Saturday, March 11, 2017

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: A glad heart makes a healthy body, but a crushed spirit makes the bones dry. Proverbs 17 : 22

LISTEN: People tend to feel apprehensive, sad, depressed, troubled and worried when faced with ugly circumstances. They tend to give up on life because life at such times seem meaningless and boring. Sadly, by our actions to be sad and troubled in times of crisis, we compound our woes when we choose to dwell on our ugly circumstances instead of putting our faith in God. Beloved, no matter the encouragement you receive from outside, until you are willing to encourage yourself from the inside, no help can be enough which is not supported by help from within; and no healing can be enough either which is not supported by healing from within.

Beloved, determine to be joyful no matter what. Learn to take it easy on yourself. No matter your situation and the weight of your pains and sorrows, there is no reason to be sad and greatly depressed; God who knows and cares about us all, knows about your problems. Do not give up on life, rather cast your burden on Him for He really cares for you. (1 Peter 5 : 7). Jesus Christ has an invitation for you today. He says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”(Matthew 11 : 28). My dear, have you turned to Jesus for help? Why are you struggling under your burdens alone? Do you not want to experience rest? Do you not want Jesus Christ to visit you? If you really want His kind of rest, come to Him.

Beloved, be sure that Jesus Christ will put a smile on your face no matter what. Come to Him by faith, do not mind what you are going through, rather believe in Him and quit worry. Determine to be joyful, it is for your own good. A merry heart is a wonderful medication to your health, take it. Our verse of the day says, “Merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22). This simply means that, happiness and cheerfulness produces life and health. But sadness and worry destroys and frustrates. Beloved, to neglect or refuse a joyful lifestyle is to embrace death and misery. Those who choose sadness over joy have decided to sponsor their own trips to the land of destruction. Please be joyful! It is not yet over, help is on the way for you.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to be joyful no matter what. Always remember that your case is not the worst of cases.
2. Rather than give up on life, remember that God cannot abandon you to your misery.
3. Determine to be joyful in all situations as you pray for a turn around in your life.
4. Commit your problems to God and do not forget that He knows and cares about you; and will certainly see you through.

Daily Task: Do not allow your heart to be weigh down by ugly circumstances of your life, instead, occupy your heart with thoughts of joy and hope.

Daily Reflection: He who chooses sadness over gladness, and worry over faith, should be prepared to eat the meal of bitterness from the hand of the devil.

Daily Prayer: Precious Father, I thank you for a day like this, I repent of my worry and unhappy lifestyles. Help me to be hopeful and joyful no matter what, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, every spirit of depression, worry and unhappiness is cast out of your life. From today, may God release upon you, positive and joyful lifestyles, in Jesus’ name.