Friday, March 20, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Saul’s son Jonathan got up and went to David at Horesh, and he encouraged him to trust in God. 1 Samuel 23:16
LISTEN : I remember several years ago when I visited an auto mechanic shop. The mechanic had finished working on a car with a manual transmission. But the car refused to kick start. So, the mechanic ordered his apprentices to push start it. Suddenly, the car started. I learnt a lesson from it. I learned that, a little push can make a difference. My dear, lots of people are already frustrated and tired of life. They want to end it all. Such people don’t need embarrassment or further frustration. What they need is encouragement. Like the car in our story today, they need a push. They need a word of hope and comfort. They need someone to tell them to be strong and courageous and fix their eyes on God. This was exactly what Jonathan did for his dear friend David when he was in trouble. Though, Jonathan was the supposed heir apparent to the throne of Israel, yet, he didn’t listen to his father Saul, or support him in his plans to kill David his perceived threat to the throne. Instead, he encouraged David to put his hope in God. My dear, people don’t need your embarrassment, but your encouragement. Learn to encourage others. Those who are struggling need the strength that comes from compassion and encouragement. We motivate people by encouraging them, not embarrassing them. What does it mean to embarrass? It means to make someone look foolish in public. My dear, this’s not what people want, they want encouragement. They want you to make them more determined, hopeful and confident in pursuing the purpose of God for their lives. The Bible says, “And we urge you, brothers and sisters, admonish the undisciplined, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient toward all.”(1 Thessalonians 5:14 NET). Henceforth, encourage others to become what God wants them to be. Remember, a little encouragement can make the difference. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Don’t make embarrassing others your habit. Instead, encourage them to make the best out of their lives.
2. Be a true friend to your friends and never betray them.
3. Encourage those who are discouraged and heartbroken and determine to give them hope.
4. Don’t encourage anyone to keep embarrassing others. Instead, teach people to esteem others like themselves.
Prayer : Dear Lord, you are good to me. Therefore, help me to encourage others and inspire them to achieve success, in Jesus’ name, amen!
Reflection : Embarrassment never motivates anyone, but encouragement does.
Quote : “Real people motivates others to achieve their God-given goals. But irresponsible people embarrass others.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that henceforth, I will give encouragement to others, not embarrassment, amen!
Biblical Fact : Did you know God changed the name of Abraham’s wife from Sarai to Sarah? (Genesis 17:15)
Today In History : March 20, 1982 U.S. scientists return from Antarctica with the first land mammal fossils found there.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the longest recorded flight of a chicken was 13 seconds?
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I speak on your life, may your life be a blessing to humanity. And may God bless you, in Jesus’ name.
Friday, March 20, 2020
TOPIC : WHO RECEIVES YOUR WORSHIP?
Bible Verse : You shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3
LISTEN : Who receives your worship? God, or something else? Those who know God will reserve worship for Him alone. My dear, worship belongs to God. God is supreme and the creator of the universe, hence, should be revered by all. (Luke 4:8). We should accord Him the honour that’s due Him. His glory must not be given to another. We must not offer reverence or devote our respect to things that are not God (money, fame, beauty, power, humans, etc.). Nothing is worthy of God’s glory other than God Himself. This is why He warned the Israelites and we by extension, against worshipping other gods. The Bible says, “You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3). God’s commandment to them was to worship only Him. That’s, they must not worship any other god. God doesn’t take it lightly when He is denied of His honour and glory. He’s provoked when something else takes the first place in our hearts. Beloved, is God the first in your life? If He’s not, what? Remember, worship belongs to God and be prepared to give Him His place in your life. When God is given the first place in your life, He will give you a place in His own plans. Be wise!
Prayer : Dear Lord, help me to worship you and you alone for the rest of my life, amen!