THE CHOSEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL...
DATE: SUNDAY DECEMBER 4TH, 2016.
TEXT: Isaiah 57:15, Psalm 34:18
THEME: BURNT SACRIFICES ARE NOT NECESSARY
“16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” (Psalm 51:16-17)
Many people work for God, but do not walk with Him. They can be likened to those who bring burnt offerings to the Lord’s altar. They serve Him with their lips whereas their hearts are far away from Him. They make sacrifices unto God – work in the church as ushers, leaders, workers and even pastors, but hardly do His will. Their hearts are filled with bitterness, malice, envy, offense, complaining and murmuring. They believe that God is obliged to fight for them because of the work they do. The truth is that God does not require burnt sacrifices to fight for us. Rather, He prefers a broken spirit and a contrite heart. A broken spirit and a contrite heart work in obedience to the commandments of God. Sacrifices and burnt offerings do no substitute for the disobedience to God’s commandments. God is not satisfied when we work for Him alone. He prefers that we also walk with Him.
A broken spirit and a contrite heart however, do not come by mere wishing. One must desire to have them and ask for them. It is God that gives it. No man can do the things of God except God be with that man. How far any man can go with God would depend on his state of mind. Does he have a broken spirit and a contrite heart? Today, you must desire a broken spirit and a contrite heart. (Come to God in repentance – include something on repentance)
Worship/praise God and then take the following prayer points:
1. O God my Father, give me a broken spirit and a contrite heart; give me a new heart that will be obedient to your commandments, in Jesus’ name.
2. Cast me not away from thy presence and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Father, restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, in Jesus’ name.
3. Give me the spirit of humility that will whole heartedly accept your wise counsels, in Jesus’ name.
4. Holy Ghost, deliver our G. O, our mummy in the Lord and their children from any battle going on against their lives, in Jesus' name.
AUTHOR: PST LAZARUS MUOKA