Friday, April 21, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: But the Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground! Genesis 4 : 10
LISTEN: We all at one time or the other had received this same question of disapproval from others – “What have you done”? Maybe from our parents, relatives, friends, work colleagues, spouse, a pastor(s), associates, teachers, etc. This question arises to express what we have greatly done wrong or bad. This was exactly the question God asked Cain when he selfishly and gruesomely murdered his brother, Abel out of envy and hate. The bible says, ” The LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel, your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” The LORD said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries to me from the ground. Now you are cursed because of the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. (Genesis 4 : 9 – 11).
God was angry with him because he took the life of his own bother, Abel. (Isaiah 48 : 22). He did not know that God was aware of his evil deed until he was confronted with it. As a result, he subsequently brought a curse upon himself for allowing the devil to use him for such evil assignment. Beloved, those who allow themselves to be used by the devil will certainly set themselves against God. If you harm others just to satisfy your emotions and selfish ambitions be sure to be confronted with it in due time. Like Cain, many of us had done abominable things in diverse ways. We have betrayed, gossiped, blackmailed, killed and harmed others against the will of God. However, if we can ponder on the aftermath of our actions we will not do them, but rather choose what will not haunt us later. Beloved, do not neglect this message, rather use it to examine your thoughts before you act.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Avoid wicked deeds at all cost, only embrace deeds of goodness.
2. Always shun wrong association because it will corrupt your good manners.
3. Always ponder on the aftermath of your actions then act wisely.
4. Do not harm others just to satisfy your selfish ambition; rather be considerate to all.
Daily Task: Ponder on the consequences of your actions, because if you can ponder on the aftermath of your actions you will not do them, but rather choose what will not haunt you later. Be wise!
Daily Reflection: If you harm others just to satisfy your emotions and selfish ambitions, be sure to be confronted with it in due time.
Daily Prayer: Blessed and merciful Father, I surrender my emotions to you, help me to overcome negative emotions designed to fulfill the devil’s will through me, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I speak over your life, no negative emotions designed to fulfill the devil’s will, will dominate your heart, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: Those who allow themselves to be used by the devil will certainly set themselves against God.
Today In History: April 21, 753 BC. Traditional date of the foundation of Rome.