Sunday, March 25, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : He told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Matthew 13 : 3 – 4
LISTEN : God’s word is the word of life. What you do with it will depend on the sincerity or insincerity of your heart. Our verse of the day is a parable of Jesus Christ to His audience about a sower, his seeds and the ground the seeds fell on. The Bible says, ” He told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.” (Matthew 13 : 3 – 4). But when His disciples could not understand the meaning of the parable, in private He explained it to them. The Bible says, “When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches what was sown in his heart; this is the seed sown along the path.” (Matthew 13 : 19). Jesus tells His disciples that the seed is the word of God. (Luke 8 : 11). The grounds (soils) on which the seeds fell is the human heart.
He goes on to say that when anyone hears the word (gospel) about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one (Satan) comes and snatches what was sown in his heart. This means that God’s word must be understood to be able to benefit you. No wonder a lot of people go to church and come back more carnal and unbelieving. This is because, they lack understanding of the word of God. Lack of spiritual understanding exposes you to deception and falsehood. Satan likes it when you lack understanding of God’s word; with that he can deceive, mislead and harden your heart against God. Beloved, ignorance of God’s word is Satan’s weapon against man. He who must escape Satan’s trap must first escape spiritual ignorance. You may ask how? It is simple :1). Study the word of God and meditate on it daily to discover truth for yourself. (Acts 17 : 11 ; John 8 : 32) and 2). Seek knowledge and wisdom and you will not be deceived. (Hosea 4 : 6). Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Study the Scriptures daily to gain knowledge and understanding of God’s Word.
2. Seek knowledge and wisdom to escape Satan’s deceit and manipulations.
3. Do not go to church for membership, go to church to be saved and transformed.
4 Do not harden your heart to God’s words and you will not be deceived.
Daily Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank you because your word is true and life – changing. Therefore, help me to understand your words and escape Satan’s deceit and enticement, in Jesus’name, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, study the word of God and meditate on it daily to discover truth for yourself, and seek knowledge and wisdom to not be deceived.
Daily Reflection : He who must escape Satan’s trap, must first escape spiritual ignorance through love for God’s word.
Daily Quote : Satan likes it when you lack understanding of God’s word; with that he can deceive, mislead and harden your heart against God.
Today In History : March 25, 1807 The British Parliament abolishes the slave trade.
Say This : Today, I confess that God’s word is true, active and life – changing. I will study and meditate on the word daily to gain spiritual understanding, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may the word of God you hear produce positive results in your life. May the devil not steal the word from you, in Jesus’ name.
Stunning Fact : Did you know gorillas cannot swim?
(Only For Those who are Yet to Acknowledge Jesus Christ As Lord And Saviour)
Please Say This Prayer:
Everlasting Father, 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