HOPE OF THE RIGHTEOUS

MORNING

Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : The hope of the righteous is joy, but the expectation of the wicked will remain unfulfilled. Proverbs 10:28

LISTEN : The righteous and the wicked both have their end. They travel in different directions because they have different destinies which results from their personal choices. The righteous has a guaranteed future, but the wicked has no future, because he does not have God in his thoughts. The hope of the righteous is joy everlasting, but the hope of the wicked shall perish. Through faith, hope of the righteous is sustained, and it produces joy, because God is the God of hope. The Bible says, “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:2). Similarly, in Romans 15:13, the Bible says, “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” My dear, the wicked does not have the God of hope, therefore, their expectations will perish. Beloved, do you love God? Do you have faith in Him? Do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ His son? Jesus Christ is God’s gift of righteousness to us. Hence, anyone who refuses Him refuses the righteousness of God ; and he who refuses the righteousness of God will perish in his or her sin. Oh, how blessed is the righteous! The issue of his hope will be an abundant entrance into the joy of the Lord; because in the presence of God there is fulness of joy. Surely, the righteous will not be ashamed of his hope now, and he will not be disappointed hereafter. Beloved, follow God and you will not be disappointed. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, What is expected of you?
1. Follow God and your life will be full of joy.
2. Determine to develop and sustain a warm relationship with Christ Jesus.
3. Shun evil and embrace righteousness as long as you live.
4. Grow your faith in God and you will certainly sustain your joy.

Prayer: Precious Father, I thank you for such a wonderful day. Help me to always put my trust in you, and enjoy the joy of your presence, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : The wicked does not have the God of hope, therefore, their expectations will perish now and hereafter.

Quote : “Anyone who refuses Jesus Christ refuses the righteousness of God ; and he who refuses the righteousness of God will perish in his or her sin.”

Faith Confession : Today, I confess that there is hope for the righteous, but the expectation of the wicked shall be cut off. Therefore, I will dwell in the presence of God and enjoy His joy, amen.

Biblical Fact: Did you know when God allows you to be tried, He desires to bless you? (Deuteronomy 8:15,16).

Today In History : October 23, 1707 The first Parliament of Great Britain meets.

Stunning Fact: Did you know before 1863 the postal service in the US was free?

Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God fill your heart with joy. May hopelessness and sadness be expel from your life now and forever, in Jesus’ name, amen.

EVENING

TOPIC : BE PATIENT WITH GOD

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bible Verse : Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him. Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who makes wicked plots happen. Psalms 37:7

LISTEN: Beloved, be patient with God. Calm down and wait patiently for Him. Have faith in Him and you will not be disappointed. He will grant you your heart desires. Those who wait for Him cannot be disappointed. Sadly, a lot of people feel bad when they are asked to wait for what they desired so much. They feel disappointed any time it appears like they have been abandoned. They fail to acknowledge the fact that God cannot forsake His people (Hebrew 13:5). God is merciful and kind to His people. No matter what happens, it shall be well with those who trust and wait for God (Isaiah 3:10). Beloved, do not worry about the “prosperity” of the wicked, instead, strive to live in line with the will of God; certainly you will not regret it. Never be in a hurry for prosperity, rather, be diligent and trust the LORD. Always lean on God even when it seems like nothing is working for you. People may give up on you or reject you, yet, do not give up on God. Besides, do not envy the wicked who seems to “prospers” in what he does, for he will not stand when God visits. Wait for the blessings of the LORD, though it may delay, but it will come, and it will come with no sorrow (Proverbs 10:22). Beloved, no matter what, do not rush to where God does not lead you to, because you will surely rush out in frustration and heartbreak. Be wise!

PRAYER POINTS
1. Glorify God for today no matter the challenges of the day.
2. Ask God for forgiveness, and grace to be committed to Him.
3. Pray God to help you wait patiently for Him in all situations.
4. Intercede for believers in Christ around the world for grace to live for God.
5. Pray against all sorts of wickedness tonight, and ask God to keep you safe.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION
Today I prophesy to you, may God keep you from falling. May the Lord show you the path of righteousness and order your steps in the right direction, in Jesus’ name, amen.

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