Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21
Thought of The Day : To a faithful servant of God whether dead or alive, nothing has changed because eternal life is sure.
LISTEN : Christ is everything. He has a name that’s bigger than every name; a kingdom that’s bigger than all kingdoms; all things are from him and through Him. In him is life and hope of eternity. Those who follow Him never walk into destruction. Beloved, make the choice to follow Him. The choice to follow Christ is a choice that would lead to life eternal. Dead or alive, the future of every true believer in Christ Jesus is eternally secured; for death can’t terminate God’s love for His people. My dear, can you declare your unreserved loyalty to God? Can you be God’s, whether dead or alive? Are you truly glorifying God with your life? Assuming your life in this world is to expire today, can you be glad to go back home to God who created you? In our verse of the day Apostle Paul declared his unchanging resolve for God. He said,
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
This means that, he lived his life just to honour Christ to the glory of God. In Galatians 2:20, he said,
“Am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Apostle Paul lived in complete surrender to God whether dead or alive. In the same way, to a true believer in Christ Jesus, death is an opportunity to exit the wicked world and transit to a better place. Yes, to a faithful servant of God whether dead or alive, nothing has changed because eternal life is sure. Beloved, are you truly living for God or just for yourself? To live just for yourself is to live for nothing. (Mark 8:36,37). For he who abandons God to pursue the world will eventually discover that he has laboured in vain. So, as you live, live for God and you’ll find yourself in Him when your life expires in the earth. Be wise!
What Should We Do With This Message?
1. No matter what, don’t give up your faith for anything, rather, be strong in faith.
2. Don’t live for yourself, instead, determine to live for God.
3. Never trade God for wealth or fame, because you’ll lose them without God.
4. Determine to live for God whether dead or alive.
Prayer : Everlasting Father, I bless Your name because Christ Jesus died for the salvation of the world. Help me to put my trust in You and serve You as long as I live, amen.
A Word Of Blessing : Today I speak on your life. May your life be pleasing to God as you continue to serve Him, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : To live at the expense of God in this life is to end with the devil in eternity.
Quote : “He who lives for God can’t trade Him for anything; but can give up anything and everything for Him”
Biblical Fact : Did you know Abel was the first human to die on the earth? (Genesis 4:8).
Today In History : May 18, 1812, John Bellingham is found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging for the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval.
Stunning Fact : Did you know some lizards can detach their tails if caught by predators?
Bible Quiz : How much was Joseph sold to the Ishmaelites?
God bless you!