Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : The LORD has done great things for us, and we are glad. Psalms 126:3

LISTEN : Are you heartbroken because you lost your job? Is your life fallen apart because you lost a loved one? Your marriage or Business? Are you sick or bedridden? Are you gradually losing hope and given up on life? Are you finding it hard to feel happy again after the heart- wrenching experience? Beloved, be strong and courageous. Dark days (times of extreme misfortune or difficulty) are not meant to last forever. There is “light at the end of the tunnel.” There is always good days after the dark days. But only those who are willing to endure by faith will receive the blessings thereof. The Bible says, “… Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalms 30:5). The Israelites were in captivity with no obvious hope of freedom; but when God intervene in their situation, the story changed. They (Israelites) were flabbergasted by such sudden intervention and freedom, and they exclaimed in excitement,” When the LORD brought back those who returned to Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing… The LORD has done great things for us, and we are glad.” (Psalms 126:1-3). Beloved, in every situation just look to God. Surely, your dark days will give way to joy, peace and celebration. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not dwell on your ‘dark days’, instead, trust God for a better tomorrow.
2. In all situations, be strong, pray and trust God for intervention.
3. Always celebrate God’s benefit to you no matter how small it seems.
4. Have faith in God and never give up on life; just believe to see His goodness in life.

Daily Prayer : Almighty God, you are kind, loving and merciful. Help me to overcome my dark days and experience better days now and forever, amen.

Daily Reflection : Are you finding it hard to feel happy again after the heart-wrenching experience? Be strong and courageous, for dark days are not meant to last forever.

Daily Quote : There is always good days after the dark days. But only those who are willing to endure by faith can receive the blessings thereof.

Daily Faith Confession : Today, I confess that there is always good days after the dark days. Therefore, I will not give up hope, I will wait until my change comes, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God be gracious to you. May He turn your weeping into laughter, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know Samson was the son of Manoah? (Judges 13:2-24)

Today In History : July 4, 1567 Mary, Queen of Scots, is imprisoned and forced to abdicate her throne to her 1-year-old son James VI.

Stunning Fact : Did you know women were not allowed to vote in France until 1944?




Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Bible Verse : Cast your burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain you: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalms 55:22

LISTEN: Friend, do you know God can help you? So, stop worrying about your problems and start trusting Him. When you worry, you will be unable to think or act normally. Worrying in the face of trouble makes you grow weak in faith. Besides, your courage will suddenly collapse. Beloved, be strong in faith. If you can grow your faith with the word of God, you can never be a victim of fear and worry. When Abraham was waiting for the child of promise (Isaac), it looks like waiting for an eternity, yet, he had to wait patiently. Not minding his age and that of his wife; he still believes that God is faithful to His word. (Romans 4:20,21). My dear, how strong is your faith? Do you know faith will keep you focused when the road is “rough and narrow.?” A person of faith never stops believing what God has promised. So, cast all your worries on God, because he cares for you. Yes he does! Never be distracted by circumstances, instead, have faith in God. (Jer 32:17,27). Whatever your situation is, learn to put your trust in God. Even when you cannot trace Him, yet, He is trustworthy. So, look to Him and be strong. Be wise!

1. Pray and bless God for His mercies, care and protection.
2. Confess your sin to God and ask for forgiveness.
3. Ask God to guide and protect your heart from fear and worry.
4. Pray and destroy all satanic plans against you and your family.
5. Pray for the church of God worldwide to catch revival fire for kingdom assignments.

Today I speak into your life, may God bless you and make you strong and courageous. I command the spirit of fear and worry out of your life now, in Jesus’ name, amen.

God bless you. See you tomorrow.