Friday, November 25, 2016
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the LORD.- Psalms 31: 24
LISTEN : Courage and inner strength are two things that characterises the determined. The strong and courageous do not give in or give up no matter what for their life is operated by principles and standards. They always see countless ways to succeed in spite of frustrations, challenges, or threat to their progress. No one can achieve anything worthwhile without courage and inner strength to combat challenges. God want us to be strong and courageous, He does not want us to quit our pursuit of success and victory. Though fear may come, our lives may be threatened, we may have no one else left on our side, but courage can still procure for us the victory we so much desired. The Psalmist who spoke in this bible verse of the day was not a stranger to challenges, troubles, afflictions, trials and tribulations; he equally suffered what was common to man. However, he chose to be strong and courageous in spite of all the troubles. Having overcame, he knew that victory is possible if we can do what he did.
What did the Psalmist, David did? In our verse of the day the bible said, ” Be of good courage, and he (God) shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the LORD. (Psalms 31: 24). This simply means that you must determine to be strong and courageous. To be strong is to be of great moral power, state of firmness, or courage. In the other hand, to be courageous is not to be deterred by danger or pain; it is to be brave. These were the encouraging words of the Psalmist here, that we should possess moral power, remain firm and brave no matter what. That we should not be deter by pain or any form of danger because God is with us and will strengthen our hearts because we hope on Him. Beloved, success is not guaranteed where inner strength and courage is lacking. Courage is important to victory hence God said to Joshua, ” Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be you dismayed: for the LORD your God is with you anywhere you go. (Joshua 1:9). Beloved, the presence of God with us is enough to keep us strong and courageous. The same God assured Joshua of His help and said, ” No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. I will be with you, just as I was with Moses. I will not leave you or forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5). Therefore, let nothing deter you from pursuing victory and success for the Lord is with you. Cheer up!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. You are expected to be strong and courageous in the face of challenges.
2. You are not to fear your challenges, rather confront them with the power of faith.
3. You are not to trust in your own strength but on the Lord’s, and never give up or give in no matter what.
4. Always follow the leading of the Spirit by faith, and never surrender to your feelings of fear.
Daily Task: Study to possess moral power, remain firm and brave no matter what. Do not be deterred by pain or any form of danger because God is with you and will strengthen your heart because you hope in Him.
Daily Reflection: He who dread challenges and pressures of life can never explore the wonder working power of inner strength and courage.
Prayer: Blessed Father, I thank you for your word, I ask for help to be strong and courageous in the face of challenges, troubles and tribulations, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Prophetic Word: Today, I prophesy over your life divine strength and courage over challenges, demonic forces and negative influences, in Jesus’ name.