Sunday, December 2, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4
LISTEN : Faith in God fills our hearts with joy even in moments of troubles. Joy is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, when our hearts are controlled by the Holy Spirit of God, joy will naturally flow into and through our hearts. Sometimes the ‘weight of trials’ will want to kill our joy, but if we remember who we are in Christ Jesus, joy will overflow. Beloved, if you can always remember how good God is to His people you will rejoice always. God is good all the times. He does great things to those who choose to walk with Him. He is the source of supernatural strength and joy to those who put their trust in Him. Anyone who truly believes in God will always rejoice at all times. The joy of the LORD is the strength of the believer in times of troubles, pain, disappointment, heartbreak, hardship, sorrow, tribulations, crisis, rejection, persecution, etc. (Habakkuk 3:17,18). Friend, it is obvious that our hearts most times could be broken by tragedy and other ugly experiences, however, we can still find solace in the Lord. When sorrow seems to take the place of joy in your heart, resist it. No matter the reason for your heartbreak and sorrow, learn to rest in the power of God and do not allow sorrow to ruin your life. Instead, determine to make the joy of the Lord your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Beloved, you belong to God, therefore, rejoice always no matter what. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not allow sorrow to ruin your life, instead, be joyful and hopeful always.
2. When your heart is broken, go to God and you will find joy and rest for your soul.
3. Always resist the influence of sorrow in your life and embrace the spirit of joy.
4. Do not rely on yourself for strength, instead, rely on God.
Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you because joy comes from you. Therefore, help me to find joy in you and to live the rest of my life in joy, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : The joy of the LORD is the strength of the believer in times of troubles.
Daily Quote : “Faith in God fills our hearts with joy and hope even in moments of troubles.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God is the source of true happiness and rest. Therefore, I will trust Him with my problems and expect His joy in my heart, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact: Did you know God afflicted Azariah (Uzziah) King of Judah with leprosy? (2 Kings 15:5).
Today In History : December 2, 1918 Armenia proclaims independence from Turkey.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the first toothbrush was invented in 1498?
A Word Of Blessing : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may you have cause to rejoice always. I command the spirits of sorrow and heartbreak over your life to be destroyed, in Jesus’ name.
Sunday, December 2, 2018
TOPIC : HE GIVES TO THOSE WHO ASK
Bible Verse : Ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you. Matthew 7:7
LISTEN : God gives to those who ask of Him. Therefore, you may not receive until you ask in line with His will. Learning to ask is learning to receive. God gives answers when we ask. He reveals and releases hidden things when we seek; and He will let us into His chambers and home of abundance and mysteries when we knock on His door. God honours those who are importunate in prayer. He blesses those who are tenacious in seeking to discover His will and receive His blessings. He will not ignore those who refuse to give up on knocking on the door of mercy and blessings. He promises to respond when we sincerely ask, seek and knock on His door of grace. The Bible says, “For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:8). My dear, stop complaining and begin to ask, seek and knock on the door you want to open up in your life. Never forget that “not to ask is not to receive, not to seek is not to find ; and not to knock is to have yourself locked out of God’s blessings.” (James 4:2,3). Never miss any opportunity to ask, seek and knock on God’s door through prayer. Whatever your needs are, pray fervently and expect confidently, and God will cause you to receive His abundant and endless blessings. Remember, God gives to those who ask of Him. Be wise!
1. Thank God for His blessings and favour to you today.
2. Ask for forgiveness, restoration and peace in your life.
3. Commit your heart desires and challenges to Him and trust Him to meet your needs.
4. Pray against demonic influences and manipulations in your life, and thank God for answered prayer.
A WORD OF BLESSING
Today I prophesy to you, may God answer your prayer. May you receive as you ask, find as you seek, and experience an open door as you knock, in Jesus’ name, amen.