Morning Devotions

[3/13, 6:01 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Today’s SOD – 2020-03-13
TOPIC: THE BLESSING OF PRAISE

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. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him. Psalm 67″:5-7 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Blessed people praise effortlessly and those who praise effortlessly are unusually blessed. Our anchor Scripture clearly reveals that praise is a major provoker of the Blessing. Whenever you open your mouth to praise God,”God opens His Mouth to bless you. You do not need to beg God to bless you if you know how to praise Him. We understand that one of the most blessed persons in the Old Testament was King Solomon. He was so blessed that the doors of the house of his horses were made of gold. He was so blessed that in his generation, no one could quantify the gold he had. Now, one of the secrets of Solomon was the secret of praise. In 1 Kings 4″:32,”we see that that Solomon was not just a wise man but also a worshipper. He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs were a thousand and five. As he was singing and worshipping, he was receiving wisdom and his blessing was stabilized by his worship. Blessed people praise effortlessly and those who praise effortlessly are unusually blessed. So, there is a direct proportionality between praise and the Blessing. The more you praise, the more you are blessed and the more you are blessed, the more you praise. Now, what is the connection between praise and the Blessing? Basically, praise will trigger the dimension of blessing that will provoke the reverence and worship of God from the world. Praise will take you to a point where the blessings in your life will move more people to serve God. Beloved, determine to look for reasons to praise God consistently (1 Thessalonians 5″:18). Never focus on what is happening,”focus on what is written and your heart shall be filled with praise. REMEMBER THIS”: Blessed people praise effortlessly and those who praise effortlessly are unusually blessed. ASSIGNMENTS: 1. Make praise a lifestyle; praise God even when you don’t feel like it. 2. Decide to look for reasons to praise God no matter how little it may seem. PRAYER: Lord,”I praise You for Your wondrous works in my life. Receive my praise Lord, in Jesus’ Name. FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: THE BLESSING OF PRAISE QUOTE: Learn to wake up in the morning with praise. Throughout your day,”let praise flow. In the night, let praise flow. Culled from 15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL by Dr Paul Enenche DAILY READING”: 1 Kings 17-19 AMAZING FACT: Mary Slessor was a Scottish Presbyterian missionary to Nigeria who was most famous for having stopped the common practice of infanticide of twins among the Ibibio people,”an ethnic group in South-Southern Nigeria.  DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND”: The Home Church meeting by 6:00pm tomorrow at a Home Church near you. Invite your friends and neighbours. God bless you. PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: The Blessing of the Lord shall be visible in your life as you proceed in His praise in Jesus’ Name.     
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[3/13, 6:01 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: FRIDAY 13TH MARCH 2020.

THEME: EVANGELISM TIPS: START FROM THE KNOWN.

MEMORISE:

For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. Acts 17:23

READ: Acts 17:22-28

22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.

23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.

24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

MESSAGE

In Matthew 4:19, Jesus likened evangelism to fishing.

“And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

When you want to go fishing, you need to have some bait that will attract the fish to you before you catch it in your net or hook. This is the same way we must approach evangelism. If you make it obvious while approaching people that you have come to preach the gospel, they are likely to put up a front, but if you approach them with a possible point of interest and they warm up to you, then you can present the gospel to them.

In Acts 17:22-26, Paul wanted to win a community for God. Having noticed that they were already ignorantly worshipping God at an altar dedicated to “THE UNKNOWN GOD”, he decided to start from there. When you want to preach to someone, find out their interest or curiosity first, then start from there. If you approach a person to discuss his/her area of interest, you would definitely get their attention and then you can present the gospel afterwards.

One day, I was on a plan and seated beside me was a man who had gold necklaces, a gold wristwatch and even his walking stick was gold. I said to him, “Sir, do you know my father? He owns plenty of gold, He even has gold factories all over the world.” I had the man’s full attention. He asked “what is his name? I said His name is chief Emmanuel” and then I went on to describe God some more to him. By the time I was through, he was eager to meet my Father, so I introduced him to Jehovah, the King of all kings. I am sure nobody had ever presented God to him in that light before, so it was easier for him to accept. If you are preaching to a farmer, speak the language of farming that he understands; if you are talking to politicians, tell them Someone somewhere has been a leader even before we were all born and no one has ever been able to overthrown Him. Get good knowledge about the person you want to preach to and approach them from their area of interest. The Holy Spirit will do the rest.

KEY POINT:

Every successful fisherman goes fishing with a bait. If you don’t have any bait when fishing for souls, you may not get any results.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Deuteronomy 8-10

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 9: HOLD THE FORTH.

1. Ho, my comrades, see the signal, waving in the sky!
Reinforcements now appearing, victory is nigh.

o Refrain:
“Hold the fort, for I am coming,” Jesus signals still;
Wave the answer back to Heaven, “By Thy grace we will.”

2. See the mighty host advancing, Satan leading on;
Mighty ones around us falling, courage almost gone!

3. See the glorious banner waving! Hear the trumpet blow!
In our Leader’s Name we triumph over every foe.

4. Fierce and long the battle rages, but our help is near;
Onward comes our great Commander, cheer, my comrades, cheer!

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[3/13, 6:01 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *Above Only Devotional*

Friday, March 13

*The Mighty Saving Power is in Your Mouth and Hands*

_Romans 1:16, Mark 16:17-18_
_For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that beheveth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. *And these signs shall follow them that believe, In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover._

When you understand God’s mighty saving power that is available to you in the Name of Jesus, your hands will never be slack and your mouth will not be shut. You will not be afraid of any situation in your life or in the lives of others. Instead, you will confront it with the mighty saving power of God at work in you. God’s mighty saving power manifests through your mouth as you pray, as you make declarations and as you preach the gospel; while God’s mighty saving power manifests through your hands as you do your work and as you lay hands on the sick or the oppressed. In John 14:13-14, Jesus said, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” In this place, Jesus was referring to every declaration we make in His Name. He honours it by manifesting God’s power in our lives. Mark 16:20 says, “And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following”. God manifests His mighty saving power in the lives of people as we preach the gospel to them.

“In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, LET NOT THINE HANDS BE SLACK. The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing”, Zep. 3:16-17. Just like Peter did to the lame man by the beautiful gate, whenever your stretch your hand in the Name of Jesus, you will heal and lift people up by the mighty saving power of God. Whatever you do will prosper so do all you do well and with God’s might, (Eccl. 9:10, Col. 3:17). God will do mighty signs and wonders through your hands just like He did through the hands of the early apostles, (Acts 5:12, Acts 14:3 & Acts 19:11).

Prayer: Dear Father, I ask that as I open my mouth and use my hands today, you will manifest your mighty saving power through me.

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