GOD OF THE POOR AND OPPRESSED

Thursday, January 12, 2017.

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Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.- Psalms 12:5

LISTEN: God cannot abandon anyone no matter his or her condition. Unlike man, God has regard for the poor, oppressed, afflicted, neglected, marginalised, helpless and the likes. Many will rather oppress the poor than stand for them; because they want to stay in control, therefore, the poor are being oppressed and made to suffer miserably.

Beloved, God is not happy when the poor in our midst are treated with such wickedness. Any mistreatment to the poor is done to God. Maybe you are surprised with this statement, but that is the truth. The bible says, ” The one who oppresses the poor insults his Creator, but whoever shows favor to the needy honors him.” (Proverbs 14 : 31 NET).

Similarly, in Proverbs 17 : 5 the bible says, “The one who mocks the poor insults his Creator; whoever rejoices over disaster will not go unpunished.” Beloved, God cares for the poor and wants us to do likewise. God is a kind God and He wants His people to show kindness to people in need. Unfortunately, most privileged people takes delight in mocking the poor.

They enjoy reminding the poor of their miseries. They failed to know that every insult one gives to the poor or less privileged, is an insult against God his creator. Our verse of the day says, ” For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.” (Psalms 12:5 KJV). God cannot be silent forever, at the appointed time He will certainly rise up for the oppressed.

He said that He will fight for the poor who are oppressed; who sigh everyday because of suffering. He promises to deliver them from the proud and those who seem to be stronger than them. Beloved, let us be sincere with our service to God. If we truly love Him, we cannot abandon our task, the act of kindness, care and love towards the less privileged. Think about it.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Learn to help the poor and less privileged. Such is an acceptable sacrifice to God.
2. Do not oppress the poor, because such is an insult to God the creator.
3. Never mock the poor and needy, mocking them is mocking God.
4. Always rise in defense of the poor and never neglect them no matter what.

Daily Task: Do not hide or shy away from the practice of care, support and kindness. Always remember that you will reap what you sow in due time if you faint not.

Daily Reflection: He who rises in defense of the poor and needy, God will certainly rise in defense of him at the appointed time.

Daily Prayer: Merciful Father, God of the poor and oppressed, deliver me from every form of oppression in my life, this I ask in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, may God of the poor, oppressed and afflicted deliver you from every form of affliction and oppression, in Jesus’ name.

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