[3/21, 4:44 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Today’s SOD – 2020-03-21
TOPIC: PRAISE: A KEY TO ACCESSING HIS PRESENCE
SCRIPTURE: Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,”and into his courts with praise”: be thankful unto him,”and bless his name. Ps 100″:4.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The Goodness of God is located in the Presence of God.
It has been confirmed that the Presence of God is key to fulfilling Destiny. Men who were great in their generation were men who valued God’s Presence. Moses,”David and Elijah lived in the Presence of God. No wonder they were people of impact in their lifetime.
It is very critical to know that one major access to the Presence of God is praise and thanksgiving. When a person comes before God and starts asking without praising, it is like a person standing outside the gate of a person’s house trying to talk to the owner of the house who is in his bedroom. When that attempt continues, it is more like insanity. We cannot gain entrance into His gates without thanksgiving; we cannot access His parlour without praise.
So, praise gives us access to God and when we gain access into God’s Presence by praise, we experience the following”:
1. The manifestation of the goodness of God.
It is not possible to know how to praise and not experience the goodness of God – Psalm 100:5.
2. The manifestation of the Mercy of God.
The mercy of God is located in the Presence of God and this is anchored by praise – Psalm 100:5.
3. The manifestation of the truth of God (Psalm 100:6).
The truth of God is the Word of God (John 17:17).
Beloved,”my counsel to you is, make up your mind to praise God unconditionally.
REMEMBER THIS”: The goodness of God is located in the Presence of God.
1. Make the praise of God a lifestyle.
2. Live with a clear conscience devoid of offence in order to access the Presence of God.
PRAYER: Lord,”I give You praise for Your goodness in my life. I will praise You forever, Lord in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: ACCESS TO HIS PRESENCE
QUOTE: Persistent pursuit guarantees profitable rewards. Culled from 8 UNBEATABLE PRINCIPLES OF DESPERATE PEOPLE FOR WINNING IN DESPERATE TIMES by Dr Becky Paul-Enenche
DAILY READING: 2 Kings 19-21.
AMAZING FACT: No two dogs have the same nose print. Dogs’ nose prints are as unique as a human’s fingerprints and can be used to accurately identify them.
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. Come with your friends and loved ones. God bless you.
PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD”: The Presence of God in this season shall robe your life and make the difference in your life in Jesus’ Name.
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[3/21, 6:30 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: SATURDAY 21ST MARCH 2020.
THEME: THE FIRE III.
John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: Luke 3:16
READ: 1 Kings 18:31-38
31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:
32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.
33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.
34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.
35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.
36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
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.
In 1 Kings 18:38, the fire consumed the water. In this context, water represents tears and sorrow. The Holy Spirit is the Comforter who licks up your tears and gives you comfort. For all those tears you shed at night behind closed doors, God sees you and He will send His Holy Spirit to comfort you. Note that Elijah had purposely asked that water be poured on the sacrifice. There are certain sorrows that are self caused; the Holy Spirit comforts us in such also (John 14:18).
That is why I have good news for anyone who may have made several mistakes in the past: the Holy Spirit will wipe your tears and give you a fresh start in the mighty name of Jesus.
The fire also consumed the dust. Humans are made of dust (Genesis 2:7). The dust represents human flesh. One of the names of the Holy Spirit is the Transformer as we see in 1 Kings 18:46:
“And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.”
When the Hand of God (another name of the Holy Spirit) came upon Elijah, he became stronger and faster than chariots drawn by horses. He was transformed. In Judges 15:14-15, we see the Holy Spirit transform the jaw bone of an ass into a weapon of warfare. Romans 8:11 says:
“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
When the fire of the Holy Ghost comes on you, you no longer live by the flesh but by the Spirit. The moment you are baptized by the Holy Ghost and fire, you become transformed. May you experience the transforming fire of the Holy Spirit, in the mighty name of Jesus.
Make time to pray in the Holy Ghost for at least one hour daily.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Joshua 32-34
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 15: IN CHRIST ALONE.
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone! – who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
[3/21, 6:30 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *INSPIRATION*
(Giving direction to your day)
Saturday 21st March, 2020
*MARK OF THE HIGH CALLING*
*Text: “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil 3:14*
The “mark” in our anchor scriptures today talks about the height, the benchmark, the standard that God has set for us in life. This explains to us that there is a particular height that God has defined for us in life to reach. This also talks about the standard that God has already set for by which every other thing in our lives is measured. The world has its own standards and means of measuring things. The calling of God on our lives which we discussed a couple of days ago gave us a “mark”. We can look at this subject today from a general perspective and from individual’s perspective.
In a general sense Christ is our “mark”; his life is the definition of God’s standard for our lives. His life is the height to which our growth must follow. Whatever does not describe Christ is not good for us. Whatever was not found in Christ is also foreign to us. There is therefore no reason why we should accommodate, accept or celebrate whatever was not found in Christ. The world’s standards may accept it as normal, but for us it’s abnormal. Failure, sickness, stagnation and the like are foreign to us as believers. There is nothing normal about them. They are abnormal. Since they cannot be found in Christ, they should not be found in our lives. If any of them ever happened to you it’s just a temporary occurrence and not a permanent state of your life. The only things that are not possible in our lives are things that were not possible with Christ. He is our standard.
From the individual’s perspective there is a “mark” of life that God has earmarked for each one of us. There is no basis for competition or comparison in life. What made someone else a success is not meant to define you as a failure. God has a mark for each one of us that defines who we are, what we look like and what we do. What other people expects of you is not necessarily what defines your success, but what God expects. This should be your greatest concern.
Christ is my standard in life. His life is my life. Whatever was possible with Him is possible with me too.
*LEARN MORE:* Col 3:1-5
*PRAYER REQUEST: Thank you Lord for the impact of your word through Inspiration right from the beginning of this year. Psalm 92:1-2*
[3/21, 6:30 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Power in God’s Word
Saturday 21st March 2020
‘All Scripture is God-breathed.’ 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV
As you read this devotional, always remember that the power doesn’t lie in the writer’s thoughts or comments, but in the written Word of God. Paul tells us, ‘All Scripture is God-breathed’ (2 Timothy 3:16 NIV). It’s impregnated with divine seeds of life, and those seeds will spring to life within you, producing the fruit of the Spirit, and ‘delivering on’ the promises of God.
View this devotional as a gateway rather than agoal. See it as the little book that whets your appetite for the ‘Big Book’! When you read each day’s devotion, have your Bible beside you and turn to the Scriptures that are referenced. As you deposit the Word of God within you every day, wonderful things will begin to happen in your life. The psalmist writes: ‘Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do’ (Psalm 1:1-3 NLT). Note the words ‘they prosper in all they do’. As you renew your mind with Scripture, your faith will grow, your outlook will be altered, and every area of your life will start to change for the better.
‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work’ (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV).
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Saturday, March 21
CHEATING AND VIOLENCE WILL BE PUNISHED
Bible Text: Micah 6: 9-16
RBT Passage: Ruth 1-4
“Therefore, I have begun to destroy you, to ruin you because of your sins” – Micah 6:13, NIV
A lady went shopping in a supermarket, took the items she wanted and paid for them at the cashier’s desk. Before leaving, she observed that no attendant manned where ladies’ items were. Hence, she picked some other items and left without paying for them. All seemed to work in her favour. The security man at the door did not notice anything. About five hours later, the police knocked at her door and requested for the stolen items. She insisted she stole nothing until the video of her actions in the supermarket was played to her.
Our God is omniscient; nothing in the past or in the future can escape His piercing eyes. It is obvious that the prophet usually drew from the omniscient nature of God by the way he graphically portrayed the sins of the people. There seemed to be a video footage from which the prophet gathered his information. The sad news is that the sins of the people were not erased in the sight of God and the prophet. The unfailing response of God to this is judgment. Every sin, big or small always attracts divine punishment. Is there anything in your life that is attracting divine punishment now? Repent and cry for mercy!
Insight: ‘Do not wait for the last judgment. It comes every day.’ ― Albert Camus ‘ Fear the God of judgment.’
Prayer: I repent of all my sins, help me to remain faithful my LordShare On: