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[7/16, 5:27 AM] 919063: 💚🎊 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🎊💚
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_DATE: TUESDAY 16TH JULY 2019_

*THEME: WHAT DO YOU SEE?*

*MEMORISE:*
And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
Exodus 2:2

*Bible Reading: Psalm 127:1-5*
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.

2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

*MESSAGE*
What parents see in their children goes a long way to determine how well they treasure tem. As God’s heritage, it is important that parents see the image of God in their children, so that they can nurture them for the glory and pleasure of God, who is their rightful Owner. Unfortunately, some parents, especially in under-developed nations, treat their children as domestic animals or working machines, so much so that you begin to wonder if they purposely gave birth to them for economic reasons. Many abuse their children by engaging them in money making ventures and making them become breadwinners at a tender age. I know of a man who has about thirteen children. He gives them out to serve as domestic workers and collects the wage of their labor to feed himself. Clearly, he does not see his children as carriers of God’s image.

Furthermore, some couple decide to abort pregnancies they are not prepared for. However, you look at it, this is murder- a grievous sin against God and humanity. God asked me to tell someone reading this devotional that the pregnancy you are about to terminate is your glory; don’t abort the child that will bring God’s glory upon your life. When “stuck” with an unwanted child, many parents go ahead to despise such a child, instead of seeing him or her as a pleasant surprise from God. These are all examples of ungodly parenting. In Exodus 2:1-4, we see what godly parents look like. Moses’ mother, Jochebed, was a godly parent. Even then though Pharaoh had ordered all sons born to Hebrew families to be killed at birth, she saw God’s image in her own child and did all she could to preserve him. Exodus 2:2 says:

“And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.”

When the baby could no longer be hidden, she decided to commit him into the hands of his original Owner, the Almighty. In all this, Moses’ parents never imagined that this child was to become the deliverer of the whole nation of Israel. The Lord asked me to tell someone using this devotional that that child you think is a problem will turn around to put smiles on your face in your lifetime. All you need to do is to give that child the best you have as a springboard for his or her leap into destiny. Children are carriers of God’s image, and unless we see them in that light, there is the tendency to abuse them and lose the blessings accompanying them. In light of what today’s Bible reading says about children, I encourage all parents to first surrender their lives to God, and then it will be easy for them to also surrender their children to Him for supreme care. Parents who do this will not be denied their blessings in Jesus’ Name.

*PRAYER POINT:*
Father, please open my eyes to see Your image and glory in the children You have given me, and help me cooperate with You in the fulfilment of their destinies.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
Joshua 6-7
Ezekiel 17:22-18:3

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*HYMN 6: HAVE YOU BEEN TO JESUS FOR THE CLEANSING POWER?*
• Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

*Refrain*
Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

2. Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

*Refrain*

3. When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white!
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for His presence bright,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?

*Refrain*

4. Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
O be washed in the blood of the Lamb.

*Refrain*

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[7/16, 5:27 AM] 919063: Choose your battles wisely

Tuesday 16th July 2019

‘If you follow this advice…then you will be able to endure the pressures.’ Exodus 18:23 NLT

A good general knows it’s a mistake to try and fight on too many fronts at once; that when you’re ‘spread out too thin’ you’re vulnerable! And the same is true in life. To avoid undue stress, you must refuse to let every little thing upset you. In other words, choose your battles wisely. Don’t make mountains out of molehills. Before you devote time, energy and emotion to an issue, ask yourself how important it is, and how much of your time, effort and energy is appropriate. Try to discern what really matters and focus on those things. Learn the difference between major matters and minor matters.

Moses was becoming exhausted because he personally handled every problem, dispute and crisis that arose among the Israelites. Perhaps he thought he had to do so, since he was the leader of the nation. But his father-in-law said to him, in essence, ‘You take care of the big things and leave the small stuff to someone else.’ He went on to say, ‘”If you follow this advice…you will be able to endure the pressures”…Moses listened to his father-in-law’s advice and followed his suggestions’ (Exodus 18:23-24 NLT).

Stop and think about it: your life already has plenty of stress and strain, so why add more if you can avoid it? When you’re tempted to take on a ‘battle’, step back and decide if it’s worth it and what it will require from you. Don’t go to war when there are no spoils.

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[7/16, 5:27 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-07-16
TOPIC: THE DANGERS OF GUILT

SCRIPTURE: The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Nothing silences the voice of faith like the voice of accusation. 

In the journey of Christianity,”one of the things to watch out for is the guilt of sin. Sin is the enemy of every Christian. The guilt of sin is a terminal disease to the spirit of man; therefore, it must be avoided like a plague.

Now, we are going to look at some of the dangers of guilt.

1. The guilt of sin frustrates boldness in the spirit. Lying, stealing, cheating, immorality, watching corrupt movies, bitterness, etc., defile the conscience, and whatever defiles your conscience deflates your confidence (Proverbs 28″:1).

2. Guilt is the magnet of fear (Genesis 3:7-10). Anywhere guilt is found,”fear is present, and fear attracts the activity of the devil (Job 3″:25). 

3. Guilt establishes accusation both from the enemy and from within. Nothing silences the voice of faith like the voice of accusation,”especially when it is time to pray, make decrees or bind the devil. This is because, satan, the accuser of the brethren (Revelations 12″:10) would arise to accuse anyone with the guilt of sin.

4. The guilt of sin establishes weakness in the spirit. Samson was weakened by sin (Judges 16:16-20). And it is not possible to be weak in the spirit and be strong in faith.

Beloved,”in this end time where the enemy is fighting the faith of God’s people, guard your heart from the guilt of sin.

Remember this”: Nothing silences the voice of faith like the voice of accusation.

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Avoid sin so as to avoid the guilt of it.

2. Depend on God’s grace to maintain a clear conscience.

3. Draw closer to God always and maintain the atmosphere of God’s Presence.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING,”GET THIS MESSAGE”: BOOSTERS AND ENEMIES OF FAITH

PRAYER: Lord,”please cleanse me from every form of guilt and draw me closer to Yourself every second of my life in Jesus’ Name.

DAILY BIBLE READING”: 1 Chronicles 22:1 to 23:32,”Romans 3″:9 to 31,”Psalm 12″:1 to 8,”Proverbs 19″:13 to 14

QUOTE: Any step taken outside God is a step into disaster. Culled from 21 FOOLISH THINGS PEOPLE DO by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT: Butterflies taste their food with their feet. The cheetah can run at a speed of 70-75mph

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: Fresh victory over the bondage of sin is released upon your life,”in Jesus’ Name.

DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND”: The Power Communion Services tomorrow with friends and loved ones for the preservation of your life and destiny by 5:30pm at the Glory Dome, the lord’s garden, airport road, Abuja.

 

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