Monday, January 8, 2018.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: No one can be established through wickedness, but a righteous root cannot be moved. Proverbs 12 : 3
LISTEN: God does not force anyone to accept His own will, but allow people to make their own choices. However, He would warn us of the consequences of our choices and allow us to make our own decisions using His instructions as our guide. (Deuteronomy 30 : 19). Beloved, our choice between good and evil is critical to our success and failure. When we chose good over evil we have made the choice to succeed and live eternally. But when we chose evil over good, we have made the decision to fail and die eternally too. Evil is disastrous. Therefore, anything with an evil foundation will certainly fail eventually. Truly, our life rises or falls on our decisions. A right decision will produce a good result; in the same way, a bad decision will produce regrettable outcome. Beloved, do you know that our actions or decisions are the blocks with which we lay the foundation of our lives? When we choose to ignore God’s word and live in wickedness, we are laying a foundation that will end in shame. But when we choose to obey His word and live in righteousness, He will certainly establish us.(Matthew 7 : 24 – 27).
Beloved, God’s word is the foundation for moral principles: it is the underlying basis or principle for lasting success. When God’s word is undermined, failure is inevitable. Besides, where God’s word is neglected, wickedness is celebrated; and where wickedness is celebrated, destruction is inevitable. Wickedness is a sure way to frustration, misery and calamity. Our bible verse of the day says, ” No one can be established through wickedness, but a righteous root cannot be moved.” (Proverbs 12 : 3). It is sad that people do many evil things with the intentions to establish themselves. They kill to establish themselves in power, they steal and rob to establish themselves in wealth; they commit all manner of atrocities to establish themselves in influence, popularity, fame, etc. But certainly, no one can be established through wickedness. Truly, you can only be established through the fear of God and righteousness by faith in Christ Jesus. Righteousness will exalt you, but sin will bring disgrace if it is allowed to dominate your life. (Proverbs 14 : 34). Therefore, let no one deceive you to do evil. Instead, avoid it and your life will be safe and sacred to God.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Avoid wickedness because no one can be established through it.
2. Always live your life daily in line with the will of God.
3. Allow the word of God to form the moral basis and principles of your life.
4. No matter what, do not destroy your life through evil practices.
Daily Prayer: Almighty God, I thank you for your word today. Help me to hate and avoid evil daily. May I not destroy my future through wickedness, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, make the decision to shun evil and embrace the good. Abstain from the temptation to do evil, because it will amount to destroying your God-given future by your own hands.
Daily Reflection: A choice to do evil is disastrous. Therefore, anything with an evil foundation will certainly fail eventually.
Daily Quote: No matter how high evil has exalted the wicked, the hand of God shall bring him low; and no matter how low the righteous might be, the hand of God shall exalt and glorify him.
Today In History: January 8, 1681 The Treaty of Radzin ends a five year war between the Turks and the allied countries of Russia and Poland.
SAY THIS: Today, I confess with my mouth, that evil is satanic and destructive. Therefore, I refuse to do evil, but embrace uprightness, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy over your life, may God give you the grace to resist evil. May you not surrender to evil desires and practices, in Jesus’ name.
A STUNNING FACT: Did you know that spiders are arachnids and not insects?