Monday, December 12, 2016.

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Cast me not away from your presence; and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of your salvation; and uphold me with your free Spirit.- Psalms 51 : 11 – 12.

LISTEN : How rare this cry of repentance and restoration are heard in our society today! Sinners are so arrogant and very unreasonable and are no longer remorseful for their wrongdoings. Everyone behaves as though the consequences of such lifestyle is nothing serious. They do not care about how and what God feel about their actions. They damn the consequences of their evil deeds. They pretend not to know that the day of reckoning will come and their deeds shall be accordingly visited.

It is disheartening and shameful today that evil is celebrated instead of being mourned. The fear of God is fast disappearing from our homes and the society at large. Holiness unto God and moral purity are termed “old fashion”. What a world with an alarming moral decedent! However, with all our sins God still want us back to himself. He is watching and waiting for your return. Only that He want you to acknowledge that you have sinned and have need of Him. (James 4 : 8). David in our verse of the day acknowledged his sins and cried sincerely for restoration. Because he cherished the presence of God and His relationship with him, therefore he was heartbroken for losing it because of sin. He prayed, ” Cast me not away from your presence” – That is, do not reject me, or cast me off entirely; do not abandon me; do not leave me in my sin and sorrow. He was heartbroken and sad because of his sin. He knows that true happiness is to be found in the “presence” of God. In the “presence” of God misery, sadness and shame are terminated. (See Psa 16:11 ; Psa 31:20 ; Psa 140:13).

David went on to say, ” And take not your Holy Spirit from me.” This means that He lost the relationship of the Spirit through sin and longed for restoration. His guilt over the sin of murder and adultery – committed against Uriah’s family had devastated him hence he needed God’s grace to restore him into a warm relationship with Him, by renewing his heart and imparting comfort into his soul. Beloved, life cannot be sweet as a Christian without the Holy Spirit. One will be forever frustrated if the Spirit of God is neglected and undermined. Let us learn to cry for spiritual restoration. Like David, let us turn away from our evil ways and ask the Lord to forgive and restore us to Himself.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Never plead guiltless when the Lord holds you guilty of sin. Instead ask for His forgiveness and receive restoration.
2. Repent of any known sin and determine to enjoy a sweet relationship with God.
3. Never consider backsliding an option when you are overtaken by a fault. Instead, run back to God and obtain your pardon to live better.
4. Always resist the temptation to do evil so that the devil will not gain access into your life.

Daily Task : Do not give up on yourself because you sinned, rather cry out to God for forgiveness, restoration and healing.

Daily Reflection : When men sincerely cry to God with honest heart of repentance over their sins, He will forgive and restore penitent sinners.

Prayer : Merciful Father, I acknowledge my sin, have mercy over me a sinner, forgive my sin. Do not take your Holy Spirit away from me, but renew your Spirit in me in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration : Today, I prophesy over your life, may God grant you restoration in your spiritual life. May He show mercy to you according to His everlasting grace in Jesus’ name.