Sunday, March 10, 2019

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. John 1:11-12

LISTEN : A story is told of a certain mysterious healer who went to a certain town at night, where the inhabitants were being killed daily by a terminal disease. Out of compassion he decided to heal those who were affected by the disease. As he goes from house to house knocking on their doors, some people opened to him while others refused. And anyone who opens and let him in receives instant healing. And those who refused to open to him died from the disease in few weeks. In the morning, one of the sick people who was healed of the disease shouted in excitement as he ran to his neighbour’s house, who is also a victim of the disease. He exclaimed, “I’m healed, I’m healed!” When his sick neighbour saw him, he asked, “How did it happen?” He replied, “A man knocked on my door last night; and when I let him in, before he could finished discussing with me, I just realised I was healed.” His neighbour shouted, “Oh my God! I have missed a golden opportunity to be healed. He knocked on my door too, but I refused to open to him.” Because he missed the opportunity to be healed, few weeks later he died. In the same way, some people would miss the opportunity to be saved and will be eternally condemned (2 Corinthians 6:1-2). Jesus Christ is knocking on the door of every heart (Revelations 3:20), just the same way He came to His people, the Israelites, but was turned down. Will you also turn him down? My dear, will you receive or reject him? Will you do it now or wait until it’s too late? Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart through the gospel of the kingdom of God. Never say no to Him. For he who says no to the gospel of Christ Jesus, says no to eternal life. And he who misses eternal life is doomed forever. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what’s expected of you?
1. Accept Jesus Christ today and don’t wait until it’s too late.
2. Listen to the voice of God in the gospel of Christ and follow His will.
3. Surrender yourself to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and be purged of your sin.
4. Henceforth, don’t harden your heart to the word of God, rather embrace it.

Prayer : Dear Lord, I open my heart to your words today. Therefore, fill me with your words and guide me to fulfill your purpose for my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : When the goodness of God is rejected, His judgment should be expected.

Quote : “Never say no to Christ. For he who says no to the gospel of Christ Jesus, says no to eternal life. And he who misses eternal life is doomed forever.”

Faith Confession : Today, I confess that the gospel of the kingdom of God is given for my salvation. Therefore, I’ll heed the message and be saved, amen!

Biblical Fact : Did you know we’re urged to pray always? (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Today In History : March 10, 1910 Slavery is abolished in China.

Stunning Fact : Did you know the lie detector was invented in 1921?

A Word Of Blessing : You’ll make a difference. Today I speak into your life, it’s well with you. May you not miss the opportunity to be saved, and may your life not be destroyed, in Jesus’ name, amen.



Sunday, March 10, 2019

Bible Verse: A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:22

LISTEN : You can’t be happy if you allow circumstances of life to determine your mood. When you rely on feelings to be happy, you’re going to wait for a long time. Imagine losing your only child to the ‘cold hands of death’, how long are you going to carry on with depression? What if you lose your job? And your bills keep piling up, what will you do? Will you continue to wear a ‘long face’? Feel depressed? Or possibly consider committing suicide? What if you’re sick of a terminal disease? Are you going to give up hope and wait for death to come take you away? My dear, be wise! Just be happy no matter the circumstance, for God is bigger than your problems. He can turn your situations around. No matter the condition, don’t lose hope. If you can put your hope in God, God can lay your problems to rest. Beloved, just maintain a merry heart because it brings healing. Besides, fight against depression and your life will not be a nightmare. Be wise!

Prayer : Everlasting Father, I thank you because you’re my joy. Help me to be happy always no matter what, in Jesus’ name, amen.