[11/5, 4:29 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Myths about child-rearing (2)
Thursday 5th November 2020
‘Teach them to your children and to their children.’ Deuteronomy 4:9 NIV
In his book Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right from Wrong, William Kilpatrick identifies two more child-rearing myths that parents mistakenly fall for:
(1) The myth that all moral problems are psychological in nature. In this view, behavioural problems are seen as issues related to self-esteem or unmet psychological needs. The old-fashioned idea that behavioural problems can be the result of ‘wilfulness’ on the part of children doesn’t seem to occur to the average child-raising expert. If you look in the index of a typical child-rearing book you will find a great many pages devoted to ‘self-esteem’, but you’re not likely to find the word ‘character’ very often. (2) The myth that parents don’t have a right to instil their values in their children. Once again, the standard dogma is that children must create their own values. But children have precious little chance to do that, since the rest of the culture has no qualms about imposing its values on them. Does it make sense for parents to remain neutral bystanders when everyone else from scriptwriters to entertainers, and advertisers to sex educators, insist on selling their values to our children?
When it comes to child-raising, this is what God told his people: ‘Be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them’ (Deuteronomy 4:9 NIV). Parent, when it comes to instilling spiritual values into your children, ask yourself this: if not you, then who? If notnow, then when?
[11/5, 5:07 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *LIFE AND FAVOUR*
*Rev. Anthony Akinmoyo,*
Lifeway Christian Centre,
*ATMOSPHERE FOR CREATIVE THINKING*
Creativity does not just take place anywhere. There are certain environment and atmosphere that promote inspirational thinking such as the following:
Whenever we put our mind to work, we are actually partnering with the Holy Spirit for inspiration. But this cannot happen when a person is perpetually living in sin.
Sin corrupts human mentality. Beloved, it takes purity and integrity to enjoy mental dignity. The mind that is nurturing or harbouring sin cannot be inspired, for witty inventions.
Genesis 6:5 (KJV)
*And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.*
Sin kills potentials. Therefore safeguard the sanctity of your mind.
2 Timothy 2:19 (KJV)
*Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.*
We are in a time when people are diverting their mental energies to great evil such as killer drugs, corruption, inventing indecent dressing and activities, when these are in place, individuals and society cannot move forward. The worst of them all is sexual immorality. It is a cankerworm that eats up destinies faster than any other thing. It turns the mind to a reprobate one.
(b.) *JOYFUL AND PRAISEFUL LIFESTYLE*
Joyfulness provokes inspiration for creativity. Do not let anyone or situation to determine your mood, but maintain your river of joy always.
(c.) *QUIETNESS AND PRIVACY*
Too much of public life kills our mental ability. Great men are always scarce in public but when they appear, they make great impact. Spend time alone to think and plan.
Daniel 2:19 (KJV)
*Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.*
Mark 1:35 (KJV)
*And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.*
Night seasons and early morning are wonderful time to think. It will not be long, the world will hear about you and celebrate you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ!
> Thank you Lord for another beautiful day that you have made.
> Thank you Father for your faithfulness all through the year.
> Thank you my Father for your loving kindness and salvation of my soul.
> Thank you my Father for your unending supplies.
1. Psalm 79:9 (KJV)
*Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.*
O Lord my Father, purge me of anything that has been corrupting my mind in the mighty name of Jesus!
2. Psalm 51:7 (KJV)
*Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.*
My Father and my God, deliver me from all forms of bitterness and unforgiveness that has been hindering my mind from being resourceful in the mighty name of Jesus!
3. Hebrews 5:14 (KJV)
*But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.*
O Lord my God, grant me grace to always exercise my mind to be inspired for creative inventions in the mighty name of Jesus!
4. Ecclesiastes 1:13 (KJV)
*And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven..*
O Lord my Father, grant me grace to seek after knowledge and wisdom that will enrich my creative capacity in the mighty name of Jesus!
5. Job 28:10 (KJV)
*He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing.*
i. O Lord my God, help me to maximize the divine potential deposited in me in the mighty name of Jesus!
ii. O Lord my Father, grant me grace to see and maximize opportunities around me in the mighty name of Jesus!
6. Psalm 65:11 (KJV)
*Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.*
My Father and my God, crown this year with uncommon testimonies for me in the mighty name of Jesus!
7. 1 Chronicles 29:12 (KJV)
*Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.*
O Lord my God, exercise your power to “make great” in my life in the mighty name of Jesus!
8. Isaiah 13:12 (KJV)
*I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.*
i. My Father and my God, beautify my life with heavenly treasures in the mighty name of Jesus!
ii. My Lord and My God, transform my life by releasing upon me divine inspiration for exploits in the mighty name of Jesus!
9. Isaiah 57:19 (KJV)
*I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him.*
i. I declare I will close this year with unprecedented testimonies in the mighty name of Jesus!
ii. I declare my eyes shall not see evil in the mighty name of Jesus!
iii. I declare kings shall come to my rising in the mighty name of Jesus!
iv. I declare, good old age full of riches and honour is my heritage in the mighty name of Jesus!
Thank you Father for working exceedingly and abundantly above all that I ask or think.
Receive my thanks and praise in the mighty name of Jesus!
See you tomorrow.
*Pray without ceasing.*
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 (KJV)
For Further Counselling and Prayer,
[11/5, 5:07 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL
YOU CAME FOR A PURPOSE .
Thursday, November 5th .
_*For we are his workmanship, created in ChristJesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).*_
God has a purpose for your life; He has a purpose foreverything that He does. In John 10:10, Jesus said, _*“…Iam come that they might have life, and that they might have itmore abundantly.”*_ 1 John 3:8 says, _*“…For this purpose the Sonof God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of thedevil.”*_ Then in Luke 19:10, He said, _*“…the Son of man is come toseek and to save that which was lost.”*_ His purpose was clear: He came to do the will of the Father.
Understand, you were born for a purpose; you came to do thewill of your heavenly Father. In Acts 26, we read about Saul of Tarsus, who on his way to Damascus had an encounter with theLord. The Lord called him by name and said, _*“…I HAVE APPEARED UNTO THEE FOR THIS PURPOSE, to make thee a minister and a witness…”*_ (Acts 26:16). God doesn’t do anything without a purpose.The reason He appeared to Saul, who later became Paul, was to make him a minister and a witness, so that he (Paul) would take the Gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 26:17).
Have you discovered your purpose? Do you know why youwere born? If you haven’t found out, you can do that today! Be boldto ask the Lord; He’ll tell you. He’ll guide you to that purpose as youwalk with Him, and do the things He’s called you to do.
You weren’t born for nothing. You were born for the glory ofGod. You were born to walk with Him and bring Him honour. Heplanned from the beginning that you’d serve Him and live unto Christ. Let that purpose become established in your heart and you’ll experience tremendous growth and success in your life, and in allthat you do.
*I’m in the world at such a time as this, for a purpose, living thelife that God prearranged for me before the foundation of theworld. He planned that I’d serve Him and live for Him, and thatthrough me, His righteousness would be established in theearth, and in the hearts of men. I’m fulfilling this purpose daily,in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: Jeremiah 1:5* Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, [and] I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Colossians 4:17. And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
*DAILY SCRIPTURE READING*
*1-Year Bible Reading Plan=>* Hebrews 4:14-5:1-10 & Jeremiah 44-47
*2-Year Bible Reading Plan=>* 1 Peter 3:1-12 & Ezekiel 36
[11/5, 6:12 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: THURSDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2020
THEME: FREEDOM FROM DEPRESSION II.
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. John 14:18
READ: Psalm 40:1-5
1I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
Yesterday, we looked at how a relationship with Christ can drive depression away from a person’s depressed. A Christian may get depressed when life’s challenges make them lose sight of how great God is or how much He loves them.
I have experienced this before. I was already the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God then, and the Church was growing, but somehow, I felt the people I was patronizing did not care about me. I felt I was laboring in prayers and fasting for them, but they didn’t care, so I decided that I was going to resign as the General Overseer of the Church. With my decision made, I took a nap and when I woke, there was a young girl who had come to see me. She said God told her to come and give me a cake. I was so touched by the gesture that even though I don’t like cake so much, I ate that one. Then God said “I thought you said no one cared”. I realized that I had paid so much attention to appreciation from the people that I did not remember how much God cares for and loves me.
Now, when as a believer you are feeling depressed, what you need is to go deep into the presence of God because Psalm 16:11 says:
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
You cannot be engulfed in the presence of God and not feel His love and care for you; that love you feel will bring joy to your soul. How can you get into the presence of God? Simple. Through praise and worship. David said in Psalm 100:4 that with thanksgiving, you enter into the gates of God and with praises, you enter into His courtyard. When you praise and worship God for a long period of time, you will feel His presence come down greatly and since in His presence there is fulness of joy, you will begin to feel a joy that is beyond understanding. That is why Isaiah 61:3 says a garment of praise will replace a spirit of heaviness:
“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness…..”
Father, please give me a garment of praise in place of every heaviness in my heart
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Mark 13
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 3: BE GLAD IN THE LORD AND REJOICE.
1. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice,
All ye that are upright in heart;
And ye that have made Him your choice,
Bid sadness and sorrow depart.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice;
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice.
2. Be joyful, for He is the Lord
On earth and in Heaven supreme;
He fashions and rules by His word—
The “Mighty” and “Strong” to redeem.
3. What though in the conflict for right
Your enemies almost prevail?
God’s armies, just hid from your sight,
Are more than the foes which assail.
4. Though darkness surround you by day,
Your sky by the night be o’ercast,
Let nothing your spirit dismay,
But trust till the danger is past.
5. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice,
His praises proclaiming in song;
Let gratefulness give all a voice,
The loud hallelujahs prolong!