SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES

MORNING

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. John 5:39

LISTEN : When you woke up this morning, what did you do? Before you left your house this morning for work, what did you do? And when you will be retiring to bed today, what will you be doing? Visit Facebook and Whatapp? Stay online for hours? Watch your favourite movies? Chat endlessly with friends, right? Beloved, do you also consider searching the scriptures? (Acts 17:11). Do you have time to study and meditate in the word of God? In His message to His audience Jesus Christ said, ” Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39) Beloved, we are commanded to search the scriptures. That is, to consciously read, study and meditate in the word of God. God’s word should not be approached carelessly or with a divided attention; but rather with dedication and commitment. God’s word is key to life, hence, to ignore the word of God is to be denied eternal life. So, give quality time to studying and meditating in the word of God. If you must know Jesus Christ, you must know Him through the knowledge of scriptures. The scriptures testify to His divinity, redemptive work, mediatory assignment, etc. Beloved, do not neglect to study the Bible, instead, give quality time to it, because it is a noble responsibility of the faithful. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Learn to search the scriptures daily and do not allow anything to rob you of it.
2. Never neglect to study the bible. Instead, spend quality time in it.
3. No matter your schedule, always make out time for personal bible study.

Daily Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you because you have the word of life. Help me to study and meditate in your word daily, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Reflection: God’s word should not be approached carelessly or with a divided attention; but rather with dedication and commitment.

Daily Quote: God’s word is the key to life, hence, to reject, ignore or despise the word of God is to be denied eternal life.

Daily Faith Confession: Today, I confess that God’s word is key to eternal life. Therefore, I will study and meditate in His word daily, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may you not neglect or ignore to study and meditate in the word of God. May God enable you to cherish His word, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know Job’s three friends who visits him in his time of tragedy were Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite? (Job 2:11).

Today In History : July 21, 1960 Sirimavo Bandaranaike becomes the first woman prime minister of Ceylon.

Stunning Fact : Did you know the Olympic flag was designed in 1913?

BELOVED, CONCLUDE YOUR DAY WITH THE EVENING MESSAGE BELOW AS YOU RETIRE TO BED TODAY:

EVENING

TOPIC : DIVINE DELIVERANCE FOR THE AFFLICTED

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Bible Verse : Because of the oppression of the weak and because of the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,” says the LORD; “I will set him in safety from those who malign him. Psalms 12:5

LISTEN : God will not abandon the oppressed and afflicted. He sees the miseries and gnashing of teeth of the oppressed. He listens to their day to day groaning. (Exodus 3:7). Though, sometimes it may seem like He is taking too long to intervene, surely, He will eventually intervene. (Luke 18:7,8). He will certainly break the yoke of oppression in the neck of the oppressed. Beloved, are you oppressed physically, mentally, or spiritually? Have you been unfairly and cruelly treated? Is your heart broken and pierced with sadness or memories of afflictions and oppressions? Are you terrified because of increase of oppression in your life? Do not be afraid; God will deliver you from your oppressors. The Bible says, ” Because of the oppression of the weak and because of the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,” says the LORD; “I will set him in safety from those who malign him.” (Psalms 12:5). God is the voice of the voiceless, defender of the vulnerable ; and hope of the hopeless. With Him, no oppressor is too powerful to be subdued. When you acknowledges and surrender to God, your battle becomes His battle and victory is sure. So, cheer up! God will surely rise to defend you. Be wise!

PRAYER POINTS :
1. Bless God for today no matter what.
2. Ask God for forgiveness, and grace to follow His will.
3. Pray for divine intervention for the oppressed and afflicted.
4. Intercede for believers in Christ around the world for grace to be strong.
5. Pray against spiritual wickedness, and ask God to keep you safe.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION
Today I prophesy to you, may God command deliverance for you. May the Lord show you the path of life and order your steps in the right direction, in Jesus’ name, amen.

God bless you. See you tomorrow.