TWC – The Word Connects: Connecting you to God and to one another … Thursday 30 July 2015
What’s your reputation like? What would people say about you whenever your name is mentioned? We all want a good reputation and it has to be earned through good conduct. A man with a good reputation finds favor with many, while people stay away from a man with a bad reputation. Beyond our reputation with people, what is even more important is our reputation with God. How would the Lord describe you or me? Do we have a good repute with the Lord? Sometimes, a man or a woman may have a God reputation amongst people but not a good reputation with the Lord. That is not a good thing too. In 1Sam.2:12, the sons of Eli the priest were described this way, “Now the sons of Eli were worthless men. They did not know the LORD.” How terrible it must be to be described by the Lord this way – worthless and not know the Lord! God saw no worth in them and they did not have a personal relationship with Him. On the other hand, Samuel was described as one who grew “both in stature and in favor with the LORD and also with man.” That’s a wonderful reputation to have isn’t it? As you walk with the Lord today, what reputation would you like to have? Our reputation is very much in our own hands, we decide how we ought to live and how we live determines our reputation. If we are kind and helpful, people will think well of us but if we are mean and nasty, then people will think poorly of us. If we love God, choose holiness and honor God daily, we will also have a good reputation with the Lord. Furthermore, those who choose to walk on the path of righteousness will also have God’s blessings and favor. Sometimes, while we may have a good reputation with the Lord, we may also have a bad name amongst some people, and that’s okay because we cannot please everyone though it should never be a case of having good reputation with God but a bad reputation with everyone else! If we have to choose between doing what is right and pleasing God and doing something wrong that would please man, we must always choose the former. So it is really up to you and me. Have a great day!
Today’s Bible Text: “12 Now the sons of Eli were worthless men. They did not know the LORD. …… 26 Now the young man Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the LORD and also with man.” (1Sam.2:12,26)
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TWC – The Word Connects: Connecting you to God and to one another … Wednesday 29 July 2015
God is a faithful God and He loves those who are faithful. 1Sam.2:9 tells us, “He will guard the feet of His faithful ones”, and that is what the Lord will do when His faithful ones are threatened. But the wicked “shall be cut off in darkness”. God will not tolerate the sins of the wicked, He will strike them down. The wicked are not only found outside the church, some are found within the church too. There are wolves in sheep’s clothings. They look like every other believer, they talk like one and they serve like one. They will do what the godly will not do, they will deceive and lie for personal gain, they will hurt the godly and they will plot against godly leadership. But the Word of the Lord tells us in 1Sam.2:10, “The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; against them he will thunder in heaven. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king and exalt the power of his anointed.” Isn’t that such a wonderful assurance? As long as we remain faithful to God and to His purposes, the Lord will love us and protect us. He will fight on our behalf. He will shatter His adversaries but the faithful, He will exalt. If God has given you the anointing to govern and lead, and if you are faithful, He will strengthen and exalt you! You are His anointed and God will never allow the wicked to touch whom He has anointed! For a while you may look like you have the short end of the stick, you may look like a tail at the moment, but your circumstances and your adversaries do not change your identity. While you may look tail-ish, you are in fact still the head and not the tail. Jesus Himself looked like a tail while hanging on the cross, but that did not change His identity which was and still is the head of the church! In God’s perfect time, He makes all things beautiful. The wicked shall be punished and the faithful shall be rewarded. It’s just as simple as that! As you walk with the Lord today, be faithful just as God is faithful and in His time, He will lift you up! Have a great day!
Today’s Bible Text: “9 He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail. 10 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; against them he will thunder in heaven. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king and exalt the power of his anointed.” (1Sam.2:9,10)
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