[12/30, 9:11 AM] 919063: *Above Only Devotional*
Monday, December 30
*The Joy and Blessings of Godliness*
_1 Timothy 4:8 ( NKJV & NLT), Hebrews 1:9 (NlV)_
_… bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. *Physical training is good but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come. *You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness therefore God,.., has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy._
While so many people are worried and bothered about so many things, God wants us to remain focused on living our lives to honour and please Him. There is so much joy and great blessings that we experience for choosing to live godly lives. Jesus pleased God by enduring the cross and despising the shame because of the joy that was set before . Him, Heb. 12:2. God has also great joy and blessings ahead of us that we need to set our minds on. Romans 14:17 reveals that, the kingdom of God is righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. God’s divine peace and joy always accompanies our lives as we walk in His righteous ways. Like our last text above says, our passion for godliness causes God to anoint us with His joy and sets us above those around us. He makes us cities set on hills that cannot be hid. He promotes and positions us to shine our lights for others to see.
As you commit to living a holy life, God will continue to use you mightily (2 Tim. 2:21) and your life will bring glory to His Name. You will stand out and be a light indeed. Proverbs 16:7 (NKJV) declares that, When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Godliness will attract supernatural favour into your life. Be encouraged, child of God. Jesus assured us that for every sacrifice we make to follow Him, we will receive a hundred fold and inherit eternal life, Matt. 19:27-29. Just as people like Joseph and Daniel did not regret living godly lives, you and I will not regret our choice to lead godly lives. God will keep blessing us, promoting us and using us in even greater measures.
Prayer: I thank you Father for the great joy and blessings you have in store for me as I commit myself to pleasing you and doing your will.
[12/30, 9:11 AM] 919063: WISDOM FOR THE DAY
Monday, 30th December, 2019
MEDITATE ON HIS WORD
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Joshua 1:8 (KJV)
As the year draws to a close, one habit you must begin to practise, if you were not doing it, or maintain consistently is the art of mediation. The devil deceived many believers into thinking that mediation is of the occult world but that is a lie from the pit of hell. When you see a counterfeit, know that there is an original somewhere.
What is meditation? Meditation is the art of ruminating on something; but here I challenge you to ruminate on the Word of God until you become one with it. It takes the Word and plants it into your spirit man. Mediation brings you to a point of belief that nothing else can stop what you believe, because it has sunk deep into your spirit man.
So, as the year draws to a close, what should you to think on? The past failures and short comings? Absolutely not. Rather, take the Word that God has given you for the coming year and begin to chew on it. Search out the promises of God in the area you desire and make a confession out of them and say it over and over until you become one with it.
Beloved, the Bible rightly says that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. So, the more of the Word you think of, the more like God you become and the more every impossibility melts in your presence, because your focus is in the Lord who is bigger than all your problems. That is why we say ‘we do not look at the ‘bigness’ of our problems but at the ‘bigness of our God.’
Make a conscious effort today to create a time for meditating on the Word and you will see your creative side come out like you never imagined before.
Further Reading: Joshua 1:1-9
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Zechariah 13-14; Evening- Revelation 21
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[12/30, 9:11 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: MONDAY 30TH DECEMBER 2019
THEME: BE WATCHFUL.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8
READ: 1 Peter 5:8-10
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
The topic of today’s devotional is not a piece of advise that can be ignored; rather it is an express command to be taken seriously if we want to the finishing line in our Christian faith. In Matthew 26:41, during His hour of distress, our Lord said unto His disciple:
“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
A quick lesson here is that temptation is a reality of life. The only way out of it is to watch and pray to ward off the tempter and his agents. Today’s Bible reading tells us why we must be vigilant and watchful: our adversary, the devil, is busy looking for whom to devour. He is described by the Lord as a thief with a threefold mission: to steal. Kill and destroy (John 10:10). In spite of the fact that we have an indomitable Ally in the person of our Lord, He himself laid down an example for us by watching and praying. We can therefore not do without being watchful and prayerful in our Christian calling.
What are we to watch out for? We need to watch out for the tempter’s tricks, some of which can take the form of lust of the flesh. Samson did not watch enough to see the ditch his flesh was leading him into. Even when his parents warned him against the Philistine maidens, he refused to heed their words of reason, choosing instead to follow the leading of his flesh. Judges 14:3 says:
“Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.”
Another thing we must watch out for is the lust of the eyes. The world is full of abominable scenery nowadays. We must be careful of what we look upon and what we see around us. The unfortunate thing is that these horrible images are creeping into the Church nowadays- first to the pew and now to the altar. Lastly, we must watch out for the pride of life. Pride destroyed the devil and he is introducing it into people’s lives today to destroy them. The Church is becoming too flamboyant these days, and this is distracting us from our core assignment. Please don’t be caught in this trap of the devil. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 says:
“Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.”
Let all your actions be guided by sobriety and watchfulness, so that you don’t become a champion of yesterday.
Father, help me to live soberly in this perverse generation, and guide my feet not to be caught in the devil’s traps.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Songs of Solomon 1-4
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 4: TAKE MY LIFE.
1. Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
*Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.
2. Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
3. Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
4. Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
5. Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
6. Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.