The Lord’s Chosen Devotional Guide
Date: Thursday, July 15th, 2021
Text: 1John 2: 15-17
Theme: DO NOT BE A CAPTIVE TO VANITY
Memory Verse: “And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.” (1Corinthians 7:31)
Why is something described as a vanity? It is because it is short-lived and vanishes away suddenly. Think about all the various things that have once held people spellbound. For example, when GSM first came into Nigeria there was a handset called Nokia 3310. Some people committed all sorts of atrocities to own that handset. Some women entered into immoral relationships just to own the handset. What about the Mercedes Benz 230 box type of car? Some people sacrificed human blood to ride that car.
How about all the fashionable clothes of the ’70s? Are they still wearable today? The beautiful and handsome women and men of the 1960s, if alive today, will no longer be regarded as such. All the money that many politicians and civil servants stole is sitting idle in banks. Some of the owners have died and their families don’t know where the monies are or they are fighting over it in court.
The mansions that were built in the 1970s, 80s, and even 90s no longer hold anyone spellbound as they leak and beg for repairs. All these points to the fact that there is nothing that is of lasting value. To quote King Solomon, “vanity upon vanity, all is vanity”.
The fashion of the world is fleeting, yet multitudes risk eternity and fall captive to short-lived vanity. Apart from them not being of lasting value, they cannot be taken along when leaving this world. That money you worked so hard for, that did not give you time to worship God. That money that you did not give to your brethren in need because of stinginess, will eventually be spent by someone else who did not know what sacrifices you made to earn it.
That house that you painstakingly built and spent so much money on, will be sold off to some stranger who may later demolish it and erect something new. Those valuables that meant so much to you may be thrown away by people who will not attach the same value to it as you did.
The question you need to ask yourself is, “Where does this leave you?” Are all these temporary things worth spending eternity in hell? Will someone want to go to hell for a Nokia 3310 or a Box Benz 230 as some others eventually did? Will you risk eternity for even $1billon that you will not be able to take along with you but rather leave it behind for others, who will still die to enjoy?
I can assure you that there is nothing in this world that is worth going to hell for. God that knows the value of human life, spared the most precious possession He had just to redeem you. You were bought with so rich a price. Do not be deceived by vanity. Don’t sell yourself cheap.
Worship/praise God and then take the following prayer points:
- Dear Lord, give me the Grace to be heavenly focused, in Jesus’ name.
- O Lord, by your spirit and Grace, I separate myself from this world and its vanities, in Jesus’ name.
- Dear Lord, grant the Chosen ones the Grace to love You above all things, in Jesus’ name.
- Any spirit assigned to bring distraction to our G. O and Mommy in the Lord in their quest to actualize our vision and mandate; be vanquished by fire, in Jesus’ name.
- By the power and authority in the name of Jesus Christ, we decree peace in this nation in Jesus’ name.
Authored By Pastor Lazarus Muoka.
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