[2/20, 6:18 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: THURSDAY 20TH FEBRUARY 2020.
THEME: THE EFFICACY OF PRAYER.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16
READ: Mark 11:24
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
There is a mistake to some children and enemies of God- they underrate the efficacy of prayer. Prayer is the control tool in the spiritual realm. While it may appear that nothing is happening in the physical, the truth is things are shaping up in the spiritual.
Someone could argue that prayer does not put food on the table, but that’s not true. Sometimes ago, one of my spiritual daughters abroad delivered a set of twins. Unfortunately, not long after, they lost their means of livelihood and life became very difficult. One day, there was nothing to eat and the husband was not home. So, the woman resorted to praying, and petting the twins who were crying in hunger.
Meanwhile, a Christian group in the neighborhood was evangelizing from door-to-door. According to their schedule, they had finished for the day, but the leader of the group said “Let us go to one more house.” Incidentally, they went to my daughter’s house. When he had finished preaching. She apologized for not having offered him anything to drink, because there was nothing at home. He was surprised. He asked for her husband and she explained that he had no means of income but was out of the house at the moment. Immediately, the evangelist left for the supermarket to get food for the family and their babies. When he returned, he asked my daughter to tell her husband to see him in the office the next day. The husband went and got a new job. Imagine if my daughter had not prayed; the family could have gone hungry that night and their condition may have persisted.
Prayer does not give you the liberty to stop working and working does not mean you should stop praying. It simply makes your work fruitful. Instead of excessive worrying, get on your knees and pray. Before you talk to that person you think can help, talk to God.
“Pray without ceasing.” 1Thessalonians 5:17
Pray always. When you do so, nothing will be impossible for you to achieve.
God answer prayers and He will answer yours in the Mighty Name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Leviticus 22-23
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 24: PASS ME NOT, O GENTLE SAVIOR.
1. Pass me not, O gentle Savior,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.
Hear my humble cry,
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.
2. Let me at Thy throne of mercy
Find a sweet relief;
Kneeling there in deep contrition,
Help my unbelief.
3. Trusting only in Thy merit,
Would I seek Thy face;
Heal my wounded, broken spirit,
Save me by Thy grace.
4. Thou the spring of all my comfort,
More than life to me,
Whom have I on earth beside Thee,
Whom in Heav’n but Thee.
[2/20, 6:18 AM] 919063: *Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional*
_Pastor Chris Oyakhilome PhD_
_Thursday, 20th February 2020._
*IF YOU DON’T SAY IT, IT’LL NOT HAPPEN*
_For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven_ *(Psalm 119:89).*
Joshua 1:8 reveals the power of the spoken Word. It says, *“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth….”* This is God’s recipe for success: success in every area of your life—job, finances, health, family, academics, etc.—is in your mouth. Jesus said in Mark 11:23, *“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain… and…shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”* He placed the premium on words.
With the mouth, you catapult yourself into that thing that you’ve believed. The Bible says the Word of God is living and active (Hebrews 4:12 NIV), but not on the pages of your Bible. The Word is living and active on the lips of a believing Christian! Imagine the victory of David over Goliath: it happened because of the words David spoke. He had known from the Word given to Israel that it was impossible for them to be defeated, because anyone at war with Israel would have their chief ally—God Almighty—to contend with.
However, David understood that having the knowledge wasn’t enough; so, he followed it with proclamations. He said to Goliath, *“This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel”* (1 Samuel 17:46). David was talking! He said again and again what would happen to Goliath, and it happened exactly as he had said!
That’s the power of the spoken word. If you don’t say it, it won’t happen. God needs your words to act upon, because you represent Him in the earth. His Word is forever settled in heaven; however, it’s your responsibility to settle it in your life and in the earth through your faith-filled affirmations. Praise God!
_The Word of God is in my heart and on my lips, producing results. I walk in peace, prosperity, divine health, protection, progress, supernatural success and blessings today and evermore. I’m an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ. The world belongs to me! Blessed be God!_
*Proverbs 6:2* Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
*Mark 11:23* For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
*Romans 10:8-10* But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
*1 Year Bible Reading Plan :* Mark 4:21-41 & Leviticus 16-18
*2 Year Bible Reading Plan :* Acts 20:1-12 & Psalm 31-32
[2/20, 6:18 AM] 919063: *INSPIRATION*
(Giving direction to your day)
Thursday 20th February, 2020
*STEPS OF FAITH 2*
*Text: “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.” Rom 4:20*
*Refusing to let go of God’s counsels even when everything else says the opposite –* It’s important for us to understand that God’s counsel for our lives are independent of prevailing circumstances in our environment. The unfortunate thing is that what’s wrong around seems to have a loud voice at which it shouts at us. The voice of the economy may be shouting so loud at your business. The threat of a lecturer may become too loud to bear. The doctors report may be too obvious to ignore.
In the midst of this we have a choice to make, either to allow the circumstances to control us or to hold on to God’s eternal counsels for our lives. Dodie Osteen was diagnosed with cancer in the early eighties. The doctors had concluded that she had just few months to live. She refused to let go of God’s counsels for her life. Every morning she will wake up to take her daily dose of scriptures just as she was taking her treatments. The time predicted for her to die passed and several months later she was completely healed of cancer. The woman is still alive today. She actually attended the burial ceremony of the doctor that told her she had few months to live. The Devil is a liar.
Heaven and earth will pass away but God’s counsel for our lives will not pass away unfulfilled. God’s counsels for our lives are forever settled. When we settle down with God’s word God also settles down on our case. God’s counsels are immutable. Abraham and Sarah’s condition were completely saying the opposite of what God’s counsel was saying but they refused to let go of what God said to them. Please do the same.
I refuse to let go of God’s counsels for my life. No matter what is going on in my life I will hold on to God’s counsels for me.
*LEARN MORE:* Rom 4:17-21
*PRAYER REQUEST: Lord we ask that your Spirit will daily be at work in the lives of everyone reading Inspiration. Phil 2:13*
[2/20, 6:18 AM] 919063: Winning life’s battles (4)
Thursday 20th February 2020
‘The battle is not yours, but God’s.’ 2 Chronicles 20:15 NIV
Fourth, learn to relax in faith. Notice how God responded to Jehoshaphat’s prayer: ‘The battle is not yours, but God’s’ (2 Chronicles 20:15 NIV). Many of us wear ourselves out trying to fight God’s battles in our own strength. In the initial flush of becoming Christians, we’re eager to win the world to Jesus, and want to go out and single-handedly bring about his Kingdom. That’s because we don’t realise what’s involved. Then after we’ve worked hard under our own steam, reality sets in. We end up crawling back on our hands and knees, disappointed, because we think we’ve let God down. But he reassures us, ‘You didn’t let me down, because you weren’t holding me up.’
The truth is, we don’t hold God up – he holds us up! We don’t have him in our hands, he has us in his hands! And he’s telling us to relax in faith and let him do the work through us. Paul wrote, ‘As you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continueto live your lives in him’ (Colossians 2:6 NIV). In other words, remember how you first became a believer – by simple faith in the finished work of Christ – and continue to live by simple faith. You didn’t become a Christian by striving for perfection and doing good works. Good works have nothing to do with it! Salvation is a free gift. God doesn’t need us to micromanage things; he has everything under control, and he wants us to relax and let him live through us.
Bottom line: victory in life is a gift from God! ‘Thank God, who always leads us in victory because of Christ’ (2 Corinthians 2:14 GWT).Share On: