Monday, July 29, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. John 5:39
LISTEN : The Bible is the word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). And the word of God is the word of life. Reading the word of God affects our minds and shapes our future. My dear, what you read on a regular basis will surely affect the way you think. And how you think will affect how you live; and how you live will predict how you’ll end. In the same way, when you search the scriptures you’ll know God more and more, and act in line with His will. This is the reason why you should start off your day with the word of God and not with contents that will corrupt and contaminated your mind and spirit. Always consider reading your Bible daily (Acts 17:11). Jesus said, “Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39). My dear, do you read, study and meditate in the word of God? Below are reasons why you should read the Bible:
* You Can’t Discover God Without His Word – the word of God is the power of God. And God values His words and will never toy with it. The written word of God opens our eyes to who God is. Therefore, to discover God you must do it through His word. If you don’t know the word of God, you won’t know God.
* You Can’t Prepare For Eternity Without The Word Of God – Without the word of God you’ll be lost in your journey of eternity. God’s word gives directions to your life. As a matter of fact, you’ll lose direction if you don’t heed instructions from the word of God. My dear, it’s a complete insanity to claim to be prepared for eternity when you still display contempt for the word of God.
* You Can’t Accept Jesus Christ If You Can’t Accept The Bible – you can’t throw away or despise the word of God and still claim to serve Him. The word of God testifies about Jesus Christ. Therefore, to know Jesus Christ you must embrace the Bible. Receive it as the word of God and you’ll discover hidden truths about Jesus Christ. But when you reject it you’ll remain in darkness. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Search the scriptures daily and don’t allow anyone or anything to distract you.
2. Never neglect to study the bible. Instead, spend quality time in it.
3. Determine to always make out time for personal bible study no matter what.
4. Dig deep into God’s word and allow His words to transform your life.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you because you have the word of life. Therefore, help me to study and meditate in your word daily, amen.
Reflection: You can’t throw away or despise the word of God and still claims to serve Him.
Quote: “You’ll lose direction if you don’t heed instructions from the word of God. For it’s a complete insanity to claim to be prepared for eternity when you still display contempt for the word of God.”
Faith Confession: In Jesus’ name, I confess that God’s word is key to eternal life. Therefore, I will study and meditate in it daily, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Hophni and Phinehas are the sons of Eli? (1 Samuel 4:4).
Today In History : July 29, 1848 A rebellion against British rule is put down in Tipperary, Ireland.
Stunning Fact :Did you know Mount Everest is 8.9km (5.5 miles) high?
A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. Today I speak to you, may you not neglect or ignore to study and meditate in the word of God. May God enables you to cherish His word now and forever, amen.
Monday, July 29, 2019
TOPIC : WHERE WILL YOU BE WHEN YOUR LIFE HERE IS OVER
Bible Verse : Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. Colossians 3:2
LISTEN : Do you know you will not be in this world forever? My dear, eternity with God should be your goal and concern. Always meditate on life after death. Reflect on God’s word and let it provoke right decision for eternity. When you think in this direction, God will help you to act wisely. Thoughts trigger actions, and your actions will determine your success or failure in life. It will equally determine where you’ll spend eternity – heaven or hell. That’s why it’s vital to direct your thoughts in line with the will of God. In our Bible verse , we’re urged to think about things that are above and not about things that are on the earth. We should constantly desire the blessings that God has prepared for us in heaven. (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). We should bother ourselves with the things of heaven and abstain from evil in the world. Henceforth, let your heart be consumed with thoughts of “a life with God after our earthly life.” Think about your eternal home – a place of peace, free from crisis, heartbreak, sicknesses, death, sorrow, etc. Beloved, prepare for eternity. Be wise!
Prayer : Dear Lord, help me to be careful and to prepare for eternity as long as I live, amen.