Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. Psalms 9 : 18

LISTEN : It hurts to be forgotten or abandoned, especially when you cannot help yourself. People feel devastated and heartbroken when no one seems to care about them. But the good news is, God cares about you, even when no one cares. David said, “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.” (Psalms 27 : 10). God knows how to lift up the downtrodden, downcast and miserable ones from dungeons. He never forget the abandoned. He redeems them to enable them realise their dreams and aspirations. Everyone has a destiny to fulfill, including the abandoned and rejected ; and if God does not intervene, it will be impossible to fulfill their own destinies. God sees the plight of the poor and needy, and therefore promised deliverance. The Bible says, ” For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.” (Psalms 9 : 18). When the world rejects you, run to God. Those abandoned by the world can only realise their dreams by running to God. God cannot reject the rejected, if the rejected can humbly surrender to the Almighty God. Beloved, stop looking to man for help and begin to look to God. Man cannot help you if God cannot help you. When the help of man has failed, seek God’s help. The Bible says, “Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.” (Psalms 60 : 11). Beloved, only God can move people to help you. So, seek the help of God today. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not look down on yourself no matter what, instead, look up for intervention.
2. Never allow your weakness to stop your progress, rather, keep making progress all the same.
3. When men have failed you do not give up, instead, seek the unfailing help of God.
4. Have faith in God and know that your expectations will not perish.

Daily Prayer : Loving and compassionate Father, I thank you for loving me dearly. I am happy because I know you are in charge of my life. Help me to fulfill your purpose for my life, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.

Daily Task : Beloved, do not be intimidated or hopeless when faced with troubles, instead, be strong and courageous and seek the help of God.

Daily Reflection : Those who are abandoned by the world can only realise their dreams and aspirations by running to God for help.

Daily Quote : “God cannot reject the rejected, if the rejected can humbly surrender to the God of the rejected – Almighty God.”

Daily Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God is faithful, and therefore will not abandon me. I know with Him I will realise my purpose of existence, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, your expectations will not perish. May God help you to achieve your purpose of existence, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Today In History : May 16, 1963 After 22 Earth orbits, Gordon Cooper returns to Earth, ending the last mission of Project Mercury.

Stunning Fact : Did you know hippopotamuses are born under water?




Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Verse Of The Day : Do not love the world, neither the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the Father’s love is not in him. 1 John 2 : 15

LISTEN : We all live in the world, do our businesses in the world, get married in the world, pursue academics and careers in the world, and do many other things in the world. The question is, does the things mentioned above not amount to loving the world? The Bible recorded that God loves the world (John 3 : 16) , why then is He asking us not to love the world? Or is He talking about a different love for the world? Beloved, God’s love for the world talks about His love for humanity. We are expected to love others like Him. The world we are asked not to love is being devoted to the world’s treasures, values, trends and priorities. God tells us to set our priorities according to His eternal value system. But when we follow the world’s corrupt practices, tendencies, values, lifestyles against the will of God, we are loving the world above God. The love of the world is expressed by serving our own lusts and pride. Surely, when we love the world, we don’t love God ; and when we don’t love God we are disconnected from Him. (1John 2 : 17). Beloved, think and act wisely. Do not allow anything to take the place of God in your life. Be wise!

1. Thank God for today and pray for a good day ahead.
2. Ask for forgiveness and fellowship with God.
3. Pray for God to keep you from corruption of the world.
4. Pray against demonic invasion and manipulations of your life.
5. Thank God for prayer answered.

PRAYER : Almighty God, I thank you because you are good. Help me to live in accordance with your words, and avoid the corruption in the world, in Jesus’ name, amen.