[1/17, 5:42 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: FRIDAY 17TH JANUARY 2020
THEME: HOW HUNGRY ARE YOU?
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6
READ: Psalm 42:1-8
1As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?
4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.
5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.
7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
8 Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
A hungry and thirsty fellow is one who is desperate for food and water. Have you ever seen someone who has been stranded on a desert for a whole month? If he sees water anywhere, he would do anything, and I mean anything, to drink it. The same applies to a person who has been deprived of food for many days. In the same vein, God expects us to hunger and thirst for righteousness. He expects us to desperately pursue righteousness. Jesus gave a parable in Matthew 13:44-46 that the kingdom of God is like a man who found treasure in a field and went to sell all that he had so he could buy that field and own the treasure. Psalm 63:1 says:
“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;”
You should be willing to give up anything just to remain righteous. The revenue is the case these days; people are very quick to sacrifice their righteousness in order to gain some pleasure of this world.
Don’t deceive yourself with contemporary Christianity. If you are desperately hungry to live a holy life, you become easy meat for the devil. You need to be desperate enough to cut off your right hand if that is going to cause you to sin (Matthew 5:30). In other words, if social media is the means through which immoral thought get into your mind, then you must be ready to delete those social media apps from your phone. If you are lusting after your secretary, then you must be ready to let go of such a person. If being a staff in that organization causes you to stain your garment of holiness, then resign! Only the violent can take the kingdom of God and they must take it by force. Don’t be afraid to be asked why you pursue this Jesus so much. Fear of what people may say will make many lose their righteousness and consequently, the kingdom of God. You must hunger and thirst for righteousness at all times.
Is there anything or person limiting you from being holy? Let go of such now so you don’t lose the kingdom of God.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Genesis 16-18
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 12: I AM THINE OH LORD.
1. I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.
Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.
2. Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the pow’r of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.
3. Oh, the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
I commune as friend with friend!
4. There are depths of love that I cannot know
Till I cross the narrow sea;
There are heights of joy that I may not reach
Till I rest in peace with Thee.
[1/17, 5:43 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2020-01-17
TOPIC: INDICATORS OF A LIFE OF VALUE
SCRIPTURE: “I have fought a good fight,”I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness,”which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day”: and not to me only,”but unto all them also that love his appearing”2 Timothy 4″:7-8.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: If your existence makes no difference in any life,”it is possible you are living a valueless life.
The life of value is a life of worth. The life of value is a life of impact. The value of life is a life of value; your life would have no value until it adds value to other lives. To contribute to the worth and value of a life is the essence of a valuable life. If your existence makes no difference in any life, it is possible you are living a valueless life.
One of the indicators of a life of value is living by values. Living by values is what makes a lifeon value values, he becomes a person of value”: Those who stand out,”stand on standards; principal people are principled people.
Thus, the higher your sense of value as a person, the more of a valuable person you become in your generation. You cannot be a law breaker and at the same time be valuable in society. If you value values, you will value people.
Beloved, the value of a man is not in the money he accumulates or the properties he possesses; the true value of a person is in the value he adds to another person’s life. If nobody is benefiting from you, it is a sign that your life on earth is wasting away.
But that shall not be your portion, in Jesus’ Name.
REMEMBER THIS”: If your existence makes no difference in any life,”it is possible you are living a valueless life.
1. Maintain a healthy sense of value
2. Refuse to live without anyone benefiting from your life
3. Decide to be a source of motivation and inspiration to as many as come in contact with you.
For Further Understanding, Get This Message”: A Life of Value.
PRAYER: Lord,”I make demands on Your help never to exist without adding value to nobody’s life. I receive the grace to value values and to make a positive mark in my generation, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
DAILY READING”: Exodus 31-35
QUOTE: Principles are behind the making of principal people. Culled from ‘30 Secrets to the Top’ by Dr Paul Enenche.
AMAZING FACT: There are 31,”556,926 seconds in a year.
PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION”: The grace to live a life of values is released upon you in Jesus’ Name.
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[1/17, 5:46 AM] 919063: *Above Only Devotional*
Friday, January 17
*Have an Abundance Mentality*
_Genesis 13:14 (AMP), Genesis 26:12, Ephesians 3:20_
_…, “Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are . . ., northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see I will give to you and to your descendants forever. *Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: *Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us._
God is going to do very great and mighty things both in your life and through your life this year. Things you have not experienced in your life before, that eyes have not seen, ears have not heard and minds have not imagined. Are you ready for these great and mighty things? God wants you to lift up your eyes and see Him doing great and unimaginable things in your life this year. Some people have fixed their hope and expectations for this year on what they can do or accomplish by themselves or by the prevalent economic or other conditions and predictions for the year. But God does not supply our needs according to our ability or the prevalent conditions around us, He supplies our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus, Phil. 4:19.
Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world, 1 John 4:4. The Lord is the strength of your life, Psa. 27:1. Elevate your hope and expectations. Raise it to the level of God’s ability and wisdom. See yourself being a channel for God’s great power, wisdom and blessings flowing into the lives of others. Out of envy over Isaac’s prosperity, the Philistines covered the wells that Abraham had dug but Isaac moved on and he dug the wells again. The Philistines eventually became tired and left Isaac alone, Gen. 26:13-22. The type of abundance that God is bringing into your life this year cannot be stopped by any man or devil. God is preparing tables for you in the presence of your enemies, you will experience an overflow of His anointing and blessings, Psa. 23:5. You shall rule in the midst of your enemies and adverse situations, Psa. 110:2. Your victory, productivity and prosperity are unstoppable because of God’s power in you.
Faith Declaration: By the power of God at work In me, I am expenencing an abundance of God’s great and mighty power, wisdom and blessings this year. I experience great increase and expansion on every side.Share On: