Friday, December 27, 2019

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Sing to the LORD! Praise the LORD! For he rescues the oppressed from the clutches of evildoers. Jeremiah 20:13

LISTEN : Praise brings down the glory of God. The presence of praise provokes the presence of God. My dear, the end of the year is here. Have you truly reflected on what happened since January till now? I believe you cannot be insensitive and unwise not to acknowledge the goodness of God towards you. This is time to praise God for what he has done for you. My dear, learn to make use of praise often. Don’t allow any situation to shut you up; instead, always give praise to God no matter what. For if it is difficult for you to offer praise to God, it will be difficult for God to release His favour to you. Praise opens the heavens to you; for if you can praise you can connect to God and His mercy. A Praiser don’t beg for the presence of God, because he or she is already soaked in His presence through praise. What is praise? To praise is to express thanks to or love and respect for God. It means to worship and value God. God should be praised. The Bible says, But you are holy, O you that inhabit the praises of Israel.” (Psalms 22:3). God is holy and should receive our praises, for praise glorifies Him. The Bible says, “Whoso offers praise glorifies me: and to him that orders his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God.” (Psalms 50:23). Beloved, when you praise you glorify God, and when you glorify God you attract His love and receives access to divine revelations. Besides, Praise creates energy. So, employ it often. When you are happy, praise God. When you are heartbroken, praise God. When your situation seems hopeless, praise God. In all circumstances, praise God. For if you can praise God no matter the situation, He can show up for you in all situations. Remember, it is time to praise God. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. No matter the situation, always praise God for everything.
2. Determine to employ praise often in all circumstances.
3. When you are heartbroken and downcast, spend time in praise and prayers.
4. When you don’t feel like giving praise to God, reflect on His goodness and you will see need for praise.

Prayer : Everlasting Father, you are worthy of my praise. Therefore, accept my praise today, in Jesus’ name, amen!

Reflection : The right time to praise God is when you don’t feel like it.

Quote : “He who waits for the right time cannot praise God; and he who cannot praise God cannot worship him.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that, God is worthy of my praise. Therefore, I will praise Him always, amen!

Biblical Fact : Did you know Peter raised Dorcas also called Tabitha from death? (Acts 9:40).

Today In History : December 27, 1939 A series of vicious earthquakes take 11,000 lives in Turkey.

Stunning Fact : Did you know Finland has the largest number of Islands in the world (over 179,550)?

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May God decorate your life with His blessings. As you praise Him today, may men praise and favour you, in Jesus’ name, amen!



Friday, December 27, 2019

Bible Verse : When he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with devoted hearts. Acts 11:23

LISTEN : Are you ready for God? Until you are devoted to God you are not yet ready for Him. No one can walk with God with divided attention. Either you are for Him or for the devil. Beloved, to what are you devoted to? Where lies your love and loyalty? Are you devoted to God? Do you know that God can only be committed to those who are committed to Him? My dear, God loves those who are devoted to Him. Those who serve Him with a devoted heart will unfailingly experience His loving-kindness. To be devoted to God is to have strong love and loyalty for Him. When you are devoted to God, His thought and works will take your time and heart. When you are devoted to God, nothing will make sense to you if it does not make sense to God. My dear, are you genuinely devoted to God with your heart, and not just with your mouth? Beloved, determine to express genuine devotion to God and He will connect you to His blessings. Be wise!

Prayer : Dear Lord, help me to devote my heart to you always, in Jesus’ name, amen!

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