BE STRONG OR BE STRESSED OUT

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : I repeat, be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic, for I, the LORD your God, am with you in all you do. Joshua 1:9 (NET)

Thought of The Day : Faith equips us with strength and swallow stress; it shows us that no obstacle is too hard to surmount.

LISTEN : When troubles stare us in the face, the temptation to fear and flee increases. However, when we have faith in God we build strength and courage for every challenge. Beloved, you will be stopped in your journey of life if you are empty of faith. Faith is a force that cannot be subdued; and faith grows our courage. When the going gets tough courage keeps you moving even when all you could see is obstacles; and faith keeps your eyes on God against all odds. The Bible says,

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…”

With your eyes on Christ, you can conquer crises. My dear, faith takes your eyes off problems and direct it towards God. When Joshua took over the mantle of leadership from Moses. Just after the death of Moses, God repeatedly asked Joshua to be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:6-9). He asked him not to be afraid or panic in the face of troubles. And assured him of His presence wherever he goes. God knows that, Joshua was going to face diverse people and situations that would threaten his peace of mind. Hence, he encouraged him to be strong and brave. God said to him,

“I repeat, be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid and
don’t panic, for I, the LORD your God, am with you in all you do.”

Joshua 1:9

My dear, no matter your purpose in life, you’re bound to face obstacles. However, to sustain your courage you must believe that, God is with you everywhere you go. You must keep building your faith, knowing that faith equips us with strength and swallow stress; and shows us that no obstacle is too hard to surmount. Henceforth, determine to glide on the wings of faith and you’ll live. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. In the midst of troubles don’t panic, instead, trust in God for intervention.
2. In every situation be strong and courageous and look on to God.
3. Don’t be afraid. Instead remember that God is with you always.
4. Anytime you’re afraid, remind yourself of the promises of God and lean on Him.

Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank You because You’re with me always. I will forever hide myself in You and obtain victory, in Jesus’ name, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : Henceforth, soar with courage and conquer territories, in Jesus ’ name, amen.

Reflection : He who is in God’s assignments will never miss His abiding presence.

Quote : “God never fails, He goes everywhere with the one who is ready to go everywhere for Him.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was transformed into an animal? (Daniel 4:33).

Stunning Fact : Did you know the bones of a pigeon weigh less than its feathers?

Bible Quiz : What was David’s testimony to King Saul in his decision to fight Goliath?

God bless you!

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