Friday, June 22, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; neither shall you testify in court to side with a multitude to pervert justice. Exodus 23:2 NHEB

LISTEN : Crowd is influencial no doubt, and there is power with the crowd. This is the reason why everyone tends to move towards the crowd. No one wants to be a lone voice. Everyone wants to be part of a crowd. Unfortunately, the crowd is not always right. Being in majority is not a mark of divine approval as some believe. Surely, God does work with minority too. (2 Chronicles 14:11 ; Psalms 33:16). Many people out of fear, compromise, hardship, poverty, relationship, business or financial favour, etc., become part of a wrong crowd; not realising that following a wrong crowd will lead them to a regrettable destination. Beloved, the crowd can be wrong sometimes. Truly, it is good to be with the crowd, but for a good cause. We should be part of a crowd if the crowd stands for justice, equity, goodness, peace, godliness and the fear of God. Never follow a crowd that is out to deceive, mislead, destroy or deny people the opportunity to do the will of God. Avoid trends and fads which tend to lead people astray. Watch the crowd you follow and measure their actions by the word of God; if what they do do not agree with God’s word, leave the crowd and stand alone for God. Do not forget that if you sin with the crowd, you will be judged with the crowd. If you join a crowd to do evil, you will surely suffer with the crowd. Beloved, never be afraid to stand up for Jesus Christ and His kingdom. Remember, the crowd is not always right. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not surrender to pressure from the world, rather, surrender to the voice of God.
2. Never partner with a crowd to do evil, instead, stand up for God.
3. Do not hesitate to leave a crowd when you discover their purposes oppose to God’s.
4. Do not follow a crowd to do evil or aid perversion of justice.

Daily Prayer : Almighty God, you are my God. Help me to not follow a crowd to do evil, but rather follow your will always, amen.

Daily Reflection : Avoid trends and fads which tend to lead people astray. Watch the crowd and measure it by the word of God; and never hesitate to leave a crowd that does not stand for God.

Daily Quote : “Never be part of a wrong crowd; because following a wrong crowd will lead to a regrettable destination.”

Daily Faith Confession : Today, I acknowledged that crowd is not always right. It can be wrong sometimes. Therefore, I will follow the word of God, and not the crowd, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God guide you to make the right decisions. May you not follow a crowd to do evil. It is well with you, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know Matthias is chosen to replace Judas Iscariot as one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ? (Acts 1:23-26).

Today In History : June 22, 1995 Nigeria’s former military ruler Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo and his chief deputy are charged with conspiracy to overthrow Gen. Sani Abacha’s military government.

Stunning Fact : Did you know the night vision of tigers is 6 times better than humans?




Friday, June 22, 2018

Bible Verse : casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

LISTEN: People tend to worry about everything. They fail to realise that worry creates fear and pushes people to rush to do something they are not supposed to do. This is because, when you worry, you will be unable to think or act normally. When you panic in the face of trouble you will grow weak in faith and your courage will suddenly collapse. People panic and worry because they believe that things are getting out of control. As a result, are tempted to make regrettable decisions that are likely to hurt and haunt them for a long time. Beloved, if you can grow your faith with the word of God, you can never be a victim of such. When Abraham was waiting for the child of promise (Isaac), it looks like waiting for an eternity, yet, he had to wait patiently. Not minding his age and that of his wife; he still believes that God is faithful to His word. (Romans 4:20 ,21). Beloved, how strong is your faith? Do you know faith will keep you focused when the road is “rough and narrow.? ” A person of faith never stops believing what God has promised. So, cast all your worries on God, because he cares for you. Yes he does! Never be distracted by circumstances, instead, have faith in God. (Jer 32 : 17, 27). Friend, whatever your situation is, learn to put your trust in God. Even when you cannot trace Him, yet He is trustworthy. Be wise!

1. Pray and bless God for His mercies, care and protection.
2. Confess your sin to God and ask for forgiveness.
3. Ask God to guide and protect your heart from fear and worry.
4. Pray and destroy all satanic plans against you and your family.
5. Pray for the church of God worldwide to catch revival fire for kingdom assignments.

Today I speak into your life, may God bless you and make you strong and courageous. I command the spirit of fear and worry out of your life now, in Jesus’ name, amen.

God bless you. See you tomorrow.