Monday, January 18, 2021
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : You shall not follow a crowd to do evil… Exodus 23:2
Thought of The Day : If we are keen to do the will of God, we will not be scared or ashamed to be a lone voice for Christ.
LISTEN : You’re certainly going to be lost in the crowd (the wicked world) when your eyes are off God. There is power and popularity in a crowd, no doubt. This is the reason why people tend to move towards the crowd. No one wants to be a lone voice. Everyone wants to be part of a crowd. Unfortunately, the crowd is not always right. Being in majority is not a mark of divine approval as some believe. Surely, God does work with minority too (2 Chronicles 14:11 ; Psalms 33:16). If we are keen to do the will of God, we will not be scared or ashamed of being a lone voice for Christ. Many out of fear, compromise, hardship, poverty, relationship, business or financial favour, etc., become part of an erring crowd; not realising that following a wrong crowd would lead them to a regrettable end. Beloved, the crowd can be wrong sometimes. Truly, it is good to be with majority, but for a good cause. We should be part of a crowd if the crowd stands for justice, equity, goodness, peace, godliness and the fear of God. Never follow a crowd that is out to deceive, mislead, destroy or deny people the opportunity to do the will of God. Avoid trends and fads which tend to lead people astray. Watch the crowd you follow and measure their actions by the word of God; if what they do, don’t agree with God’s word, leave the crowd and stand alone for God. Don’t forget that if you sin with the crowd, you will be judged with the crowd. If you join a crowd to do evil, you will surely suffer with the crowd. Beloved, never be afraid to stand up for Jesus Christ and His kingdom. Remember, the crowd might be wrong; and being a lone voice for God is not an abomination. Be wise!
What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Don’t surrender to pressure from the world, rather, surrender to the voice of God.
2. Never partner with a crowd to do evil, instead, stand up for God.
3. Don’t hesitate to leave a crowd when you discover their purposes oppose to God’s.
4. Don’t follow a crowd to do evil or aid perversion of justice.
Faith Confession : Today, I acknowledged that crowd is not always right. Therefore, I will follow the word of God instead, amen.
Prayer : Eternal Father, You are my God! Help me to never follow a crowd to do evil, but rather follow your will always, amen.
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I speak on your life. May God guide you to make right decisions and avoid an evil crowd, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : Beware of trends and fads which tend to lead people astray. Watch the crowd and never hesitate to leave a crowd that does not stand for God.
Quote : “Avoid association with the wrong crowd; following a wrong crowd would lead to a regrettable end.”
Biblical Fact : Did you know Matthias was chosen to replace Judas Iscariot as one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ? (Acts 1:23-26).
Today In History : January 18, 1991 Iraq starts firing Scud missiles at Israeli cities.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the night vision of tigers is 6 times better than humans?
Bible Quiz : How old was Sarah when she died?
God bless you!