DEALING WITH TOUGH TIMES

MORNING

Monday, November 11, 2019

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: Exodus 15:22-23

LISTEN : Tough time is a period that offers difficulty, such as not having enough food, money, or work. It’s often a time that comes with agony, frustration, confusion and heartbreak. It’s such a time one thinks could be wished away. Not too long had the Israelites celebrated their deliverance and victory over the Egyptians that they encountered a critical situation that makes them think God has abandoned them. They wandered in the wilderness for three days and found no water. Sadly, the water they found raised their hope, only to discover it was bitter. They became more demoralised and murmured against Moses (Exodus 15:22-25). But when Moses cried to God the water was made drinkable. My dear, there are few facts I want to share with you about tough times. 1). Tough times could visit anyone (Genesis 12:10; 26:1-3,12; 41:54-57; 42:1-2) 2). Tough time often proves your capacity to endure and grow. 3). A tough time could be a test of love and obedience to God (Deuteronomy 8:2-7). 4). Tough times require faith, courage and hope to deal with (Job 19:25). Therefore, to deal with tough times, you must see it as an opportunity to learn, grow and develop into a better person through your situation. You must focus on the good aspects of your life. Besides, you must always guard your thoughts. This is necessary because, unguarded thought will produce murmuring and bitterness against God, and forgetfulness of His past favour to us. My dear, don’t kill yourself because of tough times, instead, grow in faith and courage, and you’ll outlast your challenges. Remember this, no matter how tough a situation is, it can’t be tougher than a heart of faith. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what’s expected of you?
1. When facing tough times, don’t despair or opt for suicide.
2. Always see tough times as opportunities to grow and improve your life.
3. Appreciate hard times and see it as God proving your ability to endure and obey Him.
4. Determine to come out of hard times stronger and better.

Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank you because you know what I’m going through. Therefore, I know I’m more than a conqueror, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : Tough times can be an opportunity to grow and succeed, or a trap to fail. All depends on how you handle it.

Quote : “A heart of faith is a heart of possibilities ; for no matter how tough a situation is, it can’t be tougher than a heart of faith.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that I will overcome hard times. No matter the circumstance, I will outlast my challenges, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know Sarah, Abraham’s wife lived 127 years old? (Genesis 23:1).

Today In History : November 11, 1918 The German leaders sign the armistice ending World War I.

Stunning Fact : Did you know frogs don’t usually swallow water (they absorb most of the moisture they need through their skin)?

A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. Every situation in your life that is positioned to take away the glory of God from your life is arrested in Jesus name, amen.

EVENING

TOPIC : WHY GOD LOVES YOU

Monday, November 11, 2019

Bible Verse : For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

LISTEN: Lots of people don’t know why God loves them. My dear, you’re precious to God and that’s why He loves you. As a matter of fact, no one loves you like God does. When the Bible says, “God so loved the world”, it simply means that, God loves us. God’s love for the world (we) took Jesus Christ to the cross. God gave him up willingly for us to be saved. (Romans 8:32). Jesus Christ bore the weight of our sins on the cross because God loves us. God was concerned about us when He puts on Jesus Christ the sin of us all. Jesus died to save and bring us back to God. His death brings us spiritual and bodily healing (Isaiah 53:5). God loves us even when we don’t love Him. In Christ, He gave His all. He loves us in spite of our sins and misdeeds. Hence, it will be unfair to reject his love which He demonstrated in Christ Jesus. His love for us cost Him the very life of His Son, and through Jesus Christ, He gives us assurance of eternal life when we believe and stand with Him to the very end.(John 3:16). What a loving God! Beloved, let’s not undermine the love of God. Instead, let’s love Him heartily and spread His love to the world. Be wise!

Prayer : Heavenly Father, you’re loving and kind. Therefore, help me to love you for the rest of my life, amen!

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