4 months 2 weeks ago #12298 by FemiClef
  TOPIC: DEATH SENTENCE Read :2 Samuel 13:3-143 But Amnon had a friend whose name was Jonadab the son of Shimeah, David’s brother. Now Jonadab was a very crafty man. 4 And he said to him, “Why are you, the king’s son, becoming thinner day after day? Will you not tell me?” Amnon said to him, “I love Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.” 5 So Jonadab said to him, “Lie down on your bed and pretend to be ill. And when your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘Please let my sister Tamar come and give me food, and prepare the food in my sight, that I may see it and eat it from her hand.’ ”6 Then Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill; and when the king came to see him, Amnon said to the king, “Please let Tamar my sister come and make a couple of cakes for me in my sight, that I may eat from her hand.” 7 And David sent home to Tamar, saying, “Now go to your brother Amnon’s house, and prepare food for him.”8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon’s house; and he was lying down. Then she took flour and kneaded it, made cakes in his sight, and baked the cakes.9 And she took the pan and placed them out before him, but he refused to eat. Then Amnon said, “Have everyone go out from me.” And they all went out from him.10 Then Amnon said to Tamar, “Bring the food into the bedroom, that I may eat from your hand.” And Tamar took the cakes which she had made, and brought them to Amnon her brother in the bedroom.11 Now when she had brought them to him to eat, he took hold of her and said to her, “Come, lie with me, my sister.” 12 But she answered him, “No, my brother, do not force me, for no such thing should be done in Israel. Do not do this disgraceful thing!13 And I, where could I take my shame? And as for you, you would be like one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, please speak to the king; for he will not withhold me from you.”14 However, he would not heed her voice; and being stronger than she, he forced her and lay with her.   MEMORISE:He who walk with the wise men will be companion of fools will be destroyed (Proverbs 13:20). EXPOSITIONA wise counsel is the one rooted in the Word of God and conforms to its principles. It is not all advice that is good to follow; that is good for others, does not make it good for you. There is godly counsel and there is foolish counsel. The sources and kind of counsel determines if it is to be accepted or rejected. Jonadab's advice to Amnon was a death sentence. Had he rejected it, he wouldn't have died the untimely painful death. No matter how good anything from the devil appears, it is a death sentence, avoid it. Evil counsels first kill spiritually and later physically. The Scriptures warn us to take counsel only from godly source. God can instigate a wicked man to give advice that will destroy the proud and arrogant who for whatever reason rejected His counsel. And advice from a crafty man brings destruction. If you value the things of God like David, you will have a Jonathan as friend but when your value is carnal, you will find friendship in Jonadab. Don't negotiate ungodly counsel. Reject it in totally and run away from such godless counsellors. When thoughts are not controlled, values are lacking and evil desires become one's pursuit. Amnon developed an incestuous lust for Tamar and Jonadab advice set him on edge. Who you surround yourself with and befriend, are they those who hold values that glorify God?   If you love God, there are chances that most of your close friends are people who love God. The people we surround ourselves with usually have a big influence on our choices. Don't make your sources of strategies and counsel worldly. A counsel from a stranger, someone you hardly know will destroy your pride, integrity and testimonies. The world's strategies will bring success but at a dire cost. Amnon runined his sister's life forever and he himself died a violent death. Seek for older, wiser and godly people for advice, those who can warn you of the pitfalls ahead, and will not be afraid to tell the truth. PRAYER POINTS:1. Call upon God to forgive you over every area of your life you have in one way or the other given ungodly counsel to people.2. Pray that God will purify your heart so that all that will come from your heart will glorify God and edify His people.3. Pray that God will separate you from those you hang out with that are not adding value to your life. EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:2 Kings 25:8 - 25:30; 1 Chr. 1:1 - 1:40; John 13:35 - 14:18. Author: CAC WorldwideRemain blessed!

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