Sunday, April 29, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : You are my hiding place; you shall preserve me from trouble; you shall compass me about with songs of deliverance. Psalms 32 : 7
LISTEN : “Trial is not a destination, but just a journey.” It is not designed to stop you, but to help you to your desired future; hence, no matter the trials that may confront you, you must not settle for stagnation; you should keep pressing on no matter what. Trials and challenges are part of the process that will take you to your God-ordained destination. (Isaiah 48 : 10 ; Acts 14 : 22). The process may be tedious and frustrating, but the bliss that awaits you at the end of the journey is worth the sufferings. No matter how long the journey may take, you will surely arrive at your God-given destination if you “play by God’s own rules.” Surely, you will sing songs of deliverance at the end of the journey, if you are not distracted by the momentary afflictions that you are bound to suffer. No doubt, trouble may come, but God’s grace is equally available for those who maintain a close walk with Him. (2 Corinthians 12 : 9).
In our verse of the day, David in the midst of troubles acknowledged God as his refuge and fortress. He said, “You are my hiding place; you shall preserve me from trouble; you shall compass me about with songs of deliverance.” (Psalms 32 : 7). In spite of his troubles, David believes that God would give him abundant reason for praise and thankfulness. Besides, he was sure that he would sing songs of praise to God for deliverance out of the hands of his enemies, and from trouble that came to swallow him up. He believes that God will preserve him from trouble, not from having it; but from being swallowed up with it. Beloved, is God your hiding place? Is He the one you run to in times of troubles? Like David, make God your hiding place. Surely, the Lord will bring you safe out of your troubles.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Make God your refuge and fortress, and trust in Him without fear.
2. No matter the trials, do not be afraid; instead, rest in the promises of God.
3. Do not make trials your destination, rather see it as part of the journey of life.
4. Do not be distracted by momentary afflictions, rather, be firm in your faith in God.
Daily Prayer : Heavenly Father, you are my hiding place in times of troubles. Therefore, deliver me from my enemies and put songs of deliverance in my mouth, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task : Make God your hiding place. Surely, He will bring you safe out of your troubles and place you above your enemies.
Daily Reflection : Trouble may come, but God’s grace is equally available for those who maintain a close walk with Him.
Daily Quote : “Trial is not a destination, but just a journey. It is not designed to stop you, but to help you to your desired future.”
Today In History : April 29, 1672 King Louis XIV of France invades the Netherlands.
Say This : Today, I confess that God is my hiding place. He will preserve me from my troubles and enemies ; and give me songs of deliverance, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God deliver you from your enemies and give you songs of deliverance, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Stunning Fact : Did you know an elephants ears are used to regulate body temperature?
(Only For Those who are Yet to Acknowledge Jesus Christ As Lord And Saviour)
Please Say This Prayer:
Dear Lord, 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