Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: As long as an heir is a child, he is no better off than a slave, even though he owns everything. Galatians 4 : 1
LISTEN: To “grow up” in this context is to take up responsibility to gain spiritual maturity and wisdom to know what you ought to do to possess your God-given possessions. God has blessed us with all manners of spiritual blessings through Christ, but we need to grow up in our minds to be able to understand what God has done for us through Jesus Christ.
Beloved, you are privileged for being a child of God, at such, He has a better plan for you, but until you grow up in your believe system, especially, in your moral principles and obedience to Him, you are likely to remain in your miserable and pitiable conditions. Our verse of the day is an encouraging word for us, and to challenge us to action; and it says, ”As long as an heir is a child, he is no better off than a slave, even though he owns everything.” (Galatians 4 : 1).
Friend, do you know that you will hinder yourself from experiencing God’s blessings and favour if you choose to remain a ‘child’? Remember, children would always do what their parents will warn them against, as a result, their parents would often deny them of their rights and privileges at some points because of their rebellion and disobedience to teach them morals and discipline .
The same thing applies in our relationship with God. When you willfully disobey God, you limit yourself. Like the heir, that is, (one who inherits or is entitled to inherit property), when you refuse to ‘grow up’, you will remain a stranger to your God-given possessions. Disobedience to God will keep you from your God-given possessions and blessings.
An example of this was the case of the Israelites. When they abandoned their God in favour of pagan gods, God also abandoned them and caused them to be carried away to Babylon as captives. They forfeited their good land, the land of Canaan, and served as slaves in a strange land for seventy years, because they chose not to grow up morally and spiritually.
However, when they repented of their rebellion, God reassured them of his deliverance and prosperity. Beloved, are you prepared to possess your God-given possessions? Are you ready to live in the realm God originally made for you? Then learn to maintain a good and sustained relationship with Him and determine to grow up in your mind.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not forget that success can only be attained by doing the needful and doing it right.
2. Do not be ignorant of your spiritual blessings, for ignorance will certainly keep you from your God-given possessions
3. Maintain a relationship with God and determine to commit to its growth.
4. Never limit yourself through bad actions and thoughtless decisions, rather surrender to divine guidance.
Daily Task: Learn to maintain a good and sustained relationship with God, and watch Him bless the works of your hand.
Daily Reflection: You hinder yourself from God’s blessings and favour when you choose to remain spiritually immature. And when you willfully disobey Him, you limit yourself.
Daily Prayer: Blessed Father, I thank you for your word today, help me to grow up spiritually and to seek you daily and possess my possessions, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, whatever limited you from possessing your God-given possessions is destroyed henceforth. Go and possess your possessions, in Jesus’ name, amen.