Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3 : 16
LISTEN: Yes! Peace belongs to God. Hence, it is an act of foolishness and a waste of time and energy to look for peace outside of God. A life that is empty of God is empty of peace. Unless God’s word dwells in your heart you cannot achieve enduring peace in your life and the society at large. The absence of God in our families, conversations, workplaces, communities, states, nations, etc., are the reasons for endless crisis and conflicts seen in the world today. Many communities, states and nations of the world had suffered countless losses from wars and crisis. Properties worth of billions of dollars are being lost as a result. Besides, human lives are equally wasted in countless numbers. Sadly, no one wants to take responsibility for his or her actions. People kill one another and destroy their sources of likelihood, making life miserable for everyone. We all seem to have forgotten that true peace comes from God alone, the Lord of peace.
Peace comes from God, not from your wealth, academic qualifications, fat bank account, prosperous business, or achievements. Truly, in the abundance of wealth, achievements, etc., yet, there could be endless confusion, crisis and war. True and lasting peace is God’s gift to those who acknowlege his sovereignty and connect with him. When you disconnect with God you are disconnected from his peace. Beloved, are you in any form of crisis? Is your life affected by internal and external crisis? Has peace left your life, family, community, state or nation? Put your trust on the God of peace because peace belongs to him. If his word abides in your heart, peace will not be missing in your life. Remember, a life without God is a life without peace; and a life without peace is a miserable life. Beloved, do you need peace? Seek it in God, and surrender your life to him and he will destroy every power fighting your peace. (Philippians 4 : 6 – 7 ; Romans 16 : 20).
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Surrender the crisis of your life to God and he will bless you with his peace.
2. Do not seek peace in your possessions, rather seek it in God.
3. Know that God is ready to bless you with peace if you are ready to submit to him.
4. Always remember that you cannot experience lasting peace until you encounter God.
Daily Task: Do not attempt to live your life without peace, for it will make life miserable. Besides, do not seek peace elsewhere but in God.
Daily Reflection: A life without God is a life without peace; and a life without peace is a miserable and tragic life.
Daily Prayer: Precious Father, the God of peace and love, help me to experience peace in my life, family, career, business, etc., in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Whatever that is designed to steal your peace of mind must fail. Therefore, I prophesy over your life, any situation that has stolen your peace is hereby arrested, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: True peace can only be found in God and none else.
Today In History: May 16, 1928. The first Academy Awards are held in Hollywood.