WHEN YOU ABANDON GOD

Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: Israel is not a slave, is he? He was not born into slavery, was he? If not, why then is he being carried off? Like lions his enemies roar victoriously over him; they raise their voices in triumph. They have laid his land waste; his cities have been burned down and deserted. Even the soldiers from Memphis and Tahpanhes have cracked your skulls, people of Israel. You have brought all this on yourself, Israel, by deserting the LORD your God when he was leading you along the right path. Jeremiah 2 : 14 – 17

LISTEN: Most people do not know that a sure way to earthly emptiness and eternal frustration is to abandon God. No one neglects his source and hope to succeed. To neglect God is to invite Him to persistently resist you. He that is resisted by God will remain in the congregation of confused and frustrated people. God is our source and we all belong to Him. However, you can only receive from the source when you are connected to it. But when you disconnect, you can do absolutely nothing to fulfill your God-given purpose. (John 15 : 5). Those who chose to abandon God have made the choice to bring curses on their own heads. Beloved, do you know that to abandon God is to choose to walk alone? And a choice to walk alone is to make yourself vulnerable? God chose the children of Israel as His covenant people but they decided to neglect and abandon Him. As a result, they incurred the wrath of God.

Our verse of the day says, ” Israel is not a slave, is he? He was not born into slavery, was he? If not, why then is he being carried off? Like lions his enemies roar victoriously over him; they raise their voices in triumph. They have laid his land waste; his cities have been burned down and deserted. Even the soldiers from Memphis and Tahpanhes have cracked your skulls, people of Israel. You have brought all this on yourself, Israel, by deserting the LORD your God when he was leading you along the right path.” (Jeremiah 2 : 14 – 17). For abandoning God, God gave the children of Israel over to their enemies. They suffered humiliation, frustration, calamity and all manner of misfortune because they abandoned God almighty for pagan gods. They chose to rely on human help instead of God’s. God did not plan for Israel to suffer such evil, but they brought it upon themselves because they abandoned Him. (Jeremiah 2:17). In the same way, when we abandon God for whatever reason, we will certainly incur His wrath because He will abandon us.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine not to abandon God for any other no matter what.
2. Strive to avoid the wrath of God at all costs.
3. Always remember that God is your source and that you can do nothing without Him.
4. Stop opposing God by your actions, instead respect His will for your life.

Daily Task: Do not disconnect yourself from God, for you can do absolutely nothing to fulfill your God-given purpose when you chose to abandon Him.

Daily Reflection: He who chooses to abandon God has made the choice to bring a curse on his own head.

Daily Prayer: Almighty God, you are our creator. Help us to worship, obey and honour you. May we not abandon you for anyone else, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God give you the ability to resist every temptation to abandon God, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Quote: No one neglects his source and hope to truly succeed. To neglect God is to invite Him to persistently oppose you.

Today In History: June 28, 1911. Samuel J. Battle becomes the first African-American policeman in New York City.

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