Friday, September 29, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that does good is of God: but he that does evil have not seen God. 3 John 1:11
LISTEN: Most people are confused today about what to do to stay safe in this wicked and deceptive world. They are confused about who to follow, or what to do to avoid the devil’s ‘traps’ that are scattered everywhere. Sadly, Satan has made these traps very hard to discover without the help of God because, they come in form of pleasure, favour, popularity, wealth, temptation, etc. Unfortunately, many who are ignorant of his schemes have ended up being destroyed. Besides, a lot of people who started as obedient, committed and loyal children of God have ended up as disobedient and uncommitted folks to Him. However, if we are wise enough, we cannot fall prey to the devil. Beloved, the devil can only enslave those who reject the leadership of God. Anyone who surrenders sincerely to the Lordship of Jesus Christ cannot continue to remain a slave to Satan.
In preaching to His audience Jesus Christ said, “I tell you the solemn truth, the one who hears my message and believes the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, but has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5 : 24). Beloved, the only way to escape Satan’s traps is to hear and obey the word of God. When we obey and believe the word of God we will never again be condemned, but receive eternal life through Christ Jesus. Therefore, we should follow the will of God if we must escape the devil’s trap. Our verse of the day says, ” Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that does good is of God: but he that does evil have not seen God.” (3 John 1:11). This means that, we should watch, examine and prove every idea, principle, opinion, trend, belief, etc., before accepting to act on, or adopt them as our own standard. We must not do anything just because everyone else is doing it, we should do it because we have proven it to be the perfect and acceptable will of God. (Romans 12 : 2 ; Ephesians 5 : 10)
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Always prove the acceptable will of God in everything before you act.
2. Determine to follow what is good and avoid what is bad.
3. Be obedient and loyal to God at all times no matter what.
4. Open your eyes to the tricks of the devil and avoid his destructive enticement.
Daily Task: Beloved, you must not do anything just because everyone else is doing it, rather, do it because you have proven it to be the perfect will of God.
Daily Reflection: The only way to escape Satan’s traps is to hear and obey the word of God. Those who obey and believe the word of God will never again be condemned.
Daily Prayer: Holy and everlasting Father, I thank you for a day like this. You are holy and loves holiness, therefore, help me to hear and obey your word, and subsequently escape eternal condemnation, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy over your life, may God help you to hear, believe and obey His word, and subsequently escape eternal condemnation, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: The devil is wise and cannot enslave all; he can only enslave those who reject the Lordship and leadership of God.
Today In History: September 29, 1493 . Christopher Columbus leaves Cadiz, Spain, on his second voyage to the new world.