Morning Devotion

[6/19, 4:46 AM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
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_DATE: WEDNESDAY 19TH JUNE, 2019._

*THEME: THE SURE ANTIDOTE FOR LACK.*

*MEMORISE:*
The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
Proverbs 11:25

*Bible Reading: Luke 6:27-38*
27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,

28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.

29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.

30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.

31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.

33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.

34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.

35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

*MESSAGE:*
The greatest challenges confronting most people all over the world today is how to meet daily financial needs. In many cases, the inability to settle essential bills has led to broken homes, stress, sickness, mental illness and even suicide. Poverty seems to have driven a great number of misguided people into vices like gambling prostitution, gangsterism, drug peddling, human trafficking and other serious illegal activities. However, God is not unmindful of our financial situations and troubles; rather. He is moved by compassion to prosper His obedient children. God’s desire for His children to enjoy all-round prosperity is revealed to us in 3 John 1:2, which says:

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

I keep telling my children that our Father’s ultimate desire is to see that we are all blessed. God wants us to dwell in His blessings and not live at the mercy of unbelievers. Indeed, the more wealth the Lord releases to us, the more His kingdom on earth will be expanded. Don’t believe those who tell you that you are not supposed to be wealthy as a follower of Christ. This is a false doctrine. God’s word says that you are to lend to nations and not borrow (Deuteronomy 15:6), adding that His blessings make us rich and add no sorrow (Proverbs 10:22). The Bible also says in Psalm 35:27b

“Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.”

However, before you can take possession of your divine wealth, you need to use certain keys that will separate you from poverty and bring you to the realm of unprecedented riches in God. Luke 6:38 tells us that giving is the expressway to prosperity and the antidote to poverty, as it deals with poverty in a way that permanently eliminate lack in a person’s life (2 Corinthians 9:6). Let us some key points here. First and foremost, according to Luke 6:38, giving draws blessings to the giver. Secondly, while we are not expected to be frivolous with money, we must not conserve more than necessary, to the extent that it prevents us from fulfilling our obligations to God or helping the poor and needy. Proverbs 11:24 says:

“There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.”

May God reward you abundantly for your past, present and future labor of love in his vineyard in Jesus’ Name.

*PRAYER POINT:*
Father, please help me to honor You with everything I have, in Jesus’ Name.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
Numbers 20-21
Lamentation 3:25-60

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*HYMN 1: THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS*
• There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.

*Refrain:*
Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need:
Mercy-drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.

• There shall be showers of blessing,
Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys,
Sound of abundance of rain.

• There shall be showers of blessing;
Send them upon us, O Lord;
Grant to us now a refreshing,
Come, and now honor Thy Word.

• There shall be showers of blessing:
Oh, that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!

• There shall be showers of blessing,
If we but trust and obey;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
If we let God have His way.

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[6/19, 4:47 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-06-19
TOPIC: TO KNOW GOD, KNOW HIS WORD

SCRIPTURE: And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong,”and do exploits. Daniel 11″:32

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Diligent questions of enquiry from God’s Word reveal a dimension of the knowledge of God.

The knowledge of God is the greatest of all knowledge. It is the bedrock or foundation for every reasonable knowledge. The knowledge of God is critical to the fulfilment of life and destiny. This is why our anchor Scripture makes it clear that they that know their God shall be strong and do exploits (Daniel 11:32). The knowledge of God was the heart cry and passion of both Moses and Paul (Exodus 33:13,”Philippians 3″:10). So,”the quest to know God places a person on the pedestal for greatness. 

Now, the question is, how do we know God?

The knowledge of God is wrapped up in His Word. We know God through His Word. When you study, meditate on God’s Word and ask Him questions, He would speak to you and reveal Himself to you. When you ask, you shall receive (Matthew 7″:7). The problem with many of us is that we do not ask God questions when we read His Word. There are some things in God’s Word that are only revealed when we ask God questions. There are some things God would not tell you until you ask Him. For instance. it was when Moses asked God who He is that God told Moses His Name.

And Moses said unto God,”Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM”: and he said,”Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. Exodus 3″:13-14

It was a diligent quest to know God through asking of questions that revealed the name,”‘I AM THAT IAM’ that we all call God today. Beloved, diligent questions of enquiry from God’s Word reveal uncommon dimensions of the knowledge of God.

My counsel is, make up your mind to know God; press more into God by taking the capsule of His Word.

Remember this”: Diligent questions of enquiry from God’s Word reveal a dimension of the knowledge of God.

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Make up your mind to know God more and more.

2. Make the study of God’s Word a conscious and consistent habit in your life.

PRAYER: O Lord,”I ask that You give me the passion and appetite to seek and know You more. Give me the diligence to study Your Word; reveal Yourself to me as I study, Lord in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: DEDICATION TO PRAYER AND THE WORD.

DAILY READING: 1 Kings 20:1-21:29,”Acts 12″:24-13:15,”Psalm 137″:1-9,”Proverbs 17″:16

AMAZING FACT: Samuel Morse,”a child of God, was instrumental in the invention of the single-wire telegraph.

QUOTE”: There are many people today who are not growing in any way: there is no growth in the study of the Word; no growth in the knowledge of God; no growth in revelation; no growth in information etc. and nothing is growing around them. Until there is a change inside,”there cannot be change outside. Culled from 21 FOOLISH THINGS PEOPLE DO by Dr Paul Enenche.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD”: The Lord draw you closer into a deeper knowledge of Himself in this season, in Jesus’ Name.

 

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Learn to be content

Wednesday 19th June 2019

‘Godliness with contentment is great gain.’ 1 Timothy 6:6 NKJV

When you talk about contentment, some people think you’re against progress. No. Paul is saying contentment never comes from externals! Every twelve minutes, radio and television advertisers try to convince us that contentment isn’t possible without their particular brand of product. Don’t go for it! The desire for more can be insatiable. As long as you believe more is better, you’ll never be satisfied. Why? Because you’ll never live long enough to have it all! Just think; when you get something or achieve something, do you even take the time to enjoy it, or do you gallop off to the next thing without stopping?

To avoid getting old too soon and wise too late, read this Scripture: (1) ‘We brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it’ (1 Timothy 6:7 NLT). When you die and people ask, ‘How much did they leave?’ the answer will be ‘everything’ (including a legacy of good or bad). (2) ‘Some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith’ (1 Timothy 6:10 NLT). If your pursuit of material things is leaving no time for God, re-examine your priorities and start changing them while you still can. Stop thinking, ‘If only I had a bigger house, a more understanding spouse, a particular job, a radical makeover, a higher IQ, or the acceptance of a particular person, I’d be happy.’ It doesn’t work that way.

The Bible says, ‘This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it’ (Psalm 118:24 NKJV).

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