Saturday, October 2, 2021

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. 2 Corinthians 4:17

Thought of The Day : What we are destined to enjoy in the long run, outweigh what we suffer in the short run.

LISTEN : Everything we suffer for the sake of Christ will bring us everlasting joy and honour. Our miseries would soon be over, for our earthly crisis would not cross over with us to eternity. Christ is the end of our crisis, and the beginning of our glory. Therefore, no matter what we suffer presently, we would win despite the wounds and scars of earthly battles. Beloved, you can fulfill your purpose in life if you refuse to give up. In agony Job said,

If a man die, shall he live again?
all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come

Job 14:14 (KJV).

Beloved, lots of things may want to stop you but don’t give up or give in. Never allow afflictions to stop you. No matter the amount of pain and suffering, don’t give up! Life both teaches and tortures us at the same time. Sometimes life is made better by the lesson we learned from it; other times our hearts are made bitter or broken by the same life. As a matter of fact, we both learn and suffer from life’s circumstances. But the good news is that, as a true child of God, no matter what you suffer in this life, it is just a light affliction compared to the glory you will receive for believing in Jesus Christ. Our verse of the day says,

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment,
works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

2 Corinthians 4:17

No one is immune to this ‘light affliction’, but as children of God, we are fortified by our faith in Christ to cope with it. My dear, your strength in time of trouble is your faith in God (1John 5:4). When you operate in faith you will swim in strength. No affliction is too powerful to paralyse the power of faith. Yes! Faith will keep you firmly footed when the storm of life is raging, and would keep you standing when it is over. Henceforth, be strong and know that your pain, heartbreak, hardship, sorrow, trials, sickness, rejection, persecution, etc. are just temporary. So, never allow affliction to stop you. Remember, it’s just for a while. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Be strong and endure trials and don’t give up on God.
2. Focus on your eternal future by patiently dealing with trials and sufferings of today.
3. Learn the lessons of life and also endure the pain that often comes with it.
4. No matter the circumstances, hold on to your faith and determine to overcome whatever trial that comes your way.

Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank you for your words today. Help me to overcome my troubles, in Jesus’ name, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : May God deliver you from wickedness of men, and cause your suffering to produce for you a glorious reward, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : He who operates in faith will win the battles of life.

Quote : “No one is immune to life’s affliction, but faith in Christ Jesus fortifies believers to cope with it.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know the chief priests planned to kill Lazarus few days after Jesus Christ raised him from the dead? (John 11:9-11).

Stunning Fact : Did you know french fries are originally from Belgium?

Bible Quiz : How old was Abraham when he received the message to leave his land and people?

God bless you!

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