Friday, July 13, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Let favor be shown to the wicked, yet he will not learn righteousness. In the land of uprightness he will deal wrongfully, and will not see the LORD’s majesty. Isaiah 26:10 NHEB
LISTEN : True, the wicked are terrible people. Do you wonder why you would do good to someone and he or she pays you back with evil? It is a manifestation of wickedness. Are you hurt because your kindness was not returned with good? Is your heart broken by the same people you took pain and risk to save from trouble? Do you think kindness is not worth it? Have you made the decision to stop being nice and doing good to people because of that? No, no, no my dear, God wants you to behave differently. He wants you to be godly and God-fearing in your everyday life. Never expect everyone to be nice to you the same way you are to them. Many people have sold their souls to the devil. Therefore, no matter your goodness and love to them, they will want to pay you evil for good. Our verse of the day says, ” Let favor be shown to the wicked, yet he will not learn righteousness. In the land of uprightness he will deal wrongfully, and will not see the LORD’s majesty.” (Isaiah 26:10). Beloved, the wicked do not have the fear of God in his heart, and therefore will find it difficult to live right. Favour does not change the wicked, but gives him or her the opportunity to change. So, whatever you do for anyone, do it as unto God. Only God can reward your goodness. Do not be tired of doing good. (Galatians 6:9). If you stop doing good because of people’s bad attitude to you, you will lose the reward of goodness and suffer the same fate with the wicked. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do good to everyone not minding who appreciates or not, for God will reward you.
2. Never stop to do good just because you were hurt, rather do it as unto the Lord.
3. Do not pay back evil for evil, rather keep doing good all the same.
4. Never expect everyone to be nice to you the same way you are to them.
Daily Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank you for your words today. I know I am living in a wicked world, therefore, help me to overcome evil and always live in line with your will, amen.
Daily Reflection : If you stop doing good because of people’s bad attitude to you, you will lose the reward of goodness and suffer the same fate with the wicked.
Daily Quote : “The wicked are inhumane and terrible. Favour does not change the wicked, but only give them the opportunity to change.”
Daily Faith Confession : Today, I confess that among men there are wicked people who pay evil for good. However, I will not stop doing good no matter what, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, no one will harm you for your goodness. May the Lord protect you and cause you to never cease to do good, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Lot’s two daughters gave birth to Moab and Ammon? (Genesis 19:36-38).
Today In History : July 13, 1971 The Army of Morocco executes 10 leaders accused of leading a revolt.
Stunning Fact : Did you know flamingos can only eat when their heads are upside down?
BELOVED, CONCLUDE YOUR DAY WITH THE EVENING MESSAGE BELOW AS YOU RETIRE TO BED TODAY:
TOPIC : LIVING BY FAITH IS THE WAY
Friday, July 13, 2018
Bible Verse : For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5 : 7
LISTEN: Faith is the lifestyle of the righteous. The righteous wins and lives by faith. Faith is his weapon against Satan. When Satan comes, he comes to kill, steal and destroy. (John 10:10). His intention is to leave his victims miserable and heartbroken. Beloved, did you know when something unpleasant or tragic happens to you, the devil’s intentions is to see you give up on life and die unfulfilled? But I have good news for you, it is not yet over with you, God is still working for you behind the scenes ; and the raging battles of your life will soon be over as you call on God for intervention. (Psalms 18: 3). Beloved, you are not alone. God is with you. Be strong and learn to live by faith, not by sight. Faith is the way to victory. To live by faith is to anchor your hope in God. It is to believe God for everything (Luke 1: 37). Besides, it means to believe that whatever you are going through will soon be over. Therefore, do not be distracted by what you see around you, instead, trust in the LORD and He will deliver you. Be wise!
PRAYER POINTS :
1. Thank God for your life and the lives of others.
2. Confess your sin and ask God for forgiveness.
3. Ask God for grace to live by faith and not by sight.
4. Intercede for believers in Christ around the world for grace to live by faith.
5. Pray against all sorts of wickedness tonight, and ask God to keep you safe.
Today I prophesy to you, may God keep you strong and courageous. May the Lord help you to walk by faith and not by sight, in Jesus’ name, amen.
God bless you. See you tomorrow.