Monday, October 14, 2019

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings. Proverbs 22:29

LISTEN : Do you desire to be great? Then pursue excellence and the fear of God. Be intentional about it and you’ll excel when you do. To excel is to be or do better than others. It is to be exceptionally good at or competent or skilled in doing or using something. It is to work with excellence. Excellence is key to promotion and greatness. It is the ladder to success. No one remains down or miserable with the spirit of excellence. Excellence is like a mountain, it doesn’t hide. My dear, be intentional about pursuing excellence. You don’t excel by changing your name to ‘Excellence.’ Excellence comes by purposeful investment into your life. Couple of months ago I told a story about a young man who bears the name, “Endurance”, and decides to change his name to “Excel.” One day, one of his friends called him by his new name and said, “Excel, why is it that you bear a good name but does things poorly?” He replied, “I just like the name, ‘Excel’, but I find it hard and tiring to excel.” That’s terribly sad! Lots of people are like the young man in this story. They desire to excel but don’t work to excel (James 2:17). They fail to realise that excellence does not come by a mere wish but by diligent labour and the help of God. My dear, God really wants to bless you. He blesses people who have excellent spirit. He wants us to function in excellence because He is an excellent God. Surely, nothing can resist a person with an excellent spirit. Excellent spirit is not about the job you do, but about how you do it. It is not about your position in your place of work, but about your profitable input to the work you do. Remember, excellence produces greatness. So, pursue excellence. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to work hard to achieve excellence no matter what.
2. Always make a difference in your life, job, career and whatever you do.
3. Break the yoke of mediocrity in your life and function in excellence instead.
4. Don’t merely wish for excellence, rather work hard for it.

Prayer : Heavenly Father, you are an excellent God and you love excellence. Therefore, help me to love and work with excellence, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : Don’t just wish to excel. Work hard for it.

Quote : He who dreams to be genuinely great must be prepared to pay the inevitable price of greatness – excellent hard work and the fear of God.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that God Almighty is an excellent God and loves excellence. Therefore, I will strive to be excellent in what I do, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know the three sons of Noah that came out of the Ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Genesis 9:18).

Today In History : Rev. Martin Luther King is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for advocating a policy of non-violence.

Stunning Fact: Did you know an elephant’s trunk can hold over 5 litres of water?

A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. May the Lord bless you. Today I speak to your life, may God release excellent spirit into your life and help you to make a difference in your generation, amen!



Monday, October 14, 2019

Bible Verse : But he was pierced for our transgressions, and he was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

LISTEN : Release your faith and be healed. My dear, we’re not praying to be healed, we’re already healed by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. His death brought both spiritual and bodily healing to those who walk in faith. My dear, you can be healed in the name of Jesus Christ. Healing is the honour God gives to the name of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross nullifies the stronghold of Satan (sin, sickness, death, etc. ) over humanity. When He died on the cross, He stripped Satan of his power and granted salvation, freedom, deliverance, peace, life, etc., to those who put their faith in Him. Beloved, you can be healed today. If Jesus Christ can die a painful and humiliating death for us on the cross, He can heal your body of sicknesses and diseases. So, don’t be frightened by your present health condition, instead, be strengthened by your faith in God. Remember, you are healed by the stripes and death of Jesus Christ on the cross. So, release your faith and be healed today. Be wise!

Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you for bringing healing to my body through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Help me to walk in physical and spiritual health henceforth, amen!