Wednesday, September 14, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.- Psalms 2 : 11(ISV).
LISTEN : The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom ( Proverbs 9 : 10). No man is wise till he fears the LORD. The first lesson of man is to fear God. That’s, to respect him! God must be first in our lives. God is more important than our businesses. He’s more important than our friends. He’s equally far more important than our families. When we make a decision, we must first think about God. We must ask whether our plans are good or evil. We must decide whether our plans give honour to him. This is important because, God can only honour those who honours him. But those who despise him will be lightly esteemed (1 Samuel 2 : 30). God should be accorded a worthy service, he should be given the respect that is due him, this is only the first lesson of every man. But it’s a great lesson.
This lesson of the fear of God will teach us to be wise. If we respect God, then evil ideas will not attract us. If we respect him, we will try to be fair and honest with other people. If we respect God, then money will not control our lives. If we have the fear of God, then we will passionately desire to learn from God. The bible verse today said, ” Serve the Lord with fear…” This is a general direction to all men. The command is not just for selected few but for everybody. We’re commanded to fear God with a sense of reverence which is due to his supreme majesty. We’re also to serve him as subjects should their sovereign, and as servants should their master. Furthermore, the bible said, ” Rejoice with trembling”. If we serve God aright, we can’t but be happy; but the continual reverent fear of a son to his Father will moderate all our joys. This is very important because, we must all stand at last before the judgment-seat of God to give account of ourselves. So let’s watch, pray, believe, work, and keep humble; as we remember that God should be given a worthy service. God bless you.
Having read today’s devotional, what are you expected to do?
1. Examine your level of fear for God and cease henceforth from living in opposition to his will.
2. Determine each day to render to God the glory that’s due him through your life.
3. Don’t give God a-leftover service or honour, rather serve him with undivided attention.
4. Always allowed the fear of God to guide your conducts.
5. Ask God for grace to serve him in line with his will.
Daily Task : Serve, watch, pray, believe, work, and keep humble; always remember that God should be giving a worthy service.
Daily Reflection : No man is wise till he fears the LORD. The first lesson of man is to fear God and make him the first in our lives.
Prayer : Almighty God, I ask for grace to serve you faithfully, and to fear and honour you the rest of my life in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Prophetic Word: Today, I prophesy over your life, may God release to you the ability to serve him with fear and awe. From today, you’ll be a great vessel in his hands in Jesus ‘ name.