Thursday, February 1, 2018
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalms 16 : 11
LISTEN: The presence of God is the place to be at all times. It is the joy and strength of every true believer. It is our source of life, encouragement, hope and comfort. In His presence we can draw spiritual support, receives insights, revelations, understanding and wisdom. Our fellowship with Him can transform our lives to look more and more like Jesus. Though Adam and Eve lost the intimate fellowship in the presence of God which they had before the fall because of sin (Genesis 3:8); as a result, has prevented our own ability to be in the physical presence of God (Exodus 33:20): however, as believers in Christ we have the presence of God within us by virtue of His indwelling Holy Spirit (John 14:23), and that indwelling presence comes only through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. When Jesus Christ is welcomed into your life, the presence of God naturally comes with it to dwell in you.
God’s presence comes with His blessings. Our verse of the day says, ” You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalms 16 : 11). Beloved, when you cherish the presence of God you will be saved from sin and falsehood of the world, because God will show you the path of life and righteousness. In His presence we will experience unspeakable joy even in moments of troubles and trials. Besides, His presence sets Satan’s captives free. The Bible says, ” Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is freedom.” (2 Cointians 3 : 17). This means that, to be bankrupt of the presence of God is to be bankrupt of true freedom. Without God freedom is not possible; and where freedom is denied, pain and sorrow will dominate. Beloved, we need God’s presence because it saves, protects and preserves. Therefore, walk with Him by faith and you will enjoy His presence.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Pursue fellowship with God and you will sustain His presence in your life.
2. Do not be bankrupt of God’s presence, for it will amount to a forfeiture of your freedom.
3. No matter what, always create an atmosphere of fellowship with the Spirit of God.
4. Allow God to choose your path and do not hesitate to walk the path with His support.
Daily Prayer: Almighty God! Your presence brings life, freedom, protection, joy and all the blessings of life. Therefore, help me to passionately pursue fellowship with You daily, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, you need God’s presence because it saves, protects and preserves. Therefore, walk with Him by faith and you will enjoy His blessings.
Daily Reflection: Without God true freedom is not possible; and where freedom is denied, pain and sorrow will dominate.
Daily Quote: To be bankrupt of the presence of God is to be bankrupt of true freedom; and to be bankrupt of freedom is to be bankrupt of joy.
Today In History: February 1, 1965 Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and 770 others are arrested in protest against voter discrimination in Alabama.
Say This: Today, I confess that there is no better life and lasting joy without the presence of God. Therefore, I will cherish His presence and pursue fellowship with Him, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, as you cherish the presence of God and pursue fellowship with Him, may He bless and prosper you, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Stunning Fact: Did you know giraffes and rats can last longer without water than camels?