Thursday, May 7, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hands. 1 Samuel 17:47
LISTEN : Fear is one of the problems of man. In fact, everyone you see is afraid of something. Something he or she thinks could be wished away. My dear, what is your fear? Like I said earlier, everyone has what they are afraid of. However, you can overcome your fears when your eyes are fixed on God (Mark 9:23 ). The truth is, we can build confidence and courage when we depend on God for strength (1 Samuel 30:6). To the Israelites, Goliath the Philistine from Gad was a monster. He challenged the army of Israel, not knowing that with such impudence, God was up against him. He trusted his strength in battle, his arsenal and age long victories; as a result, he believes that the Israelites – the people of God would be like one of his victims. Sadly, King Saul and the army of Israel were afraid of him. They were crippled by his threat. No one was courageous enough to confront him because he was dreaded by all. But when David visited the battle field, he could not bear the insult and humiliation that was meted out to his people and his God, as a result, he volunteered to fight the dreaded Goliath and eventually defeated him with just a stone from his sling. The question is, why was he not afraid of Goliath like others? How was he able to defeat him without a sword or a bow and arrow in his hands? Why was he not crippled by what others feared? David was not afraid of Goliath because God was on his side (Psalms 118:6). He believes in the power of God, and understands that victory is possible with God (Proverbs 21:31). My dear, are you conquering your fears or being conquered by it? Surely, no one wins until he believes winning is possible. Unlike other soldiers of Israel, David believed Goliath was defeatable, and therefore defeated him without a sword. In the same way, you can overcome your fears if you look beyond your strength, and seek the strength of God. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Never grow weak in faith, instead, believe you can overcome your fears.
2. Do not run away from challenges, instead, be bold and confront them head-on.
3. Always look beyond your strength, by seeking the strength of God.
4 Be ever positive and never give up hope no matter what.
Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you for giving me courage and faith in your name. Help me to stand up to every challenge, amen.
Reflection : Faith conquers where fear is defeated and crawls where fear reigns.
Quote : “No one wins until he believes winning is possible. And no one is a loser until he accepts defeat as his fate.”
Faith Confession: In Jesus’ name, I confess that with God nothing is impossible. Therefore, I will trust in Him and not be afraid, amen.
Biblical Fact: Did you know Cyprus was one of the kings of Persia in the days of Daniel? (Daniel 10:1).
Today In History : May 7, 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims (rams), France, ending its role in World War II.
Stunning Fact : Did you know gorillas can’t swim?
Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I speak on your life. You will overcome your fears. May God empower you for victory in your battles, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Thursday, May 7, 2020
TOPIC: NEVER PAY BACK EVIL FOR EVIL?
Bible Verse : Do not say, “I will pay back evil!” Wait for the LORD, so that he may vindicate you. Proverbs 20:22 (NET)
LISTEN : “I will not relent until I have taken my pound of flesh”, says an aggrieved man. This is how lots of people live. My dear, are you itching to pay back evil for evil? Do you want “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth?” Do you find it difficult to forgive your offenders. It is quite unfortunate that everyone wants to take revenge against his or her offender(s). No one wants to forgive. Everyone wants to take his or her own “pound of flesh.” What a wicked world! No peace, no forgiveness, no love, but rather violence, killing, destruction and all manner of evil. We want to revenge every evil no matter what. Beloved, why seek private revenge instead of seeking God’s vindication? The bible says, “Do not say, “I will pay back evil!” That is , do not do an injury to one that has done one to you. The Bible commands that private revenge is not to be taken, but should be left to God, to whom vengeance belongs. You should learn to wait on the Lord, and He shall save you; commit yourself and cause to God; leave it with Him to avenge your wrongs, and wait for His own time to do you justice. He will at the proper season, and in His own way, save you from your enemies, and make a righteous retribution to them (your enemies). The word of God declares, “Be sure of this: the wicked will not go unpunished, but the descendants of the righteous will go free” (Proverbs 11:21). Beloved, do not waste your time seeking revenge, instead, seek the will and help of God. Be wise!
Prayer : Heavenly Father! I know that vengeance belongs to you. Therefore, help me to leave vengeance to you. Amen.