Sunday July 3, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Take heed brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God – Hebrews 3 : 12
LISTEN : Three words are vital to our bible verse of today as presented by Apostle Paul to the Hebrews’ church. These words are:
1. Heed : This means, to give consideration or attention to. Heed is always used to indicate warning and a plea for attention.
2. Unbelief : This means, an incredulity ( disbelief ) or skepticism ( an attitude of doubt ) especially in Matters of religious faith.
3. Departing : This means, to go away or turn aside. It means to deviate.
Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Hebrews made a plea to them to take heed, that is, to give consideration or attention to the ways of their hearts; to consider what they do, their lifestyles or attitudes towards God lest there be any among them with an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the Lord. It is possible for a person who is not spiritually guided to abandon God in favour of the devil and the world. Beloved, when last did you examine the cravings of your heart? Is it in line with the infallible word of God? Does it agree with divine injunctions? Remember, evil heart is born, when attention is no more given to what your heart crave for, that is, to know whether the cravings of your heart is good or bad. At this point, you no longer examine your life anymore instead, your life is lived to please self. The bible book of Proverbs 4 : 32 says, “keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life”.
When there is an evil heart of unbelief in a person, or among christian brothers and sisters, the word of God and the faith in Christ, or spiritual things wouldn’t matter to such a person or persons anymore. Reason being that, the Spirit of God is no longer in control of such life or lives. Friend, pray that you don’t make room for an evil heart of unbelief in your life, in Jesus ‘ name.
What is your responsibility in today’s message?
I. Acknowledge God as the supreme and living God.
2. Guard your heart jealously because the devil will always come to attack.
3. In any situation you find yourself, don’t consider backsliding as an option.
4. Always resist the devil and he will flee from you.
To fight and conquer the devil’s invitation to depart from the living God, guard your heart with the infallible word of God.
Daily Reflection :Those who run away from God to embrace the devil, must remember that the devil can never be a friend of man.
Almighty God, help me to heed your word, and remove every trace of unbelief and evil in my life. I yield my thoughts and words to you, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy over your life, no situation, challenge, influence ,or attack will take you away from God. I decree that you’re protected and preserved forever, in Jesus ‘ name.