SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 CAC LIVING WATER DEVOTIONAL : TOPIC – PICK UP THE PIECES
LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Friday, September 10, 2021 – World Suicide Prevention Day
PICK UP THE PIECES
Read: Revelation 3:1-3
Revelation 3:1-3 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God (Revelation 3:2)
In Jesus Christ’s message to the Church in Sardis, He made them realise that they were dead, though they boasted of being alive (v. 1). He went further to tell them that some remedies could still be done to save the others who were about dying. This same message is reaching every user of this devotional booklet today.
If you are a poultry-keeper, you have a daily duty of thorough inspection of the fowls. You have to watch them carefully, how they behave. If you have once experienced losses due to infection that made some to die, you would want to guard against this. Others that are ready to follow suit would have to be cared for, to reduce loss. God is concerned about His Church on earth. This is why He constantly sends messages to us. What a caring Father! He rebukes us because we are His children.
No matter your present spiritual condition, the joy is that you can rise to become the desire of God’s heart. Even if you have fallen into any type of sin, or worse still, you seem to be falling from grace to grass in terms of your relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, losing hope or sinking deeper hopelessly into the mire of sin isn’t the solution. Don’t remain in that fallen state, or contemplating a suicide, as we commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day today (cf. Prov. 28:18).
David, the beloved of God fell into the sin of adultery. Though the effect of this sin so shattered and scattered things for him, it is on record that this man of God was able to pick up the pieces of his life and get back on the track.
It is not the time to count the losses and sorrow on them. Rather, it is time to pick up. Do not tarry in that devastating state, lest the tempter ties you down the more. King Saul fell, but unlike his successor, he failed to pick up the pieces. He continued to go down the drain in his relationship with God until he ended up ingloriously. This is not the plan of God, for you. Having rebuked and chastised you for the wrong done, He expects you to come back to Him for revival, revitalisation and resuscitation.
You can have the joy of your salvation back, if you listen and do what the Holy Spirit says to those Asian churches.
1. Lord, grant me the humility to face the fact of my sins, and return to You for forgiveness and restoration.
2. Lord, grant me total positive recovery of all I have lost to Satan and sin.
3. Pray for ex-convicts to find Jesus and be able to pick up pieces of their lives for better ones in Jesus’ Christ.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Psalms 119:128 – 121:7; 1 Corinthians 14:11 – 14:32