Monday, October 11, 2021

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Psalms 2:11

Thought of The Day: If it is difficult for us to worship God with reverence, it is because we don’t mean to worship Him.

LISTEN: Our fear of God is the true expression of our love for Him. God deserves the best and the best alone. He deserves faithful service from us. Faithfulness in service is key to acceptable service to God. Besides, those who serve God must do it gladly and with reverence. My dear, going to church alone does not make anyone a genuine child of God, but the fear of God does. Your fear for God guarantees intimacy with Him. God wants you to serve Him with fear and gladness. He wants you to serve Him with understanding of who He really is. Without understanding of who God really is you will serve Him wrongly and in vain. The Bible says,

“The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom…”

Pro 9:10

Obviously, there is no wisdom in anyone who undermines and despises the fear of God. Beloved, God wants us to serve Him with reverence; that is, to show or have a lot of respect for Him. He wants us to offer ourselves as “a living sacrifice” to Him. He wants us to live for Him not just for ourselves. Truly, sacrifice is the key to a reasonable service to God. God is to be worshipped with awe and fear. To receive His approval, He must be placed first in our lives. Beloved, learn to accord God the honour that is due Him; that is the first and greatest lesson of every man. If we claim to honour God, then we should not be attracted to evil things of this life. If we have respect for Him, we would strive to be fair and honest with others. Friend, learn to serve God faithfully and excitedly. Serving God should make you happy, not sad. Henceforth, serve God with fear, for He deserves a reasonable service from you. When service to God is devoid of faithfulness, rejection is inevitable. So, serve Him with reverence, for our awesome God deserves reverential service. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Grow in fear of God and determine to render a reasonable service to Him.
2. Learn to serve God faithfully as long as you live.
3. Do not render to God an unworthy service, instead, serve Him with fear and honour.
4. Allow the fear of God to control and guide your thoughts and actions.

Prayer: Almighty God, you’re great and powerful. Help me to serve you faithfully, and to fear you for the rest of my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : Today I speak on your life. May God enable you to serve Him with fear and love. In Jesus‘ name, amen.

Reflection: God draws closer to us when we draw closer to Him; and He keeps His distance when we take His word lightly.

Quote: “Service to God requires sacrifice! For there can never be a genuine service to God without sacrifice, and no genuine sacrifice without His blessings.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know the meaning of the word ‘Marah’ is bitter water? (Exodus 15:23).

Stunning Fact : Did you know most dinosaurs lived to be more than 100 years old?

Bible Quiz : Why did Simeon and Levi kill the people of Shechem?

God bless you!

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