Morning Devotions

[12/7, 5:34 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2019

THEME: WHAT TYPE OF SHEPHERD?

MEMORISE:

But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. 2 Timothy 4:5

READ: Acts 20:28-35

28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

33 I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.

34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.

35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

MESSAGE

A careful study of God’s word reveals three categories of shepherds. There are bad shepherds whose defining trait is feeding on the sheep. There are unrepentant agents of the devil, who are actually wolves in sheep’s clothing. The Holy Spirit describes them as ruthless grievous in today’s Bible reading, and God’s judgement is declared against them in Jeremiah 23:1-2. The second category of shepherds are those referred to as hirelings by the Lord (John 10:12-13). Shepherds in this category see their assignment as a form of business through which their daily bread is guaranteed. They have little or no commitment to their sheep, and so their productivity is very low. Lastly, we have the good shepherds, who’s live and attitude to the assignment of overseeing God’s sheep are modelled after the Good Shepherd Himself. As expressed in John 10:11-14, God has clearly showed His preference and desire for good shepherds.

Has God called you into a spiritual office in His Church, or are you in a position where your decisions affect the destiny of many people? God is saying to you today that your call to that office is not for the purpose of accumulating titles or enjoying a privileged position only. You are actually called to serve God. You are called to be a blessing to others by the workings of God’s gifts in your life. Today, it is evident that some people are not utilizing the spiritual office they occupy for the benefit of God’s Kingdom. If you have been called as a pastor, your responsibility is to care for the physical and spiritual needs of the Church of God you oversee. Are you an evangelist, a preacher or a messenger of the true gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ? You ought to declare the entire counsel of God at all times, knowing well that we live in times when many people are departing from faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and various doctrines of the devil. The word of the Lord in your mouth should not be watered down under any circumstance. Also, as a teacher of God’s word, you have been gifted by the Holy Spirit to explain God’s word in order to build and equip the Church. You are to communicate biblical truths effectively, to the understanding of your hearers. Are you occupying the office of a prophet? Then declare the word of God to the people with boldness. Spiritual offices are meant to complement one another in edifying the Body of Christ. These offices are meant to work together for the unity of the Church, so that God’s people can become well grounded in the full knowledge of God. Every good shepherd will be handsomely rewarded, because our God does not owe any man (1 Corinthians 15:58). You will not lose your reward in Jesus’ Name.

PRAYER POINT:

Father, help me to model my service after the Good Shepherd, in Jesus’ Name.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 88-91
Habakkuk 2:2-20

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 5: LET OTHERS SEE JESUS IN YOU.
1. While passing thro’ this world of sin,
and others your life shall view,
Be clean and pure without, within;
Let others see Jesus in you.

Refrain:
Let others see Jesus in you,
Let others see Jesus in you.
Keep telling the story, be faithful and true;
Let others see Jesus in you.

2. Your life’s a book before their eyes,
They’re reading it thro’ and thro’
Say, does it point them to the skis,
Do others see Jesus in you?

Refrain

3. Then live for Christ both day and night,
Be faithful, be brave and true,
and lead the lost to life and Christ.
Let others see Jesus in you.

Refrain

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[12/7, 5:34 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-12-07
TOPIC: WINNING THE BATTLES OF LIFE

SCRIPTURE:No,”in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 

Roman 8″:37.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The greater your mantle,”the greater your battle; the stronger your persuasion, the stronger your confrontation

It is a known fact that life is full of battles. This was why God’s servant, Papa Bishop David Oyedepo once said, ‘Life is a battlefield and not a playground.’  Life is warfare and not funfair (Ephesians 6″:12). The battles of life,”many times, do not serve notices; whether you are ready to fight or not, fight will look for you. So, to exist casually is to end as casualty; to walk through life unprepared is to end as a prey.

The fact is”:

*The devil does not fight a nonentity; the devil dares whom he dreads.

*The greater your mantle,”the greater your battle; the stronger your persuasion, the stronger your confrontation; the higher your flight, the tougher your fight.

That was why Satan fought to kill Moses and our Master Jesus even as infants (Exodus 1″:15-22) and (Mathew 2:1-13) respectively.

Beloved,”in case you are in any battle currently, congratulations, the devil fears you. For you, victory is assured because the triumph of Jesus is the guarantee of our victory. (Romans 8″:37). But to conquer the confrontations of life,”you must surrender your life and the battles to Jesus. 

Today, I prophesy that what the devil is afraid of in your life must happen to him. In this month of December, your victory is mandatory and your triumph shall be effortless, in Jesus’ Name.

 

REMEMBER THIS”: The greater your mantle,”the greater your battle; the stronger your persuasion, the stronger your confrontation.

 

ASSIGNMENT (S)

1. Completely rely on the strength of Jesus Christ for victory in your life’s battles.

2. At times, the area of your battle is the area of your mantle and what you suffer determines what you can offer. So, be sensitive enough to be a blessing to your generation in that area in times of victory.

 

For Further Understanding, Get This Message”: Power to Rise above Negative Limitations

 

PRAYER: Lord,”I thank You for Your Word to me today. I make demands on the mantle to tackle the battles and confrontations of my life. I receive my victory through Christ, in Jesus’ Name. 

 

DAILY READING”: Hosea 6:1 to 9:17,”3 John 1 to 15,Psalm 126″:1 to 6,”Proverbs 29″:12 to 14

QUOTE: Let us stop celebrating vanity; let us start celebrating reality. The demons do not respond to tittles; they respond to mantles. Culled from Thou art my battle Axe by Dr Paul Enenche.

 

 

AMAZING FACT: More people go to church on Sunday in China than in the whole of Europe.

 

DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND:The three Sunday Services tomorrow at the Glory Dome,”The lord’s garden, airport road, Abuja by 6″:00am,”8″:00am and 10:00am. Invite your friends and loved ones. God bless you as you come.

PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION: A heavier mantle to tackle your current battles is released upon you now, in Jesus’ Name.

 

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