Thursday, May 3, 2018.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and get you into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell you of. Genesis 22 : 1 , 2
LISTEN : Faith and obedience to God comes with a huge price. It comes with making decisions against your own will. (Genesis 12 : 1 – 5). It comes with total surrender of yourself to God. It is a commitment to exist as a living and acceptable sacrifice to God. (Romans 12 : 1 , 2). This is why many are scared to take the path of faith. It is easier to make a decision you know your future is guaranteed, than making a decision the future appears to be very uncertain. People want to play safe, that is why we have too many people who are not ready for God today. They are not ready for the tough decision; that is, to give up selfishness in order to gain God. They find it difficult to starve the flesh to please God. With all their hearts, they hold unto their will at the expense of God’s. Beloved, what tough decision is God prompting you to make today? What path is He asking you to take? What ungodly association is He asking you to cutoff? What are you doing about it?
Every follower of God has a tough decision to make to graduate as a true believer. Prior to the message in our verse of the day, Abraham was asked by God to leave his people and his country to a place He will show him. God promised him a unique child from his barren wife, Sarah. Abraham left his people and country by faith, not knowing what the future looks like ; but only embraced the future by faith in God. It was a tough decision for him to leave a known place to an unknown place. As if that was not enough, after his many years of waiting for the promised child Isaac, the child finally came, causing Abraham to rejoice exceedingly. Sadly, the word of God came again asking him to sacrifice Isaac to Him. What a tough decision to make! I imagined Abraham totally devastated, seeing that both himself and Sarah were already old and weak. However, he obeyed God and sacrificed Isaac, knowing that God is able to bring him back to life. He was not disappointed. His obedience to God secured for him the future God has prepared for him and his descendants. Beloved, are you prepared for the tough decision to follow Jesus Christ? If not, what are you waiting for? Be wise and do that today. (2 Corinthians 6 : 1 , 2).
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not defer the decision to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, rather, do it today.
2. Have faith in God and be obedient to Him irrespective of any pressure.
3. Listen to what God is talking to you about and respond as fast as possible.
4. Be determined to live a sacrificial life for the sake of God’s kingdom.
Daily Prayer : Almighty God, all things belong to you. Help me to serve and obey you with all my heart as long as I live, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, what tough decision is God prompting you to make today? What path is He asking you to take? What ungodly association is He asking you to break? Just do that as quickly as possible.
Daily Reflection : Faith and obedience to God comes with a huge price. It comes with making decisions against your own will, surrendering yourself to God, and becoming a living and acceptable sacrifice to Him.
Daily Quote : “No decision is too tough to make when it has to do with God and your eternal future.”
Today In History : May 3, 1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman prime minister of Great Britain.
Say This : Today, I acknowledged that faith and obedience to God comes with a huge price. I hereby confess that I am willing to pay the price. Lord, help me to achieve this, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, may God help you to make necessary decisions that will cause you to realise your God-given destiny, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Stunning Fact : Did you know Brazil borders every country in South America except Chile and Ecuador?
(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 save 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