Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : A generous person will be enriched, and the one who provides water for others will be satisfied. Proverbs 11:25
LISTEN : God blesses those who bless others. He gives freely to those who give freely and share what they have with others. God will provide abundantly for those who provide abundantly for others. Beloved, when you show kindness and concern for others, God will show concern and kindness to you. You cannot work for God and have everything work against you. God cannot fail to supply to you, if you cannot fail to supply to those in need. What God gives to you is not just for you alone, but for humanity. God said to Abraham, “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:2). God blessed Abraham so that through him others will be blessed. Friend, we are created to obey and worship God, and to love and serve one another. Truly, the true meaning of life can be discovered in what you can do for others and not what you can get from them. Amazingly, the irony of life is that, what you can sacrifice for the well-being of others is what life can sacrifice for your own well-being. What you give, you will receive. Yes! You cannot bless and not be blessed. When you live to heal broken hearts, comfort the troubled, relieve the afflicted, give hope to the hopeless, and meaning to the lives of others God will unfailingly do same to you. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Learn to bless others with what you have no matter what.
2. Obey, love and worship God and serve others with what you have.
3. Make sacrifices for the well-being of others and God will make sacrifices for you.
4. Determine to be a blessing to others and live to the glory of God.
Prayer : Precious Father, you are worthy to be praised. Thank you for blessing me. Make me a blessing to others as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : When you show kindness and concern for others, God will show concern and kindness to you.
Quote : “You cannot bless and not be blessed. For when you live to heal broken hearts, comfort troubled souls, relieve the afflicted, give hope to the hopeless, and meaning to the lives of others, you provoke the kindness of God.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God bless us to bless others. Therefore, I will serve and bless others with what I have, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Haman was full of wrath and plotted to destroy Mordecai and the Jews because Mordecai refused to bow down to him? (Esther 3:5,6).
Today In History : September 19, 1955 Argentina’s President Juan Peron is overthrown by rebels.
Stunning Fact : Did you know hydrogen is the most abundant element in the Universe (75%)?
Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God bless you, and make you a blessing now and forever, amen.
PRAY TO RECEIVE
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Bible Verse : Evening, morning, and at noon, I will cry out in distress. He will hear my voice. Psalms 55:17
LISTEN : When prayer is sincerely made to God answers can be expected. God never fails to deliver on His promises. He does exactly what He says. (Numbers 23:19). Circumstances may influence us to think that God has turned His back on us ; but if we cannot stop praying to Him we will surely push our ways through. (Luke 18:1–8). Many people wonder if God truly hear prayers. They complain about God not given attention to their prayers, as a result, they stopped praying. Beloved, God hears prayers. He will hear you if you can pray. (Jeremiah 33:3). When prayer becomes a delight, God will certainly hear you. You cannot be unserious with prayer and expect extraordinary results. You must persist in prayer. Those who prevail with God are those who through faith persist in prayer. David said, ” Evening, morning, and at noon, I will cry out in distress. He will hear my voice.” (Psalms 55:17). In this bible passage, David was saying, “I will not give up praying no matter what. I will pray to God until I receive. I am not bothered about God’s delay in answering me, for I know He will surely answer me.” Beloved, are you tired of praying? Have you decided to quit? What a wrong decision you have made! My dear, do not stop praying, instead, keep pushing; for the answer you seek might be hidden in your next push. Be wise!
1. Thank God for today and ask for His forgiveness.
2. Pray for grace to be prayerful no matter what.
3. Pray and cancel every evil plot against you and your family.
4. Pray God to give a heart of prayer to His people around nations of the world.
Today, I prophesy to you, may God impart you with the spirit of prayer. May you pray and receive answers to your prayers, in Jesus’ name, amen.