Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : For he will repay everyone according to what that person has done. Romans 2:6

LISTEN : A story about an elderly carpenter from Andres Lara’s book titled, “Inspire The Sleeping Giant Within”, is very useful to today’s devotional. In this story, an elderly carpenter told his contractor of his plans to retire. The contractor asked him to build one more house as a personal favour. The carpenter agreed to do it. But, this time, he did not put his heart into his work; he used cheap materials and bad workmanship. When he finished the house, the contractor came by and told him, “Here is the key to the front door. This house is my gift to you for your years of service.” What a shock! If he had known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live the rest of his life with the guilt of his actions. My dear, think of yourself as the carpenter. Your actions have consequences. If only we could consider the consequences of our actions, we will be more careful with what we do or say. Our Bible verse says, “For he will repay everyone according to what that person has done.” (Romans 2:6). God will reward us according to our works. So, if you invest in evil, be prepared for harvest of sorrow and shame. And if you invest in goodness and godliness, be prepared for eternal life and bliss (Galatians 6:7; Matthew 16:27). Therefore, don’t be careless in life, rather, examine your actions regularly and stay connected to God. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Regularly access your actions and make sure they are in line with God’s will.
2. Always be conscious of God’s judgment, and be careful with what you do with your life.
3. Have the fear of God and determine to value Him above all else.
4. Learn to invest in goodness and godliness, knowing that, your labour is not in vain.

Prayer : Everlasting Father, I know you will reward everyone according to what they have done. Therefore, help me to live in line with your will, in Jesus’ name, amen!

Reflection : He who invest in evil, should prepare for a harvest of sorrow and shame. And he who invest in righteousness for eternal life and bliss.

Quote : “Our actions have consequences. And if only we could consider the consequences of our actions, we will be more careful with what we do or say.”

Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God will reward us in line with what we have done. Therefore, I will be conscious of my actions henceforth, amen!

Biblical Fact : Did you know life is empty without vision. (Proverbs 29:18).

Today In History : May 7, 1847 The American Medical Association is formed in Philadelphia.

Stunning Fact : Did you know Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola than any other country?

A Word Of Blessing : Today, I speak into your life, you will make a difference. May you be conscious of your actions. May you live to please God always, in Jesus’ name, amen!



Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Bible Verse : Now those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also behave in accordance with the Spirit. Galatians 5:24-25

LISTEN : Jesus Christ was crucified for our sins. Therefore, we should crucify our body of sin with Him. We should eschew sin and embrace righteousness. When we crucify our bodies with Christ, our carnal desires are dominated. My dear, God wants to purge us from all that is contrary to love and purity; and all that we may desire contrary to moderation, self-denial and Christian character. He wants our desires, affections and passion to agree with His will. That is how He wants every believer in Christ to live. Therefore, if we profess to believe Christ’s spiritual religion, then, let us walk in the Spirit. That is, Let us show in our lives and conversation that the Spirit of God dwells in us. Henceforth, let us surrender our hearts to God and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in the path of righteousness. Be wise!

Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank you for your word today. I surrender myself to you. Therefore, help me to overcome the body of sin, in Jesus’ name, amen!

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