Friday, September 21, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing them. Judges 8:4
LISTEN : Cowards are strangers to victory. They rarely overcome challenges or win any battle because they are bankrupt of courage, confidence and faith. They are not resilient when faced with a situation that causes them to faint, feel frustrated or helpless as they pursue their God-given purposes. As life gets tougher, they faint and get discouraged. This is one of the reasons why many people fail in their quest for success. They chose to surrender to fear and defeat. They got fed up with challenges and felt they cannot go on anymore. Beloved, you should learn to be strong and courageous when pursuing your God-given purposes (Joshua 1:6,7,9). You should get moving even when you lack the strength to proceed further. You can receive strength when you come to God. Do not forget that you cannot make it all alone. You need help. You need God’s help. When your strength is gone and you cannot proceed any further, you need God. When your hope is disappointed, you need God. When fear and enemies threaten your life, you need God. With God, your strength, hope and courage will return. In our Bible verse, Gideon and his three hundred men prevailed over the one hundred and thirty five thousand Midianites, because they first overcame the temptation to quit pursuing their enemies. (Pro 24:10). The Bible recorded thus: “they were tired, yet pursuing them” (Judges 8:4). Beloved, do you have such courage and determination? Please do not give up on your dreams and vision. Keep pushing, certainly you will break through. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Deal with your fear and frustration, and pray and push until you break through.
2. Never give up on your God-given purpose, rather fight until you overcome.
3. Do not be lazy in spirit, instead be alert and fervent in the Lord’s service.
4. Do not surrender to the wish of your enemies, rather rise and fight through faith and prayer.
Prayer : Blessed Father, you are supreme, strong and powerful. Help me to overcome every battle of my life as I follow you daily, amen.
Reflection : As life gets tougher, do not quit, rather get tougher in your quest for success and the realisation of your God-given purpose in the earth.
Quote : “Cowards are strangers to victory. They rarely overcome challenges or win any battle of life because they are bankrupt of courage, confidence and faith to confront what is confronting them.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God has what it takes to see me through my troubles. Therefore, I will trust Him and make war by His strength, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Joshua blessed Caleb the son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as an inheritance? (Joshua 14:13).
Today In History : September 21, 1999 An earthquake in Taiwan kills more than 2,400, injures over 11,305, and causes $300 billion New Taiwan dollars in damage ($10 billion in US dollars).
Stunning Fact : Did you know there is no sound in space?
Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may you not be defeated by your enemies. May God equip you with uncommon strength for every battle. It is well with you, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : DO NOT PAY EVIL FOR EVIL
Friday, September 21, 2018
Bible Verse : Do not say, “I will pay back evil!” Wait for the LORD, so that he may vindicate you. Proverbs 20:22 NET
LISTEN: What a world! Everyone wants to take revenge against his or her offenders. No one wants to forgive. Everyone wants to take his or her own “pound of flesh.” What a world! No peace, no forgiveness, no love, but violence, killing, destruction and all manner of evil. We want to revenge every evil no matter what. Beloved, why seek private revenge instead of seeking God’s vindication? The bible says, ”Do not say, “I will pay back evil!” That is , do not do an injury to one that has done one to you. The Bible commands that private revenge is not to be taken, but should be left to God, to whom vengeance belongs. You should learn to wait on the Lord, and He shall save you; commit yourself and cause to God; leave it with Him to avenge your wrongs, and wait His own time to do you justice. He will at the proper season, and in His own way, save you from your enemies, and make a righteous retribution to them (your enemies). The word of God declares, ”Be sure of this: the wicked will not go unpunished, but the descendants of the righteous will go free” (Proverbs 11:21). Beloved, do not waste your time seeking revenge, instead, seek the will and help of God. God will fight your battle if you leave it in His hands. Be wise!
1. Pray and bless God for provision and protection.
2. Ask God for forgiveness and mercy.
3. Ask God to heal your broken heart and remove the thoughts of vengeance.
4. Pray and destroy all satanic plans against you, and the body of Christ around the world.
5. Pray for peace of mind, good sleep and faith to be saved.
May the Lord heal your wounded and bleeding heart, may He quench the desire for revenge in your heart, in Jesus’ name, amen.