[11/18, 4:58 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: WEDNESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2020.
THEME: UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES.
“ But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” 1 John 2:27
READ: 1 Thessalonians 2:13
13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
2 Timothy 2:15
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
The Bible, though written in plain English (or your native language) is still difficult for some people to understand. This is because the letters do not carry the message; it is the Spirit of God that does. 2 Corinthians 3:6 says:
“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”
You cannot understand the Scriptures without the help of the Holy Spirit, this is why many unbelievers keep misinterpreting it with some even calling it foolishness. 1 Corinthians 2:14 says:
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
When you pick your Bible to read, first pray, asking that the Holy Spirit gives you understanding. You have to be sensitive to the Spirit also, because He could be leading you to read a particular passage from where He wants to speak to you that day. People vary in the depth of revelations they receive from the world of God and this is because of their varying levels of infilling by the Holy Spirit. The more the Holy Spirit you carry, the deeper the revelations you will get from the word of God.
You must also note that the word of God is new every time you read it. Never approach any Scripture with familiarity. Many a-times, I read passages of the Bible that I had been reading for several years and the Holy Spirit interprets it to me in completely different light. The reason preachers are able to come up with new messages every day despite using the same version of the Bible for centuries is simply because the word of God is never old.
I pray that God will expose the mysteries of His word to you every time you read it in the mighty name of Jesus.
Ask the Holy Spirit for understanding every time you read your Bible.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Acts 9-10
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 5: DEEPER, DEEPER IN THE LOVE OF JESUS.
1. Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus
Daily let me go;
Higher, higher in the school of wisdom,
More of grace to know.
Oh, deeper yet, I pray,
And higher every day,
And wiser, blessed Lord,
In Thy precious, holy Word.
2. Deeper, deeper, blessed Holy Spirit,
Take me deeper still,
Till my life is wholly lost in Jesus,
And His perfect will.
3. Deeper, deeper! though it cost hard trials,
Deeper let me go!
Rooted in the holy love of Jesus,
Let me fruitful grow.
4. Deeper, higher, every day in Jesus,
Till all conflict past,
Finds me conqu’ror, and in His own image
Perfected at last.
5. Deeper, deeper in the faith of Jesus,
Holy faith and true;
In His pow’r and soul exulting wisdom
Let me peace pursue.
[11/18, 4:58 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *INSPIRATION*
(Giving direction to your day)
Wednesday 18th November, 2020
*A STRONG TOWER*
*Text: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it, and is saved.” Prov 18:10*
David came into the battle against Goliath inexperienced, untrained and unarmed for the battle. Even the people who had the arrows, the shield and the spears could not dare the giant. Everybody was worried about his decision to face the giant. The giant himself felt it was an insult for such a young lad to come into the battle. After all this was not a hide and seek game or a hunt for birds.
Unknown to everybody was the fact that David had a weapon and security that was far better than all the weapons available on the battle field that day. He did not have a feasible security but an invisible security.
He had the name of the Lord. Our anchor scripture describes this as a strong tower. It’s a place we can run to in any challenge and conflict of life. Our security is sure there. The secret place of the most high is established as we run into that name. We run into that name as we call on his name.
The name of Jesus is above every other name. Everything and everyone responds to that name. The power in this name is not based on how many times we call it or how loud we call it, but rather in the faith and confidence we exercise in that name. All David did in the face of Goliath was to exercise his faith and confidence in that name.
In the middle of the night when it seems you are afraid, call his name. When it seems a car is misbehaving run into that name. The power of the name of Jesus is released in our lives as we develop faith in the person of Christ. Calling his name is standing in his place to exercise authority on the earth. That is our greatest security today. Don’t be moved by anything, be moved by his name.
The name of the Lord is my strong tower. I take refuge in the name of Jesus.
*LEARN MORE:* 1 Sam 17:45, Phil 2:9-11
*PRAYER REQUEST: Lord we declare that your word in Inspiration will be confirmed with signs and wonders following all through 2021. Mark 16:20*
[11/18, 4:58 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Refined for service
Wednesday 18th November 2020
‘I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.’ Isaiah 48:10 NLT
Never become jealous of someone else’s talent. And don’t be intimidated by it, because the God who called and equipped them will use you too. When you learn to appreciate and applaud the gift of God in someone else’s life, you put yourself in a position where he can bless you as well. The fact is, we’re all necessary to God’s plan. The Bible says, ‘God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as he pleased’ (1 Corinthians 12:18 NKJV). God sets and God allocates! So seek him and you’ll find your assignment.
Why did Jesus say, ‘Many are called, but few chosen’ (Matthew 20:16 NKJV)? Part of the answer is found in these words: ‘I have refined you, but not as silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering’ (Isaiah 48:10 NLT). You need more than just a calling – you need character in order to have credibility. And that means spending time in the refiner’s fire. Generally speaking, it’s not your calling that gets you into trouble; it’s your character – or lack of it!
God says: ‘I want to see how you respond under pressure. When you want a yes, but you have to live with a no. When you desire to be in public ministry, but you’re assigned to a back room.’ God is a wise businessman; he doesn’t put untested merchandise in his window. So what ‘furnace of suffering’ are you in today? Are you feeling the heat of the refiner’s fire? If so – rejoice! When you come out, you’ll be equipped and ready for service. And that’s the word for you today!Share On: