[10/25, 4:20 AM] Monday Unureri: Today’s SOD – 2019-10-25
TOPIC: APPOINTMENT WITH THE MASTER
SCRIPTURE: And,”behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: It is the consciousness of consequence that imparts caution to action.
Appointment can be understood as an arrangement to meet someone at a particular place and time.
It is important to note that appointment goes hand-in-hand with preparation – be it a divine appointment or an earthly appointment. The question is,”how prepared would you be if our Master Jesus Christ gives you an appointment to meet with Him today? If the King of Kings summons you now, could you meet Him the way you are now?
If you were told that Jesus Christ wants to see you now, would you meet Him with your conscience that is smeared with compromise? Would you be meeting Him holding grudge in your heart against that person? Would you meet Him with those artificial things that have transformed your face, making you to look like someone? Would you meet Him with that lifestyle of pretense? You laugh or smile with someone as though you are happy with them but your heart speaks otherwise.
The truth is, when we get to eternity there will be a lot of surprises, ‘I am a Pastor or a Church worker’ will not mean anything to God then.
What will matter is what you would be comfortable with when you appear in the Presence of Jesus and your conscience is justified. What do you think you would have to change in your life if you were told that Jesus is waiting to see you? Change it now! Adjust your life now because one day you will appear before Him on the judgment day (Hebrews 9″:27).
REMEMBER THIS: It is the consciousness of consequence that imparts caution to action
1. Take out time today to reflect on your life; the way you are right now,”are you prepared to meet Jesus?
2. Adjust whatever needs to be adjusted in your life now in order to be fit to meet the Master.
For Further Understanding, Get This Message”: What Will You Do?
PRAYER: Lord Jesus,”I make demands on Your grace to live ready for Your soon coming. Help me to maintain a godly character and lifestyle that would give me access to Your Presence, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
For Further Understanding, Get This Message”: What will do?
QUOTE: Through your appearance,”something can be cited about your life that can affect your identity, dignity, authority, prosperity, mentality, beauty as well as opportunities in the realm of the spirit. Culled from ‘Who Are You?’ by Dr Paul Enenche
AMAZING FACT”: The sun,”which is a star, is 93 million miles away from us, a gigantic celestial body with a circumference of three million miles around. And there are stars in the universe that are 1,000 times as large as the sun.
DAILY READING”: Jer 48:1 to 49:22,”2 Tim 4″:1 to 22,”Ps 95″:1 to 96:13,”Prov 26″:9 to 12.
PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: The grace to live ready be released on you in Jesus’ Name.
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[10/25, 5:12 AM] Monday Unureri: Understanding our Father (2)
Friday 25th October 2019
‘He is like a father to us, tender and sympathetic.’ Psalm 103:13 TLB
To see God as your loving Father may not come easily if you carry the scars of an unhappy childhood. Unmet needs in your childhood – affection, security, comfort, nurture, material requirements – can make it hard to believe that God will provide for your needs now.
So what to do? Recognise that your internalised father-image is flawed and in no way fits your heavenly Father. Even the best father is a blurred carbon copy of your heavenly Father. God wants you to see him as a caring, sensitive, generous, dependable Father. That’s why Jesus taught us to call him ‘Our Father’, not just ‘Almighty God and Lord’. It’s also why he called God ‘your father’ and not just ‘my father’. Like a good father, God has anticipated your every need and provided for it (see Matthew 6:25-34). Just as good parents understand the individual characteristics of their children, your heavenly Father knows your unique needs, thoughts, and feelings. ‘The Lord is kind to all who worship him, because he knows we are made of dust’ (Psalm 103:13-14 CEV). His care for you is tailor-made to fit your specific requirements and limitations.
And just as a good earthly father accepts and fulfils his responsibility to provide for his children, your heavenly Father holds himself responsible for meeting your needs, and he wants you to act accordingly by trusting him. In other words, your role is to act like the child of a trustworthy, generous, permanently loving Father.
[10/25, 5:18 AM] Monday Unureri: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: FRIDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2019
THEME: ANY EXPECTATIONS FROM GOD?
And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? Matthew 20:32
READ: Matthew 20:29-34
20:29 And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. 20:30 And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. 20:31 And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. 20:32 And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? 20:33 They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. 20:34 So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.
It is a sad thing to realise that some children of God virtually expect nothing from Him. In the guise of modesty and spirituality, some people practically live a life of begging. Like Lazarus, they live off the provision of their fellow brethren, whom they sometimes consider to be “worldly”. Rather than asking God and working towards having something productive to do that will meet their needs, they prefer living at the expense and mercy of other people. They can be likened to the older brother of the prodigal son, who did not realise who he was and the enormous resources at his disposal as the dutiful son of a very rich man (Luke 15:11-32). It was in his presence that his younger brother foolishly asked for his share of their father’s inheritance and went away to squander it. The older brother kept on working faithfully in his father’s business but never bothered to ask for anything meaningful to celebrate with his friends, even though he desired to do so. The reason he did not ask was because he chose to feign spirituality and modesty. His inward nature and desire came to the fore when his younger brother returned in repentance, and their father forgave him and even celebrated the occasion by killing the fattest cow this older brother has been grooming! Probably he had been planning to ask his father to let him have that cow to celebrate a special occasion. Unfortunately for him, the cow was used to celebrate a lost son who was found! Luke 15:28-30 captures his reaction to this, saying:
“And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.”
In response, his father reminded him that all he had was his. In other words, if he had asked, he would have received whatever he wanted. The bottom line here is that the older son neither knew what he wanted nor his place in his father’s household. He was even asking for just a little goat out of all his father had, which actually belonged to him! He ended up being jealous, and this kept him outside while others enjoyed themselves in his father’s banquet hall. Beloved, what is your expectation from the Lord as you serve Him and do is bidding? In today’s Bible reading, Jesus asked the blind men, “*_What will ye that I shall do unto you?_*” They wisely responded, “*_Lord, that our eyes may be opened._*” Consequently, Jesus compassionately touched them, and they received their sight. The Lord will have compassion on you today, provided you sincerely tell Him what you desire from Him. There is no impossibility with God; He will surely meet your expectations.
“Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:24)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
2 Chronicles 31-32, Revelation 19:6-21
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 8: MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE
1. My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away,
Oh, let me from this day
Be wholly Thine!
2. May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire!
As Thou hast died for me,
Oh, may my love to Thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be,
A living fire!
3. While life’s dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
Be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.
4. When ends life’s transient dream,
When death’s cold, sullen stream
Shall o’er me roll;
Blest Saviour, then in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
Oh, bear me safe above,
A ransomed soul!