MFM Daily Devotional 2024

MFM Devotional 17th January 2024 || Lessons From The Life of Prophet Nathan 1

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MFM Devotional 17th January 2024 || Lessons From The Life of Prophet Nathan 1



Genesis 41–42; Matthew 12:1–23

MEMORY VERSE: Isaiah 55:8
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

Isaiah 55:8
English Standard Version
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.

Even the holiest of men sometimes make mistakes. Whenever you are wrong, be humble enough to admit it and be strong enough to correct it.

The spirit of error and mistakes shall not come close to you, in the Name of Jesus.

FIRE SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 7:1-17
English Standard Version
The Lord’s Covenant with David

7 Now when the king lived in his house and the Lord had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, 2 the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” 3 And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.”

4 But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, 5 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: Would you build me a house to dwell in?

6 I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling.

7 In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’

8 Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel.

9 And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.

10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly,

11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house.

12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.

13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

14 I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men,

15 but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you.

16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.’”

17 In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.

Take praise and worship songs as led by the Holy Spirit.


Today, we want to begin a study on the life of one of the finest Bible characters, Prophet Nathan. He was a prophet during the reigns of King David and King Solomon.

In 2 Samuel 7:1-3, when David discussed his intention to build a temple of worship for God with him, the Bible records this: “And Nathan said to the king: Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee.”

But later that day, the Word of God came to Nathan and told him that David’s intention was not in line with the divine plan. The divine plan was for his son to build the temple. Earlier, in the morning, Nathan must have probably spoken based on emotional excitements and also as a result of the good relationship between him and the king.

Note that not every good idea is God’s idea; so we need to be careful. Nathan had made a mistake. Wasn’t he a prophet of God? Definitely, he was a divine oracle that interpreted the heart of God to kings. We all sometimes make mistakes.

Samuel, a prophet of God of no mean status, also made the same mistake when he thought Eliab was surely the Lord’s anointed. But God intercepted him and told him Eliab wasn’t His choice.

The response of Nathan in this scenario has a whole lot to teach us. When God’s Word came to him, he wasn’t ashamed to admit his limitations and correct his error. In verse 17, he humbly went back to show David the true counsel of God as against what he earlier predicted.

Making mistakes is not the issue; the real issue is how we respond when we are confronted about our mistakes. When King Saul was confronted about his error, he was too egoistic to admit it. He was more concerned about public opinion than how God feels and that led to his undoing.

How do you handle issues when you realise that you have made a mistake? Do you seek to cover it up or do you admit and make your ways right with God and man? I advise you to take a cue from Prophet Nathan.


1. Father, help me to humble myself, in the Name of Jesus.

2. Spirit of error, die, in the Name of Jesus.

3. Mistakes, programmed to shatter my life, be deprogrammed by the blood of Jesus, in the Name of Jesus.

4. O God my Father, do not leave me to myself, in the Name of Jesus.

5. I shall not be too big for God, in the Name of Jesus.

6. Arrow of pride and error, assigned to bring me low, backfire by fire, in the Name of Jesus.

7. Enemies of my prophetic destiny and calling, be disgraced, in the Name of Jesus.

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