Monday, February 20, 2017
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22
LISTEN: Not all paths leads to life. Some paths, though charming, tempting, but are deceptive. They lead to frustration, confusion, misery and death. (Proverbs 14 :12 ; 16 : 25). Sadly, many are excited and comfortable to travel on such roads. However, God’s call to everyone is to follow the path that leads to life. Only the path that leads to life can guarantee God’s direction and purpose for our lives.
The path that leads to life is the same that teach us the ways of God. It opens our eyes to His will and warns us against doing what is not in line with His will. The path that leads to life may begin or progress with pains and difficulties, but sure to end in unspeakable joy, victory, glory and laughter. (Matthew 7 : 13 , 14). It is our responsibility to choose what and whom to follow. Obviously, the path we follow will determine our end.
God want us to heed His warnings and escape the devil’s trap to destroy us. It is His love for us that made Him to warn us against dangers. He does not want us to hurt ourselves, that is why He warns us against doing what is evil. When God command you not to do certain things, He is only telling you not to hurt yourself. We are sure to hurt ourselves when we do things against the will of God.
Beloved, as an adult or a youth, are you ready to follow the path that leads to life? If you are ready and willing, listen to what you should do: our verse of the day says, ” Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22). Here we have Apostle Paul’s admonition to Timothy and to people of all generations who want to follow God’s will.
God’s word commands the youths to shun youthful lusts like, fornication, sinful desires, evil tendencies, and inclinations of the mind as are most incident to youth, whether they be lusts of the flesh, or spiritual lusts, such as are the vices of the mind, ambition, pride, vain-glory, contempt of others, etc, should be totally avoided.
Besides, we are all admonished to follow righteousness – justice, or innocency, which wrongs none, but render to all their dues. We should practice faith (learning to trust God), love (being kind and caring for the welfare of others), and peace (staying calm in the face of crisis and discouraging war against others). The bible says we should do this with all such as serve and worship God purely and sincerely. Therefore, let us avoid corrupt people, but follow those who serve God sincerely.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. No matter who is involved, do not follow people of corrupt minds.
2. Always flee youthful lusts and follow after righteousness, faith, love and peace.
3. Examine the desires of your heart and align them with the will of God.
4. Resist the temptation to do evil and stop hurting yourself with it.
Daily Task: Do not be deceived by the things of this world, rather surrender your desires and passions to God as you follow His will.
Daily Reflection: The path that leads to life may begin or progress with pains and difficulties, but sure to end in unspeakable joy, victory, glory and laughter.
Daily Prayer: Blessed Father, help me to shun all manner of evil, but follow the path that leads to a glorious life, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, may God guide you to follow the right path to your future, both in time and eternity, in Jesus’ name.