Friday, August 3, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
LISTEN: Beloved, do you know that the Bible is our training guide? And that our lives cannot be properly guided until we follow the will of God written in His Holy Book? When the Bible is rejected and despised, the way of eternal life has been missed. Beloved, what is the Bible to you? A book written by men and given to people to read? A culture and history of a particular sect of people? A book that has nothing to do with God, right? You err in your judgment because your mind is not yet opened to the Holy Spirit of God. (Matthew 22:29). My dear, the scripture (Bible) is inspired by God. God is the influence and power behind the Bible. Human wisdom cannot produce the revelations, prophesies, visions, etc., that are so accurate like we have in the Bible. Amazingly, everything that was done in the old testament as a shadow, finds its reality in the new testament. To confirm the authenticity of the Bible, lives (humans) are being transformed by the word of God around the world. Sinners are made saints by the word of God. That is why our Bible verse says, ” Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16). Beloved, do you want to live a godly life? Study the word of God. Your life cannot remain the same if the word of God is allowed to dwell richly in your heart. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Accept, read and study the Bible as the infallible word of God.
2. Study the word of God to grow in faith, wisdom and godliness.
3. Never accept human opinion that rejects or questions the Bible as the word of God.
4. Surrender to God and be transformed into a person of God’s purpose.
Daily Prayer : Blessed Father, I thank you because your word is true. Help me to embrace, study and meditate in your word and be transformed, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Reflection : Do you desire to live a godly life? Then, study the word of God. Your life cannot remain the same if the word of God is allowed to dwell abundantly in you.
Daily Quote : “The Bible is our training guide for a holy and eternal life. Hence, when the Bible is rejected and despised, the way of eternal life has been missed.”
Daily Faith Confession : Today, I acknowledged that the Bible is the word of God. Therefore, I will read, study and meditate in the word of God, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God bless you as you embrace, study and meditate in His word daily, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Hagar, Sarah’s maid despised Sarah when she (Hagar) was pregnant with Ishmael? (Genesis 16:4).
Today In History : August 3, 1911 Airplanes are used for the first time in a military capacity when Italian planes reconnoiter Turkish lines near Tripoli.
Stunning Fact : Did you know plastic bottles were first used for soft drinks in 1970?
BELOVED, CONCLUDE YOUR DAY WITH THE EVENING MESSAGE BELOW AS YOU RETIRE TO BED TODAY
TOPIC : WHAT IS BOTHERING YOU?
Friday, August 3, 2018
Bible Verse : And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, care you not that we perish? Mark 4:38
LISTEN: Beloved, are you heartbroken? Is your life threatened by certain issues of your life? Are you wondering if God really feels your pain, sorrow and afflictions at all? Do you think He has abandoned you to perish in your troubles? My dear, God knows about what is bothering you. Truly, He cares about you. (Jeremiah 29:11). That He is silent does not mean He has forsaken you. His delay does not mean He has denied your requests. Beloved, do not be afraid. When you walk with Jesus Christ, you are not expected to live in fear. Fear will blind your eyes to the power of God. It will cause you to think as though, God does not care about your pain and troubles. That was the same way Jesus Christ’s disciples reacted when they were attacked by a heavy storm in the sea. (see Mark 4:37-40). Though, they were in the same boat with Jesus when the storm was raging, yet, their lack of faith could not permit them to know that they were safe because Jesus Christ was in their midst; instead, they accused Jesus of negligence. They said, “Master, do you not care that we perish?” (v.38) They spoke to him as if he was not bothered about their troubles. However, he arose and rebuked the storm and it was arrested. I believe you are thinking the same way right now; that God does not care about what is bothering you. Friend, do not panic, rather keep calm. God will deliver you, rebuke your storm and calm your troubled heart. Be wise!
PRAYER POINTS :
1. Pray and bless God for His mercies, direction and protection.
2. Confess your sin to God and ask for forgiveness and mercy.
3. Ask God for faith to believe that He cares about you.
4. Pray and destroy all satanic plans against you and your family.
May God arrest what is bothering you. May the Lord grant relief to you and cause your worry to cease, in Jesus’ name, amen.
God bless you. See you tomorrow.