[7/5, 7:04 AM] Pst Emmanuel.O. Oshevire: *LIFE AND FAVOUR*
*Rev. Anthony Akinmoyo,*
Lifeway Christian Centre,
*DON’T SURRENDER TO YOUR CHALLENGES*
John 10:10 (KJV)
*The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.*
Satan who is a thief will not come until there is something to steal, kill and destroy. The various challenges you have been experiencing are a validation that you are carrying a great destiny. Treasures that the world is waiting for are deposited in you, therefore don’t give up. You can gain more insight from David’s experience.
2 Samuel 5:17 (NLT)
*When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king of Israel, they mobilized all their forces to capture him. But David was told they were coming and went into the stronghold.*
As soon as David was anointed as King over Israel, the Philistines came for his head. Imagine, the entire army of a nation came for one person. Great destinies will always attract great challenges from the pit of hell.
1 Corinthians 16:9 (KJV)
*For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.*
As long as you have a great destiny to fulfil, the devil will come for you. When you are a threat to his kingdom, he will challenge you. But there is nothing to worry about, all you need to do is keep applying the rule of the game below.
A. RESIST THE DEVIL
James 4:7 (KJV)
*Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.*
Stand your ground, don’t give up, focus on God and not your situation.
1 Peter 5:9 (KJV)
*Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.*
B. CONFRONT YOUR SITUATION WITH THE WORD OF GOD AND PRAYER.
Micah 6:1 (KJV)
*Hear ye now what the LORD saith; Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice.*
C. STAY CONNECTED
Matthew 11:28 (KJV)
*Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.*
Never allow any unpleasant situation to separate you from God. Let nothing make you to withdraw your commitment to His kingdom advancement. Whatever God cannot give you, no one else can. Stay connected, you will soon testify.
Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)
*When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.*
Good morning and have a favour filled day.
> Thank you my Father for the joy of another beautiful day.
> Thank you Lord for your loving kindness towards me and my household.
> Thank you my Lord for the victory I have in Christ Jesus.
1. Psalms 144:1 (KJV)
*Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:*
O Lord my Father, teach my hands to war so that I can lay hold on my inheritance in the mighty name of Jesus!
2. Psalms 18:34 (KJV)
*He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.*
O Lord God almighty, reveal divine strategies to me so that I can frustrate all the manipulations of the wicked in the mighty name of Jesus!
3. Psalms 18:32 (KJV)
*It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.*
O Lord my Father, gird me with strength so that I will not give up in the face of battle in the mighty name of Jesus!
4. Psalms 18:40 (KJV)
*Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.*
O Lord my God, grant me victory over all the barriers and challenges confronting me in the mighty name of Jesus!
5. Psalms 18:28 (KJV)
*For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.*
O Lord my Father, release your light into my family and cause all the unpleasant situations to give way in the mighty name of Jesus!
6. Psalms 18:16 (KJV)
*He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.*
O Lord my Father, deliver me from the multiple challenges all around my family in the mighty name of Jesus!
7. Psalms 18:13-14 (KJV)
 *The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.*
 *Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.*
O Lord my God, arise and scatter every satanic gang up against my destiny in the mighty name of Jesus!
8. Psalms 94:1 (KJV)
*O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.*
My Father and my God, let every contention of hell against my destiny be visited with your vengeance in the mighty name of Jesus!
9. Psalms 90:14 (KJV)
*O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.*
O Lord my God, satisfy me early and let nothing hinder my breakthrough any longer in the mighty name of Jesus!
10. Isaiah 60:22 (KJV)
*A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.*
i. My Father and my God, hasten to perform all your good promises in my life in the mighty name of Jesus!
ii. I declare, the day is subdued before me in the mighty name of Jesus!
iii. I receive the ministry of my destiny helpers in the mighty name of Jesus!
iv. I declare, kings are coming to my rising in the mighty name of Jesus!
v. I decree and declare, all I do shall prosper in the mighty name of Jesus!
Thank you Father for working exceedingly and abundantly above all that I ask or think.
Receive my thanks and praise in the mighty name of Jesus!
See you tomorrow.
*Pray without ceasing.*
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 (KJV).
For Further Counselling and Prayer,
[7/5, 7:04 AM] Pst Emmanuel.O. Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL 2022
DATE: TUESDAY JULY 5TH 2022
TOPIC: REMOVE FAITH KILLERS
“As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.” – (Mark 5:36)
READ: Mark 5:21-43 (KJV)
21 And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea.
22 And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,
23 And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.
24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
35 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?
36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
37 And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.
38 And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.
39 And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.
40 And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.
41 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.
42 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
43 And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.
Something very interesting happened between Jesus and Jairus in the Bible reading for today. When someone came from Jairus’ house to tell him that his daughter was dead, Jesus did not allow Jairus to respond; He told him specifically, “Don’t be afraid, only believe”. We see that everything He did before He woke the girl up from death was to remove faith killers. He knew that if Jairus had allowed fear to creep in when he was told that his daughter was dead, the miracle would not happen. He saw that all the people in the house that were crying were faithless and if Jairus and his wife looked at them, they would kill their faith. Jesus thus sent them all out before He could perform the miracle. It could be that the reason you have not gotten that miracle from God yet is that you have so many faith killers around you. Believe me honestly, if you keep hanging around these faith killers, they will hinder you from reaching your goals. You therefore have to remove them from your life.
Go away from places and people whose conversations kill your faith. If you keep listening to them, they will eventually hinder you from achieving your goal. If all that the people around you keep talking about is how things are bad and cannot be better, you had better change location. Move to a place where you will hear people telling you that things will be better, where they will tell you that your goals are achievable, where you will stop hearing, “No, it is not possible”, but start hearing “Yes, it is possible”.
I for one have always had big dreams, dreams that seem impossible when people hear them. Whenever someone laughs at my dreams, I tell them, “You just watch and see”, then I take a step back from the fellow so that they don’t kill my faith. Eventually when the dreams begin to come to pass, it will now be my turn to laugh. I have always said it: if people don’t laugh at your dreams, then they are not big enough. It is when your dream is so big that it is not possible to achieve it without the help of God that you have just started dreaming. Don’t mind those who have tried to kill your dreams in the past. Ignore them, put your faith in God and watch Him make your dreams come to pass.
Stay away from people whose words and actions can kill your faith.
HYMNAL: 12 – MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE
1 My faith looks up to thee,
thou Lamb of Calvary,
Now hear me while I pray;
take all my guilt away;
O let me from this day
be wholly thine!
2 May thy rich grace impart
strength to my fainting heart;
my zeal inspire!
As thou hast died for me,
oh, may my love to thee
pure, warm, and changeless be,
a living fire!
3 While life’s dark maze I tread,
and griefs around me spread,
be thou my guide.
Bid darkness turn to day,
wipe sorrow’s tears away,
nor let me ever stray
from thee aside.
4 When ends life’s transient dream,
when death’s cold, sullen stream
shall o’er me roll,
blest Savior, then, in love,
fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
a ransomed soul!
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AUTHOR: PASTOR E A ADEBOYE