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[6:25 AM, 6/9/2019] 919063: 🌲🌷 OPEN HEAVENS 🌷🌲
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DATE: SUNDAY 9TH JUNE 2019 2019

THEME: PRAYER IS TWO-WAY FELLOWSHIP

MEMORISE
Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
– (John 12:28).

Bible Reading: Matthew 17:1-9
1. And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,

2. And was transfigured before them; and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

3. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.

4. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here; if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

5. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

6. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

7. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.

8. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.

9. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.

MESSAGE
Prayer is a two-way communication with God or a solemn request for help addressed to Him.

As a form of intimate communion with God in worship, it usually consists of thanksgiving, adoration, confession, intercession and petition.
Based on God’s love for His children, He made prayer available as a means of communicating with Him. God’s grace gives us things we do not deserve, while His mercy shields us from things that are detrimental to our wellbeing.

We connect with His READe and mercy when we pray. As believers in Christ, we are able to relate with God on a personal level in the place of prayer because God manifested himself to us in the person of Jesus Christ, and He has opened to us the door of access to the throne room of Heaven.

He desires all men and women created in His image and redeemed by His blood to call upon His name in prayer, and He promises that they will receive answers from Him.
Through our answered prayers, he proves His existence and ability to do all things. Matthew 6:6 says;

“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy father which is in secret; and thy father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly”.

Prayer is an act of faith because it carries with it the assumption that God is willing and at the same time able to hear and respond to the petitions of His children.
When we pray, we acknowledge our weakness, limitation and total helplessness, while declaring total trust and reliance on God’s power to solve whatever problem is presented to Him. 

Prayer is therefore both a wonderful privilege and a solemn responsibility for God’s children. Speaking on prayer, Jeremiah 29:12 says;

“Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you”.

Furthermore, our Lord Jesus Christ, in Matthew 7:7 says,

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you”.

These passages and many more in the Bible clearly reveal God’s attitude towards prayer.
God is a prayer-answering God who is always moved by love and compassion to respond to the prayer requests of His children. 

Be encouraged therefore to come boldly to the throne of grace with the assurance of obtaining mercy, favour and spiritual empowerment in times of need. (Hebrews 4:16).

ACTION POINT::
Consciously listen to hear God speak to you whenever you pray. The answer to your prayers could be in what He drops into your heart or speaks in your ears.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Numbers 3, Jeremiah 51:6-23

AUTHOR:
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

* Hymn 8 – My faith looks up to Thee*
1. My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Saviour divine!
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away,
O let me from this day
Be wholly Thine!

2. May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire;
As Thou hast died for me,
O may my love to Thee
Pure, warm and changeless be
A living fire!

3. While life’s dark maze I tread,
And grief around me spread,
Be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.

4. When ends life’s transient dream,
When death’s cold sullen stream
Shall o’er me roll;
Blest Saviour, then in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
A ransomed soul.
[6:26 AM, 6/9/2019] 919063: Pray that God will open their heart

Sunday 9th June 2019

‘As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart.’ Acts 16:14 NLT

Some of us think that successful people are difficult to win to Christ because they don’t have the same needs as others. But they do. Everyone has an emptiness within them that only God can fill, and he wants to use you to fill it.

Consider the story of Lydia. ‘One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth…As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying. She and her household were baptised, and she asked us to be her guests. “If you agree that I am a true believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my home.” And she urged us until we agreed’ (Acts 16:14-15 NLT). Not only did Lydia respond to the Gospel, she opened her home so that others could come and hear it too. In many cases it’s easier to reach successful people with the Gospel. Why? Because they know that to be successful you must be open to new ideas and concepts. And they understand that in order to enjoy continued success, you must stay open to change.

Don’t let the fact that someone is not your social peer keep you from telling them about Jesus. Note the words, ‘As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart.’ It’s your job to tell them, and it’s God’s job to open their heart! So, sow the seed of his Word into their life when you have an opportunity, and believe that the ‘Lord of the harvest’ will do the rest.
[6:26 AM, 6/9/2019] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-06-09
TOPIC: MENTAL RENOVATION THROUGH THE SCRIPTURE

SCRIPTURE: I beseech you therefore,”brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world”: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,”that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12″:1-2.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Your mentality can be renovated with light from Scriptures. 

The Word of God is the fuel of faith; when you access God’s Word,”you move in greater dimension of faith. 

Previously, we saw that one thing you can do with the Word in order to walk in faith is to access relevant light from the Word. 

Now, another thing you can do with the Word of God in order to walk in faith is to attune your thoughts to the light of the Scripture. This means, aligning your thought with light from the Scripture. Your mentality can be renovated with light from scriptures. Wash your mind or renew your mind with light from scripture (Romans 12″:1-2). 

It is important to know that the condition of the mind is one major challenge in life (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

Negative imaginations may tell you that in your family lineage,”people do not live up to forty years or that marriages do not succeed, but with the Word of God, you can cast down every imagination and thought that exalts itself above the knowledge of God. With God’s Word, you can bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. When you see relevant light from Scriptures, you reject the negative patterns in your life and family; you tell yourself that what happened to your ancestors or parents cannot happen to you. Light from Scripture makes you tell the devil, ‘Watch and see, I will be the first, the first to escape the chronic poverty in my family, the first to break the spell of marital delay by marrying on time; I will reach where my parents never reached, I will do what they could not do, I will achieve what they could never achieve.’

My counsel is, let the Scripture occupy your thoughts. Meditate on God’s Word continually.

Remember this”: Your mentality can be renovated with light from Scriptures.

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Let the Word of God occupy,”guide and regulate your thoughts.

2. Make the meditation of the Word of God a consistent practice. Meditate on God’s Word habitually. 

PRAYER”: I ask for the grace and discipline to meditate on Your Word always for the total transformation of my life and destiny,”Lord in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: THE PROFITABILITY OF FAITH.

DAILY READING: 1 Kings 5:1-6:38,”Acts 7″:1-29,”Psalm 127″:1-5,”Proverbs 16″:23-30

AMAZING FACT: More people go to church on Sunday in China than in the whole of Europe.

QUOTE: Scripture’s assignment is to intensify your conviction. It is to solidify your faith. It is to enlarge or increase your conviction and bring you to higher realms of exploits. Culled from MAKING FULL PROOF OF MINISTRY by Dr Paul Enenche.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: Receive a fresh mental empowerment and renovation by the spirit of God in Jesus’ Name. 

 

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Sunday, June 9

Grace to Know the Truth for Yourself

John 8:31-32 (NIV & GNB)
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “lf you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. *So Jesus said to those who believed in him “If you obey my teaching, you are really my disciples; you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

The fact that you can quote the scriptures does not mean that you know the truth. Even the devil can quote the scriptures. To know the truth, you have to believe God’s word, hold on to it, obey and practice it with all your heart. It is more than head knowledge; it is experiential knowledge. Knowing the truth requires personal study and meditation on God’s Word to verify what you have heard. It also requires believing with your heart and applying God’s word to your life by fully practicing it. This will cause God’s word to save your soul (James 1:21) and produce great fruit in your life.

As you practice God’s word, more of God’s life will be manifested in you. Without fully engaging in this process, you may keep learning God’s word but you may never come to the saving knowledge of the Truth, 2Tim.3:7. It takes a personal hunger and desire for God to know His truth. Jesus’ knowledge of the truth is what empowered Him to overcome the devil’s temptations, Matt. 4:1-11. Knowing the truth will also make it easier for you to recognize lies and falsehood, which you will hate and avoid. As such, you will be free from deception, Eph.4:14. Instead of being exploited by the devil, you will do exploits. ‘The Truth’ is a person. Jesus is the Truth. In John 14:6, Jesus referred to Himself as ‘the Way, the Truth and the Life,’ confirming that no man can come unto the Father but by Him. To know the Truth, you must maintain a personal relationship with Jesus. In several scriptures like John 15:26 and John 16:13, Jesus described the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Truth. As you depend on the Holy Spirit, He will reveal Jesus to you and manifest Him in you.

Prayer Focus:
Tell God that you desire to know and grow in His Truth. Ask the Spirit of Truth to reveal and manifest Jesus in you.://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nsc.sodap

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