Friday, July 5, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Go, eat your food with joy, and drink your wine with a happy heart, because God has already approved your works. Ecclesiastes 9:7
LISTEN : A workaholic was asked by his friend, “My dear, when will you have time for fun and enjoyment?” He replied, “I don’t have time for fun and enjoyment. I am interested in my work.” Few months later, he (the workaholic) took ill and died of stress related illness. Like the man in this illustration, lots of people are too busy to pause, relax, have fun and enjoy themselves when necessary. They are ‘too serious’ with life that they have no time for themselves, their families and others. Their lives are characterized by work and busyness; as a result of that, they are often stressed out and bored. My dear, life is too precious to go on very boring and stressed out, due to lack of rest, fun and enjoyment. No matter how busy, and what we desire to accomplish, we should fine time to have some fun and enjoy ourselves. That is the beauty of life. Beloved, busyness doesn’t stop you from having fun and enjoyment. You can have fun if you want to. Yes, God is not against you having fun and enjoying yourself, so far it doesn’t go against His will. As a matter of fact, it makes God happy when He sees you enjoying yourself. So, have fun, relax and enjoy your life when it is necessary. Remember, you can’t take anything out of this world when you exit it, but you can experience the beauty of life while you still live. Beloved, even as you go about your business, learn to relax, have fun and enjoy yourself to the glory of God. Besides, as you live, take note of the following:
* God Is Happy When You Are Happy – God is happy when His people are happy. As a matter of fact, He delights in the prosperity of His people (Psalms 35:27). So, don’t think that, having fun and enjoying yourself when necessary is odd and satanic. Be happy for the blessings of God in your life.
* God Demands That, You Regulate And Moderate Your Fun – it is good to have fun and enjoy yourself. However, you should discipline yourself not to do things against God. Know the kind of fun or enjoyment you must get involved in. Of course you know that, God can’t encourage immorality or immoderate lifestyle. So, let your fun and enjoyment always translate to the praise of God (see James 5:13b). Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Be careful not to be too busy to pause, rest and have fun.
2. Once in a while, celebrate your achievements with fun and enjoyment.
3. Don’t wait to be stressed out before you pause and rest; rather, rest to refresh your life.
4. Be happy and eat your food with joy and rejoice on the blessings of God in your life.
Prayer : Everlasting Father, I thank you because you take pleasure in the prosperity of your people. Therefore, help me to enjoy my life in line with your will, in Jesus’ name, amen!
Reflection : Never be too busy to pause, relax, have fun and enjoy yourself.
Quote : “He who thinks it is a waste of time to pause, rest, have fun and enjoy oneself, will soon realized that, life crashes without rest.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name! I confess that God is happy when His people are happy. Therefore, I will pursue what makes Him happy, in Jesus’ name, amen!
Biblical Fact : Did you know Apostle Paul is from the tribe of Benjamin? (Romans 11:1).
Today In History : July 5, 1814 U.S troops under Jacob Brown defeat a superior British force at Chippewa, Canada.
Stunning Fact : Did you know your foot and your forarm are the same length?
A Word Of Blessing : You will make a difference. Today I speak to your life, may God bless and prosper you. May His glory shines over your life, in Jesus’ name, amen!
TOPIC : NOW IS THE RIGHT TIME
Friday, July 5, 2019
Bible Verse : I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work. John 9:4
LISTEN : Now is the right time. You may ask, “Time for what?” The answer is, time to work for God and pursue His purpose. My dear, we all owe our lives to God. Therefore, our top priority should be to please Him always. (Matthew 6:33). We can work together with God to fulfill His purposes in the earth. We should fulfill our own purposes through God’s eternal purpose. Beloved, you are created to fulfill God’s purpose for your life. And this you must do with urgency because we all have limited time in the earth. You should discover why God created you and how to fulfill that purpose. Jesus said, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work.” (John 9:4). Like Jesus Christ, you should know your purpose of existence – you are created to serve God’s purpose. And the purpose of God for your life is to do His will and faithfully spread the good news of His kingdom to the world. So, pursue the will of God and fulfill His purpose for your life, because you do not have all the time in the world. Be wise!
Prayer : Heavenly Father, I know that, I am created to do your will. Therefore, help me to serve you for the rest of my life, in Jesus’ name, amen!