ESOCS Devotional 13 June
TEXT: JOHN 11:1-14
MEMORY VERSE: “But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.” John 11:22 KJV
What you possess now determines the kind of manifestations and results you will get in life. A local adage says, ‘I get am before no be property’. There is always a ‘now’ that controls the later. The former does not play a major role in the actualization of the later. Hence, always strive for the ‘now’. Jesus arrived the house of Lazarus after his death and was quickly approached by Martha who affirmed that the brother would not have died if Jesus were to be around. However, she took the faith to another dimension when she categorically stated the possibility of the ‘now’. Hear this: what you know impacts heavily on your mentality. The question is how do you know about God? Knowledge propels action that provokes possibilities. There was something extraordinary she knew about Jesus. Just as Job said, “I know my redeemer liveth” (Job 19:25).
It is important we state that faith is a thing of the ‘now’. Faith is a living element rather than dead, which is why only the living that has faith. Faith is not for dead people. Thus, it is an abomination to be alive and be parading a dead faith. It is the ‘now’ factor that gives it the living status. Only a living faith can produce the expected miracles. ESOCS Devotional 13 June
Often times the challenges of the past tend to make us lose sight of a future possibility, but we must not allow them. Never give up your conviction as result of your present circumstance. Your faith must remain current if you must tap from the currency of heaven. Suffice it to say God is a God of the ‘now’. God may not be moved to your faith of yesterday but must react to the faith of the ‘now’. The woman with the issue of blood for twelve years got her healing by reason of her instant faith. Peter walked on water like Jesus on the platform of instant faith. However, he began to sink when he lost the ‘now-ness’ of the faith and tried to depend on the previous one that ignited the movement in the first place (Matt. 14:28-30). The Syrophenician woman was able to secure healing for her daughter because of her instant faith (Matt. 15:22-28). It is important we always make our faith a ‘now thing’. Jesus had to admonish Martha when she tried to question the removal of the stone: “Jesus saith unto her, said I not unto thee, if thou believe, thou shall see the glory of God?” (John 11:40). Have faith for the ‘now’ and you shall always see the glory of God manifested in great miracles.
BOTTOM LINE: Let your faith remain current before God.
- Always come before God with a faith for the ‘now’: instant living faith
- Add life to your faith by your works and actions
- Grow your faith level by constant intake of the word of God
PRAYER POINT: Lord, thank you for your readiness to do impossible in my life. I receive the grace to make my faith living and keep it alive, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
FURTHER READING: Ezekiel 4:1-17; 5:1-17; John 11:1-16