Morning Devotiona

[12/20, 6:59 AM] 919063: Distributors of God’s blessing

Friday 20th December 2019

‘I will…make your name great, and you will be a blessing.’ Genesis 12:2 NIV

God promised to bless Abraham and make his name ‘great’ for one reason – so he would be a blessing to others. Jesus taught his disciples to be distributors of blessing and first responders to those in need. That’s why he often involved them in the miracle process; he was training them. In feeding the five thousand, the miracle of multiplication took place after the bread and fish left the disciples’ hands. Jesus was the source, they were the distributors (see Matthew 14:13-21).

And God is calling you to be a distributor too. Sometimes we don’t recognise our blessing because it’s in seed form, so we conclude we don’t have what it takes. Not so. Jesus said: ‘This is what the Kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain – first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come’ (Mark 4:26-29 NIV). Note the words: ‘The seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.’ Instead of saying, ‘How could God possibly use me?’ become aware and alert to people’s needs.

You have something God can use, and when he blesses it, you’ll be amazed at your potential. The miracle of the loaves and fishes began when someone said, ‘These people need to be fed.’ That’s when the disciples discovered Jesus could use what they had, even though it seemed inadequate

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[12/20, 6:59 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

DATE: FRIDAY 20TH DECEMBER 2019.

THEME: LIVING HOLY I.

MEMORISE:
Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. Deuteronomy 13:4.

READ: Job 23:10-12 (KJV).

10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.

12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

MESSAGE:
From my encounters with people all around the world, I make bold to say that so many people want to live their lives as true Christians.

However, even though they really want to live holy Christ-like lives, they somewhat find themselves falling into sin again and again. Some have even concluded that it is possible to live a holy life, but nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus said in Matthew 5:48:
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
Only a bully would ask a person to do something he or she knows cannot be done, just to oppress that person. In some Nigerian secondary schools, a bully would give a junior student N 10 and ask the fellow to buy food worth N 100. Our God is not like that; if He says you should be perfect, it means He has given you the ability to be perfect. The only problem is that most people fail to realise that they have all it take to live a life of holiness.

God gave us the Bible to help us live a holy life. Everyone who studies their Bible regularly will tell you that the more they study God’s word, the less attractive sin becomes to them. This is the point of sanctification where a person beings love righteousness and hate iniquity. In order for His disciples to remain holy after His departure, Jesus prayed to God thus:
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
John 17:17
If you don’t study your Bible daily, it will be impossible for you to live holy.

You should not stop at studying God’s word daily, you must also memorise it. This is why we have a memory verse per day in this devotional. When you memorise scriptures every day, it will be difficult for you to commit sin. David said in Psalm 119:11:
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
What you meditate on and for how long you meditate on it has an effect on your lifestyle. This is why God advised Joshua to meditate on His word day and night. If you continuously do this, you will begin to live like Christ and succeed as He did.

KEY POINT:
Fall in love with God’s word and it will be easy to live a holy life.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Proverbs 9-12, Zachariah 8:9-23.

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 3: TRUST AND OBEY.

1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Chorus:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.

4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.

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[12/20, 6:59 AM] 919063: *Above Only Devotional*

Friday, December 20

*The Perseverance of Sons*

_Hebrews 5:7-8 (LB) 1 Peter 2:23 (CEV)_
_Yet while Christ was here on earth he pleaded with God, praying with years and agony of soul to the only one who will save him from premature death. And God heard his prayers because of his desire to obey God at all times. And even though Jesus was God’s Son, he had to learn from experience what if was like to obey when obeying meant suffering. *… And when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he had faith in God, who judges fairly._

As God’s dear children, we must realize that for us to grow spiritually and for us to continually do God’s will and please Him, there will be times that we may feel uncomfortable and uneasy about doing the things that God wants us to do. At many times, our spirit will be willing but our flesh will be weak. At such times, one thing that will keep us going is our trust and confidence in God’s great love for us and His great ability at work in us. Our Heavenly Father will never ask us to do anything that will not be good for us in the long run. The process and immediate sacrifice may be difficult for us at the moment but the results and fruit that will come out of it will be worth much more than all we had to give up or go through to experience it.

We must rely on the Holy Spirit to help us endure. Part of the fruit of the Spirit are patience or long suffering, and self-control, Gal. 5:22-23. By the strength of the Spirit, we can endure, go through and hold on to the end. We must persevere in prayers, persevere in faith, persevere in trials and temptations and we must persevere in the assignment God has given us. We must persevere in love. Jesus loved His disciples unto the very end, John 13:1. We must persevere in good works. God will not forget our labour of love, Heb. 6:10. We will reap if we faint not, Gal. 6:9. Our faith will be tested (James 1:2-4) and we will go through chastisement, Heb. 12:6-7. God chastises us because He loves us. Our ability to yield to God’s word in our trying times is how God chastises us and prunes us, 2 Tim. 3:16.

Prayer: I desire to honour You Lord and do your will no matter what it costs me. I receive your grace to endure and persevere always.

Bible in one year reading plan: Micah 1-3, Revelation 11

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