THE JOY OF THE LORD KEEPS YOU STRONG

MORNING

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4

LISTEN : You won’t go far in life without joy. Life is a nightmare without happiness. Pressure builds where joy is absent. Therefore, to experience real joy, you should look to God. The world is full of situations that can easily break our hearts, but the joy of the LORD keeps us strong, positive and hopeful no matter what. The joy of the LORD is the strength of the believer in times of troubles, pain, disappointment, heartbreak, hardship, sorrow, tribulations, crisis, etc. When we’re wounded by circumstances of life, we can still find solace in the Lord when we choose to stay positive and joyful instead of being sad and hopeless. My dear, when sorrow strives to take the place of joy in your heart, resist it. No matter the reason for your sorrow, just resist it with the joy of the Lord (Nehemiah 8:10). Beloved, you can be joyful if you want to. Allow joy to fill your heart. Joy will keep you healthy. Most times people fall sick more often due to bad state of their mind. Worry and anxiety are responsible for some of the health issues people suffer in life. But when happiness occupies our heart, it will do a tremendous turnaround to our health. The Bible says, “A cheerful heart brings good healing, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”(Proverbs 17:22). So, be joyful always. No matter what, don’t permit depression into your life. Depression will alter your good sense of reasoning. It’s difficult to think clearly when you’re depressed. Depression fills your head with negative thoughts and lifestyles. When you’re endlessly sad, you’ll open yourself up to the devil. So, if you want to be lively, positive and strong be joyful. When you make the decision to be joyful, situations can’t twist your life or alter your mood unnecessarily. Even in the midst of challenges and trials you can still find reasons to be joyful. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Never allow sorrow to destroy your life, instead, be happy and hopeful always.
2. Anytime your heart is broken, talk to God about it and have faith in Him.
3. Determine to resist the spirit of sorrow and embrace the spirit of joy instead.
4. In all circumstances, make the joy of the Lord your strength forever.

Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank you because you give joy. Therefore, help me to experience joy in my life as long as I live, amen.

Reflection : Not to be happy is to embrace avoidable self-destruction.

Quote : “When joy is the principle on which our lives operate, trials and problems of life would fade away like flowers.

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that God is the source of true joy. Therefore, no matter the circumstance, I will always be joyful, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know it is the responsibility of parents to train their children in the ways of the LORD? (Proverbs 22:6).

Today In History : February 5, 1783 Earthquakes ravage Calabria, killing 30,000

Stunning Fact : Did you know a group of monkeys is called a troop or a barrel.

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I prophesy to you, may you have cause to rejoice again and again. I command the spirit of sorrow to leave your life, in Jesus’ name, amen!

EVENING

TOPIC : KNOW YOUR SOURCE

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Bible Verse : You are from God, little children, and have conquered them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4

LISTEN : Know your source else you’ll be molested by anything at all. You’ll always panic if you fail to know that you belong to God. Our God is mighty, therefore, be strong and courageous and fight the devil. God’s power is above all powers put together. So, there is no reason to fear or doubt when God is on your side. Never allow fear to destroy your faith. Yes, fear can’t cripple you if your heart is filled with faith. No matter the battles you are to fight in life, victory is guaranteed if you have faith in Christ Jesus. The Bible says, “For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.” (1John 5:4). My dear, walk by faith. Don’t allow anything or anyone to drown your faith. Because when your faith fails, your courage will collapse; and when your courage collapses, fear will certainly paralyse your life. Therefore, you must grow your faith. Don’t be afraid of what the future holds for you, instead, trust God for He is greater than whatever you might be going through. God holds the key to the future. Therefore, let Him into your life and the enemy can’t frustrate your future. My dear, walk with God, if God is with you, your victory is sure. Be wise!

Prayer : Everlasting Father, I hide myself in you today and forever, amen.

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