Friday, February 22, 2019

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : … We should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter. Romans 7:6

LISTEN : A man returns from work on a certain day and saw his habitually dirty and haggard looking wife dressed on a very beautiful and expensive attire. He exclaimed, “Wow!” And further asked, “Woman, you look good. What are we celebrating today? For I have not seen you like this for a long time?” His wife replied, “My dear husband, we are not celebrating anything. I am just applying what our Pastor taught us today. He said we should walk in newness of life. I am a changed person now. And since I am born again in the spirit, I should also effect a change in my physical outlook.” Her husband smiled and said, “Woman, this is how I have ever wanted you to look. Please keep it up, and I will continue to love and cherish you.” In the same way, our relationship with God requires a change of attitude (Romans 12:1-2). Our new nature of righteousness in Christ Jesus should bury our old nature of sin and allegiance to Satan (1 Thessalonians 4:3; Galatians 2:20). As a believer in Christ Jesus, you have new battles to fight. The fight of faith and righteousness. And every new battle requires a new plan. Surely, you cannot fight today’s battles with yesterday’s battle plans. Your plan must change because you have a new identity (born again and spirit-filled). Yes, your inner transformation should affect your outward performance. You should stop disobeying God and begins to obey Him. Stop making Him angry and begins to please Him instead. Beloved, serve God henceforth with newness of Spirit and determine to resist Satan and his lies. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to walk in newness of life and not in the old nature of sin and unrighteousness.
2. Allow your inner transformation to reflect on your outward performance.
3. Stand strong and courageous and fight the fight of faith.
4. Stand up for Jesus Christ and tell the world how much you love Him and His ability to save.

Prayer : Almighty God, you are my God and Saviour, help me to walk in newness of life as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : Your inner transformation should affect your outward performance.

Quote : “The believer’s new nature of righteousness in Christ Jesus should bury the old nature of sin and allegiance to Satan.”

Faith Confession : Today, I confess that my faith in God is non-negotiable. Therefore, I will walk and continue to walk in newness of life, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know the three sons of Noah that came out of the Ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Genesis 9:18).

Today In History : February 22, 1932 Adolf Hitler is the Nazi Party candidate for the presidential elections in Germany.

Stunning Fact : Did you know an elephant’s trunk can hold over 5 litres of water?

A Word Of Blessing : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God help you to walk in newness of life for the rest of your life, in Jesus’ name, amen.



Friday, February 22, 2019

Bible Verse : Whoso keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles. Proverbs 21:23

LISTEN: If you follow God’s word you cannot fall prey to the devil. Watch your tongue and you will save your life; let it loose and you will lose your life. My dear, watch your tongue before it puts you in trouble. Your tongue can protect or destroy you: it can cause death and also produce life. God designed our tongue to be a life-giving organ, and not a life-destroying instrument. Therefore, until you guard your tongue and put it to a wise use you will expose yourself to danger and disaster. Friend, be wise! Know when to talk and when to be silent. Know what to talk and what not to talk. Besides, learn to live by self-control, and not by your impulses. Do not be control by your feelings but by proven principles from the word of God. Say the right thing, and right things will happen to you. (Mathew 12:37). Avoid careless talks, because it will result in a careless end. Keep your tongue from evil and you will live; open it wide in talking evil and you will endanger your life. Our verse of the day says, “Whoso keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.” (Proverbs 21:23). Beloved, it pays to bridle one’s tongue. Sadly, too many people talk carelessly to their own destruction. They say things they cannot defend ; things that are too high for them. They do not know when to talk and when to keep mute. My dear, be in control of your tongue. For if you cannot manage your words you cannot manage your life. Keep your mouth and you will live; let it loose and you will be doomed (Proverbs 18:21). Be wise!

Prayer : Blessed Father, I thank you for your love to me. Help me to guard my tongue and save my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.