Friday, June 9, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Think on these things. Devote your life to them so that everyone can see your progress. 1Timothy 4 : 15
LISTEN: Life is too short to be spent moving aimlessly in a circle. The beauty of life is in making progress in one’s God-given assignments. Beloved, are you really making progress in your God-given assignments? Do you know that life passes with time? I am sure you want to make, and be seen to be making progress. Obviously, no one wants to have his or her progress hindered. However, we have seen countless people who had stopped to make progress in their areas of interest. But what exactly is progress? It is to move forward in time: to improve or develop over a period of time: to move forward or toward a place. It is to develop to a higher, better, or more advanced stage. Considering this definition, are you sure you are making progress? Are you sure you are moving forward to the place you want to be in life? Are you progressively developing from where you are presently to a higher, better and advanced stage in life? Or have you chosen to be stagnant, stranded and frustrated in life? Beloved, you are created for impact. Therefore, to make progress, you must not spend your time in the same point doing nothing for a long time (Deuteronomy 1: 6 – 7).
However, to truly make progress, you must adhere strictly to principles and standards related to your pursuit in life. When principles and standards are neglected, progress is hindered. Where progress is hindered success is forfeited. Beloved, the joy of every noble enterprise is success (accomplishments), the absence of it makes labour fruitless and useless. To avoid fruitless enterprise in ministry, Apostle Paul in chapter 4 of 1 Timothy, enjoined Timothy to do certain things that will facilitate his progress, namely: (1). To not allowed anyone look down on him because he was young, but to make himself an example for other believers in speech, behaviour, love, faithfulness, and purity. (v.12). (2). To give himself to reading, to exhorting, and to teaching. (v.13). 3). And to never neglect the gift that was in him, by the grace of God (v.14). My dear, the admonitions of Paul to Timothy applies to us today. You cannot expect progress in your life when you succumb to intimidation, fear and challenges. Besides, no noticeable progress will occur when you cease to learn and upgrade yourself. You cannot expect progress when you undermine or neglect to provoke your God-given potentials and talents. So determine to make progress no matter what.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not stop making progress in any area of your life, rather keep pressing on.
2. Determine to make yourself an example of nobility and positive influence to others.
3. Follow proven principles and standards of life, for they are keys to your success.
4. Never allow hindrance to your progress in life, rather determine to fight your way through.
Daily Task: Awake to your responsibilities. Do not leave your God-given potentials and talents dormant, rather stir them up and become what you are created to be.
Daily Reflection: A lasting success cannot happen to those who undermine or neglect proven principles and standards of life; instead they will suffer retrogression and backwardness.
Daily Prayer: Heavenly Father, today I commit my labour into your hands, help me to make necessary and commendable progress in life, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: By the power of the almighty God, I prophesy to you, every undue delay to your progress in life is hereby arrested by fire, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: Life is too short to be spent moving aimlessly in a circle; for the beauty of life is in making progress in one’s God-given assignments.
Today In History: June 9, 1923. Bulgaria’s government is overthrown by the military.