Friday, October 19, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water… Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst again; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life (John 4:10, 13-14).
LISTEN : Water is life, but cannot give real life; because those who drink their fill now, will still thirst again. Natural water cannot satisfy the longing of our souls, only the ever living water can. Jesus Christ thus said to the woman of Samaria : “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water… Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst again; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” (John 4:10, 13-14). Sadly, only few people are willing to discover the living water. The living water comes through Christ Jesus. Faith in Him activates the influence, works and ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Jesus offers to give the living water to the woman of Samaria, which when she receives, would never thirst again. Jesus speaks of the living water in John 7:37-39 thus : “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as the living water. The Spirit we receive from God when we believe in His son Jesus Christ. The Spirit who dwells in believers and seals them for salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14). The Spirit who testifies to the world that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (Acts 10:44-45). Interestingly, it is the ministry of the Spirit, flowing from a heart redeemed by God, that blesses believers and, through them produce life and light to the world. Beloved, come to Jesus Christ today and you will receive the living water. He gives freely to them that ask of Him. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Embrace Jesus Christ today as your Lord and Saviour without delay.
2. Pray for outpouring of the Holy Spirit of God in your life.
3. Spread the message of God’s kingdom to others and allow them make their choices.
4. Determine to lead others to Christ Jesus and save them from destruction.
Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you because you are the source of living water. Help me to drink and continue to drink the ever living water in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Reflection : Faith in Christ Jesus activates the influence, works and ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Quote : “We drink and thirst again because natural water cannot satisfy the need of our souls; only the living water through faith in Christ Jesus can.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that we drink and thirst again because natural water cannot satisfy the longing of our souls. Therefore, I will seek the ever living water from Christ Jesus, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know treasures of wickedness profits nothing : but righteousness delivers from death? (Proverbs 10:2).
Today In History : October 19, 439 The Vandals, led by King Gaiseric, take Carthage in North Africa.
Stunning Fact: Did you know french fries are originally from Belgium?
Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, it is well with you. May God stir up your life with the power of His Holy Spirit, and cause you to influence the world for Him, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
TOPIC : PEACE BE STILL
Friday, October 19, 2018
Bible Verse: And suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so much that the boat was covered with the waves, but he was asleep. Matthew 8: 24
LISTEN : Peace be still were the words of Jesus Christ to His disciples, and His words to you today. Jesus Christ is aware of every step of the devil against you. Hence, He wants you to be calm no matter the threat or danger you perceive. He is working for you behind the scenes. He will save and glorify you. Beloved, do you know like Jesus Christ, you can find peace even in times of troubles? Do you also know that when the storm of life is raging, God can give you peace and shield you from harm? You may have been troubled with how your day ended today without achieving your target ; but not to worry, just ease your stress and prepare for the next day. Ask the Lord to give you the kind of peace and sleep that will nourish and calm your troubled heart (Philippians 4:6,7). When Jesus Christ was travelling with His disciples on water, the storm was up against them, but He was not bothered because He is above all. He rebuked and calmed the storm and saved His disciples. Beloved, free your mind from fear and troubles of the day, and you will experience a good night sleep through the supernatural hands of God. God is with you. He will not allow you to drown in the ocean of trials. So cheer up! Be wise!
1. Pray and thank God for everything.
2. Ask the Lord to forgive and direct your steps.
3. Pray for God’s peace in your heart no matter what.
4. Ask the Lord to arrest the storm in your life and give you rest.
5. Command God’s judgement against any demonic altar fighting against you.
May God bless you. May the Lord keep you from every evil that is designed against you, and help you to have a good night sleep no matter what, in Jesus’ name, amen.