CAC LIVING WATER DEVOTIONAL FOR NOVEMBER 18, 2021 : TOPIC – WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE HONEST
LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Thursday, November 18, 2021
WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE HONEST
Read: Philippians 4:8-9
Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy (Romans 13:13).
Today, God would be helping us to talk more on the value of the virtue, honesty. Truth that was the focus of the discourse yesterday, talks about the validity of something, while honesty, our focal point today, talks about uprightness in character.
Believers are people of God, consecrated for holiness and godliness. They are the temple of God, and the Holy Spirit of God dwells in them. With the Spirit of God in the life of a Christian, he is distinguished from the carnal people of the world. He does not walk as the people of the world who grope in darkness and are controlled by the devil and all his vices and wiles.
If honesty as a virtue will not be found anywhere in the world, it shouldn’t be in the Church of God, among the people of God. Believers are expected, above all else, to be of good report and honest character, as they live their lives in the world among the ungodly. As light of the world and salt of the earth, Christians must shine the light of Jesus Christ to unbelievers, wherever they find themselves. They must be of good and honest report in their words, deeds and actions. Christ must be revealed through them in the sport arena, banking hall, marketplace, office among their contemporaries, etc.
In other words, as a believer, the world wants to see Christ in you. You are the epistle they read. The people of the world may be practising dishonesty, fraud, illicit relationships and actions, untoward behaviours, and all sorts of ungodly characters. As a believer, it is not fitting for you, because only what is honest report must be seen and heard about you (1 Cor. 6:12; 10:23). ‘But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts’ (Rom. 13:14).
1. Lord, make me a true believer, and don’t let me make provision for the flesh.
2. I refuse to walk in the darkness like the people of the world, in Jesus’ name.
3. Lord, let the Spirit of truth and honesty take over all our meetings, and make it possible for us to reveal Christ to the world through our character.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Lamentations 3:19 – 4:15; Hebrews 11:5 – 11:25