Friday, February 23, 2018
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15 : 5
LISTEN: We belong to God and therefore should serve His purpose. We are created for His own glory, and when this purpose is not achieved we have failed to be fruitful. What does it mean to be fruitful? It means, producing a good result and being abundantly productive. This is exactly how God wants us to be. He wants us to be abundantly productive for His kingdom. He wants us to impact lives around the world and turn them over to Him. He wants us to faithfully serve Him by spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ laboriously around the world. However, no one can faithfully serve God’s purpose until He or she is connected and committed to Him. Our verse of the day says, ” I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15 : 5). Our strength as children of God is in Christ. Hence, to be fruitful we must abide in Christ. That is, we must have a close relationship with Him and continue to please Him as long as we live. Truly, a close and continuous relationship with God is the guarantee of a fruitful life in Christ Jesus. Fruitfulness in the Christian faith is practically impossible when the believer is disconnected from Christ the source of supernatural strength and life. Beloved, are you faithful to Jesus Christ? Are you really doing what God expects of you? Are you truly depending on Him for strength and direction? If not, please retrace your steps today. Remember, without Him you can do nothing.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Always depend on God for strength and direction and do not lean on your own understanding.
2. Strive to be faithful to God in all things and continue to refuse Satan’s Deception.
3. Acknowledge Jesus Christ as the supreme director, and then trust His judgment always.
4. Be productive with your Christian life and determine to serve God’s purpose.
Daily Prayer: Almighty God, I acknowledge you as the source of supernatural strength and ability. You called me to be fruitful, therefore, make me to be fruitful and very productive in serving you, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, are you really doing what God expects of you? Are you truly depending on Him for strength and direction? If not, please retrace your steps today.
Daily Reflection: Fruitfulness in the Christian faith is practically impossible when the believer is disconnected from Christ the source of supernatural strength and life.
Daily Quote: “A close and continuous relationship with God is the guarantee of a fruitful life in Christ Jesus.”
Today In History: February 23, 1926 President Calvin Coolidge opposes a large air force, believing it would be a menace to world peace.
Say This: Today, I confess that God’s plan for me is to be fruitful in His purpose. Therefore, I surrender myself to you Lord! Do with me what pleases you, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may the Lord bless you. May you not fail to be fruitful in the Lord’s service, in Jesus’ name.
Stunning Fact: Did you know carrots contain 0% fat?
(Only For Those who are Yet to Acknowledge Jesus Christ As Lord And Saviour)
Please Say This Prayer:
Almighty God, I thank you for this opportunity. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot help myself. Forgive my sin and accept me as your own. Today, I acknowledge Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal Saviour. The evil I used to do, I will do them no more. Henceforth, I offer myself as instrument of righteousness to you. Thank you because I am born again, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Praise God! You Are Now Born Again
THEN DO THE FOLLOWING THINGS:
> Having been saved, look for a Bible believing church and fellowship with the brethren to sustain your faith.
> Read the Bible and meditate in the word of God on a daily basis.
> Pray daily and dedicate yourself to the LORD’s service.