MFM Daily Devotional 23rd May 2023, Tuesday
MFM Daily Devotional 23 May 2023, Tuesday Mountain Top Life Devotional Message by Dr. D.K Olukoya
TOPIC: Lessons from the Life of Jonathan (1)
Bible In One Year:
1 Chronicles 19–21; John 8:1–27
I Samuel 14:1 – 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.
Show me a man who can dare great things and I will show you a man that has the key to rule his world. Those who carry Jehovah’s presence have nothing to fear.
Prophetic Word for today:
You will not be lost in the crowd, in the Name of Jesus.
1 Samuel 14:1-12
1 That day, Saul’s son Jonathan was talking with the young man who carried his weapons. Jonathan said, “Let’s go to the Philistine camp on the other side of the valley.” But Jonathan did not tell his father.
2 Saul was sitting under a pomegranate tree at the threshing floor at the edge of the hill. Saul had about 600 men with him. 3 One of the men was named Ahijah. Ahijah was a son of Ichabod’s brother Ahitub. Ahitub was the son of Phinehas. Phinehas was the son of Eli. Eli had been the Lord’s priest at Shiloh. Now Ahijah was the priest who wore the ephod.
These men did not know that Jonathan had left. 4 Jonathan was planning to go through a pass to get to the Philistine camp. There was a large rock on each side of the pass. The large rock on one side was named Bozez. The large rock on the other side was named Seneh. 5 One of the rocks faced north toward Micmash, and the other faced south toward Geba.
6 Jonathan said to his young helper who carried his weapons, “Come on, let’s go to the camp of those foreigners. Maybe the Lord will use us to defeat them. Nothing can stop the Lord—it doesn’t matter if we have many soldiers or just a few soldiers.”
7 The young man who carried Jonathan’s weapons said to him, “Do what you think is best. Whatever you decide, I am with you all the way.”
8 Jonathan said, “Let’s go! We’ll cross the valley and go to the Philistine guards. We’ll let them see us. 9 If they say to us, ‘Stay there until we come to you,’ we will stay where we are. We won’t go up to them. 10 But if the Philistine men say, ‘Come up here,’ then we will climb up to them. That will be a sign from God. That will mean that the Lord will allow us to defeat them.”
11 So Jonathan and his helper let the Philistines see them. The Philistine guards said, “Look! The Hebrews are coming out of the holes they were hiding in.” 12 The Philistines in the fort shouted to Jonathan and his helper, “Come up here. We’ll teach you a lesson.”
Jonathan said to his helper, “Follow me up the hill. The Lord is letting Israel defeat the Philistines.”
MFM MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE DEVOTIONAL 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 amongst 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 parmper 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 the Lord of hosts. 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.
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.
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.
MFM Daily Devotional 23 May 2023 Mountain Top Life ©2022 𝐌𝐎𝐔𝐍𝐓𝐀𝐈𝐍 𝐓𝐎𝐏 𝐋𝐈𝐅𝐄 is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries Worldwide).