Friday, November 16, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : He told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Matthew 13:3-4
LISTEN : Do you know we are nothing without God. And our words have no value without His word? God’s word is the word of life. What you do with it expresses the state of your heart. Our verse of the day is a parable of Jesus Christ to His audience about a sower, his seeds and the ground the seeds fell on. The Bible says, “He told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.” (Matthew 13:3-4). But when His disciples could not understand the meaning of the parable, in private He explained it to them. The Bible says, “When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches what was sown in his heart; this is the seed sown along the path.” (Matthew 13:19). Jesus tells His disciples that the seed is the word of God. (Luke 8:11). The grounds (soils) on which the seeds fell is the human heart. He goes on to say that when anyone hears the word (gospel) about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one (Satan) comes and snatches what was sown in his heart. This means that God’s word must be understood to be able to benefit you. No wonder a lot of people go to church and come back more carnal and unbelieving. This is because, they lack understanding of the word of God. Lack of spiritual understanding exposes you to deception and falsehood. Satan likes it when you lack understanding of God’s word; with that he can deceive, mislead and harden your heart against God. Beloved, ignorance of God’s word is Satan’s weapon against man. Therefore, he who must escape Satan’s trap must first escape spiritual ignorance. So, guard the word of God with your life. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Study the Scriptures daily to gain knowledge and understanding of God’s Word.
2. Seek knowledge and wisdom to escape Satan’s deceit and manipulations.
3. Do not go to church for membership, go to church to be saved and transformed.
4 Do not harden your heart to God’s words and you will not be deceived.
Prayer : Blessed Father, I thank you because your word is true. Therefore, help me to understand your words and escape Satan’s deceit and enticement, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : He who must escape Satan’s trap, must first receive the word of God to escape spiritual ignorance.
Quote : “God’s word gives value to our lives, and the value is sustained when we retain the word of God in our hearts.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God’s word is true, active and life – changing. Therefore, I will study and meditate on the word daily to gain spiritual understanding, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact: Did you know murmuring against God attracts destruction? (1 Corinthians 10:10).
Today In History : November 16, 1982 The space shuttle Columbia completes its first operational flight.
Stunning Fact : Did you know triscadecaphobia is the fear of the number 13?
A WORD OF BLESSING : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may the word of God you hear produce positive results in your life. May the devil not steal the word from you, in Jesus’ name, amen!
TOPIC : YOU WILL NOT BE PUT TO SHAME
Friday, November 16, 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 : Cheer up! You will not be put to shame. God will surely rescue you when it appears impossible. 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 God and surrender to Him, your battle becomes His battle and victory is sure. So, cheer up! God will not allow you to be put to shame. 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.
A WORD OF BLESSING
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.