[2/17, 6:34 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: MONDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2020
THEME: THE POWER OF YOUR WORDS
Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. Joel 3:10
READ: 2 Kings 4:18-37
4:18 And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers.
4:19 And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother.
4:20 And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.
4:21 And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out.
4:22 And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again.
4:23 And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well.
4:24 Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee.
4:25 So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite:
4:26 Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well.
4:27 And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me.
4:28 Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me?
4:29 Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child.
4:30 And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her.
4:31 And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child; but there was neither voice, nor hearing. Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The child is not awaked.
4:32 And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed.
4:33 He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD.
4:34 And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm.
4:35 Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.
4:36 And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son.
4:37 Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
Your tongue is the most powerful part of your body. According to the Bible verse above, it can kill and as well bring to life. This is why you must be very careful how you use it. Many people don’t realise how powerful the tongue is, so they kill things that should be alive in their lives and resurrect what should be dead. From now on, don’t say you are poor; confess wealth. Stop saying you are sick; say you are healed. Don’t speak evil about your country; speak good only. Speak positively into the lives of your children while you reject negative things. Don’t refer to them as disobedient; call them obedient. Don’t call them liars, thieves or prostitute; rather, always use positive words to describe them. What you say activates spirits to function; don’t activate the wrong spirits in your children just because you want them to feel hurt or remorseful. Speak exactly what you want into their lives; it may be difficult, but it is worth it.
Aside from speaking into a child’s life or situation, you also need to start speaking into the atmosphere. There may be no situation that you want to change with your tongue at the moment, but you can just begin to say that you and your children God has given you will live long and serve Him for the rest of your lives. You could say though a thousand may fall on your left and ten thousand on your right, not a strand of your hair will be hurt. You could also say that you will be the head and never the tail. Confess always that your tomorrow will be alright. Take a cue from the Shunamite woman in our Bible reading today. She told her husband “it shall be well” and it indeed was well with them.
Make it a habit to consistently use your tongue to speak what you want daily. Soon enough, you will see your life turn around for good and to God’s glory.
Begin to speak positive words into your life, your children’s lives and every situation around you from today.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 7: GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS
1. “Great is thy faithfulness”
O God my Father!
There is no shadow of turning with Thee:
Thou changest not, Thy compassion, they fail not,
As Thou has been Thou forever will be.
“Great is Thy faithfulness!”
“Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided –
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!
2. Summer and winter, and spring time and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
3. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
[2/17, 6:34 AM] 919063: *RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL
*HIS WORD NEVER FAILS .
Monday, February 17th .
_*Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away (Matthew 24:35).*_
Sometimes, there’re those who are working for the Lord, giving their time, expending energy, and resources, and then they think it’s not yielding any result in their lives. They look at their lives and think they’re not making commensurate progress. Never allow such thoughts arise in your heart. The results of your labour of love in the Gospel may not be immediately obvious to you, but others are surely being impacted by it.
Think about it: many prophets of old, for example, didn’t see the result of their own prophecies. But we’re today enjoying some of the prophecies they gave. In their day, there must have been those who thought their prophecies were false, because some of the prophets lived and died, and their prophecies weren’t fulfilled in their day. But the truth is, in many cases, some of those prophets weren’t speaking of their days.
For instance, Joel said, _*“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy…”*_ (Acts 2:17). Those alive in his day didn’t know what the last days were. They may have considered Joel’s prophecy as false. But at the appointed time, that prophecy was fulfilled. The Bible says in Acts 2:1-4 that the apostles were all sitting in one place, in one accord; then suddenly, there was a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind and it filled all the house where they were sitting and cloven tongues like fire sat on each of them and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost. Glory to God!
It took many years for the prophecy to come to pass, and the Spirit alerted Peter, who confirmed it, saying, _*“But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel”*_ (Acts 2:16). Hallelujah! Never think your service in the Lord and in the Gospel is worthless, just because you think His Word to you hasn’t come to pass. Don’t be distracted; the results are there. Even the ones you’re yet to see will still happen. It doesn’t matter what anybody says or what circumstances show; remain focused and fervent, serving the Lord. Keep your gaze on Him. His Word is true and never fails.
*Forever, O Lord, your Word is settled in heaven; from everlasting to everlasting, you’re God! Heaven and earth shall pass away, but your Word never fails. Therefore, I embrace the glorious truths you’ve spoken concerning me, and I appropriate and walk in the reality of my blessings in Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
*Isaiah 55:10-11* For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.
Matthew 24:35* Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-Year Bible Reading Plan=>* Mark 2:23-3:1-12 & Leviticus 11-12
2-Year Bible Reading Plan=>* Acts 19:8-20 & Psalm 25-26
[2/17, 6:34 AM] 919063: Winning life’s battles (1)
Monday 17th February 2020
‘We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us.’ 2 Chronicles 20:12 NIV
With God’s help, King Jehoshaphat overcame not just one army, but three! And his victory teaches us how we can win life’s battles.
First, identify the enemy. Many of us have no clue who the real enemy is. We think it’s the person who is interested in taking our job, our spouse or our money. But many times the enemy is our own attitude! It’s not so much what’s happening that gets us down, it’s our response to the situation. Before you can win on a personal level, you must identify the enemy. Note how Jehoshaphat reacted when he heard ‘a vast army’ was coming against him. He was ‘alarmed’ (2 Chronicles 20:2-3 NIV). It’s a fairly typical human response. We see a big problem, panic and become fearful about what’s going to happen to us. And in truth, fear isn’t all bad unless we deal with it in the wrong way. We can use it to motivate us to conquer the problem and drive us closer to God. It’s when we get discouraged, give up, get angry and start asking, ‘Why me, Lord?’ that fear defeats us.
If you’re in a situation that’s filling you with fear and anxiety, remember – God doesn’t respond to need; he responds to faith. So stake your faith on his unshakeable Word and stand on his promise: ‘Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand’ (Isaiah 41:10 NKJV). Unshakeable trust in God’s Word brings his help.
[2/17, 6:35 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2020-02-17
TOPIC: BREAKING FINANCIAL LIMITATION BY BEING A BLESSING
SCRIPTURE: And I will make of thee a great nation,”and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing”: Genesis 12:2.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Prayer for money is a waste of time where the lifestyle of giving is not in place.
History recorded John D. Rockefeller as the first dollar billionaire in America,”and indeed the world. He was a man who started by giving the tithe of one dollar in response to the teaching of his mother; he started tithing from that day till the day of his death.
One day, he gave 140 million dollars to the university that his church was building and people asked him, how can you give such an amount of money to church? And he said, ‘God gave me the money, I am giving it back to God. What is your business?
Rockefeller gave money for the fighting of sickness and diseases. While I was a medical student, we had the Rockefeller Foundation doing medical and humanitarian services in Nigeria – fighting river blindness, vesico-vaginal fistula and other diseases. He had died long ago but his money is still blessing his generation, and the money has not finished.
Beloved, if you want to break financial limitation and see the blessing of God in your life, existing as a blessing is another thing to do (Genesis 12″:2,”3, Acts 20″:35). Exist as a blessing to the poor,”widow, orphans, priests, missionaries and the Kingdom of God; and you are going to break the back of the spirit of wretchedness.
Prayer for money is a waste of time where the lifestyle of giving is not in place (2 Corinthians 9″:6,”7).
Beloved, who are you blessing? Who is feeding from your table other than you and your family? Make up your mind to be a blessing to your world.
REMEMBER THIS”: Prayer for money is a waste of time where the lifestyle of giving is not in place.
1. Be a blessing to someone today; look around and meet the needs of someone.
2. Command every form of limitation around your life to dry up now.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING,”GET THIS MESSAGE”: BREAKING FINANCIAL LIMITATION.
PRAYER: Lord,”I receive the grace to consistently be a blessing to the needy, and to Your Kingdom. Launch me into the realm of abundance Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
DAILY BIBLE READING”: Judges 5-8
QUOTE: If you make life meaningful and valuable for people,”you will not need to struggle for money. Culled from 21 UNCOMMON KEYS TO FINANCIAL OVERFLOW by Dr Paul Enenche.
AMAZING FACT”: Male emperor penguins take an active role in raising their young,”often going without food for months at a time to guard their mate’s eggs.
DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND”: The Healing and Deliverance Service by 9:00 am tomorrow. Invite someone. God bless you as you do so.
PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION: The grace for generosity is released upon you in the Name of Jesus Christ.
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