Sunday, March 4, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day :… ; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. John 10 : 10
LISTEN : A very wealthy man was interviewed by a radio presenter, about what he desires most and wants to keep in life. He replied, “I don’t want to lose my wealth, I want to die as one of the very wealthiest people in history ; I want to enjoy real life as long as I live.” Immediately, the radio presenter asked, “Sir, what life are you talking about?” The wealthy man replied smilingly, “This life, I mean this life! This life is sweet when you have wealth my dear.” The presenter was saddened and sobered by the man’s understanding of real life and therefore asked, “What about abundant life?” Amazed by the question, the man was silent and sobered. After a couple of minutes, he asked, stammering and curiously; ” What is abundant life? And how can I find it.” The presenter smiled and said, “Sir, you are close to it. Abundant life is only in Christ Jesus. It is life beyond this physical life, it is abundance of grace from Christ, all spiritual blessings in him now, and all fulness of joy, glory, and happiness hereafter. He added, no matter what you have sir, if your hope is only in this life then your life is miserable with all your possessions. ” (1 Corinthians 15 : 19). From that time, the man began to see life from God’s viewpoint. Beloved, are you like the wealthy man in today’s illustration? Is your hope anchored on your possessions? Have you refused to consider life after here? Do you know you have no life without salvation? Do you know that not to be saved is to be lost forever? Thankfully, God’s desire for you is not to perish but to be saved. Therefore, no matter the size of your wealth, you can be wealthy and still godly. Henceforth, take your focus off your wealth and centre it on God and His kingdom. (Matthew 6 : 33). Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. No matter what you have, acknowledge that you have nothing without salvation.
2. Don’t be carried away by your wealth, instead, be consumed by zeal for God.
3. Determine to be godly with your possessions no matter what.
4. Abide in Christ Jesus and remain in His work and word as long as you live.
Daily Prayer : Everlasting Father, I thank you for the promise of abundant life in Christ Jesus. Thank you for saving me and blessing me with abundant life, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, take your focus off your possessions and achievements and centre it on God and His kingdom projects.
Daily Reflection : There is no better life without salvation, and not to be saved is to be lost forever.
Daily Quote : “The one who can take his focus off his wealth and direct it towards God and His kingdom can be wealthy, yet godly.”
Today In History : March 4, 1793 George Washington is inaugurated as president for the second time.
Say This : Today, I confess that abundant life is in Christ Jesus alone. Therefore, I will follow, obey and serve 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 bless you and open your eyes to His will as long as you live, in Jesus’ name.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the Great Wall of China is approximately 6,430 Km long (3,995 miles)?
(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.
GOD BLESS YOU