Friday, February 24, 2017
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: When I am afraid, I will trust in you. Psalms 56:3
LISTEN: David said, ” When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” (Psalms 56 : 3). Beloved, what does it mean to be afraid? It means to be filled with fear or apprehension: it is a fearful expectation or anticipation. Many things in life often fight our peace and tranquillity, such things make us lose our peace of mind. Sadly, we tend to doubt God and his power to save and meet our needs at such times; as a result, we spend more time worrying, instead of growing our faith in Christ.
People tend to worry and get anxious anytime they are faced with challenges and life threatening situations; they fail to realize that worry and fear had never generated solutions, but more worries, frustration, depression and sometimes death. With the situation of things in the world, fear is inevitable. However, to stay positive in life, you must fight your fears and anxiety with faith.
Faith in God is the antidote to fear. In the midst of situations that threatens your peace and possibly your life, faith in God can keep you courageous, strong and hopeful. George Muller, a Christian Evangelist said, “The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety”. Beloved, are you afraid? Have you ceased to trust in God? Has fear eaten deep into you? If yes, this is because your faith is not working anymore.
Beloved, when you put your faith to work, I assure you, fear will gradually disappear. But when you choose not to use your faith fear will continue to rule over your life. This is the reason why David in his time of afflictions, worry and fear said, “when I am afraid, I will put my trust in God”. Like David, let us learn to use our faith against our fears. The scripture commands us to take up the shield of faith? This is because life is a battle field, and certainly there must be casualties in the process.
Obviously, in the battle field of life, what we need is faith: when we are wounded by circumstances of life, we need faith to stand strong and faithful. Faith draws the poison from every grief, takes the sting from every loss; and quenches the fire of every pain. Whatever we suffer as children of God, faith is designed to bring healing and hope. A person of faith is not afraid of threats of the enemy or enemies as the case may be; because he or she is sure of victory. (1 John 5 : 4).
Beloved, what are you afraid of? Are you sick, and the fear of death has dominated your thoughts? Are you facing some life threatening situations and all you see around you is doom? Are you having some financial challenges and it does appear to you as if life is not going to be the same again? Have you lost hope in yourself and in God? Cheer up! Put your faith in God; cast your worries to Him, and trust Him whenever you are afraid. Always resist fear and worry and do not allow them destroy you. (Psalms 34:4).
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not allow fear and worry to dominate your mind and destroy your life.
2. Learn to starve your fear, but feed your faith. When your fear increases, increase your faith.
3. When you are afraid, do not surrender to worry, instead, pray to God about it and trust Him.
4. Trust God with your fears and always believe that He will not forsake you.
Daily Task: Present your reasons for worry and fear before God through prayers. Believe that God will deliver you from such bandage.
Daily Reflection: When your fear grows, grow your faith. Grow your faith until it is able to handle your fears.
Daily Prayer: Compassionate Father, you know all my fears and worries; help me to overcome them and remain faithful to you all the same, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, every spirit of worry, fear, depression, etc. designed to torment you, is hereby cast out of your life, in Jesus‘ name.