Friday, May 15, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Then Job answered the LORD: “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted…” Job 42:1-2
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY : When you are tired of life, remember that there is a God who can turn misery into a miracle; and mess into a message.
LISTEN : My dear, leave everything in the hands of God. Couple of months ago I told a story about a young girl who was sighted crying and sobbing profusely. The man who saw her asked her, “Young girl, why are you crying?” She replied, “I want to die. I am tired of life. There is nothing to live for.” The man asked again; “Why did you say ‘there is nothing to live for?”’ She replied tearfully, “I have lost everything. My parents and siblings have been killed by war.” The man broke down in tears and hugged her and wrapped his arms around her neck for a long while and looked at her and said, “You will not die. You are left of your family to make a difference. I have been in same situation some years ago. I lost everything and attempted suicide like you, but God sent someone who came at the right time and saved me just the same way He has sent me to save you. Look at me today, I have gained more than I ever lost. So be strong and have faith in God. You would be fine if you can leave everything in the hands of God.” Immediately she wipes her tears and declares, “I will not die. I will be strong, and I will put my trust in God.” My dear, perhaps your own case is similar to this young girl’s; but just be strong and hopeful. In a strange temptation, Job lost everything to disaster, yet, he anchored his hope in God. He made this declaration about God, “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” (Job 42:1-2). Job believes that, no matter the situation, God’s purpose for his life would prevail. And God answered him eventually. Beloved, it is not yet over with you. No matter your tragedies or misfortunes God can turn it around. However, to experience a turn around in your situations, you must believe that, God can do all things (Mark 9:23). For he who believes that, God can do all things will surely receive intervention from Him. So, no matter what, determine to leave everything in the hands of God. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Never kill yourself because of troubles. Rather be hopeful, strong and courageous.
2. Have faith in God, knowing that, all power belongs to Him.
3. Wipe your tears and fix your eyes on God and He will deliver you in due time.
4. Always remind yourself that, God is able to do all things, and therefore will help you.
Prayer : Everlasting Father, I thank you because you can do all things. Therefore, deliver me from my troubles, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : He who believes that, God can do all things will surely receive intervention from Him.
Quote : “Faith makes us to leave impossible and sophisticated situations in the hands of the all-powerful God and expects results.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus ‘ name! I confess that God can do all things. Therefore, I will put my trust in Him no matter what, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know the rain that brought the flood in the days of Noah fell forty days and forty nights? (Genesis 7:12).
Today In History : May 15, 1702 The War of Spanish Succession begins.
Stunning Fact : Did you know gorillas cannot swim?
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I speak on your life. May the Lord bless you. May every plan of disaster and misfortune orchestrated against you be destroyed, in Jesus name, amen.
TOPIC : ARE YOU COMMITTED TO HIS LOVE?
Friday, May 15, 2020
Bible Verse : I will love you, O LORD, my strength. Psalms 18:1
LISTEN : Are you committed to God’s love? My dear, what consumes your heart? Is it the desire to love God or to love the world? David’s ultimate desire was to love God. Like David, can you declare your love for God today? Can your family declare their love and loyalty to God? Can you boldly and genuinely say, “I will love you O LORD?” God is pleased when His creation acknowledged Him as their strength. He is happy when we love Him above all else. Beloved, your love for God is measured by what you are willing to sacrifice to gain Him: it is measured by how much you can obey and serve Him. Our love for God is complete when we no longer resist Him, but joyfully serve, obey, trust and follow His will without excuses. Like David, let us love the LORD and trust Him as our strength; because when the LORD is our strength, victory is guaranteed. Be wise!
Prayer : Dear Lord, help me to love you always as long as I live, amen.