Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : For the lips of a priest should preserve knowledge of sacred things, and people should seek instruction from him because he is the messenger of the LORD who rules over all. Malachi 2:7
LISTEN : There is no better way to represent God as a Pastor than to teach others the truth (the word of life) and save them from destruction. The office of a Pastor is an honorable and very important office (1 Timothy 1:12). The Pastor or Priest as the case may be has a huge responsibility to fulfill the purpose of God for that office. God wants people to learn His ways, and His messenger are to make it possible for them (1 Peter 5:2-4). God wants the knowledge of His glory to cover the world as water would cover the sea. Therefore, ministers of God should study hard to know the mysteries of the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15). They should learn to discover hidden truths that will in turn save lives around the world. Until we ministers (messengers) of God know the mind of God, we can’t tell others the mind of God. When the messenger of God carries no messages from God, he will deliver his own messages. Surely, when a messenger of God fails to learn the ways of God by studying His words, he will baptise the people with ignorance, and prepare them for destruction. My dear, are you a messenger of God? Are you really studying the word of truth? Are you truly leading God’s flock under your care to their God-ordained destination? My dear, if you don’t know what God’s word says, you have no message to give to others. Beloved, are you passionate about knowing God? Then, listen to ministers of God with the infallible word of God, and personally study and meditate the word of God daily. Friend, seek the truth and don’t be comfortable with ignorance. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Study the word of God to know and spread the truth to the world.
2. Determine to be a messenger of truth to God and not of lies.
3. Lend your ears to ministers of God with the infallible word of God.
4. Study to acquire sacred knowledge, and teach others who will in turn teach others.
Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank you for today. Help me to learn your ways and to teach others to know you more and more, amen!
Reflection : When the messenger of God carries no messages from God, he will deliver his own messages.
Quote : “When a messenger of God fails to learn the ways of God by studying His words, he will baptise the people with ignorance, and prepares them for destruction.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that the word of God saves. Therefore, I will study, meditate and heed His words, amen!
Biblical Fact : Did you know Jesus Christ was 30 years old when he began his work? (Luke 3:23).
Today In History : April 30, 1563 All Jews are expelled from France by order of Charles VI.
Stunning Fact : Did you know tree hugging is forbidden in China?
A Word Of Blessing : You will make a difference. May God fill your heart with wisdom and understanding. May God cause you to grow in the knowledge of His words, in Jesus’ name, amen!
TOPIC : BLESSED IN RETURN
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Bible Verse : A generous person will be enriched, and the one who provides water for others will be satisfied. Proverbs 11:25
LISTEN : He who blesses others will be blessed in return. God blesses us to bless others, therefore, you should learn to be a blessing to others. God said to Abraham, “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:2). God blessed Abraham so that through him others will be blessed. My dear, we are created to obey, honour and worship God, and to love and serve one another. The true meaning of life is in living a sacrificial life. Amazingly, the irony of life is that, what you can sacrifice for the well-being of others is what life can sacrifice for your own well-being. What you give, you will receive. You can’t bless and not be blessed. When you live to heal broken hearts, comfort the troubled, relieve the afflicted, give hope to the hopeless, and solve problems for others; God will unfailingly do same to you. Be wise!
Prayer : Almighty God, all good and perfect blessings come from you. Therefore, help me to bless others with your blessings in my life, amen!