Friday, October 7, 2016.

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : But he that glories, let him glory in the Lord. – 2 Corinthians 10 : 17

LISTEN : What does it mean to boast? It means to talk with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about one’s achievements, possessions, or abilities: it’s vocal self-praise or claims to superiority over others; particular about ones ability, possession, etc. Boast is the nature of the natural man. Most people find pleasure in boasting about their superiority over others irrespective of the fact that the future is unknown. You should acknowledge that the bible condemns such boast or pride. However, we’re to make our boast only in the LORD. The bible says, ” But he that glories, let him glory in the Lord.”(2 Corinthians 10 : 17 ). The word glory in this bible verse means to boast. That anyone who must boast should only boast in the LORD. What does it mean to boast in the LORD? It means to boast of God’s great attributes, boasting of what He has done for us, of what He is still doing and of what He has promised to do; for we owe all that we are, or have to Him. As Jeremiah 9:23-24 says, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight,’ declares the LORD.”

Beloved, there’s nothing that gladden the heart of God like acknowledging his role and position in our existence. He want us to acknowledge his attributes and to demonstrate his own kind of life in the earth – to show love to others, practice fairness and justice and to live upright. Therefore, if you must boast, boast only in the Lord; not in yourself, nor in your outward circumstances of life, or inward endowments of mind; not in your natural or acquired parts; not in your wisdom, knowledge, learning, and eloquence; nor in your own righteousness, labours, and services, nor in the opinion and popular applause of others; but in the Lord Jesus Christ, as the author and giver of all gifts, natural and spiritual; in his wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption and in his judgment. We have therefore no reason to boast in ourselves, or in our own performances, but only to give thanks to God, who makes use of us, poor earthly vessels, to carry about and distribute that heavenly treasure, by which he makes men’ heart rich in faith and good works. Let’s boast in the LORD for He’s all, and in all. That’s the only boast the LORD accepts.

Having read today’s devotional, what are you expected to do?
1. Make the LORD your object of pride and reason for boast. Don’t boast in your achievements, wealth, or other possessions for they’re all fleeting possessions.
2. Surrender yourself to God as a vessel for divine assignments; and allow him to use you for his own purpose.
3. Stop the boast about your achievements, beauty, finances, academic qualifications, fame, wealth, etc, for none of those will follow you to the grave. Boast only in the LORD.

Daily Task : Don’t boast in your wisdom, nor in your might, nor in your riches, nor in your health, but boast that you understands and knows God, and what he desires of you.

Daily Reflection : There’s nothing that gladden the heart of God like acknowledging his role and position in our existence. If you must boast, boast only in Him and not in yourself.

Prayer : Blessed Father, I thank you for your word today, I surrender myself to you, give me the grace to boast in you alone and not in myself in Jesus’ name, amen.

Prophetic Word : By the anointing in the name of Jesus Christ, I prophesy over your life, from today, your relationship with Christ will grow beyond your strength and imagination in Jesus ‘ name.