[11/21, 5:20 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: SATURDAY 21ST NOVEMBER 2020.
THEME: SEEK GOD’S DIRECTION ALWAYS.
And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all. 1 Samuel 30:8
READ: 2 Samuel 5:17-25
17 But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold.
18 The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.
19 And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand.
20 And David came to Baalperazim, and David smote them there, and said, The LORD hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baalperazim.
21 And there they left their images, and David and his men burned them.
22 And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.
23 And when David enquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.
24 And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.
25 And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer.
Many times, there are things that make common sense to us and we just want to go ahead and do them without asking God if we should or not. Let us learn from David, a man who we find seeking God’s face for direction a lot of times in the Bible.
In 1 Samuel 30:1-8, David had just returned from battle to find out that his people had been attacked. All their belongings along with their wives and children had been taken by the enemy. His soldiers who had lost everything they lived for were considering stoning him to death, but in the middle of all these, David took time to ask God if he should pursue the attackers.
In 2 Samuel 5:17-25, David asked God how he should attack the Philistines in war and God gave him a strategy that worked. After that, he was to face them in battle again and everything looked exactly like the previous one. David still went back to ask God what to do. You must never assume that you know what to do at any point in time. Proverbs 3:5 says:
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
Still learning from David, there were also times when he failed to seek God’s guidance before taking decisions and the results were woeful. A classis example is the census of Israel the devil made him conduct (1 Chronicles 21) which brought God’s wrath upon the nation.
No matter how brilliant you are in your field of practice, always lean on God for what to do and what not to do. Many people have made great mistakes that are still hurting them because they thought they were making the right move based on their professional assessments.
When you get your salary at the end of the month, do you ask God what you should use the money for? When you are going out in the morning, do you ask Him what route to take? When you are about to have a business meeting or presentation, do you ask God for the right approach?
There is a lot to gain from always asking God for advice. If you want to win in every area of your life, ask God for what to do per time.
Never assume that you know what to do; always ask God for direction.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: James 1-5
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 30: WHEN WE WALK WITH THE LORD.
1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey
[11/21, 5:20 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *LIFE AND FAVOUR*
*Rev. Anthony Akinmoyo,*
Lifeway Christian Centre.
*DEVELOP YOUR SPIRITUAL STAMINA*
Luke 2:40 (KJV)
*And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.*
Jesus did not just manifest, He passed through the process of growth and development. He began as a child but He never stopped there.
Physically He grew,
Spiritually He waxed strong,
Mentally He was filled with wisdom.
The same is expected of every saint of God.
Proverbs 21:22 (KJV)
*A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.*
Jude 1:20 (KJV)
*But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,*
Life is measured by your spiritual size (weight) and not by religious activities or title. Satan also respects you according to your spiritual might. Beloved, favour also comes to you according to your spiritual rank. Until Jesus grew up in Luke 2:40, that favour came in verse 52.
Luke 2:40, 52
 *And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.*
 *And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.*
The earnest heart desire of everyone is to experience some progress in life but this can only happen when you have taken time to develop your spirit man so that the wickedness of the world cannot toss you to and fro.
Beloved, irrespective of all manipulation of the devil, it is possible to make sure and stable progress. Give maximum attention to your spiritual development.
Do not trivialize your study of the word, regular fasting with heartfelt prayer, good companionship with the Holy Ghost. With all these in place you can bruise the head of the serpent anyday anytime.
1 Peter 2:2 (KJV)
*As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:*
> Thank you my Lord for the joy of a new day.
> Thank you my Father for your mercies and loving kindness towards us.
> Thank you my God for divine protection and provision.
> Thank you my Lord for your unspeakable joy in my life.
1. Job 23:12 (KJV)
*Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food .*
O Lord my God, grant me grace to daily desire your word in the mighty name of Jesus!
2. Job 29:19 (KJV)
*My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.*
O Lord my God, grant me grace to daily spread my roots in the water of your word in the mighty name of Jesus!
3. 1 Timothy 4:13 (KJV)
*Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.*
O Lord my God, grant me grace to give attention to my spiritual growth via reading and studying of your word in the mighty name of Jesus!
4. Psalm 119:169 (KJV)
*Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord : give me understanding according to thy word.*
O Lord my God, grant me sound understanding of your precepts in the mighty name of Jesus!
5. Psalm 119:130 (KJV)
*The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.*
O Lord my Father, cause the light of your word to be continually shining into my heart in the mighty name of Jesus!
6. Psalm 62:5 (KJV)
*My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.*
O Lord my heavenly Father, grant me my desired harvest in life in the mighty name of Jesus!
7. Psalm 145:15 (KJV)
*The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.*
i. O Lord my God, crown my waiting with supernatural lifting and blessing in the mighty name of Jesus!
ii. O Lord my God do not let my season pass me by, arise on my behalf in the mighty name of Jesus!
8. Leviticus 26:9 (KJV)
*For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you.*
O Lord my Father, prosper the works of my hands and cause me to be fruitful in all that I do in the mighty name of Jesus!
9. Psalm 107:29 (KJV)
*He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.*
i. O Lord my God, arise and still every storm raging against my life, finance, career, health, marriage, family, children etc. in the mighty name of Jesus!
ii. O Lord my Father, do not allow any storm to prevail over me 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,
[11/21, 5:20 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: God is good – all the time!
Saturday 21st November 2020
‘Examine and see how good the Lord is.’ Psalm 34:8 NCV
The psalmist said, ‘Examine and see how good the Lord is’ (Psalm 34:8 NCV). Pay particular attention to the words ‘examine’ and ‘good’. What you believe about God manifests itself in the way you live. What does it mean to be ‘good’? It means living up to the best you know. And since God is omniscient (all-knowing), he knows what your best is! His goodness is beyond all question. Because God is good – not just pious, but really, practically, consistently good – your cup of well-being, security, peace, confidence and joy can be overflowing!
A good God cannot break his promise, abandon his children, or fail to love and bless them. You can be sure that in every circumstance he will treat you in the best possible way. When your life seems to be falling apart, sometimes it’s difficult to see God’s goodness or feel that things will get better. That’s when you must use the faith God has already given you, and by an act of your will, trust him (see Romans 12:3).
A wise pastor was asked by a troubled parishioner, ‘Pastor, does the world look like a wreck to you too?’ He replied, ‘Yes, like the wreck of a bursting seed!’ Without undergoing the ‘wreck’ stage, during which its world literally falls apart, the acorn could never give life to an oak tree. So embrace God’s will in this trial because it’s ‘good, acceptable and perfect’, regardless of how it feels to you right now (seeRomans 12:2). Ultimately, you’ll ‘see how good the Lord is. Happy is the person who trusts in him’!
[11/21, 5:20 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *INSPIRATION*
(Giving direction to your day)
Saturday 21st November, 2020
*Text: “The horse is prepared against the day of battle; but safety is of the LORD.” Prov 21:31*
King Saul and the armies of Israel had the right weapons. They were armed to the teeth. In terms of physical battle they had all they needed to face Goliath. This is a description of a “prepared Horse”. Everything was set in the natural. But with all they had they still could not face the enemy.
There are times in life that we have done all the reading for an exam, done all the required research and something still went wrong with the exams. The best of our preparations by themselves does not guarantee success.
Please note that this is not suggesting to you not to prepare and get ready for whatever project or assignment you are involved in. This is meant to help you to appreciate that there is more beyond our preparations.
At the end of the day the God factor will determine the ultimate outcome of what we are doing. Make all the required preparations and calculations but don’t forget that “…safety is of the Lord”.
David in the natural did not have the required weapons. The only preparation he ever received was his experience with the Lion and the bear which was quite different from this present challenge on ground. Beyond all these David understood that “…safety is of the Lord”. That is why he took his refuge in God. David said “In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength and my refuge is in God.” Psalm 62:7
Again for emphasis sake make all the preparations you require. Study well, do your research, but then don’t depend of your preparations. Depend on the rock of ages. Safety, Success, Victory comes from him.
The best of human “horse” is not enough to face the challenges of life. We need all of God to become anything great in life.
God you are my strength and refuge. The battles of life depend on you and I will trust in you and not in my efforts.
*LEARN MORE:* Psalm 46:1,7,11, Psalm 127:1-2
*PRAYER REQUEST: Lord work through Inspiration afresh by your Spirit in 2021. Phil 2:13*Share On: