Monday, September 18, 2017.

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: “Because of the violence done to the oppressed, because of the painful cries of the needy, I will spring into action,” says the LORD. “I will provide the safety they so desperately desire.” Psalms 12:5

LISTEN: Are you oppressed and thinks that God has forgotten you and yours? Do you think that He does not know, or care about your problems? Just because you are facing some challenges, have you concluded that God has abandoned you? Beloved, you should know that God cannot abandon those who trust in Him no matter the condition. He has regard for the poor, oppressed, afflicted, neglected, marginalised, helpless and the likes. Truly, He is hurt when you are hurt. He hates to see the poor and needy been oppressed. Sadly, many will rather oppress the poor than stand for them because they want to stay in control, therefore, the poor are been oppressed and made to suffer miserably. Beloved, God is not happy when the poor in our midst are treated with such wickedness. Obviously, mistreatment to the poor is indirectly done to God, the creator. This is why the bible says, ” The one who oppresses the poor insults his Creator, but whoever shows favor to the needy honors him.” (Proverbs 14 : 31 NET).

Beloved, do you know that the one who mocks the poor insults his Creator? That whoever rejoices over disaster will not go unpunished? (see Proverbs 17 : 5). God cares for the poor and wants us to do the same. God is a kind and compassionate God, and He wants His people to show kindness to people in need. Sadly, most privileged people take delight in mocking the poor and needy. They enjoy reminding them (poor and needy) of their miseries and misfortunes; and failed to know that every insult we give to the poor or less privileged, is an insult against God his creator. That is why God declares in our verse of the day saying, “Because of the violence done to the oppressed, because of the painful cries of the needy, I will spring into action,” says the LORD. “I will provide the safety they so desperately desire.” (Psalms 12:5 KJV). Beloved, God cannot be silent forever, at the appointed time He will certainly rise up in defense of the oppressed. He said that He will fight for the poor who are oppressed; who sigh everyday because of suffering. He promises to deliver them from the proud and those who seem to be stronger than them. Therefore, as followers of Christ, let us practice kindness, care and love for the less privileged.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Learn to help the poor and needy, for such is an acceptable sacrifice to God.
2. Never oppress the poor and needy, because such is an insult to God our creator.
3. Do not mock the poor and less privileged, for mocking them will amount to mocking God.
4. Always rise in defense of the poor and oppressed, and do not neglect them no matter what.

Daily Task: Beloved, determine to give support and kindness to the poor and needy, and remember that you will reap what you sow in due time if you faint not.

Daily Reflection: Those who rise in defense of the poor and needy, will see God arise in their own defense at the appointed time; for what you sow you will reap.

Daily Prayer: Compassionate Father, you are God of the poor and oppressed, therefore, deliver me from every form of oppression in my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy over your life, may God who sees the plight of the poor, oppressed and afflicted deliver you from every form of affliction and oppression, in Jesus’ name.

Daily Quote: Oppressors who oppressed the poor and needy will lose their ground the day divine mercy shows up for the oppressed.

Today In History: September 18, 1961 . UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold is killed on a plane crash while attempting to negotiate peace in the Congo.