THERE WILL BE CALM AND JOY AFTER THE STORM

MORNING

Monday, December 10, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : You are my hiding place; you shall preserve me from trouble; you shall compass me about with songs of deliverance. Psalms 32:7

LISTEN : When trials come we look for a hiding place. Unfortunately, there is no hiding place in times of troubles except in God. God is the only one who can preserve us from trouble. In every storm He has prepared a way of escape. No storm rages against the believer without God knowing. And when we cry because of the pain of trials, in the end we will rejoice because of our patience in trials. When God moves, weeping is turned into laughter and sadness is turned into joy. The Bible says, “… weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalms 30:5). Beloved, no matter the trials that may confront you, you must not settle for stagnation; you should keep moving and trusting God no matter what. Trials are part of the process that will take you to your God-ordained future. (Isaiah 48:10 ; Acts 14:22). The process may be painful and frustrating, but the bliss that awaits you at the end of the journey is worth the sufferings. No matter how long the journey may take, you will surely arrive at your God-given destination if you fix your eyes on God. Surely, you will sing songs of deliverance at the end of the journey, if you are not distracted by the momentary afflictions that you are bound to suffer. No doubt, trouble may come, but God’s grace is equally available for those who maintain a close walk with Him. (2 Corinthians 12:9). My dear, learn to make God your hiding place like David, and He shall compass you about with songs of deliverance. He would give you abundant reason for praise and thankfulness. No matter the storm in your life, God will carry you above the storm. Remember, there will be calm and joy after the storm. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Make God your refuge and fortress, and trust in Him without fear.
2. No matter the trials, do not be afraid; instead, rest in the promises of God.
3. Do not take trials as your destination, rather see it as part of the journey of life.
4. Do not be distracted by momentary afflictions, rather, be firm in your faith in God.

Prayer : Everlasting Father, you are my hiding place in times of troubles. Therefore, deliver me from my enemies and put songs of deliverance in my mouth, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : Trouble may come, but God’s grace is equally available for those who maintain a close walk with Him.

Quote : “When we cry because of the pain of trials, in the end we will rejoice because of our faith and patience in trials.”

Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God is my hiding place. He will preserve me from my troubles and enemies ; and give me songs of deliverance, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Biblical Fact: Did you know that to be carnally minded is death? (Romans 8:6).

Today In History : December 10, 1950 Dr. Ralph J. Bunche becomes the first African-American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Stunning Fact : Did you know an ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain?

A Word Of Blessing : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God calm your storm and give you victory, in Jesus’ name, amen.

EVENING

TOPIC : GOD GIVES ABOVE YOUR EXPECTATIONS

Monday, December 10, 2018

Bible Verse : But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus Phil. 4:19

LISTEN: God is faithful. He does things and meets our needs above our expectations. Beloved, God is God. He will not leave you empty because He is our God, Father and Provider. He created you and knows what you need, and will provide you with your needs. God will not leave you destitute, He will surely provide for you. No doubt, people labour and make investments, but God is the one who gives the increase. If God does not bless the works of our hands it cannot prosper. God has given us the assurance of divine provision. If we can ask Him for it He will supply us with the necessary provisions. (Matthew 7:7,8). So, you must learn to trust Him with your needs and be confident that He will not forsake you. His supply includes all our needs, not just some needs. God is the source of all good gifts and provisions. (James 1:17). Whatever we achieved, we achieved by grace, not by our strength. Beloved, think deep and you will realise that God’s hand is in everything. So, stop worrying about what to eat, drink or wear, instead, trust God to honour the works of your hands. He will surely bless you with divine provisions. Remember, He is our Father and will not leave you empty of provision. Trust Him and He will provide for you. Remember, God gives above your expectations. Be wise!

PRAYER POINTS
1. Pray and bless God for provision and protection.
2. Ask God for forgiveness and mercy.
3. Ask God to bless you with daily provision and support.
4. Pray and destroy all satanic plans against you, your family and the churches of God.
5. Pray for peace of mind, good sleep and faith to be saved.

A WORD OF BLESSING : May the Lord bless you and provide for your needs. May you not borrow to eat, but lend to others, in Jesus’ name, amen.