Thursday, May 20, 2021

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. Proverbs 29:1

Thought of The Day : He who God warns He wants to save. The choice to live or die lies with us.

LISTEN: Hope, you’ve heard or seen people ruined their lives with their own hands. This is because they lack obedience and the fear of God. Beloved, God is gracious. Therefore, we shouldn’t take His grace for granted. God should be worshipped, honoured, respected, served and obeyed as the only living and true God (Isaiah 43:11;1 Timothy 1:17). My dear, you shouldn’t harden your heart to His word, rather open your heart to Him. Never forget that he who hardens his heart to God has chosen the path of destruction. Disobedience to God is a choice to eternal destruction. When your heart is hardened to God, destruction will be inevitable. Our theme verse says,

“He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.”

Proverbs 29:1

Friend, God is pleading with you today to open your heart to Him and escape His wrath. So, do not take His leniency for granted. Just acknowledge that He never wants you to perish, but to be saved. Hence, the choice to live or die lies with you. God has shown us in His words how to live. Therefore, if you live outside His will, it’s just because you choose to do so to your own hurt. The Bible says,

“Will the LORD accept a thousand rams, or ten thousand streams of olive oil?
Should I give him my firstborn child as payment for my rebellion,
my offspring – my own flesh and blood – for my sin? He has told you,
O man, what is good, and what the LORD really wants from you:
He wants you to promote justice, to be faithful, and to live obediently before your God.”

Micah 6:7-8

Did you hear that? Henceforth, don’t harden your heart to God; rather be opened to His words (instructions, warnings, encouragement, etc.). Surely, if you obey and honour God, you’ll experience the blessing He reserves for those who love and honour Him. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Repent of your sins, and turn to God for mercy and restoration.
2. Obey and honour God with your time, talents and treasures.
3. Determine to promote justice, and uphold honesty and faithfulness.
4. Never grieve, or provoke God to anger by hardening your heart to Him.

Prayer: Everlasting Father, I thank You because You’re God. Therefore, I repent of my sins and turn to You for mercy and restoration, in Jesus’ name, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : Today, I speak on your life, may God deliver you from the grip of Satan. May your eyes be opened to His will, in Jesus’ name, amen!

Reflection: In the eyes of God, no amount of sacrifice can take the place of justice in the land, faithfulness and obedience to God.

Quote: “When your heart is opened to God His hands will be opened to bless you.”

Biblical Fact: Did you know Enoch and Elijah did not see death? (Genesis 5:23-24; 2Kings 2:11)

Today In History: May 20, 1983, In South Africa, a car bomb planted by anti-Apartheid activists kills 19.

Stunning Fact: Did you know the area of cells in the brain that detect different smells is around 40 times larger in dogs than humans?

Bible Quiz : Why did the disciples of Jesus Christ flee Jerusalem in the days of Saul of Tarsus?

God bless you!

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