Fresh Dew Daily Devotional: The Fear Of Man.

Date: 07/08/2013
Bible Reading: Zephaniah 1-3; John 9

Scripture: “His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for already the Jews had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ would be put out of the synagogue.” John 9:22 NIV

Obsevation: Jesus healed a man born blind but the Pharasees took offence for this was done on a Sabbath. Following series of questioning, the man’s parents were eventually brought in to give their account. But for the fear of what might happen to them if they testified that Jesus truly healed their son, they referred the Pharasees to their son whom they said could speak for himself saying he was of age.

Application: Jesus Christ said if I reject Him before men, He will reject me before His Father in heaven. But if I acknowledge Him before men, He will acknowledge me before His Father in heaven. Knowing the consequences of rejecting Jesus Christ, I should be ready to withstand all rejections by men (family and society), trials and persecution that may come my way following my decision to confess Him as LORD and Saviour.

Prayer: Give me the strength and courage to hold on to You in the face of rejection, trials and persecution for my faith in You.

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Fresh Dew Daily Devotional: When My Heart Is Overwhelmed…

Date 22/07/13

Bible Reading: Isaiah 36 – 37, Psalm 76, 1Peter1

Scripture: “Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear; open Your eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God.” Isaiah 37:17

Observation: Sennacherib the King of Assyria threatened to destroy Judah in the event of an alliance Hezekiah made with Egypt, which nullified an earlier alliance Judah had with Assyria under King Ahaz. Not only did Sennacherib boast about destroying Judah, he boasted against the living God. He said that just as the gods of other nations were unable to deliver their people from his hands, so the God of Israel would be unable to deliver his people from his hands. He insisted that except Hezekiah surrendered to him, the nation would be destroyed saying God would be powerless to deliver, so they should not put their trust in Him.
Hezekiah on hearing all the words of Sennacherib went before God in prayers and indeed deliverance came from the living God with an angel killing 185,000 men in the camp of the Assyrian army. Sennacherib himself was later murdered by his sons.

Application: When in trouble, difficulty and pain, whom do I look unto? The heathen will boast but I must know that their boasts are empty boast. Challenges or difficult times will come. My trust must not be in any other except in the living God, who alone rules over the affairs of men. He alone can save and deliver.

Prayer. In You I put my trust. When my heart is overwhelmed, please lead me through the rock that is higher than I.

Fresh Due Daily Devotional: When My Heart Is Overwhelmed…

Date 22/07/13

Bible Reading: Isaiah 36 – 37, Psalm 76, 1Peter1

Scripture: “Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear; open Your eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God.” Isaiah 37:17

Observation: Sennacherib the King of Assyria threatened to destroy Judah in the event of an alliance Hezekiah made with Egypt, which nullified an earlier alliance Judah had with Assyria under King Ahaz. Not only did Sennacherib boast about destroying Judah, he boasted against the living God. He said that just as the gods of other nations were unable to deliver their people from his hands, so the God of Israel would be unable to deliver his people from his hands. He insisted that except Hezekiah surrendered to him, the nation would be destroyed saying God would be powerless to deliver, so they should not put their trust in Him.
Hezekiah on hearing all the words of Sennacherib went before God in prayers and indeed deliverance came from the living God with an angel killing 185,000 men in the camp of the Assyrian army. Sennacherib himself was later murdered by his sons.

Application: When in trouble, difficulty and pain, whom do I look unto? The heathen will boast but I must know that their boasts are empty boast. Challenges or difficult times will come. My trust must not be in any other except in the living God, who alone rules over the affairs of men. He alone can save and deliver.

Prayer. In You I put my trust. When my heart is overwhelmed, please lead me through the rock that is higher than I.

Keeping the Bargain.

“I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me.” Psalm 101:3
There is no better way to make a commitment to God other than this. We are bombarded daily with the media, which feature all manner of programmes with the capacity to entice the man whose heart is for the LORD into doing what is contrary.

Societies world over make one believe that except you do that which everyone else is doing, and which in most cases is sin in the sight of the LORD, then you are abnormal. So our societies today have made sin a way of life; sin is no longer regarded as sin, but something one should do. Kids are thought sex by careful scripting of TV programmes meant for them. Cartoons have all of a sudden become a theatre of violence. Little wonder, Children that should act or be children behave more like adults because of the expose they get.

Our societies have so much reinforced negative behaviour to the point where it has become difficult to uphold or confess faith in Jesus for fear of being stigmatised. In order to survive the pressure many have compromised their faith. What would you do if you have a boss who insists you must compromise product standards for the organisation to gain more or be involved in a relationship with him or her to gain promotion?

Against this backdrop, David made this promise: “I will not put anything wicked in front of my eyes. I hate what unfaithful people do. I want no part of it.” (GOD’s WORD.) This should be the position of everyone who loves, fears and mentions the name of the LORD. All those who love Him must make this promise to have no part in what is evil no matter the pressure. All of us who mention the name of the LORD must depart from iniquity and its appearances in whatever form.

See what he said again in Psalm 97:10: “You who are lovers of the Lord, be haters of evil; he keeps the souls of his saints; he takes them out of the hand of sinners.” (BBE.) No one can love the LORD and evil at the same time. It’s either you love one and hate the other. Therefore, all who love the LORD should have no affection for evil no matter the enticement or harrassment. As God has said, He will protect you from any harm only if you will keep your own part of the bargain.

Take Action

Joshua 15:63; 16:10; 17:12-13. We inherit our possessions not by folding our arms but taking action and going leaving no room for the devil. You may have the blessings but except you take action;you will never inherit it. Today’s (23/03/17) reading: Joshua 15 – 17; 1 Cor. 8

What Is God Saying?

Joshua 9:14-16. The men of Gibeon played a fast one on Joshua and the leaders of Israel. Without seeking the Lord to know His will, they made peace with strangers. It’s profitable to seek the Lord for His direction in everything we do. He alone knows what’s best for us (Jer. 33:3). Today’s (21/03/17) reading: Joshua 9-11; 1 Cor. 6