Sunday, August 6, 2017.

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.- Job 14 : 14.

LISTEN : When trouble hits people’s lives, tension heightens. At such times for some people, fear would soar high above faith; while to others, faith will grow far bigger than fear. No doubt, the world is full of evil experiences and unending tragedies; all the same, we should learn to put our hope in God, not in man. Beloved, do not forget that trouble is part of human existence, therefore, learning to deal with it through wisdom and acceptance will drain out its poison from our mind and heart anytime we are faced with undesirable situations. It is too sad that we are often quick to give up when things are not right or going down well with us; we failed to realise that, to give up is to accept defeat. It is to formally admit before the enemy, or your opposition that your strength is small. (Proverbs 24 : 10). When you give up on life, you have wasted the times and efforts you have previously invested. In spite of anything, you must determine to be strong and courageous. Truly, you need courage to succeed and survive. Without it, just anything or anyone can obstruct your progress and rob you of your joy and success.

Beloved, do not waste your life through fear and worry, instead, be strong and courageous. Follow the footsteps of bible characters as the bible is full of people who distinguished themselves from others and held unto their faith in the face of trials. Job is an ample example of biblical characters who demonstrated patience in trial. He was greatly rewarded and blessed thereafter for his faith in God. His courage and affirmation during his tempting period can be relevant and useful to anyone who will not bow to defeat. He said, ” If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” (Job 14 : 14). Beloved, even in the midst of misery and tragedy, Job never gave up. His statement in our verse of the day could be interpreted to mean four things to us: 1). That the impatient and discouraged hardly outlast their challenges. 2). That we must not give up on life no matter what. 3). That we should be certain about our restoration and deliverance no matter the delay. (Job 19 : 25). 4). That you must refuse to die miserably no matter the pressure on your life. (Psalms 118 : 16 – 18). Beloved, like Job, you should learn to confess good things about yourselve no matter what. Be strong, patient and wait for your time of deliverance and the LORD will help you.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to be strong, wait and lean on God in every situation.
2. Do not be discouraged in any condition, instead, determine to be victorious at the end.
3. Learn to confess positive things about yourself, and refuse to be influenced by what you see.
4. Never lose hope or give up in any situation; instead, trust God to deliver you.

Daily Task : No matter how frustrating your situation may seem, just determine to come out of it refined and better prepared for the Lord’s use and the well-being of your future.

Daily Reflection : No one becomes miserably helpless until he or she endorsed it. Therefore, your situation does not have the final say over your life, but God does.

Daily Prayer : Heavenly Father, by the reason of your word, I confess today that I am strong and courageous. I choose never to give up on life anymore. I will endure until my change comes, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, it is not yet over with you. May God give you an uncommon testimony this season and break the yoke of darkness in your life, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Quote: Troubles and trials does not determine our end, but our reactions to them does.

Today In History: August 6, 1942. The Soviet city of Voronezh falls to the German army.