DCLM Sincere Milk 8 August 2022 — In your best interest 

DCLM Sincere Milk 8 August 2022 Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — In your best interest 

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9Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

11For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

12If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

Key Verse: “If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it” (Proverbs 9:12).

There is a natural law which says that, “good thoughts, deeds and actions lead to beneficial effects, while bad thoughts, deeds and actions, lead to harmful effects.” It is the same thing as, “whatever you sow, you will reap.”

This means that a sinner will definitely suffer for his sinful actions alone. Although the consequences of his sin may affect others, he bears the greater effects. Sin has damaging effects; it attracts troubles, afflictions and eternal death, while righteous living brings blessings.

It is sad to note that some children spend the better part of their youthful years to do unprofitable things. They neglect their studies and relationship with God. Sometimes, they realize too late that they cannot catch up with their peers.

Do not follow the path that will lead you to nowhere. Spend your childhood and youthful years to serve God, and study hard so that you can excel. Remember, it is in your interest to stop sinning and live a life that glorifies God. You will reap bountiful blessings.

Prayer: O God, help me to fear You and walk in wisdom in all my ways.

Further Reading: Isaiah 1:16-20

1. Admit that you are a sinner. "For all [humans] have sinned, and comes short of the glory of God....[and] the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 3:23)
2. Repent now. "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out ...[for] if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness " (Acts 3:19, 1 John 1:9)
3. Believe that God loves you and Jesus died for you. "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet Sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
4. Invite Jesus into your life through prayer of faith. Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20)