Sunday, December 23, 2018
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
LISTEN: At the birth of Jesus Christ, when the angel of God appeared to the shepherds he said, “Fear not, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people” ( Luke 2:10). Good news brings peace, and peace is key to life. God sent His son Jesus Christ to the world to reconcile the world to Him. And through Him (Jesus Christ) we have peace with God and have obtained access to eternal life by faith. Glory to God! Beloved, Jesus Christ is the peace that comes from above. He is the transmitter of God’s peace, love and forgiveness. No one will know peace where God is absent. God’s peace and love to mankind is the reason for this season. With the presence of God in our midst, we can enjoy peace and love in a wicked world. (John 16:33). Truly, it is an act of foolishness and a waste of time and energy to look for peace outside of God. A life that is empty of God is empty of peace. The absence of God in our families, lives, communities, states, nations, etc., are the reasons for endless crisis and conflicts in the world today. If we must experience peace we must embrace God. Beloved, peace comes from God, not from your wealth, academic qualifications, fat bank account, prosperous business, or other achievements. The peace of God is beyond human understanding. True and lasting peace is God’s gift to those who acknowlege His sovereignty. Friend, are you in any form of crisis today? Put your trust on God of peace. If His word abides in your heart, His peace will not be missing in your life. Jesus Christ is here today. He is the peace from above, therefore, embrace Him. Remember, a life without God is a life without peace; and a life without peace is a miserable life. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Cast the troubles of your life to God and He will give you His peace.
2. Do not seek peace in your possessions, rather seek it in God.
3. Submit to God and He will bless you with His peace and joy.
4. Acknowledge that you cannot experience God’s peace until you have encountered God.
Prayer: Precious Father, the God of peace and love; help me to experience your peace in my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection: A life without God is a life without real peace; and a life without real peace is a miserable life.
Quote: “Until you receive peace from above, you cannot enjoy the peace below.”
Faith Confession: Today, I declare that I have peace with God, because I have His Son Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour, amen.
Biblical Fact: Did you know Naomi’s husband Elimelech died in the land of Moab? (Ruth1:1-3) .
Today In History: December 23, 1947 President Harry S Truman grants a pardon to 1,523 who had evaded the World War II draft.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the rarest type of diamond is green?
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today, I prophesy to you, whatever that is programed to steal your peace of mind is terminated. May this season mark the beginning of your celebration, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : LIVE A PRAISEWORTHY LIFE
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Bible Verse : And they glorified God in me. Galatians 1:24
LISTEN: God is pleased when you live a praiseworthy lifestyle. Besides, your life can direct others to God without a word. Beloved, God cannot be praised when you live in sin. He cannot be praised when you spend your life patronising evil (prostitution, terrorism, Kidnapping, blackmailing others, killing, stealing and committing all manner of atrocities against God and humanity). Your life cannot bring praise to God when your business is to break people’s heart, traumatise and cripple them. People can only praise God in you when your life becomes a source of comfort, encouragement, peace, joy, unity, progress, goodness and the likes to them. Addressing his audience, Apostle Paul narrated his involvement in persecuting the church, and the sudden encounter with Jesus Christ on his way to Damascus (Acts 9:1-16). He concludes by telling the church that his encounter with Jesus transformed his life from persecuting the church to preaching the gospel he once sought to destroy. On hearing his testimonies, the brethren glorified God in him. (Galatians 1:15-24).). Praise God! Beloved, how can you bring glory to God with your life today? Is it through a change of attitude towards others? Your spouse? Your family members? Your Christian assignments (mission and evangelism)? Addictions? business? Relationships? Your town? Or your nation? Do it today and God will be glorified. Be wise!
1. Pray and bless God for provision and protection.
2. Ask God for forgiveness and restoration.
3. Ask God to use you as a vessel for His glory.
4. Pray and cancel every evil plot against you and your family.
5. Pray for peace of mind, good sleep and grace to do God’s will.
A WORD OF BLESSING
May the Lord bless you and make you a vessel of honour to Him. May you not fail to please God. It is well with you, in Jesus’ name, amen.