Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Psalms 2:11

LISTEN: Just going to church does not make anyone a genuine child of God, but the fear of God does. Your fear for God guarantees a warm relationship with Him. God wants you to serve Him with fear and gladness. He wants you to serve Him with understanding of who He really is. Without understanding of who God really is you will serve Him wrongly and in vain. The Bible says, “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom…” (Pro 9:10). Obviously, there is no wisdom in anyone who undermines and despises the fear of God. Beloved, God wants us to serve Him reverentially; that is, to show or have a lot of respect for Him. He wants us to offer ourselves as” a living sacrifice” to Him. He wants us to live for Him not just for ourselves. Truly, sacrifice is the key to a reasonable service to God. God is to be worshipped with awe and fear. To receive His approval, He must be placed first in our lives. Beloved, learn to accord God the honour that is due Him; that is the first and greatest lesson of every man. If we claim to honour God, then we should not be attracted to evil things of this life. If we have respect for Him, we will strive to be fair and honest with others. Friend, learn to serve God faithfully and excitedly. Serving God should make you happy, not sad. Henceforth, serve God with fear, for He deserves a reasonable service from you. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Grow in fear of God and determine to render a reasonable service to Him.
2. Learn to serve God faithfully as long as you live.
3. Do not render to God an unworthy service, instead, serve Him with fear and honour.
4. Allow the fear of God to control and guide your behaviour and decisions.

Daily Prayer: Dear Lord, you are great and powerful. Help me to serve you faithfully, and to fear you for the rest of my life, in Jesus‘ name, amen.

Daily Reflection: Just going to church does not make you a genuine child of God, but the fear of God does. Your fear for God guarantees a warm relationship with Him.

Daily Quote: “Sacrifice is the key to a reasonable service to God; and genuine service to God is the first and greatest lesson of every man.”

Daily Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God is to be worship with fear, honour and gladness. Therefore, I will serve Him with fear and honour, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God enable you to serve Him with fear and awe. May your life be pleasing to God, in Jesus‘ name.

Biblical Fact : Did you know Jehoash (Joash) is the youngest king in the Bible? (2Kings 11:21).

Today In History: June 26, 363 Roman Emperor Julian dies, ending the Pagan Revival.

Stunning Fact : Did you know most dinosaurs lived to be more than 100 years old?




Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Bible Verse : The one who is gracious to the poor lends to the LORD, and the LORD will repay him for his good deed. Proverbs 19:17 NET

LISTEN : The poor will not cease in the world, therefore, they should be graciously assisted by all. (Deut 15:11). We should show some pity to those who are destitute and hurting. We should give to others to relieve their pain and stress. God has variously shown us His favours. Therefore, we should extend same favours to others. We should stop the endless journey with selfishness and begin a life-long journey with self-sacrifice. Friend, the Day you stop to live just for yourself is the day you have started to live for God. Learn to always consider the poor and needy. God is concerned about them, and so should we. Give to others what you will want them give to you. Jesus Christ gives a rule that everyone should abide by. He said, “In everything, treat others as you would want them to treat you, for this fulfill the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 NET). Beloved, how will you like others to treat you? Treat them like that too. Be compassionate to the poor, for what you do for them you do to God. Surely, God will repay what you give to make others comfortable, especially the poor and needy. Learn to be gracious, because being gracious is a mark of godliness. It is an expression of the nature of God. So, let us help those who are in need as we have the opportunity today (Galatians 6 : 10). Be wise!

1. Thank God for keeping you alive and safe today.
2. Ask the Lord to forgive your sins and restore your relationship with Him.
3. Ask God for spirit of kindness and generosity towards others.
4. Pray God to rescue the poor, afflicted and oppressed around the world.
5. Thank Him for answering your prayer.

May God give you the heart to love and help others; and may His blessings locate you for your kindness and obedience, in Jesus’ name, amen.

God bless you. See you tomorrow.