Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : because the mind set on the flesh is hostile towards God; for it is not subject to God’s law, neither indeed can it be. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8 : 7 , 8
LISTEN : Do you want to live your life to the will of God? Then you must stop obeying your self-directed nature and begin to follow the leading of the Spirit of God. You must stop thinking about, and bothering yourself with what your self-directed nature desires. You should begin to desire the will of God. When you obey your flesh (self – directed nature) at the expense of God you are acting contrary to His will. If you set your mind on the flesh you will make yourself an enemy of God. Our verse of the day says, “The mind set on the flesh is hostile towards God; for it is not subject to God’s law, neither indeed can it be. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Romans 8 : 7 , 8). Beloved, God is not pleased when the flesh is given His own (God’s) place in your life. Your flesh, that is, your self-directed nature is your greatest enemy; for it does deceive you to constantly go against the will of God. The flesh will never allow you to please God.
Friend, God is displeased when you obey the desires of your flesh instead of obeying His own will. He who chooses to honour himself above God has chosen to make himself an enemy of God. (James 4 : 4). Truly, if you really want to live a supernatural, Spirit-led life, there is no way around it. You have to deal with your flesh. You have to put the flesh where it belongs. The flesh wants to control you, so you must mortify, or overcome the flesh and allow the Holy Spirit to have His way. Beloved, the fight against your human nature may seem great and tough, but it is the only way to live a godly and fruitful Christian life. It may involve a lot of sacrifice, but the sacrifice is worth it. (2 Timothy 3 : 12). So, wake up from your spiritual sleep and deal with your flesh today. Henceforth, let the desire to please God begin to consume your thoughts. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. No matter the sacrifice involved, rise and deal with your flesh to please God.
2. To live godly and a fruitful christian life, pursue God’s will at the expense of yours.
3. Allow the desire to please God to grow consistently and consume your heart.
4. Know that there is no way around living a Spirit-led life, but to deal with your flesh.
Daily Prayer : Everlasting Father, all powers belong to you. When Jesus Christ died on the cross, He dealt with the power of sin and Satan. Therefore, help me to deal with my flesh and direct my will to please you in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, wake up from your spiritual slumber and deal with your flesh, and allow the desire to please God begin to consume your thoughts.
Daily Reflection : He who chooses to honour himself above God has chosen to make himself an enemy of God.
Daily Quote : “The fight against your human nature may seem great and tough, but it is the only way to live a godly and fruitful Christian life.”
Today In History : April 17, 1492 Christopher Columbus signs a contract with Spain to find a western route to the Indies.
Say This : Today, I confess that my self-directed nature is hostile to God. With my flesh I cannot please Him. Therefore, I will allow the Spirit of God to control me and guide me to live in accordance with God’s will, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God help you to conquer your flesh. Henceforth, may the desire to please God begin to consume your thoughts, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Stunning Fact : Did you know a group of rhinos is called a crash?
(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