Memorise; Then He called his twelve disciples
together, and gave them power and authority
over all devils, and to cure diseases. Luke 9:1

Read: Luke 9:1-6
1 Then he called his twelve disciples together,
and gave them power and authority over all
devils, and to cure diseases.
2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of
God, and to heal the sick.
3 And he said unto them, Take nothing for your
journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread,
neither money; neither have two coats apiece.
4 And whatsoever house ye enter into, there
abide, and thence depart.
5 And whosoever will not receive you, when ye
go out of that city, shake off the very dust from
your feet for a testimony against them.
6 And they departed, and went through the
towns, preaching the gospel, and healing

Bible in one year:
Daniel 1-2,
Psalms 78:1-8

A believer’s power and authority are two potent
legacies that are highly irresistible beyond any
man’s imagination. However, it is unfortunate
that many children of God do not recognize
them. This is the reason why the devil batters
them on every side. As a result of this ignorance,
the victor becomes a victim of circumstances. I
pray for someone using this devotional; you will
never be a victim of circumstances in Jesus’

Power is the ability to perform a function and
this is what Jesus Christ has made available to
all His genuine disciples. Authority is more
valuable than power because you can have the
ability to do something, but if you don’t have the
authority, you may not be able to. For example,
with the power of the gun, you can hunt wildlife
in the jungle, but if you are not licensed to hunt
wildlife in the jungle, but if you are not licensed
to hurt and you do, you may be jailed. In John
5:25-27 the Bible says:
“Verily verily, I say unto you, the hour is
coming, and now is, when the dead shall
hear the voice of the Son of God: and they
that hear shall live. For as the Father hath
life in himself; so hath he given to the Son
to have life in himself; and hath given him
authority to execute judgement also,
because he is the Son of man.”
Interestingly, according to today’s memory
verse, this power and the authority to perform
have been given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ:
“Then He called his twelve disciples
together, and gave them power and
authority over all devils, and to cure

When a (so called) child of God is now caught in
situations that are unbecoming of a saint and he
then says “it is the work of the devil!” such a
believer does not know the authority he has. The
power to live above sin is made available
through the work of redemption that Jesus
Christ wrought at Calvary. The Bible says in 1st
John 3:8 :
“He that commiteth sin is of the devil; for
the devil sinneth from the beginning. For
this purpose the Son of God was
manifested, that he might destroy the works
of the devil.”

When you come to Jesus Christ and you believe
that He came to save you from the power of sin,
He will not only forgive you, but will also give
you the power to go and sin no more ( John
8:11 ). This is the assurance that we have; that
the grace of Jesus Christ will deliver us from the
dominion of sin (Romans 6:14 ). My prayer is
that you will not be beaten by the power of sin in
Jesus’ name.

Prayer Point
I prophesy to my life: I will no longer be a victim
of sin, but a victor in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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Memorise: And said, Verily I say unto you,
Except ye be converted, and become as little
children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of
heaven. Matthew 18:3

Read: Matthew 18:1-6
1 At the same time came the disciples unto
Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the
kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and
set him in the midst of them,
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be
converted, and become as little children, ye shall
not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as
this little child, the same is greatest in the
kingdom of heaven.
5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in
my name receiveth me.
6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones
which believe in me, it were better for him that a
millstone were hanged about his neck, and that
he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Bible in one year:
Ezekiel 46:19-48:35,
Psalms 77:11-20

The child-like faith is what everybody requires,
not only to make it to heaven but also to enjoy
his or her days on the earth. If we do not believe
this because it sounds illogical, we must
believer it because Jesus said it. What is then
required of us is to pray for the kind of faith that
is comparable with that of a little child. The first
thing about a little child is that he is very
trusting. In my living room several years ago,
there used to be a portrait of a little child looking
so innocent with the inscription; “Non Problem”.
The faith that will enable us not to see problems
but see only God who specialises in solving
problems is the best for us.
Another characteristic trait of little children is
that they forgive easily. Unlike adults who keep
malice, children forgive and forget the wrong
done to them almost immediately after it’s done.

The Bible says in Ephesians 4:32 :
“And be ye kind one to another, tender
hearted, forgiving one another, even as God
for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Children fulfil his Biblical injunction freely.
Children could be very generous with their
things except in some unusual occasions.
Without knowing the spiritual implication of their
actions, children are tender hearted with their
peers. This is exactly what God wants from us.
In Colossians 3:12-13 , the Bible also says:
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy
and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness,
humbleness of mind, meekness,
longsuffering; Forbearing one another and
forgive one another, if any man have a
quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave
you, so also do ye.”
There are many blessings we will access from
the throne of God our Father if we can begin to
take after children. For example, if we freely
forgive those who wrong us like a child will do,
our prayers will receive quick answers from God.
In Mark 11:25 , Jesus Christ said:
“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye
have aught against any: that your Father
also which is in heaven may forgive you
your trespasses.”

This instruction that comes from our Lord is
simply saying that before we pray, we must first
forgive! We can see the reason many of our
prayers are not answered; we refuse to forgive. I
pray that a user of this devotional will find grace
to forgive and be kind hearted in Jesus’name.

Prayer Point
Father, please help my faith and transform me to
be able to forgive freely and be tender hearted in
Jesus’ name.

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Memorise: He must increase, but I must
decrease. John 3:30

Read: John 3:25-30
25 Then there arose a question between some of
John’s disciples and the Jews about purifying.
26 And they came unto John, and said unto him,
Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to
whom thou barest witness, behold, the same
baptizeth, and all men come to him.
27 John answered and said, A man can receive
nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I
am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but
the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and
heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the
bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is
30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

Bible in one year:
Ezekiel 44:15-46:18,
Psalms 77:1-10

For Jesus Christ to be fully formed in us, we
must learn the secret of reducing our carnal
nature to the level of divine approval. In
Colossians 3:5-6, Paul an apostle of Jesus
Christ said:
“Mortify therefore your members which are
upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness,
inordinate, affection, evil concupiscence,
and covetousness, which is idolatry: For
which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh
on the children of disobedience.”

When a person is born, he is born loaded with
traits that are in enmity with God and
consequently brings His wrath. Another apostle
of Christ lists some things that make a typical
fallen man; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the
eye and the pride of life (1st John 2:15 ). These
are the sins into which the first man and woman
fell and we inherited. We must get rid of them if
we want Christ to be fully formed in us. The pride
of life is a subtle and complex sin for many
reasons. Firstly, the proud will never accept that
he is proud; this makes the sin very complex
until the power of regeneration comes upon the
individual. He surrenders his life to Christ for
total deliverance. It takes the direct opposite of
pride to go to Calvary and confess one’s sins.
Moreover, it takes an acceptance of his actions
as sinful before the fellow can confess them. Our
Lord Jesus Christ spoke on this matter when He
told the story of the Pharisee and the Publican in
Luke 18:9-14 :
“And the publican, standing afar off, would
not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven,
but smote upon his breast, saying, God be
merciful to me a sinner…. I tell you, this
man went down to his house justified rather
than the other: for everyone that exalteth
himself shall be abased; and he that
humbleth himself shall be exalted.”

In the Bible reading for today, John the Baptist
teaches us some lessons, in spite of his position
as a prophet, he knew his limitation; he knew his
boundary. He pointed his audience to the
original Messiah. From his proclamation, we got
the title for today’s devotional reading: Jesus
must increase while we must decrease. Our
carnal man must be mortified so that Jesus
Christ can increase in us, and gradually, we shall
be transformed to conform to the image of the
Son of the living God. Beloved, I want to
encourage you to make a decision to decrease,
that Jesus may increase. Let the fruits of the
Spirits listed in Galatians 5:22 characterise your

Prayer Point
Father, please help me to be transformed to the
image of Your Son, Jesus Christ my Saviour.

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Memorise: But my God shall supply all your need
according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

Read: Matthew 17:24-27
24 And when they were come to Capernaum,
they that received tribute money came to Peter,
and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?
25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into
the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What
thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of
the earth take custom or tribute? of their own
children, or of strangers?
26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus
saith unto him, Then are the children free.
27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them,
go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take
up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou
hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece
of money: that take, and give unto them for me
and thee.

Bible in one year:
Ezekiel 42:1-44:14,
Psalm 76

Divine provision is in play when you know that
what you have is not by your strength, power or
ability. For example, when you work like a rat
and you get the wages of an elephant without
being fraudulent, you can be sure that the
blessing is from above. One the contrary, when a
man works like an elephant and all he can show
for his labour is the wages of a rat, you can be
sure that the fellow needs divine provision. The
reason for the last scenario is the fall of man
which earned him a curse associated with
poverty and suffering. As a matter of fact, every
man, particularly a child of God, needs divine
provision to be able to make ends meet. This is
the reason Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, told
the Church at Philippi that God will supply all
their needs according to His riches in glory
through Jesus Christ, who has taken care of the
sin that brought hardship and insufficiency to
the life of man.

Divine provision begins with the provision God
made for the atonement of our sins. God gave
His only begotten Son as provision for our sins.
John 3:16-17 says:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave
his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have
everlasting life. For God sent not his Son
into the world to condemn the world; but
that the world through him might be saved.”
Having settled the problem of sin, the Lord now
makes available to us the abundance of His
riches, The death of Jesus Christ cancelled the
curse that subjected us to a life of penury and
made available to us divine provision. 2nd
Corinthians 8:9 says:
“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your
sakes he became poor, that ye through his
poverty might be rich.”

He demonstrated this by the thousands he fed
with that incredibly small meal which He
multiplied just so that the need of the people will
be met. Also, in the Bible reading for today,
divine provision came forth to meet His personal
need and that of Peter from the mouth of a fish. I
pray for someone reading this devotional today;
the Almighty will cause His divine provision to
come upon you and meet you at the point of
your needs in Jesus’ name.

Prayer Point
Father, I present my needs to you today, please
meet them all in Jesus’ name.

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Memorise: Who his own self bare our sins in his
own body on the tree, that we, being dead to
sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose
stripes ye were healed. 1st Peter 2:24

Read: Isaiah 53:1-5
1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is
the arm of the L ORD revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender
plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath
no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see
him, there is no beauty that we should desire
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of
sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid
as it were our faces from him; he was despised,
and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried
our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken,
smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he
was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement
of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes
we are healed.

Bible in one year:
Ezekiel 40:41,
Psalms 75

The title of today’s devotional requires deep
thought. The Lord is asking us to personalise
this truth today? The reason is not far-fetched;
the healing virtue of Jesus Christ is very potent
and available for YOU.

In today’s Bible readings, we are reassured that
Jesus Christ is the Ultimate Healer because He
paid for our healing with His Blood. Apart from
reassuring us, the Bible passage also draws our
attention to some other truths; not believing that
God heals His ailing people is an ancient
unbelief that is meant to subject humans to
perpetual suffering. In the book of Numbers
21:6-9 , the serpents sent to the Israelites as a
result of their sins had bitten them, God then
directed Moses to make and lift up a serpent for
whoever was bitten to look upon for healing; as
many as looked lived. This is type of healing God
provides through our Lord Jesus Christ. In John
3:14-15 , Jesus Christ said:
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the
wilderness, even so must the Son of man be
lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have eternal life.”
The power and secret of sickness and diseases
which ultimately leads to death is hidden in sin.
This is the reason why Jesus Christ often first of
all attacked sin in the lives of the people He
thereafter healed ( Matthew 9:2-6 ). Healing is
easily procured when the sick’s sins are forgiven
him. This is why
the Psalmist says:
“Blessed is the man whose transgression is
forgiven, whose sin is covered.”
Psalms 32:1
He is our unfailing Healer because He paid the
dues for our healing, in that He atoned for the
cause of sicknesses and diseases (Matthew
26:28 ).

To access divine healing, therefore, we must
have a covenant relationship with the Healer,
because by His stripes only, can we be healed.
In other words, by the atonement of Jesus
Christ, our healing is forever settled. To have a
covenant relationship with the Healer, therefore,
we must respond to His call to repentance, and
surrender the totality of our lives for Him to
control. The body that has been dedicated to
Jesus Christ shall be spared the sicknesses that
make people miserable. When we give our lives
to Christ, the next thing to do is to graduate to
the level of belief that, henceforth, Jesus Christ
will be our Healer. We now become candidates
for divine healing and we can graduate to the
level of enjoying divine health.

Action Point
Make sure your salvation is genuine by re-
examining yourself to ensure that you have faith
in the healing power of Christ.

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Memorise: Thou therefore which teachest
another; teachest not thyself? Thou that
preachest a man should not steal, does thou
steal? Romans 2:21

Read: 1st Samuel 2:12-17
2:12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial;
they knew not the L ORD .
2:13 And the priest’s custom with the people
was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the
priest’s servant came, while the flesh was in
seething, with a flesh hook of three teeth in his
2:14 And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or
caldron, or pot; all that the flesh hook brought
up the priest took for himself. So they did in
Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither.
2:15 Also before they burnt the fat, the priest’s
servant came, and said to the man that
sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest; for
he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw.
2:16 And if any man said unto him, Let them not
fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as
much as thy soul desireth; then he would answer
him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me now: and if
not, I will take it by force.
2:17 Wherefore the sin of the young men was
very great before the L ORD : for men abhorred the
offering of the L ORD .

Bible in one year:
Ezekiel 37:15-39:29,
Psalms 74:12-23

The worst of all thieves in the church are the
ministers who take the tithes, offerings and the
first-fruits collected from member for their
personal use. You hear them say, “He who
serves at the Altar must eat from the Altar.” As
true as this statement may be, custodians of the
Lord’s sanctuary should be wary of greed and
the love of money. 1st Timothy
6:10-11 says:
“For the love of money is the root of all evil:
which while some coveted after, they have
erred from the faith, and pierced themselves
through with many sorrows. But thou, O
man of God, flee all things; and follow after
righteousness, godliness, faith, love
patience, meekness.”

In the Bible reading for today, the children of Eli
corrupted the people’s sacrifice through greed.
Unfortunately, the same thing is happening
today; some ministers of God, through greed,
have made the tithes, offerings and first-fruits
that people bring to the sanctuary unacceptable
to God. Sometimes, members of the
congregation suspect this foul play and begin to
ask the ministers in charge what they use their
tithes and offerings for. Though the ministers
should be accountable to God through men,
however, the tithes and offerings become an
abomination before the Lord when the givers
monitor it to the extent of wanting to know what
God does with it. This is the reason some people
claim to be paying their tithes and offerings and
there is nothing to show for their giving.
In Matthew 6:3-4 , Jesus Christ said:
“But when thou doest alms, let not thy left
hand know what thy right hand doeth: That
thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father
which seeth in secret himself shall reward
thee openly.”

It is dangerous when brethren are not being
encouraged or motivated to give more because
they do not have anything to show for their
previous giving. This happens when they begin
to develop a negative attitude towards the way
their pastors handle the finances of the Church.
Some people leave their local assembly to go
and pay their tithes and offerings elsewhere.
This is counterproductive. Hence, the ministers
handling God’s assets must be very careful.
They must not become thieves in the sanctuary.
The Lord enjoins us to fight the good fight of
faith, lay hold on eternal life whereunto we have
been called, and keep away from the love of this
world. If it is dangerous to rob God by not
paying our tithes and offering, it is deadly to
steal out of the one that the brethren are
faithfully contributing for the advancement of the
Kingdom business. We must learn from the
children of Eli and the children of Samuel himself
(1 st Samuel 8:1-5 ).

Prayer Point
Father, please deliver me from the demon called
mammon and don’t let me end up like Judas

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Memorise; Let him that stole steal no more: but
rather let him labour; working with his hands the
thing which is good, that he may have to give to
him that needeth. Ephesians 4:28

Read: Malachi 3:8-9
8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me.
But ye say, wherein have we robbed thee? In
tithes and offerings.
9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed
me, even this whole nation.

Bible in one year:
Ezekiel 35:1-37:14,
Psalms 74:1-11

One sad thing going on among the children of
God is that some are stealing from the sanctuary
of God and the people concerned are doing it
with impunity. Open Heavens 5 October 2016:-
Thieves in the Sanctuary I
There are many ways a person can steal from
the sanctuary of God. The most common way to
almost every Bible reading Christian is when you
deny God one-tenth of your income, Malachi 3:8
“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed
me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed
thee? In tithes and offerings.”
When someone eats all his income without
giving back one out of ten of it, the fellow is
stealing from the sanctuary, because the tithe
belongs to the sanctuary of God.
“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,
that there may be meat in mine house, and
prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of
hosts, if I will not open you the windows of
heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that
there shall not be room enough to receive
Malachi 3:10

Another way of stealing from the sanctuary is by
refusing to give your first-fruit to the Lord as He
requested from His covenant people in
Deuteronomy 26:2:
“That thou shalt take of the first of all the
fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of
thy land that the Lord thy God giveth thee,
and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go
unto the place which the Lord thy God shall
choose to place his name there.”
Some people will argue that the ordinance of the
first fruit belongs to the Old Testament era. I
have always asked them about the numerous
promises of God in the Old Testament which
they often quote and claim to their advantage.
Fro example, I asked some of them who took me
up on whether the promise of being “the head
and not the tail” isn’t found in the New
Testament. Or “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall
not want.” Which is also in the book of Matthew.
The truth of the matter is that the scriptures
which are favourable to the flesh are easily
quoted and claimed. Those that take the steam
out of their so called personal freedom and
finances are pushed to the background. The first
fruit is the property of the Almighty God in His
sanctuary. We must give it to Him through the
custodians of the genuine sanctuary of God. I
pray for someone using this devotional; the Holy
Spirit will convince you of the truth about tithes,
offerings and first fruit. 5 October 2016 open

Prayer Point
Father, help me to abstain from stealing from
you sanctuary, and help me to perform the
required restitution for the damage I have done
to Your honour, when I denied You of Your
tithes, offerings and first fruits.

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Memorise: And ye shall be hated of all men for
my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto
the end, the same shall be saved. Mark 13:13

Read: Mark 13:3-13,
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over
against the temple, Peter and James and John
and Andrew asked him privately,
4 Tell us, when shall these things be? and what
shall be the sign when all these things shall be
5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take
heed lest any man deceive you:
6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am
Christ; and shall deceive many.
7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of
wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must
needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and
kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be
earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be
famines and troubles: these are the beginnings
of sorrows.
9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall
deliver you up to councils; and in the
synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be
brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for
a testimony against them.
10 And the gospel must first be published
among all nations.
11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you
up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall
speak, neither do ye premeditate: but
whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that
speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy
12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to
death, and the father the son; and children shall
rise up against their parents, and shall cause
them to be put to death.
13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my
name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the
end, the same shall be saved.

Bible in one year:
Ezekiel 33:34,
Psalms 73:18-28

The Christian race is not a short one but a
marathon; you know there is a finish line but you
can’t see it. Our Lord Jesus Christ did not hide
this truth from us when He said:
“But of that day and hour knoweth no man,
no, not the angles of heaven, but my Father
Matthew 24:36

To endure suggests that one would have to live
with some things that are not compatible with
our nature. This is a truth that some 21 st century
believers are not ready to live with. Our Lord
Jesus Christ said that we should come and learn
of Him. In the process of learning from Him, we
must take His yoke upon us. The burden of our
Lord Jesus Christ is justice, righteousness; love
for God and acceptable service of humanity,
particularly those in the household of faith.
The Bible says:
“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do
good unto all men, especially unto them
who are of the household of faith.”
Galatians 6:10
What calls for endurance in Christian walk and
why should we endure? Jesus Christ confronted
the people of old about the fact that they hated
Him, because He stood for the truth which His
Father sent Him to tell the world.
“… If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would
do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek
to kill me, a man that hath told you the
truth, which I have heard of God: this did
not Abraham … If God were your Father, ye
would love me: for I proceeded forth and
came from God; neither came I of myself,
but he sent me.”
John 8:39-40, 42

Against this background, our Lord Jesus Christ
told His disciples and us by extension, that He
was sending us forth as sheep in the midst of
wolves, and that we should be as wise as
serpents, and as harmless as doves. He went
further to tell us what was to come:
“And ye shall be hated of all men of my
name’s sake: but he that endureth to the
end shall be saved.”
Mathew 10:22

Beloved, as we journey through the wilderness
of this world towards our heavenly home, don’t
let us forget that this way is a narrow one. It
takes a lot of discipline and self-denial to scale
through successfully. Straight is the gate and
narrow is the way according to the Words of our
Lord Jesus Christ. Let us forge ahead and the
Lord will see us through to the heavenly Canaan
in Jesus’ name. Whatever situation that may
warrant your backsliding shall be destroyed this
day in the mighty Name of Jesus Christ. Go into
the world today and obtain your victory in Jesus’

Prayer Point
Father, please see me through the journey of life
and don’t let me perish with the world.

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Memorise: Behold, thou desirest truth in the
inward pasts: and in the hidden part thou shalt
make me to know wisdom. Psalm 51:6

Read: Daniel 2:16-19
16 Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king
that he would give him time, and that he would
shew the king the interpretation.
17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the
thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
his companions:
18 That they would desire mercies of the God of
heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and
his fellows should not perish with the rest of the
wise men of Babylon.
19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a
night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of

Bible in one year:
Ezekiel 30:20-32:32,
Psalms 73:1-17

It takes withdrawing from the crowd to be able
to hear the message that will not only save you
from evil, but will take you to the next level of
stardom. An adage says: “He that is afraid of
being alone will die in the crowd unnoticed.” The
Psalmist says that the Lord makes him to be
wise “in the hidden part” (Psalms 51:6 )
In today’s reading, we learn a lot from the
withdrawal approach of Daniel and his friends.
The king had a dream that he could not
remember, not to talk of interpreting. All the wise
men of Babylon and the dream-interpreting
astrologers could neither figure it out nor give
interpretation to it. So, their lives were put at
stake including those of Daniel and his friends.
When the news got to Daniel and his colleagues,
he demanded for some time to seek the face of
their God. Daniel and his companions went into
the secret place of the Most High and sought His
face for the revelation of the dream of the king.
The Bible says:
“The secret things belong unto the Lord our
God: but those things which are revealed
belong unto us and to our children for ever,
that we may do all the words of this law.”
Deuteronomy 29:29

There are lots of lessons we can learn from this
story. The first that readily comes to mind is the
fact that we must always find time to be in God’s
presence, because He desires our fellowship.
You can be sure that God will always present
you with a gift whether you are a guest to Him in
His sanctuary or you play host to Him when you
invite him to come into your life. An example of
someone who was a guest to Him in His
sanctuary was Hannah who withdrew from the
crowded festivities at Shiloh.
Her gift was a bouncing baby boy, Samuel (1st
Samuel 1:9-18 ). When God comes visiting you in
your lonely condition, He comes with gifts that
money cannot buy. When Abraham decided to
be alone with God, coming out from his extended
family, he hosted the Almighty God through His
angelic representatives and what he got in
return was a child of promise (Genesis 18:1-14 ).
Another lesson in this story is that we must
learn how to trust God for good knowledge. The
Almighty is the custodian of good knowledge
and He gives it to those who diligently seek it.
The Bible says:
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is
from above, and cometh down from the
Father of lights, with whom is no
variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
James 1:17
It is wisdom, therefore, that we seek God
wherever and whenever. He may be found.
Incidentally, from time immemorial, God is not
always in the midst of the crowd. This is
corroborated by the adage which says: “One
with God is a majority”. Beloved, seek God
today, not in the crowd, but in your personal and
quiet life.

Action Point
Choose a place where you will not be distracted
for your daily personal fellowship with God.

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Memorise: Elias was a man subject a like
passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that
it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth
by the space of three years and six months.
James 5:17

Read: 1st Kings 19:9-18,
9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged
there; and, behold, the word of the L ORD came to
him, and he said unto him, What doest thou
here, Elijah?
10 And he said, I have been very jealous for
the L ORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel
have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine
altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword;
and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life,
to take it away.
11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the
mount before the L ORD . And, behold,
the L ORD passed by, and a great and strong wind
rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the
rocks before the L ORD ; but the L ORD was not in the
wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but
the L ORD was not in the earthquake:
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but
the L ORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a
still small voice.
13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he
wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out,
and stood in the entering in of the cave. And,
behold, there came a voice unto him, and said,
What doest thou here, Elijah?
14 And he said, I have been very jealous for
the L ORD God of hosts: because the children of
Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down
thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the
sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek
my life, to take it away.
15 And the L ORD said unto him, Go, return on thy
way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when
thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over
16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint
to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of
Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be
prophet in thy room.
17 And it shall come to pass, that him that
escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay:
and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu
shall Elisha slay.
18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel,
all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal,
and every mouth which hath not kissed him.
Bible in one year: Ezekiel 28:1-30:19, Psalms 72

Other blessings of solitary living include divine
authority, divine revelation and divine direction.
In our memory verse for today, we read that
Elijah was a man who possessed divine
authority that controlled the weather. He
commanded rain to cease and it was so; when
he felt it was time to release the rain, he
commanded it to start falling and it was so!
The Bible says in 1st Kings 17:1 :
“And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the
inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As
the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I
stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these
years, but according to my word.”

This did not come by careless and flamboyant
living. This authority came as a result of solitary
living and a separated life. We can understand
this by what God said to Elijah in 1st Kings 18:1 :
“And it came to pass after many days, that
the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the
third year, saying, go, show thyself unto
Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.”
It took instruction from God before Elijah could
show himself to Ahab. He had been in solitary
confinement ever since he made the
proclamation of the drought. Some Christian
ministers would want to be seen everywhere, at
every public function and yet they want
authority, they want divine revelation and
direction. They dine and wine with the elites in
the society and yet they want to exercise divine
authority. It does not work like that. Elijah said,
“As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I
stand…” Children of God, pastors, where are you
standing? Before God or in the crowd?

In the reading of today’s Bible text, it is amazing
to know that not only spiritual but also physical
encouragement came to Elijah during his solitary
time with God. Through this divine physical
provision, the Bible says that he travelled for
forty days and forty nights without eating
anything else. One lesson we must quickly grasp
here is that God is interested in our physical and
spiritual well-being. It is a pity that some
Christians spiritualise so many things at the
detriment of their physical well-being. Imagine
God saying, “Arise and eat; because the journey
is too great for thee.” This divine consideration
came because Elijah took time to be alone with
God. One other lesson we must learn is that still
in his solitude. Elijah was visited by God and he
was able to lodge his complaint against the
society he was living in and consequently he
was told what to do. We receive divine
instruction when we are alone with God. Our
misconceptions about life situations will receive
clarification and better understanding when we
are alone with God.
The Bible says:
“The secret of the Lord is with them that
fear him; and he will show them his
Psalm 25:14

Unknown to Elijah that he was not the only
prophet standing for God, he wanted to die.
However, he was told what God Himself had
preserved seven thousand prophets who had not
corrupted themselves! What a revelation and a
lesson. Never think you are the only one keeping
the bound of holiness, there are others unknown
to you. So don’t give in to the deceit of Satan.
God will never change and He will never lower
His standards. God bless you as you continue
with God in holiness.

Prayer Point
Father, the grace to be separated unto You, not
following the multitude, please give to me.

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