Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : He answered, “But I see four men, untied and walking around in the midst of the fire! No harm has come to them! And the appearance of the fourth is like that of a god!” Daniel 3 : 25
LISTEN : God cannot abandon His own, but those who choose to serve God must be prepared to face the fire of trials, persecution and opposition. Beloved, the “fire” will certainly come to prove the validity of your faith in God. However, when you cannot renounce God for fear of death, the fourth Man (God in His power) will appear in your situation. Friend, you cannot have the fourth Man experience until you have be confronted with “the fire of life.” The fire (threats, trials, troubles, persecution, etc.) will prove your faith and manifest God’s sovereignty if you refuse to quit. As a Christian, no matter the circumstance, you must determine to stand with God. The decision to follow Jesus Christ is a decision to resist Satan and his threats, schemes and manipulations; and to die for the gospel if that is what it will take to glorify God. God watches our resolve for Him in every situation.
When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were threatened with death by fire, if they refused to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s gods and his golden image. They were fearless and spoke to the king and said, “Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace; and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image which you have set up.” (Daniel 3 : 16 – 18). At the end, God honoured their faith and delivered them from harm; and His name was glorified in the land. Beloved, your unwavering faith in God is vital to your victory. When your faith in God is tested and trusted, then, God the “fourth Man” in the fire will arrive and deliver you like He did for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not stagger in your resolve for God, for He will honour your faith in the end.
2. Never compromise your faith in any circumstance, for God has promised to be with you.
3. Be bold to declare your faith in God and your decision to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
4. Do not run away from trials, for they come to prove the validity of your faith in God.
Daily Prayer : Heavenly Father, you are the unstoppable God. You always appear to deliver your people when mortals undermine your power. Deliver me from my enemies and shame the devil, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task : Do not be intimidated by persecution and trials, instead, be courageous and focused on your service to God.
Daily Reflection : Those who choose to serve God and receive His rewards must be prepared to face the fire of trials, persecution and opposition.
Daily Quote : “When your faith in God can be tested and trusted, God, the fourth Man in the fire can step in and overturn the verdict of the wicked.”
Today In History : May 8, 1933 Mahatma Gandhi—actual name Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi—begins a hunger strike to protest British oppression in India.
Say This : Today, I confess that God is the all-powerful. He delivers those who trust in Him. Therefore, I will put my trust in Him no matter what, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may you receive divine intervention for your troubles. May God put your enemies to shame, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze over completely?
BEFORE YOU RETIRE TO BED AFTER TODAY’S ACTIVITIES, MAKE SURE YOU CONCLUDE YOUR DAY BY READING THE EVENING MESSAGE. PLEASE SCROLL BELOW THE ALTAR CALL DECLARATION FOR YOUR EVENING MESSAGE.
(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.
TOPIC : PEACE IN THE MIDST OF TROUBLES
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Verse Of The Day: And suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so much that the boat was covered with the waves, but he was asleep. Matthew 8: 24
LISTEN : Beloved, do you know you can find peace even in times of troubles? Do you also know that when the storm of life is raging, God can give you peace and shield you from harm? You may have been troubled by how your day ended today without achieving your target ; but not to worry, just ease your stress and prepare for the next day. Ask the Lord to give you the kind of peace and sleep that will nourish and calm your troubled heart. When Jesus Christ was travelling with His disciples on water, the storm was up against them, but He was not bothered because He is above all. He rebuked and calmed the storm and saved His disciples. Beloved, free your mind from fear and troubles of the day, and you will experience a good night sleep through the supernatural hands of God. Be wise!
PRAYER POINTS :
1. Pray and thank God for everything.
2. Ask the Lord to forgive and direct your steps.
3. Pray for God’s peace in your heart no matter what.
4. Ask the Lord to arrest the storm in your life and give you rest.
5. Command God’s judgement against any demonic altar fighting against you.
PRAYER : Dear Lord, I thank you for a wonderful day and for the night ahead. I surrender myself to you. Keep me from every evil that is designed against me, and help me to have a good night sleep no matter what, in Jesus’ name, amen.
God bless you. See you tomorrow.