Sunday, April 8, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. Matthew 5 : 6
LISTEN : We experience hunger on a daily basis because we are alive. Hunger, a very great need for food, and an uncomfortable feeling in the stomach that is caused by the need for food, is a major indicator of the need of our body. Hunger indicates that the body needs food, and we quench this uncomfortable feeling in the stomach by supplying the needed food. Surprisingly, the moment we eat and feel satisfied, the hunger suddenly disappear and our energy immediately restored. Nothing would make sense to us when hunger is biting hard. When hungry, until you are well fed, you will remain uncomfortable and restless. Our flesh is regularly yearning for physical food while our spirit dies daily for lack of godly attention. Our body constantly craves for sin and lust after evil, yet, we are not prepared to change ‘our taste.’
Beloved, to please God we must change ‘our taste’ from the worldly to heavenly (Colossians 3 : 1 – 2). We should seek after righteousness, holiness, godliness and the will of God. Though, hungering and thirsting after righteousness are uncommon in the world today, yet, as people of God we should long for it. No doubt, righteousness and living in line with God’s will comes with a huge prize ; but the risk is worth it. Our verse of the day says, ” Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5 : 6) This means that how much we desire to please God will determine how much He can satisfy our empty souls. If there is no hunger to please God there will be no peace and comfort to our troubled souls. God’s blessing is upon those who are ‘hungry and thirsty’ to do His will. Henceforth, let us reject the unfruitful works of darkness and follow after righteousness and we will be saved from God’s wrath. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not lust after the things of this life, rather yearn for righteousness.
2. Determine to have nothing to do with the unfruitful works of darkness henceforth.
3. Seek righteousness, holiness, godliness and the will of God no matter what.
4. Never join a crowd to commit sin, instead, direct them to God.
Daily Prayer : Heavenly Father, you are righteous and loves righteousness. Therefore, help me to live wisely and godly to the glory of your name, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, let us reject the unfruitful works of darkness and follow after righteousness and we will be saved from the wrath of God.
Daily Reflection : Our flesh is regularly yearning for physical food while our spirit dies daily for lack of godly attention. Let’s think!
Daily Quote : “How much we desire to please God will determine how much He can satisfy our empty souls; for if there is no hunger to please Him there will be no peace and comfort to our troubled souls.”
Today In History : April 8, 1789 The U.S. House of Representatives holds its first meeting.
Say This : Today, I confess that God is righteous and loves righteousness. Therefore, I will strive to live in line with His will as long as I live, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God strengthen you to live wisely and godly. May your life be a worthy example to others, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Stunning Fact : Did you know Jamaica has 120 rivers?
(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