Friday, March 23, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Philippians 4 : 4
LISTEN : God is good all the time. He does great things to those who choose to walk with Him. He is the source of supernatural strength and joy to those who put their trust in Him. Anyone who truly believes in God will not help but rejoice at all times. The joy of the LORD is the strength of the believer in times of troubles, pain, disappointment, heartbreak, hardship, sorrow, tribulations, crisis, rejection, persecution, etc. (Habakkuk 3 : 17 , 18). Beloved, it is obvious that our hearts most times could be broken by tragedy and other ugly experiences, however, we can still find solace in the Lord. When sorrow seems to take the place of joy in your heart, resist it. No matter the reason for your heartbreak and sorrow, learn to rest on the power of the LORD. Friend, do not allow sorrow to ruin your life.
You may have made mistakes in the past and today, the guilt is eaten you up, as a result, you are sad and fainting, not to worry! Just embrace the joy of the LORD. When the Israelites returned from captivity, resettled in their land, and gathered on a certain day to hear the word of God; they were sad and wept for failing to obey God and avert His wrath that led them to captivity. They turned the day that was supposed to be a day of joy to a day of sorrow. But were comforted and asked to rejoice no matter what. The Bible says, “Then he said unto them … for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be all of you sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8 : 10). Beloved, do not be consumed by sorrow. No matter the circumstance, just rejoice and continue to rejoice in the power of God. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not allow sorrow ruin your life, instead, be joyful and hopeful.
2. When your heart is broken, go to God and you will find joy and rest for your soul.
3. Always resist the influence of sorrow in your life and embrace the spirit of joy.
4. Do not rely on yourself for strength, instead, rely on God.
Daily Prayer : Blessed Father, I thank you because joy comes from you. Help me to find joy in my life, marriage, career, academics, business and my walk with you, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, do not be consumed by sorrow. No matter the circumstance, just rejoice and continue to rejoice in the power of God.
Daily Reflection : The joy of the LORD is the strength of the believer in times of troubles, pain, disappointment, heartbreak, hardship, sorrow, tribulations, crisis, rejection, persecution and when it is hard to be strong.
Daily Quote : “Faith and the joy of the Lord bring solutions to every deep rooted sorrow and heartbreak.”
Today In History : March 23, 1848 Hungary proclaims its independence from Austria.
Say This : Today, I confess that God is the source of true happiness and rest. Therefore, I will trust Him with my problems and expect His joy, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may you have cause to rejoice always. I command spirit of sorrow and heartbreak over your life to be destroyed, in Jesus’ name.
Stunning Fact : Did you know only female mosquitoes bite?
(Only For Those who are Yet to Acknowledge Jesus Christ As Lord And Saviour)
Please Say This Prayer:
Everlasting Father, 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