Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him,… but David strengthened himself in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:6
Thought of The Day : Endlessly bothering yourself with your problem makes you to keep magnifying it.
LISTEN : Stop magnifying your troubles. Understanding life through divine wisdom gives you the advantage to face life courageously. Life is full of trials, and no matter how much you try to avoid it you will certainly face it sooner or later. It does happen to the poor the same way it happens to the rich. Both the strong and the weak share in these ordeals. The Bible says,
“Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.“
Therefore, we should learn to be strong and courageous in the face of trials. Beloved, when someone breaks your heart what would you do? When your marriage is not working, what would you do? When you are sick and weak, or threatened by death, what would you do? When you are afraid and worried about the future, what would you do? When your world seems to be falling apart, what would you do? Cry, complain and groan, right? Of course not! You must determine to encourage yourself in God. The Bible says,
“And David was greatly distressed;
for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved,
every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.“
1 Samuel 30:6
Like David, tell yourself that all hope is not lost. Remind yourself that God is able and willing to help you. Do not hesitate to run to Him. In our Bible verse, David did not hesitate to run to God when his life was threatened by his army when they grieved for members of their families, who were captured in Ziglag by the Amalekites (1 Samuel 30:1,2). When everyone lost hope, David built his hope in God. He asked God for solutions and he got it. (1 Samuel 30:7,8,17-19). Beloved, stop bothering yourself with your problems and magnifying them; instead, begin to fix your eyes on God and your problems will receive divine intervention. Never allow circumstances to bend your head towards frustration, instead, look up for divine help. Remember, this is not time to give up on life, but to keep hope alive. Be wise!
What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Never lose hope when situation looks hopeless, instead put your trust in God.
2. Stop looking at your problems and start looking at the promises of God.
3. When your life is threatened, do not panic, rather encourage yourself in God.
4. When faced with trials, do not spend your time crying, complaining or groaning; rather spend it in prayer.
Prayer : Almighty God! I thank you today for your love towards me. Help me to hide myself in you when troubles seek to take my life away, amen.
A Word Of Blessing: Today, I speak on your life. May God deliver you from evil and wickedness of men, and sets your feet on high, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : The force of faith never allows circumstances to bend your head towards frustration and defeat.
Quote : “When you bend your knees to pray, Satan stands on his feet to flee. When your eyes are on Christ Satan enters a crisis.”
Biblical Fact : Did you know Gideon is also called Jerubbaal? (Judges 7:1).
Today In History : April 14, 2014, Two hundred seventy-six schoolgirls are abducted by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria.
Stunning Fact : Did you know Finland has the largest number of islands in the world (over 179,550)?
Bible Quiz : Who was referred to as the king of Salem?
God bless you!