Saturday, October 27, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him,… but David strengthened himself in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:6

LISTEN : Life is full of trials, but God is full of mercy. When we are tried God is our strength in weakness. When we are down, He is the unseen hand that lifts us up. Therefore, we should learn to be strong and courageous in the face of trials. Beloved, when someone breaks your heart what will you do? When your marriage is not working, what will you do? When you are sick and weak, or threatened with death, what will you do? When you are afraid and worried about the future, what will you do? When your world seems to be falling apart, what will you do? Cry, complain and groan? Of course not! Encourage yourself in God. Tell yourself that all hope is not lost. Remind yourself that God is able and willing to help you. Do not hesitate to run to Him. He is our strength in times of weakness. In our Bible verse, David did not hesitate to run to God when his life was threatened by his army when they grieved for members of their families, that were captured in Ziglag by the Amalekites. (1 Samuel 30:1,2). When everyone lost hope, David built his hope in God. He asked God for solutions and he got it. (1 Samuel 30:7,8,17-19). Beloved, stop bothering yourself with your problems and magnifying them; instead, begin to fix your eyes on God and your problems will receive a divine intervention. Never allow circumstances to bend your head towards frustration, instead look up for divine help. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Never lose hope when situation looks hopeless, instead put your trust in God.
2. Stop “looking” at your problems and start “looking” at the promises of God.
3. When your life is threatened, do not panic, rather encourage yourself in God.
4. When faced with trials, do not spend your time crying, complaining or groaning; rather spend it in prayer.

Prayer : Most Holy God, I thank you today for your love towards me. Help me to hide myself in you when troubles seek to take my life away, amen.

Reflection : When trials come, pray. Be strong and courageous, and never allow circumstances to bend your head towards frustration and defeat.

Quote : “Life is full of trials, but God is full of mercy. When we are tried God is our strength in weakness. When we are down, He is the unseen hand that lifts us up.”

Faith Confession : Today, I acknowledged that I cannot be defeated when I put my faith in God. Therefore, I will put my trust in God always, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know God promises to hear the prayer of the godly, and deliver him from troubles? (Psalms 34:17).

Today In History : October 27, 1954 Benjamin O. Davis Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the US Air Force.

Stunning Fact : Did you know the opposite sides of a die always adds up to 7?

Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God deliver you from evil and wickedness of men. May the Lord set your feet on high, in Jesus’ name, amen.



Saturday, October 27, 2018

Bible Verse : He said: “I love you, LORD, my source of strength! Psalms 18:1

LISTEN: Beloved, how much do you love God? Can you sincerely declare your love for God? Can you be proud to declare to your family members, colleagues, friends, the society and the world your loyalty and unfeigned love for God? (Joshua 24:15). David spake unto the LORD these words the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He declares his love for God and ascribes his victories to Him. David calls God “my strength.” He acknowledges that he is powerless and nothing without God. He knows that he overcomes his enemies not by his battle skills, sophisticated weapons, intelligence, or trusted allies, but through the power of God. Sadly, a lot of people often ascribe their victories and successes to humans or “deities.” They fail to acknowledge God as their source of strength. Their love is in something or someone else. Beloved, do you love God? Is He the source of your strength? Like David, can you continuously declare your love for God? Let us declare our love for Him as the strength of our lives. For all the benefits we have received from Him, let us love, honour and worship Him with gladness. Be wise!

1. Bless God for today no matter what.
2. Ask God for forgiveness, and grace to follow His will.
3. Pray for grace to love God above all else.
4. Intercede for believers in Christ around the world for grace to love God.
5. Pray against spiritual wickedness, and ask God to keep you safe.

Today I prophesy to you, may you love and appreciate God always. May you not forget His benefits to you no matter what, in Jesus’ name, amen.