Monday, August 17, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : I repeat, be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic, for I, the LORD your God, am with you in all you do. Joshua 1:9 (NET)

THOUGHT OF THE DAY : With courage and faith, no obstacles will be too hard to surmount.

LISTEN : You will be stopped in your journey of life if you are empty of courage and faith. Courage and faith are two forces that cannot be subdued. When the going gets tough courage keeps you moving even when all you could see is obstacles; and faith keeps your eyes on God against all odds. My dear, when Joshua took over the mantle of leadership from Moses. Just after the death of Moses God repeatedly asked Joshua to be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:6-9). He asked him not to be afraid or panic in the face of troubles. And assured him of His presence wherever he goes. God knows that, Joshua was going to face diverse people and situations that would threaten his peace of mind. Hence, he encouraged him to be strong and brave. My dear, no matter your purpose in life, you’re bound to face obstacles. And when you lack the strength and courage to advance with your purpose, then you’ve chosen to stop making progress. As a matter of fact, life can’t be worthwhile if you’re not prepared to begin and move forward with courage and faith. But how can you be strong and courageous when there’s nothing to strengthen your heart and encourage you to proceed no matter the circumstance. Here, the strength and courage of Joshua is in the ever presence of God. The Bible says, “… for I, the LORD your God, am with you in all you do. (Joshua 1:9 NET). Beloved, to sustain your courage you must believe that, God is with you everywhere you go. Henceforth, determine to ride on the vehicle of faith and courage and you’ll live. Be wise!

What Should You Do With This Message?
1. In the midst of troubles don’t panic, instead, trust in God for intervention.
2. In every situation be strong and courageous and look on to God.
3. Don’t be afraid. Instead remember that God is with you always.
4. Anytime you’re afraid, remind yourself of the promises of God and lean on Him.

Prayer : Everlasting Father, I thank You because You’re with me always. Help me to hide myself in You and obtain victory, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : He who is in God’s assignments will never miss His abiding presence.

Quote : “God never fails, He goes everywhere with the one who is ready to go everywhere for Him.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I will proceed in life with courage and faith no matter what, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was transformed into an animal? (Daniel 4:33).

Today In History : August 17, 1978 Three Americans complete the first crossing of the Atlantic in a balloon.

Stunning Fact : Did you know the bones of a pigeon weigh less than its feathers?

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May God protect you and give you victory over your enemies, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Bible Quiz : What are the names of Jesse’s three sons who followed King Saul to war……….. ?


  1. Eliab, Abinadab and Shimea went to battle with Saul. David brought them cheese sandwiches and finally defeated Goliath. Thank you for your loving devotions. They touch my heart.


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