[1/20, 5:55 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: MONDAY 20TH JANUARY 2020
THEME: CHILDREN OF GOD ARE PEACEMAKERS.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9
READ: Matthew 5:39-48
39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.
41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
A peacemaker is a person who pursues peace at all times. When the fellow is offended, his response to the offender is to ensure that peace reigns. Sometimes, they take all the blame and suffer some consequences, but they are happy at the end of the day because all they are after is peace. Also, when they see other people in a quarrel, they intervene to ensure that they make peace with each other. God loves these people so much; Jesus specifically said that they will be called the children of God. Of course, they will be called the children of God because Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace.
Now, if the peacemaker is a child of God, then whose child is the troublemaker? When you always choose quarrels over peace, who do you resemble? A troublemaker may not know it, but he is not a child of God as he does not exhibit the character of God rather those of the devil. If whenever you see two people quarreling, you begin to say things that would fuel the anger of one or the other and cause the quarrel to become more heated, you are a troublemaker. If you are one who likes to cause quarrels amongst your colleagues, friends or family members, then you are a trouble maker; you need to repent and change your ways.
Many times, we want to make peace, but we don’t want to be seen as a weakling. The reverse is however the truth. It takes strength to control one’s ego, anger and work towards peace. Hence, it is a strong but wise person that will seek peace.
Whenever you’re tempted to fight, remember that unbelievers don’t read the Bible, hence it is we the Christians that model Christ to them. If you claim that the Prince of Peace lives in you and you are the quarrelsome type, many unbelievers will not want that your “Prince of Peace” to live in them. Secondly, making peace with others is one of the prerequisites to making it to heaven on the last day. Hebrews 12:14 says:
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”
Always choose peace.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Genesis 25-26
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 27: TAKE MY LIFE, AND LET IT BE.
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.
[1/20, 5:55 AM] 919063: *Rhapsody Of Realities*
*MEDITATE ON CHRIST*
*Monday, January 20th 2020*
*To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).*
“Christ in you” isn’t a religious cliché. It’s a divine reality, but many haven’t understood the power and import of that reality. That’s the reason for the headaches and fevers they complain of; that’s why they wake up with cancer, diabetes, and all such anomalies in their physical bodies. How could you be sick, if indeed, Christ indwells your physical body?
Before Christ came, all men were under the curse of sin, and were therefore subject to Satan, condemnation, sickness, disease, poverty and death. The Bible says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). This was the consequence of man’s fall in the Garden of Eden. But guess what? The glory that was lost by sin, was restored in Christ! Therefore, if Christ is in you, then glory is the result: glory in your health, in your finances, in your work, family and every area of your life. Hallelujah!
Your life, now that you’re born again, is for glory only. This should be your consciousness; otherwise, you’ll live an ordinary life. Let Christ manifest Himself in you, through the Word and the Holy Spirit. Become “Christ-in-me” conscious. Meditate on Christ: who He is, who He is to you, and in you, and His ministry in you today! Christ isn’t around you or near you; neither is He merely with you; He’s in you. That’s the greatest thing in the world. Praise God for evermore!
*I belong in a special class of divine beings—“the Christ-in-me species!” This is my assurance of a life of continuous triumph and eternal glory. The power, beauty and excellence of divinity are resident in my spirit. I manifest the life and glory of Christ. Hallelujah!*
Ephesians 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
1 Corinthians 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
Romans 8:10 AMPC But if Christ lives in you, [then although] your [natural] body is dead by reason of sin and guilt, the spirit is alive because of [the] righteousness [that He imputes to you].
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Matthew 13:44-14:1-12 & Genesis 46-48
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Acts 10:34-43 & Job 11-12
God bless you.
[1/20, 7:42 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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