Monday, April 30, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Even if he slays me, I will hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face! Job 13 : 15
LISTEN : When I imagine the tribulations of Job, I can’t help but ask, who is this Job? (Job 1 : 1 – 22 ; 2 : 1 – 10). How was he able to survive such predicaments? Why was he not broken beyond remedy? How was he able to remain firm in his faith in God, when it is obvious that he found himself in a situation in which no progress seems possible? How was he able to cope with the loss of everything that was dear to his life? Why did he not give up hope and quit his faith? Then I found the answers in our verse of the day. Job said, ” Even if he slays me, I will hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face! (Job 13 : 15). Few things I discovered about Job, (1). His uncompromisable faith : Job was not ready to compromise his faith no matter what. He attached more value to his faith, than anything that life could offer. Wealth or no wealth, family or no family, money or no money, popularity or no popularity, he was determined to stick with God.
(2). His rare commitment : Not too many people can do what Job did. He demonstrated a rare commitment to his relationship with God. In our verse of the day he said, “Even if he slays me, I will hope in him.” The meaning of which is, though God should increase my torments more and more, so that I could bear them no longer, and without all hopes of recovery in this world; yet, I will continue to trust Him. Besides, Job was like saying, I know God is a just, faithful, and merciful God, and he knows that my heart is upright before him, therefore, He will see me through; my troubles will not be my end. (3). His unwavering integrity : People tend to lose integrity when the going gets tough. They become morally corrupt trying to fix or handle things their own ways. However, Job was different. He was really a man of integrity. A man controlled by the fear of God; as a result, he was willing to give up everything to gain God. Thankfully, he gained God and gained everything in return. Beloved, like Job, let us pledge our allegiance to God no matter what.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Be strong and keep your faith in God beyond compromise.
2. Determine to be consistently committed to God even when others are losing their faith.
3. No matter what, do not give up your integrity, for it is a vital key to your future.
4. No matter your problems, do not allow them to destroy your faith.
Daily Prayer : Blessed Father, I thank you for being merciful to me. Help me to overcome my troubles and remain strong and committed to you at all times, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, learn to pledge your allegiance to God no matter what, and give up whatever that is required to gain God.
Daily Reflection : Never lose your integrity when the going gets tough ; and do not live morally corrupt, trying to fix or handle things your own ways.
Daily Quote : “He who painstakingly makes a rare commitment to God, will have God render to him a rare reward in return.”
Today In History : April 30, 1563 All Jews are expelled from France by order of Charles VI.
Say This : Today, I confess that God is faithful, for He will surely reward His obedient children. Therefore, I will commit myself to Him, serve and worship Him faithfully, in Jesus ‘name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God bless you. May you serve Him with a rare commitment and receive a rare reward from Him, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Stunning Fact : Did you know reindeer hair is hollow inside like a tube?
(Only For Those who are Yet to Acknowledge Jesus Christ As Lord And Saviour)
Please Say This Prayer:
Blessed 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