Thursday, November 1, 2018
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Therefore, whatever you want people to do for you, do the same for them, because this summarizes the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12 (ISV)
LISTEN: Walking in love will not be difficult if time is spent on discovering the God of love, who Himself is Love (1John 4 :8). God wants us to treat others with love, the same way we will want them to treat us. He wants us to present before everyone what is honourable and acceptable. (2Corinthians 8:21); in other words, we should not do to others what we know will hurt or harm them. We should treat others with love, respect and dignity. Beloved, if you deserve good things, do you not think that others deserve that too? If you like to be respected, do you not think that others deserve some respect from you? If you like to be commended for a job well done, do you not think that others need to be commended for same reason? If you hate to be insulted, do you think others enjoy to be insulted? If you love to be promoted in your work place, why hinder the promotions of others? If you hate to be gossiped about, why gossip about others? Beloved, life can only be sweet and pleasant when it is lived on the principles of God’s word. If we respect God’s word we cannot neglect to do what He directs us to do. His word is a guide to a holy living, fairness, justice, uprightness, harmony and cooperation among people. Truly, ‘when His word is the foundation on which our conduct is laid, then, mistreatment of others cannot be part of our lives.’ Our God is a good God. He loves uprightness and fairness; and He is offended when we mistreat others. (Psalms 11:5–7). So, learn to walk in love with others and the Lord will bless you. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Never do to others what you know will hurt or harm them.
2. Determine to treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
3. Always treat others with love, respect and dignity no matter what.
4. Act in love, and remember that whatever you sow you will reap.
Prayer: Almighty Father, you are ‘Love’ and the God of love, peace, justice and mercy. Help me to walk in love, and to treat others the way I will want them to treat me, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection: When God’s word is the foundation on which our conduct is laid, then, mistreatment of others cannot be part of our lives.
Quote: “Walking in love will not be difficult if time is spent on discovering the God of love, who Himself is Love.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that it is good to be good to others, because God is good to us. Therefore, I will do to others what I want them to do to me, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know in the days when there was no king in Israel, everyone does what seems good to himself? (Judges 21:25).
Today In History: November 1, 1981 Antigua and Barbuda gain independence from the United Kingdom.
Stunning Fact: Did you know in 1878 the first telephone book made contained only 50 names?
Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God order people to treat you with love, favour and kindness. May you show to others the same favour you receive daily from God, in Jesus’ name.
TOPIC : I WILL ARISE SAYS THE LORD
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Bible Verse : Because of the oppression of the weak and because of the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,” says the LORD; “I will set him in safety from those who malign him. Psalms 12:5
LISTEN : God will arise to defend His people. He will not abandon the oppressed and afflicted. He sees the miseries and gnashing of teeth of the oppressed. He listens to their day to day groaning. (Exodus 3:7). Though, sometimes it may seem like He is taking too long to intervene, surely, He will eventually intervene. (Luke 18:7,8). He will certainly break the yoke of oppression in the neck of the oppressed. Beloved, are you oppressed physically, mentally, or spiritually? Have you been unfairly and cruelly treated? Is your heart broken and pierced with sadness or memories of afflictions and oppressions? Are you terrified because of increase of oppression in your life? Do not be afraid; God will deliver you from your oppressors. The Bible says, ” Because of the oppression of the weak and because of the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,” says the LORD; “I will set him in safety from those who malign him.” (Psalms 12:5). God is the voice of the voiceless, defender of the vulnerable ; and hope of the hopeless. With Him, no oppressor is too powerful to be subdued. When you acknowledge and surrender to God, your battle becomes His battle and victory is sure. So, cheer up! God will surely rise to defend you. Be wise!
1. Bless God for today no matter what.
2. Ask God for forgiveness, and grace to follow His will.
3. Pray for divine intervention for the oppressed and afflicted.
4. Intercede for believers in Christ around the world for grace to be strong.
5. Pray against spiritual wickedness, and ask God to keep you safe.
Today I prophesy to you, may God command deliverance for you. May the Lord show you the path of life and order your steps in the right direction, in Jesus’ name, amen.