Sunday, September 9, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7
LISTEN : How well do you get along with others? How comfortable do you feel hanging together? Do you know it is better to hang together than separately. That is what fellowship stands for. It makes us one. In fellowship, what is lacking in you can be supplied by another. Fellowship causes us to share our burdens and celebrate our successes together (Galatians 6:2). As children of Light (God) we should not find it difficult to walk/work with others, especially those who are of the household of faith. God is light and those who claim to serve Him must walk in the light. There is no darkness in Him, rather darkness disappears in His presence. When we sincerely fellowship with one another, we will work for one another’s welfare, forgive one another, bear one another’s burden, encourage and edify one another, and serve one another. When we are united in fellowship with one another we are cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ; because our eyes will be opened to know the will of God and to ask for forgiveness for our sins. Beloved, are you walking in the light of God? Do you hunger to fellowship with others? Remember, you cannot claim to walk with God and not walk with His people; for He who rejects the people of God has equally rejected God Himself. So, learn to fellowship with others and grow your faith in Christ Jesus. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Open your heart to others and supply what is spiritually lacking in them.
2. Do not find it difficult to walk with others, instead, embrace them with the love of God.
3. Identify with the body of Christ (church) and grow in faith, love and fellowship.
4. Learn to fellowship with others and grow your faith in Christ Jesus.
Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank you because you are in fellowship with those who believe in Christ Jesus. Therefore, help me to fellowship with others as members of the body of Christ, amen.
Reflection : When we sincerely fellowship with one another, we will work for one another’s welfare, forgive one another, bear one another’s burden, encourage and edify one another, and serve one another.
Quote : “He who loves God should love His people, for no one can claim to walk with God and not walk with His people; and He who rejects the people of God has equally rejected God Himself.”
Faith Confession : Today, I acknowledged that God is in fellowship with His people. Therefore, I will strive to fellowship with others no matter what, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Prophet Joel was the son of Pethuel? (Joel 1:1)
Today In History : September 9, 1993 The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) officially recognizes Israel as a legitimate state.
Stunning Fact : Did you know all snakes are carnivorous?
Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God help you to mature your faith in Christ Jesus. May He kindle the fire of fellowship and love in your heart, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : VICTORY IS OF THE LORD
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Bible Verse : The LORD shall fight for you, and you shall hold your peace. Exodus 14:14
LISTEN: Life is full of endless battles. Most times we are empty of strength to handle them. We often faint and fall in the midst of these battles because our strength cannot handle them as we should. Obviously, there are things you cannot overcome without divine help. Humans are limited in many ways therefore, we need the help of God to be able to overcome these battles. When we invite God to fight our battles, He will certainly frustrate, humiliate and dislodge the devil. The Bible says, “The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name”. (Exodus 15:3). When Pharaoh of Egypt decided to torture the Israelites and to keep them beyond God’s plan for their lives. God moved into action and eventually delivered them because He is a man of war. At the Red Sea when they (Israelites) were confused and afraid of the Egyptians who were relentlessly pursuing to recapture them; Moses spoke to them by the command of God and said, ”The LORD shall fight for you, and you shall hold your peace”. (Exodus 14:14). Beloved, I have a good news for you. The LORD will fight for you this season, and you will watch Him in amazement as He delivers you in Jesus‘ name. Henceforth, do not fight alone, rather invite God and your victory is sure. Be wise!
1. Glorify God for today no matter what.
2. Ask God for forgiveness, and grace to be committed to Him.
3. Pray God for divine help in your battles today.
4. Intercede for the traumatised, afflicted and oppressed around the world.
5. Pray against all sorts of evil designed against you, and ask God to keep you safe.
May God fight your battles for you. May He keep you from shame and defeat, in Jesus’ name, amen.