TREAD WITH CAUTION

Sunday, January 28, 2018.

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Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: Those who long to be rich, however, stumble into temptation and a trap and many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 1 Timothy 6 : 9

LISTEN: Watch your desires, because we are often entrapped and ruin by our own desires. If your desires are good and godly you are sure to succeed, but if selfish and self – centered, watch it, before you ruin your precious life. No doubt, riches is everyone’s dream. Ask around and everyone will tell you they wish they had more money, and that includes you. Beloved, we must be diligent in our thoughts to avoid inordinate desires to be rich. Anyone who is desperate to be rich has opened himself up for Satan’s manipulations and disasters. Let us avoid greed, because it will leave us vulnerable to take risks that would lead to destruction all for the sake of being rich. Beloved, do you want to be rich? Do you wish to experience abundance? Then, determine to love God and seek out contentment in Him, and you will receive the blessings you seek.

Friend, your love for God positions you for His blessings. Do not spend your time longing to be rich, rather spend it longing to be godly, dedicated and committed to God. Jesus says, ” But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Mathew 6 : 33). It is not our personal struggles that brings riches, it is the grace of God. That is why God said to the children of Israel, ” Be careful not to say, “My own ability and skill have gotten me this wealth.” You must remember the LORD your God, for he is the one who gives ability to get wealth; if you do this he will confirm his covenant that he made by oath to your ancestors, even as he has to this day.” (Deuteronomy 8 : 17 – 18). Beloved, when we show commitment to doing the will of God, shun laziness and determine to work hard instead; and rely on God’s grace, His blessing will surely locate on us. So be wise and watch your desires!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Love, honour and obey God and you would have positioned yourself for His blessings.
2. Commit yourself to doing the will of God and He will commit His blessings to you.
3. Watch your inordinate desire for riches lest you slide through the wrong path.
4. Avoid greed, because it will leave you vulnerable to take risks that would lead to destruction.

Daily Prayer: Everlasting Father, I thank you for the revelations of your word. Help me to always watch my desires and to tread with caution as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Task: Beloved, do not spend your time longing to be rich, rather spend it longing to be godly, dedicated and committed to God.

Daily Reflection: When we show commitment to doing the will of God, shun laziness and determine to work hard instead; and rely on God’s grace, His blessing will naturally locate on us.

Daily Quote: Pursuing riches at all cost will eventually leave us vulnerable and heartbroken.

Today In History: January 28, 1986 The space shuttle Challenger explodes just after liftoff.

Say This: Today, I confess that life is surrounded by choices, good and bad. Therefore, I will tread with caution and watch my thoughts and desires daily as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, your life will not be miserable. As you tread with caution and watch your thoughts and desires, may God protect and prosper you, in Jesus’ name.

Stunning Fact: Did you know that all the blinking in one day equates to having your eyes closed for 30 minutes?