Monday, March 26, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Other seeds fell on rocky ground where they did not have much soil. They sprang up quickly because the soil was not deep. But when the sun came up, they were scorched, and because they did not have sufficient root, they withered. Matthew 13 : 5 – 6
LISTEN : Yesterday we were told in the parable of the sower that the seeds which fell along the path, and immediately devoured by birds are those who heard the word but lack spiritual understanding. As a result, the devil snatched it from them. Today in our verse of the day, we read that some of the seeds fell on rocky ground where there was no much soil; though, the seeds sprang up quickly, but because the soil was not deep enough and sufficient for the roots, they withered by the scorch of the Sun. In explaining the meaning of that to His disciples Jesus said, ” The seed sown on rocky ground is the person who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. But he has no root in himself and does not endure; when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he falls away.” (Matthew 13 : 20 – 21).
This category of hearers actually received the word with joy, but just for a short time because they were not rooted in the word of God. He who is not rooted in the word of God cannot survive the attacks of the enemy. The word of God is the shield against trouble and persecution. It is the sword of the spirit with which we can fight the enemy. There must be attacks to our faith in Christ, and only our faith in God can give us victory. (1 John 5 : 4). Unfortunately, many do not survive it because they are not grounded in the word. God’s word brings faith, and where the word is rejected and despised, faith can not thrive. Beloved, the value you attach to God’s words will determine the trouble you will conquer. If you lightly esteem God’s word, trouble and persecution can easily take you down when they come. Therefore, to overcome trouble and persecution you must do the following : 1). Desire to grow in the word of God daily. (1 Peter 2 : 2). 2). Determine to fear God consistently. (Genesis 39 : 9). 3). Be rugged and dogged in your faith in God. (Job 19 : 25).
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not be ignorant of God’s Word, or allow the enemy steal your faith.
2. Determine to be fruitful in the word of God as long as you live.
3. Do not reject or despise God’s word, instead, accept and cherish it.
4. Desire to grow in faith and the knowledge of God on a daily basis.
Daily Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank you for a brand new day. Your word is the word of life. Help me to embrace, understand and esteem it as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, desire to grow in the word of God daily, fear God consistently and be rugged and dogged in your faith in Him.
Daily Reflection : Those who lightly esteem God’s word are easily taken down by trouble and persecution.
Daily Quote : “God’s word brings faith, and where the word is rejected and despised, faith can never thrive.”
Today In History : March 26, 1979 The Camp David treaty is signed between Israel and Egypt.
Say This : Today, I confess that God’s word is a weapon against troubles, trials and persecution. Therefore, I will build up myself with the word, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, as you invest time in the word of God, may you not be defeated by troubles, trials, tribulations or persecution, in Jesus’ name.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the number 4 is the only number that has the same number of letters in it?
(Only For Those who are Yet to Acknowledge Jesus Christ As Lord And Saviour)
Please Say This Prayer:
Dear Lord, 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