WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE IN DEEP DISTRESS

MORNING

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4.

LISTEN : Fear accompanies distress. For when life is threatened, peace and joy are choked, and therefore struggle for survival. No doubt, it is difficult to stay calm when faced with a great danger, but faith in God can stabilise emotions. What is distress? It is unhappiness or pain: suffering that affects the mind or body: a very difficult situation in which you do not have enough money, food, etc. It is a state of danger and desperate need. We often find ourselves in these situations. Most times, distresses turn the lives of people into a nightmare. And those who couldn’t stand the heat, becomes victims. But the good news is that, you can overcome distress if you believe you can outlast it. David was in distress when he penned our Bible verse today, but believes he will surely overcome. He said, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.” (Psalms 23:4). He truly admitted the fact that he was in great distress, but believes that with God in his side, the situation will end in his favour. Beloved, are you in distress and afraid that, you won’t come out of it? I recommend that you do the following things: 1). Have faith in God and do what you can do, and leave what you can’t do to God. 2). Believe that you can outlast your distress. 3). Refuse to be afraid. 4). Acknowledge God’s presence around you. 5). Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. 6). Surrender yourself to the discipline of God. 7). And finally, be strong and courageous and trust God to help you. David said, “In the time of my fear, I will have faith in you.” (Psalms 56:3). My dear, take your eyes away from fears, and fix your eyes on God and God will fix your troubles for you. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. When fear grips you, pray and put your trust in God.
2. Determine to rest on God’s promises and faithfulness in times of trouble.
3. Learn to fight your fears by relying on the power of God.
4. No matter the circumstance, always acknowledge the presence of God around you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for today, help me to overcome my fears and possess my God-given possessions, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection: Take your eyes away from fear, and fix your eyes on God and He will fix what you can’t fix yourself.

Quote : “Fear accompanies distress and attempts to choke peace and joy to death; but faith in God vanishes fear.”

Faith Confession : Today, I confess that, with God I can overcome my distress. Therefore, I will put my trust in Him always, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know God is willing to forgive your sin when you confess and forsake them? (1John 1:9).

Today In History : April 10, 1912 The Titanic begins her maiden voyage which will end in disaster.

Stunning Fact : Did you know elephants are the only mammal that can’t jump?

A Word Of Blessing : You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy over your life, may God fight your battles and deliver you from satanic activities and oppression, in Jesus’ name, amen.

EVENING

TOPIC : FAITH IN GOD THE CURE FOR FEAR

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Bible Verse : When I am afraid, I will trust in you. Psalms 56:3

LISTEN : You will not cease to be afraid of circumstances of life until you are ready to put your faith in God. Faith in God is the antidote to fear. In the midst of situations that threatens your peace and joy, and possibly your life, faith in God can keep you courageous, strong and hopeful. My dear, you can’t end your fears until you are prepared to grow your faith. Fear will end when faith grows. Faith alone has the power to kill your fears. George Muller, a Christian Evangelist said, “The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety”. Beloved, are you afraid? Have you ceased to trust in God? Has fear eaten deep into your heart? Wake up! Don’t be a slave to fear when you can gain your freedom through faith. So, increase your faith by the word of God and remember that, faith in God is the cure for fear. Be wise!

Prayer : Everlasting Father, I thank you for your word today. Help me to fight my fears with faith in you, amen.

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