TUESDAY 20TH NOVEMBER, 2018
THEME: WHAT LIGHTS YOUR FIRE?
TEXT: PSALM 39:1-13
MEMORY VERSE: PHILIPPIANS 2:13 “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasures.”
In our passage for today, David, the Psalmist feels that his emotions have to be restrained, lest he speaks against the Lord for his struggles of life which he considers short and frail. He believes that his obedience to the will of God in response to God’s grace is essential for the saving of his soul. He also hopes for deliverance from sin. He realizes that sin is breaking God’s law (1 John. 3:4), doing that which is against one’s conscience (Rom.14:23), it is unrighteousness (1 John. 5:17)
The psalmist also believes that the following are the causes of sins
(1) One’s own heart (Mt.15:19) (3) The works of Satan (Jn. 8:44; 1Pet.5:8)
(2) The lust of man (James.1:13-15) (4) Pride (1 Pt.5:6-7)
He also believes in the results of sin.
1. Separation from the presence of God (2Th.1:7-9)
2. Separation from God (Is.59:1-2) (3) Spiritual death (Rom. 6:23)
Beloved, one of the things that can light your fire is obedience to God’s will (Rom. 6:16-17), doing His will (Mt.7:21-27), willingness to forsake all sins (Mk.10:29-30), searching for Spiritual things, seeking to please Jesus (Jn.15:14). If the psalmist will refrain himself from complaints against the Lord and speak less, definitely even you reading this need to emulate the writer of Psalm 39 who searches for sins, their causes and the results. There are many things that can lure one into sin today: economic recession, satanic dressings of our ladies, the behaviour of politicians who loot the treasury, the so-called ‘men of God’ who prophesy lies to get rich quick, etc. Whatever it may be Christian still needs to stand right and keep the lamp burning so that their spiritual fire may not quench. Keep hoping that Christ will appear one day. Keep away from sins that can put off your light. As you proceed in today’s journey of life, pray that God Almighty would guide you so that you don’t run into sin.
HYMN: EMHB 71 – WE COME UNTO OUR FATHERS GOD
PRAYER: Oh Lord my God, let Your Word be a lamp to my feet as I daily proceed in the journey of life in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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