Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Correct your son, and he shall give you rest; yes, he shall give delight unto your soul. Proverbs 29:17
LISTEN : Your child is like an extension of you. No doubt, your child has his or her destiny or purpose in life. But as a parent, you’re the one who’s divinely saddled with the responsibility to give meaning to the life of your children by raising them in the fear of God (Proverbs 22:6). If you can’t shape your children’ life in tune with God’s principles, values and standards, others will deform them for you by introducing some satanic and life-destroying principles and values to them. If you’re too busy to build your children’ moral and spiritual capacity, then, you’ll pay dearly for it later on. My dear, make efforts to shape your children’ spiritual and moral life, and not just only giving them the best of education. Our children are from God, just as we are (Psalms 127:3; Psalms 24:1). And it’s important to God how we raise them up. When you fail to raise your children in the fear of God, you’ve failed God and humanity. Beloved, it’s unpardonable to be a parent, yet, loses the capacity to guard and guide one’s children through the right path of life. When you watch your children drift away from the purpose of God for their lives, you’ve committed a heinous crime against God and humanity. My dear, have you been raising your children in the fear of God? If not, it’s not too late. You can start today. Teach them morals and raise them to honour God and others and your life will not be a nightmare when they’re grown. But parents who fail in this regard will end up regretting their actions. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to train up your children in the fear of God.
2. Spend quality time in developing your children’ moral and spiritual life.
3. In training up your child, be mindful of the future you are building for them.
4. Remember that, God is concerned about how you raise your kids and will eventually hold you accountable.
Prayer: Blessed Father, help me to raise my children in your fear as long as I live, amen.
Reflection : If all we can do is give good education to our children and neglect to build their moral and spiritual life, we have failed to give real meaning to their lives.
Quote : “He who is mindful of the future can never ignore the moral and spiritual upbringing of his children.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that my children are my responsibility. Therefore, I will train them in the fear of God, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Jesus Christ walked the earth after his resurrection for forty days before ascending to heaven? (Acts 1:3)
Today In History : October 23, 1707 The first Parliament of Great Britain meets.
Stunning Fact : Did you know all insects have 6 legs?
A Word Of Blessing : You’ll make a difference. Today I speak to your life. May God bless you and cause you to raise your kids in the fear of God, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : GOD DESERVES OUR PRAISE AND HONOUR
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Bible Verse : All of you that fear the LORD, praise him; all you the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all you the seed of Israel. Psalms 22:23
LISTEN : God is awesome and deserves our praise and fear. In all the earth there is none like Him. His faithfulness and mercy endure forever. His faithfulness is for all generations of those who love, fear and obey Him. Beloved, do you fear God? Are you born again by the Holy Spirit? Our verse of the day says, “All of you that fear the LORD, praise him; all you the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all you the seed of Israel.” (Psalms 22:23). Those who fear the LORD and referred to as seed of Jacob and Israel in this Bible passage, are all God’s faithful of all generations, and we, who have come to God by faith in Christ, and have become sons and daughters of Abraham (spiritual Israelites) by faith. The Bible says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for all of you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if all of you be Christ’s, then are all of you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”(Galatians 3:28,29). Beloved, because we are God’s people, we should praise, glorify and reverence Him at all times. Remember, God deserves our praise and honour. Be wise!
Prayer : Heavenly Father, help me to forever praise and honour you in Jesus’ name, amen.