Monday, August 31, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: I left here full, but the LORD has caused me to return empty-handed. Why do you call me ‘Naomi,’ seeing that the LORD has opposed me, and the Sovereign One has caused me to suffer?” Ruth 1:21

THOUGHT OF THE DAY : Learning to cope with the pressures of life would equip you to outlast your challenges.

LISTEN: God heals wounded hearts. Yes, He does, because He knows how we feel. No doubt, on a daily basis people deal with issues of broken heart, emanating from broken relationships, bereavement, disasters, disappointments, rejection, poverty, sorrow, etc., but faith in God brings victory in the end (Job 14:1,14). However, learning to cope with the pressure of these experiences will enable you to outlast them; because a broken heart is not a broken dream or destiny. The truth is, he who cooperates with God can’t collapse under the pressure of heartbreak (Job 14:14; Psalms 27:14). My dear, are you dealing with sorrow? Is your heart broken by misfortunes, tragedies, miseries, etc.? Relax! God is in control. Yes, you might be shaken by circumstances of life, but God’s plans for you can’t be shaken. You might be surrounded by darkness and hopelessness, but certainly there is ‘light at the end of the tunnel.’ Our verse of the day is about Naomi and her husband Elimelech and their two sons, Mahlon and Chilion who went out of Bethlehem of Judah to Moab in search of survival for there was famine in their own land. Alas, what looks to them like a breakthrough became a heartbreak, for she lost her husband and her two sons in ten years. Obviously, it was a heartbreaking experience for Naomi and her daughters’ in law – Orpah and Ruth. As a matter of fact, she requested not to be addressed by her name – Naomi, which means pleasant, but by her condition – “bitterness.” Though her life was messed up by tragedy, but God compensated her in the end through her daughter in law – Ruth, who incredibly became the woman that gave birth to Obed, Obed to Jesse, Jesse to David down to our Lord Jesus Christ. What a massive blessing after a rain of tragedy and misfortune! Beloved, is your story similar to Naomi’s, or worse than that? Cheer up. It’s not yet over with you (Lamentations 3:37). Just put your trust in God. If your heart is heavy today with sorrow, you’ll surely smile tomorrow when the sun of divine intervention shall gracefully shine on you. Be wise!

What Should You Do With This Message?
1. No matter what, don’t name yourself after your predicament, instead, trust God for a change.
2. Learn to put your trust in God and never give up no matter how ugly it might seem.
3. Believe that your better days are not over but just beginning.
4. No matter what you face, don’t give up on life or write off yourself.

Faith Confession : In Jesus ‘ name. I confess that I am blessed and not cursed. Therefore, I stop the force of tragedy in my life. Amen!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I bless Your name today because evil or misfortune will not overwhelm me. Henceforth, let Your glory overshadow me now and forever. In Jesus’ name, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today, I speak on your life, every curse in your life is destroyed . Receive peace into your heart henceforth. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection: A broken heart is not a broken dream or destiny. Hence, you can’t be down if you don’t want it.

Quote : “He who cooperates with God can never collapse under the pressure of heartbreak or trials.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know Jesus Christ raised Lazarus who was dead for four days from the dead? (John 11:43-44).

Today In History : Last Russian troops leave Estonia and Latvia.

Stunning Fact : Did you know ostriches have a 14 meter (46 foot) long small intestine?

Bible Quiz : How old was Prophet Moses when he died……….?

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