Friday, December 23, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Teach me to do your will; for you are my God: your spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.- Psalms 143 : 10.
LISTEN : To live outside God’s leading is to live without real purpose. God is the reason for our existence. Therefore, if you live without fulfilling His purpose you have lived in vain. Unless you surrender to Him, He cannot reveal certain things to you. Imagine having a ‘friend’ whom you perceived is not trustworthy. Besides, he does not want to come close to you. Will you give yourself to such fellow? Will you confide in such person? Will you like to share your deep secrets with such person? Of course not! In the same way, God cannot reveal Himself to you if you do not want to get close to Him. He will not teach you His way if you are not willing to surrender yourself completely to Him.
When Jesus Christ commanded His disciples to preach the gospel to nations of the world, He said, ” Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28 : 19 , 20). He commanded them to teach those who surrender their lives to Him. This simply means that God cannot continue to teach you His ways if you are not ready to obey His voice. Beloved, are you willing to follow the ways of God? His way is the way of holiness, purity, righteousness, peace, love, mercy, kindness, goodness, etc. However, when His goodness, mercy, love, etc are taken for granted, His wrath and judgment will certainly be attracted.
In our verse of the day the Psalmist said, ” Teach me to do your will; for you are my God: your spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.” (Psalms 143 : 10). His prayer was to continue in faithful obedience to God, notwithstanding all temptations. He prayed not to be allowed to his own blind and vain mind, or corrupt affections, neither give him up to evil spirit, but conduct him in all His ways. He prayed to be led in the paths of righteousness and not of sin or mischief, that he may not stumble nor fall. Beloved, the Psalmist’s prayer should be our prayer, that the Lord should teach us His ways and lead us through the paths of righteousness. God bless you. (See Psalms 25 : 4 – 12).
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Prayerfully ask the Lord to teach you His ways.
2. Determine to hunger for righteousness in this world of wickedness.
3. Surrender to the will of God and allow Him to lead you all the time.
4. Make God the Master and ultimate controller of your life.
Daily Task : Always be passionate about your relationship with God. In all you do, let Him take the lead while you follow.
Daily Reflection : Those who make God their leader and ultimate guide, will certainly and safely arrive at their ‘destinations’ in peace and joy.
Daily Prayer : Most High God, today, I invite your Holy Spirit to guide me through my journey in life. May I not be misled nor put to shame, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : Today, I prophesy over your life, no one will mislead you in your journey of life. You will be guided and defended by the presence of the Almighty God in Jesus’ name.