Monday, December 7, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : My aim is to know him, to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his sufferings, and to be like him in his death. Philippians 3:10 (NET)

Thought of The Day : A relationship with God is to know Him, His power and to have faith in His promises and share in the sufferings of Christ Jesus his son.

LISTEN : Jesus is the way. Therefore, we’ll miss our way when we abandon Him. To know Him we must be passionate about following Him. In life, people are driven by their desires and interests. A lot of people could do the unimaginable just to achieve their goals. Sadly, lots of people make fleeting pleasure their utmost desire in life. My dear, what’s your utmost desire? What’s your topmost priority in life? What’s it that you can pursue at the expense of others? Priorities in life differ. To some, their priorities are to have good cars, mansions, children, good health, good academic qualifications, wealth and to live long and enjoy their own labour; to others, their priorities are to be famous, have political power, be great in all areas of life; etc. Beloved, all the things mentioned above are good if God is the one at the top of the list. God desires that you prosper as much as He desires to be the reason for your prosperity. He wants you to seek Him and value Him above all else. He wants all your desires to come second to Him. (Matthew 6:33). Making God your second choice in life is a choice to leave this world at the end of life a miserable fellow. You’ll get it wrong when you abandon God to chase after the good things of life; and you would certainly gained nothing if you trade God for wealth. My dear, determine to pursue after God. Yes, you have lost nothing if you “lose all” to gain God. (Matthew 16:25). Apostle Paul said, “My aim is to know him, to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his sufferings, and to be like him in his death.” (Philippians 3:10). Paul’s confession should be our own confession – to know Christ, to have faith in God and share in the sufferings of Christ. My dear, don’t you want to know Christ? The knowledge of Christ will give you access to the will of God, and the will of God will give you the blessings of God. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Make God the priority of your life and determine to live in His will.
2. Be courageous and take part in spreading the gospel of Christ no matter the persecution.
3. Be wise and don’t abandon God to chase after ‘the good things of life.’
4. Always evaluate your desires and make sure you’re not living outside God’s will.

Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God is God and there is none besides Him. Therefore, I will make Him my priority in life, amen.

Prayer : Almighty God, You’re worthy to be praised. Help me to watch my desires, and to make You my priority in life, amen.

Reflection : The passion to please God is the force that drives people to know and fear Him.

Quote : “He who trades God for wealth has gained nothing but destruction; and he who trades everything for God has lost nothing.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know Jubal is the father and inventor of instrumental music in the Bible? (Genesis 4:20-21).

Today In History : December 7, 1941 – Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor , Hawaii Territory, killing more than 2,300 Americans. 

Stunning Fact : Did you know a baby fetus develops fingerprints at eighteen weeks?

A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. Today I speak on your life. May God guide you and give you a heart of understanding and wisdom. in Jesus’ name, amen.

Bible Quiz : Who were the first set of Jesus ‘ disciples?

God bless you!

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