4 months 1 week ago #12247 by FemiClef
 TOPIC: THE COURAGEOUS BENAIAH Read: 1 Chronicles 11:22-2522 Benaiah was the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man from Kabzeel, who had done many deeds. He had killed two lion-like heroes of Moab. He also had gone down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day.23 And he killed an Egyptian, a man of great height, five cubits tall. In the Egyptian’s hand there was a spear like a weaver’s beam; and he went down to him with a staff, wrested the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear.24 These things Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did, and won a name among three mighty men. 25 Indeed he was more honored than the thirty, but he did not attain to the first three. And David appointed him over his guard.   MEMORISE: But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. (1 Samuel 17:34,35) EXPOSITIONIf the evil that men do lives after them, definitely the good that men do will outlive them. To leave a legacy requires a whole lot of efforts. Achieving great things, whether for the Lord or oneself, do not come by chance. It sometimes involves risk, endurance, and commitment. The case of Benaiah is a great lesson for us today for he dared all deadly things to defend his master. Let us examine the factors that propelled him. One, he had love for his master, David. He was like an Aid-de-camp to the Governor of a state. Such people prefer to die than see battles overcome their boss. Two, his love for his nation, Israel, made him dare both terrible men animals. To him, he was being patrotic; he must work assiduously to justify his pay. But little did he know that he was writing history. Three, he was only fulfilling his obligation to God. Servants (slaves), be obedient to those who are your physical masters, having respect for them and eager concern to please them, in singleness of motive and with all your heart, as [service] to Christ [Himself] (Eph.6:5) Those who will leave a good legacy here must be courageous, fearless, worth of taking risks, and men of great faith; men in whose hands the staff is more powerful than the spear (cf.2Tim.1v7). How far can you go, defending the faith that was once extra mile for Him today and always. Remember, He is not a debtor! PRAYER POINTS:1. Lord, help me to leave and serve You with all my heart.2. Lord Jesus, help youths to be strong in You and be risk-takers in matters of Your kingdom.3. Father, help build a robust relationship between young and old ministers as we all serve in Your vineyard. EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:2 Kings 18:17 - 20:5, John 12:19 - 12:40 Author: CAC WorldwideRemain blessed!

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