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GRACEVINE DEVOTIONAL
Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Isaiah 45:4-5 KJV
For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me. [5] I am the Lord , and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

Israel had gone into captivity in Babylon at the hands of King Nebuchadnezzar by reason of their idolatrous practices. Their homeland was left forlorn, temple destroyed, and the area occupied by wild beasts. They’d lost hope of ever returning to their homeland but unbeknownst to them, God the script writer had already finished the matter long before it began.

Speaking through the Prophets Jeremiah and Isaiah, God had chosen a heathen King that was NOT YET BORN to deliver Israel from the hands of the Babylonians, send back the exiled Jews and rebuild the destroyed temple at Jerusalem. God called Cyrus by name 400 years before he ever lived!!!.

When Cyrus eventually became King of Persia, he defeated Nebuchadnezzar’s Kingdom of Babylon in 539 BC. The Jews read to him the written prophecy where he was called by name over 400 years earlier. Humbled by this revelation, Cyrus fulfilled the divine plan by issuing a decree one year later, releasing the exiled Jews back to their homeland. (2nd Chronicles 36:22-23).  Led by Zerubbabel and encouraged by the prophets Haggai and Zechariah, the returned exiles rebuilt the temple. The land of Jerusalem flourished again and the people of God enjoyed rest and prosperity.

The lesson to be learned here is that we serve a God who is NEVER taken by surprise. He never reacts because He’s always in control.
Isaiah 46:10 describes God as “knowing the end from the beginning”
Therefore stop imagining that what you are going through is too big. God’s already got it “hacked”.

Long before you were born, all your life’s events inclusive of your probabilities, potentials, challenges, decisions and outcomes were known by Him and written in His book.

Psalm 139:16 KJV
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and IN THY BOOK ALL MY MEMBERS WERE WRITTEN, which in continuance were fashioned, WHEN AS YET THERE WAS NONE OF THEM.

Every one assisting your destiny to rise right now had been called by name as a deliverer to you even before they were born. At every stage of your life, there’s ALWAYS a Cyrus. As God connects you with them, do not “worship” them, just appreciate them.  Instead, recognize and give Glory to the one who wrote, interprets and directs the movie script of your life.

Most times, “Cyrus” is an unbeliever who has no idea of their purpose in your life. However, you must by awareness of the existence of such people, introduce them to the living God who fashions all things after the counsel of His Will.

There’s already a “Cyrus” for even this stage of your life. As you hook up to the utterances of the Prophetic, you will divinely eliminate the pathetic in your life.

Wage a good warfare by this simple prayer for the next one week. “Oh Lord, let my “Cyrus” manifest at every stage of my life in the name of Jesus”.

Shalom Beloved. Be truly blessed.

Ken Okotcha


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