Sunday, May 6, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Jesus said unto him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes. Mark 9 : 23
LISTEN : God does not reward anyone who undermines the power of faith. (Hebrews 11 : 6). “Uncommon Results are tied to faith, hence, no faith, no extraordinary results.” Ask anyone who has achieved a lot for himself, you will be surprised to hear that, the process that leads to the achievement involved risk taking. In the same way, you should learn to step out in faith and attempt what others dread, if that is what God wants you to do, to achieve results. Friend, “To soar with eagles you must have an eagle’s nature.” You must see what others cannot see, go where others cannot go, and do things differently from the common people. Faith is an extraordinary force, hence, to achieve extraordinary results, you must do extraordinary things. Your faith should rise above your fears and trials (Psalms 118 : 17). Beloved, the essence of faith is to arrest your fears and not to allow fear collapse your faith.
When your faith is alive, you will function like a heavy wind capable of removing all obstacles on your path. (Mark 9 : 23). Our verse of the day is an assurance that nothing will be impossible to you if you have faith. Beloved, you can be unstoppable if your faith is unwavering, unrelenting, and adventurous like Esther’s faith. When Queen Esther discovered that her people the Jews, were faced with extermination from wicked Haman, she undertakes to go to the King uninvited against the law of the kingdom. She knows such visit could cost her, her own life, yet, she went by faith to save her people from being wiped out. Her faith was rugged as she affirms her resolve to meet the King. She said, “Go, gather together all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me… I and my maidens will also fast the same way. Then I will go in to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4 : 16). Oh what a display of faith! Beloved, to experience the benefits of serving God, you must learn to walk by faith and not by sight. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not surrender to your fears, rather be strong in faith.
2. Always be thankful to God in all situations and pray for His grace to be released.
3. Do not be a spiritual weakling, instead, be strong, rugged and dogged in your faith.
4. Do not be influenced by what is confronting you, rather, learn to walk by faith.
Daily Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank you for the power of faith. With it I can receive from you. Therefore, help me to grow more and more in faith, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, to experience the benefits of serving God, you must learn to walk by faith and not by sight.
Daily Reflection : You can be unstoppable if your faith is rugged and dogged, unwavering and unrelenting, consistent and adventurous.
Daily Quote : “To soar with eagles you must have an eagle’s nature.” You must see what others cannot see, go where others cannot go, and do things differently from the common people.”
Today In History : May 6, 1994 The Channel Tunnel linking England to France is officially opened.
Say This : Today, I confess that faith is powerful. Therefore, I will walk by faith and not by sight, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may your faith grow and continue to grow. May you not walk by sight but by faith, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Stunning Fact : Did you know Christmas trees originated from Germany?
(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 save 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