[12/6, 6:31 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2019
THEME: THE GREAT ADVOCATE.
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 1 John 2:1
READ: Romans 8:24-27
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
self-condemnation is one of the evil arrows in the devil’s quiver. It certainly is one of the enemy’s weapons of choice deployed in attacking many Christians today. The activity of the kingdom of darkness in this regard takes the form of laying out accusations against the saints of God whenever they err. The enemy also tries to remind us of sins we committed in the past, which we have repented of, suggesting that perhaps God has not forgiven or forgotten them. No wonder the Bible refers to the devil as the accuser of the brethren, saying in Revelation 12:10:
“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”
However, our God is always several steps ahead of the enemy’s antics, and He has made provision for Jesus Christ to stand as our advocate in heaven’s court, pleading our cause and interceding on our behalf whenever the devil presents his accusations against us. The Holy Spirit also intercedes on our behalf whenever we err and our souls is cast down. After convincing us of whatever sins we may have committed, He comforts and encourages us to rise up from the pit of sin and return to our rightful place in the bosom of our loving Father. We need to clarify the fact that remorse for sin is not the same as self-condemnation. Self-condemnation is a very deadly weapon that is effective in taking away the confidence of believers. As a child of God, the lies of the enemy cannot condemn you before God. Even if you fall into sin, you must remember how precious you are to God, who will surely not leave the judgement of His children in Satan’s hands.
Any time we separate ourselves to focus on God in the place of prayer, the devil is not happy about it. He therefore tries to step in by bombarding our minds with his accusations in order to disrupt and terminate our fellowship with God. He will do anything to keep your from praying, and condemnation is his favorite tactic. Surprisingly, we are also pleased to trash ourselves. Carrying the weight of blame and condemning oneself does not help anyone. The right thing to do is to go to God in prayer, confessing our sins and asking for forgiveness. Be wise, Jesus Christ our Advocate is the only one to consult on issues of sin and forgiveness. As long as you are a habitual sinner that doesn’t take repentance seriously, whenever you approach God in prayers, be confident that the Lord will answer your prayer in Jesus’ Name. have you fallen from grace into sin? Stop condemning yourself today and start talking to your Advocate, Jesus Christ. He will treat your case with tender mercy and ensure that your joy of salvation returns to you.
thank the Lord for the forgiveness of your sins and for His work as your Advocate in heaven’s court.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 81-87
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 9: MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE.
1. My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away,
Oh, let me from this day
Be wholly Thine!
2. May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire!
As Thou hast died for me,
Oh, may my love to Thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be,
A living fire!
3. While life’s dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
Be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.
4. When ends life’s transient dream,
When death’s cold, sullen stream
Shall o’er me roll;
Blest Savior, then in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
Oh, bear me safe above,
A ransomed soul!
[12/6, 6:31 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-12-06
TOPIC: TOO DEFENDED TO BE DEFEATED
SCRIPTURE: But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.Psalms 94:22
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Who can harm who God has hidden? For as long as your defence is unshakable,”your defeat is not possible.
Defense is an act of protecting somebody or something from danger or attack.It could also involve the building of a hedge around a person as protection against death and destruction (Job 1″:10).
Note that the Scripture above didn’t say,”‘the Lord will defend me’, rather it says, ‘the LORD is my defence.’It is one thing for God to defend a person, and it is another thing for God to be a person’s defence. The question is”: what can defeat whom God is defending? Who can harm whom God has hidden? You cannot be incapacitated if God has consecrated you; you cannot be destroyed when you are in the domains of God; you cannot be arrested staying in the arena of God. Your security is guaranteed in the immunity of God. For as long as your defence is unshakable,”your defeat is not possible.
In the days of Apostle Paul, the devil sent a viper to bite him but Paul could not die because he was too defended to be wasted by a serpent (Acts 28″:3-5).
Beloved,”if God has marked you, no devil can bury you; no terminal disease can terminate the life of the one who is being defended by God.
Today, I prophesy to you, any arrow of death or calamity arranged against you in this season is deflected and scattered. And anyone that has planned death for you shall inherit that death, in Jesus’ Name.
REMEMBER THIS”: Who can harm whom God has hidden? For as long as your defence is unshakable,”your defeat is not possible.
1. Be sure you are under the cover of God always.
2. Have faith in God’s ability to defend you at all times.
For Further Understanding, Get This Message”: Too Needed to be Wasted.
PRAYER: Lord,”please draw me closer to You. I bring myself under the cover of Your protective and defensive shield. I refuse to be defeated by the schemes of the enemy in this season, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
DAILY READING”:Hosea 4:1 to 5:15,”2 John 1 to 13, Psalm 125″:1 to 5,”Proverbs 29″:9:11
QUOTE: You cannot be kept by God and be killable by any devil. Culled from 365 Wisdom Capsules by Dr Paul Enenche.
AMAZING FACT: Women have more sweat glands than men,”but men’s sweat glands actually produce more sweat than women’s.
DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND”: The Dunamis Home Church location close to you tomorrow by 6:00pm. Invite your neighbours. God Bless You!
PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION: The defense of the Lord around your life shall be clear to every adversary in this season, in Jesus’ Name.
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[12/6, 6:31 AM] 919063: Your time has come
Friday 6th December 2019
‘You have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.’ Esther 4:14 NKJV
Moses began his ministry when he was 80. Esther started hers as a teenage girl. When she heard the words of Mordecai – ‘Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this’ (Esther 4:14 NKJV)? – she could easily have said, ‘Give me time to grow up, get married, have children and fulfil my dreams before asking me to put my life on the line to save the Jewish people.’ But she didn’t. She said, ‘I will go in to [see] the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish’ (Esther 4:16 AMP).
Often what God does in you while you’re waiting is more important than the thing you’re waiting for. Sometimes you think you’re ready but God knows you’re not, so he puts you into the school of faith. That’s where you learn to listen to ‘the teacher’ (the Holy Spirit), study your lessons, pass the tests and graduate so that God can use you. It’s not a comfortable place to be, but God is more interested in your character than your comfort.
Missionary Nancy Cockrell writes: ‘It was God’s plan all along to bring you here to serve him, by using your gifts to minister to others – for such a time as this. He has given you the grace to reflect the love and character of Christ, to be a light in a darkened world – for such a time as this. You have a unique place of service in God’s Kingdom, touching lives as only you can do – for such a time as this.’ So here’s the question: is God telling you today – your time has come?Share On: