[11/15, 5:47 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-11-15
TOPIC: THINKING YOUR WAY UP
SCRIPTURE: Now give careful thought to this from this day on -consider how things were before one stone was laid on another… Haggai 2:15
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: People shrink when they do not think and those who cannot think must stink.
Thinking is the action of using your mind to produce quality ideas and decisions profitable to your existence and those of others. Thinking also helps in the breaking down of vision into achievable goals. Thinking goes hand in hand with planning.
It is critical to note that until you think well,”you may not get up; until you think well, you may never go up; until you think well, you may not end well. Nobody changes level whose mind is redundant.
Spending hours to find out what and how to do a thing is never a waste of time but quality investment of time.
Get this”: People shrink in life when they do not think and those who cannot think must stink. The reason a lot of things are not working in people’s lives is because their minds are not working. If you think better,”you will act better, and when you act better you must see better results.
Quality thought will generate quality ideas, and when you back up quality thought with quality action steps, it must produce quality outcome. So, in order not to waste your life, time and energy; and in order to experience an upward shift in life, invest your time in quality thinking backed up with corresponding action steps.
You shall make it, in Jesus’ Name.
REMEMBER THIS”: People shrink when they do not think and those who cannot think must stink.
1. Endeavour to make thinking a part of your daily TO-DO list.
2. Always put your thoughts on paper.
3. Act on your thoughts. Take action steps.
For Further Understanding,”Get This Message”: Avoiding the Tragedy of a Wasted Life.
PRAYER: Lord,”I thank You for Your word to me today. I receive the grace to be given to the quality and productive habit of thinking that would produce maximum impact in my life and guarantee my next levels, Lord in Jesus’ Name.
DAILY READING”: Ezekiel 31:1 to 32:32,”Hebrews 12″:14 to 29,”Psalm 113″:1 to 114:8,”Proverbs 27″:18 to 20
QUOTE: If your mind is empty,”your life will be empty. Culled from 365 Wisdom Capsules by Dr Paul Enenche
AMAZING FACT”: At age 21, Watchman Nee established the first “local church” in Sitiawan,”Malaysia while visiting his mother, who had moved there from China. In 1926, Nee established another local church in Shanghai, which became the centre of his work in China. By 1932, Nee’s practice of meeting as local churches spread throughout China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. He maintained this pattern throughout life.
DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND”: The Dunamis Home Church Fellowship close to you tomorrow by 6:00pm. Invite your neighbours. God Bless You!
PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: Grace to engage the mind in order to maximize life is released upon you in Jesus’ Name.
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[11/15, 5:47 AM] 919063: Giving is its own reward
Friday 15th November 2019
‘I will gladly spend myself and all I have for you.’ 2 Corinthians 12:15 NLT
The apostle Paul wrote, ‘I don’t want what you have – I want you…I will gladly spend myself and all I have for you, even though it seems that the more I love you, the less you love me’ (2 Corinthians 12:14-15 NLT). Paul found his greatest fulfilment in giving, not receiving. For him, giving was its own reward. For him, being successful meant making others successful. For him, being joyful meant bringing joy to others. That’s because he didn’t look to people for his reward, but to God: ‘Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do’ (Ephesians 6:8 NLT).
The hardest thing for most of us to do is to fight our natural tendency to put ourselves first. That’s why it’s important to continually examine your motives and make sure you’re not sliding backwards into selfishness. If you want to check your motives, follow the example set by Benjamin Franklin. Every day he asked himself two questions. When he got up in the morning he would ask, ‘What good am I going to do today?’ And before he went to bed he would ask, ‘What good have I done today?’ If you can answer those questions with selflessness and integrity, you can keep yourself on track. Seeing those in need, and giving to meet that need, keeps your priorities and your perspective right. It increases the quality of life for both the giver and the receiver.
The truth is, there is no life as empty as the self-centred life, and there is no life as centred as the self-empty life.
[11/15, 5:47 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: FRIDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2019
THEME: HE GIVES GENEROUS REWARDS.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
READ: Matthew 19:27-29
27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
Our God is a benevolent God who gives generous rewards for good deeds. In Hebrews 11:6, He is called a “Rewarder of them that deligently seek Him”. Thank God that Jesus was very clear on what our rewards would be when Peter asked Him what would become of those who had left all to follow Him. In today’s Bible reading, He assuredly affirmed that all our labors in His kingdom would be adequately rewarded here and hereafter. As if our Lord knew that there would be a disciple like Enoch Adeboye who would also ask, “What about us, the latter-day generation of Your disciples?” He therefore added in Matthew 19:29:
“ And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”
Time and again, the Old Testament shows God rewarding good deeds in the lives of the patriarchs and matriachs of old. Abraham is a great example of this; he got a child of promise in old age as a reward for being hospitable (Genesis 1:8). The widow of Zarephath is another example; God provided her with food for three and a half years during a time of famine because she gave her last meal to God’s prophet (1 Kings 17:9-15). Obed-Edom accommodated the ark of God in his home and within three months, the rich King David envied him, because the great Rewarder had blessed him so much (2 Samuel 6:10-12). No wonder the Holy Spirit says in Hebrews 6:10:
“ For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”
Looking through the New Testament, we also see Peter who left everything at the Lake Gennesaret to follow Jesus now having at least one cathedral named after him in almost all nations of the world. Our God is the greatest giver of rewards. I therefore encourage you to serve Him with all your heart, you will not regret it. Even if your pastor seems not to acknowledge your service, your Father in heaven who sees your work for Him in secret will reward you in the open (Matthew 6:18). Be encouraged, and keep up your good work.
Father, help me to serve You with all my heart for who You are to me, and please don’t let me do anything that will cause me to lose my reward here and after.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Job 21-24
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 1: THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING
1. There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.
Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need:
Mercy-drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.
2. There shall be showers of blessing,
Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys,
Sound of abundance of rain.
3. There shall be showers of blessing;
Send them upon us, O Lord;
Grant to us now a refreshing,
Come, and now honor Thy Word.
4. There shall be showers of blessing:
Oh, that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!
5. There shall be showers of blessing,
If we but trust and obey;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
If we let God have His way.