Thursday, September 12, 2019

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: I left here full, but the LORD has caused me to return empty-handed. Why do you call me ‘Naomi,’ seeing that the LORD has opposed me, and the Sovereign One has caused me to suffer?” Ruth 1:21

LISTEN: Are you dealing with sorrow? Is your heart broken by misfortunes, tragedies, miseries, etc.? Relax! God is in control. My dear, You might be shaken by circumstances of life, but God’s plans for you can’t be shaken. You might be surrounded by darkness and hopelessness, but certainly there is ‘light at the end of the tunnel.’ Our verse of the day is about Naomi and her husband Elimelech and their two sons, Mahlon and Chilion who went out of Bethlehem of Judah to Moab in search of survival for there was famine in their own land. Alas, what looks to them like a breakthrough became a heartbreak, for she lost her husband and her two sons in ten years. Obviously, it was a heartbreaking experience for Naomi and her daughters’ in law – Orpah and Ruth. As a matter of fact, she requested not to be addressed by her name – Naomi, which means pleasant, but by her condition – bitterness. Though her life was messed up by tragedy, but God compensated her in the end through her daughter in law – Ruth, who incredibly became the woman that gave birth to Obed, Obed to Jesse, Jesse to David down to our Lord Jesus Christ. What a massive blessing after a rain of tragedy and misfortune! Beloved, is your story similar to Naomi’s, or worse than that? Cheer up. It’s not yet over with you (Lamentations 3:37). Just put your trust in God. If your heart is heavy today with sorrow, you’ll surely smile tomorrow when the sun of divine intervention shall gracefully shine on you. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. No matter what, don’t name yourself after your predicament, instead, trust God for a change.
2. Learn to put your trust in God and never give up no matter how ugly it might seem.
3. Believe that your better days are not over but just beginning.
4. No matter what you face, don’t give up on life or write off yourself.

Prayer: Almighty God, I bless your name today. May evil or misfortune not overwhelmed me, instead, bless me for your own glory, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection: The rain of tragedy can’t stop the sun of blessing to shine on whom God chooses to bless.

Quote: “When our hearts are heavy and wrenching in sorrow, the hands of God are heavy with grace and consolation to soothe our pains.”

Faith Confession : Today, I confess that I am blessed and not cursed. Therefore, I stop the rain of tragedy in my life ; and I decree the sun of favour, glory and blessing to rise and shine on my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know Elizabeth was already six months pregnant when the angel of God visited Mary? (Luke 1:36).

Today In History : September 12, 2007 Joseph Estrada, former president of the Philippines, is convicted of plunder.

Stunning Fact : Did you know Bill Gates began programming computers at the age of 13?

A Word Of Blessing : You’ll make a difference. Today, I speak to your life, may every curse in your life be broken today. And may the heaviness in your heart be lifted, in Jesus’ name, amen.



Thursday, September 12, 2019

Bible Verse : Now therefore thus says the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Haggi 1:5

LISTEN: Do you take a regular check of your moral life? Are you living in line with the will of God? In our verse of the day, God urged the Israelites to consider their ways just the same way He is urging us today. The phrase, “consider your ways” simply means to think carefully about what you are doing: to give thought to your ways. Beloved, how often do you examine your ways and life in general? Do you really watch what you do? Do you know that your actions can make or mar you? Do you also know that when you refuse to give thought to your ways you will certainly regret your decisions in the long run? Beloved, do you really examine what you do with your life? Do you consider your actions before carrying them out? Do you know that not to consider the aftermath of your actions is to head for disaster? Truly, those who act, not minding the consequences of their actions are bound to suffer harm and misery. My dear, always remember that your action is like a seed, whatever you sow you will reap (Galatians 6:7). Hence, if you do the right thing, you can expect God’s blessing and good success in your life. So, consider your actions and guard against doing evil. Use God’s word as your mirror and you’ll not be deceived. (Psalms 119:11). Be wise!

Prayer : Dear Lord, help me to be mindful of my actions, amen.

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