Thursday August 25, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : For the Lord is upright; he is a lover of righteousness: the upright will see his face. – Psalms 11 : 7 (BBE)
LISTEN : Nothing rejoices the heart of God like uprightness: that’s, when we’re always behaving in an honest way, and maintaining high moral standard. Because he’s a God of righteousness and holiness, he’s always happy when his people does right and lives to the glory of his name. When we live right, we’re only demonstrating whom our God really is. The LORD our God is righteous in himself, and in all his ways and works. His righteousness is demonstrated both in punishing the wicked, and in maintaining the righteous cause of his people. Righteousness is agreeable to the nature of God: he loves to exercise righteousness in the earth, to administer it to and among men; this he delights in.
The righteousness of God is made available to us through the sacrificial death of Christ. Because our own righteousness is as a filthy rag before him, therefore, he gave us the gift of righteousness through his Son Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17). Through the righteousness we obtained from Christ’s sacrificial death, God is well pleased with his people, as we’re clothed with it: and he approves of our righteous actions, as they are done in obedience to his righteous law, in faith from a principle of love, and with a view to his glory; these are acceptable to him in Christ. Because of our new position (righteousness) in Christ, we shall see his favour and goodness; irrespective of the poisonous arrows shot privily at us by the wicked (Psalms 11:2). God always looks with pleasure upon us, takes delight in us, takes care of us, protects and defends us, and at last saves us. All these should cause us to trust in Him (Psalms 7:10). God’s gracious presence is kept for the righteous, nothing is more comfortable and desirable than his presence. Beloved, God is righteous and loves the righteous, so invest in righteousness. Remember, at the end of time only the righteous ones will see him. God bless you!
Having read today’s devotional, what are you expected to do?
I. Invest in honest and righteous living
2. Don’t give up on high moral standard for God is with you.
3. Train yourself to live righteously, always remember that God’s favour will not miss the righteous.
Daily Task : Constantly and warmly exercise yourself in godliness and trust God to grow you through the process.
Daily Reflection : When we live right as christians, we’re only demonstrating to the world whom our God really is.
Prayer : Heavenly Father, I ask for grace to do your will; grow me through the process of godliness in Jesus Christ ‘ name, amen.
Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy over your life, every spirit of unrighteousness in you is cast out of your life in Jesus Christ ‘ name.