Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse of the day: There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12
Listen: Be wise in your approach to life, because what seems right may not be right. Watch your decision because it will define you and eventually make your destiny. Man is a product of his choice. The word ‘choice’ simply means choosing between two or more possibilities, it entails making a decision to go for a particular option over other variable options. Choice making is part of our everyday life. We make a choice of what to eat, clothes to wear, where to go, what to do, etc. But the most important one is choosing between good and evil, what is right or wrong, wise or foolish. This is a battle that will persist as long as one lives. So, it is imperative to apply utmost carefulness when making a decision, because you will bear the consequences of your decisions. God has given us the freedom of choice. However, He has urged us to choose the right path, because He wants us to prosper and not suffer or be destroyed. (Deut. 30:19) . Sadly, man is not always submissive to God’s will but rather choose to walk in disobedience and attracts the wrath of God. Beloved, the wisest choice you can ever make is to accept Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life; Jesus said, “I am ‘the’ way, ‘the’ truth and ‘the’ life” (John 14:6). With Jesus in your life, you will receive divine direction to make the right choice and be guaranteed of safety. You can never miss your way when you walk with Jesus Christ. Beloved, open your eyes because the days are evil! Be careful of what you do, who you follow, what you follow, and what you believe. Remember, the way that seems right may not be the right way.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Accept Jesus into your life as lord and Saviour, and surrender all to Him.
2. Endeavour to live everyday of your life in submission to God’s will and direction.
3. Shun all forms of immorality and abstain from sin and its vain pleasures.
4. Do not rely on your strength and understanding, rather trust God to help you in decision-making.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I realise today how much I need you to make the right decision. Come into my life today as I surrender my heart, my will and all to you, amen!
Reflection: Man is a product of his own choice; and every choice adds to build a future for you, whether good or bad.
Quote: “Be wise and never travel on a road God does not approve of ; for the way that seems right may not be the right way.”
Faith Confession: Today, I confess that I belong to Jesus, I will say no to sin and its fleeting pleasures. I surrender my will to Jesus. By His grace I will make the right choice to the glory of God, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact: Did you know the seven deacons chosen to serve in the early church were Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas? (Acts 6:5).
Today in history: November 27, 2004 Pope John Paul II returns relics of Saint John Chrysostom to the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Stunning Fact: Did you know people who work at night tend to weigh more?
A Word Of Blessing : You will make a difference! May God keep you from travelling on the road that leads to destruction and death, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
TOPIC : ARISE AND DO THE WORK OF GOD
Bible Verse : I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work. John 9:4
LISTEN : How prepared are you to work for God? Do you know you owe your life to Him, hence, your top priority should be to please Him always? (Matthew 6:33). Beloved, you can achieve that by closely working together with Him to fulfill His purposes on the earth. As a wise person, you should fulfill your own purpose through God’s eternal purpose. My dear, you are created to fulfill God’s purpose for your life. And this you must do with urgency because we all have limited time on the earth. You should discover why God created you and how to fulfill that purpose. Jesus said, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work.” (John 9:4). Like Jesus Christ, you should know your purpose of existence. Friend, you are created to serve God’s purpose. And the purpose of God for your life is to do His will and faithfully spread the good news of His kingdom to the world. Fulfilling God’s purpose for your life is the greatest appreciation you can ever give to Him. Beloved, there is no better way to live than to live for God’s purpose; and no better way to die than to die in the will of God. So, pursue the will of God and fulfill His purpose for your life, because you do not have all the time in the world. Remember, it is time to arise and do the works of God. Be wise!
1. Thank God for a successful day and a better tomorrow.
2. Ask for forgiveness and restoration to fellowship with Him.
3. Pray for grace and passion for the work of God.
4. Cancel and bind all plans of the enemy over your life. And thank God for answer to prayer.
A WORD OF BLESSING
You are blessed. May the Lord bless you and protect you from evil and arrows of the enemy, in Jesus’ name, amen.