1 year 3 months ago #8643 by Goodness Kap

Tuesday, August 13, 2019


Read 1 Samuel 2:15-25
15. Also before they burnt the fat, the priest's servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw.
16. And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desireth; then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force.
17. Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord: for men abhorred the offering of the Lord.
18. But Samuel ministered before the Lord ,being a child, girded with a linen ephod.
19. Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.
20. And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The Lord give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the Lord. And they went unto their own home.
21. And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the Lord.
22. Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
23. And he said unto them, Why do ye such things? for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people.
24. Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make the Lord's people to transgress.
25. If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the Lord, who shall intreat for him? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because the Lord would slay them.

MEMORISE: Flee all youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart (2 Timothy 2:22)

The sins of Hophni and Phinehas were our point of call yesterday. Those guys were too terrible and silly. They misfired so unexpectedly. God Himself accused them of being seriously corrupt. However, it didn't end there.
From 1 Sam. 2:15,17, we see that apart from starting a contrary practice from what the law says, Hophni and Phinehas used force on people. They were supposed to be respectful, peaceable and honourable, but they were contrary. Your attitude speaks volume of who you are, not what you say you are. The young men's atrocities were so grievous. Their sins directly affected God.
Statistics show that 80% of people between the ages of 13 and 40 are mostly vulnerable to vices, like rape, drunkenness, armed robbery, cultism, cannibalism, gangsterism, gambling, etc. No thanks to the evil effects of social media. The rate at which youths are dropping out of school nowadays is so alarming, the results of which are regret and frustration. A good child brings happiness to his or her parents. You can't make your parents sad and expect your own children to make you happy. Therefore, there is need for you to be malleable.
Parents, give your children the Word of God and encourage them to comply with it. Show them good and godly example. The Bible testifies of Louis and Eunice, how their faith imparted Timothy. One of the best ways to wade off the devil from your children is to personally lead them to the Cross from childhood, and allow the Word of God to take its course in their lives (Psa. 119:9; 2 Tim. 3:15-17). Dare not to be negligent with your child's upbringing.

1. The devil will never have upper hand over my home, in Jesus' name.
2. Lord, help parents to leave good and godly legacies behind for their children.
3. O Lord, help the Church to have developmental programmes for our children, teens and youths, in Jesus' name.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Psalms 25:11 - 30:5; Romans 6:5 - 7:3
Remain blessed!

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