Saturday, December 3, 2016.

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Think on these things. Devote your life to them so that everyone can see your progress. – 1 Timothy 4 : 15.

LISTEN : No one desires to be stagnated in life. Everyone wants to make, and be seen to be making progress. No one dreams to have his or her progress hindered. However, we have seen countless people who had stopped to make progress in their areas of interest. But what exactly is progress? It is to move forward in time: to improve or develop over a period of time: to move forward or toward a place. It is to develop to a higher, better, or more advanced stage. With this definition, the question is, are you really making progress? Are you gradually moving forward to the place you want to be in life? Are you progressively developing from where you are to a higher, better and advanced stage? Or have you chosen to be stagnant, stranded and frustrated in life? Have you forgotten that you are created for impact? Do you not think that you have stayed long enough in the same point? (Deuteronomy 1: 6 – 7).

Notice that it is not possible to make progress without adhering strictly to principles and standards related to your pursuit in life. When principles and standards are neglected, progress is hindered. Where progress is hindered success is forfeited. Beloved, the joy of every noble enterprise is success (accomplishments), the absence of it makes labour fruitless and useless. To avoid this – fruitless enterprise in ministry, Apostle Paul in chapter 4 of 1 Timothy, enjoined Timothy to do certain things: (1). To not allowed anyone look down on him because he is young, but to make himself an example for other believers in his speech, behaviour, love, faithfulness, and purity. (v.12). (2). To give himself to reading, to exhorting, and to teaching. (v.13). 3). And to never neglect the gift that was in him, by the grace of God (v.14). Beloved, the admonitions of Paul to Timothy applies to us today. You cannot expect to make progress when you succumb to intimidation. You cannot expect to make noticeable progress when you cease to learn and upgrade yourself. Besides, you cannot expect progress when you undermine or neglect to provoke your God-given potentials and talents to impact the world around you. Therefore, to make progress you must not forget to consider what we have discussed today. Henceforth, let your progress be seen by all.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Regularly examine your life to ascertain whether you are making progress or not, and to do the needful
2. Determine to make yourself an example of nobility to others.
3. Never undermine true principles and standards of life, for they are keys to your success.
4. Never allow anything or anyone hinder your progress in life, rather determine to fight your way through.

Daily Task : Do not leave your God-given potentials and talents dormant, rather stir them up to become what you are designed to be.

Daily Reflection
: Lasting success cannot be to those who undermine or neglect principles and standards, rather they will suffer retrogression and backwardness.

Prayer : Precious Father, today I commit my labour into your hand, help me to make necessary and commendable progress in life, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy over your life, every undue delay to your progress in life is henceforth arrested by fire, in Jesus’ name.