STOP WORRYING, PRAY AND THANK GOD INSTEAD

MORNING

Friday, October 12, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6

LISTEN : When problems and trials come ‘worry comes.’ People worry because they are not certain about what will be the outcome of their situation. To them, the future is so uncertain that all they could do is to worry and wear themselves out. They tend to magnify their problems in their own minds than they really are. Beloved, there is always going to be something to worry about ; but you should learn to think differently. Learn to trust God with everything and in every situation. Faith in God will fight against fear and depression, and boost your level of confidence and courage. My dear, we have been told what to do when trials come. The Bible says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6). What does that mean? It means that you should not worry about anything. Instead, you should present your problems to God through prayers, petition and thanksgiving. Beloved, pray about everything and thank God in every situation. When you pray, trust and thank God about everything, you can overcome everything. So, rather than complain and worry about your problems, why not tell God about it? The answer you seek is right with Him. Stop worrying, but pray and thank God instead. Certainly, the peace of God will fill your heart. (Philippians 4:7). Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. When you are faced with problems, stop worrying, pray, trust and thank God instead.
2. Be strong in faith and refuse to surrender to fear and depression.
3. When anxiety seems to overwhelme you, be strong and encourage yourself in God.
4. Renew your mind and learn to focus on God and not on your problems.

Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank you because you are bigger than my problems. Help me to trust in you in every situation and not be disappointed, amen.

Reflection : Pray about everything and thank God in every situation.

Quote : “There is always going to be something to worry about. But when you pray, trust and thank God about everything, you can overcome everything.”

Faith Confession : Today, I acknowledged that worry does not bring solutions. Therefore, I will resist the urge to worry, but rather grow in faith, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know the chief priests planned to kill Lazarus few days after Jesus Christ raised him from the dead? (John 11:9-11).

Today In History : October 12, 1492 Christopher Columbus and his crew land in the Bahamas.

Stunning Fact : Did you know the Olympic flag was designed in 1913?

Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God bless you and cause your prayers to be heard, in Jesus’ name, amen.

EVENING

Friday, October 12, 2018

TOPIC : WISDOM-DRIVEN LIFE

Bible Verse : I understand more than the aged, because I have kept your precepts. Psalms 119:100 (NHEB).

LISTEN : Wisdom is very key to a successful life, and wisdom is the nature of God and His purpose for humanity. True wisdom grows when you grow in relationship with God. God’s word gives wisdom, and wisdom is key to life. Wisdom is the principal thing (Proverbs 4:7). And we get nothing when we lack wisdom. Life as a whole is empty without wisdom and understanding. A lost of wisdom is a lost of direction. The Bible says, “Wisdom is profitable to direct.” (Ecclesiastics 10:10). However, earthly wisdom does not qualify for this kind of wisdom ; because earthly wisdom is characterised by jealousy, bitterness, selfish ambition, corruption, hate and the likes. The wisdom that God approves is kingdom–based. The Bible says, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, without hypocrisy.” (James 3:17). Beloved, that is God’s kind of wisdom. It comes from paying attention to the words of God. When you study, meditate and apply the information you gathered from God’s words, it will set you apart from others. You will think God’s way and not your own way. You will shun evil and follow the will of God. In this kind of wisdom, what matters is the will of God and nothing else. Beloved, study and meditate in the word of God and you will be enabled to live wisely. Be wise!

PRAYER POINTS
1. Thank God for His blessings and goodness in your life.
2. Ask God for forgiveness, mercy and restoration.
3. Pray for wisdom and understanding of His will and purpose for your life.
4. Pray and bind every demonic force that is risen against you.
5. Pray and bless God for answering your prayer.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION
Today I prophesy to you, may God endow you with wisdom and understanding to live for Him and His kingdom purposes, in Jesus’ name, amen.

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