TUESDAY 3RD JULY, 2018
THEME: CHARACTER COUNTS
TEXT: EXODUS 2:16-25
MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 5:16 “… let your light shine before others, so that they may see Your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
The character of every man will either be a crown or a reproach to his life. Whatsoever a man does, that he will reap. A tree is also known by its fruit. Moses had just murdered an Egyptian and fled from the palace of Pharaoh. He had no place to stay and wandered around till he got to Midian. Then some girls came with their flock but some other shepherds drove them away. Moses withstood the shepherds, but this time, he did not harm anyone of them. At least by the records we have, Moses earned himself a place in the heart of the girls’ father who invited him into his own tent, fed him, housed him and gave him one of his own daughters in marriage.

The character of Moses in that house must have impressed Reuel who was also called Jethro. How did Moses win the respect of Jethro? How could Jethro have brought a man he had not seen before into his own house? That was the result of good character. Most people today do not count on the value of character. Like Machiavelli, they use clever but immoral methods to get what they want. They say business and Christ-like behaviour do not go together! People always form an opinion about us from our behaviours. When we display the wrong side of the character, people keep them in their hearts. We inevitably write in the hearts and minds of people as we display our character. The most painful thing is that those who have not heard of Christ will always form an opinion of Him through us.

According to the world, whatever we do becomes what Christ is like to them because they only read the gospel of our lives. Give Christ a good name through your character in your compound, locality, place of work, everywhere you go. In the days when Scripture Union started like wildfire, police will only look at your face among many suspects and see that you are a Scripture Union member and allow you to go but can we find such again? Many so-called Christians have been held for armed robberies, corrupt practices, rape, kidnapping, etc. It should not be so.

HYMN: EMHB 549 – LORD, THAT I MAY LEARN OF THEE, GIVE ME TRUE SIMPLICITY
PRAYER: Father, help me to imbibe Your character and let it affect others that the world may see Your glory in me all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.

MONDAY 2ND JULY, 2018
THEME: NO SIN CAN BE COVERED
TEXT: EXODUS 2:11-15
MEMORY VERSE: 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
One day a man went out to ease himself at his backyard and heard two men talking about him. They told about all his ways of stealing things from other people’s farms and how he always pretended that they were his. From that day, he found it very difficult to walk around, because he knew that many people had heard of all he thought he had done in secret.

The Bible reading for today is an interesting story of Moses who, as a Hebrew by birth, had fought to protect one of his kinsmen from abuse, and struck an Egyptian dead and had buried him in the sand. Definitely, he must have thought that the matter had been covered and no one would know about it. However, by the next day, he discovered that everything had blown into the open. The man he saved must have related what happened to his family, rejoicing that he was saved by Moses, a man of the palace, and must have been thankful for being rescued. But those who heard only spread the matter. The next day he saw two Hebrews fighting and tried to intervene and he got to know that the matter he covered up the previous day and had thought remained so, had been made public, and then Pharaoh had heard of it and he had to run for his life.

There is no sin that can be hidden, not in the presence of the Lord. There is no way we do something and it will not come out sooner or later. The remedy is not to do it. The Bible tells us that our secret sins are in the light of His countenance (Ps. 90:8). There is nothing hidden that shall not be exposed.

Beloved, Proverbs 28:13 says, “He that covers his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.” It is very dangerous to hide your sins and pretend as if all is well. Remember David tried to hide his sin, but he did not prosper. The secret plan to kill Apostle Paul was revealed to him by a small boy (Acts 23: 12ff). So beware of hiding sins, rather confess them and receive mercy.

SUNDAY 1ST JULY 2018
THEME: FAITHFULNESS IN SERVICE
TEXT: 3 JOHN 1-12
MEMORY VERSE: Luke 16:10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.”
Welcome to the month of July, the month that brings us to the second half of the year. The Lord shall preserve us all to see the end of the year and beyond in peace. John, the Elder, wrote to Gaius, a faithful Church leader who had been serving the Lord in truth, a letter of encouragement and to spur him to more good works. One notable part of the letter to Gaius is in verse 3. He points out that Gaius has been walking in the truth and people testify to the truth that they see in him. He was not the man who told the people that he walks in the truth; rather it was his character that people saw. It is very easy to relate with, and follow those who demonstrate and practice the truth, because, everyone wants to be treated with sincerity. This was seen in the fact that he treated everyone rightly, whether they are brethren or strangers. Walking in the truth for Gaius amounts to being faithful in his service to the Lord and humanity.

In verse 5, Elder John particularly notes the fact that everything Gaius does has always been done faithfully from his heart. Gaius does not do anything for any reward; he does not see his actions as a means of getting any position or recognition. He simply served the Lord faithfully. The Lord used Elder John to identify Gaius’ faithfulness and comments on it. There are various ways the Lord uses people to identify someone who is serving Him. It is a thing of joy to note that the works of this man was documented in the Bible for just being faithful.

Are you a faithful Minister of God or are you doing all you are doing for showmanship? Are you a member who is serving in the Church with a faithful heart? Are you a Church officer who wants the praise of men rather than that of God? The message encourages us all to serve the Lord faithfully so that God can commit greater works unto you.
HYMN: EMHB 578 – A CHARGE TO KEEP I HAVE…
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, grant me the grace to serve You with faithfulness wherever I find myself and whatever I do. Impart in me an honest and a righteous heart. Amen.