Morning Devotions

[3/23, 6:18 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL (DOWNLOAD THE NEW RHAPSODY APP => https://bit.ly/2Z9P6P0)*

*ACTIVATING THE TREASURES IN YOU .*

Monday, March 23rd .
Pastor Chris

_*…we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us (2 Corinthians 4:7).*_

This is so profound! There’re treasures in you; divine treasures. Hallelujah! It brings to mind the words of Jesus in Matthew 12:35: _*“A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things….”*_ Every good thing you require in life is already in the treasure domiciled in your spirit; it’s in you. What many haven’t learnt is how to bring forth that which they require from within. Jesus said out of your belly shall flow rivers of living waters (John 7:38); He didn’t say they shall flow from heaven. So, how do you activate the treasure in you?

Philemon 1:6 gives us an important insight; it says, _*“That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”*_ There’re three keywords in that verse. The first is “communication,” translated from the Greek word “koinonia,” and it means fellowship or participation. The second word is “effectual,” which derives from the Greek word “energĕs”; and it means to become active or operative. The Lord wants your participation or fellowship in the faith to become active, to produce results through the ACKNOWLEDGING of every good thing, which is in you in Christ Jesus. That’s the third key word, “acknowledging,” and it’s from the Greek word “epignosis.” “Epignosis” is full discernment and recognition of spiritual truths. This means that your participation or fellowship in the Gospel of Christ will become effective through your full and absolute knowledge of every good thing that you have in your spirit by virtue of your oneness with Christ. Beyond recognizing who you are in Christ, your inheritance and heritage in Him, you must affirm them to become your vital experience in life.

Study the Word to know more about the divine treasures in you. God has imparted amazing blessings to your spirit, but through knowledge and affirmation you activate these and other blessings to produce results in your personal life. Praise God!

*CONFESSION*

*I have the life of God in me; His glory and righteousness are in my spirit. Thank you, righteous Father, for the amazing blessings you’ve deposited in me in Christ Jesus. I acknowledge your peace and joy that mantles my heart always. I’m blessed beyond measure. Hallelujah!*

*FURTHER STUDY:* *||* *Psalm 87:3* Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah. *||*

*||* *1 Corinthians 2:12-13* Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. *||*

*DAILY SCRIPTURE READING*

*1-Year Bible Reading Plan=>* Luke 5:1-16 & Deuteronomy 25-27

*2-Year Bible Reading Plan=>* Romans 2:12-20 & Psalm 91

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[3/23, 6:18 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *INSPIRATION*
(Giving direction to your day)
*Ola Aina*

Monday 23rd March, 2020

*FORGIVENESS IN GOD*

*Text: “If thou, Lord shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.” Ps 130:3-4*

The greatest good news about life is that there is forgiveness in God. In spite of our sinfulness and frailties. We have an assurance and promise of forgiveness in God. Forgiveness is freely offered to us in Christ. When we came to him to receive him as our Lord and saviour we are completely, totally and absolutely forgiven. The forgiveness is such that the record of the sin does not exist again. The blood of Jesus was not given to “cover” our sins, but to wash them away. David prophetically said “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgression from us (Ps 103:12). The blood of Jesus is pure, potent and powerful enough to deal with any level of sins in our lives. When the blood of Jesus is at work God promised “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” Heb 8:12; 10:17
If you find yourself entangled in one form of sin today its important you quickly get yourself out of it. God is not offering us forgiveness so that we can stay in the sin, but rather so that we can come out of it. The purpose of receiving forgiveness will be defeated if we still remain in the sin.
Reasons why you must receive God’s forgiveness and come out of that sin include the following:

*1. Sin damages our saltiness and reduces our effectiveness in God.* The testimonies of our lives are destroyed by a life of sin. God can use anyone but the degree of usage will depend on the degree of purity.

*2. Sin opens the door to the devil to kill, steal and destroy.* The longer the door is allowed to stay opened the more devastating the work of the devil becomes.

*3. Your prosperity in God has a direct link with your purity in God. Prov 28:13*
Receive God’s forgiveness today and be released from the weight and the burden of sin.

*PRAYER:*
Lord I ask for your forgiveness today over every form of sinfulness in my life. I receive your forgiveness.

*LEARN MORE:* Isa 1:18, 2 Tim 2:20-21, 1 John 1:9

*PRAYER REQUEST: Lord we ask for a fresh revelation of your word over everyone reading Inspiration all through this new week. Eph 1:17-18*

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[3/23, 6:18 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *DAILY MANNA*

_*MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020*_

TOPIC: *FOLLOWING THE WAY OF THE CROSS*

TEXT: *Matthew 10:34-42*

KEY VERSE:
_*“And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.”*_ – (Matthew 10:38)

The producer of *“Living in Bondage”* is now a believer in Jesus Christ. He recently produced a film titled *“Eternity So Near”*, where he painted a picture of the heavenly race. People chose between two roads leading to different crosses. The road that led to the cross of Calvary, where Jesus died, had few people treading it. However, the road to another cross, where all forms of evil were permitted, had many thronging it.

In the text, Jesus emphatically announced that He came to send a sword, not peace and to set at variance family members against one another. Children who love their parents more than Christ and those who do not take their cross and follow after Him are not worthy of Him. Those who are not ready to lose anything for Jesus are not worthy of Him. After the thrills of conversion subside, the baby Christian soon finds that the Christian life is filled with bumps, potholes and detours. He has to choose between familial love and his love for Christ. The challenge of remaining a Christian soon becomes overwhelming; leaving him with the choice of who to follow – his family or Jesus.

Everyone born into this world is a follower of a particular pattern of life. Many follow ideology, philosophy, religion, fashion or even a model. However, Jesus calls you from that pattern to Himself, the Shepherd and Bishop of your soul. It is a call to cross-bearing, uncompromising consecration, self-denial, doing deeds of mercy, servanthood, compassion, humility and faith in Him.

Jesus has promised that those who follow Him will reign with Him, receive hundredfold of what they have forsaken and inherit everlasting life (Matthew 19:28,29). As we go through life, we should allow the image of Calvary remain with us. Bear the cross daily.

*THOUGHT FOR THE DAY*:
Laying down Jesus’ cross leads to ruin.

*THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR*:
Deuteronomy 10-12

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[3/23, 6:18 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Made righteous – by faith (1)

Monday 23rd March 2020

‘He made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.’ 2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV

Here’s an amazing and life-changing truth. The God who made his sinless Son to ‘be sin’ takes unrighteous people like us and makes them ‘righteous’. How does it happen? By works? No, by faith! ‘People are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners’ (Romans 4:5 NLT).

This righteousness isn’t about behaving the right way – it’s about believing the right way. You can’t become righteous in God’s eyes through human effort or keeping the law. You become righteous only through faith in Christ, and trusting in his finished work on the cross. You say, ‘But I feel so guilty when I sin.’ And you should; it’s a good deterrent! But Christ took away all your sins; therefore he took away all your guilt. So what are you feeling? Inner conflict! Your regenerated spirit lives in your unregenerated body, and it reacts the same way your natural body reacts to something harmful. Sin feels foreign to the new you, and when you indulge in it, the pleasure is brief and the aftermath is bad. In essence, your spiritual boundaries have been violated, and your regenerated spirit is telling you that you can’t indulge in sin anymore. The old you could have indulged in sin and enjoyed it, but the new you can’t, because you are ‘a new creation in Christ’ (see 2 Corinthians 5:17).

So rejoice! Today God sees you as ‘righteous’, therefore you can approach him at any time with complete confidence (see Ephesians 3:12).

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[3/23, 6:18 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: MONDAY 23RD MARCH 2020.

THEME: INGREDIENTS OF PERFECTION.

MEMORISE:

But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. 1 Corinthians 12:31

READ: 2 Peter 1:1-11

1Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

MESSAGE

When we talk of Christian perfection as demanded by our Lord Jesus Christ, many may think the demand is a ‘mission impossible.’ This is not true, especially when we consider the ‘grace factor’ which is exclusive to those who are born by the Spirit of God (John 3:3-5). Now, what are the ingredients of perfection? The first is grace according to our text. It is grace that imparts on us the divine nature and power (1 John 2:15-17). Peter entreats us to add virtue to our faith. Virtue is the behavior that exhibits excellence. Virtue also must be accompanied by knowledge or else your good intention may be evil spoken of. To knowledge we are encouraged to add temperance if we are not going to be guilty of being arrogant because the Bible says: “…. knowledge [without temperance] puffed up, but charity edifieth.” (1 Corinthians 8:1). You must be patient with others – dealing with them with understanding. However, chief among these ingredients is charity which in modern language is love (Matthew 22:39).

“ For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.” 2 Peter 1:8-9

We can see in the above scripture that, indeed, perfection has ingredients which, when present in our lives as Christians, bring us to the level of perfection as required by the law of liberty (James 1:25). Here we see the need to be well-grounded in the word of God. The problem with modern-day soul winners is that they do not do due diligence in feeding converts with the sincere milk of the word- precept by precept, line upon line according to Isiah, the prophet (Isaiah 28:9-10).

Beloved, we must be perfect, even as our heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48).

PRAYER POINT:

Father, please make me perfect by your grace.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Joshua 5-8

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 29: WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS.

1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

2. Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

3. Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

4. Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.

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[3/23, 8:44 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *Above Only Devotional*

Monday, March 23

*Christ is our Sufficiency*

_Colossians 2:9-10 (Living Bible), Hebrews 1:3 (NIV)_
_Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; *For in Christ there is all of God in a human body; so you have everything when you receive Christ, and you are filled with God through your union with Christ. *The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Maiesty in heaven._

Everything we desire is in God and Christ is one with God, John 10:30. We are also one with Christ (1 Cor.6:l 7) and so we have everything because we have Christ. The fullness of God dwells in Christ and you are complete in Christ. There is nothing missing or lacking in your life. The consciousness of your wholeness and completeness in Christ affect your ability to be strong and do exploits in any situation you find yourself. The reason Jesus sat down after He purged our sins was because He did a perfect and complete work for us. Now, because of your faith in Him, you have His life and you can do all things through the power, the glory and the strength of the life of Christ that is in you. When our first text above says that all of God is in Christ, it also means that whenever you mention the name of Jesus, you simultaneously reference all of the wonderful and powerful names of God. God will manifest His power in every manner and dimension that you desire Him.

Because of Christ, you have access to all of God’s fullness. There is no dimension of God’s nature and power that can be denied to you because of your faith in Christ. As God the Father gave all of Himself to Christ, He has given all of Himself to you. We are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, Rom. 8:17. God the Father loves you just the same way He loves Christ, John 17:23. When you understand these things, like Apostle Paul (Phil. 4:11), you will never have a sense of fear or lack again in your life. God will be your portion and your all in all indeed. Instead of being anxious in your time of need, you will pray with faith and thanksgiving and you will enjoy God’s peace, Phil. 4:6-7. You will always know what to do in any situation you find yourself.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for giving me access to all of Your power, goodness and fullness through Christ.

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