MFM Mountain Top Life Devotional 4 December 2019 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – Power To Finish Well
TOPIC: Power To Finish Well
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Ezekiel 47-48; 1 John 3
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Numbers 21:4-7
MEMORY VERSE: “Do all things without murmurings and disputings.” – Philippians 2:14
MESSAGE: Many people blame the devil for their problems. Some blame their siblings, spouses and other people for the challenges they are facing in life. The truth is that the attitude of such people is what is getting them in trouble. Why did the Israelites spend forty years on a journey that was supposed to last only eleven days? Attitude.
God wants us to always find something to thank Him for and express thanksgiving to Him at all times. Like David, we should bless the LORD at all times and make His praise to be in our mouths continually. People who don’t always thank God will find themselves always grumbling, murmuring and complaining. The Bible says that in everything we should give thanks to God. It is better for us to cultivate the attitude of gratefulness rather than complaining.
In our Fire Scripture for today (Numbers 21:4-7), the children of Israel ran into a serious problem with God because of their own wrong attitudes. God had delivered them from age-long bondage and destroyed their enemies. He parted the Red Sea for them to pass through but closed up the same Red Sea to give them a great deliverance. He had made the bitter water of Marah potable for them through His servant, Moses. He had also given them water from the rock and manna from heaven, just to satisfy their longing souls and prove His great love for them.
The right response from these people should have been gratitude: offering thanksgiving and praise to God daily. However, the Israelites’ attitude was ingratitude of the highest order. They complained and spoke against the Lord and Moses, “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread and there is no water here in the wilderness. Besides, we detest this light bread you call manna.
We are sick and tired of it.” God heard them (just as he heard Sarah’s statements of doubt and unbelief in Genesis 18). To these ungrateful children of Israel, God sent fiery serpents which bit many of them and so many people died.
Beloved, remember that when the same children of Israel needed bread and God gave them manna (angels food), they had not seen anything like it before, they loved it and exclaimed, “This is great!” The very thing that was amazing to them a while ago, now they despised it and murmured. Do not murmur about your husband, your wife, your child, your job and your car.
You prayed for ten years to have that child; you fasted and prayed for ten years to have your spouse, now you have your request, be happy with it and thank God. Stop complaining. Stop speaking against the Lord and your spiritual leader. Stop grieving the Holy Spirit. Cultivate the habit of finding something to thank God for, rather than complaining.
Gratefulness is the right attitude, not complaining. You don’t have to incur the wrath of God and start seeking help like the Israelites. They had to run to Moses to plead with God on their behalf to remove the fiery serpents that were killing them. Moses did and as many as looked on the bronze serpent he made and put on the pole (a type of Jesus on the Cross) lived. Be wise!
A bad attitude is like a flat tyre, you can’t get very far until you change it.
THE LORD WILL GIVE YOU A NEW HEART, A NEW ATTITUDE AND A NEW NAME.
1 Spirit of murmuring and complaining, I reject you, die, in the name of Jesus.
2 Spirit of ingratitude, depart from my life, in the name of Jesus.
3 I will not incur God’s wrath. I will be in His favour forever, in the name of Jesus.
4 Father, give me contentment and make me a thankful Christian, in the name of Jesus.
5 I will not close my own heaven with wrong attitude, in the name of Jesus.
6 Father, give me the grace to always see Your good works in my life and praise You always for them, in the name of Jesus.
7 O Lord, deliver me from all troubles I have brought upon myself and family through complaining and ingratitude, in the name of Jesus.
MFM Mountain Top Life Devotional 4 December 2019 was written by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)