Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. James 5:13
THOUGHT OF THE DAY : Prayer of faith changes affliction into appreciation.
LISTEN : Humanly speaking, prayer cannot be said to be an antidote for afflictions; but divinely speaking, it is. Prayer of faith changes affliction into an appreciation. No doubt, when affliction visits, people tend to think that, life will never be the same again. But prayer of faith changes the equation. Indeed, affliction is “a thorn in the flesh.” The pitiable state of humanity could be summarised in one word, “affliction”. Affliction is the state of being afflicted : the cause of persistent pain, distress and great suffering. My dear, are you afflicted? Are you suffering? And your suffering seems to have no end? Not to worry! Talk to God about it. Our verse of the day says, “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray.” (James 5:13). Just that? You may ask. Yes, just that. Tell God your concerns and drop your questions with Him. He has answers to them all. Prayer brings God’s attention to your problems. If you can pray sincerely to Him, He will give solutions to your problems. My dear, you haven’t received solutions to your problems yet, because, you choose to handle it yourself. The Bible says,”You desire and you do not have. . .because you do not ask.” (James 4:3). When you ask, I assure you, you will receive from God. (see Matthew 7:7,8). No matter the affliction, pray; and never rely on your own strength. Always remember that what your strength cannot carry God can carry it. Pray until God hears you. So, when you are afflicted, pray, have faith in God, never lose hope, be strong and courageous; and never complain or write off yourself. If your hope is firmly in God you will not be put to shame. Be wise!
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WITH THIS MESSAGE?
1. Talk to God about your problems and trust Him to help you.
2. Do not quit praying, rather pray until you receive.
3. No matter what, determine to keep your hope alive and know that God will surely answer you.
4. Do not be afraid or worry about your problems, instead, pray and exercise faith in God.
Prayer : Almighty Father, you are a loving and compassionate God. Therefore, deliver me from my troubles and bless me to the glory of your name, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : Faith is that voice that pushes a man to tell God about his concerns and trusting He will attend to it.
Quote : “Affliction suffocates and fades away when faith brings God into our own situation.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that God is loving and compassionate. Therefore, I will carry my burdens to Him, and He will help me, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know that life and death are in the power of the tongue? (Proverbs 18:21).
Today In History : July 29, 1848 A rebellion against British rule is put down in Tipperary, Ireland.
Stunning Fact : Did you know grapes explode when you put them in the microwave?
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May the Lord bless you. May the yokes of afflictions be destroyed in your life now and forever, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
TOPIC : YOU ARE CHOSEN BY GOD
Bible Verse : And today the LORD has declared you to be his special people as he already promised you so you may keep all his commandments. Deuteronomy 26:18
LISTEN : God loves you because you are His chosen vessel. You are a partaker of His covenant with Abraham. The Israelites became a special people to God by way of God’s covenant with Abraham. (Galatians 3:7). In the same way, we believers in Christ Jesus are made a special people through the covenant blood of Jesus Christ. My dear, you are God’s chosen! You are of great value to Him. Never allow anyone or anything to make you feel less of yourself. No matter the circumstance, believe that you are what God says you are. Satan wants you to believe the opposite of God’s good plans for your life. He wants you to doubt God’s promises. He wants you to believe that you have been rejected and forsaken (Psalms 27:10); He wants you to believe that all hope is lost and your life is worthless (Psalms 27:14 ; Psalms 130:5); He wants you to believe that your condition has no solution: He wants you to be depressed and die worrying about your problems. My dear, relax your mind. God is in control. Remember, whoever God chooses He protects and provides for his or her needs. You belong to God, therefore, be thankful to Him. For you are chosen by God and you are not a child of destruction. Be wise!
Prayer : Dear Lord, your word is true, and your promises are sure. Help me to truly rely on your words at all times, in Jesus‘ name, amen.