Monday, April 12, 2021
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : I am a friend of all those who fear you, of those who observe your precepts. Psalms 119:63
Thought of The Day : Don’t choose your friends out of sentiments, rather, choose them out of wisdom.
LISTEN : Mind how you associate with others. Avoid evil associations and don’t befriend the devil; for you can’t be a friend of Satan and be innocent of evil. He who associates with Satan must be prepared to share in his miseries. This is why the wise would keep away from bad associations. My dear, your future will be ruin by evil friendship. Friendship has a way of affecting our lives positively or negatively. (Ecclesiastics 4:9-12; 1 Corinthians 15:33-34). Many people are made by friendship, while many others are marred by it. Right association will produce a better life; but wrong association will ruin it instead. However, there is no better life without the fear of God. And the fear of God is the true purpose of human existence. To be a God-fearing person, you should make friends with those who fear God too. David said,
“I am a friend of all those who fear you, of those who observe your precepts.”
A man was asked by his friend thus: “Why do you choose me as a friend?” The man replied, “I chose you as my friend because you’re God-fearing. My association with you has transformed me immensely. I never believed in God, but now I do, because you have opened my eyes to the truth. Friend, I do not regret knowing you.” He said with a smile. Beloved, this is what true friendship truly is. True friendship will not lead you away from God, but to Him. It enables you to grow in love, self-control, faith and obedience to God. My dear, who are your friends? What are your reasons for choosing them? Think and evaluate your association with others. Any association that encourages you to disobey and undermine God, avoid it. Remember, true friendship would lead you to God and not lead you away from Him. Be wise!
What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Don’t be in a hurry to make friends. Learn to choose your friends wisely.
2. Never hesitate to discontinue with any relationship that endangers your desire to please God.
3. Nurture any relationship that supports and enhances your love for God.
4. Use your relationship with others to better their lives.
Prayer : Blessed Father, you know the hearts of men. Therefore, help me never to enter into a wrong relationship, amen!
A Word Of Blessing : Today, I speak on your life, may God keep you from evil associations, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : The fear and glory of God is the true purpose of human existence.
Quote : “Evil association is the gateway to destruction; and he who avoids it will excel in the journey of life.”
Biblical Fact : Did you know Abraham was the first man to give tithe in the Bible? (Genesis 14:20).
Today In History : April 12, 1908 Fire makes 17,000 homeless in Chelsea, Massachusetts.
Stunning Fact : Did you know there are no rivers in Saudi Arabia?
Bible Quiz : Which mount did the ark of Noah rested?
God bless you!