Friday, September 24, 2021

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : But as for you, if you warn the wicked and he does not turn from his wicked deed and from his wicked lifestyle, he will die for his iniquity but you will have saved your own life. Ezekiel 3:19 (NET)

Thought of The Day : Go where God sent you to go; and say what He wants you to say.

LISTEN : Following God’s instructions is a proof of love, loyalty and obedience to Him (John 14:15). When God gives instruction He demands obedience. If He sent you to anyone He must have a message He wants you to deliver. Therefore, you should go where He asked you to go; and say what He wants you to say. You shouldn’t bother yourself when the message is rejected. You’ve done your part. Always do your own part and leave results to God. There are certain things we must continue to do without bothering ourselves about what will be the outcome. One of those things is to preach the gospel of Christ to the unsaved. Only God can truly determine their outcome. If we worry just about outcome, we are likely to decline our participation in what God has called us to do. No doubt, success is the goal of every genuine endeavour. But when we are bothered just about success without considering the role of failure in achieving success, we will surrender to failure when we eventually fail. When effort to save someone fails, it is not time to quit trying, but a time to keep trying until you succeed. Failure motivates the wise to try and try again. Those who succeed are those who once failed, discovered why they failed, and improved on their performances. Failure is part of life ; hence, not to expect failure is not to expect success. Therefore, to succeed as messengers of the gospel of Christ, we should focus on our responsibility (preaching of the gospel), and leave the result (conversion of souls) to God. The command is,

“… go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…”

Matthew 28:19,20

That is our responsibility, but the result comes from God. The Bible says,
“… And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”

Acts 2:47

Beloved, let us evangelise the unsaved and allow them to choose where they want to spend eternity. If they reject Christ Jesus after you’ve proclaimed the gospel to them they’re to be blamed. Henceforth, take your part in spreading the gospel and allow God to bring the results. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Don’t allow failure to achieve a result stop you from trying again.
2. Focus on what God has called you to do, and leave results to Him.
3. Don’t be discouraged by failure, instead, be motivated by it.
4. Preach the gospel of the kingdom of God to all, and allow God to transform their hearts.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to focus on what you have called me to do no matter what, in Jesus’ name, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : May you not abandon your God-given assignments. May you be focused and committed to your God-given course, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : We may preach to save but achieve nothing except God touches people’s heart.

Quote : “He who claims to carry a good news ought to express it by spreading it; for he who hoards a good news ends up hurting people”

Biblical Fact : Did you know Abram, Nahor and Haran were the sons of Terah? (Genesis 11:27).

Stunning Fact : Did you know your normal body temperature is 37C (99F)?

Bible Quiz : Why did Israel lose the battle to Ai?

God bless you!

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