Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Do not say, “Why were the former days better than these?” For you do not ask wisely about this. Ecclesiastics 7:10
LISTEN : “Why me?” is a common confession people make when something bad happens to them. But when they prosper or something good happens they never ask why me? My dear, this is wrong. Stop asking why me and begins to advance courageously and purposefully to the future. Why ask why instead of finding solutions to your problems. God understands and is willing to help you. So, stop mourning the good old days and start appreciating God for everything. No condition is permanent, remember. When you think you have nothing to live for because of your present situation, remember that God who sees the past can bless the present and shape the future. My dear, don’t dwell in the past that you forget to appreciate God for the present and believe Him for the future. It’s such a bad way to reciprocate God’s goodness and mercy towards you. No matter what happens now, your memories of good old days shouldn’t drown your gratitude for today. What’s happening to you now may not be what you wished for, yet, it is worth thanking God for. Just accept today the way it is and work and pray for a better tomorrow. Stop murmuring and counting your losses, for it will further frustrate you; instead, praise God for the gift of life and trust Him for a better life. Our Bible verse says, “Do not say, Why were the former days better than these?” For you do not ask wisely about this.”(Ecclesiastics 7:10). Beloved, stop wasting your entire life asking why you’re experiencing what you never wished for, instead, pray and work hard for a change. Surely, if your hope is in God you’ll never be put to shame. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Be content with what you have and keep calm and wait for God.
2. Don’t murmur when the past seems better than the present. Instead, praise God all the same.
3. Never despise the gift of God no matter how small, instead, receive it and appreciate God for it.
4. Fear God and be conscious of your plans for a better tomorrow.
Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank you because your word gives life. Help me to live in hope of a better life, amen.
Reflection : To get to Canaan you must encounter the wilderness.
Quote : “Life is too short to be wasted thinking endlessly about an ugly past. Only fools allow the hurt of the past to ruin the blessings of the future.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that no matter the situation, life can still be the same when I have faith in God. Amen!
Biblical Fact : Did you know the three sons of Noah that came out of the Ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Genesis 9:18).
Today In History : March 24 1603 Queen Elizabeth 1 dies which will bring into power James VI of Scotland.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the average person falls asleep in 7 minutes?
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May God calm your troubled heart. And may you receive peace of mind and faith to stay strong, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : DID YOU DO IT IN LOVE?
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Bible Verse : Everything you do should be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14
LISTEN : Everything we do should be done in love. The truth is, people want to see and experience love. Therefore, as children of God we should act in love. We should show love to others no matter what. Because God commands us to love, therefore, we should love always and not base our love on feelings. If we love others base on feelings, when feelings die, love will die too. My dear, God’s standard of love is different from what the world calls love. The world takes love to mean how someone makes them feel or how they feel about someone else. But God says love is about how you behave and treat others. We children of God need to know what true love is all about. Where true love is expressed, unity among believers in Christ and others will excel. Besides, it will keep people, relationships, family members, etc., together. Where true love is expressed, the loving nature of Christ will appear amongst the people. Beloved, learn to act in love towards others. So, whatever you do, do it in love. Be wise!
Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank you for your words today. Help me to act in love towards others, amen!