Saturday, May 11, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison 2 Corinthians 4:17
LISTEN : Beloved, are you bothered about problems of this life? Relax my dear! What you suffer in the present in line with the will of God, creates a blissful future for you. What you are suffering right now for the sake of Christ, prepares you for what you will enjoy with Him. Surely, believers in Christ Jesus has hope beyond this life. Yes, we have hope beyond this life. As a matter of fact, we have a future that can’t fail to come. It is a future that is crowned with bliss and innumerable blessings. No matter how miserable our lives here in the earth might be because of our faith, we have a future that is full of glory. The devil knows this, and would do everything possible to make us lose this future. My dear, the devil wants to make you feel or believe that, your problems have no solutions. He tries as much as possible to fix your eyes and thoughts on your problems and take them away from your God, thereby, destroying your faith and victory. My dear, be strong. Our present troubles cannot compare to our future glory. This means that, our future glory outweighs our present heartbreak and misery (Romans 8:18). However, unless you endure your present troubles, you can’t expect the future glory. Therefore, have faith in God and don’t give up, or give in when you face trials. Know that, when God permits trials in your life, He wants to guide you and make you better (Psalms 119:67,71). So, don’t be discouraged because of problems; rather, focus on eternity and determine to overcome what comes your way. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Look beyond your physical troubles and begin to embrace your eternal glory.
2. Never believe that, your problems have no solutions; rather, have faith in God.
3. Whatever trials you are faced with, determine to turn it to your own advantage.
4. Always keep your hope alive and don’t give up no matter what.
Prayer : Heavenly Father, I know that our future glory outweighs our present troubles. Therefore, help me to endure trials, in Jesus’ name, amen!
Reflection : What you are suffering right now for the sake of Christ, prepares you for what you will enjoy with Him.
Quote : “He who cannot endure present troubles for the sake of Christ Jesus, cannot expect a future glory from God.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that, what God reserves for those who love Him is far more than what they suffer in this life. Therefore, I will endure and hope beyond this life, amen!
Biblical Fact : Did you know that, faith in Christ Jesus makes you a child of God? (John 1:12).
Today In History : May 11, 1812 British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is shot by a bankrupt banker in the lobby of the House of Commons.
Stunning Fact : Did you know Christmas trees originated from Germany?
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today, I speak to your life, for every trouble you experience, may God cause you to experience victory and favour in Jesus’ name, amen!
TOPIC : GROW IN LOVE AND YOU WILL GROW IN FORGIVENESS
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Bible Verse : Above all, keep your love for one another fervent, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8.
LISTEN : It is not possible to freely forgive others when you don’t grow in love. Love is the cure for all manner of offences. Beloved, love heals all wounds, soothes all pains and cover multitude of sins. Love is powerful, and more powerful than you think. The Bible says “Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1Cornthians 13:4-7). My dear, when you are offended, remember that love heals, then try it. When someone hurts you badly, rather than respond with same evil, learn to listen to the healing voice of love. When you try love, you will not have any need for revenge because forgiveness would have swallowed up the desire for vengeance. Beloved, remember to grow in love and you will grow in forgiveness. Be wise!
Prayer : Mighty and Everlasting God. Help me to grow in love and forgiveness to others, in Jesus’ name, amen!