Wisdom For The Day Devotional 15 December 2022 By Bishop Mike Okonkwo – Follow After
TOPIC: Follow After (TREM Devotional 15 December 2022)
“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.” Philippians3:12(KJV)
Not until Paul had an encounter with Jesus, he was always priding himself in his personal achievement, and they were very impressive. Then suddenly on the road to Damascus as we were told in the bible that he encountered Jesus and his priority changed! You can’t truly encounter Jesus and then your priorities will not change, there is no way.
Paul himself had this to say in his letter to the church at Philippi, Phil 3:3 we should rejoice in Christ Jesus, we are the circumcision that worships God in the spirit and have no confidence in the flesh. He said if anyone has any reason to be celebrating his achievement, connection, and what he had been able to do through personal performances he said he will be the one. Circumcised in the eighth day, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Pharisee of Pharisees, a Hebrew of the Hebrews. He said I sat under the Jewish teachers, when it comes to the law, I was a Pharisee, when it comes to righteousness of the law, I was blameless. He said when it comes to zeal, I persecuted the church.
When on that day on my way to Damascus I encountered Jesus, from then on everything changed in my life. All the things that I thought were gain to me; I now count them dung or garbage that I may win Christ. I now count them as loss for the Excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ. He was saying my priority changed. This man had been to the third heaven and had seen revelations upon revelation which he put down in the Bible. He said my priority changed after I encountered Jesus. He emphasizes his intimacy with God saying that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death. He summed it up in our Bible text. The keyword there is “I follow after that I may apprehend”. This is the follow after season so that we can fully appropriate the essence of our salvation.
Morning – Amos 1-3
Evening – Revelation 6
DAILY CONFESSIONS: December 11th – December 17th
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He is my keeper, the shade upon my right hand. The sun will not smite me by day; neither will the moon by night. The Lord will keep me from all evil, He will keep my life. The Lord will keep my going out and my coming in from this time forth and forever. The Lord girds me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like hinds feet and sets me upon high places. He teaches my hands to war so that a bow of steel is broken by my arms. (Psalm 18:32-34, Ps. 23:1, Ps 121:5-8)
The Lord will cause my eyes to see the hidden riches in secret places; I will be sought after. This is my season of recovery; everything the locust, the cankerworm, the palmer worm has eaten shall all be restored unto me. I will pursue, overtake and recover all (Is. 45:3, Joel 2:25; 1 Sam 30:8)
Every day and in every way I am getting better: spiritually, physically, financially, mentally, morally, and in all my endeavours.
I am called for a purpose. I will fulfill this purpose and I will arrive at God’s ordained destiny for my life. Nothing will cut me short. I will make a formidable impact in my world for the Kingdom.
IT IS MY WEEK OF ACCELERATION!
Wisdom For The Day Devotional was Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.