Sunday, December 8, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : This is what comforts me in my trouble, for your promise revives me. Psalms 119:50
LISTEN : God’s word is the key to peace and comfort. It gives life to those who value it. In one of my devotional, I told a story about a christian widow in her late nineties who was asked how she was able to live that long, even after experiencing a tragedy that took the life of almost all her family members in the past. She replied, “I found comfort in the word of God. His promises revives me. I learned to accept what I can’t fix, by leaving it in the hands of a loving and faithful God. That is my secret!” Beloved, this is what you should do – seek solace in God. (1 Samuel 30:6) When the heart is broken people look for comfort. They look for the right words to soothe their pain. When the heart is broken life is threatened. And until a broken heart is mended, nothing makes sense to the brokenhearted. People’s hearts are broken on a daily basis by different people and circumstances. Because of fear of heartbreak people tend to stay away from relationships, marriage, etc. Unfortunately, keeping your distance wouldn’t keep you from heartbreak. As a matter of fact, everyone of us lives with a potential for heartbreak. Life is full of uncertainties and ugly experiences. Therefore, at some point in our lives things must go out of our control. Thankfully, there is a solution to our heartbreak. The solution is in the word of God. My dear, the comfort and encouragement you need for your heartbreak is the word of God. David said, “This is what comforts me in my trouble, for your promise revives me.” (Psalms 119:50). The word of God brings comfort in times of troubles. His word heals all manner of wounds. Surely, he who goes to the word of God in time of trouble will find solace and healing. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. When your heart is broken, turn to the word of God for solace.
2. Remember that heartbreak is not new to humans, therefore, be resilient and courageous always.
3. Learn to leave what you can’t fix in the hands of a loving and faithful God.
4. Don’t give up on life just because someone or something breaks your heart. Rather, be strong and have faith in God.
Prayer : Dear Lord, I know I can’t cope with life without you. Therefore, help me to overcome my heartbreak and challenges, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : When the heart is broken, mend it with the word of God.
Quote : “He who goes to the word of God with a broken heart will receive solace and comes back with healing.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that God consoles the brokenhearted. Therefore, I will seek solace in Him always, amen!
Biblical Fact: Did you know Terah Abraham’s father lived a total of 205 years? (Genesis 11:31).
Today In History : December 8, 1982 The Washington, D.C., police shoot and kill a man threatening to blow up the Washington Monument.
Stunning Fact : Did you know bulls can run faster uphill than down?
A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. May God heal your broken heart. May He restore your hopes and dreams today, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Sunday, December 8, 2019
TOPIC: GROW IN UNDERSTANDING
Bible Verse : A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels. Proverbs 1:5
LISTEN : One of the characteristics of a man of understanding is to be a person who is teachable. One who learns and continues to Learn. Beloved, we learn to become better. The wise never stops learning; rather, they learn to increase in knowledge and remain relevant in life. Nobody is too learned and wise to stop learning. Learning is a lifetime project. The more you learn, the more you know and become wiser and increase in knowledge. You’ll become refined and know how to think better and act better when you acquire knowledge, whether theoretical or practical knowledge. Sadly, a lot of people don’t want to learn new things, because they believe they know everything or are afraid to try something new. As a result, have nothing more to learn from others. (Proverbs 26:12). Beloved, never stop learning; instead, strive for more knowledge, especially knowledge about God. Keep searching for knowledge and open your ears and heart to it. You’ll become better when you acquire and apply true knowledge. As you search for knowledge, strive to also know the word of God. The word of God is the source of true wisdom. God’s word brings about increase in knowledge. Learning the words of God is the best learning. It’s the most profitable and profound knowledge in the earth because it shows us how to live in line with the will of God. So, determine to increase both in wisdom and understanding (James 1:19). Be wise!
Prayer : Heavenly Father, help me to grow in understanding as long as I live, amen.