Friday, September 8, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!” Mark 2 : 12
LISTEN: As he (Jesus Christ) was preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God in Capernaum, four men brought and lowered a paralysed man through the house roof into the hall where he was, because there was no space for them through the door. Marvelled at their faith, Jesus had mercy on the paralysed man and healed him of his paralysis. Beloved, miracle will not happen where God’s mercy and faith are absent. It is the mercy of God that produces divine intervention. When an unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be caused by the power of God takes place, it is because God is moved with compassion to help and bring about positive change in a situation. Truly, the things of God are beyond the understanding of mere human beings. In this miracle in our verse of the day, we see the incomprehensible sovereignty and glory of God in His comfort and healing of the sick through His Son Jesus Christ. (Mark 2 : 10 – 13).
The people who saw this miracle were surprised, moved to glorify God, and filled with fear. All who witnessed the miracle were amazed at the astounding healing. However, some were angry at Jesus for claiming he had power to forgive sin. Their reaction to the healing did not cause a change of heart in them. Though they were all “filled with fear” (Luke 5:26); yet, doubted the power of God. God’s mighty works should produce faith and repentance in us. When we observe His miraculous works being demonstrated in people’s lives, rather than criticise, we should glorify God for it. However, most of the witnesses to the paralytic’s healing refused to overcome their sins and change their lives. This is the same with some people today. Their faith in God is no different from the devil’s kind of faith, who believe and tremble before God (James 2:19), yet, have never been converted. Beloved, being filled with awe, glorifying God, or experiencing fear are not enough in themselves; they are merely beginnings of understanding and wisdom (Psalm 111:10;Proverbs 9:10). Therefore, The mighty works of God should produce real faith and repentance in us. Let us glorify God today, because no other god is strong enough to compare with our God the Father and Jesus Christ our Saviour!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not be doubtful of God’s power to heal, instead, believe in Him no matter what.
2. Glorify God for His goodness in the lives of others and do not criticise.
3. Let the fear and awe of God’s mighty works around the world produce faith in you.
4. Trust God with your problems and do not lose heart no matter what.
Daily Task: Beloved, know that being filled with awe, glorifying God, or experiencing fear in His doings are not enough in themselves; the fear of God should produce real faith in us.
Daily Reflection: When an unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be caused by the power of God takes place, it is because God is moved with compassion to help and bring about a positive change in a given situation.
Daily Prayer: Almighty God! I thank you for a day like this. Help my weaknesses and deliver me from the hands of the wicked, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God show you mercy and deliver you from the power of the wicked, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: A miracle will not happen where faith and the mercy of God are absent.
Today In History: September 8, 1903 . Between 30,000 and 50,000 Bulgarian men, women and children are massacred in Monastir by Turkish troops seeking to check a threatened Macedonian uprising.