Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse of The Day: Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you are involved in various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But you must let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. James 1 : 2 – 4
LISTEN: Truly, it is hard to be joyful when all that your eyes could see is evil around you; and all that your ears could hear is bad news of different categories; and the only language your heart could understand is the language of fear, sadness and death. However, it is not impossible to be joyful in the midst of crisis and trouble. Joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit of God, hence it is not dependent on any circumstance, but on our level of faith in God. You can be troubled in heart yet rejoicing. Genuine Christians does not react to challenges or trials the way those who do not know God react. They respond to negative situations in faith. They are always hopeful of God’s intervention; as a result, their ability to be joyful cannot be altered. Beloved, our ability to be joyful is not in what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us. In our verse of the day, Apostle James encouraged the people of God to be joyful in all circumstances. In the same way, we should learn to respond to trials with positive attitude and not with worry, depression and frustration.
In our devotional yesterday, we learnt that when trouble comes, the devil’s intentions is to have our faith destroyed; hence we should not give him that space or allow him to hinder our progress. Beloved, you must determine to fight trials by faith and learn to rejoice in the face of trouble no matter what (James 1 : 2 4). Do not allow fear and depression to take the best of you, or be afraid of trials, because your faith cannot grow except it is tried. (James 1 : 3 ; Romans 5 : 3 -5). No matter the trials or circumstances, be grateful to God and move on. Besides, listen to the Spirit of God for impressions in your heart and directions. (Job 16 : 1 , 2 ; 6 : 14). Do not confuse yourself with your trauma by allowing wrong people to talk negatively to you and worsen your case. Beloved, stop worrying, rather start believing. (Mark 5 35 , 36). Always believe that God will manipulate every situation in your favour. Henceforth, begin to see God at work in your life and it will be well with you.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Stop worrying about your problems, instead, start believing God for the solutions.
2. Always believe that God will turn every situation in your favour.
3. Learn to listen to the Spirit of God for impressions in your heart and directions.
4. Do not allow fear and depression to take the best of you, rather have faith in God.
Daily Task: Beloved, you must determine to fight trials by faith and learn to rejoice in the face of trouble; and do not allow fear and depression to take the best of you.
Daily Reflection: Your ability to be joyful is not in what happens to you, but how you respond to it. So, learn to respond to trials with positive attitude and not with worry, depression and frustration.
Daily Prayer: Blessed Father, I thank you today for your word. I ask for help to overcome the enemy in moments of trouble, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Delaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, you will not be weak in faith. Your faith in God will grow and conquer your enemies, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: He who is always afraid of trial will remain spiritually immature, because faith cannot grow until it is tried.
Today In History: July 12, 1957. The U.S. surgeon general, Leroy E. Burney, reports that there is a direct link between smoking and lung cancer.