Thursday, December 9, 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 : When fear of God and joy in His service are neglected, service to Him becomes senseless.

LISTEN: Service to God shouldn’t be a choice, but a must. He owns us and should be served faithfully. Faithfulness in service is key to acceptable service to God. Besides, those who serve God must do it gladly and with reverence. Your fear of 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’ll 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. The Bible says,

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

Romans 12:1

Beloved, God is to be worshipped with awe and fear. To receive His approval, He must be placed first in our lives. He should be accorded 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’ll strive to be fair and honest with others. Friend, learn to serve God faithfully and excitedly. Henceforth, serve God with fear, for He deserves a reasonable service from us. 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. Don’t render to God an unworthy service, instead, serve Him with fear and honour.
4. Allow the fear of God to control and guide your actions.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father! 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 you when you draw closer to Him; and He keeps His distance when you take Him lightly.

Quote: “No genuine service to God is without sacrifice, and no genuine sacrifice without the blessings of God.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know Elkanah was the husband of Hannah? (1 Samuel 1:1-2).

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

Bible Quiz : Why was Rehab preserved in the conquest of Jericho?

God bless you!

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