Morning Devotion

[12/22, 6:07 AM] faithemm2015: *LIFE AND FAVOUR*
FROM:

*Rev. Anthony Akinmoyo,*
Lifeway Christian Centre,
Lagos.

*DIVINE TIMING* (Part 2)

FOCUS: *LET GOD DO IT IN HIS OWN WAY AND TIME*

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)
*To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:*

Habakkuk 2:1 (KJV)
*I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.*

The closest companion of faith is patience. One thing is to be armed with all the promises of God concerning your life and another is to know when God has appointed for each to come to pass. Be reminded that it is God that has promised, it is Him that will still perform it and not our anxiety and worry.

1 Thessalonians 5:24 (KJV)
*Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.*

Everyone who is trying to fulfill the promise and purpose of God with the arm of the flesh will end up prolonging their time. Some even end up in frustration.

*MOSES*
Moses was born as a deliverer of the people of God. He was destined to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, but when he moved before the time appointed, he became a fugitive in the wilderness for forty years. Some of the things many people are going through now wouldn’t have been needful if they had exercised a little patience and waited for God’s time.

*GEHAZI*
Gehazi never waited for his own time of manifestation when men will be sowing seed into his life, when honorarium would have been the order of the day. He rushed to Naaman to collect money, and his master, Prophet Elisha, asked him if it was time to collect.

2 Kings 5:26 (KJV)
*And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and olive yards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?*

He destroyed his calling, ministry, life and at the end, the generation after him because of impatience.

2 Kings 5:27 (KJV)
*The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed forever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.*

Beloved, wait for your appointed time in order to save yourself, children and generation after you. No one lives and die for himself alone. Whatever decision you make today will have implication on generations after you. Patience produces wisdom.

Hebrews 12:1 (KJV)
*…let us run with patience the race that is set before us.*

*PRAYERS:*

> Thank you Father for the gift of life and of a new day.

> Thank you Father for the safety of my family and relations.

> Thank you father for your mercy and loving kindness toward us..

> Thank you my Lord for the blessing of your word I received this morning.

1 .Psalms 104:19 (NLT)
*You made the moon to mark the seasons and the sun that knows when to set.*

O Lord my God, help me to understand my season in your divine calendar in Jesus mighty name!

2 .1 Chronicles 12:32 (KJV)
*And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.*

O Lord my God grant me understanding of every season of my life so as to know what to do per time in Jesus mighty name!

3. Psalm 37:7 (KJV)
*Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.*

O Lord my Father release upon me grace, wisdom and maturity to wait on you always in Jesus mighty name!

4 . Psalm 37:34 (KJV)
*Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.*

O Lord my Father, give me grace to live uprightly in my waiting season in Jesus mighty name!

5. Genesis 1:4 (KJV)
*And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.*

1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)
*… that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:*

O Lord my God, separate my life from every form of darkness in Jesus mighty name!

6. Psalms 107:14 (KJV)
*He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.*

O Lord my God call out my destiny, career, business, ministry out of darkness in the Mighty Name of Jesus!

7. Psalms 90:17 (KJV)
*And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.*

O Lord my Father, beautify my destiny to attract multitude to your kingdom in the Mighty Name of Jesus!

8. Psalms 89:4 (KJV)
*Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations.* Selah

i. O Lord my Father, establish my children, let them not depart from you forever in Jesus Mighty Name!

ii . O Lord my Father, never allow my children to follow strange gods in the Mighty Name of Jesus!

9. Psalms 31:16 (KJV)
*Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake.*

i. O Lord my God, cause your face to shine on our nation in Jesus mighty name!

ii. O Lord my God cause your face to shine on my family in the Mighty Name of Jesus!

iii. O Lord my Father, crown this year for me with my heart desired testimonies in the mighty name of Jesus Christ!

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,
*Rejoice evermore.*
*Pray without ceasing*
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 (KJV)

For Further Counselling and Prayer,

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[12/22, 6:07 AM] faithemm2015: *RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL (DOWNLOAD THE NEW RHAPSODY APP => https://bit.ly/2Z9P6P0)*

*TELL IT AROUND THE WORLD .*

Tuesday, December 22nd .
Pastor Chris

_*And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and
preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and
is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall
be damned (Mark 16:15-16).*_

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, it’s important to realize
that His glorious return is imminent, much closer than many
realize. Therefore, we must intensify our efforts in reaching the lost, in telling the untold in our world and in the regions beyond that He is the way, the truth, and the life. Only through Him can men be saved and brought into God’s class of being and realm of life.

Until and unless a man is born again, his life will be the expression
of all that’s happened to him, beginning from his lineage: where he was born, his nationality, locality, education, government, etc. All of these
factors would form what becomes of his life. That means he’ll be limited
to the environment and earthly lineage; how sad.

But when you’re born again, old things are passed away (2 Corinthians 5:17). Suddenly, you’re brought into a life that’s beyond the earthly plane, where you’re not limited by any factor or the elements of this world. You now live in a new environment by a new principle of life, which is God’s Word. You’re now a partaker of the divine nature, no longer subject to sin, sickness, disease and death, because you received
the God-life.

What a message to herald to the world; that God sent His son
Jesus to the world that we may have His life, and also be the dispensers
of that life. Tell the untold; reach the unreached; tell the nations, the
farthest islands, that He lives, and the life He brought is available to
everyone who believes: _*“…and this life is in his Son. He that hath the
Son hath life…”*_ (1 John 5:11-12).

As you celebrate this season, be strengthened in your spirit, and propelled to tell the world that the Lord is God; and He’s brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. Anyone who’s born again receives the same life with Him. This is the message He’s charged us to
preach and spread to the world.

*PRAYER*

*Dear Lord, I pray for sinners around the world today, that they may know and accept that Jesus already bore the penalty for their sins,
and therefore receive eternal life. Also, I pray for everyone who is
sick or infirmed in their bodies today, that your healing power
available in Christ will rid them of sickness and infirmities; they celebrate this season in health, peace and prosperity, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.*

*FURTHER STUDY:* *||* *Mark 16:15-16* And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. *||*

*||* *Romans 10:14* How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? *||*

*DAILY SCRIPTURE READING*

*1-Year Bible Reading Plan=>* Revelation 13:11-14:1-20 & Habakkuk 1-3

*2-Year Bible Reading Plan=>* Revelation 17:11-18 & Haggai 2

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[12/22, 6:07 AM] faithemm2015: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: TUESDAY 22ND DECEMBER 2020.

THEME: DANGERS OF INGRATITUDE.

MEMORISE:

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Romans 1:21

READ: Judge 15:14-19

14 And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands.

15 And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith.

16 And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.

17 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramathlehi.

18 And he was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?

19 But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day.

MESSAGE:

One day, I asked God why He punished king Saul so much while David who committed more sins was called the man after His heart. He responded by telling me to read 2 Samuel 6:14:

“And David danced before the Lord with all his might…”

Then He asked me to look for a place where Saul danced for Him. I searched and couldn’t find. I further decided to check where he said thank you to God somehow, but I didn’t find any. Not even when God raised him to be king. It was clear then that Saul’s downfall was majorly due to ingratitude.

Another person who failed due to ingratitude is Samson. All the time that the Bible records that the Spirit of the Lord came upon him and he did great exploits, not once did he say, “Thank you Lord”. In fact, probably the most glaring of such incidents was in Judges 15:17-18:
“And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramathlehi. And he was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?”

Just after exploits so great that even he acknowledged they were from God, instead of giving thanks, all he did was complain. Ingratitude is a pointer to pride. Proverbs 16:18 says that pride goes before a fall. Ungrateful people are proud and are heading for a fall. When you see a person who is always grateful, you see humility in the fellow and since God gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5), the grace of God will always take the person higher. Whatever chance you get, always remain grateful to God. Be grateful for even the little things that others take for granted; be grateful that you can sleep and wake the next day, that you can walk, that you can talk, that you can wear your clothes by yourself, that you can eat, that you can use the bathroom, that you can still, have a sound mind. In everything and for everything, give thanks for this is the will of God (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

PRAYER POINT:

Father, I am grateful for all that You are doing for me; please Lord, help me never to be ungrateful.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Hebrews 11-13

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 21: NOW THANK WE ALL OUR GOD.

1. Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

2. Oh, may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And guard us through all ills in this world, till the next!

3. All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given,
The Son, and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven—
The one eternal God, Whom earth and Heav’n adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

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[12/22, 6:11 AM] Emmanuel: *Seeds🥑🍉🍌🌽 Of Destiny*
_22 December 2020_
_Daily Devotional by Dr_ _Pastor Paul Enenche_
*TOPIC: STEWARDSHIP ACCOUNTABILITY BEFORE GOD*

🗣️ Leaders, including public leaders, owe a duty of accountability before God, and must give an account of their stewardship on the last day.

*SCRIPTURE* 📖: Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 1 Corinthians 4:1.

*THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* 🤔: One reason why some leaders misbehave while in office is that they are not conscious of their accountability before God.

Every single person owes a duty of accountability before God on the last day. And leaders, including public leaders, also owe a duty of accountability before God, and must give an account of their stewardship on the last day. So, as a leader, you will give an account of your stewardship before God (Romans 14:12).

Now, one reason why some leaders misbehave while in office is that they are not conscious of their accountability before God. It is the lack of accountability consciousness that makes some leaders to embezzle public funds and empty the treasury.

God will require of everyone, including every leader alike, the duty of accountability on the last day. For instance, as a local government chairman or a leader in the local government council, you will give an account of your leadership to God. When you maltreat people under you; engage in kidnapping, ritual killing and shedding of innocent blood to keep your position, you will give an account before the God who cannot be bribed.

As a governor or a leader in a state, you will give an account of your governance before God. You will give an account of how you spent the money belonging to your state government.

Are you a president of a nation or a holder of a key public office? You will give an account of how you utilized and managed the resources committed into your hands. You will give an account of how you took care of or maltreated the people that God put under your care. When you embezzle government’s fund and misrule the people, you will give an account. When you loot the treasury and allow people to wallow in poverty, hunger and suffering while you enrich yourself at the expense of their welfare, you will give an account to God who is the Consuming Fire, on the last day.

Beloved, it is good to be aware of this so you can lead and serve well as a public officer.

*Remember this* 💡: One reason why some leaders misbehave while in office is that they are not conscious of their accountability before God.

*ASSIGNMENTS* :

*1. As a leader, be always concerned about the welfare of the people under you* .

*2. Don’t embezzle public resources and allow people to suffer because you are a leader or a person in a position of trust* .

*3. Devise strategies to enhance people’s welfare as a leader or a person in a position of trust* .

*PRAYER* 🙏🏼: O Lord, thank You for the privilege of leadership. I ask for forgiveness in any way I have mismanaged the opportunity. I ask for grace to lead people right and not take advantage of them for my personal gain, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

*FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE:🔊📀 INEVITABLE APPOINTMENT AND INESCAPABLE JUDGEMENT.*

*QUOTE* : As believers we are expected to come under the headship, leadership and direction of Jesus Christ as our Shepherd, Lord and Saviour. Culled from “14 SECRETS PLUS ONE TOWARDS A SWEET MARRIAGE” by Dr. Becky Enenche.

*DAILY READING: 1 John 1-3*

*AMAZING FACT* 😳: If an identical twin lacks a certain tooth, the other twin will not have that tooth either.

*PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD* 🔊🌧️: Receive the grace to be faithful in your assignment in Jesus’ Name.

*Good Morning 🌴🌹*

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[12/22, 7:57 AM] faithemm2015: *INSPIRATION*
(Giving direction to your day)
*Ola Aina*

Tuesday 22nd December, 2020

*IMAGINATION TRAP*

*Text: “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Cor 10:5*

The human mind is one of the greatest tools that God has given us to use. One basic function of the mind is imagination. Imagination is the ability to form images in our minds. With this we can preview the past or pre-play the future. Imagination can be a blessing or a trap depending on how we use it.

The imagination is fed and set into motion by pictures that we expose ourselves to or audible information from our environment. Whenever we see something the image of what we have seen is immediately transferred to our minds. The mind now begins to process it. The longer the image is allowed to stay on our minds the more it creates a reality in our minds which will eventually become a reality in an outward experience.

The imagination becomes a trap when negative and wrong information is allowed to germinate, grow and develop in our minds. Someone had a dream of an accident and then begins to think about it and then talks about it. The thinking and the talking about it is fertilising it in the mind. If we don’t deal with it on time it will become a stronghold that will manifest outwardly. So many people are in bondage to imaginations of the mind that was left unchecked.
A lecturer comes to class and declares that no student will pass a course. The next thing is that most students will start thinking and talking about it until it becomes a reality in their lives.
When we have such experiences we are supposed to deal with it and cast it down. Don’t allow it to stay or else you’ll be trapped and enslaved by it.

*CONFESSION:*
My mind is set on what is pure, godly, peaceful and beneficial. My mind is stayed on God.

*LEARN MORE*: Isa 26:3, Phil 4:8

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