Wednesday 4 December 2019

First Devotional Thoughts Platform (Part Twelve)

Lessons From God's Faithfulness - Part Nine (Guest Appearance)
Akin: Nothing just happens. There is a place for contending for the things that are ours, and the things that we want. In contending and wrestling we grow and attain ALL we are destined to. [Ephesians 6:12; Matthew 11:12]

IC: It is like being engaged in bodily exercises. We all have physical muscles, but not all of us take the time to develop them. When you see people who have invested in developing their physical bodies, the result is clearly visible. In the same token, when we contend and wrestle spiritually like Jacob did, the growth is also evident. [Genesis 32:22-32]

Akin: Ever wondered why, though God knows your needs, He still expects you to ask; He still expects you to pray? [Matthew 7:7-11; 6:7-8]

Akin: Ever wondered why God did not take the Israelites through the short road from Egypt to Canaan, fighting their battle(s) for them? [Exodus 13:17-18]

Akin: Ever wondered why God did not immediately give David the throne after Samuel anointed him? [1 Samuel 16:1, 11-13; 2 Samuel 5:4-5; Acts 13:21]

Akin: Ever wondered why Joseph had to pass through the road he did to get to the throne, his dream fulfilled? [Genesis 37, 39-47]

Akin: The answers to these are the answers to your journey in life, and the responses required of you in achieving your life goals and dreams.

IC: Good questions. My prayer is that God opens our eyes of understanding as He takes us through our own journey, so as to respond appropriately. The trials of our faith are intended to make us ready to function in the capacity that He is setting us up for. God forbid that we fail the test and lose the opportunity!

Akin: Amen, my brother. Amen!

Akin: In Deuteronomy 8:2, we read Moses' admonition to the people. It reads thus,
“Remember how the Lord your God led you on this long journey through the desert these past forty years, sending hardships to test you, so that he might know what you intended to do and whether you would obey his commands.” (GNT)
Akin: God is far more interested in the journey than He is in the destination. He is far more interested in our fulfilling purpose than our mere comfort. The whole of life itself is a pilgrimage. He is far more interested in WHO we become than WHAT we get, or not get.

Akin: And, he is going to take us through the road required to achieve our purpose. The road for each of us is not exactly the same. Our roads are just as different as our fingerprints. Herein is the futility of comparison, and/or trying to be like someone else.

IC: Absolutely. As we are different, our callings are. In the end, the purpose that we are working to achieve should be such that glorifies His name.

Akin: God, not Satan, leads His people in the way they should go. [Psalm 37:23]

Akin: The difficulties and delays you may face along the way are not necessarily because you sinned, or because someone in your lineage sinned. They have not come to kill or incapacitate you. They have come because God knows you can handle it, and the strength you gain from overcoming it will push you towards your destiny. [John 9:2-3; 1 Corinthians 10:13]

Akin: Don’t run away from your challenges, or wish them away. If they have come your way, it is because God knows you can handle it. He is not expecting you to handle it on your own. He wants to go the distance with you, every step of the way. He wants to do life with you. [Psalm 23:4]

Akin: I love the way Caleb and Joshua put it. They said,
“If the Lord is pleased with us, he will take us there and give us that rich and fertile land. Do not rebel against the Lord and don't be afraid of the people who live there. We will conquer them easily. The Lord is with us and has defeated the gods who protected them; so don't be afraid.” (Numbers 14:8-9, GNT)
Akin: Our part is to live our lives pleasing to God and not to rebel against Him. The rest is God’s, and He is faithful. Faithful is His name.

Akin: My prayer for you is God will take you to your rich and fertile land. He will conquer all your enemies and defeat the gods (demons) who protected them. You come out victorious in every realm of your life. Only believe and trust Him all the way.

IC: Amen!

Akin: That is all we are able to take this week. We continue next week with more lessons learned from God’s faithfulness to our guest.

Akin: Remember, God loves you. Go out and make a positive difference in/to your world. We love you, and we care.

Links to Platform Series:
First Devotional Thoughts Platform (Part Eleven)
First Devotional Thoughts Platform (Part Thirteen)

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