Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: For you, LORD, will bless the righteous; with favour will you compass him as with a shield. Psalms 5:12 UKJV
LISTEN: Righteousness means leading a lifestyle of pleasing God and having a right standing with Him. The dictionary defines the term ‘righteousness’ as “the quality of being morally right or justifiable” However, true righteousness is a gift from God through Christ Jesus. (Romans 5:17). Righteousness is key to experiencing God’s blessing, favour, protection and the abundance of His grace. David was one of the people who feared God and followed his will. He spared Saul’s life, amongst his other righteous acts, because he was conscious of righteousness and the fear of God. 1 Samuel 26:9 says, “And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD’S anointed, and be guiltless?”. As a result, God gave him the throne of Israel, defeated his enemies and prospered him. Beloved, God honours righteousness. I believe you are conversant with the story of Job. He is another quintessential figure of righteousness, faith and patience. God boasted of him because of how he lived and feared God. The Bible says, “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” (Job 1:8 KJV). Though the devil sought to destroy him, but God doubled his (job) blessings instead, because of his devotion to God. The Bible says, “…the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before”. (Job 42:10). God honoured him, and He wants to honour you too, if only you will live in line with His will. Beloved, pursue righteousness and the fear of God and God’s favour will follow you. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to be upright, knowing that God blesses the upright.
2. Do not be discouraged when you suffer for righteousness sake, instead, be strong in faith.
3. Be conscious of what you do and make sure you are in tune with God always.
4. Learn to fear God and stay away from evil.
Prayer : Almighty God, I bless your name for a day like this. Make me to fear you, obey and honour your name as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : Righteousness is key to experiencing God’s blessing, favour, protection and the abundance of His grace. Pursue righteousness and the fear of God, and God’s favour will follow you.
Quote : “He who consistently climbs the ladder of uprightness and the fear of God, will arrive at the place of uncommon honour, favour and blessings.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God rewards obedience and righteousness. Therefore, I will walk in obedience and the fear of God, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Lamech was the father of Noah? (Genesis 5:28,29)
Today In History : September 11, 2012 The US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is attacked and burned down; 4 Americans are killed including the US ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens.
Stunning Fact : Did you know flushable toilets were in use in ancient Rome?
Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God bless you. May the desire to please God be a top priority to you, now and forever, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
TOPIC: THE WISE NEVER STOPS LEARNING
Bible Verse : A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels. Proverbs 1:5
LISTEN : Learn and continue to learn. We learn to become better. The wise never stops learning; rather, they learn to increase in knowledge and remain relevant in life. Nobody is too learned and wise to stop learning. Learning is a lifetime project. The more you learn, the more you know and become wiser and increase in knowledge. You will become refined and know how to think better and act better when you acquire knowledge, whether theoretical or practical knowledge. Sadly, a lot of people do not want to learn new things, because they believe they know everything or are afraid to try something new. As a result, have nothing more to learn from others. (Proverbs 26:12). Beloved, never stop learning; instead, labour painstakingly for more knowledge, especially knowledge about God. Keep searching for knowledge and open your ears and heart to it. You will become better when you acquire and apply true knowledge. As you search for knowledge, strive to also know the word of God. The word of God is the source of true wisdom. God’s word brings about increase in knowledge. Learning the words of God is the best learning. It is the most profitable and profound knowledge in the earth because it shows us how to live in line with the will of God. Beloved, are you a wise person? Pursue wisdom! Be a good listener and you will increase in learning (James 1:19). Be wise!
1. Thank the Lord for today and the gift of life.
2. Ask God for forgiveness of known sin and restoration.
3. Pray for knowledge, wisdom and grace to learn and increase in learning.
4. Ask for a good night sleep, and destruction of Satan’s plans over your life.
Today I prophesy to you, may God help you to hear and increase in knowledge and wisdom all the days of your life, in Jesus’ name, amen.