Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. Deuteronomy 5:33 (NIV).
LISTEN : God deserves our obedience. Hence, anything short of that is an insult to His holiness. Disobedience to God exposes us to danger. However, God never destroys until He has warned for repentance. When God brought the children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt, He warned them against disobedience (Deuteronomy8:11). He emphasised on obedience to His word. He warned them against rejecting and disobeying His commandment. He told them the importance of obedience to their own success and life in general. As a matter of fact, He made them to understand that, not to obey Him is to call for His wrath. My dear, disobedience to the word of God is the easiest way to invite the wrath of God. He who neglects to obey God must prepare for His wrath; because the wrath of God travels in the direction of disobedience. Beloved, God desires that you prosper. However, you cannot experience this blessing until you are willing to joyfully obey God. When you walk in obedience to God, God will work out things for you. Obedience to God brings success and life; but disobedience to Him brings failure and death. Our verse of the day says, “Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.” (Deuteronomy 5:33). My dear, do you want to truly prosper and succeed? Do you want to live and prolong your days? Then, obey God. Obey God and you will prosper, live and prolong your days; disobey Him and you will surely regret your actions. So, determine to faithfully obey God. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Walk in obedience to God and you will live and prolong your life.
2. Avoid evil and all manner of wickedness and you will escape the wrath of God.
3. Determine to honour, serve and worship God as long as you live.
4. Don’t allow anyone to deceive or cajole you to disobey God no matter what.
Prayer : Dear LORD, I thank you because you are the Almighty God. Help me to obey and serve you for the rest of my life, in Jesus’ name, amen!
Reflection : The wrath of God travels in the direction of disobedience.
Quote : “Disobedience to God is not a light thing; for not to obey God is to call for His wrath.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that God is the only true and living God. Therefore, I will serve and worship Him as long as I live, amen!
Biblical Fact : Did you know Abraham was 99 years old when he was circumcised? (Genesis 17:24).
Today In History : January 13, 2011 Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, former president of Tunisia, flees to Saudi Arabia after a series of demonstrations against his regime.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the Cambodian alphabet has 74 letters?
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May God open your eyes to know who He is. And may you serve and worship Him without reservations, in Jesus’ name, amen!
TOPIC : IT IS DANGEROUS TO BE UNGRATEFUL TO GOD
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Bible Verse : Hezekiah was stricken with a terminal illness. He prayed to the LORD, who answered him…But Hezekiah was ungrateful; he had a proud attitude… . 2 Chronicles 32:24-25
LISTEN : Ungrateful people take the grace of God for granted. They take His love lightly. To be ungrateful is to not feel or show gratitude, thanks, or appreciation. Countless times we have been ungrateful to God like Hezekiah. Hezekiah was mortally sick and prayed to God and God healed him. Sadly, he took God’s mercy for granted. He was ungrateful to Him. He failed to thank God for His mercy, instead he was proud in his heart. He esteemed lightly the mercy of God. And the consequences of his action was the wrath of God upon him and his people. The Bible says, “But Hezekiah was ungrateful; he had a proud attitude, provoking God to be angry at him, as well as Judah and Jerusalem.” (2 Chronicles 32:25). Beloved, are you really grateful to God for all He has done for you? Do you have a grateful heart? A grateful heart will surely attract the favour of a great God. Your gratitude to God will determine what He will do, or not do for you. As you read this devotional today, pause for a moment and reflect on the goodness of God and give thanks to Him for all He has done for you, for others, and ultimately for our salvation and hope of eternal life. Be wise!
Prayer : Dear Lord, you are so good to me. Help me to honour you for all you have done for me, in Jesus’ name, amen!