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DAY 4 FRIDAY: SEPTEMBER 2020

FROM DISTRESS TO GREATNESS IN LIFE!

And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him (1 Samuel 22:2).

It takes the effort of the Holy Spirit for one to move from distress to greatness in life. It is not what man can achieve by his effort, power or might but by the Spirit of the Lord in life (Zechariah 4:6). The Bible says in the opening text that everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him. Of course, every Christian should endeavor to take note of the fact that no matter the downfall and distress, with God on his side rising to greatness is eternally guaranteed in life. A Christian who is with God is absolutely more than a conqueror in life forever (Romans 8:37).

From the text, David became captain of about four hundred men who were in distress, in debt and in discontentment in every side of life. But through the power of the Holy Spirit, these same men became great, valiant and warriors in every field of life. That is why the Bible says in Isaiah 32:15, “Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is counted as a forest.” Therefore, being in the wilderness today does not and will never make a Christian a failure in life because there is absolute great hope for those who trust in the Lord forever.

Without the Holy Spirit, man can never achieve greatness in life. It takes the Spirit of God for one to move from distress to greatness in life. That is the reason why the Bible says in 1 Samuel 2:8, “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory…” In fact, it is God the Almighty that determines the final say in life and He will surely lift those who trusted in Him to the pinnacle of life. Indeed, no matter one’s condition of life right now, there is hope for him by the power of the Holy Spirit if only he could believe in the Lord forever in life.

Daily Tip: With the Holy Spirit, you have been destined to move from distress to greatness in life forever. Shalom!

Golden Text: The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up (1 Samuel 2:7).  

PRAYER: TAKE A WORSHIP SONG AS LED

  1. Thank God for today and about the Word of God you have just read.
  2. Humbly acknowledge your weakness and limitation before God.
  3. Oh Lord my Jehovah! I receive Your grace to move from distress to greatness in my life forever in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  4. Holy Spirit! I bind the spirit of bondage and limitation in my life forever in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  5. Pray generally as led by the Holy Spirit concerning your life, situations and challenges.

For Further Study: Matthew 11:28-30; 1 John 2:27.              RBT: JER. 50-52