Today's Devotion (Friday)

MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE DAILY DEVOTIONAL



CONCUBINAGE: ENEMY OF PEACEFUL HOMES


FIRE SCRIPTURE: 1 Kings 11:1-13


MEMORY VERSE:

1 Kings 11:3 "And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart."


PRAISE WORSHIP: Take a worship song as led by the Holy Spirit


THE MESSAGE:

Concubinage is the co-habitation of a man and woman without legal or formal marriage. It is an interpersonal and sexual relationship between a man and a woman that are not married. The woman in such a relationship is referred to as a concubine. Although, the Bible records some cases of men who had concubines, God never supported it.


The consequences of having concubines are very unpleasant. Some of them are as follows: Hagar was not the legal wife to Abraham, but a maid whom Sarah gave to him as a wife. The aftermath of that arrangement is still here with Christianity till today. The seeds of Ishmael became a thorn in the flesh of Christianity.


The price of David's sin of murder was high. He spent the rest of his life regretting the fact that he coveted Bathsheba, Uriah's wife and his subsequent murder of Uriah (2 Samuel 12:10-14).


What Prophet Nathan said in 2 Samuel 12:10-14 eventually came true: murder became a constant threat in David's family (2 Samuel 13:16-30; 2 Samuel 18:14-15; 1 Kings 2:23-25), rebellion was in the household (2 Samuel 15:13), his wives were given to another in public view (2 Samuel 16:20-23), his first child by Bathsheba died, and the sword never departed from his family till today (2 Samuel 12:10). If David had known the painful consequences of his action, he would not have pursued the pleasures of the moment.


Beloved, remember that the consequences of your actions are deeper than you can ever foresee. If you want peace to reign in your home, avoid extra marital affairs. Although David confessed and repented of his sin, the judgement from God was irreversible. Think about this, beloved, and don't ever go into the sin of sex outside your marriage.


Solomon was another example of a king that violated the laws of God by marrying seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines (1 Kings 11:3). Solomon's concubines drew him into sacrificing to Molech, the god of the Ammonites. This was an abomination because its worship rites included child sacrifice (1 Kings 11:5-8). As a result, God took the kingdom from him and gave it to his servant (1 Kings 11:11).


Beloved, the consequences of disobedience are always heavy. It is not enough to start well; you must pray to God to give you the grace to end well. Focus on your spouse and be faithful to him or her. Allow God to be in control of your life and family. Do not expose your spouse and children to curses by having extra marital affairs.


MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE:

You cannot sleep on the lap of Delilah and expect to open your eyes in the bosom of Abraham. Therefore, watch and pray.


PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY:

STRANGE PERSONALITIES SHALL NOT HAVE DOMINION IN YOUR MARRIAGE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.


PRAYER POINTS


MORNING

1. Stronghold of sexual immortality in my life, collapse and rise no more, in the name of Jesus.

2. Lord, crucify the old nature in my life to Your cross, in the name of Jesus.

3. Sexual immortality shall not have dominion over my life, in the name of Jesus.


EVENING

4. By the blood of Jesus Christ, I blot out the sin of sexual immortality that is standing against me before the throne of God in heaven, in the name of Jesus.

5. Holy Spirit, strengthen me and deliver me from the sin of sexual immortality, in the name of Jesus.

6. Every voice of sexual immortality the enemy is projecting into my life, backfire now, in the name of Jesus.

7. By the blood of Jesus Christ, I silence every voice of sexual immortality, programmed against me from the pit of hell, in the name of Jesus.


Bible In One Year: Genesis 48-50


Source: MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries Worldwide)

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