Thursday, September 19, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : A false witness will not go unpunished, and the one who spouts out lies will perish. Proverbs 19:9 (NET).
LISTEN : Lots of people build their lives on falsehood. They wouldn’t say a thing without an atom of lie. They’re so addicted to lying that it has become a way of life. Some make a living by falsehood. But God’s word is clear on this. The Bible says, “A false witness will not go unpunished, and the one who spouts out lies will perish.” (Proverbs 19:9). My dear, God hates a lie. He frowns at falsehood. In a lie, truth is buried. Lies prevent people from knowing the truth. Lie deceives and leads to error. Lies hurt people and often ruins their life. A false witness is a liar. He or she makes people to believe his or her evidence is true. A false witness intentionally chooses to bury the truth against the innocent. But God will fight for the innocent. Many are in jail today for a crime they know nothing about, because someone gave false evidence and buried the truth instead. Lots of people have lost their reputation in the society today because someone by falsehood made people to have a different opinion about them, with the intention to deceive. People are defrauded and their hearts broken on a daily basis by internet fraudsters, who deceives unsuspecting victims and made them part with their hard earned money. My dear, are you a false witness? Do you live on falsehood? Are you a fraudster? Watch it! For there is a horrible end for those who delights in falsehood. The Bible says they’ll not go unpunished; they’ll perish. It’s just a matter of time nemesis would caught up with them. However, God is readily waiting for anyone who would repent from such evil activities and return to Him. He will abundantly pardon. Beloved, share this message of God’s love and mercy and you’ll certainly save someone today. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Don’t deceive others in a matter you should say the truth, rather be a witness of truth.
2. Always remind yourself that, a false witness will not go unpunished, and liars will perish.
3. If you’re guilty of this message, turn to God for forgiveness; if you’re not, maintain your uprightness.
4. Always say no to crime and yes to Christ Jesus.
Prayer : Everlasting God, I thank you for you are God. Help me to stay away from crime and awake to righteousness, amen.
Reflection : It is possible to stay away from crime if your eyes are on Christ.
Quote : “He who says no to crime and yes to Christ will soon realized that, Christ is the cure for crime.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus ‘ name, I confess that Christ is the cure for crime. Therefore, I will walk with Christ, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Priscilla and Aquila are husband and wife? (Acts 18:2).
Today In History : September 19, 1893 New Zealand becomes the first nation to grant women the right to vote.
Stunning Fact : Did you know honey enters your blood stream within 20 minutes of being eaten?
A Word Of Blessing : You’ll make a difference. May God keep your heart fixed on Him. May you resist falsehood and embrace Christ instead, in Jesus’ name, amen
Thursday, September 19, 2019
TOPIC : DESIRE TO SERVE NOT TO BE SERVED
Bible Verse : … but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. Mark 10:43-44
LISTEN : What drives you? Title or responsibility? Position comes with responsibility, and true leaders place responsibility over position. Everyone wants to be at the top, and there is nothing wrong with that. But God has a standard for it. If you want to be at the top, you must do it God’s way. You must serve to climb up. One of the ways to be at the top is to serve others. Genuine service is “a ladder” to greatness. Hence, not to serve is not to excel. To serve means to minister to others, attending to and waiting upon others, caring for, and serving the needs of others. Sadly, only a few people are humble enough to serve others. Lots of people believe that serving others will downgrade their status and reputation. They fail to understand that serving others will increase their worth in the society. My dear, are you truly serving others? Are you putting the best interests and needs of others before yours? Do you esteem others higher than yourself? (Philippians 2:3-4). Jesus Christ urged His disciples (us) to dedicate themselves to serving others if they must achieve true greatness. In the same way, we should serve others no matter our positions. Beloved, your position or title doesn’t stop you from serving others, instead, it puts on you the responsibility to serve. Be wise!
Prayer : Heavenly Father, help me to serve others to the glory of your name, amen.