Morning Devotions

[1/18, 6:49 AM] 919063: How to raise a secure adult

Saturday 18th January 2020

‘The children of your people will live in security.’ Psalm 102:28 NLT

When you ask parents about their future hopes for their children, you’ll hear words like happy,secure and self-confident. Those are nice sentiments, but not guarantees. But what makes that kind of adult? A childhood filled with trophies and good grades? A life in the country, far away from the crime-ridden city? Enriching pastimes like travel and music? The truth is, not one of these things predicts later happiness. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t encourage children to study and excel; having parents who value knowledge makes a difference.

The important qualities, however, aren’t external, they’re internal. Psychologist Dr Edward Hallowell says to feel secure, your children need to develop two crucial skills: (1) The ability to overcome adversity. (2) The capacity to sustain joy. He says, ‘Life is full of disappointments. Only by failing the first time and learning to try, try and try again will a person get the most out of their abilities.’

But how do you teach your kids to be joyful in the face of adversity? There’s only one way to do it: introduce them to the source of joy. Isaiah said, ‘My soul shall be joyful in my God; for he has clothed me with…salvation’ (Isaiah 61:10 NKJV). David said, ‘In your presence is fulness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore’ (Psalm 16:11 NKJV). Jeremiah said, ‘Your word was to me the joy…of my heart’ (Jeremiah 15:16 NKJV). God never promised us a life without problems, but his Word says, ‘The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives…joy’ (Galatians 5:22 NLT).

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[1/18, 6:49 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: SATURDAY 18TH JANUARY 2020

THEME: BE MERCIFUL.

MEMORISE:

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7

READ: Matthew 18:23-35

23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.

29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:

33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

MESSAGE

According to our Bible reading for today, it is unwise for anyone not to have mercy on those who offend them. The mercy you enjoy from God is enormous (Lamentations 3:22-23), how can you then not show mercy, even if just a little, to those who offend you? Jesus expects you to forgive any and every offence that is committed against you. He clearly demonstrated this in His conversation with Peter in Matthew 18:21-22:

“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”

It is foolish for you not to have mercy on those who offend you because you are only withholding mercy from yourself. In Matthew 6:14-15, Jesus taught His disciples thus:

“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Another side to demonstrating mercy is to show compassion on others. Many people pray endlessly that God should solve their problems, whereas there are people around them whose problems they can solve, but they refuse to help them. God is saying in our memory verse that it is those who show mercy to others that He will be merciful to. Furthermore, Proverbs 21:13 says:

“Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.”

So you see now why it appears God does not answer some people’s prayers.

KEY POINT:

Show mercy if you want to enjoy same.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Genesis 19-21

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 18: MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE.
1. My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away,
Oh, let me from this day
Be wholly Thine!

2. May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire!
As Thou hast died for me,
Oh, may my love to Thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be,
A living fire!

3. While life’s dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
Be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.

4. When ends life’s transient dream,
When death’s cold, sullen stream
Shall o’er me roll;
Blest Savior, then in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
Oh, bear me safe above,
A ransomed soul!

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[1/18, 6:49 AM] 919063: MILLIONAIRE EMBRACE: Saturday January 18, 2020 Korede & Esther Komaiya

BUILDING A FINANCIAL FUTURE

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper…”

III John 2A

In life, you are either a financial player or a financial spectator. The rewards accrued to a player, a spectator will never have. Building a financial future is important because everything in our lives, in one way or the other is linked to finance. To build a financial future, you must be Financially Intelligent. To be Financially Intelligent is to possess an understanding of the affairs of money, its entities of interest, nature, capabilities and ability to predict its intentions.

What do you know about money? When you are financially intelligent, you attract finance by ‘default.’ When you are financially intelligent, you think financial thoughts, you think financial posterity, you engage in budgetary, you invest more and spend less, you engage in spiritual (First fruit, Tithe Sacrifice, etc.) and physical savings, you create a succession system for the next generation by getting involved in business such as Estate, Agriculture, Food, IT, Transport, etc., Investing in trust funds, and taking the next generation through the process of financial discipline. You ensure money does not take the place of God in your life [Matthew 6:24] and be generous.

PRAYER

Dear LORD, I thank You for today’s devotional; it is Your will I prosper. I receive grace to build a financial future with You in the equation, in the Mighty name of Jesus Christ!

KEEP IN MIND

In life, you are either a financial player or a financial spectator.
I celebrate you

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