Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Matthew 4 : 8 – 9
LISTEN: Satan is a schemer. His traps are scattered everywhere to catch those who are reckless with their lives. He deceives and destroys those who are ignorant of his ploy. A ploy is a clever trick or plan that is used to get someone to do something or to gain an advantage over someone. Satan has deceived and destroyed countless people by means of his ploy. He is too subtle in nature that he can influence men in such a way that they are not even aware that they are being influenced toward evil. He is moving round the world and deceiving people from different nations of the world. He is in charge of this sinful world. Jesus Christ called him the prince of this world (John 14:30). All over the world, he affects people’s attitudes by moving their reasoning processes toward self-satisfaction. He turns people away from following the will of God, to following his own will. Besides, he gives false information and stirs up our spirit towards evil.
When Satan demanded that Jesus Christ bow down and worship him to receive the good things of the kingdoms of the earth; he wanted him to be selfish and covetous against His Father’s will. However, Jesus Christ refused his unreasonable demand and maintained that God alone should be worshipped. No matter what, God should come first in our lives. Beloved, it is not evil to take care of yourself, the evil is in making the satisfaction of yourself more important than God’s purpose for your life. We are commanded to serve God above all else. Besides, we do not have the right to make, or think of ourselves greater, or important than God or other human beings. (Romans 12 : 3). Such attitude is satanic and condemnable. So, let us be careful because Satan can move us to the point that self-satisfaction will become more important to us than conforming to what God says is the limit of our authority. May we open our eyes to the ploy of Satan and not allow him to push us toward making ourselves greater or more important than God, the emblem of love, holiness, righteousness and truth.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Learn to live in full obedience to God and not in unreasonable self-satisfaction.
2. Do not make your selfish interest greater or more important than righteousness or truth.
3. Determine to obey and serve God with the whole of your heart no matter what.
4. Be wise and beware of Satan’s ploy in the world and determine to resist him.
Daily Prayer: Almighty God! You are so good and kind to me. Protect me from the ploy and manipulations of the devil. Help me to always do your will in all situations, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, no matter how exalted your position is, do not forget that we do not have the right or power to make, or think of ourselves greater, or more important than God or our fellow men.
Daily Reflection: Guard against Satan’s subtlety, for he is too subtle in nature that he can influence you in such a way that you are not aware that you are being influenced toward evil.
Daily Quote: When the fear of God is neglected, Satan will push people toward making themselves greater or more important than God and their fellow men.
Today In History: November 22, 1542 New laws are passed in Spain giving Indians in America protection against enslavement.
SAY THIS: Today, I declare with my mouth, that I am not ignorant of the ploy and scheme of the devil. Therefore, I receive power to overcome and humiliate him, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today you will make a difference. Therefore, I prophesy over your life, may God protect you from the negative influences of the devil; and may he help you to always do His will in all situations, in Jesus’ name.