CHEERFUL COVENANT DEVOTIONAL.
DATE: SUNDAY, 12TH JULY 2020.
WORD FOR THOUGHT: FALSEHOOD LAST FOR A WHILE , BUT TRUTH RULES FOREVER.
TOPIC: STAND FOR THE TRUTH.
TEXT: ACT 5:3.
” Peter said, Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?”
I had a story of a clergy man who was walking down the street when he came upon a dozen boys who were within the age of ten and twelve. They were surrounding a dog. He went over and asked; what are you doing with that dog? One of the boys replied, it is an old neighborhood stray. So we have decided that whichever one of us that can tell the biggest lie will have to keep the dog. ‘ the clergy man exclaimed! You boys should not be telling lies particularly at your age and even when you grow older. The clergy man began to minister God’s word to them and the consequences of lies.
Immediate the word preached to them pierced through the boys by the power of the Holy Spirit the youngest among the boys sigh and said, all right, and gave the dog to the clergyman.
Telling Lies are some of the scheme the devil uses to lure people to hell. The truth preached by the clergyman crushed the potential of falsehood in the heart of those boys. Beloved I put it to you that falsehood can never guarantee livelihood. There are people who naturally believe that the only way for them to prosper is by telling lies that’s no true, our God is not a liar. He can bless you without you telling lies. He is faithful and just to bless. Before the righteous God, lies cannot be a foundation that attracts divine blessings.
Truth naturally exists, only falsehood has to be invented. Truth rises above falsehood as oil above water. The fact that truth is always resisted does not change the fact that it is the truth. A lie has no legs neither does it has wings to fly ; it just has to be supported by other lies. If you lie once you will definitely lie again and again to cover up the other lies.
What infuriated God about Ananias and Sapphira was the blatant lie they told. For every time a lie is told it attract a consequence. It kills and deprives uplifting etc. The truth you tell today upholds your integrity in the future to come.
Ananias and Sapphira kept back the proceed of the land they sold and lied to Apostle Peter, just as Saul lied to Prophet Samuel that the spared animals were meant to offer sacrifice to God. And truth which is a respecter of any man, which cannot be hidden caught up with them.
There is no acceptable substitute for honesty, neither is there a valid excuse for dishonesty. Falsehood may take care of the present, but it has no future. Hope built on falsehood is the beginning of loss. Except you stand for the truth you will always live in fear, darkness and bondage. As you step out today resolve to embrace the truth and tell the truth even in the face of death. Being truthful is the only way to be free indeed. The truth is the light which is Jesus, constantly remain in Him.
# Father forgive my sins of dishonesty, IJN.
# I receive boldness to always tell the truth IJN.
# The hand of God Shall constantly lead me in the path of righteousness, IJN AMEN.
Pastor Donatus Chibueze Alexander
CHEERFUL COVENANT DEVOTIONAL