Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Jesus said unto him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes. Mark 9:23
LISTEN : What you see determines how far you can go. What you see can either create fear or faith in you. If you can see a way around your problems by faith, you’ll surely experience it in real life. A person of faith sees possibilities in every obstacle, but the fearful sees obstacles in every opportunity instead. Obstacles are not end of the road to success, but a test of strength of the seeker of success. My dear, success doesn’t come easy. The road to success is full of obstacles. And until the obstacles are surmounted, there can be no noticeable progress. But the good news is that, obstacles can be overcome. To overcome an obstacle, you should believe that it’s possible. Until you believe that you can turn your obstacles into possibilities, nothing will change. The man whose child was possessed and gruesomely tormented by demons came to Jesus Christ for help. He had brought his child to Jesus’s disciples, but they couldn’t deliver him. Now he came to Jesus Christ and narrated his ordeal, yet, with a mindset that nothing could ever be done again. He expressed that in his statement when he said, “And frequently it has cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if you can do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.“ (Mark 9:22). He wasn’t sure if Jesus could do anything different from His disciples. That is why he said, “If you can do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.” And Jesus Christ made him understand that, it’s not whether He (Jesus Christ) can do anything to help; but that he (the man) must believe that, no obstacles can stop the force of faith. Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.” (Mark 9:23). My dear, stop seeing obstacles and begin to see possibilities. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Don’t allow obstacles to stop you from achieving your God-given purpose.
2. Determine to turn your obstacles into possibilities.
3. Be strong and courageous when faced with trials or difficult situations.
4. Don’t see an obstacle as end of the road to your success; rather see it as a stepping stone.
Prayer : Blessed Father, with you nothing is impossible. Therefore, help me to overcome my troubles and turn my obstacles into possibilities, in Jesus’ name, amen!
Reflection : The realm of faith is a world of possibilities. And no obstacles can stop the force of faith.
Quote : “What you see determines how far you can go; and what you see can either create fear or faith in you.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that with God, I can turn my obstacles into possibilities and blessings. Therefore, I can’t be limited by any circumstances, amen!
Biblical Fact : Did you know Samson tore a Lion with his bare hands? (Judges 14:6).
Today In History : December 11, 1955 Israel raids Syrian positions on the Sea of Galilee.
Stunning Fact : Did you know Pearls melt in vinegar?
A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. May God turn your sorrow into joy. May your obstacles be turned into possibilities and blessings in Jesus’ name, amen!
TOPIC : JESUS CHRIST IS OUR ONLY HOPE
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Bible Verse : For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. Luke 19:10
LISTEN : In a hopeless world Jesus Christ is our only hope. The gospel of his death and resurrection is our hope. The good news that has been rejected by the world, that Jesus Christ comes to seek and to save sinners is still available to you today. He came to save those who accept Him as Lord and Saviour. Beloved, you belong to God and therefore should come to Him. Jesus is waiting for your return. He came to seek and to save us. And with His blood He has brought us back to God (Joh 10:16). When He walked through the earth, it took Him pain and compassion to seek for those that must be saved (Luk 15:4). It took Him time and pains to find sinners and gain their consent. My dear, a lost soul is not so easily recovered and restored from his straying. However, He committed himself to His assignment, to seek and to save. Today, He’s still calling you. He is calling you by His word, for He comes as a teacher from heaven, to recall sinners from their wanderings. He’s calling you to a life of holiness, obedience, faith and commitment. My dear, don’t reject this invitation because you may lose it forever. Be wise!
Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank you because Jesus Christ came to seek and to save sinners like me. Therefore, I accept Him today and always, amen!