Thursday, April 26, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. Colossians 3 : 2
LISTEN : The mind is powerful, for it is the seat of thoughts. What you think and act on proceed from the mind, hence, you must protect your mind by watching your thoughts at all times. This is necessary because, what you think about, to a great extent determines what you do or become. Thoughts trigger actions, and your actions will determine your success or failure in life. It will equally determine where you will spend eternity – heaven or hell. Good thoughts when sustained will give birth to good actions, and bad thoughts when sustained will produce negative actions. You cannot be different from what you think. (Proverbs 23 : 7a). That is why it is vital to direct your thoughts in line with the will of God. In our verse of the day, we are urged to think about things that are above and not about things that are on the earth.
What does that mean? It means that we should constantly desire the blessings that God has prepared for us in heaven. (1 Corinthians 2 : 9 , 10). We should concern ourselves with eternity. How do we do that? We do that by not desiring to do the evil deeds that people do here on earth. Sadly, people are limited in understanding, as a result, has given their affections to the things of this world. They think less of God and eternity because their thoughts have been consumed by the fleeting pleasures of this life. But as children of God, our minds should be consumed with thoughts of “a life with God after our earthly life.” We should constantly think about our eternal home that is free from crisis, heartbreak, sicknesses and diseases, death and sorrow, etc. Beloved, let us refocus our minds toward eternity, for our journey on earth will soon be over. Therefore, let us give more attention to what we will become in eternity when our life here is ended. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not allow the thoughts of this life consume you, instead, refocus your mind towards eternity.
2. Set your mind on pleasing God and not on pleasing yourself.
3. Learn to think less of this life and more of God and eternity.
4. Guard your mind diligently, for it is the seat of thoughts and life.
Daily Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank you for your words today. Help me to renounce “the world” and its lusts, and to set my mind on pleasing you and living forever in your kingdom, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, let us refocus our minds toward eternity, for our journey on earth will soon be over. Let us give more attention to what we will become in eternity when our life here is ended.
Daily Reflection : The mind is powerful, for it is the seat of thoughts. What you think about, to a great extent determines what you do or become.
Daily Quote : “Watch your thoughts, for thoughts trigger actions, and actions determine success or failure in life.”
Today In History : April 26, 1994 Nelson Mandela wins the presidency in South Africa’s first multiracial elections.
Say This : Today, I confess that I am not in this world forever, someday I will be gone. Therefore, I will prepare for eternity now that I am still alive, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God help you to fix your eyes on eternity with God. May the fleeting pleasures of this life not consume your thoughts, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the typewriter was invented in 1829?
(Only For Those who are Yet to Acknowledge Jesus Christ As Lord And Saviour)
Please Say This Prayer:
Blessed 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