START WITH YOURSELF

Wednesday May 17, 2017.

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: When the priests and Levites had purified themselves, they purified the people, the gates, and the wall. Nehemiah 12 : 30

LISTEN: We are quick to judge others than we are to judge ourselves. People often blame others for what they failed to do than they blame themselves for same reasons. We hardly see things from God’s perspectives because, we are determined to treat others the way we will not want to be treated. Before we point out the faults of others, we should first consider ours. Before you speak or condemn the wrong of others first search yourself, and purge yourself of your own wrongs. In other words, begin with yourself before you extend to others. The Bible says, ” And why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how will you tell your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye;’ and look, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite! First remove the log out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7 : 3 – 5). This simply means that, if you must do it right in dealing with evil, you must begin with yourself.

After their years of exile and return to Jerusalem, the Israelites built the wall of Jerusalem and dedicated it to God. The Bible says, “At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, they sought out the Levites from all the places they lived to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication joyfully with songs of thanksgiving and songs accompanied by cymbals, harps, and lyres.”(Nehemiah 12 : 27). They dedicated the wall with melodious songs from the Levites. But not without first sanctifying themselves to the Lord. The Law of God through Moses demands that the priest sanctify both himself and the people ceremonially. To sanctify is to set apart to a sacred purpose or to religious use. It is to consecrate: to free from sin : to purify. But this process of cleansing must begin with the priest – the one that is called to represent God to the people. The Bible says, ” When the priests and Levites had purified themselves, they purified the people, the gates, and the wall.” (Nehemiah 12 : 30). Beloved, if you must do it right in dealing with evil, you must begin with yourself. Until you have cleanse yourself, you cannot cleanse others.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. In fighting to make things right, start with yourself.
2. Do not make yourself a faultfinder, instead be a solution provider.
3. Cleanse yourself of moral impurities and you will be right to correct others.
4. Never be quick to criticise others. But if you must, do it constructively and with love.

Daily Task: Always strive to do the right thing. Remember that if you must do it right in dealing with evil, you must begin with yourself.

Daily Reflection: When you begin the fight of faultfinding first with yourself, finding fault with others will be difficult and unpleasant to you.

Daily Prayer: Blessed Father, I am sorry for finding fault with others and not with myself. Help me to know that the process of making things right begins with me, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: May God purge you of every moral and spiritual impurity. I prophesy to your life today, may God start a process that will bring you to your purpose of existence, in Jesus’ name.

Daily Quote: Until you have cleanse yourself, you cannot cleanse others.

Today In History: May 17, 1756. Britain declares war on France.

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