Thursday, January 23, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Now may the Lord direct your hearts toward the love of God and the endurance of Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:6

LISTEN : A mere confession of our love for God is not enough, our love must come from our hearts. When we love Him from the heart, it will affect everything we do or say. Sadly, lack of understanding has made people to misdirect their love. They love things of this life but hates God. They love the world but gives God a second place or no place at all in their lives. Inordinate love for our businesses, material things, jobs, families, marriages, fame, popularity, pleasure, etc., have relegated the love of God to the background. Beloved, the first person our love should go to is God and His interests (Matthew 6:33). Our genuine love for God is the true expression of our honour to Him. My dear, your love for God is expressed through your obedience, faith, humility, faithfulness, honour and fear for Him. The Bible says, “Jesus said unto him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39). God should be first, and every other person or thing comes second. So, allow Him to take the first place in your life. Let Him occupy your heart. What occupies your heart takes your attention; and what takes your attention takes your heart and time. Until the thought of God fills your heart, it will be hard to love Him; and until you surrender yourself to Him, your heart cannot be directed towards Him. So, direct your heart to God; rely on His grace; and crucify your flesh. That is, discipline your body to obey God and stop walking in disobedience to Him (Galatians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 9:27). Your body (flesh) is that part of you that wants things done your own way. You should learn to say yes to the will of God, and no to your carnal nature. Henceforth, discipline yourself and yield to God always. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Love God and give Him the first place in your life.
2. Don’t be distracted by the pleasures of life, instead, be wise how you live.
3. Pray to God always and rely on His grace to accomplish His purpose for your life.
4. Resist every inordinate desire of your flesh and determine to please God instead.

Prayer : Everlasting Father, you are my God and creator. Therefore, help me to love you dearly, and to give you the first place in my heart, in Jesus’ name, amen!

Reflection : Genuine love for God is the true expression of our honour to Him.

Quote : “A mere confession of love for God is not enough; genuine love must come from our hearts.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I declare that God deserves the first place in our hearts. Henceforth, nothing will take His place in my heart, amen!

Biblical Fact : Did you know Balaam was spoken to by a donkey? (Numbers 22:22-35).

Today In History : January 23, 1969 NASA unveils moon-landing craft.

Stunning Fact : Did you know flushable toilets were in use in ancient Rome?

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May God bless you. May the Lord guide you to seek and love Him with all your heart, in Jesus’ name, amen!



Thursday, January 23, 2020

Bible Verse : Into your hand I commit my spirit: you have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. Psalms 31:5

LISTEN : God is everything, hence, learning to surrender all to Him brings relief to aching hearts. People tend to waver in faith when the going gets tough. My dear, when the going gets tough and you do not know what else to do, place your faith in God. Look to Him for provision, protection and intervention. Talk to Him about what you are going through. Tell Him your fears and worries because He cares for you (1Peter 5:7). He is always there to help you when trouble hits you. God is patiently waiting for you to call to Him. Why not call to Him today and be delivered? When you are stretched and stressed out by troubles, spread yourself in God’s word and breath the fresh air of His presence. Dig deep into His words and you will find rest for your soul. Beloved, the words of God will point you to His faithfulness. The truth is, when you understand the words of God you will acknowledge and appreciate His faithfulness. So, cheer up and put your trust in Him. Be wise!

Prayer : Everlasting Father, help me to put my hope in you always, in Jesus’ name, amen!


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