Saturday, February 17, 2018
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, Luke 6 : 43
LISTEN: You are a product of your heart/mind. What you think or give time to is what you will produce or become. Until you conquer your mind/heart you cannot conquer your behaviour. Life proceeds from the heart therefore, the heart should be protected with all diligence. The Bible says, ” Guard your heart with all vigilance, for from it are the sources of life.” (Proverbs 4 : 23). This simply means that it is very important that we be careful about what we think, because what we think controls the things that we do. Good thoughts if consciously guided will produce good behaviour, and bad thoughts if not carefully checked will produce bad behaviour and actions. Beloved, the spiritual condition of your heart is important, and the fruits (behaviours) you bear points to the condition of your heart. If your heart is morally and spiritually pure you will avoid bad behaviours; and if morally and spiritually bad it will be difficult to produce good behaviours. Sadly, as parents our children are often affected by these bad behaviours because they tend to copy us. Beloved, are you struggling with your own behaviour? How has it affected you? Why not surrender your struggles to God and allow Him renew your mind? Until your mind is renewed you cannot conquer the battle of the mind and sin. (Romans 12 : 2). Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Surrender yourself to God and have your mind renewed to the glory of God.
2. Watch your thoughts and your behaviour will not deviate from God’s purpose.
3. Live exemplary life to others and let them mimic your good behaviour.
4. Banish bad behaviours and consciously replace them with good ones no matter what.
Daily Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are a good God. Help me to have my heart purified and renewed by your word, and to live in line with your will, in Jesus’ name, name.
Daily Task: Beloved, surrender your struggles to God and allow Him renew your mind; because until your mind is renewed you cannot conquer the battle of sin.
Daily Reflection: Good thoughts if consciously guided will produce good behaviours, and bad thoughts if not carefully checked will produce bad behaviours, actions and destruction.
Daily Quote: “A renewed mind is a defense against degeneracy; and until our mind is renewed we cannot conquer the battle of sin.”
Today In History: February 17, 1959 The United States launches its first weather station in space, Vanguard II.
Say This: Today, I confess that the state of my mind can affect my behaviour. Therefore, I will watch what I allow into my heart/mind henceforth, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. May the Lord bless you, and grant you the ability to guard your heart with the word of God and at the end escape the manipulations of the devil, in Jesus name.
Stunning Fact: Did you know the only continent with no active volcanoes is Australia?