[2/6, 6:36 AM] 919063: Love, without strings attached
Thursday 6th February 2020
‘Walk in love, as Christ also has loved us.’ Ephesians 5:2 NKJV
In America you will sometimes see cars with bumper stickers announcing that their child is an ‘honour student’ at a particular school. And while we all feel good about the successes of our children, two potential problems can arise. First, there’s a natural irritation on the part of parents whose children struggle or are less gifted. One mother put this bumper sticker on her car: ‘My kid can beat up your honour student.’ A second problem arises when the pride of the family is riding on the shoulders of an immature child. Your child is not designed to handle that level of pressure! They need to know that they are loved and accepted because of their own unique worth.
John McKay, the great football coach at the University of Southern California, had a son who was also a successful football player on the USC team. When an interviewer asked Coach McKay to comment on the pride he felt over his son’s accomplishments, this is what he said: ‘Yes, I’m pleased that John Jr had a good season this year. He does a fine job, and I’m proud of him. But I would be just as proud if he had never played the game at all.’ Great answer! His son would not lose his father’s respect if the next year brought failure and disappointment, because his place in his father’s heart was secure and independent of his performance. That’s the kind of love your children need from you.
‘Walk in love, as Christ also has loved us’ (Ephesians 5:2 NKJV). Christ’s love is not performance based; it’s unconditional, unbreakable and unending. Yours must be too!
[2/6, 6:36 AM] 919063: *RHAPSODY OF REALITIES*
*LOOK BEYOND YOURSELF .*
Thursday, February 6th .
_*I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Philippians 4:13).*_
In Matthew 17:20, Jesus said, _*“…nothing shall be impossible unto you”;*_ in other words, you can do anything. The Apostle Paul lends credence to this in our opening verse. Also, in 2 Corinthians 3:5, he takes it a step further, saying, _*“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.”*_ This isn’t talking about your human sufficiency or ability, but of God’s ability in you; you’re to look beyond yourself.
When you were born again, you received the very life and nature of God, meaning you have, and are to function with divine abilities. This is what gave Paul the boldness to say, “I can do all things through Christ!” It’s the same with every one of us. But many haven’t been able to look beyond themselves and their seeming inadequacies; hence, they concede to failure and to defeat. But not so with you; you’re born of God and therefore up to any task.
Read 2 Corinthians 3:5 in the Amplified translation; it puts it in a better light: _*“Not that we are fit (qualified and sufficient in ability) of ourselves to form personal judgments or to claim or count anything as coming from us, but our power and ability and sufficiency are from God.”*_ You’re to look beyond what your physical ability can do, now that Christ is in you. Your sufficiency is a God-sufficiency. Hallelujah!
This was David’s mentality when he confronted Goliath. He eye-balled the giant and said, “I’ll cut your head off your shoulders today and feed your carcass to the birds of the air” (1 Samuel 17:46). How could David, a mere stripling, make such a boast? He had learnt to look beyond himself, unto the Lord. He said to Goliath, “I come against you in the Name of the Lord of host, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied” (1 Samuel 17:45). David was saying, “I may be the one standing before you, but God is actually the One standing against you, because I’m standing in His Name, not in my name. I’m functioning in His might, not mine!” Hallelujah!
Have the same consciousness, because even better than what David had, the greater One lives in you today. He speaks through you, heals the sick through you and blesses through you. You have all His power and limitless resources domiciled in your spirit. Glory to His Name forever!
*Gracious Father, I thank you for your power and ability at work in me through the Holy Spirit, causing me to do, and walk, in the supernatural. My boast and my confidence are in your eternal Word and power. I function in your might, with the consciousness that the greater One who lives inside me, makes all things possible unto me. Amen.*
*FURTHER STUDY:* *||* *1 Corinthians 15:10* But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace [which was bestowed] upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. *||*
*||* *2 Corinthians 4:7* But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. *||*
*||* *Philippians 2:13* For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure. *||*
*DAILY SCRIPTURE READING*
*1-Year Bible Reading Plan=>* Matthew 25:31-46 & Exodus 31
*2-Year Bible Reading Plan=>* Acts 15:32-41 & Psalm 1-2
*Be A Partner Of Rhapsody Of Realities Today!*
[2/6, 6:38 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2020-02-06
TOPIC: YOUR DECISION AND YOUR DESTINY
SCRIPTURE: And Jacob said,”Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die”: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? Genesis 25:31-32.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: People make choices,”and choices make people.
Previously, we looked at discovery as one of the keys that facilitate the fulfilment of destiny. And today, we are looking at decision as another key. Decision is very critical to the fulfilment of destiny. People make choices then choices make people. That is to say, people make choices, and the choices they make either make or mar them in return. It is not possible to be made without a choice.
It was through a decision that Jacob negotiated and got the birth right from Esau, his brother and he (Jacob) ended up as the carrier of the Abrahamic Blessing. Jacob was the second born, so what ought to have been in the line-up of the covenant patriarchs is”: the Lord God of Abraham,”Isaac and Esau. But Jacob examined the situation of his birth, he saw that the Abrahamic blessing is very great; he saw how massive his father Isaac was by virtue of the blessing. So, Jacob began to think”: does it mean that this mighty river of blessing flowing through this family is meant to bypass me? Does it mean that I was only born into this family for fancy? With all these thoughts in mind,”he began to strategize until he found a solution. He discovered that his brother Esau loved temporary things above permanent matters and that he also preferred food above the future.
So, Jacob strategically planned to collect the birth right from Esau. And Esau, who did not value the birth right entered into a transaction that displaced him from the book of eternal covenant with the Almighty God; he made a regrettable decision. The position of birth is the most difficult thing to change but Jacob changed it by choice (Genesis 25″:29-34).
Beloved,”the wrong decision of today can close a destiny forever. So, avoid wrong decisions and guard your heart from negative suggestions that can influence your decisions.
REMEMBER THIS”: People make choices,”and choices make people.
1. Determine to succeed in life and fulfil your destiny no matter the situation around you.
2. Make out time to think on scriptures that will build your faith unto fulfilment.
3. Back up your decision with brutal work and aggressive prayer.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING,”GET THIS MESSAGE”: KEYS TO DESTINY FULFILMENT
PRAYER: Lord,”I receive the grace to make the right decision for my life and destiny. Nothing can hamper my fulfilment in life and destiny, Lord in Jesus’ Name.
DAILY BIBLE READING”: Deuteronomy 19-22
QUOTE: When a man has a future in mind,”he operates with wisdom in the present. Culled from 21 FOOLISH THINGS PEOPLE DO by Dr Paul Enenche.
AMAZING FACT”: The latest research shows that the brain’s memory capacity is a quadrillion,”or 1015 bytes. Astoundingly, this is about the same amount needed to store the entire internet.
PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION”: I prophesy total deliverance for you from the wrong choices in Jesus’ Name.
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[2/6, 6:45 AM] 919063: OPEN
HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: THURSDAY 6TH FEBRUARY 2020.
THEME: HEAVENLY INVESTMENTS.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Matthew 13:44
READ: Matthew 6:19-21
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
The problem with some 21st Century Christians is that they do not know the value of heavenly investments, which yield dividends both in this life and eternally. This is unfortunate because they focus more on earthly investments and this is the exact opposite of our Lord’s injunction in our Bible text today. Earthly investments are prone to corruption. Jesus explains in the parable of the rich fool that choosing earthly investments over heavenly ones is not wise.
“…then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:20-21
The Bible also says:
“Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.” Proverbs 23:5
A story was told of a young man who was attacked by hoodlums on his way home, the very night he gave his life to Jesus Christ. They asked him, “Your money or your life: which do you want to surrender?” To their amazement, the young man said “I am sorry; I do not have either of the two things you are asking for!” The gang leader, out of curiosity at the response of the young man asked “What do you mean you do not have life or money to surrender?” The young man replied “I am just coming from church where the pastor persuaded me to give my life to Christ and I did. At the end of the service, I was also asked to give my substance to God’s work and I emptied my pockets for the work of Jesus who saved me without any charge!” The leader said “I see, because you have amused me this evening, I will let you go, but next time, always remember to reserve something for us!” As funny as this story may sound, it carriers an eternal truth: Investing in the Kingdom of God is the best decision you can ever make as it yields both earthly and heavenly rewards.
CALL TO ACTION:
God bless you as you invest in His Kingdom.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Genesis 41-42
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 2: ALL TO JESUS I SURRENDER.
1. All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.
I surrender all,
I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.
2. All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow;
Worldly pleasures all forsaken,
Take me, Jesus, take me now.
3. All to Jesus I surrender,
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.
4. All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.
5. All to Jesus I surrender,
Now I feel the sacred flame;
Oh, the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory, to His Name!