Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : For you have been rooted in him and are being built up and strengthened in the faith, just as you were taught, while you continue to be thankful. Colosians 2:7 (ISV).

LISTEN : Must we be thankful for everything? Yes! We should be thankful for everything (both good and bad). Besides, no favour is too small to be thankful for. Most times, being ungrateful for small favours will cause us to forfeit big favours. My dear, thankfulness should be a lifestyle, not a choice. When you are thankful for everything, everything can work in your favour. Thankfulness is good and pleasing to God. Even when it is painful and difficult to give thanks, God wants us to do it all the same, for it is a sacrifice pleasing to Him (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Hebrews 13:15). Couple of months ago I told a story about one evening, as a woman and her children gathered for dinner, her oldest daughter asked her, “Mother, why are you always thankful even for the smallest favour? Must you be thankful for everything?” Looking at her daughter, the woman smiled and said, “My daughter, thankfulness is the beauty of life. It keeps you positive, hopeful and charming. It opens doors and blesses you with opportunities to be accepted by others. Thankfulness attracts goodness, and life will be a nightmare without goodness. So, have a thankful heart always.” Most of us are like this girl who wondered why her mother was thankful for everything. My dear, do you have a thankful heart? A thankful heart can’t be empty of favour with God and man; because he who is thankful for favour received, will receive more favour. Besides, thankfulness is an attitude of faith and mental and emotional lift to us and those around us. So, be thankful and create atmosphere of thankfulness. The truth is, an atmosphere of thankfulness creates more faith and uplifts you and those around you. Therefore, no matter the circumstance, always be thankful. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Be thankful always and stop complaining about everything.
2. Create atmosphere of thankfulness and be grateful even for small favours.
3. In every situation be positive and hopeful no matter what.
4. For every favour you receive. show appreciation for it.

Prayer : Most High God. My praise belongs to you. Therefore, help me to always give praise to you in Jesus’ name, amen!

Reflection : No favour is too small to be thankful for. For thankfulness triggers more favours.

Quote : “When you are thankful for everything, everything can work in your favour. But when you complain about everything, everything can work against you.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, today I confess that thankfulness is good to God and man. Therefore, I will always be thankful for everything, amen

Biblical Fact : Did you know peace is available in the midst of troubles? (Philippians 4:6-7).

Today In History : March 18, 1962 Mahatma Gandhi is sentenced to six years in prison for civil disobedience in India.

Stunning Fact : Did you know room temperature is defined as between 20 to 25C (68 to 77F)?

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I speak on your life, nothing will shut your mouth from praising God. It is your time to shine. In Jesus’ name.



Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Bible Verse : Your word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalms 119:11

LISTEN : It is not possible to live right when you neglect the words of God. Lots of people make decisions to live in accordance with God’s will, but found themselves deeply soaked in sin within a short period of time. Why? Because they ignore and neglect the words of God. God’s word is powerful and good enough to keep us from sin. People enjoy living in sin because they are bankrupt of the word of God. My dear, how much do you love the word of God? God’s words in your heart will influence your life positively. Your actions are based on the state of your heart. Therefore, if your heart is empty of God’s words, your actions will be dominated by evil. That is why we are urged to protect our hearts. The Bible says,“Guard your heart with all vigilance, for from it are the sources of life.” (Proverbs 4:23). Beloved, if you lose control of your heart, you have lost control of your life. So, guard your heart jealously with the words of God, because your life is a function of it. Do not play with God’s words, rather, take it seriously. Like David, hide the words of God in your heart. The Bible says, “Your word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against you.”(Psalms 119:11). Therefore, to honour God in your life, you must hide His word in your heart. Be wise!

Prayer : Heavenly Father. I surrender myself to you today. Therefore, don’t allow me to neglect your words henceforth, amen!

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