THE CHOSEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL...
DATE: Tuesday July, 4th 2017.
TEXT: Matthew 14:24-31
THEME: FOCUS YOUR EYES ON GOD, NOT THE PROBLEM.
MEMORIZE: "But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. " (Matthew 19:26)
Many people tend to focus on problem instead of focusing on the awesomeness of God. They use their physical eyes to assess their situations and come to the conclusion that they are too great to overcome.
But the truth is that God can do all things and there is nothing too hard for Him to do. However, He requires us to have faith and belief in Him before He can move on our behalf. Note, anytime Jesus encountered a person with a problem,
He always asked them whether or not they believed in His power to save them. In other words, He counted on their faith to heal them. But how does one exercise faith in the midst of captivity? One way is to solely focus on the awesome nature and power of God instead of the enormity of the problem or situation. No matter the size of our problem, God is more than able to solve it. He that created the heavens and the earth and everything that is inside it and to whom all power belongs, is more than able to solve that problem you think is too great. While with man it may be impossible, but with God all things are possible.
In our reading today, we see that once Peter took his eyes off Jesus and started to look at the water and fear crept in. Fear and Faith are opposites. Both cannot be at work at the same time. Once fear comes, faith leaves. Fear made Peter to remember that it was humanly impossible for a man to walk on water even though that was what He was doing. He remembered the numerous perils at sea and forgot that he was in the presence of He that created all things and the result was that he began to sink. That is what happens when we focus on the enormity of a problem and not Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. There is no problem that you are passing through that God is not greater than or doesn't have the solution to. Therefore do not fear; focus on Him and He will see you through.
Worship/praise God and then take the following prayer points:
1. Any problem assigned to take my focus away from the throne of grace; be destroyed by fire, in Jesus name.
2. I ask for the enabling grace to remain steadfast in the face of oppositions, trials and temptations, in Jesus' name.
3. Any situation (Name any situation of worry or anxiety) in my life magnified by the devil to look like a mountain, I refuse to bow to you, in the name of Jesus Christ.
4. Father, release the anointing which no problem can defy upon our G. O and Mummy in the Lord, in Jesus' name.
AUTHOR: PST LAZARUS MUOKA
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