Memorize: These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God” Genesis 6:9
Devotional Reading: GENESIS 6:1-22
Many times, we complain that the world around us is so corrupt that it is near impossible to live righteously at all times in this present world. But we overlook the power of grace in our lives capable of making it happen. The expectation of God is that we must strive to be different, we must make a difference even if it means standing alone. The earth in which Noah lived was a cesspool of corruption populated by sinful men who forgot their Maker. It was an earth in which men did according to their sinful lusts, glorying in corrupt practices and abominations. But Noah chose to be different, he stood out as a just, and perfect man in his generation Genesis 6:9. You too can make a difference.
The earth was so sinful, God decided to destroy it and all its inhabitants with the first flood in human history. But Noah who humbled his heart to follow God, despite the corrupt influences of the world around him, he “found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8). While the Lord decreed judgement of the flood on the world, He perfected the plan of salvation and deliverance for Noah and his household. He also sealed it with a covenant. Noah responded to God’s command to prepare an ark with architectural specifications. He also passed the message to his family, which they promptly obeyed and were saved. Noah’s obedience also affected his possessions which survived in pairs. At the end of the day, Noah was not only saved, but was blessed with abundance and honour.
I understand that our world today is corrupt but inspite of all, God’s commandment is that we should live after His likeness, which is Holiness. God is Holy, He wants all his children to be Holy, without holiness, no man shall see the LORD – Heb 12:14. Some people complain that it is difficult to be holy in our time, but there is beauty in Holiness and it is possible to live Holy even now, but it will come at a price. God is not asking us to do the impossible. Anywhere you are, you must be conscious of the fact that you are a child of God and you cannot be seen doing other wise.
As a true child of God, you must be like your father. No matter the push or pull in the world, don’t compromise your faith. You must consciously decide not to be swayed by the fads and fancies of this modern age and end time generation. We must allow the grace of God to keep us righteous even in this corrupt and sinful world. It is possible to live holy and become righteous in this present world.
I want to encourage you today, please dare to stand out, don’t compromise your faith, be different; whether in school, office, business, or church, etc stand out, make a significant difference, let the people know that you are a true child of God and you wont compromise your faith and beliefs. I pray for you that God will grant you the grace to hold unto your faith even in the midst of corruption and evil of our time in Jesus name.
Prayer point: O LORD, please give me the grace to stand out for you and be different in Jesus name.
Key Dose: Remember, you are the open book that the world is reading, so, sign post them to Heaven NOT Hell!
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
Senior Pastor (IHPCT)