Friday, December 9, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : However, fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. Just look at the great things he has done for you!- 1 Samuel 12 : 24.
LISTEN : Do you fear God? Do you have regard for His holiness? Do you revere and esteem Him highly above all else? Do you have Him as the King of your life, business and family. Do you know that looking away from Him will cause you to dishonour, despise and reject His control over your life? This situation played out in the lives of the Israelites when they desired to imitate the heathen nations of their day. They defiantly demanded a king over them instead of God their Supreme King. The bible said, ” But when you saw that Nahash, king of the Ammonites, was coming to fight you, you told me, ‘No, let a king rule over us instead,’ even though the LORD your God was your king. “Now, here is the king you have chosen, the one whom you asked for. See, the Lord has appointed a king over you. If you fear the LORD, serve him, obey him, and don’t rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then both you and the king who rules over you will truly follow the LORD your God. But if you don’t obey the LORD and rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then the LORD will turn against you as he did against your ancestors. “Now then, stand up and see this great thing that the LORD is about to do before your eyes. Is it not the wheat harvest today? I’ll call upon the LORD, and he will send thunder and rain. Then you will know and understand that you have done a great evil in the sight of the LORD by asking for a king for yourselves.” Samuel called upon the LORD that same day, and the LORD sent thunder and rain.
So all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel. Then all the people told Samuel, “Pray to the LORD your God for your servants, so that we don’t die, because we made all our sins worse by asking for a king for ourselves.” Samuel told all the people, “Don’t be afraid. You have done all this evil. Yet don’t turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart. Don’t turn aside after useless things that cannot profit or deliver because they’re useless. Indeed, the LORD won’t abandon His people for the sake of His great name, for the LORD desires to make you a people for himself. Now as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you. I’ll also instruct you in the way that is good and right. Only, fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. Indeed, consider what great things he has done for you. (1 Samuel 12: 12 – 24 ISV). Like the Israelites, we are always tempted to feel insecure and discontent with God; as a result, God is abandoned in favour of other gods. The Israelites asked for a king and they got Saul and were disappointed and heartbroken with his reign. Beloved, have you suffered same miseries like the Israelites? Do not worry yourself. Only fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart and you will not regret your commitment to Him. (See Psalms 25 : 12 , 14 ; 31 : 19 ; 33 : 18).
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Never ask for what the Lord deems wrong to give to you, instead be content with what He has given.
2. Always fear the Lord and respect His will for your life.
3. Always love the Lord with the whole of your heart and resist the temptation to please yourself.
4. Do not allow fear to deter you from following the will of God.
Daily Task : Never compromise your fear and honour for God. No matter the temptation, keep your loyalty to Him intact no matter what.
Daily Reflection : The fear of God will lead to a glorious future, but the fear and honour of the devil will lead to a hopeless and tragic end.
Prayer : Precious Father, thank you for your word today. Create in me a heart of love, respect and fear for you in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : Today, I prophesy over your life, may the Lord give you the grace to honour and fear Him. May He bless you richly in Jesus’ name.