Morning Devotions

[2/19, 6:41 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: WEDNESDAY 19TH FEBRUARY 2020.

THEME: RESPOND WITH LOVE.

MEMORISE:

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

READ: 1 Corinthians 13:2

2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

MESSAGE

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” Matthew 5:44

As Christians we are called to a lifestyle of love- unconditional love even towards enemies and unfriendly people.

Some years ago, I went to see a man in his office and although he knew I had arrived, he kept me waiting. He probably thought I would get angry and leave, but I waited patiently. Finally, after several hours, he came in to attend to me and met me smiling. He found it hard to believe. “You waited?” He asked and I responded “Yes sir.” Immediately, his previously unfriendly countenance towards me changed. Today, that ‘unfriendly’ man has a house in Redemption Camp. Responding with love to those who wrong you will confuse and win them over to your side.

Have people been hurting you with their words and actions? From now on, smile and do good to them. Is anyone persecuting you because you are a Christian? Why not pray for them to have an encounter with Christ, so they can change? When you report with love to those who hate you, some may see you as a fool and try to advise you otherwise. Ignore them and obey the counsel of Jesus because 1 Corinthians 1:25 says “…..the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

Don’t abuse or insult anybody, your words should be seasoned with salt (Colossians 4:6). Don’t try to avenge yourself because vengeance is of God and not man (Romans 12:19). Don’t pray for your persecutors to die because God is not interested in the death of a sinner (Ezekiel 18:23, 32). No matter what you are going through in the hands of anyone, always respond in love. By doing so, you will save yourself and the person too and this is the will of God.

PRAYER POINT:

Father, give me the grace to respond in love to all those who hurt me.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Leviticus 19-21

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 29: WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS.

1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

2. Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

3. Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

4. Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.

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[2/19, 6:41 AM] 919063: Winning life’s battles (3)

Wednesday 19th February 2020

‘Jehoshaphat…set himself to seek the Lord.’ 2 Chronicles 20:3 NKJV

Third, take your problems to the Lord. In the midst of his crisis, Jehoshaphat ‘set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast’ (2 Chronicles 20:3 NKJV). Prayer is often the last thing we think of. Why? Because we want to work our problems out on our own. A deacon approached the pastor one day and said, ‘Pastor, we’ve got a problem we can’t solve. We’ve tried everything and nothing works.’ The pastor said, ‘Well, I guess all we can do is pray about it.’ The deacon replied, ‘Pastor, has it really come to that?’ When you’re facing life’s battles, prayer should be your first resort, not your last!

And sometimes when the problem doesn’t yield to prayer alone, God leads you to add a second element: fasting. Ever tried it? Fasting isn’t something mystical and mysterious; it’s about focus! It’s saying: ‘Lord, I can do without many things, but I can’t solve this problem without you. So instead of being preoccupied with TV, or food or social media, I’m going to spend time seeking your face.’ Cornelius, a Gentile, fasted and prayed for four days, asking God for direction. As a result, God sent Peter to his house to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles, and in the process changed the course of history (see Acts 10).

In order to know whom to appoint to leadership positions, the New Testament church fasted, prayed, and asked God for guidance. And as a result, one of the most dynamic evangelistic teams of all time, Paul and Barnabas, was born (see Acts 13:2-3). When you get serious enough to fast and pray about your problem, God will show you the

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solution.
[2/19, 6:50 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2020-02-19
TOPIC: MORE KEYS TO BREAKING FINANCIAL LIMITATION

SCRIPTURE: Let the people praise thee,”O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. Psalm 67″:5-6 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: When your joy dries,”your resources dry up. 

The reality of financial limitation cannot be ignored. Many are suffering untold hardship because of the negative effects of lack and want. But there are proven keys to breaking this limitation; we have explored some in our previous studies. Today, we are looking at three more keys to breaking financial limitation.  

1. Observe the law of diligence 

Embrace the dignity of labour. The Scripture says he who does not work should not eat (2 Thessalonians 3″:10). To be slack is to lack; when you see a man who is slack about everything,”he cannot escape lack (Proverbs 10″:4).

2. Maintain financial integrity. Financial integrity is the basis of Kingdom prosperity. Job was a man of integrity and he was the greatest in the East (Job 1:1,”10). Integrity is not a minus; it is a plus. Uprightness is not a disadvantage but an advantage. The way of crookedness is the way of wretchedness; crookedness today equals wretchedness tomorrow.

3. Maintain the attitude of gratitude and praise. Do not be a complainer, grumbler or murmurer. When your joy dries, your resources dry up (Joel 1″:12). When grumbling continues,”struggling continues. There are those who are permanently grumbling; they say nothing is working, the nation is bad, etc. No!

Beloved, if you thank God for the beetle you are driving, He will promote you to the land cruiser. Jesus saw five loaves and two fishes, and instead of complaining, He gave thanks and it multiplied (John 6″:11,”12). Appreciation is fertilization for multiplication.

REMEMBER THIS”: When your joy dries,”your resources dry up. 

ASSIGNMENT(S)”:

1. Make a list of what God has done for you.

2. Take out time to celebrate God for what He has done and for what He is going to do.

3. Refuse to sit at home doing nothing; get engaged,”and whatever you do, do it with all your heart and with all your might.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: BREAKING FINANCIAL LIMITATION 

PRAYER: Lord,”thank You for being faithful in my life. Thank You for what You have done for me. Thank You for the limitless supplies You are bringing my way, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

DAILY BIBLE READING”: Judges 13-16

QUOTE: It does not matter what you sow,”where joy is absent, harvest is impossible. You reap only with joy. Culled from 21 UNCOMMON KEYS TO FINANCIAL OVERFLOW by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT”: Relative of their size,”eagle’s wings actually contain more power and strength than the wings of an airplane.

PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION”: Step into the season of financial overflow now in Jesus’ Name. 

 

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