MFM Daily Devotional 1 November 2023
TOPIC: You Must Be Different
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
1 Peter 2:9
MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES: Dare to be different, dare to be a Daniel.
PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY
Receive the grace to be positively different and to show the marvelous light of God in your generation, in the name of Jesus.
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Daniel 1:1-8
1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.
2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.
3 And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes;
4 Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.
5 And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.
6 Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:
7 Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.
8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
PRAISE AND WORSHIP: Take praise and worship songs as led by the Holy
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Ezekiel 6 – 7; 1 Corinthians 6 -7
MFM Daily Devotional 1 November 2023 MESSAGE
Jesus was different in His days. His life and ministry were devoted to teaching new ways of life based on God’s peerless love and leading to heaven. The Pharisees, Saducees and teachers of the law said eye for an eye, but Jesus said love your enemies and bless those who despitefully use you. Beloved, you too must be different from the world.
First, you need to know and appreciate your identity in Christ.1 Peter 2:9 affirms that you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
Why should you be different? The first reason is that God commanded it. He said you should not love the world and the things of the world. God’s word says that the love of the world is enmity with Him. The truth is that the world is separated from God and lacks the knowledge of God.
As a believer, you know Christ and separating yourself from the world and being different will keep you from being polluted. Ephesians 4:17-18 underscores this point: This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.”
In Babylon, Daniel purposed in his heart to be different. He refused to take the sumptuous meal and the exotic wines on the table of the heathen king, Nebuchadnezzar. He knew that food offered to idols would defile him. Joseph chose to be different by saying no and fleeing from seductive Mrs Potiphar.
Beloved, for you to be different in these last days, you must put off the old self and put on the new self (2 Peter 1:4). In Leviticus 18:2-4, God warned the children of Israel not to do after the doings of the land of Canaan nor walk in their ordinances. He added in Leviticus 19:2. “Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.”
MFM Daily Devotional 1 November 2023 PRAYER POINTS
1. O Lord, forgive my sins and pardon my iniquities, in the name of Jesus.
2. Satanic enticement fashioned to put my glory in the dustbin, be frustrated, in the name of Jesus.
3. Dining table of darkness assigned to pollute my soul, be destroyed by thunder, in the name of Jesus.
4. Arrows fired to cover my head with darkness, back fire, in the name of Jesus.
5. Voices of demotion from my foundation surrounding my star, be silenced forever, in the name of Jesus.
6. I will not follow the way that leads to destruction, by the power in the blood of Jesus, in the name of Jesus.
7. O God, arise, make me a Daniel in my generation, in the name of Jesus.