Monday, November 13, 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: We live in a wicked world full of trouble; and when trouble comes tension heightens. 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; hence we should put our hope in God. 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 too quick to give up hope when things are not right or going down well with us; we fail to realise that, to give up is to accept defeat. It is to formally admit before your enemy, or oppositions 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. No matter what, you need faith and courage to succeed and survive. So, do not allow anything or anyone to hinder your progress and rob you of your God-ordained success.
Beloved, never lose hope when troubled no matter what. Job is an ample example of patience in trial. He passed the test and was greatly rewarded and blessed thereafter for his faith in God. His courage and affirmation during his tempting period is still 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 can refuse to die miserably no matter the pressure on your life. (Psalms 118 : 16 – 18). Beloved, like Job, be strong and wait patiently for God and He 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 Prayer: Precious Father, I thank you today for a day like this. I ask for grace to be strong and courageous. Help me to never give up but endure until my change comes, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, 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 life.
Daily Reflection: People become miserably helpless because they endorsed it themselves. Truly, no situation has the final say over our lives, only God has.
Daily Quote: He who lose hope because of trials and tribulations has failed to acknowledge the supernatural help that is reserved for God’s people.
Today In History: November 13, 1952 . Harvard’s Paul Zoll becomes the first man to use electric shock to treat cardiac arrest.
SAY THIS: Today, I confess with my mouth that I am strong and courageous. No matter what, I will not lose hope, but have faith in God. Henceforth, I will be strong in faith as long as I live, 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.