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“And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the LORD said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the LORD.” (1 Samuel 16: 2)

When Samuel was sent by God to anoint David, he feared that Saul would kill him if he anointed a new king. God commanded Samuel to take a heifer with him and tell the people that he came for a sacrifice. God’s response to the potential threat to Samuel’s life was for a heifer to be killed. God’s formula to save Samuel from Saul’s rage was to give a heifer in Samuel’s place. Instead of Samuel, a heifer was to be killed.

Friend, hear me as I hear the Lord: instead of you, another will go down in your place. The harm/disaster that was meant for you will go elsewhere; the attack that was meant for you will go to someone else; the downfall that was packaged for you will go elsewhere; whatever danger that is waiting for you in the future will be divinely diverted; whatever is unfavourable won’t come to you.

It was God’s choice to sacrifice a heifer in place of his prophet Samuel. God has the prerogative to decide on what or who should go down in your place; God has the prerogative to decide who would become a victim of the evil originally meant for you. As surely as God lives, mercy will speak for you when disaster lurks.

When God heard Samuel’s complaint, He didn’t allow him to go and die in the hands of Saul. God did not allow disaster to consume His servant. If God be for you, He won’t allow you to be consumed by disaster. If God be for you, no conspiracy will cause you to go under; if God be for you, no power of hell will prevail over you.

Live with the consciousness that you serve a God that allows something else or someone else to go down for your sake. Live with the understanding that God will provide the ‘heifer’ that will go for your sake.

Isaiah 43: 4 says: “Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.”

*Declare With Me: I will not go down; something else or someone else will go for my sake, in Jesus’ name! Amen.

#Focal Scripture of Streams of Joy Devotional.#

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