DIVINE PROMOTION AND HONOUR

MORNING

Friday, August 17, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day :To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom. Psalms 105:22

LISTEN : True honour and promotion come from God, because God can never abandon His faithful servant in the dungeon. (Deuteronomy 31:6). Joseph suffered betrayal, slavery, false accusation, mistreatment and imprisonment, yet, he remained loyal and obedient to God. Beloved, how does divine honour and promotion come? They come through faith and obedience to God. Obedience to God will naturally bring honour and promotion. God will promote and honour anyone who is determined to stay humble and loyal to Him. God does not honour or promote people out of sentiments, He promotes people on grounds of genuine relationship with Him. Those who make sacrifices to please God will attract His unsolicited favour, honour and promotion. Joseph refused to disobey God, instead, he sacrificed his own comfort and freedom when Potiphar’s promiscuous wife forcibly desired to sleep with him. (Genesis 39:9). Though his refusal to comply with her evil desire puts him in prison, but God’s grace brought him out and took him to the palace. He was remarkably honoured and promoted by Pharaoh because God elected to honour him. As a result, Joseph was placed above Pharaoh’s princes and senators. What an uncommon promotion! Beloved, do you desire to be divinely honoured and promoted? Then, obey and serve God faithfully. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. No matter what, do not succumb to the pressure to deliberately commit sin against God.
2. Do not be discouraged if you suffer for righteousness, rather, defend your faith in God.
3. Determine to obey and remain loyal to God in every situation and you will be rewarded.

Prayer : Blessed Father, I thank you because you honour obedience. Help me to obey and remain faithful to you, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : God does not honour or promote people out of sentiments, He promotes people on grounds of genuine relationship with Him.

Quote : “God can never abandon His faithful servant in the dungeon, for He will deliver, promote and honour anyone who is determined to stay humble and loyal to Him.”

Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God honours and promotes His faithful servants. Therefore, I will obey and serve Him faithfully, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know the rain that brought the flood in the days of Noah was upon the earth forty days and forty nights? (Genesis 7:12).

Today In History : August 17, 1999 A 7.4-magnitude earthquake near Izmit, Turkey kills over 17,000 and injures nearly 45,000.

Stunning Fact : Did you know bull’s can run faster uphill than down?

Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God bless, honour and promote you as you serve Him, in Jesus’ name, amen.

EVENING

Friday, August 17, 2018

TOPIC : BE HEAVENLY-MINDED

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. Colossians 3:2

LISTEN : Eternity with God should be our goal. Our thoughts should be directed towards God. My dear, you are what you think, hence, you must guard your thoughts at all times. This is because, what you think about, to a great extent determines what you do or become. Thoughts trigger actions, and your actions will determine your success or failure in life. It will equally determine where you will spend eternity – heaven or hell. Good thoughts when sustained will produce good actions, and bad thoughts when sustained will produce negative actions. You cannot be different from what you think. (Proverbs 23:7a). That is why it is vital to direct your thoughts in line with the will of God. In our Bible verse , we are urged to think about things that are above and not about things that are on the earth. We should constantly desire the blessings that God has prepared for us in heaven. (1 Corinthians 2:9,10). We should bother ourselves with the things of heaven and abstain from the evil in the world. Besides, our minds should be consumed with thoughts of “a life with God after our earthly life.” We should always think about our eternal home that is free from crisis, heartbreak, sicknesses and diseases, death and sorrow, etc. Friend, focus your mind on eternity, for our journey on earth will soon be over. Be wise!

PRAYER POINTS
1. Thank God for today and bless Him for the life of others.
2. Ask Him to forgive your sin and restore your fellowship with Him.
3. Ask God to give you a heart for Him and the zeal to prepare for eternity.
4. Pray against evil altars and manipulations against your life. Then, thank God for answering your prayer.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION May God bless you. May the Lord give you a heart for Him and enable you to prepare for eternity as long as you live, in Jesus’ name, amen.

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