Monday, October 22, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a disgrace to any people Proverbs 14:34
LISTEN : Beloved, shun sin and pursue righteousness. God blesses us when we walk in line with His will (Matthew 6:33). When we walk in obedience to His word, He sets us on high, raises us up from the dungeon, and brings us into a large place. But when we walk in disobedience to His will, we are sure to be disgraced and destroyed. Beloved, we are created in the image and likeness of God. We are to be fruitful and multiply and have dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:27,28). Sadly, this authority and blessings were lost because of sin (disobedience) by Adam and Eve (Genesis 3). The consequences of their sin was lost of authority and the right to live forever. They ate just a fruit but lost an entire garden of glory. That is what sin could do to anyone who chooses to live outside the will of God. Righteousness exalts, but sin brings reproach. Humanity was dragged into shame and sorrow because righteousness was undermined. Beloved, pursue righteousness and abstain from sin. Jesus Christ has paid the price for your sin. Today, those who will keep a right standing with God will be saved and gloriously rewarded. Righteousness brings promotion ; and true promotion will locate us when we live to please God. My dear, learn to say no to sin and never compromise your integrity; for sin will reduce a man to nothing, and deny him of God’s blessings. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Be sober and vigilant, and resist sin at all cost.
2. Surrender yourself to the Holy Spirit and trust Him to help you fight sin.
3. Determine to live wisely, faithfully and uprightly in the world.
4. Ask God to guide and keep you from falling into sin and disgrace.
Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank you for your words today. Help me to abstain from sin and to pursue righteousness instead, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : Learn to say no to sin, and never compromise your integrity, because sin leads to disaster, and strip people of honour.
Quote : “An ignoramus laughs at sin and incur the wrath of God ; but the wise avoids, frowns at sin and attracts the blessings of God.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that righteousness brings promotion, but sin brings disgrace. Therefore, I will seek righteousness as long as I live, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know God says that there is no peace for the wicked? (Isaiah 57:21).
Today In History : October 22, 1966 The Soviet Union launches Luna 12 for orbit around the moon.
Stunning Fact : Did you know 2/3 of the world’s eggplants are grown in the US New Jersey?
Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God break the yoke of sin in your life. May grace to do the will of God be released to you, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : CLEANSED BY THE WORD OF GOD
Monday, October 22, 2018
Bible Verse : Sanctify them by your truth; your word is truth John 17:17
LISTEN : God’s word cleanses the dirt of sin and presents the sinner blameless before God. The word of God produces what we need to be dedicated to God. His word guarantees the cleansing we need to connect to Him. Jesus Christ is the Word of God. He is the ultimate truth. Jesus Christ prays to His Father to sanctify his disciples with the truth, the Word of God. That is, to make them pure and cleanse them from sin (1Th 5:23;1Co 6:11). Truly, sanctification in the life of the believer is progressive. Through the word the believer is made to become more like Christ and less attached to the world. The word of God enables the believer to get the control over evil thoughts, passions, and impure desires. Besides, through the word, the believer’s eyes are opened to those things which are unseen and eternal. As a result, he is consecrated, and set apart to God’s purpose. Beloved, Jesus Christ wants you to be made more holy and truly consecrated to God as a follower of His religion. As believers in Christ Jesus, we can only be devoted to the service of God if we are pure and renewed by the word of God. Surely, our faith in Christ cannot function without sanctification (Heb 12:14) When we study and appreciate God’s word, it will separate us from sin, provoke dedication and consecration; gives freedom (John 8:32), etc. My dear, God’s word is our weapon against sin and Satan. So, learn to use it (Psalms 119:11) . Be wise!
1. Pray and bless God for His love and protection.
2. Ask God for forgiveness and mercy.
3. Ask God to sanctify you by His word.
4. Pray and destroy all satanic plans against you and your family tonight.
It is well with you. May God sanctify you by His word. May the blessings of the word locate you, in Jesus’ name, amen.