Saturday, March 14, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5
LISTEN : Jesus Christ is our perfect example of who God wants us to be, and what He wants us to do. He came to show us the ways of God. However, we can’t be like Him until we think like Him. That is, we must have His mind. When you have the mind of Christ you will produce the will of God. For no one can think like Satan and expects to live like Jesus Christ. Our thoughts are the basis for our actions. A renewed mind will translate to a transformed life. Therefore, to walk in the will of God we should put on the mind of Christ Jesus. We should think and act like Him and allow the Holy Spirit to refine us to being like Jesus Christ. We should put on the mind of Christ. Beloved, it is not possible to serve God faithfully if you refuse to think and act like Christ our perfect example (Philippians 2:5; Romans 13:13,14). We should imitate Him and follow those who follow Him too. Apostle Paul said, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 NET).You may ask, “How do we put on the mind of Christ?” We put on the mind of Christ by allowing our minds to be renewed in line with His will, guards our hearts against evil thoughts (Proverbs 4:23) ; submit ourselves to God, soak ourselves in the word of God ; fix our eyes on eternity and things that can grow our faith (Colossians 3:2 ; Philippians 4:8) ; and surrender completely to His will. Beloved, when you have the mind of Christ you will not struggle to do the will of God. And when you don’t struggle to do the will of God you can expect to experience His power. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not give room to the devil, rather resist him.
2. Fix your eyes on eternity and do not be dragged along by so-called pleasure and cares of this life.
3. Study the word of God to discover His ways, and to readily follow it.
4. Guard your heart against evil thoughts and imaginations, and occupy your mind with thoughts of eternity.
Prayer: Dear Lord, you are good and worthy of praise. Therefore, help me to think and live like Christ as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : Watch your thoughts. For no one thinks like Satan and expects to behave like Jesus Christ.”
Quote : “A renewed mind will translate to a transformed life. For the presence of God is expressed by a transformed life.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus ‘ name. I confess that Jesus Christ is our perfect example of love and righteousness. Therefore, I will follow Him as long as I live, amen.
Biblical Fact: Did you know that to be carnally minded is death? (Romans 8:6).
Today In History : March 14, 1757 British Admiral John Byng is executed by a firing squad on board HMS Monarch for neglect of duty.
Stunning Fact: Did you know tennis was originally played with bare hands?
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I speak on your life. Receive divine guidance to live in line with the will of God , in Jesus’ name.
TOPIC : LOVERS OF GOD ATTRACT HIS GRACE
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Bible Verse : Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. Ephesians 6:24 (KJV)
LISTEN: Our genuine love for Jesus Christ brings God’s favour to us. We will attract God’s favour when we love Him heartily. God’s grace keeps us going when everything threatens us. His grace or favour is the extra energy or strength given for every battle we (His people) might face. Friend, a genuine relationship with Christ will bring God’s grace (favour) to you. Favour will follow you when God becomes your priority. The Bible says, “But seek all of you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33). God owns the world, and when you honour and worship Him faithfully He can command anything or anyone to work in your favour. Though, God’s grace and goodness is for all, but He limits certain privileges to those who have accepted His only begotten Son Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. (John 1:12). Only those who have accepted Jesus are given the power to become sons and daughters of God; and to have access to eternal life, divine protection, divine provisions, divine health, etc. Beloved, are you a genuine lover of God? Embrace Jesus Christ today and become a citizen of God’s kingdom. Be wise!
Prayer : Dear Lord! You are good and kind. Help me to love you with all my heart as long as I live. Amen.