Monday, August 20, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

LISTEN : Personal bible study has been undermined today. A lot of people who claim to serve God are not ready to spend quality time in His word. They neglect to dig deep into the word of God; as a result, they have just a shallow knowledge and understanding about God. Truly, a shallow study of God’s Word will produce a shallow understanding of God’s will. But a purposeful and thorough study of His word will give directions to the soul; enlightens the eyes and saves the wise from errors and the deceitfulness of sin. (Psalms 119:105). Surely, your eyes will be opened when you study and gain deeper knowledge and understanding of the word of God. When you spend quality time in the Word, you will grow wiser to handle the Word of truth, and be saved from embracing Satan and his lies. (John 8:32). Beloved, the deeper you grow in the knowledge of God and His words, the stronger you get spiritually. So, dig deeper into the word of God to escape ignorance, spiritual dryness and destruction. If you must grow and mature spiritually to defend the gospel of Christ, you must study the word of God deeply. My dear, dig deep into the word of God to be able to teach others the true message accurately. Henceforth, study to know and be prepared to tell the world about Jesus Christ, and guide them to make their own decisions about eternal destiny. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Dig deep into God’s word to gain directions, Knowledge, wisdom and understanding.
2. Study the word of God to escape spiritual ignorance and Satan’s deceit and lies.
3. Always tell others about Jesus Christ to save them from Satan’s dominion and death.

Prayer : Precious Father, I bless your name because your Word saves and gives life. Help me to dig deeper into your words daily as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : Study God’s words and be wise ; for your eyes will be opened when you study and gain deeper knowledge and understanding of the word of God.

Quote : “He who neglects to dig deeper into the word of God will obtain just a shallow knowledge and understanding about God and His will.”

Faith Confession : Today, I accept to dig deeper into the Word of God. Henceforth, I will spend quality time with Him and His Words, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know Ruth the Moabite was the wife of Mahlon the son of Elimelech? (Ruth 4:10).

Today In History : August 20, 1619 The first group of twenty Africans is brought to Jamestown, Virginia.

Stunning Fact : Did you know giant tortoises can live in captivity longer than any other animal?

Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may your heart be directed to know God. May your love for God and His words increase daily, in Jesus’ name, amen.



Monday, August 20, 2018

Bible Verse : You are from God, little children, and have conquered them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4

LISTEN: Beloved, you are privileged because you are from God. So, cheer up because God is on your side! You should be bold like the lion to combat the devil and his agents (Proverbs 28:1) My dear, fear not because God is with you and for you. Do not allow fear to cripple you. Have faith in God and be strong, because fear cannot cripple anyone whose heart is controlled by faith. Though, there are battles to fight in life, but these battles have been conquered for us by Jesus Christ; and so we have access to victory by our faith in Him. The Bible says, “For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.” (1John 5:4). Beloved, hold on to your faith. Do not let it die! When your faith dies, your confidence will die; and when your confidence dies, fear will dominate and paralyse you. Therefore, strive to grow your faith. Do not be afraid of what the future holds for you. Trust God for He is greater than your problems and enemies. Invite Him into your life and you will experience His power. If God is with you, victory is sure. (1 John 4:4). So, fear not and start trusting God today. 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 faith to trust His ability to deliver you from your enemies.
4. Pray God to watch over you and deliver you from the plans of the enemy against you.

May your sleep be sweet. May God keep you from the reach of evil spirits. May your spiritual eyes be opened to mysteries that will gloriously change your life for ever, in Jesus’ name, amen.