Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the LORD. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope. Jeremiah 29 : 11
LISTEN: Beloved, do you know that God’s plans for us are better than the ones we have for ourselves? And that He can use any situation to establish His purpose in our lives? (Romans 8 : 28). Do you also believe that His plans for us are for good and not of evil? Beloved, the year 2018 is here, and God is prepared to bless His people. He is willing to pour out His blessings upon those who can trust and obey Him no matter what. Beloved, no matter what you see, or experience, determine to focus on the promises of God. Anchor your hope on His word. The journey may not be easy, but the end is already determined by our God. The road to your success may be rough, but the victory is sure. Just keep working and investing your life purposefully; relax your mind from all anxieties, and trust the faithfulness of God.
When in captivity in Babylon, the Israelites thought it was not necessary to be happy and live their normal life. They were desperate to leave Babylon; as a result, refused to work to succeed and prosper. But God through His prophet Jeremiah urged them to work, relax and trust Him for intervention. God said to them through His prophet, ” Build houses and live in them. Plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and father sons and daughters. Take wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so they may have sons and daughters. Increase in numbers there, do not decrease. (Jeremiah 29 : 5 , 6). Beloved, are you like the Israelites in captivity who chose to be stagnant because of circumstances? Are you bothered about your situations instead of believing the word of God? Beloved, you will miss the blessings of God if you fail to trust His word. God said to His people, ” For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the LORD. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.” (Jeremiah 29 : 11). So let us work, relax and trust God in everything.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Trust and obey God to bring His plans to pass in your life.
2. No matter the circumstance, keep pushing and trusting God until you breakthrough.
3. Do not doubt or disobey the instructions of God to you, instead, surrender to Him.
4. Strive to succeed, relax to rest, and in all, trust God to bless the works of your hand.
Daily Prayer: Everlasting Father, I thank you for a day like this. Help me to labour to succeed, and to trust all my labour with you for a glorious result, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, God is prepared to bless and willing to pour out His blessings upon those who can trust and obey Him no matter what. So, trust and obey Him.
Daily Reflection: With God, though the road to your success may be rough, but the victory is sure. Just keep working and investing purposefully; relax your mind from all anxieties, and trust God for help.
Daily Quote: Faith believes that the journey of life may not be easy, but the end is already determined.
Today In History: January 2, 1999. A severe winter storm hits the Midwestern US; in Chicago temperatures plunge to -13 ºF and 19 inches of snow fell; 68 deaths are blamed on the storm.
SAY THIS: Today, I confess with my mouth, that God is my help. Therefore, I will not be afraid. I will strive to succeed, fight against fear and worry, and trust Him for help as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, may God bless the works of your hand this year. May He reward your labour of love and destroy all yokes of darkness in your life, in Jesus’ name.
A STUNNING FACT: Do you know that unless food is mixed with saliva you cannot taste it?