Sunday, March 11, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Matthew 7 : 21
LISTEN : Many names will be missing in the book of life when Jesus Christ will return the second time to judge the world. Many who spent their lives thinking they belong to Christ Jesus will end up in hell for failing to serve God faithfully. Those who delighted in lip service to God will mourn their actions forever. Those who invested their time, resources and life completely in the world, at the expense of eternity will inherit sorrow as their reward. The Bible says, “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelations 20 : 12 , 15). Beloved, God is not ‘a respecter of person.’ Hence, the phrase, “whosoever was not found written in the book of life” in the Scripture above includes everyone. Therefore, no matter who you are, or your years of service to God, if you refuse to get it right till death, you will suffer the tragedy of a missing name in the book of life. Sadly, that will be the part of anyone who choose to mess with his or her relationship with God today. Friend, how will you feel if you hear God say to you, “Well done my faithful servant?” Certainly, you will be excited. But it will be a tragedy to hear Him say to you, “Depart from me, you workers of iniquity.” (Matthew 25 : 41 – 46). Beloved, have you made Jesus Christ your Saviour and Lord? Is your relationship with Him beyond “the Lord, Lord expression?” Are you following His instructions? If not, fix it today. Remember, you don’t have a relationship with God if you delight in flouting His orders.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Evaluate your relationship with God and make it better than it is presently.
2. Determine to follow God’s instructions and never flout His orders.
3. Make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life and be determined to follow Him always.
4. No matter what, do not lose focus on eternity; instead, invest in it.
Daily Prayer : Almighty God, you are the Creator, Saviour and Judge of the world. Help me to never neglect this truth, but use it to serve you for the salvation of my soul and others, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, have you made Jesus Christ your Saviour and Lord? Is your relationship with Him beyond the Lord, Lord expression? Are you following His instructions? If not, fix it today.
Daily Reflection : No matter who you are, and your years of service to God, if you refuse to get it right till death, you will suffer the tragedy of a missing name in the book of life.
Daily Quote : “Those who delight in lip service to God will mourn their actions forever; for there is no fellowship with God if there is joy in flouting His orders.”
Today In History : March 11, 1665 A new legal code is approved for the Dutch and English towns in America, guaranteeing religious observances unhindered.
Say This : Today, I confess that heaven and hell are real. Therefore, I will prepare for eternity as long as I live, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, you will not end up in hell. May God help you to prepare for eternity as you spend each day wisely, in Jesus’ name.
Stunning Fact : Did you know a group of owls is called a parliament?
(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