Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 21 July 2023 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – Choose Your Friends Wisely
TOPIC: Choose Your Friends Wisely (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Devotional 21 July 2023)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalms 124, Psalms 125, 1 Timothy 3, 1 Timothy 4
FIRE SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 18:1-5 (KJV)
1 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
2 And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.
3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.
4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.
5 And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.
MEMORY VERSE: “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” – Proverbs 27:17
It is not what we have in life, but who we have in our lives that matters.
PRAISE AND WORSHIP:
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PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY:
YOU SHALL ALWAYS BE CONNECTED TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE AND DISCONNECTED FROM THE WRONG PEOPLE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
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You do not get to choose your family. You are born into it without your permission. But you can choose your friends, so you need to choose them wisely, because a wrong friend can mislead you or destroy every good thing you have ever achieved.
A friend is a person with whom you have a bond of mutual affection, one that excludes a sexual or family relationship. A friend, by reason of this definition, shows respect, gives assistance, support and encouragement, and can be trusted.
In the Bible, Jonathan is an example of such a friend. The Bible says that “the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul” (1 Samuel 18:1). Despite the fact that David was gaining much recognition in the land, Jonathan was not envious of him. In fact, it was his father, Saul, who angrily said, “Do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother’s nakedness? For as long as the son of Jesse liveth upon the ground, thou shalt not be established, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now send and fetch him unto me for he shall surely die” (1 Samuel 20:30-31).
Saul knew that Jonathan had chosen David, and he thought the choice was to his detriment. Jonathan made a wise choice and defended his choice even in the face of death. He didn’t go looking for friendship in princes or other highly placed people. He saw one in a youth who could take his place as king. How rare! He made a covenant to be loyal to David, and informed him when his life was in danger (1 Samuel 20:38-42).
David too was faithful to their friendship even after Jonathan died, as he took care of Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9). Theirs was a perfect example of mutual affection. And that’s the kind of friendship God wants His children to have, for He is love.
- O Lord, forgive me if I have chased away the right friends You brought to me, in the name of Jesus.
- Lord, help me to choose my friends wisely, in the name of Jesus.
- Lord, help me to be faithful and true to my friends, in the name of Jesus.
- Every enemy disguising as a friend around me, be exposed and disgraced, in the name of Jesus.
- I disconnect myself from destiny-destroying associations, in the name of Jesus.
- Holy Spirit, position me to meet the right people for my life, in the name of Jesus.
- As iron sharpens iron, I receive the strength to sharpen my God-ordained friends, in the name of Jesus.
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MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)