Monday, December 16, 2019

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : I have said all these things to you so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble: but take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

LISTEN : Troubles may come, but victory is sure. Trouble is not the end of the road for a believer, but a test of faith. Surely, when you’re set for troubles they will fall at your feet. Couple of months ago, I told a story about a man who would wake up every morning to charge his son to brace up for any situation in life. He would say to his son, “Son, no matter how hard or frustrating a situation may be, don’t be discouraged or afraid; rather, brace up for the situation and you’ll not be defeated in life.” The boy grew up with that mindset and became strong and courageous. There was never a problem he doesn’t have the courage and strength to confront and overcome. Challenged by his courage and willpower, his friends asked him, “Friend, why is it that you always overcome in every situation no matter how bad?” the boy smiled and replied, “I grew up with a winning mindset. My father thought me to brace up for every situation.” My dear, what mindset do you grow up with? Do you grow up with a winning mindset or losing mindset? Are you thinking and living like a winner or a loser? Are you living like a victor or a victim? The truth is, how you think is important to what becomes of you (Proverbs 23:7). If you think like a loser you’re sure to continue to lose. But if you think like a winner you’ll be challenged to win. My dear, troubles will come no doubt, but victory is guaranteed by faith in our Saviour Jesus Christ (Mark 9:23). He has made the provision for our victory in every battle. So, rather than worrying about life’s circumstances, be strong and begin to celebrate your victory in Christ, and you’ll enjoy peace of mind even in difficult situations. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional what is expected of you?
1. Put your trust in the living God and you’ll enjoy lasting peace.
2. Don’t be scared of problems, rather have faith in God.
3. Don’t forget that you’ll encounter troubles in the world; and when you do, be strong and courageous.
4. Walk in the power of the victory that Christ has purchased for us and don’t be scared of any situation.

Prayer : Heavenly Father, thank you for a wonderful day, and help me to overcome every trial, in Jesus’ name, amen!

Reflection : If you think like a loser you are sure to continue to lose. But if you think like a winner you will be challenged to win.

Quote : “Troubles may come, but victory is sure. Trouble is not the end of the road for a believer, but just a test of faith.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that it’s good to brace up for challenges. Therefore, I will be strong and courageous, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know God transformed King Nebuchadnezzar into an animal for dishonouring Him? (Daniel 4:33).

Today In History : December 16, 1998 The United States launches a missile attack on Iraq for failing to comply with United Nations weapons inspectors.

Stunning Fact : Did you know clouds fly higher during the day than the night?

A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. May God see you through every storm. May you rise above your troubles, and may God deliver you from destruction, in Jesus’ name, amen!



Monday, December 16, 2019

Bible Verse : Great peace have they which love your law: and nothing shall offend them. Psalms 119:165

LISTEN : Love for God creates peace of mind. You can’t have God and not have peace. The fear of God gives real peace. Peace is possible in Christ Jesus. Jesus said to His disciples, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage – I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33). The mystery behind the peace of God the believer enjoys in the midst of troubles is based on his relationship with God. He (believer) understands that all power belongs to God and therefore can’t be afraid of anything. He derives comfort and peace from the word of God. As a result, nothing can hurt or offend him. He is not afraid of bad news because his God is in control. Beloved, is your life characterised by crisis and war? Believe God and His word and you will enjoy great peace no matter the circumstance. Be wise!

Prayer : Heavenly Father, you give peace and comfort. Therefore, I ask for peace in my life today, in Jesus’ name, amen!

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