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    Tuesday, 1 August 2017

    CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE August 1, 2017— OVERCOMING MOCKERY IN ADVERSITY

    CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE

    Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    TOPIC: OVERCOMING MOCKERY IN ADVERSITY



    Read Nehemiah 4:1-15
    MEMORISE
    Hear, O our God, how we are despised! Return their reproach on their own heads and give them up for plunder in a land of captivity. (Nehemiah 4:4)
    CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE

    CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE


    There are many strategies that the devil uses to obstruct the pathway of excellence. A typical example is an attack on the self-esteem of the individual. It is even much more difficult to bear, when the individual is going through adversity. In Nehemiah's experience, mockery was employed by his adversaries to attack his self-esteem, in building the wall (Neh. 4:1-3). They were called feeble Jews; an attack on their identity. The quality of their construction was regarded as inadequate; an attack on their ability.

    Mockery makes its objects to feel as if their efforts will not amount to anything (2:19 cf. 4:2-3). It causes shame, thus becoming a direct attack on self-esteem. It is the direct opposite of what is necessary for attaining excellence. Mockery is even more painful, when it comes from those who are meant to be beneficiaries of outcome of the efforts being made. The psychological impact of mockery is difficult to bear because of the feeling of shame it triggers. It makes one doubt the importance of one's efforts (cf. 4:5), magnifying small challenges into huge obstacles.


     Mockery has the tendency to depress, making one lose momentum.
    When you are being mocked, it is important that you do not give up because others do not approve of your efforts. Only ensure that you are doing what God desires (1 Pet. 3:13). The way we feel often determines our reactions to mockery. Untamed feeling of anger has the tendency to lead to murderous action. Remember that those who refuse to value us today may be the ones who will become proud of our achievements tomorrow (cf. 1 Sam. 10:26 – 11:15). Don't surrender to mockery (Judg. 10:18 – 11:1-4).

    PRAYER POINTS
    1. Lord, help me to manage my anger when others mock my efforts, and give me the confidence when others attack my self-esteem.
    2. Lord, guide me to expend my energy on my goals rather than those who mock me.
    3. Lord, help wives/husbands who are being bullied/battered by their spouses, because of their resolve to follow You.

    EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Numbers 8-10
    Good morning and happy new month.
    May good things continue to spring forth from our lives, in Jesus name Amen.
    Desire to accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. Do that before it's too late.

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