TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL (Saturday 3rd April 2021)
“We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.”
“We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.”
“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.” 1 John 5:18-21 NKJV
WELCOME TO THE 93RD DAY OF OUR YEAR OF HIGHER HEIGHTS!
It’s been 93 days of receiving daily word from the LORD through this platform sine we stepped into this year. We give God the glory for His marvelous works and glorious deeds in our lives. We thank Him for the air in our lungs and the flow of blood in our veins.
Filling our hearts with the knowledge of His will have been one of the purposes of the great commission. For those with the hunger to know that is the vision that is been fulfilled in our lives through these devotionals.
We cannot afford to lead any other life other than a life governed by the revelation knowledge of God’s will. Not just His will, but His ways also.
This morning I want to take us to a well of truth that was dug some years back on divine backing. Divine backing is a major aspect of God’s will for our lives. Anything we do without divine backing will never lack successful demonic frustrations.
In a season like this, when everyone is facing one challenge or the other, we need divine backing more than anything else. It’s my prayer that as we go back in time to drink from the well, there will be a refreshing for our souls. Amen and amen.
THE BLESSING OF DIVINE BACKING
I have come to discover that in the battle of life our enemies are not actually our problem. Lack of divine backing in our lives is our problem. If we can secure divine backing in anything we may be doing or are involved in, God will move swiftly against whatever comes against us.
Divine backing is God standing by man in every endeavor of his life. It is supernatural support from a loving God to a people who seek Him. It is God standing by you as a ‘Mighty Terrible One’ (MTO) to help you come out victorious in the battles of life.
When Jesus was in the flesh as man, He never did anything without divine backing. He was able to raise the dead, heal the sick, come out of terrible storms, walk upon the water, and do all He did because the Bible says “God was with Him.”
Divine backing is God being with you! It is God bearing you up in every step you may be taking, and helping you to run and finish your things so well and so strong.
For instance, concerning the redemptive sacrifice, the Bible made it clear that Jesus prayed and cried unto the Father (His source) with strong cries; the Bible says He cried to Him who is able to save Him from Death, and it activated the glory He had before coming into the world. The result was awesome amazing backing from the Head office – the Throne of God.
Death could not hold Him captive. On the third day after His crucifixion and burial, He came out of the grave victoriously, freeing us from the pangs of spiritual, eternal and natural death forever. That is why today, we can celebrate Easter or Passover, depending on your religious persuasion.
To those who are saved and spirit filled, because of what Jesus did, death is no longer a threat but a horse to use in ridding to the next life!
The point I am making is this; if Jesus needed divine backing to pass through all He passed through and do all He did we will be stupid not to crave for divine backing in anything we may be doing or may want do. In the world we live today, anyone will crash and come out terribly beaten without divine backing. The enemy will hinder him or her in all fronts!
IT TAKES DIVINE BACKING TO DO ANYTHING MEANINGFUL ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH TODAY.
I remember by own little story here in East Africa. When we first came, we knew no one. We were not sent by any missionary group. We were just us and God.
I remember worshiping in a particular Church and meeting a couple that asked my wife and me when he got to know that we were missionaries what organization sent us. We said “none!” Then they responded “wao… you will not be able to do anything meaningful here without foreign backing. That is terrible.”
Now that meeting took place at a time that we have no money in our hands. We could not even pay our rent because all we came with was either stolen from us or invested with no returns. So it left me very frustrated and discouraged.
But then, I remembered what I said many years ago while preaching.
I remembered saying to an audience that “if God throws me into an Island with just my Bible and no one to support me, I will fill that Island with people and provision through prayer.” So the Holy Spirit brought that word to me and pushed me to work it out.
I understood East Africa was that Island with no support from anyone, so to speak.
We bowed our knees to God who alone we had and still have. Yes, we decided to seek the God who called and sent us to East Africa without external support from anywhere.
WE SOUGHT HIM AND LISTENED TO THE LITTLE STEPS HE ASKED US TO TAKE IN RESPONSE.
With a divine decree not to beg, borrow, or go into business we soldiered on, seeking Him to make way for us to preach His word and execute the apostolic mandate he brought us here to execute.
Today we have so many friends, sons and daughters in the LORD birthed by the Spirit of the LORD. We are a living testimony that ‘one with God’ is indeed majority.
What is the message of our devotional today?
The message is simple. Don’t go into anything without divine backing. If you step into a thing with all the human backing you need, you will achieve little or nothing. But if you step into things with all the divine backing you need, you will achieve much within a short time.
With divine backing, you will not be running in your own strength. You will be running in the strength of the almighty. People will be wondering why you are making such great waves and gaining such great speed. Those who are wise will know it’s not you but something and someone bigger than you.
I have discovered that a man who try to copy or compete with those God is backing will end up frustrating himself.
When you run against men who are not running spiritually with their natural feet but the feet of God almighty, you will just weary yourself. The race is actually not to the swift and the battle not to the strong.
IT’S GOD’S BACKING THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE IN OUR LIVES OR MINISTRIES.
You will need divine backing to marry that man or woman or to succeed in that business or ministry. You will need divine backing to go through school and come out well. You will need divine backing to live in a foreign land like we do. You will need divine backing to escape from the sword of your enemies.
There are no words to accurately describe what your life will become if you lack divine backing as a Child of God in whatever you may be pursuing to do.
Marriages will break down without divine backing; Businesses will fail without divine backing. Churches and ministries will fold up without divine backing. God will open a great door for you but without divine backing, you will not be able to enter.
Paul the apostle wrote down in one of his letters saying;
“For a wide door of opportunity for effectual [service] has opened to me [there, a great and promising one], and [there are] many adversaries.” 1 Corinthians 16:9 AMP
It’s impossible to deal with the many adversaries that surround divine opportunity without divine backing.
Friend, our present world is under the sway of the evil world. He will sway people to speak ill of you, hinder you from achieving, withhold good from coming to you, and build a wall against those God may have raise to help you basically to prevent them from reaching you. If you do not have divine backing, you will never achieve meaningfully.
A major highlight in our devotional text today says;
“We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.”
If you do not have divine backing in whatever you may be doing, the enemy will saw people against you and there will be no help from God to conquer them.
THE QUESTION NOW IS HOW DO WE SECURE DIVINE BACKING?
There are so many ways we can secure divine backing. But the most powerful and effective way is to seek God’s will before be doing a thing. It’s easier to do what God has blessed than to do what you will need to pray for Him to bless. If you are not in God’s true will in whatever you may be doing, you will never secure divine backing.
God does not back what He did not start. He does not prosper what He did not initiate.
Jesus came into the world in God’s will that was why His prayers unlocked divine backing for Him. We came into East Africa in God’s perfect will. That is why He is backing us. IF you are not in His will, you will not see His backing. Become a child of God who seeks His will concerning anything before venturing into it. If you do, you will erase struggles out of your life.
May the LORD God bless you with the most glorious things you need to be what He has called you to be in Jesus precious name. AMEN!
MAKE THIS SCRIPTURE AN ADDITIONAL MEDITATION FOR THE DAY!
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:28-31 KJV