Devotional: You shall not lie

You shall not lie Exodus 20:16

You shall not lie. (Exodus 20:16)

Lying can seem like one of the "smaller sins" but it is such a terrible thing that God says He hates it for it is written, These are the 6 things that the Lord hates: Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
A proud look
A lying tongue
Hands that shed innocent blood
A heart that devises wicked imaginations
Feet that are swiftly run to mischief
A false witness that speaks lies
A person who sows discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:16-19)

Therefore find a way to stop lying either by commission or by omission so that you stop committing this sin which is actually an abomination to God.

Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to help me stop telling lies with my tongue or lying with my behavior. Amen.

Devotional: You shall not make graven images

You shall not make for yourself a carved image with likeness of anything that is in heaven or that is in the earth or that is in the water beneath the earth and you shall not bow down to them or serve them. (Exodus 20:4-5)

This commandment shows us that God expects us to worship Him alone. We are also not to serve these graven images and give them the respect that is due to God.

Having these images in our possession is detrimental to our spiritual health and we have to get rid of them when we are engaged in Christian spiritual warfare. 

We can see an example of this from Gideon because before God used him to deliver the Israelites from oppression by the Midianites, He told him to destroy Baal's altar and the wooden image that had been erected beside it and to build and altar for God on top of them. (Judges 6:25-26)  

Therefore destroy any carved images to false Gods that you have in your possession and ask God to forgive you.

Father God I ask you in the name of Jesus to forgive me for the times I have knowingly and unknowingly bowed down, worshiped or served any graven image. Amen.

Devotional: You Shall Not Murder

You shall not murder. (Exodus 20:13)

You shall not murder. (Exodus 20:13)

Murder is one of the devices of the devil but we Christians can also be guilty of other "forms of murder" like character assassination. This usually happens when we engage in conversations that harm another person. 

Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to help me stop destroying other people with my tongue and to stop me when I want to start sowing discord because that is one of the things that You hate. 

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Are you looking for a job?

Are you seeking a promotion from your current position?

Do your prospects seem dismal because of your prevailing circumstances?

If they do, do not give up on getting a job or being promoted because With God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26) 

We can see a good example of this from Joseph after he was sold into slavery because of his brothers’ jealousy and he found himself imprisoned after his master’s wife falsely accused him, because while in prison he "worked" as the person in charge of the other prisoners for The prison keeper committed into Joseph's hand all the prisoners and whatever they did. (Genesis 39:22)

However, when his time came, God caused Pharaoh to dream a dream that only Joseph could decipher for All the magicians of Egypt and its wise men could not interpret it. (Genesis 41:8) 

As a result of his God given gift of dream interpretation and the fact that Pharaoh recognized that Joseph was A man in whom was the Spirit of God, (Genesis 41:38) Pharaoh promoted him from being an imprisoned slave who was not even an Egyptian to becoming the Prime Minister by telling him, You shall rule over all of Egypt (Genesis 41:41) proving that With God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26) 

Therefore if you are looking for a job or seeking to be promoted from your current one and your chances seem bleak because of your present circumstances, believe that With God nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37) as you continue serving Him faithfully from your current position.
With God all things are possible Matthew 19:26

This last fact of serving God faithfully from your current position is very important because Joseph continued serving God even when he was an imprisoned slave. We know this because when Pharaoh's imprisoned butler and baker dreamt disturbing dreams, Joseph took an interest in their well-being for he asked them, "Why do you look sad today?" (Genesis 40:7)

When they told him they had dreamt dreams they could not understand, Joseph praised God and gloried Him by saying, "Do not dream interpretations belong to God?(Genesis 40:8) before asking them to tell him their dreams.

As a result of interpreting their dreams correctly, the butler later informed Pharaoh of Joseph's gift of dream interpretation and Pharaoh sent for him.

Therefore regardless of the type of job you are doing or even if you are unemployed continue using your God-given talents to serve and glorify God as you believe Him for a better job or a promotion. 

For example if you are a gifted vocalist you can continue singing in your Church's choir as you believe God to provide you with a paid job.
A person's gift creates space for them and brings them before great people Proverbs 18:16

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Devotional: You shall not steal

You shall not steal (Exodus 20:15)

You shall not steal (Exodus 20:15)

Just as you can go out of your way to steal by taking something that does not belong to you, you can also steal by omission by failing to return something that does not belong to you that you had borrowed.

These "little sins" are the things that can hinder your prayers because you may find yourself in some spiritual battle where you are praying and fasting but nothing is moving in your direction. What you may not know is that you have borrowed something from someone and totally forgotten about it while the owner has also forgotten where it went but they are pleading with God to help them find it. 

Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to remind me of anything in my possession that I have "stolen inadvertently" so that I can return it to its rightful owner.

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