Sunday, July 29, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : One thing I have asked of the LORD, that I will seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to see the LORD’s beauty, and to inquire in his temple. Psalms 27:4 NHEB
LISTEN : Friend, what is your greatest desire? What is your top priority in life right now? Does it include the desire to please God? Does it include the desire to honour, worship and glorify God with your life? Whatever we desire and achieve in life minus God equal to nothing. A man once said, “GOOD minus GOD equal to zero.” Beloved, when you remove the spelling of “God” (G.o.d ) from the word “Good”, what will be left is “O” (nothing). This is a mystery that can only be understood by divine wisdom. When you pursue the so-called good things of life at the expense of God, you will lose all at your own expense. You gained nothing when you reject and ignore God. My dear, there is no top priority than the desire to please God. Every other thing should queue behind it. You are sure to succeed when God is your top priority. (Matthew 6:33). Like David, the desire to please God should be paramount in our lives. David said, “One thing I have asked of the LORD, that I will seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to see the LORD’s beauty, and to inquire in his temple.” (Psalms 27:4 NHEB). Beloved, let the desire to serve and worship God consume your heart, and God will grant you the desires of your heart. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. No matter your desires in life, make the desire to please God your priority.
2. Do not pursue pleasure at the expense of God, because it will hurt you in the end.
3. Examine your relationship with God and improve on it daily.
4. Live and also encourage others to live in obedience to God.
Daily Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank you for your words today. Help me to love and worship you. May the desire to please you consume my heart henceforth, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Reflection : There is no top priority more than the desire to please God. Hence, every other thing should queue behind it.
Daily Quote : When you pursue the so-called good things of life at the expense of God, you will lose all at your own expense, for you gained nothing when you reject and ignore God.
Daily Faith Confession : Today, I confess that the desire to please God is paramount to Him. Therefore, I will strive to be faithful to Him and grow in faith, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God bless you. May the desire to please Him consume your heart henceforth. It is well with you, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know the sons of Rachel Jacob’s wife were Joseph and Benjamin? (Genesis 46:19).
Today In History : 2005 Astronomers announce the discovery of dwarf planet Eris, leading the International Astronomic Union to clarify the definition of a planet.
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BELOVED, CONCLUDE YOUR DAY WITH THE EVENING MESSAGE BELOW AS YOU RETIRE TO BED TODAY
Sunday, July 29, 2018
TOPIC: WATCH YOUR DESIRES
Bible Verse : Those who long to be rich, however, stumble into temptation and a trap and many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 1 Timothy 6:9
LISTEN: Watch your desires, because we are often entrapped and ruin by our own desires. If your desires are good and godly you are sure to succeed, but if selfish and self-centered, watch it, before you ruin your precious life. No doubt, riches is everyone’s dream. Ask around and people will tell you they wish they had more money and wealth to their names. Beloved, we must be careful in our thoughts to avoid inordinate desires to be rich. Anyone who is desperate to be rich has opened himself up for Satan’s manipulations and disasters. Let us avoid greed, because it will leave us at the mercy of the devil. Beloved, do you want to be rich? Do you wish to experience abundance? Then, determine to love God and seek out contentment in Him, and you will receive the blessings you seek. When you show commitment to doing the will of God, shun laziness and determine to work hard ; and rely on God’s grace, His blessing will surely locate you. Seek to do His will and He will bless you beyond measure. (Matthew 6:33). Be wise!
PRAYER POINTS :
1. Thank God today for His grace, protection and provision in your life.
2. Ask Him for forgiveness and restoration.
3. Pray for grace to do His will and live with contentment.
4. Cancel every plan of the devil against you, and ask for divine protection.
Today, I prophesy to you, may God strengthen you and guide you to make the right decision in every situation, in Jesus’ name, amen.
God bless you. See you tomorrow.