Sunday, December 27, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Thought of The Day : God cares about us more than we do. Hence, worrying about our problems is foolishness.

LISTEN : Life is full of pressure and there’s always something to worry about. However, a person of faith will not waste time worrying but praying. Prayer increases your faith, but worry destroys it. Prayer causes you to survive your troubles, but worry suffocates you. To worry is to feel or cause to feel anxious or troubled about actual or potential problems; while to pray is to address a prayer (solemn request) to God. Worrying about your problems is a choice, praying about them is equally a choice. The difference between the two is that, one will stress you out to the point of taking your life ; and the other will give you hope, courage and confidence to live again. Prayer is the energy with which the believer runs without fainting. Prayer boosts energy, but worrying drains It. You can’t survive with worry and anxiety for too long. But prayer and faith in God would make you outlast your problems. I’ve lost count of times I prayed in time of trouble and suddenly received strength and courage to move on. My dear, grow love for prayer and develop contempt for worry. Yes, you can’t fix your problems by worrying about them. No matter how much you worry about your problems, you can’t be any better but the more frustrated. Then, why worry when you can pray and trust God? Do you think God doesn’t care about you? Besides, what do you think you can fix by worrying yourself? My dear, God cares about you. Yes, He cares about everyone of us. Therefore, no matter what you’re facing right now, God is still faithful and does care about you. (Psalms 94:14; 55:22). God is your maker. He created you for His good purpose. He loves you and cares about what you’re going through. So, have faith in Him; stop worrying yourself, trust His promises, determine never to give up on Him, refuse to fear or faint in the face of troubles, and wait patiently for Him. Those who wait for God will not wait in vain. Henceforth, don’t enjoy to worry, rather, enjoy to pray and pray until something happens. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Stop worrying but rather be strong, pray and have faith in God no matter what.
2. In all circumstances be hopeful and trust the promises of God.
3. Don’t give up on life, instead, be strong, courageous and press on.
4. Always wait patiently for God in time of trouble and He’ll deliver you.

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name. I confess that God loves and cares about me. Therefore, I’ll not worry about my problems, amen.

Prayer : Heavenly Father, thank You because You care about me. Therefore, help me to trust in you always. In Jesus’ name, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. May God favour you and attend to your prayers. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : Those who wait for God will not wait in vain.

Quote : “Worrying about your problems is a choice, praying about them is equally a choice. The difference between the two is that, one will stress you out ; the other will give you hope and life.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know Martha and Mary are sisters of Lazarus of Bethany? (John 11:1).

Today In History : December 27, 1994 – Rwanda — Blood Bath. 

Stunning Fact : Did you know elephants can’t jump?

Bible Quiz : How did Samuel know God was the one that called him in Shiloh?

God bless you!

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