Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: And what you learned and received and heard and saw in me, do these things. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4 : 9

LISTEN: Wise living attracts God’s blessings: it brings peace to the soul of the humble in heart. It is a fountain of life and joy to those who delight in the fear of the Lord. Besides, it is a shield against evil and all manner of satanic manipulations. Beloved, he that will not pay attention to the errors of his ways, will be wasted by the wrath of God. Until we are prepared to live wisely, we will be deceived by others to learn and live in the errors of their ways. Beloved, are you watching your ways? Or you are comfortable with sin than you are with morality and righteousness? Do you know that you have the opportunity of learning to do righteousness, instead of evil? In our verse of the day, Apostle Paul said, “Those things which you have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do” (Philippians 4:9). This simply means that we should imitate what is good; the good that we witnessed in the lives of the godly, and what we have learned of them regarding God; and what we have heard about them both in principle and practice: those we should practice ourselves not evil.

Apostle Paul urged his listeners to imitate his godly behaviours. The word imitate is to copy someone’s behaviour or appearance, etc. It is to do the same thing as someone. Apostle Paul wants us to copy his godly lifestyle as Christians. He wants us to imitate him just the same way himself has imitated the godly life of Jesus Christ. Apostle Paul was known for spreading the gospel of Christ to those who does not know God; and was often afflicted and persecuted by enemies of Christ. However, he never quit to preach the good news of the kingdom to the unsaved world, but stood firm for Christ. Besides, he was kind, loving, generous, encouraging, compassionate, forgiving and caring to the Churches he established and people around him. In spite of his countless afflictions and trials, he remained faithful to his calling to the end. (2 Timothy 4 : 7 , 8). Therefore, he wants us to imitate all that he had demonstrated in the name of Christ Jesus. Wise living is not a waste of time, it comes with great benefits. It comes with peace of mind. When we live wisely, the bible added, “And the God of peace shall be with you” (Philippians 4 : 9b). When you choose to live in line with the will of God like Apostle Paul, you will experience His peace. So, determine to live wisely henceforth.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Learn to exercise yourself in godliness and grow in God’s grace.
2. Determine to imitate good behaviours and shun bad ones.
3. Do not stop to be good no matter what, but rather fulfill God’s purpose for your life.
4. Do not be just a hearer of God’s word, instead be a faithful doer of it.

Daily Task: Learn to be kind, loving, generous, encouraging, compassionate, forgiving and caring to the people around you and to all, no matter what.

Daily Reflection: When the heart is devoid of peace of God, endless conflicts, confusion, frustration and tragedies are inevitable.

Daily Prayer: Everlasting Father, I thank you for your word today, help me to imitate what is good, and to shun evil, in Jesus‘ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I decree upon your life, may the grace to do the right thing be released upon you now and forevermore, in Jesus Christ ‘ name.

Daily Quote: He that will not pay attention to the errors of his ways, will be destroyed by same without remedy.

Today In History: August 16, 2012. In South Africa police fire on striking mine workers, killing at least 34.