[12/18, 5:57 AM] faithemm2015: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: FRIDAY 18TH DECEMBER 2020.
THEME: SUPPORT MISSIONARIES.
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Isaiah 52:7
READ: 3 John 1:5-7
5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;
6 Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:
7 Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9
As we pray for and bless the Shepherds around us with gifts, let us not forget those in hostile and war-torn communities too.
It is not God’s will for missionaries to be abandoned while wealthy Christians enjoyed His blessings in the urban centers. Usually, these gospel crusaders risk their lives, having left their cities and families to do God’s work in places most of us would not consider going to. This is why we must support them with both our prayers and resources.
You can commit a certain percentage of your monthly income to support a missionary group. What you consider negligible could go a long way to ease their burden. A constant supply of food and amenities for their communities would make their audience more receptive, while also giving them some influence even amongst the rulers of the land.
When Christians missionaries first arrived Nigeria, their work was easy because as they came with Bibles, they also brought education for the children and medicines for the sick. If they hadn’t succeeded, perhaps many more of us would have been involved in rituals today.
Modern Christians have not supported mission trips as much as in the past, thus, allowing the devil spread his message of perversion like wildfire.
Those who would have loved to be missionaries hold back because of the fear that no one would remember them. Some have left the mission field, not for their sakes, but for their children’s. A little help could reverse the trend. You may not be able to go to the field but you can also win souls to God with your resources and prayers. Don’t miss this opportunity. Support missionaries today.
If you cannot go on mission trips, at least support those who do.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Titus 1-3
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 9: HOLD THE FORT.
1. Ho, my comrades, see the signal, waving in the sky!
Reinforcements now appearing, victory is nigh.
“Hold the fort, for I am coming,” Jesus signals still;
Wave the answer back to Heaven, “By Thy grace we will.”
2. See the mighty host advancing, Satan leading on;
Mighty ones around us falling, courage almost gone!
3. See the glorious banner waving! Hear the trumpet blow!
In our Leader’s Name we triumph over every foe.
4. Fierce and long the battle rages, but our help is near;
Onward comes our great Commander, cheer, my comrades, cheer!
[12/18, 5:57 AM] faithemm2015: *LIFE AND FAVOUR*
*Rev. Anthony Akinmoyo,*
Lifeway Christian Centre,
*THE POWER OF OBEDIENCE*
Leviticus 9:6 (KJV)
*And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commanded that ye should do: and the glory of the LORD shall appear unto you.*
The foundation of our relationship with God is obedience. Without total and absolute obedience to God, we cannot walk with God and enjoy the best He prepares for us. Also, the foundation of Christianity rests on our obedience to God.
Jesus came down in flesh, lived and fulfilled His earthly ministry on the platform of obedience to the father.
Hebrews 5:8 (KJV)
*Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.*
Obedience is doing the word of God and living by the leading of the Holy Ghost. God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness but it is our degree of obedience that connects us to all the benefits that accompany salvation.
Job 36:11 (KJV)
*If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.*
Isaiah 1:19 (KJV)
*If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land*
If you are willing to walk in obedience to God’s word and uphold the entire Christian values, you will eat the good in the land. All the scriptural promises and blessings are tied to our obedience. Without obedience, one is disconnected from the blessings of God. Obedience is the hallmark to undeniable glory.
Deuteronomy 28:1-2 (KJV)
 *And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:*
 *And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.*
The greatest blessings in life come from obeying God. He is actively interested in our lives as His children but it is our level of obedience that regulates His involvement.
Stay connected in obedience .
> Thank you my Father for the gift of life and your mercies every morning.
> Psalm 68:19 (KJV)
*Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.* Selah.
Thank you my Father for the daily supply of your word.
> Thank you my Father for the joy of the season.
> Thank you my Father, for your faithfulness and goodness all through the year
> Thank you Lord for your divine protection and deliverances.
> Thank you my Father for my unending supplies.
1. Ezekiel 36:26-27 (KJV)
 *A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.*
 *And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them .*
i. O Lord my God, take away the stony heart from me so that I can always walk in obedience in the Mighty Name of Jesus!
ii. O Lord my God, cause your Spirit to empower me to always walk in your will in Jesus mighty name!
2.Daniel 1:8 (KJV)
*But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat…*
O Lord my God, deliver me from the sin of compromise at school, home, work, courtship etc in the Mighty Name of Jesus!
3. Isaiah 7:15 (KJV)
*Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.*
i. O Lord my God, grant me and my children grace to refuse evil and choose the right ways in Jesus mighty name!
ii. O Lord my God, rescue the youths of this generation from wrong and destructive decisions in Jesus mighty name!
iii. O Lord my Father, rescue the youths of this generation from the stronghold of drug addiction in Jesus mighty name of Jesus!
4. Psalm 112:4 (KJV)
*Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.*
O Lord my God, light up every darkness in my life and family in the Mighty Name of Jesus!
5. 1 Corinthians 11:34 (KJV)
*… And the rest will I set in order when I come.*
(i.) O Lord my God, set my life in order in Jesus mighty name!
(ii.) O Lord set my family, ministry, finance, and business in order in the Mighty Name of Jesus!
6. Isaiah 43:19 (KJV)
*Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.*
O Lord my God, do a new and marvellous thing in my life and family in Jesus mighty name!
7. Isaiah 45:2-3 (KJV)
 *I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:*
 *And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord , which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.*
i. O Lord my God, open ways for me in life and take me to the place of honour and glory in Jesus mighty name!
ii. I decree all barriers between me and my prepared place, crash in the Mighty Name of Jesus!
8. Proverbs 4:18 (KJV)
*But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.*
I decree I will never have a better yesterday in the Mighty Name of Jesus!
9. Psalm 125:3 (KJV)
*For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous…*
i. I decree the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon my lot in Jesus mighty name!
ii. I decree good old age is my portion in the Mighty Name of Jesus!
10. Psalms 65:11 (KJV) *Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.*
i. My Father and my God, crown this year for me with my long awaited testimonies in the mighty name of Jesus Christ!
ii. Father, manifest your beauty in my situation 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 Thess. 5:16-17 (KJV)
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[12/18, 5:57 AM] faithemm2015: *INSPIRATION*
(Giving direction to your day)
Friday 18th December, 2020
*AT HIS WORD 1*
*Text: “And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” Luke 5:5*
Simon wasn’t a novice in this business. He and his colleagues had done everything professionally possible to do what they have always done. At this point his human expertise did not make any difference. The question is “What do you do when you have exhausted all your options to get a result on an issue.” The story of Peter is quite instructive for us.
Jesus came on the scene and Peter narrated how they have toiled all through the night. The word “toil” suggests working at something without getting results. Jesus asked him to launch back into the river. It was not as if they were going to engage a different style of fishing. It was not as if they were going to engage a different set of boats and nets. It was the same river, the same nets and the same boats. But the difference now was that they were not going back based on their professional expertise. This was not because they were going to fish based on their number of years of experience. They were going back based on a divine instruction. Peter said “…Nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.”
There are enough challenges in the world that we cannot afford to just carry on with the business of life based on human expertise. The steps we take and the things we do must be based on definite divine instructions. Isaac sowed in the land of famine and reaped a hundred-fold in the same year because it was based on a divine instruction. The divine instruction was “…Go not down unto Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will bless thee…” Gen 26:2-3. Don’t ever be in a haste to do something. Listen to God first.
My ears are open to receive divine instructions per time. I will not be hasty in my spirit.
*LEARN MORE:* Gen 26:2-3, 12-14
*PRAYER REQUEST: Thank you Lord for multitudes of lives that came in contact with Inspiration for the first time this year. Psalm 127:1-2*
[12/18, 6:23 AM] faithemm2015: *DAILY MANNA*
*FRIDAY 18 DECEMBER, 2020*
_It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first_
*CAN YOU BLAME GOD?*
*TEXT:* JOB 34:18-30.
_*🔑KEY VERSE* “How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands” (JOB 34:19)._
Sometimes, what we consider well intentioned are unhelpful to people facing challenges. This was the failings of Job’s friends. They took turns to speak to him. They were touched with his condition but they misdiagnosed the source of his woes.
From the text, Elihu, a companion they all are the work of his of Job, did not actually understand the rationale behind Job’s suffering. Although he did not understand the reason for Job’s predicament, he aptly identified God’s character and nature. Job’s life and righteousness are exemplified in the first two chapters of the book of Job. While chapter one exemplifies his righteousness and way of life, chapter two dwells specifically on the personality behind his sufferings. Elihu describes God as the right Judge in whom no evil or iniquity can be found. He is holy, just and perfect.
Elihu sees God almighty as able to deal with anyone, however strong or powertul he may be. God does not need the help of anybody to accomplish His purpose on earth. He also sees God as the Omniscient who knows the secret of any man, the purpose of his heart and the intent of his thought. His eyes are upon the ways of man and no thought could be hidden from Him.
Two lessons are evident in Elihu’s thought. First, he misunderstood some salient things about Job’s predicament. As believers, we may not understand the challenges our fellow brethren may be facing. So, we should not condemn or judge them as Elihu did. Our duty is to pray for them. Second, God is a just and righteous Judge. He can never ascribe good for evil or evil for good. In any situation, we should not question or blame Him for our predicament. But we are to pray and thank Him irrespective of our condition in this present world.
*✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* Blame doesn’t help, prayer does.
*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* HAGGAI 1-2.
Why God must be honoured regardless of our experiences
You don’t sharply rebuke a king or ruler even when he does wrong. How much more of the incomparable God who never did wrong or evil? v18.
It is profane not to give due honour to the impartial God when in reality human beings are by nature partial and cannot but be partial except by the grace of God, v19.
If man, who can die at any moment can command our respect, how much more of God who is immortal?, v20.
He is omniscience who knows all things with perfect insight. Such a awesome person should be glorified regardless of our experiences, vv21,22,25.
He cannot tolerate or overlook injustice and evil because they are diametrically opposed to His nature, vv26,27,29,30. He is too holy to behold or do evil. What an holy God.
*6. Illimitably compassionate*
He is both compassionate and unlimited in answering all prayers. Wisdom gives worship and nothing less to such a great God, v28.
*Q* What other attributes of God in the text that make Him incomparable?
*Give praises* to God for His attributes🙏
Ask for a *deeper revelation* of His awesomeness🙏
*Promise Him* that you will forever adore, honour and glorify Him regardless of your experiences🙏
Pray that the retreat time will be a time of revelation of His glory to all🙏
*HYMN* To God be the glory
[12/18, 6:23 AM] faithemm2015: Are you a good listener?
Friday 18th December 2020
‘Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak.’ James 1:19 NIV
Someone said, ‘God gave us two ears and one mouth so that we listen twice as much as we talk.’ That means being ‘quick to listen, slow to speak’ (James 1:19 NIV).
Good listening builds relationships. But good listeners aren’t born, they’re bred! You can improve your listening: (1) Listen without interrupting. Resist the temptation to jump in and finish the sentence or hijack the floor. Rein yourself in – just listen. (2) Listen to understand. Try to understand their point of view, feelings, thinking and needs. Good listening is hearing what they actually think, mean or feel, not what you imagine they do. Instead of guessing, ask, ‘Am I understanding you correctly? Do you mean…? Are you feeling…?’ In other words, don’t assume – verify. (3) Listen without judging. Don’t rush to conclusions. If what they say doesn’t quite add up, keep listening. ‘He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him’ (Proverbs 18:13 NKJV). When you hear more, it may make sense. (4) Listen without correcting, countering or devaluing. Saying, ‘That’s not the way it was,’ or, ‘What did you expect? If you hadn’t…’ or, ‘You’re just being too sensitive,’ puts people on guard and stops real communication. (5) Validate the speaker. Accept their perceptions and feelings as valid expressions of a valued person. ‘If I understand you correctly, you’re thinking…feeling…Am I right?’ Ask them to help get you on the same page with them. ‘Given what you’ve told me, I can see why you’d feel what you feel,’ is very validating and will increase their confidence and willingness to consider the solutions you may offer.Share On: