Tackling Unprofitable Delays

BIBLE VERSE: Acts 9-10

FIRE SCRIPTURE: Daniel 10:12-13 (KJV)

12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.

13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

MEMORY VERSE: “And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.” – Acts 10:4

Watch your treasures. Keep what is precious to you. The devil takes delight in stealing what is carelessly abandoned.


The devil has used delays to keep people away from their promised land. Hence, we are examining how to tackle unprofitable delays in today’s devotional study.

Somebody once said that life is like an onion. You need to peel off the onion one layer at a time, but as you do so, its juice gets into your eyes and causes your eyes to be filled with tears. There is something that is known as the trouble of life. I read a comment by one man of God called Matthew Henry. Somebody stole his things and the people around him found out that he was not sad about it. So, they asked him why and he said something that shocked me. He said: “I thank God that it was not me that was stolen and that I was not the rubber.” That was his way of looking at the case. Sometimes we look so long at closed doors that we do not see the great ones which the Lord has opened unto us.

The battle against the angel bringing the answer to Daniel was so great that Michael had to come and assist him. What God did was to open the veil of the spiritual world, so that he could see what was going on.

The devil sets up a checkpoint at the second heavens. A checkpoint of darkness is a place of fierce warfare. That is why the kind of prayer required to destroy the checkpoint is volcanic and bulldozing kind of prayer: prayer with holy anger, prayer with inner fire, prayer with holy hatred, prayer with your spiritual blood boiling. Good and bad spirits fight there. Sympathetic and unsympathetic spirits fight there as well. There is a battle between truth and falsehood and the battle between light and darkness there. It is a place of wicked confiscation. It is a place of wicked storage in the warehouse of the enemy. It is a place of wicked spiritual accidents. Thank God, Daniel did not give up. He did not interpret delays as denial. You must overcome delays today.

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