Saturday, December 17, 2016.

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean and change your garments: And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went – Genesis 35:2, 3.

LISTEN: Human beings love motivation. They hardly do certain things without a push. They love to be provoke to action. Where there is no one to spur them to action they relent from doing the needful. Challenging family members to devotional lifestyle is one of the responsibilities of a God fearing parent. It is the duty of parents who claim to serve God. We all should endeavour to build God fearing homes. Your life is not complete without devotion to God. Your family is not safe without the fear of God. (Proverbs 10 : 27). With the trend of evil all over the world, a Godly parent will not stop to point his or her children to God.

Jacob the son of Isaac is a typical example of challenging one’s family to fear and serve God. When he was confronted with a great challenge after his encounter with his enraged brother Esau; he went through distress and fears, then prayed for God’s protection over him, and God granted it. On his return after several years of exile, he invited his family to a life of holiness and devotion to God and urged them to separate from idolatry and every thing that was not to the glory of God. (Proverbs 3 : 7).

Furthermore, Jacob ordered his family to get up and move to Bethel (the house of God) with him to worship God. Beloved, how often do you challenge your own to dedicate themselves to God? When last did you fellowship together with your family like Jacob? Have you forgotten that you are to lead your family to God? Beloved, you need to do that because it is vital to your family spiritual and relational life. Henceforth, challenge your family to a life of devotion to God.

Remember, devotion to God almighty will unite the family and sweeten home life.
It will bear a Christian witness to the guests in your homes; it will equally encourage us to put Christianity into practice in our homes. Lastly, it will aid our children in becoming better Christians and help them to develop ideals that will guide them in vital Christian living. God bless you.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Strive to unite your family through devotion to sweeten your home life.
2. Use Christian family devotion to witness to the guests in your home.
3. Never neglect to challenge your family to fear God by establishing a formidable devotional life.
4. Do not leave your family members to make their own decision about eternity, rather guide them Wisely.

Daily Task : Determine to raise a family with the fear of God. Never allow your family to function without a formidable devotional life.

Daily Reflection: When we devote our families to God, His ways are reveal to us; for a God fearing family is the Lord’s delight.

Prayer: Most high God, I ask for grace to order my life and family aright like your servant Jacob, and to provoke them to your service, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration : Today, I prophesy over your life, may God give you the ability to serve Him in your home, and to raise God fearing children, in Jesus’ name.