Wednesday, July 19, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the LORD. Psalms 31: 24
LISTEN: Godly courage is the language of faith. Courageous believers in Christ progress through difficulties with their eyes fixed on God. God wants His children to be courageous. His intentions for us is not to patronise cowardice but bravery. Hence, no one is created a coward, rather people make and behave themselves cowardly. In all situations God wants us to be courageous. No matter what we face, He wants us to stir up courage and develop inner strength for every battle of life; that is, He wants us to arouse or excite the feeling and passion of facing dangers and difficulties with firmness, fearlessness, boldness, resolution and without fainting of heart. He wants you to progress through life courageously. No doubt, life is full of situations that often causes fear and heartbreaks. However, the strong and courageous do not give in or give up on life no matter what. They live their lives based on principles and standards. Beloved, fear may come, our lives may be threatened, we may have no one else left on our side, but courage can still procure for us the victory we so much desired. No matter what, we should choose to be strong and courageous in spite of all the troubles we face.
Our bible verse of the day says, ” Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the LORD. (Psalms 31: 24). This simply mean that you must determine to be strong and courageous. To be strong is to be of great moral power, state of firmness, or courage. In the other hand, to be courageous is to not be deterred by danger or pain; it is to be brave. These were the encouraging words of the Psalmist in today’s bible verse. That we should possess moral power and remain firm and brave no matter what. Yes, we should not be deter by pain or any form of danger because God is with us and will strengthen our hearts because we hope on Him. Beloved, success is not guaranteed where inner strength and courage are lacking. Courage is important to victory hence God said to Joshua, ” Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be you dismayed: for the LORD your God is with you anywhere you go. (Joshua 1:9). The presence of God with us is enough to keep us strong and courageous. The same God assured Joshua of His help and said, ” No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. I will be with you, just as I was with Moses. I will not leave you or forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5). Beloved, God is our hope. Let nothing deter you from pursuing your God-given purpose; rather, be courageous and He will strengthen you.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Be strong and courageous in the face of challenges and adversities.
2. Stop being afraid of your challenges, rather confront them with the power of faith.
3. Trust not in your own abilities, but on the Lord’s divine strength.
4. Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit by faith, and do not surrender to your fears.
Daily Task: Determine to possess moral power, remain firm and brave no matter what. Do not be deterred by pain or any form of danger because God is with you and will strengthen your heart if you hope in Him.
Daily Reflection: He who fears challenges and pressures of life can never explore the wonder working power of inner strength and courage.
Daily Prayer: Most high God, I ask for help to be strong and courageous in the face of challenges, troubles and tribulations; thank you for answering my prayer, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, may God equip you with divine strength and courage over challenges, demonic forces and negative influences, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: Those who courageously hope on God will have His divine strength graciously
supplied to them.
Today In History: July 19, 1525. The Catholic princes of Germany form the Dessau League to fight against the Reformation.