PAINFUL BUT GAINFUL

MORNING

Friday, January 17, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : For you, O God, have put us to the test: testing us by fire like silver. Psalms 66:10 (BBE)

LISTEN : Whom God tests He wants to bless. Whom He allows to go through the furnace of fire He wants to refine into a gold. God chose the Israelites from ‘the furnace of fire.’ He refined them like silver and gold through the furnace of suffering. He allowed them to go through hell in different places to be able to certify them as His own special people. Before the Israelites went to Egypt and later became slaves, God already told Abraham what his descendants yet unborn would go through in a strange land. And also promised to bring them out of slavery with great favour after He has punished their oppressors (Genesis 15:13-14). As a matter of fact, it wasn’t going to be easy for them, but God promised to be with them and bless them eventually. But before the blessings, they must pay the price. Anyone of them who is not willing to pay the price should not expect the blessings. In the Bible we saw how those of them who refused to obey and put their trust in God ended. But those who obeyed Him won the battle and entered Canaan. My dear, same thing applies to us. To win, you have to pay the price. A prize is not made for anyone who can’t pay the price. A huge prize comes with a huge price. So, never expect a prize if you are not prepared to pay the price. To win, you have to pay the price! No one wins great victories without paying the price. My dear, I know you have a purpose or purposes you want to achieve in life. Are you now quitting your quest for success because there are obstacles everywhere? Are you afraid to pay the price? Beloved, don’t stop! Confront your obstacles head-on. I assure you that, you will win if you are determined to pay the necessary price. Beloved, don’t quit; the process might be painful, but it is going to be gainful in the end. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Don’t watch yourself languish in misery, rather rise above your limitations.
2. Determine to pay the price for your goals and you will receive the prize.
3. Stop procrastinating about your plans and take actions immediately.
4. Ask God for strength and wisdom to follow His leading in your life.

Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank you because you have strengthened my hands to fight. Therefore, give me victory in every battle, in Jesus’ name, amen!

Reflection : A Great prize is not made for anyone who can’t pay the price.

Quote : “A winner pays the price to get the prize; for it is crazy to expect a prize if you are not prepared to pay the price.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I acknowledged that, to get the prize I must pay the price. Therefore, I will pay the price to get my desired prize, amen!

Biblical Fact : Did you know that, faith is born by hearing the word of God? (Romans 10:17).

Today In History : January 17, 1893 Queen Liliuokalani, the Hawaiian monarch, is overthrown by a group of American sugar planters led by Sanford Ballard Dole.

Stunning Fact : Did you know 20% of China’s plants are used in medicine?

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May God give you the ability to confront your obstacles head-on until you are victorious, in Jesus’ name, amen!

EVENING

TOPIC : THE WORD OF GOD IS POWERFUL

Friday, January 17, 2020

Bible Verse : By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. Psalms 33:6

LISTEN : Word is the power and weapon of God. He does everything by His word. He blesses, heals, delivers, fights, and does everything by His words. To know Him we should know His word. The more we read, understand, and act on the word of God, the more we will be able to move into the powerful manifestation of His presence. Understanding and believing the word of God can equally cause us to create things through the word. The same word that worked for God can work for us because we are created in the image of God. Beloved, God’s word is spirit, hence, acting on the word of God gives spirit and life to your own words. “Faith-filled” words are vehicles for a miracle. Faith gives life to your word and turns it into something supernatural. My dear, do you declare your words in faith? Do you know your word is lifeless without faith. Henceforth, speak in line with the word of God and you will see His great manifestation in your life. Be wise!

Prayer : Everlasting Father, manifest your power in me today, in Jesus’ name, amen.

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