Wednesday, August 2, 2017.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Going a little farther, he threw himself down with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if possible, let this cup pass from me! Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Matthew 26 : 39 (NET)
LISTEN: God does not force people to follow His will, instead, He allows them to make their own decisions. He knows that His will is the best for mankind. Unfortunately, too many people fail to know this truth. They are rather desperate to have things done there own ways instead of God’s way, especially when they found themselves in some kind of pressures. This has made alot of people to do things even when they are quite convinced that God does not approve of their decisions. They are too bold to argue with God and to tell Him why He must approve of their own decisions. And because they are hell bent on having it their own way, God most times permissively allowed them, as a result, they took God’s permissive will as His perfect will. When God’s will is undermined, what started as a delight will certainly end in tragedy. Beloved, whatever you do, you should endeavour to respect God’s perfect will; obviously, it may hurt you, but His will is the best for you. Before His death, Jesus Christ poured out his heart to his Father in prayer. In spite of His distress and sorrow, He offered his prayer to His Father whom He knows have the answers to all questions of life. Like Jesus Christ, we should not mandate God to accept our own will, but rather accept His.
Beloved, no matter what you are going through, just learn to pour your heart to God in prayer and wait patiently for His answer. At all times, learn to listen to what God is saying concerning your situation as Jesus Christ did. Although Jesus Christ wanted the horrible death that awaited Him on the cross to be taken away, yet, He left the decision completely to the Father. He chose to respect the will of God than His own will. Even at the cross when it appeared, as though the Father had abandoned Him which prompted Him to say, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15 : 34). Beloved, Jesus Christ followed the Father’s will to the very end; even when it seemed like his Father had abandoned Him he still entrusted His life in the hands of the Father before dying. The bible says, “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into your hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the spirit.”(Luke 23 : 46). Beloved, in all situations learn to wait on God? The Bible says, “Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD”. (Psalms 27 : 14). Beloved, Just learn to wait on the Lord. Always seek his will, do your own part, and leave the rest to Him.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Always watch your decision in time of trouble, to avoid making the greatest mistake of your life.
2. When God seems to be silent to your prayers, do not give up, because He will certainly speak.
3. Never insist on your own will, or push for God’s permissive will in any situation, instead, accept His perfect will.
4. Determine to follow the will of God even when it means hurting yourself; for it is better to hurt yourself than be destroyed pursuing your own will.
Daily Task : Do not be discouraged when your prayer seems to be delayed or not answered, for God will certainly speak when men are done fighting you.
Daily Reflection : No matter what you are going through, learning to pour out your heart to God in prayer, and wait patiently for His answer is the right path to take.
Daily prayer :Everlasting Father, I thank you for your word today, help me to never again insist on my will but on your own perfect will, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, may God not allow you to do, or take any action that will ruin your life and destiny, in Jesus ‘ name.
Daily Quote: A willful and faithful following of the will of God will lead to eventual discovery of our own purpose of existence.
Today In History: August 2, 47 BC. Caesar defeats Pharnaces at Zela in Syria and declares, “veni, vidi, vici,” (I came, I saw, I conquered).