Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : …for the joy that was set before him, he endured the Cross, despising the shame and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God Hebrews 12:2
LISTEN: My dear, what are you created to do? What is your God-given purpose in life? Are you trying to quit the struggle to achieve that purpose? Are you giving up because of obstacles and oppositions? Please don’t give up. Keep pushing; you are almost there. Don’t forget that, joy is hidden inside the womb of pain, and a crown is a product of a cross. Therefore, fix your eyes on what God has prepared for you and not on the attacks on your way to success. My dear, be strong. Wherever joy is found pain has been there. The two are inseparable, and one will give way to the other at the right time. Yes, pain will give way to joy if you will keep pushing until you get to your God-ordained destination. In his moment of agony on the cross, Jesus Christ fixed his eyes on the glorious future that was waiting for Him after His horrible experience on the cross. He didn’t allow His suffering to distract Him, instead, He believed that, His suffering was just for a moment; and after that, joy will come. He will return to the glory that He once shared with the Father. Jesus Christ surrendered fully to the pain and sorrow of the cross; and in His resurrection, pain and sorrow surrendered fully to Him. In the same way, our sufferings and trials are momentary. If we don’t give up, joy will come eventually and sorrow and pain will bow to our victory. The Bible says, “… weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalms 30:5). Beloved, this is not time to give up, but time to press on. So, keep pushing because you are almost there. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Don’t give up no matter what, rather, keep pushing until you overcome the obstacles.
2. Always see beyond your sufferings and determine to win no matter what.
3. Don’t be distracted by critics and those who taunt you, instead be focused on your goals.
4. Fix your eyes on what God has for you, and don’t allow your temporal anguish to rob you of eternal glory.
Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you because you are God. Help me to be strong and courageous in the face of trouble, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : Wherever joy is found pain has been there, for the two are inseparable; but faith makes pain to give way to joy.”
Quote : “Joy is hidden inside the womb of pain, and a crown is a product of a cross.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that, the journey of life is not easy, but the glory is worth the pain. Therefore, I will not give up the fight for success, amen!
Biblical Fact : Did you know Abraham was 99 years old when he was circumcised? (Genesis 17:24).
Today In History : May 22, 1990 In the Middle East, North and South Yemen merge to become a single state.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the Cambodian alphabet has 74 letters?
A Word Of Blessing : Today, I speak to your life, you will not stop on the way. May God enable you to conquer what has come to conquer you in Jesus’ name.
TOPIC : SEE BEYOND YOUR SIGHT
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Bible Verse : For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7.
LISTEN : Faith makes us to see things the way they are naturally, but interpret them differently. This is because, we walk by faith and not by sight. We are not influenced by what we see but what we believe. In Apostle Paul’s comforting epistle to the affliction- ridden brethren of the Corinthians’ church, he said, “For we live by faith, not by sight” ( 2 Cor.5:7 ). To live by faith is to anchor one’s hope in God. It is to believe God for the impossible ( Luke 1:37 ). Furthermore, it is also to believe that whatever you’re going through is temporary ( 2 Corinthians 4:17 ). How do I know? I know that because, whatever is seen is temporary, but faith is eternal. Beloved, don’t conclude that it is all over with you just because of what you are going through; rather, have faith and believe in the power of God. By the spirit of faith, always speak in line with the word of God and don’t be weak in faith anymore. Surely, you will experience the glory of God in your life. Be wise!
Prayer : Everlasting Father, you are my shield and strength. Therefore, help me to be strong and not be deceived by what I see, amen!