[2/21, 5:48 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: FRIDAY 21ST FEBRUARY 2020.
THEME: BE UNTOUCHABLE.
Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. 1Chronicles 16:22
READ: Job 1:10
10. Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
In the spirit realm, certain people are termed ‘untouchable.’ These ones have a wall of fire around them that make them too hot to be touched- even by the devil. The moment you become a child of God; you have access to this group.
Some Christians have once been secure, but somehow the devil seems to be touching them now. If you are in this category, it could be that God deliberately allowed the devil or you have backslidden and exposed yourself to danger. Job was untouchable until God permitted the devil. He was untouchable because he lived a holy life and prayed regularly.
If you are still telling ‘small lies’, the devil will not need permission from God before he touches you because he is the father of lies (John 8:44). In Joshua 24:9, King Balak invited Balaam to curse the people of Israel, but instead of curses, blessings came forth. They were untouchable by the plagues until they fell in the hands of beautiful ladies who seduced them into sin thereafter.
“Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.” Numbers 31:16
If you would not be vulnerable, you must have no business with the devil. Check your prayer life. A prayerless Christian is a powerless Christian. Each day without prayer makes one cold and the devil will be waiting until such a person has grown cold enough so he can touch him/her. That is why the devil tries to dampen the prayer life of an individual he hasn’t been permitted to touch.
When you become too busy to pray as you used to, watch out! That is the Devil trying to make you vulnerable so he can touch you, never let your prayer life get cold. May you receive divine help in the mighty name of Jesus.
The devil cannot touch you when are hot for God.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Leviticus 24-25
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 23: ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIER.
1. Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
Forward into battle see His banners go!
Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.
2. At the sign of triumph Satan’s host doth flee;
On then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.
3. Like a mighty army moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.
We are not divided, all one body we,
One in hope and doctrine, one in charity.
4. Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
But the church of Jesus constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never ’gainst that church prevail;
We have Christ’s own promise, and that cannot fail.
5. Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.
Glory, laud, and honor unto Christ the King,
This through countless ages men and angels sing.
[2/21, 5:48 AM] 919063: WISDOM FOR THE DAY
Friday, 21st February, 2020
DON’T LIVE IN SIN
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” Titus 2:11-12
Grace is not a license to live in sin. Grace teaches us to live for Christ. You can’t be living anyhow and telling people you are living under grace. No! Another spirit is leading you. Not grace! It is another spirit! We’ve got to watch it! It is very important that you don’t live in sin because like I said yesterday, sin has wages!
Wages means payment of contract or salary. It is maintenance, compensation or reward. It is a pay. It is a return you receive. Yes, you have eternal life! You are saved! Yes, God loves you unconditionally! Yes, he will not stop loving you. But when you decide that you will continue to live in sin, sin will pay you while God is still loving you. It will pay you because sin has wages.
Let’s take it a step further. In the book of Genesis 3:8, when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they found out that they were naked. They heard the voice of the Lord, God walking in the garden in the cool of the day and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord, among the trees of the garden. They have sinned. They did what God said they shouldn’t do. These were people who were throwing their weight around like God and controlling the whole earth. Then, suddenly they were deceived into believing another thing concerning themselves and so they disobeyed. But in their disobedience God still came to them. He will never leave you nor forsake you. God never left them. He didn’t abandon them.
However, they lost their place in the garden. They lost their boldness before God. And they began to hide from God. When you begin to live a life of sin, you will start hiding from God. Your love for God will become cold. His love for you will still be hot but your love for Him will be cold. That is what happens. And because your love is cold, you will no more be bold.
Further Reading. Genesis 3:1-24
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Numbers 1-2; Evening- Mark 3:1-19
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[2/21, 5:48 AM] 919063: *DAILY MANNA*
_*FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020*_
TOPIC: *HE STILL ANSWERS PRAYER*
TEXT: *Genesis 24:33-49*
_*“And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well, and drew water: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee.”*_ – (Genesis 24:45)
Today’s text reveals one of the most striking proofs of the faithfulness of God concerning what He says: *“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear”* (Isaiah 65:2). It speaks truly about God’s awesomeness, omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence!
Finite man does not have the language to fully describe the greatness of this great God but we do possess the sensibilities to stand in awe of the Creator who orders our journey when we place it in His hands! The point is God answers our prayers to shore-up our faith in Him and make nonsense the cynicism of the heathen.
Such was the amazement of Abraham’s servant at the prompt answer to his prayer. *“And the man (Abraham’s servant) wondering at her (Rebekah) held his peace, to wit whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not. *“Full of gratitude, he *“bowed down his head and worshipped the LORD”* (verse 26). His request was dramatically granted by God (Genesis 24:14-27).
The Bible is replete with accounts of God’s marvelous work through the prayers that were presented to Him in absolute faith. He is no respecter of persons; as He granted the request of Abraham and Eliezer, the loyal servant, He will grant ours too. But we must ensure that we ask in faith and in line with His will.
*THOUGHT FOR THE DAY*:
As God was faithful in the Bible times, so He will be forever.
*THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR*:
[2/21, 5:48 AM] 919063: Winning life’s battles (5)
Friday 21st February 2020
‘Stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you.’ 2 Chronicles 20:17 NIV
Fifth, stand firm. Notice what God told Jehoshaphat: ‘Stand firm.’ What does it mean to ‘stand firm’ when you’re in a crisis? It’s a mental attitude of quiet confidence that says, ‘I’m going to trust God.’ One pastor writes: ‘This is something I’m slowly learning; it’s never God’s will for me to run from a difficult situation. If I do, the situation will only follow and catch up with me a little further down the line. It may not look the same, but it will be the same. Why? Because God wants to teach me that he is sufficient for any problem. If we don’t learn this today, we may learn it next week. If we don’t learn it next week, we may learn it next year. But eventually we’ll learn it – and the sooner the better. We can save ourselves problems by standing firm and waiting on God in quiet confidence.’
So what do we stand firm on? ‘Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful’ (2 Chronicles 20:20 NIV). First, we need to stand firm on the character of God. God is faithful, and we can depend on him. Second, we need to stand firm on the writings that he has given us through his prophets – in other words, the truth of the Bible. The Bible is God’s Word, and we need only rely in quiet confidence on his written promises.
So the word for you today is: stand firm on the unchanging character of God and the unchanging promises of his Word.Share On: