Sunday, August 2, 2020
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : “You naïve ones, how long will you love naiveté? And how long will scoffers delight in scoffing or fools hate knowledge?” Indeed, the waywardness of the naïve will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them. Proverbs 1:22, 32 (ISV).
THOUGHT OF THE DAY : Fools are known by their bankruptcy of knowledge, wisdom and understanding.
LISTEN : Naivety is the doorway to nothingness. The way to be nothing is to do or know nothing. As a matter of fact, you can’t sail with the ship of foolishness and expect to arrive at the shore of wisdom. My dear, don’t be naïve, wise up! The Dictionary defined naivety as lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment. In this contemporary world, what can you achieve with lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment? No one has ever done anything worthwhile without the trio (experience, wisdom, judgement). The trio are products of knowledge. Knowledge is facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education. Beloved, embrace knowledge and don’t hate it. He who hates knowledge hates excellence, honour and glory. The Bible says, “The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.” (Proverbs 3:35). Fools cannot escape the chastisement of folly – shame, pain and sorrow. No one can be successful whose mind is buried in the soil of worthlessness. Because of the catastrophe and dangers associated with folly, God enjoined us to eschew it. The Bible says, “… the waywardness of the naïve will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.“ (Proverbs 1:22, 32). Beloved, acquire knowledge, especially, Knowledge of God. Make it a lifelong project. It will transform and preserve you. But when you reject knowledge you have chosen the path of destruction (Hosea 4:7). Be wise!
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WITH THIS MESSAGE?
1. Acquire knowledge and grow in wisdom and understanding.
2. Determine to walk in the light of God’s word and fight against ignorance.
3. Never hate knowledge or despise it. Instead, invest time and effort in it.
4. Resist the devil and his works in your life and live to the glory of God.
Prayer : Everlasting Father, I thank you for revealing your mind to me. Help me to love knowledge and grow in wisdom and understanding, in Jesus ‘ name
Reflection : You can’t sail with the ship of foolishness and expect to arrive at the shore of wisdom.
Quote : “Naivety is the doorway to nothingness. The way to be nothing is to do or know nothing.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I acknowledged that the wise seeks knowledge. Therefore, I will seek knowledge and grow in wisdom and understanding, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Noah was 500 years old when he had sons? (Genesis 5:32).
Today In History : August 2, 1934 German President Paul von Hindenburg dies and Adolf Hitler becomes chancellor.
Stunning Fact : Some lizards can detach their tails if caught by predators.
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I speak on your life. No evil shall survive in your life, and you will not end as a fool, in Jesus ‘ name.
TOPIC : LOVE GOD’S WORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART
Sunday, August 2, 2020
Bible Verse : But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night. Psalms 1:2
LISTEN : Love God’s word with all your heart. My dear, the word of God is a refiner. It brings the best in us. Because God’s word is pure, it purifies anyone who values it. The Bible says thus, “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” (Psalms 12:6). Yes! The word of God revives, refreshes and reforms people. The Bible says, “The law of the Lord is good, giving new life to the soul: the witness of the Lord is certain, giving wisdom to the foolish” (Psalms 19:7 BBE). Truly, when the word of God is present in a person’s life, transformation will occur; a sinner will be changed into a saint, hope will be given to the hopeless, bitterness will be turned to sweetness ; and shame will be turned into glory. Besides, God’s word is a way maker. It gives directions and enable those who esteem it highly to be successful and prevail in life. Beloved, how much do you love God’s word? Henceforth, grow your love for God and His words, and He will make you to succeed where others fail. Be wise!
Prayer : Almighty God, your word is true and active. Therefore, help me to love your words as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen!