EMBRACE YOUR PAIN 

MORNING

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” Numbers 13:30

LISTEN : Friend, you cannot give birth to what you are not pregnant with. What you carry in the inside is what you can possibly produce outwardly. To give birth to a big thing you must have to be pregnant with a big thing. Besides, it takes serious pain and labour to deliver a thing of great value. Truly, such comes with a huge price and sacrifice. Only those who are determined to be great can embrace the pain of life. (1 Chronicles 4:9,10). A lot of people run away from undertaking a journey of pain. They fail to understand that, “gain is hidden in the stomach of pain.” The Israelites wanted a land that flows with milk and honey, but were afraid to confront the obstacles to their dream. The beautiful land of Canaan they desired was occupied by giants as at the time, thereby making it difficult for them to penetrate the land. As a result, they gave up hope of entering the land. Conversely, Caleb acted in faith and challenged the people to believe they can overcome the giants. The Bible says, “Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, ‘Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.’ ” (Numbers 13:30). Beloved, have you been running away from challenges instead of embracing them? Do you know you can overcome if you are determined to face your obstacles? So, embrace your pain today to attract the gain. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. No matter what, be prepared to face your pain and expect your gain.
2. Do not be distracted or scared by obstacles, instead, be challenged by it.
3. Learn to dream big and pursue your goals by faith in God.

Prayer : Blessed Father, I thank you because you are with me. Help me to embrace my pain and overcome it and be blessed, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : It takes serious pain and labour to deliver a thing of great value, for such comes with a huge price and sacrifice.

Quote “He who is eager to run away from undertaking a gainful journey of pain, has failed to realise that gain is hidden in the bosom of pain.”

Faith Confession : Today, I confess that pain is part of life. Therefore, I will embrace my pain and convert it to a gain, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God strengthen you with the ability to confront and overcome your challenges, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know Sarah lived one hundred and twenty seven years old? (Genesis 23:1).

Today In History : August 15, 1947 Britain grants independence to India and Pakistan.

Stunning Fact : Did you know a snail can sleep for 3 years?

EVENING

TOPIC : GENUINE LOVERS OF GOD

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Bible Verse : Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. Ephesians 6:24 KJV

LISTEN: Our genuine love for Jesus Christ brings God’s favour to us. We will attract God’s favour when we love Him heartily. God’s grace keeps us going when everything threatens us. His grace or favour is the extra energy or strength given for every battle we (His people) might face. Friend, a genuine relationship with Christ will bring God’s grace (favour) to you. Favour will follow you when God becomes your priority. The Bible says, “But seek all of you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33). God owns the world, and when you honour and worship Him faithfully He can command anything or anyone to work in your favour. Though, God’s grace and goodness is for all, but He limits certain privileges to those who have accepted His only begotten Son Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. (John 1:12). Only those who have accepted Jesus are given the power to become sons and daughters of God; and to have access to eternal life, divine protection, divine provisions, divine health, etc. Beloved, are you a genuine lover of God? Embrace Jesus Christ today and become a citizen of God’s kingdom. Be wise!

PRAYER POINTS :
1. Thank God for your life and the lives of others.
2. Confess your sin and ask God for forgiveness.
3. Ask God for grace to love Him heartily.
4. Intercede for believers in Christ around the world for grace to live by faith.
5. Thank God for answering your prayer.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION
Today I prophesy to you, may the grace of God locate you and yours, in Jesus’ name, amen.