Monday, February 17, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him. Psalms 105:19
LISTEN : Everyday problem tests your patience and ability. Your patience is your capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, suffering without getting anxious or annoyed. Trial pushes us to complain and whine about our situations. But faith guides our actions and causes us to yield to God’s will always; knowing that, what we suffer often prepares us for what we can enjoy in the future (Revelations 2:7;3:21)). God will not permit you to go through trials and afflictions if His intention is not to refine and promote you (Deuteronomy 8:2-16). Yes, pain precedes gain. The bigger your destiny the bigger the trials; and the bigger the trials the bigger the blessings. My dear, what you carry determines what follows you. Great destinies attract great oppositions. But the good news is, God will preserve you in moments of trials if you hide yourself in Him in obedience and faith (Isaiah 43:2). God some time allows us to go through trials and tribulations to shape our characters and life generally. We grow in patience, understanding and ability when we surrender and pursue the will of God in times of troubles and challenges. That was what Joseph did. He was faithful and obedient to God irrespective of betrayal from his brothers and false accusation from Potiphar’s promiscuous wife. God allowed him go through such horrible experiences to prove his heart. The truth is, you can’t be approved until you are proved. Test precedes trust. If God can’t test you He can’t trust you. And if He can’t trust you He can’t empower you. My dear, you are completely empty without divine empowerment no matter how ‘loaded you claimed to be.” If you’re not loaded with the Spirit of God you will soon expire. So, no matter what you go through, fix your eyes on God. Always remember that, everyday problem tests your patience and ability to hold on to God. Beloved, be strong and courageous and you will eventually be rewarded. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. When facing trials determine to surrender yourself to God no matter what.
2. Determine to overcome trials and temptations by fixing your eyes on the crown of victory.
3. Determine to grow in patience, understanding and skill after every test or trial.
4. See trial as an opportunity to do the will of God and be blessed in the end.
Prayer : Everlasting Father, I thank you because you are always present to help me in times of troubles. Help me to always trust in you no matter what. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : Trial pushes us to complain and whine about our situations. But faith guides our actions and causes us to yield to God’s will always.
Quote : “You can’t be approved until you are proved. Test precedes trust. If God can’t test you He can’t trust you. And if He can’t trust you He can’t empower you.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name. I confess that, everyday problems test our patience and ability to honour God. Therefore, I will be wise, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know Enoch lived a total of 365 years?
Today In History : February 17, 1959 The United States launches its first weather station in space, Vanguard II.
Stunning Fact : Did you know a cheetah’s top speed is 114kph (70mph)?
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today, I speak on your life. Receive strength to overcome trials and be rewarded in the end. In Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : NEVER WORK WITHOUT GOD
Monday, February 17, 2020
Bible Verse : Commit your works to the LORD, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3
LISTEN : It is dangerous to journey in life without God. God is the highest authority. And the highest authority should be honoured and revered. God is the final voice. And what He gives His approval to cannot fail. Therefore, in order to truly succeed in our plans, no matter how good our plans are, they should pass through God’s scrutiny and approval. When God tests our plans and approve of them, they are sure to succeed no matter the obstacles. My dear, never be too sure of your plans that you neglect to commit them to God. Besides, you should learn to rely on God as you proceed with your works. Trust Him with every step you take to accomplish your purpose. David said, “Commit your works to the LORD, and your plans will be established.”(Psalms 16:3). Sadly, because of ignorance of people to acknowledge and honour God, they fail even with their good plans. My dear, henceforth determine to commit your works to God and your plans will be established. Be wise!
Prayer : Everlasting Father! Today I commit my plans to you. Help me to always rely on you all the days of my life, amen!
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