Morning Devotions

[2/9, 5:32 AM] 919063: *DAILY MANNA*

_*SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 09, 2020*_

TOPIC: *DESIRE MOUNTAIN-TOP EXPERIENCE*

TEXT: *Isaiah 2:1-9*

KEY VERSE:
_*“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.”*_ – (Isaiah 2:2)

An atheist was invited to church by a neighbour. The middle-aged man always felt that Christians were wasting their time. In the church, the presiding minister asked everyone to ask God for just one thing. The neighbour prayed for one thing: the atheist’s repentance. But the atheist was angry, left the church and rushed to a bar where he ordered for a beer. On tasting it, it was like poison in his mouth. Going to another place, it was the same experience. He decided to go back to church. On getting to the church this second time, he noticed tears dropping down his cheek. Something had happened to him. From then, he became a Christian and was later ordained a pastor.

The children of Judah fell from grace to grass because of their pagan practices. They had relied on soothsayers and worshipped the works of their own hands. Nevertheless, their land was full of silver and gold, signifying God’s blessings. He also promised them through Isaiah that His house would be established in the top of the mountains for all to see and come in. Pagan worshippers and all those who violated His word shall flow into this house to obtain forgiveness, and many of them would be willing to drag others to His temple to learn of His ways.

We are in the last days. The Church is a city set on a hill which cannot be hidden. It is also the light that attracts sinners to the Saviour (Matthew 5:14). All nations – white, black, rich, poor, young and old – are flowing into it in repentance. Spiritual renewal and revival are happening. Many sinners are coming to Jesus and are convicted by the Holy Spirit. Are you left out of this move?

The Holy Spirit is still convicting sinners these last days. Whosoever, therefore, shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

*THOUGHT FOR THE DAY*: Make hay while the sun shines.

*THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR*: Matthew 26

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[2/9, 5:33 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2020-02-09
TOPIC: WHERE TO EXPRESS DILIGENCE

SCRIPTURE: Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do,”do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. Ecclesiastes 9″:10

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: There is no victory for the lazy.

Yesterday,”we looked at diligence as one of the major keys to destiny fulfilment. We saw, among other things, that where people are lazy, life can never be easy, and hard work is the cure for hard life.

Today, we are going to look at the areas of life where diligence can be expressed for the fulfilment of destiny”:

 

1. Faith and Relationship with God: Be diligent in the development of your faith and in your relationship with God. It is necessary to note that your faith and relationship with God require diligence (Joshua 1:8).

Beloved,”there is no victory for the lazy. Many people spend hours watching television, they spend hours on garbage on the internet but no time for the Word of God. Joshua 1″:8 says that we should meditate on the Word day and night. So,”it is crucial to develop your faith because your faith determines your life, strength and victory in life. Develop quality relationship with God; take the time to worship, study His Word, pray, fast, fortify yourself. 

 

2. Self-development”: Be diligent in the development of yourself. That is,”increasing in the knowledge of what you do, your gift, talents and potentials. David developed himself until he was number one in Israel in playing the instrument (1 Samuel 16″:18).

Beloved,”come to a level in your profession where you can be considered first amongst every other person. 

 

3. Life Assignment”: Be diligent in what you do. Be diligent in the assignment of your life or the work of your hands – give it what it takes,”deploy your energy for maximum impact in what you do (Ecclesiastes 9″:10).

As you make up your mind to be diligent,”I see you at the top in life.

 

REMEMBER THIS”: There is no victory for the lazy. 

 

ASSIGNMENT(S):

1. Spend time with God at the place of prayer and worship to build a strong and intimate relationship with Him.

2. Take up a course that would facilitate your mental and career development where necessary.

3. Maximally deploy your energy into your assignment.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING,”GET THIS MESSAGE”: KEYS TO DESTINY FULFILMENT 

PRAYER: Lord,”draw me close to You like never before. I receive the grace to pour out myself unto the fulfilment of the purpose for which I was created, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

DAILY BIBLE READING”: Deuteronomy 31-34

 

QUOTE: Your faith in God produces unbelievable results. Culled from 15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT: Frogs can freeze without dying.

PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION: May the discipline of diligence take you to the place of excellence in this season in Jesus’ Name. 

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[2/9, 6:43 AM] 919063: Show compassion (1)

Sunday 9th February 2020

‘When he saw him, he had compassion.’ Luke 10:33 NKJV

Many dictionaries define compassion as sympathy, pity or concern – all emotional responses. But the compassion of Jesus transcends emotion and translates into action.

Christlike compassion: (1) Recognises the needs of others. ‘Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others’ (Philippians 2:3-4 NKJV). Note the phrase ‘better than himself’, and then look around you at the people in your life and say to yourself, ‘Esteem them better than myself.’ If you tend to be self-centred, it will take a while for this concept to sink in. Note also the words, ‘look out…for the interests of others’. Sometimes those ‘others’ are badly messed up and not easy to love. For example, how about people in prison? You say, ‘Well, they got what they deserved.’ Maybe – but did you always get what you deserved or did you just not get caught? Think about it! When you visit someone sick or in prison, Jesus said you’re ‘doing it to me’ (Matthew 25:40 NLT)! In Luke 23:43, he showed compassion to a convicted criminal on the cross and saved him. You shouldn’t pick and choose to whom you’ll show compassion!

The Bible says, ‘To him who is afflicted, kindness should be shown by his friend, even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty’ (Job 6:14 NKJV). Mother Teresa prayed, ‘Grant that, even if you are hidden under the unattractive disguise of anger, crime or madness, I may recognise you and say, “Jesus, you who suffer, how sweet it is to serve you.”‘

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