Monday, July 24, 2017
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Cast your burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain you: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalms 55 : 22
LISTEN: No doubt, you have heard people made statements when they are in trouble like, “The burden is too heavy for me to bear.” “I cannot handle it.” “I am confused.” “I am doomed.” Etc. These statements are made out of frustration and confusion. However, you should know that you are not created to bear needless burdens when you have Christ Jesus the burden bearer who is always waiting for your distress calls (Jeremaiah 33 : 3). He does not want you to bother yourself with worries, because it will certainly weigh you down. A lot of people are bearing burdens that outweigh their physical and mental strength. This is as a result of what they are going through. Many wake up with tears in their eyes and sleep with same everyday; and they pretend as though all is well, but down deep in their hearts they know that all is not well.
Beloved, cheer up! you are not the only person going through difficult situations in life; others are experiencing same in there own ways. Just have faith in God. He is the only one who truly knows and cares about you. He wants to help you, but only when you put your hope and trust in Him. (1 Peter 5 : 7). He knows your problems and understands where it hurts. He is indeed a burden bearer, for He had once felt the pains of burden in the hands of wicked people in His crucifixion. Beloved, what is your burden? What are you worried about? Is it Finance? Marriage? Education? Family background? Ministry or Career? Health? What? Not to worry! Just put your trust in God and accept the invitation He has extended to you. He said, “Come unto me, all you that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and all of you shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11 : 28 – 29). Beloved, why not come to Christ Jesus and receive rest today? Come to Him and find rest for your soul. In Him, you will receive strength to overcome your challenges by the power of faith. So drop your worries and embrace faith. Just put your trust in God and He will surely sustain you.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. No matter the challenges, learn to put your trust in God.
2. Present your worries before the Lord and pray for His help.
3. Do not forget that Jesus Christ truly knows and cares about your problems.
4. Never give up, rather determine to overcome your challenges no matter what.
Daily Task: Do not worry yourself about your troubles, instead take it to Jesus Christ and leave it there.
Daily Reflection: Do not carry along with you a burden that you can possibly drop at the feet of Jesus Christ. So, drop your burdens at His feet today and receive His peace.
Daily Prayer: Precious Father, I drop at your feet anything that is weighing me down, and I believe that I have received freedom; and I am free now, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, may God free you from every burden and satanic manipulation, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: There is no burden too heavy for the shoulder of God. Hence, learning to cast ours on Him is a wise way to live.
Today In History: July 24, 1847.The first members of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) arrive in Utah, settling in present-day Salt Lake City.