Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Jude 1 : 21
LISTEN: To remain loved, one must stay within the will of the one that loves. (John 15 : 10). No rational person can continue to shower his or her love on someone who does not care nor regard the love that is given to him or her. In the same way, no parent or parents can continue to shower love on a disobedient and disowned child. When a child is disowned, he or she loses his or her parental provisions and protection. Whether he or she lives or dies, it is no longer a matter of concern for the parents.
However, when a child remains obedient, loyal, submissive and trustworthy to his or her parents, he or she will remain in the love of his or her parents. Such a child will be protected, provided for, cared for, loved and adore, because he or she had first shown respect and honour for his or her parents, which they in turn reciprocated. God loves us so much that He gave up His Son Jesus Christ for us. But His love cannot remain with us if we choose to disregard and disrespect Him.
Beloved, you must love God with the whole of your heart, might and all that you have. Never make the mistake of throwing yourself out of the love of God to you, or its delightful and strengthening manifestations. Endeavour to keep yourselves in the way of God, if you would continue in his love. Always obey, trust, honour, fear, revere and serve Him faithfully. Avoid whatever that will cause you to lose His love in your life. Love, serve and remain loyal to Him and you will remain in His love.
Our love for God should cause us to not lose sight of eternity. We should constantly look for His mercy – eternal life through Christ Jesus. Eternal life is to be looked for only through mercy. Mercy is our only plea, not merit; or if merit, not our own, but of Jesus Christ, who has merited for us what otherwise we could have laid no claim to, nor have any reason for hope. Beloved, do not forget that all who come to heaven must come through our Lord Jesus Christ; for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved, but that of the Lord Jesus only, (Act 4:12).
Therefore, let us live right and remain in the love of God. A believing expectation of eternal life will arm us against the snares of sin (2 Pet. 3: 14). Besides, a lively faith of the blessed hope of eternal life will help us to resist the will of the devil in our lives.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to remain in the love of God no matter what.
2. Do not lose sight of eternal life, instead, let its desire drive your life.
3. Make your faith lively and consistently resist the devil’s will.
4. No matter what happens, do not throw away the love of God for your life through disobedience.
Daily Task: Continue to Build yourself in your most holy faith, and do not lose zeal in your service to God.
Daily Reflection: God’s love cannot be sustained where disobedience and irreverence to Him are condone.
Daily Prayer: Precious Father, keep me in your love, and make me to grow stronger daily in your service, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, may God make you to remain in His love and enjoy His favour, in Jesus’ name.