Topic: He Violet Plant: Accept Where You Are! [Monday, December 18, 2017]

Basic Scripture: Philippians 4:1-13

Note that Paul wrote the golden words in today’s Basic Scripture form the darkness of a prison cell. In his uncomfortable state and in his difficult trial (permitted by God), he learnt to be “contended” (to adjust to whatever circumstance).

A story is told that a king went to his garden one morning only to find everything withered and ‘dying’. He asked the OAK tree that stood near the gate what the trouble was. The oak said it was tired of life and was determined to die because it was not tall and beautiful like the pine tree (whispering pine). The pine complained that it could not bear grapes like the grape vine. The grape vine was determined to dry up because it could not stand erect and produce fruit as large as peaches. The geranium was fretting because it was not tall and fragrant like the lilac plant. But coming to violet plant, the king found its ‘face’ as bright and happy as ever, and asked, “What is your secret? You don’t seem to be in the least discouraged.” The violet said: “No, I’ m not. I know I’ m small, yet I thought if you wanted an oak or a pine or a peach tree, you would have planted one.

Since I knew you wanted violet, I’m determined to be the best little violet I can be.” Wonderful! God is warning a user of today’s devotional against comparing himself/herself to others. Accept where you are now and wait for God to take you where you should be! Fight self-pity, anxiety and regrets over past mistakes. Never underestimate your value! Hear Basil Walsh: “We don’t need more strength or greater ability or greater opportunity; what we need is use what we have.” Love yourself! After praying and doing what you know, adjust to whatever circumstances you are in and wait for your God. He will not fail! Like Paul, you will get to your Promise Land! Amen!

Prayer Points: Take any song of worship as led.

1. Open to the Basic Scripture again and declare it.

2. Blind self-pity, inferiority complex, self-comparism.

3. Pray about your life and ministry seriously today as led. CANCEL EVERY END –OF-YEAR BAD NEWS!

4. Lord, before the last day of the year, I shall testify! Amen!

5. Pray about today as led.

By Bishop (Dr) Chris E. Kwakpovwe (Cek)
Publisher/Writer Of ODM And

Rev (Mrs) Flora E. Kwakpovwe (Fek)
Co-Publisher/Writer Of ODM.

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