Morning Devotion

[6/16, 5:44 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: MESSAGE FROM:

*Rev. Anthony Akinmoyo,*
Lifeway Christian Centre,
Lagos.

*BENEFITS OF SCRIPTURAL FASTING* (Part 2)

Isaiah 58:6, 9 (KJV)
[6] *Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?*
[9] *Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity.*

*SPEEDY ANSWERS TO PRAYERS*
Fasting brings one into intimacy with God and also the acknowledgement of our total dependence on God. The empowerment to live a righteous life is released on us during fasting, which will cause our heavens to be perpetually opened for speedy answers to our prayers.

When Esther was faced with a difficult situation, which physical strength could not handle, in fact, there was a death sentence hanging on her neck, but she proclaimed a fast and the table was turned in her favour.

Esther 4:16 (KJV)
*Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.*

Scriptural fasting will always secure divine intervention. The early church in Antioch engaged it and they secured specific instructions as touching the ministry and assignment of Barnabas and Saul.

Acts 13:2-3 (KJV)
[2] *As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.*
[3] *And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.*

Cornelius equally engaged in scriptural fasting. His prayer was answered with specific instructions.

Acts 10:30-31 (KJV)
[30] *And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing.*
[31] *And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.*

Elijah secured speedy answer of abundance of rain while he was on the mountain of fasting and prayers.

As you begin to engage scriptural fasting, every mountain that has been limiting you and harassing you must crumble in the mighty name of Jesus. Also, Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast and there was an intervention. The same God will answer you speedily in Jesus mighty name.

2 Chronicles 20:3-5 (KJV)
[3] *And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah*
[4] *And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.*
[5] *And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court.*

*PRAYERS*

1. Thank you Father, for your unfailing love upon my life and family.

2. Psalm 68:19 (KJV)
*Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.*

Thank you my Father, for daily benefits of your mercies, love, grace and blessings.

3. Thank you my Father, for always being mindful of me.

4. Acts 6:4 (KJV)
*But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.*

O Lord my God, grant me grace to give myself fully to the ministry of fasting and prayers in Jesus mighty name!

5. Luke 3:21 (KJV)
*Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,*

O Lord my God, let my heavens be continually opened for the outpouring of your blessings in the mighty name of Jesus!

6. Isaiah 57:14 (KJV)
*And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.*

i. I decree every power that has been resisting my answers crash in the mighty name of Jesus!

ii. I decree whatever that is standing on my way to progress clear off in the mighty name of Jesus!

7. 2 Chronicles 15:7 (KJV)
*Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.*

O Lord my Father, let the reward of fasting and prayers be seen in my life in the mighty name of Jesus!

8. Jeremiah 31:16 (KJV)
*Thus saith the Lord ; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord ; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.*

O Lord my God, wipe away my tears by answering me speedily in the mighty name of Jesus!

9. Isaiah 30:23 (KJV)
*Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures.*

O Lord my Father, release your rain upon all my kingdom seeds and cause them to bring forth bountiful harvest in the mighty name of Jesus!

10. Psalm 89:4 (KJV)
*Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah.*

O Lord my Father, cause my children to be established in your courts. Let them never follow strange gods in the mighty name of Jesus!

11. Isaiah 7:15 (KJV)
*Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.*

O Lord my God, empower my children to always make right choices in the mighty name of Jesus!

12. Isaiah 65:23 (KJV) *They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.*

i. O Lord my God, do not allow my labour over my children to be in vain in the mighty name of Jesus!

ii. O Lord my Father, do not allow my labour of love in your kingdom to be in vain in Jesus mighty name!

13. Job 38:11 (KJV)
*And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?*

i. I decree the end of affliction in my life in Jesus mighty name!

ii. I decree the end of barrenness in my family in the mighty name of Jesus!

iii. I decree the end of untimely death in my family in Jesus mighty name!

iv. I decree the end of poverty in my lineage in the mighty name of Jesus!

Thank you Father, for working exceedingly and abundantly above all that I ask or think.

Thank you Father for the uncommon results and answers.

Receive my thanks and praise in the mighty name of Jesus!

See you tomorrow,
Philippians 4:4 (KJV)
*Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.*

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[6/16, 5:44 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Perfect morning sir & ma.

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Tuesday, June 16th .
Pastor Chris

_*And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing (Genesis 12:2).*_

God expects that when we receive His Word, we should live accordingly. When we have words in Scripture that show us principles of life or that give us definite instructions from God, we have to take heed; we have to take such words seriously and live by them. His instructions make great.

Life becomes challenging, a labyrinth of confusion for those who don’t follow God’s Word but would rather act on human wisdom and intelligence. Take for instance, the experience of Isaac in Genesis 26. He received an instruction from the Lord not to leave his country to Egypt, because of the famine in his country. People were migrating to Egypt at the time for greener pastures so it made sense (human wisdom) that Isaac sought to leave Gerar to seek relief in Egypt.

However, the Lord instructed him, saying, _*“…dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father”*_ (Genesis 26:2-3). Isaac followed the Lord’s instruction and the result is penned for us in Genesis 26:12-13: he grew, waxed great and became very great, so much so that the Philistines envied him in the same land that was impoverished by famine.

Follow the leading of God’s Spirit for your life. There’s no other way to greatness and a successful life besides following God’s plan, His instructions, will and purpose for your life. It makes no difference the pressure you’re under, yield to the Spirit for answers; don’t make impulsive decisions that’d most certainly worsen the situation. Consult and trust Him for guidance.

The Holy Spirit knows and has the blueprint for your greatness and prosperity. Your greatness is His plan and His idea. He said to Abraham, _*“…I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing”*_ (Genesis 12:2). Never suppose that your greatness is dependent upon your works or anyone. As the seed of Abraham, greatness is in you, harnessed and brought to the fore as you follow God’s instructions and fulfil His purpose for your life.

*CONFESSION*

*I’m the seed of Abraham, graced for greatness and anointed to be fruitful and productive in every good work. I’ve been ordained to prosper and to live in glory. Therefore, I live the glorious life, fulfilling my purpose and destiny in Christ. Great things are happening for me and through me, by the power of the Word and the ability of the Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.*

*FURTHER STUDY:* *||* *Genesis 26:12-13* Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. 13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: *||*

*||* *Galatians 3:29* And if ye [be] Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. *||*

*||* *Proverbs 4:13* Take fast hold of instruction; let [her] not go: keep her; for she [is] thy life. *||*

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*2-Year Bible Reading Plan=>* 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 & Isaiah 2

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[6/16, 5:44 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Help needy people

Tuesday 16th June 2020

‘Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Matthew 25:45 NIV

The Bible teaches that one day God will evaluate and reward each of us according to how we treat those around us who are hurting and needy. And that’s why you need to get serious about helping them. Thomas Barnardo believed that, and he became one of the great Christian heroes of the 1800’s. During his work among the poor and homeless in London’s East End, he built a home for destitute children that housed 400 boys and girls. He turned the Edinburgh Castle Gin Palace and Music Hall into the Coffee Palace, a centre for evangelistic and Christian activities. He built a village for girls that served more than 9,000 of them during his lifetime. In all, more than 60,000 children benefited from the vocational training centres and homes he built. In extreme cases where he found children in the hands of cruel people, he would ‘abduct’ them – a policy which, where parents were involved, was against the law. But he felt bound by a higher law – God’s law. This made him vulnerable to criminal charges and bitter custody battles, but eventually the law of the land was changed, not Barnardo. His successful ‘graduates’ included lawyers, doctors, musicians, naval commanders, businessmen and colonial ministers of state, all of whom had once been destitute and were rescued.

How do you change the world? Starting today, you can do it one life at a time.

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[6/16, 7:00 AM] Your aim should be to help people cope with their crisis and grow through it. This means lowering their fear level and helping them to function normally again by: (i) Making contact with them. People in crisis tend to withdraw rather than ask for help. So you may have to make that first move, showing them understanding and genuine interest. You don’t have to be a professional; two simple steps can make a big difference. Listen attentively to their concerns and perceptions, and maintain eye contact. These two things will make them feel valued and understood. (ii) Helping reduce their anxiety. A calming presence can lower their stress. Encourage them to talk about their concerns and offer hope. For example, say, ‘There are ways to deal with this situation.’ Chances are the person’s outlook is distorted or overly pessimistic, so gently suggest other perspectives. For example: ‘May I suggest another way of looking at this?’ Whenever possible give them hope for the future: ‘I realise it’s tough, but with God’s help I believe you can handle it.’ Then give them a Bible promise to back it up (Jeremiah 33:3). (iii) Focusing on real issues. In a crisis people are often overwhelmed by the array of confusing facts, potential problems, and necessary decisions. By offering them assistance in deciding what issues must be faced first, and what problems need to be solved now, you help alleviate their distress. Rather than discussing the past or worrying about the future, concentrating on the present and helping them take action can lessen their anxiety and empower them to cope better.

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