[11/13, 4:48 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-11-13
TOPIC: YOUR CHOICE AND YOUR CHANCES IN LIFE
SCRIPTURE: …choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood,”or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell”: but as for me and my house,”we will serve the LORD.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Your choices determine your chances in life; life is without direction when it is without quality decision.
Choice is an act of choosing between two or more possibilities. It is the act of making decisions amidst a given set of alternatives.
It is established that one of the most powerful forces on earth is the force of choice. Your choices determine your chances in life. People make choices and choices make people,”but until you make a choice, your choice cannot make you.
Look at this analogy”: a Medical Doctor who is the Medical Director of a teaching hospital today made the decision to study Medicine at the medical school probably some twenty-five years ago,”therefore, that choice he made to study Medicine twenty-five years ago is the reason why he could become a Medical Director today. So also, the choice a person made some fifteen years ago to sit at home while others went to work or school is the reason why he is a pauper today.
Thus, it is safe to conclude that we are all products of our choices to a reasonable degree. Our choices of yesterday are responsible for where we are today and our choices of today will be liable for where we will find ourselves tomorrow. Life is without direction when it is without quality decision.
My counsel is, always back your decisions with brutal intercessions and actions because decision without action, equals stagnation and frustration.
But that shall not be your portion in Jesus’ Name.
REMEMBER THIS”: Your choices determine your chances in life; life is without direction when it is without quality decision.
1. Endeavour to always make quality choices for your life.
2. Ask the Holy Ghost to guide you through in your decision making.
3. Always back your choices and decisions with prayer and positive,”quality action steps.
For Further Understanding, Get This Message”: Putting Away the other gods.
PRAYER: Lord,”deliver me from the spirit of indecision and procrastination. Save me from the consequences of my negative choices of the past. I make demands on Your help and guidance to make quality and impactful choices for my life and destiny Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
DAILY READING”: Ezek 27:1 to 28:26,”Heb 11″:17 to 31,”Ps 111″:1 to 10,”Prov 27″:15 to 16
QUOTE: Where there are no priorities,”there can be no prosperity. Culled from 21 foolish things people do by Dr Paul Enenche.
AMAZING FACT”: Without companionship rats tend to become lonely and depressed.
PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: Grace to make the right and appropriate choices consistently is released upon you in Jesus’ Name.
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[11/13, 4:48 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
DATE: WEDNESDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2019
THEME: YOU MUST TAKE A STAND FOR GOD
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 1 Peter 4:7.
READ: 1 Peter 4:1-10.
1. Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
2. That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
3. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
4. Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
5. Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
6. For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
7. But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
8. And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
9. Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
10. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Constrating the world of godliness with that of ungodliness, the Holy Spirit sent us this command, saying in 2 Corinthians 6:17-18:
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
Because our God is a jealous God, He has always desired those who are called to be His special people to stand out as distinct from the ungodly. Enoch is a perfect example in this regarard- God completely took him away to be with Him (Genesis 5:24). God also commanded Abraham to get out of his father’s house and country for an exclusive encounter with Him (Genesis 12:1-3). Beloved, God has not changed His standard of separation for consecration today. More than ever before, He wants us to take a stand for Him in these perilous times, especially as the devil is on rampage to gather as many people as possible to be with him in hell. Speaking on his rage and the urgency of his mission, Revelation 12:12 says:
“Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”
If the devil had a short time when this verse was written, how much more now? We therefore need to be on our guard against his fury and wiles.
God is encouraging you today to make up your mind not to compromise your Christian faith on any issue at all. One area of compromise is participating in the excesses of the children of this world: excesses of parties, clothing jewellery, leisure and so on. Due to extravagant living, a lot of chriatians have gone into debt in their bid to compete with treasury looters. Some Christians with access to the treasury have even joined the world in looting. What a shame! We must be on our watch so as not to be overtaken by the subtle advances of the devil, which can shipwreck our faith. This is why the Holy Spirt warns us in our memory verse to watch in the place of prayer. Beloved, are you really watching in prayer? You can only take a stand for God when your ears are open to what He is saying to you in the place of prayer concerning issues of your daily life. Our Lord told the disciples to watch and pray so that they might not enter into temptation, but instead of doing this, they fell asleep (Matthew 26:41). No wonder they could not take a stand for Him in His hour of tribulation (Matthew 26:55-75). Are you watching in the place of prayer today?
Father, please help me to always take a stand for You in this pervese generation.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Job 13-16, Joel 3.
HYMN 2: 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 feel Thee near me;
The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
The tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me,
Around me and within;
But, Jesus, draw Thou nearer,
And shield my soul from sin.
3. Oh, let me hear Thee speaking,
In accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion,
The murmurs of self-will;
Oh, speak to reassure me,
To hasten, or control;
Oh, speak, and make me listen,
Thou Guardian of my soul.
4. 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.
5. Oh, let me see Thy footmarks,
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 to rest receive me,
My Saviour and my Friend.
[11/13, 5:35 AM] 919063: WISDOM FOR THE DAY
Wednesday, 13th November, 2019
GOD IS STILL IN CHARGE
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
Revelations 1:8 KJV
When you sit down ordinarily and watch the events of life, the situations and challenges, you are tempted to believe that the devil is in charge. It appears as if heaven is silent, but that’s not true. When you read the scripture, you will see that the reverse is the case. Your God is in charge! It excites me to know that no matter what I encounter, God is still in charge. I am talking about the Almighty. He is the final authority. He is the beginning! He is the end! He is the first! He is the last! And He is the center. He upholds all things by the Word of His power! Your God is the centre of civilization.
At times we need to sit down and meditate over this God that we serve. He is omnipotent! He is omnipresent! And He is omniscient. He is the God that was, the God that is and the God that will ever be. He is the Lord, and He does not change. No Word of His lips is void of power. He is not a man that He should lie, neither the son of man that He should repent. If He said it, He will do it. If He has spoken it, He will bring it to pass.
This God is our rock and our shield. He is our Way-Maker and our bridge over troubled waters. When you are thirsty, He is your Water. When you are hungry, He is your Bread. When you are confused, He is your Direction. When you need a lawyer, He is your Advocate and Helper. His name is Jehovah Rapha! He is your Healer.
This God is the wisest of the wise. This God is the strongest of the strong. He is the mightiest of the mighty. And He is the richest of the rich.
Beloved, you have the God that can never fail! Nothing can withstand Him! When He decides on anything, it is done. That’s the God you serve.
Further reading: Isaiah 41: 21- 31
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Lamentations 1-2; Evening- Hebrews 10:1-18
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