Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Now when he approached Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, telling them, “Go to the village ahead of you. When you enter it, you will find a colt tied there that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” So those who were sent ahead found it exactly as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?” They replied, “The Lord needs it.” Then they brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt, and had Jesus get on it. Luke 19 : 29 – 35
LISTEN: I am sure by now you might be wondering what the LORD will be needing from you, right? Beloved, everyone of us has what the Lord wants us to give. In our verse of the day, Jesus Christ was about to travel to Jerusalem, and He asked two of His disciples to go to the village ahead of them and fetch Him a donkey with which He could travel by. He gave a specific instruction, ” If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.” (Luke 19 : 31). Beloved, notice that the donkey does not belong to Jesus, but He needs it, because He is the master of the universe. The creator with the Father, and everything belongs to Him. We are just caretakers of what we claim to own; the real owner is God. Truly, those who know God cannot refuse His requests. That is why when Jesus’ disciples came and were untying the donkey, the owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?” They replied, “The Lord needs it.” (vv. 33 , 34). Immediately, they were permitted to take it to the Master.
Beloved, what is God asking you to do for His Kingdom today? What is He prompting you to do to speed up His Kingdom assignments and visions on earth? Do you know that God wants us to support and fund His visions and dreams from our own means. Are you responding with utmost urgency and willingness like the donkey owners of our verse of the day? Or still dragging your feet to obey? Friends, until God takes the best of what we own, we have failed His purpose for our lives; but divine favour awaits those who honour God with what they have. Notice that when they brought the donkey to Jesus, the honour accorded to Him was accorded to the donkey too. The Bible says, ” And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.” (Luke 19 : 36). The donkey walked on people’s clothing as a mark of honour and royalty. As you obey and support God’s agenda, honour and favour will be your portion, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Always obey and support God’s agenda on earth no matter what.
2. Always respond to God’s Kingdom need with utmost urgency and never hesitate about it.
3. Bless God with what you have and do not refuse Him.
4. Always remember that everything belongs to God, and we are just caretakers.
Daily Prayer: Dear LORD, you are the owner of the world and the inhabitants thereof. I therefore surrender myself and all I have to you. Help me to live for you all the days of my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, is God prompting you to do something for His Kingdom today? Do not hesitate, rather do it now.
Daily Reflection: Until God takes the best of what we own, we have failed His purpose for our lives;
Daily Quote:. Those who truly know God cannot refuse His demand to fund His visions and dreams on earth.
Today In History: January 30, 1844 Richard Theodore Greener becomes the first African American to graduate from Harvard University.
Say This: Today, I confess that everything I own belongs to God. Therefore, I will serve Him and others with my possessions, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, as you obey God and support His Kingdom agenda, may He bless and continue to favour you, in Jesus’ name.
Stunning Fact: Did you know that an egg contains every vitamin except vitamin C?