MFM Daily Devotional 23 May 2023

TOPIC: Lessons from The Life of Jonathan (I)

MEMORY VERSE
Now it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said unto the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over to the Philistines’ garrison, that is on the other side. But he told not his father.
1 Samuel 14:1

MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE: Show me a man who can dare great things and I will show you a man that has the key to rule his world.

PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY: You will not be lost in the crowd, in the name of Jesus.

FIRE SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 14:1-12

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Esther 1 – 3; John 7 – 8

MFM Daily Devotional 23 May 2023 MESSAGE

In the next few days, we shall be gleaning timeless lessons from the life of Jonathan, the son of King Saul. The first lesson to learn from Jonathan was his daring attitude. In other words, he could be said to be a fearless, risk-taker who would not take no for an answer. “Now it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said unto the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over to the Philistines’ garrison, that is on the other side….” (1 Samuel 14:1).

Jonathan was not complacent, neither was he satisfied sitting among the crowd. He knew he could do more than just being in the number. He knew the Philistines garrison was formidable. He was aware that the Philistines were sworn enemies of the Israelites, enemies of no mean ability and so it was risky to dare such an adversary. However, he also knew that it was riskier to leave such enemies unconfronted. He took his battle to the gate of his enemies.

He understood the principle of spiritual warfare. He knew that the enemy you pamper and refuse to smite will come smiting you sooner or later. He dared the adversary that even his father could not confront, and he won the battle. In the race called life, you either fight or perish. No wonder, Hymnist Bessie F. Hatcher reiterated in her song. the following lines

If you’re in the battle for the Lord and right, Keep on the firing line; If you win, brother, surely you must fight, Keep on the firing line. There are many dangers that we all must face. If we die still fighting, it is no disgrace; Cowards in the service will not find a place. So keep on the firing line.

Beloved, are you being battered by powers and battles that seem too strong for you and you feel like just accepting it as fate? No! you can’t accept nonsense for your life. Rise up like Jonathan, in the name of Lord of host. Take your battle to the gate of your enemy. Fight from the standpoint of the victory won on the Cross and see how the enemy will take a bow from your affairs.

MFM Daily Devotional 23 May 2023 PRAYER POINTS

MORNING
1. Powers that fought my parents, saying it is now my turn, die, in the name of Jesus.
2. Traffic jam of life, assigned to delay my shining, clear away, in the name of Jesus.
3. I refuse to be lost in the crowd; I arise and shine, in the name of Jesus.

EVENING
4. O God, arise and teach my hands to war and my fingers to fight, in the name of Jesus.
5. Powers of the night, troubling my destiny, receive hot thunderbolt and die, in the name of Jesus.
6. By fire, by force. I leap over every evil wall, in the name of Jesus.
7. (Mention your name), arise and shine, in the name of Jesus Christ.

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