Monday, March 13, 2017

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: For I consider that our present sufferings cannot even be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us. Romans 8 : 18.

LISTEN: If you continue to consider your present suffering, you will deny yourself of a glorious future. You might be suffering today for the sake of Christ, but be sure that joy will certainly come eventually. It is true that no one enjoys suffering, but certainly everyone suffers in one way or the other. Most times, people feel pain resulting from injuries, illnesses, losses, etc. On a daily basis a lot of people deal with all manner of pain – physical, mental, or emotional pain.

Sadly, these experiences often result in frustration, confusion, or suicide. However, for those whose hope is in God, those who have made up their minds for Him no matter what; suffering is only a pointer to Jesus Christ the Saviour, and the glorious future reserved for the faithfuls in Christ. True believers in Christ do not take sufferings the way unbelievers takes it. It is in their (unbelievers) nature to complain and murmur in times of afflictions, but the godly rejoices over it in hope of a glorious future.

Beloved, rather than complain and groan over sufferings and afflictions of life, why not put your hope in God and rejoice over them in hope of eternal life; Knowing too well that very soon, we children of God shall be reveal in glory with Christ Jesus when He comes? (1 John 3 : 1 , 2). Beloved, have you soon forgotten that if we suffer for, and with Jesus Christ we shall eventually rejoice with Him at His second return? (1 Peter 4 : 13). Let us press on because the future is glorious.

Beloved, our future with Christ is unspeakable and blissful. No matter what happens to us here (earth), God knows and cares. I want you to know that the sufferings of this life are momentary, it will not last forever. God will certainly come to your rescue. What we are suffering only remind us of our inabilities. It shows us that we cannot work alone without God. Most times we cannot help ourselves, suffering remind us of our need for God.

Besides, what we suffer now blesses us with experience for future occurrences. What we suffer now can trigger our breakthrough in the future. So do not resent suffering. Let us yield to God and allow what we suffer to mature us. We become stronger and qualify by what we suffer. He who is not ready to face challenges is not ready for life at all.

Beloved, no matter what you suffer, do not give up, in as much you are suffering for the sake of Christ there is a huge reward awaiting you. Besides, suffering brings out the best in us: it makes us discover skills and endowments we never thought we possessed. obviously, we tend to perform better under pressure. This is because, when we suffer, we tend to look for ways to ease our pains by putting our energies to work. It is at such time that we suddenly discover some hidden strength and potentials in us. Beloved, press on and keep pressing on, for the future is glorious.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Never allow the sufferings of this life shift your focus away from God.
2. Invest your life and resources in Kingdom assignments, projects and programmes.
3. Do not spend your time on earth living just for self, rather spend it serving God and preparing for eternity.
4. Do not feel bad when you suffer, instead allow it to shape and bend you towards God.

Daily Task: Determine to handle your challenging times with faith in God; and always allow the hope of eternal life fuel your earthly commitment to God.

Daily Reflection: Obviously, you will appreciate the sufferings of this life if you acknowledge the fact that the weight of future glory outweighs our present suffering.

Daily Prayer: Blessed Father, I thank you for your mercy in my life today; give me the grace to overcome my sufferings, to the glory of your name, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, every ugly situation in your life shall receive divine attention and intervention this season. Your sufferings shall not be your downfall but your promotion, in Jesus’ name.