DO NOT BE STAGNANT MAKE PROGRESS

Wednesday, October 11, 2017.


Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: And the child kept growing and becoming strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he was revealed to Israel. Luke 1 : 80

LISTEN: Nothing moves until you are ready to move something. Nothing changes either, until you are prepared to cause a change. The way to stagnation is to deliberately refuse to make progress in the right direction. We all are created to make progress, but progress and development require conscious effort. It requires diligent preparation. Preparation is a vital key to success. Getting ready for the future is a better way to face the future. You do not need to see the future before preparing for it, rather preparation must be made if you must experience a blissful future. However, if you are not prepared, but chose to be stagnant, you will miss your God-given blessings. Beloved, Whatever you are created for, you need preparation to become. When John the Baptist was born, he was born for a purpose. He was born to prepare the way for Jesus Christ. He came to announce Jesus’s arrival ahead of time. He preached to the people about the kingdom of God and urged them to repent of their sins, which would also be the message of Christ when he finally arrives. (Matthew 3 : 1 – 3 ; 4 : 17).

But, it was difficult for him to perform such noble and great task as a child. He needed to grow up and prepare very well to be able to handle the task, which was the reason for his birth. The bible says, “And the child kept growing and becoming strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he was revealed to Israel.” (Luke 1 : 80). Here the bible speaks of John’s various stages of preparation. Firstly, he kept growing: beloved, success is not possible where growth and maturity are absent. Some people had long ceased to grow or make progress. Growth should be a journey in our lives and not a destination. One should keep growing till death. Secondly, he became stronger: John did not only increased in size and shape, but also increased in spiritual strength and wisdom. Strength is a sign of maturity. Strength will attract influence and attention. Thirdly, he separated himself from distractions: the bible says, ” and he was in the wilderness until the day he was revealed to Israel.” (Luke 1 : 80). Before God announced him to the people, he stayed away from distractions to his God-given purpose. He was in the wilderness, a solitary place. Beloved, to fulfill your God-given purpose here on earth, you must shun stagnation and determine to make progress.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Be prepared and get ready for the future and stay away from distractions to God’s plan.
2. Strive to grow and become stronger each day by discovering your God-given purpose of living.
3. Once in a while, separate yourself from everyone else to think and commune with God.
4. No matter the situation, shun stagnation and determine to make progress in the right direction.

Daily Task: Do not neglect the act of preparation lest you forfeit your God-given blessings. In everything you do be prepared to make progress.

Daily Reflection: The way to a state of stagnation in life is to deliberately refuse or neglect to make progress in the right direction.

Daily Prayer: Everlasting God, I thank you for a day like this. I acknowledge that you created me fo a purpose. Therefore, help me to achieve the very purpose I was born in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Therefore, I prophesy to your life, you will fulfill your God-given purpose. Your life will not end in shame or frustration, in Jesus’ name.

Daily Quote: Nothing moves until you are ready to move something; and nothing changes either, until you are prepared to cause a change.

Today In History: October 11, 1877. Outlaw Wild Bill Longley, who killed at least a dozen men, is hanged, but it takes two tries; on the first try, the rope slips and his knees touch the ground.

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