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Exposition On How To Serve The Smallest


How big must God’s heart be to save a small person like me! In response, how large has my heart grown to be? I can easily tell, not by how I please the “important people,” but by how I serve the ones society might deem the least important.

What types of people do you have a hard time valuing? In what ways might God want you to change that?

"God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things." 1 Corinthians 1:28

The video showed a man kneeling beside a busy freeway during an out-of-control brush fire. He was clapping his hands and pleading with something to come. What was it? A dog?Moments later a bunny hopped into the picture. The man scooped up the scared rabbit and sprinted to safety.

How did the rescue of such a small thing make national news? That’s why. There’s something endearing about compassion shown to the least of these. It takes a big heart to make room for the smallest creature.

Jesus said the kingdom of God is like a man who gave a banquet and made room for everyone who was willing to come. Not just the movers and shakers but also “the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame” (Luke 14:21). I’m thankful that God targets the weak and the seemingly insignificant, because otherwise I’d have no shot. Paul said, “God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things . . . so that no one may boast before him” (1 Corinthians 1:27–29).

God, as your servants, please help us to value others the way You do, regardless of who they are or what they do. Give us a loving heart that's anxious to tell the world about Your love and grace and to extend Your invitation to the great banquet You've prepared for us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Today's Scripture: Luke 14:15–23

Bible in a Year: 2 Samuel 19–20; Luke 18:1–23

Reference : Our Daily Bread By Mike Wittmer

THE PRINCIPLES OF THE CALL OF GOD

CALL OF GOD

The call of God is inevitable, once you are called by God nothing can prevent you from doing that divine mandate. Take Job as an example,  he was trying to run away from God but all his attempts to do so were abortive. The call of God is divine, pure, and unavoidable. Now,  “And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.” [ 2 KINGS 2:9]. Men become prophets not at their own whim but by the sovereign calling of God. If God does not call the man, he cannot carry God’s message. Perhaps the man was a little rigid in this area, but he carried a right point. If God has called someone to ministry, nothing can keep that person from that ministry.
Our problem today is that ministry has simply become a vocational choice. This has brought untold misery to the church. Ministry is not a vocational choice; it is a sovereign call of God upon a man’s life. Nobody has any right to make a judgment in this area. It is always wrong for us to judge values by size, but we constantly attempt to do that.
In the Western world, where they have the biggest things and the richest and the largest and the longest and the widest. They  have sizes, all right, but still it is wrong to judge values by size. A man can back up five tons of coal to your house, if you still use coal, and spend the day putting it in the coal bin. Yet, your wife wears on her finger something far more valuable than all the coal it took two men all day to put into your coal bin. Size and weight do not mean value.
Take the nation of Israel. Israel’s importance did not lie in what she was as a people. It lay in what God had made her through His covenants. God takes that which is nothing and makes it something. People who always know where they are going are not following the Lord, because He cannot be predicted quite so perfectly as that. Israel thought they were something; but apart from God, they were nothing.
For years, Elijah had been the prophet to Israel. Although he was not much in himself, he held the most important position in his relationship to God and Israel. Elijah is about to finish his work. When God calls a prophet home, or to any kind of work, He calls him in His way. It is our business to say goodbye to the past and face the future, knowing that we have been promoted.
  • God Identifies the Replacement
God never takes away an Elijah without raising up an Elisha to fill his shoes. The work of God will never stop; you can be sure of that. God’s servants go to their eternal reward, but the work of God continues. God was going to continue to bless Israel, even when Elijah was gone. The Lord would raise up another man, by the name of Elisha, to carry on that work.
Let me point out that some of God’s present leaders are in the process of going. Some are within the last few years, and the temptation is to say, “If the Lord takes away His giants, what are we going to do?” God never takes away any Elijah without raising up an Elisha to fill his shoes. He never takes away a Moses without then raising up a Joshua. He never takes away a St. Paul without raising up a St. Augustine, or someone else, to take his place. When Elijah was about to go, God was laying his hand on somebody else.
God is putting His hand on somebody right now who is going to occupy the place of someone you look up to and think is so great—that mighty preacher, that mighty man of God. One of these days, God is going to take the breath out of his nostrils and he will be a lump of clay. That is all he ever was in the first place. All that he is, the good God gave him. When we look at all these mighty men God is going to take home, we know He is looking around for others to take their places. The people who are taking their places may not look that important to us by comparisonGod Makes Nothing into Something So, who is the Lord looking for? Some mighty giant who could walk out there like Hercules? No. When God bestows honor, He seldom turns to the mighty.
Very rarely does God turn to the mighty when He wants to bestow honor. The apostle Paul pointed this out when he wrote, “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence” (1 Cor. 1:27-29).
God does not choose the obvious, but the one through whom He will get the most glory. The Scriptures, as well as church history, are full of this sort of thing. Gideon was hiding away, threshing a little bit of grain in a cave, afraid of the Midianites, when God came to him and said, “Thou mighty man of valor” (Judg. 6:12). Surely, God must have smiled when He said those words to a man hiding away from the Midianites. Gideon did not believe it, of course. He would know a mighty man of valor when he saw one; and yet when God calls you, you are that. It is part of faith not to argue with God when He calls you out like He did Gideon.Then there was David, the least likely of all his brothers. The prophet Samuel tried to anoint every other brother, but the Holy Spirit said, “That’s not my man.”

Not that alone, when they all stood around shrugging their shoulders and saying there has been a mistake somewhere, somebody remembered the youngest son, David. No possibility that it could be David; but when he came in, Samuel recognized right away that this was God’s choice (see 1 Sam. 16).God takes that which is nothing and makes something out of it.Look at Peter the fishermen. Who would have picked Peter to be one of the apostles of Jesus? If there had been a vote somewhere, he would have been voted the least likely to be an apostle.
God looked at him and said, “Peter, I have a job for you to do.” He picked Peter and made him the great man that Scripture tells us about today. When God takes a great man, He humbles him; and when He picks an unimportant man, He raises him. That is the way God does things.The message always is more important than the messenger. The messengermust be worthy of the message, but the message continues after the messenger has gone.
  • The Honor of God’s Call
An important consideration in this regard is that the call of God always bestows honor. God never calls anyone down. He may call them down from their dizzy heights, as He called Zacchaeus to come down from the sycamore tree, because he should have never been up there in the first place. He may call them down, but He never calls a man to come beneath himself. He never calls anyone to move away from heights. He always calls us up higher. When you move toward God, you are moving up; when you move away from God, you are moving down. God always calls us upward.
When God calls you to some kind of humble service—it may be working in a rescue mission—He has promoted you. God called this man Elisha. When we meet Elisha, he is out plowing. It was not particularly a high status job, but it must have been quite a farm, for he had 12 yoke of oxen. From a human standpoint, there was nothing to recommend that Elisha follow in the footsteps of Elijah, that great prophet. But, as Elijah passed by, God said to him, “There’s your man.” Elijahwalked over to the field, took his mantle—the symbol of his office—and flung it toward Elisha. Destiny was passing along the road, and Elijah was in a position to hear from God.
Today, we are too flippant. We take things too lightly; we turn from one thing to another too easily. We do not think enough; we do not meditate enough; we do not dream enough; and we do not give God a chance to speak to us. The result is that when God may want to speak, He speaks quietly by nothing more than the wind from a mantle of the Holy Ghost flung in our direction. We cannot hear and notice because of the drama and the color and the noise and the speed at which we live.
Elisha was a man plowing in the field when destiny passed by in the person of an old prophet about to go home. Elijah waved his mantle quietly, but the response had to come from Elisha; it could not come from Elijah. It had to come from the man Elisha. When Elijah laid his hand on him, Elisha recognized that this was the man of God.Elijah, that salty old prophet, was not going to be sentimental about it. He told Elisha to go back, saying, “What have I done to thee?” Elisha recognized the call of God, turned his back on his old life and followed Elijah from that point on. Firmly believe that if you are where you are now because of your ingenuity and maneuvering, you are probably not where God wants you to be. The call of God is a divine moment that is impossible to replicate. Elijah, himself, never knew where he was going to be. His life was a constant reaction to the voice of God. Elijah always went where God wanted him go.
  • God’s Call Brings Surrender and Obedience
Another consideration is that God is not going to do anything that runs contrary to His laws. God is consistent in everything, and there is a divine harmony about all He does. God is not the author of confusion (see 1 Cor. 14:33); the Bible clearly insinuates that the devil is the author of confusion. God will not use a man who is not in conformity to the will of God. God will not use a person just because he is a big shot in the eyes of the world. God cannot use big shots. God can only use that man or woman who will finally surrender to the will of God and say as Isaiah said, “Here am I, send me” (Isa. 6:8).
When God calls a man, the man knows it. When God calls a man, he cannot die until he has done the work God has called him to do. If God calls a man to a work, and the man says yes, that man cannot die until that work is done. The man God calls is immortal until his work is done. A man may never know when his work is done. Maybe the Lord will have a man start a work and then take him to heaven, and somebody else will carry it on in a way that he could not. (Never judge God if some missionary dies young, or a worker in the church dies young.)
Elisha left everything—his job, his friends, his wages, his big farm—and he left it for good. He did not attempt to do the impossible. He did not seek to walk on both sides of the fence at the same time; he turned his back completely on his past. Jesus told a parable about putting new wine in old bottles—old wineskins. He was emphasizing the futility of patching an old garment with new material.When you become a Christian, you cannot patch your Christianity onto your old life. You are to start over, turn your back on the past and follow the leading of the Lord.
Elisha said goodbye and turned his back on his former life. He put his life on the altar of obedience and surrender. He burned the bridge so he could never go back again. When God has called you, you kill the oxen, say goodbye to the old life, abandon the old business and go forward with God. As long as you can hear those old oxen bellowing, there is a temptation to go back to the old life. When God called the prophet home, He called him in His way. Likewise, when we are called, it is our business to say goodbye to the past and face the future, knowing we have been promoted. Accept God’s call as a promotion. Burn the old bridges and fix it so you cannot go back; then serve God with all your heart. My heart, O God, yearns for Thee and listens for that call that only comes from Thee. May I respond in such a way that I honor Thee before a world that is watching. Gratefully, in Jesus’ name, amen.

ALL THINGS ARE CREATED TWICE

"Begin with the End in Mind" is based on the principle that all things are created twice. There's a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all thing. Take the construction of a home, for example. You create it in every detail before you ever hammer the first nail into place. You try to get a very clear sense of what kind of house you want. If you want a family-centered home, you plan a family room where it would be a natural gathering place. You plan sliding doors and a patio for children to play outside. You work with ideas. You work with your mind until you get a clear image of what you want to build.  Then you reduce it to blueprint and develop construction plans. All of this is done before the earth
is touched. If not, then in the second creation, the physical creation, you will have to make expensive changes that may double the cost of your home.  The carpenter's rule is "measure twice, cut once." You have to make sure that the blueprint, the first creation, is really what you want, that you've thought everything through. Then you put it into bricks and mortar. Each day you go to the construction shed and pull out the blueprint to get marching orders for the day. You Begin with the End in Mind.
For another example, look at a business. If you want to have a successful enterprise, you clearly define what you're trying to accomplish. You carefully think through the product or service you want to provide in terms of your market target, then you organize all the elements -- financial, research and development, operations, marketing, personnel, physical facilities, and so on -- to meet that objective.

The extent to which you Begin with the End in Mind often determines whether or not you are able to create a successful enterprise. Most business failures begin in the first creation, with problems such as undercapitalization, misunderstanding of the market, or lack of a business plan.  The same is true with parenting. If you want to raise responsible, self-disciplined children, you have to keep that end clearly in mind as you interact with your children on a daily basis. You can't behave toward them in ways that undermine their self-discipline or self-esteem. To varying degrees, people use this principle in many different areas of life. Before you go on a trip, you determine your destination and plan out the best route. Before you plant a garden, you plan it out in your mind, possibly on paper. You create speeches on paper before you give them, you envision the landscaping in your yard before you landscape it, you design the clothes you make before you thread the needle.
To the extent to which we understand the principle of two creations and accept the responsibility for both, we act within and enlarge the borders of our Circle of Influence. To the extent to which we do not operate in harmony with this principle and take charge of the first creation, we diminish it.

Watch Out

"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8

I grew up in warm southern cities, so when I moved north, it took me a while to learn how to drive safely during the long, snowy months. During my first hard winter, I ended up stranded in a snowdrift three times! But after several years of practice, I began to feel comfortable driving in wintry conditions. In fact, I felt a little too comfortable. I stopped being as vigilant. And that’s when I hit a patch of black ice and skidded into a telephone pole on the side of the road!

Thankfully, no one was hurt, but I learned something important that day. I realized how dangerous it can be to feel comfortable. Instead of being watchful, I had gone on “autopilot.”

We need to practice that same kind of vigilance in our spiritual lives. Peter warns believers not to glide thoughtlessly through life, but to “be alert” (1 Peter 5:8). The devil is actively trying to destroy us, and so we too need to be active, resisting temptation and standing firm in our faith (v. 9). That’s not something we have to do on our own though. God promises to be with us in our sufferings and, ultimately, to make us “strong, firm and steadfast” (v. 10). By His power, we learn to remain watchful and alert in resisting evil and following Him.

Where do you need to be more alert? In what ways will you stay vigilant in following Jesus?

Father please keep us from growing lazy or too comfortable in our spiritual lives. We pray that You would help us to remain watchful and alert so that we can resist evil. Help us to remain strong, firm and steadfast in You. Thank You Father. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen!

Today's Scripture
1 Peter 5:6–11

Bible in a Year: Ruth 1–4; Luke 8:1–25

Reference: Our Daily Bread By Amy Peterson

One With God Is Majority

MEMORISE:
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

READ: 1 Kings 18:21-39

21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.

23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:

24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.

25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.

26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.

27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.

28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.

29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.

30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.

31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:

32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.

33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.

34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.
35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.

36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.

37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.

38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.

MESSAGE

By the standards of the world, the majority votes or opinion is the acceptable way of measuring the correctness or wrongness of any idea or way of life. For example, at a point in history, some societies saw homosexuality and other sexual immorality as aberrations, but with the majority of their population now in support of such lifestyle, these acts are now being celebrated, so much so that even some who ought to be God’s mouthpiece in these societies are afraid of criticizing them, in order not to lose their appeal before the world. How sad! Irrespective of the prevailing opinion in such societies, God’s position remains steadfast forever, and it is clearly stated in the words of 1 Corinthians 6:9:

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,”

The doctrine of the world says the minority may have their say but the majority will have their way. Thank God that we are not of the world, and so we are not bound by the ideology or way of life (John 17:14-16). We are citizens of a kingdom, and God is our King (Ephesians 2:9).

As citizens of Heaven, let us not be terrified into surrendering to the world’s beliefs. Do not let their militant way of enforcing their agenda move you. Don't be like Aaron who conceded to the evil idea of making a god of gold for the Israelites because that was the popular opinion of the majority (Exodus 32:1- 6). Remember the words of Exodus 23:2a which says to you:

“Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil;”

Also, don’t forget the words of your heavenly Father, saying in Proverbs 1:10:

“My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.”

You need to understand that one with our God is majority (Romans 8:31). Always stand for the truth, even in the face of a hostile majority with the full understanding that with God, you are in the majority. 1 John 4:4 declares that you have overcome the world because the presence of God in you makes you greater than the world. I therefore encourage you to soar on the victory won by Christ Jesus to confidently stand for the truth and speak out against all forms of sin and unrighteousness (John 16:33). Let the whole world know that one with God is majority and resist the lie which says that because you are outnumbered, you have to join the world to perpetrate evil, especially those identified as being socially acceptable or politically correct.

ACTION POINT:

Pray for Christians in societies which are hostile to the message of the gospel, that God will uphold them to stand strong for Him in the face of hostility against their faith.



BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:  Hebrews 5-8
Jeremiah 10:17-11:8

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 10: I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS

1. I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

2. The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
No turning back, no turning back.

3. Though none go with me, still I will follow;
Though- none go with me, still I will follow;
Though none go with me, still I will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.

4. My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

5. Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
No turning back, no turning back.

Reference : Open Heavens Daily Devotional

Know Who You Are

BIBLE TEXT: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Knowing who you are in Christ is so vital; it’s a prerequisite to having the right attitude towards the challenges you might face in life, and living above circumstances. There’re many who aren’t enjoying the blessings of Christianity, because they don’t know who they are in Christ; they don’t understand who the Christian is. They think, for example, that a Christian is a religious person; someone who goes to church; no! He’s much more.

A Christian is someone in whom Christ dwells; someone in whom, and through whom, the Kingdom of God is manifested; a carrier of divinity. Once you come to terms with this reality, your life will take on a new meaning, and you’ll live joyfully every day, irrespective and independent of circumstances. This is why it’s so important that you understand God’s Word, what He says about you, and then live accordingly.

The Bible says Jesus wasn’t only delivered to death on account of your sins, He was also raised for your justification (Romans 4:25). What does it mean to be justified? It means to be declared “not guilty”; meaning that in the mind of justice, in the eyes of God, you never sinned; therefore, no charges against you.

Now you can further appreciate why the Bible says you’re holy, unblameable and unreproveable in the sight of God (Colossians 1:22). It’s because the Christian is a new creature: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

You’re a brand new species of being that never existed before; that’s why God can declare you acquitted, because there’s nothing to judge since you have a brand new life.

Your justification isn’t because Jesus “paid” for your sins; He did that for the whole world of sinners, but the Christian isn’t a sinner; he’s a new creation; a product, not of the death and burial of Jesus Christ, but of His resurrection! You came from the resurrection.

You’re the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, graced to reign and exercise dominion over Satan and circumstances. Hallelujah!

CONFESSION
I walk in the light of my justification. My life is an expression of God’s righteousness; I’m the seed of Abraham; therefore, I live above lack, sickness, disease and defeat! I’m victorious all the way, serving the Lord joyously and gloriously, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

FURTHER STUDY:
1 John 5:4 KJV
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

1 Corinthians 6:11 KJV
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

1 Peter 2:9 AMPC
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Reference: Rhapsody Of Realities Daily Devotional by Pastor Chris

Surrounded by God

Today's Scripture: Psalm 125:1–5

Bible in a Year: Judges 4–6; Luke 4:31–44

"As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and for evermore." Psalm 125:2

In a busy airport, a young mother struggled alone. Her toddler was in full tantrum mode—screaming, kicking, and refusing to board their plane. Overwhelmed and heavily pregnant, the burdened young mother finally gave up, sinking to the floor in frustration, covering her face, and starting to sob.

Suddenly six or seven women travelers, all strangers, formed a circle around the young mother and her child—sharing snacks, water, gentle hugs, and even a nursery song. Their loving circle calmed the mother and child, who then boarded their plane. The other women returned to their seats, not needing to discuss what they had done, but knowing their support had strengthened a young mother exactly when she needed it.

This illustrates a beautiful truth from Psalm 125. “As the mountains surround Jerusalem,” says verse 2, “so the Lord surrounds his people.” The image reminds us how the bustling city of Jerusalem is, indeed, flanked by surrounding hills—among them the Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, and Mount Moriah.

In this same way, God surrounds His people—supporting and standing guard over our souls “both now and for evermore.” Thus, on tough days, look up, “unto the hills,” as the psalmist puts it (Psalm 121:1 kjv). God awaits with strong help, steady hope, and everlasting love.

How have you sensed the Lord surrounding you with His love? Who can you share His love with today?

Lord, thank You that when we face tough days You surround us with Your comforting love. Help us to remember to look to You and trust You to carry us through our difficult times. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen!
  • Reference : Our Daily Bread By Patricia Raybon

Send Help To The Poor Today

MEMORISE:
Proverb 11:25The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

READ: Psalm 41:1-3

1Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.

2 The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.

3 The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.

MESSAGE

The power have always had a special place in God’s heart, and for this reason, you will observe that caring for them is a high priority obligation for those who walk with Him. Abraham was so addicted to caring for the poor that he organized a feast for total strangers who were just passing by (Genesis 18:2-5). When God was giving the Mosaic Law, He ensured that His people recognized the poor in their society, and He required them to make special provisions for them (Leviticus 19:9-10). When the Lord Jesus Christ came to demonstrate the nature and character of God to us, He showed compassion to the poor and preached the gospel to them (Mark 8:2, Luke 7:22). Having learnt from Him, the early disciples also made provisions for the poor (Romans 15:26). Caring for the poor is therefore a cardinal aspect of our faith as Christians (Galatians 2:20).

In today’s Bible reading, the blessedness of giving to the poor is revealed to us. One of the blessings associated with this good deed is that as you remember to cater for the poor, you are unknowingly ministering deliverance to yourself. Psalm 41:1 says that the Lord will deliver those who consider the poor in the time of trouble, He means all kinds of trouble: be it financial, physical, spiritual, marital or career-wise. When the widow of Zarephath considered giving her last meal to the hungry prophet, little did she know that she was ministering deliverance from starvation to herself and her household (1 Kings 17:9-14). The Lord will also preserve and keep alive those who remember the poor. In other words, if you are praying for long life, a sure path to receiving this is by giving to the poor. God will grant you long life so that the poor who depend on you will consistently have something to live on through you.

Additionally, those who remember the poor will be blessed upon the earth. In other words, the Lord will make material provisions available for them to the point of overflow. As a matter of fact, if you are a farmer, you will reap a bumper harvest with which you can carry out the divine assignment of feeding the poor, because you cannot give what you do not have. As a business person or contractor, you will not lack contracts, and your turnover shall be divinely influenced. It is one thing to make money, and it is another thing to spend the money on good things. Many people spend a large proportion of their income on sickness, so much so that those with less income are far better off. To those who remember the poor, the Lord has given a great promise to visit and strengthen them whenever they are sick (Psalm 41:3). Imagine what will happen when the Great Healer comes visiting you when you are sick and He makes your bed for you. This is nothing but free healing on a platter of gold. What a heart-warming promise of God this is! I therefore encourage you to remember the poor around you today and consistently put a smile on the face of the destitute.

PRAYER POINT:

Father, as I show love and care to the poor, please bless me according to Your promises.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:  Ephesians 4-6

Jeremiah 5:18-6:5
HYMN 5: LET OTHERS SEE JESUS IN YOU.

1.While passing thro' this world of sin,
and others your life shall view,
Be clean and pure without, within;
Let others see Jesus in you.

Refrain:
Let others see Jesus in you,
Let others see Jesus in you.
Keep telling the story, be faithful and true;
Let others see Jesus in you.

2. Your life's a book before their eyes,
They're reading it thro' and thro'
Say, does it point them to the skis,
Do others see Jesus in you?

Refrain

3. Then live for Christ both day and night,
Be faithful, be brave and true,
and lead the lost to life and Christ.
Let others see Jesus in you.

Refrain

References : Open Heavens Daily Devotional by Pastor E.A Adeboye