Resist Rebellion by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL
THURSDAY APRIL 08, 2021
TOPIC: RESIST REBELLION
TEXT: 2 KINGS 13:1-25
KEY VERSE: “And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, and followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom” (2 KINGS 13:2).
Jeroboam had sown a seed which, according to the law of nature, Israel must reap. Several years after his death, all succeeding kings in Israel and Judah continued to follow his evil and negative example of disobedience and rebellion. Although they all knew what God commanded and required from kings and their people, they chose to do contrary to the knowledge they had. These adamant fellows refused to follow the way of godliness.
Although there were occasional breaks from these evil practices, there was rarely any clear evidence of complete departure from idolatry. We must not revel in the religious practice of habitual repentance and confessions without a definite and deliberate decision to turn away from sins. This lukewarm and vacillating way of life among God's people led to several years of plundering, defeats, captivities and oppressions from Syria.
Unfortunately, the kings failed to harness the benefits of the presence of Elisha for their good. For instance, Joash could have done better in following his instructions but he wasted a golden opportunity to completely conquer the Syrians. You have obligations to fulfil in order to enjoy God's blessings.
To receive the full benefits of God's plan and purpose for our lives through His servants, there is need for full receptiveness and obedience to His commands. Repent today of all disobedience and rebellion. Obey God's full revelation expressed in His commandments, and begin to enjoy the full blessings and benefits of His obedient children.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Say ‘no’ to rebellion and ‘yes’ to righteousness.
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