Do You Desire Favour?

MY DAILY COVENANT WITH GOD DEVOTIONAL

Devotion for Monday June 12, 2017

Topic: Do You Desire Favour?

Text: Proverbs 11:27

Many people don’t know how to court God’s favour. Living Bible translated this verse thus: “If you search for good you find God’s favour; if you search for evil, you find His curse.” Searching for good is one of the ways to court God’s favour. Doing good to people especially the down trodden and less privileged ones are ways to procure God’s favour. Matthew Henry Commentary puts it thus: “Those that are industrious to do good in the world get themselves beloved both with God and man: He that rises early to that which is good, that seeks opportunities of serving his friends and relieving the poor, and lays out himself therein, procures favour.”

This is challenging for us in this era of greed and selfishness; where people are so concerned about self than for anything else. People who do good to others always have God’s loving kindness surrounding them. The opposite of these is for men that seek evil. They are preparing ruin for themselves, who specialize in doing evil. It shall come upon them; when they will be paid in their own coin (see Esther 7:9 and 10).

Do you earnestly seek to do evil or good? They are many who do evil indirectly like Balak who called Balaam to assist him. Cain did his own openly by killing Abel and judgment came upon him. Evil hunts even after many years (Gen. 50:15). It pays to be kind and to be good to others.

Food for Thought: Little deeds of kindness, little words of love, help to make earth happy like the heaven above – Carney

Memory verse: Psalm 7:16

Prayer: God, remove evil from my heart and life. Grant me the spirit of kindness and grace to be kind to people in Jesus name, Amen.

The Implications Of Our Baptism

MY DAILY COVENANT WITH GOD DEVOTIONAL

Devotion for Wednesday April 19, 2017

Topic: The Implications Of Our Baptism

Text: Romans 6:1 – 7

Misconception and misunderstanding of our basics of faith can affect our relationship with God badly and make the foundation of our faith shaky. Paul realized that his teaching in the previous chapter about God’s kindness to sinners could be interpreted to suggest that people ought to keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more kindness and forgiveness. Hence the question Paul asked in Romans 6:1. He also answered by emphatically saying, “Certainly not!” Paul’s idea here is that the gospel of grace was not aimed at finding an excuse for sin, but to give freedom from sin. He clarified this with the following illustration that the believer has died to sin.

Using the burial of Christ as a reference point, Paul stated that our baptism implies we have died with Christ. Our baptism connotes death to sin and exchange of our sinful life for Christ’s resurrection life. Paul speaks of this death to sin as a fact and concludes, therefore, that believers cannot continue to live in it. This is what is expected of us in our baptism.

From this teaching of Paul, the usefulness of our baptism does not lie on the place or means by which we were baptised as some lay credence to immersion. What matters is the repentance from sin and resurrection to a new life in Christ Jesus. This was the point Peter raised in 1 Pet. 3:21. It is not just enough to be baptised, we should strive to live out the life required of us who have been baptised. It should be lives that are dead to sin and alive unto righteousness. Do you manifest a life that is dead to sin and alive unto righteousness?

Food for Thought: Are you living the life required of someone who has been baptised?

Memory verse: Colossians 2:12

Prayer: Lord God, cause me to die to sin and live unto righteousness as required of me in Jesus name. Amen.

Why Take Note Of Me?

This devotion teaches us that we should not give bad impression to visitors we meet because we don’t know what the future holds.

MY DAILY COVENANT WITH GOD DEVOTIONAL

Devotion for Friday January 20, 2017

Topic: Why Take Note Of Me?

Text: Ruth 2:10           

Ruth clearly overwhelmed by the gesture of kindness she had received from Boaz who do not know her before now, prostrated before Boaz and asks why he is being so kind to her, a foreigner (Ruth2:10). In the real sense, Ruth never expected such kindness, not too early because that was their first meeting and again she is a foreigner who ordinarily could have been rebuffed but it was not so.

Falling on her face was expression of reverence and gratitude common in Israel. Ruth’s life exhibited admirable qualities: She was hardworking, loving, kind, faithful, and brave. These qualities gained for her a good reputation, but only because she displayed them consistently in all areas of her life. Wherever Ruth went or whatever she did, her character remained the same. Your reputation is formed by the people who watch over you at work, in town, at home, in church. A good reputation comes by consistently living out the qualities you believe in, no matter what group of people or surroundings you are in.

Again, we should not give bad impression to visitors we meet because we don’t know what the future holds. If Boaz and Ruth didn’t treat themselves well, the events that unfolded wouldn’t have gone smoothly. Come to think of it, if Ruth had proved stubborn or Boaz maltreated her, what would have happened when Naomi suggested to Ruth what to do to gain inheritance in Israel? Treat everyone you meet well because you don’t know what tomorrow holds for you.

Food for Thought: Proverbs 3:3, 4

Memory verse: Ruth 2 verse 10

Prayer: Heavenly Father; may your favour and that of men follow me wherever I go in Jesus name.

IT PAYS TO BE CHARITABLE (2): Devotion for Tuesday September 27, 2016

This devotion teaches us that charitable deeds has their rewards. David on his deathbed, remembered what Barzillai did for him and ask his son, Solomon to reward them. Our acts of charity are never forgotten. If it is not rewarded by the recipient, his posterity will certainly remember and reciprocate the acts of charity their parents received.

IT PAYS TO BE CHARITABLE (2): Devotion for Tuesday September 27, 2016

Text: 2 Samuel 19:31 – 39      Memory verse: 1 King 2:7

After David had installed Solomon as the King to take over from him, the words in 1 Kings 2:7 were part of his admonition to him. In that passage, he admonished or charged Solomon to show kindness to the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be among those who will eat at your table. He went further to give reason for this advice. He noted that they came to him when h fled from Absalom his brother during his mutiny.

Barzillai was friendly and hospitable to David while he was fleeing from Absalom who wanted to kill him so as to ascend the throne easily and quickly. He and some others mentioned in 2 Sam 17:27–29, brought beds and basins, earthen vessels and wheat, barley and flour, parched grain and beans, lentils and parched seeds, honey and curds, sheep and cheese of the herd, for David and the people who were with him to eat. The bible stated that they gave reasons for bring those items when they said, “The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness.” This act saved the life of David and the men with him who were desperately in need of food. This act of charity and love from Barzillai remained indelible in the heart of David that he remembered it at his deathbed.

Here, David asked Solomon to continue to provide them with what could be termed, a royal pension because of Barzillai’s act of charity and friendship. This shows that there is no act of hospitality and charity that has no reward. Yesterday we saw Dorcas, today we are reading about Barzillai. Will you be the one we will hear his/her story tomorrow? How much help do you render people in need? There were people who stood against David like Shemei, etc. Do act like them. It pays to be good, charitable and hospitable, and they all have their rewards now and in eternity. As you go out today, ensure you will extend charitable acts to someone.

Food for Thought: Being good and doing acts of charity pays to doer more than the receiver.

Prayer: Almighty God and our Father in heaven, grant me the passion to be good to people especially those in need through charitable deeds in Jesus name. Amen.

20 LIFE LESSONS THAT HELPED SHAPED MY LIFE

Here are some of the life lessons that have helped shaped my life. I have seen so many things in life and have passed through so many challenges. Below are some of the lessons I have learnt from life. It can be useful to somebody.

20 LIFE LESSONS THAT HELPED SHAPED MY LIFE

:Life, Lessons, Leader, Love, Challenges, Kindness, Virtue, Relationship, Friends, Tabugbo Uzoma,

Here are some of the life lessons that have helped shaped my life. I have seen so many things in life and have passed through so many challenges. Below are some of the lessons I have learnt from life. It can be useful to somebody.

  1. A good or bad life is matter of choice. What you choose will definitely be what you will become.
  2. Whatever is your responsibility in an establishment or organisation, make sure you teach someone how to do it.
  3. Challenges of life are not meant to pull us down. If faced squarely, it will help to discover the best potentials of our lives. Therefore, embrace challenges to discover the potentials in you. No man has ever used half of his potentials in his life time.
  4. Nothing last forever. Therefore, do not die for anything or think that the position you occupy now is permanent.
  5. Always allow God to avenge or fight your battle. Doing it on your own may lead to overstepping your bounds and may incur the wrath of God as well.
  6. Life is too short. Therefore maximize every opportunity that comes your way to the fullest.
  7. Never regret what you could not do in life for that is in the past. Use your present to right the wrong of the past.
  8. Always be courageous enough to say ‘sorry’ or ‘you have hurt me’ instead of holding resentment.
  9. Always be yourself every moment of your life whether alone or in the public.
  10. Make good friends always and love people but take time to trust them. Allow them to prove their love or friendship to you as you prove your sincerity and commitment to them also.
  11. You can never become what you dream of in life when you consider what people say or will say about you in the process.
  12. Never forget that you are human. You can change, make mistake or disappoint others. Therefore do not try to exonerate yourself when people tell you how you treated them which they don’t like
  13. In life we need someone to hold the ladder for us to climb to any level we aspire. No man is an island indeed. The person may be your mentor, parents, benefactor, etc.
  14. To be a good leader, you must be a good listener
  15. Kindness and charity are the best virtue we can use to appreciate the mercies of God.
  16. Being a leader in any establishment or organisation doesn’t bestow on you the whole knowledge to make things work there. As a leader, you can learn from or get good suggestions from your subordinates.
  17. The group of people that come to you when you assume any position are the likely ones who will pull you down.
  18. You can only become a legend and hero of many people when you ignore your weakness and emphasises your strength.
  19. Don’t beg for respect. It can only be earned. Work towards it to earn it.
  20. You are the only one that can make things work for yourself. This is so because if no one appreciates your talent, use it well so they won’t ignore you for any reasons.

I sincerely wish to thank and appreciate my friends and fans. Through my relationship with them I have learnt some of these lessons. They have helped me a lot to shaping me into a respectable character that people can trust me. Keep encourage me. God bless you all.

Lots of love

From Tabugbo Morgan Uzoma