is no reason or basis for the Church to tolerate them.
PRAYER: 1. Father, please keep me from all false teachings and teachers.
2. Father, please enable me to discern all false teachings and teachers.

6 June
Acts 26:19-23
Paul’s example of obedience
In his defense before King Agrippa, Paul gives what is rightly a true summary of his apostolic or Christian testimony (Acts 26:19-23). According to him, he obeyed the vision from heaven (Acts 26:19). By the vision from heaven he means his encounter with Jesus Christ and his subsequent commissioning (Acts 9:1-31). His obedience means preaching the gospel to those in Damascus, Jerusalem, Judea, and to the Gentiles (Acts 26:20). Deadly persecution by his fellow Jews did not stop his obedience (see Acts 26:21). From what we know of him in the New Testament, Paul’s testimony as given here is most accurate. As far as the New Testament is concerned, Paul did exactly as it is asserted here of him. Obedience is the mark of true faith and confession (Jn.14:21,23-24). Like Paul, every true believer must be completely obedient to his faith and confession. A truly obedient believer must be faithful to the gospel as Paul was. As was the case for Paul, persecution cannot and must not stop true obedience. Where there is no genuine obedience there is no genuine testimony.
PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to be completely obedient to you.
2. Lord, please keep me from ever disobeying you.

7 June
2 Tim.1:9
God’s salvation is by grace
What is the basis for God’s salvation and call? This question is thoroughly answered by this passage. According to this passage, God does not save and call on the basis of anything we have done (2 Tim.1:9). There is nothing whatever that we have done that justifies our salvation and call. The Scripture is quite consistent about this fact (Eph.2:8; cf.Rom.9:16-18; Rom.4:13-17). There is no act or merit of any kind on our own part that
accounts for our salvation and calling (Eph.2:9). Our salvation and calling are entirely the acts of God’s grace from the beginning to the end (2 Tim.1:9; Eph.2:8). Therefore, God does not require anything from us in order to save and call us (cf.Ps.51:16). All that we need to do in order to benefit from His salvation and calling is to believe (Jn.1:12-13; Jn.3:16,18,36). Even our ability to believe unto salvation is God’s gift as well (see Eph.2:8). Anyone who truly thirsts and seeks for God will surely find Him (Jn.7:37; Rev.3:20). God never turns away anyone who genuinely seeks after Him (Jn.6:37).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to know that your salvation is entirely by grace.
2. Father, please let your grace be sufficient to me at all times and in all things.

8 June
2 Tim. 1:12
It is a blessing to suffer for the gospel
According to Paul, he is suffering on account of or because of the gospel (2 Tim. 11:12). This is quite true of him (see 2 Cor. 11:23-33). This ought also to be true for every believer. In fact, believers must suffer for no other cause or purpose than the gospel. As far as the Scripture is concerned, to suffer for or because of the gospel is the only acceptable reason for suffering (see 1 Pet. 4:12-16). This is the only kind of suffering for which there is a blessing (1 Pet. 4:14; cf. Rev. 2:10). To suffer for any other reason is to suffer in vain. To suffer for or because of the gospel is never in vain. If anyone suffers, let it be for or because of the gospel. There is no reward or gain for suffering for a cause or purpose other than the gospel.
PRAYER: 1. Father, please keep me from suffering for any other purpose than the
gospel. 2. Father, please bless me when I suffer for the gospel.

9 June
Acts 28:7-9
God heals
After prayer, Paul healed the father of Publius, the chief official of the island of Malta where they landed after the storm and shipwreck, as well as the rest of the sick on the island (Acts 28:7-9). God enabled him to heal all the illnesses, without any one of them resisting or defying God’s healing power (cf. Acts 19:11-12). Our God is a healing God (see Matt. 4:23-24; Matt. 8:1-, 14-17). He still heals today. No illness can resist or defy His healing power. Jesus promised that anyone who has faith will do greater things than He did (Jn. 14:12). Therefore, with faith in Jesus Christ a true believer can move a mountain (Matt. 17:20-21; Acts 3:11-16). In fact, with faith in Christ Jesus, nothing is impossible for a true believer, including healing of any illness (Matt. 17:20-21; Acts 3:11-16).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please increase my faith.
2. Father, please hear me when I call upon you.
3. Father, please let your might and power be my portion.

10 June
Rev. 2:18
The authority of Jesus Christ
This passage describes Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as one whose feet are as burnished bronze (Rev. 2:18). This refers to His authority (see Rev. 2:26-27; Dan. 10:4-6). It is on the basis of His authority that He promises to judge the false prophetess and those who refuse to repent of her ways (Rev. 2:20-23). God has given all authority over His entire creation to His Son (Matt. 28:18). This authority is exclusive to His Son (Matt. 28:18). Jesus is exercising this authority now (cf. Matt. 28:18-20; Rom. 8:34; Heb. 1:3-4), and will exercise it fully when He returns to judge all mankind (2 Cor. 5:10; Acts 17:31). Every human being is subject to Jesus’ authority, whether willingly or unwillingly. And there is no rival authority to His own, whatever (Matt. 28:18).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please make all creation subject to Jesus’ authority.
2. Father, please let there be no aspect of creation that is not subject to Jesus’ authority.


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