Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 25 May 2023 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – Lessons From The Life Of Jonathan (III)
TOPIC: Lessons From The Life Of Jonathan (III) (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Devotional 25 May 2023)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Esther 7, Esther 8, Esther 9, John 11, John 12
FIRE SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 19:1-6 (KJV)
1 And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David.
2 But Jonathan Saul’s son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself:
3 And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where thou art, and I will commune with my father of thee; and what I see, that I will tell thee.
4 And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to thee-ward very good:
5 For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the Lord wrought a great salvation for all Israel: thou sawest it, and didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?
6 And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan: and Saul sware, As the Lord liveth, he shall not be slain.
MEMORY VERSE: “…but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” – Daniel 11:32b
Know your God, do exploits! Refuse to know your God, be exploited.
PRAISE AND WORSHIP:
Take praise and worship songs as led by the Holy Spirit
PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY:
RECEIVE THE GRACE TO PANTS AFTER GOD, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
MFM Devotional For Today 2023 MESSAGE:
Genuine love for God and His ways was an outstanding feature of Jonathan’s life. “And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few” (1 Samuel 14:6). It takes a man that has genuinely pursued God, knew and understood His ways to utter such a statement. From all indications, Jonathan had a heart for God. Although, he was a daring fighter, he never took God out of his calculations. He knew that one with God is majority. He committed his ways unto the Lord and that gave him the needed victory. A lot of people have been defeated in life simply because they felt they could run life on their skills and influences. They learned too late that except the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain that build it. How much do you pant after God? How much of God do you desire to know? You only know as much as you want to know.
Another lesson coming from Jonathan’s knowledge of God is the fact he refused to be an accomplice of evil with his bitter father. His heart was pure. He would not allow his father’s rashness and bitterness to rub off on him. Although he seems to love his father and tried as much as possible to be a good son to him, he refused to be a partaker of his iniquity. He knew the demand of God and was willing to put God above all else. On different occasions, he rebuked his father for being out of tune with what was right (1 Samuel 14:29). He didn’t allow sentiments to becloud him to the righteous ways of God. He spoke and stood against his father’s rashness. 1 Samuel 19:1-6 tells of how Saul wanted Jonathan to be an accomplice with him to kill David; Jonathan spoke his father out of murder. Again, I ask, how much do you love the God you claim to be serving? If it means losing some earthly relationships to please God, would you still carry on?
- O Lord, forgive me for taking You for granted, in the name of Jesus.
- O God, reveal Yourself to me, in the name of Jesus.
- Lord Jesus, circumcise my heart and purge me with Your precious blood, in the name of Jesus.
- I beseech you, Father, show me Your way, in the name of Jesus.
- Father, I beseech you, show me Your glory, in the name of Jesus.
- I refuse to be a partaker of other men’s sins, in the name of Jesus.
- The grace to thirst and pant more for God, Father, release it to me now, in the name of Jesus.
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)