Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4

Thought of The Day : If knowing God can’t give you joy, then, nothing which you’re crazy and happy about now is worth it.

LISTEN : “Be happy no matter what or be hacked to death by troubles of life”, was a man’s advice to his wife. Couple of months ago. I told a story about a christian woman who lost her four children in rapid succession to a strange disease and was approached by a friend of the family, who, after reflecting on the weight of the tragedy on her, asked, “Friend, would you ever be happy again?” The woman replied, “I have every reason to be happy, because the death of my children is not the death of my God. I will always be happy because my God lives.” And because of her faith in God, God blessed her with other children. Sometimes we experience similar things, but fail to exercise faith in God. In times of troubles many choose depression over happiness. They don’t see any reason to be happy again. Beloved, that shouldn’t be the case. Don’t allow depression to dictate the direction of your life or consume your destiny. Have faith in God and be happy always. Faith in God will fill your heart with joy even in times of trouble, and God will release the Spirit of joy, even the Holy Spirit into your heart. When you have faith in God, pain, disappointment, heartbreak, hardship, sorrow, tribulations, crisis, rejection, persecution, etc, can’t drown your joy (Habakkuk 3:17,18). My dear, your joy can’t cease if you continuously fix your eyes on God. As much as your eyes are on God, your heart can still find solace in Him. Henceforth, when sorrow strives to take the place of joy in your heart, resist it. Learn to rest in the power of God and never allow sorrow to ruin your life. No matter the circumstance always remember that, the joy of the Lord is your strength. So, be happy or be hacked to death. be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. No matter the circumstance, just remain joyful and hopeful, knowing that God cares about you.
2. Whatever situation you are, go to God in prayer and you’ll find joy and rest for your soul.
3. Always resist depression in your life and embrace the spirit of joy no matter what.
4. Learn to rest in the power of God and don’t allow sorrow to ruin your life.

Faith Confession : In Jesus ‘ name! I confess that God is the source of true joy. Therefore, I will trust in Him always, amen.

Prayer : Heavenly Father! I thank You because of your joy in my heart. Help me to continue to find joy in You, and to live the rest of my life in joy, in Jesus’ name, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. Today I speak on your life. May you have cause to rejoice always. May the spirit of sorrow and heartbreak over your life be destroyed. In Jesus’ name.

Reflection : Your joy can’t cease if you continuously fix your eyes on God. For as much as your eyes are on God, your heart will still find solace in Him.

Daily Quote : “Anyone who allows depression to dictate the direction of his or her life, has chosen to sacrifice his future at the altar of foolishness.”

Biblical Fact: Did you know Methuselah was the father of Lamech? (Genesis 5:25).

Today In History : December 16, 1930 – In Spain, a general strike is called in support of the revolution.

Stunning Fact : Did you know the typical wave height from Pacific tsunami is between 6-9 metres

Bible Quiz : Why did Abraham send Ishmael and Haggar her mother away?

God bless you!

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