A Scripture Based Devotional for Overcomers

19 March
God dries up the river Jordan for His children

The Israelites came to the Jordan river in the course of their journey to the promised land (Jos.3:1). They must cross the Jordan to proceed on their journey. By human speaking, the river Jordan posed an insurmountable and a terminal threat to their journey and mission. But God dried it up so that they could cross over on dry ground, the fact that it was in flood notwithstanding (Jos.3:15-17). What was impossible in human eyes, became possible with God (Lk.1:37). Since we are serving the same God as the Israelites of old did (Ps.102:27; Heb.13:8), and we have become His children as they were on account of our faith in Christ (Jn.1:12-13), we are entitled to the same miracles and to even greater ones than they saw and experienced (see Jn.14:12). Nothing is indeed impossible with our God(Lk.1:37). His promise to be with us means He is ever ready and willing to act most miraculously and most mightily to accomplish His will for our lives (see Jos.1:5; Matt.28:20; Matt.8:2-3). Besides, whenever and wherever His glory and purpose are at stake, He never fails to act most miraculously and most mightily to defend and safeguard them. But we must worship and serve Him only, otherwise He will not be moved or obliged to act on our behalves (Jos.24:14-15; Matt.4:10).

PRAYER: 1. Father, please dry up anything like the river Jordan in my life.
2. Father, please enable me to trust you alone for all my needs.

20 March
Repentance or judgment

Jesus promised to judge Jezebel, the false prophetess in Thyatira, and her followers (Rev.2:22-23). Their judgment will include intense suffering (Rev.2:22), and death (Rev.2:23), and will follow their unwillingness to repent (Rev.2:21-23). This is consistent with the teaching of the Scripture. Without repentance, what follows is judgment (Lk.13:1-5; Heb.10-26-27). Anyone who refuses to repent awaits God’s judgment (Lk.13:1-5; Heb.10:26-27). God always allows time for repentance (Rev.2:21; cf.Ezek.18:23; 2 Pet.3:9). But His judgment always follows lack of repentance (Lk.13:1-5; Heb.10:26-27). Repentance is the key to His mercy and forgiveness (Acts 3:19-20).

PRAYER: 1. Father, please over come every sin in my life.
2. Father, please enable me to live all of my life for you alone.

21 March
The Israelites eat the produce of Canaan

While camping at Gilgal in the plains of Jericho, the Israelites eat some of the produce of Canaan (Jos.510-12). The manna stopped as they started eating the produce of Canaan (Jos. 5:12). By eating of the produce of Canaan, God’s promise came to pass in their lives (Gen.12:6-7; Gen.22:15-18; Deut.1:6-8; Lev.25:38). What was a promise, became fulfilled. The Israelites ate the produce of the land of Canaan, the land which God promised them (Gen.12:6-7; Deut.1:6-8). God was faithful to His promise. The promise took time, but it surely came to pass. As He did for the Israelites, He will also bring us to His destiny for each one of us and enable us to bask in it. All His promises to us are yes in Christ (2 Cor.1:19-20). And His gifts are irrevocable (Rom.11:29). His promises never fail (Jos. 23:14). They may appear to us to be delayed, but they will surely come to pass, as was the case for the Israelites. In the meantime, we must not despair, but continue to put our trust in Him (Rom.10:11).

PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to trust you alone to fulfill all your promises in my life.
2. Father, please take away whatever hinders me from trusting you for all things.

22 March
Joshua 5:13 – 15
God deploys the commander of His army

As Joshua was approaching Jericho to fight against it, he was made to meet the commander of God’s own army (Josh. 5:13-15). He did not know that the commander of the Lord’s army was there, until he was privileged to see him (Josh. 5:13-15). Unknown to Joshua and the Israelites, the Lord had deployed the commander of His own army for the war with Jericho (Josh. 5:13-15). By doing so, God fulfilled one of His covenant promises to them (see Exod. 23:27-28; Deut. 7:17-24; Deut. 28:7). This is also what He did for Elisha the prophet (2 Kgs. 6:15-17). This is what He has promised to do for all His children (Ps. 34:7; Ps. 121:1-8). It is indeed the case that the angels of the Lord keep watch over His children (Ps. 34:7; Ps. 121:1-8). His army surpasses all human and demonic armies put together (see 2 Kgs. 6:15-17; Ps. 68:17). His own protection cannot fail (Ps. 121:1-8; Ps. 127:1). Therefore, we need not fear but put our trust in Him (Rom. 10:11). With the Lord watching over us, and His angels encamped around us, our fears of our enemies have no justification whatever (Ps. 34:7; Ps. 121:1-8)

PRAYER: 1. Father, please deploy your armies to keep watch over me.
2. Father, please enable me to trust you alone for my protection.

23 March
Matthew 1:24
Joseph’s obedience

According to this passage, Joseph obeyed what the angel had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife (Matt. 1:24; cf. Matt. 1:18-21). To obey God is to take action to do His will or word. Whoever claims to obey God but is not doing His will or word is a liar (cf. Jn. 14:24). Obedience is the mark of true believers (see Jn. 14:15, 23; 1 Jn. 5:3). God prefers our obedience to our offerings (1 Sam. 15:22). Disobedience is equivalent to idolatry and unbelief (1 Sam. 15:23; cf. Jn. 14:24). As Joseph’s obedience cleared the way for God to act in salvation through him, our own obedience will also clear the way for God to bless us. Obedience is the condition for God’s blessings (Deut. 28:1-2). Disobedience is the condition for forfeiting God’s blessings (Deut. 28:15).

PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to obey you fully always.
2. Father, please destroy whatever prevents me to obey you fully always.

24 March
Joshua 6:1-5
The walls of Jericho fall

God promised to deliver the city of Jericho to the Israelites (Josh. 6:2). For this to take place, He commanded them to march round the city for seven days, and seven times on the seventh day, and give a loud shout at the end of the march (Josh. 6:3-5). The Israelites obeyed, doing as God commanded them, and the walls of the city fell, and they took it (Josh. 6:6-21). The wall of the city fell, by the people marching round it and giving a loud shout at the end of the march (Josh. 6:3-5, 20-21). They did not need to besiege the city or fire any shot at it for its walls to fall (Josh. 6:3-5, 20-21). God can deliver without the use of human means (see 1 Sam. 17:45-50; Ps. 44:4-7; Deut. 20:2-4). In fact human weapons are immaterial and worthless before Him (Ps. 33:16-17; Ps. 60:11). He alone can give the victory (Ps. 60:11-12). As He did for the Israelites in respect of Jericho, He is able to give us victory over all our enemies without our efforts (1 Sam. 17:45-50; Ps. 33:16-17; Ps. 44:4-7; Ps. 60:11-12). As the Israelites did, we must obey all His commands (Josh. 6:6-21; Deut. 28:1-2,7). Then we can entrust all our battles to Him, and He will surely give us the victory as He gave the Israelites over Jericho (Deut. 20:2-4; Ps. 60:12).

PRAYER: 1. Father, please fight all the battles that are waged against me by all my enemies.
2. Father, please grant that whatever are like the walls of Jericho in my life will all fall.

25 March
2 Thess. 1:4
Faith in suffering

One other attribute exhibited by the Thessalonian believers under suffering of which Paul boasted is faith (2 Thess. 1:4). They held on to their faith in spite of all the persecutions and trials they passed through (2 Thess. 1:4). They did not renounce their faith in Christ, in spite of their suffering (2 Thess. 1:4). This is what Jesus expects or requires of everyone who believes in Him (see Rev. 2:13). Anyone who keeps his faith in Christ in spite of the suffering he may encounter keeps not only his sonship (Jn. 1:12-13), but also his right to His kingdom (Matt. 10:22; Matt. 24:12-13). On the contrary, anyone who renounces his faith in Christ on account of suffering not only forfeits his sonship in Christ (cf. Jn. 1:12-13), but also his place in His kingdom (cf. Matt. 10:22; Matt. 24:12-13). For believers, what really counts and is most needed when encountering suffering is faith, not unbelief (see 1 Thess. 3:2-8). Only faith, not unbelief, suffices for believers who may undergo suffering (cf. Rev. 2:13).

PRAYER: 1. Father, please increase my faith even in suffering.
2. Father, please enable me to stand firm and persevere in suffering.



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