Thursday, February 13, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Sing to the LORD! Praise the LORD! For he rescues the oppressed from the clutches of evildoers. Jeremiah 20:13

LISTEN : Praise triggers the presence of God (2 Kings 2:15); it is the atmosphere of God’s presence and manifestations. Where genuine praise goes God goes. He who praises God glorifies Him, and he who glorifies Him attracts His blessings. My dear, learn to make use of praise often. Don’t allow any situation to shut you up; instead, always give praise to God no matter what. For if it is hard for you to offer praise to God, it will be hard for God to release His favour on you. Praise opens the heavens to you; for if you can praise you can connect to God and His mercy. A Praiser don’t beg for the presence of God, because he or she is already soaked in His presence through praise. What is praise? To praise is to express thanks to or love and respect for God. It means to worship and value God. God should be praised. The Bible says, “But you are holy, O you that inhabit the praises of Israel.” (Psalms 22:3). God is holy and should receive our praises, for praise glorifies Him. The Bible says, “Whoso offers praise glorifies me: and to him that orders his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God.” (Psalms 50:23). Beloved, when you praise God you glorify Him, and when you glorify God you attract His love and receive access to divine revelations. Besides, Praise creates energy. So, employ it often. When you are happy, praise God. When you are heartbroken, praise God. When your situation seems hopeless, praise God. In all circumstances, praise God. For if you can praise God no matter the situation, He can show up for you in all situations. Remember, praise triggers the presence of God. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. No matter the situation, always praise God in everything.
2. Determine to employ praise often in all circumstances.
3. When you are heartbroken and downcast, spend time in praise and prayers.
4. When you don’t feel like giving praise to God, reflect on His goodness and you will see need for praise.

Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank you because you are God. You are worthy of my praise. Therefore, accept my praise today, in Jesus’ name, amen!

Reflection : He who praises God glorifies Him, and he who glorifies Him attracts His blessings.

Quote : “Praise triggers the presence of God; it is the atmosphere of God’s presence and manifestations. Where genuine praise goes God goes.”

Faith Confession : In the name of Jesus Christ, I confess that, God is worthy of my praise. Therefore, I will praise Him always, in Jesus’ name, amen!

Biblical Fact : Did you know that the name Eve means, the mother of all the living? (Genesis 3:20).

Today In History : February 13, 1914 The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is founded.

Stunning Fact : Did you know birds need gravity to swallow?

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May God decorate your life with His blessings. As you praise Him today, may men praise and favour you. In Jesus’ name, amen!



Thursday, February 13, 2020

Bible Verse : Through whom we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory. Romans 5:2

LISTEN : Due to the presence of sin, we have no access to God without Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is our only access to God. Our faith in Him brings us to God’s family and eventually to His kingdom. Jesus is the way, and anyone who misses Him misses the way. My dear, you need Jesus Christ. You don’t need anything to enjoy the grace of God, all you need is faith in Christ Jesus. Faith gives you access to God’s grace; as lack of faith will shut you out of His presence. Beloved, faith is important to your relationship with God. You can never have a relationship with God without faith. This means that, if you are empty of faith you can’t have access to God. You must learn to believe what God says about you, and to trust that He is able to do all He says He would do (Hebrews 11:6). Beloved, the grace of God is available today, but it must be received by faith. Your faith in Christ Jesus will give you access to the same grace that all believers in Christ have. So, have faith in Christ Jesus, because faith in Him will give you access to the grace of God. Remember, Jesus Christ is our access to God. Be wise!

Prayer : Blessed Father, I thank you for your words today. Help me to put my trust in you always, amen!


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