[12/5, 6:18 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-12-05
TOPIC: YOUR ASSIGNMENT AND YOUR SAFETY
SCRIPTURE: and ye shall serve the LORD your God,”and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take away sickness away from the midst of thee.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: You cannot be on a mission for God,”and be messed up in life. God didn’t send you to suffer you; God sent you to safeguard you.
Assignment can be defined as a task or piece of work allocated to someone to perform while safety is the state of being protected from danger.
No doubt, there is a connection between assignment and safety; there is a link between what you do and your preservation in life. For instance, an ambassador of a country enjoys a high level of immunity by virtue of his ambassadorial assignment. In the same manner, carrying out kingdom assignment entitles you to safety or security by the kingdom (Exodus 23″:25-28). You are not permitted to be on assignment for God and suffer in life.
Please understand that: God didn’t call you to kill you,”God called you to cover you. God didn’t send you to suffer you; God sent you to safeguard you.
Beloved, you cannot be on a mission for God and be messed up in life. Your commitment to kingdom assignment guarantees the security of your destiny.
For as long as Jonah had a prophecy yet to be delivered, he could not be digested as food in the belly of the fish. Instead, the fish vomited and released him to his assignment (Jonah 2″:10). Incredible!
Kingdom assignment attracts both kingdom prosperity and kingdom security (Job 36:11).
Today,”I decree to you that in this month of December, you shall enjoy Divine security, no witch or wizard shall eat up your destiny, in Jesus’ Name.
REMEMBER THIS”: You cannot be on a mission for God,”and be messed up in life. God didn’t send you to suffer you; God sent you to safeguard you.
1. Peradventure you do not know the nature of your specific assignment(s) for God; ask Him in prayers.
2. Be passionately and aggressively out to fulfill kingdom assignment especially in evangelism or soul winning
For Further Understanding,”Get This Message”: Too Needed to be Wasted
PRAYER: Lord,”reveal Your mandate for my life to me. I make demands on the grace to vigorously run with it, Lord in Jesus’ Name.
DAILY READING”: Hosea 1:1 to 3:5,”I John 5″:1 to 21,”Psalm 124″:1 to 8,”Proverbs 29″:5 to 8
QUOTE: To work for God is to be secured by God. Culled from ‘365 Wisdom capsules’ by Dr Paul Enenche.
AMAZING FACT: It takes eight minutes for light to reach the Earth from the Sun.
PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION: The grace and diligence to be on duty for God is released on you, in Jesus’ Name.
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[12/5, 6:18 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: THURSDAY 5TH DECEMBER 2019
THEME: ARE YOU RELIGIOUS OR GODLY?
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2 Timothy 3:5
READ: Matthew 15:1-11
1Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;
6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:
11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
being religious is not the same as being godly. It is surprising that people cannot tell the difference between the two these days. A religion is a belief system practiced by a group of people who subscribe to its teachings and set of rules. The Pharisees and scribes of Jesus´ time on earth are a good example of religious people. Although they followed all the laws of Moses, they were blind to the presence of the Messiah living amongst them, even though Moses spoke of Him. In spite of all the great works He did before their very eyes, which should have convinced them beyond any reasonable doubt of His identity, they questioned everything He did and refused to accept Him, You see, the Pharisees obeyed the laws of Moses to the letter but refused to acknowledge the power of salvation through Christ. They also didn’t believe in His message of love and mercy; rather, they believe that no sinner must go unpunished (John 8:1-5). The Pharisees paid a lot of attention to looking holy rather than actually living a holy life.
In contrast to being religious, godliness is synonymous to being Christ-like and living a life of holiness. A fellow is godly when he or she has the nature of God. Godliness is much more that looking holy or acting holy; it is a lifestyle. It unfortunate that in the church today, there are more religious people. Religious people find it easy to castigate others, whereas they do worse things in secret. They can quote many scriptures by heart and know the right Bible passage that fits every situation. While this is good, religious people don’t live according to the scriptures they know and recite, because their hearts are far from God (Matthew 15:8). Such people know all the rules and doctrines of the denomination they belong to but deny the power behind such doctrines. Their major problem is that there is a separation between their outer and inner man. In other words, they have mastered the art of patience. The personality they show to the world is different from who they really are.
Our memory verse admonishes us to move far away from religious people. They are quick to call for the head of any fellow in Christ who falls into sin, rather than disciplining and correcting such person in love. If you find it difficult to show love to people, and yet you preach the gospel, you are practicing religion and not godliness. Godliness, as apposed to religion, will bring you great gain in this world and in the world to come. 1 Timothy 4:8b says:
“For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”
Apart from getting your heart’s desires on earth through Christ, godliness will also ensure that you partake of life in heaven.
Access yourself on where you fit today; are you religious or godly?
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 78-80
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 12: DEEPER, DEEPER IN THE LOVE OF JESUS.
1. Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus
Daily let me go;
Higher, higher in the school of wisdom,
More of grace to know.
Oh, deeper yet, I pray,
And higher every day,
And wiser, blessed Lord,
In Thy precious, holy Word.
2. Deeper, deeper, blessed Holy Spirit,
Take me deeper still,
Till my life is wholly lost in Jesus,
And His perfect will.
3. Deeper, deeper! though it cost hard trials,
Deeper let me go!
Rooted in the holy love of Jesus,
Let me fruitful grow.
4. Deeper, higher, every day in Jesus,
Till all conflict past,
Finds me conqu’ror, and in His own image
Perfected at last.
5. Deeper, deeper in the faith of Jesus,
Holy faith and true;
In His pow’r and soul exulting wisdom
Let me peace pursue.
[12/5, 6:18 AM] 919063: WISDOM FOR THE DAY
Thursday, 5th December, 2019
GOD HAS MADE YOU ACCEPTABLE TO HIM
“And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet”
Mark 5:22 KJV
Grace is a higher platform by which God has made provision for our complete salvation and total victory. Where the law was found wanting, grace came to the rescue. In our text for today, you would notice that religion did not give any chance to this man.
Jairus was a religious man and one of the rulers of the synagogue. He was an expert in law and his law could not help him. Whenever you want to earn what God has made available to you freely, you would always end up frustrated.
Religion is man’s effort to reach God. And you would discover that the higher you get in your effort to reach Him, the farther He is. Christianity is not about what you do to make yourself acceptable to God. It is about what God has done for you so that you would be acceptable unto Him.
It is not what you do so that God will accept you. It is not a case of ‘let me make more effort, let me make more sacrifice, let me do this and do that.’ No! That is religion! Christianity is what God Himself did on your behalf. You were not qualified! He qualified you.
That puts every responsibility from you and places it on God. Colossians 1:12-13 says ‘Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.’
Anytime you seek to qualify for what God has given freely, your best is never enough.
Further reading: Colossians 1:9-14, Mark 5:22-24
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Daniel 1-2; Evening- 1 John 4
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