Daily Devotions

[7/20, 5:19 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Today’s SOD – 2020-07-20
TOPIC: PUBLIC IDENTIFICATION WITH GOD – A PROOF OF DEDICATION

SCRIPTURE: Then said these men,”We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God. Daniel 6″:5

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Dedication is existence as a visible representative of the invisible God to your generation.

Dedication,”as we have seen from our previous study, implies a deadly commitment to God. It is a commitment of no return. 

Today, we shall see yet another implication of dedication to God.  Dedication to God implies living as a representative of God and His Kingdom to your generation. Dedication is existence as a visible representative of the invisible God to your generation. It is an unashamed public identification with God and His cause in the earth.   

You know, there are people who are ashamed of being known or identified as children of God. They hide their Bibles to go to work and would not talk to anyone about God. But a dedicated person is unashamed to publicly identify with God. In 1 Kings Chapter Seventeen and Verse One, Elijah stood publicly with God. Daniel also stood publicly with God. The people around him knew that they could not find any fault with him except in his devotion to, and unashamed identification with God (Daniel 6″:4-10). This is dedication to God.

Beloved,”if your family members, your classmates or your office colleagues don’t know that you are a Christian, then you are not yet a Christian. If people around you don’t know who you are, then you are not who you say you are. I remember when I was in 200 level in the university, we were in an Anatomy class one day and one of my classmates, a lady, was trying to say something, but she suddenly realized I was around; then she said, “Oh Sorry! I didn’t know you were here”. And she went away. She was speaking freely at first and later perceived that I was around. She knew that no one could talk carelessly around me. 

Beloved, if the people around you don’t know who you are, then you are not who you say you are. My counsel is, make up your mind to stand with God unashamedly and publicly.

Remember this”: Dedication is existence as a visible representative of the invisible God to your generation.

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Don’t be ashamed to stand for God publicly.

2. Let People know your stand with God.

3. Proclaim the words and works of God wherever you find yourself – be it your place of work,”public transport system, marketplaces, schools, etc. 

PRAYER”: Lord,”I ask for the grace to stand with You unashamedly. Give me the grace not to compromise my stand with You in public, in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: DEDICATION TO GOD (PART 3)

QUOTE: If you stand on the truth of the Gospel and preach the reality of the Gospel with authority,”in a balanced manner, God is going to redirect people from all the places where they are wasting their time, to where they will be changed! He is the Lord of the harvest and therefore determines the direction of the harvest. Culled from “THOU ART MY BATTLE AXE” by Dr Paul Enenche.

DAILY READING”: Isaiah 16-18.

AMAZING FACT: Christianity is the world’s largest religion with over 2.4 billion adherents,”about a third of the world’s population.

PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION”: As you stand for God, you shall stand out in your generation in Jesus’ Name. 

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[7/20, 7:26 AM] When Joshua became leader of Israel in place of Moses, God told him: ‘This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success’ (Joshua 1:8). There are two kinds of success: success that fulfils God’s will for your life; and success that is temporal, can leave you feeling empty, and dies when you die. Boris Franz Becker, a German former world No. 1 professional tennis player, reportedly contemplated suicide because of the sheer emptiness he experienced in life. Even though he appeared to be successful, he knew his life wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be. ‘I had won Wimbledon twice before, once as the youngest player,’ he said. ‘I was rich. I had all the material possessions I needed: money, cars, women, everything. I know this is a cliché. It is the old song of the movie and pop stars who commit suicide. They have everything and yet they are so unhappy. I had no inner peace. I was a puppet on a string.’ Someone once said, ‘In whatever man does without God, he must fail miserably or succeed even more miserably.’ Do you know why that statement is true? Because without God all success ends in failure [it doesn’t satisfy]. Jesus’ definition of a fool was this: ‘So [a fool] is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God’ (Luke 12:21). ‘Good success’ is putting God in first place, and allowing Him to put everything together for you.

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[7/20, 8:04 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL (DOWNLOAD THE NEW RHAPSODY APP => https://bit.ly/2Z9P6P0)*

*WISDOM AND DIRECTION FROM THE WORD .*

Monday, July 20th .
Pastor Chris

_*I know that, WHATSOEVER GOD DOETH, IT SHALL BE FOR EVER… (Ecclesiastes 3:14).*_

The Word of God can be applied to everything in life. The wisdom therein is all-encompassing. 2 Timothy 3:15 says the Scriptures are able to make you wise; wise unto salvation, causing the glory of God to be revealed in you. The more you study the Scriptures, the more refined and accurate your ideas will be: ideas for creativity, innovation, perfection, strategy, health and prosperity.

This is something many Jews in Israel understand and take advantage of; they take their ideas for arts, science, technology and even their military from the Holy Scriptures. They understand that God-inspired ideas are unfailing; hence their amazing victories and prosperity.

Your God-inspired ideas will survive and beat every obstacle and system of this world. When there’s a crash in the economy, for example, you’ll keep making progress, because you play from a higher realm; your ideas and strategies come from the wisdom of the Spirit, through the Word. Blessed be God!

Think about it: who would have thought that David, with a stone and a sling, would take out Goliath, the giant of Gath, the champion of the Philistines? (1 Samuel 17:50). How could anyone explain how Isaac dug and found water in the same arid place everyone else had abandoned? He acted on divine insight that came to him from the Lord.

He was about to relocate as a result of the drought, but God said, “Stay in this land and I’ll prosper you”; the same land where there was famine. He simply did what God asked him to do, and the Bible says he _*“…waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great”*_ (Genesis 26:13). Don’t follow the world’s principles and ideas for success. Open your heart to the Holy Spirit and His Word for wisdom and the right ideas you need for a life of ever-increasing glory, success and prosperity.

*CONFESSION*

*Every piece of information I require for my next level of success is accessible to me. I have an extraordinary amplitude of comprehension; I’m full of the wisdom of the Spirit, through the Word, and I make great things happen in my life and in the lives of others. I see the invisible and do the impossible, for my mind is anointed for extraordinary ideas for success. Glory to God!*

*FURTHER STUDY:* *||* *Proverbs 2:6 AMPC* For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. *||*

*||* *Ephesians 1:17-18* That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, *||*

*||* *Psalm 119:105* NUN. Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. *||*

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*1-Year Bible Reading Plan=>* Acts 26:19-32 & Psalms 19-20

*2-Year Bible Reading Plan=>* Galatians 6:1-9 & Isaiah 40

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[7/20, 8:04 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *Above Only Devotional*

Monday, July 20

*Wisdom for Preparation*

_Genesis 41:14, 34-36, Proverbs 30:25_
_…Pharaoh sent and called Joseph. and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh. *Let Pharaoh do this, take up the fifth port of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years. And gather all the food of those good years .. and lay up corn…. and let them keep food in the cities. And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine… in the land of Egypt … *The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;_

Adequate preparation is vital for productivity and fruitfulness. The time when you prepare is also very important. You do not prepare for a war in the time of war. You prepare for war in the time of peace. Joseph did not wait for the famine in Egypt to come before he prepared for it. Do not wait for trying times to come before you start studying God’s word, declaring God’s word and praying fervently. Do not wait for exam time before you start studying your books. The Bible says, “The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD,” Prov.21:31. The fact that God will protect you and give you victory does not mean you should not prepare or be security conscious. The grace of God is not an excuse for mediocrity, carelessness or laziness. There is no excuse why you should not prepare adequately. The haste with which Joseph was being brought to Pharoah did not stop Joseph from changing his clothes and shaving himself. Despite how small and weak the ants are, they understand different seasons and they know how to prepare their food in summer so they can survive during the winter.

The Holy Spirit will help you to prepare adequately. He will show you things to come and He will move you to prepare and position yourself rightly for them. When He stirs up your heart to make certain preparations for the future, yield wholeheartedly to Him. He will help you understand times and seasons. The Good News Bible, 1 Chronicles 12:32 says. “Issachar: 200 leaders, together with the men under their command (these leaders knew what lsrael should do and the best time to do it)” A few things that enhance our yielding and being committed to preparation are hope, vision and discipline.

Prayer: Dear Father. I thank you for the wisdom and ability you have given me to be sensitive to your leading to prepare adequately in every area of my life.

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[7/20, 8:11 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: MONDAY 20TH JULY 2020.

THEME: THE WAGES OF SIN IS STILL DEATH.

MEMORISE:

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

READ: Ezekiel 18:20-24

20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.

23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.

MESSAGE:

Though many people seem to have forgotten, I want to remind you today that the wages of sin is still death. Death is a salary for sinners as stated in Romans 6:23. The sinner cannot dodge it; you work and must be paid. Ezekiel 18:20 says:
“The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.”

There are three categories of death. One is physical death. Sickness is an agent of physical death. In Mark 2:5, Jesus forgave the sin of the paralyzed man before healing him. If sin does not get out of the way, sickness will remain and eventually kill the fellow. Jesus told the man at the pool of Bethesda after healing him that if he went back to his sin, a worse illness would come upon him (John 5:14). Physical death could come through sickness when sin is in the life of a man.

The second category of death is material death. In Deuteronomy 28:15-24, there is a list of curses for those who will not obey God. If you read that scripture, you would be amazed at how many of those curses have to do with poverty. Many people are wallowing in poverty simply because they refuse to let go of sin. If only they could turn a new leaf and live holy, they would enjoy great blessings they never thought possible.

Lastly, there is spiritual death. This is the most dangerous; it is separation from God. In Genesis 3:3-10. Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and the moment they heard the voice of God, they ran. God wasn’t the one chasing them, it was their sin. When you commit sin, you automatically run from God; the devil sees that you and your protector are now apart, he attacks with all kinds of issues. Spiritual death leads the sinner to eternity in hell. May you not experience spiritual death in the mighty name of Jesus.

KEY POINT:

Avoid sin, avoid death.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Hosea 8-14.

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 8: HAVE YOU BEEN TO JESUS.

1. Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing pow’r?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
o Refrain:
Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

2. Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

3. When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for the mansions bright,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?

4. Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
Oh, be washed in the blood of the Lamb!

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