Saturday, February 25, 2017

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Psalms 16 : 8

LISTEN: Beloved, are you facing some trials or troubles in your life? Are you struck with tragedy? Does your life look miserable because of some pressures on you? Is your life shattered by trials? No doubt, when tragedy or trial struck people’s lives, they often search for answers. When trials come, look to God for solution. Let God be always before you. Look onto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 12 : 2 , 3). David said, ” I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. (Psalms 16 : 8). With God by your side, no matter what happens you will not be defeated.

People respond differently to trials and tragedy. To some, trials or tragedy mark the end of their faith in God; while to others, their faith is strengthen by every trial and challenge they encounter. They come out from every trial stronger than they went in. A story is told of a mother who had lost a teenager. She said, “I can’t figure it out. I don’t know if I can believe anymore. I try, but God doesn’t make sense to me. I will quit believing him.” So sad! There are many today like this woman, who blame God for everything and claim that He disappointed them.

However, in every generation, there are people who will still hold unto God, come rain come shine. Another story is told of a man and his wife who were both missionaries, but due to circumstances, were faced with some questions. They asked, “Is Jesus enough? Is our relationship with Christ sufficient enough to sustain us? Will he be enough to help us want to go on living? Does he care?” While serving as missionaries in 1904, this couple’s youngest daughter fell ill. In a rapid succession, all five of their children died from scarlet fever, none living to see the new year.

In their letter to the mission board, the bereaved couple wrote about their deep loneliness and grief: they said, “sometimes it seems more than we can bear” But then they added, “The Lord is with us and is wonderfully helping us.” Friend, how many persons, including Christians can respond to their ordeals in this manner? In the darkest time of this couple, they found that Jesus was near and He was enough. In other words, they determined not to be moved by circumstances.

Beloved, no pressure of this life should be big enough to destroy your faith in God. Always believe that with God’s presence and support with you, safety and victory are sure. Do not lose faith, God knows how to deliver you from your trouble. Always trust Him and you will not be put to shame.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not quit your faith because of trials, rather be strong and courageous.
2. No matter the pressure in your life, do not blaspheme the holy name of the Lord.
3. Allow every trial and challenge of your life end in absolute praise to God.
4. In your moments of troubles, remember that Jesus is both near to us, and enough for us.

Daily Task: Determine to remain resolute to your conviction in Christ Jesus no matter what.

Daily Reflection: Do not quit the journey of faith because of trials, for victory is closer now than when the battle first began.

Daily Prayer: Almighty God, help me to overcome the battles of my life, keep me from being defeated, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I decree over your life, may God release help for you in your moments of trials and challenges, in Jesus’ name.