Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : But as for you, if you warn the wicked and he does not turn from his wicked deed and from his wicked lifestyle, he will die for his iniquity but you will have saved your own life. Ezekiel 3:19 NET

LISTEN : There are certain things we must continue to do without bothering ourselves about what will be the outcome. One of those things is to preach the gospel of Christ to the unsaved. Only God can truly determine their outcome. If we worry just about outcome (result), we are likely to decline our participation in what God has called us to do. No doubt, result (success) is the goal of every genuine endeavour. But when we are bothered about results without considering the role of failure in achieving a result (success), we will surrender to failure when we eventually fail. When effort to save someone fails, it is not time to quit trying, but a time to keep trying until you succeed. Failure motivates the wise to try and try again. Those who succeed are those who failed, discovered why they failed, and improved on their performances. Failure is part of life ; hence, not to expect failure is not to expect success. Therefore, to succeed as messengers of the gospel of Christ, we should focus on our responsibility (preaching of the gospel), and leave the result (conversion of souls) to God. The command is, “… go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:19,20). That is our responsibility, but the result comes from God. The Bible says, “… And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. (Acts 2:47). Beloved, let us warn the wicked by the gospel and allow them to choose where they want to spend eternity. So, let us focus on “the responsibility and leave results” to God. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not allow the failure to achieve a result stop you from trying again.
2. Focus on what God has called you to do, and leave results to Him.
3. Do not be discouraged by failure, instead, be motivated by it.
4. Preach the gospel of the kingdom of God to all, and allow God to transform their hearts.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to focus on what you have called me to do, and to leave the result of my labour to you, in Jesus name, amen.

Reflection : When effort to save someone fails, it is not time to quit trying, but a time to keep trying until success is obtained.

Quote : “Failure is part of life ; and failure motivates the wise to try and try again. Hence, not to expect failure is not to expect success.”

Faith Confession : Today, I confess that I will focus on what God has called me to do, and leave the results of my efforts to Him, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know Samson judged Israel for twenty years? (Judges 15:20).

Today In History : October 3, 1739 Russia signs a treaty with the Turks, ending a three-year conflict between the two countries.

Stunning Fact : Did you know almonds are members of the peach family?

Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. May you not abandon your God-given assignments. May you be focused and committed to your God-given course, in Jesus’ name, amen.



Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Bible Verse : Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path. Psalms 119:105

LISTEN : The word of God is good because it shows us the path to life. The word of God expresses the will of God. Those who hear and obey the word of God can never miss their way. God’s word is the light that shines in our paths. It is the light with which we can see the right path in this wicked world. Without the light of His words we are limited. Truly, speed is limited when sight is impaired. Without sight, one will stumble and grope for directions. (Mathew 6:23). Beloved, what good sight is to you, God’s word is to your life. God’s word guides people to the right path. It is the key to a righteous and holy living. Those who keep step with the word of God cannot stray from God’s purpose. They are protected from dangers and traps of the devil. Their thoughts are weighed and refined by the word of God, as a result, their actions are in line with His will. They are not limited by forces of darkness because they receive light (insight, direction, revelation, knowledge understanding and wisdom) from the word of God. (Psalms 119:99,100). With God’s word in your heart, you are sure to follow His eternal purpose for your life. Beloved, explore the word of God. God’s word is the expression of His will. When you follow His words you will discover His will. Be wise!

1. Thank God for protection and daily provisions.
2. Ask for His forgiveness, cleansing and restoration of your life.
3. Pray for grace to hunger and thirst after God and His words.
4. Pray against every “mountain” of your life, and cast them into the sea.

Today I prophesy to you, may God cause you to grow as you follow His voice, study and meditate on His word daily, in Jesus’ name, amen.