Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : A faithful man shall abound with blessings . . . Proverbs 28:20
LISTEN : Faithfulness to God is key to receiving His blessings. God loves the faithful and therefore, will bless them. Just as people do not feel safe to deal or relate with those who are untrustworthy, God feels the same way too. God cannot commit anything to an unfaithful person. This is because an unfaithful person cannot be trusted. Such person will fail you and break your heart when you need him the most. Such people do not have value for integrity and reputation. They do not care about a dent in their public image. My dear, what does it mean to be faithful? It means to have or show true and constant loyalty: deserving trust and keeping your promises or doing what you are supposed to do. Beloved, faithfulness to God and in your dealings with man will open the door of blessings to you. If you must be blessed you must first be trusted. Before God blessed Abraham, He tested him and was sure that Abraham will not fail Him. The Bible says, “The LORD said, ‘Will I hide from Abraham what I do… For I have known him, to the end that he may command his children and his household after him, that they may keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice; to the end that the LORD may bring on Abraham that which he has spoken of him.‘ ” (Genesis 18:17,19). Beloved, “faithfulness is a ladder to the top.” You cannot move higher in life with a crooked lifestyle. Unfaithfulness will collapse your life, but faithfulness will take you from nothing to something; from prison to palace, and from frustration to favour. So, watch your life, because you will reap what you sow. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. No matter the circumstance, learn to be faithful to God and to your dealings with people.
2. Do not compromise your integrity and uprightness; rather stand firm on your conviction.
3. Shun crooked lifestyle and be genuine with what you do in life.
4. Hold firmly to the life of faithfulness, knowing that you will be rewarded for it.
Prayer : Everlasting Father, you are good and faithful. You love faithfulness. Therefore, help me to be faithful as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : Faithfulness to God is key to receiving His blessings; for God cannot commit anything to an unfaithful person.
Quote : “Unfaithfulness is evil and it collapses life; but faithfulness takes a man from nothing to something, prison to palace, and from frustration to favour.”
Faith Confession : I acknowledge today that faithfulness brings good rewards. Therefore, I will be faithful to God, and in my dealings with others , amen!
Biblical Fact : Did you know Abram, Nahor and Haran were sons of Terah? (Genesis 11:27).
Today In History : January 8, 2002 U.S. President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act, intended to improve America’s educational system.
Stunning Fact : Did you know human thigh bones are stronger than concrete?
A Word Of Blessing : In the name of Jesus Christ, receive grace to be faithful and dedicated to God. I command the spirit of unfaithfulness and lack of fear for God to be arrested in your life today, amen!
TOPIC : GOD BLESSES THOSE WHO LOVE HIM
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Bible Verse : Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. Ephesians 6:24
LISTEN: God blesses those who love Him. Our love for Jesus Christ the Son of God, brings God’s favour to us. We will attract God’s favour when we love Him heartily. God’s grace keeps us going when everything threatens us. His grace or favour is the extra energy or strength given for every battle we (His people) might face. Friend, a genuine relationship with Christ will bring God’s grace (favour) to you. Favour will follow you when God becomes your priority. The Bible says, “But seek all of you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33). God owns the world, and when you honour and worship Him faithfully, He can command anything or anyone to work in your favour. Though, God’s grace and goodness is for all, but He limits certain privileges to those who have accepted His only begotten Son Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. (John 1:12). Only those who have accepted Jesus are given the power to become sons and daughters of God; and to have access to eternal life, divine protection, divine provisions, divine health, etc. Beloved, are you a genuine lover of God? Embrace Jesus Christ today and become a citizen of God’s kingdom. Be wise!
1. Thank God for your life and the lives of others.
2. Confess your sin and ask God for forgiveness.
3. Ask God for grace to love Him heartily.
4. Intercede for believers in Christ around the world for grace to live by faith.
5. Thank God for answering your prayer.
A WORD OF BLESSING
Today I speak over your life, may the grace of God locate you and yours, in Jesus’ name, amen.