Sunday, January 13, 2019

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. Psalms 92:13

LISTEN: Who you follow determines what follows you. If you follow God in obedience, His blessings will follow you eventually. (see Genesis 24:1). Those who reject God in favour of Satan will attract the wrath of God as their portion. So, to enjoy the blessings of God, you should embrace His presence. God wants to bless you, but you must create an atmosphere for His blessings to locate you. You should be a person who has the habit of worship, service, respect, commitment and dedication to Him. God is near to the dedicated, He loves those who have given themselves to His service and purposes. Beloved, God knows those who truly belong to Him. Not everyone really belongs to God. Those who belong to Him are known by their love, commitment, obedience, value and reverence for Him (Matthew 7:21). They value God above all else, and He is their song and joy everyday; as a result, He will not fail to bless them. Our Bible verse says, “Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.” (Psalms 92:13). What does that mean? It means that when you dedicate yourself to the service of God, God will release His blessings upon you. Beloved, are you dedicated to the assignments of God’s kingdom? Are you committed to doing God’s will? Are you a committed church member? Remember, God cannot release His blessings to you, until you are ready to follow His will for your life. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?

1. Learn to trust God, for He will bless those who value Him above all else.
2. Dedicate and commit yourself to God no matter what.
3. Never be lazy or insensitive to your walk with God, rather dedicate yourself totally to Him.
4. Just follow the purpose and agenda of God, and you will attract His favour.

Prayer: Precious Father, I bless your name for your words today. Cause your blessings to manifest in my life and destroy every seed of evil, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection: God cannot release His blessings to you, until you are ready to follow His will for your life.

Quote : “God blesses the obedient without sorrow; and who God cannot bless is forever cursed.”

Biblical Fact: Did you know there is no condemnation to anyone who is in Christ Jesus, who walks after the spirit and not after the flesh? (Romans 8:1).

Today In History : January 13, 1846 President James Polk dispatches General Zachary Taylor and 4,000 troops to the Texas Border as war with Mexico looms.

Stunning Fact: Did you know you have over 600 muscles?

A Word Of Blessing : You will make a difference. Today, I speak to your life, may the blessings of the LORD locate you and yours, in Jesus’ name.



Sunday, January 13, 2019

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

LISTEN : God is willing to save you if you are prepared to pray. However, satanic oppressions will continue where prayer is neglected. Beloved, are you suffering and hurting? Talk to God about it. People often experience trouble and suffering in many ways (sickness, hardship, oppression, torment, persecution, injury, 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 come out of it alive, as a result, we panic and worry instead of praying to God for intervention. People are too quick to forget God and go in search of alternative “solution” when suffering seems to persist in their lives. They ignore to pray, instead, follow the will of the flesh. Beloved, learn to call to God in your troubles. If your troubles and suffering persist, do not worry, instead pray to God. Pray until you receive. 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 the situation was more than he could handle; and because he cried to God God delivered him. The Bible says “Surely he rescue me from all trouble, and I triumph over my enemies.” (Psalms 54:7). Beloved, are you faced with danger or distress? 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 tonight.

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

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