Sunday, September 2, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15
LISTEN : In the journey of eternity, a good beginning does not guarantee a good ending; just as a bad beginning does not determine a bad ending. What guarantees a good ending is obedience and faith in God. This means, to go where God leads, do what He says and stick with Him no matter what. Sticking with God from beginning to the end of life is what guarantees a good ending. The Bible says, “But the person who endures to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 24:13). Similarly, Luke 21:19 says,”By your endurance you will gain your lives.” My dear, the journey of eternity is a journey of endurance and faith. You can only be saved when you walk with God to the end. (Hebrews 4:13). Those who quit or abandoned the journey in favour of the world and Satan will have their names missing in the book of life. But those who play by God’s rule will be given a place in His kingdom. Friend, God recognises those who are dedicated to Him. He knows those who are serving Him in spirit and truth. He takes note of everyone’s deeds and misdeeds. He knows those who truly believe in Christ Jesus and those who serve Him in pretense. Surely, He will reward everyone according to what they have done in their lives. Beloved, are you living for God or for yourself? Do you know that heaven and hell are real? Do you also know that you will reap what you sow? (Galatians 6:7). Do not forget that, to live sumptuously today and miserably end in hell tomorrow is a sad end. So, think about it and make peace with God today. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Accept Jesus Christ today without delay and abide in Him and you will be saved.
2. Repent and be converted and continue to walk in newness of life.
3. Obey God and walk in faith and be dedicated to Him.
4. Walk in love, pursue righteousness and holiness, and labour fervently for eternal life.
Prayer : Everlasting Father, you paid the price for my sin through your son Jesus Christ. Therefore, help me to continuously walk with you and forever be saved, amen.
Reflection : The journey of eternity is a journey of endurance and faith. You are saved when you walk with God to the end. But those who quit or abandoned the journey in favour of the world and Satan will have their names missing in the book of life.
Quote : “In the journey of eternity, a good beginning does not guarantee a good ending; just as a bad beginning does not determine a bad ending. A good ending is a function of obedience and faith in God.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that heaven and hell are real. But I refuse to go to hell. Therefore, I will live the rest of my life to the glory of God, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Abraham was 86 years old when Hagar gave birth to Ishmael? (Genesis 16:16) .
Today In History : September 2, 1945 Japan signs the document of surrender aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War I1.
Stunning Fact : Did you know herpetophobia is the fear of reptiles?
Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may you not end in hell. May God lead you to a glorious and blissful end. And may you live the rest of your life for God, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Sunday, September 2, 2018
TOPIC : DO NOT LIVE JUST FOR THIS LIFE
Bible Verse : If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 1 Corinthians 15:19
LISTEN: This world is passing away, hence, to live just for this present life is to be eternally miserable. Extreme pain, distress and woe await those who reject God. Beloved, as believers in Christ Jesus we should hope in God beyond this life. We should believe Him beyond our quest for healing, miracle, job, marriage, childbirth, health, etc.? As people who have eternity in view, we should cease to live so ungodly, or act wickedly towards others. We should embrace the fear of God, and have respect for human lives. We should not allow the so-called pleasures of this life take the place of God in our hearts. We should not give up on Christ or deny Him in the face of tribulations, persecution and trials. Beloved, we should not limit our hope in Christ to this present life. The Bible says, ”If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable ” (1Cor. 15:19). Friend, when you live just for what the world can offer, surely, you will be miserable hereafter. Therefore, learn to spend your time, energy, resources, etc., on things with eternal value. Always hunger for God; because anyone who will wish for a blissful future with God must learn to hunger for righteousness daily. (Matthew 5:6). Beloved, if your life is not lived for God, you have lived in vain. Be wise!
1. Bless God for today no matter what.
2. Ask God for forgiveness, and grace to follow His will.
3. Pray for grace to live for God and His kingdom purposes.
4. Intercede for believers in Christ around the world for grace to be eternally minded.
5. Pray against spiritual wickedness, and ask God to keep you safe.
Today, I prophesy to you, may you not live just for this present life . May the Lord show you the path of life and order your steps in the right direction, in Jesus’ name, amen.