Thursday, December 21, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. Job 28 : 28
LISTEN: God created man for His own glory, and therefore feels hurt when He is disregarded, disrespected and dishonoured by the same people He created. He loves us and want us to love Him in return. This season (Christmas), we are celebrating His love for mankind in the person of His Son Jesus Christ. Therefore, there is no better way to appreciate Him than to fear, obey, worship and honour Him. But we tend to fear men than we fear God. The fear of God is fast disappearing from the hearts of men today. Beloved, where is the fear of God in your heart? Where is the honour of God in you? In one occasion, God’s complaint against Israel was their lack of fear and honour for Him. They were ready to fear men, than they were to fear God. Beloved, do you know that human wisdom is measured by the fear of God? (Job 29 : 29 ; Pro 9 : 10 ; Psalms 14 : 1). Anyone who lacks the fear of God is empty of real life.
No reasonable person denies God His honour. If we call Him our God and Master, we should demonstrate that by our fear and honour for Him. The Bible says, “A son honors his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? says the LORD of hosts unto you…” (Malachi 1: 6). Beloved, evaluate your fear for God daily. How much fear and love do you have for God? Are you putting His interest above yours, or the other way around? Joseph, though a slave boy in Potiphar’s house, demonstrated the fear of God when his master’s promiscuous wife asked to sleep with him. He vehemently refused and said instead, “…how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Gen 39 : 9). Beloved, like Joseph, let us learn to fear and honour God always.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. If you do not have fear and honour for God, cultivate it today.
2. Let the fear of God direct your actions and decisions each day.
3. Sow the seed of the fear of God in your life, family and among your friends.
4 Make the fear and honour of God the standards of your life as long as you live.
Daily Prayer: Blessed Father, I thank you for a brand new day. You are my God and creator, therefore, help me to obey, fear and honour you, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, evaluate your fear and love for God daily, and determine to put His interest above yours.
Daily Reflection: No reasonable person denies God His honour. If we call Him our Father, God and Master, we should demonstrate that by our fear and honour for Him.
Daily Quote: There is no better way to appreciate the love of God for mankind than to fear, obey, worship and honour Him.
Today In History: December 21, 1964 Great Britain’s House of Commons votes to ban the death penalty.
SAY THIS: Today, I confess with my mouth, that I will obey, worship, honour and fear God my Lord and creator, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, may God give you the ability to obey, worship, honour and fear Him as your only God and creator, in Jesus’ name.