Monday, September 3, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as all of you see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:25

LISTEN : People are willing to identify with the Christian faith, but not everyone is willing to commit to Christian fellowship. Fellowship simply means, relatedness, communion and relationship. To be in Christ and avoid Christian fellowship is to deny the faith. We (believers in Christ) are in fellowship not only with Jesus Christ and the Father in the Spirit, but also with one another as Christians. If we truly belong to Christ we should be committed to Christian fellowship. We must not neglect or give up our meetings, but attend Christian gatherings regularly. Beloved, commitment to Christian fellowship is a proof of our faith in Christ Jesus. (John 12:26 ; Acts 20:7) . Hence, avoidance of Christian gatherings and fellowship are unchristian attitudes. (Hebrews 10:25 ; John 20:24-25). My dear, are you a believer in Christ Jesus? Do you fellowship with other Christians and attend Christian gatherings regularly? If not, I encourage you to do so today. We are called to fellowship with one another because we are one family in Christ Jesus. Fellowship is important because it will mature your faith, provide support and comfort in times of troubles (Eccl 4:9-12) ; enables you to feel the presence of God and gives you the warmth of oneness. So, to appreciate and enjoy Christian fellowship, you should renew your mind; change your interests from being carnally minded to being spiritually minded (Romans 8:5;1 Corinthians 2:14) , develop love for the presence of God, and form the habit of fellowship. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. As a christian, do not stay away from Christian meetings and fellowship.
2. Encourage and exhort others to embrace Christian fellowship.
3. Be committed to Christian fellowship and sustain your faith in Christ Jesus.
4. Develop the habit of fellowshipping with others and work to sustain it.

Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you for permitting me to have fellowship with you the Father, and your son Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. Help me to also have fellowship with other believers in Christ Jesus, amen.

Reflection : True followers of Christ Jesus will always cherish His presence, for they know that avoidance of Christian gatherings and fellowship are unchristian attitudes.

Quote : “Not all who identify with the Christian faith can commit to Christian fellowship; because many are ignorant of the fact that, to be in Christ and avoid Christian fellowship is to deny the Christian faith.”

Faith Confession : Today, I confess that we are commanded to fellowship with one another in the body of Christ. Therefore, I will fellowship with other believers no matter what, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know he that despises Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses? (Hebrews 10:28 ; Deuteronomy 17:6).

Today In History : September 3, 1777 The American flag (stars & stripes), approved by Congress on June 14th, is carried into battle for the first time by a force under General William Maxwell.

Stunning Fact : Did you know hippophobia is the fear of horses?

Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God bless you with wisdom and understanding of His will for the church of Christ. May you love God’s people and be loved of God, in Jesus’ name, amen.



Monday, September 3, 2018

Bible Verse : Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless his Holy name. Bless the Lord oh my soul and forget not all His benefit… and tender mercies Psalms 103:1–4

LISTEN: If we cannot forget what God has done for us we can bless and praise His name heartily. The beauty of life is in acknowledging God for His goodness. The meaning of life cannot be discovered until we think on what God has done. Thinking about the wonderful works of God in the universe will open our eyes to the true meaning of life; and such knowledge will provoke a heart of praise to God. My dear, no matter the pain, affliction, sorrow, misfortune you may be going through in this life, there is still enough reasons to be grateful to God for His goodness. Let us bless and praise the name of the LORD because through Him we have protection, deliverance, provisions, healing, forgiveness, salvation, comfort in trials, wisdom, understanding, peace, etc. No matter what we have done or achieved for ourselves, God is the one who made all things possible. Beloved, in spite of the ordeals you experience in life, you should not be blinded to the countless blessings of God in your life. Therefore, like David, let us begin to bless the LORD today for all his benefits to us. Let us praise Him with affection and gratitude for He is good. (Psalms 92:1). Beloved, praise God because praise is good to Him. Be wise!

1. Bless God for today no matter what.
2. Ask God for forgiveness, and grace to follow His will.
3. Pray for wisdom to acknowledge His blessings in your life.
4. Intercede for believers in Christ around the world for grace to love God.
5. Pray against spiritual wickedness, and ask God to keep you safe.

Today I prophesy to you, may you acknowledge and appreciate the blessings of God in your life. And may you not forget all His benefits in your life, in Jesus’ name, amen.