Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. Hebrews 13:14

Thought of The Day : You have gained nothing on earth if you haven’t made provision for a home in heaven.

LISTEN : Life on earth is temporary and so are all earthly achievements. As a matter of fact, we cannot carry any material possessions beyond the earth. No doubt, you may have a beautiful house, but the home in heaven has no compare. Couple of months ago, I told a story about a man who moved around his compound in company of his friend one cool evening gazing and admiring his edifice. He exclaimed, “This is good! Life ends here.” His friend echoed, “Great achievement friend! But our real home is with God, We don’t have a home in the earth.” He asked him, “Why did you say so?” He replied, “Because you live as though you will be in this world forever.” My dear, do you know this world is not our home? And that we’re just pilgrims on the earth? The Bible says,

Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.

Job 14:1

This world is not our home. The world is imperfect, fleeting, and vanishing; and certainly we must die out of it (Hebrews 9:27). So, learn to use this world with wisdom. Don’t live as though you have come to stay here forever. Hold the things of this life loosely, and hold firmly onto God. God is the source and real meaning of life (Acts 17:28). Hence, to live apart from Him is to be empty of purpose. Yes, life has no meaning apart from God. The fear of God is what defines life. Therefore, it’s the height of foolishness to live as though God doesn’t matter to you. He who thinks that God doesn’t matter will himself eventually not matter in eternity. So, always remember that this world is not your home. Our verse of the day says,

“For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.”

Hebrews 13:14

This means that, whatever you have in this life, you have it just temporarily. And when you’re gone out of this world, you will have nothing if you don’t have Jesus Christ in your life today. Beloved, open your eyes. Stop living just for this life and begin to live for God. Remember, our real home is far beyond the earth! Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Live and always remember that, this world is not our home.
2. Watch your actions and never forget that, you’ll give account of yourself to God.
3. Be committed to God and remember that your labour in Him is not in vain.
4. Don’t be deceived by the so-called pleasure of the world. Instead, determine to live for God.

Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank You for a brand new day. I acknowledge that this world is not my home. Therefore, I will live for you always, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : May you not miss God’s purpose for your life. Henceforth, receive grace to overcome temptation, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : Never live as though you own the world; instead, hold the things of this life loosely and hold firmly onto God.

Quote : “He who lives as though God doesn’t matter to him will himself eventually not matter to God in eternity.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know greedy Gehazi was Elisha’s servant? (2Kings 5:20-27).

Stunning Fact : Did you know the most common mental illnesses are anxiety and depression?

Bible Quiz : Where did Jesus Christ turn water into wine?

God bless you!