Saturday, December 29, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : The LORD shall cause your enemies that rise up against you to be smitten before your face: they shall come out against you one way, and flee before you seven ways. Deuteronomy 28:7
LISTEN : Obedience to God attracts divine blessings, attention and protection. God cannot bless or protect he who chooses to disobey and despise Him. Therefore, to enjoy the blessings of God, you must find joy in obeying Him. You should be willing to go where he leads, and stay away from what He forbids. When you obey God His blessings come to you naturally. People struggle to be blessed because they have problems obeying God. When you obey God He blesses you and protect you from your enemies who desire to keep you from enjoying the blessings of God. The Bible says, “If you indeed obey the LORD your God and are careful to observe all his commandments I am giving you today, the LORD your God will elevate you above all nations of the earth. All these blessings will come to you in abundance if you obey the LORD your God. . .The LORD shall cause your enemies that rise up against you to be smitten before your face : they shall come out against you one way, and flee before you seven ways.” (Deuteronomy 28:1,2,7). God’s word is clear on this. God is saying, “Obey me and you will enjoy my blessings; disobey me and you will pay dearly for it.” (see Isaiah 1:19,20). When God commanded Abraham to leave his people and follow Him, he obeyed God and was blessed exceedingly in the end. (see Genesis 24:1). Beloved, like Abraham, learn to obey God no matter what, and you will surely receive the blessings of obedience in due time. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Live in obedience to God and serve Him with all your heart.
2. Never disobey God no matter what, rather follow His will at all times.
3. Do not take divine instructions lightly, rather guard it with all your life.
4. Study the word of God to discover what to do to please Him.
Prayer: Everlasting Father, I thank you because you bless obedience. Help me to be obedient to your words as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : People struggle to be blessed because they have problems obeying God; but He who obeys God receives His blessings naturally.
Quote : “Obedience to God attracts divine blessings, attention and protection; for God cannot bless or protect he who chooses to disobey and despise Him.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God blesses obedience. Therefore, I will work in obedience to His instructions for the rest of my life, amen!
Biblical Fact: Did you know God afflicted King Jehoram with an incurable intestinal disease because of his wickedness? (2 Chronicles 21:18).
Today In History : December 29, 1940 London suffers its most devastating air raid when Germans firebomb the city on the evening of December 29.
Stunning Fact: Did you know everyone has a unique tongue print?
A Word Of Blessing : Today I speak over your life, may God bless you and take away reproaches from your life, in Jesus’ name, amen!
TOPIC : WORRY NOT
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Bible Verse : Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6
LISTEN : When problems and trials come ‘worry comes.’ People worry because they are not certain about what will be the outcome of their situation. To them, the future is so uncertain that all they could do is to worry and wear themselves out. They tend to magnify their problems in their own minds than they really are. Beloved, there is always going to be something to worry about ; but you should learn to think differently. Learn to trust God with everything and in every situation. Faith in God will fight against fear and depression, and boost your level of confidence and courage. My dear, we have been told what to do when trials come. The Bible says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6). What does that mean? It means that you should not worry about anything. Instead, you should present your problems to God through prayers, petition and thanksgiving. Beloved, pray about everything and thank God in every situation. When you pray, trust and thank God about everything, you can overcome everything. So, rather than complain and worry about your problems, why not tell God about them? The answer you seek is right with Him. Therefore, stop worrying, but pray and thank God instead. Certainly, the peace of God will fill your heart. (Philippians 4:7). Be wise!
1. Thank God for protection, provision and preservation.
2 Ask Him for forgiveness for your sins (commission and omission).
3. Pray for His grace upon your life and your land (town and nation).
4. Pray against demonic forces and thank God for answering your prayers.
A WORD OF BLESSING
May God give peace to your troubled heart, and take away worry and pain from your heart, in Jesus’ name, amen.