Morning Devotions

[2/15, 7:00 AM] 919063: *RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL

HE’S WORKING WITH US .

Saturday, February 15th .
Pastor Chris

_*And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen (Mark 16:20).*_

There have been those who were once actively involved in the Gospel, putting in everything they’ve got, but at some point, they started feeling discouraged, for one reason or the other. Some gave up altogether. It reminds of a similar case with Jesus’ disciples. They left everything, including their businesses and careers, to follow Jesus. They were having the time of their lives, going everywhere with the Master, preaching the Gospel. Then Jesus was crucified and buried! Though He resurrected, they didn’t see Him every day as they used to.

With time, their zeal began to dissipate. They thought it was all over. Some went back to their businesses, including Peter, the great Apostle. The Bible says, _*“Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee…”*_ (John 21:3). But guess what? Jesus showed up on the shore one day, and after He had performed another miraculous sign, He said, _*“…Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep”*_ (John 21:16). In other words, He was saying to Peter, “Leave these other things; go and do what I sent you to do.” But first, they were to receive the Holy Spirit, who would enable them.

Afterward, they became more vibrant, preaching the Gospel, because it became clear to them that the Master was more with them now through the Holy Spirit than ever before: He was in them. Our theme verse says, _*“And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”*_

It’s the same with us today; we’re not working alone. So, never be discouraged; remain passionate in preaching the Gospel, knowing that the Lord Himself is working with, in, and through you. Glory to His Name forever.

CONFESSION

*I thank Christ Jesus my Lord, who has enabled me, counting me faithful in the ministry of reconciliation. I’m fortified with increased grace to proclaim the Gospel everywhere, with miracles, signs and wonders, by the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in me. Hallelujah!*

FURTHER STUDY:
*Matthew 28:18-20* And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.

1 Corinthians 15:57-58* But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Joshua 1:9* Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God [is] with thee whithersoever thou goest.

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1-Year Bible Reading Plan=>* Mark 1:21-45 & Leviticus 8

2-Year Bible Reading Plan=>* Acts 18:12-23 & Psalm 21-22

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[2/15, 7:00 AM] 919063: WISDOM FOR THE DAY
Saturday, 15th February, 2020

BE A TITHER

“And blessed be the most High God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.” Genesis 14:20 (KJV)
 
One of the saddest things in the church is the level of selfishness that has crept into the church. Today, people are so quick to talk down on the church, particularly in the area of giving. I hear different arguments about giving, particularly tithes and I marvel at the various arguments that are put forth, all in a bid not to tithe. 
 
Yesterday, I made a statement that I want you to keep in view not only this week, month or year but make it a philosophy you live by: You cannot love without giving. If you truly love someone, you will give to the person without the person asking. You will give joy-giving gifts, even when they are unsolicited. Why? Because you love the person. If you say you love God, why is giving to Him a chore? Not just a chore, but a difficult chore?
 
Many people are ruled by internet Pastors and social critics, all in a bid to evade tithe. I hear people say Jesus has fulfilled the law and tithing is of the law. If you are in this category, you are wrong. Tithing came before the law. In our text today, we see the origin of tithing. It was Abraham that first tithe and if you look at the entire scripture, you will not find anywhere that God mandated him to give a tithe. Abraham went to battle, conquered and realised that the victory was a result of the goodness of God and in appreciation of the victory, he gave tithes to the priest – Melchizedek.
 
If you truly love God and you appreciate that it is God that gives the power to get wealth, you will give tithes without anyone asking you. Yes, tithe is not the key to heaven, but giving of a tithe is an acknowledgement of the goodness of God. I would to God that He will open your eyes to see the benefits of tithing. If you do, you will not only give 10%, you will gladly give 20, 30, 40, 50% knowing that no one ever beats God in giving.
  
Further Reading: Genesis 14:1-20
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Leviticus 17-18; Evening- Matthew 27:27-50
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[2/15, 7:00 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: SATURDAY 15TH FEBRUARY 2020.

THEME: QUESTIONING GOD?

MEMORISE:

Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands? Isaiah 45:9

READ: John 11:20-33

20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.

21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.

23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.

29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.

30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.

31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.

32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.

MESSAGE

I am always surprised when I see people question God. Usually, they ask “Why me?”

But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. Psalm 115:3

God id sovereign, He does as He pleases. If the kings of small towns or villages in Yorubaland could be called ‘kabio o si’, which means ‘None can question you’, how much more the King of the entire Universe- the One who laid the foundations of the earth and created all thing? It is a complete insult to question God.

One man who questioned God in the Bible is Job. He had suffered a lot: he lost his children and all his wealth in a day. To make matters worse, incurable diseases showed up on his body and even his wife turned against him. It is strange that all these happened to him despite God testifying that he was a perfect and upright man (Job 1:8). It was so frustrating for him that his questions occupy several chapters in the book of Job. You may think his actions could be justified given all he had been through but God didn’t take it lightly. Like He is keeping quiet for most of the people questioning Him now, God didn’t say anything to Job until chapter 38. By the time He was through with His response, it was Job’s turn to keep quiet. He was dumbfounded and afraid, realizing the might of the One he had been questioning all along.

God is not your peer- stop questioning Him. He can see what you are going through and He cares. Instead of questioning Him, why not go to Him in prayer and supplication? In our Bible reading today, you will observe that neither Mary nor Martha queried Jesus in spite of their anguish. Rather, they worshipped and honored Him. Little wonder Jesus responded to their tears with compassion and raised their brother from death. He cannot ignore the tears of His children. Cry to Him for help. Ask Him for a way out of the situation, call other believers to pray with you, and you will begin to see changes in your situation.

KEY POINT:

Questioning God is only a waste of time and an insult to the Most High.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Leviticus 8-10

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 1: ALL HAIL THE POWER.

1. All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all.

2. Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race,
ye ransomed from the fall,
hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him Lord of all.
Hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him Lord of all.

3. Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget
the wormwood and the gall,
go spread your trophies at his feet,
and crown him Lord of all.
Go spread your trophies at his feet,
and crown him Lord of all.

4. Let every kindred, every tribe
on this terrestrial ball,
to him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all.
To him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all.

5. Crown him, ye martyrs of your God,
who from his altar call;
extol the Stem of Jesse’s Rod,
and crown him Lord of all.
Extol the Stem of Jesse’s Rod,
and crown him Lord of all.

6. O that with yonder sacred throng
we at his feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song,
and crown him Lord of all.
We’ll join the everlasting song,
and crown him Lord of all.

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[2/15, 7:00 AM] 919063: *INSPIRATION*
(Giving direction to your day)
*Ola Aina*

Saturday 15th February, 2020

*MIGHTY MAN OF VALOR*

*Text: “And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him (Gideon), and said unto him, the Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valor.” Judges 6:12*

Gideon had a unique divine visitation. The angel appeared to him and declared that he was a mighty man of valor. If you study the previous verse before this one above you’ll notice that Gideon was a farmer, he had never been to war before. This description would have been okay for someone like Goliath. Gideon was far from it. He could not figure out why he was referred to as a might man of valor.
If you read the passage on you’ll notice he actually protested why he was called that. The matter was even worse because his family was in a very bad shape.
The most devastating experience of life is when we allow the circumstances of life to determine our self-image of ourselves. The damage in our environment should not become the damage of our souls. It becomes a big problem when the environment and the circumstances of our birth are damaged and then our souls are also damaged along.
God wanted to use Gideon in an extraordinary way, but he had to first of all deal with his self-perception of himself. It’s easy to believe that God is powerful, but it’s equally important for us to realize that God’s involvement in our lives makes us equally powerful.
The angel announced that God is with Gideon. That God factor neutralizes everything that might have been wrong in the past. Christ in us brings the reality of God into our lives. This brings us to an experience that is divine and heavenly. Whatever defines God is what defines us today. We can do the impossible and accomplish the unimaginable.

*CONFESSION:*
The life of God defines me today. The value on the blood of Jesus is what defines my value.

*LEARN MORE:* Phil 4:13, Eph 3:20

*PRAYER REQUEST: In the name of Jesus we decree that everyone reading Inspiration are filled with the knowledge of God’s will afresh today. Col 1:9-10*

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[2/15, 7:24 AM] 919063: Be a rejoicer

Saturday 15th February 2020

‘Do everything without complaining.’ Philippians 2:14 NLT

In an old Peanuts comic strip, Lucy announces, ‘Boy, do I feel crabby today.’ Her little brother Linus, always the peacemaker, responds, ‘Maybe I can help. Why don’t you just take my place in front of the TV and I’ll fix you a nice snack? Sometimes we all need a little pampering to make us feel better.’ A few minutes later, Linus brings Lucy a sandwich, some chocolate-chip cookies and milk. ‘Is there anything else I can get you? Anything I haven’t thought of?’ he asks. ‘Yes,’ snaps Lucy, ‘There’s one thing you haven’t thought of. I don’t want to feel better!’

The truth is that some people don’t want to feel better – they just want attention, and complaining is how they get it. Do you know anyone like that? The Bible repeatedly tells us to stay away from complaining. It takes gut-level honesty to ask yourself: ‘How much of what I say focuses on complaining about the situation instead of trying to improve it? Have I built my life around people who feel the same, people who’d probably be upset if I decided to grow and adopt a better attitude? Am I living in the past, nursing old wounds, refusing to forgive others and myself?’ Time alone doesn’t heal – insight does!

Jesus said knowing the truth sets us free (seeJohn 8:32). Once you’re willing to face the truth about your attitude and do something about it, your life will start to improve. And one more thought: Paul says, ‘Rejoice always…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you’ (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV). This is God’s will – so do it!

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[2/15, 7:38 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2020-02-15
TOPIC: SECRETS OF GOD’S POWER

SCRIPTURE: How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good,”and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. Acts 10″:38

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Faith is a switch of power.

The power of God is the major tool for the preservation of the lives and destinies of God’s people. It is by God’s power that appointment with death is cancelled. So,”the matter of being a carrier of God’s power in our generation is crucial to every child of God. 

Now, what is the secret of God’s power?

1. The Presence of God (Acts 10″:38)

If you bring a 9-inch nail close to a magnet,”the magnet will magnetize it. And when the 9-inch nail remains on the magnet for a while, and you remove it and take it close to a needle, the nail will magnetize the needle. Now, what happened to the nail? By being in close proximity with the magnetic field of the magnet, it acquired magnetic capacity, and became magnetic. 

Similarly, when you get close to God and remain close to Him, you acquire His Nature. And a major component of His Nature is insurmountable power. When you step out and the devil, witches or wizards see you, they would think they are seeing God. So, the Presence of God is very critical for power.

2. The Knowledge of God (Daniel 11″:32). The knowledge of God is doorway to power. The more you know God,”the more you acquire power. 

3. The fullness of the Spirit. Acts 1″:8 says,”But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you….The secret of power is the Holy Spirit.

4. The vibrancy of faith. Faith that is alive activates power. We are kept by power through faith (1 Peter 1″:5). Faith is a switch of power; the power of God flows in the direction of faith. Audacious faith quenches the fiery darts of the wicked (Ephesians 6:16).

Beloved,”I see you operating in an unusual dimension of power as you act on the keys outlined above.

REMEMBER THIS”: Faith is a switch of power. 

ASSIGNMENT(S):

1. Increase your faith level by spending time on God’s Word; trust God to reveal the light in His Word to you.

2. Constantly live in an atmosphere that is saturated with God’s Presence through live or recorded worships.

3. Pray in the Spirit abundantly.    

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING,”GET THIS MESSAGE”: PRESERVED BY THE WORD 

PRAYER: Lord,”my life is in Your Hands and I am surrounded by Your Power. I shall fulfil my days and complete my life’s assignment on earth, Lord in Jesus’ Name.

DAILY BIBLE READING”: Joshua 21-24.

QUOTE: The closer you get to God,”the more secured your life will be. Culled from 15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT”: An octopus has three hearts.

DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND: The Glory-filled Sunday Service by 6:00am,”8″:00am and 10:00am tomorrow. Endeavour to come to Church with your friends and loved ones. God bless you. 

PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION: I prophesy fresh addiction to God’s Presence for you in Jesus’ Name.

 

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