“And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel?...” (1 Samuel 16: 1). That is the Focal Scripture of Streams of Joy Devotional today. In 1 Samuel 15 vs. 24, Saul gave his reason for sinning against God: “…I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice”. So, in a bid to please the people, Saul displeased God; in a bid to do what was acceptable to men, Saul did what was unacceptable to God. Like Saul, in a bid to please people, we often displease God; in a bid to do what is acceptable to men, we do what is unacceptable to God. We are often surrounded by people who have ideas on what we should do, and sometimes, in a bid to please them, we do things that will haunt us later. Friend, don’t allow men to pressure you into error. Don’t allow mere mortals to make you sin against an Immortal God; don’t allow people who have nothing to lose to cause you to lose what God has given you; don’t allow men who dont understand God’s mandate on your destiny, to make you do things that will haunt you later. Never allow people to be your excuse for doing what is wrong. After Saul was misled by the people, he lost his Kingship and later lost his life. The people who pushed him into error lost nothing, but he lost everything. Be careful when men urge you on when you are clearly in error; most times, they have nothing to lose, but you might lose everything. If its contrary to God’s word and expectations from you, don’t do it, no matter the pressure. Remember, you have a God to please, and a destiny to fulfill. Psalm 1 vs. 1 says: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” Pray With Me: Lord, I won’t be misled by men; I will do what is right, in Jesus’ name! Follow on Twitter @jerrystreams. Have A Blessed Thursday.
Posted on: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:33:18 +0000
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