IT PAYS TO WORK HARD

MORNING

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : In all hard work there is profit, but merely talking about it only brings poverty. Proverbs 14:23

LISTEN : It pays to work hard. Hard work provokes help and favour. Hard work and the favour of God will crown your efforts with success. Some months ago, I told a story about a successful man who goes by the nickname, “Talk and do”, who was asked why he chooses to be addressed by that name, he said, “By experience I’ve come to believe that, nothing is achieved by merely talking about it. Success is achieved by taking necessary and timely actions, and spending time in diligent hard work. That’s what I do, and that’s why I chose the name, ‘talk and do.’ ” My dear, diligence is vital to success. This means that, God rewards diligent hard work. Again, it means that, success doesn’t come by mere wish, but by quality, intentional and carefully directed efforts toward your goals. A task that must produce result must be done with diligence (Proverbs 22:29). Anyone who is diligent in what he or she does won’t fail to be successful. What does it mean to be diligent? It means to perform something with intense concentration, focus and responsible regard. When you give yourself completely to what you do, surely you’ll achieve your goal. Beloved, believe it or not, one of the best ways to use your time is to do one thing at a time, and to do it well, giving it your full focus. Yes, you can’t achieve success with a broken focus. And until you give yourself completely to your goal, you can’t get to the top of the ladder of your pursuit. Beloved, learn to work hard and do it diligently. Remember, nothing can deny you success if you’re committed to diligent hard work and the fear of God. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Use your time to do one thing at a time, and do it well by giving your full focus.
2. Learn to work hard and do it diligently knowing that, you have a good reward.
3. Don’t merely wish for success, rather, work purposefully for it.
4. Remember that, success doesn’t come by mere wish, but by intentional and carefully directed efforts toward your goals.

Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank you for your words today. Help me to work hard and give my full focus to what you’ve called me to do, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : A task that must produce result must be done with diligence.

Quote : “Diligent hard work is the price of success; for God won’t bless laziness but hard work.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that diligent hard work brings success. Therefore, I’ll work hard diligently for the rest of my life, amen!

Biblical Fact : Did you know Enoch lived a total of 365 years?

Today In History : December 12, 1930 The Spanish Civil War begins as rebels take a border town.

Stunning Fact : Did you know a cheetah’s top speed is 114kph (70mph)?

A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. May the LORD strengthen your hands for every good work, and prosper you beyond measure, in Jesus name, amen!

EVENING

TOPIC : WHY YOU SHOULD REPENT TODAY

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Bible Verse : Peter said to them, “Repent, and each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins… Acts 2:38

LISTEN : We don’t have all eternity to ourselves. We’ll be gone someday. Hence, repentance is important to what becomes of us when our life expires. My dear, repent and return to God today. True repentance attracts forgiveness. Repentance according to the Bible is, “to change one’s mind.” (Romans 12:2). It means to turn to God and turn from evil. To truly repent, God needs to change your mind about sin. The Bible says “You who love the LORD, hate evil!” (Psalms 97:10). Beloved, true repentance happens when we see sin as God sees it. Until we treat sin as sin, repentance has not yet occurred in our lives. True repentance pleads with God to forgive and deliver from the influence of sin and the fear of eternal judgment and hell. Until we realise the consequences of sin and the need for our escape, we’ll continue to pamper sin to our own hurt; but when we repent, we are blessed with eternal life. My dear, open your eyes and heart to the will of God. Heed His warnings and run for your dear life. Repent and come to Him by faith and be blessed today. Remember, a bit of delay could be disastrous. Be wise!

Prayer : Everlasting Father, I repent of my sin today. Help me to live the rest of my life to the glory of your name, in Jesus’ name, amen.