Thursday, October 12, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Now therefore thus says the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Haggi 1 : 5
LISTEN: Beloved, do you take time to evaluate your life? Do you examine your day to day activities and conduct to see how well or bad you have done? Are you on the rush that you have no time to stop and think? Is your schedule so tight that it is gradually shifting your focus away from self-examination? Watch yourself and consider your ways! God urged the Israelites to consider their ways just the same way He is urging us today. The phrase, “consider your ways” simply means to think carefully about what you are doing: to give thought to your ways. Beloved, how often do you examine your ways and life in general? Do you really watch what you do? Do you know that your actions can make or mar you? Do you also know that when you refuse to give thought to your ways you will certainly regret your decisions in the long run? My dear, are you really considering what you do with your life? Do you consider your actions before you carry them out? Do you ever think beyond your actions? Do you know that not to consider the aftermath of your actions is to head for disaster? Truly, those who act irrespective of the consequences of their actions are bound to suffer self-inflicted harm and misery.
Beloved, are you a person who does not consider his or her actions before carrying them out? You better rethink before it is too late. Always remember that your action is like a seed, whatever you sow you will reap now, or later (Galatians 6 : 7). God wants you to let your actions be uniformly and constantly good in spite of all temptations to the contrary. He wants you to do the right thing no matter the pressure to do otherwise. If you think and do the right thing, you can expect His blessing and good success in what you do. Beloved, consider your actions and guard against doing evil. Remember, your actions will affect your future. Never forget that your life today is the result of your decisions in the past, and your life tomorrow will equally be the result of your decisions today. Therefore, stop the rush and examine your activities. Consider your ways and you would have saved yourself from troubles and miseries of life.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Consider your ways and avoid negative actions before they ruin your life
2. Mind what you do because it might come back directly or indirectly to you.
3. Thoroughly examine your decisions before carrying them out, because they can make or mar you.
4. Determine to follow the right paths despite the pressure to do otherwise.
Daily Task: To experience a better life, always examine your decisions and actions from time to time and make necessary and timely changes as quickly as possible.
Daily Reflection: No one who dreams of a better future will leave his or her life unexamined.
Daily prayer: All powerful God, I thank you because of your love for me, help me to consider my ways and to do what is right in your eyes all the time, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy over your life, you will not be misled by evil people. May God help you to overcome the temptations to do what is wrong, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: He who uses today to carefully examine his actions will not spend tomorrow to mourn and regret his life.
Today In History: October 12, 1492. Christopher Columbus and his crew land in the Bahamas.