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DATE: MONDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 2019

THEME: THE NEGATIVE INFLUENCE OF WEALTH

MEMORISE:
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
1 Timothy 6:17

Bible Reading: Proverbs 30:7-9
7 Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die:

8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:

9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

MESSAGE
Having tasted both poverty and wealth, I can categorically say that wealth is better of the two. Nevertheless, if not handled with the fear of God, wealth can have a negative influence on those who possess it. Agur’s prayer in today’s Bible reading is food for thought in this regard. From his prayer, we understand that wealth can influence a person to question God’s relevance and deny His existence. Frankly speaking, comfort and riches can cause a person to conclude that he or she has need for God. We see this manifested in rich countries today. Nebuchadnezzar came under this negative influence of wealth, and he did not have a good story to tell. Intoxicated by prosperity, he boasted in Daniel 4:30, saying:

“…Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?”

Through this statement, he claimed self-sufficiency and denied God who gave him wealth and power. God had to school him for seven years among animals before he realised his folly (Daniel 4:33). This is why it should not surprise us to see wealthy people in those societies that deny the existence of God manifesting animalistic tendencies in their desires and lifestyle choices.

Usually, those who are rich have a quest to be richer still. While there is nothing wrong with this, it is disheartening that in an attempt to gain more wealth for themselves, many rich people exploit the downtrodden workers who labour to make them wealthy. Sometimes, they may decide not to pay their wages on time, leaving the money in the bank to yield interest for their own pockets. Some don’t even bother to pay at all, while some others choose to pay a token of what their workers are due. People like this should realise that they are committing fraud, and God may choose to fight them Himself (James 5:1-4).

We see from the lives of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that wealthy people who acknowledge the Almighty God as their source of power to get wealth hardly misbehave (Deuteronomy 8:18). Such people will not use their wealth to have extra-marital affairs or to entice the vulnerable into evil acts. They will see their staff as their own brothers and sisters, and will not toy with their wages. Above all, it will not be difficult for them to honour God with first fruits, tithes and offerings and works of charity. Are you free of the negative influence of wealth?

PRAYER POINT:
Father, please give me power to get wealth and help me use it judiciously for Your glory and kingdom, in Jesus’ Name.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1 Kings 22, Daniel 3:16-4:3

AUTHOR:
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 5: LET OTHERS SEE JESUS IN YOU
1. While passing thro’ this world of sin,
and others your life shall view,
Be clean and pure without, within;
Let others see Jesus in you.

Chorus:
Let others see Jesus in you,
Let others see Jesus in you.
Keep telling the story, be faithful and true;
Let others see Jesus in you.

2. Your life’s a book before their eyes,
They’re reading it thro’ and thro’
Say, does it point them to the skis,
Do others see Jesus in you?

3. Then live for Christ both day and night,
Be faithful, be brave and true,
and lead the lost to life and Christ.
Let others see Jesus in you.

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[4:10 AM, 9/16/2019] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-09-16
TOPIC: THE POWER OF FASTING AND PRAYER

SCRIPTURE: Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. Matthew 17:21

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Fasting and prayer have the capacity to break down satanic holds.

In our anchor Scripture, Jesus tells us that there is a kind of devil that cannot be cast out except by prayer and fasting. And Jesus did not say we should go and fast at the sight of such devils. No! What he meant was that we have to fast and pray ready for such a devil. That is, living a fasted life, skipping meals as you are led by the Spirit. You may wake up in the morning and suddenly the appetite for food disappears, not that you are sick. Refuse to force yourself to eat; proceed into fasting and praying. Permanently charge yourself up and move like a high tension cable wired ready for urgencies. Refuse to live a life of crisis management. There are people who would not pray if there is no problem. They would not fast until they are threatened.   

Beloved,”fasting and prayer have the capacity to break down satanic holds (Isaiah 58″:6). In fasting, the bands of enemy wickedness are loosed, heavy burdens are undone, oppressions are terminated and yokes are broken. So, to maintain a life of permanent liberty, engaging in periodic fasting and prayer is not negotiable.

I prophesy into your life, every spear or arrow from the kingdom of darkness against your life and destiny is broken. Your freedom is confirmed, in Jesus’ Name.

Remember this: Fasting and prayer have the capacity to break down satanic holds. 

ASSIGNMENT(S):

1. Set out at least a day in a week for fasting and prayer.

2. Embark on a periodic fast monthly or as led by the Spirit.

3. Endeavour to pray in the Spirit at least 1 hour daily.  

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING,”GET THIS MESSAGE”: ESCAPING CURSES AND WALKING IN LIBERTY.

PRAYER: Lord, I receive the grace to fast and pray. Frustrate every agenda of the wicked against my life, family and destiny Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

DAILY BIBLE READING: Isaiah 22:1 to 24:23,”Galatians 2″:17 to 3:9,”Psalm 60″:1 to 12,”Proverbs 23″:15 to 16

QUOTE: You must travail in the closet in order to prevail in public. Culled from PRINCIPLES AND POWER OF PRAYER by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT: Frozen lobsters can come back to life when thawed.

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TODAY IN HISTORY: 16/9/1848: Slavery abolished in all French territories. 

DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND: The Healing and Deliverance Service by 9:00 am tomorrow. Invite someone. God bless you as you do so.

 

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[6:48 AM, 9/16/2019] 919063: Overcoming stress (5)

Monday 16th September 2019

‘He appointed twelve…that he might send them out.’ Mark 3:14 NIV

Don’t try to do it all yourself. One of the reasons we get stressed out is because we think that everything depends on us. Not Jesus. He enlisted, trained and empowered twelve others so they could share the load. He delegated his work. He got other people involved.

So why don’t we do that? Two reasons: (1)Perfectionism. We think, ‘If I want a job well done, I’ll do it myself.’ That’s a nice idea, but often it doesn’t work well because there are just too many things to be done. We simply don’t have the time and talent to do everything ourselves. It’s really an egotistical attitude that says, ‘Nobody, but nobody, can do it the way I can!’ Do you think Jesus could’ve done a better job than his disciples? Of course, but even knowing that, he still let them do the work. Why? Because we need to let other people make some of the mistakes in order for them to learn, the same way the disciples learned. Don’t rob others of an education. (2) Insecurity. ‘What if I turn this responsibility over to someone else and they do a better job than I do?’ That possibility is threatening to many of us. But you won’t feel threatened if you know who you are, who you’re trying to please, what you want to accomplish, and the one thing you need to focus on.

In order to be effective you must get other people involved, because you can’t focus on more than one thing at a time and do it well.

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