AFTER THE PAIN COMES THE GAIN

MORNING

Saturday. November 21, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which will be revealed toward us. Romans 8:18

Thought of The Day : To enjoy future glory, you must endure present shame; and to enjoy eternal gain, you must endure earthly pain.

LISTEN : Bearing pain for the kingdom of God is not a waste of time. As a matter of fact, when we suffer for God we would enjoy with Him. The higher the pain the greater the gain. My dear, suffering is inevitable in our service to God; but the good news is that, after the pain comes the gain. Couple of months ago, I told a story about a woman in labour who screamed for hours in pain but the baby was not forthcoming. As she screams and pushes over and over again she became weak and said, “I am tired, I cannot push anymore.” The attendant midwife tapped her on the shoulder with a smile and said, “Woman, be patient, for success is closer.” As she was yet speaking, the baby forced its way out through the mother’s womb and the midwife screamed, “Praise God! Your baby is here, woman.” Immediately, the woman was revived and glorified God. Similarly, our earthly struggle is temporary, but our eternal glory is endless. God has prepared a better life for those who suffer for the sake of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God. That life is in the paradise of God. A place of complete happiness and free from all regrets and woes. A place meant to end all heartbreak and sorrow forever. The Bible says, “God will wipe away from them every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; neither will there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more. The first things have passed away.” (Revelations 21:4). What a wonderful promise! There will be no more tears or weeping. No more mourning for losses, tragedies and heartbreak, because all sorrow would be gone, as God will introduce a perfect life, and ending all miseries and pain. Therefore, let us not consider our momentary troubles and sufferings, for they will soon be over. Instead, let us hang on and the crown of glory will be ours. Remember, to enjoy future glory you must endure present shame; and to enjoy eternal gain you must endure earthly pain. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Do not be distracted by troubles of life, instead, focus on future glory of the saints.
2. No matter what, do not give up the fight of faith. Just press on and you will overcome in the end.
3. Give your sorrow and heartbreak to God by faith and He will take care of you.
4. Accept Jesus Christ today and sustain your relationship with Him as long as you live.

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name. I confess that eternal glory has no compare. Therefore, I will follow God’s will and obey His voice as long as I live, amen.

Prayer : Dear Lord! I thank you because you have a good plan for those who love you. Therefore, I will serve and worship you for the rest of my life, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today, I speak on your life. May God end your battles. May the devil and enemies of your life surrender at your feet, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : The beauty of life is in embracing both pain and gain. For the former prepares the way for the latter and makes life worthwhile.

Quote : “Earthly pains cannot stop our profession of faith and walk with God if our eyes are fixed on eternal glory.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know if you faint in the day of trouble your strength is small? (Proverbs 24:10).

Today In History : November 21, 1979 – Mob burns down US embassy in Pakistan. 

Stunning Fact : Did you know cheetahs can accelerate from 0 to 70 km/h (43mp/h) in 3 seconds?

Bible Quiz : What is the name of Joseph’s wife?

God bless you!