Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : If a man dies, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Job 14:14
Thought of The Day : Faith invests in us the strength and grace to outlast challenges and troubles.
LISTEN : “Calm down friend, I’m very sure that all will be fine soon”, says a friend to his ailing friend. Beloved, trouble is part of life. Hence, attempting to end your life because of pressure is a proof that you’re fighting the battles of life all alone. Pressure builds when we ignore God. But when we walk with Him He takes care of our troubles. My dear, be strong and courageous. You can’t survive the pressures of this life unless you’re determined to be courageous, patient, hopeful and resilient. Besides, you can’t express all of these virtues if you’re not willing to live by faith in God. No doubt, life will give you pressure, but faith in God will ease your burdens (Matthew 11:28-30). Don’t waste your life worrying about your problems, instead, spend your time in fellowship with the Spirit of God. When you bother yourself unnecessarily about life, you’ll wish to end it before it actually ends. Couple of months ago, I told a story about a Pastor who decided to commit suicide because of his nagging wife. One day, when his wife and children were still asleep, he woke up and headed to the river to drown himself. As he was walking along, he heard a voice from behind, laughing at him “ha-ha-ha” and said, “Look at him, he called himself a Pastor but he can’t endure afflictions.” The Pastor turned around to see who was talking, and was shocked to find out that a mad man was the one talking to him; he ignored him and moved on. As he was approaching the river the mad man spoke again and said, “Look at him, a Pastor who wants to drown himself because of problems. Between the two of us, who is the mad man? I have a problem but I never wish to kill myself like you fool. Why do you want to kill yourself? Go back home and face your problems with faith.” As he turned to confront the mad man, he saw no one. Immediately, he changed his mind and hurriedly returned home. Beloved, don’t kill yourself because of problems. Your condition can’t be as bad as Job’s. Yet he said, “If a man dies, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.”(Job 14:14). So, have faith in God and never kill yourself for what could be fixed. Remember, suicide is not an option to your problems. Therefore, hold onto God and hold on till your change comes. Be wise!
What Should We Do With This Message?
1. To survive the pressures of life, determine to be courageous, patient, hopeful and resilient.
2. Don’t kill yourself for what could be possibly fixed by patience and faith in God
3. Stop worrying yourself about what you can’t fix. Rather, trust God to help you.
4. When life gives you pressure, hand over the pressure to God through prayer and thanksgiving.
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that God can fix my problems. Therefore, I will hope in Him and not be afraid. Amen!
Prayer : Heavenly Father, you’re the God of comfort and grace. Help me to rely on You in times of troubles. In Jesus’ name, amen!
A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. Today I speak on your life. Receive divine deliverance over evil and everything that oppresses your life, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : Pressure builds when we ignore God. But when we walk with Him He takes care of our troubles.
Quote : “Trouble is part of life. Hence, attempting to end your life because of pressure is proof that you’re fighting the battles of life without God.”
Biblical Fact : Did you know those who are led by the Spirit of God are His children? (Romans 8:14).
Today In History : December 9, 1979 Smallpox declared eradicated.
Stunning Fact : Did you know snakes can’t blink?
Bible Quiz : The dragon of the book of Revelations is the same as what in Genesis?
God bless you!