Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Through whom we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory. Romans 5:2
LISTEN : You do not need anything to enjoy the grace of God, all you need is faith in Him. Faith gives you access to God’s grace; as lack of faith will shut you out of His presence. Beloved, your faith is important to your relationship with God. You can never have a relationship with God without faith. This means that, if you are empty of faith you cannot have access to God. You must learn to believe what God says about you, and to trust that He is able to do all He says He will do (Hebrews 11:6). Faith is spiritual, and only those who choose to be spiritual can walk in the realm of faith (2 Corinthians 4:13).What then is faith? Faith is the assurance that what God unveiled and promised in His Word are true and reliable, even though they are unseen; this assurance gives the believer a conviction that what he is trusting God for will certainly be given to him. Faith gives confidence to the believer because he knows that God cannot lie. Besides, faith gives a sinner the opportunity to be saved, and gives the saved the opportunity to experience the glory of God. Beloved, the grace of God is available today, but it must be received by faith. Your faith in Christ Jesus will give you access to the same grace that all believers in Christ are enjoying today. Besides, your faith in Christ will fix your eyes on Him as you confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory at the end of time. Remember, faith gives you access to the grace of God. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Grow your faith because faith gives you access to God’s grace.
2. Fix your eyes on Christ and confidently wait for God’s promises to you.
3. Trust God in every situation and do not allow unbelief to have a place in your heart.
4. Stand firm in your faith in Christ and live each day to the glory of God.
Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank you for your words today. Help me to grow my faith in you and to believe all that you said in your Word, in Jesus ‘ name, amen!
Reflection : Faith is spiritual, and only those who choose to be spiritual can walk in the realm of faith.
Quote : “Faith gives a sinner the opportunity to be saved, and gives the saved the opportunity to experience the glory of God.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that faith gives us access to God’s grace. Therefore, I will grow my faith through the word of God ; and I will enjoy the grace of God, amen!
Biblical Fact : Did you know Balaam was spoken to by a donkey? (Nunmbers 22:22-35).
Today In History : December 5, 1953 Italy and Yugoslavia agree to pull troops out of the disputed Trieste border.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the electric chair was invented by a dentist?
A Word Of Blessing : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God increase your faith. May you not exist at the mercy of circumstances. May your faith rise to overcome your troubles, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : APPRECIATE GOD FOR HIS GOODNESS
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Bible Verse : Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless his Holy name. Bless the Lord oh my soul and forget not all His benefit… and tender mercies Psalms 103:1-4
LISTEN: Think, and you will realise how good God has been to you. If you cannot forget what God has done for you, you will bless and praise His name heartily. The beauty of life is in acknowledging God for His goodness. The meaning of life cannot be discovered until we think on what God has done. Thinking about the wonderful works of God in the universe will open our eyes to the true meaning of life; and such knowledge will provoke a heart of praise to God. My dear, no matter the pain, affliction, sorrow, misfortune you may be going through in this life, there is still enough reasons to be grateful to God for His goodness. Let us bless and praise the name of the LORD because through Him we have protection, deliverance, provisions, healing, forgiveness, salvation, comfort in trials, wisdom, understanding, peace, etc. No matter what we have done or achieved for ourselves, God is the one who made all things possible. Beloved, in spite of the ordeals you experience in life, you should not be blinded to the countless blessings of God in your life. Therefore, like David, let us begin to bless the LORD today for all his benefits to us. Let us praise Him with affection and gratitude for He is good. (Psalms 92:1). Beloved, praise God because praise is good to Him. No matter the circumstance, always appreciate God for His goodness. Be wise!
1. Bless God for today no matter what.
2. Ask God for forgiveness, and grace to follow His will.
3. Pray for wisdom to acknowledge His blessings in your life.
4. Intercede for believers in Christ around the world for grace to love God.
5. Pray against spiritual wickedness, and ask God to keep you safe.
A WORD OF BLESSING
Today I prophesy to you, may you acknowledge and appreciate the blessings of God in your life. And may you not forget all His benefits in your life, in Jesus’ name, amen.