DATE: Thursday, February 1, 2018


READ: Luke 15:11-19

11:And he said, A certain man had two sons:

12:And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

13:And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

14:And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

15:And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

16:And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

17:And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

18:I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

19:And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

MEMORISE: But when he came to himself, he said, "How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!" (Luke 15:17)

Circumstance is the condition of a person's life. It involves situations and events that affect and influence one's control. No matter how hard your circumstances are, you can still change them by changing yourself and taking new steps. Someone said, "The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, they make them."

To change your circumstances, you need to change your routines. Your reality is a result of the things you do on daily basis. If you want to change your reality, you have to change the things you do every single day that do not add value to your life. The prodigal son in the Bible is our example in this case. 

You can also change your circumstances, if you change your way of thinking. When the prodigal son came to 'himself' (Lk. 15:17), things began to change for the better in his life. To come to 'himself' means coming back to his senses. He began to think normally, and his circumstances began to assume the normal. The way you think determines the reality of your life (Matt. 12:33-35; Luke 7:43-45).

Moreover, to change your circumstance, you cannot help but take the right steps at the right time and to the right quarters. The moment the prodigal son came to his senses, he took the step of going back to his father with a repentant heart. He did not waste his time any longer when he realised his  pitfalls. The right step you take today to the appropriate quarters would bring about drastic change in your life. Act NOW as you are led by His Spirit and guided by His Word. 

1.  Help me, oh Lord, to correct what should be corrected, and to change what should be changed in my life, for my own success, in Jesus' name. 
2.  I refuse to live an unfulfilled life, in Jesus' name. 
3.  Oh God of our fathers, let our churches know Your purposes for our lives, before it is too late. 

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Exodus 17 - 19 & Mark 5

Remain Blessed!