Morning Devotion

[8/3, 5:33 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: MONDAY 3RD AUGUST 2020

THEME: REMEMBER LOT’S WIFE I

MEMORISE:
Luke 17:32
“Remember Lot’s wife.”

READ: 1 Corinthians 10:1-11

10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

MESSAGE

It is popularly said that experience is the best teacher. There are two ways to learn from experience – either personally or through that of others. I prefer to learn from the experience of others because learning from mine can be painful. In Luke 17:32, Jesus told us to remember Lot’s wife. In other words, He said we should learn from her experience. When I was a little boy, I used to see my elder brother as a very strong man. He was muscular and could carry heavy things. One day, he offended our father and he beat that brother of mine so much that he shed tears like a baby. On seeing that, I determined that I would never do anything to offend my father because I didn’t want to get flogged by him. Samuel learnt from Eli. He knew it was because the children of Eli were tampering with the offering and polluted the house of God that they were rejected. Hence, throughout his life and with the help of his children, he never polluted the altar of God. In 1 Samuel 12:3-4, he said:

“Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you. And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken ought of any man’s hand.”

Many Christians would be living better lives today if only they learnt from the experience of the Bible Characters they read of. Have you learnt from Samson that fornication can turn a mighty man to a piece of bread (Proverbs 6:26)? Have you learnt from Gehazi that the love of money can only bring everlasting shame? Have you learnt from Ananias and Sapphira that lying to the Holy Spirit is suicidal? Have you learnt from Judas Iscariot that secret sin will lead to public disgrace? Is there anything that you are doing now that has led to the destruction of someone in the past? For your own good, desist from such and seek God’s face for forgiveness while you still have the opportunity to do so.

PRAYER POINT:
Father, please help me never to offend You, in the mighty name of Jesus.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Nahum 1-3

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 13: I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS

1. I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

2. Tho’ none go with me, I still will follow;
Tho’ none go with me, I still will follow;
Tho’ none go with me, I still will follow
No turning back, no turning back.

3. My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

4. The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
No turning back, no turning back.

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[8/3, 5:33 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: SEEDS OF DESTINY DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY DR PASTOR PAUL ENENCHE.

MONDAY, 3RD AUGUST 2020

TOPIC: THE END TIME AND THE DEFICIENCY OF PASSION FOR GOD

SCRIPTURE: And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. Matthew 24:12.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Indeed when iniquity abounds, the love of many grows cold.

Our anchor Scripture makes it clear that one of the signs of the end time is the escalation of iniquity. This is what we saw in our previous studies.

Now, another sign of the end time is the deficiency of passion for God (Matthew 24:12).

In our days, the passion or love of many people for God has grown cold just as it was in the days of Noah. Today, you see Christians struggle with their prayer life. People of spiritual fire are losing their fire and passion for God; people of integrity are losing their integrity because of the abundance of iniquity. Prayer warriors are becoming prayer strugglers. This is a sign that we are in the end time.

Today, it is common to see a once vibrant and “fire-full” young man become cold in the Lord. He used to be a man on fire burning for God, but today, you wonder if he is the same person who was a one-time fellowship president, prayer band leader and evangelism coordinator on campus. When you look at him today, you can’t relate his past life with his present lifestyle. This is because the abundance of iniquity has quenched his spiritual fire.

These days, most Christians, when they step into some public offices and engage in certain associations, that is the end of their Christianity and testimony of righteousness.

I used to know a young man in those days. Any time he stepped into a place, demons would be screaming out because of the unusual anointing he carried. But after some time, he lost that anointing, and today, he has no connection with ministry. Indeed when iniquity abounds, the love of many grows cold (Matthew 24:12).

Beloved, I would like you to check the quality and intensity of your passion for God; assess your prayer life. Maybe you were burning for God in the past. Are you still burning for God now? When you notice a reduction in your passion for God and His Presence, it could be a sign of end time passivity. When someone who used to love God passionately is now cold towards God today, it may be a sign that the end time has taken its toll on him. My counsel is: by all means, refuse to let your fire go down.

Remember This: Indeed when iniquity abounds, the love of many grows cold.

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Assess the quality and intensity of your passion for God.

2. Ask yourself this question, “Am I still on fire for God?”

3. Study the Word and pray fervently to maintain your passion for God.

PRAYER: O Lord, I ask that You set me on fire for You once again. Help me to maintain my prayer intensity, Lord in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: SIGNS OF THE END TIME – AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH.

QUOTE: Passion determines the future. Culled from “15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL” by Dr Paul Enenche.

DAILY READING: Isaiah 58-60

AMAZING FACT: Your tongue is made up of eight interwoven muscles, similar in structure to an elephant’s trunk or an octopus’s tentacle.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: Receive fresh passion and fire for God in this season in Jesus’ Name.

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[8/3, 6:27 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Above Only Devotional*

Monday, August 03

*You Shall Enter into the Joy of the Lord*

_Matthew 25:20-21, Hebrews 12:2_
_And so he that had received five talents came saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. *Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God._

In our study today, we shall consider what the joy of the Lord is from two different angles. In Zephaniah 3:17, the Bible says that God is rejoicing over you with singing. Someone may want to ask the question but why is God rejoicing over me? One of the reasons why God is rejoicing over you is because of what He sees and knows about your life. He sees what your life is and what it is going to become because of what Jesus has done for you. This is what Jesus was also seeing that made Him endure the cross and despise the shame of His suffering and death for you. The glory of God is upon your life and there are much greater dimensions of God’s glory that you are going to enter into, Col. 1:27. As you keep your focus on the glory of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will continue to transform you from glory to glory into His image, 2Cor. 3:18.

Another dimension of the joy of the Lord is the blessings and rewards for our obedience to God and our productivity and fruitfulness. When our first text above says, “enter into the joy of thy Lord’ it is referring to the rewards that the master had prepared to give to his servant for the servant’s obedience, productivity and fruitfulness. God also has great blessings and rewards prepared for us as we continually focus on Christ and remain productive and fruitful. Isaiah 1:19 says, “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.” Child of God, you are not wasting your time by obeying God and doing His will. You are not wasting your time by multiplying, increasing, adding value and making the most of what you have been given by God. Never lose sight of the great blessings and rewards ahead of you. Jesus is joyfully looking forward to giving you these blessings and rewards, Rev.22:12.

Prayer: I rejoice and thank you Heavenly Father for your great joy, your glory and your blessings and rewards that you have prepared for me to experience.

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