Sunday, June 24, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 ISV
LISTEN : You cannot find God until you ‘search’ for Him with the whole of your heart. Searching for God does not mean He is lost, but that you have lost your way back to Him through sin. However, the day you begin to consciously search for Him, surely you will find Him. To find God is to discover who He really is, and to turn to Him in repentance and worship Him as the true God. Beloved, to discover God you must be serious with Him. You must search for Him as one searching for a priceless object. You must desperately desire to know Him. Until then you cannot find Him. (2 Chronicles 31:21 ; Psalms 119:2). My dear, you will prosper in your quest to know God when you seek Him with all your heart. Obviously, we cannot discover God if we choose to be just verbal doers of His words; that is, those whose faith in God ends in their lips. It is difficult to find God when we have not felt His absence in our lives. Until we realise that we are vulnerable and nothing without Him, it will be difficult to seek Him with all our hearts. Absence of God in a person’s life will expose such person to destruction and satanic manipulations. Truly, He who abandons God in favour of other gods will have God to contend with. But those who return to Him in repentance will find Him. In the same way, you can find God when you search for Him with all your heart. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Never relent in your quest to know God; instead, search for Him until you discover Him.
2. Acknowledge where you have fallen short of God’s glory and return to Him in repentance.
3. Stop at nothing to discover God. Make the search for God a life-long project.
4. Dedicate yourself to the service of God no matter what.
Daily Prayer : Everlasting God, I thank you because you are the true God. Help me to seek, obey and worship you as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Reflection: It is difficult to find God when we have not felt His absence in our lives; but we can find Him when we realise we are vulnerable and nothing without Him.
Daily Quote : “We cannot discover God if we choose to be just verbal doers of His words, those whose faith in God ends just in their lips.”
Daily Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God is close to those who search for Him with all their hearts. Therefore, I will seek Him with all my heart, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may you search for God with all your heart; and may you find favour in the sight of God, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Jesse’s three eldest sons who follows Saul to the battle are Eliab, Abinadab and Shammah? (1 Samuel 17:13).
Today In History : June 24, 1964 The Federal Trade Commission announces that, starting in 1965, cigarette makers must include warning labels about the harmful effects of smoking.
Stunning Fact : Did you know hippopotamuses have skin 3.8cm (1.5in) thick?
BELOVED, CONCLUDE YOUR DAY WITH THE EVENING MESSAGE BELOW AS YOU RETIRE TO BED TODAY:
TOPIC : PRAY FOR DELIVERANCE
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Bible Verse : Deliver me from my distress; rescue me from my suffering! Psalms 25:17 NET
LISTEN : Right from the fall of man trouble and suffering have been part of human existence. People experience trouble and suffering in many ways (sickness, hardship, oppression, torment, persecution, injury, etc.) Truly, no one is immune to trouble and suffering; everyone at one point or the other must have a taste of it. When trouble comes it appears like we are not going to come out of it alive, as a result, we panic and worry instead of praying to God for divine intervention. People are too quick to forget God and go in search of alternative “solution” when suffering seems to increase in their lives. Beloved, learn to call to God in your troubles. If your troubles and suffering increase, do not worry, instead pray to God. God’s ear is itching to hear your prayers. Cry to Him in your suffering like David cried saying, ”Deliver me from my distress; rescue me from my suffering” (Psalms 25:17). David cried out to God because the situation was more than he could handle; and because he cried to God God delivered him. The Bible says ”Surely he rescue me from all trouble, and I triumph over my enemies.(Psalms 54:7). Beloved, are you faced with danger or distress? Do not panic, rather pray to God until He hears you. If you can pray God can answer. Be wise!
PRAYER POINTS :
1. Pray and bless God for His love and protection.
2. Ask God for forgiveness and mercy.
3. Pray God to grant deliverance to you in times of troubles.
4. Pray and destroy all satanic plans against you tonight.
May God deliver you from your distress and crown you with victory. It is well with you, in Jesus’ name, amen.
God bless you. See you tomorrow.