Thursday, April 19, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : But let all those that put their trust in you rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because you defend them: let them also that love your name be joyful in you. Psalms 5 : 11
LISTEN : A time like this when bad news seems to be the top story on the news, or main headline in the paper all over the world, is it possible to be happy? When we don’t feel safe because of high level of insecurity, economic meltdown, frustration and crimes around the world, can there still be a place for joy in our hearts? When we face problems and fear-induced situations all the time, can joy ever be found in our hearts? Beloved, what we face daily in the world may not encourage joy, but faith in God can create atmosphere for it. No doubt, we all are born into troubles of this world, but should learn how to live to survive the pressures thereof. My dear, you are not to respond to problems with worry, or fear, but faith in God. Problems and bad news of this life will never allow you to smile or laugh, until you choose to smile and laugh by faith.
Those who put there trust in God are not afraid of problems or bad news. The Bible says, “How blessed is the one who obeys the LORD, who takes great delight in keeping his commands. He does not fear bad news. He is confident; he trusts in the LORD.” (Psalms 112 : 1 , 7). Surely, bad news cannot frustrate anyone whose confidence is in the living God. That is why such person can still find happiness in the midst of crisis. Friend, you cannot find true joy in the world, uninterrupted joy is only in God. (John 16 : 33). There is a level of joy and peace those who love God and put there trust in Him enjoy. But you cannot have access to it until you have a relationship with God. It is your relationship with God that gives you the peace and joy of God. Beloved, if your trust is in God, rejoice! Do not allow any situation to kill your joy. Always rejoice in season and out of season. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Always rejoice! Do not allow situations in your life to strangle your joy.
2. Never respond to bad news with fear, instead, confess faith no matter what.
3. Obey God and grow your love for Him, and your faith in Him will grow.
4. Learn to smile, laugh and trust in God when trouble is out to frustrate you.
Daily Prayer : Blessed Father, I thank you because joy and peace belong to you. Help me to find peace and joy in every situation, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, if your trust is in God, rejoice! Do not allow any situation to kill your joy. Always rejoice in season and out of season.
Daily Reflection : Countless troubles that we face daily in this world may not encourage joyfulness, but faith in God creates atmosphere for joy all the same.
Daily Quote : “Problems of this life will never allow you to smile or laugh, until you choose to smile and laugh by faith.”
Today In History : April 19, 1995 A truck bomb explodes in front of the federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people.
Say This : Today, I confess that I will rejoice no matter what. I know that life is full of trials and tribulations, yet, I will rejoice all the same, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may you not lose your joy and peace. May God give you rest from your struggles, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Stunning Fact : Did you know most of the Vitamin C found in fruits is in the skin?
(Only For Those who are Yet to Acknowledge Jesus Christ As Lord And Saviour)
Please Say This Prayer:
Heavenly 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