To God be all honour and glory for great things He has done. Thanking God for another day and His blessings to us. My brothers and sisters in the Lord be blessed and give Him some praise.
Let’s read from the book of Proverbs 29:1-2 Trusting God for open hearts to receive the anointing of the word
1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
It is vitally important to heed advice and correction. Stubborn, prideful people refuse to be corrected (Jeremiah 5:3). Sooner or later, those who continue in destructive paths bring upon themselves God’s wrath, which is reaping the consequences of one’s sinful deeds. Walking in faith and obedience to God keeps us under His protection. By refusing correction, we step out from under God’s protection and invite Satan’s attacks.
Our choices today will shape our tomorrow; filling them with either blessing or cursing. If we receive God’s correction when He convicts us of sin, we will avoid the sorrow that disobedience creates. If we continue in sin, our backsliding will produce difficult circumstances that will correct us. “Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God …” (Jeremiah 2:19).
God challenges us with this admonition in Deuteronomy 30:19: “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” Society stresses our right to choose, but suppresses the truth that our choices have consequences, especially in the areas of lust and selfishness. Movies generally glamorize sin but seldom depict the devastating results of adultery, abortion, and so forth. That these sins have consequences often does not hit home until one suffers a divorce, contracts a sexually-transmitted disease, or suffers the emotional aftermath of getting an abortion. If we become hardened, our wrong choices can destroy us by bringing consequences that will hurt us beyond remedy. Anyone who has continually made bad decisions is on the road to destruction and has only one hope: Jesus. God is able to take the inescapable situations that we have created, and turn them around. God can bring good out of the evil which Satan unleashes against us when we repent.
As we go through the year, we’ll see how a nation rejoices when ruled by upright leaders and mourns under the oppression of wicked rulers. The same is true in all areas of authority; whether homes, schools, or businesses. Good leaders create an environment that encourages the growth of those under them. A wicked person in a position of authority can wound and destroy many lives. Many people have left good-paying jobs and taken smaller positions simply to work under decent management and employers.
Let us pray
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for Your mercy and love toward me. I also appreciate You correcting me when I need it, as I know when I heed Your advice, I am spared a lot of trouble. Deliver me from every trace of rebellion and pride, as I really desire to walk in humility. I know Jesus was lowly and humble when He was on this earth and I want to be like Him. Help me to be a good wife, mother, boss and friend in this life. I also want to remain on the straight and narrow path of obedience, so guide me daily in Your will. I ask this in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
Administrator and Apostolic Head
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