Sunday, December 30, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : O God, you know my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from you. Psalms 69:5
LISTEN : This is a time (end) of the year when people make resolutions to get things right in the upcoming year. Goals are set for careers, academics, businesses, marriages, relationships, parenting, etc. Sadly, people set goals for themselves and often abandon the goals before the year is half spent. Worst of all, a lot of people set goals that do not include a relationship with God. They refuse to acknowledge God in their lives and everything they do. Beloved, what is life without God? What is career and a good business without God? What is a good marriage and record breaking academic qualifications without a relationship with God? Life is empty and meaningless without God. The Bible says, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36). Beloved, you have gained nothing if what you have gained is at the expense of God. Truly, he who lacks the knowledge of God cannot discover the true meaning of life no matter how wealthy and famous the person might be. My dear, can you rewind your memory and reflect on how you lived your life from the first day of this year till now? By your own assessment, have you lived well? If yes, will God say the same thing concerning you? Will He say you have done well? And if your conscience is telling you that you have failed God, is there anything you can do to right the wrong? Yes! It is time to reflect on your life and repent of your sins. Truly, God knows our foolishness, and our sins are not hidden from Him. But if you come back to Him today, He will abundantly pardon you. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Search your conscience and make peace with God without delay.
2. Set challenging, but realisable goals for yourself and pursue after them in an unstoppable manner.
3. Make God your topmost priority in the upcoming year and pursue after Him.
4. Reflect on your life and repent of every known sin today.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for your words today. Help me to reflect on my life and repent of my sins, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : Life is empty and meaningless without God. And he who lacks the knowledge of God cannot discover the true meaning of life.
Quote: “We have gained nothing if what we have gained is at the expense of God.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God searches our hearts. Therefore, I will reflect on my life and repent of my sins, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Obed the son of Ruth, the wife of Boaz begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David? (Ruth 4:22).
Today In History : December 30, 2006 Saddam Hussein, former Iraq dictator, is executed by hanging for crimes committed against his own people during his rule.
Stunning Fact: Did you know a hippopotamus can run faster than a man?
A Word Of Blessing : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God open your eyes to know His will. Henceforth, may your life be pleasing to Him, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : GOD PROVIDES FOR HIS PEOPLE
Sunday, December 30, 2018
Bible Verse : But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus Philippians 4:19
LISTEN: God provides for those who trust in Him. He will not leave His people empty because He is their God and Provider. My dear, God created you and knows what you need, and will provide you with your needs. God will not leave you destitute, He will surely provide for you. No doubt, people labour and make investments, but God is the one who gives the increase. If God does not bless the works of our hands it cannot prosper. God has given us the assurance of divine provision. If we can ask Him for it He will supply us with the necessary provisions. (Matthew 7:7,8). So, you must learn to trust Him with your daily needs and be confident that He will not forsake you. His supply includes all our needs, not just some needs. God is the source of all good gifts and provisions. (James 1:17). Whatever we achieved, we achieved by grace, not by our strength. Beloved, think deep and you will realise that God’s hand is in everything. So, stop worrying about what to eat, drink or wear, instead, trust God to honour the works of your hands. He will surely bless you with divine provisions. Remember, He is our Father and will not leave you empty of provision. Trust Him and He will provide for you. Be wise!
1. Pray and bless God for provision and protection.
2. Ask God for forgiveness and mercy.
3. Ask God to bless you with daily provision and support.
4. Pray and destroy all satanic plans against you, your family and the churches of God.
5. Pray for peace of mind, good sleep and faith to be saved.
A WORD OF BLESSING
May the Lord bless you and provide for your needs. May you not borrow to eat, but lend to others. May this night bring you joy, peace and rest, in Jesus’ name, amen.