Morning Devotion

[6/25, 6:27 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-06-25
TOPIC: CHARACTER, THE BEDROCK OF DESTINY

SCRIPTURE: May integrity and uprightness protect me,”because my hope is in you. Psalm 25″:21 (NIV)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Characterlessness is the secret of destiny-less-ness; where your character stops,”there your destiny ends.

There is an interesting story about the fox in the Book of Judges Chapter Fifteen. Samson caught three hundred Foxes, tied their tails together two-by-two and put fire on their tails and sent them into the standing corn fields of the Philistines to set them on fire. When I read this story, I became curious and asked, ‘Why the Fox?’ In my research, I realised that the Fox is a member of the dog family. There are other species of the dog family like the domestic dog, the bear, the wolf, the jackal, the dingo, etc. However, of all these species of dogs, it was the fox that was chosen by Samson for the assignment. The fox was chosen probably because apart from the intelligence of the fox, it has integrity; the fox behaves like the eagle.

Beloved, if you are to carry out an assignment for the kingdom of God; if you desire to rise from the pit to the top, you need to be solid in character. Character is the bedrock of destiny. Characterlessness is the reason for destinylessness; where your character stops, there your destiny ends. It does not matter the potential you carry; when you lack character, you lack destiny. This was the challenge of Reuben, Samson and Judas Iscariot.

Beloved, make up your mind to live a life of uprightness in order to fulfil  a quality destiny.

Remember this”: Characterlessness is the secret of destinylessness; where your character stops,”there your destiny ends.

ASSIGNMENTS”:

1. Go through the passage again 

2. Maintain a solid character always.

PRAYER: O Lord,”I ask for the grace to maintain quality character always. I ask that You lead me to a quality destiny by the frequency of solid integrity, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: UNDERSTANDING AND OVERCOMING THE ENEMIES OF DISTINCTION AND EXCELLENCE.

DAILY READING: 2 Kings 8:1 – 9:13,”Acts 16″:16 – 40,”Psalm 143″:1 – 12,”Proverbs 17″:26

AMAZING FACT: A blind chameleon will still take on the colours of its surrounding environment.   

QUOTE: Iniquity gives the devil an opportunity to wreak havoc in a man’s life. Culled from 15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL by Dr Paul Enenche.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: Your destiny shall not rupture by virtue of lack of character in Jesus’ Name. 

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[6/25, 6:27 AM] 919063: Biblical rules for success (1)

Tuesday 25th June 2019

‘Then you will be prosperous and successful.’ Joshua 1:8 NIV

God told Joshua: ‘This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and…have good success’ (Joshua 1:8 NKJV). God views success as simple to achieve, and equally simple for him to measure. If we are going to succeed in things that really matter, we must follow the instructions for life found in Scripture.

So here are three biblical rules for success:First, look it up. ‘This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth.’ In other words, ‘Don’t leave home without it!’ Success entails making the study of God’s Word a constant part of your life. This may mean a radical change for you. But it’s worth it because it will help you in every way: ‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work’ (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV). Imagine going to a doctor when you’re sick and getting a prescription that can make you well. But you only take it once a week, or when you feel like it, or never at all. Would you blame the doctor for not getting well? Some of us do that with God: ‘Lord, why has this happened to me? I don’t understand it.’ Would you say the medicine doesn’t work? Not if you don’t take it. ‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge’ (Hosea 4:6 NKJV).

So the word for you today is: get into God’s Word and get it into you!

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[6/25, 6:27 AM] 919063: *Above Only Devotional*

Tuesday, June 25

*Your Love and Strength shall be Preserved*

_Joshua 14: 10-12 (NIV)_
_”… the Lord … has kept me alive for forty-five ears since the time he said this to Moses… So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as l was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me… You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”_

Your testimony shall be greater than the testimony of Caleb in our text above. As you continue to focus on Christ and fellowship with Him, He will continue to divinely renew your strength. You will continue to mount up with wings like eagles, run and not grow weary, walk and never faint, Isa. 40:31. His amazing grace will cause His divine life, power and nature to continually work mightily in and through you.

Due to the renewing strength of God’s grace, Caleb remained so strong and passionate that instead of avoiding challenges, he welcomed them. In spite of his age, he asked for the hill country where the giants were.

I see God satisfying your mouth with good things and renewing your youth like that of an eagle, Psa. 103:5. You will flourish like the palm tree and grow and be strong like a cedar in Lebanon. You will flourish in the things of God and you will continue to bring forth fruit even in old age, Psa. 92:12-14. Today, the joy of the Lord is your strength. In His presence, your joy will keep overflowing. Your passion, zeal and love for God and for others will be renewed. Though the devil is causing iniquity and chaos to abound in the world so that the love of many wax cold, the love of Christ in you will continually rise. You continue to increase in the fullness of God, Eph.3:19 and God’s love in you remains fervent, 1 Pet.4:8.

Faith Declaration:
My focus on Christ makes me deeply rooted like a tree planted by the river. God’s love and strength keep overflowing in me

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[6/25, 6:28 AM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
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_DATE: TUESDAY 25TH JUNE 2019_

*THEME: BE DETERMINED!*

*MEMORISE*
After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome.
Acts 19:21

*Bible Reading: Act 21:10-15*
10 And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.

11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.

12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.

13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

15 And after those days we took up our carriages, and went up to Jerusalem.

*MESSAGE*
To be determined is to be singled-minded it also means having firmness of purpose of purpose or being resolute to achieve success in any assignment committed into one’s hands. Determination is essential for anyone to succeed and be effective in life and ministry. God is looking for men and women who are faithful and determined stewards to commit special assignment to. Indeed, 2 Chronicles 16:9 says that the eyes of the Lord run to and fro the whole earth in search of determined people. It was in the process of this search that He found David (Psalm 89:20). When God searches a person out and commits an assignment into his or her hands, such a person must realize that stewardship is trust that must not be abused, and all stewards of God’s resources will give account of their service to God. As a faithful and dedicated worker in God’s vineyard, you have to be focused on your own mandate and never use another man’s parameters to evaluate your life (2 Corinthians 10:12). To be focused is to have a target and work towards actualizing it to the glory of the Almighty, keeping in mind that the business of God’s kingdom requires haste. In John 9:4, the Lord says:

“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”

To be commended by the Lord on His return, you must do His work heartily and cheerfully. It is my earnest prayer that as you devote all available energy and resources to the assignment commitment into your hands, the Lord himself will prosper your determination.

Determination is reflected in the lives of the heroes of faith. Noah showed determination in building the ark and carrying out all of God’s instructions to specification. Abraham displayed determination by obeying God to the letter. Moses showed determination in leading the Israelites out of Egypt and effectively communicating the will of God to them, and Nehemiah the builder was determined to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, even under hostile conditions. Sarah, David, Daniel, Esther and the prophets were all dedicated vessels of God who left legacies which endure even today. Above all, Jesus Christ displayed uncommon determination and steadfastness, not only to come to this world but also to go to Jerusalem to die for our sin (Luke 9:51). Determination is a virtue that is highly rewarding. The Bible says that God rewards those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). All the heroes of faith were greatly rewarded during their lifetime, and God gave them everlasting peace and joy in heaven. As you strive with determination in all your assignments, God will crown your efforts with resounding success, in Jesus’ Name.

*ACTION POINT:*
Pursue your God-given dreams with vigor, even if you have tried and failed in the past.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
Numbers 32-33
Ezekiel 3:16-4:3

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*HYMN 17: HOLD THE FORT*
1. Ho, my comrades, see the signal, waving in the sky!
Reinforcements now appearing, victory is nigh.

*Refrain:*
“Hold the fort, for I am coming,” Jesus signals still;
Wave the answer back to Heaven, “By Thy grace we will.”

2. See the mighty host advancing, Satan leading on;
Mighty ones around us falling, courage almost gone!

3. See the glorious banner waving! Hear the trumpet blow!
In our Leader’s Name we triumph over every foe.

4. Fierce and long the battle rages, but our help is near;
Onward comes our great Commander, cheer, my comrades, cheer!

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[6/25, 6:28 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.

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