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CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE TUESDAY, JUNE18, 2019. TOPIC: ARE YOU ABLE TO BEAR HIS WORD?

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CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE

TUESDAY, JUNE18, 2019.

TOPIC: ARE YOU ABLE TO BEAR HIS WORD?

READ: Amos 7:10-17
10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel. The land is not able to bear all his words.
11 For thus Amos has said: ‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword, And Israel shall surely be led away captive From their own land.’”
12 Then Amaziah said to Amos: “Go, you seer! Flee to the land of Judah. There eat bread, And there prophesy.
13 But never again prophesy at Bethel, For it is the king’s sanctuary, And it is the royal residence.”
14 Then Amos answered, and said to Amaziah: “I was no prophet, Nor was I a son of a prophet, But I was a sheepbreeder And a tender of sycamore fruit.
15 Then the Lord took me as I followed the flock, And the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to My people Israel.’
16 Now therefore, hear the word of the Lord: You say, ‘Do not prophesy against Israel, And do not spout against the house of Isaac.’
17 “Therefore thus says the Lord: ‘Your wife shall be a harlot in the city; Your sons and daughters shall fall by the sword; Your land shall be divided by survey line; You shall die in a defiled land; And Israel shall surely be led away captive From his own land.’”

MEMORISE:
It is the son whom the father loves that he disciplines (Proverbs 3:12).

EXPOSITION
The Word of God is the light that lightens believers’ ways. Someone said, “God’s love is a hard one.” Why? When you offend Him, He punishes, though you are His bosom child. The process of chastening is always hard and sometimes bitter, but if adhered to and endured, it brings comfort in the end.

Israel could not believe their eyes, when Moses led them by the Red Sea. Greatly amazed, they all sang together victoriously, when their enemies drowned before them in the Sea. Have you had the experience of eating the bitter leaf? In our story today, we would see a Priest reporting a Prophet to the king. If Amaziah, a priest, had done his work well, there might not have been the need for Amos, a prophet. If the king thought Amos’ prophecy on him was ill-spoken, why didn’t he go before the Lord?

God’s Word, prophecy, teachings, etc., should cause us to be sober, reflecting on our evil ways, and thus repent, so that God’s wrath would be averted. When it comes to the matter of sin, God’s stance is clear: he that covers his sin shall not prosper (Prov. 28:13); and ultimately, the soul that sin shall die (Ezek. 18:20). If you are not able to bear His Word, you should be ready to bear His wrath/punishment (2 Kgs. 17:6; Nah. 1:6).

Let the Church inculcate enduring discipline into both the ministers and the congregations, for therein lies our good. Many have left one church for the other, founded ‘their own’, or left completely. Many are in the Church whom no one can discipline. This is not good. The Word you reject today will judge you, here, in this world, and when Christ shall appear. May we not be condemned, in Jesus’ name.

PRAYER POINTS
1. Lord, give me a humble heart to bear Your Word, no matter how hard.
2. Father, help naughty children to be sober and listen to their parents.
3. Pray that God should make church music and music ministers (choir, independent singers, etc.) to be more Word-based than fame and wealth-seeking.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: I Chronicles 12:14 – 15:5; John 19:16 – 19:37.

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