Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : O God, you know my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from you. Psalms 69:5
LISTEN : It is hard to see sin as foolishness unless you are spiritually and eternally-minded. Until we acknowledge and confess our sins to God, we are not yet set to walk with Him. And until we are determined to get things right, we will continue to get it wrong. We can’t profess to love God and still be madly in love with sin. When we take pleasure in sin we have chosen to go without God. My dear, what is life without God? Life is an endless journey where God is not the head of the voyage. Life is empty and meaningless without God. The Bible says, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36). My dear, nothing is truly a gain to us until God is the reason for our gain. Beloved, can you rewind your memory and evaluate your life? Are you in right standing with God? By your own assessment, have you done well? Can God be proud of you as His loyal and faithful servant? Beloved, God wants you to acknowledge and confess your sin to Him and forsake them. Therefore, if your conscience is pricking you right now, it is time to examine your life and repent of your sins. Truly, God knows our foolishness, and our sins are not hidden from Him. But if you return to Him today, He will graciously forgive you. So, make a reasonable confession to God today. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Search your conscience and make peace with God without delay.
2. Acknowledge, confess and forsake your sin today.
3. Make pleasing God your topmost priority as long as you live.
4. Examine your life and repent of every known sin today.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for your words today. Help me to examine my life and repent of my sins, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : We can’t profess to love God when we are madly in love with sin.
Quote: “What is life without God? Life is an endless journey where God is not the head of the voyage.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God searches our hearts. Therefore, I will examine my life and repent of my sins, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Matthew one of the disciples of Jesus Christ was a tax collector? (Matthew 9:9-13).
Today In History : April 24, 1989 Thousands of Chinese students strike in Beijing for more democratic reforms.
Stunning Fact: Did you know the average hen lays 228 eggs a year?
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I speak into your life, may God open your eyes to know His will. Henceforth, may your life be pleasing to Him, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : CHRIST HAS POWER OVER SICKNESSES AND DEATH
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Bible Verse : When Jesus heard this, he said, “This sickness will not lead to death, but to God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” John 11:4
LISTEN : Jesus Christ demonstrated the Almightiness of God when He raised Lazarus from the dead, after staying days in the grave. My dear, are you sick in your body? Are you afraid because the situation is getting worse by the day? Is your mind occupied with thoughts of dead, rather than thoughts of life? Calm down! The sickness will not lead to death, but to the glory of God, so that He may be glorified through it. Do not be afraid or give up. Sicknesses and death obey God, because God is above all. So, don’t give room to fear. When sickness threatens your life, encourage yourself in God. If you can conquer your fears through faith in God, no situation can keep you down. So, cheer up my dear! You will live, and not die. Remember, Christ has power over sicknesses and death. Be wise!
Prayer : Dear Lord, I have faith in you. Therefore, deliver me from harm and anything that is after my life, amen!