Thursday, May 17, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3 : 26
LISTEN : People tend to give up hope when they believe they have come to the end of the road in their lives. They believe it is all over because, to them, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. In such a time, you will hear comments like, “It is all over.” “I am finished.” “God has abandoned me.” “Is this how I am going to end?” “I have served God in vain.” “I accept this as my fate.” The list goes on and on. People think this way in times of troubles because they are not grounded in faith; as a result, anything can shake them to their nerves. They serve God but do not believe Him to handle the impossible. Friend, He who serves God but doubts His ability to take care of the impossible situations, will end up receiving nothing from Him. (James 1 : 6 , 7). Beloved, no matter what, you should learn to hope in God. Our verse of the day says,”It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.” (Lamentations 3 : 26). My dear, do you hear that? Truly, hope does not disappoint. Keeping your hope alive is the key to your desired future. But when your hope dies, you have willingly offered your future to be slaughtered in the altar of regrets. Beloved, cheer up! It is not yet over. Do all you should do to keep your hope alive. Do your work, and patiently wait for God to respond. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. No matter what, determine to keep your hope alive.
2. Do not give up when you encounter the impossible, instead, trust God for intervention.
3. Strive to be rooted in faith, and resist the spirit of hopelessness.
4. No matter the circumstance, always remind yourself that it is not yet over with you.
Daily Prayer : Eternal Father, I thank you because, with you nothing is impossible. Therefore, I surrender my problems to you, and believe I have received solutions to them, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, cheer up! It is not yet over. Do all you should do to keep your hope alive, and patiently wait for God to respond in times of troubles.
Daily Reflection : Hope does not disappoint. Keeping your hope alive is the key to your desired future.
Daily Quote : “Keep hope alive, for when your hope dies, you have finally offered your future to be slaughtered in the altar of regrets.”
Daily Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God is faithful and able to do all things. Therefore, I will not give up, I will wait for Him until my change comes.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God intervene in your troubles. May the Lord help you to conquer your trials, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Today In History : May 17, 1792 Merchants form the New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street.
Stunning Fact : Did you know you begin to feel thirsty when your body losses 1% of water?
BELOVED, CONCLUDE YOUR DAY WITH THE EVENING MESSAGE BELOW AS YOU RETIRE TO BED TODAY:
Thursday, May 17, 2018
TOPIC : MADE WISE BY THE WORDS OF GOD
Verse Of The Day : I understand more than the aged, because I have kept your precepts. Psalms 119 : 100
LISTEN : The Bible says, “Wisdom is supreme. Get wisdom. Yes, though it costs all your possessions, get understanding.” (Proverbs 4 : 7 NHEB). Beloved, Wisdom is the principal thing; and you get nothing if you lack wisdom. Life as a whole is empty without wisdom and understanding. Wisdom is profitable to direct. (Ecclesiastics 10 : 10). However, earthly wisdom does not qualify for this kind of wisdom ; because earthly wisdom is characterised by jealousy, bitterness, selfish ambition, corruption, hate and the likes. The wisdom that God approves is Kingdom – directed. The Bible says, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, without hypocrisy.” (James 3 : 17). Beloved, that is God kind of wisdom. It comes from paying attention to the words of God. When you study, meditate and apply information from God’s words, it will set you apart from others. You will think God’s way and not your own way. You will shun evil and follow the will of God. In this kind of wisdom, what matters to you is the will of God and nothing else. Beloved, study and meditate in the word of God and you will be enabled to live wisely. Be wise!
PRAYER POINTS :
1. Thank God for your day and the gift of life.
2. Ask for His forgiveness and mercy for your wrong doings.
3. Pray for wisdom and understanding of His will and purpose for your life.
4. Pray and condemn every tongue or demonic force that is risen against you.
5. Pray for peace and a good night sleep.
PRAYER : Lord God, I thank you for everything. I pray that you endow me with wisdom and understanding to live for you and your purpose for my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.
God bless you. See you tomorrow.