Monday, October 3, 2016.

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Do not give the devil an opportunity.- Ephesians 4 : 27

LISTEN: Today’s devotional bible verse was Apostle Paul’s encouragement and words of warning to the Ephesian church. He warned them against the spirit of anger, and commanded that no one should carry over hurt to the next day, but must let go of the offense no matter what. Do you know that you can invite the devil into your life? And that you’re equally in control of certain things that goes on in your life? The devil is always looking for an opportunity in our lives to strike. Do you know that the devil is your enemy and will not seek your good? Unfortunately, most often we prepare the stage for the enemy’s attack on our lives. We tend to allow him space in our lives to ruin us. God’s word is clear on how we should treat the devil and his agents. One of the things that the word of God directs us to do is to give no opportunity to him (Satan). What does the bible mean by not giving an opportunity to the devil? It means that we’re warned to not give advantage to the devil to possess our hearts, and put us upon more and greater evils; instead he should be resisted. (James 4 : 7)

When the devil comes to us he starts small and present himself as a friend, while he’s an enemy. Beloved, our adversary the devil will strive to influence our mind, and irritate our spirit; therefore we must watch and pray that he may not get any place in us, or prevail over us. Everyday we deal with different people with different characters, and most often they do things that will cause us to act contrary to the will of God; and the devil seizes such opportunity to ruin people’s lives. Beloved, do not open your ear to the tale-bearer (gossip), to the slanderer, who comes to you with accusations against others, or with speculations and evil speakings. These are human devils; they may be the means of making you angry, even without any solid pretence; therefore give them no place, that you may not be angry at any time; but if you for any reason is offended against any, let not the sun go down upon your wrath; go to the one, against whom you have found your spirit irritated; tell him what you have heard, and what you fear; let your ears be open to receive his own account; carefully listen to his own explanation; and, if possible, let the matter be finally settled, that Satan may not gain advantage over you.

Having read today’s devotional, what are you expected to do?
1. Don’t let anger ruin your day, forgive and move on.
2. Always judge your actions and don’t allow the devil to come into your life by your carelessness.
3. Don’t be a friend to a habitual gossip, because your reputation and integrity may not survive the relationship.
4. Don’t forget that the devil is desperately looking for an opportunity in you, so don’t create one for him.

Daily Task : Do not open your ear to the tale-bearer, to the slanderer, who comes to you with accusations against others, or with speculations and evil speakings. For they’re not genuine.

Daily Reflection : Be careful with what you do, because the devil will not reject any opportunity given to him, but will gladly welcome it to your own harm. Beware!

Prayer : Blessed Father, I thank you for your word today, help me to overcome whatever plots of the enemy against my life in Jesus ‘ name, amen.

Prophetic Word: Today, I prophesy over your life, every satanic trap set for you to say or do the wrong thing is destroyed in Jesus ‘ name, amen.