Daily Devotional

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Understand The Times

19th October 2019

Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 18: 40-46

Focus

“So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,” (1 Kings 18: 42)

Our Focal Scripture tells the tale of Ahab and Elijah. Ahab went to eat and drink in preparation for the rain that was to descend on Israel; Elijah went to the top of Carmel to pray, in preparation for the rain. Ahab had a present matter of enjoyment to deal with, but it was Elijah who went to the top of the Mount Carmel to birth what was yet to happen. Ahab was fixated on the present; Elijah was fixated on the future that was to be birthed.

Friend, in the midst of a generation that cares more about today and now, dare to be futuristic. Let your eyes be on the future and not just on current events; let your eyes be on how the next result will become reality; let your priority be to lay the foundation of what will happen in the future; let your earnest desire be to oil the wheel of tomorrow’s progress and advancement; let your desire be to add value to tomorrow’s results.

Ahab only ate and drank, but Elijah left off eating and drinking in order to spend time and push for the rain from the place of prayer. Elijah sacrificed the comfort of the moment in order to create something for the future. Don’t allow the comfort of today distract you from focusing on the efforts and activities that will birth tomorrow’s results; don’t allow the activities of others who enjoy the moment make you lose sight of what you should do to prepare for the future of your dreams.

Men who understand the future will always rule over men who only relish the memories of the present. Men who understand and appreciate the import of the future are not fazed by the momentary comfort and enjoyment of those who only live for today but not for tomorrow. Men who understand the future know that much as the future will one day become reality, someone must pray, plan and prepare the results it will bring.

Don’t be a man for today; be a man for tomorrow; be a tomorrow’s man; be a man who will birth the results of tomorrow.

Declaration

I am futuristic; I will birth tomorrow’s results, in Jesus’ name!

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Memory Verse

“And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.” (1 Chronicles 12: 32)

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