Monday, October 12, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hands. 1 Samuel 17:47

Thought of The Day : When God fights a battle, He lives enemies with shame.

LISTEN : “Goliath is nothing but a defeated foe if there is a David.” David represents faith in the living God. He represents victory over fear. Fear is one of the problems of man. In fact, everyone you see is afraid of something. Something he or she thinks could be wished away. My dear, what is your fear? Like I said earlier, everyone has what they are afraid of. However, you can overcome your fears when your eyes are fixed on God (Mark 9:23 ). The truth is, we can build confidence and courage when we depend on God for strength (1 Samuel 30:6). To the Israelites, Goliath the Philistine from Gad was a monster. He challenged the army of Israel, not knowing that with such impudence, God was up against him. He trusted his strength in battle, his arsenal and age long victories; as a result, he believes that the Israelites – the people of God would be like one of his victims. Sadly, King Saul and the army of Israel were afraid of him. They were crippled by his threat. No one was courageous enough to confront him because he was dreaded by all. But when David visited the battle field, he could not bear the insult and humiliation that was meted out to his people and his God, as a result, he volunteered to fight the dreaded Goliath and eventually defeated him with just a stone from his sling. The question is, why was he not afraid of Goliath like others? How was he able to defeat him without a sword or a bow and arrow in his hands? Why was he not crippled by what others feared? David was not afraid of Goliath because God was on his side (Psalms 118:6). He believes in the power of God, and understands that victory is possible with God (Proverbs 21:31). My dear, are you conquering your fears or being conquered by it? Surely, no one wins until he believes winning is possible. Unlike other soldiers of Israel, David believed Goliath was defeatable, and therefore defeated him without a sword. In the same way, you can overcome your fears if you look beyond your strength, and seek the strength of God. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Never grow weak in faith, instead, believe you can overcome your fears.
2. Do not run away from challenges, instead, be bold and confront them head-on.
3. Always look beyond your strength, by seeking the strength of God.
Be ever positive and never give up hope no matter what.

Faith Confession: In Jesus’ name, I confess that with God nothing is impossible. Therefore, I will trust in Him and not be afraid, amen.

Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you for giving me courage and faith in your name. Help me to stand up to every challenge, amen.

Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I speak on your life. You will overcome your fears. May God empower you for victory in your battles, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : Faith conquers where fear is defeated and crawls where fear reigns.

Quote : “No one wins until he believes winning is possible. And no one is a loser until he accepts defeat as his fate.”

Biblical Fact: Did you know Cyprus was one of the kings of Persia in the days of Daniel? (Daniel 10:1).

Today In History : October 12, 1963 After nearly 23 years of imprisonment, Reverend Walter Ciszek, a Jesuit missionary, was released from the Soviet Union.

Stunning Fact : Did you know gorillas can’t swim?

Bible Quiz : Why was Leah given to Jacob instead of Rachel?

God bless you!

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