Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : To have respect for the person of the evil-doer is not good, or to give a wrong decision against the upright.- Proverbs 18 : 5 (BBE).

LISTEN : Most times people do things which they are not aware of the possible consequences. They act without considering their actions, they do anything that they want to do and damn the consequence. However, a reasonable and God fearing person cannot endanger his or her life by living such an ungodly life. Our bible verse of the day talks about two evils that people do that infuriates God, things that people do that causes them to attract the wrath of God. These two evils are: having respect for an evildoer; and robbing the upright of justice. How often people had done these evils! These evils are still prevalent today. It happens in every town and city, it happens in every nation and continents of the world, it happens virtually in every home except those who have determined to serve God in spirit and in truth. The same evils have destroyed our judicial system, as a result, justice has been consistently perverted. Justice is now given to the rich, while the poor is denied of it. What a wicked world! God wants us to live impartial life, He wants us to do the right thing in judgment. (Deuteronomy 1 : 16).

Whoever you are, you must make sure that the right of the righteous is not taken from him nor the wicked favoured because of his riches. That is what the bible meant by, “To have respect for the person of the evil-doer is not good, or to give a wrong decision against the upright” But we have repeatedly seen the opposite of this divine command played out in the lives of countless Judges of the court. It is evil for a judge to have respect to a wicked man in a cause before him, and to favour him, because he is a rich man, or a relation, or he has received some kindness from him; none of these things should have any influence upon him to overthrow the righteous in judgment: though he may be a poor man and a stranger, and to whom the judge is under no private and personal obligation; yet justice ought to be done without any respect to persons; to do otherwise is not only not good, but very bad, very sinful and criminal; it is contrary to law and justice; it is doing injury to men, and is hostile to the will of God, and offensive to him. (Leviticus 19:15). Those who do such will certainly not go unpunished.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not deny anyone justice within your power no matter who they are.
2. Do not give nor take bribe to influence judgment, rather condemn it and do the right thing.
3. Do not value the rich and lightly esteem the poor, rather treat everyone as God directed.
4. Maintain your integrity even though others are throwing theirs to the wind, for God is watching.

Daily Task : Always avoid the temptations of favouring the rich in judgment and robbing the righteous of justice. Beware!

Daily Reflection : When the right of the righteous is denied in judgment, and the wicked is favoured instead, the will of God is neglected and His wrath invited.

Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you for your word today, I ask that you keep me from evil. Do not allow me to do the wrong thing in judgment in Jesus’ name.

Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy over your life, may God baptise you with the desire to live righteously, faithfully, holy and godly, in Jesus’ name.