Sunday, April 23, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Now therefore thus says the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Haggi 1 : 5
LISTEN: God urged the Israelites to consider their ways just the same way he is urging us today. The phrase, “consider your ways” is to think carefully about what you are doing: to give thought to your ways. Beloved, how often do you examine your ways and life entirely? Do you really watch what you do? Do you know that your actions can make or mar you? Do you also know that when you refuse to give thought to your ways you will certainly regret your decisions at the long run? My dear, are you really considering what you do with your life? Do you consider your actions before you do them? Do you ever think beyond your actions? Do you know that not to ponder on your actions is to head for disaster? Those who act irrespective of the consequences of their actions are bound to suffer self-inflicted evil and misery.
Beloved, are you a person that does not consider his or her actions before doing them? You better rethink before it is too late. Your action is like a seed, whatever you sow you will reap now, or later (Galatians 6 : 7). God want you to let your actions be uniformly and constantly good in spite of all temptations to the contrary. He wants you to do the right thing no matter the pressure to do otherwise. If you think and do the right thing, you can expect God’s blessing and good success in what you do. Beloved, consider your actions and guard against doing evil. Remember, your actions will affect your future. Never forget that your life today is the result of your past, and your life tomorrow will equally be the result of today. Therefore, consider your ways and you would have saved yourself from avoidable miseries of life through wise living.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Consider your ways and avoid negative actions before they ruin your life
2. Mind what you do because it might come back directly or indirectly to you.
3. Thoroughly examine your decisions before carrying them out because they can make, or mar you.
4. Determine to follow the right paths despite the pressure to do otherwise.
Daily Task: To experience a better life, always examine your decisions and actions from time to time and make necessary and timely changes as quickly as possible.
Daily Reflection: No one who dreams of a better future will leave his or her life and actions unexamined.
Daily prayer: Merciful God, I thank you because of your love for me, help me to consider my ways and to do what is right at all times, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, you will not be misled by evil people. God will help you to overcome the temptations to do what is wrong, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: Not to ponder on your actions is to settle or head for disasters.
Today In History: April 23, 1895 Russia, France, and Germany force Japan to return the Liaodong peninsula to China.