Daily Devotions

[7/13, 7:54 AM] Emm: Moving forward through grief’s cycle

Monday 13th July 2020

‘When they walk through the Valley of Weeping.’ Psalm 84:6 NLT

If we were raised in a culture where any show of emotion was considered a sign of weakness, we must learn that grieving our losses is a healthy process – and a scriptural one. The Bible says, ‘When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs…They will continue to grow stronger’ (Psalm 84:6-7 NLT). Note, when our strength comes from the Lord, we can walk through ‘the Valley of Weeping’ and come out stronger. The length of time each of us spends in that valley may differ, but eventually we don’t move on, but we move forward.

We are, understandably, shocked by the death of a loved one, but God is not. David said, ‘You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment…laid out before a single day had passed’ (Psalm 139:16 NLT). And try as we will, there’s nothing we can do to change that. The truth is, we don’t need to grieve ‘as…those who have no hope’ (1 Thessalonians 4:13 GNT). One day we’ll be reunited with our redeemed loved one in the presence of the Lord, never to be separated again. The farewell is just ’till we meet again’.

In the meantime, if we need help we don’t have to be ashamed to reach for it. Remember: ‘A brother is born for adversity’ (Proverbs 17:17 NKJV). We can ask God to lead us to a person, a counsellor or a support group that can help us identify any unfinished business that’s keeping us from moving forward in the grief cycle. Let’s cherish our loved one’s memory, but move forward and fulfil our divine destiny and purpose.
[7/13, 7:54 AM] Emm: RHAPSODY OF REALITIES, MONDAY, 13TH JULY 2020. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

TOPIC ✨ OVERCOMING ANXIETY ✨

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God (Philippians 4:6 AMPC).

Around the world today, many are terrified, not just about the future, but even about the present. There’s fear and terror, but the word “terror” isn’t new. If you study the Bible, you’d be amazed at how many times it talks about terror. Nevertheless, Jesus assured us of victory over all crises. He said in John 16:33, “…In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

There’s no need for you to have anxiety or panic- bouts over anything; you’ve already overcome Satan, the world and every crisis: “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Therefore, stop the fear. Stop the anxiety. Anxiety refers to worry; it’s a state of nervousness. But our theme verse says, “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything….”

If you say, “But I can’t help being worried,” then you’re accusing God of lying to you. You’re accusing Him of asking you to do something you couldn’t do. The fact that He says, “Don’t be anxious,” means you can live without anxiety. Your response, therefore, should be, “Blessed be God! I live in the peace and provisions of Christ; I do not fret! He has perfected all that concerns me. Hallelujah!” That’s how you respond to God.

Refuse to have anxiety about your son, your daughter, your husband, your wife, your brother, your sister, your house rent, your health, your job, business, education, or about anything! When you do, the Bible says the peace of God that’s beyond human comprehension will garrison your heart and mind in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7). Hallelujah!

PRAYER
Dear Father, thank you for your Word that stirs faith in my heart and dispels fear and anxiety. I reject every thought of fear, for I’m shielded from the pain and darkness in the world. Greater is He that’s in me than he that’s in the world. I’m full of might by the Spirit of the Lord, for the peace of God which passes all understanding mantles my heart and mind, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Matthew 6:25-26 AMPC Therefore I tell you, stop beingperpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?

1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Acts 21:37-22:1-21 & Job 32-35

2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Galatians 3:23-29 & Isaiah 33

👉 Please don’t stop at reading, join us today let’s take God’s divine presence into every man’s world.

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[7/13, 7:54 AM] Emm: *Above Only Devotional*

Monday, July 13

*What God’s Word will produce in Your Life 2*

_2 Corinthians 3:16-17 (GNB), Proverbs 4:20-22 (NLT), 1Peter 2:2 (NKJV)_
_All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living, so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed. *My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. *As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,_

The effects that the word of God has upon our lives are so numerous and glorious. Today, we shall start with the truth that the word of God makes us to know God and to grow spiritually. This is one of the greatest effects that the word of God has in our lives and this need to be our greatest desire and reason for studying God’s word. The benefits of knowing God are also so numerous and glorious. Knowing God makes us strong on the inside and it empowers us to do great exploits on the outside, Dan. 11:32. The Bible says. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” Hos.4:60. ln Proverbs 24:5, the Bible says “A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.” In addition, verse 10 says, “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” Knowing God helps us to access and activate the abundance that God has given us for life and godliness and it helps us partake of God’s divine nature, 2 Pet.1:3-4.

The word of God will also enhance your prayer life. In John 15:7, Jesus said, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” The Contemporary English Version (CEV) says, “Stay joined to me and let my teachings become part of you. Then you can pray for whatever you want, and your prayer will be answered.” The will of God is revealed in the word of God and 1John 5:14 (GNB) says, “We have courage in God’s presence, because we are sure that he hears us if we ask him for anything that is according to his will.” Our first text above shows us that the word of God teaches, rebukes, corrects. instructs, qualifies and equips us for good works in every area of our lives. In our second text above, we see that as we find God’s word it produces, life and health for every area of our lives.

Prayer Focus: Thank God that His word is making you know Him better, grow spiritually, increase in strength, pray better and equipping you for good works.

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[7/13, 8:32 AM] Door Emmanuel Wether: *Honey Can You Wake Me Up If I Die?*
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This was the question my husband asked me like a joke on our first date, after I had said “yes” to him. I quickly dismissed it with a proclamation “God forbid it!!” and he quickly covered it up with other sweet words as he had noticed a slight change in my countenance. We forgot about it.

George is the kind of man that every woman would dream to marry because with him, there is no dull moment. He is very jovial and friendly, tall, handsome, caring, kind, not so wealthy but comfortably well to do and above all a serious prayerful Christian.

God had shown him to me in my 200-level and I was waiting for him till 5 years later when he had finished his NYSC and was working with a firm.
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George and I used to go for ministrations together almost every weekends as he would always have invitations to preach in different programs. It was not a matter to me because I knew he is an Evangelist when God started telling me things about my husband back then in school.
I was ready for the work though I thought it would be a full-time work. My George was amongst those that would rather give honorarium after preaching, than taking honorarium from those who invited him to preach (Paul the Apostle of Jesus has been his role model).

In the 7th years of our marriage, all of a sudden he lost his job as a result of economical challenges in his firm. This resulted to them letting go of some of their staff of which he was among those that were affected.
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I was just a fashion designer so we were all relying on my income, but of course it was a difficult time for my husband, especially as he was still applying for vacancies in other organisations.

After 7months, he got another job, but unlike the former, he had little or no space again for his personal study and ministry.
I tried advising him to quit the job but he promised to do that as soon as the one he is expecting clicks; so we all hoped that it was just a “passing time job” as he calls it.
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The job was so demanding that my husband even works on Saturdays which he doesn’t joke with before, because it used to be when he spends almost 80% of the day seeking the face of God.

It got me worried but when I talked with him about it, he says it is a passing time job. Truth be told, gradually I began to notice that “My G” as I fondly call him had started growing cold spiritually and then I knew I had a serious war to fight, so I began to pray and fast as much as my strength could carry me.
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As time went by, my husband seemed to be withdrawing from home to the point that even the kids noticed it. I started crying to the Lord, as even the Saturday that was half day was now the day he comes back as late as 10:30pm.

Even on our matrimonial bed, we sleep as though we are merely room mates, then I knew my home was on fire but I never stopped praying.
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One day, he came back so early and by the time I came back, he was in a pool of tears. When he noticed my presence, he quickly reached to me and held my legs with his face down and pleaded for Mercy.

Tears dropped down my eyes but I never knew why he was crying so I helped him up and we sat on the couch as he started releasing the atomic bombs.

George had broken our marital vow. It all started at a staff meeting and then grew to dating which his boss claimed to be casual friendship and mere dates.
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On one particular Saturday morning, she came to the office and pleaded with him to help her fix up something in her apartment as she wanted to collect some thing she forgot.
She claimed she didn’t want to bother him after work or spend money on such a little task and so they went together. She was his boss by the way right? Hmmmm

After fixing the appliance of course it was done in few minutes,and then from compliment of the house to the compliment of the hair and body and then the unimaginable happened. They went to bed together!
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It was a horror story to me as I shouted, screamed, cried and I opened my eyes to look at him again and be sure it was not my imagination, I saw a spiritual giant that has been crashed.
A man of God that was lifelessly dead in the Spirit.
Just then, the great 10 years old question was called back to my memory “honey, can you wake me up if i die?”
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With an understanding that came to me, I muttered “yes” as a reply. We cried together for hours and we continued later in the mid night because we had to cover up things for the kids.

By the help of God, we started building again and God began to heal us together till I was able to wake him up from the dead.
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Marriage is a very sweet relationship when you are married to your friend or the right person meant for you.
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But there a question couples need to ask themselves. That is, “honey, can you wake me up if I die?”

You may meet me very successful in Business, but a day may come and the business is dead, can you wake me up?

I may be on fire as a sister now, but after having 3 children with so many responsibilities I may be growing cold spiritually, can you wake me up?
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It may not be as a result of infidelity, it may be an unguarded hour, it may be family matters, which ever it is that left me dead, can you wake me up? Think about it!!
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We are meant for each other, so let’s fight for each other together..
As the Lord helps us, we can arise together again!

I hope we all learn something? most times love isn’t always enough…….✍✍✍✍✍✍
Please, always remember to stay safe. Because your safety and security is in your hand.

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