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[7/2, 5:42 AM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
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_DATE: TUESDAY 2ND JULY, 2019._

*THEME: AT GOD’S OWN TIME*

*MEMORISE:*
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
– Ecclestiates 3:1

*Bible Reading: John 11:1-21*
1. Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

2. (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)

3. Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.

4. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

5. Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

6. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.

7. Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.

8. His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?

9. Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.

10. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

11. These things said he; and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

12. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.

13. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death; but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.

14. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

15. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.

16. Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.

17. Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.

18. Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off;

19. And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.

20. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him; but Mary sat still in the house.

21. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died

*MESSAGE:*
To enjoy your walk with God and avoid feelings of frustration, you need to recognize that God has His own timetable for everything that occurs in the life of every individual.

For example, when it is not time for a man to be rich, all his effort towards prosperity will be in vain, no matter how he tries, but when God’s time comes, regardless of any contrary circumstances, he will become astonishingly rich with ease. In fact, God’s timetable includes the time of birth and death of everyone. 

When a person is not due to die on God’s timetable, nothing can kill him or her. Hezekiah’s case may sound exceptional, but then, it boils down to the fact that God changes the program for him (Isaiah 38). As children of the Most High, we need to grow in the knowledge of how God works. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says:

“To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”

Since there is a time for everything and purpose, wisdom demand that we seek God’s face to know His will and timing, so that we don’t run ourselves to death pursuing shadows.
Martha in today’s Bible reading reflects the attitude that several believers have towards God’s timing of things. She accused Jesus of being too slow to respond to their SOS call when her brother was sick, possibly suggesting that Jesus was not concerned about his conditions
That was very characteristic of Martha; she always wanted things done quickly and “on time”. No wonder Jesus once told her in Luke 10:41

“Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things”

Unlike Martha, people of faith must be wary of the “microwave” style of living. It did not help situations in times past and cannot help today.
Abraham cut corners to have a son in Israel, and the whole world is paying dearly for it. (Genesis 16). If only he had waited for God’s own timing! In spite of what he did, God was still faithful to His promise of giving him a son through Sarah; his hasty act was therefore unnecessary.

King Saul also offered sacrifice which he was not supposed to because he could not wait for God’s appointed time, and this marked the beginning of the end for him (1 Samuel 13:7-14). In other not to fall into the same error, we must receive David’s counsel in Psalm37:7a, which says:

“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him:”

May the Lord grant you the grace to wait for His perfect timing. Are you unmarried? Please wait for God to send you your perfect mate at His own time, and do not make your own choice in haste. God bless you as you wait for Him in Jesus’ Name.

*PRAYER POINT:*
Father, please grant me the grace not only to know Your timing but to also wait for it.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
DEUTERONOMY 9-10, EZEKIEL 9:1-10:2

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*HYMN 8 – MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE*
1. My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Saviour divine!
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away,
O let me from this day
Be wholly Thine!

2. May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire;
As Thou hast died for me,
O may my love to Thee
Pure, warm and changeless be
A living fire!

3. While life’s dark maze I tread,
And grief around me spread,
Be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.

4. When ends life’s transient dream,
When death’s cold sullen stream
Shall o’er me roll;
Blest Saviour, then in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
A ransomed soul

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[7/2, 5:43 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-07-02
TOPIC: ALL FLESH IS GRASS

SCRIPTURE: As for man,”his days are as grass”: as a flower of the field,”so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him…Psalm 103″:15-17

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: If you are not saved,”you are not safe.

Our anchor Scripture likens the flesh of man to grass, especially a person who is without God. This means, everyone you see today, no matter how beautiful, handsome, powerful, influential or popular they are, will one day, wither away like grass. There were people who once appeared so powerful as if they could not bow to the force of death, but they did. People like Idi Amin Dada of Uganda, Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, Adolf Hitler of Germany, etc. all bowed to the force of death. 

The truth is, when a man has no relationship with God, he is as a normal natural and ordinary flesh. He is vulnerable, perishable, temporary, susceptible to environmental conditions, and subject to demonic oppressions; he is likened to grass. Grass is one of the weakest plants and can bend to the slightest pressure including even a little wind.

Now, how do you escape the general circumstances of humanity (the flesh)?

1. Be planted in the Garden of God (Psalm 92″:12-13). When you are planted in the house of God,”you will flourish like a palm tree that bears fruit. If you are not connected to God, you are not safe; if you are not saved, you are not safe.

2. Be Exposed to the Rain of the Holy Ghost. If you do not want to dry up, let the rain of the Holy Ghost fall on you constantly. The Spirit of God is like rain to man (Zechariah 10″:1).

3. Be Planted on the Fertile Ground of the word (Psalm 1:1-end).

When you are planted on the fertile ground of God’s Word,”everything you do shall prosper.

4. Be Exposed to the Sunlight of God (Psalm 84″:11). That is,”be exposed to the Presence of God.

Beloved, when you are planted in the garden of God, exposed to the rain of the Holy Ghost, planted on the fertile ground of the word and exposed to the sunlight of God, you will escape every generational calamity associated with humanity. 

Remember this”: If you are not saved,”you are not safe.

ASSIGNMENTS”:

1. Go over the passage again and make up your mind to obey God’s Word.

2. Ensure that you live with the consciousness of eternity. 

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING,”GET THIS MESSAGE”: ALL FLESH IS GRASS

PRAYER: Lord,”please draw me close to You every moment of my life. Help me to live for You, Lord, in Jesus’ Name. 

DAILY BIBLE READING”: 2 Kings 20:1 to 22:2,”Acts 21″:18 to 36,”Psalm 150″:1 to 6,”Proverbs 18″:9 to10

QUOTE: The farther you move away from God,”the more vulnerable your life and destiny will be. Culled from 15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT”: The peregrine falcon can dive at a speed of over 240mph. 

DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND: The Power communion service tomorrow with friends and loved ones for the preservation of your life and destiny by 5:30pm at the Glory Dome,”the Lord’s Garden, airport Road, Abuja.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD”: Receive the grace to live in the consciousness of eternity in Jesus’ Name.

 

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[7/2, 5:47 AM] 919063:  Daily Bible Inspirations
Freedom from Captivity
by Heather Tietz

The Lord GOD’s Spirit is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the humble. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to those who are bound.

Isaiah 61:1
Freedom is a gift from God.

Likewise, when God’s people have rebelled against Him, captivity has been His discipline. The prophet Isaiah wrote these words of freedom to encourage God’s people who were under siege by the Assyrians. One day, he promised, their captivity would be over. One day their repentant hearts would bring back freedom. In 681 BC, it did.

700 years later Jesus spoke these same words. In Luke 4, Jesus was invited to read the daily scripture in the synagogue. He opened to this very passage and after reading, closed the scroll and declared, “This day the scripture is fulfilled.”

How could that be? Isaiah had delivered this encouragement hundreds of years before. This prophecy, spoken for the captive Jews, also contained words for a captive world. “God has sent Me, “Jesus was saying, “to deliver all from the chains of sin.”

Jesus gives that same offer to us. Repentance leads to God’s forgiveness and God’s forgiveness leads us to freedom. Whatever it is that holds us captive – bills, time, homework, physical limits, jobs – Jesus can free our hearts.

We can have peace too, as we trust God to free us from those things that chain us.

Pray

Father God,
I give You the things of this world that hold me captive.
I trust You to take care of the details.
Please anoint me with Your Spirit and give me peace.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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[7/2, 6:25 AM] : Breathe on me, breath of God’

Tuesday 2nd July 2019

‘Thus says the Lord God: “…breathe on these…and they lived, and stood up upon their feet.’ Ezekiel 37:9-10 NKJV

In the Garden of Eden Adam was perfectly formed, but he had no life. He ‘had it all together’, but he wasn’t going anywhere until God’s Spirit breathed into him. Then he started walking with God, taking initiative, and fulfilling his purpose in life. You say, ‘I need what God breathed into Adam that day.’ And you can have it!

Think about Ezekiel’s valley of dry bones: the bones were dead and in disarray. If that describes your life right now, there’s good news. When God breathed into those bones they came to life, stood up, and became a force to be reckoned with. The Spirit of God came from ‘the four winds’, or the four corners of the earth. That means there’s no place where his Spirit can’t reach you if you’re available to him. Notice also that when the Spirit of God came into Ezekiel’s valley, broken things were mended and dead things brought back to life. And God wants to do the same for you! Notice what else took place: a ‘rattling’ (Ezekiel 37:7 NKJV). That’s standard procedure with God. Before he uses you, he shakes up your comfort zone, your proven methods, and your set-in-concrete ideas. Your past is no problem for him, because his eyes are on your future.

So come into his presence today and pray, ‘Breathe on me, breath of God. Fill me with life anew. That I may love what you love, and do what you would do.’ When he does, you’ll never be the same

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[7/2, 6:32 AM] Monday Unureri: *Above Only Devotional*

Tuesday, July 2

*Jehovah Will Grant You Victory*

_Exodus 6:1, 3 & 6_
_Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them. Wherefore say unto the children of IsraeI, I am the LORD, and I wiII bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments._

When God introduced Himself to Moses, He referred to Himself as Jehovah, the Lord. This name refers to God’s mighty strength that grants absolute victory in every battle or situation. The Israelites had been in bondage for so long and it seemed almost impossible for them to ever become free of Egypt and its mighty army. But by God’s mighty, outstretched hand, God defeated Pharaoh and his strong army and the Israelites were completely set free from their bondage. No matter the situation or battle that is facing you right now, be assured that as you place your trust in God, He will manifest His mighty strength and grant you absolute victory and freedom from that situation. Isaiah 26:3-4 says, “thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD forever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.” The Bible says, “for the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him…,” 2 Chron. 16:9a (NKJV)

Psalm 24:7-8 says, “Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.” The Lord who is strong and mighty in battle is going ahead of you to handle that situation. We are reminded of this reality in Isaiah 45:2-3 which says, “I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.” You are already victorious in Jesus’ name.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, You are Jehovah, the Lord, and You are strong and mighty in battle. I thank You for granting me victory in all my battles today.

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