Wednesday, 8 June 2016
DCLM Daily Manna, Wednesday June 8 2016 by Pastor Kumuyi - Averting Judgment
Topic: Averting Judgment [Wednesday June 8, 2016]
Text: Amos 3:1-8
Key Verse: "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7).
Through nine rhetorical questions in our text, Prophet Amos pronounces God's revelation of the judgment on the sin of Israel. Warnings are wrapped in the posers, which are themselves very profound truths designed to teach deep Kingdom and relational realities.
Can two walk together if they are not spiritually compatible? Would a Holy God entertain companionship with carnal man? No. The carnal man must first abandon his sinful way. If the Lion of the tribe of Judah should roar against sin, would the sinner not tremble and fear? And if the battle trumpet be blown, would there not be a flight for safety? Notwithstanding, there is God's assurance that even in anger He is merciful.
What God is telling us is that He will always use His servants to issue warnings before moving in with judgments if the need arises. Can man then murmur when swift divine judgment follows the refusal to repent? We are the architect of the evil that accompanies sin, not God. The instructive takeaway of the lesson today is that the sinner and backslider as well as the careless Christian should not handle God's warning about the wrath to come with levity. God's admonitions are the Father's unique way of showing mercy to us.
It is also a clarion call to the believer not to fall for the erroneous teaching of eternal security which assumes that a saved person can live a care-free life without watching against the possibility of backsliding. God's precepts are for all and sundry. Proverb 14:16 says it all: "A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident."
Thought for the day: He who fails to learn prime lessons of today is a calamity waiting to unfold.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.