Friday, September 14, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : So remember your Creator in the days of your youth – before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no pleasure in them.” Ecclesiastics 12:1 NET
LISTEN : I remember a certain old man who had lived over ten decades and was tired of life, and practically begged for death to come take him away. Before he finally died, he no longer enjoyed being alive. He was tired of living because he no longer enjoyed his body the way he used to when he was young. His body systems failed, his muscles became a source of constant pain, his eyes became dim, walking became a difficult task because his bones could no longer bear his weight anymore. As a result, life no longer made sense to him. Beloved, all things being equal, someday you will get there too. But before then, know and serve the God who created you. Our Bible verse says, “So remember your Creator in the days of your youth – before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no pleasure in them.”” (Ecclesiastics 12:1 NET). This means that, now that you are still young or strong, you should keep thinking about God your creator. Serve, worship and honour Him with all your heart. You must do that before you are old and life becomes unpleasant, when you will say “I no longer enjoy being alive.” Beloved, I know that life is sweet ; yet, it is bitter without God. Life cannot be good when God is locked out of your life. The beauty of life is to acknowledge and honour God the giver of life. My dear, acknowledge and worship God today. Remember, when you fail to recognise and worship God as your creator, you are creating eternal problems for yourself. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Acknowledge and worship the living God as your creator.
2. Accept Jesus Christ today, and do not wait until it is too late.
3. Do not be deceived by the so-called pleasures of life, instead, focus on pleasing God.
4. Do not be deceived by your physical strength, because strength will fail with age. Instead, trust in the living God.
Prayer : Everlasting Father, I thank you because you created me in your own image and likeness. Help me to always acknowledge, serve and worship you as my creator, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : life is sweet when everything is going well for you ; yet, it is bitter without God.
Quote : “Life cannot be good when God is locked out of one’s life. The beauty of life is to acknowledge and honour God who gives life. Hence, he who fails to recognise and worship God as the creator, has created an eternal problem for himself.”
Faith Confession : Today, I acknowledge and therefore confess that God is the creator of all. I will serve and worship Him as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know that Rachel gave Bilhah her maid to Jacob her husband as a wife, because herself was barren? (Genesis 30:4).
Today In History : September 14, 1960 Iraq, Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia form OPEC.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the game of Tug-of-war was an Olympic sport from 1900-1920?
Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God guide you to make the right decisions for your life. And may you not lose focus on eternity, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Friday, September 14, 2018
TOPIC: WATCH THE TRAP
Bible Verse : Those who long to be rich, however, stumble into temptation and a trap and many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 1 Timothy 6:9
LISTEN: Watch your desires, because we are often entrapped and ruin by our own desires. If your desires are good and godly you are sure to succeed, but if selfish and self-centered, watch it, before you ruin your precious life. No doubt, everyone’s dream is to live in affluence and influence. Ask around and people will tell you they wish they had more money and wealth to their names. However, we must be very careful with our quests for riches, and avoid inordinate desires to be rich. Anyone who is desperate to be rich has opened himself up for Satan’s manipulations and disasters. Let us avoid greed, because it will leave us at the mercy of the devil. Beloved, do you want to be rich? Do you wish to experience abundance? Then, determine to love God and seek out contentment in Him, and you will receive the blessings you seek. When you show commitment to doing the will of God, shun laziness and determine to work hard ; and rely on God’s grace, His blessing will surely locate you. Seek to do His will and He will bless you beyond measure. (Matthew 6:33). Avoid fraudulent means of amassing wealth and you will receive divine assistance. Be wise!
1. Thank God today for His grace, protection and provision in your life.
2. Ask Him for forgiveness and restoration.
3. Pray for grace to do His will and live with contentment.
4. Cancel every plan of the devil against you, and ask for divine protection.
Today, I prophesy to you, may God strengthen you and guide you to make the right decision in every situation, in Jesus’ name, amen.