Sunday, February 11, 2018
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1 : 22
LISTEN: Going to church is not a guarantee that you are a genuine child of God. True children of God are known for their willingness to obey and serve God with their whole hearts. (Matthew 7: 21). They are not mere hearers but doers of the word of God. They are not just churchgoers but Kingdom citizens. They are not forgetful hearers but hearers with a difference. Beloved, do you know that churchgoing will only make people church members, but faithfulness to God will make them Kingdom citizens? Therefore, as children of God, our lives should influence those living in darkness not the other way round. We should attract the unbelieving world to our faith in Christ by the way we live. When we go to church but refused to be transformed by the word of God, we deceive ourselves. Truly, self-deception is the worst form of deception. But having received forgiveness for our sins through the death of Jesus Christ, we should make an effort to grow our faith and sustain our salvation. The Bible says, ” So then, my beloved, even as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2 : 12). Beloved, as you hear, read, study or meditate on the word of God this time, allow it to influence your life. Henceforth, be obedient to God’s word. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not be deceived, instead, be wise and obedient to God’s word.
2. Allow God’s word to influence you positively as you read and meditate on it.
3. Endeavour to sustain your salvation by growing in faith daily.
4. Do not be a mere churchgoer, rather, be a faithful and obedient child of God.
Daily Prayer: Everlasting Father, you are great and should be wonderfully praised, obeyed and worshipped. Therefore, I will worship and revere you as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, as you hear, read, study or meditate on the word of God, allow it to influence your life positively as you grow in faith daily.
Daily Reflection: Going to church is not a guarantee that you are a genuine child of God. True children of God are known for their willingness to obey and serve God with their whole hearts.
Daily Quote: “Churchgoing makes people church members, but faithfulness to God makes them Kingdom citizens.”
Today In History: February 11, 1990 South African political leader Nelson Mandela is released from prison in Paarl, South Africa, after serving more than 27 years of a life sentence.
Say This: Today, I confess that God is to be praised, obeyed and worshipped. Therefore, I will worship and revere Him as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God give you a heart to know, serve and cherish Him above all else. May He bless and favour you, in Jesus’ name.
Stunning Fact: Did you know the wristwatch was invented in 1904?