Friday, August 25, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Matthew 4 : 8 – 9
LISTEN: The influence of Satan over the nations of the earth are enormous and threatening. His power is not limited to one or few nations of the world, but over all the nations of the earth. He is too subtle in nature that he can influence men in such a way that they are not even aware that they are being influenced toward evil. Satan’s power is so extensive that he is over all the nations of the earth. He is moving round the world and deceiving people from different nations of the world. He is in charge of this sinful world. Jesus Christ calls him the ruler of this world (John 14:30). All over the world, he affects people’s attitudes by moving their reasoning processes toward self-satisfaction. He turns people away from following the will of God, to following their own will and Satan’s. Besides, he gives false information and stirs up our spirit towards evil.
Beloved, when Satan asked Jesus Christ to bow down and worship him to receive the good things of the kingdoms of the earth; he wanted him to be selfish and covetous against His Father’s will. However, Jesus refused his unreasonable request and maintained that God alone should be worshipped. Beloved, it is not evil for one to take care of himself. What is evil is to make the satisfaction of yourself more important than God, or others. Beloved, we are to serve God before all else. That is what God’s commandment says, and it is the duty of man; and we are to love others the way we love ourselves. We do not have the right or privilege to make ourselves greater than or more important than God or other human beings. Such attitude is satanic and condemnable. So, let us be careful because Satan can move us to the point that self-satisfaction becomes more important than conforming to what God says is the limit of our authority. May we not allow Satan to push us toward making ourselves greater or more important than righteousness or truth (God).
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Learn to live in full obedience to God and not in self-satisfaction.
2. Do not make your selfish interest greater or more important than righteousness or truth.
3. Determine to obey and serve God with the whole of your heart no matter what.
4. Be wise and beware of Satan’s influence in the world anywhere you are.
Daily Task: No matter how exalted your position is, do not forget that we do not have the right or privilege to make ourselves greater than or more important than God or other human beings.
Daily Reflection: Guard against Satan’s subtlety, for he is too subtle in nature that he can influence men in such a way that they are not even aware that they are being influenced toward evil.
Daily Prayer: Almighty God, you are so good and kind. Protect me from the influence of the devil. Help me to always do your will in all situations, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today you will make a difference. May God protect you from the negative influence of the devil; and help you to always do His will in all situations, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: When the fear of God is neglected, Satan will push people toward making themselves greater or more important than God.
Today In History: August 25, 1991. Belarus gains independence from the USSR.