THE BOUNCE BACK – Fri, Jul 29, 2016

​Zechariah 10:6 KJV

And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the Lord their God, and will hear them.
In most cases, when there is a restoration, the people/thing involved, is/are restored to a better state than the former.
Take a look at the story of Job. He got back more than he had.

Ruth got back more than a husband, she found herself into the lineage of the Saviour, Jesus Christ.
The latter rain is always better than the former. The bounce-back so always better than the set-back and so will your situation be if your keep trusting in the Lord.
The strength of the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the salvation of the house of Joseph are characteristic of you and I so long as we hold on to Him. Let’s not relent in serving Him.
Have a blessed Friday. 

#CarllyDevotionals #1ChapterADay #OCP

HE HAS SEEN WITH HIS EYES – Thu, Jul 28, 2016

Zechariah 9:8 (KJV)

And I will encamp about mine house because of the army, because of him that passeth by, and because of him that returneth: and no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with mine eyes.

 

Prophet Zechariah must have been loved by many of the Jews of his time, should I compare him with other prophets who prophesied doom. But we must know that Zechariah lived around the time the Jews had returned from Exile.

 

Through Zechariah’s prophesies, God promised much hope to all these Jews, who were once prisoners, (Prisoners of Hope). In fact, the entire chapter is littered with words of hope from the Lord, and in my opinion, one reason why this is so is because He saw everything with His eyes.

 

No situation is actually hidden from the Lord. You may be seeing very torrid times in your business / relationship now, but I can leave you with these direct word from God. He says “I have seen with mine eyes,” (Zech 9:8) and surely He has. I can testify of this in my own life, so I’m very positive of this.

 

On the day God decides to show His might in your life, you’d be totally surprised and may burst into tears like I did. Your King is approaching, “lowly, riding upon an ass” (Zech 9:9) with one purpose in mind; to intervene in your case, would you accept and embrace him?

Have a blessed day.

#CarllyDevotionals #1ChapterADay #OCP

http://www.carllyjay.com

WE WILL GO WITH YOU – Wed, Jul 27, 2016

​Zechariah 8:23 KJV

Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass , that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.

Beautiful words like these bear much resemblance to what Laban said of Jacob, when Jacob wanted to leave him, after serving Laban for many years.

This is the heritage of all believers, those who live around us, interact with us and make occasional contact with us, should be able to say that “being our buddies has brought them more good than harm.”

It is not a good thing for those in your inner circles to wish you away, on the contrary, they should be able to testify of your impact in their lives… because the Lord is with you.

Laban learnt ‘by experience’ that the Lord had blessed him tremendously, because he was glued to Jacob, whom the Lord was with.

What would your colleagues say about you?
Have a blessed day.

#CarllyDevotionals #1ChapterADay #OCP

NOT JUST FASTING – Tue, Jul 26, 2016

​Zechariah 7:9-10 KJV

Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:
[10] And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.
The Jews, while in exile, fasted on the 5th and 7th months of each year, to commemorate the siege of Jerusalem. They did this for all the 70 years of their exile.
Yet this act of faith alone was not enough, by the standards the Lord required of them.
Indeed fasting and prayers are good, but they become powerless when we neglect love for another.
So God would speak through Zechariah and tell the people to show mercy and compassion to one another. Not oppressing widows, orphans and strangers, nor having evil intents for others.
Too many of us fast and pray and yet are guilty of some of these, like the Jews, so we never enjoy the benefits or see the fruits of our fasts.
Do fast and pray, not neglecting concern for others, if you need to move that mountain.
Have a blessed day.

#CarllyDevotionals #1ChapterADay #OCP

CONSTANTLY ACCUSING – Fri, Jul 22, 2016

​Zechariah 3:1 KJV

And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord , and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.

I found different words were used to describe Satan’s mission for standing next to Joshua in Zechariah’s vision. Satan was there to ‘resist,’ ‘oppose’ or ‘accuse’ Joshua.

My mind was cast back to the story of Jesus when satan met him the wilderness to ‘tempt’ Him. In another scenario satan obtained permission to ‘sift’ Peter.

I find it hard when some believers think they are too ‘big’ for satan to come near them. Indeed it is foolhardy to think so.

Clearly, satan has NO power over us, but to validate this claim and make it good, we MUST “walk in His ways and keep His charge” (See verse 7)

When the sons of God presented themselves in Job 1:6-7, satan did too.

He always wants a way to get to you and I, so don’t get beside yourself yet. Keep God’s charge and keep walking in God’s ways, then you are sure satan’s constant beckoning won’t yield anything.

Have a blessed Friday.

#CarllyDevotionals #1ChapterADay #OCP

UPROOT THE HORNS – Wed, Jul 20, 2016

​Zechariah 1:18-19 KJV

Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns.
[19] And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.

After their return from exile, the Jews did not just settle in. Indeed it took sometime for this to happen, and while this happened some of them got more and more discouraged.

Zechariah the prophet saw in a vision 4 horns, which he later learnt had been responsible, spiritually, for ensuring Israel and Judah were not united.

Now this send a little chill down my spine as I mediatated on it.

Indeed all things that happen are only a manifestation of what has gone on spiritually, so that if confusion exists within a group you are part of, you may want to consider dealing with it spiritually as well.

Identify those horns and uproot them in prayer, as a matter of necessity. Too many promising groups have collapsed because of this, don’t wait for yours to be next.

Have a blessed day. 

#CarllyDevotionals #1ChapterADay #OCP

YOU, HIS SIGNET RING – Tue, Jul 19, 2016

​Haggai 2:23 KJV

In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the Lord , and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord of hosts.

A signet ring was the sign of a king’s authority. Whoever it was given to on any mission, was accorded much respect as would have been given the king himself.

So I wonder how Zerubbabel felt when these words dropped out of the prophet Haggai’s mouth, “…I will make thee as a signet; for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord of hosts.”

These are no mere words. Though the responsibilities that come with such a task may be daunting, the privileges are really enviable.

You and I do not just bear His signet, indeed WE ARE His signet ring, a seal of God’s authority and we need to demonstrate this. I pray you exercise this authority in your life daily.

Have a blessed day.

#CarllyDevotionals #1ChapterADay #OCP