Thursday, September 3, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
THOUGHT OF THE DAY : God cannot do for you what He has enabled you to do by yourself.
LISTEN : Everyone is in the earth for a particular assignment (Jeremiah 1:4-5). No one comes to the earth without some God-given purposes. And whatever God gives, He gives for the blessing of humanity and the glory of His own name. However, we cannot achieve His purpose for our lives if we refuse to make sincere efforts to keep pressing on to the finish line. To fulfill God’s purpose for our lives, we must realise that, we have a purpose to fulfill. Without such consciousness, you will wander around the world aimlessly and exit it unfulfilled and shamefully too. What is purpose? Purpose in this context is the reason why something exists. With all his exploits in the kingdom assignments, Apostle Paul continuously went for more of God’s grace for greater achievements. He employed his efforts to finishing well and receiving the reward. He was determined to focus on his assignment, by reaching forth unto what he was called to do. He said, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14). Paul did not frustrate the grace of God by dwelling in the past, like some persons would do, rather, he gave himself to Christ Jesus and eventually finished well (2 Timothy 4:7-8). My dear, you must determine to live like Christ whom Paul imitated (1 Corinthians 11:1). Christlikeness is losing all to gain Him (Christ). Thankfully, whatever you lose to gain Christ, you will gain in the long run. So, press on in the knowledge of God, for that is the sure way to attain divine height. As a matter of fact, your level of enlightment determines your level of attainment. Therefore, make efforts to fulfill your God-given purposes today. Be wise!
What Should You Do With This Message?
1. Don’t be reluctant about your relationship with God, decide it today.
2. Never give up on your faith, rather keep pressing on to maturity.
3. Determine to discover your God-given assignments and give it your best.
4. Focus more on things that have eternal value, while continuing to keep your earthly relevance.
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, henceforth, I accept to discover and pursue my God-given purpose as long as I live, amen.
Prayer : Eternal God, thank you for your words today. Help me to pursue every assignment you have given to me, in Jesus’ name, amen.
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today, I speak on your life, you will be fruitful. Henceforth, receive grace to discover, pursue and fulfill your God-given purpose, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : It is impossible to attain divine height where the heart is not focused on God.
Quote : “To fulfill God’s purpose for our lives, we must first realise that, we have a purpose to fulfill.”
Biblical Fact : Did you know Isaac was married to Rebekah? (Genesis 26:8).
Today In History : September 3, 1994 Russia and China sign a demarcation agreement to end dispute over a stretch of their border and agree they will no longer target each other with nuclear weapons.
Stunning Fact : Did you know The male and female of a mating pair Flamingoes build a nest together, and both sit on the egg while it incubates for about a month?
Bible Quiz : Lazarus, Martha and Mary were from what city……..?
God bless you!