Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went. Genesis 35:3

Thought of The Day : Those who make promises in time of distress should make good their promises no matter what.

LISTEN : God who created us is equally our keeper. He protects us in time of trouble and delivers us from our distresses. Sadly, we forgot His kindness too soon. Couple of months ago, I told a story about a poor man who met a very wealthy man who transformed his life just within a period of one year. Before his sudden transformation from penury to prosperity, he made a lot of promises to the wealthy man who made him rich. He began to swim in affluence and influence. But not too long, he forgot all the promises and turned his back on his benefactor. One day, his benefactor (the wealthy man) met him and asked him, “My dear, you have forgotten how I protected you, provided for you and made you who you are today; is this how you’re going to pay me back?” Beloved, this is how most of us treat God. We take his kindness and protection for granted and treat him with disdain. The Bible says,

But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for his heart was lifted up…”
2 Chronicles 32:25

My dear, we should acknowledge God’s favours in our lives. We should remember how He healed our sicknesses and diseases; how He protected and provided for us; how He delivered us from troubles, etc. We should go back to him in worship. That was exactly what Jacob did. (Genesis 35:2-5). When he was running away from his brother Esau. God protected him all the way and led him by His presence. In one occasion God appeared to him and assured him of guaranteed security. (Genesis 28:13-16). And when all the battles were over, God spoke to him and asked him to go to Bethel and live there and build an altar to Him. Jacob obeyed God and dedicated his family and they journey to Bethel to worship Him. Beloved, never forget what the Lord has done for you. Instead, dedicate yourself and yours to Him. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?

1. Always remember the faithfulness of God towards you.
2. Don’t allow your success to blind your eyes to the goodness of God.
3. Regularly evaluate your life and return all glory to God.
4. As you increase in success, also increase in godliness and understanding.

Prayer : LORD God, You’re the only true God. Therefore, I will worship You for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

A Word Of Blessing: Today I speak on your life. Receive heart of wisdom and understanding to know and live in God’s will ln Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : It’s not too much for God to demand worship and dedication from his creation.

Quote : “He who treats divine protection and kindness with disdain, shall end up as a victim of divine judgement.”

Biblical Fact: Did you know Naomi’s husband Elimelech died in the land of Moab? (Ruth1:1-3) .

Stunning Fact : Did you know honey enters your blood stream within 20 minutes of being eaten?

Bible Quiz : Joshua was from what tribe of Israel?

God bless you!

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