Tuesday, August 29, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: We walk by faith, not by sight 2 Corinthians 5:7
LISTEN: Are you tired of life and about giving up? Has your progress been interrupted by trials and circumstances of life? Do not quit trying, instead, keep moving on. Just proceed with your life. Do not surrender to intimidation or undue delays. Be strong and proceed by faith. Do not faint under afflictions just because immediate deliverance has not come yet, or your prayers are not answered as expected. Never forget that we serve a living God who knows and cares about us. He is a God of possibilities. With Him, no situation is too difficult or impossible to address, including yours. (Jer 32 : 27 ; Mat 19:26). With him there is no condition too miserable to be changed. Beloved, God wants us to live in the realm of faith, the realm where everything is possible: the realm of unwavering faith. Yes! That is where He wants us to be. He wants us to walk by faith, not by sight. (2 corinthians 5 : 7). Beloved, to live by faith is to live with the conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things; the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ and the rewarder of those who serve Him in spirit and in truth.
God’s will for us is to rely on him. Though we cannot see him, but we can feel him; we may not trace him, but we can trust him. This is because, faith is the guaranty of things hoped for, the evidence, or convincing proof of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1). Our Bible verse of the day shows the way and how we ought to live. We are to conduct ourselves in our course of life with reference to the things which are unseen, and not with reference to the things which are seen. We are to live in the confident expectation of things that are to come; in the belief of the existence of unseen realities, and allowing them to influence us as if they were seen. We are not to live like the people of this world who live just for this present life. People who live just for wealth, honour, fame, popularity, praise, money, etc. People whose lives revolves around the things of this world as though everything begins and ends here. As children of God, we ought to live with a firm believe in the Omnipotence of God, and not to allow life’s circumstance affect our confidence and faith in God. Those who walk or live by faith are not bothered by challenging circumstances of life, because they are just for a time. Today, let us learn to walk by faith and not by sight today.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not be influenced by your problems, rather be influence by the word of God.
2. Avoid living just for this present time, learn to live for eternity.
3. Do not surrender to your fears, rather have faith in God no matter what.
4. Put your burdens and impossible cases upon God and trust Him for Deliverance.
Daily Task: Believe to see your expectations come through and they will certainly find expression in your life.
Daily Reflection: Learn to function in the realm of faith, because the realm of faith is the realm of possibilities and miracles.
Daily Prayer: Everlasting Father, the defender and keeper of my life; help me to build my faith in you. Henceforth, I refuse to walk by sight, but by faith, and to grow from strength to strength, in Jesus‘ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Therefore, I prophesy over your life, you will not be destroyed by circumstances. Henceforth, may you receive grace to walk by faith, and not by sight, in Jesus‘ name.
Daily Quote: Those who cannot imagine what they want cannot grab anything; for what you cannot see, or imagine, you cannot grab.
Today In History:August 29, 2003. A terrorist bomb kills Ayatollah Sayed Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, the Shia Muslim leader in Iraq, and nearly 100 worshipers as they leave a mosque in Najaf where the ayatollah had called for Iraqi unity.