Morning devotions

[3/19, 4:04 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Today’s SOD – 2020-03-19
TOPIC: BLESSED AND PRESERVED

SCRIPTURE: Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord,”that delighteth greatly in his commandments. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings”: his heart is fixed,”trusting in the Lord. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. Psalm 112″:1,”7,8.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY”: You cannot be a focus of Divine investment and still be a victim of enemy devastation.

It has been established that the Blessing of God is a multi-faceted endowment. The Blessing combines many good things. Let me give you an example: the Blessing of God combines Divine provision with Divine preservation. To be blessed by God is to be preserved by God. To be blessed is to be made by God (Proverbs 10:22).

Now,”you cannot be made by God and be unmade by the devil. You cannot be a focus of Divine investment and still be a victim of enemy devastation. Our anchor Scripture makes it clear that the blessed man that fears the Lord cannot be afraid of evil. The Blessing of God is a preserver.

Now, how does the blessing of God preserve? 

Take a look at these four points”:

1. The blessing positions the blessed in the place of dominion (Genesis 1:28). 

When a person is blessed,”he is not only empowered to be wealthy but also positioned in the place of dominion.

2. The blessing establishes the terror of God around the life of the blessed (Genesis 9″:1-2,”Genesis 35″:5).

The terror of God is around the life of the blessed.

3. The blessing establishes the hedge of Divine protection around the blessed (Job 1:10). 

There is a hedge of Divine protection called the blessing hedge on the blessed. It is an impenetrable hedge around the blessed. This hedge was on the life of Job.

4. The blessing establishes the rebuke of the Lord against the enemy over the life of the blessed (Genesis 31:24). 

When the enemy comes against the blessed person,”there is a rebuke hanging and waiting for him (Isaiah 65″:8). 

Beloved,”I decree the blessing of the Lord upon your life in Jesus Name. I decree that you are preserved from every negative force of darkness, in Jesus Name.

REMEMBER THIS”: You cannot be a focus of Divine investment and still be a victim of enemy devastation.

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Go through the study again.

2. Determine to be faithful in your covenant practices in order to connect the Blessing of God.

PRAYER: Lord,”I ask for the impartation of Your Blessing on my life. Surround me with Your terror against my enemy Lord, in Jesus’ Name. 

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: BLESSED AND PRESERVED.

QUOTE: No matter how much you long for His Presence…He simply will not come if you have not prepared a place for Him in your heart. Culled from THE PROTOCOL OF THE ARK by Dr Becky Paul-Enenche

DAILY READING: 2 Kings 13-15.

AMAZING FACT: The largest fish is the great whale shark. It can grow to 50 feet long.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: Your preservation is confirmed right now. Every agenda of the enemy against your life is reversed and returned to hell in Jesus’ Name. 

 

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[3/19, 5:50 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional​​

_​​Pastor Chris Oyakhilome PhD_

_Thursday, 19th March 2020._

*THE WORD IS EVER SURE .*

_Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away_ *(Matthew 24:35).

God’s Word is ever sure; surer than your experiences. Psalm 18:30 says, *“As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.”* One of the things that you have to consciously practise is taking God at His Word; acting on His Word, no matter the circumstances or situation you find yourself in. His Word has integrity.

He said in Isaiah 55:11, *“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”* Maybe it’s a health crisis you’re confronted with; the Word guarantees your divine health. There’s no need to cry and beg God for healing; He already gave you something better than healing—His life in you. That’s your right and assurance for a life of dominion over sickness, disease and infirmities.

Have faith in God’s Word. Accept that whatever He says is true, and then act accordingly. The entire Scriptures chronicle everything that’s involved in Christ’s redemptive work, the implication of all that He accomplished in your behalf, and the testament sealed in His death. Not only are these accounts authentic and trustworthy, they were delivered to us to live by.

Therefore, it makes no difference what you feel, hear, see or what your experience has been; the Bible says, *“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts”* (2 Peter 1:19). There’s something more trustworthy than your experience; than the pain you may be going through; it’s the Word of His grace. Hold on to God’s Word. Things may not seem to be changing on the outside, but keep affirming the Word concerning that situation, until faith rises in you like a giant. Faith accepts and exalts the Word above the natural circumstances of life. This is why it’s vital for you to regularly meditate on the Word and build your faith strong. When your faith is strong, it doesn’t matter what you see, hear or feel—it doesn’t matter how negative or impossible things may look in the natural—you’ll always win.

*PRAYER*

_Dear Father, I thank you for your Word that’s ever sure. Even now, your Word prevails in me, producing fruits of the message therein. I win today, and every day, by the power of your Word. I live in your glory always, in Jesus’ Name. Amen._

*FURTHER STUDY:*

*Acts 20:32* And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

*Matthew 24:35 NIV* Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

*Psalm 119:89* For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

*1 Year Bible Reading Plan :* Luke 2:21-52 & Deuteronomy 13-15

*2 Year Bible Reading Plan :* Romans 1:1-12 & Psalm 85-86

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[3/19, 5:50 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *DAILY MANNA*

_*THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020*_

TOPIC: *THE FALL OF THE ARROGANT*

TEXT: *Isaiah 10:1-19*

KEY VERSE:
_*“And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory?”*_ – (Isaiah 10:3)

Arrogant and godless man is infirm and helpless in the face of the fury of the elements such as when there is a severe earthquake or a devastating hurricane that comes with massive flooding. Trees are uprooted, buildings are brought down and entire heavily-populated settlements are swept away. We look small and present a pitiable sight when these disasters visit us.

If man can scarcely survive the onslaught of nature, how will he stand the greater fury of the Almighty? That was the message the Lord had for the people of Judah, Israel and Assyria in the days of Isaiah the prophet when they had all gone astray. The kings and governments made laws that alienated the weak of the society from their right to the good things of the land. They also worshipped idols to whom they ascribed their successes, prompting the Lord to ask derisively: *“Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith?”*

God declared a two-prong war against two nations. He would use Assyria as *“the rod of (His) anger”* to judge Samaria for forsaking the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and going after idols which had left the children of Israel vulnerable in the hands of its enemies. But the Lord said He would follow that up with a punitive action on Assyria which arrogantly assumed that its prowess was responsible for its successful military campaign in Israel.

Today all that is left of the great Assyrian Empire are stone relics, a testimony to the fulfilment of God’s promise to *“punish the… stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks”*. God’s action on Assyria’s pride was because the land refused to acknowledge Him as the Source of its power. Divine judgment led to its extinction. It symbolically foreshadows the external judgment that awaits unrepentant sinners who trust in themselves.

*THOUGHT FOR THE DAY*:
Extinction follows rejection of God.

*THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR*:
Numbers 35-36

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[3/19, 5:50 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Ask why before how

Thursday 19th March 2020

‘They speak a vision of their own heart.’ Jeremiah 23:16 NKJV

Eugene G. Grace, president of Bethlehem Steel Corporation from 1916 to 1945 said: ‘Thousands of engineers can design bridges, calculate strains and stresses, and draw up specifications for machines. But a great engineer is the man who can tell you whether the bridge or the machine should be built at all, where it should be built, and when.’ Asking whybefore how forces you to think about your core motivations and the source of your vision.

There is much talk these days about ‘purpose’. And that’s a good thing, because a life of purpose is more rewarding than a life of popularity or power. But your purpose must come from God. ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; they speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of the Lord”‘ (Jeremiah 23:16 NKJV). When God is the source of your vision, he willresource it. That’s why the most important question you can ask is not, ‘What’s the best way to do this?’ but, ‘Why am I doing it at all?’

Ultimately God will make the final ruling on what you have given your life for. ‘Each one’s work will become clear; for the day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work…endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss’ (1 Corinthians 3:13-15 NKJV). Poet C.T. Studd wrote: ‘Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.’

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[3/19, 5:50 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: THURSDAY 19TH MARCH 2020.

THEME: THE FIRE I.

MEMORISE:

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. Acts 2:3

READ: Acts 2:1-3

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.

MESSAGE

Our memory verse for today tells us straightway that there is a link between the Holy Spirit and fire. In Exodus 3:2, The Spirit of God spoke to Moses as fire burning in a bush. This was no ordinary fire as the bush was not consumed. Hebrews 1:7 says:

“And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his
ministers a flame of fire.”

Hebrews 12:29 says our God is a consuming fire. This verse in talking about the Holy Spirit. For you to fully understand this aspect of the Holy Spirit, let us look at 1 Kings 18:38:

“Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.”
When Elijah prayed and fire fell from Heaven, it consumed the offering, the wood, the stone, licked up the water and the dust round about the altar. This is certainly no ordinary fire!

When you see a man who has fire, tread gently around him. Ananias and Sapphira were careless with the fire and paid with their lives (Acts 5:1-10). The fire also must not be grieved. When Jesus says that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven (Matthew 12:31), it is because the Holy Spirit is fire and carelessness can be fatal. That is why I pity people who fake speaking in tongues and joke with it. If only they knew who they were toying with, they would never try that.

The fire of the Holy Spirit is not the exclusive right of a limited number of people; you too can carry the fire of God if you are willing. It was not only the Apostles that were at the upper room when the fire of the Holy Ghost came, but it rested on every single one of the, including Mary the mother of Jesus and His brothers (Acts 1:13-14). The fire of the Holy Ghost can come upon you too if only you would lead a life of intense prayers and supplications.

KEY POINT:

The fire of the Holy Ghost is available to all who can pay the price in intense prayers and supplications.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Deuteronomy 28-29

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 25: ROCK OF AGES CLEFT FOR ME.

1. Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save from wrath and make me pure.

2. Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

3. Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.

4. While I draw this fleeting breath,
When my eyes shall close in death,
When I rise to worlds unknown,
And behold Thee on Thy throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

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