Friday, September 13, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : And today the LORD has declared you to be his special people as he already promised you so you may keep all his commandments. Deuteronomy 26:18
LISTEN : God wouldn’t make you a special person to Him if He didn’t mean to bless you. He who God calls “special,” is being prepared for a special assignment and blessing. Besides, God trains, disciplines and models His peculiar children in a special way. My dear, God loves you and you’re very dear to him. Just like the Israelites became a special people to God by way of God’s covenant with Abraham, so also we, (believers in Christ Jesus) have been blessed through the covenant blood of Jesus Christ. Those who belong to Christ are blessed and special to God. Therefore, don’t allow anyone or anything to make you feel less of yourself. No matter the circumstances, believe that you’re what God says you are. Satan would want you to believe otherwise, so, resist him. He wants you to doubt God’s promises, and to believe that, you’re rejected and forsaken. My dear, resist him (Psalms 27:10). Besides, he wants you to believe that all hope is lost, and your life is worthless and miserable. Just resist and keep resisting him (Psalms 27:14; Psalms 130:5); he wants you to believe that your condition has no solution. He wants you to get depressed and waste your life through worry. Beloved, be strong, courageous and resilient, and always remind yourself that, you’re special to God. When God makes you special, no one can make you ordinary or insignificant. So, don’t be bothered about the circumstances you’re faced with, instead, follow the will of God and you’ll not lose His favour. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Always resist and refuse the lies the devil wants you to believe.
2. When you don’t know what else to do, invite God and let Him take over your battles.
3. Always say no to depression, defeat, fear, hopelessness, anger and negative thoughts.
4. Determine to believe the promises of God and what He says about you.
Prayer : Dear Lord! Your word is true, and your promises are sure. Help me to truly rely on your words at all times, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : God wouldn’t make you a special person to Him if He didn’t mean to bless you.
Quote : “When God makes you special, no one can make you ordinary or insignificant. When He blesses you, no curse can survive the potency of His blessings.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that Satan is a liar and father of all lies. Therefore, I will resist him and all his evil works, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Daniel also bears the name, Beltshazzar? (Daniel 1:7).
Today In History : September 13, 1988 Hurricane Gilbert becomes the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, based on barometric pressure. Hurricane Wilma will break that record in 2005.
Stunning Fact : Did you know Coca Cola launched its 3rd product Sprite in 1961?
A Word Of Blessing : You’ll make a difference. May God bless you and open your eyes to His will. May you not be deceived by Satan. May the Lord favour you always, in Jesus‘ name, amen.
Friday, September 13, 2019
TOPIC : BE ADDICTED TO SERVING THE LORD
Bible Verse : Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Psalms 2:11
LISTEN: My dear, strive to be addicted to serving the Lord. commit yourself to a genuine service to God. Always be faithful in your service to Him. The truth is, faithfulness in service is a mark of true loyalty to God. In every generation, God is looking for true worshippers; that is, those who will worship Him in sincerity and in reality. Yes, God is to be worshipped with awe and fear. Many people claim to serve God today but don’t have fear and honour for Him. Fear of God is the demonstration of true wisdom. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. (Proverbs 9:10). No man is truly wise who doesn’t fear the LORD. The first prove or lesson of man is to fear God – that is, to respect Him. God must be placed the first in our lives. God should be our first choice in life. He is more important than our businesses, wealths, careers, etc. He is important than every other thing. God is greater than everything in life put together. Hence, when we make decisions, we should first think about Him. We should ask to know His will. Beloved, God can’t honour anyone who chooses to despise Him (1 Samuel 2:30). So, we should fear God with a sense of reverence which is due to His supreme majesty. We are to serve Him faithfully and excitedly. Henceforth, let us live in line with His will, as we remember that He deserves our sincere worship and honour. Be wise!
Prayer : Everlasting Father, you’re a great God. Help me to be addicted to your service always, in Jesus’ name, amen!