DCLM HIGHER EVERYDAY 25 May 2022 — Prepare to meet your God

DCLM Higher Everyday 25 May 2022 Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Prepare to meet your God

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TEXT: AMOS 4:1-12

1 Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.

2 The Lord GOD hath sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.

3 And ye shall go out at the breaches, every cow at that which is before her; and ye shall cast them into the palace, saith the LORD.

4 Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years:

5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

6 And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

7 And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.

8 So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

9 I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

10 I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

11 I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

12 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.

MEMORY VERSE: “Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel” (AMOS 4:12).

The story was told of a clown who fooled his king. He had told the story of a great man who wanted to travel to a very far country to dwell there for a long time but he did not prepare himself for his journey.

The king, upon listening to the story, mocked the great man in the story until the clown compared him to the great man. The clown proved to the king that the king was like the man himself, since there was no sign of preparation for eternity in his life.

Eternity is near to the great and the small but many are not prepared for the journey. Meeting the Lord in judgment demands self-examination because there will be no appeal in His righteous ruling.

In the days of Prophet Amos, Israel multiplied their sins in all their cities. There was oppression, immorality, corruption, drunkenness and idolatry. God brought several calamities upon them, but they remained impenitent. Amos challenged them to repent or face God’s greater wrath.

The world is passing through unprecedented sufferings, disasters and pandemics. Are you ready for the rapture?

QUOTE: Eternity is near!

CHALLENGE: There is no second chance after God’s judgment.

PRAYER: Keep me worthy and ready, oh Lord.

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)