Monday, September 9, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Matthew 7 : 21
LISTEN : God promised wonderful rewards to those who would love, obey and serve Him faithfully. But we must get it right to be right with God. My dear, be wise and get it right lest you lose your reward in the end. If you claim to serve God, serve Him in spirit and in truth. Be real to your claims. Don’t call Jesus Christ your Lord, yet, you disobey His will. It’s the height of foolishness and self-deception to claim to believe in Jesus Christ when your heart is with the world and Satan. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21). This means that, no matter your titles or contributions to the things of God, if you refuse to obey His words He has no business with you. My dear, life outside God is life in hell. And those who live for themselves will eventually lament their torment in hell. The Bible says, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelations 20:15). Beloved, have you made Jesus Christ your Saviour and Lord? Is your relationship with Him beyond “the Lord, Lord expression?” Are you following His instructions? If not, fix it right away. Remember, you don’t have a relationship with God if you enjoy to disobey His words. My dear, get it right now, or you’ll lose your rewards and be denied of eternal life in the end. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Examine your relationship with God and make it better.
2. Determine to follow God’s instructions and never flout His orders.
3. Make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life and be determined to follow Him always.
4. No matter what, don’t lose focus on eternity; instead, invest in it daily
Prayer : Everlasting Father, you are the Creator and Judge of the world. Help me to obey and serve you in spirit and in truth, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Reflection : You don’t have a relationship with God if you enjoy to disobey His words.
Quote : “We must get it right to be consistently right with God. For it’s the height of foolishness and self-deception to claim to believe in Jesus Christ when your heart is with the world and Satan.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that heaven and hell are real. Therefore, I will prepare for eternity today. amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Satan is referred to as ‘the thief’ in the Bible? (John 10:10).
Today In History : September 9, 1966 Hurricane Betsy, the first hurricane to exceed $1 billion in damages (unadjusted), makes its second landfall, near New Orleans.
Stunning Fact : Did you know Britain was the first country to use postage stamps?
A Word Of Blessing : You’ll make a difference. Today, I speak to you, you’ll not end up in hell. May God help you to live wisely and prepare for eternity today, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : GOD LOVES EVERYONE OF US
Monday, September 9, 2019
Bible Verse : For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
LISTEN: God loves everyone of us. He loves us because He is love. What is life without love? A life without love is an expression of a life without God. God is a God of love and God is love (1John 4:8). He expressed His love by given His son Jesus Christ for us. God’s love for the world took Jesus Christ to the cross. He gave him up willingly for us to be saved. (Romans 8:32). Jesus Christ bore the weight of our sins on the cross because God loves us. He died to save and bring us back to God. His death brings us spiritual and bodily healing (Isaiah 53:5). What a privilege! God loves us even when we rejected and hated Him; because He is not like human, He loves even the unlovable. The love of God is agape – the God kind of love. God’s kind of love bothers itself with the welfare of others and cares to assist unconditionally. Beloved, in Christ, God gave His all. He loved us and still loves us in spite of our sins and misdeeds. Hence, it will be unfair and a sacrilege to reject his love which He demonstrated in Christ Jesus. His love for us cost Him the very life of His Son, and through Jesus Christ, He gives us assurance of eternal life when we believe and stand with Him to the very end. My dear, Jesus Christ died because He loves us, therefore, we should love God because Jesus Christ died for us. Remember, God loves everyone of us. Be wise!
Prayer : Dear Lord, I can’t thank you enough. Thank you for loving me, in Jesus’ name, amen.