PRAYER: 1. Father, please keep me away from taking,
keeping or withholding whatever is devoted to you.
2. Father, please enable me to remove and return to you all that is
to you in my life.
The Lord gives reason why He intends to judge Damascus
(Amos 1:3). Damascus is held to account because of her actions (Amos
judgment upon Damascus is therefore not unjustified (Amos 1:3; cf. Is. 8:5-10).
Damascus was deserving of God’s judgment due to her actions as a nation
(Amos 1:3). The Lord has never ever been unjust in His judgments. On the contrary,
He has ever been just in all His judgments (Ps. 9:7-8). If anyone comes under
His judgment, the blame is not due to God but to him. As far as God’s judgment
is concerned, we always get what we deserve. Anyone who desires mercy must turn
from sin to Him through Jesus Christ (Prov. 28:13; Acts 2:38-39). Anyone who
persists in sin can only expect God’s judgment not mercy (Heb. 10:26-27).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please forgive all my sins.
2. Father, please overcome all my sins for me.
God alone makes one famous
Joshua attained fame because God was with him (Josh.
6:29). It was the presence of the Lord with him that brought him
fame (Josh. 6:27).
His fame was a direct
result of the Lord’s presence with him (Josh. 6:27). Joshua would not
have had the fame he did if God was not with him (Josh. 6:27). Thus, it was
who gave him fame (Joshua 6:27). It was God who made him famous (Josh. 6:27).
And the kind of fame He gave him was both national and international (Josh.
6:27). God did the same for Solomon several years latter (I Chron. 29:25).
It is the
teaching of Scripture that fame comes from God (1 Sam. 2:6-8; Ps. 75:7).
God alone has the power and strength to give fame (1 Chron. 29:12; Ps. 75:6-7).
According to the Scripture, no man from the east or the west or from the
one famous, except the Lord (Ps. 75:6-7). Thus, the sole path to fame is
through Him (Ps. 75:6-7). It is vain to seek fame through any other means
Anyone who desires fame must seek it from Him alone (Ps. 75:6-7). But one
must first make Him his God and Lord and live for Him alone, for He only
to those who are truly His own and are fully obedient to Him (see Ps. 75:10;
Ps. 92:12-15; Deut. 28:1-14; cf. Phil.2:5-11)
PRAYER: 1. Father, please make me famous as you
2. Father, please enable me to trust you alone for my fame and upliftment.
2 Thess. 1:5
The benefit of Christian suffering
Paul states that the Thessalonian believers will
be counted worthy of God’s
kingdom as a result of their perseverance and faith under suffering (2 Thess.
1:5).The Scripture makes this same assertion repeatedly, that whoever stands
firm to the end while undergoing suffering, will receive the kingdom (Jam.1:12;
Rev.2:7; Rev.3:12).Therefore the Kingdom of God belongs to those who persevere
under suffering. There is no place whatever in the Kingdom for those who
renounce Jesus Christ under suffering. Therefore, suffering is not in vain
who persevere under it. Those who suffer in vain are those who refuse to
persevere and stand firm under it. The prize awaiting those who stand firm
is incomparable with all their persecutions and trials (Rom.8:18; cf. 2 Cor.
4:17). The prize is indeed worth standing firm for.
PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to persevere
2. Father, please take away whatever hinders me from persevering
No fear and discouragement with God
Ai was part of the Promised land which Joshua needed
to conquer. Joshua was to face Ai in battle, and fear was natural,
in view of Ai’s earlier
victory over the Israelites due to Achan’s sin (Jos. 7:2-5). But God commanded
Joshua not to fear or be discouraged because He has delivered the land, the king,
and the people of Ai into his hands (Jos. 8:1). There is no basis for fear or
discouragement because the Lord has already given him victory in the battle (Jos.
8:1). The assurance of God’s victory made fear and discouragement on Joshua’s
part completely unnecessary (Jos. 8:1). If we have God with us as Joshua
did (Jos.1:5), then we are entitled to the same assurance like him (Jos.
The Lord indeed holds the key to our victory and courage (Ps. 60:12; Ps.
44:4-8). With Him, we do not only have the victory (Ps. 46:12; Ps. 44:4-8),
all fear is gone (Ps. 46:1-2; Ps. 3:5-6). Therefore, with the Lord on our
side, there is no basis for fear or discouragement whatever (Ps. 46:12; Ps.
It is His help that is dependable, whereas the help of man is wholly worthless
(Ps.60:11; Ps. 146:3-4; Ps. 44:6). Like Joshua, we must make Him alone our
live completely for Him, and depend wholly on Him for our victory and courage
(Jos. 24:14-15). Blessed indeed is the one who makes the Lord alone his God
and lives for Him alone and depends on Him alone (see Ps. 146:5-10; Rom.
10:11). With God , our victory and courage are assured, as was the case for
the Israelites (Jos. 8:1).
PRAYER: 1. Lord, please take away all fear and
discouragement from my life.
2. Lord, please give me victory over all my enemies.
What repentance involves
When Joel called upon the people to repent, he called
upon them to spend the night in sackcloth (Joel 1:13), declare a
holy fast (Joel
assembly (Joel 1:14), and cry out to the Lord (Joel 1:14). Further, he calls
upon them to rend their hearts, and not their garments (Joel 2:13). It is
only repentance that is from the heart that can turn away God’s wrath
(see 1 Kgs. 8:46-51). Repentance that is not from the heart is no repentance
It is only the one who turns from sin to God with all his heart who can find
Him and have his sins forgiven (Deut. 4:29). Unlike human beings, the Lord
looks at the heart, not the outward appearance of men (1 Sam. 16:7). In fact,
abhors those who come to Him with their mouths and lips instead of their
hearts (see Is. 29:13-14). The Lord requires us to relate with Him with all
PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to be truly
2. Father, please take away whatever hinders me from being truly
Victory comes from the Lord
God told Joshua that He will deliver the city of
Ai into his hands (Jos. 8:18). He told Joshua exactly the same thing
earlier on (Jos.
is to hold
out his javelin towards the city, but it is the Lord who will deliver it
into his hands (Jos. 8:18). It was neither Joshua’s javelin nor his
army that brought the victory over the city, but the Lord (Jos. 8:18; cf.
Joshua would have had no victory over the city of Ai if the Lord did not
grant it to
him. Thus, here we find this fact once again, that it is not our weapons
or fighting skills and strategy that gives us victory over our enemies, but
44:1-7; cf. Deut. 20:4). Therefore, the best thing for us to do is to turn
all our battles over to Him to fight them for us and give us the victory
20:4; Ps. 44:1-7). But we must first acknowledge and confess Him alone as
our God and live in complete obedience to Him to be entitled to His victory
Deut. 28:1-2, 7; Jos. 1:7-8). Those who do not acknowledge or confess Him
as their God and are not living in full obedience to Him are not entitled
victory but defeat (Deut. 28:15, 25).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please may you alone be my
Lord and God.
2. Father, please fight all my battles for me and give me victory
over all my enemies.