Monday, March 12, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. Psalms 37 : 25
LISTEN : When we patiently trust in God and look away from our circumstances He takes over our burdens and battles. (1 Peter 5 : 7 ; Romans 8 : 31). God knows those who belong to Him and therefore cannot forsake them. (2 Timothy 2 : 19). Sometimes we tend to think or react as though God has forsaken us; but the truth remains that God cannot forsake His own. A mere thought of being forsaken does not mean you are actually forsaken. Surely, God will intervene in due time. Friend, do not despair, instead, exercise your faith in God. David, both in his youth and adulthood wonderfully experienced the faithfulness of God and therefore, has no doubt God will sustain the righteous and his offsprings; for they will not fail to follow God’s principles to be blessed. Beloved, why are you depressed? Why do you choose to worry instead of exercising your faith in God? Do you think God has abandoned you? Cheer up! Our redeemer lives. (Job 19 : 25 ).
A story is told of an innocent man who was falsely accused of murder, and was arrested and detained by the police. All attempts to bail him out of police custody failed. The last visit to the police by his concerned relatives was a heartbreaking experience. But before they left, They requested to see him. As they sighted him coming out from police cell, they burst into tears and said, “We have tried all we could but nothing is working, they are determined to send you to jail for the rest of your life.” The man smiled and said, ” Don’t worry, they can only succeed with that if God endorsed it. Go home my people and don’t panic for I am not alone.” After several years of trial in court, the evidence that vindicated him emerged and he was discharged and acquitted. Beloved, you are not forsaken. You may be passing through a trying moment, but believe me, God will surely manifest His power. So cheer up and never give room for defeat. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Stop worrying about your situation and start trusting God.
2. No matter the circumstances never give up, instead, be strong and courageous.
3. Do not be heartbroken when people disappoint you, instead, carry your disappointment to God.
4. Always remind yourself of the presence of God with you, and therefore be strong.
Daily Prayer : Blessed Father, you are dependable, loving and faithful. I put my faith in you, let me not be ashamed or abandoned, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Task : Are you passing through a trying moment, please do not give up. God will surely manifest His power. So cheer up and never give room for defeat.
Daily Reflection : A mere thought of being forsaken does not mean you are actually forsaken. Surely, God will intervene in due time.
Daily Quote : “When we patiently trust in God and look away from our circumstances He takes over our burdens and battles.”
Today In History : March 12, 1496 The Jews are expelled from Syria.
Say This : Today, I confess that God is dependable, faithful and a strong tower in times of troubles. Therefore, I will trust Him with my problems because I know He will fix it, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may your expectations not be cut off. May your desires be granted; and may you not fail to trust God with your cares and battles, in Jesus’ name.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the brand Nokia is named after a place in Southern Finland?
(Only For Those who are Yet to Acknowledge Jesus Christ As Lord And Saviour)
Please Say This Prayer:
Almighty God, I thank you for this opportunity. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot help myself. Forgive my sin and accept me as your own. Today, I acknowledge Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal Saviour. The evil I used to do, I will do them no more. Henceforth, I offer myself as instrument of righteousness to you. Thank you because I am born again, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Praise God! You Are Now Born Again
THEN DO THE FOLLOWING THINGS:
> Having been saved, look for a Bible believing church and fellowship with the brethren to sustain your faith.
> Read the Bible and meditate in the word of God on a daily basis.
> Pray daily and dedicate yourself to the LORD’s service.
GOD BLESS YOU