Thursday, March 12, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Whoever presents a thank-offering honors me. To whoever obeys my commands, I will reveal my power to deliver.”Psalms 50:23
LISTEN: Praising God shouldn’t be a choice but a lifestyle. Our praise to God shouldn’t be determined by our mood, but triggered by the revelation of His sovereignty. When we think about who God is and His power, and the power of praise, we won’t cease to praise Him for one second. Praise moves God and blesses the praiser. To praise God is to express thanks to or love and respect for Him. It is to say good things about Him for all He has done or yet to do. Praise gladdens the heart of God and opens His hands to give to the one who asked of Him. When God is praised miracles happen. Because praise brings glory to God, he who praises Him glorifies Him. Therefore, He responds to such act of honour with blessings. Beloved, do you give thanks to God always? Do you at all praise Him for His goodness towards you? No matter the situation, your mouth must not be empty of God’s praise. When your mouth is full of praise to God, He will fill your hands with His favour. Our verse of the day says, “Whoever presents a thank-offering honors me. To whoever obeys my commands, I will reveal my power to deliver.”(Psalms 50:23). My dear, if you can praise God in spite of your troubles, God will honour and deliver you no matter what. Praise (thanksgiving) is God’s will for His people. (1 Thessalonians 5:18). If you can praise Him irrespective of any situation in your life, He will reveal His power that brings deliverance and bless you beyond measure. So, no matter what, let not your mouth be empty of His praise. Beloved, have you praised God today? Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. No matter the situation, learn to praise and honour God all the same.
2. Let your mouth be ever full of praise to God. Always thank Him for what He has done or yet to do.
3. Never again occupy your mind with complaints and bitterness, rather rejoice and praise the Lord.
4. Be committed to the act of praise and thanksgiving, and God will certainly bless you.
Prayer: Almighty God, I thank you because you are worthy of my praise. Help me to praise and honour you always as long as I live. Amen.
Reflection : When we think about who God is, His power, and the power of praise, we won’t cease to praise Him.
Quote : “Praising God shouldn’t be a choice but a lifestyle. Genuine praise to God is not determined by our mood, but triggered by the revelation of His sovereignty.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name. I confess that praise glorifies God. Therefore, I will glorify Him with praise as long as I live, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know John eats locusts and wild honey as food? (Matthew 3:4).
Today In History : March 12, 1894 Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the revolving door was invented in 1888?
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May your mouth not be empty of God’s praise. Henceforth, receive grace to praise God heartily. In Jesus ‘ name.
TOPIC : ARE YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS UNITED?
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Bible Verse : Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity… for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore Psalms 133:1,3
LISTEN: You have no real family without unity and love. Raising a united family is the beauty of a Christian home. Unity is the language of love. And unity cannot survive where love is absent. Unity brings progress and development. It brings the blessings of God to the people. When a family decides to embrace unity, they have equally positioned themselves for the blessings of God. But any family divided against itself cannot stand. (Mark 3:25). Besides, a divided family will shut the door of progress and development (blessing) against itself. Unity goes with peace, where you cannot find unity you cannot find peace ; and where you cannot find peace you cannot find unity. Beloved, God’s blessings go to where there is peace and unity. God blesses a peaceful and united home, because He knows His blessings will be useful and appreciated. Without peace and unity, blessings received cannot be sustained. Friend, are you living in peace and unity in your home? Are you really getting on well with other members of your family? Unity is good and attracts God’s blessings. The Bible says, “How good and pleasant it is for brethren (brothers and sisters) to live together in unity: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.” (Psalms 133:1,3) So, pursue unity and God’s blessings will come your way. Be wise!
Prayer : Dear LORD, help me to work for unity and love in my home. In Jesus’ name.