Morning Devotions

[3/25, 6:02 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *DAILY MANNA*

_*WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020*_

TOPIC: *REST FOR THE RESTLESS*

TEXT: *Matthew 11:16-30*

KEY VERSE:
_*“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”*_ – (Matthew 11:28)

Imagine that you have no money, friends or food at home. Suddenly, an old friend appears and asks you to tell him your problems. To prove his seriousness, he brings out a checkbook, signs his name and asks you to write any amount of money you need. What will be your reaction?

In our text, Jesus compared men of His generation to children in the streets who would not respond to the call of their friends in spite of their entreaties. He upbraided the cities which were unrepentant in spite of the mighty works done in them. He thereafter appreciated the Father for the revelation of the gospel to mankind and made a solemn call to all who were heavy laden with sins, yokes and cares of life to come to Him for rest.

Many labour in vain and languish in poverty. Others labour in self-righteousness, immorality, idolatry, servitude to Satan, fear, unfulfilled dreams and demonic bondage. There are others who seek healing, protection, wealth and salvation in the wrong places. There are also those who are heavy laden with guilt, anxiety, oppression, depression, obsession, debts, sicknesses and fear of death. Like the man with the open cheque, Jesus wants you to come to Him and write whatever your problems are in His chequebook. You must heed His call now by confessing your sins and forsaking them, accepting Him as your Lord and personal Saviour. When you are yoked with Him, you get and become the best.

Hurry now and follow Him until the end and He will grant you rest here on earth and in heaven. Do not be restless any longer. Go to Jesus and He will give you rest. Take a step and move to Him. He is knocking at the door of your heart. If you hear His voice and open the door, He will come in to you and help you.

*THOUGHT FOR THE DAY*:
There is rest for those who heed Jesus’ call.

*THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR*:
Deuteronomy 17-20

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[3/25, 6:02 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Don’t go there!

Wednesday 25th March 2020

‘Sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.’ James 1:15 NKJV

When God says no to sin, he’s not being demanding – he’s being protective. The Bible explains the dangers and subtleties of sin this way: ‘Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren’ (James 1:14-16 NKJV).

Today some people are advocating the idea of legalising certain drugs, such as marijuana, for recreational use. But the idea has already been tried, and it failed disastrously. In the late 1980s, the Swiss set aside city property in Zurich, where addicts could legally shoot up and where free needles were provided, hoping to slow the spread of AIDS. The area of Platzspitz became known as ‘Needle Park’. So how did the experiment work out? Almost overnight the number of drug users visiting the park soared from 200 to 20,000. Ten thousand ‘consumption events’ occurred per day, as users from all over Switzerland came to get in on the fun. They soon outnumbered the local population. The death rate went through the roof, as health officials sought to resuscitate as many as fifty overdose cases per day. And the crime rate, instead of decreasing, went through the roof too. City officials finally called off the experiment and closed the park. Almost immediately the crime rate dropped to its former levels, and the programme ended in total failure.

When God says to you, ‘Don’t go there,’ it’s because he loves you and wants only the best for you. So be wise, listen to him and don’t go there!

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[3/25, 6:02 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *INSPIRATION*
(Giving direction to your day)

*Ola Aina*

Wednesday 25th March, 2020

*LOOSED DESTINIES*

*Text: “And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed and in his right mind: and they were afraid.” Mark 5:15*

My sincere desire and prayer for you today is that nothing will hold you down anymore. That you will be empowered afresh to become all you were created to be. I want you to clearly understand that nothing, no adversary of life is powerful enough to hold you down. Christ in our lives is the difference maker. We cannot have Christ and still be held down by the forces of life.
This man in our anchor scriptures today was completely under satanic control. His life was a complete wreck. He was useless to himself, useless to his family and useless to the society. He was so violent that chains could not hold him down. We must understand that external restrictions are not enough to fulfill destiny. It takes a transformation within. His condition was so bad that abnormal things became normal to him. It was normal for him to sleep in tombs.
Strangely enough as soon as he saw Jesus something changed within him. He ran to worship Jesus. What fetters and chains could not do an encounter with Jesus did. The satanic influences on his life were destroyed and he was loosed to fulfill destiny.
The transformations in his life were so feasible that people gathered together to see what had taken place his life. His mind was fully restored to become all he was created to be. From that point on he became an evangelist. He became useful to himself and to people around him. I strongly believe that someone’s right mind is been restored right now. It may require that you share this article with someone that needs it. Because Jesus lives in us we are loosed already to fulfill destiny. I will see you in your destiny.

*CONFESSION:*
I am loosed to fulfill destiny. Nothing is holding me down; I am free from every entrapment.

*LEARN MORE:* Mark 5:2-20, John 8:36

*PRAYER REQUEST: Lord we ask that theveyes of everyone reading Inspiration will be opened daily. Psalm 119:18*
[3/25, 6:02 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: WEDNESDAY 25TH MARCH 2020.

THEME: HE CAN ERASE YOUR PAST.

MEMORISE:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

READ: Luke 15:11-24

11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:

12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

2 Corinthian 5:17-19

17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

MESSAGE

Jesus came for one assignment: to shed His blood for the remission of our sins. 1 John 3:8 says:

“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

For Jesus to erase your sins, all He needs you to do is confess them. It does not matter how badly you have sinned, the moment you confess and ask Him to be your Lord and Savior, He will cleanse all that unrighteousness away.

The devil however will keep coming to remind you of all your sins. When he comes, quote 1 John 1:9 to him:

“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

Tell him that the fellow he is talking about is dead because 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that when you give your life to Christ, you become a new creature and old things have passed away; all things have now become new. Don’t ever all the devil to make you feel guilty for sins that no longer exist as far as God is concerned.

After confessing your sins, you are to forsake them. Proverbs 28:13 says:

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”

Forsaking your sins means throwing away anything connected to your old lifestyle and sincerely resolving never to go back to it. If you still hang around the same friends and places that made you sin, enjoying the same worldly music or movies that your ‘old man’ used to love, then you are unwilling to let God erase your past. Confess your sins and forsake them today, you will experience peace like never before.

PRAYER POINT:

Father, I ask that You erase every sin in my past and give me a brand-new life today in the mighty name of Jesus.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Joshua 12-15

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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[3/25, 6:16 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: WISDOM FOR THE DAY
Wednesday, 25th March, 2020

TAKE WHAT GRACE HAS PROVIDED

“Let us, therefore, come (boldly) to the throne of grace, that we may (obtain) mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)

The text above is a very familiar one, and even though we readily quote it, sometimes we get too familiar with the scripture that we miss the import of the words. Let me point out two words to you: “boldly” and “obtain.” God does not want you to approach Him timidly. He wants you to approach Him boldly, knowing that there is absolutely nothing He cannot do. God wants you to approach Him knowing that He is the possessor of heaven and earth. You should approach God with the understanding that He is God all by Himself and He is for you. It is only when you are equipped with this knowledge that you are empowered to obtain or take what you need, that has already been provided. God expects you to approach Him in full confidence and assurance that He is for you, and because of that, you cannot be denied.

Child of God, its high time you stopped begging, managing and getting by with life. When you know who your God is, it gives you a holy audacity. The Bible says, “…the people who know their God shall be strong…” (Daniel 8:32 NKJV). The woman with the issue of blood was a woman who embodied this scripture. She defied all the odds that were stacked against her and approached Jesus, the personification of Grace, and she took her healing (Luke 8:41-48).

Beloved, you must rise up and take what Grace has provided. Grace has provided your healing, your deliverance, your finances, your job and your business success. It has all been provided, so take it! The woman with the issue of blood refused to keep living with that illness when her deliverance was already available. Mediocrity is not permitted in your life. And crawling is not allowed. It is God’s will for you to be the best. You are the preferred one because that is what He has perfected in eternity concerning you.

Further Reading: Hebrews 4:14-16; Luke 8:41-48
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Joshua 19-21; Evening- Luke 2:25-52
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