THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22
DON’T ENVY THE WICKED
Main text: Proverb 3:31- Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
Proverb 23:17 – Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long.
Envy comes as a result of comparison. You envy someone because after comparing yourself with him, you think he has something better than you. Sometimes, aunty A begins to envy aunty B because aunty B is having or enjoying something that she does not deserve to have or enjoy.
The wicked on the other hand are those who do not fear the Lord and do things that are contrary to His word, whereas the righteous are those who fear the Lord and live according to His word. There is no prospect for the wicked declares the scriptures.
The bible declares also that the wicked shall be cut off from the earth and he years shall be shortened; the wicked shall be cast into hell at the straw. Though the wicked enjoy good things in life through the law of prosperity yet, God says their prosperity shall disappear in a flash. .
We must not allow our hearts to be carried away by the seeming fleeting prosperity of those who do not know God or who arrogantly despise Him. The news is full of stories that tell us that wealth, fame or success brings the satisfaction that we are looking for. God has said, it is well with the righteous and there is no peace for the wicked. It shall not end well to those who despise God. Though it looks like they are prospering yet, the word of God cannot be broken concerning the lot of wicked people.
Refuse to entertain any thought that tells you it is better to be in the world than in Christ. Rebuke and reject it! It is a lie from hell that says you have to bow down to Satan and his ungodly ways for you to succeed. There are many who have bowed down to the system of the world because they think “if it has to be good, it must be of the world” but I urge you to shun the band wagon. You can be very rich and still be tender hearted towards God.
NEVER ENVY THE WICKED, IT CAN DESTROY YOU AS A CHRISTIAN
BY BISHOP NGOZI DURUEKE (HE REIGNS CHAPEL INTERNATIONAL)
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Prayer: Father, grant me the grace to be focused on heavenly riches not the riches of the world.