THE CHOSEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL...
DATE: Tuesday, July 11th, 2017.
TEXT: Luke 12:4-5
THEME: FEAR HIM WHO CAN KILL BOTH BODY & SOUL
MEMORIZE: "And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee' but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul•" (Deuteronomy 10:12)
Many people fear man more than God, They worry about what their fellow man thinks about them more than what God thinks about them. They are more worried about keeping up appearances so that men can think highly of them at the expense of doing God's will. They keep appointments with men in a timely manner but come late to their appointment with the Creator of the Universe. They bow before earthly kings who are in power today but removed tomorrow, but approach the throne of the King of Kings who is Everlasting with levity. What lack of wisdom! Jesus warns us in today's passage that the only one we should fear is the one who after killing the body has the power to cast you into hell. The only one capable of that is God and He alone should we fear. It is very dangerous for us to fear man more than God. King Saul feared people more than God and choose to disobey God's command and listen to the advice of his people by sparing King Agag and some choice cattle, instead of totally destroying them as God had commanded. This caused him to lose his office and peace and He was never reconciled to God till he died.
The worst that any man can do to you is kill you. However, whether we like it or not we will all die one day. For a true believer, death should not be feared because we are assured of heaven. Jesus has told us that those that will save their lives will first lose it (Matthew 16:25) while those that try to save their lives will eventually lose it (John 12:25). That means that when you are so careful not to offend man at the expense of offending God, you will eventually end up in hell fire. You cannot please God when the fear of man is your primary concern. Decide today to fear only the one that can kill both body and soul. In the end that is the only One that matters.
Worship/praise God and then take the following prayer points:
1. Dear Lord, instill your fear in me so that I may serve you acceptably all the days of my life, in Jesus' name.
2. I bind and cast out the fear of man from my heart, in Jesus' name
3. Dear Lord, let all the enemies of our G. O, Mummy in the Lord and The Lord's Chosen Ministry, be dumbfounded in Jesus' name
AUTHOR: PST LAZARUS MUOKA
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