Morning Devotions

[10/23, 5:40 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-10-23
TOPIC: THE MATTER OF KNOWING WHO TO MARRY

SCRIPTURE: And the LORD God said,”it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. 

Genesis 2″:18

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Any relationship you manage can damage you; any relationship you pamper can tamper with your life and destiny

It is confirmed that one of the most critical directions to seek in life is the direction as to who to marry. This is because a larger percentage of a person’s success in life is connected to whom he/she married. Marriage failure at times equals destiny failure; a shattered home can equal a shattered life. No matter how anointed a man is,”if his house is not in order, his ministry can never be in order. Samson’s downfall or tragedy was connected to the wrong women he associated with. (Judges 14″:16-20 and 16:1-21).

Beloved,”do not allow the flesh to choose for you whom to marry. That the man is tall, rich and handsome does not mean he is your husband. That the lady is beautiful, fair to look upon and intelligent does not mean that she is the right person for you. Sister, do not allow desperation or any form of pressure make you to make the wrong choice in marriage. Do not say, ‘I will manage him,’ or ‘I will manage her.’

Get this”:

*Any relationship you manage can damage you; any relationship you pamper can tamper with your life and destiny. There is something worse than being single,”and that is marrying the wrong person. Marriage is a fixed deposit.

*Sister, that man you are in a relationship with, and he can lift his hand to slap you but drops it on a second thought, when you eventually marry him, know that that slap must happen.

*Never marry anybody who you have lost your peace over. Do not marry anybody out of pity.

*Do not cheapen your life by engaging in premarital sex. Imagine that, the man has not married you but he has seen everything about you. Apart from eternal consequences, that sort of action is a major reason for the abortion or failure of marriage. That is, the marriage ended before it even started. (Hebrew 13″:4).

But you shall make it,”in Jesus’ Name. 

 

REMEMBER THIS”: Any relationship you manage can damage you; any relationship you pamper can tamper with your life and destiny. 

ASSIGNMENT(S)

1. Wait on the Lord in prayer and fasting to know who to marry. Any time spent to know who to marry is not a waste of time (Genesis 2:18).  

2. Ensure you have an inner witness accompanied with a peace of mind over the person you are thinking of marrying.

3. Determine to keep yourself and the relationship pure devoid of premarital sex.

 

PRAYER: Lord,”I ask for divine intervention in my marital relationship. I ask for your mercy in any area I have slipped in time past. Deliver me from marital confusion; I settle for Your Will for my life Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

QUOTE”: Your masculinity is not for the beating of your wife but for protecting your wife; your femininity is not for talking back at your husband but for talking for your husband. Marriage is responsibility. Culled from ‘In-laws,”In-loves  and outlaws’ by Dr Becky Paul-Enenche

AMAZING FACT”: The nearest heavenly body to us is the moon,”and the moon is approximately  245,000 miles away.

TODAY IN HISTORY”:23/10/1760 – First Jewish prayer books were printed in North America

DAILY READING: Jer. 42:1 to 44:23,”2 Tim 2″:1 to 21,”Ps 92″:1-93:5,”Prov 26″:3-5

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: The LORD guide you into His perfect will for your life in this season in Jesus’ Name.

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[10/23, 5:40 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: WEDNESDAY 23RD OCTOBER 2019

THEME: PRAISE HIM

MEMORISE:
Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 106:1

READ: 2 Chronicles 20:19-22

20:19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high. 20:20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. 20:21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever. 20:22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

MESSAGE

God’s children have so much to praise Him for. That you are alive today and able to read this devotional is a good enough reason to praise Him. I believe that most Christians know that there is power in praising God. Some have even experienced great miracles as a result. I am therefore surprised that some of us still find it hard to praise God as often as we should. One reason for this may be our preoccupation with meeting life’s daily demands. Sometimes, these demands occupy our time so much that we forget to praise God. We must be like David who made a firm commitment to never forget God’s benefits in his life. In Psalm 103:1-2, he said:

“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:”

Endeavour to emulate this good attribute that David had, even if it means setting reminder on your phone or putting up reminder notes on your walls at home. Make up your mind to offer praises to God on a daily basis, irrespective of the situation you are passing through or how you feel. In all you do, never forget to praise God.

When we praise God, it shifts the focus of our mind away from ourselves and our reality to God and His infinite possibilities, and when our focus is on God rather than our situation, we will begin to see how great God is compared to the size of our problems. Also, when we praise God in spite of how we feel or what we are going through, we declare our dependency on Him and acknowledge that we are not in control of our lives. As a result, we receive peace and strength in place of worries and burdens.

One great benefit of praising God is that it causes our enemies to scatter. 2 Chronicles 20:22 says:

“And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.”

This verse describes what happened when three big nations connived to battle against Judah, knowing that they had just a small army. Considering their numerical disadvantage, Judah would have lost the battle woefully. However, God turned the situation around in their favour when they praised Him. Do you have enemies bigger than you? Activate the power of praise today and see them destroyed for your sake. The fact is when we refuse to praise God, we shortchange ourselves and prolong our problems. Therefore, let praising God become your lifestyle from today.

KEY POINT:
Praising God helps us to focus on His ability and opens the door of possibilities to us.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
2 Chronicles 26-28, Revelation 17:15-18:13

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 14: LET US WITH A GLADSOME MIND

1 Let us, with a gladsome mind,
Praise the LORD, for He is kind:
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

2 Let us blaze His Name abroad,
For of gods He is the God:
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

3 He with all-commanding might
Filled the new-made world with light:
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

4 All things living He doth feed;
His full hand supplies their need:
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.
5 He His chosen race did bless
In the wasteful wilderness:
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

6 He hath with a pious eye
Looks upon our misery:
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

7 Let us therefore warble forth
His high majesty and worth:
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

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[10/23, 5:40 AM] 919063: When you worship, you win spiritual battles

Wednesday 23rd October 2019

‘He appointed those who should sing to the Lord.’ 2 Chronicles 20:21 NKJV

Worship is a powerful weapon, one that can turn the battle in your favour.

When King Jehoshaphat faced the combined might of three different armies, he knew he was no match for them. So he turned to God, saying, ‘We have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon you’ (2 Chronicles 20:12 NKJV). Here’s how God answered him: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s’ (2 Chronicles 20:15 NKJV). Then God gave him an amazing strategy for victory. He told him to put a choir in front of his army and go into battle singing the praises of God. Can you imagine trying to explain that at the NZ Defence Force? They’d most probably have a good laugh at your expense. But Jehoshaphat did it: ‘He appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army’ (2 Chronicles 20:21 NKJV). And if that blows your mind, read this: ‘When they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated’ (2 Chronicles 20:22 NKJV). Instead of attacking Judah, the three armies attacked one another. Israel never fired a shot, never took a casualty, and it took them three days to gather the spoils.

So when you’re in a battle you can’t win, begin to praise God and the forces of Heaven will come to your aid.

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