Wednesday, March 4, 2020

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: On a daily basis people deal with broken heart, emanating from broken relationships, bereavement, disasters, disappointments, rejection, poverty, sorrow, etc. (Job 14:1). However, learning to cope with the pressure of these experiences would enable you to outlast them; because a broken heart is not a broken dream or destiny. The truth is, he who cooperates with God can’t collapse under the pressure of heartbreak (Job 14:14; Psalms 27:14). My dear, are you dealing with sorrow? Is your heart broken by misfortunes, tragedies, miseries, etc.? Relax! God is in control. Yes, 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. Remember, a broken heart is not a broken destiny. Keep moving. 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: Precious Father, I bless your name today because evil or misfortune will not overwhelm me. Henceforth, let your glory overshadow me now and forever. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection: Learning to cope with the pressures of life would equip you to outlast your challenges.

Quote: “You can’t be down if you don’t want it. A broken heart is not a broken dream or destiny; for he who cooperates with God can’t collapse under the pressure of heartbreak.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus ‘ name. I confess that I am blessed and not cursed. Therefore, I stop the force of tragedy in my life. Amen!

Biblical Fact : Did you know Jesus Christ raised Lazarus who was dead for four days from the dead? (John 11:43-44).

Today In History : March 4, 1583 Bernard Gilpin, the English clergyman whose ministry in neglected sections of Northumberland and Yorkshire earned him the title “Apostle of the North,” dies at age 66.

Stunning Fact : Did you know ostriches have a 14 meter (46 foot) long small intestine?

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today, I speak on your life, every curse in your life is destroyed . Receive peace into your heart henceforth. In Jesus’ name, amen.



Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. Colossians 3:2

LISTEN : God’s plan is for us to live forever with Him. Therefore, eternity with Him should be our ultimate goal. Our thoughts should be directed towards Him. My dear, you are what you think, hence, you must guard your thoughts at all times. This is because, what you think about, to a great extent determines what you do or become. Thoughts trigger actions, and your actions will determine your success or failure in life. It will equally determine where you will spend eternity – heaven or hell. Good thoughts will produce good actions, and bad thoughts will produce negative actions. You can’t be different from what you think. (Proverbs 23:7a). That is why it is vital to direct your thoughts in line with the will of God. In our Bible verse , we are urged to think about things that are above and not about things that are on the earth. We should constantly desire the blessings that God has prepared for us in heaven. (1 Corinthians 2:9,10). We should bother ourselves with the things of heaven and abstain from the evil in the world. Besides, our minds should be consumed with thoughts of “a life with God after our earthly struggle.” We should always think about our eternal home that is free from crisis, heartbreak, sicknesses and diseases, death and sorrow, etc. Friend, focus your mind on eternity, for our journey on earth will soon be over. Henceforth, desire to live with God forever. Be wise!

Prayer : Dear LORD, I thank you for your words today. I desire to live with you forever. Therefore, help me to please you as long as I live. Amen!

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