TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL (Sunday 18th April 2021)
I will bless the Lord, Who has given me counsel; yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons. I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad and my glory [my inner self] rejoices; my body too shall rest and confidently dwell in safety, For You will not abandon me to Sheol (the place of the dead), neither will You suffer Your holy one [Holy One] to see corruption.
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Psalms 16:7-11 AMP
WELCOME TO THE 108TH DAY OF OUR YEAR OF HIGHER HEIGHTS!
MAN WAS NOT ORIGINALLY DESIGNED TO BE SUSTAINED BY MAN. Man was originally designed to be sustained by God. We run into trouble as Children of God when we do not walk in this revelation. The Prophet Isaiah says,
“So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]” Isaiah 26:4 AMP
If GOD is your sustainer, then you have to trust in Him. You have to commit yourself to Him through consistent prayers, lean on Him be consulting His Holy Spirit before making decisions, and hope confidently in Him. The reason for all this is simple; man was not designed to be sustained by man. Man was designed to be sustained by God.
Sadly, many do not know that to be sustained by God does not necessarily happen by giving an offering or going to Church. To be sustained by God only happen when we trust in Him and trusting in Him will involve “setting the LORD always before you” and making sure He is at your right hand. A Highlight in our devotional text says,
“I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” Psalm 16:8
You can go to church or give an offering even sacrificially without setting the LORD always before you or making sure He is at your right hand. But you cannot set the LORD always before you and make sure He is at your right hand without doing both unconditionally.
There is a word God has for us today. I hope we are ready for it.
GOD HAS BEEN SO GRACIOUS AND WE HAVE LEARNT QUIET A LOT OF TRUTHS.
We trust Him for more even as we journey through our days on earth, setting Him continually before us, and making sure He is at our right hand. The Bible made it clear that that is the only way not be moved in an unstable world like ours.
You may have heard or read that God is our “Rock” but have not experienced Him as Such.
Well, we can only see His manifestations in our lives as the Rock when we “set Him always before us” and make sure “He is at our right hand all the time.” People who experience Him as the ROCK do not fail in life. They do not labor in vain and bring forth for trouble. Even if they fall seven times, they will bounce back with greater glory.
It is the manifestation of GOD as the ROCK in our lives that prevents us from sinking. Sadly, that is the missing manifestation in the lives of many today. That is why we must learn to set the LORD always before us and make sure He is at our right hand all the time. And how do we do that?
To set the LORD always before you mean to “make Him your focus and highest priority in life.” To make sure He is at your right hand means to “seek His will concerning any direction or decision you want to take in life before taking them.” It’s as simple as that!
People who live their Christian lives that way will never be moved! They will always see the manifestation of the LORD as the ROCK whenever the enemy strikes or the perils of an unstable world come upon them.
THE PSALMIST PUTS IT THIS WAY;
“Therefore my heart is glad and my glory [my inner self] rejoices; my body too shall rest and confidently dwell in safety, For You will not abandon me to Sheol (the place of the dead), neither will You suffer Your holy one [Holy One] to see corruption. You will show me the path of life;” (Psalm 11:9-11 NKJV)
If you make Jesus your focus and Highest priority in life; if you make sure He guides your decisions and directions in life, your heart or inner self will always rejoice even when things are not okay with you, thereby promoting your health.
And come to think of it, the Bible made it clear that God will not leave you in Sheol (any circumstance that is simply a reflection of the place of the dead itself), neither will He allow your life to see corruption. He will always show you the path of life in the midst of any attack from hell and bring you out gloriously. Hallelujah!
It really pays to set the LORD always before you and to make sure He is at your right hand all the time. But from a major Highlight in our devotional text, it’s clear that no one can do that without being schooled in the things of God. This is where our prophetic focus for the month comes to mind again – schooling for Restoration. The highlight says,
“I will bless the Lord, Who has given me counsel; yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons. I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” Psalms 16:7-8 AMP
Before the Psalmist could set the LORD continually before Him and see Him at his right hand, he was given counsel and instructed in the night season by the LORD. That was “schooling in the things of God.” However, it was “Schooling at Advance Level.”
This type takes place in the Spirit realm where the LORD Himself is the Teacher. In my opinion, that is the ultimate way to be schooled in the things of God.
Everyone who did one exploit or the other in God was schooled this way; from Enoch who walked with God and was not, to Noah who built the ark to save the ancient world. From Moses to Joshua and to the rest of the Old and New Testament Generals of faith, the list is endless. You cannot be schooled this way and not set the LORD always before you or see Him at your right Hand.
SCHOOLING AT ADVANCE LEVEL IS ONE OF THE WAYS WE WORSHIP GOD IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.
I call that Spirit (of God) to spirit (of man) communication. It is “schooling in the things of GOD” that takes place in the deeper places of the Spirit where “deep calls unto deep.” John the beloved was referring to this advance way of schooling what he wrote;
“But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” 1 John 2:27 NKJV
God indeed promised through the prophet Ezekiel that He will write His laws in our hearts and we will not need anyone to teach us again. Hebrew would later confirm that to be the true blessing of the covenant of Grace. In other words, this advance way of schooling is a blessing of the covenant of grace. It’s my prayer that you begin to enjoy the blessing in its fullness in Jesus precious name! AMEN!
LET THIS SCRIPTURE BE AN ADDITIONAL MEDITATION FOR US TODAY;
“And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,
“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:11-17 NKJV