Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4

LISTEN : “Be happy no matter what or be crushed by troubles of life”, was a man’s advice to his wife. Couple of months ago. I told a story about a christian woman who lost her four children in rapid succession to a strange disease and was approached by a friend of the family, who, after reflecting on the weight of the tragedy on her, asked, “Friend, will you ever be happy again?” The woman replied, “I have every reason to be happy, because the death of my children is not the death of my God. I will always be happy because my God lives.” And because of her faith in God, God blessed her with other children. Sometimes we experience similar things, but fail to exercise faith in God. In times of troubles many choose depression over happiness. They do not see any reason to be happy again. Beloved, that should not be the case. Do not allow depression to dictate the direction of your life or consume your destiny. Have faith in God and be happy always. Faith in God will fill your heart with joy even in time of trouble, and God will release the Spirit of joy, even the Holy Spirit into your heart. When you have faith in God, pain, disappointment, heartbreak, hardship, sorrow, tribulations, crisis, rejection, persecution, etc, cannot drown your joy (Habakkuk 3:17,18). My dear, your joy cannot cease if you continuously fix your eyes on God. As much as your eyes are on God, your heart can still find solace in Him. Henceforth, when sorrow strives to take the place of joy in your heart, resist it. Learn to rest in the power of God and never allow sorrow to ruin your life. No matter the circumstance always remember that, the joy of the Lord is your strength. So, be happy or be crushed. be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what’s expected of you?
1. No matter the circumstance, just remain joyful and hopeful, knowing that God cares about you.
2. Whatever situation you are, go to God in prayer and you will find joy and rest for your soul.
3. Always resist depression in your life and embrace the spirit of joy no matter what.
4. Learn to rest in the power of God and do not allow sorrow to ruin your life.

Prayer : Heavenly Father! I thank you because of your joy in my heart. Help me to continue to find joy in you, and to live the rest of my life in joy, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : Your joy cannot cease if you continuously fix your eyes on God. For as much as your eyes are on God, your heart would still find solace in Him.

Daily Quote : “He who allows depression to dictate the direction of his life, has chosen to sacrifice his future at the altar of foolishness.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus ‘ name! I confess that God is the source of true joy. Therefore, I will trust in Him always, amen.

Biblical Fact: Did you know Methuselah was the father of Lamech? (Genesis 5:25).

Today In History : May 12, 1881 Tunisia, in North Africa becomes a French protectorate.

Stunning Fact : Did you know the typical wave height from Pacific tsunami is between 6 – 9 metres

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I speak on your life. May you have cause to rejoice always. May the spirit of sorrow and heartbreak over your life be destroyed. In Jesus’ name.



Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Bible Verse : If we live, we live for the Lord; if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. Romans 14:8

LISTEN : Beloved, make God the centre of your life. Yes, wisdom demands that you know what to live and die for. A lot of people today including believers in Christ Jesus claim to serve God, but only few of them are truly serving God in spirit and in truth. Just few believers are committed to Him whether dead or alive. It is quite hard today to see people who declare their loyalty to God and stay committed to Him when trials hit them. A lot of people are no longer living for God but for themselves and Satan. They place their own interests and opinions above God’s. Friend, those who choose to place their own interests above God’s, will wander into the wilderness of frustration, heartbreak and emptiness. As a wise person, you should strive to glorify God with your life. You should endeavour to live for Him and not just for yourself. Friend, if you are living just for yourself, you are living just for nothing. (Mark 8:36,37). So, do not abandon or ignore God. He who abandons God to pursue the world will eventually discover that he has laboured in vain. Surely, those who live in this life just to please themselves at the expense of God, will exit this world to mourn and groan forever in hell. So, determine to stay committed to God and make Him the center of your life. Be wise!

Prayer: Everlasting Father. I appreciate you because Christ Jesus died for the salvation of the world. Help me to put my trust in you and to serve you as long as I live, amen.

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