Saturday, June 3, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: For the LORD saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel. And the LORD said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash. 2 Kings 14 : 26 , 27
LISTEN: God is a dependable helper to the helpless. A present help in times of trouble.(Psalms 46 : 1). When your heart is broken and no one seems to care or understand, there is a God in heaven who both cares and understands your predicament. When your whole world comes crashing down around you, and you do not know what else to do, remember that there is a God in heaven who understands what you are going through. His silence in your situation does not mean you have been abandoned. He is certainly working out something for you behind the scenes. Beloved, God watches everything and everyone from heaven. He chooses what and how to respond to what men do. He is not moved by circumstances, rather He is moved by faith. Where faith is present, results are imminent. No power can keep a person of faith down, because faith in God is the key with which we can unlock the doors that are locked against us.
The children of Israel were in bondage for several years in the land of Egypt. To them, that was the end of the road. They saw themselves as people who will end in Egypt in misery. But was that the plans of God for Israel? Of course not! God’s covenant with Abraham was to make out of him a great nation. What the Israelites went through in Egypt had already been predicted when God made His covenant with their father Abraham. The Bible says, “Then the LORD said to Abram, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign country. They will be enslaved and oppressed for four hundred years. But I will execute judgment on the nation that they will serve. Afterward they will come out with many possessions.” (Genesis 15 : 13 , 14). Beloved, God cannot abandon His chosen ones no matter what. He saw the bitter experiences of the Israelites in Egypt because there was no helper for them. However, He raise Moses who delivered them from their years of affliction. Several years later when the children of Israel entered the promised land, they disobeyed God and did evil in different occasions and were severally and severely punished. But out of mercy God remembered His covenant with Abraham. (2 Kings 14 : 26 , 27). Beloved, is your case similar or different from what we shared in today’s devotional? Not to worry! God is in control. Your time of testimony is here, believe it and you will have it. God bless you.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not worry yourself over your situation, rather take it to God.
2. Always believe that no matter the situation, divine help will locate you.
3. Do not forget the fact that if no one cares or understands, God still cares about you.
4. Always pray for divine help and believe that God is able to help you no matter what.
Daily Task: Increase your faith and do not forget that God is not moved by circumstances, rather He is moved by faith. Where faith is present, result is imminent.
Daily Reflection: No power can keep a person of faith down, because faith in God is the key with which we can unlock the doors that are locked against us.
Daily Prayer: Heavenly Father, I surrender my troubles and pains to you. Command help for me and shame the devil in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: If there is no one who understands or cares about your miseries and predicament, God still cares. Therefore, I prophesy to you, may God order help for your troubles and predicament before the end of this month, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: The heart of faith is the unseen hand that points to success, just as the heart of ungodly fear points to failure.
Today In History: May 3, 1098. Christian Crusaders of the First Crusade seize Antioch, Turkey.