Saturday, February 24, 2018
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Ephesians 5 : 11
LISTEN: In our Bible verse yesterday Jesus Christ urged His disciples to abide in Him and His word, and further stated categorically that without Him they/we could do nothing. (John 15 : 5). He (Jesus) said, “if you abide in me” ; that is, if you remain in me and have a close relationship with me. Friend, Jesus Christ is looking for those who can remain in Him. Those who will not be offended in Him no matter what. (Matthew 11 : 6). Those who are willing and delighted to worship God in spirit and truth. Those who are prepared to maintain a close relationship with Him and cutoff every relationship with the works of darkness. Truly, the Christian faith requires our total commitment and dedication to God. It forbids us to patronise Satan and his enticing and deceptive works. When he (Satan) dangles anything “good” before you, his intention is to steal, kill and destroy everything good in you. (John 10 : 10). Friend, be careful! This is why the Bible warns that we should have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. (Ephesians 5 : 11). We are now new creatures and have passed from death to light. As light therefore, we should reprove (criticise, express disapproval of; or correct usually in a gentle way) the works of darkness and not conceal or patronise them. We are to walk in newness of life and not adopt the ways of the unbelieving world. As children of God, let us aim at being fruitful for the kingdom. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Always reprove the unfruitful works of darkness and do not patronise them.
2. Be careful when you are enticed to do just anything because it may cost you your peace of mind.
3. Give a total commitment and dedication to God no matter what.
4. Determine to worship God in spirit and in truth as long as you live.
Daily Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for your word today, help me to live in line with your will, and never to patronise Satan and his evil works, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, do not patronise evil works, instead, walk in newness of life and not adopt the ways of the unbelieving world.
Daily Reflection: Those who are prepared to maintain a close relationship with Jesus Christ should cutoff every relationship with the works of darkness.
Daily Quote: “When Satan dangles anything “good” before you, his intention is to subtly steal, kill and destroy everything good in you.”
Today In History: February 24, 1821 Mexico gains independence from Spain.
Say This: Today, I confess that I am a new creation through Christ Jesus. Therefore, I will have nothing to do with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God bless and protect you. Henceforth, may you have nothing to do with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them as long as you live, in Jesus’ name.
Stunning Fact: Did you know lemons contain more sugar than strawberries?
(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.