Morning Devotion

[7/18, 6:41 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Today’s SOD – 2020-07-18
TOPIC: DEADLY COMMITMENT TO GOD

SCRIPTURE: Though he slay me,”yet will I trust in him”: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. Job 13:15.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: When a person is deadly committed to God,”backsliding is not an option; the possibility of leaving God for other things does not exist.

Dedication to God is a primary duty of man. A major reason for dedication to God is that man’s creation was not his design; so, man’s existence must not follow man’s own design (Isaiah 43″:21). This means,”we did not decide to be born, so we can’t decide how to live. You did not decide to be created, so you can’t decide how to function. This is why we must be dedicated to God. 

Having known why we should be dedicated to God, it is important to know more of what dedication implies.

Now, what is dedication? Dedication to God implies deadly commitment to Him. Deadly commitment to God is a commitment unto death. It is a commitment of no return. Job said, Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him”: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. (Job 13:15). Job seemed to say,”“Even if God killed me, I would still follow Him.”

Ruth, a Moabite woman, told Noami, her mother-in-law,  “…Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee”: for whither thou goest,”I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge”: thy people shall be my people,”and thy God my God”: Where thou diest,”will I die, and there will I be buried”: the Lord do so to me,”and more also, if ought but death part thee and me” (Ruth 1″:16-17). This is how someone can be with God in deadly commitment to Him. 

When a person is deadly committed to God,”backsliding is not an option; the possibility of leaving God for other things does not exist. Your face is set on God like a flint and there is no going back. Going back from following God is not a temptation. If you are deadly committed to God, you won’t follow anyone to join an occult group in order to become rich. 

Beloved, when you are deadly committed to God, you don’t need people’s encouragement to follow God. Rather, you make following God the sole aim of your existence. May God give you the grace to be deadly committed to Him in Jesus’ Name.

Remember this”: When a person is deadly committed to God,”backsliding is not an option; the possibility of leaving God for other things does not exist.

ASSIGNMENTS”:

1. Go through today’s message again.

2. Study the life of Job and Ruth carefully (Job 15:13,”Ruth 1″:15-16).

3. Make up your mind to follow God at any or all cost.

PRAYER: Lord,”thank You for Your word to me today. I ask for the grace to be deadly committed to You, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: DEDICATION TO GOD (PART 2)

QUOTE: Let service to God and His kingdom be the reason why you live. When you are in active service in God’s kingdom,”even death cannot stand you. Culled from “15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL” by Dr Paul Enenche.

DAILY READING”: Isaiah 10-12.

AMAZING FACT: Despite Christians being persecuted in different parts of the world for their rugged faith in Christ,”Christianity grows faster than any other religion. Christians have more missionaries in the world more than any other religion. In 2001, the world Christian encyclopedia counted 33,830 different mega denominations. 

PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION”: As you proceed in deadly commitment to God, you shall fulfil your days in Jesus’ Name. 

 

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[7/18, 6:43 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *Above Only Devotional*

Saturday, July 18

*The Great Power of the Revelation of God’s Grace*

_Acts 20:32 (NLT), Hebrews 13:9 (GNB), John 1:16-17_
_“And now I entrust you to God and the message of his grace that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself. *Do not let all kinds of strange teachings lead you from the right way. It is good to receive inner strength from God’s grace, and not by obeying rules about foods; those who obey these rules have not been helped by them. *And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ._

Before we look at the glorious effects that the revelation of God’s grace has upon our lives, it is important for us to always remember that the gospel is the revelation of the grace of God. The grace of God is the great love and kindness of God towards us in Christ Jesus, John 3:16. In Acts 20:24 Apostle Paul described ministry as the testifying of the gospel of the grace of God. In Galatians 1:6 (NIV), Apostle Paul said, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.”

The message or revelation of God’s grace makes us conscious of the grace of God and our consciousness of the grace of God produces great fruitfulness and victories in our lives. In 1 Corinthians 15:10, Apostle Paul said it was the grace of God that made him able to work harder than others and become everything that he was. The grace of God stirs up the strength and nature of God on the inside of us. Like our first text above says, the revelation of God’s grace builds us up in every area of our lives and it makes us know and experience our glorious inheritance in God. The revelation of God’s grace produces holiness in us, Rom. 6:14. In Titus 2:11-13 (NIV) the Bible says, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” God wants us to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2Tim.2:1.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that through the glorious gospel of Christ, you will open my eyes more and more to the amazing power of your grace.

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[7/18, 6:43 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: SATURDAY 18TH JULY 2020.

THEME: GODLY SORROW.

MEMORISE:

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 2 Corinthians 7:10

READ: 2 Corinthians 7:8-12

8 For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.

9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.

10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

12 Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you.

MESSAGE:

While generally sorrow is a bad thing, godly sorrow is good; it brings about repentance. If you fall, first admit sorrowfully that you have made a mistake, then go to God pleading for mercy. David was a man who had godly sorrow, that is why even though he made many mistakes in his lifetime, he kept on moving forward. He said in Psalm 51:3:
“For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.”

Several times in the Scriptures when David made a mistake, the Bible says his heart smote him. You will not make progress if you are always shifting blame. Only failure makes excuses.

Godly sorrow leads you to learn from your mistakes. David never repeated any of his mistakes because he was truly sorry for his sins. If for instance, you fall into fornication because you were close friends with someone of the opposite sex, godly sorrow will alert you the next time you are getting close to someone who could make you fall, so you can break off that relationship.

Having godly sorrow does not mean feeling rejected by God when you do wrong. The feeling of rejection is a trap of the devil to keep us out of God’s light. 1 John 1:9 says:
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

God is always happy to forgive and reconnect with anyone who has erred from the faith, as long as they confess their sins. When God has had mercy on you and welcomed you back into His light, you must run away from anything that can make you fall again. The doctrine of grace which teaches that you can continue in sin once you are born again is a strategy of the devil to eradicate godly sorrow. He raises up preachers to tell you that the Most Holy God does not mind if His children are unholy. That is a big lie!

PRAYER POINT:

Father, give me a heart that will be genuinely remorseful and repentant any time I offend You.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Kings 18:1-8.
2 Chronicles 29-31.
Psalm 48.

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 25: ROCK OF AGES, CLEFT FOR ME.

1. Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save from wrath and make me pure.

2. Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

3. Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.

4. While I draw this fleeting breath,
When my eyes shall close in death,
When I rise to worlds unknown,
And behold Thee on Thy throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

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[7/18, 6:43 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL (DOWNLOAD THE NEW RHAPSODY APP => https://bit.ly/34exMaP)*

*CONQUER YOURSELF.*

_Saturday, July 18th_.
*Pastor Chris*

_*For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:36-37).*_

_Throughout history, there have been hundreds of well-known leaders who subdued other men. The whole world was subject to them; they had everything under their tyranny. Some were even so revered and placed by others in the class of God. But Jesus said,_ _*“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”*_ (Mark 8:36-37).

_Never pride yourself in your ability to subdue or dominate others; rather, learn to use your authority over yourself. Conquer yourself! That’s when you really win: when you say to yourself, “I’m going to do the right thing and say the right thing only,” and keep at it._

_When your words and actions are under your charge, consciously subjected to God’s Word, then you’re ready for true success. When you tell yourself, “Nothing filthy will come out of me” and consciously ensure such a lifestyle through the Word, that’s the way of victory._

_Refuse to give vent or expression to satanic manifestations such as anger, hatred, bitterness, jealousy and envy. Be sure that only the blessings, grace and compassion of Jesus are seen and experienced by everyone around you. Make the choice that only His love and works of righteousness will effuse from you to your world._

*PRAYER*

*Blessed Father, I thank you for the blessing and privilege to receive your Word. My mind is stayed on your Word; the Spirit of excellence at work in me brings discipline and stability into my life, to produce fruits of righteousness and manifest your love, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.*

*FURTHER STUDY:* *||* *1 Corinthians 9:25-27 NLT* _All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified._ *||*

*||* *Proverbs 25:28 AMPC* _He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls._ *||*

*||* *Proverbs 16:32 CEV* _Controlling your temper is better than being a hero who captures a city._ *||*

*DAILY SCRIPTURE READING*

*1-Year Bible Reading Plan=>* _Acts 25:13-26:1 & Psalms 11-16_

*2-Year Bible Reading Plan=>* _Galatians 5:13-19 & Isaiah 38_

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