Saturday, October 6, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30
LISTEN : A man was asked, “What qualities do you want from a woman you will like to make your wife?” He replied, “She must be charming, beautiful, learned, industrious; and above all, she must always appear neat and well dressed. He was further asked, “Is that all?” And he replied smilingly, “That is all my dear!” Few months later he got married to a very charming, beautiful, learned, industrious and well dressed young woman. The man was very happy to have married such a “wonderful” person. But not quite long his wife began to exhibit her bad behaviour. Always nagging, very disrespectful to her husband, keeping late nights, and doing many ungodly acts. (Proverbs 21:19 ; 25:24). She turned the man’s life to hell. One day, the man had a chat with his friend whose wife was a direct opposite of his own wife, and he asked him, “Why is your wife good and different from mine?” His friend replied, “I went for a rare quality.” What do you mean by “a rare quality?” Asked the man. His friend replied, “I mean a woman with the fear of God. Your wife is the way she is because she does not have the fear of God. If she must give you peace she must have the fear of God.” Then the man realised his mistake but it was too late. Some people are like this man in our story today. They neglect the fear of God when making a decision like, choosing a friend, a spouse, a business partner, etc. When you make the decision to work or live with someone who does not have the fear of God, be prepared for heartbreak, headache, disappointment and frustration. Beloved, when next you make a decision about relationship, business, marriage, etc., never ignore the rare quality “the fear of God”, it will save you from troubles. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. When choosing a friend or a spouse, go for a person who crowns his or her qualities with the fear of God.
2. Do not be deceived by beauty, instead, be attracted to the rare quality, “the fear of God.”
3. Ask God to guide you through your decision making process as long as you live.
Prayer : Everlasting Father, I thank you for your words today. Help me to have your fear in my heart, and to be attracted to people who fear you, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : Never make a decision about relationship and marriage and ignore the rare quality, “the fear of God.” Those who go for the fear of God will save themselves from troubles.
Quote : “Those who make the decision to work or live with someone who does not have the fear of God must be prepared for heartbreak, headache, disappointment and frustration.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that the fear of God is a rare and wonderful quality. Therefore, I will cultivate the fear of God in my life, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Cyprus was one of the kings of Persia in the days of Daniel? (Daniel 10:1).
Today In History : October 6, 2000 Yugoslavia’s president Slobodan Milosevic and Argentina’s vice-president Carlos Alvarez both resign from their respective offices.
Stunning Fact : Did you know John Kellogg invented corn flakes?
Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, as you make your decisions, may you be guided by the fear of God. May your decisions open wonderful doors to you, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Saturday, October 6, 2018
TOPIC: YOU ARE HEALED
Bible Verse : Thus says the LORD,…“I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you.” 2Kings 20:5
LISTEN : God heals all manner of ailments. Sicknesses melt in His presence. When we obey His voice, He will order sicknesses to obey us. The Bible says,” You must serve the LORD your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will remove sickness from your midst.” (Exodus 23:26). Beloved, healing is available to anyone who comes to God by faith. God heals no matter how bad the situation is. He is the God of all flesh and nothing is too hard for Him to do (Jeremiah 32:27). He wants nothing in return from you, but obedience and a faithful worship to Him. My dear, are you having a health problem? Or someone close to you? Be strong and courageous. God does not fail. He will restore your health if you can put your trust in Him. In his sickness, King Hezekiah prayed and wept bitterly to God, and God heard him. God said to him, “I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you.” (2 Kings 20:5). Beloved, this is God’s word to you today – “I will heal you.” Yes, He will heal you! Are you sick and needs healing? Are you diagnosed with a terminal disease? Fear not! Just believe you can be healed and you are healed. Do not look at your situation, rather, fix your eyes on God and have faith in Him. Believe me, faith in God will destroy the power of sickness in your life. Do not give up, rather keep believing. You will not die, but live. Today I declare to you, be healed in Jesus’ name, amen. Be wise!
1. Thank the Lord for a wonderful day.
2. Ask for His forgiveness, Mercy and cleansing.
3. Pray for healing in your life and the life of others.
4. Pray against every “mountain” of your life, and cast them into the sea forever.
5. Ask for a good night sleep, and destroy Satan’s plans over your life.
Today, I prophesy to you, may you be healed of every health condition now, in Jesus’ name, amen.