Monday, December 19, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : 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.
LISTEN : In Job 14 : 1, the bible says, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.” This simply means that trouble is part of human existence. Therefore, learning to deal with it through wisdom and acceptance will drain out its poison from our mind and heart anytime we are faced with turbulent situations. No matter what you go through in life never consider giving up as an option. Giving up on life is the worst thing to do to yourself. It is sad that we are too quick to give up when things are not right or going down well with us. Beloved, to give up is to accept defeat. It is to formally admit before your opposition that your strength is small. When you give up on life, you have wasted the times and efforts you have previously invested. In spite of anything, you must determine to be courageous. Everyone needs courage to succeed and survive. Without it anything or anyone can hinder your progress and rob you of your joy and success.
Thankfully, in the bible we have people who distinguished themselves from others and held unto their faith in the face of trial. Job is an ample example of biblical characters who demonstrated patience in trial. He was beautifully rewarded and blessed thereafter for his faith in God. His assertion during his tempting period is valid and useful to anyone who will not bow to defeat. He 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). Beloved, even in the midst of misery and tragedy, Job never gave up. His statement in our verse of the day could mean four things to us: 1). That the impatient and discouraged hardly outlast their challenges. 2). That we must not give up on life no matter what (Psalms 27 : 14 ; 130 : 5). 3). That we should be certain about our restoration and deliverance no matter the delay. (Job 19 : 25). 4). That you must refuse to die miserably no matter the pressure of life. (Psalms 118 : 16 – 18). Like Job, let us confess good things about ourselves no matter what if we hope to see such happen in our lives.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Learn to wait and lean on God in every situation.
2. In trial, learn to not be discourage, instead determine to come out of every situation victorious.
3. Always confess positive things about yourself by faith and do not be influenced by what you see.
4. Never lose heart nor give up in any situation you find yourself. Trust in the Lord to deliver you.
Daily Task : No matter what you go through, determine to come out of it refined and better prepared for the Lord’s use
Daily Reflection : Your life cannot be miserable until you endorse it. Your situation does not have the final say over your life, only God does.
Prayer : Precious Father, by the reason of your word, I confess today that I will not give up on life. I will endure until my change come in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : Today, I prophesy over your life, it is not yet over with you. God will give you a testimony no matter what. What ever you suffered shall be rewarded with favour in Jesus’ name, amen.