Tuesday, August 8, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe. Proverbs 18 : 10
LISTEN: God is a strong tower, He is a fortified place for us in times of troubles. God is our only hope in a world full of evils, frustrations, misfortunes, heartbreak, etc. Beloved, without God, the world is not a safe place for anyone. No matter how secured or fortified we claim we are, we are very much insecure and expose to attacks and invasions without God. Every single day all over the world, people are on the run for their lives, for there is no safe place for anyone. Virtually everyday we hear about bombing in one place or the other. Terrorism, cultism and militancy spreading across the world. Kidnapping, killing, rape, armed robbery, etc., happen everyday. In the same way, natural disasters such as: flooding, earthquakes, fire, violent winds, etc., often occur to worsen the already worsened situation. Beloved, everything going round the world is enough to tell us that there is no security in this world without God.
Our verse of the day says, ” The name of the Lord is a strong tower.” What does that mean? It means that the name of the Lord is as great as God, because the name of God is God himself; whatever God is, He expresses it in his name. God is a strong tower, a refuge, and place of complete safety to all that trust in him (2 Samuel 22 : 3). He is a strong fortress to his persecuted, tempted and afflicted followers. Whatever situation we find ourselves in, let us use the part of God’s name that can address that particular case in our lives. “The name of the Lord”, that is, God himself is everything to us. (see Psalms 61 : 3, 4 ; 91 : 2). To the sick, His name is JEHOVAH Rapha, the LORD that heals. To the needy, His name is the great provider, JEHOVAH Jireh. To he that is afraid, confused and troubled, His name is JEHOVAH Shalom, God our peace. To the helpless, His name is JEHOVAH EBENEZER, God our help. etc. Beloved, God is really a strong tower; he is sufficient for our protection in times of great dangers. Beloved, let us run to the LORD, HE is our fortified place, our present help in times of trouble.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Never put confidence in man, rather put your confidence in God.
2. When you are in any form of danger, just run to the LORD for safety.
3. Always realise that you are not protected without God.
4. No matter how terrified you are, always trust the Lord to help you overcome.
Daily Task: Whatever situation you find yourself, remember that God’s name can handle that particular case in your life, then call Him by that name.
Daily Reflection: God is a strong tower, a refuge, and place of complete safety to all that trust in him. He is a strong fortress to His persecuted, tempted and afflicted followers.
Daily prayer: Most High God! I am glad that you are my help in this wicked world, keep me from evil and protect me from satanic invasions, in Jesus‘ name, amen.
Daily prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, may God not forsake you in times of troubles. May He make a way for you where there is no way, in Jesus ‘ name.
Daily Quote: He who trust in the God of divine protection cannot not be unprotected or a prey to an enemy.
Today In History: August 8, 1979. Iraq’s president Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents.