[12/29, 6:36 AM] 919063: Paul’s thorn and yours (2)
Sunday 29th December 2019
‘To keep me from becoming proud.’ 2 Corinthians 12:7 NLT
The Bible doesn’t tell us what Paul’s thorn in the flesh was, but Paul tells us why God permitted it: ‘To keep me from becoming proud’ (2 Corinthians 12:7 NLT). Increased achievement and success can lead to increased pride and independence from God. Have you noticed that when life is going great, staying close to God is sometimes difficult? We tend to think God is so good to us because we are so good to him. We must always guard against this.
God can use anything for your good and his glory. In his wisdom and patience, he permits something we think is intended to hurt us, but he turns it around and uses it to help us. Here is what he does: he balances blessings with burdens. The psalmist said, ‘Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits’ (Psalm 68:19 NKJV). If God filled your hands only with blessings, eventually you would fall over on your face. And if he continually loaded your back with burdens, you would fall on your hindquarters. So he apportions blessings and burdens so that we can stay in balance. It’s easy to get out of balance. We become so absorbed with the joys of Heaven that we neglect our calling to be salt and light here on earth. We get so involved in the work of the Lord that we fail to spend time with the Lord of the work. We get so involved in church that we rob our families of the love and attention they need.
So God brings us back into balance by permitting the thorn in our life.
[12/29, 6:36 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: SUNDAY 29TH DECEMBER 2019
THEME: SONGS OF TRIUMPH.
And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:3
READ: Exodus 15:1-11
1Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
3 The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.
4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.
5 The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone.
6 Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.
7 And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble.
8 And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.
9 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.
10 Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.
11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?
Today’s Bible reading records a classical song of triumph that Moses and the Israelites sang after overcoming the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s forces. After they were liberated from the shackles of slavery in Egypt. The children of Israel were faced with the greatest battle of their lives when they found themselves trapped between the Read Sea before them and Pharaoh’s army behind. At that moment, the fell into a state of despair and murmured against Moses and His God, who took them by His mighty hands our of the land of Egypt. They forgot all the mighty works He did to bring them out, so much so that He killed all the firstborns of Egypt. However, God had mercy on them, and He overthrew Pharaoh’s plan to return them to slavery. After witnessing God’s great intervention in their behalf, songs of triumph filled their mouths and they began to sing, even without any rehearsals. I prophesy to a user of this devotional today; you will experience a victory over your enemies that will put new songs of triumph in your mouth in Jesus’ Name.
David faced so many battles in his life, but at the end of every battle his songs were always songs of triumph. For example, he sang in Psalm 124:1-3, saying:
“If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say; If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us: Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:”
Beloved, you also can sing many songs of triumph provided you choose the correct ally in the battle of life. Our God is a specialist in all forms of warfare- be it ground, underground, marine, underwater or air warfare, it doesn’t matter to Him. What He did with Pharaoh and his host is a good example of his marine and submarine warfare capabilities. The battle He fought for the Israelites in 1 Samuel chapter 7 is an example of His ground warfare abilities. In Exodus 9:18-25, He showed His ability to fight from the air by sending hailstones upon the Egyptians. Describing the mightiness of God in battle, the Holy Spirit said in Isaiah 12:5-6:
“Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.”
So, if I were you, I would ensure that this God, who is mighty in battle, is my ally, and I would surrender every battle of my life to Him to fight in His own way. Do this today, and you will always have songs of triumph to sing.
Father, I come to You today, please be my Ally in the battles of life, and give me new songs of triumph over all my enemies, to the glory of Your Name.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Ecclesiastes 8-12
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 13: YES, I KNOW I AM A VICTOR.
1. Yes, I know i am a victor
For the Bible tells me so
God made me more than a conqueror
Much stronger than all my foes.
Jesus loves me and i love him
Together we rule the world
Christ with me I will overcome
By his blood, his Name, his word_
2. Yes, I know i am a victor
Stronger than sickness, disease
By his stripes I am superior
Far above infirmities
3. Yes, I know i am a victor
Stronger than demons i am
To satan i am a terror
I am free, o yes, i am
4. Yes, I know i am a victor
Stronger than lack, poverty
All my needs Jesus provides for
I have life abundantly
5. Yes, I know i am a victor
Barrenness no more indeed
Fruitful is the God i live for
All my dreams shall be fulfilled
6. Yes, I know i am a victor
By his strength i shall succeed
No more loss and no more failure
Glory to glory proceed
7. Yes, I know i am a victor
No more sorrow, no despair
Jesus Christ is my own succour
Tomorrow is joy and cheer
8. Yes, I know i am a victor
very soon I’ll reign with him
His promise is my sure anchor
He’s coming to take me home
9. Jesus loves me and i love him
We rule this world together
as He is so right now I am
Hear me shout Halleluyah
[12/29, 6:40 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-12-29
TOPIC: ACTIVITY A PATHWAY TO LONGEVITY
SCRIPTURE: “By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through” Ecclesiastics 10:18.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Dynamism in life is necessary for the longevity of life; idleness sponsors sickness.
Activity is the condition of being engaged in carrying out a duty. It can also be seen as the state of doing something in order to achieve a purpose or an objective. Activity connotes a state of action or engagement in carrying out a duty.
It is confirmed that there is a connection between a man’s activity and his longevity; and there is also a link between redundancy and mortality. That is why our anchor Scripture says,”By much slothfulness the building decayeth… The building here represents our body. This is confirmed in 1 Corinthians 6″:19a: know ye not that your body is the temple (building) of the Holy Ghost…?
By implication,”when the body lacks function or activity, it is prone to affliction and decadence (degeneration). Our body was designed to be active and not to be idle. It was designed by God to be functional and not fashion-al.
The truth is, any life that is not dynamic becomes problematic. Dynamism in life is necessary for the longevity of life. A life not fully engaged rapidly degenerates and dilapidates.
That is why when some people retire from active service and after a short period, they begin to look older than their ages and eventually die before their time.
Beloved, anything that expels you from activeness exposes you to sickness. Idleness sponsors illness, and when the body is ill, it can die.
But on this last Sunday of the year 2019, I prophesy to you that you shall not die before your time. You shall not mourn or be mourned, in Jesus’ Name.
REMEMBER THIS”: Dynamism in life is necessary for the longevity of life; Idleness sponsors sickness.
1. Keep off from anything or anybody that wants to keep you off function.
2. Refuse to be idle
3. If you cannot find a job,”do what you can find (as far as it is legal).
For Further Understanding, Get This Message”: Making the Most of Life Part 4
PRAYER: Lord,”deliver me from every spirit of laziness, weakness and lethargy. I connect to Your strength, energy and vitality to function optimally in my life’s assignment. I refuse to perish out of indolence Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
DAILY READING”: Zechariah 14:1 to 21,”Revelation 20″:1 to 5,”Psalm 148″:1 to 14,”Proverbs 31″:8 to 9
QUOTE: Idleness is a sponsor of weariness; laziness is the mother of sickness. Culled from ‘365 Wisdom Capsules’ by Dr. Paul Enenche
AMAZING FACT: Horses are social animals and will get lonely if kept alone; they will mourn the passing of a companion.
PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION: Energy and dynamism be released upon you this season in Jesus’ Name.
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