Saturday, December 2, 2017.
Author: Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abides for ever. 1 John 2 : 17
LISTEN: This world is temporary and fleeting, hence, to anchor one’s hope on it is to anchor one’s hope on nothing. There is nothing in this world that will endure at the second coming of Jesus Christ except those who have lived their lives to please God. Beloved, nothing is permanent. The only permanent thing in the world is change. From one generation to the other change has been felt. That simply tells us that the world is passing away. In our verse of the day the Bible says, ” And the world passes away, and the lust thereof:” (1John 2 : 17a). What does that mean? It means that all the things in the world are continually fading and perishing; and the very state in which they are possessed is changing uninterrupted, and the earth and its works will be shortly burnt up. Truly, the world will pass away because God has ordained it. Not just the world, but the lust thereof.
In our verse of the day the bible also added, “And the lust thereof” This means that the people of this world, their vain pursuits, and deceitful pleasures, are passing away in their successive generations, and their very memory perishes (Psalms 39 : 6 ; 90 : 9); but he that does the will of God will abide forever. (Matthew 24 : 35). To do the will of God is to seek the pleasure, profit, and honour that comes from above: to esteem and honour God above all else. God promises that those who do His will shall abide forever. That is, will always be happy through time and eternity, because God, the unchangeable source of bliss is their portion. Beloved, are you really thinking beyond this world? Do you know that the world is passing away? How prepared are you for eternity? Think and get ready for the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not be deceived by the fleeting pleasures of this world, rather be taught by the Spirit of God.
2. Seek the pleasure, profit, and honour of God and not yours.
3. Determine to do the will of God and you will not perish with the wicked.
4. Do not put your hope in the world because the world will certainly pass away.
Daily Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for a day like this. I bless your name for opening my eyes to your will, help me to think beyond this world, by daily preparing for eternity as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, think beyond this world and know that the world is passing away. Begin today to prepare for eternity and you will not be taken unawares by the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Daily Reflection: This world is temporary and fleeting, hence, to anchor one’s hope on it is to anchor one’s hope on nothing.
Daily Quote: God’s will is not done until we seek the pleasure, profit and honour that comes from above, and esteem God above all else.
Today In History: December 2, 1918 Armenia proclaims independence from Turkey.
SAY THIS: Today, I confess with my mouth, that I will not be deceived to forget the thoughts of eternity. I will meditate and prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, may you not be deceived to forget eternity. May God enable you to meditate and prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ, in Jesus’ name.