ODM Devotional for October 2020 Day 21 KOBE BRYANT: I SHALL NOT WEEP SUDDENLY!
BASIC SCRIPTURE: LUKE 7: 11-16
11 And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.
12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.
13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.
14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.
16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.
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For the world of sports and especially the basketball family, Tuesday January 26th, 2020 was not best day for family of Kobe Bryant, that day would be a day they would live to remember for a very long time for the wife of Kobe Bryant , Vanessa, and her first daughter, Natalia, that day will be very difficult to erase from their memories, Kobe Bryant, an American basketballer, at the young age of 41 was snatched away from this world by the cold hands of death when the Sikorsky S-76B helicopter he chartered to fly from Orange County, California to Thousand Oaks also in California, crashed in foggy weather into a Southern Californian hillside, near Calabasas. Bryant had been scheduled that day to coach a tournament game at Mamba Sports Academy. The man did not go down alone; eight other persons lost their lives in that crash. His beautiful daughter, Gianna, who was only 13 years of age, two other girls Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester, the pilot of the helicopter, Ara Zobayan, a baseball coach, and three other persons died when the helicopter went down suddenly in its attempt to avoid a cloud.
When the news of the crash filtered to town, it was difficult to believe; for those who were waiting eagerly to be coached by Bryant for that day’s game, it was a dashed hope. When the news got to his wife, it was to say the least, the most devastating bad news she had ever heard; a husband and a loving/promising daughter were gone, just like that. In her statement a few days afterwards, she said, “…There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi (Gianna) both knew that they were so deeply loved…. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us.” Life is full of many unexpected events. The widow of Nain in today’s Word never expected that she would lose her only son so soon after the demise of her husband. The unexpected event swept her off her feet. She had no option left but to weep over her loss. As she shed sudden and unexpected tears, Jesus met her in that state and said to her, “Weep not.” As 2020 ends, the LORD is saying to a user of today’s devotional: “WEEP NOT!” I see restoration! Most circumstances of life come unannounced!
Many souls and governments who began 2020 did not plan a date with the CORONAVIRUS! Arise today and pray against SUDDEN and UNEXPECTED TEARS for the next 3 days! Declare 21 times today “SUDDEN and UNEXPECTED TEARS, STOP AND SCATTER; SCATTER! SCATTER! CATCH FIRE NOW in Jesus name!” May your joy know no bounds! Pray seriously now.WAR AGAINST HAMAN 15 DAY 4, DAY 5 AND DAY 6 – I AM AN AMBASSADOR! NOT AN EMBARRASSMENT
PRAYER POINTS Take any song of worship as led.
- In your own words, pray about today’s word as led.
- SUDDEN and UNEXPECTED TEARS, STOP AND SCATTER; SCATTER! SCATTERI CATCH FIRE NOW in Jesus name!
- Oh God, by Your grace I will not shed tears that I am not prepared for.
- Father, let tears of agony, be far away from me and my family as 2020 ends and 2021 begins.