Sunday, December 22, 2019

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Plans fail when there is no counsel, but with abundant advisers they are established. Proverbs 15:22

LISTEN : You don’t know everything, that’s why you need counsel. Wise counsel will cancel avoidable crisis. My dear, no single person knows everything. Everyone has a little of what can benefit others. What is lacking in one person can be found in another. We all are created uniquely to serve different purposes in the world. Therefore, it is a demonstration of foolishness not to recognise God’s gift of counseling in others. The Bible says, Plans fail when there is no counsel, but with abundant advisers they are established. (Proverbs 15:22). My dear, counsel (advice) plays a vital role in actualizing your plans. You may have a good plan, but if you fail to seek counsel to know what action to take, the good plan will end like a bad one. Beloved, to succeed in your goals you need to be counseled, especially in areas you know nothing or little about. To counsel is to give advice, especially professional advice: it is to recommend; to make consultation. Friend, before you conclude your plans seek professional advice. Wise advice helps us to know the right decisions to make in a given situation, and guides us against danger. My dear, don’t neglect to make consultations. Don’t think you don’t need professional advice. You need it. For you are bound to fail when you fail to garnish your plans with wise counsel. So, seek wise counsel always. Don’t be too big to seek advice; because, he who is too big to seek advice will soon realise that, his plans are designed to fail. Remember, you don’t know everything; so, seek counsel where necessary. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Learn to seek professional advice when you are embarking on a project.
2. Don’t be too big to seek advice from whom you think can be of help to you.
3. Never neglect or despise wise counsel, instead, apply it to your plans.
4. Always evaluate every advice received to know if they are useful to your plans or not.

Prayer : Dear Lord, I know you created us in unique ways. Therefore, help me to recognise your grace in others, and to seek advice where necessary, amen!

Reflection : For you are bound to fail when you fail to garnish your plans with wise counsel.

Quote : “He that would fail or perish treats wise counsel with disdain, not knowing that, wise counsel will cancel avoidable crisis.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that God created everyone with special gifts. Therefore, help me to benefit from the gifts of others, in Jesus’ name, amen!

Biblical Fact : Did you know the woman with the issue of blood suffered for 12 years before she got her healing? (Luke 8:43-44).

Today In History : December 22, 1997 Hussein Farrah Aidid relinquishes his disputed title of President of Somalia, an important step toward reconciliation in the country.

Stunning Fact : Did you know crocodiles are colour blind?

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May God fill your heart with wisdom and understanding. May God’s purpose for your life not be defeated or frustrated, in Jesus’ name, amen!



Sunday, December 22, 2019

Bible Verse : For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

LISTEN : Spirit of fear is a strange spirit. It is demonic and miserably torturous. God gave us His Spirit with His Son Jesus Christ. The Spirit of God does not cause us to be afraid; rather He gives us power and sound mind, and enables us to know that, we belong to God. (2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 8:15). Every believer in Christ Jesus should know that God puts His Spirit within us. And His Spirit does not cause us to be afraid. Instead, He makes us to be powerful to work for Him, and He helps us to love others and to control what we say and do. Beloved, the Spirit of God is the Spirit of power and boldness. Power over sin, sicknesses and Satan. The fear of God is not the same as the spirit of fear. The fear of God is reverential, but the spirit of fear is satanic and torturous. Beloved, when you believe what God says and walk in the authority of His words, the devil will tremble and fall before you. So, resist the spirit of fear today. Be wise!

Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank you because you gave us the Spirit of power, love and self-control. Therefore, help me to walk in faith and love always, in Jesus’ name, amen!

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