A Scripture Based Devotional for Overcomers


God the Father kept Jesus Christ completely safe from the plot of King Herod to kill Him in infancy (Matt. 2: 13-18). He gave specific guidance to Jesus’ earthly parents to ensure that He was quite safe (Matt. 2: 13- 15). He made Herod’s mass murder of male infants in Bethlehem which targeted Jesus unsuccessful against Him (Matt. 2:16-18). He foiled every attempt by King Herod to eliminate Jesus while He was an infant (see Matt. 2:13-18). Thus, He kept Jesus completely safe throughout His childhood until He grew up to fulfil the purpose for which He sent Him (see Matt. 1:21; Lk. 2:8-20; Jn. 1:29; Jn. 3:16). With this we learn that God is more than able to keep all His children completely safe to the end (see Ps. 127:1-2). He kept Joseph from all harm until His purpose for his life was fulfilled (see Gen. 37, 39-50). He kept David from Saul’s numerous attempts to kill him until He established him as the King of His people (see 1 Sam. 18: 8-11; 1 Sam. 23:26-29; 1 Sam. 24:1-22). He kept Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego from King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and his burning furnace (see Dan. 3:1-30). He kept the lions from harming Daniel His prophet when he was thrown into their den (see Dan. 6:1-28). He kept Peter from King Herod’s plot to kill him (see Acts 12:1-19). In fact, it is His nature to keep all who are His. And only His own keeping is unfailing and most reliable (see Ps. 127:1-2). All His true children (Jn. 1:12-13) can count completely on His unfailing keeping (see Ps. 127:1-2; Lk. 12: 4-7; Matt. 28: 20; cf. Rom. 10:11).
1. Father, please let your keeping alone be my portion. 2. Father, please bring to nothing every evil plot against me. 3. Father, please let all the days and things you ordained for me come to pass.


2 NOVEMBER REV. 10: 5-11
Just before the end (Rev. 10:5-7), John was told in his vision to go and take the scroll from the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land (Rev. 10:8-10) and to prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages, and kings (Rev. 10:11). The scroll represents the word of God. While the end was yet to come, preaching was to continue (Rev. 10: 5-11). This is an abiding directive. Until the end comes, preaching must continue (see 2 Tim. 4: 1-2; cf. Matt. 28:18-20). Most importantly, it also means that opportunity for salvation exists for the living up to the end (see Rev. 3:20). Therefore the Church must continue to proclaim the gospel until the end comes (see 2 Tim. 4:1-2; Matt. 28:18-20). Anyone who is yet to receive Jesus Christ as His Saviour can still do so before the end comes (Rev. 3:20; Jn. 1:12-13). The preaching of the gospel and the opportunity for salvation will cease to be available for the living once the end comes. Therefore the time for preaching and salvation is now (see 2 Cor. 6:1-2).
1. Father, please make me ready for the end.
2. Father, please take away whatever hinders me from being ready for the end.


Fear of death is quite natural and common to man. But here Jesus Christ dealt with that fear. He commanded His followers not to be afraid of it (Matt. 10: 31). According to Him, no one can kill their souls and even the hairs of their heads are all numbered and they are worth more than sparrows which cannot fall to the ground without His Father’s authorisation (Matt. 10:28-31). This means that the lives of all His followers are in His Father’s safe hands absolutely. Like the sparrows, nothing whatever can happen to any of His followers without His Father’s will (Matt. 10:29-31). As Jesus taught, the Father is sovereign over all His creation and everything or every activity is completely subject to Him and alone (cf. Ps. 24: 1-2; 1 Chron. 29:10-13). He alone reigns over all His creation and is fully in charge of it all the time (cf. Ps. 24:1-2; 1 Chron. 29:10-13). There is no activity or incident of any kind that takes place outside of His sovereign authority. Therefore, His followers have no reason whatever to be afraid of death. Their lives, like those of all other creatures, are subject to the authority and control of no other except God (see Job. 14:5; Acts 17:26).
1. Father, please overcome every form of fear in my life.
2. Father, please enable me to fear you only.
3. Father, please keep me safe from all the plots and schemes of the evil one and his agents.


Why does the Lord judge His beloved children? This passage answers this question clearly once again (Zeph. 1:17). The Lord judges His beloved children because of their sin (Zeph. 1:17; cf. Jer. 52: 3). His judgments always follow persistent sin and unwillingness to repent (Cf. Lk. 13:1-5). The Lord would not judge His children if they do not sin against Him (see Zeph. 1:17). Therefore the Lord is never unjust in His judgments (see Rev. 16:7). He does not even take pleasure in the death of the sinner (Ezek. 18:23). The Lord always relents in His judgment when there is genuine repentance and turning to Him (Ezek. 18:30-32; Prov. 28:13; Acts 3:19-20). Anyone who desires to escape His judgment must repent of his sins and turn to the Lord from the heart (Zeph. 2:1- 3; Ezek. 18:30-32; Prov. 28:13). There is always mercy for the repentant sinner (Prov. 28:13). Where sin persists, judgment is inevitable (Cf. Heb. 10:26-31).
1. Father, please enable me to turn from every sin to you.
2. Father, please destroy the power of sin in me. 3. Father, please forgive all my sins.


The Lord ends His answer to Prophet Habakkuk’s complaint by proclaiming His everlasting reign (Hab. 2:20). Whereas idols are man- made and lifeless (Hab. 2:18-19), the Lord is ever living (Hab. 2:20). He is the only living God that the entire earth must worship (Hab. 2:20). He alone is entitled to the worship of all the earth (Hab. 2:20). The revelation of God as given here is completely true. Idols are the works of men and have no life in them (see Hab. 2:18-19). The Lord alone is ever living and thus entitled to the worship of all mankind (Hab. 2:20; Matt. 4:10). It is utterly useless to worship idols (see Is. 40:19-20; 1 Cor. 8:4-6). The Lord alone is the living God to be worshipped (Matt. 4:10). Therefore we must turn from all lifeless and worthless objects of worship to the living God (Acts 14:15-16; Acts 17:24-31; Matt. 4:10).
1. Father, please enable me to worship and serve you only.
2. Father, please keep me from every form of idolatry.

Here the Lord promised to restore His people to their land (Mic. 2:12). The people once scattered will be gathered together like sheep in a pen, and the place once deserted will throng with people (Mic. 2:12-13). The Lord Himself will lead the way as they return to their land (Mic. 2:13). This promise was fulfilled (see Ezra 1:1-4). Thus, the Lord is indeed gracious, forgiving, and merciful (see Exod. 34:5-7; Ps. 86:5; cf. Neh. 9:16-19). He does not take pleasure in the sinner’s death, but in his repentance and return to Him (see Ezek. 18:23). Anyone who returns to Him will certainly find mercy (Prov. 28:13; Acts 3:19-20). In fact, He readily welcomes anyone who heeds His call to return to Him (see Lk. 15:7, 10; cf. Rev. 3:20). His judgment always follows our refusal to return to Him (see Heb. 10:26-31).
1. Father, please be gracious, forgiving, and merciful to me.
2. Father, please enable me to return to you completely.


While reviewing his ministry in Thessalonica, Paul states what his goal and that of his colleagues was (1 Thess. 2:4). According to him, their goal was to please God, not men (1 Thess. 2:4). This goal affected their method and character (1 Thess. 2:5-6, 10-12). To please the one who called them was indeed the right and proper goal. Pleasing men had no place in their ministry. Our goal for Christian living or ministry must be the same as theirs (! Thess. 2:4). The ways of men are often opposed to those of God (Is. 55:8-9). One cannot please God and men at the same time (see Rom. 8:6-8). In fact, anyone who delights in pleasing men cannot be a friend of God (see 1 Jn. 2: 15-16; cf. Rom. 8:6-8). Whoever pleases God instead of men is living a life worthy of Him. On the other hand, one who is pleasing men instead of God is not living a life worthy of Him.

1. Father, please enable me to please you with all of my life.
2. Father, please take away whatever hinders me from pleasing you with all my life.


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