December 12, 2019 CAC Living Water Devotional :- THE HOME OF A HERO (I)

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December 12, 2019 CAC Living Water Devotional :- THE HOME OF A HERO (I)

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CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH

THE LIVING WATER {July ~ Dec., 2019}

DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE

Thursday, December 12, 2019

TOPIC: THE HOME OF A HERO (I)

Read Luke 1:5-25

5. There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.

6. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

7. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.

8. And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course,

9. According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

10. And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.

11. And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

12. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

13. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

14. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

15. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.

16. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

17. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

18. And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.

19. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

20. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.

21. And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.

22. And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.

23. And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.

24. And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,

25. Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

MEMORISE: And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless (Luke 1:6)

EXPOSITION

Zechariah and Elizabeth are one of the heroes we can emulate. A faithful priest, who never relented in his divine assignment. The word of God says that the couple were both righteous before God. With all their faithfulness and integrity, they still had no child and they were both sticken for years.

Then, one day, in the course of his relentless service before God, he had an encounter with an angel of the Lord, and this encounter made him speechless for months. Zechariah was in trouble; he could no longer console his wife with his hopeful words. His problem was compounded. Elizabeth did not know that she would be barren, having married a man of God who was also a public speaker. Zechariah went out for ministration as an able-bodied person but returned as disabled.

In all of these, Elizabeth neither abandoned nor left him to face the ‘consequence’ of his disbelief alone. Had she done that, she would probably have remained barren all her life. Just imagine the cordiality and unity of purpose that resulted in her getting pregnant. That was her turning point; she carried her baby after nine months and her husband’s tongue was loosened.

Dear reader, learn from this great heroes to become a hero to your children and the generation to come, in the Lord.

PRAYER POINTS

1. Lord Jesus, give me the grace to cope with my family challenges.

2. Let us pray for those that are expecting the fruits of the womb regardless of their age that God should visit them with their babies.

3. Pray against every form of barrenness in your family, business, ministry and nation in Jesus’ name.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Daniel 5:11 – 7:14; Jude 1:9 – 1:25; Revelation 1:1 – 1:4

Author: C.A.C WORLDWIDE

Remain blessed!

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