Sunday, June 20, 2021
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Now may the Lord direct your hearts toward the love of God and the endurance of Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:5
Thought of The Day : If your heart is not directed to the love of God and the sufferings of Christ, you have misused your purpose of living.
LISTEN : We love God because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). As a matter of fact, our love is a response to the love of God and the death of Christ Jesus for our redemption. Life is not complete without love for God our Creator. Love for God makes life so sweet. The primary assignment of man is to love God. The Bible says,
“Jesus said unto him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’”
Beloved, love for God is man’s primary assignment. Hence, every other thing we must do should be buried in love. Life is not complete without love for God our Creator. Love for God makes life so sweet and meaningful. Sadly, For lack of spiritual understanding, lots of people misdirect their love and interests. They love things of this life but hates God. They love the world but gives God a second place or no place at all in their lives. Our inordinate love for our businesses, material things, jobs, families, marriages, fame, popularity, pleasure, etc., have relegated and despised the love of God. Beloved, the first person our love should go to is God and His interests (Matthew 6:33). Our genuine love for God is the true expression of our gratitude to Him. Friend, your love for God is expressed through your obedience, faith, humility, faithfulness, honour and fear for Him. It must take all you are. The Bible says,
“Jesus said unto him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your mind.This is the first and great
commandment. And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”
God should be first, and every other person or thing comes second. So, allow Him to take the first place in your life. Let Him occupy your heart. What occupies your heart takes your attention; and what takes your attention takes your heart and time. Until the thought of God fills your heart, it will be hard to love Him; and until you surrender yourself to Him, your heart cannot be directed towards Him; and if your heart is not directed to His love and the sufferings of Christ, you have misused your purpose of living. Henceforth, learn to direct your heart to God and rely on His grace (Galatians 2:20). Be wise!
What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Love God and give Him the first place in your life.
2. Don’t be distracted by the pleasures of life, instead, be wise how you live.
3. Pray to God always and rely on His grace to accomplish His purpose for your life.
4. Resist every inordinate desire of your flesh and determine to please God instead.
Prayer : Everlasting Father, You are my God and creator. Therefore, help me to love You dearly, and to give You the first place in my life, in Jesus’ name, amen!
A Word Of Blessing : Today I speak on your life; receive divine guidance to seek and love God with all your heart. In Jesus’ name, amen!
Reflection : To neglect to love and fear God is to neglect the purpose of your existence.
Quote : “He who loves God must express it through his readiness to suffer anything for the sake of Christ Jesus.”
Biblical Fact : Did you know Seth was the third son Adam and Eve? (Genesis 4:25).
Today In History : June 20, 1990, South African black nationalist Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie, arrived in New York City for a ticker-tape parade in their honor as they began an eight-city U.S. tour.
Stunning Fact : Did you know Brazil accounts for 1/3 of the world’s coffee production?
Bible Quiz : Who was the last judge of ancient Israel?
God bless you!