Sunday, June 3, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : He asked, “Where have you laid him?” They replied, “Lord, come and see.”
Jesus wept. John 11 : 34 , 35
LISTEN : In life, everyone cries at one point or the other. Crying is not a demonstration of weakness, but a confirmation that you have a heart (feelings and emotions). Most often we cry out to express our pains within. Our hearts bleed when we are in trouble and hurting. (Psalms 42 : 3 – 5). Satan through sin has made life miserable for humanity. He has pierced our souls with troubles and sorrow, making everyone “a bleeding soul.” However, whatever we are going through Jesus Christ had gone through all that. In our verse of the day, Jesus wept in Bethany at the tomb of His bosom friend Lazarus, because He was deeply hurt by the regrettable destiny (death) sin has chosen for humanity. He wept because of the heartbreak that Satan is putting people through against the original plans of God. The heart of God bleeds when we miss the way; God is hurt when we take a path that will lead to destruction. (Genesis 6 : 6). Death came and spread to everyone because Adam and Eve made the wrong decision. Thankfully, Jesus Christ overturned that verdict through His death. However, humanity has since then sustained the power of that wrong decision by refusing to obey the living God. They have rejected God. Beloved, when God is rejected ignorance and destruction will prevail. But when He is accepted, His power is released to fight and overcome sin and Satan. Beloved, return to God. Jesus wept for you to rejoice. So, follow Him and your weeping will be turned to laughter. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Weep no more, instead, be strong and cast your troubles to God.
2. No matter what, do not reject God, instead, accept Him and be saved.
3. Do not allow your circumstances to make your life miserable, rather, put your trust in God.
4. Resist Satan and all he has to offer in the name of “pleasure and enjoyment.”
Daily Prayer : Everlasting Father, I know that Jesus Christ suffered and died for me to be saved. Therefore, help me to overcome sin and receive a glorious reward, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, return to God. Jesus wept for you to rejoice. So, follow Him and your weeping will be turned to laughter.
Daily Reflection : When God is rejected, ignorance and destruction will prevail. But when He is accepted, His power is released to overcome sin and Satan.
Daily Quote : “The heart of God bleeds when we miss the way. God is hurt when we take the path that leads to destruction.”
Daily Faith Confession : Today, I acknowledged that Satan temporarily messed up God’s good plans for humanity, but Jesus Christ permanently remedied the situation. Therefore, I will serve God as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God deliver you from heartbreak. May He save and restore your peace today, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Today In History : June 3. 1923 In Italy, dictator Benito Mussolini grants women the right to vote.
Stunning Fact : Did you know rice is the staple food for 50% of the worlds population?
BELOVED, CONCLUDE YOUR DAY WITH THE EVENING MESSAGE BELOW AS YOU RETIRE TO BED TODAY:
TOPIC : GREAT IS THE LORD
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Bible Verse : Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. Psalms 145 : 3
LISTEN: The glory of God is unmatchable. His greatness has no compare. God created the world by His word, wisdom and power. (Proverbs 3 : 19 ; Jeremiah 10 : 12). Hence, He is to be praised with all we have, and with utmost capacities. Beloved, who else is to be praised if not God? His greatness has no end. His greatness is unsearchable; that is, the greatness of His nature, and the perfections of it; these are past finding out; and so are His ways and works, and the riches of His grace. Our God is great and worthy to be the object of our praise, day and night (Psalms 145:1-3). Those who know God’s greatness should meditate upon it and proclaim it to others. The whole earth is full of God’s greatness and goodness towards humanity. Not only is God great, but He is full of goodness, showing covenant faithfulness to His people and gracious love to people everywhere. Therefore, those who have tasted His love should show their gratitude by praising Him and telling others of His mighty works. In this way, they will help spread His rule to the lives of others. Today, all creation, and in particular we (His people), should bring Him unending praise for all his goodness and greatness. Remember, when we deny God His praise, He will surely deny us His blessings. Be wise!
PRAYER POINTS :
1. Pray and bless God for His mercies, direction and protection.
2. Confess your sin to God and ask for forgiveness and mercy.
3. Ask God for grace to acknowledge His greatness and praise Him for who He is.
4. Pray and destroy all satanic plans against your life.
May God open your eyes to His greatness. I prophesy to you, may God bless you with greatness and glory as long as you live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
God bless you. See you tomorrow.