Tuesday July 12, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
VERSE OF THE DAY: If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him – Matthew 7:11(NIV).
LISTEN: Every human being has the trait of sin in him or her. We’re born with it as a reflection of the fall of man from the beginning. In recognition of this truth David said, “Behold I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Psalms 51:5). Therefore, Jesus knowing the true nature of man said, “If you then, though evil know how to offer good things to your children, will God who is righteous and good, not do much more?” Beloved, God cannot forsake or abandon his dear child like you. You’re too special to God, as a result, he can’t abandon you.
Have you forgotten the prayer pattern Jesus Christ taught his disciples in Matthew 6:9-13? In verse 11 he taught them to say, “…Give us this day our daily bread”. God wants you to ask and rely on him for your daily needs and provisions. When asking, don’t ask in fear, He is your Father; and he has made provision for your needs. When you ask Him for your daily needs He is honoured because, He knows that you believe He is well able to provide for you. God is always disposed to help any of his children who cry out to him. He is not ashamed to be called our Father in heaven. This means that he is ready to do much more than our earthly father.
Our earthly fathers are limited in their abilities – they can’t give us life and every thing that life demands; but God can, both in this life and in the life to come. Jesus Christ’s argument in our verse of the day should encourage you to depend on God. He said, ” If you humans who are evil in so many aspects know how to give good gifts to your children, will He who is a righteous God not give better things to them that ask him? (Matt. 7:11). Beloved, God loves you and will want to bless you. Therefore, put all your cares upon Him for he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).
Having read today’s devotional, what are you expected to do?
1. Trust God for your daily provisions.
2. Always remember that if humans can provide for their own, God can provide for us too.
3. Don’t forget that God cannot abandon you therefore, put your confidence in him.
4. Always refuse every thought suggesting to you that God has abandon you.
As you wake up each day, cancel every thought suggesting to you that God has, or can abandon you.
Daily Reflection : When the enemy turns his evil attention to you, turn your attention to God.
LORD God, I have confidence in you because you will not abandon me like an orphan. May your gracious hand care for me; and may I never faint in time of trouble, but wait for your help in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Prophetic Word : Today, by the authority of the name of Jesus Christ, I command the spirit of depression, adversities, reproaches, untimely death and frustrations to be arrested in your life, in Jesus ‘ name.