Monday, April 24, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; Psalms 92 : 12 – 14.
LISTEN: To flourish is to thrive; it is to achieve success: to be healthy: to be very successful : it is to do very well. Success is not just about how much money you have, your popularity, academic qualifications, power or influence, but about fulfilling the very good purpose why God created you. True success is in doing the will of God even in troubles and temptations. The bible says this about Joseph, the betrayed slave boy; ” And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down there. And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.”(Genesis 39 : 1 – 3 KJV). Joseph was not hindered by betrayal as designed by his brothers, but became successful by God’s mighty hand through faithfulness.
Anyone can claim to be successful, but obviously true success comes from God. It is a function of his presence in a person’s life. The bible recorded that Joseph was successful though a slave in the house of Potiphar his master because God was with him. God with you is the key to true success. No matter what you have, or have achieved, if God is not the reason and at the center of your achievements and “successes” you have failed in your purpose of existence. But those who faithfully serve God shall truly flourish in his presence. God had already declared overflowing success and blessings for them when he said, “They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.”(Psalms 92 : 14). This means that their blessings will go beyond this world to eternity. Beloved, no matter the situation you find yourself, determine to abide in the Lord. Always place a high value on him and he will honour you and not put you to shame. Remember, without him you can do nothing (John 15 : 4 – 7).
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not forget that no matter what happens, God will bless those who value Him above all else.
2. Determine to dedicate yourself to God no matter what.
3. Do not be a lazy and unserious-minded person, rather dedicate yourself totally to God.
4. Always follow the purpose and plan of God for your life and you will attract His favour.
Daily Task: Do not forget the fact that not everyone truly belongs to God; but only those who value and revere him above all else truly belongs to him.
Daily Reflection: God cannot be responsible for your welfare and wellbeing until you are ready to follow his will for your life.
Daily Prayer: Precious Father, I bless your name today, cause your blessings to manifest in my life and destroy every deposit of evil, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, may the blessings of the LORD locate you and yours, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: God with you is the key to true success, glory and victory.
Today In History: April 24, 858. St. Nicholas I begins his reign as Catholic Pope.