Scripture Reading: Psalm 121: 1-8
Verses 1-2 of our reference today says, “I look to the mountains; where will my help come from? My help will come from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” When the Lord Jesus Christ came in contact with the blind man in John 9, He (Jesus) took pity on him and restored fully his sight. Even as the Lord contemplated this, His disciples wondering about the origin of the affliction asked Jesus, “Teacher, whose sin caused him to be born blind? Was it his own or his parents’ sins.” Beloved, in 2004 when Satan attacked me and my family, so fiercely, my friends concluded that I had sinned; otherwise I could not be going through such magnitude of afflictions. Little did I know that it was a stage in God’s calendar for the birth of the Daily Strength Devotional. Just like Jesus Christ said, “His blindness has nothing to do with his sins or his parents’ sins. He is blind so that God’s power might be seen at work in him.” (John 9:3). When a Christian goes through afflictions or challenges, certain issues are important to note. First, men are eager to attribute such challenges to sin; and Satan tries to convince the afflicted that his sins have cut him out of God’s grace. This is however a lie from the pit of hell. God does not need to examine your past to decide what happens to your future.
Beloved, is Satan telling you that God is not looking at your direction because you have sinned? Is he mocking your situation and saying that God’s grace cannot be made available to you because you have sinned? Recall that Jesus Christ died for us while we were yet sinners. (Rom. 5:8). God is love and forgiveness. Secondly, when the grace of God is available to you, Satan raises men and women to make a caricature of your blessings. They would say, “Are you sure that this promotion, healing or breakthrough is real? Could it not have been through some foul means?” Rather than celebrating with you, they venture into hateful debate on the authenticity and purity of what happened to you. Thirdly, they begin to rationalize why such should happen to you. Just as the Pharisees denied the fact that Jesus was from God, because He healed on a Sabbath day, so shall your adversaries try to find reasons why you should not be a candidate for God’s blessings.
Beloved in Christ, the God you serve is the Almighty and as long as you go to Him in prayer, your problems are solved. Jesus says that He came to this world to destroy the works of Satan (1 John 3:8b). It does not matter to Him who you are: your tribe, education, position in Church, parentage or nationality. What He requires of you is that you take your problems to Him, and trust in His capacity to restore you fully.
Dear friend, the Lord wants to use your present condition to glory the name of His Father in heaven. No wonder, St. Paul writing to the Philippians advised them thus: “Do not worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart.” (Phil 4:6). So instead of rehearsing your problems and listening to the carnal opinion of others, take the situation to God in prayers.
- Thank you Lord for I know that you are always there for me.
- I speak to every mountain in any life and command it to be removed and cast into the sea. I speak to every financial mountain be removed from life in Jesus name.
- Lord I stand on the authority of your word in Ps. 34:18 that says, “That the Lord is near to those who are discouraged: he saves those who have lost hope,” I shall not be discouraged, but encouraged by your nearness to me.
- Lord save and protect me, because I come to you today. (Ps. 34:22).
- Bring, once again to the Lord all your challenges (Mention then) and pray for God’s intervention.
- Pray for all members of the Daily Strength Family that the Lord would liberate everyone and raise all to a new standard this year, in the name of Jesus.
Exercise: Pray for the members of your Daily Strength Prayer Network.
Memory verse: Psalm 33:10.