Thursday, February 23, 2017

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7.

LISTEN: Faith is the key to staying strong and active after every battle of life. It is impossible to live in this wicked world without being affected by situations that could cause heartbreak, losses, depression, fear, discouragement, pain, betrayal, terror, and many other negative and heartbreaking occurrences.

At one point or the other, everyone in this world will experience his or her own fair share of these troubles. The whites and the blacks, young and old, tall and short, poor and rich, beautiful and ugly, and all classes and categories of people alike, are affected by these heartbreaking circumstances of life.

Beloved, must we helplessly surrender ourselves to such ugly and painful situations as our lot in life? Should we live by sight, rather than faith? Should we live a life of fear, instead of relying on God for protection, provision and preservation? Of course not! God designed faith to assist us in the battles of life.

When Satan visits, he comes to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10). His intention is to leave you miserable and heartbroken. Do you know that when you lose your child, your marriage, job, business, loved one, health, etc, the devil’s intention is to see you give up on life and die unfulfilled? Do you know that he, the devil want to see you lose your faith?

But there is good news for you from the LORD, it is not yet over with you, God is still working for you behind the scene; and the raging battles will soon be over. Just pray to God by faith. ( Psalms 18: 3). Beloved, you are not alone, Christ has come to revive and to refresh you ( John 10:10b ). Do not be distracted by what you are going through, or may have gone through, rather release your faith and fight on.

In Apostle Paul’s comforting letter to the affliction- ridden brethren of the Corinthians’ church, he said, ” For we live by faith, not by sight “.(2 Cor.5: 7). To live by faith is to anchor one’s hope in God. It is to believe God for the impossible (Luke 1: 37). Furthermore, it is also to believe that whatever you are going through is temporary (2 Corinthians 4:17). How do I know? I know that because whatever is seen is temporary, but faith is eternal.

Beloved, do not give up on life just because of what you see around you, but believe in the power of God through faith. Always use the spirit of faith and speak forth what you want to see (2 Corinthians 4:13), and you will have it. (Matthew 21: 21,22).

Henceforth, do not be deceived or distracted by what you see around you, trust in the LORD and you will certainly receive intervention in Jesus’ name. I prophesy upon your life, this season, every satanic yoke and affliction in your life is terminated, in Jesus’ name.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not be spiritually stagnant, rather grow your faith and oppose the devil.
2. Learn to live by faith, not by the feelings of negative situation you see around you.
3. No matter what you see, do not get your eyes off God, rather look unto Him.
4. Be courageous and always remember that God will certainly calm your troubled heart.

Daily Task: Never allow whatever you are going through to destroy your ability to trust the unfailing power of God.

Daily Prayer: Almighty God, I thank you for your word and the power of the Holy Spirit, I commit my challenges and trials into your hands. Help me to faithfully overcome them, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Reflection: Faith enables us to see our challenges with the eyes of God, and overcome them by the power of God.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, every trial and challenge of your life, designed to destroy you is averted today, in Jesus’ name.

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