Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: Although a righteous person may fall seven times, he gets up again… Proverbs 24:16

LISTEN: Don’t be off track of progress no matter what. Don’t lose focus of your God-given purpose. Obstacles and challenges can’t stop your progress if you’re determined to make progress. When you fall, your fall can’t be your end because your focus is on God and your goals. No doubt, the journey of life isn’t an easy one, for life is full of ‘ups and downs.’ Joy is often interrupted by sorrow; health by sicknesses and diseases, peace by conflict, crisis and war; successful marriage by divorce or death, wealth by poverty and hardship; security by insecurity, wellness by pain; life by death, strength by weakness, and the list goes on and on. These ordeals make us to conclude that, we have come to the end of the road. My dear, when you fall, you haven’t come to the end of the road in life. You’re temporarily passing through the process of life. The Bible says, “… weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalms 30:5). My dear, your troubles are not a mark of your end, but a season in your life. So don’t lose focus, rather remain focused. A time of trouble is not time to be discouraged, heartbroken, depressed or hopeless, but a time to build up your faith in Christ and look on to Him. Beloved, if you keep your eyes on your God-given goals you’ll not be disappointed. The Bible says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” (Romans 10:11). Henceforth, don’t live with broken focus, instead, be focused, strong and courageous and pursue your God-given purpose. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Don’t be hopeless, depressed, or heartbroken; instead build up your faith in Christ.
2. In every situation, encourage yourself in God and remember that bad time is just a season of life and not a destination.
3. Be strong and courageous to go through every challenge of your life.
4. Tell God about your troubles, and grow your faith to believe His promises.

Prayer: Dear Lord, no matter my weaknesses, help me to keep moving and making progress, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection: Your trouble is not a sign of your end, but just a season that will soon expire.

Quote: “When you fall, you haven’t come to the end of the road in life. You’re temporarily passing through the process of life.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus name, I confess that I will not be defeated. I will rise when I fall, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know Abraham was the first man to give tithe in the Bible? (Genesis 14:20).

Today In History: September 25, 1992 NASA launches Mars Observer probe; it fails 11 months later.

Stunning Fact : Did you know Brazil covers 50% of the South American continent?

A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. May God end your frustration, confusion and endless troubles, in Jesus’ name, amen.



Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Bible Verse : They came to him, and woke him up, saying, “Save us, Lord! We are dying!” Matthew 8:25

LISTEN: Don’t be afraid. Relax, for you’ll not perish. Fear reigns where God’s presence is missing. But when His presence is available, faith and peace will prevail. Beloved, is the wind of life up against you? Is your life fallen apart? Are you in pain and heartbroken? Do you think God has abandoned you to perish in your troubles? Please, calm down! God knows about your troubles and will deliver you. (Jeremiah 29:11). He will certainly rebuke the storm in your life. Never doubt God’s ability to deliver you like the disciples of Jesus Christ who responded in unbelief and fear when attacked by a heavy storm in the sea. (see Mark 4:37-40). They knew that they were in the same boat with Jesus Christ, yet, their lack of faith could not allowed them to know that with Jesus on board, they were safe. They sounded like Jesus Christ wasn’t bothered about their predicament. They approached Him and said, “Master, do you not care that we perish?” (Mark 4:38) However, he arose and rebuked the storm and said, “peace be still”, and the storm was arrested (see Mark 4:39). Beloved, are you living in fear? Please don’t panic, rather keep calm and have faith in God! Surely, He will rebuke and deliver you from the wind that is up against you. Be strong and courageous and you won’t be disappointed. Be wise!

Prayer : Dear Lord, I trust in you. Keep me from destruction, in Jesus’ name, amen.

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