Morning Devotions

[3/14, 3:47 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Today’s SOD – 2020-03-14
TOPIC: THE DANGERS OF DEPRESSION

SCRIPTURE: Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out. Proverbs 20:5

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The Presence of God is the centre for joy; it is a joy station.

The Word of God reveals that there is a connection between your joy and your wisdom. It is with joy that wisdom is drawn out of a man’s heart (Isaiah 12:3). Wisdom is principally a product of the mind. So,”whatever affects the state of the mind affects the flow of wisdom. This is why the negative emotions of depression, fear, doubt and anger affect the productivity of the mind.

Now, one major enemy of joy is DEPRESSION. It is an enemy that must be dealt with knowing fully well that your wisdom is determined by your joy.

Now, what are the dangers of depression?

1. Depression shuts down the mind (Proverbs 5″:20). 

Depression makes it impossible for people to access what the mind has to offer in terms of ideas,”answers and solutions. The mind functions at its best when it is relaxed in joy.

2. Inspiration is impossible with depression (2 Kings 3″:11). The Holy Ghost is the vehicle of joy,”so, when the Holy Ghost is absent, inspiration will be lacking.

3. Depression paralyses action.

A depressed person cannot pray or study, thereby depriving himself of wisdom.

Now, the wisdom of God for handling depression is to make the choice for joy. Joy is a choice and not a gift (Habakkuk 3″:17,”18). Do not allow people to determine your joy because the devil knows that your joy determines your strength, wisdom and the anointing on your life.

My counsel is, look at your future with excitement (Jeremiah 29″:11),”and make the choice to rejoice always (Philippians 4″:4); make up your mind to fight depression from your life.

REMEMBER THIS: The Presence of God is the centre for joy; it is a joy station.

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Fuel your joy by studying the Word,”praising and worshipping God.

2. Determine to live a joyful life.

PRAYER”: Lord,”I thank You for the joy of salvation. I receive the joy of the Lord today and I decree that nothing shall steal my joy, Lord in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: YOUR JOY AND YOUR WISDOM

QUOTE: A man or woman,”whose life is given to the worship and the praise of the Master can never remain unknown. Culled from ALABASTER BOX by Dr Becky Paul-Enenche

DAILY READING”: 1 Kings 20-22.

AMAZING FACT: Jonathan Edwards was an American revivalist preacher, philosopher, and Congregationalist Protestant theologian. Edwards is widely regarded as one of America’s most important and original philosophical theologians, known for his popular sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” a classic of early American literature.

DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND: The three power-packed Sunday Services tomorrow by 6:00am,”8″:00am and 10:00am at the Glory Dome,”The Lord’s Garden, Airport Road, Abuja. Endeavour to come to Church with your friends and loved ones. God bless you.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD”: Every root of depression is cursed out of your life today in Jesus’ Name. 

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[3/14, 6:06 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Toxins in the workplace

Saturday 14th March 2020

‘Come out from among them and be separate.’ 2 Corinthians 6:17 NKJV

Stop and think about the products we once considered not only to be harmless, but actually beneficial: asbestos, lead, mercury, etc. A generation later we are still treating sick workers who installed asbestos and breathed in its toxic fibres. With that illustration in mind, beware of the toxins in your workplace and don’t get infected. The Bible says, ‘”Come out from among them and be separate,” says the Lord. “Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you”‘ (2 Corinthians 6:17 NKJV). Now, God is not telling you to separate yourself from your co-workers. And he’s most certainly not telling you to adopt a spiritually superior attitude. He’s telling you to watch out for toxic attitudes, behaviours and values.

What are the toxins in your workplace? The obvious ones are complainers, gossipers, backbiters and harassers. When these agents come your way, do whatever you can to distance yourself from them. Being associated with them can be dangerous to your emotional health and spiritual health. And beware of the toxin of workaholism, whether it is the expectation from your boss or self-induced. Be willing to go the extra mile when required, but maintain clear boundaries between your work life and home life. Learn to separate business from pleasure. If you don’t allow yourself time for physical rejuvenation and spiritual restoration, you’ll burn out. As a result, Satan will be able to trip you up.

The most effective antidote to toxins is good nutrition. And spiritually speaking, that calls for daily prayer, Bible reading and fellowshipping with believers who strengthen and encourage you.

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[3/14, 6:06 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: SATURDAY 14TH MARCH 2020.

THEME: EVANGELISM TIPS: SHOW LOVE FIRST.

MEMORISE:

We love him, because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19

READ: James 2:15-16

15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

MESSAGE

Everybody responds to love. If you want to talk to anyone about accepting the one who is love Himself, then you should at least show some love to the fellow first and foremost. An evangelist must be full of smiles at all times. The person you are going to talk to may be going through a hard situation and your smile may just brighten his/her day.

You should always ask yourself when going on evangelism “What does this person need?” If the need is taken out of the way, then he/she can listen to you. You can’t be talking about Christ to someone who is hungry and expect him to listen, but if you came with food, then they would. A woman with a crying baby is more likely to listen to you if you help calm the bady first. 1 John 4:16 says:

“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”

There is nothing too big for you to do if you want to win a soul to Christ. If you meet the fellow washing clothes or their car, join them. Don’t feel too big to do it. When you show humility, they see Christ in you and can easily believe your message. God throws a party in heaven when one single soul is won to Christ. What could be too hard for you to do to make your Father that happy?

If the people you’re sharing the gospel with perceive you as someone who cares about them, they would see God like that too. If on the other hand, they see you as someone who only cares about himself and does not seem to be behaving like the loving God they have always heard of, they push your message aside. Now, I know that some people will try to take your love for granted. If you cannot find a polite way to stop them from doing that, then allow them. If your message does not convert them, at least they will never forget your Christ-like character.

KEY POINT:

Nobody can resist a show of love. That is the way to get potential converts to listen to you.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Deuteronomy 11-13

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 5: DEEPER, DEEPER IN THE LOVE OF JESUS.

1. Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus
Daily let me go;
Higher, higher in the school of wisdom,
More of grace to know.
o Refrain:
Oh, deeper yet, I pray,
And higher every day,
And wiser, blessed Lord,
In Thy precious, holy Word.

2. Deeper, deeper, blessed Holy Spirit,
Take me deeper still,
Till my life is wholly lost in Jesus,
And His perfect will.

3. Deeper, deeper! though it cost hard trials,
Deeper let me go!
Rooted in the holy love of Jesus,
Let me fruitful grow.

4. Deeper, higher, every day in Jesus,
Till all conflict past,
Finds me conqu’ror, and in His own image
Perfected at last.

5. Deeper, deeper in the faith of Jesus,
Holy faith and true;
In His pow’r and soul exulting wisdom
Let me peace pursue.

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