Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Cast your burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain you: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalms 55:22
LISTEN : Deal with worry now or risk your future. Worry is a menace to human life. In fact, life cannot be pleasant when it’s spent on worries. Worrying about a thing blinds the eyes to opportunities and solutions to problems. Most times people suffer and die from worry related illnesses. My dear, resist worry! What is worry? Worry is to feel or cause to feel anxious or troubled about actual or potential problems. Beloved, is your heart troubled? Are you worried about certain things in your life and don’t know what to do? Then, tell it to God. Release your worry to Him in prayer. Tell God about your problems. The Bible says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7). Don’t allow your situation to shut up your mouth from praying to God. Leave your worries with God and have confidence in Him to handle it for you. Besides, fix your thoughts on the power of God, not on your problems. When you focus on your problems you will lose focus of God. When your problems are always in view, God will soon be out of view to you. So, no matter the circumstance, turn your attention away from negative and unbelieving thoughts to the positive and life-giving thoughts of faith, hope, and love. Determine to discipline yourself to build faith and trust in God. Never come to the point where you begin to doubt the promises of God. Even when you cannot practically see any door of escape from your miseries and troubles, trust the God who can make a way where there seems to be no way. Always fight worry and anxiety by remembering and trusting God’s promises. My dear, deal with worry before it destroys you. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not continue to bear your burdens alone, take them to God.
2. Work on your thoughts by exchanging negative and unbelieving thoughts with positive and life-changing ones.
3. Determine to build up yourself in faith and trust in the living God.
4. Whatever the reason for your worry is, do not lose hope; rather trust in God.
Prayer : Heavenly Father, my trust is in you. Therefore, when my heart is troubled, help me to overcome my worries, amen!
Reflection : It is difficult to see God when your eyes are firmly fixed on your problems.
Quote : “Life cannot be pleasant when it is spent on worries; for worrying about a thing blinds the eyes to opportunities and solutions to problems.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I declare that God is my hope and deliverer. Therefore, I will not be afraid or worry about anything, amen!
Biblical Fact : Did you know Methuselah was the father of Lamech? (Genesis 5:25).
Today In History : January 15, 1624 Riots flare in Mexico when it is announced that all churches are to be closed.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the typical wave height from Pacific tsunami is between 6 – 9 metres
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I speak to your life, you’ll not die of worry and frustration. May God deliver you from every burden that is designed to destroy your life, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : GIVE GOD YOUR HEART
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Bible Verse : You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
LISTEN : Where your treasure is there your heart will be. Your heart cannot be with God if you don’t value His presence. And you can’t find Him either if you refuse to give Him your heart. Our bible verse commands us to search for God with all our hearts. Searching for God does not mean He is missing, but that, we are disconnected from Him and needs to be reconnected to Him. You cannot find God until you search for Him with all your heart. God is closer to us than we thought, but cannot be seen or found until we are ready to search for Him with passion. A lot of us regularly feel the absence of God around us because we are not conscious of Him. We have not searched for Him with the whole of our hearts, therefore cannot encounter Him. God searches every heart and He knows those who are serious with Him. God is a great God. Therefore, if you must discover Him, you must search for Him with the whole of your heart. Anything short of that, you will remain a stranger to Him and His manifestations. My dear, do not give up striving to know God; instead, continue the search for Him until you find Him at the centre of your life. Be wise!
Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank you for your love for me. Help me to seek and serve you with all my heart, amen.