Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Other seeds fell among the thorns, and they grew up and choked them. Matthew 13 : 7
LISTEN : God’s desire for every follower of Jesus Christ is to be fruitful and useful to Him in pursuing His kingdom plans on earth. However, unless we are fully committed to God we cannot do exploit for Him. When we serve God with a divided attention we cannot fulfill His purpose for our lives. His purpose for us is to be fruitful: to win the world over to Jesus through the gospel of the kingdom, and to please Him in all things. But if the word of God heard is allowed to be hindered by other interests, surely, it will be difficult to produce results that will please God. The parable in our verse of the day talks about another category of hearers represented by seeds that fell among the thorns, and they grew up, but was choked by the thorns. Jesus explains it thus : “The seed sown among thorns is the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth choke the word, so it produces nothing”. (Matthew 13 : 22).
Beloved, God’s word is active and alive and should produce great results. It should be able to change your life into the person God wants. The Bible says,” This is how my Father is glorified, when you produce a lot of fruit and so prove to be my disciples” . (John 15 : 7). God is honoured when we are doing much that pleases Him. But when we allow the problems of this life, the deceitfulness of riches and other worldly cares to occupy our hearts, certainly God’s word will not bear fruit in us. God and His word must have first place in our hearts, without that, mundane affairs will bury the desire to please God. Beloved, where does your interests lie? Are you for God, or for self and the world? Watch your desires lest the word of God you have heard or hearing becomes useless. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Make room for the word of God in your life.
2. Do not allow worry or other interests to choke God’s word in your life.
3. Beware of the deceitfulness of riches, lest you place the pursuit of wealth above God.
4. Let God have the first place in your life no matter what.
Daily Prayer : Almighty Father, I thank you for your words today. Do not allow your words in my heart to be choked by worry and cares of this life. Rather, help me to be fruitful to you, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, where lies your interest? Are you for God, or for self and the world? Watch your desires lest the word of God you have heard becomes useless.
Daily Reflection : God’s word is active and alive and should produce great results. It should be able to change your life into the person God wants.
Daily Quote : “Until the word of God is given the first place in our hearts, mundane affairs will bury the desire to please God”.
Today In History : March 27, 1933 Some 55,000 people stage a protest against Hitler in New York.
Say This : Today, I decree that I will not allow worry and inordinate desire for riches steal the esteemed word of God from me, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : Today, I prophesy to you, May worry and inordinate desire for riches not steal the esteemed word of God from you now and forever, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the sun is 330,330 times larger than the Earth?
(Only For Those who are Yet to Acknowledge Jesus Christ As Lord And Saviour)
Please Say This Prayer:
Merciful 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