Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : For David, after he had served God’s purpose in his own generation, died, was buried with his ancestors… Acts 13:36
LISTEN : Everyone is indebted to his or her generation. Yes, you are indebted to your own generation and generations yet unborn. My dear, you’re born in a time like this for a purpose. God wants you to do something that will positively impact on your generation and generations yet unborn. Sadly, lots of people don’t think they owe anything to their generation, families, societies, nations, etc. My dear, if you don’t exist as a blessing to your generation and the world at large, you are living as a disappointment and source of heartbreak. Friend, you’re indebted to your generation. Here are five things you owe your generation:
* To Give Solutions And Not Problems – you’re not created to be a possible threat or danger to the society, but a source of hope and peace. Your life should be a solution to other people’s problems, and not the other way round. Those who don’t know their values destroy the value of others. You can’t be a terrorist, armed robber and an evil person if you know what you stand for.
* To Take Away Their Reproaches – the world is looking for peacemakers not heartbreakers; for deliverers and not destroyers; for those who can roll away their shame, and not those who will compound their woes. So, do your path to achieve this purpose for your generation. Like David, go after Goliath, and not after your people.
* To Heal Their Heartbreak – never be in the business of hurting people, rather be dedicated to mending broken hearts. Learn to heal and not hurt. Love is the debt you owe to everyone (Romans 13:8). My dear, let people be happy and not mourn that you exist. Heal their hearts and don’t break them.
* To Leave Behind A Footprint Of Goodness – learn to live for posterity. Let generations to come praise God that, you once lived. Don’t leave behind your footprint in the sand of history as an evil person, but a good person.
* To Serve Humanity – like David, service is one of the debts you owe your generation. Learn to serve others with your life, time, talents, finances, possessions, etc., and tell them the good news of the kingdom of God. Beloved, let’s be determined to invest in our young ones and their future will be secured. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Never be a source of misery to others, but a source of relief and consolation.
2. Determine to be a solution provider and not a problem provider.
3. Don’t be a source of shame to humanity, but a source of comfort and glory.
4. Always be prepared to serve God and humanity with your time, talents and treasures.
Prayer : Dear Lord, I know you created me for your own glory and blessing of humanity. Therefore, help me to be a blessing to others, in Jesus’ name, amen!
Reflection : We’re not created to be a possible threat or danger to the society, but a source of hope and peace.
Quote : “Not to exist as a blessing to one’s generation and the world at large, is to live as a disappointment and a source of heartbreak.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, today I confess that I’m created to be a blessing to others. Therefore, I will serve with my time, talents and treasures, amen!
Biblical Fact : Did you know Eve blamed her disobedience on the serpent? (Genesis 3:13).
Today In History : July 30, 2012 Blackout in India as power grid failure leaves 300 million+ without power.
Stunning Fact : Did you know a banana contains 75% water?
A Word Of Blessing : You’ll make a difference. May God help you to achieve what you’re created for, in Jesus’ name, amen!
TOPIC : DETERMINE TO LOVE GOD
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Bible Verse : He said: “I love you, LORD, my source of strength! Psalms 18:1
LISTEN: Those who love God should express it sincerely. David spake unto the LORD these words the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He declares his love for God and ascribes his victories to Him. David calls God “my strength.” He acknowledges that he is powerless and nothing without God. He knows that he overcomes his enemies not by his battle skills, sophisticated weapons, intelligence, or trusted allies, but through the power of God. Sadly, a lot of people often ascribe their victories and successes to humans or “their deities.” They fail to acknowledge God as their source of strength. Their love is in something or someone else. My dear, do you love God? Is He the source of your strength? Like David, can you continuously declare your love for God? Let’s declare our love for God as the strength of our lives. For all the benefits we have received from Him, let’s love, honour and worship Him with gladness. Be wise!
Prayer : Blessed Father, I thank you because you love us. Therefore, help me to love you in return, in Jesus’ name, amen!