Monday, May 7, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Then people went out to see what had happened. They came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who saw it told them how he who had been possessed by demons was healed. Luke 8 : 35 , 36

LISTEN : Jesus Christ restored the sanity of a mad man to demonstrate His authority over Satan. Wisdom comes from God and so does sanity. Wisdom will be meaningless when sanity is taken away. Imagine yourself “out of your mind” for one week, will life still be the same? Of course not! We should thank God for sanity. That is, we should revere and appreciate Him for soundness or health of our minds; we should serve Him with our talents and abilities to express our joy for being sane and not insane. Beloved, do you know life will be useless when sound mind is lost. There was a mad man I encountered several years ago. He was very fluent in English language, but his clothing was tattered, and his reasoning was unsound. Then I asked to know who the man was, only to be told that he used to be a magistrate in the court of law before he lost his mind. I was amazed, and immediately realised that we (people with sound minds) are taking God’s grace for granted.

We should acknowledge God and channel our abilities, talents, resources, time and everything to projects that will glorify His name. God endowed a man by the name of Bezalel with wisdom to do all manner of work in the Tabernacle in line with God’s directives to Moses. The Bible says, “… See, the LORD has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. He has filled him with the Spirit of God – with skill, with understanding, with knowledge, and in all kinds of work.” (Exodus 35 : 30 – 31). Bezalel faithfully led other skilled workers and they did the work of the Tabernacle perfectly as God instructed Moses. The Bible says,” Moses saw all the work, and behold, they had done it as the LORD had commanded, even so had they done it: and Moses blessed them.” (Exodus 39 : 43) Beloved, how are you serving God with your endowments and resources? Are you dedicated to His service? Do you know you owe your wisdom and sanity to God? Henceforth, direct what you have towards God’s purpose. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Always appreciate God for wisdom and health of your mind.
2. Do not take the grace of God for granted, instead, channel your resources to His purpose.
3. Dedicate yourself to God’s service and refuse to patronise Satan and his activities.
4. Serve God with your talents, time, resources and whatever you have.

Daily Prayer : Almighty God, you are worthy of praise and reverence. Therefore, help me to serve you with all I have as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Task : Beloved, how are you serving God with your endowments and resources? Are you dedicated to His service? Henceforth, direct what you have towards God’s purpose.

Daily Reflection : Sanity ought not to be taken for granted, for wisdom comes from God and so does sanity. Wisdom will be meaningless when the mind is lost.

Daily Quote : “The difference between sanity and insanity is God’s grace ; and when the mind is not lost, the heart should be dedicated to God in appreciation for His grace.”

Today In History : May 7, 1847 The American Medical Association is formed in Philadelphia.

Say This : Today, I confess that wisdom and health of the mind is by God’s grace. Therefore, I will use my wisdom and sanity for the service of the LORD, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may your life be dedicated to God. May you serve and appreciate Him for the privilege of not losing your mind, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Stunning Fact : Did you know the Amazon rainforest produces half the world’s oxygen supply?


(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

> 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.