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[8:13 AM, 5/25/2019] +234 807 755 0073: Instead of trusting God for victory over his enemies, David decided of his own volition to count the number of troops in his army to see how strong he was. God considered it ‘a slap in the face,’ and a plague hit Israel that wiped out seventy thousand people. In order to stop the plague, David was told to ‘…rear an altar unto the Lord in the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite’ (2 Samuel 24:18). When Araunah realised what was happening, he offered his threshing floor and oxen to David free of charge. But David said: ‘…Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. And David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lord was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel’ (2 Samuel 24:24-25). The old Anglo-Saxon word for worship is worth-ship, which is the act of ascribing worth or value to a person or object. What’s the point? It’s this: when it comes to serving God, if it doesn’t cost – it doesn’t count! God knows we can’t all give the same amount. But what He’s asking for isn’t equal giving, but equal sacrifice! The Bible says, ‘Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase’ (Proverbs 3:9). So, whether you are worshipping, serving, or giving, make sure you are giving God your best.
[8:16 AM, 5/25/2019] 919063: Keep trusting God

Saturday 25th May 2019

‘He who has begun a good work in you will complete it.’ Philippians 1:6 NKJV

When Mark Matousek told people that a potentially fatal disease had saved his life, they didn’t understand. He wasn’t glad he got sick. But without it, he’d never have discovered and tapped into the strength to confront and overcome some of his core fears. He writes: ‘Hardship can be the blood in muscles that pushes us forward. Crisis takes us to the brink and forces us to keep moving. When people call it a blessing, they’re describing a paradox…[Crisis can make us] come alive as never before.’

The truth is, God is committed to your spiritual growth: ‘He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ’ (Philippians 1:6 NKJV). And along the way you’ll be tested, sometimes to your limits.

One author writes: ‘Spiritual tests try our faith and commitment. Remember Abraham and Isaac? Nothing makes us prouder than seeing our children succeed, and God had great plans for Isaac. What could possibly go wrong? A lot!We’ve stood in Abraham’s sandals and clung to God’s promises, yet sickness lingers, financial troubles invade, friends betray us, and death calls. Abraham responded with trust and commitment. It wasn’t easy for him…we know the outcome; he didn’t. Yet he was prepared to take his son’s life. God never wanted Isaac’s death…He wants our whole and committed hearts. When trials don’t make sense…He promises to set limits…to walk with us and bring forth good.’
[8:16 AM, 5/25/2019] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-05-25
TOPIC: EMPOWERED BY GRACE

SCRIPTURE: And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. Acts 4:33

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: To be engraced is to be empowered.

Grace,”according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is the free and unmerited favour of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. Grace is also seen as the kindness of God towards mankind. It can also be seen as “a divinely given talent or blessing.”

Grace is a secret of power and great grace is the sponsor of great power. To be engraced is to be empowered. When God has engraced a person, He has empowered that person, so, men who carry grace are men who carry power. That is why every highly anointed servant of God carries grace; they carry power.

Now, what is the necessity of power?

1. It Takes Power to Prevail (Genesis 32″:28). In the battles of life,”it takes power not to end as a casualty. It takes power to win.

2. It Takes Power to Terminate Captivity (Exodus 32″:11).

A major reason for captivity is the bankruptcy of power. Captivity continues until relevant power is accessed.

3. It Takes Power to Conquer Wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18). It takes power to get,”magnetise, and acquire wealth. It takes power to overcome the forces of wretchedness.

4. It Takes Power to Overcome Obstacles and See Supernatural Openings (Psalm 114″:1-7). It takes power to separate what is standing between you and where you are meant to be.

5. It Takes Power to receive all that pertains to Life and Godliness,”that is, both spiritually and physically (2 Peter 1″:3). It takes power to receive what has been released by God.

Today,”receive the impartation of the power that will terminate all your limitations, in Jesus’ Name.

REMEMBER THIS”: To be engraced is to be empowered.

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Ask God for the grace for empowerment.

2. Ask God at the place of prayer for the release of all the graces and potentials He has endowed your life with.

PRAYER: O Lord,”I ask for the release of all the hidden graces and potentials buried in my life. I promise to use all for Your glory, Lord in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: ENGRACEMENT FOR POWER.

QUOTE: You cannot rub mind with the Almighty God and be a dull person. Culled from 10 PRINCIPAL SECRETS OF PRINCIPAL PEOPLE By Dr Paul Enenche.

DAILY READING: 2 Samuel 7:1 to 8:18,”John 14″:15 to 31,”Psalm 119″:33 to 48,”Proverbs 15″:33.

AMAZING FACT: In space,”astronauts cannot cry because there is no gravity.

DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND”: The Sunday Service tomorrow at 9:00am at the Glory Dome,”The Lord’s Garden, Airport Road, Abuja. Endeavour to come to Church with your friends and loved ones. God bless you.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD”: I prophesy the release of fresh grace and power upon you in this season to prevail over every force of the enemy in Jesus’ Name.

 

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[8:16 AM, 5/25/2019] 919063: WISDOM FOR THE DAY
Saturday, 25th May 2019

ONE ACCORD AND ONE MIND

“Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”
Philippians 2:2 (KJV)

One of the things that we must imbibe and settle in our spirit man is that we are one family. This bears repetition; we are all members of one family. In fact, we are members of one Body. We all make up the Body of Christ. So, we cannot allow any form of malice, envy or jealousy to thrive amongst us. The offence would always come, but learn to give the benefit of the doubt, ask questions, seek clarification, do not get into assumptions. Your assumption may just be wrong.

I once read a story of two ladies who were best friends, but shortly after the marriage of the first one, they lost touch. The married one was so upset and blamed her friend for being jealous because she called severally, and her calls were neither picked nor returned. Then she had twins and posted it all over the social media and yet her friend did not contact her. So, she blacklisted her friend and accused her of jealousy; until one day, her mum came around and prevailed on her to reach out to her friend one more time. She obliged; this time the friend’s mum picked, excitedly gave the phone to the daughter whose voice was so frail. Guess what? The lady was diagnosed with cancer of the eye had attempted surgery and lost both eyes and all this happened a few weeks after the friend’s wedding. So, while the married friend was complaining of her calls being ignored, the friend was battling for her life. When she was complaining of her posts on the social media being ignored, the friend was blind. Of course, the lady broke down in tears, apologising profusely for the sin of presumption.

Before you judge her, are you not like that? The things you hold against your brother or sister, have you asked questions? Beloved, let us strive to walk together in unity. Do not give room for offences. Let us be like-minded, having the same love and being of one accord and one mind.

Further Reading: Philippians 2:1-4
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- 1 Chronicles 25-27; Evening- John 9:1-23
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[8:17 AM, 5/25/2019] 919063: ❣🥬 OPEN HEAVENS 🥬❣
DAILY DEVOTIONAL
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DATE:  SATURDAY 25TH MAY 2019

THEME: A SERVING LEADER.

MEMORISE:
If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
John 13:14

Bible Reading: John 13:12-17
12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.

15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

MESSAGE
Some people don’t know the difference between being a serving-leader and a servant-leader. A great example of a serving-leader is our Lord Jesus Christ. He served till the end of His earthly ministry and continues to serve even at the right hand of power in heaven (Romans 8:34), Hebrews 7:25). However, he is not a servant; He actually acknowledged His status as Lord and Master in John 13:13. It is unfortunate therefore that many followers want to make servants out of their God-ordained leaders. Leaders are meant to serve but not to be subject to servitude! This is what I personally describe as the “abuse of a leader”. Some people use their leaders to their own self advantage, and when such a leader dies, they jump over to another leader who they will also use to death! King Saul is a good example of a servant-leader. When he was confronted with his disobedience to god, he said in 1 Samuel 15:24:

“I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.”

The people he was supposed to guide were actually the ones controlling him, and by his own admission, he feared them.

When a serving leader becomes a servant-leader, people begin to wonder, “who is leading who?” God is not the author of confusion; this is why He always appoints a leader who He relates with and through whom He passes instructions to His people. Our Lord Jesus Christ makes it clear that there is a difference between a servant and a friend (John 15:15). A servant is limited, whereas a friend has a deeper relationship. This distinction is the reason why leaders appointed by God cannot be servants. Followers should be sincere enough not to try to make servants of their God-ordained leaders. Such leadership will not do them any good, and they may not be spared when these servant-leaders, whom they have badly influenced, receive their judgement from God. Some mischief makers who like to manipulate their leaders to do their bidding would always advocate for servant-leadership, because they don’t really want leaders; they would rather have a stooge who they can use for their own selfis…
[8:25 AM, 5/25/2019] 919063: DAILY DEVOTIONALS SUMMARY
May 25, 2019.

1. Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
Topic : Trusting And Waiting
Text : 1 Kings 18:1-16
Food for thought : He who waits patiently on God is sure to receive His blessings.
Lesson: It is not sufficient to profess the new birth; we must be prepared to trust God for His word and patiently wait for Him to perform them.

2. Dr Pastor Paul Enenche
Topic : Empowered By Grace
Text :Acts 4:33
Food for thought To be engraced is to be empowered. :
Lesson:Grace is the sponsor of great power. Ask God for the grace for empowerment.

3. Dr D.K. Olukoya
Topic : The Spirit Life (VI)
Text :Romans 15:13, Romans 8:23-25
Food for thought :We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.
Lesson:The very essence of our being believers is the hope of eternity..The Holy Spirit which indwells us makes us capable of hoping.

4. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
Topic : Be Spiritually Minded
Text : Romans 8:6-7
Food for thought : If you want to live the life of righteousness, with the peace of prosperity, you have to be spiritually minded.
Lesson: Set your mind and affection on God and things pertaining to His Kingdom by setting your attention on the Word!

5. Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Topic : A Serving Leader
Text : 13:12-17
Food for thought : Leaders are meant to serve but not in be subjected to servitude!
Prayer Point: Father, make me a serving- leader and not a servant of individual interests. Also, give us serving-leaders and not servant-leaders who would lead us astray through the fear of men

6. Bishop Dr Mike Okonkwo
Topic : One Accord And One Mind
Text : Philippians 2:1-4
Food for thought :Christians are all members of one family, of one Body..
Lesson: Let us strive to walk together in unity. Do not give room for offences. Let us be likeminded, having the same love and being of one accord and one mind.

7. C.A.C: The Living Water
Topic : Fear Not The Giant
Text : I Samuel 17:4-11
Food for thought : A man that lives in fear sees impossibility in the face of any situation, even in situations where fear is needless, but a courageous man sees possibility and opportunity in such situations
Lesson: The way to kill fear is to know God, walk with, and have confidence in Him.

8 Daily Guide
Topic : God Dislikes Insincere Worship
Text : Malachi 1: 1-14
Food for thought : God is not a beggar. He deserves the best of our life, time, money and other resources.
Lesson: Check the way you have been serving God. In what areas do you need to make corrections? Begin now and pray for grace to be consistent!

9. The Word For Today
Topic : Keep Trusting God
Text : Philippians 1:6
Food for thought : As painful as some tests are, God is using them to grow us into all He has designed us to be.’
Lesson:‘He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ.’ Keep Trusting Him

10. Kenneth Copeland
Topic : Awake To Righteousness
Text : 1 Corinthians 15:34
Food for thought : Because of that gift of righteousness, you can do all things through Christ which strengthens you..
Lesson: Reawaken yourself to t…

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