Monday, December 17, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5
LISTEN : When you have the mind of Christ you will produce the will of God. No one can think like Satan and expect to behave like Jesus Christ. Our thoughts are the basis for our actions. A renewed mind will translate into a transformed life. Therefore, to walk in the will of God we should put on the mind of Christ Jesus. We should think and act like Him and allow the Holy Spirit to refine us to being like Jesus Christ. As children of God, we should put on the mind of Christ. Beloved, it is not possible to serve God faithfully if you refuse to think and act like Christ our example (Philippians 2:5; Romans 13:13,14). We should imitate Him and follow those who follow Him too. Apostle Paul said, “Copy my example, because I copy Christ’s example. I copy the example of how Christ lived.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 EE). You may ask, “How do we put on the mind of Christ?” We put on the mind of Christ by allowing our minds to be renewed in line with His will, guards our hearts against evil thoughts (Proverbs 4:23) ; submit ourselves to God, soak ourselves in the word of God ; fix our eyes on eternity and things that can grow our faith (Colossians 3:2 ; Philippians 4:8) ; and surrender completely to His will. Tomorrow we shall be looking at what it means to have the mind of Christ and the benefits of putting on the mind of Christ. Beloved, when you have the mind of Christ you will not struggle to do the will of God. And when you cannot struggle to do the will of God you can experience His power. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not give room to the devil, rather resist him.
2. Fix your eyes on eternity and do not be dragged along by so-called pleasure and cares of this life.
3. Study the word of God to discover His ways, and to readily follow it.
4. Guard your heart against evil thoughts and imaginations, and occupy your mind with thoughts of eternity.
Prayer: Everlasting Father, you are good and worthy of praise. Help me to think and live like Christ as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : When you have the mind of Christ you will produce the will of God.
Quote : “Our thoughts are the basis for our actions. No one can think like Satan and expect to behave like Jesus Christ.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that the way to God is Jesus Christ. Therefore, I will follow Him as long as I live, amen.
Biblical Fact: Did you know God demands decency and orderly deposition from us? (1 Corinthians 14:40).
Today In History : December 17, 1927 U.S. Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg suggests a worldwide pact renouncing war.
Stunning Fact: Did you know Sir Isaac Newton was 23 when he discovered the law of gravity?
A Word Of Blessing : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you. May God open your eyes to understand His will and guide you to live in line with His will, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : BEHOLD HE COMES
Monday, December 17, 2018
Bible Verse : Therefore watch, for you do not know either the day or the hour in which the Son of man comes. Mathew 25:13
LISTEN: A fool will take the message of Christ’s second coming as a fairy tale (2 Peter 3:3-11). The second coming of Jesus Christ to the world will shock the people of the earth. His coming will be a mixture of joy and sorrow. Joy to God’s children, and sorrow to the unfaithful and wicked (Daniel 12:1,2). His second coming will break the hearts of many, but put smiles in the faces of those who faithfully served God. Beloved, Jesus Christ will certainly return to judge the wicked world (Acts 17:30,31). He will judge the world in righteousness. Those who receive Him will not be condemned, but those who reject Him are condemned already. Beloved, are you prepared for His return? Do you know that He will come to the world unannounced? Our verse of the day says, “Therefore watch, for you do not know either the day or the hour in which the Son of man comes.” (Mathew 25:13). Beloved, our duty is to watch and wait for His return. We should guard against temptation by watching our actions, activities, conducts, evil trends, etc. We should be careful not to follow the world’s way of corruption and sin. We should guard against anything that will keep us from eternal life. My dear, be watchful; because he who misses eternal life will be doomed forever. Remember, Jesus Christ is coming soon. Be wise!
1. Bless God for today no matter the circumstance.
2. Ask God for forgiveness, and grace to follow His will.
3. Pray for grace to prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ.
4. Intercede for believers in Christ around the world for grace to love God.
5. Pray against spiritual wickedness, and ask God to keep you safe.
A WORD OF BLESSING
Today I prophesy to you, may you not miss your way. May the Lord show you the path of life and order your steps in the right direction, in Jesus’ name, amen.