February 21, 2022

VOICE OF THE LORD. - Bro. T. Stephen

Dearly Beloved,  I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given for you today, is from the book of  2 Samuel 28:17,18  “ And the Lord hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the Lord hath rent the kingdom out of Your   hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even to David:  Because you did not   obey  the voice of the Lord, nor executed his fierce wrath upon  Amalekites, , therefore hath the Lord done this thing unto thee this day.”

From the above context we understand that our God takes  vengeance   on those who disobey him and fail to please Him.  So the Lord took away the kingdom from the hand of Saul and gave to David who was a shepherd boy. Moreover king Saul spared the king of the Amalakites and took for  himself  the  best of sheep and cattle  after the battle.     He was supposed to destroy everything but he disobeyed Gods command.  So the wrath of God fell upon king Saul. 

Saul was physically impressive. He was a big   and strong man. He had a great feature for leading   an   army into battle. It   was  at this time when the people of Israel rejected God and wanted a king for themselves. So  God’s word came to Samuel the prophet, to select Saul as the king of Israel. Therefore Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it upon Saul and anointed him as the king of Israel. He was the first king of Israel. God was pleased  with him. But gradually Saul’s disobedience and foolishness brought down his downfall. 

God commanded King Saul to completely destroy all the people, men and women,   and all the cattle, while fighting the Amalakites.  But Saul spared the life of Agag the king of  Amalakite ,   and took some of the best sheep and cattle for himself. When he was warned   by prophet Samuel  that his kingdom was about to be taken he  sought  the  help of the  witch  or  Endor  the woman who spoke with the spirits as to what he should do to continue as king. He failed to inquire of God what he should do and did not even have the courtesy to ask pardon  from God for all his wrong doings. He forgot God who made him the king of Israel. God regretted for making Saul the king. 

As long as Saul obeyed God, he prospered. But when he went away from God, Satan easily brought about his downfall. Satan waits to trap you and destroy you completely. So it is always necessary for us to remain with God and not get away from God. When Saul was accused of sin his first instinct was denial and blame shifting. He was unwilling to accept his mistake. Therefore while in battle field against the Philistines, along with his three sons against the Philistines,  he was badly hurt by an arrow. The Philistines were chasing after him, he did not want to die in the hands of his enemies so he took his sword and fell upon it and died. Even his three young sons died in the battle.

Let us examine ourselves and see where we stand. With God or with the Devil who walks   about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Saul was   admired for his personality and bravery but he fell because of his pride and disobedience to God. You too might be trudging in series of failures one after the other, or may be going through a great loss in your business or caught up in a huge debt. May be you are stuck with serious health problem or going through a shameful situation because of your own children. Whatever may be the reason for your affliction, check if you have troubled anyone in your life or ill-treated someone for petty reasons. Reconcile with God. Renew your relationship with God for a better future. God bless you. 

Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord we  pray that,  we belong to You always and not the devil. Forsake us not Oh God. Keep us always at Your side.  Teach us to do the right thing in our life. Help us to be obedient and pleasing unto You.  Correct our mistakes and lead us in the right track that we may receive greater blessing from the Lord. In Jesus name we pray.

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