BE WATCHFUL ALWAYS

Monday, July 5, 2021

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : … and whoso breaks an hedge, a serpent shall bite him. Ecclesiastics 10:8

Thought of The Day : To be truly protected, you must be determined to stay in God, the true hiding place.

LISTEN : Beloved, watch your steps! Satan is within waiting to strike without notice. My dear, be watchful, for the devil is spying on you. He’s like a roaring lion looking for who to devour. The Bible says,

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.”

1Peter 5:8

However, no matter how hungry or angry a lion might be, it can never devour a sheep that is kept in a stronghold. It can only move round and round trying to grab the sheep but can never touch it. Couple of months ago, I told a story about my experience on a particular day, as I watched a fowl struggling with a standing transparent bottle full of groundnuts. The fowl moved round and round pecking the bottle repeatedly in desperation and frustration, but couldn’t access it. Rather than eat the groundnuts, the groundnuts became the fowl’s frustration. And I asked myself, “What if these grains of groundnut were spread on the ground? Would the fowl not have eaten them up?” Certainly yes! With that experience I learned the importance of divine protection. Beloved, this is how you’re protected when you hide yourself in God. (John 10:28-30; Psalms 125:2). Anything hidden in God is hidden out of the reach of the enemy; for who God protects the devil can’t devour. The devil can’t succeed with you except you break the hedge (God’s protection on your life). A hedge is something that provides protection or defence. My dear, when you decide to walk in disobedience to God you have chosen to expose yourself to the devil. The Bible says,

“… and whoso breaks an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.”

Ecclesiastics 10:8

So, walk in the fear of God and you’ll abide under His shadow; walk in disobedience to Him and you’ll be bitten by the serpent – Satan the evil one. Beloved, watch your steps because the devil is within waiting to strike. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Never open up yourself to the devil through disobedience, instead obey God no matter what.
2. Abide in Christ Jesus and continue to serve the purpose of His kingdom on the earth.
3. Never be in enmity with God, rather work hard to build a warm relationship with Him.
4. Confess your sin to God and receive His forgiveness and determine to walk in newness of life.

Prayer: Everlasting Father, You’re my protector. Help me to remain in Your love now and forever, in Jesus’ name, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : Today I speak on your life, may God protect you from evil and hide you under His wings, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : Anything hidden in God is hidden out of the reach of the enemy.

Quote : “Be watchful or be wasted! He who chooses to walk carelessly will end carelessly and without honour.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know Jared lived a total of 962 years old and was next to Methuselah who lived 969 years old? (Genesis 5:20-27)

Stunning Fact : Did you know a banana contains 75% water?

Bible Quiz : What chapter of the Bible is the shortest?

God bless you!