Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Jesus said unto him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes. Mark 9:23
LISTEN : The wise sees possibilities in every obstacle, but the unwise see obstacles to every possibility. Obstacles are not end of the road to success, but a test of strength of the seeker of success. To every road leading to success there is always obstacles. And until the obstacles are surmounted, there can be no noticeable progress. But the good news is that, obstacles can be overcome. To overcome an obstacle, you should believe that it is possible. Until you believe that you can turn your obstacles into possibilities, nothing will change. The conversation leading to Jesus’s statement in our Bible verse of the day was between Him and a certain man whose child was possessed and gruesomely tormented by demons. He had brought him to Jesus’s disciples, but they couldn’t deliver him. Now he came to Jesus Christ and narrated his ordeal, yet, with a mindset that nothing could ever be done again. He expressed that in his statement when he said, “And frequently it has cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if you can do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.“ (Mark 9:22). He wasn’t sure if Jesus could do anything different from His disciples. That is why he said, “If you can do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.” And Jesus Christ made him to understand that, it is not whether He (Jesus Christ) can do anything to help; but that he (the man) must believe that, no obstacles can stop the force of faith. Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.” (Mark 9:23). My dear, are you prepared to turn your obstacles into possibilities? Are you ready to discover roads where there are no roads? Then, have faith in God. Remember, if you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Don’t allow obstacles to stop you from achieving your God-given purpose.
2. Determine to turn your obstacles into possibilities.
3. Be strong and courageous when faced with trials or difficult situations.
4. Don’t see an obstacle as end of the road to your success; rather see it as a stepping stone.
Prayer : Everlasting Father, with you nothing is impossible. Therefore, help me to overcome my troubles and turn my obstacles into possibilities, in Jesus’ name, amen!
Reflection : The wise sees possibilities in every obstacle, but the unwise see obstacles to every possibility.
Quote : “Success is too high for the unwise, for he sees obstacles and not possibilities. He has no idea obstacles are not end of the road to success, but a test of strength of the seeker of success.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that with God, I can turn my obstacles into possibilities and blessings. Therefore, I cannot be limited by any circumstance, amen!
Biblical Fact : Did you know that, faith is born by hearing the word of God? (Romans 10:17).
Today In History : May 15, 1702 The War of Spanish Succession begins.
Stunning Fact : Did you know 20% of China’s plants are used in medicine?
A Word Of Blessing : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God turn your sorrow into joy. May your obstacles be turned into possibilities and blessings in Jesus’ name, amen!
TOPIC : YOUR BODY AND LIFE BELONGS TO THE LIVING GOD
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Bible Verse : Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19
LISTEN : God is the creator of all things, hence, our body and life belongs to Him. My dear, do you acknowledge God as the owner of your body and life? Are you ignorant of the fact that you belong to Him? Do you not know that the height of foolishness and ungratefulness to God is to reject, neglect and question Him as your owner and creator? The scripture says, ”Fools says to themselves, ‘there is no God. ‘They sin and commit evil deeds; none of them does what is right”(Psalms 14:1). Beloved, let us not forget that the Spirit of God lives in us, and that we are not our own? (1 Cor. 6:19). We should make efforts to be “eternally minded” and not “carnally minded.” We should stay in tune with the Holy Spirit always and deepen our relationship with Him. My dear, surrender your body to God and learn to live to the glory of His name. Remember, your body and life belongs to God. So, be wise!
Prayer : Dear Lord, I know you created me. Therefore, help me to serve you with my body as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen!