Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. Psalms 127:1
LISTEN : “Seek the face of God, plan, work and trust Him to bless your labour” says a father to His son. And his son asked him, “Father, why should I seek the face of God and trust Him to bless my labour, when I know that, I can be blessed without Him?” His father replied, “Son, you err! God is the owner of life. We will gain nothing without life. We live by the mercy of God. As a matter of fact, you will enjoy nothing from your labour if your life ends today. You have laboured for nothing. What is the gain of labouring for what you cannot partake in, or enjoy? Son, God is the centre of everything. And life is completely empty without Him. Therefore, we should honour Him with our lives by committing our plans and works and trust Him to bless our labour.” Immediately, His son exclaimed,”Father, I see life differently now! I will do just as you said.” My dear, you don’t become great just by efforts alone, you become great by grace (Deuteronomy 8:18; 1 Corinthians 4:7). And until grace locate your efforts, you will labour in vain. But when God is at the centre of your life, He will fix what is out of order in your life, home, marriage, health, society, etc. Beloved, cease to labour in vain. Work with God. Don’t claim you know all, and don’t keep Him out of your life, instead, surrender what you can’t fix to Him. Remember, Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. And unless He watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Don’t rely solely on your efforts for success, seek the grace of God.
2. Never take the glory for your success in life, rather give glory to God.
3. Work with God and don’t claim to know all no matter your input to your success.
4. Always remember that, you are nothing without God, therefore, trust Him always.
Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you for your words today. Help me to trust in you, and never to rely on my own understanding, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : God is the centre of everything. And life is completely empty without Him.
Quote : “You don’t become great just by efforts alone, you become great by grace. And until grace locate your efforts, you will labour in vain.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that, we are nothing without God. Therefore, I surrender myself to Him today and for the rest of my life, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Elizabeth’s pregnancy was already 6 months old when an angel visited Mary? (Luke 1:26).
Today In History : April 2, 1958 The National Advisory Council on Aeronautics is renamed NASA.
Stunning Fact: Did you know the first Lifesaver flavour was peppermint?
A Word Of Blessing : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may your labour not be in vain. May God help and bless your labour, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : IT IS GETTING LATE
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Bible Verse : But the end of all things is at hand: be all of you therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 1 Peter 4:7
LISTEN : Beloved, time is passing, and the game of this life will soon be over. The world will not continue because, someday, everything will come to an end. Jesus Christ will return to rapture His people and Judge the world for their sins. Then there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth by evildoers; My dear, are you prepared for Jesus’s return? The same way He ascended to heaven He will come back to the world. The Bible says, “… this Jesus, who was received up from you into the sky will come back in the same way as you saw him going into the sky.” (Acts 1:11). My dear, are you ready for the sudden coming of Jesus Christ and the judgment of the world? Are you sure you will escape eternal condemnation? Are you watching and praying for a sustainable life of dedication to God? Please, if you have not yet received Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, do it today. Stop the delay and arise and secure a place for yourself in eternity. Be wise!
Prayer : Eternal Father, you love me very much and never wants me to perish. Therefore, help me to prepare for the coming of Christ Jesus, amen.