EFFORTS WILL BE FRUSTRATED WITHOUT GOD’S FAVOUR

MORNING

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. Psalms 127:1

LISTEN : Efforts will be frustrated without God’s favour. Yes, God’s grace magnifies the fruit of our labour. “Seek the face of God, plan, work and trust Him to bless your labour” says a father to His son. And his son asked him, “Father, why should I seek the face of God and trust Him to bless my labour, when I know that, I can be blessed without Him?” His father replied, “Son, you err! God is the owner of life. We will gain nothing without life. We live by the mercy of God. As a matter of fact, you will enjoy nothing from your labour if your life ends today. You have laboured for nothing. What is the gain of labouring for what you cannot partake in, or enjoy? Son, God is the centre of everything. And life is completely empty without Him. Therefore, we should honour Him with our lives by committing our plans and works and trust Him to bless our labour.” Immediately, His son exclaimed, “Father, I see life differently now! I will do just as you said.” My dear, you don’t become great just by efforts alone, you become great by grace (Deuteronomy 8:18; 1 Corinthians 4:7). And until grace locates your efforts, you will labour in vain. But when God is at the centre of your life, He will fix what is out of order in your life, home, marriage, health, society, etc. Beloved, cease to labour in vain. Work with God. Don’t claim you know all, and don’t keep Him out of your life, instead, surrender what you can’t fix to Him. Remember, Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. And unless He watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Don’t rely solely on your efforts for success, seek the grace of God.
2. Never take the glory for your success in life, rather give glory to God.
3. Work with God and don’t claim to know all no matter your input to your success.
4. Always remember that, you are nothing without God, therefore, trust Him always.

Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank you for your words today. Help me to trust in you, and never to rely on my own understanding, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : Life is completely empty without God the owner of life.

Quote : “Greatness is not just by efforts alone, but by grace. And until grace locates your efforts, you will labour in vain.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that, we are nothing without God. Therefore, I surrender myself to Him today and for the rest of my life, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know that, to obey God is better than offering a sacrifice to Him? (1 Samuel 15:22).

Today In History : December 19, 1982 Four bombs explode at South Africa’s only nuclear power station in Johannesburg.

Stunning Fact: Did you know only female mosquitoes bite?

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May your labour not be in vain. May God help and bless your labour, in Jesus’ name, amen.

EVENING

TOPIC : GOD HEALS SICKNESSES

Thursday, December 19, 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 : God heals all manner of sicknesses and diseases. 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, God heals all sicknesses and diseases. Be wise!

Prayer : Dear Lord, I have faith in you. Therefore, deliver me from harm and anything that is after my life, amen!

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