A Scripture Based Devotional for Overcomers

1  January - Deut.  23:14
The Lord moves about the  homes of His children.    

Throughout  their  journey  to  the  promised  land,  the  Israelites  lived  in  camps.   These  camps  were  movable  tents  and  had  no  security  walls.  Security  was  a  real   need  for  them.  Here  the  Lord  reveals  that  He  was  moving  about  these  camps  to   protect  them  and  to  deliver  their  enemies  into  their  hands  (Deut.  23:14).  The  Lord   did  not  only  accompany  them  in  their  journey  (Exod.  13:21 -22),  He  was  also   moving  about  in  their  camps  to  protect  them  (Deut.  23:14).  But,  the  Lord  required   them  to  keep  their  camps  holy,  to  enable  Him  fulfill  this  responsibility  (Deut.   23:14).  He  promised  to  turn  away  from  their  camps  if  they  did  not  keep  them  holy   (Deut.  23:14).  Today  the  Lord  also  moves  about  the  homes  and  residences  of  His   children  to  protect  them,  as  He  did  for  the  Israelites  then  (Ps.  34:7;  cf.  2Kgs.  6:15 - 17).  But  He  requires  holiness  of  us,  as  He  did  of  them  (1  Pet.1:15 -16).  Without   holiness,  He  will  turn  away  from  protecting  our  houses  and  residences  just  as  He   told  the  Israelites  (cf.  Heb.  12:14).  The  holiness  of  our  household  makes  it deserving of the Lord's visitation.

1.  Father,  please  move  about  my  home  to  protect  me  and  my  family  
2.  Father,  please  make  me  and  my  household  holy  unto  you


2  January - Is.  50:1-2
Why the Lord abandoned His people    

The  Lord  explains  why  he  abandoned  His  people.  It  was  not  because  He  divorced   them,  for  He  never  divorced  them  (Is.50:1).  It  was  not  because  He  sold  them,  for   He  never  sold  them  (Is.50:1).  It  was  because  they  sinned  against  Him  (Is.50:1)  and   abandoned  Him  themselves  (Is.50:2).  This  is  the  usual  consequence  of  sinning   against  the  Lord  and  abandoning  Him  (2  Chron.  15:1 -2).  Sin  always  alienates  from   God  (Gen.  3:8 -11;  Jos.  7.  7:10 -12;  2  Chron.  15:1 -2).  This  is  an  everlasting  rule.  A   child  cannot  please  the  parents  by  disobeying  or  rebelling  against  them.  The  only way to avoid God's abandonment is to remove sin and not abandon him. 7:10 -12;  2  Chron.  15:1 -2).  And  the  only  way  to  remove  sin  is  to  confess  it  to  Jesus   and  ask  Him  to  take  it  away.  He  is  the  only  one  who  takes  away  the  sins  of  the   world  (Matt.  1:21;  Jn.  1:29).  

1.  Father,  please  forgive  me  all  my  sins
2.  Father,  please  give  me  victory  over  every  sin


3  January - Matt.  1:22-23
The birth of Jesus Christ fulfils prophecy  

The  birth  of  Jesus  Christ  fulfils  the  prophecy  of  the  prophet  Isaiah  who  lived  and   ministered  in  the  latter  half  of  the  8th  century  B.C.  Thus,  His  birth  was  foretold   more  than  seven  hundred  years  before  it  took  place  (Is.  7:14).  This  prophecy   came  from  the  Lord  (Matt  1:22).  The  fact  that  this  birth  was  foretold  by  God   hundreds  of  years  before  it  occurred  makes  it  unique.  There  is  no  other  birth  like   it.  This  is  a  birth  with  a  difference  and  with  a  divine  mission.  In  this  birth  is Mankind's salvation (Luke 2:10-12).  It  is  a  birth  of  interest  and   benefit  to  every  human  being  (Jn.  3:16).  With  His  birth,  we  can  have  full   confidence  in  the  promises  of  God.  As  this  prophecy  came  to  pass,  so  will  every   other  promise  of  God  (cf.  Matt.  24:35;  Lk.  24:44).  

1.  Lord  Jesus,  please  be  my  Saviour  and  Lord
2.  Lord  Jesus,  please  let  the  blessings  of  your  birth  be  my  portion
3.  Father,  please  let  all  your  promises  come  to  pass  in  my  life


4  January - Ps.  1:1-3
The  kind of man whom God blesses    

What  kind  of  man  is  he?  He  is  a  man  with  some  special  attributes  (Ps.  1:1).  He  is   one  who  does  not  walk  in  the  counsel  of  sinners  (Ps.  1:1),  which  the  Scripture   forbids  (Prov.  1:10 -19).    He  is  a  man  of  the  Scripture  (Ps.  1:2),  an  attribute  God   requires  of  His  children  (Deut.  6:6 -9).  This  is  the  kind  of  man  whom  God  blesses   (Deut.  28:1 -14).  Those  who  do  not  live  for  God  are  not  objects  of  His  blessings  but   of  His  wrath  (Deut.  28:15 -68;  Ps.  1:4 -6;  Ps.  11:5 -6;  Ps.  73:27;  cf.  Job.  7:19 -26;   1Sam.  15:22-23 To become an object of God's blessings one must live  totally  for   Him  (Deut.  28:1 -14).  Anyone  who  refuses  to  live  totally  for  God  forfeits  His   blessings  (Deut.  28:15 -68).  Where  unbelievers  appear  to  be  blessed,  such   blessings  are  transient  and  temporal  (see  Ps.  73:2 -20).  

1.  Father,  please  make  me  like  you
2.  Father,  please  enable  me  to  live  totally  for  you  alone


5  January - Deut.  23:5
The Lord turns our curses into blessings

  While  the  Israelites  were  in  the  plains  of  Moab  on  their  journey  to  the  promised   land,  the  Moabites  invited  Balaam  from  Pethor  in  Aram  Naharaim  to  come  and   put  a  curse  on  them  so  that  they  can  defeat  them  and  drive  them  out  of  their   country  (Num.  22:1 -6;  Deut.  23:4).  Due  to  His  love  for  the  Israelites,  the  Lord  did   not  listen  to  Balaam  but  turned  his  curse  into  a  blessing  (Num.23:5 -24:19;  Deut.   23:5).  The  Lord  loves  all  those  who  acknowledge  Him  as  their  God  (see  Ps.  103:11,   17;  Exod.  20:6)  and  He  is  ready  to  turn  their  curses  into  blessings  as  he  did  for  the   Israelites.  We  are  entitled  to  His  protection  and  blessings  if  we  acknowledge  Him   as  our  God,  love,  fear  and  obey  Him  (see  Ps.  103:11,  17;  Exod.  20:6).  No  one  can   curse  us  if  we belong  to God.    

1.  Father,  please  do  not  listen  to  the  curses  of  my  enemies
2.  Father,  please  turn  all  the  curses  of  my  enemies  into  blessings,  as   you  did  for  the  Israelites.


6  January - Gen.  1:26-29
God made man

The  question  of  the  origin  of  man  remains  a  subject  of  intense  and  ongoing   debate.  To  Christians,  no  one  else  but  the  triune  God  made  man  (Gen.  126 -27).   Man  is  the  product  or  handiwork  of  no  other  being  than  God  (Jn.  1:3).  All  other theories of man's origin are therefore and hereby illegitimate, whatever we call such  theories.  With  the  teaching  of  this  passage,  there  is  no  basis  to  hold  unto  or or advocate any contrary theory or theories of man's origin.

1.  Father,  please  enable  me  to  acknowledge  you  alone  as  my  maker
2.  Father,  please  enable  me  to  worship  and  serve  you  alone


7  January - 1Thess.  1:4-5
The gospel must be received with deep conviction  

Paul  noted  that  the  gospel  came  to  the  believers  in  Thessalonica  with  deep   conviction  (1  Thess.  1:4 -5).  This  means  that  the  gospel  had  a  firm  place  in  their   hearts  when  it  came  to  them.  This  must  also  be  true  of  all  true  believers.  Anyone   to  whom  the  gospel  comes  with  deep  conviction  has  truly  received  it.  Anyone  to   whom  the  gospel  does  not  come  with  deep  conviction  has  not  received  it  all(see   Matt.13:19 -22).  It  is  those  who  receive  the  gospel  with  deep  conviction  alone  who   are  saved  (cf.  Rom.  10:9 -10;  Matt.13:23).  God  requires  us  to  love  Him  with  deep   conviction  (see  Deut.  6:5).  Therefore,  to  respond  to  the  gospel  with  deep   conviction  is  proof  of  genuine  faith  indeed.  

1.  Father,  please  enable  me  to  receive  the  gospel  with  all  my  heart
2.  Father,  please  take  away  everything  that  hinders  me  from  receiving   the  gospel  whole  heartedly


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