Thursday, November 14, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. Romans 1:25
LISTEN : Worship belongs to God. This is why the Bible says this about God, “You are holy; you sit as king receiving the praises of Israel.” (Psalms 22:3). God created everything and everyone. Therefore, He should be worshipped and revered by everyone. The Bible says, “The earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” (Psalms 24:1). This means that, the world isn’t ours, neither the inhabitants of the earth. God owns everything and everyone. Therefore, not to acknowledge this fact is self-inflicted ignorance. And no one is excusable for refusing to acknowledge and worship God, the Creator of heaven and earth. My dear, who receives your worship? God or man? We render worship to the one we value and respect as our God. Lots of people see fellow humans as their God. Perhaps, just for the little favour they’ve received or do receives from them. They conclude that, life is meaningless without them. Others worship graven images as their God. Those are gods and not the true God. My dear, it’s unfair and act of wickedness to give the glory of God to His creation. Whatever the object of worship, if it’s not God it’s idol worship. Whatever takes the place of God in your life is an idol and sacrilegious. Sadly, idol worship will make you an enemy of God. My dear, don’t change the truth of God into a lie, or serve creatures instead of the Creator. Henceforth, worship God with all your heart because He is God. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Worship God and stop worshipping His creatures.
2. Don’t give honour that is due God to man no matter what.
3. Be real with your service to God and don’t pretend to serve Him.
4. No matter the circumstance, don’t put your confidence in man. Instead, put your confidence in God.
Prayer : Everlasting Father, I thank you because you’re the only true God. Help me to worship you and you alone, amen.
Reflection : God owns everything and everyone. Hence, not to acknowledge this truth is self-inflicted ignorance.
Quote : “It’s unfair and act of wickedness to give the glory of God to His creation. Whatever the object of worship, if it’s not God it’s idol worship.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that God is the only true 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 : November 14, 2012 Israel launches Operation Pillar of Defense against the Hamas-governed Gaza Strip.
Stunning Fact : Did you know Coca Cola launched its 3rd product Sprite in 1961?
A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. Today, I speak to your life, may God guide you to make the right decision and serve Him for the salvation of your soul, in Jesus’ name.
TOPIC : TO PLEASE GOD
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Bible Verse : Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. Ephesians 5:10
LISTEN : After preaching a message on ‘dedication’ in a house fellowship meeting. The house fellowship leader asks his members this question, “Brethren, what is your greatest desire on earth?” A young man stood up with tears in his eyes and said, “Sir, my greatest desire is to please God.” My dear, you have a duty to perform if you desire a relationship with God. And your duty is to find out or discover what pleases God. God isn’t man. His ways aren’t our ways. (Isaiah 55:8-9). As a matter of fact, not everything pleases Him. But the good news is that, God has made known His will to us through His words. The Bible says, “He has told you, O man, what is good, and what the LORD really wants from you: He wants you to promote justice, to be faithful, and to live obediently before your God.” (Micah 6:8). My dear, we’re not in any form of difficulty to find out the will of God. His will is for us to promote justice, be faithful to Him and to live obediently to Him. This means that, we should discourage injustice, unfaithfulness and disobedience to the word of God. As lovers of God, let’s strive to find out what pleases Him and live in line with His will always. Be wise!
Prayer : Dear Lord, help me to find out your will for me always, and to live in line with your will, in Jesus’ name, amen.