Morning Devotions

[3/18, 5:42 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Know when to say nothing

Wednesday 18th March 2020

‘The…Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue.’ Isaiah 50:4 NIV

Isaiah writes: ‘The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed’ (Isaiah 50:4 NIV). Let’s face it; if you told a person everything you thought, you would hurt them or they would leave you. There are private parts of you. Maturity means you don’t have to say everything you think. Indeed, much of what you think hasn’t been thoroughly thought through! That’s why you need to pray and ask God for ‘a well-instructed tongue’.

Read these three Scriptures carefully: ‘Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin’ (Proverbs 13:3 NIV). ‘Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity’ (Proverbs 21:23 NIV). ‘Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless’ (James 1:26 NIV). There are two occasions in particular when your tongue can get you into trouble: (1) When you’re angry. Emotional outbursts usually result in harmful comments you don’t mean and will regret later. (2) When you’re tired. Exhaustion lowers your guard, and at such times thoughtless comments can slip out. Always wait until your judgment is clear and you can think things out before you speak.

Paul said, ‘Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone’ (Colossians 4:6 NIV). What does salt do? It flavours, preserves, cleanses, and heals. And that’s how your words should be.

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[3/18, 5:42 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: WEDNESDAY 18TH MARCH 2020.

THEME: THE WIND III.

MEMORISE:

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. Acts 2:2

READ: Acts 2:1-18

1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,

10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,

11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?

13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

MESSAGE

the Holy Spirit can move massively, so massively that you would even think there is a storm. In Exodus 14:21, when Moses lifted his hand across the Red Sea, the Bible says the east wind blew all night, massively, until the Red Sea parted. Moses described it thus in Exodus 15:8:

“And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.”

Now, while the speedy move of the Holy Spirit within a man is to work miracles, the massive move of the Holy Spirit is to birth an unusual passion for the things of God such that you will bear and do anything for the sake of the gospel. When the massive wind hit the Red Sea, the water received unusual strength such that the flood stood upright as a heap. When a timid person like Peter preached to thousands of people such that three thousand people surrendered their lives to Christ, you know the wind of the Holy Spirit has moved massively.

“Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29

This was Peter- the formerly timid Peter, speaking boldly to the rulers of the city. Something within him- a force that was pushing him to do whatever was required for God, had strengthened him greatly. Oh, how I wish Christians of today can catch that fire! Christians today are too careful for their lives. No one wants to go on a missionary trip again, no one is willing to take the gospel to war-torn areas where it is really needed; we prefer to stay in our comfort zones and talk about Jesus from there. Many of us these days cannot preach the gospel in the face of the slightest opposition, allowing and even partaking of atrocities because we are afraid of what people will say if we oppose them. God has not given us the spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7).

REFLECTION:

Is there a limit to how far you can go for the gospel? Break that limit today.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Deuteronomy 24-27

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 12: I AM THINE O LORD.

I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith,
And be closer drawn to Thee.

Refrain:
Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.

Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the pow’r of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.

O the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God,
I commune as friend with friend!

There are depths of love that I yet may know
Ere Thee face to face I see;
There are heights of joy that I yet may reach
Ere I rest in peace with Thee.

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[3/18, 5:42 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *DAILY MANNA*

_*WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020*_

TOPIC: *MOCKING DEATH*

TEXT: *Matthew 10:16-33*

KEY VERSE:
_*“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”*_ – (Matthew 10:28)

A study reported that eleven Christians die every day worldwide for their uncompromising decision to follow Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. According to the in-depth investigative research documented in Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List, these principled believers experience intense persecution before passing on to be with their Redeemer in heaven. The report ranks *“ten most dangerous places where saying ‘yes’ to following Jesus is truly a life-or-death decision”*. There are altogether fifty such nations where there is communal and official hostility to true biblical Christianity.

Has that stopped the spread of the gospel of our Lord Jesus? Has it held back new converts? Has it prevented believers from open evangelism? It cannot because sincere followers know the infallible teachings of the Master with regard to martyrdom.

The case of the hunted and pestered Christian is akin to what Moses beheld in the desert of Horeb: the fire burned the bush but the bush was not consumed. Later, the early Church under the apostles in Jerusalem flourished despite unmitigated oppression resulting in beatings, denial of rights, imprisonment and death.

Today’s Christians cannot escape similar hostilities as predicted by our Lord. His word will always come to pass. But as we must *“through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God”*, so are we to enjoy the commendation of Christ before men through holy living, winning souls and men through holy living, winning souls and focus on heaven, we will not tremble at threats of death. Instead, we mock death and those threatening us.

*THOUGHT FOR THE DAY*:
The true believer mocks death when his faith is threatened with the sword.

*THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR*:
Numbers 33-34

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[3/18, 5:43 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Today’s SOD – 2020-03-18
TOPIC: EXCELLENCE: A SECRET OF THE GLORY

SCRIPTURE: Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes,”because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.’ Daniel 6″:3.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Excellence is the answer to prejudice. It is the cure for racism,”tribalism and sexism.

The ultimate of the Church is for it to be a place where the children of God are brought into tangible relationship with their Maker. This will make them proceed into the world to become a voice and a force for God in their generation. As Christians, we are to become the transmitters of God’s glory, power, anointing and His wealth on planet earth.

Daniel had an excellent spirit and the king set him over the whole realm. He was preferred among all his contemporaries because an excellent spirit was in him (Daniel 6″:1-3).

Now,”what are the products of excellence? 

1. Excellence gives access to places of power, influence and authority. 

Excellence made Daniel to stand before the king of Babylon (Daniel 1″:20,”Daniel 6″:1-3). It was excellence that made Joseph stand before Pharaoh the King of Egypt (Gen. 41:14-44).

2. Excellence is the answer to prejudice. 

Excellence is the cure for racism,”tribalism and sexism. When a man is outstanding, there is no room for discrimination based on race, tribe or gender. (Genesis 43″:32).

3. Excellence is the secret of promotion and elevation in life above your contemporaries. 

Excellence is what takes a man from the background to the forefront,”from obscurity to popularity (Gen. 41″:14-44).

4. Excellence is a secret of Divine Presence because God is an excellent God.  

Wherever God sees excellence,”He is attracted to the carrier (1 Samuel 16″:18,”23).

5. Excellence increases relevance

Excellence is key to relevance. Daniel became relevant in Babylon by excellence (Daniel 6″:1-3). An excellent man is an important man. Excellence increases your importance and your importance or relevance will increase your influence.

Beloved,”when you are at the low level of life, your level of impact will also be low; the higher you go, the more impact your life will make on the earth. 

My counsel is, embrace excellence by all means.

REMEMBER THIS”: Excellence is the answer to prejudice. It is the cure for racism,”tribalism and sexism.

ASSIGNMENTS”:

1. Determine to be diligent in your assignment; whatever you are doing,”do it excellently.

2. Always seek to learn and acquire more knowledge and expertise in your field of endeavour.

PRAYER”: In the Name of Jesus,”excellence is my portion. Help me to release excellence in my generation, Lord in Jesus’ Name. 

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: SECRETS OF THE GLORY (EXCELLENCE)

QUOTE: You cannot rub minds with the all-wise God and be a dull person. Culled from 10 PRINCIPAL SECRETS OF PRINCIPAL PEOPLE by Dr Paul Enenche

DAILY READING: 2 Kings 10-12.

AMAZING FACT: Despite its stocky shape and short legs,”Hippos can easily outrun most humans. Hippos have been clocked at 30 km/h over short distances.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD”: A fresh baptism of the Spirit of excellence is on you now in Jesus’ Name. 

 

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