[12/22, 6:22 AM] 919063: Millionaire Embrace| Sunday Dec., 22nd 2019 Korede & Esther Komaiya
The Comfort Zone Is A Danger Zone
“Woe to you who are complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on mount Samaria…Amos 6:1(NIV)
I love the way the New International Version rendered our opening scripture; it says “woe to you who are complacent…” To be complacent means “being pleased with a situation, especially something you have achieved, so that you stop trying to improve or change things”. No wonder, the Bible says anyone who gives in to complacency is cursed. It will interest you to know that your number one enemy is not Satan, but your comfort zone. The most dangerous and catastrophic place any man can find himself on earth is the comfort zone. So many, too numerous to count have forfeited their destiny by settling down in this zone. Beloved, you cannot aspire to greater heights as long as you are in your comfort zone, where you feel so comfortable with everything around you and you lose your inner drive. Every success that is not well managed and improved upon will soon become a failure. The truth is, if you are not hard on yourself life will be hard on you. Those who make a habit of doing what is hard but critical to their goals will find life easy while those who always follow the easy path will find life to be very hard.
Anytime God considers you due for the next level, He will stir you up to leave your comfort zone. I love what the Bible says concerning Jesus in Mark 1:12, “…immediately the Spirit drove Him (Jesus) into the wilderness…” Did you notice this happened immediately after Jesus had had a major encounter, the heaven had opened over Him, the Spirit had descended upon Him and God the Father had declared Him His beloved Son. In spite of all that, the Spirit still drove Him to leave His comfort zone and move Him into the wilderness, a place of no comfort where He would have exceedingly great encounters.
This should be your mindset as we enter the New Year; that the comfort zone is a danger zone. So many things God has done for us a ministry this year. But I am not going to revel in the success of yesterday, I am so consumed now with the goals I have ahead of me in the coming year. Whatever you have around you now this year that is making you to feel so relaxed, it is time to step out of it. It may be your current income, your current position or the goals you have achieved. This does not mean you should not be grateful to God for what He is doing for you and through you; you must consistently do that, it only means you should brace up and immerse yourself in the heavier and greater goals you have set for yourself thereby allowing God to do more through you as you face greater challenges ahead of you.
Father, in the Name of Jesus, I am grateful for all You have helped me to achieve this year 2019 and I thank You for Your help available to me to set and achieve my goals in the coming year. Today I break the hold of complacency and passivity over my life, I refuse to ever settle in my comfort zone and I receive grace to be progressive minded, breaking new frontiers, paying every necessary price I need to pay by the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
KEEP IN MIND
If you are not hard on yourself life will be hard on you.
[12/22, 11:51 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: SUNDAY 22ND DECEMBER 2019
THEME: DIVINE PROTECTION.
Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Psalm 127:1
READ: Psalm 91:1-16
1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
A Refuge is a secured shelter or a place of protection from danger and distress. It is a good stronghold that is commonly used for retreat, healing and renewal. It is therefore comforting that the Bible refers to God as our refuge 2 Samuel 22:3 says:
“ The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.”
In effect, God is our Fortress, Strong Tower, Rock of Defense, our shield, our shade of protection and our shelter in the time of storms. Indeed, He is a mighty God with incredible capabilities. As the Lord of hosts and our Mighty man in battle, He is mighty to deliver and mighty to save.
A father’s capability and actions go a long way in affecting the life of his child. Our heavenly Father does not only neutralize weapons designed against His children; He also protect them from harm. I have experienced His goodness in this regard several times, and I would like to share one of these with you today. At a time when I was still very young in the 50’s, we had mining activities going on in my village and our roads were very narrow. Nigeria was still under colonial rule back then. Usually, white men came in a jeep to collect the gold that the miners got. The white men were so powerful in those days that the villagers believed that if a white man killed person’s child, that person would still have to say “thankyou” to them, to avoid being sent to prison. For this reason, they were very much dreaded. One day, my sister and I were returning from the farm when we suddenly heard the sound of a jeep moving towards us at top speed, my sister immediately grabbed my hand and we both jumped out of the way, landing in an empty mine pit. We barely escaped the jeep, but before we could heave a sigh of relief, we found ourselves before a deadly snake. However, because our heavenly Father can preserve lives, I lived to tell the story. In Luke 10:19, God empowered all believers in Christ to have authority over snakes, scorpions and over demonic agents and all their activities. I therefore prophesy in the Name that is above all other names: God will protect you and defend everything that is yours this season. I testify that God’s word is trustworthy, reliable and dependable, and this word says in Psalm 20:7-8:
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.”
Irrespective of what you may be passing through right now, trust God and call upon His Name today, and He will give you all-round peace.
Father, that You for being my hiding place and my refuge; please keep me secure to fulfil my assignment in life, in Jesus’ Name.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Proverbs 16-19
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 12: 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!
[12/22, 11:51 AM] 919063: Undercover work
Sunday 22nd December 2019
‘I…sat among them for seven days.’ Ezekiel 3:15 NLT
There’s a popular reality show on television called Undercover Boss. In it, the company owner goes undercover disguised as a regular staff member, and works alongside the other employees. He or she gets to experience their daily pressures and problems, becomes familiar with their strengths and weaknesses, and finds out what is and isn’t working. Some of the discoveries are truly eye-opening, and lead to major changes that end up making the organisation a more efficient, more profitable and more enjoyable place for everyone to work.
A good definition of the word understand is ‘to stand in another person’s shoes’. That’s what happened to the prophet Ezekiel. He writes: ‘Then I came to the colony of Judean exiles…I was overwhelmed and sat among them for seven days. After seven days the Lord gave me a message. He said, “Son of man, I have appointed you as a watchman”‘ (Ezekiel 3:15-17 NLT). When did God give Ezekiel a message for others? After he’d spent seven days and nights sitting with people who had lost everything, people in deep despair and in need of answers. Referring to Jesus, the Bible tells us, ‘This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do’ (Hebrews 4:15 NLT).
Your most effective ministry to others can come out of some of the experiences you’re going through right now, especially the painful ones you’d like to escape and don’t even feel comfortable talking about. The truth is, your greatest mess can turn out to be your greatest message. So let God work on you until he gets you to where you need to be.Share On: