[2/5, 5:14 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: WEDNESDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 2020.
THEME: LET YOUR MODRATION BE KNOWN III.
We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. James 3:2
READ: James 3:2-13
2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
In Isaiah 40:31, Christians who wait upon the Lord are compared to “an eagle” – often referred to as the “king of birds”. There are many kinds of birds; why did the Lord choose the eagle and not the parrot or some other kind for this illustration? The answer is not far-fetched. Several distinguishing factors set the eagle apart from the parrot and indeed other birds. While an eagle is big, strong and high flyer, parrot is weak and cannot fly as high. While one may enjoy the company of a parrot, when serious issues are to be discussed, it is usually shut out while “an eagle” is invited. Are you a parrot or an eagle?
The eagle does not talk much; it tends to act instead. It doesn’t move with a flock, like many people with gossip cliques today. Perhaps this is why it soars above storms- it has immense ability to use the storms to its advantage. How you use your mouth can determine if you will overcome a storm or be subdued by it. Watch it! Talk only when necessary.
He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. Proverbs 13:3
Going by the above, the less likely you are to get into trouble and vice versa. Words are powerful, so be careful with them. You cannot retrieve any utterance. Matthew 12:36 says we shall be held accountable for every idle word we speak, so always think before you speak. You don’t have to response every time you are criticized. You don’t have to always say what’s on your mind. Bridle your tongue before it puts you in trouble.
Ask yourself: why do I talk too much? For some, it’s because they like noise and cannot stay quiet. Some want to impress; others talk to show they are good debaters and yet others, to display how current they are. If you talk too much, control your tongue or excuse yourself whenever you find yourself in such situations and soon enough, you will find yourself talking less and with moderation.
Be careful of what you say, when you say it, how you say it, where you say it and to whom you say it.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Exodus 19-21
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 20: NEARER, MY GOD TO THEE.
1. Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
2. Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
Darkness be over me, my rest a stone;
Yet in my dreams I’d be nearer, my God, to Thee.
3. There let the way appear, steps unto Heav’n;
All that Thou sendest me, in mercy giv’n;
Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee.
4. Then, with my waking thoughts bright with Thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs Bethel I’ll raise;
So by my woes to be nearer, my God, to Thee.
5. Or, if on joyful wing cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I’ll fly,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.
6. There in my Father’s home, safe and at rest,
There in my Savior’s love, perfectly blest;
Age after age to be nearer, my God, to Thee.
[2/5, 5:14 AM] 919063: God has gone ahead
Wednesday 5th February 2020
‘The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you.’ Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV
Are you feeling anxious today because you don’t know what you’re walking into? Israel was going into a good situation, the Promised Land. They had just come out of a bad one: a back-breaking, soul-destroying, hope-extinguishing 430 years of slavery. Now they were going to be free to own their own homes, raise their own families, work at jobs they liked, and be well paid for it. But the Promised Land wasn’t problem-free. There were enemy strongholds that had to be conquered one by one, and it would take time. ‘The Lord your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you’ (Deuteronomy 7:22 NIV).
Question: is this a similar situation to the one you find yourself in today? You’re embarking on a new relationship, a new job, a new ministry, or an unfamiliar area where you don’t have all the answers? And because you don’t know exactly what’s involved, you’re anxious? Don’t be! Here’s the word for you today: ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you…The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged’ (Deuteronomy 31:6-8 NIV).
Carry these promises with you. And when your confidence starts to falter and your faith fluctuates, read them, stand on them, and count on God to honour his Word.
[2/5, 6:46 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2020-02-04
TOPIC: THE ABUSE OF GRACE AND ETERNAL DAMNATION
SCRIPTURE: For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth,”there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins. But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despise Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses”: Hebrews 10:26-28.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The abuse of grace leads to eternal damnation.
The grace of God which is given to help us live a sin-free life has been used by many in our days to brazenly commit sin and excuse it away. There are people who live anyhow they want in the name of grace. Some preachers teach that once you are saved,”you are forever saved and that it does not matter the sin you commit. That is a lie from the pit of hell; that is an abuse of grace.
The essence of grace is to make us wax strong in spirit (Luke 2″:40); grace makes people to be Christ-like in every aspect. It teaches people to deny ungodliness and worldly lust (Titus 2:11-12); grace empowers people to live soberly in righteousness and godliness in this present world (Titus 2:11-12),”and causes people to abound unto good work (2 Corinthians 9″:8). So,”grace helps us to live right; it is not a license to live wrong.
Jude 1″:4-7 (NLT) says,”…some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvellous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. So I want to remind you, though you already know these things, that Jesus first rescued the nation of Israel from Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not remain faithful.
So, there is nothing like if you are saved today, you remain saved permanently regardless of how you live.
Beloved, please be mindful of this”: church welcomes everybody as they are so they can be changed,”but not so with heaven. The abuse of grace leads to eternal damnation in hellfire. To claim that grace is a license to live anyhow is to find oneself in eternal hellfire where there is no way out. That will not be your portion in Jesus’ Name.
REMEMBER THIS”: The abuse of grace leads to eternal damnation.
1. Refuse to live in sin; and if you have a weakness,”make demands on God’s grace to overcome and live in righteousness.
2. Be sincere to God; if you make a mistake, sincerely ask for mercy and never go back to it.
3. Pray, study the Word, and create an atmosphere of God’s presence around you always.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: THE MATTER OF GRACE
PRAYER: O Lord,”give me the grace to walk in righteousness. Draw me close to You and connect me with Your purity, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
DAILY BIBLE READING”: Deuteronomy 11-14
QUOTE: To conquer anything in this world,”you must first conquer yourself. Culled from 21 FOOLISH THINGS PEOPLE DO by Dr Paul Enenche.
AMAZING FACT”: The element Selenium conducts electricity only when a light is shined on it. In the dark,”it is an insulator.
DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND”: A Power-packed Communion Service tomorrow with friends and loved ones for the preservation of your life and destiny by 5:30pm. God bless you as you come.
PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION: The grace to say NO to unrighteousness is released upon you in Jesus’ Name.
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