Monday, August 28, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Psalms 2 : 11
LISTEN: Faithfulness in service is a mark of true loyalty to God. In every generation, God is looking for true worshippers; that is, those who will worship Him in sincerity and in reality. Yes, 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 prove or lesson of man is to fear God – that is, to respect Him. God must be placed the first in our lives. God should be our first choice in life. He is more important than our businesses, wealths, careers, etc. He is important than every other thing. God is greater than everything in life put together. Hence, when we make decisions, we should first think about Him. We should ask to know His will. Beloved, God cannot honour anyone who chooses to despise Him (1 Samuel 2 : 30).
Beloved, God should be accorded the honour that is due Him. That is the first and greatest lesson of every man. Learning to fear God will teach us to be wise. If we honour God, then we will not be attracted to evil things of this life. 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; instead, we will serve Him with our resources. If we truly have the fear of God, then we will desire to learn of Him. Our bible verse of the day says, ” Serve the Lord with fear…” (v.11a). This is a divine instruction to all people of all generations. Beloved, we should fear God with a sense of reverence which is due to His supreme majesty. We are to serve Him faithfully and excitedly. The concluding verse of the day says, Serve God and..rejoice with trembling” (Psalms 2 : 11). Beloved, serving God should make us happy, not sad. Henceforth, let us live in line with His will, as we remember that He deserves our sincere worship and honour.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Evaluate your honour and fear for God, and then determine to grow in His love daily.
2. Learn to serve God faithfully with your life and everything you have.
3. Never render to God unworthy service, instead, serve Him worthily.
4. Let the fear of God guide your behaviour and actions in all you do daily.
Daily Task: No matter what, never forget to serve God, watch, pray, believe, work, and keep humble. At all times, remember to give Him a befitting worship.
Daily Reflection: Faithfulness in service is a mark of true loyalty to God. Hence, His true worshippers are His delight.
Daily Prayer: Most Holy God, I thank you for a day like this; help me to serve you faithfully, and to fear and honour you for the rest of my life, in Jesus‘ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy over your life, may God give you the ability to serve Him with fear and awe. May you be His vessel and a channel of blessing, in Jesus‘ name.
Daily Quote: God cannot be worshipped on our own terms, but purely on His own terms and conditions.
Today In History: August 28, 2005. Hurricane Katrina reaches Category 5 strength; the Louisiana Superdome is opened as a “refuge of last resort” in New Orleans.