Saturday, September 8, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Abram said to Lot, “Please, let there be no strife between me and you, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are relatives. Genesis 13:8
LISTEN : Peace is produced where the fear of God is present; but where Satan is honoured and magnified, peace is undermined. Beloved, peace is godly and priceless. It brings people together, sustains fellowship, helps to resolve disputes, encourages unity, facilitates development and progress, and guarantees social and economic stability. Truly, life is empty without peace; and where there is no peace, security and safety has been compromised. No people can sustain progress and development where peace is absent. This is why everyone should be a person of peace. In every situation we should give peace a chance. We should learn to work for the good of all. We should endeavour to embrace peace and never encourage or provoke crisis or war by our actions. My dear, no matter how offended you are, peace is possible. When Abraham realised that his relationship with Lot, (his nephew) was threatened when his herdsmen strove with the herdsmen of Lot for a grazing space. Rather than get angry at Lot and his herdsmen, he initiated peace. The Bible says thus : ‘Abram said to Lot, “Please, let there be no strife between me and you, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are relatives.” ‘ (Genesis 13:8). Beloved, can you be an “Abraham” to your family, friends, church, society, marriage, the world, etc.? You can initiate peace and make opposing person or persons understand that peace is achievable. Friend, determine to be a person of peace and show the world that you belong to God. The Bible says, ” Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matthew 5:9). So, let us preach peace to the world, for Jesus Christ is the peace of God. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Learn to both give and embrace peace no matter what.
2. Determine to preach peace to the world because Jesus Christ is the peace of God.
3. Always initiate peace where necessary and encourage unity, progress and development.
4. Make yourself an ambassador of peace and do not serve as an agent of crisis.
Prayer : Almighty God, you are the God of peace and love. Help me to love others, and stand for peace as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : Absence of peace will amount to disaster. No people can sustain progress and development where peace has been murdered.
Quote : “Peace is priceless and productive. Like a seed, it grows only in a godly and gentle heart; and it is produced where the fear of God is present, and not where Satan is honoured and magnified.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God is the God of peace. Therefore, I will pursue peace with all men to demonstrate that I am a child of God, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know God was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel to other gods? (1Kings 11:9)
Today In History : September 8, 1925 Germany is admitted into the League of Nations.
Stunning Fact : Did you know zoophobia is the fear of animals?
Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may you give peace and receive same. May the peace of God come into your life and end your crisis, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : DETERMINE TO GET IT RIGHT
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Bible Verse : Now therefore thus says the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Haggi 1:5
LISTEN: God is concerned about how you live, because how you live, to a great extent will determine how you will end. He wants you to get it right now or be lost forever. Beloved, do you take a regular check of your moral life? Are you living in line with the will of God? In our verse of the day, God urged the Israelites to consider their ways just the same way He is urging us today. The phrase, “consider your ways” simply means to think carefully about what you are doing: to give thought to your ways. Beloved, how often do you examine your ways and life in general? Do you really watch what you do? Do you know that your actions can make or mar you? Do you also know that when you refuse to give thought to your ways you will certainly regret your decisions in the long run? Beloved, do you really examine what you do with your life? Do you consider your actions before carrying them out? Do you know that not to consider the aftermath of your actions is to head for disaster? Truly, those who act, not minding the consequences of their actions are bound to suffer harm and misery. My dear, always remember that your action is like a seed, whatever you sow you will reap. (Galatians 6:7). Hence, if you do the right thing, you can expect God’s blessing and good success in your life. So, consider your actions and guard against doing evil. Use God’s word as your mirror and you will not be deceived. (Psalms 119:11). Be wise!
1. Glorify God for His mercy to you today.
2. Ask God for forgiveness, and grace to be committed to Him.
3. Pray God to help you to always examine your life.
4. Pray God to awaken Christians all over the world to righteousness.
5. Pray against demonic invasion of your life tonight, and Ask God to keep you from evil.
Today I prophesy to you, may God awaken you to righteousness. May the yoke of sin be broken in your life; and may God order your steps and give you peace of mind, in Jesus’ name, amen.