Friday, October 25, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : …like a person who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. Matthew 13:24-25
LISTEN : The world is full of wickedness. Hence, it’s the height of ignorance and foolishness to pretend to not be aware of it. He who lives as though there is no evil and wickedness going on in the world will surely fall prey to the wicked enterprises of men and demonic manipulations. My dear, the devil isn’t tired of causing havoc and wrecking lives around the world. He’s not tired of bringing misery and heartbreak upon people on a daily basis. He’s very active in wickedness as he was in the past. And he who is ignorant of his plans will soon become a victim of his wickedness. Knowing that evil is still on the rise, therefore, he who wants to overcome must be vigilant and spiritually sensitive (see 1 Peter 5:8). Our verse of the day is a story about a good man who sowed a good seed on his field and left. But when men were asleep, an enemy went to the same field and planted bad seed to undermine and corrupt the good seed. My dear, lots of things happen when people are not vigilant. The devil and his human agents succeed in their wicked enterprises when people fail to be spiritually sensitive. A spiritually sensitive person can’t neglect to watch and pray fervently; do in depth study of the word of God to know God more and more; meditate daily on the word of God, and constantly exercise oneself in godliness. Beloved, the devil can’t overcome you when your life is soaked with the presence of God. So, work hard to be vigilant and spiritually sensitive and you’ll not be swallowed up by forces of darkness and wickedness of man. Be wise.
having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to be always vigilant and spiritually sensitive.
2. Never give the devil a chance in your life, instead be watchful and prayerful.
3. Don’t be ignorant of the devices of the devil, rather be spiritually alert and fight until you overcome.
4. Be careful how you live, not as unwise, but as wise.
Prayer : Everlasting Father, I acknowledge that life is a battle. Therefore, I will be vigilant and spiritually sensitive, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : He who is ignorant of Satan’s plans will soon become a victim of his wickedness.
Quote : “He who lives as though there is no wickedness going on in the world will one day fall prey to the wicked enterprises of men and demonic manipulations.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that I will be both vigilant and spiritually sensitive as long as I live, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Ahab is Queen Jezebel’s husband? (1Kings 21:1-5).
Today In History : October 25, 2009 Terrorist bombings in Baghdad kill over 150 and wound over 700.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the skeleton of an African elephant accounts for about 15% of its body weight?
A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. May God cause you to be vigilant and spiritually sensitive to overcome the devil, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Friday, October 25, 2019
TOPIC : ETERNITY WITH GOD IS WORTH DYING FOR
Bible Verse : Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. Colossians 3:2
LISTEN : Eternity with God is worth dying for, because we have no future without God. My dear, Do you know you’ll not be here someday? My dear, eternity with God should be your goal and concern. Always meditate on life after here (earth). 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 will spend eternity – heaven or hell. That is why it is vital to direct your thoughts in line with the will of God. In our Bible verse , we are 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. Besides, our minds should be consumed with thoughts of “a life with God after our earthly life.” We should always think about our eternal home, a place of peace, free from crisis, heartbreak, sicknesses and diseases, death and sorrow, etc. My dear, wake up from your sleep and pursue eternity with God for it’s worth dying for. Be wise!
Prayer : Eternal Father, I thank you for your love for me. Help me to focus on eternity more and more, in Jesus name, amen.