Topic: Dare To Be Different [Friday July 7, 2017]
Text: Genesis 6:8-22
Key Verse: “These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:9).
Many times, we complain that the world around us is so corrupt that it is nigh impossible to live righteously at all times. But we overlook the power of grace in our lives. The expectation of God is that we must strive to be different.
The earth in which Noah lived was a cesspool of corruption populated by sinful men who forgot their Maker. It was an earth in which men did according to their sinful lusts, glorying in corrupt practices and abominations. But Noah chose to be a just, perfect man in his generation (Genesis 6:9).
The earth was so sinful, God decided to destroy it and all its inhabitants with the first flood in human history. But Noah who humbled his heart to follow God, despite the corrupt influence of the world around him, “found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8). While the Lord decreed the judgement of the flood on the world, He perfected the plan of salvation and deliverance for Noah and his household. He also sealed it with a covenant. Noah responded to God’s command to prepare an ark with architectural specifications. He also passed the message to his family, which they promptly obeyed and were saved.
Noah’s obedience also affected his possessions which survived in pairs. At the end of the day, Noah was not only saved, but was blessed also with abundance and honour. We must cling unto the Lord, no matter the push or pull of the world to compromise our faith. We must consciously decide not to be swayed by the fads and fancies of this age. We must allow the grace of God to keep us righteous even in this corrupt and sinful world.
Thought for the day: The wisest people on earth are those whose habitation is the LORD.
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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.