Monday, March 23, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10
LISTEN : Imagine only you in the whole world, will life really be interesting? Of course not! My dear, life is good in company of others. You need others and others need you. Life is sweet when you benefit from others and others benefit from you. So, selfishness is not the way. What then is selfishness? Selfishness is defined as the quality of being selfish, the condition of putting one’s own interests before those of others. A selfish person holds his or her own interests as the standard for decision making. He or she has regard for self above others’ well-being. My dear, selfishness is anti love spirit. You can’t be selfish and still show the amount of love that others deserve from you. The seed of selfishness is an evil seed. It grows up with the intention to terminate the interest and happiness of others. A selfish person holds the philosophy of “me alone”, “me first.” If a selfish person is in a relationship or marriage, there is going to be problems always, because he or she will care less or nothing about the interest of the other partner. A selfish person is a greedy person, and can hardly keep to his or her promises or agreements. Beloved, to get along with others, deal with selfishness. “The seed of relationship don’t survive in the soil of selfishness.” For he who must walk with others must show interest in their well-being. Yes, it is not just about you, it is also about others. God cares about others and so should we, too. Beloved, you can deal with selfishness by committing yourself to loving others (see 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; Romans 5:8) ; and committing yourself to respecting others. With these, you can’t be living just for yourself. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Deal with selfishness and start to love others and have respect for their feelings and interests.
2. Don’t live just for yourself, rather live for others, too.
3. Invest in your relationship by being selfless and godly.
4. If you are still struggling with selfishness, ask God to help you deal with it no matter what.
Prayer : Dear Lord, you love and care about us. Therefore, help me to care about others, in Jesus’ name, amen!
Reflection : Don’t be selfish. Life is sweet when you benefit from others and others benefit from you.
Quote : “To truly relate with others, deal with selfishness. For the seed of relationship can’t survive in the soil of selfishness.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that, I have rejected selfishness and embrace selflessness henceforth, amen!
Biblical Fact : Did you know Enoch was 365 years old before he was taken away by God? (Genesis 5:23).
Today In History : March 23, 1956 Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic, although it is still within the British Commonwealth.
Stunning Fact : Did you know more than 75% of all countries are north of the equator?
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today, I speak on your life. May God influence your heart to walk in love towards Him and others, in Jesus’ name, amen!
TOPIC : THANKSGIVING PLEASES GOD
Monday, March 23, 2020
Bible Verse : In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
LISTEN : Thanksgiving pleases God. Yes, when we give thanks God is glorified. My dear, we should give thanks no matter the circumstance. The Bible says, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Thankfulness is not a choice, but a must. God wants us to be thankful in every situation. We may not feel like thanking God in such situation, but thanksgiving is God’s will for us. A thankful heart will produce a positive attitude even in the midst of problems. So, learn to be positive and thankful. Rather than worry or complain about an unfortunate situation or lack of provision, thank God instead. It will keep you lively and strong. You can’t feel disappointed or rejected if you have the attitude of thanksgiving. If you can give thanks when you should be murmuring and worrying about your problems, you will surely move God to hear you and intervene in your case. Be wise!
Prayer : Almighty God, you are my joy. Therefore, help me to be thankful for everything, amen!