Saturday, April 20, 2019

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

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

LISTEN : Are you wondering if it is worth it to praise God when all you could see around you are disappointments, failure, suffering, hardship, calamities, trials, sicknesses, sorrow and the like? My dear, no matter the situation, it is good to praise God. In one of my devotional last year, I said something about two guys who lived in the same room in a certain town, who woke up one morning to pray before going to their respective businesses. The one who was moderating the prayer said, “Let us pray for God’s favour over our businesses today, so that we will return home in the evening with laughter.” They prayed and ended the prayer with high expectations for the day. Sadly, they experienced the worst day ever. When it was time to pray in the evening, one of them was busy complaining and questioning God why He failed to answer his prayer; while the other was busy praising God and trusting Him for another day. Many of us are like the other guy. We thank God only when we believe He has done enough, and complain when we feel disappointed. 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). To really praise God you must make the decision to do that. Certainly, you will come to a point when you don’t feel like it because of troubles. But if you understand who God is, you will give thanks all the same, knowing that He knows what is best for us. Beloved, don’t be angry because of what God hasn’t given you yet, rather be humble and learn to trust Him more and more. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Always thank God not only for what He gives, but for what He refuses to give.
2. Stop complaining about delays to your prayers, rather trust God to respond at the right time.
3. Never again allow your situations to alter your praise and worship to God.
4. No matter the circumstance, just keep praising God.

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

Reflection : Don’t be angry because of what God hasn’t given you yet, rather be humble and learn to trust Him more and more.

Quote : “It takes faith to keep praising God when life seems unfair to you; and it takes wisdom and faith to know that God will certainly intervene.”

Faith Confession : Today, I declare that I will praise God no matter what, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Bible Fact : Did you know that the wages of sin is death? (Romans 6:23).

Today In History : April 20, 1953 Operation Little Switch begins in Korea, the exchange of sick and wounded prisoners of war.

Stunning Fact : Did you know the doorbell was invented in 1831?

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I prophesy to you, may God bless and favour you. May you praise and worship Him as long as you live, in Jesus’ name, amen.



Saturday, April 20, 2019

Bible Verse : And another also said, Lord, I will follow you; but let me first go bid them Farwell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, no man having put his hand to the plough and looking back, is fit for the kingdom. Luke 9:61,62.

LISTEN : To faithfully follow Jesus Christ, you must determine never to look back. You must leave the past behind and press towards the mark of the high calling. You must shun every distraction and focus rather on God’s purpose for your life. My dear, God cannot do anything serious with you if you are unstable and disloyal to Him, and He cannot commit to you the treasures of the kingdom either. Surely, anyone who carelessly fluctuates in his conviction and faith in Christ is not fit for the kingdom. Our Bible verse today is about the encounter of Jesus with a man whom he urged to be his disciple, but asked for leave to go bid his relatives farewell first. However, Jesus Christ taught him and everyone a great lesson of commitment with an illustration from farm implement, ‘the plough.’ This farm implement is usually used to pull through the ground in order to break it open into furrows for planting. Here, Christ illustrated with animal-drawn plough. The point he buttressed was that, to seek excuses from kingdom tasks can automatically and eventually render us unfit for the kingdom of God, just the same way an unfocused farmer can make wrong ridges while using the plough. Beloved, be committed to God’s kingdom assignments henceforth. Be wise!

Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank you for your words today. Help me never to look back and abandon my purpose, amen.

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