PERSECUTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS 

MORNING

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Now in fact all who want to live godly lives in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 2 Timothy 3 : 12

LISTEN : Righteousness attracts persecution. Persecution according to Merriam Webster dictionary is “the condition of being persecuted, harassed, or annoyed.” To be persecuted is to be treated cruelly or unfairly especially because of your race or religious or political beliefs. No doubt, a society dominated by evil poses threats to the righteous and righteousness. Hence, anyone who is not determined will lose courage to travel alone in the “highway of righteousness.”A society that finds joy in evil and ungodliness will always hunt and torment the godly for living contrary to their (world’s) corrupt systems and values. However, those who want to live godly will not give up on striving to please God. Persecution for righteousness must not stop the desire to please God. Where evil reigns, righteousness should reign much more. Beloved, standing up for Jesus Christ is what we are called to do. (1 Peter 2 : 21). We may suffer temporarily for it, but we shall be eternally rewarded for enduring to the end. When you are persecuted for the sake of Jesus Christ and righteousness, give glory to God and stand firm in faith; knowing that we are called to suffer for Him. (2 Timothy 3 : 12 ). Beloved, do not faint when suffering for Christ Jesus; rather, be happy and determined, knowing that, he who endures to the end shall be saved. (Matthew 24 : 13 ).

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not give up effort to please God, instead, be courageous and stand up for Him.
2. When persecuted, fix your eyes on Jesus Christ and His unfailing reward.
3. Do not lose focus on eternity because of threats and attacks on your faith.
4. Be prepared to do the will of God no matter the pressure to do otherwise.

Daily Prayer : Precious Father, I thank you because you are righteous and holy. Help me to live right no matter what I go through, amen.

Daily Task : Beloved, do not faint when suffering for Christ Jesus; rather, be happy and determined, knowing that he who endures to the end shall be saved.

Daily Reflection : We may suffer temporarily for righteousness, but we shall be eternally rewarded for enduring to the end.

Daily Quote : “Persecution for righteousness must not stop the desire to please God. Where evil reigns, righteousness should reign much more.”

Daily Faith Confession : Today, I confess that godliness attracts persecution. However, I will pursue to please God as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen

Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may the desire to please God consume your heart henceforth, amen.

Today In History : May 24, 1738 The Methodist Church is established.

Stunning Fact : Did you know bottle nosed whales can dive to a depth of 915 metres (3,000feet) in 2 minutes?

BELOVED, CONCLUDE YOUR DAY WITH THE EVENING MESSAGE BELOW AS YOU RETIRE TO BED TODAY:

EVENING

TOPIC : STORE UP GOD’S WORDS IN YOUR HEART

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Bible Verse : In my heart I store up your words, so I might not sin against you. Psalms 119 : 11

LISTEN : To produce a God – pleasing result, you must store up God’s words in your heart. God’s words in your heart will affect your life positively. Your actions are dependent on the state of your heart. Hence, if your heart is empty of God’s words, your actions will be dominated by Satan – directed results. This is why we are warned to protect our hearts from satanic invasion. The Bible says, “Guard your heart with all vigilance, for from it are the sources of life.” (Proverbs 4 : 23). Beloved, if you lose control of your heart/mind (thoughts), you have lost control of your life. Guard your heart jealousy with the words of God because your life depends on it. Do not play with God’s words, instead, take it seriously. That is the only way to keep yourself from sinning against God. Our Bible verse this evening tells us how to stay out of sin and disobedience to God. The Psalmist says, “In my heart I store up your words, so I might not sin against you.” (Psalms 119 : 11). Beloved, do you have God’s words in your heart? Do you read and meditate in the words of God? If not, start today and you will grow in faith and obedience to God.

PRAYER POINTS :
1. Pray and bless God for His love and the gift of life.
2. Ask for forgiveness and restoration of your life.
3. Pray for divine protection tonight and the peace of God in your heart.
4. Ask God to enable you store up His words in your heart daily.
5. Pray and cancel all satanic plans against your life tonight.

PRAYER
Blessed Father, I thank you for your words and a wonderful evening. Help me to store up your words in my heart daily as long as I live, amen.

God bless you. See you tomorrow.

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