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Ecwa daily devotional (food for the day) MONDAY 8 APRIL 2024

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Ecwa daily devotional (food for the day) MONDAY 8 APRIL 2024



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1:The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, during the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah:
2:“I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth,” declares the Lord.
3:“I will sweep away both man and beast; I will sweep away the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea— and the idols that cause the wicked to stumble.” “When I destroy all mankind on the face of the earth,” declares the Lord,
4:“I will stretch out my hand against Judah and against all who live in Jerusalem. I will destroy every remnant of Baal worship in this place, the very names of the idolatrous priests—
5:those who bow down on the roofs to worship the starry host, those who bow down and swear by the Lord and who also swear by Molek,
6:those who turn back from following the Lord and neither seek the Lord nor inquire of him.”
7:Be silent before the Sovereign Lord, for the day of the Lord is near. The Lord has prepared a sacrifice; he has consecrated those he has invited.
8:“On the day of the Lord’s sacrifice I will punish the officials and the king’s sons and all those clad in foreign clothes.
9:On that day I will punish all who avoid stepping on the threshold, who fill the temple of their gods with violence and deceit.
10:“On that day,” declares the Lord, “a cry will go up from the Fish Gate, wailing from the New Quarter, and a loud crash from the hills.
11:Wail, you who live in the market district; all your merchants will be wiped out, all who trade with silver will be destroyed.
12:At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish those who are complacent, who are like wine left on its dregs, who think, ‘The Lord will do nothing, either good or bad.’
13:Their wealth will be plundered, their houses demolished. Though they build houses, they will not live in them; though they plant vineyards, they will not drink the wine.”
Whenever God’s children are being persecuted, there is the tendency for them to compromise their faith in God. God did not overlook those compromises as He sent Zephaniah to warn Judah and Jerusalem.
The judgement will be so severe that nature shall also be affected. That goes to affirm that although our leaders may be so corrupt as to demand us to worship them, we shouldn’t allow anybody occupy the first place in our lives.
Just as God’s children had allowed worshipping Baal and idolatrous priests to take the place of God, many others had compromised their faith through political affiliations, selling their conscience for money, food and positions and greed.
In the midst of all these, God will not forget those who faithfully take their stand against the evil in the land as He will set them apart on judgement day.
QUESTION: What sins are you struggling with in your life?
PRAYER: Dear Lord, hold my hand in the midst of my pain and persecution that I may not abandon my faith, in Jesus name. Amen.
Food for the Day – 2024

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Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile and PC.

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