Thursday, March 2, 2017

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Revelation 3:19

LISTEN: God guides His own jealously. He does not play with what He holds dear and close to His heart. He cares about the future of those who belong to Him. His love for His own will move Him to do whatever that will bring the best in them, that includes applying some measure of discipline to guide their conducts and behaviours. Beloved, being a child of God does not exclude you from His discipline and rebuke, instead, it exposes you more to it.

Imagine yourself as a parent who loves his or her child so much, and can give anything and everything to make him or her happy, but does not correct or discipline him or her when he or she goes wrong. What future do you think you are creating for that child of yours? Of course, there will be no success or better future for that child because, you as a parent has failed to guide the child in the right direction to better his or her future! (Proverbs 3 : 12).

In the same way, our Father in heaven being a good and loving Father, cannot allow us to do just anything we want to do, but must warn us against doing the wrong things and sometimes discipline us for refusing to follow His will. Sadly, most times we get angry and choose to resist and disobey Him instead of submitting to Him in obedience. We want to have it our own ways. But because He has a good plan for us, He will not allow us to jeopardise our future by doing the wrong things. That is why He said, ” As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Revelation 3:19).

Beloved, if God disciplines you, it is because He loves you. If He rebukes and chasten you it is just because He loves you. Therefore, you should accept His correction. (Job 5 : 17). To chasten is to correct by punishment or suffering: it is to be restrained. So if God does all of those to you through any means He choses – the church, your parents, etc, it is because He want you to be useful both to Him and to yourself. So what are you expected to do? The bible says, “Be zealous therefore, and repent.”(Revelation 3:19). Beloved, delay no more, rather repent and be saved.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not resist the discipline of the LORD, instead surrender yourself to Him.
2. Do not delay to repent when the LORD urges you to do so.
3. Learn to see the love of God in what you go through sometimes, and to respond in faith.
4. Do not jeopardise your future by doing things that are not in line with His will for your life.

Daily Task: Be zealous about the Lord’s warning to you to repent. Delay no more, rather repent and be saved.

Daily Reflection: Being a child of God does not exclude you from His discipline and rebuke, instead, it qualifies you for it.

Daily Prayer: Precious Father, I surrender myself to you today, help me to accept and cherish your rebuke and discipline as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: By the power in the name of Jesus, receive grace today to submit to the rebuke and chastisement of God. May God guide you to do the right things always, in Jesus’ name.