Monday, February 22, 2021

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, to have faith in His promises and to share in the sufferings of Christ.

LISTEN : Everyone is driven by his or her own desires and interests. Lots of people could do the unimaginable just to achieve their goals. Sadly, many makes fleeting pleasure their utmost desire in life. My dear, what is your utmost desire? What is your topmost priority in life? What is it that you can pursue at the expense of others? Priority in life differs. 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. This is a misplacement of priority. The Bible says,

For what shall it profit a man,
if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?

Mark 8:36

Beloved, the very first thing you must do is to seek God. The topmost priority of man should be to know God. The things mentioned above are good if God is the one at the top of the list. God desires that you prosper, but He should 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 He’s. The Bible says,

But seek all of you first the kingdom of God,
and his righteousness; and all these
things shall be added unto you.

Matthew 6:33

Making God your second choice in life is a decision to exit this world at the end of life a miserable fellow. You will get it wrong if you abandon God to chase after the ‘good things’ of life; and you would gained nothing if you trade God for wealth. My dear, determine to pursue after God. The truth is that, you have lost nothing if you “lose all” to gain God. The Bible says,

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it:
and whosoever will lose his life
for my sake shall find it.

Matthew 16:25

Apostle Paul understands this and therefore yearn for more of Christ. To yearn is to have an intense feeling of longing for something. Paul yearns to be more and more like Him, and he 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

Beloved, Paul’s yearning should be our own confession. So, let us strive to know Christ, have faith in God and share in the sufferings of Christ. 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 do not abandon God to chase after ‘the good things of life.’
4. Always evaluate your desires and make sure you are not living outside God’s will.

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

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

Reflection : The unquenchable desire to please God is the force that pushes anyone 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 : February 22, 1349, Jews are expelled from Zurich, Switzerland.

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

Bible Quiz : Who was Moses’s father in-law?

God bless you!

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