[1/13, 6:45 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: MONDAY 13TH JANUARY 2020
THEME: TRUST GOD ALONE.
Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. Jeremiah 17:5
READ: Jeremiah 17:5-8
5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Anyone who puts his trust in people is bound to get disappointed. People are often unpredictable and not always in control of their own feelings. No matter how much integrity a person has built up, certain situations may make it impossible for such a person to do as they earlier promised. This is one leaason I learnt the hard way, especially when I became the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
Another reason it is difficult to trust people is that a lot of people are not really who they portray themselves to be, in the little time that I have spent on this earth, I have come across many great pretenders who pretend so well that if not for the Holy Spirit, you can never know who they truly are on the inside.
Thus, the Bible says in Psalm 118:8:
“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”
Believe me, no one can be trusted except God. You think your Special Assistant can be trusted? Wait until things begin to get heated up and you would see another side of that same loyal servant. I laugh when I see wealthy men who put so much trust in their bodyguards. How much can you pay a man with a family at home for him to take a bullet for you? You trust your accountant with your money? Fine, but let’s pray the fellow never disappoints you.
Our God is a jealous God and the moment He sees that you trust someone so much, He finds a way to reveal the weakness of the fellow and then you realize that the person cannot be trusted. Instead of trusting people, trust the grace of God on their lives. This way, you acknowledge that the only way they would not misbehave is by the grace of God. When God sees that you recognize it is only by His grace that a fellow will not disappoint you, then He will make that grace available. Put your trust in God alone.
Trust the grace of God on people and not the people themselves. God alone is trustworthy.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Job 35-37
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 29: WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS.
1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!
2. Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
3. Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.
4. Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.
[1/13, 6:45 AM] 919063: MILLIONAIRE EMBRACE: Monday January 13, 2020 | Korede & Esther Komaiya
“Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before Kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” Proverbs 22:29 (KJV)
Laziness, whether you are a Christian or unbeliever will produce failure and regression. According to today’s scripture, when you are diligent, you will stand before kings and not mean men. Diligence in whatever you do is critical key to being successful. You can’t be lazy and expect to be great; laziness and nothingness flocks.
To be diligent demands more input into whatever you do so you can have more output. It requires that you read while others are watching movies; pray while others are sleeping; fast while others are merrying; go the extra mile while others are cutting corners. It requires that you remain ethical while others are involved in corrupt practices, nepotism and other vices that contradict the word of God. Never think you would amount to anything great without diligence to work. Be diligent and you will practically stand before Kings and not their boys.
I am the light of the world and the salt of the earth. I am filled with the Spirit of diligence. I value and take delight in what I do. I am careful and hardworking, by the grace of God at work in my life, in Jesus name!
KEEP IN MIND
You can’t be lazy and expect to be great.
[1/13, 6:45 AM] 919063: Receive God’s forgiveness
Monday 13th January 2020
‘You forgave me! All my guilt is gone.’ Psalm 32:5 NLT
When God forgave David for adultery and murder, he wrote: ‘Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally, I confessed my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said…”I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone’ (Psalm 32:1-5 NLT).
Unconfessed, unforgiven sin will make you miserable. But after you’ve acknowledged it and received God’s forgiveness, you shouldn’t continue to feel miserable. So why do we feel miserable? Many times it’s because of how we were raised. We grew up hearing words like, ‘I hope you feel bad about what you’ve done!’ or ‘Shame on you!’ And if our offence was great, like wrecking the family car, we may even have been put on probation! In other words, we’re programmed for long-term guilt.
The good news is, God’s forgiveness doesn’t work that way. The moment that bringsconviction and confession of sin also bringscleansing of sin, and leads to restoredconfidence before God. Don’t let Satan keep condemning you. Refuse to walk around feeling guilty and ashamed. Today say with the psalmist, ‘You forgave me! All my guilt is gone’ (Psalm 32:5 NLT). Now go out and live freely, confidently and with joy!
[1/13, 6:55 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2020-01-12
TOPIC: FROM COMMOTION TO PROMOTION
SCRIPTURE: Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them,”seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
1 Samuel 17″:36
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God will not allow what will collapse you to confront you; He won’t allow what will finish you to face you.
It is confirmed that we are in a generation with so much commotion,”challenges and confrontations. Some people have even come to believe that commotion is part of life. No wonder in the days of David, he faced a lot of commotions or confrontations. For instance, as young as David was he battled Goliath (1 Samuel 17″:41-54). David was also literary on the run for his life. A death sentence was passed on him – King Saul wanted to kill him by all means (1 Samuel 19:1).
Now,”David must have complained like most Christians do today, ‘Why all these battles? God does not like me? Where did I go wrong? What did I do? I pray, I pay my tithe, I am doing everything God said I should do, yet God allowed all these battles to confront me.’ But I think God may have whispered into his ears, ‘David my son, in all these things you are more than a conqueror’ (Romans 8″:37).
Beloved,”God will not allow what will collapse you to confront you; He won’t allow what will finish you to face you. So, that commotion in your life is a set up for your promotion. It was in confronting Goliath that David’s destiny opened up.
God is turning your life around this season, in Jesus’ Name.
REMEMBER THIS”: God will not allow what will collapse you to confront you; He won’t allow what will finish you to face you.
1. No matter what you may be passing through,”never murmur against God or think that God does not love you. Don’t ever think God is against you!
2. In the face of confrontations or contradictions, develop a dogged faith, trust and confidence in God.
3. Know that inside that situation is your promotion.
PRAYER”: Lord,”I thank You because You won’t let what will conquer me to confront me. You won’t let what will finish me to face me. I receive the grace never to bow to the confrontations of life. Let my current trial set me up for my triumph in life O Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING Get the Message”: HE TEACHETH MY HANDS TO WAR
QUOTE: God did not call you to kill you; He called you to colour you. God didn’t call you to mock you,”He called you to make you. Culled from 365 Wisdom Capsules by Dr Paul Enenche
DAILY READING”: Exodus 6-10
AMAZING FACT: Your upper lid has around 200 lashes and your lower lid has around 100!
PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION: The current commotion around your life gives way for your promotion now in Jesus’ Name.
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