Thursday, June 8, 2017
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Even, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. Psalms 23 : 4
LISTEN: Confidence grows when sin is shunned and God is made the center of our lives. There is nothing that punctures confidence like sin. Where sin abounds fear rules, and where fear rules Satan dominates. However, When pleasing God becomes a deep rooted desire in you, you can boldly say, “I am not afraid for God is with me.” The righteous are not afraid of any evil because they knows that fear is a major destructive weapon in the hands of the devil. Satan uses fear to empty people of their strength and rob them of their courage. He often destroy even the most courageous by the same instrument of fear and keep him or her in doubt of the help of God in times of trouble. Beloved, have you forgotten that we are not alone? That those who trust in the LORD cannot be abandoned, no matter the circumstance? The righteous (believers) in Christ fights their fears through faith in God. They believe that God is greater than what appears to be greater than them. The Bible says, “You are from God…and have conquered them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”(1 John 4 : 4). Therefore, by faith you can overcome fear, sin and Satan.
Beloved, why are you afraid of evil? Why have you surrendered to satanic threats and intimidations? Where is your faith? Has God ceased to answer prayers? No matter what you are going through, you must determine to overcome. David was in similar trouble as you are today, but he assured himself of victory by the power of God. In our verse of the day he said, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.” (Psalms 23 : 4). Can you see? In spite of his situation, he (David) chose to think and act differently. He admitted the fact that he was in real trouble, but believed that with God’s grace and help, the situation will be divinely manipulated in his favour. Beloved, like David, be courageous no matter the threats to your life? Put your trust in God. David said, “In the time of my fear, I will have faith in you.”(Psalms 56 3).Therefore, anytime you are afraid, learn to put your trust in God. Do not be troubled because you are not alone. Always say this, “I am not afraid for God is with me.”
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Fear will come, so whenever you are afraid, pray and believe God to deliver you.
2. Always be confident of God’s presence and faithfulness in times of trouble.
3. Determine to fight your fears by relying on the unfailing promises of God.
4. Anytime you are afraid, remember that you are not alone, that God is with you.
Daily Task: Determine to please God in all you do. When pleasing God becomes a deep rooted desire in you, you can boldly say, “I am not afraid for God is with me.”
Daily Reflection: Nothing punctures confidence like sin. Where sin abounds fear rules, and where fear rules Satan dominates. Beware!
Daily Prayer: Everlasting Father, I acknowledge my fears. Therefore, help me to overcome them, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Because God does not give us the spirit of fear, therefore, I prophesy to you, may God fight your battles. Every spirit of fear troubling your life is hereby arrested, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: Deal with your fears, for God is greater than what appears to be greater than you.
Today In History: June 8, 632. Muhammad, the founder of Islam and unifier of Arabia, dies.