Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : The LORD has done great things for us, and we are glad. Psalms 126:3

THOUGHT OF THE DAY : When God chooses to make you happy no one can keep you sad, or heartbroken.

LISTEN : God sees our pain and He can equally order a ‘gain’ for us. With Him, what brings us pain can equally brings us gain. He replaces sorrow with joy, weeping with laughter, pain with relief, etc. God wants to show you kindness. He wants to put a smile on your face. But you must have faith in Him. My dear, are you heartbroken because you lost your job? Is your life fallen apart because you lost a loved one? Are you sick or bedridden? Are you gradually losing hope and given up on life? Are you finding it hard to feel happy again after the heart- wrenching experience? Beloved, be strong and courageous. Times of extreme misfortune or difficulty are not meant to last forever. There is “light at the end of the tunnel.” There is always good days after the dark days. But only those who are willing to endure by faith will receive the blessings thereof. The Bible says, “… Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalms 30:5). The Israelites were in captivity with no hope of freedom; but when God intervened, the story changed. They (Israelites) marveled at such sudden intervention and freedom, and they exclaimed in excitement, “When the LORD brought back those who returned to Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing… The LORD has done great things for us, and we are glad.” (Psalms 126:1-3). Beloved, in every situation just look to God. Surely, your dark days will give way to joy, peace and celebration. So, ignore your tears and expect your cheers. Trust me, God will surely put a smile on your face. Be wise!

What Should You Do With This Message?
1. Do not dwell on your pains instead, trust God for a better tomorrow.
2. In all situations, be strong, pray and trust God for intervention.
3. Always celebrate God’s benefit to you no matter how small it seems.
4. Have faith in God and never give up on life; just believe to see His goodness in life.

Prayer : Dear LORD, You are kind, loving and merciful. Help me to overcome my troubles and be successful, amen!

Reflection : God is the most powerful and works wonders. But it is hard to experience the wonders of God’s power until you believe and revere His holiness.

Quote : “He who God chooses to bless no one can curse; for He is such a great God before whom affliction cries, crawls and crashes’ in His presence.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I believe that my future is bright. Therefore, I will not give up hope on life, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know God afflicted King Jehoram with an incurable intestinal disease because of his wickedness? (2 Chronicles 21:18).

Today In History : August 12, 2000 Russian Navy submarine K-141 Kursk explodes and sinks with all hands during military exercises in the Barents Sea.

Stunning Fact : Did you know butterflies taste with their back feet?

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May God be gracious to you. May He turn your weeping into laughter, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Bible Quiz : Was Titus a Jew or Gentle……..? Support your answer with biblical proof.

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