Monday, December 21, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Do not say, “Why were the former days better than these?” For you do not ask wisely about this. Ecclesiastics 7:10

Thought of The Day : He who keeps trusting God when things seem to be falling apart will never blame God for any misfortunes.

LISTEN : People tend to complain than appreciate God for His goodness. Beloved, learn to count your blessings not your losses. Those who count their blessings grow stronger, but those who count their losses grow weaker. Be grateful for everything and stop crying why me. “Why me?” is a common confession people make when something bad happens to them. But when they prosper or something good happens they never ask why me? My dear, this is wrong. Stop asking why me and begins to advance courageously and purposefully to the future. Why ask why instead of finding solutions to your problems. God understands and is willing to help you. So, stop mourning the good old days and start appreciating God for everything. No condition is permanent, remember. When you think you have nothing to live for because of your present situation, remember that God who sees the past can bless the present and shape the future. My dear, don’t dwell in the past and forget to appreciate God for the present and believe Him for the future. It’s such a bad way to reciprocate God’s goodness and mercy towards you. No matter what happens now, your memories of good old days shouldn’t drown your gratitude for today. What’s happening to you now may not be what you wished for, yet, it is worth thanking God for. Just accept today the way it is and work and pray for a better tomorrow. Stop murmuring and counting your losses, for it will further frustrate you; instead, praise God for the gift of life and trust Him for a better life. Our Bible verse says,“Do not say, Why were the former days better than these?” For you do not ask wisely about this.”(Ecclesiastics 7:10). Beloved, stop wasting your entire life asking why you’re experiencing what you never wished for, instead, pray and work hard for a change. Surely, if your hope is in God you’ll never be put to shame. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Be content with what you have and keep calm and wait for God.
2. Don’t murmur when the past seems better than the present, instead, praise God all the same.
3. Never despise the gift of God no matter how small, instead, receive it and appreciate God for it.
4. Fear God and be conscious of your plans for a better tomorrow.

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that no matter the situation, life can still be the same when I have faith in God. Amen!

Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank You because Your word gives life. Help me to live in hope of a better life, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. May God calm your troubled heart. And may you receive peace of mind and faith to stay strong, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : To get to Canaan you must encounter the wilderness.

Quote : “Life is too short to be wasted thinking endlessly about an ugly past. Only fools allow the hurt of the past to ruin the blessings of the future.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know the three sons of Noah that came out of the Ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Genesis 9:18).

Today In History : December 21, 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination adopted.

Stunning Fact : Did you know the average person falls asleep in 7 minutes?

Bible Quiz : Who amongst the sons of Aaron succeeded him in the priesthood?

God bless you!

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