OBEY AND SUBMIT TO YOUR CHURCH LEADERS

MORNING

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. Hebrews 13:17

LISTEN : God gave us His son Jesus Christ and His people – the church. The church is “the body of Christ.” A special people brought together to carry out the purposes of God in the world. The Bible says, He gave himself for us to set us free from every kind of lawlessness and to purify for himself a people who are truly his, who are eager to do good.” (Titus 2:14 NET). The church is not without leaders. These are people who God has chosen to lead His people – the church. They help to direct the people of God; encourage them, councel, admonish, guide, guard, and help to raise other leaders, who will in turn help to advance the kingdom and purpose of God in the earth. Church leaders, especially dedicated and laborious pastors should be respected because they are servants of God. As children of God, we should submit ourselves to them because they are messengers of God. The Bible says, “For the lips of a priest should preserve knowledge of sacred things, and people should seek instruction from him because he is the messenger of the LORD who rules over all.” (Malachi 2:7). Beloved, do you have respect for your church leaders? Do you know they are servants of God? Truly, not to respect God’s servant is not to respect God. An insult to your church’s dedicated and laborious leaders is an insult to God. He who disregards God’s messenger has disregarded God; and he who disregards God invites His wrath. (1 Samuel 15:16-29). Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Learn to obey and submit yourself to your church leaders as messengers of God.
2. Respect and support your dedicated and laborious church leaders always.
3. Encourage your leaders with your attitude and help them to achieve God’s purpose for the church and the world.
4. No matter what, do not disrespect God’s servants because they are messengers of God.

Prayer: Almighty God, I thank you because you gave us your son Jesus Christ, and your people the church. Help me to love the church, obey and submit to leaders of the church, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : Not to respect God’s servant is not to respect God. An insult to dedicated and laborious leaders of the church is an insult to God.

Quote : He who disregards God’s message and messenger has disregarded God; and he who disregards God invites His wrath.

Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God wants us to submit ourselves to His servants, our leaders. Therefore, I will obey and submit to my church leaders, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know God rejected Saul from continuing as King of Israel because he disobeyed God’s command to destroy the Amalekites? ( 1 Samuel 15:1-23)

Today In History : September 20, 1830 The National Negro Convention convenes in Philadelphia with the purpose of abolishing slavery.

Stunning Fact : Did you know Italy and France produce over 40% of all wine?

Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God bless you. May the Lord bless you with grace to obey and submit to His message and messengers, in Jesus’ name, amen.

EVENING

Thursday, September 20, 2018

TOPIC : YOU WILL RECEIVE THE FRUITS OF YOUR ACTIONS

Bible Verse : Wicked people earn deceitful wages, but one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward. Proverbs 11:18

LISTEN : God knows and sees all things, therefore, let us not be deceived. God is not ignorant of our actions, hence, whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (Galatians 6:7). The wicked will reap evil and death; but good works will return a righteous reward to the upright. No matter what the wicked gained by way of wickedness, he cannot prosper continuously with it, because God’s judgment will surely catch up with him. Just as God will punish the wicked man for his evil, He will also bless the upright for his faith and obedience to Him. No matter how long it takes, the righteous in Christ Jesus will not lose their reward. They Will certainly be rewarded. Serving God and living in accordance with His will is the guarantee for a sure reward. Beloved, do you want to be rewarded for your services to God and humanity? Do you desire the blessings of God that comes without sorrow? (Proverbs 10:22). Then, obey His words and have faith in Him. Do not be influenced by evil in the world, instead, let God’s words be your guide; I assure you, you will not lose your reward. Be wise!

PRAYER POINTS
1. Thank the Lord for a wonderful day and the gift of life.
2. Ask for His forgiveness, Mercy and love.
3. Pray for grace to live right in the world; and ask the Lord to preserve you.
4. Pray for grace to focus on doing the will of God no matter what.
5. Ask for a good night sleep, and destroy Satan’s plans over your life.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION
Today I prophesy to you, it is well with you. May God help you to live right and obtain the reward for a righteous living, in Jesus’ name, amen.

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