Thursday, October 4, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
LISTEN : Of all the great and wonderful things that have been said about faith and hope in scriptures, love still remains the first when compared to them. Let us briefly consider what the Bible says about “faith and hope.” The Bible says, “Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.“ (Hebrews 11:6). Similarly, the Bible says, “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.“ (Hebrews 10:38). On the other hand, the Bible has this to say about “hope” ; “… And hope does not disappoint” (Romans 5:5). Wow! Faith and hope are important in coming to God and walking with Him. Faith and hope keep our eyes on God, but love feels our hearts with affection for Him and humanity. Faith brings us into a relationship with God, but love keeps the relationship glowing and thriving. Faith and hope are two spiritual elements that are vital to our relationship with God, but they can only work well when combined with love. When faith and hope are devoid of love they are as good as nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-7). Faith is useless where love is undermined; for faith cannot work effectively without love. The Bible says, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision carries any weight – the only thing that matters is faith working through love.” (Galatians 5:6 NET). My dear, are you walking in love? Do you have love for God and humanity? If not, grow in love today. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Love the LORD our God with the whole of your heart.
2. Build your faith in God, have confidence in Him, and grow in love for Him and humanity.
3. No matter the circumstance, do not compromise on your love for God and humanity.
Prayer : Heavenly Father, you are “love”, and your love is unconditional. Therefore, help me to love you with all my heart, and make me to love others as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : Faith and hope keep our eyes on God, but love feels our hearts with affection for Him and humanity.
Quote : Faith brings us into a relationship with God, but love keeps the relationship glowing and thriving.
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that love is the most excellent way. Therefore, I will love God and humanity as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Sarah lived 127 years? (Genesis 23:1).
Today In History : October 4, 1965 Pope Paul VI arrives in New York, the first Pope ever to visit the US and the Western hemisphere.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the shell is 12% of an eggs weight?
Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may you share the love of God to others. May your life henceforth produce God’s love to others, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : SING TO GOD
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Bible Verse : I will sing to the LORD, because he has been good to me. Psalms 13:6
LISTEN : Let us rejoice in the Lord for He is good, and His mercy endures forever. (Psalms 136:1-25). Let us sing to God for He is good to all, both young and old. No one can deny His goodness to humanity. He created the sun to give heat (warmth) and lighten the day; the moon to lighten the night. Rain to water our vegetations and to produce food enough to sustain us. He blesses us with many water sources (sea, rivers, streams, springs, swamps, lakes, lagoon, oceans, etc.); above all, He blesses us with life. Beloved, your life today is God’s goodness to you. Never take it for granted, or complain about what you think is not good enough in your life. Learn to acknowledge and appreciate the goodness of God no matter what. If you can praise God for what He has done for you no matter how little, He will do the unimaginable for you. David understands how reasonable it is to reciprocate God’s goodness, and he said, “I will sing to the LORD, because he has been good to me.” (Psalms 13:6). Beloved, is God not good to you? If really He is good to you, then, sing and honour Him for His goodness in your life today, and never stop to rejoice for what God has done for you. Sing a new song to the Lord and glorify Him for His favours. Be wise!
1. Pray and bless God for today.
2. Pray for forgiveness and restoration of your life.
3. Ask God for grace to always acknowledge and appreciate His goodness to you.
4. Pray and cancel all satanic plans against your life tonight.
Today I prophesy to you, may you acknowledge the goodness of God. May you appreciate, serve and worship God as long as you live, in Jesus’ name, amen.