MIRROR

WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

February 25, 2017

MIRROR

2 Corinthians 3:18 AMP

And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit.

   
Our sense of sight, it would seem, also came with a sense of humour. The only face you can’t quite see with your eyes is yours. It isn’t surprising then, that people have always found it fascinating to see their own reflection. Ancient people gazed upon the river to see what they looked like. Later on, there were polished stones and the obsidian rock which showed reflections. By the third century A.D., glass mirrors were made.

Mirrors used to be found only in the homes of very rich people, until a German chemist called Justus von Liebig figured out a better way to make mirrors in 1835. Liebig was the father of Organic Chemistry and also made significant contributions to Agriculture.

You can’t see yourself except you look into the mirror. You can’t know your spiritual self if you don’t look into the Word. The Word of God is a mirror. The Word makes you what it talks about. The more you look at the Word, the more you see what you really look like. If you aren’t getting the results you desire yet, keep your focus on the Word of grace and do what the Word says. The Word of God is a mirror.

   
CONFESSION: My life is mirroring the promises in God’s Word. I am victorious.

PRAYER: Help me reflect Your goodness to the world.

FURTHER READING: Psa 12:6, Heb 4:12, Eph 6:17.

NOTE THAT.

WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

February 24, 2017

NOTE THAT.

Jeremiah 36:2 NIV

Take a scroll and write on it all the words I have spoken to you concerning Israel, Judah and all the other nations from the time I began speaking to you in the reign of Josiah till now.

  
John Calvin Maxwell is a seasoned speaker who speaks annually to the Fortune 500 companies. In 2014, Inc. Magazine acknowledged him as the No. 1 leadership and management expert in the world. Three of his books have each sold over a million copies. It’s therefore hard to believe that he doesn’t think himself to be a genius. He identifies his note-taking habit as the reason he’s not average. His quips and quotes, fantastic statistics and inspiring illustrations all stem from his notes.

If you invite John C. Maxwell as a co-speaker at an event, you’ll find him taking notes while the other speaker spoke. While reading books, he underlines aspects he wants to use later, photocopies and arranges in his cabinets according to the topic. He has filed thousands of articles in this way. He also writes out what book he wants to use the article for, so that he doesn’t repeat the same illustration for another book. Brilliant!

God told Jeremiah to sit down and write out all the things He had been telling him for at least 5 years! Jeremiah sat down, recalled the prophecies from memory and dictated them to someone who penned them. The prophecies were against the politics of the day and he was almost killed for his notes, but God hid him! His precious notes were burned and yet, he actually sat down once more and wrote them down. That’s why we know that “God’s plans are plans of peace” (Jer 29:11) That’s why we know today that “out of (us) shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of those who make merry” (Jer 30:19). Mature people take notes in church and in life. Your notes haven’t endangered your life yet. Apostle Paul encourages us to meditate on things that are “noteworthy”. Take notes. Note that.

  
CONFESSION: I declare that God’s plans for me are plans of peace and not of evil. I enjoy God’s shalom: nothing missing, nothing lacking and nothing broken!

PRAYER: Thank You Lord for showing me ways of improving my walk with You. As I journal Your faithfulness, let me witness more and more miracles.

FURTHER READING: Jer 36, 30:2, Isa 30:8.

BEAUTY FOR ASHES

WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

February 23, 2017

BEAUTY FOR ASHES

Isaiah 61:3 NLT
To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.

  
Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. Beauty and the beholder have changed over many generations. What was considered beautiful 6000 years ago is different from what’s emphasized today. Understandably, there’s also been an evolution of make up methods over the ages. Embellishment in ages past was a dangerous and desperate affair. In Ancient Egypt, as far back as 3000 BC, the in-thing was to be fair skinned. To achieve that, they would apply lead (sometimes mercury) on the skin! For eye liners, if lead sulfide (a dangerous substance) wasn’t readily available, soot was used!

In the 16th century, Belladona was often used by European ladies to dilate the eyes (the black part of the eyeball became fat), making it “dreamy” (and beautiful). (“Belladona” is Italian for “Beautiful Lady”) Belladona is actually Atropine belladona, a substance that causes blurry vision and made many women fall off the stage in those days. Today, Atropine is used by eye doctors to treat some conditions. Thankfully, today’s make up is a whole lot safer, with emphasis on safety with style.

In different generations, different perceptions of beauty have been seen, but God has always stayed the same. Modes and methods of accentuating and accesorizing have changed but God hasn’t changed. God’s desire for us is beauty and His beauty doesn’t expire. Make up brings temporary change; God’s beauty brings real change. The word for “beauty” in today’s Scripture means embellishment and is used only twice in the Bible, both times in Isaiah, the other time being in reference to the joy of marriage and the beauty of the (bride and) groom (Isa 61:10). Grace has given us beauty for ashes.

  
CONFESSION: My life is beautiful. My days are decorated with God’s glory. I’m in the centre of God’s will for my life.

PRAYER: Lord, help me see people the way You see them. Help me beautify someone’s life today.

FURTHER READING: Isa 61:10, Jer 30:19, John 10:10.

DAILY DELIGHT

WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

February 22, 2017

DAILY DELIGHT

Psalm 1:2 AMPC
But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.

  
Billy Graham grew up on a dairy farm in North Carolina. No one knew that he would grow up to be a great evangelist who would tell America and the world at large about Jesus. Someone once asked Billy Graham what it felt like whenever he missed his daily study of the Bible. The great evangelist paused for a moment and then replied, matter of factly: “I’ve never missed my daily Bible reading.”

Your daily routines add up to your destiny. Joshua implores us to meditate on the Word daily. David inspires us to store the Word: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart”. When you keep the Word within, the Word will keep you in life. Apostle Paul teaches that the Word of grace keeps us. The writer of Hebrews observes that “it is good for the heart to be established and strengthened by grace”. The food for the heart is the Word. Let the Word of grace be your daily delight.

  
CONFESSION: The Word of God is producing in me what it promises. I delight daily myself in the Word.

PRAYER: Sweet Holy Spirit, breathe upon the Word with life. Let me understand the Word afresh that I may apply it to daily living and experience real change.

FURTHER READING: Psa 12:6, Heb 4:12, Eph 6:17.

STRENGTHENED BY GRACE

WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

February 21, 2017

STRENGTHENED BY GRACE

Hebrews 13:9 AMP

Do not be carried away by diverse and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be established and strengthened by grace and not by foods [rules of diet and ritualistic meals], which bring no benefit or spiritual growth to those who observe them.

  
The human heart is a wonder. When a baby is just three weeks and one day inside the womb, the heart begins to beat and it continues to do so throughout life. The heart of a baby within the womb beats about 54 million times before birth. After birth, the heart beats over 3 billion times in a person that lives up to 80 years! But that’s just the anatomical heart.

“Heart” has various meanings in Anatomy, Philosophy and Literature. “Heart” also has a romantic context to it. However, when the Bible mentions “heart”, it is in reference to a spiritual part of our existence. In ancient times, people believed that when they ate, the food strengthened their hearts. Abraham for instance gave his visitors bread to “refresh their hearts” (Gen 18:5 NKJV). Newer versions of the Bible accommodate the modern understanding of the physical heart and mention the word “heart” fewer times.

The Bible mentions “heart” over 1000 times in old translations (725 in the Old Testament; 105 times in the New, using the old KJV) and over 300 times in new translations, speaking about our inner self. The natural heart is evil but we’ve been given a new heart. In the New Testament, our heart is strengthened not by rules but by revelation; not by our good deeds, but by the good deed of Jesus who has given us eternal salvation. Our response should be to rest in the finished work of Christ. Our heart is established and strengthened by GRACE.

  
CONFESSION: I receive grace for my heart to be established and strengthened. I do not struggle to please God. I think the right thoughts. My heart is beautiful and holy.

PRAYER: Thank You for creating a new heart in me already, giving me real change. Thank You for filling my heart with Your grace.

FURTHER READING: Luke 6:45, Rom 10:10, Prov 4:23.

Resident Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Kwara.