Friday, February 3, 2017
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29 : 13
LISTEN: No one can truly be comfortable with an insincere and unserious-minded person. Besides, you cannot accept to trust your secrets with someone who is known for unseriousness, deceit, unfaithfulness, dishonesty, betrayal and the likes. In the same way, God cannot do anything serious with an unserious-minded person or persons as the case may be. This is because an unserious-minded person does not commit to his or her cause. Such do not put the whole of their hearts in what they do.
Beloved, when your heart is not in what you do or pursue, you cannot get the best of it. This is why many people are finding it difficult to discover God. They do not believe that any human can approach Him. But is God really far from us? Of course not! Do you know that God is not far from those who search for Him with the whole of their hearts? Beloved, do you sense that God is far from you? Never mind! He is closer than you think if you are willing to discover it.
When Jacob’s life was threatened by his angry brother Esau, who had vowed to kill him. As Jacob ran away, he never knew that God was with him in his trouble. He was completely depressed and devastated. Surprisingly, God showed up in the dream of the night and assured him of His presence and protection; as a result, when he (Jacob) awoke from his sleep he exclaimed, ” Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.” (Genesis 28 : 16).
A lot of us regularly feel the absence of God around us like Jacob because we are not conscious of Him. We have not searched for Him with the whole of our hearts, therefore cannot encounter Him. God searches every heart and He knows those who are serious about knowing Him. Naturally speaking, great things ought to be sought with great effort. God is a great God. Therefore, if you must discover Him, you must search for Him with the whole of your heart. Anything short of that you will remain a stranger to God and His manifestations.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not think that no one can approach God, rather draw close to Him and He will draw close to you.
2. Shun unserious-mindedness to spiritual matters and get serious with God.
3. Do not be depressed or devastated in times of crisis, rather trust God to deliver you.
4. Determine to search for God with the whole of your heart no matter what.
Daily Task: Determine to be serious with your relationship with God. Do not forget that God is not far from you if you seek Him with the whole of your heart.
Daily Reflection: God is closer to you than you think, and can also be far from you by your actions and inactions. Beware!
Daily Prayer: Precious Father, I thank you because I know that you love me so much. Draw me closer to yourself and cause me to know you more and more, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, may God draw you closer to Himself day by day, and increase you in wisdom, understanding and love for Him, in Jesus’ name.