Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. Amos 5 : 18
LISTEN : God is merciful, at the same time He can pour His wrath on the wicked and unrepentant people. “God is like a double-edged sword.” The God who saves, is the same who can destroy. God is a loving Father and also a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12 : 29). I hope you still remember the story of King Nebuchadnezzar and the three Hebrew boys? When Nebuchadnezzar ordered his men to cast Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego into the fiery furnace, the same God who appeared in the fire to deliver them was the same who destroyed the six men who threw them into the fire. (Daniel 3 : 19 – 25). The mercy and loving kindness of God is real, so also is His judgment. God can bless and He can equally curse whoever He wants to curse. Let us not dare Him, for no one can withstand the wrath of God. He loves us and wants us to escape His wrath. His Son Jesus Christ is the sure way to escape His wrath. Hence, to reject Jesus Christ is to embrace God’s wrath and eternal judgment. (John 3: 18). Beloved, do you know God loves you? Do you know He wants to bless you? Besides, do you know when you flout His orders and disobey His words you are daring Him? Beloved, daring God can never be palatable. When He visits the unrepentant, He visits with anger. The Bible says, “Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.” (Amos 5 : 18). Beloved, beware of God’s wrath. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Beware of God’s wrath and judgment and you will not be doomed.
2. Heed the warnings of God and deliver yourself from eternal destruction.
3. Respond to God in faith and fight the spirit of disobedience and faithlessness.
4 Do not take God’s mercy and love for granted, for He can equally pour His wrath where necessary.
Daily Prayer : Dear Lord, I acknowledge you as a loving Father and a consuming fire. Cause me to revere and obey you, and escape your wrath at the end, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, beware of God’s wrath; for God can both bless and curse.
Daily Reflection : To reject Jesus Christ is to embrace God’s wrath and eternal judgment.
Daily Quote : “Daring God is a suicide mission; for when He visits the unrepentant, He visits with vengeance.”
Daily Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God is both a merciful Father and a consuming fire. Therefore, I will fear and obey Him to escape His wrath, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God bless you. May He gives you the grace to fear, revere and obey Him always, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Today In History :May 23, 1960 Israel announces the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.
Stunning Fact : Did you know porcupines float in water?
BELOVED, CONCLUDE YOUR DAY WITH THE EVENING MESSAGE BELOW AS YOU RETIRE TO BED TODAY:
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
TOPIC: HAVE GOD’S WORD IN YOUR MIND AND MOUTH
Bible Verse : This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success. Joshua 1 : 8
LISTEN : Life is very complex in nature, therefore requires God who created it to explain and direct it. God’s word is the manual that contains what to do, and what not to do to be happy, prosperous and truly successful in life. No one can truly succeed in the journey of life when God is ignored. (Psalms 9 : 17). Failure and success are tied to the way we treat God in our lives. When God’s words become our guide, we are sure to get to our destination in peace. After the death of Moses the servant of God and leader of Israel, Joshua took up the mantle of leadership. He was afraid and wondered if he was going to succeed in his tasks. However, God assured and reassured him that he was going to succeed if he will live in line with His word. (Joshua 1 : 6 – 7 , 9). God said to him, ” This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.” (Joshua 1 : 8). In summary, God was saying to Joshua,” My words must be in your mind and mouth.” That means, you must always think about my words and speak about it all the time. Beloved, how often do you meditate and speak about God’s words? Learn to “think and say the word” and you will experience God’s power of success.
PRAYER POINTS :
1. Thank God for today and the precious gift of life.
2. Pray for His forgiveness and mercy on your life and family.
3. Pray God to increase your love for His word and to live in line with His will.
4. Ask for a good night sleep, peace of mind and access to divine revelations tonight.
5. Pray against nightmares and satanic manipulations in your life.
Everlasting Father, I thank you tonight for your words. Help me to live daily by your words and to achieve success in the end, amen.
God bless you. See you tomorrow.