Friday, March 8, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will in no way be harmed by the second death. Revelations 2:11
LISTEN : When I was a child, my mother would always pull my ears anytime I disobeyed her instructions with this remark, “Your ears are meant for hearing”. And each time she does that, the pain of such chastisement keeps me from going back to my mistakes. She does that because she loves me. And that’s what our loving Father in heaven does to us (Hebrews 12:6). He commends, corrects and cautions His people where necessary. Jesus Christ concluded His messages (revelations) that was given to John the Apostle for the seven churches of Asia minor, and by extension to churches of all ages, with these statements, “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.” (see Revelations 2:7,11,17,29; 3:6,13,22). He commended, corrected and cautioned the churches to heed God’s word and live right no matter what. When we obey God we’ll be saved from eternal death. My dear, God created the ear for hearing. And what the ear hears should lead to actions that should glorify God who graciously and purposefully created the ears. Beloved, our ears should hear the voice of God, and the voice of God is the voice of correction, encouragement, warning, love, rebuke, direction and the like. But when we disobey Him, we have lost our real sense of hearing. My dear, what have you done with the words of God you’ve been hearing? Has it transformed you? If not, consider your ways and return to God. Remember, if you close your ears to the instructions of God, He’ll close His ears to your cry when disaster comes. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what’s expected of you?
1. Always heed God’s warning and save yourself from disasters.
2. Don’t close your ears to the instructions of God and He will not shut His ears to your cry.
3. Don’t resent or despise the chastisement of God, rather humbly submit to Him.
4. Study the Scriptures daily and exercise yourself in godliness.
Prayer : Blessed Father, you’re my God. Help me to heed your warnings and turn away from evil, in Jesus’ name, amen!
Reflection : Use your ears well. And what your ears hear should lead to actions that should glorify God who graciously and purposefully created the ears.
Quote : “He who closes his ears to the instructions of God, will have God close His ears to his cry when disaster comes.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God warns anyone He wants to save. Therefore, I will heed His warning as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact: Did you know the flood of Noah’s days receded because God caused a wind to blow over the earth? (Genesis 8:1).
Today In History : March 8, 1855 The first train crosses Niagara Falls on a suspension bridge.
Stunning Fact : Did you know clouds fly higher during the day than the night?
A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. May the Lord enables you to heed His warnings and respond accordingly, in Jesus’ name, amen!
TOPIC : LET’S NOT TAKE GOD’S GOODNESS FOR GRANTED
Friday, March 8, 2019
Bible Verse : Sing to the LORD, all the earth! Announce every day how he delivers! 1 Chronicles 16:23
LISTEN : Can you still remember how many times you escaped accidents of all kinds? Can you remember how many times you were sick? Perhaps almost died, but was amazingly and miraculously restored to good health? Can you still remember a time in your life when you thought all hope was lost? But somehow, you were delivered in a manner that you couldn’t explain? That was God at work! His grace saved you, it wasn’t your smartness or power that saved you. Unfortunately, God has been taken for granted. Time of deliverance should be a time of testimony and praise to God. The Bible says, “Sing to the LORD, all the earth! Announce every day how he delivers.” (1 Chronicles 16:23). My dear, everyday of your life should end in praise to God. Therefore, no matter who you are, or your circumstances, learn to sing praise to God and announce His salvation to the world. Be wise!
Prayer : Everlasting Father, I thank you for all you have done for me. Help me to acknowledge and appreciate your goodness, in Jesus’ name, amen.