Anchor For Souls
Monday: Put on your armour
Put on the whole amour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
An Amour is a piece of equipment used to protect in times of battle, this pandemic is not just about a virus, it is a Spiritual battle. However as in these times people are buying all kinds of things to put on to protect them from this virus and even as these things are important but many forget they have a protection in God besides these natural protections. This protection can be found and described in Ephesians 6:12-18. This protection is not only one that protects from natural attacks but there is an offensive component which we can use to attack even at a time like this. This neglected weapon is encouraged to be used by all believers at a time like this and continued even beyond.
I declare I will not let my spiritual weapons go to waste but I will use them at this time
Tuesday Devotion: We all need grace
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Grace is more than just unmerited favor. It is a source of strength from God to do what we cannot do on our own. We need grace to love like God did towards those that look like they don't deserve love. We would need grace to stand in prayer till we see our lives and those around us being transformed. We would need the grace of God to be a witness for him in our community. Grace is needed to live a life above sin or any form of reproach. Whatever the situation you are facing, the solution is the grace of God. Just as our faces are different, so are the areas where we need grace, but all of us need this supernatural empowerment from God in one area or the other in this season.
I receive grace in every area that God has called me into and to every area of need.
Wednesday Devotion: The older brother syndrome
My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and every-thing I have is yours. Luke 15:31
The older brother syndrome is a term from the popular story about the prodigal son. A lot of emphasis is placed on the first son mistake of demanding his share of his father’s inheritance when his father was still alive and squandering it . The attitude of the older brother is seen as someone who willingly enslaves himself or lives in lack in the midst of abundance. His negative attitude was seen when his father threw a big party when his younger brother returned. He was bitter because he was never treated to anything, even though he lived in the midst of abundance that was all there for the asking. This syndrome includes those who willingly or unknowingly choose to remain in bondage, even though they have been set free because of some factors like laziness, pride, ignorance or some emotional benefit. This story could relate to every believer and their Heavenly Father. However, the re-sources of our Father that we have access to, can’t be physically seen but one has to find it out and demand it.
I declare that I will not be in lack due to ignorance, but I am alert and aware of all I have in Christ and I obtain it all.
Thursday Devotion: Rest
Hebrews 4:3 NLT For only we who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said,
“In my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest,’” even though this rest has been ready since he made the world.
Rest is a provision from God, and it is not something found in the world. We can rest securely in what Christ has done and in what He has accomplished for us. Jesus said in Matthew 11: 28 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest”.
God is the author and dispenser of rest and it is available to every believer. Rest is not an absence of work, and rest and work are not at odds with each other. God never stops working, but he is always at rest. Rest is satisfaction and peace. It is a peaceful existence that enriches your life here on earth and continues in the afterlife.
He wants to guard your heart with His peace. Do you know the peace that comes from abandoning yourself completely to God? Cast all your cares on Him, and enter into a blessed rest that only Christ can give.
Declaration - I believe, therefore, I have entered into rest. I do not worry or fret. I am in His hands.
Friday Devotion: Praising God is the key victory
Acts 16: 25-26 KJV 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.
The word ‘midnight’ even though it was referring to the midnight hour, can also be used figuratively to represent the darkest hour in your life or a time of great testing and trial which there seems to be no way out. This text shows us what to do at midnight. We are to do what Paul and Silas did – they prayed and sang praises unto God. God heard them, and the prison doors were supernaturally opened.
Prayer is important and has its place, but prayer alone won’t get the job done. If we would quit praying over and over again over the same thing, but start praising God, our Victory would be sure! The answer comes when we begin to praise God. A lot of times we do a lot of praying, but almost no praising. Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises to God.
Praise creates and environment for the Holy Spirit to work in, because God inhabits the praise of His people – halleluiah! (Psalm 22:3).
Declaration – I will praise the Lord at all times, and in every situation, and I receive the answers to my prayers by faith in Jesus name!
Saturday Devotion: Forget not
Psalm 103: 2-5 NKJV Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
To live in the fullness of what God has provided for us in Jesus Christ, we must ‘not forget’ all of God’s benefits. The blessings we forget about are the blessings we won’t enjoy. If you are to enjoy all of God’s benefits, you can’t afford to let yourself forget about them. You need to remind yourself of them by meditating on them over and over again. When you meditate on the Word of God, you are putting it in your mind and in your heart and this changes your thinking. How often does God want us to think about His blessings? I believe it is as often as we want to enjoy His blessings. We are not to forget God’s blessings; we are to walk in them!
God’s Word is full of blessings for us. The only way to take advantage of these benefits is to search and find out what God’s Word has to say about them and believe that His promises are true!
Declaration – I act on God’s Word by faith, I keep His blessings continually before me; and I will enjoy and walk in the blessings that are mine in Jesus Christ!
Sunday Devotion: Speak the right words
Proverbs 21:23 NKJV Whoever guards his mouth and tongue, Keeps his soul from troubles.
Speaking is one of the most important things we do. We use words to build, inform, direct, persuade etc. lives. As believers, we are put in a position to influence those around us. The power of our words can make or break; it can destroy or make full of life. The Bible says in Matthew 12:37 “But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned”.
What we say not only affects others, but it also affects us. Idle words simply means words that are nonproductive. One thing is sure, speaking negatively could hurt you, but speaking
positively will never hurt you. A lot of things we have in our lives right now are a direct result of the words we spoke in the past. If we guard our speech and speak the right words; speak words that align with God’s Word, we can win great victories at all times.
What do you want to see manifest in your life now and in the future? Begin to speak the right words, pay attention to what you say and you will see the power of God manifest greatly in your life.
Declaration – I will have the words that I speak, therefore I will watch the words that come out of my mouth. I chose to speak words of life. I speak words that make me, not words that break me!