Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Look, he has placed the land in front of you! Go up, take possession of it, just as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, said to do. Do not be afraid or discouraged! Deuteronomy 1:21
THOUGHT OF THE DAY : Waiting for the right time to act is a waste of time when the time spent on waiting was the right time to act.
LISTEN : There is time for everything. Therefore, we must be sensitive to time to be able to accomplish purpose. Yes, insensitivity to time will result in abuse of golden opportunities. Time is an integral part of life. Hence, to take time lightly is to take life lightly. The abuse of time if left unchecked will eventually become abuse of life. So, wait no more to act where necessary. When the Israelites left the land of Egypt and wandered in the wilderness for years, and finally arrived at Kadesh Barnea, a hill country belonging to the Amorites which is part of the land God was about to give to them. (Deuteronomy 1:20). Moses said to them, “Look, he has placed the land in front of you! Go up, take possession of it, just as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, said to do. Do not be afraid or discouraged!” (Deuteronomy 1:21). The Israelites like many of us today, seemed to have forgotten God’s promises to them. Moses had to remind them that it is their responsibility to arise and go for what God has already given to them. Beloved, you cannot obtain the promises of God by folding your hands and doing nothing. You must do your part to obtain it. You should go for your God-given possessions by faith. Firstly, you must overcome fear and discouragement. Moses urged them thus : “Do not be afraid or discouraged!” (v 21b). Fear will stop you when you take your eyes off God. Yes! Fear is a great force that is capable of crippling even the strongest person who chooses to walk in fear. So, to excel in life you must overcome your fears and discouragement. Tell yourself that God is with you, therefore, you will triumph over all obstacles to your success. My dear, rise! You have been in one place for too long. (Deuteronomy 1:6-8). It is time to conquer new grounds and territories. Just keep moving! God is with you. Henceforth, wait no more to act. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not surrender to fear or discouragement no matter what.
2. Always remind yourself that you can overcome any obstacles through God.
3. Refuse to be stagnant in life, just keep moving until you overcome and breakthrough.
4. Never wait for God to do for you what He has given you the ability to do yourself.
Prayer : Dear Lord, You created me to be fruitful and relevant. Therefore, help me to accomplish what You have created me for, amen!
Reflection : To accomplish a purpose be sensitive to time; for insensitivity to time will result in abuse of golden opportunities.
Quote: “Time is an integral part of life. Hence, to take time lightly is to take life lightly. For the abuse of time if left unchecked will eventually become abuse of life.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus ‘ name. I arise to go for my God-given possessions. Henceforth, I refuse to be stagnant, amen.
Biblical Fact: Did you know the name “ICHABOD” means, “inglorious” or “there is no glory?” (1 Samuel 4:21-22).
Today In History : May 26, 1896 The last czar of Russia, Nicholas II, is crowned.
Stunning Fact : Did you know giraffes and rats can last longer without water than camels?
Prophetic Declaration : It is well with you. Today I speak on your life. May God strengthen you to passionately pursue your God-given purposes and blessings, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : GOD GIVES PEACE IN THE MIDST OF STORM
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Bible Verse: And suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so much that the boat was covered with the waves, but he was asleep. Matthew 8: 24
LISTEN : God gives peace even in the midst of a storm. “Peace be still” were the words of Jesus Christ to His disciples, and His words to you today. Jesus Christ is aware of every step of the devil against you. Hence, He wants you to be calm no matter the threat or danger you perceive. He is working for you behind the scenes. He will save and glorify you. Beloved, do you know you can find peace even in time of troubles? Do you also know that when the storm of life is raging, God can give you peace and shield you from harm? You may have been troubled with how your day ended today without achieving your target ; but not to worry, just ease your stress and prepare for the next day. Ask the Lord to give you the kind of peace and sleep that will nourish and calm your troubled heart (Philippians 4:6,7). When Jesus Christ was sailing with His disciples on a boat, the storm was up against them, but He was not bothered because He is above all. He rebuked and calmed the storm and saved His disciples. Beloved, free your mind from fear and troubles of the day, and you will experience a good night sleep through the supernatural hands of God. God is with you. He will not allow you to drown in the ocean of trials. So cheer up and remember that God gives peace even in storm. Be wise!
Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank you today for your word. Rebuke the storms of my life. In Jesus ‘ name.