Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hastes with his feet sins. Proverbs 19:2

THOUGHT OF THE DAY : Life is a nightmare and a shadow without knowledge, understanding and wisdom.

LISTEN : It is unwise, insensitive and catastrophic to live without knowledge and understanding. Besides, it is suicidal and absurd to celebrate ignorance and foolishness. My dear, knowledge is the cure for ignorance. So, seek information that is necessary to real life. In fact, life has no meaning without knowledge, wisdom and understanding. The Bible says, “Wisdom is of utmost importance, therefore get wisdom, and with all your effort work to acquire understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7 ISV). Understanding is the ability to know how something works or happens; it is to be sympathetically aware of other people’s feelings; to be tolerant and forgiving: it means to have insight or good judgement. Understanding makes life easy. Lack of understanding is a major problem facing humanity. People with lack of understanding do not see things from the right perspective. They easily have issues with relationship and marriage. Understanding is key to a stable marriage and relationship. The Bible says, “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established.” (Proverbs 24:3). Beloved, understanding is as important as life itself. Many things will fail around you for lack of understanding. But with understanding, you can stick with what you know to be true even when people misunderstood you. Truly, understanding grows when you stop seeking to be understood. In life, a lot of people will misunderstand you because they do not know what you know, or travelling the same road with you. My dear, make efforts to get understanding. With understanding you can conquer challenges, sustain relationships, walk in faith and the fear of God, understand the purpose of life and faithfully serve God and humanity despite hardship and challenges. So, determine to grow in knowledge and understanding. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. No matter what, determine to grow in understanding and wisdom.
2. Always remember that people will misunderstand you sometimes, but just be yourself.
3. Grow in understanding if you must sustain your relationship with God and humanity.
4. Do not be inconsiderate, instead, have respect for the feelings of others.

Prayer : Dear LORD! You give wisdom and understanding. Therefore, I ask for wisdom and understanding today, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : Lack of understanding leaves you at the mercy of circumstances.

Quote : “Grow in knowledge, wisdom and understanding and you will grow in grace. Increase in lack of them and you will increase in emptiness.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that understanding is a vital key to success. Therefore, I will seek understanding as long as I live, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know when Jesus Christ was raised from the dead Thomas one of his disciples did not believe the story? (John 20:24-25).

Today In History : June 9, 1790 Civil war breaks out in Martinique.

Stunning Fact : Did you know a group of Tortoises is called a creep?

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May God endow you with wisdom and understanding as long as you live, in Jesus’ name, amen.



Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Bible Verse : You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

LISTEN : God is not missing, but He can be missing from your life if you fail to search for Him with all your heart. You can find God if you search for Him with all your heart. He wants us to seek and serve Him with all our strength and all we have. The truth is, sin disconnects us from God and we need to be reconnected to Him. My dear, you cannot find God until you search for Him with all your heart. God is closer to us than we think, but cannot be seen or found until we are ready to search for Him with passion. A lot of us regularly feel the absence of God around us because we are not conscious of Him. We have not yet searched for Him with the whole of our hearts, therefore, cannot encounter Him. God searches every heart and He knows those who are serious with Him. God is a great God. Therefore, if you must discover Him, you must search for Him with the whole of your heart. Anything short of that, you will remain a stranger to Him and His power. My dear, do not give up efforts to know God, instead, continue to search for Him until you find Him right at the centre of your life. Be wise!

Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank you for your love for me. Help me to seek and serve you with all my heart, in Jesus’ name, amen.