MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 26 March 2019 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – Dangers of Leaving God Out Of the Calculation (III)
TOPIC: Dangers of Leaving God Out Of the Calculation (III) (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Daily Devotional 27 March 2019)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Judges 1-3; Luke 4:1-30
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Genesis 13:1-7
MEMORY VERSE: “And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.” – Genesis 13:8
In the journey of life, there are people you must not meet and there are those you must not miss, if you must achieve your divine destiny. This assertion is even more important when you have a divine call or assignment like Abraham. To ensure you do not miss the right persons and meet the wrong persons, you must consult God in t selection of your team members. This consultation covers all the facets of life including choice marital partner, career, organisation to work for, church denomination to attend, house and environment to live in, friends to keep, etc. The decisions you do not any choice over are matters like your country, village of birth, your parenthood, your gender, your race and all other things exclusively decided by God.
In God’s plan for Abraham, Lot was not included and to make matters worse, Abraham did not bother to ask God if he should go with him. Lot later became a burden rather than a good company to Abraham as soon as he became financially independent. He failed to caution his herdsmen who had the audacity to engage in strife with Abraham’s herdsmen over the struggle for pastures. You begin to wonder how many family fights have been caused by the love of money and struggle over family inheritance. People who used to love each other and enjoy each other will begin to attack each other just to get money, not realising that money cannot buy the blessings that families freely give.
Even though the problem was not an easy one, for it involved land and wealth, yet Abraham confronted it in a unique way. He determined to be a peacemaker and not a troublemaker. It was bad enough that this dispute was between brethren, but even worse, the heathen people of the land were watching and listening. When Christians have disputes, it hurts the testimony of the Lord if unbelievers had to get involved in peace making. Abraham chose to live for others, not for self as he put God first and others next. As the “elder statesman” of the camp, Abraham had every right to decide the issue and tell Lot what to do, but he gave Lot first choice (Romans 12:10). The spiritual Christian does not insist on his or her own rights but gladly yields to others. Abraham is the example of what every believer should do when there are disputes about material things.
Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3). Abraham chose to bear the brunt of the consequences of his decision over the inclusion of Lot in his company. He let go so that peace could reign Lot, however, demonstrated the behaviour of a natural man who is greedy and covetous. He was comfortable to part ways with Abraham as long as he could get the best location for himself. This explains why we see the alarming rate at which churches split due to the activities of carnal Christians who are not walking with the Lord or with other believers but are merely interested in what would benefit them most.
Abraham lived by faith, not by sight. No matter what Lot did, Abraham was not worried about his future; for he knew that everything was in the hands of the Lord (Psalms 47:4; Matthew 6:33). He had met God at the altar and he knew that everything was under control. When God is first in your life, it makes no difference who is second or last. Lot had a tent but no altar (Genesis 13:5), which meant he did not call on the Lord for wisdom in making decisions (James 1:5). Instead of lifting up his eyes to heaven, Lot lifted up his eyes to the plain of Jordan (Genesis 13:10) and stopped there. The eyes see what the heart loves. Abraham had taken Lot out of Egypt, but he could not take Egypt out of Lot. Outlook helps to determine outcome. Abraham’s eyes were on the holy city of God (Hebrews 11:13-16), and he went on to walk with the Lord and inherit blessings. Lot’s eyes were on the sinful cities of men, and he went on to worldly success, spiritual failure, and a shameful end.
Whenever you get into a near-mess as a result of wrong decisions, face it squarely like Abraham, make necessary sacrifices, and return to the Lord for help and divine direction. May you have the wisdom to choose by faith and not by sight, in Jesus’ name.
MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE: A LIFE WITHOUT CHRIST IS FULL OF CRISIS.
PROPHETIC WORD: Every crisis in your life shall receive divine attention!
Any Lot in my walk with God, I detach you from my divine call today, in the name of Jesus.O Lord, grant me the wisdom to handle the problems I am facing as a result of the presence of Lot in my life’s journey, in the name of Jesus.O Lord, deliver me from every evil cage, in the name of Jesus. EVENINGO Lord, empower me to let go and let peace be my lot, in the name of Jesus.Lord, give me the right focus in life, in the name of Jesus.Every rebellion in my heart against constituted authority, I cast you out by fire, in the name of Jesus.O Lord, empower me to give up my rights in order to gain Your acceptance, in the name of Jesus.
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