Morning Devotions

[1/28, 5:54 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: TUESDAY 28th JANUARY 2020.

THEME: CRUSH THAT CRUSH I.

MEMORISE:

But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites: 1 Kings 11:1

READ: 1 Kings 11:1

1But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites:

2 Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.

3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.

4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.

5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.

6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.

7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.

8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.

9 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,

10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded.

11 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.

MESSAGE

We studied this topic in the Teenager’s Open Heavens last year and thought to discuss it with you this year because it is relevant to many adults. A crush is a brief but intense infatuation for someone.

To the unmarried, I want to tell you that a crush is likely to crush you if you base your decision concerning whom to marry solely on your emotions. It is often said that love is blind and this is very true. Samson had a crush on Delilah (Judges 16:4-18). Oh, I wish he had crushed the crush so that he could see Delilah’s true character before he fell into her trap. This is someone who sold him into captivity and ultimately his untimely death. If there is someone that you admire, before you jump into a relationship with the fellow, pray first. Study the fellow’s behavior. After you hear from God yourself and get confirmations (2 Corinthians 13:1), then you can involve your Pastor and commence courtship.

If you are not yet ready for marriage, then a crush is an agenda of the devil to distract you from your goals and to crush your destiny. You had better crush that crush before it crushes you. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says:

“ What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you…….?”

The devil knows that any sexual sin is a sin against your body- the temple of God and once it is committed, that body ceases to be God’s temple, so he can now touch and destroy it. Amnon- David’s heir apparent had a crush on his half-sister Tamar and instead of crushing it, he let it grow. He discussed it with the wrong person who gave him ungodly counsel that he acted on (2 Samuel 13). He paid with his life and caused a deep rift in his family…..all because of a crush. You have a lot to lose if you let that crush grow and your entire life to gain if you crush it now.

KEY POINT:

Be wise and make the right decision; crush that crush now!

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Genesis 46-47

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 8: HAVE YOU BEEN TO JESUS.

1. Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing pow’r?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

o Refrain:
Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

2. Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

3. When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for the mansions bright,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?

4. Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
Oh, be washed in the blood of the Lamb!

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[1/28, 5:54 AM] 919063: Challenge your own thinking

Tuesday 28th January 2020

‘Let the wise listen and add to their learning.’ Proverbs 1:5 NIV

As you examine your mistakes, you realise it was your thinking at the time that caused them, and that’s why you need to keep challenging your own thinking. ‘Let the wise listen and add to their learning’ (Proverbs 1:5 NIV). How do you do that? By learning to appreciate how others think and by continually exposing yourself to people who are different from you. You will think like the people you spend the most time with. When you spend time with people who think outside the box, you’re more likely to break new ground.

Let’s face it, any time we find a way of thinking that works, our greatest temptation is to rely on it repeatedly – even if it doesn’t work in new situations. When your goal is to protect the success you already enjoy, you put the brakes on the process that can lead you to even greater success. Holding on to a good tradition is a good thing. But you need to remember that every tradition was originally a good idea, perhaps even a revolutionary idea, but every tradition may not be a good idea for the future. When you cling to what’s already in place, you resist change – even change for the better.

That’s why it’s important to challenge your own thinking. If you’re too attached to how things are done now, nothing will change for the better. Dr John Maxwell writes: ‘In your early years you won’t be as wrong as people think you are. In your later years you won’t be as rightas people think you are. And all through the years you will be better than you thought you could be.’

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[1/28, 6:01 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2020-01-28
TOPIC: A STAND WITH GOD – KEY TO AUDACITY

SCRIPTURE: …As the Lord God of Israel liveth,”before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. 1 Kings 17″:1

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: It is your stand with God that guarantees your audacity; to stand with God is to standout in life.

A stand with God connotes the maintenance of a solid relationship with God. To stand with God is to stand in authority and audacity; it is your stand with God that guarantees your audacity in life.

Our anchor Scripture above reveals how Elijah stood before King Ahab and fearlessly declared that there would be no rain until he had spoken otherwise. What an audacity! It is like a civilian walking up to a military General and dictator,”someone like Idi Amin Dada of Uganda or Adolf Hitler of Germany, and told him that he would not have access to the treasury of the country which he governs until he (the civilian) asks him to do so. That would be suicidal!

Now, as brutal as King Ahab and His wife Jezebel were, what was it that gave Elijah the courage to make such utterance right before them and went away unhurt? It was because of Elijah’s stand with God.

Beloved, where you stand determines how you end in life. Your stand with God determines your shield in life. Your stand on the Word of God, prayer, holiness or righteousness guarantees your audacity in life.

Today, I prophesy to you, as you determine to stand with God, I decree that your audacity on earth and in the realm of the spirit is guaranteed, in Jesus’ Name.

REMEMBER THIS”: It is your stand with God that guarantees your audacity; to stand with God is to standout in life.

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Ensure that you maintain a buoyant relationship with God.

2. It doesn’t matter what people’s opinions are,”camp with God.

3. Always be ready to defend the interest of God wherever you are.

PRAYER”: Lord,”I ask that You eject the spirit of timidity from my life and inject into me the spirit of audacity. Help me to maintain Your Presence at all times.I receive the grace to camp with You and to defend Your interest in all situations Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, Get the Message”: WHERE ARE YOU STANDING?

QUOTE: It is ‘impossicant’ to stand before God and kneel before any devil at the same time. Culled from THE PRINCIPLES AND POWER OF PRAYER by Dr Paul Enenche

DAILY READING: Numbers 16-20

AMAZING FACT: The lifespan of an eyelash is about 90 days.

DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND: The Power Communion Service tomorrow with your friends and loved ones for the preservation of your life and destiny by 5:30pm at the Glory Dome. God bless you as you come.   

PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION: In the Name of Jesus Christ, I decree that no force of hell shall prostrate you ever again in Jesus’ Name. 

 

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