Wednesday, October 18, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up in order to read. Luke 4 : 16
LISTEN: Nurturing a good habit is difficult, challenging and tiring. It takes determination and courage to overcome the battle of habit formation. That is why, most often we do not feel like it. People give up too soon on nurturing a good habit. It is easier to develop and nurture a bad habit than it is to develop and nurture a good one (Romans 7 : 19, 20). However, as true citizens of God’s kingdom, we should work very hard to nurture good habits even when we do not feel like it, because we will never feel like it (1 corinthians 9 : 26 , 27). Human sinful nature tends to resist what is good, but embrace what is wrong. However, we should examine what habit we are desperate to form to avoid future regrets. Besides, when we succeed in nurturing good habits we should not let them go. Our verse of the day says, ” And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up in order to read. Luke 4 : 16
As Jesus Christ arrived Nazareth where he was brought up, he exhibited the habit he had form since childhood, the habit of going to, and serving in the house of God. The Bible calls it ‘his custom.’ He formed the habit of serving and being comfortable in the presence of God. Wherever he goes, he goes with the word of God. Beloved, what is your custom? What habits are you nurturing? Are you nurturing habits that will bring glory to God and make you a better person or doing otherwise? Do you know that your habit is important to what happens to you? Bad habits equal bad life. He who nurtures a bad habit to satisfy his urge will eventually suffer the harm caused by his indiscipline. Beloved, you have a choice to nurture good habits and to reject bad ones. Make God the centre of both your habits and life, and He will make you the centre of His plan. Like Jesus, let us be prepared to nurture habits that will put God at the centre of our lives.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to nurture habits that will put God at the centre of your life.
2. Break every bad habit and form life-changing and life-building ones.
3. Examine your habits to avoid future regrets and failure.
4. Choose the good habit you want to form and invest your time in making it to work.
Daily Task: No matter what, determine to work hard and nurture habits that will put God at the centre of our life.
Daily Reflection: It is easier to develop and nurture a bad habit than it is to develop and nurture a good one. But true citizens of God’s kingdom will work very hard to form and nurture good habits even when they do not feel like it.
Daily Prayer: Everlasting Father, I thank you for a wonderful day like this. Help me to break all bad habits and to form and nurture good ones to the glory of your name, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may the Lord bless you and open your eyes to His will and purpose for your life, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: He who nurtures a bad habit just to satisfy his immediate urge will eventually suffer the harm of his indiscipline.
Today In History: October 18, 2007 A suicide attack on a motorcade in Karachi, Pakistan, kills at least 139 and wounds 450; the subject of the attack, Pakistan’s former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, is not harmed.