THINK BEFORE YOU CHOOSE

MORNING

Monday, June 1, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : I choose the path of faithfulness; I am committed to your regulations. Psalms 119:30

THOUGHT OF THE DAY : The path you have chosen for yourself would determine the future you will create.

LISTEN: Think before you choose. Never make decisions before considering their consequences. To make decisions not minding consequences is to expect avoidable troubles. Decision affects results, because decision influences actions. The path you choose for yourself would determine the future you will create (Matthew 7:13-14). Therefore, you should be careful to make a good choice for yourself. Sadly, lots of people tend to choose the wrong path because they find it easier to go with. They prefer the path of least resistance to the path of hard work and dedication. They find pleasure in unfaithfulness than faithfulness. They make choices without considering the corresponding consequences. Couple of months ago, I told a story about a gospel Evangelist who visited the prison in a certain place. And in the male ward, he spotted a young man who was very sad and disturbed. He asked, “Young man, what is the problem with you? Do you think you cannot come out of this prison alive? ” After few minutes of silence, the young man replied tearfully, “No! The jail term is not my problem. Just that I am ashamed of myself because I have made the wrong choice. When I was growing up as a teenager, I thought disobedience to my parents and rules and regulations were the best things to do. I never knew it was a wrong choice. If I had listened to my parents I would not be here today. I am here because I chose unfaithfulness over faithfulness.” My dear, like this young man, this is how we determine our destinies by our own choices. But David said, “I choose the path of faithfulness; I am committed to your regulations.” (Psalms 119:30). Like David, let us choose the path of faithfulness (righteousness) and avoid the consequences of a wrong choice. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Be careful with your decision making lest you ruin your life.
2. Examine your ways and make the necessary adjustments as much as possible.
3. Be opened to wise counsel and never depend on your own understanding.
4. Ask God to always guide you through your decision making process.

Prayer : Most High God! I thank you because you are the all-wise God. Help me never to make wrong choices and destroy my future, amen!

Reflection : He who prefers unfaithfulness to faithfulness makes his decision without considering its corresponding consequences and eternal implications.

Quote : “Faithfulness is the pathway to real greatness, and unfaithfulness leads to inescapable disaster.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus name! I confess that a wrong decision would lead to a bad end. Therefore, I will evaluate my decisions always, amen!

Biblical Fact : Did you know Elkanah had two wives; Hannah and Peninnah? (1 Samuel 1:2).

Today In History : June 1, 1964 Kenya becomes a republic with Jomo Kenyatta as its 1st President.

Stunning Fact: Did you know the Sun has a diameter of 1,390,176km (864,000miles)?

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May the Lord guide you in your decision making process. May you not destroy your life by your own hands, in Jesus’ name, amen.

EVENING

TOPIC : DO NOT BE OFFENDED WITH GOD

Monday, June 1, 2020

Bible Verse : Even if he slays me, I will hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face! Job 13:15

LISTEN : Without faith it is easier to compromise one’s conviction. But a person of faith finds it unwise to lose his stand in God even when the going gets tough. Job is one of those who would not trade God for anything. He was prepared to lose his life than lose his faith in God. (Job 1:1-22 ; 2:1-10). One may ask, “how was Job able to survive his trials?” “Why was he not crushed beyond remedy?” “How was he able to remain firm in his faith in God when it is obvious that he found himself in a situation in which no progress seems possible?” “How was he able to cope with the loss of everything that was dear to him?” “Why did he not give up hope and quit his faith?” The answer is simple. In our verse of the day. Job said, “Even if he slays me, I will hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face!” (Job 13:15). Job overcame his trials because he was not ready to compromise his faith no matter what. He attached more value to his faith than anything else. Wealth or no wealth, family or no family, money or no money, popularity or no popularity, Job was determined to stick with God. Not too many people could do what Job did. He demonstrated his commitment to God. though his torments were increased more and more, so that there seems to be no hope of recovery, yet, he continued to trust God. Beloved, like Job, let us pledge our allegiance to God and hold onto our faith from start to finish. Be wise!

Prayer : Everlasting Father, You are faithful and worthy to be praised. Therefore, help me to be firm in faith no matter what, amen!