Thursday, January 19, 2017

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples. John 15 : 8

LISTEN: Do you know that God is glorified when you bear fruits? The word glorified means, to be honoured. We honour God when we bear much fruit. God want us to be fruitful in good works; faithful, zealous, humble, devoted, and always abounding in the work of the Lord. These are things that honors God.

Why is God honoured when we bear fruits? Why is He happy when we follow His will for our lives? He is honoured with it because, it shows the excellence of his commandment which requires it. God is glorified when we bear fruits because it also shows the power of His gospel, and of that grace which can overcome the evil tendencies of the heart.

You know that the human heart is evil, but when you bear fruits of good works in spite of the badness of the heart, God is glorified. Besides, God is honoured when we bear fruits because the believer is restored to the divine image, and it shows how excellent is the character after which we are formed.

In bearing good fruits we imitate God, and the world see that the divine administration of God is to make us holy; to produce in us that which is lovely, and true, and honest, and of good report. (Mat 7:20; Phi 4:8). When these good fruits are produced in us, we can be permitted to be Christ’ disciples. Fruit bearing in discipleship is a true test of character. It is not by profession, but by a holy life. Not everyone is a follower of Jesus Christ, but those who bear much fruit in line with His purpose. This is why Jesus came to save us and to excite us to do much good, and to call forth all our strength, and time, and talents in His work and service.

Beloved, do not be a Christian who is not aiming to do much good, and who does not devote to God all that he has in an honest effort to glorify His name, and to benefit this dying world. Let us determine to bear fruits with the gospel of Jesus Christ today.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not be a fruitless Christian, but a fruit-bearing believer.
2. Devote all you have and your efforts to the service of God our creator.
3. Determine to produce in you that which is lovely, true, honest, and of good report.
4. Determine to make God happy by showing good deeds that are in line with His will.

Daily Task: Do not leave each day without celebrating at least one thing you have done to the glory of God’s name.

Daily Reflection: God is honoured when you bear much fruit, but dishonoured when you fail or neglect to bear much and abiding fruit for the kingdom.

Daily Prayer: Our Father in heaven, help me to bear much fruit in my service to you in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, may God cause you to bear good fruits to the glory of His name. May He richly bless you in return, in Jesus’ name.