OUR DAILY REFLECTION

WITHIN YOUR REACH
Text: 2 Kings 4:1-2

“Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.”

Do you know most time, God does not supply or introduce something new to settle situations but uses what is already available. From today’s passage, it is glaring that the wife of that deceased son of the prophet possibly would have missed out in God’s means of settling her if she’d concluded that she had nothing at home.

More so, when the red sea was to be parted, God didn’t supply any new equipment but simply the rod in the hands of Moses (Exo 14:15,16). The feeding of the 5,000 men aside the women and children in Jesus’ crusade was not with imported meal but an available five loaves of bread and two fishes (John 6:5-13)

The truth is, most time, the answer to our prayers is within our reach but we never know. Hagar and her son were dying until God opened her eyes to see the well of water around (Gen 21:19). Thank God the widow of Zarephath was sensitive and wise enough to serve the prophet first, she probably would have died of hunger.

REFLECTION FOR TODAY:
Your long awaited answer may just be beside you waiting to be discovered.

PRAY:
Father, please open my eyes to see whatever solution You have position around me in Jesus’ name.

OUR DAILY REFLECTION

REJOICE
Text: Philippians 4:4

“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”

Often time, we allow our situations to determine what becomes of us and how we respond to God’s things. For example, how would you tell a man who is currently going through a tough time or someone who’s just lost a precious soul to be happy? It sounds somehow.

But then, according to today’s reading, we are instructed to rejoice always, and according to 1 Thess 5:18, it says “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” God’s will is never for us to be sad or sorrowful which is why one of the fruits the Holy Spirit produces in us is joy.

One thing I have learned to do, no matter the situation I find myself, is to look at something that is still worth thanking God for. Sorrow saps us of our divine strength and denies us of God’s presence. So, no matter how high the challenge may be, always remember God will never leave you without a reason to rejoice.

REFLECTION FOR TODAY:
Sorrow saps us of our divine strength and denies us of God’s presence.

PRAY:
Holy Spirit, please fill me with your joy in Jesus’ name.

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BE DISCIPLINED
Text: Luke 9:23-24

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.”

Being a true disciple of Christ is about discipline. No man lives up to the Master’s expectation without living a disciplined life. Matt 16:24 says “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

To live a disciplined life is all about denying oneself. Apostle Paul said in 1 Cor 6:12 that “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any” and in 10:23, he said “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.”

Have you been able to differentiate between what is good and right for your Christian journey? Note this: that something is good does not make it right for you. Whatever does not matter to your vision or destiny is not worth embracing or saying ‘yes’ to.

REFLECTION FOR TODAY:
To keep your discipleship, you must strive to daily carry your cross.

PRAY:
Father, I receive grace for a disciplined life in Jesus’ name.