[2/25, 6:16 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: TUESDAY 25TH FEBRUARY 2020.
THEME: YOU CANNOT DECIEVE GOD.
Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. 1Samuel 2:3
READ: Acts 5:1-11
1But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.
It is impossible to deceive God because He knows ALL things, including the thoughts of your heart and the motives behind your actions. In 1 Samuel 15:13-15 for example, King Saul told Samuel that he had already obeyed God’s commandments as regards the Amalekites. However, the later heard the noise of animals. The king lied that they were for God. Why would anyone try to deceive God? In the first place, he should have asked himself if the oxen sound differently for the prophet to which is from Amalek and which is not. He should have known that Samuel was acting based on divine knowledge. You can’t hide anything from God.
Ananias and Sapphira lied to the Holy Spirit and never got a chance to repent (Acts 5:1-11). They would not have died if they had simply been honest about how much they sold the land for and how much they kept back. They were not forced to sell; they just wanted to deceive the Holy Spirit and they paid dearly for it. Do not attempt to deceive God.
Many years ago, when the Redeemed Christian Church of God was small, one man joined us and became very active almost immediately. In fact, we thought he was a blessing until God revealed his true identity. I was on a lengthy fast when he came to see me. There and then, God told me he was a spy, operating from the church so he would not be easily found. I confronted him and he tried to cover up. I told him he wouldn’t last beyond the next seven day. Within the week, God had exposed him and he was picked up by the then military government of Nigeria. God cannot be deceived.
Paying less than your tithe is deception to God; it would have been better if you didn’t pay at all. Telling a lie to the marriage counselor in your church that you and your fiancé/ fiancée have not had any sexual relations before marriage is trying to deceive God. As an usher, changing the remittance figure is trying to deceive God. It is dangerous and thus, has grave consequences. Don’t do it!
Is there any area where you have been trying to deceive God? Repent now.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 5-6
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 14: IMMORTAL INVISIBLE, GOD ONLY WISE.
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, O Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, your great name we praise!
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Not wanting nor wasting, you rule in your might;
Your justice like mountains high soaring above,
Your clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.
All life you engender in great and in small;
To all life befriender, the true life of all.
We blossom and flourish in richness and range,
We wither and perish, but you never change.
Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Your angels adore you, enveiling their sight.
All laud we would render; oh, lead us to see
The light of your splendor, your love’s majesty!
[2/25, 6:16 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *INSPIRATION*
(Giving direction to your day)
Tuesday 25th February, 2020
*STEPS OF FAITH 7*
*Text: “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter” Heb 11:24*
*Embracing God’s plan and purpose for our lives even when no one believes in it –* In the days of Moses we don’t really have any account if there were any other son that was born to Pharaoh. The only emphasis was to the daughter of Pharaoh. There was every possibility that Moses would have become the next Pharaoh in Egypt. In those days the Pharaoh was like the American president. Apart from this he had so much privilege that he enjoyed in the palace. Refusing to be called Pharaoh’s daughter means he was going to lose all the privileges. Everybody must have felt that he was crazy. To make the matter worse he forsook Egypt completely. Moses knew very clearly that God had a better and a greater plan for his life. He began to sense within himself that he was supposed to be a deliverer and not a Pharaoh. He made an initial wrong attempt to do this while he was still in Egypt. Divine agenda is far better than earthly placements. God’s agenda for your life is far better and greater than any human placement.
If you are going to experience all that God has in store for you there must be a resolve in you to embrace God’s plan for you even when no one believes in it. The irony about life is that people around you will hardly believe in what you set out to do initially. All that matters is that God believes in us and we believe in ourselves. A wise man said “You may succeed if no one believes in you, but you will never succeed if you don’t believe in yourself.” Don’t wait for the whole world to endorse what you are passionate about; you may have to wait forever. When I started writing this devotional and publishing it some people had their reservations but thank God I kept at it. It’s been about seven years in print now.
I believe in God’s plans for me. I will embrace it with all my heart and strength. I will rather sink with God than shine without God.
*LEARN MORE:* Ps 27:1-14
*PRAYER REQUEST: Lord we ask for the breathe of your Spirit over every article on a daily basis. John 6:63*
[2/25, 6:16 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Depend completely on God
Tuesday 25th February 2020
‘Our competence comes from God.’ 2 Corinthians 3:5-6 NIV
Jesus told his disciples, ‘Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed iswilling, but the flesh is weak’ (Matthew 26:41 NKJV). What did he mean by that? He meant that without the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit, which he’d just told them they’d soon receive, they weren’t equal to the challenges they were about to face. It wasn’t a matter of his doubting their devotion and willingness to serve him; he just knew they couldn’t do it by themselves. And you can’t either. So the sooner you stop trying, the better off you’ll be!
God isn’t looking for educated, sophisticated, well-meaning flesh, or any other kind of ‘flesh’, for that matter. He will only bless you when you acknowledge your total dependence on him. That means praying and leaning on him before you start, and continuing to pray and lean on him until you reach the finish line. It also means that if God doesn’t send you and you insist on going, or if he tells you to do something and you try to accomplish it in your own strength, you’ll surely fail. And what’s more, he will allow you to keep failing until you reach the place where you can say like Paul: ‘Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent’ (2 Corinthians 3:5-6 NIV). It’s when we reach the end of our resources that God’s power kicks in.
So the word for you today is: instead of leaning on your own strength and resources, depend wholly and solely on God.
[2/25, 6:17 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Today’s SOD – 2020-02-25
TOPIC: BITTERNESS A HINDRANCE TO ACCESSING GODS PRESENCE
SCRIPTURE: And when ye stand praying,”forgive, if ye have ought against any”: that your Father also which is in Heaven may forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11:25
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Anything that embitters your heart imprisons your life.
The Presence of God is a vital necessity for destiny realization and life’s fulfilment. Your destiny cannot be realised until God’s Presence is accessed. This explains the reason Jesus taught His disciples how to pray and access God (Luke 11:2).
However,”access to God’s Presence can be hindered and one of the hindrances to God’s Presence is a heart of bitterness and unforgiveness. Bitterness in the heart makes prayer (a bid to access God) a fruitless exercise. Anything that embitters your heart imprisons your life. The devil knows that forgiveness is essential to your life and destiny, so, he usually multiplies bitterness through issues that provoke you and cause offences. He may not be able to make you fornicate or carry a gun on the street to rob people of their belongings, so he wants to make your heart bitter against your neighbour.
Beloved, endeavour to critically check your heart; are you bitter? This is because apart from blocking your access to God through prayer, bitterness can take you to hellfire.
Receive the grace to forgive and release anyone you are holding with bitterness in your heart in Jesus’ Name.
REMEMBER THIS”: Anything that embitters your heart imprisons your life.
1. Ask God to help you search your heart based on the revelation from today’s message.
2. Forgive everyone who had offended you in times past and release bitterness from your heart completely.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING,”GET THIS MESSAGE”: REQUIREMENTS FOR EFFECTIVE PRAYER – PART 2
PRAYER: Lord,”I receive the grace to forgive anyone who had offended me. I forgive everyone and release bitterness from my heart. I receive access to Your Presence, LORD in Jesus’ Name.
DAILY BIBLE READING”: 1 Samuel 12-15
QUOTE: Bitterness is a root that invites tragedy. Culled from THE LAWS OF LIFE by Dr Paul Enenche.
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DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND: A Power-packed Communion Service tomorrow with friends and loved ones for the preservation of your life and destiny by 6:00pm. God bless you as you come.
PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION: Grace to overcome bitterness is released unto in Jesus’ Name.
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