Monday, July 23, 2018
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:22
LISTEN: People’s worry and burden are too many. We worry about everything, as a result, we are weighed down and denied the chance to be happy, healthy and lively. Having a merry heart plays a vital role in our entire well-being. But when we allow heaviness to dominate our hearts, the sweetness of life will surely evaporate. Beloved, no matter what you face, you should encourage yourself and be happy. Help yourself by staying joyful in every situation; for no help can be enough which is not supported by help from within. My dear, take it easy on yourself. I may not know the weight of your pain and sorrow though, but God who knows everything, knows about your problems. Do not be hard on yourself, rather cast your burden on Him for He really cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). Jesus Christ said to His audience, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). Friend, have you turned to Jesus for help? Why are you struggling under your burden alone? Do you not want to experience rest? If you do, come to Jesus today. He will put a smile on your face. Come to Him by faith and do not mind what you are going through, rather believe in Him and quit worrying. Never choose sadness over joy, instead, cheer up! God has not given up on you, therefore, be happy no matter what. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not worry yourself, for your case is not the worst. Instead, trust in God.
2. Never give up on life, but rather remember that God cannot forsake you.
3. Determine to be joyful in all situations no matter what.
4. Commit your problems to God and believe that He knows and cares about you.
Daily Prayer: Everlasting Father, I thank you for today, I repent of my worry and unhappy lifestyles. Help me to be positive and joyful, amen.
Daily Reflection: Those who choose to worry are weighed down and denied the chance to be happy, healthy and lively.
Daily Quote : He who chooses sadness over gladness, worry and fear over faith, has determined to sponsor his necessary trip to the land of self-destruction.
Daily Faith Confession : Today, I confess that a merry heart does good like medicine. Therefore, I will be happy and positive-minded no matter what, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I speak into your life, every spirit of worry and heaviness is cast out. May God release upon you, a positive and joyful spirit, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know the word of God commands us to worry about nothing, and pray about everything? (Philippians 4:6).
Today In History : July 23, 1664 Wealthy, non-church members in Massachusetts are given the right to vote.
Stunning Fact : Did you know more than 1,000,000 Earths could fit inside the Sun?
BELOVED, CONCLUDE YOUR DAY WITH THE EVENING MESSAGE BELOW AS YOU RETIRE TO BED TODAY:
Monday, July 23, 2018
TOPIC: GOD IS WORTHY OF FEAR AND HONOUR
Bible Verse : And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. Job 28 : 28
LISTEN : Beloved, God is mighty and above all else. He loves us the way He loves His Son Jesus Christ. He is worthy of worship and praise. And there is no better way to appreciate Him than to fear, obey, worship and honour Him. Sadly, people tend to fear men than God. The fear of God is fast disappearing from the hearts of men today. Beloved, where is the fear of God in your heart? If God is your creator, where is His honour? God’s problem with the Israelites was their lack of fear and honour for Him. They were ready to fear men, than fear God. Beloved, do you know that human wisdom is measured by the fear of God? (Job 29:29 ; Pro 9:10). And anyone who lacks the fear of God is empty of real life? Friend, always examine your fear for God. How much fear and love do you have for God? Are you putting His interest above yours? Or yours above His? Joseph, though, a slave boy in Potiphar’s house in Egypt, yet, demonstrated the fear of God when his master’s wife asked to sleep with him. He clearly refused and said, “…how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Gen 39:9). Beloved, determine to honour and fear God always, knowing that He is worthy of worship, fear and honour. Be wise!
PRAYER POINTS :
1. Thank the Lord for today and the gift of life.
2. Ask God for forgiveness and restoration.
3. Pray for wisdom to fear and honour God.
4. Pray and cancel every evil plot against you.
PROPHETIC DECLARATION :
Today I prophesy to you, may God give you a heart of wisdom, honour and fear for Him, amen.
God bless you. See you tomorrow.