Monday, May 14, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Repent all of you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3 : 19
LISTEN : Sin is an enemy to humanity, because it comes to kill, steal and destroy. Sin was introduced by Satan our arch-enemy. His plan was to make us deviate from God’s purpose through disobedience ; and by such act of disobedience we will be lost forever. Thankfully, God sent His Son Jesus Christ to save us from the power of sin and Satan through His death. We are saved when we come to God by faith in Christ Jesus. This happens when we come to Him in repentance. Repentance according to the Bible is, “to change one’s mind.” (Romans 12 : 2). It means to turn to God and turn from evil. To truly repent, God needs to change your mind about sin. The Bible says “You who love the LORD, hate evil!” (Psalms 97 : 10). Beloved, true repentance happens when we see sin as God sees it. Until we treat sin as sin, repentance has not yet occurred in our lives. True repentance pleads with God to forgive and deliver from the influence of sin and the fear of eternal judgment and hell. Until we realise the consequences of sin and the need for our escape, we will continue to pamper sin to our own hurt; but when we repent, we are blessed with eternal life. Beloved, open your eyes to the will of God. Heed His warnings and run for your dear life. Repent and come to Him by faith and be blessed today. Remember, delay is not safe. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Stop resisting God, instead repent and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.
2. Heed God’s warnings about sin and run for your dear life before it is too late.
3. Do not conform to this world, instead, let your mind be renewed by the word of God.
4. Search your heart and deal with every known sin in your life today.
Daily Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank you for your words today. I am sorry for all the wrongs I have done. I repent of them today. Forgive and receive me to yourself, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, open your eyes to the will of God. Heed His warnings and run for your dear life. Repent and come to Him by faith today, for delay is not safe.
Daily Reflection : Until we realise the consequences of sin and the need for our escape, we will continue to pamper sin to our own hurt.
Daily Quote : “True repentance happens when we see sin as God sees sin; and until we treat sin as sin, repentance has not yet occurred in our lives.”
Daily Faith Confession: Today, I confess that God hates sin but forgives the repentant. Therefore, I repent of every known sin today, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may sin not reign in your life. May God help you to live in accordance with His will, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Today In History : May 14, 1948 Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion establishes the State of Israel.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the first parachute jump from plane was in 1918 over France?
BELOVED, CONCLUDE YOUR DAY WITH THE EVENING MESSAGE BELOW AS YOU RETIRE TO BED TODAY :
TOPIC : DREAM OF THE NIGHT
Saturday, May 14, 2018
Verse Of The Day: And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. Acts 16 : 9
LISTEN : God speaks, and He is still saying something today. He speaks to us through visions, dreams, trances, impressions in our hearts, audible voices, revelations, etc. He reveals His purpose to us when we pay attention to Him. Sadly, many are too busy to hear from God; and many who are privileged to hear from Him are equally too busy to understand what He is saying to them. Apostle Paul in one of his missionary journeys received a message from the Lord when they were in a place called Troas, urging them to go over to Macedonia to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “A vision appeared to Paul in the night. There was a man of Macedonia standing, begging him, and saying, “Come over into Macedonia and help us.” When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go out to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to proclaim the Good News to them.” (Acts 16 : 9, 10). Awesome! They did not delay to follow God’s leading, but travelled immediately to Macedonia. Beloved, how do you process your visions (dreams) from the LORD? How swift do you follow God’s instructions? Do you ask to know what God is saying to you? Henceforth, tell God to reveal His will to you.
PRAYER POINTS :
1. Bless the Lord for provisions and protection today.
2. Ask God for forgiveness and restoration.
3. Ask the Lord to reveal His will to you in the dream of the night.
4 Destroy every evil altar fighting against you and yours.
5 Bless God for answering your prayer.
PRAYER : Precious Father, I thank you for today. Guard me by your angels as I sleep tonight, in Jesus’ name, amen.
God bless you. See you tomorrow.