Tuesday 1st October, 2019 (Independence Day)
Theme: Stay Away
Passage: Hosea 4: 11-19
God was not happy with the Israelites, His People, because they had allowed themselves to be ruled by three things; harlotry, wine and new wine: They were attracted by other gods and they gave the honour and worship due to God to lifeless idols. They remained perpetually under the influence of wine.
New wine here can also be a metaphor depicting the emergence or cropping up of a new sin or evil. In short, The hearts of the people were away from God by the worship of other gods and slavery to wine, and particularly, new wine? According to verse 13, because parents did not show good examples to their children, they have also gone the way of their fathers by committing harlotry and drunkenness and adultery. This is a serious issue to ponder on.
Today, many parents, elders, are not very good examples to the younger generation. Our governments, the political class, traditional rulers and even the church that should be the custodian of morality and righteousness have been ravaged by corruption, at various levels. We all must make a turn around to better this nation, a gift from God as we celebrate our independence anniversary today. God has richly blessed Nigeria and we should not, like the Israelites, continue to toe the path of destruction.
It is therefore high time for the individual to carry his or her cross and stay away from all those things that will deny us good name and the presence of God.
MEMORY VERSE: Hosea 4:15 “Though you, Israel, play the harlot, let not Judah offend. Do not come to Gilgal. Nor go to Beth Aven. Nor swear an oath, saying, ‘As the Lord lives’.
HYMN: MHB 463 – O JESUS, Christ, grow thou in me.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, anchor me so that I will be kept away from all that offend you. Amen.
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