Sunday, April 15, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Know therefore that the LORD your God, he is God, the faithful God, who keeps covenant and loving kindness with them who love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations. Deuteronomy 7 : 9
LISTEN : Friend, how much love do you have for God? When you sincerely judge the value of your love for God in a careful and thoughtful way, what results will you come out with? Will you be bold to say you love God? Will your conscience equally agree with your claims? Love for God is the foundation of a true relationship with Him. Our love for Him is the channel through which we can receive His blessings. Truly, our love for God is an act of faith, because faith works in love (Galatians 5 : 6b). His promises are received by love for Him and faith in His word. God cannot break His faithfulness with those who love Him. In his address to the children of Israel, Moses emphasised on love for God. Stating that the God who created heaven and earth is the only God who is faithful to His promises. Besides, He shows loving kindness to a thousand generations of them who love him and keep his Commandments. (Deuteronomy 7 : 9).
Beloved, you should evaluate your love for God. Is God the one taking much of your time, talents and treasures? Is He the one taking much of your attention? Are you glorifying Him through your marriage? Career? Relationships? Businesses? Ministry? Political position, Etc? What does it mean to love God? It means to conduct our lives in accordance with whatever He commands us to do. We should love Him dearly and love others as we love ourselves. (see 2 John 1 : 6 ; John 14 : 15, 21 ; 1 John 5 : 3 ; Matthew 22 : 39). Without love for God we do not have a relationship with Him. Beloved, let us not deceive ourselves. Let us not continue to hold a form of godliness, but turning our backs on the power of it. If we claim to love God, we should love Him with all we are, or have. Loving God is the best thing we can do for ourselves. It is good to love God because, loving Him is for our own good. We will attract and sustain His covenant promises in our lives when we love and remain in His love.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to love God with your time, talents and treasures.
2. Do not turn your back on your faith in Christ, rather, love God all the time.
3. Evaluate your love for God and make necessary adjustments today.
4. Be determined in your dedication to God and refuse to be tempted to change your mind.
Daily Prayer : Dear Lord, you love me and want me to love you in return. Therefore, help me to love you dearly from my heart now and forever, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, let us not continue to hold a form of godliness, but turning our backs on the power of it. If we claim to love God, we should love Him with all we are, or have.
Daily Reflection : Love for God is the foundation of a true relationship with Him. Our love for Him is the channel through which we can receive His blessings.
Daily Quote : “We will sustain God’s covenant promises in our lives when we obey, trust, love and remain in His love.”
Today In History : April 15, 1865 Abraham Lincoln dies from John Wilkes Booth‘s assassination bullet.
Say This : Today, I acknowledged that God should be loved dearly; and His love should take the best of my time, talents and treasures. Henceforth, I will love Him with all my heart, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may your love for God not die. May the Lord strengthen you to do His will, and bless you in return, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Stunning Fact : Did you know a crocodile cannot stick out its tongue?
(Only For Those who are Yet to Acknowledge Jesus Christ As Lord And Saviour)
Please Say This Prayer:
Heavenly 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