Monday, December 31, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, The LORD’s name is to be praised. Psalms 113:3

LISTEN : Wow! God has done it again. We are right here in the last day of the year. What a privilege! A lot has happened to you since the first day of this year (2018) ; but God in His mercy delivered you from them all. Today, you are still alive and strong in the land of the living. Is God not good to you? Does He not deserves your praise? Beloved, everyday is a blessing from God, and that includes today. You should use each day to make your life better and bring glory to God. Friend, each day offers you the opportunity to be what you are created to be; and to live out your God-given purpose. Sadly, not everyone recognises this fact because it is shrouded in mystery and takes divine wisdom to uncover. (Psalms 14:1). Everyday should inspire you to offer praise to God. Surely, those who see each day as a blessing from God will never hesitate to give praise to Him no matter what. (Psalms 22:23 ; 50:23). But those who enjoy complaining, murmuring and counting their losses will take God’s grace for granted. Let us not only thank God when we believe He has done enough for us, and complain when we feel disappointed; rather we should thank Him always. Our Bible verse says, “From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, The LORD’s name is to be praised.” (Psalms 113:3). Beloved, God should be praised no matter what. So, let us thank Him for what He has done, yet to do, or refused to do for us. He knows what is good for us. Therefore, let us appreciate Him for what He has given to us, and not complain about what we feel He denied us. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Learn to appreciate God not only for what He has done for you, but also for what He refuses to do.
2. Never complain when answer to your prayer is delayed, just know that God is working for you behind the scenes.
3. Do not allow circumstances to alter your praise and worship to God, instead, praise God all the same.
4 Be positive and determine to begin and end each day as a blessing from God.

Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you because I know that everyday is a blessing from you. Therefore, help me to always acknowledge this fact and to worship you no matter what, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : Those who see and esteem each day as a blessing from God, hardly murmur over disappointments, or hesitate to give praise to Him.

Quote : “Praise will become a lifestyle when we cease to forget the goodness of God or take it for granted.”

Faith Confession : Today, I confess that I am blessed. Therefore, I will receive and esteem each day as a blessing from God, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know Moses went into the midst of the cloud, up into the mount: and was there forty days and forty nights? (Exodus 24:18).

Today In History : December 31, 1775 George Washington orders recruiting officers to accept free blacks into the army.

Stunning Fact : Did you know you take over 23,000 breaths everyday?

A Word Of Blessing : You will make a difference. Today I speak into your life, may God bless and favour you. May you esteem each day as a gift from God as long as you live, in Jesus’ name, amen.



Monday, December 31, 2018

Bible Verse : Because of the oppression of the weak and because of the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,” says the LORD; “I will set him in safety from those who malign him. Psalms 12:5

LISTEN : Are you in a difficult or hopeless situation? God will deliver you. He will not abandon the oppressed and afflicted. He sees the miseries and gnashing of teeth of the oppressed. He listens to their day to day groaning. (Exodus 3:7). Though, sometimes it may seem like He is taking too long to intervene, surely, He will eventually intervene. (Luke 18:7,8). He will certainly break the yoke of oppression in the neck of the oppressed. Beloved, are you oppressed physically, mentally, or spiritually? Have you been unfairly and cruelly treated? Is your heart broken and pierced with sadness or memories of afflictions and oppressions? Are you terrified because of increase of oppression in your life? Do not be afraid; God will deliver you from your oppressors. The Bible says, “Because of the oppression of the weak and because of the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,” says the LORD; “I will set him in safety from those who malign him.” (Psalms 12:5). God is the voice of the voiceless, defender of the vulnerable ; and hope of the hopeless. With Him, no oppressor is too powerful to be subdued. When you acknowledge and surrender to God, your battle becomes His battle and victory is sure. So, cheer up! God will surely rise to defend you. Be wise!

1. Bless God for His mercies, protection and care towards you this year.
2. Ask God for forgiveness, and grace to follow His will.
3. Pray for divine intervention for the oppressed and afflicted.
4. Intercede for believers in Christ around the world for grace to be strong.
5. Pray against spiritual wickedness, and ask God to keep you safe.

A Word Of Blessing
Today I prophesy to you, may God command deliverance for you. May the Lord show you the path of life and order your steps in the right direction, in Jesus’ name, amen.