Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. Psalms 49:3

LISTEN: Your heart is precious. It’s the centre of life. You lose or win by the quality of your heart /mind. My dear, watch your thoughts lest you falter. Don’t make room for senseless thoughts in your heart, for what your heart harbours will soon become a word in your mouth, or your action. (Matthew 12:34). Beloved, guard your thoughts, because, unguarded thoughts will produce reckless words and actions. Guard your words because you can be healed or harmed by it. Besides, you can heal and harm others with your words. God wants our mouths to speak wisdom and our hearts to reflect understanding. The absence of wisdom and understanding in our hearts is a demonstration of the absence of God’s Spirit in our lives. God’s Spirit is expressed by wisdom and understanding. Therefore, we should go to God to seek wisdom. The Bible says, “But if anyone is deficient in wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without reprimand, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5). Truly, God is the source of true wisdom. Hence, when we exhibit wisdom we exhibit the gift of God. In our verse of the day, the Psalmist made a votive statement and said, “My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.” (Psalms 49:3). He vowed to order his life in line with the will of God. Here, he speaks of his ‘mouth and heart.’ He acknowledged his heart as the center of thoughts, and his mouth as the channel through which his thoughts could be expressed. My dear, let’s not make room for worthless thoughts in our lives. Remember, you’ll lose or win by the quality of your mind. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Show the wisdom and understanding of God in your heart by your conduct and moderation.
2. Watch your thoughts and words, and people will not watch your fall.
3 If you lack wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and He will give to you.
4. Let your mouth speak wisdom and your heart reflect understanding at all times.

Prayer: Eternal Father, help me to guard my heart and mouth against reckless and evil words and actions, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection: Guard your heart and mind, because you’ll lose or win by the quality of your heart /mind.

Quote: “Senseless thoughts equal to senseless actions. And senseless actions produce worthless life.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that, I will not make room for worthless thoughts in my mind, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know Jesus Christ choose Saul who later became Paul as a vessel of God to reach out to gentiles? (Acts 9:15).

Today In History : November 19, 1905 100 people drown in the English Channel as the steamer Hilda sinks.

Stunning Fact : Did you know clouds fly higher during the day than the night?

A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. May God cause you to watch your thoughts diligently, in Jesus’ name.



Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Bible Verse : Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

LISTEN : It’s practically impossible to arrive at your target destination if you choose to travel on a road that leads to a different destination. Jesus Christ is the only way to God. My dear, if you’re searching for God, then, you must come to Him through Jesus Christ. Without faith in Christ Jesus, your search for God will be fruitless. We can’t accept God and reject the one (Jesus Christ) whom He has sent to us. Jesus Christ came with the message of truth from God. He said, “I tell you the solemn truth, the one who hears my message and believes the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, but has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24). Beloved, the only way to escape Satan’s traps is to hear and obey the word of God. When we obey and believe the word of God we’ll never again be condemned, but receive eternal life through Christ Jesus. Henceforth, let’s watch, examine and prove every idea, principle, opinion, trend, belief, etc., before accepting to act on, or adopt them as our own standards. We must not do anything just because everyone else is doing it, rather we should do it because we have proven it to be the perfect and acceptable will of God. Be wise!

Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank you for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Help me to follow Him for the rest of my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.

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