[6/30, 6:18 AM] 919063: It’s contagious (2)
Sunday 30th June 2019
‘Whoever associates with fools will suffer.’ Proverbs 13:20 GWT
The kind of person you are is reflected in the friends you pick. So if your life is unproductive and stagnant, look at the people you’ve surrounded yourself with.
Friendships, good and bad, indicate the direction you’re going. ‘Whoever walks with wise people will be wise, but whoever associates with fools will suffer’ (Proverbs 13:20 GWT). Misery loves company, so steer clear of negative thinkers. It’s better to travel alone than spend your life listening to people who drag you down. When you come into agreement with the right people, you ‘can accomplish more than twice as much’ (Ecclesiastes 4:9 TLB).
Author John Mason writes: ‘The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. The right friends and associations bring out the original in you. You know the kind of people I’m talking about. After you’ve been with them you find yourself less critical, full of faith, and with a vision for the future. The devil doesn’t [generally] use strangers to deter or stop you…your friends will either stretch your vision or choke your dream. As you grow in God, your associations will change. Some friends won’t want you to go on; they’ll want you to stay where they are. But as Edwin Louis Cole observed, “When you let someone else create your world for you…they always make it too small.” Not everyone has a right to speak into your life. Respect those whom God has connected to you to help you. God cares for people through people…and wise is the person who fortifies their life with the right friendships.’
[6/30, 6:19 AM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
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_DATE: SUNDAY 30TH JUNE, 2019._
*THEME: DON’T BE A DEAD SACRIFICE*
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.
– Romans 12:1
*Bible Reading: Judges 16:28-31*
28. And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.
29. And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left.
30. And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.
31. Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the buryingplace of Manoah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years.
Sacrifice is the act of surrendering a prized possession as an offering to God.
In reality, it is the death or loss of the object that makes it a sacrifice.
In this light, the use of the term “living sacrifice” in today’s memory verse seems like a contradiction, since an object of sacrifice should not remain alive.
However, the term “living sacrifice” is used in that verse with specific focus on our living bodies being presented as holy and accepted unto God.
To this effect, (1 Corinthians 6:19) says:
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”
This verse says that our body is God’s temple. A temple is a holy place or a sacred building which has been set aside as a place of worship or consecrated as the house of God.
In the Old Testament, the tabernacle in the desert, the sanctuaries at Bethel and Shiloh, and the temple at Jerusalem were all temples of God in different forms.
However, under the new covenant, the notion of God dwelling within us is fundamental to our faith. Our Lord clearly says in John 14:23:
“…if a man loves me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”
For anyone who belongs to Christ indeed, God is saying that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
You therefore need to handle it with all the care, holiness and sacredness it deserves, if it is to be acceptable to God as a dwelling place.
When I was a university lecturer some years ago, there was a young lady whose prayer was always “Lord use me for your glory.”
Shunning interest in anything else, this was the only prayer consistent on her list. One day, she needed to use the toilet because she was seriously pressed, but as she opened the toilet one by one she discovered they were all messed up.
As she left in annoyance, she heard God saying “I thought you wanted to use the toilet, what happened?” she responded that the toilet were all dirty.
To her shock, she heard the Lord saying the reason he has not used her, despite her numerous prayer was because she was dirty!
Therefore, for anyone to be used of God as a living sacrifice, he or she must be clean in and out, and thoroughly furnished unto good works.
God expect us to live in holiness and righteousness, while handling our bodies in sanctification and honour (1 Thessalonians 4:4).
Father, please help me to live the rest of my life as a living sacrifice to You, in Jesus’ Name.
*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
Ezekiel 7: 23-8:6
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
*HYMN 4 – TAKE MY LIFE, AND LET IT BE*
1. Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
2. Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
3. Take my voice and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
4. Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose.
5. Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine:
Take my heart, it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne.
6. Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store;
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.
[6/30, 6:20 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-06-30
TOPIC: THE DIVIDENDS OF THE RIGHT DECISION
SCRIPTURE: But the path of the just is as the shining light,”that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Proverbs 4″:18.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Where there is a will,”there must be a way.
We have thus far established that indecision is an enemy of excellence, authority and destiny.
Now, it is important to note that fulfilling destiny requires the taking of the right decisions promptly. Prompt decisions must be taken for destiny to be fulfilled. Procrastination ruins destiny. Destiny decays when decisions are not taken on time in life.
Now, what are the dividends of decision? Let me give you three of them”:
1. Decision Assists Discretion
Decisiveness attracts wisdom. The capacity to decide on time facilitates mentality; it matures your mentality. When you are decided on what you want in life,”it opens your mind to ideas on how to get there. This is why Matthew 6″:22 says …if your eye is single,”your body will be flooded with light. If you know what to do you attract light on how to do it. God does not talk to those who are going nowhere.
2. Decision Powers Action
Decisive people are proactive people. Decision powers action. Many people don’t know what to do because they don’t know what they want. If you really know what you want, nobody will show you what to do; you will definitely start from somewhere.
3. Decision Fuels Determination
This means, to be decided is to be determined; where there is a will, there must be a way. David made up his mind to seek and pursue after God (Psalm 27″:4). If you don’t know what you desire you will never know what to pursue; if you have not decided you cannot be determined.
Beloved,”my counsel is, make up your mind to take the right decisions promptly; conquer anything that makes you to be undecided in life and move forward by taking the right decision. Your decision determines your destiny.
Remember this”: Where there is a will,”there must be a way.
1. Refuse to be controlled by indecision and procrastination.
2. Ask God to give you the grace to make up your mind always.
PRAYER: O Lord,”deliver me from every spell of indecision, wrong decision and procrastination. I ask for the grace to move forward in life by taking right decisions promptly, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: UNDERSTANDING AND OVERCOMING THE ENEMIES OF DISTINCTION AND EXCELLENCE.
DAILY READING: 2 Kings 17:1 – 18:12,”Acts 20″:1 – 38,”Psalm 148″:1 – 14,”Proverbs 18″:6 – 7
AMAZING FACT: Honeybees can flap their wings 200 times every second.
QUOTE: When you expose and make yourself known to your world,”it makes you do the right thing. Your decision to live right is re-enforced because people will permanently expect you to do the right thing since they know who you are. Culled from WHO ARE YOU? by Dr Paul Enenche.
PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD”: Proceed into the arena of action by the power of right decision in Jesus’ Name.
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WISDOM FROM THE DAY
Sunday, 30th June, 2019
YOU ARE THE BELOVED OF GOD
“And lo a voice from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Matthew 3:17. KJV
God’s children have been beaten down for too long. And until you begin to take your rightful place as a Prince, you cannot truly have the victory. The devil wants you to keep doubting what God has already perfected in eternity. For he knows that he cannot undo in time what God has perfected in eternity. Ever before any challenge you are facing came, God had already given the answer.
Notice that before Jesus was tempted by the devil in the books of Matthew and Luke, the scriptures already told us that God had opened heaven and declared His Son-ship without Him doing anything. Jesus had neither performed any healing nor miracle, yet God said to Him, ‘You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’ In other words, I have made Him my Son and I am pleased in Him. So, when the devil came to say, ‘if you are the Son of God,’ it was too late for him because the Father had already spoken. He did not need what the devil was telling Him, because the Word of His Father cannot be nullified. Beloved, God feels the same way towards you because you are in His Son. Therefore, you don’t need the devil to tell you who you are.
God always precedes the devil. He does not react to the devil. It is the devil that reacts to God. Have you wondered why Herod decided to kill all the children when Jesus was born? It was because the Saviour had arrived. But, if you do not understand how it works, you would think that the devil was in control. No! God had already released a Saviour to the world and the devil was now reacting to what God had done. Anytime you see the devil running helter-skelter, look at the door, the blessing has been released.
Further Reading: Romans 4:16-25; Isaiah 46:9-13
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Job 17-19;
Evening- Acts 10:1-23
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