Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalms 27 : 14

LISTEN: To wait on God is to rely, hope and trust in Him. The message today is an encouragement to rely on the Lord and be strong and courageous. We are to wait expectantly for Him to help us. Certain situations in life forces impatient people to look for alternatives to God. They lost inner strength and courage because they failed to wait on/for God. The Bible says, ” But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40 : 31). Those who rely on God does not beg for strength, but are loaded with supernatural strength from the presence of God. Trials does not overwhelme them. They are not consumed by depression, fear, worry and anxiety. No matter the situation, they can still draw strength from the presence of God. Beloved, I am not doubting the reality of your trials and predicament, nor the depth of your anxiety and depression. But all I am saying is, wait on the Lord. I feel your pain, because no one is without a problem. You may ask, “But when will all these be over?” My dear, I do not know, but God knows, just wait for Him. He did not lie or joke when He said, Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me. (Psalms 50 :15; see Jeremiah 33 : 3). Beloved, do not give up, just pray and continue to pray until you receive.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. No matter your situation, do not give up, rather pray and wait for God to help.
2. Do not worry yourself about when your ordeal will end, rather, cast your worries to God.
3. Learn to focus on God and not on your overwhelming circumstances and situations.
4. Be patient in trials and never seek alternatives to the living God.

Daily Prayer: Blessed Father, you are the living God and hope of the righteous. You never ignored prayers of the oppressed. Therefore, hear my cry and deliver me from satanic oppression, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Task: Beloved, no matter the situation do not give up, just pray, pray and continue to pray until you receive.

Daily Reflection: Those who rely on God does not beg for strength, but are loaded with supernatural strength from the presence of God.

Daily Quote: “Influences of fear, anxiety, trials and depression cannot conquer anyone who enjoys fellowship with God.”

Today In History: February 21, 1949 Nicaragua and Costa Rica sign a friendship treaty ending hostilities over their borders.

Say This: Today, I confess that I am not alone, God is my help. Therefore, I will wait for Him no matter the pressures and trials of my life. I will pray and continue to pray until my help comes.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. I prophesy to you, may the Lord bless, protect and deliver you. As you wait on God, may strength to overcome your obstacles be released to you, in Jesus’ name.

Stunning Fact: Did you know Britain was the first country to use postage stamps?