Friday, August 18, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Son of man, suppose a country sins against me by being unfaithful, and I stretch out my hand against it, cut off its bread supply, cause famine to come on it, and kill both people and animals. Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would save only their own lives by their righteousness, declares the sovereign LORD. Ezekiel 14 : 13 , 14.
LISTEN: I have heard people said things like, ” That Pastor is my father”; ” This Bishop is my relative”, “The church is our church”, “I am from a Christian home “. “My husband is a pastor”, “My wife is a committed Christian “, “My parents are God fearing”, “My community is a land of Christians”, My daughter and son are pastors ” etc. People believe that having someone who knows God is enough to be godly themselves. They believe that they would be saved just by the faith of another. Beloved, it does not work that way. In the ways of God, everyone is responsible for him or herself. God sees us individually, as a result, having a pastor father, mother, or relative does not guarantee God’s grace or mercy. It does not matter if you come from a Christian home, have godly children or parents, attend church, have a godly spouse, or not, you are responsible for yourself.
In our verse of the day, the Bible says, ” Son of man, suppose a country sins against me by being unfaithful, and I stretch out my hand against it, cut off its bread supply, cause famine to come on it, and kill both people and animals. Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would save only their own lives by their righteousness, declares the sovereign LORD. (Ezekiel 14 : 13 , 14.) Beloved, when the Israelites sinned against God and believed that nothing would happen to them because God was with them. God told Prophet Ezekiel to tell the people that He will punish every individual for his or her sin. He further said that nobody would be saved by the righteousness of another. Though the family of Noah was saved along side Noah during the great flood, but here God vowed to destroy the wicked even when Noah, Daniel and Job were present in the land. Beloved, this simply mean that you are responsible for yourself. You will be saved or destroyed by your actions. Therefore, beware of what you do with your life and the Lord will keep you.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not depend on the godliness of another for salvation, instead, exercise yourself in godliness.
2. No matter your family Christian background, determine to have personal relationship with God.
3. Learn to be responsible for your spiritual life no matter what.
4. Ask God to forgive you for all your misdeeds and help you to begin a new life.
Daily Task: Beware of what you do with your life, because what you do with your life will determine what life will do with you.
Daily Reflection: It does not matter whether you come from a Christian home, have godly children or parents, attend church, have a godly spouse, or not, you are responsible for yourself.
Daily Prayer: Everlasting Father, today I acknowledged the truth that I am responsible for my actions, therefore, help me to do what you expects me to do, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy over your life, may God give you divine directions. May your life not end in tragedy but in glory, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: When God eventually visits evil and unfaithfulness, even the world will be too opened and small for the wicked to hide.
Today In History: August 18, 1987 . Ohio nurse Donald Harvey is sentenced to triple life terms for poisoning 24 patients.