Thursday, August 23, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : God is faithful, by whom you were called into fellowship with his son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9

LISTEN : Every believer in Christ Jesus is called into fellowship with Him. God called us to be joined to His Son Jesus Christ to fulfill His eternal plans. God who called us to this purpose is dependable. He chooses us to become intimately associated with His begotten Son Jesus Christ, whom He enthroned as the Lord of all. (Philippians 2:9-11). Beloved, God called us into fellowship with His Son. That is, He wants us to partake of His grace, and to be heirs of glory with him. He wants us to enjoy communion with him in private and public exercises of faith as an evidence of being in him. Friend, as a child of God, it is not enough to be part of the church of Christ, you must be in union with Jesus Christ and join Him to fulfill His eternal purpose in the world. We should grow in His knowledge, share in His suffering and give up ourselves completely to His will. Surely, those who truly value their fellowship with Jesus Christ will be preserved in Him blameless, and presented to Him faultless, and ultimately have everlasting life. (Hebrews 3:14). My dear, are you with Jesus or against Him? Are you joined to Him or separated from Him? Do not forget that to be against Christ is to be in support of Satan; and to be joined to Satan is to be eternally separated from God. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Embrace Jesus Christ and grow in the knowledge of God and in fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
2. Determine to know Jesus Christ and share in His suffering and spread of the gospel.
3. Reject Satan and what he has to offer and be joined to Jesus Christ and be saved.

Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank you for choosing me to fellowship with your son Jesus Christ. Help me to be perfectly joined to Him as long as I live, amen.

Reflection : It is not enough to be part of the church of Christ, we must be in union with Jesus Christ and join Him to fulfill His eternal purpose in the world.

Quote : “To be against Jesus Christ is to be in support of Satan and be joined to his kingdom; and to be joined to Satan is to be eternally separated from God.”

Faith Confession : Today, I acknowledged that God called us into fellowship with his son Jesus Christ. Therefore, I will fellowship with Him as long as I live, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know Philip one of the seven deacons had four daughters who were virgins and prophetesses? (Acts 21:8-9).

Today In History : August 23, 1821 After 11 years of war, Spain grants Mexican independence as a constitutional monarchy.

Stunning Fact : Did you know an ostrich can outrun a horse?

Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God strengthen and guide you to fellowship with His son Jesus Christ. May God bless you abundantly, in Jesus’ name, amen.



Thursday, August 23, 2018

Bible Verse : And they glorified God in me. Galatians 1:24

LISTEN: Friend, can people praise God because of your life? Can your life be a source of joy to God and humanity? God cannot be praised when you live in sin. He cannot be praised when you spend your life in prostitution, terrorism, Kidnapping, blackmailing others, killing, stealing and committing all manner of atrocities against God and humanity. God cannot be praised because of you when your business is to break people’s heart, traumatise and cripple them. People can only praise God in you when your life becomes a source of comfort, encouragement, peace, joy, unity, progress, goodness and the likes to them. Addressing his audience, Apostle Paul narrated his role in persecuting the church, and the sudden encounter with Jesus Christ on his way to Damascus (Acts 9:1-16). He concluded by telling the church that his encounter with Jesus transformed his life from persecuting the church to preaching the gospel he once sought to destroy. On hearing his testimonies, the brethren glorified God in him. (Galatians 1:15-24).) What a positive change! Beloved, what positive change can you make today to bring glory to God? Is it a change of attitude towards your marriage, the church, your family, mission and evangelism, addictions, business, relationships, your nation etc.? Do it today and God will be glorified. Be wise!

1. Pray and bless God for provision and protection.
2. Ask God for forgiveness and restoration.
3. Ask God to use you as a vessel for His glory.
4. Pray and cancel every evil plot against you and your family.
5. Thank God for answer to your prayer.

May the Lord bless you and make you a vessel of honour to Him. May you not fail to please God. It is well with you, in Jesus’ name, amen.