Thursday, September 15, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Why should any living person complain when punished for his sins? Let us carefully examine our ways, and let us return to the LORD.- Lamentations 3 : 39 – 40
LISTEN : The bible said, ” Do not be deceived. God will not be made a fool. For a person will reap what he sows, because the person who sows to his own flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit.(Galatians 6 : 7 -8 ). All our actions and conducts are like seeds sown, someday in the near or far future they’ll all return to us as harvest – return on investment. Humans are good at claiming innocence and shifting blames to others instead of taking responsibility for their actions. We’re quick to forget that today holds a whole lot in common with the past and the future. Many things that we did in the past and believed that everything was under control has come to haunt us. Evil can’t be swept under the carpet, when it’s committed, the clock for the payback time start to tick. It’s better not to commit evil than to do it and ‘enjoy’ such act now and suffer later.
Beloved, can we examine ourselves individually and ask some important questions about ourselves as it relates to the past? Some of these questions would be: Are there consequences for committing evil? Did I commit some act of wickedness in the past? Did I regretted my actions and repented of them in the past? Or was I haughty and proud about it? Does God truly punish evil? If he does, is it possible that mine could be published as well? If I’m punished for my wrong, will God be angry with me forever? Etc. These few questions can help to open your eyes to the fact that you might be responsible for some situations in your life. In our moments of pains and sufferings we shouldn’t just claim innocence or apportion blames to others, instead we should humbly go to God in prayer to find out what the problem is and to respond to it as he (God) directs. This was the case of the Israelites when they suffered invasion, humiliation and captivity in the hands of others, they complained against God and Prophet Jeremiah said, ” Why should any living person complain when punished for his sins? Let us carefully examine our ways, and let us return to the LORD. Similarly, rather than complain and claim innocence, let’s examine our ways and return to God in repentance.
Having read today’s devotional, what are you expected to do?
1. Before you conclude that you’re not suffering for what you’re responsible for, reexamine your relationship with Christ as at today.
2. Revisit your life in the past to be sure you’re not suffering from the sin you’ve failed to confess or forsake.
3. Rather than claim innocence and shifting blames when suffering, take responsibility.
4. When you discover that you might be suffering for your actions, admit it, pray, confess and repent of it to be healed.
Daily Task : Let’s examine ourselves individually and ask some important questions about ourselves as it relates to the past, and then shape our future meaningfully to the glory of God.
Daily Reflection : All our actions and conducts are like seeds sown, someday either in the near or far future they’ll all return to us as harvest – return on investment. Beware!
Prayer : Blessed Father, I accept today that I might be responsible for my predicament, I repent of my self-righteousness, and I receive your forgiveness for my past in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy over your life, whatever you’re going through today, may God open your eyes to see the cause and to be delivered in the end in Jesus ‘ name.