Thursday, June 18, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : For whoever finds me, finds life, and will obtain favor from the LORD. But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul. All those who hate me love death. Proverbs 8:35,36 (NHEB)
THOUGHT OF THE DAY : He who finds true wisdom has found life and obtains favour from God.
LISTEN : A search for true wisdom is a search for real life. Life is a nightmare without wisdom. What is wisdom? Wisdom in a nutshell is good sense; it is the right application of knowledge and the ability to understand what others do not understand. Wisdom is supreme and life is nothing without it. Wisdom gives meaning and honour to life; hence, to be bankrupt of wisdom is to be bankrupt of real life. Wisdom plays a vital role in all aspects of life. This is why the Scripture commands us to gain wisdom no matter what it takes. The Bible says, “Wisdom is supreme. Get wisdom. Yes, though it costs all your possessions, get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7 NHEB). That is how vital wisdom is. When you gain true wisdom you have gained life. Wisdom opens doors and releases favour on those who love it. To ignore wisdom is to live at the mercy of circumstances. Beloved, wisdom is calling today. “Her” voice is not hidden if you can open your ears. (Proverbs 8:1). God is speaking to you through nature, circumstances, etc., learn and be wise. Above all, we have the word of God to study, meditate and obtain wisdom. God’s word is wisdom bank, so, explore it. Do not reject wisdom, for anyone who rejects wisdom loves misery and death. Remember, a search for true wisdom is a search for real life. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Be opened to wisdom. Learn and meditate the word of God to gain true wisdom.
2. Be devoted to the search for wisdom, and never give up until you gain it.
3. Learn to properly apply your knowledge and seek counsel where necessary.
Prayer : Almighty God! I thank you for wisdom belongs to You. Therefore, bless me with wisdom and understanding, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : He who ignores wisdom has chosen to live at the mercy of circumstances.
Quote : “Life is nothing without wisdom. Hence, he who is bankrupt of wisdom is bankrupt of real life.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name! I confess that wisdom is vital to life. Therefore, I will seek wisdom as long as I live, amen.
Biblical Fact: Did you know Jephthah the Gileadite is a mighty man of valour, and the son of a harlot? (Judges 11:1).
Today In History : June 18, 1950 Surgeon Richard Lawler performs the first kidney transplant operation in Chicago.
Stunning Fact : Did you know snakes have flexible jaws which allow them to eat prey bigger than their head?
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I speak on your life. May God bless you with wisdom understanding and favour. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
TOPIC: THE WORD THAT BRINGS JOY
Bible Verse : I rejoice at your word, as one that finds great spoil. Psalms 119:162
LISTEN : God’s word is the word that brings joy. It is the word that excites lovers of God. My dear, does the word of God gladdens your heart? Do you know God’s word is key to life. God’s word is life. Therefore, His word should trigger joy in us because it comes with countless benefits. However, we cannot enjoy these benefits until we have developed hunger for the word. When we hunger for His word we will draw strength from it. What does it mean to hunger for God’s word? It means to be excited by God’s word and to long for righteousness. The Psalmist said, “I rejoice at your word, as one that finds great spoil.” (Psalms 119:162). So, if you cannot find joy in God’s word you do not have hunger for it. You should value God’s word more than self- satisfaction and above all else. Job said, “I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12). Beloved, when God’s Word is as important to you as your physical food, then you are going to start to grow in your Christian life and knowledge of God. May your heart not be spiritually dry and empty of God’s Word; instead, let it brings joy and fulfilment. Be wise!
Prayer : Dear Lord, help me to constantly rejoice in your words. In Jesus ‘ name, amen.