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DAY 26 SUNDAY: MAY 2019

DO NOT DESTROY YOUR CHARACTER!

Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity and the excellency of power. Unstable as water, you shall not excel, because you went up to your father’s bed; then you defiled it- he went up to my couch (Genesis 49:3-4).

A Christian is expected to build his character in the Lord. Do not destroy your character because of fleshly desires. The Bible says in the opening text that Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity and the excellency of power. Unstable as water, you shall not excel, because you went up to your father’s bed; then you defiled it- he went up to my couch. Of course, every Christian should take note of the fact that his character in the Lord is a great legacy which needs to be preserved for the sake of posterity. 

The Bible gave us an account of a young man in the province of Babylon, whose name was Daniel. He was a man who built his character in the Lord by distinguishing himself above others. That is why the Bible says in Daniel 6:3, “Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm.” It was indeed the character of Daniel that distinguished him above all others and made him to stand out excellently in the land of Babylon.

In fact, it is your character that makes your personality. When your character is found wanting, it destroys your reputation. The potent way to build your character is through meditation and obedience to God’s Word. That is the reason why the Bible says in Acts 20:32, “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” Therefore, every Christian should endeavor to take note of the fact that it is the Word of God that builds his character in the Lord with the test of time through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Daily Tip: A Christian should not destroy his character on the altar of fleshly desires and momentary gains. Be warned! Shalom!

Golden Text: How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word (Psalm 119:9).

PRAYER: TAKE A WORSHIP SONG AS LED

  1. Thank God for today and about the Word of God you have just read.
  2. Humbly acknowledge your weakness and limitation before God.
  3. My Father! My Father! I receive Your grace to build and develop my character in the Lord forever in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  4. Holy Spirit! I yield my life to You for change and transformation forever in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  5. Pray generally as led by the Holy Spirit concerning your life, situations and challenges.

For Further Study: Psalm 20.                  RBT: PSALM 1-3

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