Thursday, August 30, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Teach me your way, O LORD; I will walk in your truth: unite my heart to fear your name. Psalms 86:11
LISTEN : The way of God is the way of life. There is no life in anyone who chooses to abandon the way of God. God’s way gives direction and meaning to the life of those who are programed to perish. His way gives light to the blind and life to the dead. The way of God sets the captive free and brings fulfillment to their God-given purpose. The way of God rejoices the heart and brighten up the face. Besides, the way of God saves, teaches and guides people to know God. No one knows the ways of God until he or she is willing to learn His ways. God’s ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8,9), hence, those who want to follow His ways must first learn His way through obedience and humility. The ways of God are the “highways” of righteousness, holiness, godliness, obedience, faith, truth, dedication, peace, love, etc. Beloved, to know God you should hunger for Him. You should desire to please Him. God will never force anyone to learn or follow His ways, but will allow them to make their own decisions. So, you should make the decision to learn and follow His ways today. Like the Psalmist in our verse of the day, you should desire to know and do what will please God; walk in truth, and live in His fear. Beloved, ask God to teach you His ways and you will not miss the way to your God-given purpose. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Dedicate yourself to learning the ways of God daily.
2. Determine to walk in truth, obedience, humility and faith.
3. Learn to walk in the fear of God and to serve Him faithfully.
4. Desire to know and do what will please God as long as you live.
Prayer : Everlasting Father, thank you for your words. Teach me your ways, and make me to live both in your truth and fear, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : The way of God rejoices the heart and brighten up the face; because His way saves, teaches and guides people to know Him.
Quote : “The way of God is the way of life. His way gives direction and meaning to the life of those who are programed to perish ; hence, there is no life in anyone who chooses to abandon the way of God.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that the ways of God are not our ways. Therefore, I will seek and follow His way as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Elkanah had two wives; Hannah and Peninnah? (1 Samuel 1:2).
Today In History : August 30, 1983 Lieutenant Colonel Guion S. Bluford, Jr., becomes the first African-American astronaut to travel in space.
Stunning Fact : Did you know when baby polar bear cubs are born they cannot see or hear for their first month?
Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God teach you to know and follow His will. May His blessings be released to you, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
TOPIC: PUT YOUR TRUST IN GOD
Bible Verse : Jesus said to them, “Have faith in God. Mark 11:22
LISTEN : Jesus Christ cursed a fig tree for failing to produce fruit for Him and His disciples when they were hungry. (Mark 11 : 12-14). The next day as they passed by it, Peter reminded Jesus of the fig tree He had cursed the previous day for it has withered; but Jesus Christ responded, “Have faith in God.” I believe this was not the kind of answer Peter expected to receive. However, Jesus gave the answer because He wanted His disciples to learn a big lesson from the incident of the fig tree. He wants them to know that faith in God can make everything possible. When Peter expressed surprise over the withered fig tree, Jesus Christ in His reply challenged him to grow stronger in faith to be able to walk in the realm of possibilities. When Jesus Christ urged him to have faith in God, He was saying something like, “You should not be surprised that God did what I asked! You too must trust that God will do whatever you ask him to do!” In other words, He was challenging every believer in Christ Jesus to live in faith no matter the circumstance ; only until then can we receive what God has freely given to us. Beloved, the problem we have when we pray is not that there is no God to answer, but that there is no faith to receive. If there is faith to receive, nothing shall be impossible to us. (Mark 9:23). When there is no faith we limit ourselves. Beloved, grow your faith in God and you will grow in His grace.
1. Thank the Lord for His mercies today.
2. Ask for His forgiveness, Mercy and cleansing.
3. Pray for grace to live in faith and oneness with the Spirit of God.
4. Pray against every mountain of your life, and cast them into the sea forever.
You are blessed . May the Lord help you to walk in faith and overcome every situation, amen.