Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 ISV

LISTEN : Search for God and you will find Him. Seek Him through His words and you will discover Him. A genuine search for God will bring Him closer to you. This means that, you cannot find God until you search for Him with all your heart. To find God is to discover who He really is, and to turn to Him in repentance and worship Him as the only true God. It is to love Him more than you love yourself, and to find pleasure in Him. Beloved, to discover God you must be serious with Him. You must search for Him as one searching for a priceless object. You must desperately desire to know Him. Until then you cannot find Him. (2 Chronicles 31:21 ; Psalms 119:2). My dear, you will prosper in your quest to know God when you seek Him with all your heart. Truly, you cannot discover God if your love for Him and His word ends in your lips. Your faith and love for Him must not stop in your lips, but dwell in your heart. Beloved, it is quite difficult to find God when you have not felt His absence in your life. Until you realise that you are vulnerable and nothing without Him, it will be impossible to seek Him with all your heart. My dear, absence of God in your life will expose you to destruction and satanic manipulations. Yes! He who abandons God in favour of other gods, God will abandon him too. But those who return to Him in repentance will find Him and receive His mercy. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not relent in your quest to know God; search for Him with all your heart.
2. Acknowledge your sin and return to God in repentance.
3. Be desperate for God. Search for God as long as you live.
4. Dedicate yourself to the service of God no matter what.

Prayer : Heavenly Father , I thank you because you are the true God. Help me to seek, obey and worship you as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection: It is difficult to know God until you realise that you are vulnerable and nothing without Him,

Quote : “A genuine search for God will reveal Him to you; but unserious approach to knowing Him will hide Him from you.”

Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God is close to those who search for Him with all their hearts. Therefore, I will seek Him with all my heart, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know Prophet Samuel died and was buried in his house at Ramah? (1 Samuel 25:1).

Today In History : October 9, 2006 North Korea reportedly tests its first nuclear device.

Stunning Fact : Did you know the hamburger was invented in 1900?

Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may you search for God with all your heart; and may you find favour in His sight, in Jesus’ name, amen.



Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Bible Verse : Deliver me from my distress; rescue me from my suffering! Psalms 25:17 NET

LISTEN : People cry and groan everyday because of troubles and suffering; but trouble and suffering are part of human existence. (Job 14:1). People experience trouble and suffering in areas such as, sickness, hardship, oppression, torment, persecution, injury, poverty, crisis, etc. Truly, no one is immune to trouble and suffering; everyone at one point or the other must have a taste of it. When trouble comes it appears like we are not going to survive it, as a result, we panic and worry instead of praying to God for divine intervention. People are too quick to forget God and go in search of alternative “solution” when suffering seems to increase in their lives. Beloved, learn to call to God in your troubles. If your troubles and suffering increase, do not worry, instead pray to Him. God’s ear is itching to hear your prayers. Cry to Him in your suffering like David cried saying, Deliver me from my distress; rescue me from my suffering” (Psalms 25:17). David cried out to God because he knows that God will help him ; and because he cried to Him, He delivered him. The Bible says this about him, “Surely he rescue me from all trouble, and I triumph over my enemies.” (Psalms 54:7). Beloved, are you faced with trials? Do not panic, rather pray to God until He hears you. If you can pray, God can answer. Be wise!

1. Pray and bless God for His love and protection.
2. Ask God for forgiveness and mercy.
3. Pray God to grant deliverance to you in times of troubles.
4. Pray and destroy all satanic plans against you today.

May God deliver you from your distress and crown you with victory. It is well with you, in Jesus’ name, amen.