RCCG DAILY DEVOTIONAL: THE PRESENT HELP

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL..
DATE : FRIDAY 1 JULY 2016
THEME : THE PRESENT HELP
Memorise:
God is our refuge and strength, a
very present help in trouble. Psalms
46:1b
Read: 1st Kings 17:12-16 (KJV)
12 And she said, As the Lord thy God
liveth, I have not a cake, but an
handful of meal in a barrel, and a
little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am
gathering two sticks, that I may go in
and dress it for me and my son, that
we may eat it, and die.
13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not;
go and do as thou hast said: but
make me thereof a little cake first,
and bring it unto me, and after make
for thee and for thy son.
14 For thus saith the Lord God of
Israel, The barrel of meal shall not
waste, neither shall the cruse of oil
fail, until the day that the Lord
sendeth rain upon the earth.
15 And she went and did according to
the saying of Elijah: and she, and he,
and her house, did eat many days.
16 And the barrel of meal wasted
not, neither did the cruse of oil fail,
according to the word of the Lord,
which he spake by Elijah.
MESSAGE
Bible writers under the influence of
the Holy Ghost, wittily qualified or
limited significant nouns common to
human experiences. For example, in
Psalm 103:4 when the Psalmist
decided to qualify the kindness and
mercies of God upon his life he
wrote:
“Who redeemeth thy life from
destruction; who crowneth thee with
loving-kindness and tender mercies”.
In other words, the kindness he
received from God was not ordinary
but the loving type. Also, the mercies
were not the harsh type but the
tender ones. My prayer for you is
that this will be your own experience
too in Jesus’ name.
In our memory verse for today, we
read about an attribute of God that
is noteworthy for our advantage;
“The very present help in trouble”.
Going by this testimony of the
Psalmist, God is help personified,
and He is never a belated help; He is
always on time. But for this attribute
of God, the widow of Zarephath in
today’s reading would have eaten up
her last meal before the messenger
of the God of multiplication arrived.
“And she said, as the Lord thy God
liveth, I have not a cake, but an
handful of meal in a barrel, and a
little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am
gathering two sticks, that I may go in
and dress it for me and my son, that
we may eat it, and die.”
1st Kings 17:12
As I always tell my congregation in
the Redeemed Christian Church of
God, I strongly believe that the
woman was saying that she was
going to prepare the last meal, eat it
with her household and then commit
suicide but help came for her just on
time. However, before the Present
Help can come to your aid, you need
to have the same spiritual conviction
of the widow in our Bible reading for
today. One of the virtues of this
widow is that she believed in the God
of Prophet Elijah. Another thing
about this widow is that she believed
that the God of Elijah was alive. This
helped her to respond positively to
the instruction of the prophet by
going ahead to do what the prophet
said, and there came the miracle of
multiplication. The Bible says in 2nd
Chronicles 20:20
“Believe in the Lord your God, so
shall ye be established; believe his
prophets, so shall ye prosper.”
Beloved, if you believe in God as
your Present Help, it will show in
your way of life. For example, you
will not live in doubt of His promises
and so you will respond in faith to
his directives. You will not cut
corners in order to achieve your
desires, because you know that the
Present Help shall always be there
for you. This woman in our Bible
reading had faith in the God of Israel
and this she showed by according
respect to the man of God. Do you
have regard for God? It will show in
how you regard you pastor and his
words. May the Present Help be
there for us always in Jesus’ name.
Prayer Point
O, Present Help, please help me
today to solve all my problems.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : Acts
16:16-18:17 and Song of Solomon
4:9-5:1
AUTHOR : Pst E. A ADEBOYE

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