Saturday, July 13, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : The one who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps his life from troubles. Proverbs 21:23
LISTEN : Watch your words to save your life. Watch what you say about others and situations around you. You could harm or heal yourself by your words (Proverbs 21:23). Words are powerful! There effects come in two ways. They can both destroy and build. They can cause heartbreak and heartmend; can cause anger and also pacify anger; can bring shame and provoke glory; can encourage and also discourage. The list goes on and on. Depending on how words are used, life could be made or marred (Proverbs 18:21). Our words are products of our thoughts. Good thoughts is expressed by good words and actions; and bad words are products of bad thoughts. We meet people and situations on a daily basis, and we are often tempted to say negative things about them. However, as a wise person, you should study to guard your mouth if you know your words would cause damage instead of bringing solutions to problems. My dear, keep your mouth and you will save your life. Determine to always think and speak positively about people and situations. What you say about people or situations will determine how you will feel about them. Speaking positively about people and situations will keep you positive no matter what. When you are positive about people and situations you will save yourself some heart breaks. Beloved, to stay positive, always think and speak positively about people and situations. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Stop speaking evil of others and scheming to destroy their reputations.
2. Handle every situation wisely and stop speaking evil of your situations.
3. If you are hurt by someone else’s action, don’t hold grudges; instead, talk it over with him or her and let it go.
4. Approach every situation with a positive attitude and you will overcome in the end.
Prayer : Blessed Father, I thank you for your words today. Henceforth, help me to think and speak positively about people and situations, in Jesus’ name, amen!
Reflection : People and situations can’t dictate your mood if you are positive about them.
Quote : “He who thinks and speaks positively about people and situations, hardly experience heartbreak from actions of people and outcomes of situations.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that I will henceforth speak positively about people and situations, amen!
Biblical Fact : Did you know Pharaoh king of Egypt was destroyed for constantly hardening his heart against God ? (Exodus 14:23-28).
Today In History : July 13, 1099 The Crusaders launch their final assault on Jerusalem.
Stunning Fact : Did you know a duck can’t walk without bobbing its head?
A Word Of Blessing : You will make a difference. May God help you to overcome negative thoughts and lifestyles. I command every contrary spirit to leave your life now, in Jesus’ name, amen!
TOPIC : DON’T BE AFRAID FOR GOD IS WITH YOU
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Bible Verse : Even, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4
LISTEN : Fear is overcome when faith is anchored on God. Besides, when we live in line with God’s will, God will impact us with uncommon bravery and strength. Living in line with the will of God triggers boldness, but sin deflates confidence. (Proverbs 28:1b). The righteous are not afraid of any evil because they know that fear is Satan’s instrument of destruction. Satan uses fear to empty people of their strength and opportunity to excel. Beloved, fear not. Learn to fight your fears through faith in God. Be strong and courageous for God is greater than what appears to be greater than you. (1 John 4:4). Have faith in God. David said, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.” (Psalms 23:4). In his troubles he trusted God for intervention, and therefore said, “In the time of my fear, I will have faith in you.”(Psalms 56:3). Beloved, determine to walk in faith, and remember that protection is guaranteed when you walk with God. Be wise!
Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank you because you are with me. Therefore, help me to overcome my fears, amen!