Wednesday, October 25, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: For there will be a time when people will not tolerate sound teaching. Instead, following their own desires, they will accumulate teachers for themselves, because they have an insatiable curiosity to hear new things. 2 Timothy 4 : 3
LISTEN: Looking at what is happening in the world today, one will not help but asked, Is God not enough for mankind? Is God not enough for us that we have chosen to have alternatives to His word, will and purposes for our lives? Why is it difficult for mankind to remain within what is allowed by God? Beloved, we are in a perilous time. (1 Timothy 4 : 1). A dangerous time: a time with the possibility that one could be hurt or killed, or that something unpleasant or bad might happen. A time that is likely to cause injury, pain, harm, or loss to people. A time that is difficult to deal with. A time full of heartbreaking news and situations. A time when many who believe in Christ are living with high level of recklessness and lukewarmness. A time when those who claim to serve God are the same who disobey Him. A time when people follow evil trends instead of biblical principles. Beloved, if you are not careful, you might end up a victim of the perilous time. (Luke 21 : 34 ; 22 : 40).
It is so sad that today in the church, many believers have lost sight of God’s purpose for the church. They have brought carnality into the church and accepted it as a standard for the body of Christ. Regrettably, carnality has replaced spirituality. People choose what they want to hear in church, and not what God wants them to hear. In church, they like to feel entertained, but not nurtured. They can enjoy song ministrations, but must find fault with the word of God. As a result, many church gatherings today serve as entertainment and amusement services? People visit church as a center of entertainment and amusement. It is very rare to see a congregation where people’s hearts are pricked and broken because of the convicting power of the word of God. Oh! The world today seems to be acting more spiritual than the church; because the church has forgotten her values and have taken the immoral standard of the world. So sad, the church is fast abandoning her values for that of the world. Beloved, how can we change the world for Christ if we reject sound doctrine? How can we serve God and tell Him to the world if He is not enough for us? Therefore, let us reject every alternative to God and embrace Him as our LORD.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not reject sound teaching from the word of God, rather accept and apply it.
2. Refuse to follow the corrupt practices of the world, instead be strong in faith.
3. Do not attend church just to be entertained, but to be spiritually nurtured.
4. Learn to preserve Christian values and do not disregard or destroy them.
Daily Prayer: Blessed Father, You are the keeper of your people, keep me from the pollution of the world, and help me to lead a blameless life as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, we are in a critical stage in the history of mankind, therefore, let us not reject sound teaching from the word of God, but accept it and work to transform the world for God.
Daily Reflection: Be vigilant and save yourself from the spirit of end time. Until you are vigilant, ending up as a victim of perilous time is inevitable.
Daily Quote: When the church forget her standards and values, and determine to take the immoral standards of the world, the world will appear to be more spiritual than the church.
Today In History: October 25, 1962. In South Africa, civil rights activist Nelson Mandela is sentenced to 5 years in prison.
SAY THIS: Today, I confess with my mouth, and believe with my heart, that I am saved, cleansed, and justified by the blood of Jesus Christ. Therefore, I renounce the world, its practices, standards and values, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, God’s grace will keep you from dangers of the perilous time. You will not be deceived by fleeting pleasures of the world, in Jesus’ name.