Friday, December 8, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30 : 6
LISTEN: A host of people have lost the battles of life because they chose to fight Alone. They chose to disregard and undermined God; as a result, were defeated and destroyed. Generally speaking, we tend to be hopeless and downcast when pressures continue to build up in our lives. We lose confidence when our life and peace of mind are threatened. However, if we can find solace and strength in God we cannot be defeated. David is an ample example of this kind of situation when his life was threatened by fellow soldiers at the time the Amalekites invaded Ziglag, burnt it with fire and took away their family members. But in spite of their threats, David encouraged himself in God and recovered all eventually. This means that anyone can be distressed, but not everyone can remain distressed. Beloved, at some point or the other in life you may be distressed, threatened or discouraged, but you must choose to grow your faith to terminate your heartbreak. (See 1 Samuel 30 :6 – 19 ; Psalms 56 : 3).
As children of God we have been empowered to overcome discouragement, frustration, human threats and the forces of darkness by our authority and faith in Christ. When others are downcast, depressed, frustrated, discouraged and heartbroken we should be full of strength and faith. The Bible says, ” When men are cast down, then you shall say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.” (Job 22 : 29). Beloved, learn to encourage yourself in God no matter what. No matter the condition, do not lose hope. Refuse to complain or count your losses, instead, engage the situation by your faith in God. Do not give up, rather, believe that with God you can overcome all obstacles to your breakthrough. (Mark 9 : 23). So, keep pressing on and continue to seek the face of God for directions and insights (Pro 16 : 3 , 9 ; Psalms 37 : 5); certainly, you will be restored and refreshed by the mighty power of God.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not allow heartbreak to keep you down, be wise!
2. When you are threatened, discouraged, or frustrated, run to God for help.
3. Be strong and determine to overcome your challenges no matter what.
4. Determine to discover the mysteries behind your ordeals through prayer.
Daily Prayer:: Everlasting Father, I bless your name for your mighty works in my life. Deliver me from heartbreak, frustration, discouragement and satanic manipulations in my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, keep pressing on and continue to seek the face of God for directions and insights in your troubles. Certainly, you will be restored and refreshed by the mighty power of God.
Daily Reflection: Learn to encourage yourself in God no matter what; and refuse to complain or count your losses, and determine to engage the situation by your faith in God.
Daily Quote: Anyone can be distressed, but not everyone can remain distressed. Be wise!
Today In History: December 8, 1948 The United Nations approves the recognition of South Korea.
SAY THIS: Today, I confess with my mouth, that I will not be discouraged or heartbroken no matter what. I will be strong and courageous as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, may God deliver you from heartbreak, frustration, discouragement and satanic manipulations in my life, in Jesus’ name.