Monday, February 11, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Every prudent man acts with knowledge. Proverbs 13:16
LISTEN : Things get really bad because unexpected and minor problems are often neglected. In a system, no problem is minor. A neglected ‘minor problem’ puts a major problem on the whole, because one thing will lead to another. My dear, when something seems wrong, even a little bit of wrong, that is the time to check into it. It is a smart move to take each glitch seriously, and stop and evaluate before things get really bad. A story is told of a man who was embarking on a trip. His friend visited and saw him dressing up for his journey. And his friend asked, “My dear, I hope you are not travelling by your car?” “My car of course! He replied.” His friend asked again, “Have you fixed the problem with the break system? ” And he replied, “It is a minor problem, I will be fine.” He zoomed off and bid farewell to his friend and family. Few hours later, his wife received a phone call from the police, that her husband was involved in a ghastly auto crash and he died on the spot. Sadly, a lot of people are like this man in our story. They like to wait until things get really bad. They have no sense of urgency to issues of life because they lack knowledge. People perish for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). This is why the Bible says, “Every prudent man acts with knowledge.” (Proverbs 13:16). A person with good sense will always think carefully and act wisely. For he knows the right thing to do, and the right time to do it (1 Chronicles 12:32). Beloved, learn to act with knowledge. Fix minor problems in your life before things get really bad. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Always pay attention to every ‘minor problem’ and fix it before it gets really bad.
2. Do not ignore wise counsel, rather follow it no matter what.
3. When something seems wrong, even a little bit of wrong, evaluate and address it immediately.
4. Ask God for directions and grace to see and know what to do, and at the right time.
Prayer : Everlasting Father, give me the grace to fix minor problems in my life, before they get really bad, amen!
Reflection : A person with good sense will always think carefully and act wisely. For he knows the right thing to do, and the right time to do it.
Quote : “In a system, no problem is minor. Surely, a neglected minor problem will put a major problem on the whole.”
Faith Confession : Today, I acknowledged that minor problems can get really bad if ignored. Therefore, I will not ignore any minor problems in my life, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Abraham was the first man to give tithe in the Bible? (Genesis 14:20).
Today In History : February 11, 1926 The Mexican government nationalizes all church property.
Stunning Fact : Did you know there are no rivers in Saudi Arabia?
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May God enable you to recognise and fix the problems of your life before they get really bad, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : PRAY EARNESTLY
Verse Of The Day : Continue steadfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2
LISTEN : Earnest and a heartfelt prayer brings answers to those who ask of God. My dear, are you troubled? Pray seriously. Are you sick and weak, and has done all you know but nothing seems to change? Pray! Are you experiencing crisis in your life right now? Pray. (James 5:13,15). Is your life fallen apart? Pray. Prayer gives peace to a troubled heart. It leaves worries in the hands of a loving and caring God. He who prays in faith cannot be addicted to worry. (Philippians 4:6,7). In prayer, problems are surrendered to God in anticipation of a positive outcome. When you pray knowing that God has heard you, you cannot leave in fear of your circumstances. To experience the joy and benefits of prayer you should pray with thanksgiving. You should thank God in advance believing that He has heard you. Celebrate His promises and accept them as yours. Beloved, without faith it is difficult to pray in times of troubles, and more difficult to pray with thanksgiving. People see prayer as a slow process to receiving answers to their problems. But those who understand the importance of prayer cannot neglect to pray, because they know that when God answers prayer, He gives a lasting solution. My dear, keep praying and pray with thanksgiving. Never wait to see results before you thank God, instead, thank Him to see results. Be wise!
Prayer : Oh Lord, pour on me the heart of earnest prayer, and make me to thank you for your goodness in my life, amen!