[8:27 AM, 6/1/2019] 919063: Pray from your heart
Saturday 1st June 2019
‘When you pray, don’t be like those show-offs.’ Matthew 6:5 CEV
Jesus said the Pharisees turned prayer into a public performance, and that God wasn’t moved by it. Author John Ortberg points out five things about the Pharisees: ‘(1) Their prayers had become a shallow exercise rather than a deep relationship-building one. (2) They were rituals, rather than authentic expressions of a loving heart. (3) They were long and wordy, designed to impress others. (4) They were filled with meaningless clichés. (5) They became a cause for pride rather than an opportunity to express humble reliance on God.’
Can you imagine your child approaching you with a whole bunch of religious ‘thee’s’ and ‘thou’s’? How would it make you feel? When it comes to prayer, Jesus said: ‘When you pray, you should go into your room and close the door and pray to your Father who cannot be seen. Your Father can see what is done in secret, and he will reward you. And when you pray, don’t be like those people who don’t know God. They continue saying things that mean nothing, thinking that God will hear them because of their many words. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask him’ (Matthew 6:6-8 NCV).
You can pray anywhere, at any time: in your car, in the bathroom, lying in bed, while you’re exercising or at work. All God asks is that you be spontaneous, personal and honest. In other words, pray from your heart.
[8:27 AM, 6/1/2019] 919063: Above Only Devotional
Saturday, June 1
Jesus is Your Standard: Focus on Him
2 Corinthians 10:12 (NlV); Philippians 3:14, Ephesians 4:15 (GNB)
_We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.
*I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. *lnstead, by speaking the truth in a spirit of love, we must grow up in every way to Christ, who is the head._
Jesus is your standard and your destiny is to be conformed to His exact image, Rom. 8:29. God wants you and me to be like Christ in every way. In Ephesians 4:11-13, the Bible says, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”.
Our goal is not to be better than anyone else; it is to be like Christ. Some people enjoy the carnal feeling of pride that results from their thinking that they are better than others in one material way or the other. Such people are simply being deceived by vanity. In our first text above, Apostle Paul made it clear that people who compare themselves with others are unwise. We are not to judge ourselves or others by who we are in the physical, but by who we are in Christ, 2 Cor. 5:16-17. The Laodicean church became proud and spiritually lukewarm because they felt that they were rich and wealthy. But, in the sight of God, they were naked and wretched, Rev. 3:14-19. Comparing yourself with Christ and desiring to be more like Him will keep you humble and passionate as you grow in God. Instead of comparing yourself with anyone else, you will find yourself loving them like Christ does and doing all possible to help them attain our goal of becoming more like Christ in every area of our lives.
I desire to be like Christ in every area of my life. Transform me by your Spirit and manifest more of the life of Christ within me.
[8:28 AM, 6/1/2019] 919063: ❣🥬 OPEN HEAVENS 🥬❣
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DATE: SATURDAY 1ST MAY 2019
THEME: THE BEST IS YET TO COME
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 Corinthians 5:1
Bible Reading: Hebrews 11:32-40
32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.
34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
Soon after I became born again, God showed me that Christianity is an eternal journey with Him which gets progressively better by the day for those who live in obedience to His commandments. As soon as I understood this, I made up my mind on two things: to live the rest of my life in total obedience to God, and to live with the mindset that the best is yet to come, irrespective of my current status, achievements or breakthroughs. This decision yielded a habit of appreciating God for every success and achievement in life and ministry, without the slightest feeling of accomplishment or the notion that we have “arrived”. Those who have witness the different levels of growth, development and miracles that God has made possible in The Redeemed Christian Church of God have always wondered how we are able to make these great leaps without resting on our oars. The answer lies in Philippians 3:13-14, which says:
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Paul was able to pen these words because he had a revelation of an ever-increasing glory in his spirit. He therefore lived every day of His life with the attitude that irrespective of the present glory, with God on his side, the best was yet to come. No wonder he lived a life that went from glory to greater glory, so much so that God performed special miracles through him (Acts 19:11-12). In spite of it all, he never allowed himself to dwell on his achievements as though he had arrived or attained greatness.
We should therefore learn from Paul’s example that doing great things on an incremental basis is central to the purpose and agenda God has for us. 1 Corinthians 2:9 says:
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
In essence, the greatest philosophers, investors and scientists cannot comprehend what God has in store for His children. God is so great, and Hid ways are far higher than our ways. Therefore, we can continually expect great and mighty things from Him. The events in 2 Kings 11:18-19 teach that when anyone is on an assignment for God, the fellow must diligently and aggressively carry out such duties according to God’s high calling, and not according to personal preferences. Go ahead and prophesy to yourself today that your best is yet to come!
Father, please help me to always look forward to a greater future in You, in Jesus’ Name.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 1: THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS
• There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.
Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need:
Mercy-drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.
• There shall be showers of blessing,
Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys,
Sound of abundance of rain.
• There shall be showers of blessing;
Send them upon us, O Lord;
Grant to us now a refreshing,
Come, and now honor Thy Word.
• There shall be showers of blessing:
Oh, that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!
• There shall be showers of blessing,
If we but trust and obey;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
SEEDS OF DESTINY DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY DR. PASTOR PAUL ENENCHE.
Saturday 01 June, 2019.
THE DOORWAY TO SPIRITUAL REWARDS.
SCRIPTURE: But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The Word of God is profitable when it is mixed with faith.
There are rewards for believing and trusting in God. This belief or trust in God is what is summed up as faith; that is faith in God. Faith is, therefore, the doorway to spiritual rewards and profits. It is important to know that we do not believe God or seek Him in vain (Isaiah 45:19). It is not a waste of effort to believe or put our faith in God. As a dedicated Christian, when people tell you that you are wasting your time by going to church, tell them that there are rewards for putting one’s trust in God (Isaiah 45:19).
Now, I would like you to take note of the following key thoughts on the profitability of faith in the life of a Christian:
1. Faith Attracts Substantial Evidence of the Reality of God into the Life of the Believer
The Bible said in Hebrews 11:1-3 ‘Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen’.
Faith is substance; it is evidence; it attracts substantial evidence of the reality of God into the life of a Believer. In case there is anybody who says God does not exist, when he sees the life of a man of faith or a woman of faith, they will see the evidence of the reality of God.
2. You cannot be in Faith and be Without Proofs; you cannot be in Faith and be Without Evidence
Since faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1), it means that the lifestyle of faith must attract proofs or testimonies to the life of a Christian.
3. Faith is What Makes the Word of God Profitable
The Word of God is profitable when it is mixed with faith (Hebrews 4:2). It is possible to have religion without reality but you cannot have faith without reality.
Beloved, my counsel is, make up your mind to live a lifestyle of faith in order to attract the practical proofs of God’s reality and faithfulness in your life.
Remember this: The Word of God is profitable when it is mixed with faith.
1. Make up your mind to make the study of God’s Word a consistent habit.
2. Believe every revealed or spoken Word of God by taking relevant actions of faith to see the proofs of God’s faithfulness in your life.
PRAYER: O Lord, I ask for the grace to study Your Word continually in order to access light for faith in You. Make my life an evidence of Your faithfulness as I put my total trust in You, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: THE PROFITABILITY OF FAITH.
DAILY READING: 2 Samuel 18:1-19:10, John 20:1-31, Psalm 119:153–176, Proverbs 16:14–15
AMAZING FACT: Christianity was the main religion in Egypt between the fourth and sixth centuries.
QUOTE: When your faith is weak, your destiny is not secured. Culled from 15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL by Dr Paul Enenche.
PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: The Lord shall usher you into the realm of evidential proofs in this season, in Jesus’ Name.
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