[1/22, 6:25 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: WEDNESDAY 22ND JANUARY 2020
THEME: LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
READ: Matthew 5:14-16
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
“….I am the light of the world.”
In the scripture above (John 8:12), Jesus introduced Himself as the light of the world, then turned around to say that we (Christians) are the light of the world in Matthew 5:14.
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”
In other words, we share similar characteristics with Jesus Christ. Now, if you the great characteristics that Jesus Christ had while on earth, why are you hiding them.
Light is supposed to shine wherever there is darkness; why do you sometimes go in the midst of darkness and hide your light? Jesus never shied away from shining the light of the gospel on anyone that He saw living in darkness. Darkness can also mean confusion; when people are confused and do not know what steps to take, they are in darkness. When you find yourself amongst people who need direction on what next to do, you should ask God for guidance and relay what He tells you to them. Shine your light to clear darkness. Don’t join them in being worried and confused; if you do, you are hiding your light under a bushel. The fact that you are there should give them confidence that direction will soon come, because they know you are light.
You must note however that light usually goes off when disconnected from its source. The reason many Christians have stopped shining as light in their world it because they have lost their connection to the first Light- Jesus Christ. Once you disconnect the bulb from electricity, it will go off. Even though everyone can see the bulb and hope to get some light from it, they cannot, because it is not connected. If darkness is thriving around you, then you need to check your connection to the source. Do you still pray often? Do you still spend time studying your Bible? Do you still fellowship where the iron other Christians can sharpen yours?
Father, in every way that I have been disconnected from You, my source, please give me the grace to reconnect, in the mighty name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Genesis 30-31
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 15: IN CHRIST ALONE.
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone! – who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
[1/22, 6:25 AM] 919063: Stand on God’s Word (2)
Wednesday 22nd January 2020
‘Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.’ Psalm 119:50 NLT
When you are in pain. Sometimes God lifts you out of your situation. Other times, he carries you through and makes you stronger by proving his love and faithfulness to you. Sometimes he relieves you of the pain; other times he sustains you in the midst of it.
If you’re in pain today, read these promises from God’s Word and stand on them: ‘Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles’ (Psalm 119:50 NLT). ‘Let your unfailing love comfort me, just as you promised me, your servant. Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live’ (Psalm 119:76-77 NLT). ‘Turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress. My problems go from bad to worse. Oh, save me from them all! Feel my pain and see my trouble’ (Psalm 25:16-18 NLT). ‘The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken!’ (Psalm 34:17-20 NLT). ‘Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise’ (Jeremiah 17:14 NKJV).
Notice, God’s promises revive and comfort us in all of our troubles. Your Bible is a prescription from the Great Physician himself, and the label on the bottle reads: ‘Take as often as needed for pain.’
[1/22, 6:25 AM] 919063: Perfect morning sir & ma.
RHAPSODY OF REALITIES
WEDNESDAY , JANUARY 22ND
THEME: SELF-SUFFICIENT IN HIM
THEME SCRIPTURE : All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you (John 16:15).
In Exodus 3, when God appeared to Moses and told him he’d deliver the children of Israel out of Egypt, Moses asked the Lord, “…Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?”(Exodus 3:13 NKJV). In the ensuing verse 14, the Bible says, “Then Moses said to God, Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you,” and they say to me, “What is His name?” what shall I say to them?”
Notice that He didn’t say, “Tell them, ‘I AM’ is my Name”; that’s not His Name, but a description. He’s the Self-Sufficient and Self-Existent One. He created everything from Himself; He needed no material from anywhere else to do anything. The Bible says, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made”(John 1:3).
What’s important here, that’s so easily overlooked, is about what He expects of you. What does He want you to become? What has He made you? Several years ago, I was preaching a message, and I said, “If you don’t say YOU ARE, others will say you’re not; therefore, you have to say YOU ARE.” What does it mean, when you say you are? It’s like God saying, “I AM.”
Remember, you’re created in His image; therefore, like Him, whatever you require will reproduce from within you; not from outside. In our theme verse, Jesus said, “All things that the Father hath are mine…” (John 16:15). This same Jesus delivered everything to us. The Bible says we’re joint-heirs with Him (Romans 8:17). Everything you require for the life of absolute success, victory, dominion, glory and righteousness has already been granted you in Christ.
Why was Jesus the way He was? It’s because He knew who He was (“I AM”); He had no consciousness of lack. He wants us to come to the same understanding that He’s made us exactly like Him. We’re His reflection; icon and glory! In Him, you’re self-sufficient.
I’m created in God’s image and likeness; therefore, I’m self-sufficient, for as He is, so am I in this world! Everything I require for the life of absolute success, victory, dominion, glory and righteousness are inside me. I live triumphantly today, and always, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
2 Corinthians 9:8 AMPC
And God is able to make all grace (every favor and [a]earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need [b]be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].
For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
2 Corinthians 3:5
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency [is] of God;
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-Year Bible Reading Plan=>
Matthew 15:1-28 & Exodus 1-2
2-Year Bible Reading Plan=>
Acts 11:4-14 & Job 15-16
[1/22, 6:54 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2020-01-21
TOPIC: FROM THE BOSS TO THE BOX
A boss is simply a person who oversees and directs the work of others.
But there is what is called,”‘The Boss Mentality.’ The Boss mentality in this context is the mentality given to pomposity, arrogance and domineering disposition that is bankrupt of humility. It is the point where a person feels there is none like him and no one can advise him anymore. The ‘Boss Mentality’ is a syndrome in our generation that has brought many people down from the ‘boss’ position into the ‘box realm’ thereby fueling their eventual crash in life.
Nebuchadnezzar, for instance, crashed out of his throne on the platform of pride. Daniel 4″:30-37.
Please take note of this: To avoid the crash of destiny,”you have to refuse the ‘Boss mentality.’ It was Bishop Abioye who aptly said”: “To act like a boss is to end in the box.”
The truth is,”the struggle for status or titles many times is the reason for a bossy lifestyle. And to struggle for status is to end as a statue. Don’t struggle for titles; rather, struggle for task; there is no entitlement in titles but in the task.
Beloved, the ‘boss mentality’ according to God’s servant, Bishop Oyedepo, is a limiting mentality. It is a plastic and not an elastic mentality; it is a mentality that seeks to use, mis-value and undervalue people. Such mentality has no future either with God or with people.
REMEMBER THIS”:‘To act like a boss is to end in the box’; to struggle for status is to end as a statue.
1. Repent of any bossy lifestyle you may have exhibited before now.
2. Discard the ‘boss mentality’ from your life.
3. Treat people well including those who work under you.
For Further Understanding,”Get This Message”: Workplace and Career Wisdom Part 2
PRAYER: Lord,”I ask for mercy in any area I might have displayed the ‘boss mentality.’ Grant me the grace to treat people with respect, including those who work under me. Impart me with the spirit of humility, Lord, Jesus’ Name.
DAILY READING”: Leviticus 11-14
QUOTE:Humility is the foundation for authority. Culled from ‘365 Wisdom Capsules’ by Dr Paul Enenche.
AMAZING FACT: Limits of the universe have never been discovered. But as large as it is,”the God that we serve is bigger. The heaven declares the glory of God because the vastness of the heaven declares the vastness of our God.
DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND”: The Power Communion Service tomorrow with your friends and loved ones for the preservation of your lives and destinies by 6:00pm at the Glory Dome. God bless you as you come.
Prophetic declaration: Receive the grace to be humble all the time in Jesus’ Name.
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