Scripture Reading: Galatians 6:7
Yesterday the Holy Spirit led us to understand that there is no more time left to continue to gallivant with sin, indeed that much sincerity and effort is required of us to sincerely cooperate with the available grace to stand holy before the Lord. Today the Lord God leads us to a life that has been trained to reject wrong-doings through the discipline of the self. Dear friend the truth is that if you must reject to fall for sin when it comes your way, you would have for a long time engaged yourself in the discipline of the mind to accept persecution rather than to fail God. You would have taken a resolution backed by a covenant with the help of God never to succumb to sin. You would have accepted Jesus to personally rule over your life. You would have been constantly mortifying the body to flee the corruption of the world. Discipline of the mind and body is very key to the ability to withstand evil. No wonder St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 reveals to us the secret of how he forsake sinful living thus, “I harden my body with blows and bring it under complete control, to keep myself from being disqualified after having called others to the contest.” St. Paul, practiced the act of “self-discipline”. Self-discipline or self-control is a needed ingredient if we do not want to be ruled by the cravings of the sinful man. Thus, a believer is therefore controlled, not by the sinful nature, but by the Holy Spirit. (Roms. 8:9) Dear child of God, this training can also take the form of making a covenant with our covenant-keeping God that you will not engage in evil. Sometimes you hear some unholy argument and ungodly theology that states that it is not possible for man to keep to a chaste and holy life before marriage, within marriage, or as a consecrated person. This message is from the pit of hell! In one of our recent evangelical outreaches in Lagos State, Nigeria, a Catholic Priest preaching on the need for children of God to forsake their sinful ways made this powerful statement: “I have come to realized that it is possible to live without sin (not to be a slave of sin), I have seen that there are actually people who live in this world without sin. And since I had that experience, my life has been transformed into a great joy and enjoying life without sin gives the highest satisfaction.” Job, battling with not turning from the right path in action, word and thought had to frustrate that attitude with a covenant to God: “I have made a solemn promise never to look with lust at a girl……” (Job 31:1, 7, 9) Job went further to say in Job 31:23, “Because I fear God’s punishment, I could never do such a thing.” Beloved the last stage is to stand by divine resolution. Just like Daniel, “I will never do it.” Just like Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego, “I will never bow.” Just like the mother and her seven sons, “We will never eat the pig.” Just like persons suffering persecution and death in nations with religious extremity, “Let life go, for the sake of Jesus.” This we can be achieved by the grace of God.
MASS: WHITE Gen. 32:23-33; Ps. 17:1.2-3.6-7.8(R.15a) Accl. Jn 10:14; Matt. 9:32-38 ST. BENEDICT, ABB. (MEMORIAL)
- Give me the will-power to stand for You always.
- O Lord, endear my spirit with the joy of serving You always my Lord and my God.
- Pray for all children of God who have failed in their vow of holiness that they will return to the Lord and renew their vows of holiness.
Exercise: Join the Daily Strength Devotional Prayer Network (DSPN) every Tuesday in a midnight prayer Session
Time: 1:00am – 2:00am
Venue: Your Private Prayer Chamber
DSPN Prayer Points:
- Pray against spirit of death, and destroy in the name of Jesus every evil covenant of death against every users of DSD.
- Pray against accident and untimely death in your family
- Pray as the Spirit directs you.
Meditation: Psalm 32:2