Monday, March 16, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : O God, you know my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from you. Psalms 69:5
LISTEN : Truth is key to freedom (John 8:32). Knowing the truth is key to discovering how to enjoy real life. One important truth we are yet to understand is that, our sins are not hidden in the eyes of God. Besides, every act of sin is an act of foolishness. Yes, it is hard to see sin as foolishness unless you are spiritually and eternally-minded. Until we acknowledge and confess our sins to God, we are not yet set to walk with Him. And until we are determined to get things right, we will continue to get it wrong. We can’t profess to love God and still be madly in love with sin. When we take pleasure in sin we have chosen to go without God. My dear, what is life without God? Life is an endless journey where God is not the head of the voyage. Life is empty and meaningless without God. The Bible says, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36). My dear, nothing is truly a gain to us until God is the reason for our gain. Beloved, can you rewind your memory and evaluate your life? Are you in right standing with God? By your own assessment, have you done well? Can God be proud of you as His loyal and faithful servant? God wants you to acknowledge and confess your sin to Him and forsake them. Therefore, if your conscience is pricking you right now, it is time to examine your life and repent of your sins. Truly, God knows our foolishness, and our sins are not hidden from Him. But if you return to Him today, He will graciously forgive you. So, make a reasonable confession to God today. Remember, the only place we can possibly hide our sin is in the blood of Jesus Christ. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Search your conscience and make peace with God today without delay.
2. Acknowledge, confess and forsake your sin today.
3. Make pleasing God your topmost priority as long as you live.
4. Examine your life and repent of every known sin today.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for your words today. Help me to examine my life and repent of my sins, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : Sinfulness is foolishness fashioned in the form of pleasure.
Quote: “A trip without God is a journey to disaster. For life is an endless and fruitless journey where God is not the head of the voyage.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus ‘ name, I confess that God searches our hearts. Therefore, I will examine my life and repent of my sins. Amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know God fed Prophet Elijah in a time of famine through the ravens? (1Kings 17:6).
Today In History : March 16, 2005 Scott Peterson is sent to death row for the slaying of his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson
Stunning Fact: Did you know the human body has over 600 muscles
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I speak on your life, may God open your eyes to know His will. Henceforth, may your life be pleasing to Him, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : WISE COUNSEL TRANSFORMS LIFE
Monday, March 16, 2020
Bible Verse : Now listen to me, I will give you advice, and may God be with you… Exodus 18:19
LISTEN : Wise counsel transforms life. To reject it is to reject success. Jethro, Moses’s father-in-law counseled him on how to go about his leadership to be successful. Though he was not as spiritual as Moses, yet, Moses accepted his counsel as better than the method he already adopted. My dear, no one can truly be successful when wise counsel (advice) is neglected or despised. The wise seeks the right counsel, while the foolish detests and ignores it. The wise believes that no one has the monopoly of knowledge, hence, he listens to what others have to say in a given situation, and apply the counsels received if seen to work better in his situations. But that is not the case with the foolish. He believes that his ideas are enough for him, hence he will always fail woefully. Beloved, do you find it difficult to take advice from other people? Do you feel too big to listen to wise counsels from others? Then, you have a big problem. To excel, learn to humble yourself like Moses, and listen and receive wise counsel from others. Be wise!
Prayer : Dear Lord, help me to accept wise counsel from others and not disregard them, in Jesus’ name, amen.