Thursday, March 23, 2017
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: The one who associates with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. Proverbs 13 : 20.

LISTEN: You are not under any obligation to associate with anyone. Association is by choice. However, we need others to succeed in what we do. We do not need everyone, but the right people. Being in the company of right people will guarantee a blessed future. Right association is necessary for success in life. Your journey of life can be a success or a failure; a fortune or a tragedy by the kind of friends you keep.

You cannot expect success in life when you surround yourself with failures and people who are not ready for the future. Do you know that you can be discouraged or spur to success-provoking actions by the kind of friends you keep? If you choose to associate with the wise, you will grow wise; but when you choose to walk with fools, just be prepared for trouble. Learn to walk with the wise. A wise person is one who readily receive wise counsel. One who listen to advice. Not everyone receives counsel, many resent and despise it, but a wise man will receive and appreciate it.

A wise person will always turn to the LORD for direction in life. He will not disregard godly advice and warnings. A wise person guards his or her tongue. The tongue has been a major problem and source of harm to humanity; it has equally been a source of blessing to many. A wrong use of it can destroy ones life, hence the wise is careful how he or she uses his or her tongue. Therefore, those who knows how to use it wisely will enjoy its benefits.

A wise person flees from evil. Departing from evil is a mark of wisdom. The bible says that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 1 : 7). If you see a person who cherishes evil, it is a sign that such a person has been dominated by foolishness. The wise makes every effort to eschew evil, he or she is never comfortable with evil, or staying around ungodly and wicked people. A wise person is always prepared in terms of life challenges and opportunities.

The wise knows that life is all about preparation. He does not wait till opportunity comes before preparing for it, rather he or she prepares ahead of time. The wise does not wait for trials to come before preparing spiritually, but rather, prepares by growing his or her faith before the battle. the wise is not frustrated by circumstances, because his or her faith is deeply rooted in God’s word; as a result, he or she is resilient to circumstances. The wise person obeys God, for obedience to God is a mark of wisdom.

The wise does not find it difficult to obey God. He or she does not struggle with obedience to God, instead, he delights in His commandments. He or she enjoys to live as it pleases God. Sadly, the fool is a direct opposite of the wise. The fool does not receive counsel, does not guard his or her tongue, but uses it recklessly. The fool does not eschew evil, but gladly ‘swim in the ocean of iniquity’. Besides, the fool does not obey God, but lives continually outside the will of God for his or her life. Beloved, avoid wrong association, instead learn to associate wisely and you will be wise.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Always avoid wrong association at all cost.
2. Learn to choose your friends wisely and do not be influenced into a bad relationship.
3. Do not encourage wrong association around you, rather discourage and condemn it.
4. Readily receive, and do not reject good counsels and you will grow wise.

Daily Task: Learn to associate wisely, because you cannot be any different from the kind of association you keep.

Daily Reflection: Your journey of life can be a success or a tragedy by the kind of association you keep. You cannot expect success in life when you surround yourself with failures and people who are not ready for the future.

Daily Prayer: Most high God, I thank you for a day like this, help me to stay away from bad associations, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, may God guide you to make the right decision and to walk with the right people. May your life not be marred by wrong association, in Jesus’ name.