Morning Devotion

[6/13, 6:46 AM] +234 807 755 0073: The Bible says: ‘And Isaac intreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, if it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the Lord. And the Lord said unto her, two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger’ (Genesis 25:21-23). Even when your vision is born of God, you will experience times of both faith and fear. You can have clarity in one area, yet experience confusion in another. What should you do when this happens? Do what Rebekah did: take it to the Lord in prayer. She asked, ‘…why I am thus?’ Question: Are you experiencing fear and foreboding in the middle of your success? Are you wondering, ‘What’s wrong with me? Things are going well, so why am I anxious?’ You have achieved some success and things are starting to come together after a long, hard struggle. But instead of feeling happy, you are disappointed because you are not experiencing the joy and fulfillment you expected; you are actually worrying about what might go wrong in the future. In every success story you will find chapters of uncertainty. And when it happens, you must bring your turmoil to the Lord. Ask Him for help with the inner conflict you are experiencing, and to give you peace concerning the vision He has given you. And remember—no matter what you achieve, its ability to satisfy you is limited. No amount of success can ever take God’s place in your life.
[6/13, 7:06 AM] 919063: 🌲🌷 OPEN HEAVENS 🌷🌲
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DATE: THURSDAY 13TH JUNE 2019

THEME: PROPHECY: DESPISED & ABUSED*

*MEMORISE* :
And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.
Hosea 12:13

*Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles 20:20-30*
20 So they got up early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah, and you inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe and trust in the LORD your God and you will be established (secure). Believe and trust in His prophets and succeed.”

21 When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who praised Him in their holy (priestly) attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Praise and give thanks to the LORD, for His mercy and lovingkindness endure forever.”

22 When they began singing and praising, the LORD set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were struck down [in defeat].

23 For the sons of Ammon and Moab [suspecting betrayal] rose up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir, completely destroying them; and when they had finished with the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.

24 When [the men of] Judah came to the lookout tower of the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude, and behold, they were dead bodies lying on the ground, and no one had escaped.

25 When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil, they found much among them, including equipment, garments, and valuable things which they took for themselves, more than they could carry away; so much that they spent three days gathering the spoil.

26 Then on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Beracah, for it was there that they blessed the LORD. For that reason they named that place “The Valley of Beracah (blessing)” until today.

27 Then they returned to Jerusalem with joy, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, led by Jehoshaphat, for the LORD had made them rejoice over their enemies.

28 They came to Jerusalem with harps, lyres, and trumpets to the house (temple) of the LORD.

29 And the fear of God came on all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel.

30 So the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest on all sides.

*MESSAGE:*
Prophecy is basically the revelation of God’s plans and purposes through inspired ad Spirit-filled human beings. It could also mean a message from God about what will happen in the future. Prophesies are of divine origin and always speak authoritatively on things to come. Since the All-knowing God determines future events, He can choose to reveal what will happen in the future to His children beforehand. Prophecy is quite different from predictions or forecasts. While predictions and forecasts may change if the variables used in deriving them changes, prophesies on the order hand are messages from God concerning things which are bound to happen. (Isaiah 55:10-11). A critical examination of Bible prophecies reveals a systematic fulfilment of what they say, except for a few that remain to be fulfilled in the future. Examples of Bible prophesies that have come to pass include Israel’s captivity in Egypt for 400 years in Genesis 15:13, the birth of King Josiah 300 years after it was prophesied in 1 Kings13:2, the rise of the Roman and Greek empires prophesied in great details in Daniel 11, the arrival of John the Baptist as the forerunner of Jesus Christ spoken of in Isaiah 40:3, the birth of Jesus the Messiah revealed in Isaiah 9:6-7, and the destruction of the temple soon after the death of Jesus in AD 70, which was prophesied in Matthew 24:2. Prophecy is a wonderful gift of God that is highly desirable for guiding and edifying the Body of Christ. However, it is fast becoming a despised and abused ministry for reasons which include people’s unwillingness to hear the truth, increased knowledge and enlightenment, and the proliferation of fake prophets and prophecies. God’s prophets today are being scorned as fanatics and alarmists for telling the truth and calling the world to repentance. Due to breakthrough in science and technology, people now despise anything that appears inexplicable or intangible. Fake prophets and prophecies have also done much damage to the ministry of prophecy by sowing doubts in people’s minds. The combination of these factors seems to be casting a shadow on the ministry of prophecy. However, because prophesy is part of Christ’s gifts to the Church, we must value it and pray for the immediate fulfilment of God’s promise to pour out His Spirit of prophesy upon us in Joel 2:28.

*PRAYER POINT* :
Father, please disgrace and expose all fake prophets for what they are, and speedily fulfil Your promise in Joel 2:28 in Jesus’ name.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* :
Numbers 8-9
Jeremiah 52:12:23.

AUTHORS:
Pastor E.A. Adeboye

HYMN 7: *MY HOPE IS BUILT ON NOTHING LESS*
1. My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

*Refrain* :
On Christ the solid rock I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
On Christ the solid rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

2. When darkness seems to veil His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.

*Refrain* :

3. His oath His covenant and blood
Support me in the ‘whelming flood:
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

*Refrain* :

4. When the last trumpet’s voice shall sound,
O may I then in Him be found.
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before His throne.

*Refrain* :
[6/13, 7:07 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-06-13
TOPIC: WALKING IN THE LIGHT

SCRIPTURE: O house of Jacob,”come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord. Isaiah 2″:5

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Doing what God wants you to do is key to seeing what God wants you to see.

Previously,”we saw what to do with the Word of God in order to walk in the realm of faith – locating light from scriptures, attuning your thoughts to the light from scriptures and aligning your talk with the light from scriptures. 

Another key to walking in faith is adjusting your walk to the light from the scripture. This means, guiding your steps in life with light from the scripture. Take steps in line with the Word of God; let your steps be in line with the Word of God. Guide your steps with relevant light. Doing what God wants you to do is key to seeing what God wants you to see. 

Let me give you an example of how to adjust your walk to light from the Word of God”: 

If,”for instance I am believing God to live in Divine health, I will do what the scripture says I should do to remain in Divine health. For example, serving the LORD. Concerning service, the Bible says, And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. Exodus 23″:25. This means,”if I serve the Lord, He shall bless my bread and water and take sickness away from me. 

Another thing to do to enjoy Divine health is meditating on God’s Word. The Bible says, My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Proverbs 4″: 20-22. This means,”if the Word of God is health to my flesh and life, then I  have to feed on the Word to remain healthy. 

Beloved, my counsel is, do what God says you should do as spelt out in the Scripture so you can get desired results in life.

Remember this”: Doing what God wants you to do is key to seeing what God wants you to see.

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Make up your mind to obey the instructions from God’s Word.

2. Resist the temptation to live contrary to God’s Word.

PRAYER: O Lord,”I receive the grace to obey Your Word in order to see results in life and destiny, in Jesus’ Name.

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

DAILY READING: 1 Kings 11:1 to 12:19,”Acts 9″:1 to 25,”Psalm 131″:1 to 3,”Proverbs 17″:4 to 5.

AMAZING FACT: If a honeybee keeps waggle-dancing in favour of an unpopular nesting site,”other workers head butt her to help the colony reach a consensus.

QUOTE”: The Scripture delivers profits. You do not know what you are losing by distancing yourself and your Ministry from the Word. Culled from MAKING FULL PROOFS OF MINISTRY by Dr Paul Enenche. 

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: The grace to walk in the light of the word is released upon you right now, in Jesus’ Name.

 

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[6/13, 7:07 AM] 919063: Have you been treated badly?

Thursday 13th June 2019

‘The ancient prophets were treated that way too.’ Luke 6:23 TLB

When you’ve been treated badly, always ask yourself, ‘What can I learn from this experience? How do I respond in a more Christlike manner? Am I willing to acknowledge my mistakes? How can I grow wiser and handle similar experiences better in the future?’

When all is said and done, the answer to misunderstanding is forgiveness. Now, forgiveness doesn’t mean you necessarily agree with or want a close relationship with the person who mistreated you. But it does mean that you let it go. When you bury the hatchet, don’t leave the handle sticking up! In other words, don’t just forgive – choose to forget! Ralph Waldo Emerson said, ‘To be great is to be misunderstood.’ And here’s an even better statement: ‘To be greater is to forgive the one who has treated you badly.’

Paul refers to the Christian life as ‘the upward call of God’ (Philippians 3:14 ESV). So take the upper road! What does that road look like? Jesus tells us: ‘Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in Heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets’ (Luke 6:22-23 NIV). By living this way, you also take back your power by refusing to let another person dictate your mood and your outlook, and you keep your joy.
[6/13, 7:07 AM] 919063: Above Only

Thursday, June 13

Be Refreshed by the Spirit

Isaiah 28:11-12, 1 Corinthians 14:2&4a

“For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest where with ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. *For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. *He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself”

Praying in tongues is a powerful way that God has provided for us to remain divinely refreshed and empowered. When God fills us with His Spirit, He also freely gives us the ability to pray in the Spirit by speaking in other tongues. In Acts 2:4, the Bible says, “and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Praying in tongues was one of Apostle Paul’s major secrets. In 1 Corinthians 14:18, he noted, “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all.” In ICorinthians 14:14-15 Apostle Paul added, “for if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” Halleluyah!

Praying in tongues is one of the most powerful ways to pray. When you pray in tongues, you are speaking directly to God and activating glorious mysteries into your life. Praying in tongues charges your spirit. It builds divine strength into you and it stirs up the grace and abilities of the Spirit in you. Learn how to refresh yourself by the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18-20 says, “… be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Action Point:
Pray in the Spirit to refresh, charge and build divine strength into your inner man. Activate divine realities and abilities.

Bible in one year reading plan: Ezra 6-8, John 21.

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