[10/19, 4:49 AM] faithemm2015: *DAILY MANNA*
_*MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2020*_
*PRESERVED FOR THE CROWN*
TEXT: *2 Chronicles 23:1-11*
_*“Then they brought out the king’s son, and put upon him the crown, and gave him the testimony, and made him king. And Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and said, God save the king.”*_ – (2 Chronicles 23:11)
Six years might look long and insufferable to tolerate the reign of a wicked ruler. The period might drag on to make one wonder whether it was not going to end. The perpetrators of evil in that dispensation would be emboldened to dig deep to consolidate their hold. On the other hand, those looking for a change to displace the evil ruler would wonder if God would not intervene to put an end to the anguish unleashed on them.
The murderous queen Athaliah had her will for six years of iniquitous reign. She trampled on those who came her way in the kingdom of Judah and appeared invincible. But in the seventh year, the Lord stepped in and stirred the hearts of Jehoiada the priest who led the Levites, military chiefs and the people to terminate Athaliah’s rule. They secured the temple where the right heir to David’s throne was preserved. It was a perfect plan that had divine approval.
The young Joash was brought from hiding in the house of the Lord and crowned and anointed by Jehoiada and his sons, with the celebratory proclamation, *“God save the king”*. Unlike the case of the self-made queen Athaliah, his had the stamp of heaven. Whereas they rejected God’s way and timing, Jehoiada and Joash trusted in the infallibility of prophecy that God will never *“cast away the seed of Jacob…”* (Jeremiah 33:19-26).
The Lord has also preserved believers in Jesus Christ for a crowning ceremony in heaven after our time here on earth. We must tarry in patience, faith, holiness, selfless service in His kingdom and in soul-winning in expectation of that great day. His promise is that He will return for us one day. He honoured His word on David’s throne when there was a threat. He will certainly fulfil His promise to crown us also as we serve Him faithfully, bearing His cross.
*THOUGHT FOR THE DAY*:
After the cross comes the crown.
*THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR*:
[10/19, 4:49 AM] faithemm2015: *Morning Showers* 🌦
With Kingsley and Kemi Tobi
*Give no place to the devil*
*Text:* Eph 4:27
_”Nor give place to the devil.” “And do not give the devil a foothold.”_(NIV)
The devil is always looking for an opportunity, a loophole, a room and a foothold in your life to wreck havoc. His assignment is _”to steal, to kill and to destroy.”_(John 10:10). All he needs is a little room and he will take over your entire life. Hence, the Bible says, “….do not give the devil a foothold.”
Another way a believer can give the devil a place to operate in his/her life is through:
*# Bitterness and Unforgiveness #*
2 Corinth 2:10-11 says, _”Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.”_
Bitterness and unforgiveness give room for the devil to perpetuate his evil works. When unforgiveness resides in your heart, the devil will take advantage of you. One of the devil’s strategies is the use of unforgiveness to gain access to your life. Unforgiveness is a fertile ground to breed all manners of evil.
Unforgiveness turns you over to the tormentors. Jesus gave a parable in Matt 18:23-35 about a servant who refused to forgive his fellow servants. In vs. 34-35, _”And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”_ The devil is the chief tormentor who gains access to torment you when unforgiveness takes hold of your heart. He gains a foothold through your unforgiveness.
Bitterness is a root that gives rise to evil fruits. Heb 12:15 says, _”looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.”_ Bitterness breeds trouble and causes defilement. It is a poison which not only kills but destroys everything good. The Bible says, _”…..make sure there is no root among you that produces such bitter poison.”_(Deut 29:18)
” _You are cleaned by the word that I have spoken unto you”_ John 15:3_
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[10/19, 4:49 AM] faithemm2015: *RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL*
*Monday, October 19th, 2020*
*DISCOVER YOURSELF IN HIM*
*_”But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me” (Romans 10:20)._*
There’re still many who haven’t understood true Christianity; therefore, they go about seeking God. You may say, “But Jeremiah 29:13-14 says, *_” And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity…”_* This scripture isn’t for the Christian. Being born again, you’re not in captivity. Jeremiah was referring to Israel. Don’t live an Old Testament life in the New Testament. Stop seeking God! He lives in you.
Colossians 2:6 says, having received Christ Jesus the Lord, we should continue to live in Him. Therefore, we’re not seeking Him; we have Him. We’ve arrived, for we’re born of Him, into His presence.
Christianity isn’t about pressing into God’s presence; Christianity is carrying God’s presence. You’re His living tabernacle of witness. When you arrive anywhere, God’s presence arrives! You’re *”the presence.”* *Hallelujah!* Paul said we make manifest the savour of His knowledge in every place (2 Corinthians 2:14). When you show up, He shows up, because you’re one with Him.
The moment you realise this, your search is over. From that moment, your worship changes; your prayer-life changes; your faith-life changes; everything changes! You’d find that you’re walking in fulfillment twenty-four hours a day, every day of your life, pleasing Him in all things. Blessed be His Name forever!
*Precious Father, I thank you for everything I’d ever need in life is in Christ, and Christ is in me, and to have Christ is to have everything. I thank you for the privilege to be a member of His body, of His flesh and of His bones! Christ in me is my assurance of a life of continuous victory and unending success. Hallelujah!*
*|| FURTHER STUDY:*
1 Corinthians 6:17 *||* *_But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit._* *||*
Colossians 1:27 *||* *_To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory._* *||*
*|| DAILY SCRIPTURE READING:*
*1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:*
1 Timothy 1:1-20 & Jeremiah 5-6
*2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:*
Hebrews 9:11-28 & Ezekiel 17
*📄Leave comments on today’s devotional at _www.rhapsodyofrealities.org_*
[10/19, 4:51 AM] faithemm2015: *INSPIRATION*
(Giving direction to your day)
Monday 19th October, 2020
*RECEIVING THE SPIRIT 1*
*Text: “He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed…?” Acts 19:2*
In recent times I noticed that quite a lot of believers don’t yet have the understanding of how to receive the Holy Spirit nor the place of the Spirit of God in their lives. This is fundamental to our walk with God.
Our anchor scripture above clearly explains to us that there is a big difference between receiving Jesus as our Lord and receiving the Holy Spirit. Acts 19:1 refers to this people as “…Certain disciples.” So it’s clear that they were already believers. Then Paul went on to ask them if they have received the Holy Ghost since they believed? We are not told how long ago they believed. It could be weeks, months or even years ago. The point is so clear that believing in Christ and receiving the Holy Spirit are two different experience.
*1. Receiving Jesus as our Lord and savior is being born of the Spirit. John 3:8*
*2. Receiving the Holy Spirit is being filled with the Spirit. Acts 2:4*
God is asking me to ask you too, that have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed? If you have not it could happen to you right now. Provided you will receive these words by faith and stop all the arguments. I was born again for a couple of years, but in those years my walk with God was never stable, until after I left secondary school and I prayed by myself in my room asking the Holy Spirit to fill me up with the evidence of speaking in an unknown tongue. This happened to me as a teenager and I have been walking in this experience ever since then. That experience began for me a journey of growth and a deeper understanding of the things of God. To be continued…..
Lord fill me by your Spirit to overflowing. Let every emptiness in me be filled up by your Spirit.
*LEARN MORE:* Acts 19:1-7
*PRAYER REQUEST: Lord cause the breathe of your Spirit to rest afresh over every article this week. John 6:63*
[10/19, 6:26 AM] faithemm2015: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: MONDAY 19TH OCTOBER 2020.
THEME: OVERCOMING DESTINY THREATENING ENEMIES.
Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly. Psalm 6:10
READ: 1 Samuel 17:45-51
45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hands.
48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came, and drew nigh to meet David, that David hastened, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.
50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.
Ever since Adam sold the liberty of man to the devil, everyone else who desires freedom has had to fight for it.
Success in this fight however, is only guaranteed through prayer- engaging God to do what we cannot do on our own.
It is the only way to deal with destiny-threatening enemies- whatever and whoever they are.
After Hezekiah received a letter from Sennacherib, he asked God for help and He obliged according to (Isaiah 37:14-20).
In today’s Bible reading, after Goliath had cursed David (1 Samuel 17:43), the young man intelligently invited God – the greatest Ally, to the battle between him and Goliath and by extension, between Israel and the Philistines.
“…Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.” 1 Samuel 17:45
After the invitation, David became more than a match for Goliath.
The devil was indeed the primary figure behind the attack against David- he didn’t want him to become the king of Israel.
We can learn from David. He was a successful warrior who relied on divine intervention in all his life’s battles.
In numerous Psalms, he promptly reported his real and potential enemies to God.
Most famous is Psalm 35:1 where he wrote: “Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.”
He knew he could not handle these enemies himself.
He was specific about what he wanted the Lord of hosts to do with his enemies (Psalm 6:10).
Beloved, are you faced with battle from destiny-threatening enemies?
Hand the battles over to God- Jehovah Nissi today.
He will fight for you if you surrender to Him (Isaiah 59:19).
Jehovah Nissi, please fight my battles for me today in the mighty name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Matthew 16
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 10: I AM A VICTOR
1• Yes, I know I am a victor
For the Bible tells me so
God made me more than a conqueror
Much stronger than all my foes
Jesus loves me and I love Him
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By His Blood, His Name, His Word
2• Yes, I know I am a victor
Stronger than demons I am
To Satan I am a terror
I am free, o yes, I am
3• Yes, I know I am a victor
Stronger than lack, poverty
All my needs Jesus provides for
I have life abundantly
4• Yes, I know I am a victor
Barrenness no more indeed
Fruitful is the God I live for
All my dreams shall be fulfilled
5• Yes, I know I am a victor
By His strength I shall succeed
No more loss and no more failure
Glory to glory proceed
6• Yes, I know I am a victor
No more sorrow, no despair
Jesus Christ is my own Succour
Tomorrow is joy and cheer
7• Yes, I know I am a victor
Very soon I’ll reign with Him
His promise is my sure anchor
He’s coming to take me home
8• Jesus loves me and I love Him
We rule this world together
As He is so right now I am
Hear me shout Halleluyah
9• Jesus loves me Halleluyah
Hear me shout Halleluyah
Glory be to God on high