Topic: Sinner, The Greatest Loser [DCLM Daily Manna 10 June 2019 Daily Devotional]
Text: 2 Kings 13:1-9 (KJV)
Key Verse: “Nevertheless they departed not from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, who walked therein: and there remained the grove also in Samaria” (2 Kings 13:6).
A writer has declared: “In all history the sinner holds the record of mankind’s most foolish optimist: for he dines with the devil and imagines he has a mansion in heaven; he is the most foolish investor, for he gives all his time and life to gain the earth, which is but shadow and perishes with it. In all of time, the sinner is the greatest recorded loser; for he is the most wretched trader in that he gives away his soul for the world which he cannot have. Whereas the heaven which he may freely receive he is too late to seek.”
Today’s passage captures the reign of Jehoahaz, king of Israel, which was characterized by idolatry and evil modelled after the sins of Jeroboam. The evil and wickedness of Israel was so much that it kindled the anger of the Lord against them and He delivered them into the hand of Hazael king of Syria and his son, Benhadad. Yet, after deliverance by God, they did not repent.
Now, why does the natural man lack the power for victory over sin and the flesh? It is because man lives in sin and there is sin in man. Jehoahaz could not resist the sins of Jeroboam because he had no anchor and he lived in a permissive society just like the present day.
You must be careful of the sins that attend your callings, occupations, trades, age and are prevalent in your country and place where you live. Determine to avoid rebellion, disobedience and all forms of compromise. Believers must flee every appearance of evil and sinners should run to Christ. Do not be a loser; Christ has paid the price for your repentance and restoration.
Thought For The Day: The sinner who rejects Christ is the greatest loser.
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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.