Sunday, May 19, 2019

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : A friend loves at all times… Proverbs 17:17

LISTEN : A wealthy man watched his children come home everyday with their so-called friends to eat and merry. One day, the man gathered his children and asked them, “My children, who are these people you always come back home with?” They answered cheerfully, “They are our friends.” “Your friends?” Asked the man. “Yes father!” They replied. Furthermore, the man said, “My children, you will not know a true friend until you have a need, or find yourself in trouble, or in a hopeless situation. So, be careful and allow difficult times to show you your true friends.” Few months later things became difficult for the family. And the man waited to see the friends of his children as usual, but none came around, except one of them who kept coming and helping them out with food. One day, as the same boy visited, the man gathered his children again and asked them, “Children, where are those your friends?” And they tearfully replied, “They are all gone, except this one here with us.” He smiled and said, “Children, remember I told you that, you will know your friends in times of troubles and need?” Pointing to the boy who visits them he said, “This is your true friend. Please don’t lose him!” My dear, we have seen this happen to us or people we know. Those who claim to be our friends turned out to be fake. They came into our lives with ulterior motives. They came just for what they will gain and not what they will offer. They are friends just in good times alone, but enemies in hard times. Beloved, be a worthy friend! The Bible says, A friend loves at all times.” (Proverbs 17:17). Friendship is good, because it gives you the opportunity to help and be helped, and to love and be loved. But when friendship is limited to good times alone, relationship will end when hard time appears. Beloved, be a worthy friend. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Be a good and worthy friend to others and God will bring worthy friends your way.
2. Don’t abandon your friends in hard times, instead, determine to be there for them.
3. Don’t enter into a relationship with ulterior motives, rather be real and supportive of others.
4. Never enter into a relationship with the sole aim of what you can gain; rather be prepared to make sacrifices too.

Prayer : Almighty God, I know that friendship is good. Therefore, help me to be a worthy friend to someone, and to attract worthy friends to myself, in Jesus’ name, amen!

Reflection : Friendship is good, because it gives you the opportunity to help and be helped, and to love and be loved.

Quote : “When friendship is limited just to good times, relationship will end when hard time appears or prevails.”

Faith Confession : Today, I confess that friendship is good. Therefore, I will value the gift of friendship as long as I live, amen!

Biblical Fact : Did you know Ahab is Queen Jezebel’s husband? (1Kings 21:1-5).

Today In History : May 19, 1780 Near total darkness descends on New England at noon. No explanation is found.

Stunning Fact : Did you know women were not allowed to vote in France until 1944?

A Word Of Blessing : You will make a difference. May God bless you with good and worthy friends. May the Lord cause you to ride on the wings of favour and blessings, in Jesus’ name, amen!



Sunday, May 19, 2019

Bible Verse : For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. Luke 19:10

LISTEN : The good news that has been rejected by the world, that Jesus Christ comes to seek and to save sinners is still available to you today. He came to save those who accept Him as Lord and Saviour. Beloved, you belong to God and therefore should come to Him. Jesus is waiting for your return. He came to seek and to save us. And with His blood He has brought us back to God (Joh 10:16). When He walked through the earth, it took Him pain and compassion to seek for those that must be saved (Luk 15:4). It took Him time and pains to find sinners, and gain their consent. My dear, a lost soul is not so easily recovered and restored from his straying. However, He committed himself to His assignment, to seek and to save. Today, He is still calling you. He is calling you by His word, for He comes as a teacher from heaven, to recall sinners from their wanderings. He is calling you to a life of holiness, obedience, faith and commitment. My dear, do not reject this invitation because you may lose it forever. Be wise!

Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank you because Jesus Christ came to seek and to save sinners like me. Therefore, I accept Him today and always, amen!