Monday, May 28, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : I will enter your temple with burnt sacrifices; I will fulfill the vows I made to you, which my lips uttered and my mouth spoke when I was in trouble. Psalms 66 :13 , 14
LISTEN : We are too quick to make a promise or vow when we are in trouble or excited about something. Sadly, just few people remember, or are determined to fulfill their promises or vows no matter what. We tend to forget or deliberately ignore the commitments we made with our mouths for reasons best known to us, but God does not forget even the smallest vows we made to Him. We may forget our vows to God, but they are just “evergreen in His archive.” (Eccles 5 : 4 – 6). Certainly, He will hold our promises against us someday except we repent and restitute. A lot of people no longer attach importance to their words. They say what they cannot commit to when the going gets tough. The world has been turned upside down because words no longer mean anything to humanity. Why do we have countless broken marriages and homes today? Is it not because marriage vows (promises) are broken without regard to what was previously promised to one’s spouse?
People who once exchanged marital vows before God and a very big crowd all round them, and said things like, “I take you as my lawfully wedded wife/husband, to love and to cherish, in sickness and in health ; in plenty and in want, until death do us part”, are the same people who will not hesitate to do otherwise. Many people prayed to God in their troubles and promised to serve Him or do one or two things if He delivers them ; but when the trouble is over they forget Him. Beloved, the ability to speak is a privilege. The deaf and dumb do not have such privilege. So, let us not take it for granted. When we speak, let our words build up, encourage, heal, correct and comfort others and not destroy them. Therefore, learn to keep your words both to God and man. Watch what you say and be silent when you should, and God will not hold you accountable. (Matt 12 : 37). Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not be rash in making a promise to God, but when you do, redeem it.
2. Learn to say what is right, knowing that God will hold you accountable someday.
3. Be determined to honour God with your words not minding if it hurts you.
4. Use your words to build up and heal others, and not hurt or destroy them.
Daily Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank you for a brand new day. Help me to always do what is right. May I keep my words at all times, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, learn to keep your words both to God and man. Watch what you say and be silent when you should, and God will not hold you accountable.
Daily Reflection : The ability to speak is a privilege. The deaf and dumb do not have such privilege; so let us not take it for granted, but say the right things only.
Daily Quote : “God does not forget even the smallest vows we made to Him. We may forget our vows to God, but they are just evergreen in His archive.”
Daily Faith Confession : Today, I acknowledged that God will hold everyone accountable for their words. Therefore, I will strive to say what will please Him always, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may the words of your mouth and the meditations of your heart be acceptable to God, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Today In History : May 28, 1961 Amnesty International, a human rights organization, is founded.
Stunning Fact : Did you know camels can drink 94 litres (25 gallons) of water in less than 3 minutes?
BELOVED, CONCLUDE YOUR DAY WITH THE EVENING MESSAGE BELOW AS YOU RETIRE TO BED TODAY:
Monday, May 28, 2018
TOPIC: HUNGER AND THIRST AFTER GOD’S WORD
Bible Verse : As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby: 1 Peter 2 : 2
LISTEN : Hunger triggers our appetite and make us uncomfortable until we have eaten and feel satisfied. Nothing will satisfy us when we are hungry except what we are hungry for. Besides, when we are hungry, nothing will make sense to us until our hunger is quenched. In the same way, When we hunger and thirst after God and His righteousness, nothing will satisfy our hungry soul but God. Only His words can truly satisfy our spiritual needs. Beloved, hunger for God begins when we realised our emptiness without Him. (John 15 : 5). We know we cannot survive without Him, just the same way we cannot survive without physical food. Hence, the need to desire His words. That is, to hunger for His word the way we hunger for physical food. God’s word is key to spiritual growth and maturity. Truly, we cannot attain God’s expectations if we do not desire His words. Our Bible verse says, ” As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” (1 Peter 2 : 2). To be spiritually strong and matured, we must desire God’s word the way a baby would desire her mother’s breast milk. Only with such desire can we be fed. (Psalms 84 : 2 ; 42 : 1). Henceforth, delight in God’s word; study and meditate on it daily. Be wise!
PRAYER POINTS :
1. Thank the Lord for protection and daily provisions.
2. Ask for His forgiveness, cleansing and restoration of your life.
3. Pray for grace to hunger and thirst after God and His words.
4. Pray against every mountain of your life, and cast them into the sea forever.
5. Ask God for a good night sleep, and command every demonic spirit out of your life.
Blessed Father, I thank you for your words to me this evening. Help me to hunger and thirst after you and your words, in Jesus’ name, amen.
God bless you. See you tomorrow.