MY YEAR OF CLOSER WALK WITH GOD

Psalm 119: 1 & 2

Pastor Julius Oladiran OgunkolaIn “life’s walk” as in “games plan,” there is a notion of what is fair and what is foul. And, whether in an enterprise or in a sport, we are in competition in which we don’t like to lose. However, we all agree that integrity and honesty should control the atmosphere. Yet, not everyone keeps to the rule of fairness. We can foul on ourselves or on others and when there is violation of either, there is defilement. We honour God when we practice what is fair and true. A person who has integrity has the security of a quiet life unlike the one who perverts the ways. No doubt, most of us have experienced varying degrees of pain and suffering due to evil perpetrated by others. Let us consider Mark 7:14-23. Jesus essentially requests that we do things God’s way; things that honour God. We must not live to confirm Isaiah 29:13 – “People draw near with their lips while their hearts are far from me.” Walking is one thing, talking is another! How often do we foul in what we talk or say! We must be mindful of our utterances. Sometimes, we may not say it but we exercise it because it is already in our hearts. As we advance in age, we sometimes assume that we have freedom to exercise prerogatives and discretions. We are not to use our freedom as an opportunity of the flesh but through love and fear of God serve one another – Galatians 5:13. ....Click here for more

Daily Devotional

For the Week: 26 th April - 2 nd May 2021


26th Apr.

Topic: WE HAVE AN INHERITANCE IN CHRIST

Text: Ephesians 1: 7-14

“In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:” – V. 11.

An inheritance is an accessible property that is passed over from one person to another.We see the processes involved in obtaining an inheritance in Christ Jesus in Ephesians 1 verses 5 and 6. There is first an adoption as children by Jesus Christ, and then, acceptance in the beloved. And this was done according to the good pleasure of His will, not by any works we have done, even as Gentiles. Your inheritance includes peace, joy, grace, power over all forces, God’s promises in Christ Jesus, and eternal life. Children who value their inheritances don’t trample them under feet. Wise children guard their inheritances jealously that it may serve them in times of need. Inheritances are like riches which have wings (Proverbs 23:5). The prodigal son, through riotous living, wasted his inheritance gotten from his father and suffered regrets. The eternal inheritance that we have in Christ far outweighs any earthly inheritance. Those who are without Jesus have nothing precious to fall back upon, even after death! If you are in Christ, guard your inheritance in Him jealously. Remember, a little leaven, leaveneth the whole lump (I Corinthians 5:3).

Emphasis:

You do not have to live a life of failure or disgrace. God through Jesus Christ has granted you access to His wealth untold.

Prayer:

Father, by the light of the Spirit in my heart, I lay hold on all my inheritances in Christ, in Jesus’ name.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

I Chronicles 16-17
27th Apr.

Topic: YOUR FAITH IS GROWING

Text: II Thessalonians 1:1- 5

“We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth.” – V. 3.

Faith is expressed through love. Paul would have known how the Thessalonian believers advanced in faith because he started with them. He could gauge through the eye of the spirit their love for one another. As a result, he offered thanks to God on their behalf. One of the major determinants of a healthy Assembly is their love for one another. The fruit of the Spirit is love. The more we allow the Holy Spirit to dominate our gatherings, the more love is expressed and greater faith produced. Therefore, the simple formula to producing signs and wonders in our Assemblies is to walk in love. God honours love. It is the fulfilment of the whole law. The faith produced by love will stand them in good stead when persecutions arise later. By the help of the Holy Spirit, let us eliminate gossips, murmurings, bickering, fighting and slander from our Assemblies, so that the power and glory of God may be made manifest. When we experience spiritual growth, in our life, either as individuals, or in our Assembly, let us offer thanks to God because He alone gives increase.

Emphasis:

Faith grows in the proportion that love grows in a man’s heart.

Prayer:

Father, cause my heart, and those of people around me, to be filled with Your love, in Jesus’ Name.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

I Chronicles 18-20
28th Apr.

Topic: CHRIST GLORIFIED BY HIS SAINTS

Text: II Thessalonians 1:6-12

“When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.” – V. 10.

Judgment awaits those who despise the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. In this present time, the despisers seem to be having all the enjoyments and fun the world has to offer. But Paul made it clear that they will get a recompense for all they have done. Therefore, you should not envy the world in their supposed enjoyment. Keep your focus on the One who is able to save your soul. The enemies of God also take their actions a little further by persecuting the children of God. Paul said they will be rewarded with trouble for all the trouble they might have caused you. It is expedient to stay strong and resolute in times of trials, knowing that God is faithful to deliver you. Christ will be glorified in the church when He returns. May He meet a church purified and blameless at his appearing. Do not be left out of that joyous and everlasting moment due to temporary pain or pleasure. The saints of God will become a spectacle to the whole world at the Lord’s return. Many will want to be a part of it but will be denied because they rejected the gospel. Ensure that you and your family, and friends make it to heaven, as no moment on earth can be compared to it.

Emphasis:

Be one of the “rapturables” as the saints of God will become a spectacle when the Lord returns.

Prayer:

Lord God, grant your children the grace to endure persecutions and trials, even while waiting for the return of Your Son, in Jesus’ name.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

I Chronicles 21- 23
29th Apr.

Topic: CALLED TO OBTAIN GLORY

Text: II Thessalonians 2:13-17

Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – V. 14.

God has made provision for everyone on earth to be saved when He paid the price for the sins of mankind. This was effected through the blood of His Son that was shed on the cross of Calvary. You got the call to believe in that sacrifice of Jesus when you heard the gospel preached to you. By accepting that call, you have obtained the glory of Jesus Christ. The call to salvation is a call to obtain glory. Romans 8:30 declares that you have been predestinated, and chosen beforehand. This forms the basis of His call to salvation being extended to you. Accepting that call makes you justified. Justification means that you have been acquitted of your past crimes against God. Now, you have access to the glory of God. That glory changes you from within. The world sees a different person. A person dominated by the fruit and gifts of the Spirit. The glory attracts others to God. It eradicates every form of reproach from your life. Your duty is to radiate the glory to a sinful world. Therefore, how are you inviting them to partake of that glory before it is too late?

Emphasis:

The call of the gospel is a call to glory. Embrace it and shine for God.

Prayer:

Father, King of Glory, let your glory overshadow my life daily, in Jesus’ name.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

I Chronicles 24-26
30thApr.

Topic: THE LORD WILL STRENGTHEN YOU

Text: II Thessalonians 3:1-5

“… the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.” – V. 3.

Most of the time strength is required to execute an assignment. But in today’s passage, another use of strength is revealed. Strength is needed to wait. Waiting is a patient effort that can be tiring. Paul asked for prayer concerning two things: First is that the word of the Lord have a free course in their midst. For that to happen, faith must be stirred up. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. To understand the word of God, prayer is essential in order for the eye of your understanding to be enlightened. Secondly, he requested for prayer for him to be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men. There are those who have made opposition to the gospel their work. This set of people can be so violent that only God can deliver a servant of God from them. They are everywhere in the world. This calls for prayer for men who have hazarded their lives so that others can come to the knowledge of Christ. We must pray for their protection and welfare. The armies of hell have made the destruction of servants of God their main aim. But the church of God must be on the front foot to quench their threats and evil works.

Emphasis:

Continually wait in prayer for servants of God who are exposed to the hazards of preaching the Gospel.

Prayer:

Father, deliver Your servants all over the world from evil and destructive people raising strict opposition to the course of the gospel, in Jesus’ name.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

I Chronicles 27-29
1st May

Topic: IMITATE US

Text: II Thessalonians 3:6-10.

“For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;” – V. 7.

It is said that, “an example is worth a thousand words.” People remember examples more than mere words. Paul showed the Thessalonians how to live as believers. He raised disciples who he expected to follow his way of life – in living responsibly and labouring diligently so as not to be a burden to his converts. Though as their leader, he has the right to ask for their support, but he chose to support himself. There might be many reasons for this action, but the only reason he gave was that he wanted to be an example to them. Examples stay long in memory, even after the exemplar has long disappeared from the scene. In today’s society, more godly examples are needed. Youths need examples in career, governance, marriage, sports, and so on. Also, young converts need examples of believers who have stayed the course of faith for a while. Having a good example to follow saves from confusion and deceit. Please do not forget that Jesus is the greatest example anyone can follow.

Emphasis:

Stay focused and live right as there are people in your sphere of influence who are watching you.

Prayer:

Lord, grant me the grace to be an example to the believers in word, faith, purity, character and deed in Jesus’ name.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

II Chronicles 1-3
2nd May

Topic: DO NOT BE IDLE

Text: II Thessalonians 3: 11-18

“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” – V.10.

Throughout His ministry on earth, Jesus was never idle. He forgave sins, healed many that were afflicted, fed the multitude and taught His followers. Although Paul was an Apostle with busy schedule, he used his tent-making business to support his ministry. If you are the type that is diligent at work, you would abhor lazy people around you. This reflected in Paul’s attitude in today’s passage (v.11). Those who were walking irresponsibly were taking advantage of the generousity of the church and receiving support from brethren who made a living by ordinary occupations. Sad still, we still find such brethren around us today. Paul frowned at them, saying that they must be disciplined by withdrawing support and fellowship from them (vs. 6, 14). Similar reactions should be adopted in our Christian communities. Today, Christians should be at the forefront of good work culture in the society. And all of these start from the family. Parents should train their children on the importance of work. Pastors should teach their congregation the essence of proper work. Be ready to start from somewhere, that you too may be a blessing unto others around you.

Emphasis:

: A Christian must be gainfully engaged and productive that he may represent Christ well and be a blessing to others.

Prayer:

: Help me, Lord, to live responsibly by being diligent at work and productive that I may add value to the lives of people around me.

Daily Bible Reading Plan:

II Chronicles 4-6