[7/15, 10:10 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *Morning Showers*** 🌦*
With Kingsley and Kemi Tobi
*Godly exercise part 6*
*Text*: 1 Tim 4:7-8
_”But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.”_
The benefits of godly exercise transcend this life. In as much as it helps you to discern between good and evil and helps you to build spiritual stamina, it guarantees you the promise of eternal life. It takes godly exercise to obtain the crown of life. Apostle Paul said, _”I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing_ .”(2 Tim 4:7-8).
The Christian walk has been likened to a long distance race, a marathon of some sort. Many loose their first love or zeal in the course of the journey. Many turn back at the sight of trials and temptation and thereby loose their rewards and crowns. But in order to obtain your reward, you must have an endurance which takes you to the finishing line. It is good to start the Christian race well, but it is much better to finish strong. This is one of the benefits of godly exercise. Remember Jesus said, _”But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”_ (Mat 24:13)
There is an end to work towards. There is a reward to be received at the end of our lives sojourn. Jesus Christ is waiting at the finishing line to welcome us with open arms saying, ” _Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’’_ ( Mat 25:23). The only surety that you will cross over to the other side is by exercising yourself towards godliness. If you don’t want to gas out in this journey, build up your spiritual muscles now. There is no better time to pray than now. There is no better time to study God’s word than now. The end is here and the Master is coming. Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King.
” _You are cleaned by the word that I have spoken unto you”_ John 15:3_
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[7/15, 10:10 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Don’t believe the enemy’s lies
Wednesday 15th July 2020
‘When he lies, he speaks his native language.’ John 8:44 NIV
Jesus said of Satan, ‘When he lies, he speaks his native language’ (John 8:44 NIV). And he lies to us in three ways: (1) Doubts. His strategy is to discourage you, to make you throw up your hands and say, ‘What’s the use? Nothing has changed!’ When you say that, you’re signing the receipt and accepting the package. Don’t do it! The Bible says, ‘You are trapped by your own words’ (Proverbs 6:2 CEV). What you say forms your perspective and creates the environment you live in. Never say anything that leads Satan to think he’s winning. (2) Shock. If you’re not expecting Satan’s attack, you’ll get alarmed and think, ‘I must not be making progress. Why else would I still be fighting the same old battles?’ Why? Because Satan doesn’t give up without a fight, and his attack is proof you haven’t been conquered. (3) Feelings. Satan will try to convince you that you don’t deserve to be forgiven. He’ll tell you that because you don’tfeel forgiven, you’re not. But remember, he’s a liar.
Here’s where victory is decided. Stand your ground. The work has already been done in you. God’s Word says so; now you must begin to say so too. Time will strengthen and solidify your position. Satan will bring to your mind all the things God has delivered you from, and in dealing with them you’ll experience some of the emotions you had when you went through them. His strategy is to make you feel like nothing has changed. Don’t buy it! Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching…you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’ (John 8:31-32 NIV).
[7/15, 10:10 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: MESSAGE FROM:
*Rev. Anthony Akinmoyo,*
Lifeway Christian Centre,
*LIFE IN THE SPIRIT*
Life is primarily spiritual, therefore, living must also be spiritual. Living all your life or conducting all your activities in the realm of the natural is contrary to your nature. The book of *John 4: 24* tells us that God is a Spirit and in *Gen 1: 26,*
God ” the Spirit” says let us make man in our own image and likeness. You and I were created in the image and likeness of God who is a Spirit and Father of spirits. Therefore, we are spirit beings. We must be conscious of our real identity.
Hebrews 12:9 (KJV) *”…shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?”*
Galatians 5:25 (KJV) *If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.*
*WHAT PRAYER IS:*
Prayer is our participation in the affairs of the spirit, it is our presence in the panel of destiny. It is a meeting place between God and man, the visible and invisible. Our heavenly father has issued an open invitation to all His children to participate in the affairs of the spirit. It is an eternal privilege and opportunity for man to discuss and jointly make decisions with God, the maker of the universe.
Therefore, I consider prayer as the greatest asset in the hand of every believer.
Beloved, everything you see taking place in the physical realm are as a result of the activities in the realm of the spirit. Nobody is born to be barren, sick, poor or frustrated, all these are the result of the transactions in the spirit. Nothing just happens in the natural realm without a supernatural force behind it. Job’s account gives us better understanding of this mystery.
Job 1:6-8 (KJV) *Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.*
*And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.*
*And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?*
Job was eating and drinking meanwhile, there was a negotiation on his destiny in the realm of the spirit. Therefore, invitation to prayer is an invitation to decision making that gives birth to a life of victory and success. It is time we launch ourselves into this divine opportunity salvation has offered us and continue to enjoy daily victory unto eternity.
> Thank you my father for the gift of life and abundance of your mercies upon my life and family.
> Thank you my Lord, for another beautiful day you have made.
> Thank you my Lord, for the lovely family, faithful brethren and good friends you gave me.
> Thank you my father for always answering whenever I call on you.
>Thank you Father for this daily meal from your throne of grace.
1. Psalms 119:144 (KJV) *The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.*
O Lord my God grant me deeper understanding of my true identity in Christ.
2. Psalms 49:20 (KJV) *Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.*
O Lord my Father grant me grace to be always conscious of my real identity in Christ.
3. Psalms 82:5, 7 (KJV) *They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.*
*But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.*
> I decree and declare, I refuse to die like mere men in the mighty name of Jesus Christ!
> I declare, I refuse to fail and fall like ordinary men in Jesus name!
> I declare, I am who God says I am. I am a god. Therefore, what befalls mere men cannot access my life in Jesus mighty name!
4. Leviticus 6:13 (KJV) *The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.*
i. O Lord, I receive grace to maximize divine opportunities of prayer.
ii. O Lord my Father, put an end to prayerlessness in my life.
iii. Father, set my prayer altar on fire and touch my spirit with fresh fire.
5. Romans 8:26 (KJV) *Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.*
i. O Lord, let the burden of prayer rest upon my heart and make me an intercessor you can depend on.
ii. O Lord, my father let your Spirit take over my prayer life from today in Jesus mighty name!
iii. Spirit of Lukewarmness in the place of prayer, I command you out of my life and family in the mighty name of Jesus!
6. Hosea 7:9 (KJV) *Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not.*
i. I break every power that has been resisting my liberty in the place of prayer.
ii . O Lord my Father, separate me from anything that is sucking my prayer strength.
6. Psalms 3:3 (KJV) *But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.*
i. O Lord my God, lift my head up and give me a resounding success in the mighty name of Jesus!
ii. O Lord my God, let a new version of me emerge this year 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 Christ!
See you tomorrow,
*Pray without ceasing.*
1 Thess. 5:16-17(KJV)
For Further Counselling and prayer
[7/15, 12:35 PM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Today’s SOD – 2020-07-15
TOPIC: PURSUING GOD WHOLE-HEARTEDLY
SCRIPTURE: Teach me thy way,”O Lord; I will walk in thy truth”: unite my heart to fear thy name. Psalm 86:11
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: When you are dedicated to God,”your heart is not divided but united in the pursuit of God.
It has been established that understanding is key to outstanding performance in any endeavour. When you understand why you should do something, doing it becomes easy.
In the same manner, knowing the purpose of dedication will greatly enhance the lifestyle of dedication to God. One of the reasons for dedication is that man was created by God and for God (Revelation 4″:11). If we know that we did not create ourselves and that we are not meant to live for ourselves,”then dedication becomes easy.
Now, having seen the reason for our dedication to God, what, then does it mean to be dedicated to God?
Dedication to God implies a whole-hearted pursuit of God. It is a heart that is united in the pursuit of God. One may ask, “Why a united heart?” It is because one’s heart can be divided. This is why Psalm 86″:11 says,”Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth”: unite my heart to fear thy name.
So,”when you are dedicated to God, your heart is not divided but united in the pursuit of God. Dedication to God is not having a heart that follows the world in one part and follows God in another. It is not having a heart whose part follows the devil and another part follows God. It is not having a heart with a cocktail of worldly and heavenly inclinations. Rather, dedication is having a united heart, a heart united in the pursuit of God. It is allowing every department of your heart to be united in the pursuit of God. It is not a heart that is divided or distracted by several activities, fantasies and fallacies of this world. It is having a heart that beats and pants after the Presence of God like the heart of David who said, As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God”: when shall I come and appear before God?”(Psalm 42:1-2).
Beloved,”refuse for your heart to be divided in the pursuit of God. Pursue God with focus and unity of heart. This is what it means to be dedicated to God. And that is what brings distractions in time and eternity.
Remember this”: When you are dedicated to God,”your heart is not divided but united in the pursuit of God.
1. Go through today’s message again.
2. Refuse a distracted heart; focus in the pursuit of God.
2. Maintain a united heart in the pursuit of God always.
PRAYER: Lord,”I ask that You deliver me from every distraction of life. Help me to maintain a united focus and heart in pursuing You, Lord in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING GET THIS MESSAGE”: DEDICATION TO GOD (PART 2).
QUOTE: The State of your heart and the state of your life matters to God. Culled from “WHO ARE YOU?” by Dr Paul Enenche.
DAILY READING: Isaiah 1-3
AMAZING FACT: John D. Rockefeller was an American oil industry business magnate,”industrialist, and philanthropist. He is widely considered the wealthiest American of all time and the richest person in modern history; the first dollar billionaire in the history of America and the first dollar billionaire in the history of the world. He was a dedicated member of his church and gave generously for the work of God in his church.
PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION”: Grace for total deliverance from distraction is released on you now in Jesus’ Name.
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