*MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE DAILY DEVOTIONAL* MONDAY, JANUARY 18TH, 2021.

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NAVIGATING THROUGH A SEASON OF FAMINE (III).

Dr. D.K Olukoya
Memory Verse:
Isaiah 1:19 - If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.

Isaiah 1:19 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
19 “If you listen to what I say, you will get the good things from this land.

Motivational Quotes:
God does not follow protocols when He wants to bless you.

Praise Worship:
Take a worship song as led by the Holy Spirit

Prophetic word for today:
Today, you will experience life-changing favour that will replace your years of labour, in the name of Jesus.

Fire Scripture:
1 Kings 17:1-16 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
Elijah and the Time Without Rain
17 Elijah was a prophet from the town of Tishbe in Gilead. He said to King Ahab, “I serve the Lord, the God of Israel. By his power, I promise that no dew or rain will fall for the next few years. The rain will fall only when I command it to fall.”
2 Then the Lord said to Elijah, 3 “Leave this place and go east. Hide near Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan River. 4 You can get your water from that stream, and I have commanded ravens to bring food to you there.” 5 So Elijah did what the Lord told him to do. He went to live near Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan River. 6 Ravens brought Elijah food every morning and every evening, and he drank water from the stream.
7 There was no rain, so after a while the stream became dry. 8 Then the Lord said to Elijah, 9 “Go to Zarephath in Sidon and stay there. There is a widow there that I commanded to take care of you.”
10 So Elijah went to Zarephath. He went to the town gate and saw a woman there gathering wood for a fire. She was a widow. Elijah said to her, “Would you bring me a small cup of water to drink?” 11 As she was going to get the water, Elijah said, “Bring me a piece of bread too, please.”
12 The woman answered, “I promise you, before the Lord your God, that I have nothing but a handful of flour in a jar and a little bit of olive oil in a jug. I came here to gather a few pieces of wood for a fire to cook our last meal. My son and I will eat it and then die from hunger.”
13 Elijah said to the woman, “Don’t worry. Go home and cook your food as you said. But first make a small piece of bread from the flour that you have and bring it to me. Then cook some for yourself and your son. 14 The Lord, the God of Israel, says, ‘That jar of flour will never be empty and the jug will always have oil in it. This will continue until the day the Lord sends rain to the land.’”
15 So the woman went home and did what Elijah told her to do. And Elijah, the woman, and her son had enough food for a long time. 16 The jar of flour and the jug of oil were never empty. This happened just as the Lord said through Elijah.

Message:
So far, we have considered two important factors that can help you to navigate through a famine season in life: making and following godly decisions and exercising faith in God and His unfailing promises.

Today, we will look at two other factors: obedience and favour.
The Bible says that obedience is better than sacrifice and hearkening than the fat of rams (1 Sam. 15:22).

God rewards obedience. He expects your obedience to be prompt, unquestioning and complete. When you obey God, you prove that you believe that He is sovereign, all-knowing, all-powerful and all-sufficient. It also means that you trust Him.

In Isaiah 1:19, the Bible says, "If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land." Isaac demonstrated willingness and obedience during the famine. He heeded the heavenly instruction to stay in Gerar and not go down to Egypt. He believed God's promise to bless him in the land in spite of the famine. Beloved, God owns the heaven and the earth as well as all the gold and silver in them. He can bless you regardless of famine, global economic downturn or recession and other unpleasant economic situations.

Finally, you need favour and help to navigate a season of famine. One day of favour is greater than one year of labour. Favour will make you an exception to the rule in a positive way.

By reason of divine favour and help, the widow of Zarephath encountered Elijah and did not suffer the pains of famine as others did. She, her son and Prophet Elijah did not lack.

Ask God for favour and help during a season of famine.

Favour was the game-changer in the difficult times that Ruth passed through. Her story turned to glory when she found favour with God and man.

In Ruth 2:2-3, the Bible says that Ruth went to work as a reaper in the field of Boaz, a kindred of Elimelech. When Boaz got to the field, Ruth, though a stranger in the land, found great favour with him and that completely changed her story! I pray that you will find favour and help today and always, in Jesus’ Name.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Gen. 19-21

Prayer Points
MORNING
Father, make me willing and obedient towards Your word, in the name of Jesus.

O God, arise and connect me to the socket of Your favour, in the name of Jesus.

Divine favour and help to make me thrive in the midst of famine, locate me now, in the name of Jesus.

EVENING
The power that connected Ruth to Boaz, connect me to my divine helper now, in the name of Jesus.

O God that owns the heavens and the earth, bless me beyond human comprehension, in the name of Jesus.

O heaven over my life and destiny, open by fire, in the name of Jesus.

My Father, by Your mercy, as You changed the story of Ruth, change my story gloriously, in the name of Jesus.

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Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya - The General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries Worldwide

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