TEXT: EXODUS 8:25-32.

🔑KEY VERSE “And Moses said, Behold, I go out from thee, and I will intreat the LORD that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people to morrow: but let not Pharaoh deal deceitfully any more in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the LORD” (EXODUS 8:29).

The Scripture says, “The heart is deceitful above all things…” The assassination of Julius Caesar was the result of a conspiracy by many Roman senators led by Gaius Cassius Longinus. They were said to have stabbed Caesar 23 times. But the stab that pained and surprised the dying Caesar the most was the one made by his trusted ally, Brutus.

Man, by nature, is not to be trusted. Pharaoh had proven on several occasions that he was not to be trusted as he reneged on his agreement with Moses. In the passage under consideration, Moses thought it wise to tell him his fears and tried to obtain Pharaoh’s authentic assurance. But like every sinner who operates on the dictates of Satan, he could not keep his words.

There are people who enter into agreements they know they cannot keep.

Their heart is deceitful. Believers should not be deceitful. Our ‘Yes’ must be ‘yes’ and our ‘No’, must be ‘no’ regardless of the consequence. We must not honour agreements only when it favours us. We must be honest enough to follow through to our promise whether written or verbal. Some people slip into a lying mode when they discover that things are not working in their favour. In his dealings with Pharaoh, Moses offered no compromise with the evil intent of the king. Thus, he demanded that he let his people go so that they will offer their sacrifices to the Lord. Moses knew that if they accepted to do the sacrifices in Egypt, the Egyptians would stone them for sacrificing sacred things in their land.

As believers, we must not behave cowardly in standing for the truth and in defending the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. There is no room for compromise. Our motives must be pure as we relate with God and fellow men.

✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Integrity is not something you show others; it is how you behave in their absence.”

BIBLE IN A YEAR: MARK 4-6.

MEDITATION

Never strike a compromise

1. Subtle compromise proposal 1 from Satan
“Be a Christian, If you will, but don’t separate from worldliness (Egypt) v26.
Q What other similar subtle proposal of compromise Satan presents to ” almost persuaded saints” today?
Lord, convict me of any trace of compromise with Satan in my thoughts, devotion, lifestyle etc
Lord, I say NO to all the subtle suggestions of compromise and hereby resolve to follow You closely and be totally distinct from the world
2. Subtle compromise proposal 2 from Satan
“Separate from worldliness a little, but don’t take your Christianity or consecration too far” v28.
Pray for watchfulness deliverance of the Church from the subtle incursion of worldliness into the music, worship, dressings and lifestyles of Church members
Lord, release to your church the power and conviction to overcome the latter day spirit of compromise

C Check your prayer life, evangelistic life, consecration, relationships etc and discover which of the two proposals above Satan is presenting to you?
Receive grace to say NO to all satanically motivated proposals of compromise