Morning Devotions

[11/12, 6:07 AM] 919063: MILLIONAIRE EMBRACE: Tuesday November 12, 2019 | Korede & Esther Komaiya

THE ESSENCE

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NKJV)

The beauty and simplicity of Christianity is in the reception of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus was getting set for His final leave, He left us with the promise of The Holy Spirit, evidenced in John 14:16-17 and our opening scripture.

The proof that the Holy Spirit is come upon you is that you will witness Christ to those in your ‘Jerusalem’ and to the end of the earth; soul winning will become your passion and lifestyle; you will never let a day terminate without telling someone about the love of Jesus Christ. From our opening scripture, power is transmitted to you through the Holy Spirit not for unnecessary dominance and oppression, but for witnessing; show me a man who is filled with the Holy Spirit, I will show you a man with passion for souls. The level to which you don’t have passion for souls is the level to which you have not received the Holy Spirit; soul winning is the essence for power and it attracts every other good thinkable (Matthew 6:33). Our Crusades, AVALANCHE OF MIRACLES is for the purpose of souls.

ACTION STEP
Tell someone about the Love of Jesus Christ.

KEEP IN MIND
The proof that the Holy Spirit is come upon you is that you will witness Christ.

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[11/12, 6:07 AM] 919063: Come back to God!

Tuesday 12th November 2019

‘When he was still a great way off.’ Luke 15:20 NKJV

The Bible says concerning the Prodigal Son: ‘When he was a great way off, his father…had compassion…ran…fell on his neck and kissed him’ (Luke 15:20 NKJV). The truth is, you’re not beyond the reach of God’s grace, so your future can be greater than your past! When he was ‘a great way off’, his father ran to him. Why? Because his relationship with his son wasn’t based on performance, but on the fact that he’d given him life and brought him into the family.

When you think about the things his father gave him that day, you realise the significance of each item. (1) The robe. That confirmed his identity as a son. God doesn’t see you in your weakness; he sees you clothed in the righteousness of Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 NIV). (2) The ring. This was a signet ring with the family seal that gave him back authority to do business in his father’s name. (3) The shoes. Household servants didn’t wear shoes, only family members did. He returned home thinking the best he could hope for was a job in the servants’ quarters. But his father not only restored his identity and authority, he restored him to full son-ship in the family. (4)The party. Back then when you rebelled against your father’s authority and left home, they conducted ‘a ceremony of shame’, which meant you could never return. Not this father – he threw a party! The point? Because Jesus took our shame! ‘For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ’ (2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT).

The word for you today is – come back to God!

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[11/12, 6:07 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: TUESDAY 12TH NOVEMBER 2019

THEME: DESIROUS OF A HIGHER LEVEL?

MEMORISE:

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Daniel 1:8

READ: Daniel 3:14-18

14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?

15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.

17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

Daniel 3:28-30

28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.

29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.

30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.

MESSAGE

It is natural for every human being to desire to attain a higher position, output or level of productivity in every sphere of endeavor. However, it is sad that not everyone is ready to pay the price needed to attain this higher level. Do you desire to go higher in your pursuits in life? Anyone who desires advancement in their career, ministry, business or academics must acknowledge that in God’s created order, you cannot expect an output where there is not input. In other words, there is a price to pay to obtain anything good in life. In today’s memory verse, we have a good example in Daniel who desired to make excellent stride in his pursuits. When he and his friends were enrolled in the University of Babylon, they immediately determined in their hearts that they would graduate with first class honors and distinctions, even though they were in a strange land. To Daniel and his colleagues, it was necessary for them to defer the delicacies and luxurious lifestyle of a minister-in-making. The result of their choice to make sacrifices in order to achieve their goals is clearly seen in Daniel 1:20, which says:

“And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.”

Our Bible reading further tells us about the price paid by three of Daniel’s colleagues before they were promoted to higher levels of their profession. The king they served had decreed that all his subjects must worship his graven image, but Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego declined to do so because they served a God who alone is worthy of worship. That decision was to cost them their lives, but rather than being bothered by this, they boasted of the saving power of their God, going further to tell the king that even if their God decided to take them home through the furnace, it would be better than bowing to a lifeless image made by men. The story ended with this great report in Daniel 3:30, saying:

“ Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.”

God is looking for those who will take a stand for Him. Will He find you doing so in this world that pushes godliness to the background? Are you ready to stand on the principles of the Bible in a world controlled by the philosophy of men? The decision is yours to make. If people like Esther and the apostles of old could do it, you can do it too, and God will be glorified in your life.

PRAYER POINT:
Father, please take me to a higher level in all my life’s pursuits in Jesus’ Name.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Job 9-12
Joel 2:18-32

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 4: OH JESUS I HAVE PROMISED.

1. O Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me, my Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle if Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway if Thou wilt be my Guide.

2. Oh, let me hear Thee speaking in accents clear and still,
I dare not trust my judgment: Thy way shall be my will;
Oh, speak to reassure me, to hasten or control;
Oh, speak, and help me listen, Thou Guardian of my soul.

3. O Jesus, Thou hast promised to all who follow Thee
That where Thou art in glory there shall Thy servant be;
And Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end—
Oh, give me grace to follow, my Master and my Friend.

4. Oh, let me see Thy footprints, and in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly is in Thy strength alone;
Oh, guide me, call me, draw me, uphold me to the end;
And then in Heav’n receive me, my Savior and my Friend.

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