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[7/10, 12:00 AM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
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_DATE: WEDNESDAY 10TH JULY 2019_

*THEME: SIN GIVES A BAD IDENTITY.*

*MEMORISE:*
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
1 John 3:8

*Bible Reading: Revelations 22:14-15*
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

*MESSAGE*
After Cain murdered Abel his brother, a mark was placed on him, which illustrates the bad identity that sin gives. Genesis 4:15 says:

“And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.”

Nobody knows the nature of the mark that was placed on Cain; all we know is that it was meant to identify Cain so that those who met him would not kill him. Some Bible scholars suggest that this mark was given to ensure that Cain did not die cheaply, thereby preventing him from receiving a full does of the penalty of his sin. Irrespective of the nature or purpose of this mark, one thing is certain: Cain’s sin gave him a bad identity on the whole earth.

From today’s memory verse we understand that sin puts the mark of the devil’s ownership upon every sinner. Revelation 22:15 further reveals that in God’s sight, a sinner has the identity of a stray dog. Stray dogs are seen outside and are known to be dirty, promiscuous and aggressive. Sin is so terrible that it deforms the image of a person created in God’s image to the level of a dog! No wonder we see the people of this world manifesting the characteristics of dogs today. It is because their minds have been deformed by sin, so they are just manifesting the nature of the image they now possess in them. Some have even gone so low to indulge in unspeakable acts. Sin really leaves a terrible identity on anyone who yields to its control.

Are you caught in the web of sin? Has sin warped your mind so terribly? Is your life overshadowed by the bad identity given by sin? I have good news for you today: no matter how horrible the identity sin has placed on you is, Jesus Christ can remove it today with His blood. All you need to do is to surrender your life to Him as He calls all people to reconcile with God the Father through genuine repentance. When you do this, He will give you a brand new identity (2 Corinthians 5:17-18). Have you been saved by grace? Never return to your vomit of sin like a dog would (2 Peter 2:21-22). Sin will deform your new identity in Christ and change your standing with God. Is that sinful act really worth that much to you? Can the pleasure you derive from it compare to the joy of your salvation and the hope of glory you have in Christ Jesus? Don’t listen to the devil when he says that it doesn’t matter and that no consequence will follow an act of sin. It’s all a lie! Sin does give a bad identity, so run away from it.

*PRAYER POINT:*
Father, by the precious Blood of Jesus Christ, please remove every horrible identity of sin from my life and grant me a brand new identity as Your child.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
Deuteronomy 28
Ezekiel 14:12-15:8

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*HYMN 6: HAVE YOU BEEN TO JESUS FOR THE CLEANSING POWER?*
• Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

*Refrain*
Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

2. Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

*Refrain*

3. When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white!
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for His presence bright,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?

*Refrain*

4. Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
O be washed in the blood of the Lamb.

*Refrain*

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[7/10, 5:13 AM] 919063: Keep looking to Jesus

Wednesday 10th July 2019

‘Let us run…keeping our eyes on Jesus.’ Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT

Glenn Cunningham was born on a Kansas farm and educated in a one-room schoolhouse. He and his brother were responsible for keeping the school’s fire going. One morning as the boys poured kerosene on the live coals to get the fire started before school, the stove blew sky-high. Glenn rushed towards the door, then realised his brother had fallen and wasn’t moving. He went back to help, suffering terrible burns in the process. In the end his brother died and Glenn was hospitalised with severe burns on his legs. The tragedy seemed to mark an end to his dream of running track. Still, he was determined to walk again – which the doctors said wouldn’t happen, but he did. Then he began to run. Through many periods of discouragement and disappointment he kept running and getting faster. He mastered the mile. Eventually he set his sights on the international record for his distance and broke it! Then he went on to set a new world record. What kept him running? He said it was thinking about his brother.

When you feel discouraged and want to quit, think about Jesus: ‘Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honour beside God’s throne. Think of all…he endured…then you won’t become weary and give up’ (Hebrews 12:1-3 NLT).
[7/10, 5:13 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-07-10
TOPIC: THE BLESSING OF FAITH-FILLED TESTIMONIES

SCRIPTURE: …for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Revelation 19:10b

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Anything you see God do in the life of someone has become your prophecy.

Previously,”we saw that following the footsteps of the blessed will usher us into the realm of the blessing. You know, nothing communicates principles like example.

Today, we are going to see how following the examples and testimonies of the blessed can lead us into the realm of the blessing.

The example of the blessed imparts faith into the life of the saint regarding the faithfulness of God to His people. And faith is the currency with which we can possess our inheritance.

When you look at the life of someone like Ruth who was hopeless and futureless but later became a woman who could never be forgotten in the genealogy of Jesus Christ (Matt. 1″:5); someone like Joseph who was a slave (Gen.42:6); or Esther who was an orphan (Esther 2:17),”etc. and how God turned their lives around, a new dimension of faith is ignited in you. You can easily know what to do and get their results by following their principles.

Beloved, anything you see God do in the life of someone has become your prophecy; to guarantee your testimony as well (Revelation 19″:10). That was the experience of Mary in Luke 1:34-37; one testimony settled her case. If God has ever done it anywhere,”it is a confirmation that He will do it with (for) you.

Remember this”: Anything you see God do in the life of someone has become your prophecy.

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Think about what God has done in the life of someone who had your kind of expectation and give thanks to God.

2. Make demands on God for a replication of what He did for the person.

3. Draw out action steps from every testimony of God’s act and embark on them.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING,”GET THIS MESSAGE”: BLESSED BY THE WORD

PRAYER: Lord,”thank You for the amazing testimonies of Your wonders. Visit me and let Your blessing rest on me, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

DAILY BIBLE READING”: 1 Chronicles 9:1 to 10:14,”Acts 27″:21 to 44,”Psalm 8″:1 to 9,”Proverbs 18″:23 to 24

QUOTE: Associating with people who think,”talk and act the impossible is key to accessing all possibilities. Culled from ACCESS TO ALL POSSIBILITIES by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT”: It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

TODAY IN HISTORY: 10/07/1509 – John Calvin,”French pastor and theologian is born.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD”: Every testimony you have ever heard from the altar of Dunamis or read from the pages of SOD that you desire in your life is reproduced forthwith, in Jesus’ Name.
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[7/10, 5:29 AM] 919063: WISDOM FOR THE DAY
Wednesday, 10th July, 2019

LET’S STRIVE TOGETHER FOR THE GOSPEL

“Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.”
Philippians 1:27. KJV

In the Godhead, we see the uniqueness of the Godhead – God, the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. The Bible tells us that in the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1). But we discover in the Gospel of St John Chapter 1 that: “In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made”. And the Bible lets us know that the “Word” that became flesh is “Jesus”.

The Bible says in John 1 that without Him was nothing made that was made and yet in Genesis1:1, it says “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth”. If you read Colossians 1:16, it also emphasizes the fact that Jesus created the heaven and the earth. You may think that this is a contradiction. It is not contradictory. The Bible never and will never contradict itself.

But the truth is that in the Godhead, there is that uniqueness. We see the interplay of every member of the Godhead. Each one complementing the other and there is no conflict in their operation. That is the same way that we ought to function as the Church. 
The principle of uniqueness demands that every person should fill the part which has been assigned to him. It also demands that   we all recognize the importance of each part. 
Child of God, your role is important, and your part is vital. Don’t ever look down on yourself. Heaven is counting on you. I celebrate you today in Jesus’ name.

Further reading: 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; 14:1-40
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Job 41-42; Evening- Acts 16:22-40
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