[12/17, 5:34 AM] 919063: Today SOD – 2019-12-17
TOPIC: READINESS FOR ETERNITY
SCRIPTURE:“ I have fought a good fight,”I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness,”which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day”:” 2 Timothy 4:7-8a.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Departing this life with minimal regrets is one of the greatest achievements of life; the matter of eternity is a matter of prime importance and urgency.
Life on earth is transient however long it lasts. There is an appointed end to the brief episode of time called lifetime on earth. That is why one of the greatest achievements of anyone on earth is to come to the end of his or her Life and be ready to depart the earth without regrets.
As a young medical doctor,”I came across several persons that at the point of exit from life were not ready to depart.
It was Bishop T. D. Jakes who told the story of his father who was diagnosed of a terminal disease. As life was ebbing out of him, he told his son”: “Son,”all these years, I have been trying to figure out what life is all about; now that I thought I have known what life is, there is no time to live the life anymore.” Pathetic!
The fact is”: You do not have eternity to fulfill destiny. The matter of eternity is a matter of prime importance and urgency. Many people squandered their lives on vanity,”and realized that when it was time to really live, there was no time to live again.
Beloved, departing this life with minimal regrets is one of the greatest achievements of life.
The questions you should consistently ask yourself are”: am I ready for eternity? The way I am living my life now,”is Christ pleased with me? If the trumpet should sound now, where would be my eternal destination? Is it eternity in heaven with God or eternity in hell with the devil? Think about it!
REMEMBER THIS”: Departing this life with minimal regrets is one of the greatest achievements of life; the matter of eternity is a matter of urgency.
1. Go through the message of today again.
2. Take a sober reflection on your life. What are those habits that can hinder you from seeing God on the last day?
3. Make up your mind to live ready for Christ’ soon coming.
For Further Understanding,”Get This Message”: LIVING WORTHILY
PRAYER: Lord,”deliver me from the life of selfishness and vanity. Separate me from those character tendencies that can hinder me from spending eternity with You. I receive the grace to live worthily and ready for eternity with you Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
DAILY READING”: Nahum 1:1 to 3:19,”Revelation 8″:1 to 13,”Psalm 136″:1 to 26,”Proverbs 30″:7 to 9
QUOTE: You have only one life to live and you must make sure it matters. Culled from ‘365 Wisdom Capsules’ by Dr Paul Enenche.
AMAZING FACT: Eyelashes like food too; what you eat matters for your eyelashes!
DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND: The Power Communion Service tomorrow with your friends and loved ones for the preservation of your lives and destinies by 5:30pm at the Glory Dome. God bless you as you come.
PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION: The grace to live with eternity in view is released upon you now in Jesus’ Name.
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[12/17, 5:34 AM] 919063: How to set your goals (6)
Tuesday 17th December 2019
‘Write down the revelation and make it plain.’ Habakkuk 2:2 NIV
Put your goals in writing. God told the prophet Habakkuk, ‘Write down the revelation and make it plain…so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time…Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay’ (Habakkuk 2:2-3 NIV). Note the word ‘delay’, because it’s not one we particularly like. God can give you a vision overnight, but usually it won’t be fulfilled overnight. You’ll face disappointments, discouragements and delays.
Because your vision always costs more than you estimated, and takes longer than you planned, it can become ‘blurred’ by your circumstances and emotions. That’s why it’s so important to write it down and keep it in front of you! Why did God tell Abraham that his children would be as numerous as the stars in Heaven? Because stars are something you can physically look at and count. ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish [languish and waste away]’ (Proverbs 29:18 KJV). The word ‘perish’ suggests something that’s slowly decaying, and that’s what happens when you don’t keep your God-given vision in front of you.
If you’ve dreamed of losing weight, post a picture that inspires you on your refrigerator. If you dream of one day owning your own home, stick a picture of it on your message board. And if your goal is to give a certain amount to God’s work, write a cheque for that amount and place it where you’ll see it every day. With a clear-cut written goal, you’ll always know where you are and remember what God has called you to do.
[12/17, 5:34 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: TUESDAY 17TH DECEMBER 2019
THEME: PRINCIPLES OF SUCCESS.
Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: Proverbs 24:3
READ: Proverbs 6:6-11
6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
Knowledge is considered to be powerful, because it is a major factor that controls the decision-making process and therefore ultimately determines the course of a person’s life. How much you know determines your ability to make the right decisions about a subject matter. Based on this, Proverbs 1:29-31 says that those who despise or detest knowledge do so to their own peril. To this end, Hosea 4:6 says: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
The wisdom you need in taking those crucial decisions is available to you in the written and spoken word of God. If you know more about God and His word, it will help you to make error-proof choices and decisions. God can choose to speak to you on the way to go through the Bible or through prophetic utterance of genuine men and women of God. How much time do you set aside for studying the Bible? Some think it is a waste of time to undertake personal Bible studies at night while others are sleeping. This is not so; you are actually gaining time by doing this. When you give priority to God’s word, you will realize that you spend far less time and effort in reaching your goal compared to those who don’t. that is why God told Joshua not to allow the knowledge of His word elude him, so that he would achieve good success (Joshua 1:8).
Every Christian needs to know that dependence on worldly knowledge can lead to failure, but godly knowledge guarantees success. Biblical knowledge is a combination of scientific, philosophical, psychological and spiritual knowledge, and it is superior to any other kind of knowledge. However, the knowledge of God’s word is not enough; doing what it says is much more important. James 1:25 says: “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
Today’s Bible reading establishes another principle of success that says there is wisdom in hard work and saving for the raining day. Those who are lazy cannot amount to anything. Also, those who are hardworking but eat both their food and seed, especially their tithes and offering, cannot walk in the realm of God’s covenant blessings. Apart from sowing seeds, you to invest in the rainy day. Ants should not be wiser than men, but God in His wisdom directs us to them today to obtain knowledge on the principles of success. May the Lord help us to be wise in Jesus’ Name.
Father, please endow me with wisdom from Your Spirit-illuminated word, so that I may gain wisdom for a successful life.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
Zechariah 4:1- 5:4
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 3: TRUST AND OBEY.
1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.