Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : When my anxious inner thoughts become overwhelming, your comfort encourages me. Psalms 94:19

LISTEN : Trusting God and waiting patiently for Him in times of trouble is hard; but that’s the wisest and safest thing to do at such time. People may fail or deny you, but God can’t. So, fix your eyes on Him and you will not be ashamed. When you’re pushed away by circumstances of life, push yourself back to God (Psalms 25:1-2a). Couple of months ago, I told a story about a woman whose heart was broken, and decided to write to her older sister who lives abroad. In her letter she narrated her ordeals. She said, “Sister, my heart is aching right now, because I have lost everything. My three children got sick about the same time and died successively in days. As I pen this letter to you, I have no child left! So, I can’t take it anymore. I want to end it all. I’m sorry it has to end this way, I know you would miss me greatly, but just take heart sister, I love you.” Having received the letter, she (older sister) cancelled all her engagements and flew back home to meet her hurting younger sister. Luckily, she found her still alive. She hugs her and declares to her, “It is well with you, sister! You won’t die just because your kids are dead. You will live. You are not created to die a miserable death. There is still something to live for. God cares about you and will heal your broken heart and restore your losses. Just trust Him, walk with Him and wait for Him, and you will not be disappointed.” She was comforted by her sister’s words and was gradually healed of her broken heart. My dear, are you having a troubled heart? Is your heart broken and aching? Do you think there is nothing to live for? Please stop! God cares about you (1Peter 5:7). He has plans for you, and His plans can’t be stopped by troubles of life. So, when your heart is troubled, don’t fix your eyes on it, rather, fix your eyes on God and His promises. Surely, He will honour you. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. When your heart is troubled remember that, you have a God who cares about you.
2. When your heart is troubled pray and put your trust in God.
3. No matter the circumstance, learn to wait on God and trust His judgment.
4. Determine to walk with God no matter what, and don’t be afraid of evil.

Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you because you are my hope. Therefore, when my heart is overwhelmed with troubles, deliver me. In Jesus’ name, amen!

Reflection : The more closer you are to God in time of trouble, the more strength you will draw from Him.

Quote : “He who waits on God can’t be overwhelmed by pressures of life. For when he’s tired and fainting, he refills and re-energizes his life with the word of God.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that God is my peace and hope. Therefore, I will trust in Him and not be troubled anymore, amen!

Biblical Fact : Did you know Priscilla and Aquila are husband and wife? (Acts 18:2).

Today In History : February 25, 1570 Pope Pius V excommunicates England’s Protestant Queen Elizabeth I, declaring her to be a usurper to the throne. It was the last time a pope “deposed” a reigning monarch.

Stunning Fact : Did you know the only continent with no active volcanoes is Australia?

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I speak on your life. Your burdens are lifted. Receive peace for your troubled heart henceforth. In Jesus’ name, amen!



Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Bible Verse : Throw all your worry on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

LISTEN : God cares about you and yours. He loves you and wants to help you. But you must let Him in. You must cast your burdens on Him by faith. My dear, we are not serving a God who is inconsiderate and insensitive to the sufferings of His people; rather, we are serving the God who cares about His people. The God that feels the pain and needs of His people. He created us for His own glory, and therefore will sustain us. And because He created us and gives us life daily, therefore, we should also allow Him take care of all the things that we are worried about. Why should you doubt God’s ability to meet your needs? God cares about you as much as He cares about me. So, have faith in Him and stop worrying yourself. Henceforth, trust the promises of God; determine never to give up on Him, refuse to fear or faint in the face of troubles, and wait patiently for Him (Isaiah 40:29-31). He will surely intervene at the right time. Therefore, throw all your worries on him, because he cares for you. Be wise!

Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank you for you are caring and loving. Therefore, I will trust and serve you always, amen!


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