[11/20, 6:13 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: WEDNESDAY 20TH NOVEMBER 2019
THEME: HOW TO FLOURISH IN LIFE.
If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: Isaiah 1:19
READ: Isaiah 1:19-20
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
If you will flourish in life, one thing you need is simple obedience. When Jesus told a dejected fisherman, who had toiled all night but caught nothing to once more launch into the deep and let down his net for a great catch, his response in Luke 5:5b was:
“Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.”
The result of his simple obedience was a net-breaking and boat-sinking haul of fish, had the capacity to transform his life forever. Beloved, God knows more than you do. Isaiah 40:28 says there is no searching of His understanding. If God instructs you to do something, please don’t argue with Him, because compared to Him, you don’t know anything. 1 Corinthians 1:25 says:
“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
If God says “this is the way” and looks like a bush to you, I would advise you to simply go through that bush and don’t try to rationalize what God has said. When God asks you to do something and you don’t understand it because it doesn’t make sense to you, just remember that simple obedience is the key to flourishing.
When I became born again, I had a lot of problems with tithing. I said to myself, “what are these people talking about? One hundred percent is not enough, yet you are asking me to give ten percent. How will ninety percent handle what a hundred percent cannot cover?” Indeed, tithing doesn’t make mathematical sense, but when you are dealing with God. It wont always make sense. He is too big for you to understand with your little brain. It took me a while before I began to tithe, but I started and suddenly thing began to change for the better. The first thing that happened after I paid my tithe was that I got to my office and my head of department called me and asked why I had not requested any money for my research. At that time, I didn’t even know that there was any money provided to fund research. He then explained to me that I needed money so I could travel to gather data, and he asked me to apply for certain sum. When I heard the amount, I couldn’t believe it; I thought something had gone wrong with my hearing! When God decides to help you, He will give you instructions, and your flourishing will be determined by how well you obey these instructions. Are you walking in simple obedience?
Those who cannot obey the ridiculous cannot receive the miraculous from God.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Job 39-42 and Amos 7
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 3: TRUST AND OBEY.
1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.
[11/20, 6:13 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-11-20
TOPIC: THE DECEITFULNESS OF LUST
SCRIPTURE: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man,”which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The flesh will pose to you the immediate and transient gratification and cover up the ultimate,”colossal and monumental loss.
Lust is a strong and uncontrolled desire to have someone or something. Lust is also the craving for the forbidden.
The craving for that which is forbidden is highly deceitful. It may appear beautiful but it is the highway to disaster. The apple may look ripe but inside, it may be worms. It may taste sweet but it has the capacity to set your teeth on edge. It will promise you good but end you in a mess.
The flesh is the major tool of lust. It may say to you”: ‘if you drink a little alcohol you will feel nice; if you have immorality with that person you are not married to,”you will enjoy it.’ The truth is, the flesh will pose to you the immediate and transient gratification and cover up the ultimate, colossal and monumental loss that has no recovery.
Beloved, in order for you to reach where God wants you to reach in life, you must subject your body to the firm control of the spirit. Placing profit above pleasure is what guarantees a future both on earth and in eternity.
Today, I break every hold of the spirit of lust in you in Jesus’ Name.
REMEMBER THIS”: The flesh will pose to you the immediate and transient gratification and cover up the ultimate,”colossal and monumental loss that has no recovery.
1. Repent of any manifestation of lustful character in your life – be it the lust for money,”the lust of the flesh or for materialism.
2. Put away any object of lust or anything and anyone that may suggest lust to you.
3. Always be in control of your flesh.
4. Pray in the Holy Ghost always to fortify your spirit against the lust of the flesh
For Further Understanding, Get This Message”: Hindrances to a Purposeful Life (Part 3)
PRAYER: Lord,”I appreciate You for Your Word to me today. Deliver me Lord from the spirit of lust and lustful desires. Clothe me with the garment of holiness and purity, Lord in Jesus’ Name.
DAILY READING”: Ezekiel 40:28 to 41:26,”James 4″:1 to 17,”Psalm 118″:19 to 29,”Proverbs 28″:3 to 5
QUOTE: Iniquity corrupts mentality,”sin corrupts sense. Culled from 365 Wisdom capsules by Dr Paul Enenche.
AMAZING FACT”: Aside from bone marrow,”hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body.
PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD”: Grace to walk in victory over the activity of the flesh is released upon you in Jesus’ Name.
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[11/20, 6:13 AM] 919063: WISDOM FOR THE DAY
Wednesday, 20th November, 2019
NOT BY LOGIC; BUT BY FAITH
“For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”
1 Corinthians 2:2 KJV
The greatest thing that could happen to any man on this earth is to have an assurance that he is in Christ. Outside Christ there is no hope. It is not about going to church and shaking the preacher’s hand. I have always asked myself: ‘if I had died without Jesus and with what I know now about heaven and hell, where would I be?’ Each time I think of it, goose bumps come on me. That is why I thank Him every day. He opened my eyes. The Bible says that the god of this world blinded the eyes of those who do not believe, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ who is the image of God should shine in their lives (2 Corinthians 4:4). The god of this world blinded their eyes and they go about reasoning by logic.
When it comes to the things of God, you must understand that it is not based on logic. It is a revelation! And it is by faith! If you attempt to approach the things of God by logic you will miss it. The Bible just came up and said, “In the beginning God”. Logic would say: where did He come from? The Word of God is not apologetic to you. It is either you accept it or you leave it. It is up to you. The greatest thing is to be in Christ. I see people walking about the streets of the nations of the world without Jesus. My heart bleeds because they are rejecting the only answer that they need in life.
Paul the Apostle was the one who said; ‘Wherefore, henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now, henceforth know we him no more’ (2 Corinthians 5:16). That is the end of the matter. Refuse to build your life on anything else but Christ. Determine to live in Christ for God. Take your stand in Him and not on earthly and sensual logic.
Further Reading: 2 Corinthians 4: 1-6, James 3: 13-18
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Ezekiel 14-15; Evening- James 2
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