Saturday, January 6, 2018.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel. Proverbs 20 : 17
LISTEN: Deceit is a dishonest behaviour: behaviour that is meant to fool or trick someone. It is an act against the commandment of God. Many trick others to amass wealth for themselves, get to the top, pull down others, and do many bad things to their own gain. However, the ‘sweetness and joy of deceit’ do not last long. It satisfies now and hurts later. Deceit is sinful and should be shunned. Many are blinded by the so-called benefits they derive from deceit, as a result, they are willing to follow the will of the devil instead of God’s. The kind of blindness that led Adam and Eve and the entire human race to doom and severance from God, tragedy, suffering and death. Beloved, open your eyes. Do not be deceived. The devil entices people just to destroy. (John 10 : 10a). The devil is the thief who comes to you with the promise of a better life while his plan is to deliver misery, shame and death to you. He has nothing good to offer to you, but death. When he entices you to commit sin, his plan for you is to die (Romans 6 : 23).
Beloved, do not deceive or be deceived. Whatever you sow you will reap. Whatever you gain by deceit or hurting others, you will pay for it later. Our verse of the day says, ” Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel. (Proverbs 20 : 17). This means that anything acquired by deceit will get you into trouble. So “bread,” got by deceit may tastes sweet at first, but ends by leaving the hunger of the soul unsatisfied. There is a pleasure in the sense of cleverness felt after a hard bargain or a successful fraud, but the consequences thereof are huge. Beloved, be wise! Do not disobey or dishonour God to please yourself. Truly, disobedience to God will expose you to shame, regrets, satanic attacks, misery, spiritual emptiness and the likes. Therefore, shun deceit and your life will not be a nightmare.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Be wise and guard against disobedience to God and you will experience peace of mind.
2. Resist Satan’s enticement and you will not regret your life.
3. Improve on your spiritual sensitivity and you will not fall prey to Satan’s deception.
4. Do not surrender yourself to Satan as an instrument of deceit, rather resist him.
Daily Prayer: Almighty God, I thank you for your word today. I am happy because my spiritual eyes are opened by your word. Help me not to deceive or be deceived, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, do not deceive or be deceived. Instead, open your eyes. Be vigilant and guard against disobedience to God and your life will not be a nightmare.
Daily Reflection: Disobedience to God will expose an evildoer to regrets, satanic attacks, misery, spiritual emptiness and separation from God.
Daily Quote: In sin, what looks like a breakthrough certainly and eventually will become a heartbreak.
Today In History: January 6, 1919. Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, dies at the age of 60 in his home at Sagamore Hill, New York.
SAY THIS: Today, I declare that I am delivered from spiritual blindness, satanic enticement and deception. Henceforth, I receive wisdom to live in the will of God. I will not deceive, or be deceived, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy over your life, may God deliver you from satanic manipulations and deception. Henceforth, may you receive wisdom to live in the will of God, in Jesus’ name, amen.
A STUNNING FACT: Did you know that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear?