Saturday, September 29, 2018
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
LISTEN: The gospel of the kingdom of God is a message of life and salvation. It is a good news with the promise of eternal life. To accept the message of the kingdom of God is to choose to be saved ; and to choose to be saved is to choose to be glorified. Beloved, until you accept Jesus Christ by accepting the good news of the kingdom of God you have no life in you. (John 3:18). Anyone who rejects the gospel of Christ is lost. To be lost is to live in sin and refusing to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. It is to reject and despise the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross: to remain an enemy of God and be condemned forever. My dear, we all have equal opportunity to be saved through Jesus by faith. Therefore, to continue to reject Him and His gospel is to choose to perish forever. The gospel has power to save and to give you a future with God. Sadly, a lot of people are still ignorant of this truth. Satan has turned them away from God. This is why our Bible verse of the day says “ For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God.” (1Corinthians 1:18). Friend, do you take the gospel of Jesus Christ as foolishness? Do you think that he who rejects and despises the gospel will not be punished? Beloved, accept the gospel of Christ Jesus today. Hurry now for time is running out! Remember, the more time you waste in sin the closer you are to hell. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not reject the gospel of Jesus Christ, rather, accept and proclaim it to the world.
2. Accept Jesus Christ today as your Lord and Saviour, and redeem the time.
3. Be dedicated and put your faith in Christ and be saved from eternal destruction.
4. No matter what, never follow the crowd to reject the gospel, instead, accept and spread it to others.
Prayer: Everlasting Father, you are the way, the truth and life; he who follows you cannot walk in darkness. Therefore, help me to accept the gospel and escape eternal destruction, amen.
Reflection: We all have equal opportunity to be saved through Jesus Christ; hence, to continue to reject Him and His gospel is to choose to perish forever.
Quote: “To accept the message of the kingdom of God is to choose to be saved ; and to choose to be saved is to choose to be glorified.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and life; therefore, I will follow Him and accept His words as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Joel and Abiah the sons of Samuel were judges in Israel when their father Samuel was old? (1 Samuel 8:1,2).
Today In History : September 29, 1941 30,000 Jews are gunned down in Kiev when Heinrich Himmler sends four strike squads to exterminate Soviet Jewish civilians and other “undesirables.”
Stunning Fact: Did you know ants stretch when they wake up in the morning?
Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, as you accept and honour Jesus Christ as the way, the truth and life, may God grant you your heart desires, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
TOPIC: THE WISE FEARS GOD
Bible Verse : And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. Job 28 : 28
LISTEN : God is our heavenly Father and should be honoured and revered above all else. He loves us and wants us to love Him in return; and there is no better way to appreciate Him than to fear, obey, worship and honour Him. The wise fears God, but not so with the foolish and ungodly. The fear of God is fast disappearing from the hearts of men today. Beloved, where is the fear of God in your heart? If God is your creator, where is His honour? God’s problem with the Israelites was their lack of fear and honour for Him. They were ready to fear men, than fear God. Beloved, do you know that human wisdom is measured by the fear of God? (Job 29:29 ; Pro 9:10). Anyone who lacks the fear of God is empty of real life. My dear, always examine yourself and strive to have the fear of God in your heart. How much fear and love do you have for God? Are you putting His interest above yours? Or yours above His? Joseph was a slave boy in Potiphar’s house in Egypt, yet, he demonstrated the fear of God when his master’s wife asked to sleep with him. He clearly refused and said, “…how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Gen 39:9). Beloved, determine to honour and fear God always. Be wise!
1. Thank the Lord for today and the gift of life.
2. Ask God for forgiveness and restoration.
3. Pray for wisdom to fear and honour God.
4. Pray and cancel every evil plot against you.
Today I prophesy to you, may God cause you to have a heart of wisdom, honour and fear for Him, in Jesus’ name, amen.