Tuesday, October 10, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: The LORD called out to Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. 1 Samuel 3 : 4
LISTEN: God created and blessed us for His own glory. That is, He created us so that in all that we say, or do, our aim should be to bring glory to His name through our lives. God is not selfish to seek to be glorified by us. As our creator who has given us countless blessings to enjoy in the world, it is not a big thing to seek to be honoured and adored by us His creation. God wants us to respond to His calls readily by saying to Him, “Yes LORD!” “Yes I will”, “Here am I”, “LORD, what will you have me to do?” The list goes on and on. When God called out to young Samuel in Shiloh, Samuel replied, “Here am I.” And when God called out to him the third time the bible recorded thus: “Then the LORD came and stood nearby, calling as he had previously done, “Samuel! Samuel!” Samuel replied, “Speak, for your servant is listening!” (1 Samuel 3 : 10). Samuel was truly responsive to the call of God. He altered his sleep just to listen to what God would say, or direct. (1 Samuel 3 : 2 – 9).
Beloved, how many times has God spoken to you and you pretend not to hear Him? How many times has He warned you against something and you went ahead with your own plans? Do you know that God is watching your response to His instructions? It is so sad today that those who should honour and obey God have chosen to despise, disrespect and dishonour Him. His calls and warnings have been endlessly resisted. No one wants to say like the godly people of old said, “Speak, for your servant is listening!” Or, “Yes LORD, I will!” Etc. Like Cain, many have chosen to contend with God rather than submit to Him. When God called out to Cain the same way He did to Samuel – “Where is Abel your brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4 : 9). Cain pleaded not guilty to the crime he knows he committed. He pretended not to know what happened to his brother, Abel. This is how most people still respond to God’s conviction of their sins. They plead not guilty when they are guilty as charged. However, we all can still make peace with God today. Let us repent of our sins and be prepared to obey and serve Him.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. When God convicts you of sin, do not plead ‘not guilty’, instead, accept and repent.
2. Repent of your sin and be willing to honour, obey, respect and trust God at all times.
3. Be willing and happy to answer God’s call for repentance, obedience and service.
4. Do not resist, despise, disrespect, or dishonour God. Instead, accept His calls and warnings.
Daily Task: When God pronounced you guilty, do not plead not guilty. Instead, repent of your sins and plead for mercy through Jesus Christ and make peace with Him.
Daily Reflection: As our creator who has given us countless blessings to enjoy in the world, it is not a big thing for God to seek to be honoured and adored by us His creation.
Daily Prayer: Heavenly Father, you created us in your own image and likeness; and deserves to be honoured and glorified by all. Therefore, help me to glory and honour you with my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, because you are created in the image and likeness of God, may you not suffer shame. May you honour and glorify Him with your life, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: He who thinks He is too busy to serve God will eventually discover that he had been serving the devil all his life by that singular decision.
Today In History: October 10, 1985 . An Egyptian plane carrying hijackers of the Achille Lauro cruise ship is intercepted by US Navy F-14s and forced to land at a NATO base in Sicily.