Friday, October 16, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : You are my hiding place; you shall preserve me from trouble; you shall compass me about with songs of deliverance. Psalms 32:7

Thought of The Day : He who hides himself in God, hides himself from destruction.

LISTEN : God is bigger than our troubles. What is above our heads are under His feet. As a matter of fact, He drives away what drives us crazy. With God on our side, there is always a way of escape from every trouble. Yes, you can never drown when you sail in the boat of God. When you make God your hiding place, He will make you His dwelling place. When trials come we look for a hiding place. Sadly, there is no hiding place in times of troubles except in God. He who hides himself in God, hides himself from destruction. God is the only one who can preserve us from trouble. In every storm He has prepared a way of escape. No storm rages against the believer without God knowing. And when we cry because of the pain of trials, in the end we will rejoice because of our patience in trials. When God moves, weeping is turned into laughter and sadness is turned into joy. The Bible says, “… weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalms 30:5). Beloved, no matter the trials that may confront you, you must not settle for stagnation; you should keep moving and trusting God no matter what. Trials are part of the process that will take you to your God-ordained future. (Isaiah 48:10 ; Acts 14:22). The process may be painful and frustrating, but the bliss that awaits you at the end of the journey is worth the sufferings. No matter how long the journey takes, you will surely arrive at your God-given destination if you fix your eyes on God. Surely, you will sing songs of deliverance at the end of the journey, if you are not distracted by the momentary afflictions you face. So, no matter what you’re going through, just believe that God will rescue and bless you in the end. Remember, you will surely overcome your troubles. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Make God your refuge and fortress, and trust in Him without fear.
2. No matter the trials, don’t be afraid; instead, rest in the promises of God.
3. Don’t see trials as your destination, rather, see it as part of the journey of life.
4. Don’t be distracted by momentary afflictions, rather, be firm in your faith in God.

Faith Confession : Today, I declare that God is my hiding place. He will preserve me from my troubles and enemies, amen.

Prayer : Dear LORD, you’re my hiding place in times of troubles. Therefore, deliver me from my enemies and put songs of deliverance in my mouth, in Jesus’ name, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May God calm your storm. Henceforth, receive grace for victory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : Let the battle continue to rage. Yet, God’s grace is available for those who maintain a close walk with Him.

Quote : “God delivers his own from troubles. For it’s impossible to drown when you sail in the boat of God.”

Biblical FactDid you know Queen Vasti was deposed by King Ahasuerus and replaced by Esther? (Esther 1:1-22)

Today In History : October 16, 1903 – Homel, 1st Jewish self defense organization founded in Russia

Stunning Fact : Did you know Tokyo was once known as Edo?

Bible Quiz : Who amongst the disciples of Jesus Christ was a physician?

God bless you!

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