GETTING BETTER THROUGH BITTER EXPERIENCES

MORNING

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the face the heart is made good. Ecclesiastics 7:3

THOUGHT OF THE DAY : To enjoy a better tomorrow, you must embrace and endure the bitterness of today.

LISTEN : Nobody will wish for sorrow or pain, yet, they are the pathways to blessings. Children do not enjoy discipline, yet, such is what makes them better and useful both to themselves, their families and the society at large.” Of course you know that no child will enjoy to be scolded or punished for whatever reasons. Instead, they enjoy to be allowed to have their own way in everything. But no good parents will allow that, because such will destroy them in the long run. They would rather correct and punish them where necessary, because the rod of correction will bring out the best in them. (Proverbs 22:15). In the same way, when we stray away from God, trouble makes us to have a sober reflection and therefore take the right part. Our verse of the day says, “Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the face the heart is made good.” (Ecclesiastics 7:3). My dear, no one enjoys sorrow, yet, it is the key to a better life. No expectant mother laughs when she is in labour pain. It is always a time of trouble (sorrow) for her. But her joy lies behind the pain. Yes, it takes pain to give birth to gain. Bitter things are what interpret the real meaning of life. Beloved, whatever trouble you face, stand up to it. Never ask why you should face it, instead find how to face it and you will be glad at the end of it all. It might be bitter though, but it will be better at the end if you quit not. Therefore, to experience a better tomorrow, be determined to endure a bitter today where necessary. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. When trouble comes, do not lose heart, instead be strong and face it as you trust God.
2. Do not focus on your troubles, rather focus on the lessons you can learn therefrom.
3. When trouble comes, find out why it came and what can be done to overcome it.
4. In every situation learn to have a sober reflection and talk to God about it.

Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank you because all things work together for the good of those who love you. Help me to learn from all situations and be better-off, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : Sorrow pushes the wise in heart to search for a better life. For lasting joy lies behind pain.

Quote : “It takes pain to give birth to gain, for bitter things are what gives real balance to life.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name. Today, I acknowledge that challenges are part of life. Therefore, I will not faint, I will be strong and courageous, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know there is nothing impossible to God? (Matthew 19:26).

Today In History : June 13, 1525 Martin Luther marries Katharina von Bora, against the celibacy rule decreed by the Roman Catholic Church for priests and nuns.

Stunning Fact : Did you know Cats spend 70% of their lives sleeping.

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I speak on your life, may God strengthen you and grant you victory in every battle of your life, in Jesus’ name, amen.

EVENING

TOPIC : PEACE IN TIME OF TROUBLES

Saturday, June 13, 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 : Can we find peace in times of trouble? Of course we can! No doubt, trouble often pushes people to do things against their own will. It pressures people into going against God’s will. However, we can still experience peace when we face trouble if we choose to walk by faith. Beloved, do you know you can find peace even in times of trouble? Do you also know when the storm of life is raging, God can give you peace and shield you from harm? You may have been troubled by 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. When Jesus Christ was travelling with His disciples on the sea, 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. Remember, God never fail to save those who trust in Him. Be wise!

Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank you for giving me peace of mind in trouble, in Jesus’ name, amen!

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