Tuesday, December 6, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : So let us acknowledge him! Let us seek to acknowledge the LORD! He will come to our rescue as certainly as the appearance of the dawn, as certainly as the winter rain comes, as certainly as the spring rain that waters the land.”- Hosea 6 : 3 (NET).
LISTEN : You cannot experience God if you do not first acknowledge Him. In practical life, no one can willingly give himself to you whom you do not value. The best of everyone comes when they know that they are highly esteemed and not despised. To experience God you must first acknowledge Him. Then what does it mean to acknowledge God? It means to receive Him as your Redeemer and revere and honour Him as your creator and life giver. It equally means to be better instructed in His law, know what worship He requires, and is best pleased with. It means to fear Him, love and delight in Him. It means to surrender your life completely to Him. Your fear and love for God brings Him closer to you. The bible says, ” Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you double-minded.” (James 4 : 8). God want you to draw close to Him. He wants you to know Him and establish a relationship with Him to be blessed both in this life and in the life to come. (John 17 : 3). Your relationship with God will introduce you to His favour and hidden riches.
Beloved, are you aware that the blessings of God travels in the directions of those who have a genuine relationship with him? Anytime we talk about blessing, the mind of most people go straight to money and wealth. Financial and material blessing are just products of the blessing. The blessing of God is planted as a seed in the life of every true child of God. They carry the seed of the blessing, certainly it will sprout favour at the appointed time in spite of any delay. When God is accorded the honour and reverence He deserves, He will lavish on you the blessing in His treasures. Our bible verse of the day said, “So let us acknowledge him! Let us seek to acknowledge the LORD! He will come to our rescue as certainly as the appearance of the dawn, as certainly as the winter rain comes, as certainly as the spring rain that waters the land.” (Hosea 6 : 3). That is, if the knowledge of God in our lives will produce holy, righteous, sober, and temperate conversation in us, we shall have the fullest evidence that we have not believed in vain; for the manifestation of his mercy to our souls shall come as certain as the rising of the sun at the appointed time; and the rain of blessing at its appointed time. Beloved, acknowledge the LORD to experience His blessing.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. You are expected to accept Jesus Christ sincerely and completely.
2. To determine to know Christ better and deeper everyday of your life.
3. To never relent in your service to God, instead, commit your life completely to Him.
4. Invest your time in your relationship with Christ to experience His blessing.
Daily Task : Never stop to grow your relationship with God. Always hunger for more of Him on a daily basis.
Daily Reflection : God can neither be found nor experienced by those who disbelieve, despise, reject, mock and dishonour Him.
Prayer : Precious Father, I thank you for your love for me, help me to acknowledge you, and in return experience you in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : Today, I prophesy over your life, God will enable you to pursue His purpose all the days of your life in Jesus’ name.