Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. Deuteronomy 5:33

LISTEN : My dear, walk in obedience to God and you will live. Obedience releases the blessings of God. And where God’s blessing goes life is found. But disobedience brings curse and death. Yes, working against God is working against self. When God brought the children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt, He warned them against disobedience (Deuteronomy 8:11). He emphasised on obedience to His word. He warned them against rejecting and disobeying His commandment. He told them the importance of obedience to their own success and life in general. As a matter of fact, He made them to understand that, not to obey Him is to call for His wrath. My dear, disobedience to the word of God is the easiest way to invite the wrath of God. He who neglects to obey God must prepare for His wrath; because the wrath of God travels in the direction of disobedience. Beloved, God desires that you prosper. However, you can’t experience this blessing until you are willing to joyfully obey Him. When you walk in obedience to God, God will work out things for you. Obedience to God brings success and life; but disobedience to Him brings failure and death. Our verse of the day says, “Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.” (Deuteronomy 5:33). My dear, do you want to truly prosper and succeed? Do you want to live and prolong your days? Then, obey God and you will prosper, live and prolong your days; disobey Him and you will surely regret your actions. Remember, walking in obedience to God releases His blessings to us. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Walk in obedience to God and you will live and prolong your life.
2. Avoid evil and all manner of wickedness and you will escape the wrath of God.
3. Determine to honour, serve and worship God as long as you live.
4. Don’t allow anyone to deceive or cajole you to disobey God no matter what.

Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you because you are the living God. Help me to obey and serve you for the rest of my life, in Jesus’ name, amen!

Reflection : He who enjoys to disobey God must prepare for His wrath.

Quote : “Disobedience to God brings curse and death; for working against God is working against self.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus ‘ name. I confess that God is the true and living God. Therefore, I will serve and worship Him as long as I live, amen!

Biblical Fact : Did you know Elijah killed 450 prophets of Baal in one day? (1Kings 18:19-40).

Today In History : April 1, 1548 : Parliament orders the publication of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP).

Stunning Fact : Did you know giraffes and rats can last longer without water than camels?

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May God open your eyes to know Him. And may you serve and worship Him in obedience. In Jesus’ name, amen!



Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Bible Verse : Now those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also behave in accordance with the Spirit. Galatians 5:24-25

LISTEN : Brethren, our lives belong to God. So, let us stop to struggle with Him in disobedience. Let us yield to His Spirit. Jesus Christ was crucified for our sins. Therefore, we should crucify our body of sin with Him. We should eschew sin and embrace righteousness. When we crucify our bodies with Christ, our carnal desires are dominated. My dear, God wants to purge us from all that is contrary to love and purity; and all that we may desire contrary to moderation, self-denial and Christian character. He wants our desires, affections and passion to agree with His will. That is how He wants every believer in Christ to live. Therefore, if we profess to believe Christ’s spiritual religion, then, let us walk in the Spirit. That is, Let us show in our lives and conversation that the Spirit of God dwells in us. Henceforth, let us surrender our hearts to God and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in the path of righteousness. Be wise!

Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank you for your word today. I surrender myself to you. Therefore, help me to overcome the body of sin, in Jesus’ name, amen!

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