Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : “All things are lawful for me” – but not everything is beneficial. “All things are lawful for me” – but I will not be controlled by anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12 (NET).

Thought of The Day : Not everything that is lawful is helpful and beneficial; and not everything that trends is truth.

LISTEN : God is a God of standard and principle, He is a God of character. Trends and fads are not for Him. As children of God we should be people of character and godly principles. We should not be tossed here and there by ungodly trends. We have a trend today, people follow what they think is lawful, but don’t care if it is helpful and edifies (builds, lifts or enlightens) or not. They just follow laws and not character and integrity. In today’s societies, a lot of things have changed negatively because, we are not wise enough to differentiate between what is lawful from what is helpful and edifying. However, if we can be a bit careful and discerning, we can’t fall into the pit of ignorance and destruction. Today, many countries have made laws that promote evil. They legalised prostitution, abortion, gay marriage, use of hard drugs and many more to the detriment of human life and the glory of God. My dear, what is lawful may not be helpful. Not everything that is lawful is of benefit to you. Be careful with what you follow. Determine to follow only what is helpful and what builds you up. You may ask, “How do I know what is helpful and edifying? How do I know what is profitable and able to build me up? It is simple. Anything can qualify as helpful and edifying if it increases your value positively and glorifies God (2 Peter 1:5-9); if it makes you feel better and blesses others to the glory of God; if it does not damage your health or reputation; if it does not undermine the word of God: and if it grows, matures and blesses you spiritually to the glory of God. My dear, don’t follow a trend just because everyone is following it, rather, follow a trend that is helpful, edifying and godly. Don’t leave your life at the mercy of the society, rather, follow God for divine directions. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Don’t just follow trends, follow helpful and edifying things.
2. Quit harmful addiction and follow the will of God for your life.
3. Don’t waste your time on anything that can’t make you better off, or add value to your life.
4. Avoid anything that could damage your health or reputation.

Faith Confession : Today, I acknowledge that, not everything that is lawful is helpful. Therefore, I will be careful with what I do or follow, amen.

Prayer : Dear Lord, You’re good to me. Help me to follow what is helpful, godly and life-giving as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. May God protect you from deceit and manipulations of the wicked. May you not fall prey to the plans of Satan and his agents, in Jesus ’ name, amen.

Reflection : Don’t follow a trend just because everyone is following it, rather, follow a trend that is helpful, edifying and godly.

Quote : “Nothing qualifies as helpful or edifying if it destroys humans health or reputation; undermines God’s word, adds no value to life, blesses no one or glorifies God.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know Anna was 84 years old when she prophesied about Jesus Christ? (Luke 2:36-38).

Today In History : January 13, 2002 – Japan and Singapore signed a free trade pact that would remove tariffs on almost all goods traded between the two countries. 

Stunning Fact : Did you know the only continent with no active volcanoes is Australia?

Bible Quiz : What is the name of Deborah ‘s husband?

God bless you!

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