[12/13, 7:24 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: FRIDAY 13TH DECEMBER 2019
THEME: LIVE THE WORD.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22
READ: James 1:22-25
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
God expects His chosen generation to live by His word. Speaking on the source and purpose of the word, the Holy Spirit says in 2 Timothy 3:16:
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
Sometimes, one is left to wonder if the modern Church still accepts the Bible as a relevant, suitable and adequate source of doctrine, correction and receiving instruction in righteousness. Do churches still see any reason to reprove their members today? Do we still consider the word of God as a means of correcting our ways? These are questions we need to ponder today. What is doctrine? Basically, Christian doctrine is simply the teachings of Christian faith, and they are very important to living life as a Christian. What place did doctrine have in the early church? We are told in Acts 2:42:
“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
Not only did the believers live by doctrines taught by the apostles, it was also reported that they propagated these doctrine. The high priest said to the apostles in Acts 5:28:
“…..behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.”
While commending the Christians in Rome. Paul wrote in Romans 6:17:
“But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.”
From this verse, we understand that there was a definite “form of doctrine” delivered to the saints. How was this received? Paul testifies that they “obeyed from the heart”; in other words, by faith and not by reason.
Another function of God’s word is to serve as an instrument of reproof. Sadly, some modern day Christians do not like to be admonished. The state of a person’s heart is best tested by the effect reproof has on it. A good man with a humble mind will be submissive and thankful whenever his or her faults are pointed out. Beloved, we must be submissive to the correction being meted to us in God’s word by our parents, guardians and spiritual mentors. There are three principles we ought to apply to corrections from God’s word in order to reap its benefits. First and foremost, self-correction is very vital for our spiritual wellbeing, as seen in the case of the publican in Luke 18:13-14. Secondly, when corrected by others, we must avoid trying to justify ourselves instead of reflecting on the message being conveyed (Proverbs 28:13, Proverbs 29:1). Lastly, when correcting others, the most effective method that will recue and heal must be applied (James 5:19-20). Are you walking in these principles?
Father, please make me an obedient doer of Your word, in Jesus’ Name.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 119
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.
[12/13, 7:24 AM] 919063: How to set your goals (2)
Friday 13th December 2019
‘Before you were born I set you apart.’ Jeremiah 1:5 NIV
Ask God to tell you who you are. Book shop shelves are lined with volumes of books telling us that we can be anything we make up our minds to be. And while there’s some truth to that, it’s not the whole truth! A dog may believe it can fly, but if it tries to, it will go ‘splat’. A fish may believe it can bark, but it’s not going to happen. Bottom line: dogs and fish may pray, believe, claim, confess and try all they want, but they won’t succeed. Why? Because God will only empower you to be what he called and equipped you to be.
God told Jeremiah: ‘”Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, I am too young. You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth”‘ (Jeremiah 1:5-9 NIV).
When God equips you with one talent he doesn’t give you a five-talent assignment, and vice versa (see Matthew 25:14-15). And here’s the great thing: the one-talent person and the five-talent person will one day stand before him and hear the commendation: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant’ (Matthew 25:21 NKJV).
[12/13, 7:24 AM] 919063: Today SOD – 2019-12-13
TOPIC: OVERCOMING THE CONFRONTATIONS OF LIFE
SCRIPTURE:But the ship was now in the midst of the sea,”tossed with waves”: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them,”walking on the sea.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Inside your confrontation is your promotion. The trial is a set up for your triumph; the obstacle came to deliver your miracles.
Confrontations are the oppositions,”hostilities, obstacles or attacks one faces when trying to achieve a thing. It is confirmed that life is filled with battles, obstacles and confrontations. If your life must have a meaning, you must be ready for confrontations. The truth is, you don’t need to be a sinner to be confronted. In fact, the devil always confronts or resists everything good.
What did the Disciples of Jesus do before they were confronted by the storm? They were even on the journey by the instruction of the Master, yet they faced a contrary wind. (Matthew 14″:22-24)
The fact is: Moving in the right direction does not eliminate opposition. Doing the will of God or living in the plan of God does not mean that the enemy will not confront you. But this is the consolation: many times,”inside your confrontation is your promotion; the trial is a set-up for your triumph; the obstacle came to deliver to you your miracles. (Job 42″:10)
Beloved,”it is not for you to be afraid because of some confrontations. Just camp with God and fix your gaze on the Master of the storm even in the midst of the storm so as to conquer the storm.
Today, I prophesy to you, no confrontation of life shall conquer you, in Jesus’ Name.
REMEMBER THIS”: Inside your confrontation is your promotion; the trial is a set up for your triumph; the obstacle came to deliver your miracles.
1. Never allow any storm or situation of life make you give up on God.
2. In times of trials,”contradictions and confrontations, ensure you never lose sight of the Master.
3. Always see something positive out of every confrontation because inside your mess your message can come.
For Further Understanding, Get This Message”: Rising Above the Storm.
PRAYER: Lord,”I make demands on the grace never to give up on You in seasons of contradictions and confrontations. Deliver me from every current storm of my life. Turn the commotions of my life to my promotion Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
DAILY READING”: Obadiah 1 to 21,”Revelations 4″:1 to 11,”Psalm 132″:1 to 18,”Proverbs 29″:24 to 25
QUOTE: Obstacles do not survive where God appears! Culled from ‘Access to All Possibilities’ by Dr. Paul Enenche
AMAZING FACT: On the average,”one to five of your lashes fall out each day. And, for each one lost, it takes four-to-eight weeks for a new one to come in and grow to its full length.
DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND”: The Dunamis Home Church close to you tomorrow by 6:00pm. Invite your neighbours. God Bless You!
PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION:I decree ‘peace be still’ to every storm around your life right now in Jesus Name
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