DWOJ Daily Words of Jesus Devotional Post April
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Wednesday, 5th April 2023

Bible Reading: Philippians 4:11, 1 Timothy 6:6

Memory VerseNot that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances. Philippians 4:11 (AMP)

Voice of Martyrs reports: The straight jackets were torturous for Anna Chertokova. She hated having her hands covered and tied close to her body. To the attendants, she was nothing more than an animal, not worthy of consideration.

Anna spent ten years in an insane asylum in Russia. She was not even slightly insane. A judge had sent her there because she was a Christian. Her refusal to deny Christ was, to the judge, crazy. Surrounded by the mentally ill, Anna sometimes questioned her own sanity. In the long nights she would cry out to God in her mind, even as those around her cried out in their anger or terror. Yet she never became angry.

The faith that she refused to deny in court, she also refused to deny in the asylum. To those who were able to understand, Anna even tried to be a witness and example of Christ’s love. “I greet you all with love in our Lord Jesus Christ,” Anna wrote from inside the asylum. “I pray to God that he will make us beautiful and perfect in Christ and that he will take charge of all our affairs. I firmly believe that God who created everybody’s heart and who examines all the affairs of mortal men will judge my dispute with the idolatry of atheism and will execute his judgement and justice.”

Christians may sometimes find themselves in situations that try their patience and test their character. A difficult living arrangement, confounding office politics, a rebellious child, etc. Can we remain confident in God, no matter our circumstances? We can, if we know the secret of contentment. The Bible teaches us that our inner sense of contentment must rule when facing outward circumstances.

Our attitude takes its cues from God, not our situation. Otherwise, we risk becoming as confused as our circumstances. Take a lesson from Anna. Instead, ask God to teach you the secret of being content despite your circumstances. Finally, please ask yourself: Is there any price too high for me to pay for my faith? Hold tight to the declaration of your faith no matter the circumstance, terror, torment, or torture.

Quote:  When your faith fail, life fall apart. 

Prophetic Decree: Receive abundant grace needed to journey in Christ whatever the cost, in Jesus name.

Prayer Focus

1. My faith shall not fail or faint, in Jesus name.

2. I receive the spirit of perseverance to tarry till the end, in Jesus name.

3. I reject a weary spirit despite the tantrums life throws at my faith, in Jesus name.

4. I receive power to wait on God in suffering or glory, in hardship or leisure, till the end, in Jesus name.

5. Nothing shall separate me from the love of God, in Jesus name.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Judges 16-18

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