Sunday, October 14, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : And today the LORD has declared you to be his special people as he already promised you so you may keep all his commandments. Deuteronomy 26:18

LISTEN : God loves you because you are dear to him. Just as the Israelites became a special people to God by way of God’s covenant with Abraham; we (believers in Christ Jesus) have been blessed through the covenant blood of Jesus Christ. Beloved, you are blessed and special to God. You are of great value to Him. Therefore, never allow anyone or anything to make you feel less of yourself. No matter the circumstance, believe that you are what God says you are. Satan wants you to believe the opposite of God’s good plans for your life. He wants you to doubt God’s promises and ability to provide for you. He wants you to believe that you are rejected and forsaken. (Psalms 27:10). He wants you to believe that all hope is lost, therefore, your life is worthless. (Psalms 27:14 ; Psalms 130:5). He wants you to believe that your condition has no solution. He wants you to be depressed and die worrying. My dear, be strong and courageous and declare to yourself that you are favoured. The devil knows about it, that is why he wants to deceive you. You must resist him. My dear, because you are special to God, God will give you a special treat. Jesus Christ has made you special, therefore you cannot be ruined by the enemy. (1 John 4:4). My dear cheer up! You are favoured. So, walk in this revelation and the blessings of God will find expression in your life. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Resist and refuse the lies the devil wants you to believe.
2. When you do not know what else to do, invite God and let Him take over your battle.
3. Say no to depression, defeat, fear, hopelessness, anger and all other negative thoughts.
4. Believe the promises of God and what He says about you.

Prayer : Everlasting Father, your word is true, and your promises are sure. Help me to truly rely on your words at all times, in Jesus‘ name, amen.

Reflection : Who God loves He blesses, protects and guides through the paths of life.

Quote : “He who God has made special should remain special, by sustaining his obedience and faithfulness to God.”

Faith Confession : Today, I confess that Satan is a liar and father of all lies. Therefore, I will resist him and all his evil works, in Jesus‘ name, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know the divine being that wrestled with Jacob damage one of his legs because he refused to let him go? (Genesis 32:25).

Today In History : October 14, 1651 Laws are passed in Massachusetts forbidding the poor to adopt excessive styles of dress.

Stunning Fact : Did you know the game of Tug-of-war was an Olympic sport from 1900-1920?

Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God bless you and open your eyes to His will. May you not be deceived by Satan. May the Lord favour you, in Jesus‘ name, amen.



Sunday, October 14, 2018

Bible Verse : I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

LISTEN: Either you are walking with Jesus Christ or walking alone. If you do not have a relationship with Him you are walking alone. Beloved, do not forget that you belong to God, and therefore should serve His purpose. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). We are created for His own glory, and when that purpose is not achieved we have failed Him. God wants us to be fruitful. He wants us to produce good results and become eternally productive. God wants us to be productive for His kingdom. He wants us to impact lives around the world and turn them over to Him. However, we cannot achieve that until our relationship with Him is sustained. Beloved, God wants us to faithfully serve Him and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. But, we cannot do His will or do anything of importance until we have chosen to connect and commit ourselves to Him. Jesus said, “I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5). Friend, we draw our strength from God. Therefore, fruitfulness in the Christian faith will be impossible if we are disconnected from Christ the source of supernatural strength. My dear, what is your relationship with Christ? Are you really doing what God expects of you? Are you truly depending on Him for strength and direction? If not, make a U-turn today by building a warm relationship with Him. Be wise!

1. Pray and bless God for His love and protection.
2. Ask God for forgiveness and mercy.
3. Pray God to give you the heart to know that you are nothing without Him.
4. Pray and destroy all satanic plans against you and your family.
5. Ask God for a good night rest.

May the Lord bless you. May you be ever connected to the Spirit of God; and may this night bring you joy, peace and rest, in Jesus’ name, amen.