Saturday, February 18, 2017
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him Matthew 7:11
LISTEN: The bible says, ” Every good and true thing is given to us from heaven, coming from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change…” (James 1 : 17 BBE). This means that God gives good gifts to them that ask Him in faith. The love of God for us surpasses the love of our parents for us. Humans are not truly reliable, only God is reliable for all generations.
We all have in our nature the tendency to do evil like David said, “Behold I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Psalms 51:5). Yet, we know how to gift good things to our children. Jesus Christ who knows our true nature said, “If you then, though evil know how to offer good things to your children, will God who is righteous and good, not do much more?” (Matt 7 : 11).
Beloved, God cannot forsake or abandon His own people. You are too special to Him, as a result, He cannot abandon you. He loves you dearly through the covenant blood of Jesus Christ. He gave Jesus Christ for you, therefore He can give up anything for you. The bible says, ” He who did not keep back his only Son, but gave him up for us all, will he not with him freely give us all things?” (Romans 8 : 32). Do you know that God can give what you seek? Why are you doubting Him?
Beloved, have you forgotten the prayer Jesus Christ taught his disciples (us) to pray in Matthew 6:9-13? Verse 11 of it reads, “…Give us this day our daily bread”. What does that mean? It means that God wants you to ask and rely on Him for your daily needs and provisions. He wants you to trust Him with your problems. (1 Peter 5 : 7). As a child of God, when asking, do not ask in fear, He is your Father; and He has made provision for your needs.
When you ask God for anything or your daily needs, He is honoured because, He knows that you believe that He is well able to provide for you. He is always disposed to help any of His children who cry to Him in faith. He is not ashamed to be called our Father. This means that He is ready to do much more than our earthly fathers. Only Him can give to us what our earthly fathers cannot give to us. Unlike our earthly fathers, God’s gift is both for this life and the life to come. Trust Him, He can give what your parents cannot give you.
Beloved, God loves you and wants to bless you. There is nothing necessary that He cannot give to you because He had already given His Son Jesus Christ. Therefore, put all your cares upon Him for he cares for you.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Always rely on God for your daily provisions, and never see yourself as the provider.
2. Do not forget that if humans can provide for their own, God can provide for us much more.
3. Always remember that God cannot forsake you, therefore, put your trust totally in him.
4. Always resist the temptation to believe that God has abandoned you and yours.
Daily Task: Make it a daily responsibility to confront every thought in your mind, suggesting to you that God has abandoned you to your fate.
Daily Reflection: God cannot promise what He cannot give. Therefore, seek Him and His gift will seek you.
Daily Prayer: Almighty Father, my trust is in you. May your gracious hand provide for me; and may I never faint in times of need, but wait for your help, in Jesus‘ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, by the authority of the name of Jesus Christ, I command every seed of evil, planted in your life to be rooted out, in Jesus‘ name.