Thursday, August 29, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : When Jesus saw that he had answered thoughtfully, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”… Mark 12:34
LISTEN : You’ll never decide to go with God unless your ‘eyes’ are opened. When I say your eyes, I mean your spiritual understanding. You can’t know the will of God until it’s revealed to you. Without spiritual understanding you’ll grope in darkness of self-inflicted ignorance. Thankfully, God has revealed His will in His words, and through the help of the Holy Spirit. The more we grow in understanding of His will, the closer we are to allowing Him rule our lives. As Jesus Christ was ministering to His audience. One of the scribes asked to know which is the greatest commandment of the law. And having received a perfect answer from Jesus Christ, he was satisfied; and further affirmed that, their is only one true God who should be served with all our minds, hearts, strength, might, etc. Marvelled by his affirmation Jesus said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” (Mark 12:34). My dear, you’re far from the kingdom of God when you dispute the fact that, there’s only one true God; and the true God is the God who sent Jesus Christ to die for our sin, so that we could be saved. Until you believe it, you’ll never decide to go with Jesus Christ. My dear, ask the right question to know about God and His Son Jesus Christ. Your question speaks of the state of your mind. It shows whether you’ll accept Jesus Christ or not. When you ask the right questions and believe that the Almighty God is the true God, you’ll soon decide to let God rules your own life. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Never ask questions or make speeches designed to insult or mock God.
2. Decide to go with God today and surrender your life to the lordship of Jesus Christ.
3. Draw closer to God and learn His ways daily as long as you live.
4. Grow in spiritual understanding and don’t allow the devil to manipulate your life again.
Prayer : Dear Lord, open my eyes to know you. And draw me closer to yourself daily as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : You’ll never decide to go with Jesus Christ unless your eyes are opened spiritually.
Quote : “We can’t know the will of God until it’s revealed to us. And we can’t be ruled by God until we grow in understanding. The more we grow in understanding of His will, the closer we are to allowing Him rule our lives.”
Faith Confession : Today, I acknowledged that, spiritual understanding will bring me closer to God. Therefore, I will grow in understanding, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know God says that there is no peace for the wicked? (Isaiah 57:21).
Today In History : August 29, 1992 Thousands of Germans demonstrate against a wave of racist attacks aimed at immigrants.
Stunning Fact : Did you know a cat’s urine glows under a black light?
A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. May you grow in spiritual understanding. May the Lord bless you with wisdom, knowledge and understanding, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : YOU CAN’T ENJOY THE PEACE OF GOD IF YOU DON’T KNOW GOD
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Bible Verse : I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage – I have conquered the world. John 16:33.
To enjoy the peace of God you should have a relationship with Him. In this crisis-ridden world, peace is possible in Christ Jesus. Jesus said to His disciples, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage – I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33). The mystery behind the peace of God the believer enjoys in the midst of troubles is based on his relationship with God. The believer understands that all power belongs to God and therefore can’t be afraid of anything. He derives his or her comfort and peace from the word of God. As a result, nothing can hurt or offend him. He is not afraid of bad news because his God is in control. My dear, is your life characterised by crisis and frustration? Is your heart empty of peace? Please, believe God and His word and you’ll enjoy great peace no matter the circumstance. Be wise!
Prayer : Heavenly Father, make me to enjoy your peace always, amen.