ENCOURAGE YOURSELF IN GOD 

MORNING

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him,… but David strengthened himself in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:6

LISTEN : Life is full of trials (Job 14:1). No matter how much you try to avoid it you will certainly face it (now or later). It does happen to the poor the same way it happens to the rich. Both the strong and the weak share in these ordeals. Therefore, we should learn to be strong and courageous in the face of trials. Beloved, when someone breaks your heart what will you do? When your marriage is not working, what will you do? When you are sick and weak, or threatened with death, what will you do? When you are afraid and worried about the future, what will you do? When your world seems to be falling apart, what will you do? Cry, complain and groan? Of course not! Encourage yourself in God. Tell yourself that all hope is not lost. Remind yourself that God is able and willing to help you. Do not hesitate to run to Him. In our Bible verse, David did not hesitate to run to God when his life was threatened by his army when they grieved for members of their families, that was captured in Ziglag by the Amalekites. (1 Samuel 30:1,2). When everyone lost hope, David built his hope in God. He asked God for solutions and he got it. (1 Samuel 30:7,8,17-19). Beloved, stop bothering yourself with your problems and magnifying them; instead, begin to fix your eyes on God and your problems will receive a divine intervention. Never allow circumstances to bend your head towards frustration, instead look up for divine help. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Never lose hope when situation looks hopeless, instead put your trust in God.
2. Stop “looking” at your problems and start “looking” at the promises of God.
3. When your life is threatened, do not panic, rather encourage yourself in God.
4. When faced with trials, do not spend your time crying, complaining or groaning; rather spend it in prayer.

Daily Prayer : Everlasting Father, I thank you today for your love towards me. Help me to hide myself in you when troubles seek to take my life away, amen.

Daily Reflection : When trials come, pray. Be strong and courageous, and never allow circumstances to bend your head towards frustration and defeat.

Daily Quote : “He who stops looking at his problems and magnifying them, but fixes his eyes on God will surely receive divine intervention.”

Daily Faith Confession : Today, I acknowledged that I cannot be defeated when I put my faith in God. Therefore, I will put my trust in God always, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God deliver you from evil and wickedness of men. May the Lord set your feet on high, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know Gideon is also called Jerubbaal? (Judges 7:1).

Today In History : June 27, 1871 The yen becomes the new form of currency in Japan.

Stunning Fact : Did you know Finland has the largest number of islands in the world (over 179,550)?

BELOVED, CONCLUDE YOUR DAY WITH THE EVENING MESSAGE BELOW AS YOU RETIRE TO BED TODAY:

EVENING

TOPIC : DECLARING YOUR LOVE FOR GOD

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Bible Verse : He said: “I love you, LORD, my source of strength! Psalms 18:1

LISTEN: Can you sincerely declare your love for God? Can you be proud to declare to your family members, colleagues, friends, the society and the world your loyalty and unfeigned love for God? (Joshua 24:15). David spake unto the LORD these words the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He declares his love for God and ascribes his victories to Him. David calls God “my strength.” He acknowledges that he is powerless and nothing without God. He knows that he overcomes his enemies not by his battle skills, sophisticated weapons, intelligence, or trusted allies, but through the power of God. Sadly, a lot of people often ascribe their victories and successes to humans or “deities.” They fail to acknowledge God as their source of strength. Their love is in something or someone else. Beloved, do you love God? Is He the source of your strength? Like David, can you continuously declare your love for God? Let us declare our love for Him as the strength of our lives. Be wise!

PRAYER POINTS :
1. Bless God for today no matter what.
2. Ask God for forgiveness, and grace to follow His will.
3. Pray for grace to love God above all else.
4. Intercede for believers in Christ around the world for grace to love God.
5. Pray against spiritual wickedness, and ask God to keep you safe.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION
Today I prophesy to you, may you love and appreciate God always. May you not forget His benefits to you no matter what, in Jesus’ name, amen.

God bless you. See you tomorrow.

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