Friday, June 12, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing them. Judges 8:4
THOUGH OF THE DAY : Determination turns failure to motivation for success.
LISTEN : Determination triggers success. Yes, obstacles on the way may want to hinder you, but determination and courage would keep you pushing until you overcome. My dear, there is no guarantee that you will not faint when pursuing a God-given purpose. No matter how strong and energetic you are, you will faint or feel frustrated and helpless at some point, as you travel the road to your God-given purposes. As life gets tougher, people tend to faint and get discouraged. One of the reasons why many fail in their quest for success is because they surrender to “exhaustion.” They got tired and felt they cannot go on anymore. Beloved, you should learn to be strong, courageous and determined when pursuing your God-given purposes (Joshua 1:6,7,9). You should get moving even when you lack the strength to proceed further. Learn to “think outside the box” and realise that you cannot make it all alone. You need help. You need God. When your strength is gone and you cannot proceed any further, you need God. When your hope is disappointed, you need God. When fear and enemies threaten your life, you need God. With God, your strength, hope and courage will return. In our Bible verse, Gideon and his three hundred men prevailed over the one hundred and thirty five thousand Midianites, because they first overcame the temptation to surrender to “tiredness” (Pro 24:10). The Bible recorded thus: “they were tired, yet pursuing them” (Judges 8:4). Beloved, do you have such courage and determination? Please do not give up on your dreams and visions. Keep pushing, certainly you will break through. If you cannot give up you will go up. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Deal with your spiritual dryness, pray and keep pushing until you break through.
2. Never give up on your God-given purpose, rather fight until you overcome.
3. Do not be lazy in spirit, instead be alert and fervent in the Lord’s service.
4. Do not surrender to the wish of your enemies, rather rise and fight through faith and prayer.
Prayer : Blessed Father, You are supreme and powerful. Help me to overcome every battle of my life. In Jesus’ name, amen!
Reflection : He who surrenders to defeat cannot experience success until he rises up to resist defeat.
Quote : “Pursue your dreams and visions; for breakthrough happens to those who make the decision to keep pressing on.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name. I confess that God has what it takes to see me through my troubles. Therefore, I will trust Him always, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Jesus Christ is referred to as the word of God? (John 1:1-4).
Today In History : June 12, 1927 Inventor and electrical engineer Guglielmo Marconi (53) weds Maria Cristina Bezzi-Scali
Stunning Fact : Did you know though small, pygmy marmosets (monkey) can leap 15 feet into the air.
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I speak on your life. May you not be defeated by your enemies. May God equip you with uncommon strength for every battle, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : GOD OF VENGEANCE
Friday, June 12, 2020
Bible Verse : Do not say, “I will pay back evil!” Wait for the LORD, so that he may vindicate you. Proverbs 20:22
LISTEN: God is the God of vengeance. He says we should live vengeance for Him. My dear, 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 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. For when God avenges you, you will truly be victorious. Be wise!
Prayer : Heavenly Father, I know You are God. Help me to leave vengeance to You, in Jesus’ name, amen!