Friday, September 28, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19
LISTEN : Beloved, you are unique because your body is the temple of the Almighty God? His Holy Spirit lives in you, therefore, your life belong to Him. My dear, God wants you to live with the consciousness that He is the owner of your body. (Ecclesiastics 12:1). You should not live as though, you are the master of your life. Your life should be sanctified to Him. God should be at the centre of your life. You should live in a way that His Spirit will not be grieved and pushed to leave your life because of sin. As the temple (you) of God, your life should be a living and mobile worship centre to God. The thoughts of Him should occupy your heart; His fear should guide your behaviour, His praise should be in your mouth always, and you should be conscious of His presence. Beloved, do you acknowledge God as the owner of your body and life? Are you ignorant to the fact that you belong to Him? Do you not know that the height of foolishness and ungratefulness to God is to reject, neglect and question Him as your owner and creator? The scripture says, ”Fools says to themselves, ‘there is no God. ‘They sin and commit evil deeds; none of them does what is right” (Psalms 14:1). As children of God, we should not forget that the Spirit of God lives in us, and that we are not our own? (1 Cor. 6:19). We should strive to be “eternally minded” and not “carnally minded.” We should stay in tune with the Holy Spirit always and deepen our relationship with Him. My dear, surrender your body to God and learn to live to the glory of His name. Remember, we are bought with a price (the blood of Jesus Christ), and therefore, should glorify God with our lives. (v.20). Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. You owe your life to God; therefore, glorify Him with your body.
2. Mind what you do with your body and life, because you belong to God.
3. Never live as though everything depends on you. Rather live, knowing that everything depends on God.
4. Do not reject or despise God, instead, accept and revere Him as your creator.
Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you because you created the heaven and earth, and everything in them. My life belongs to you therefore, help me to glorify you with my body, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : Those who claim to serve God should allow His thoughts to occupy their hearts; His fear to guide their behaviours, His praise to be in their mouth, and the consciousness of His presence to direct their steps.
Quote : “The unwise lives as though everything depends on them; but the wise lives, knowing that everything depends on God.”
Faith Confession : Today, I acknowledged and confess that I belong to God. Henceforth, I will use my body to the glory of His name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Moses gave the name Joshua to Hoshea the son of Nun? (Numbers 13:16).
Today In History : September 28, 855 The Emperor Lothar dies in Gaul, and his kingdom is divided between his three sons.
Stunning Fact : Did you know 85% of plant life is found in the ocean?
Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, you are blessed. May your life serve God’s purpose at all times, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : GOD PROVIDES FOR HIS PEOPLE
Friday, September 28, 2018
Bible Verse : But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus Phil. 4:19
LISTEN: God provides for His people. Does that sounds impossible to you? Beloved, God is our Father and Provider. He knows what we need, and will give it to us. No good father will leave his children destitute, instead, he will care and provide for them. In the same way, God does the same thing and much more to us His people. No doubt, we labour and make investments, but God is the one who gives the increase. If God does not bless the works of our hands it cannot prosper. God has given us the assurance of divine provision. If we can ask Him for it He will supply us with the necessary provisions. (Matthew 7:7,8). We must learn to trust Him with our daily needs and be confident that He will not forsake us. His supply includes all our needs, not just some needs. God is the source of all good gifts and provisions. (James 1:17). Whatever we achieved, we achieved by grace, not by our strength. Beloved, think deeply and you will realise that God’s hand is in everything. Do you know that even the smallest piece of bread you just ate could be traceable to God? So, stop worrying about what to eat, drink or wear, instead, trust God to honour the works of your hands, and bless you with divine provisions and protection. Be wise!
1. Pray and bless God for provision and protection.
2. Ask God for forgiveness and mercy.
3. Ask God to bless you with daily provision and support.
4. Pray and destroy all satanic plans against you and your family.
5. Intercede for the oppressed, afflicted and the sick.
May the Lord bless you and provide for your needs. May you not borrow to eat, but lend to others. May this night brings you joy, peace and rest, in Jesus’ name, amen.