Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. 2 Corinthians 4:17
LISTEN : You can fulfill your purpose in life if you refuse to give up (Job 14:14). My dear, lots of things may want to stop you but don’t give up or give in. Never allow afflictions to stop you. Yes, no matter the amount of pain and suffering, don’t give up, rather look to the future. No doubt, we suffer to survive and succeed in life, because life is not a respecter of persons. Life both teaches and tortures us at the same time. Sometimes life is made better by the lesson we learned from it; other times our hearts are made bitter or broken by the same life. As a matter of fact, we both learn and suffer from life’s circumstances. But the good news is that, as a true child of God, no matter what you suffer in this life, it is just a light affliction compared to the glory you will receive for believing in Jesus Christ. My dear, no one is immune to this light affliction, but as children of God, we are fortified by our faith in Christ to cope with it. My dear, your strength in time of trouble is your faith in God. When you operate in faith you will swim in strength. No affliction is too powerful to paralyse the power of faith. Yes! Faith will keep you firmly footed when the storm of life is raging, and will keep you standing when it is over. Friend, I want you to know that, whatever you are passing through now is momentary. So, don’t throw away your confidence in God because of trials. Instead, be strong and know that your pain, heartbreak, hardship, sorrow, trials, sickness, rejection, persecution, etc. are just temporary. Henceforth, never allow affliction to stop you. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Be strong and endure trials and don’t give up on God.
2. Focus on your eternal future by patiently dealing with trials and sufferings of today.
3. Learn the lessons of life and also endure the pain that often comes with it.
4. No matter the circumstances, hold on to your faith and determine to overcome whatever trial that comes your way.
Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank you for your words today. Help me to overcome my troubles, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : He who operates in faith will win the battles of life.
Quote : “No one is immune to life’s affliction, but faith in Christ Jesus fortifies believers to cope with it.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name. I confess that God is aware of my affliction and will keep me from destruction. Therefore, I will put my trust in Him, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know the chief priests planned to kill Lazarus few days after Jesus Christ raised him from the dead? (John 11:9-11).
Today In History : April 1857 A small group of Dutch immigrants, meeting in Zeeland, Michigan, organize the Christian Reformed Church.
Stunning Fact : Did you know french fries are originally from Belgium?
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May God deliver you from evil and wickedness of men. May your light affliction produce for you a glorious reward, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : GOD HONOURS HIS OBEDIENT CHILDREN
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Bible Verse : That day the LORD brought honor to Joshua before all Israel. They respected him all his life, just as they had respected Moses. Joshua 4:14
LISTEN : God honours His obedient children. His honour has no compare. As a matter of fact, if God doesn’t honour you, you can’t truly be honoured. You will be honoured from above when you honour God in the earth. What does it mean to honour God? It means to respect and revere Him because He is God. It means to hold Him in high esteem. My dear, the day you choose to make honouring God your topmost priority is the day you have chosen to make divine honour your portion in life. When Moses sent the twelve spies to the land of Canaan to explore, only Joshua and Caleb came back with a good report. The remaining ten came back with evil report that broke the heart of the people and made them doubt God’s ability to give them the land of Canaan. (Numbers 13:25-33). But because Joshua honoured God in the eyes of Israel, God also honoured him when he became the leader after the death of Moses. Through him, God cause the Jordan river to dry up for the children of Israel to pass through. After that encounter, the children of Israel respected Joshua all his life. My dear, do you desire honour from above? Then, honour and fear God! Surely, you can’t honour God and end in disgrace. Be wise!
Prayer : Blessed Father, help me to honour and fear you always, in Jesus’ name, amen.