Sunday, February 26, 2017
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.- Psalms 2 : 11
LISTEN: God is to be worshipped with awe and fear. Many claim to serve God today but do not have fear and honour for Him. Fear for God is a demonstration of true wisdom. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. ( Proverbs 9 : 10). No man is truly wise who does not fear the LORD. The first test or lesson of man is to fear God – that is, to respect Him. God must be placed the first in our lives.
As wise people, God should be our first choice in life. He is more important than our businesses, He is more important than our friends. Besides, He is equally far more important than our families. God is greater than everything in life put together. When we make a decision, we must first think about Him. We must ask whether our plans are good or evil. We must find out whether our plans are made to give honour to Him or not. This is important because, God can only honour those who honour Him. But those who despise Him will be lightly esteemed (1 Samuel 2 : 30).
Beloved, God should be accorded the service that is due Him. He should be given the respect that is due Him. This is the first and greatest lesson of every man. This lesson of the fear of God will teach us to be wise. If we respect God, then evil things will not attract us. If we have respect for Him, we will try to be fair and honest with other people. If we have sincere respect for God, then the love of money will not control our lives. If we have the fear of God, then we will passionately desire to learn from Him. Our bible verse of the day says, ” Serve the Lord with fear…” This is a general instruction to all men. The command is not just for some persons or sect, but for everybody.
Beloved, we are commanded to fear God with a sense of reverence which is due to His supreme majesty. We are to serve Him as subjects should their sovereign, and as servants should their master. Besides, our verse of the day also says, ” Rejoice with trembling”. Friend, if we serve God aright, we cannot help but be happy; but the continual reverent fear of a son to his Father will moderate all our joys. This is very important because, we must all stand at last before the judgment-seat of God to give account of ourselves. So let us live in line with His will, as we remember that He deserves our sincere worship.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Examine your level of dedication and fear for God, and determine to remain loyal to Him.
2. Determine to serve God sincerely with your life and all you.
3. Do not give God unworthy service, rather serve Him with honour and undivided attention.
4. Allow the fear of God to guide your behaviour, and determine to serve God in line with His will.
Daily Task: Do not forget to serve God, watch, pray, believe, work, and keep humble; always remember that He should be giving a befitting service.
Daily Reflection: No one is truly wise until he or she fears the LORD. The first lesson of man is to fear God His creator, and make Him the first in His life.
Daily Prayer: Almighty God, I ask for grace to serve you faithfully, and to fear and honour you for the rest of my life, in Jesus‘ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, may God release to you the ability to serve Him with fear and awe. May He make you a vessel in his hands, in Jesus‘ name.