Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. 2 Corinthians 4:17
Thought of The Day : Suffering doesn’t stop success, our choices in times of troubles do.
LISTEN : The decision to keep making progress in spite of difficulties or heartbreak is a product of determination and self-discipline. It is the expression of your conviction that, you are unstoppable. Beloved, you can fulfill your purpose in life if you refuse to give up (Job 14:14). My dear, lots of things may want to stop you but don’t give up or give in. Never allow afflictions to stop you (see Genesis 41:51-52). Yes, no matter the amount of pain and suffering, don’t give up, rather look to the future. No doubt, we suffer to survive and succeed in life, because life is not a respecter of persons. Life both teaches and tortures us at the same time. Sometimes life is made better by the lesson we learned from it; other times our hearts are made bitter or broken by the same life. As a matter of fact, we both learn and suffer from life’s circumstances. But the good news is that, as a true child of God, no matter what you suffer in this life, it is just a light affliction compared to the glory you will receive for believing in Jesus Christ. My dear, no one is immune to this light affliction, but as children of God, we are fortified by our faith in Christ to cope with it. Your strength in time of trouble is your faith in God. When you operate in faith you will swim in strength. No affliction is too powerful to paralyse the power of faith. Yes! Faith will keep you firmly footed when the storm of life is raging, and will keep you standing when it is over. Friend, I want you to know that, whatever you are passing through now is momentary. So, don’t throw away your confidence in God because of trials. Instead, be strong and know that your pain, heartbreak, hardship, sorrow, trials, sickness, rejection, persecution, etc., are just temporary (Psalms 30:5). Henceforth, never allow afflictions to stop you. Remember, suffering does not stop success, our choices in times of troubles do. Be wise!
What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Be strong and endure trials and don’t give up on God.
2. Focus on your eternal future by patiently dealing with trials and sufferings of today.
3. Learn the lessons of life and also endure the pain that often comes with it.
4. No matter the circumstances, hold on to your faith and determine to overcome whatever trial that comes your way.
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name. I confess that God is aware of my pains and will keep me from destruction. Therefore, I will put my trust in Him always, amen.
Prayer : Everlasting God, I thank you for your words today. Help me to overcome my troubles, in Jesus’ name, amen.
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May God deliver you from evil and wickedness of men. May your light affliction produce for you a glorious reward, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : It is not possible to walk in faith and end up in the land of prisoners. For He who operates in faith will win the battles of life.
Quote : “No one is immune to trials of life, but faith in God fortifies believers against its poison .”
Biblical Fact : Did you know the chief priests planned to kill Lazarus few days after Jesus Christ raised him from the dead? (John 11:9-11).
Today In History : October 28, 1831 – Michael Faraday demonstrates his dynamo invention, an electrical generator
Stunning Fact : Did you know french fries are originally from Belgium?
Bible Quiz : What god of the Philistines was the ark of God presented to after it was captured from the Israelites?
God bless you!