Topic: Don’t Be Discouraged [Teens’ Open Heavens 28th, March 2018]
Memorise:Behold, the Lord thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged. – Deuteronomy 1:21
Read: 1 Samuel 30:6, 18-20 (KJV)
6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.
18 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives.
19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.
20 And David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drave before those other cattle, and said, This is David’s spoil.
Bible In One Year: Joshua 21-22, Luke 6:1-26
Many years ago I felt very discouraged, I looked around and asked myself “what am I doing here? Why did I leave my lecturing job to be the General Overseer of these people that don’t even appreciate or care about me?” That day, I was so discouraged that I decided to resign as General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God. I later took a nap and by the time I woke up, a little girl came to me with a cake and said God told her to give me the cake. I was overwhelmed with surprise. I accepted the cake and even though I don’t really eat cake, I ate this one. While I was eating, God said “I thought you said no one cared”.
My child, everything around you might seem discouraging, but God cares. He loves you and all you need to do is lean on Him in prayer when you feel discouraged. Discouragement is one of the devil’s favourite tools to make a person lose what God has in store for him. When you feel discouraged, it means there is something glorious coming and the devil wants to steal it from you. See how much God has blessed me now as General Overseer of RCCG, the devil’s plan was to make me resign and lose all these blessings.
Action Point: Express yourself to God and He will comfort you.
If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read “Teen Open Heavens Daily Devotional by Pastor Adeboye’’
1. My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away,
Oh, let me from this day
Be wholly Thine!
2. May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire!
As Thou hast died for me,
Oh, may my love to Thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be,
A living fire !
3. While life’s dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
Be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.
4. When ends life’s transient dream,
When death’s cold, sullen stream
Shall o’er me roll;
Blest Saviour, then in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
Oh, bear me safe above,
A ransomed soul!
Daily Devotional for Teen’s guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.