A Scripture Based Devotional for Overcomers


12 March
Jos. 1:7-8
The benefit of obedience

This is another instance where the Scripture ties God’s blessings to obedience to Him and His word (Jos. 1:7-8; cf. Deut. 28:1-2). Obedience is the basis for Joshua’s success and prosperity (Jos.1:7-8). Obedience that is required of him is total obedience to all of God’s word (Jos. 1:7). The success that will accompany his obedience is complete success (Jos. 1:7). To enable him obey the word, Joshua must know it thoroughly by reciting it and storing it in his mind and heart and going over and bringing it out regularly and living it out in his life always. This is what it means to meditate on the word and not let it depart from his mouth (Jos. 1:8). As far as God’s success and prosperity are concerned, the rule is the same for us as it was for Joshua (Jos. 1:7-8; cf. Deut. 28:1-2; Ps. 1:1-3). God’s blessings are meant for the obedient, not the disobedient (Jos. 1:7-8; cf. Deut. 28:1-2). The disobedient are entitled to His curses, not His blessings (Deut. 28:15-68; Ps. 1:4-6). This is God’s everlasting decree, consistent with His being (see Ps. 11:7; Ps. 145:17-21). Therefore, anyone who desires God’s blessings and prosperity must commit himself to obey Him wholeheartedly. His blessings and prosperity are tied to obeying Him and His word (Jos. 1:7-8; cf. Deut. 28:1-2). In order to obey His word, we must know it thoroughly. No one can obey that which he does not know. To know the word thoroughly we must learn it regularly and take it to heart permanently (see Rom. 10:9-10).

PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to obey you and your word wholeheartedly always.
2. Father, please take away everything that prevents me from obeying you
always in all things.

13 March
Amos 1:3-5
God’s right to judge

The passage indicates that it is the Lord who has promised to judge the nation of Damascus (Amos 1:3-5). Since He is Lord, He has the ultimate right to judge all nations, including Damascus. He alone has this responsibility because He alone is God. No one else rivals or equals Him in this responsibility (Jam. 4:12; cf. Ps. 50:6). He alone is the judge of all the earth. Like Damascus, every nation is subject to Him. As He judged her, so will He Judge all nations and men (Rom. 14:10-12; Acts 17:31). No one can escape His judgment. The only way to escape His judgment is to turn from sin to Him (Lk.13:1-5; Acts 2:38-39; Acts 3:19-20). Anyone who turns from his sin to Him will certainly find mercy (Prov. 28:13). It is a dreadful thing to come under God’s judgment (cf. Heb. 10:31). Unless we repent and turn to Him, the Lord who is love now will become judge against us (Rom. 14:10-12).

PRAYER: 1. Father, please save me from your judgment.
2. Father, please enable me to be ready for your judgment.
3. Father, please take away everything that hinders me from being ready
for your judgment.

14 March
Jos. 2:8-11
Our enemies are melting away in fear

Before Joshua attacked Jericho as part of his campaigns to take the Promised Land, he sent spies to look over the land (Jos. 2:1). The spies had the opportunity to hear how the people of Jericho felt about the Israelites, as told to them by a citizen of Jericho (Jos. 2:8-11). According to their informant, the report of the miracles and victories the Lord gave the Israelites made everyone in Jericho to melt away in fear (Jos. 2:9-10; cf. Jos. 2:24). Furthermore, as a result of this report, every one’s heart sank, and everyone’s courage failed (Jos. 2:11). This is what the Lord did for the Israelites against Jericho, before the city even fell. He did the same thing for them against Amorite and Canaanite kings (Jos. 5:1). He can do the same and even more for us today. All our enemies are at His mercy. Since we are God’s, the battles they wage against us are actually waged against God (see 1 Sam. 17:47; 2 Chron. 20:15; cf. Acts 9:4-5). We must not fret or take God’s laws into our own hands because of them (Rom. 12:17-21). Our weapons cannot even give us victory over them (1 Sam. 17:47; Ps. 44:4-7). It is enough that God has promised to be with us and to fight our battles (Jos. 1:5; Matt. 28:20). We must allow God to deal with our alleged enemies as it pleases Him and as He sees fit (Rom. 12:17-21).

PRAYER: 1. Father, please deal with my enemies as it pleases you and as you see fit.
2. Father, please do not let my enemies triumph over me.

15 March
The benefit of consecration

Consecration is an act of being set apart as holy unto God (see Lev.11:44-45; Lev.20:7). While the Israelites camped beside the Jordan, during their journey to the promised land, Joshua commanded them to consecrate themselves in view of or in preparation for the Lord’s miracle (Jos.3:5). This was an appropriate preparation. There was no better preparation for God’s mighty visitation than this (Jos.3:5). Joshua did not make any mistake. Consecration and miracle are intertwined (see Jos.7:10-13. The former is the basis or condition for the latter (see Jos.7:10-13). Miracles do not thrive where there is no consecration (see Jos.7:10-13). In fact, lack of consecration hinders God’s miracles (see Jos.7:10-13). Therefore, anyone who desires God’s mighty miracles must be fully consecrated to Him (see Num.12:6-8; see also Jos.7:10-13). Anyone who holds back his or her consecration holds back God’s miracles in his or her life (see Num.12:6-8; see also Jos.7:10-13).

PRAYER: 1. Father, please consecrate me fully unto you.
2. Father, please take away whatever hinders me from being fully consecrated unto you.

16 March
Acts 2:36
From the cross to the crown

We learn four important lessons from this passage. First the crucifixion of Jesus was the deliberate act of God (Acts 2:36; Matt. 26:53-54). It was neither an accident nor punishment for an offence or a crime. The Father deliberately gave Him up for our salvation (Rom. 8:32; Rom. 4:25). Second, His crucifixion did not end in His humiliation, but in His triumph and exaltation (Acts 2:36; cf. Is. 53:1-12; Phil. 2:5-11). Our Saviour is not only the crucified one, but the Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36). Third, it is the same Jesus who was crucified who is Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36). There is no difference or distinction between Jesus the crucified and Jesus who rose from the dead (Acts 2:36). The Jesus before Easter is the same one after it. The Jesus of history is the same one as the Christ of faith (Acts 2:36). Fourth, God often chooses to act in this manner. For Him , the way up may be down. It is by the cross that Jesus received the crown. It is by giving up His only begotten Son that God worked salvation for mankind (Jn.3:16). It is by giving up all for His sake that we also receive our own crown(Matt.10:37-39;Lk.9:23-25).

PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to give up everything for your sake.
2. Father, please enable me to persevere unto the end, even if it means
doing so unto death.

17 March
God exalts His servants

While camping at Jordan, during their journey to the Promised Land, with the Jordan standing in their way, God promised to exalt Joshua in the eyes of the Israelites (Jos.3:7). According to God, this is so that the Israelites will know that He is with him as He was with Moses (Jos.3:7). God’s promised exaltation of Joshua was to serve as proof of his divine commissioning (Deut.31:14, 23). Joshua needed this exaltation, especially in the face of the obstacle posed to their journey by the Jordan. God’s promise to him is therefore most timely. God fulfilled His promise to Joshua to the letter (Jos.4:14). Like Joshua, we also need God to exalt us, especially when we are in great need or facing enormous challenges. It is the nature of God to exalt His servants by performing miracles for or through them (see Deut.34:10-12; Jn.11:41-44; Acts 3:1-8). Let us trust Him to exalt us as He did Joshua (Jos.4:14). The responsibility and ability and Glory are His (Lk.1:37).

PRAYER: 1. Father, please exalt me as you exalted Joshua.
2. Father, please enable me to trust you for my exaltation and upliftment.

18 March
Ps. 12:7
The source of the psalmist’s security

According to this passage, the psalmist looks up to the Lord for safety and protection from the wicked (Ps. 12:7). He does not look up to any other, except Him. It is true that the Lord alone can guarantee safety and protection (Ps.127:1). His own safety and protection never fails (see Ps.121:3-4). Other sources of safety and protection do fail, but His own never does (Ps.127:1). Like the psalmist, anyone who desires safety and protection must seek them from the Lord alone. It is indeed useless to seek for safety and protection elsewhere (cf.Ps.127:2). It is only the Lord and no other, who can give and guarantee safety and protection (see Ps.127:1). For the Lord, this is an everlasting duty (see Ps.12:7; Ps.121:8). His safety and protection are available for His children forevermore (Ps.12:7; Ps.121:8).

PRAYER: 1. Father, please let your safety and protection be my portion.
2. Father, please enable me to trust you alone for my safety and protection.



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