Sunday, September 16, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 1 Corinthians 15:19
LISTEN: Are you really living and working for eternity or just for this present life? Do you know that this life is short and temporal, and the world is passing away? My dear, to live just for this present life is to be eternally miserable. That is, to expect extreme pain, distress or woe in eternity. Beloved, do you believe in Christ Jesus as the Son of God? Do you believe Jesus Christ beyond this present life? Do you believe Him beyond your quest for healing, miracle, job, marriage, childbirth, health, etc.? As people who have eternity in view, we should cease to live so ungodly, or act wickedly towards others. We should embrace the fear of God, and have respect for human lives. We should not allow the so-called pleasures of this life take the place of God in our hearts. We should not give up on Christ or deny Him in the face of tribulations, persecution or trials. Beloved, we should not limit our hope to this present world. It is quite unreasonable to serve God but put our hope in this world. The Bible says, ”If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable ” (1Cor. 15:19). Friend, when you live just for what the world can offer, surely, you will be miserable hereafter. Therefore, learn to spend your time, energy, resources, etc., on things that have eternal value. Always hunger for God; for anyone who will wish for a blissful future with God must learn to hunger for righteousness. (Matthew 5:6). If your life is not lived for God, then it has been lived in vain. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Never put your hope in this life because the world is passing away.
2. Learn to spend your time, energy, resources, etc., on things with eternal values.
3. Do not give up on Christ or deny Him when faced with trials, instead, trust Him more and more.
4. Develop an unquenchable hunger for God and His righteousness daily.
Prayer : Blessed God, you are loving and caring. Your desire is to save humanity. Therefore, may I live in line with your will, now and forever, amen.
Reflection : It is quite unreasonable to claim to serve God, but put one’s hope in the world and its fleeting pleasure.
Quote : “Those who live and work just for this present life are blind to the real meaning of life, and God’s original purpose for humanity.
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that life, no matter how sweet is worthless without God. Therefore, I will follow God as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Noah is the son of Lamech? (Genesis 5:30).
Today In History : September 16, 1978 An earthquake estimated to be as strong as 7.9 on the Richter scale kills 25,000 people in Iran.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the dishwasher was invented in 1889?
Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God enable you to follow His will and live out His purpose for your life, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : MOVED BY LOVE
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Bible Verse : But God has made clear his love for us, in that, when we were still sinners, Christ gave his life for us. Romans 5:8
LISTEN: God is a God of love. He expressed His love by given His son Jesus Christ for us. God’s love for the world took Jesus Christ to the cross. He gave him up willingly for us to be saved. (Romans 8:32). Jesus Christ bore the weight of our sins on the cross because God loves us. He died to save and bring us back to God. His death brings us spiritual and bodily healing (Isaiah 53:5). What a privilege! God loves us even when we rejected and hated Him; because He is not like human, He loves even the unlovable. The love of God is agape, the God kind of love. God’s kind of love bothers itself with the welfare of others and cares to assist unconditionally. Beloved, in Christ, God gave His all. He loved us and still loves us in spite of our sins and misdeeds. Hence, it will be unfair to reject his love which He demonstrated in Christ Jesus. Beloved, His love for us cost Him the very life of His Son, and through Jesus Christ, He gives us assurance of eternal life when we believe and stand with Him to the very end. (John 3 :16). My dear, Jesus Christ died because He loves us, therefore, we should love God because Jesus Christ died for us. Be wise!
1. Bless God for today no matter what.
2. Ask God for forgiveness, and grace to follow His will.
3. Pray for grace to acknowledge God’s love to you.
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 the love of God. May the Lord show you the path of life and order your steps in the right direction, in Jesus’ name, amen.