Morning Devotions

[1/8, 6:47 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: WEDNESDAY 8TH JANUARY 2020.

THEME: POWER VS AUTHORITY III.

MEMORISE:

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8

READ: Mark 16:17-20

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

MESSAGE:

You can delegate authority, but not power. If you don’t know how to open a car door without its keys but attempt it anyway, you would end up damaging it. A man can be living in divine health, while his wife and children still take ill regularly. Until he gets authority over sickness, even if delegated, there is little he can do. Delegated authority however, always has an expiry date.

For example, the Minister of Justice gets his authority from the President of the nation. This authority is however subject to his/her continued stay in office as the Minister of Justice. A person who already has spiritual authority can delegate some of it to you. Delegated authority however, can only be retained and increased as you witness. Go out and share your testimony with others; tell people about this your God of wonders. The first miracle God performs through you should birth testimonies. If you however, do not tell others about what God did before and use that testimony to win them to Christ, what will be His encouragement to do more through you?

“………for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.” Mark 1:27

If you want lasting authority over sickness, demons, poverty and the like, then you must be addicted to soul-winning. Has God performed a great miracle through you based on the authority of an anointed man of God? Use that testimony to win souls to the kingdom. As you do so, more and more miracles will be happening through you, and very soon, you would not even need to refer to the authority of that man of God anymore, because God would now have given you your own authority. When Jesus gave His disciples authority over sicknesses and demons in Luke 10, it did not last because they stopped witnessing. When they resumed witnessing, they didn’t need any proclamation before the miracles began to flow again.

KEY POINT:

Authority can only be retained and increased as you witness about the Lord Jesus Christ.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Job 17-20

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 10: 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

CHORUS
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 demons I am
To Satan I am a terror
I am free, o yes, I am

3. Yes, I know I am a victor
Stronger than lack, poverty
All my needs Jesus provides for
I have life abundantly

4. Yes, I know I am a victor
Barrenness no more indeed
Fruitful is the God I live for
All my dreams shall be fulfilled

5. Yes, I know I am a victor
By His strength I shall succeed
No more loss and no more failure
Glory to glory proceed

6. Yes, I know I am a victor
No more sorrow, no despair
Jesus Christ is my own Succour
Tomorrow is joy and cheer

7. 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

8. Jesus loves me and I love Him
We rule this world together
As He is so right now I am
Hear me shout Halleluyah

9. Jesus loves me Halleluyah
Hear me shout Halleluyah
Halleluyah, Halleluyah
Glory be to God on high
[1/8, 6:47 AM] 919063: Understand your giftings (1)

Wednesday 8th January 2020

‘God has given us different gifts.’ Romans 12:6 NLT

In Christian ministry, as in any other field, we need to understand the individual process that comes with each person’s gifting.

Karen Williams, president of Strategic Media Solutions, writes: ‘A ministry is composed of several gifted individuals…led by a common vision God has birthed in its leader. These individuals can typically be grouped into three categories: (1) visionary; (2) process-oriented; (3) task-oriented. There’s an emotional response for each person in their area of giftedness as it relates to the birth and successful completion of a vision. A visionary gets an “emotional high” when the vision becomes clear to them. When they present it to those who’ll be charged with “making it happen”, they think those in attendance will be as “high” as they are upon hearing this perfectly clear, world-changing vision. For a visionary, when the vision is fully clear, it’s effectively 100% complete. That’s why they can go on to create and receive other visions long before the first one is truly manifested. But for the process-oriented person, the vision that has been presented is “on hold” until it can be translated into processes. The emotional “high” for them comes when the processes are clearly defined and documented and they feel they’ll successfully support the completion of the vision. So their “high” doesn’t come until well after the vision has been presented. For the task-oriented person, the vision that’s been presented is also “on hold” as they haven’t yet been given anything to do. Their emotional “high” comes with the completion of tasks, things they can mark off their to-do list. Thus their “high” doesn’t occur until the end of the completed tasks mapped out within the processes.’
[1/8, 6:47 AM] 919063: *Above Only Devotional*

Wednesday, January 8

*The Grace to Cut out Distractions*

_Hebrews 12:1 (GNB), John 6:14-15_
_As for us, we have this large crowd of witnesses around us. So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tight! , and let us run with determination the race that lies before us. *Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone._

A major key to fruitfulness and productivity is focus. So many people are not as productive as they should be because at the numerous distractions they have allowed to consume their time, energy and resources. For example, when you weed a farm by removing unwanted plants from around what you have planted, you are enabling what you have planted to have sufficient space and nutrients to grow as it should. Among what you have planted may be some good or nice flowers, but leaving them there can jeopardize the chances of success for what you have planted. Also, when you prune a plant, you remove the excess parts of the plant that can prevent it from maintaining the right shape and from being most fruitful. Cutting out distractions helps you in the some manner.

You shall not be distracted by the past; whether good or bad, Phil. 3:13-14. You will put it behind you and move forward. You shall not be distracted by the attitudes of people towards you; whether good or bad. “At the springs of Meribah, the people made the LORD angry and Moses was in trouble on their account. They made him so bitter that he spoke without stopping to think” Psa. 106:32-32. Haman allowed the fact that Mordecai did not greet him like others were doing to push him into wanting to kill all the Jews in the land, Esth. 3:1-6. You shall forgive others and continue walking in love towards them. Jesus was not distracted by the people who wanted to crown him as their king. You will not behave like you have all the time in the world, Psa. 90:12. You shall redeem the time. By the Spirit of God in you, you will be able to discern times and seasons and know exactly what you are supposed to do per time, Eph.5:15-18. You will also not be distracted from paying attention to God’s voice, Luke 10:41-42.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me to identify and cut out both the good and the bad things that can distract me from Your will for my life this year.[1/8, 6:47 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: WEDNESDAY 8TH JANUARY 2020.

THEME: POWER VS AUTHORITY III.

MEMORISE:

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8

READ: Mark 16:17-20

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

MESSAGE:

You can delegate authority, but not power. If you don’t know how to open a car door without its keys but attempt it anyway, you would end up damaging it. A man can be living in divine health, while his wife and children still take ill regularly. Until he gets authority over sickness, even if delegated, there is little he can do. Delegated authority however, always has an expiry date.

For example, the Minister of Justice gets his authority from the President of the nation. This authority is however subject to his/her continued stay in office as the Minister of Justice. A person who already has spiritual authority can delegate some of it to you. Delegated authority however, can only be retained and increased as you witness. Go out and share your testimony with others; tell people about this your God of wonders. The first miracle God performs through you should birth testimonies. If you however, do not tell others about what God did before and use that testimony to win them to Christ, what will be His encouragement to do more through you?

“………for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.” Mark 1:27

If you want lasting authority over sickness, demons, poverty and the like, then you must be addicted to soul-winning. Has God performed a great miracle through you based on the authority of an anointed man of God? Use that testimony to win souls to the kingdom. As you do so, more and more miracles will be happening through you, and very soon, you would not even need to refer to the authority of that man of God anymore, because God would now have given you your own authority. When Jesus gave His disciples authority over sicknesses and demons in Luke 10, it did not last because they stopped witnessing. When they resumed witnessing, they didn’t need any proclamation before the miracles began to flow again.

KEY POINT:

Authority can only be retained and increased as you witness about the Lord Jesus Christ.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Job 17-20

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 10: 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

CHORUS
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 demons I am
To Satan I am a terror
I am free, o yes, I am

3. Yes, I know I am a victor
Stronger than lack, poverty
All my needs Jesus provides for
I have life abundantly

4. Yes, I know I am a victor
Barrenness no more indeed
Fruitful is the God I live for
All my dreams shall be fulfilled

5. Yes, I know I am a victor
By His strength I shall succeed
No more loss and no more failure
Glory to glory proceed

6. Yes, I know I am a victor
No more sorrow, no despair
Jesus Christ is my own Succour
Tomorrow is joy and cheer

7. 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

8. Jesus loves me and I love Him
We rule this world together
As He is so right now I am
Hear me shout Halleluyah

9. Jesus loves me Halleluyah
Hear me shout Halleluyah
Halleluyah, Halleluyah
Glory be to God on high

(2)

[1/8, 6:47 AM] 919063: Understand your giftings (1)

Wednesday 8th January 2020

‘God has given us different gifts.’ Romans 12:6 NLT

In Christian ministry, as in any other field, we need to understand the individual process that comes with each person’s gifting.

Karen Williams, president of Strategic Media Solutions, writes: ‘A ministry is composed of several gifted individuals…led by a common vision God has birthed in its leader. These individuals can typically be grouped into three categories: (1) visionary; (2) process-oriented; (3) task-oriented. There’s an emotional response for each person in their area of giftedness as it relates to the birth and successful completion of a vision. A visionary gets an “emotional high” when the vision becomes clear to them. When they present it to those who’ll be charged with “making it happen”, they think those in attendance will be as “high” as they are upon hearing this perfectly clear, world-changing vision. For a visionary, when the vision is fully clear, it’s effectively 100% complete. That’s why they can go on to create and receive other visions long before the first one is truly manifested. But for the process-oriented person, the vision that has been presented is “on hold” until it can be translated into processes. The emotional “high” for them comes when the processes are clearly defined and documented and they feel they’ll successfully support the completion of the vision. So their “high” doesn’t come until well after the vision has been presented. For the task-oriented person, the vision that’s been presented is also “on hold” as they haven’t yet been given anything to do. Their emotional “high” comes with the completion of tasks, things they can mark off their to-do list. Thus their “high” doesn’t occur until the end of the completed tasks mapped out within the processes.

(3)


[1/8, 6:47 AM] 919063: *Above Only Devotional*

Wednesday, January 8

*The Grace to Cut out Distractions*

_Hebrews 12:1 (GNB), John 6:14-15_
_As for us, we have this large crowd of witnesses around us. So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tight! , and let us run with determination the race that lies before us. *Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone._

A major key to fruitfulness and productivity is focus. So many people are not as productive as they should be because at the numerous distractions they have allowed to consume their time, energy and resources. For example, when you weed a farm by removing unwanted plants from around what you have planted, you are enabling what you have planted to have sufficient space and nutrients to grow as it should. Among what you have planted may be some good or nice flowers, but leaving them there can jeopardize the chances of success for what you have planted. Also, when you prune a plant, you remove the excess parts of the plant that can prevent it from maintaining the right shape and from being most fruitful. Cutting out distractions helps you in the some manner.

You shall not be distracted by the past; whether good or bad, Phil. 3:13-14. You will put it behind you and move forward. You shall not be distracted by the attitudes of people towards you; whether good or bad. “At the springs of Meribah, the people made the LORD angry and Moses was in trouble on their account. They made him so bitter that he spoke without stopping to think” Psa. 106:32-32. Haman allowed the fact that Mordecai did not greet him like others were doing to push him into wanting to kill all the Jews in the land, Esth. 3:1-6. You shall forgive others and continue walking in love towards them. Jesus was not distracted by the people who wanted to crown him as their king. You will not behave like you have all the time in the world, Psa. 90:12. You shall redeem the time. By the Spirit of God in you, you will be able to discern times and seasons and know exactly what you are supposed to do per time, Eph.5:15-18. You will also not be distracted from paying attention to God’s voice, Luke 10:41-42.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me to identify and cut out both the good and the bad things that can distract me from Your will for my life this year.

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