Monday, June 11, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Take heed brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God Hebrews 3 : 12
LISTEN : In his admonition to the people of God, Apostle Paul urged them to be watchful lest they be tempted to depart from God. He said, “Take heed brethren.” That is, to give consideration or attention to the ways of their hearts. He warned them against worldliness and the desire to please their flesh. To achieve this, they are to beware of unbelief – an attitude of doubt especially in Matters of religious faith. They are to be careful how they handle matters of faith lest they deviate from following God. Besides, they are to watch their cravings and order them in line with the will of God. Beloved, it is possible for a person who is not spiritually minded to abandon God in favour of the world. Friend, when last did you examine the desires of your heart? Are they in line with the Word of God? Beloved, beware of developing an evil heart. An evil heart is born, when you no longer watch what your heart craves for. My dear, you should know whether the desire of your heart is good or bad. You can do that by examining your life regularly and guarding against Satan’s deceit. The Bible says, “keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life”. (Proverbs 4:23). Beloved, watch it when you discover that the word of God and spiritual things no longer matter to you anymore. Pray fervently that you do not make room for an evil heart of unbelief in your life. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
I. Acknowledge and serve God as the supreme and living God.
2. Guard your heart jealously for the devil will always come to attack you through your heart.
3. Whatever happens, do not give room for backsliding, instead, stand strong and dedicated to God.
4. In every situation, always resist the devil and he will certainly flee from you.
Daily Prayer : Our Father in heaven, help us to overcome Satan and all his evil plans against us; and may we serve and worship you and not depart from the faith, amen
Daily Reflection : An evil heart is born, when you no longer watch what your heart craves for, to know whether it is good or bad.
Daily Quote : “When the heart grows in unbelief, life grows without the knowledge of God; and where there is no knowledge of God there is no future.”
Daily Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God is the living and supreme God. Therefore, I will serve Him and not depart from the faith, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may the Lord protect you from departing from Him. May you not fall into the trap of backsliding and death, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know the Serpent in the book of Genesis is the same as the Dragon in the book of Revelations? (Gen 3 ; Rev 12 : 9).
Today In History : June 11, 1915 British troops take Cameroon in Africa.
Stunning Fact : Did you know oxygen, carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen make up 90% of the human body?
BELOVED, CONCLUDE YOUR DAY WITH THE EVENING MESSAGE BELOW AS YOU RETIRE TO BED TODAY:
TOPIC : GOD IS WITH YOU WHEN PEOPLE ABANDON YOU
Monday, June 11, 2018
Bible Verse : Listen, the time is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each of you to his own home, and you will leave me all by myself. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. John 16:32
LISTEN : Prior to his arrest and subsequent trial and crucifixion, Jesus told His disciples what He was going to suffer, and He said, ” The time is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each of you to his own home, and you will leave me all by myself. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me” (John 16 : 32). This is an encouraging message to anyone who believes in God but facing trials and loneliness. Beloved, when you are abandoned you are not alone. God is with you. Believe me, God is with you when everyone leaves you all by yourself. When Jesus Christ was arrested and led away to be tried and crucified, His disciples ran away everyone to his own home as Jesus Christ predicted. They ran away and abandoned Him, but God was with Him. Beloved, do not think it strange when similar thing happens to you. Life is a teacher, just be calm and learn the lessons you can learn from every situation. Do not forget that in life you will certainly suffer loneliness at some point. Friends and loved ones may not be their for you all the time; but you should remember that you are not alone. (Psalms 27:10). Even if everyone abandons you, you can still turn to God. Beloved, cheer up! God is with you and He still cares. Be wise!
PRAYER POINTS :
1. Pray and bless God for His love and the gift of life.
2. Ask for forgiveness and mercy.
3. Pray God to give you a heart of faith and courage to know that He is always with you.
4. Pray and destroy Satan’s plot against you, your family and others.
5. Ask God to grant you a good night sleep free from nightmares.
Today I prophesy to you, may God remember you. When people abandon you, may God be your support and strength, in Jesus’ name, amen.
God bless you. See you tomorrow.