Morning Devotions

[7/24, 7:05 AM] 919063: 🌲🌷 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🌷🌲
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_DATE: WEDNESDAY 24TH JULY 2019_

*THEME: MIND YOUR BUSINESS.*

*MEMORISE:*
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
Proverbs 22:29

*Bible Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-12*
6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.

7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;

8 Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:

9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.

10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

*MESSAGE*
We need a deeper insight into today’s memory verse in order to understand what God is teaching us today. To put it quite simply, God is asking us to be diligent, specifically in our own business. Anyone who is inordinately diligent in someone else’s personal affair is a busybody, and such a person will reap no reward for this. When I was young, my mother was so hard on me whenever I played too much. She would order me to immediately go into the house and read my books. If I protested that I was being singled out for harsh treatment when other children were also playing, she would remind me that she was not called to mind other people’s business. I thank God that my mother diligently minded the business which the Lord committed into her hands. She would say to me, “Enoch, you are my business; I will mind you and not other people’s business.”

When a person is not mindful of what to do with his or her life, he or she wastes it. Please understand that time wasted is life wasted. The easiest way to waste a life is to not do something meaningful with that life. Paul could boldly say to the Church at Thessalonica that he and his team purposely did not live on other people’s provision. He gave his reason for this in 2 Thessalonica 3:8-9, saying:

“…….. that we might not be chargeable to any of you: Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.”

Paul went as far as telling the Church that any so-called brother or sister who would not work should not be allowed to eat of the shared provisions of the brethren! Beloved, the needy in our midst would be fed, but they should also be taught how to work with their hands. This has been the tradition of the Church from the very beginning (2 Thessalonica 3:6 & 10). Some people are so selective that they calm there are no job opportunities, whereas there are jobs they can do to earn a living. Their problem is that they are looking for certain “white collar jobs” which may not be available. The truth is, if you are not able to find work in your profession or chosen trade, you can try your hands at other things. Learn from Paul the lawyer who labored as a tent maker to earn a living when the churches he had planted were not strong enough to bear the cost of his missionary work (Acts 22:3, Acts 18:3). One of my sons told the story of a young lady who was feeding from the church. When he tried to get her a cleaning job at the Redemption Camp, she rejected it, saying the job was not dignifying enough. Ironically, cleaners were among those contributing to the purse where her needs were being met. May you never underrate the door of opportunity God opens to you to Jesus’ Name.

*PRAYER POINT:*
Father, give me the wisdom, contentment and sincerity of heart needed to mind my business, in Jesus’ Name.

*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
Joshua 23-24
Ezekiel 21:24-22:5

*AUTHOR:*
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

*HYMN 1: THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS*
• There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.

*Refrain:*
Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need:
Mercy-drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.

• There shall be showers of blessing,
Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys,
Sound of abundance of rain.

• There shall be showers of blessing;
Send them upon us, O Lord;
Grant to us now a refreshing,
Come, and now honor Thy Word.

• There shall be showers of blessing:
Oh, that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!

• There shall be showers of blessing,
If we but trust and obey;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
If we let God have His way.

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[7/24, 7:07 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-07-24
TOPIC: NO FIGHT, NO VICTORY!

SCRIPTURE: For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world,”even our faith. 1 John 5″:4

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: We are called to fight but destined to win.

The Scriptures have established that the just shall live by his faith (Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38). The meaning is,”if the just must survive the battles of life, faith is not negotiable. But it may surprise you to also know that faith does not prevent battles. Some people say, I do not have faith; that is why I am always confronted. No! Faith does not prevent confrontations; it only gives the power to persistently overcome confrontations and dwell in the arena of conflict.

No one overcomes without fighting. No wonder, 1 Timothy 6″:12 says,”fight the good fight of faith. So, anyone who is not ready for a fight is not ready for victory. 

The fight of faith is nothing but the confrontation of conviction; it is the enemy trying to challenge what you believe. That was why I had earlier on said, faith does not prevent battles or confrontations; it only guarantees victory in the face of battle.

So, we are called to fight but destined to win.

For a challenge or confrontation to arise against you is not an evidence of lack of faith; it is bowing for defeat that is the evidence of lack of faith.

Beloved, you may be facing a battle in your life right now, but I decree, that battle is over! Arise in victory by the weapon of faith, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

Remember this”: We are called to fight but destined to win.

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Refuse to be afraid of the battles of life.

2. Engage your faith and the Word of God in the battles confronting you.

3. See your victory before you fight any battle.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING,”GET THIS MESSAGE”: THE MYSTERY OF FAITH

PRAYER: Lord,”I believe in the power of Your Word for my victory in life. I decree the destruction of every weapon against my life and destiny, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

DAILY BIBLE READING”: 2 Chronicles 11:1 to 13:22,”Romans 8″:26 to 39,”Psalm 18″:37 to 50,”Proverbs 19″:27 to 29.

QUOTE: The absence of faith shortens life. Culled from 22 LAWS OF LIFE (Vol.1) by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT: It takes at least 8 bees their lifetime to create a teaspoon of honey.

TODAY IN HISTORY: 24/07/1823 Slavery is abolished in Chile.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: I decree victory for you in every current battle of life right now in Jesus Name.
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[7/24, 7:07 AM] 919063: The blessing comes by ‘doing’

Wednesday 24th July 2019

‘I do your commandments.’ Psalm 119:166 NKJV

In his book Traveling Hopefully, Stan Mooneyham writes: ‘I will go, when – I will give, after – I will obey, but first – one can always find reasons for delay, and sometimes they may even seem to be valid reasons. A close friend of mine and I were called to preach about the same time, and we went to university together. I was out mutilating homiletics in rural Oklahoma churches during those four years of study, but my friend insisted he wouldn’t preach his first sermon until he had received his PhD. That was over thirty years ago. I am still mutilating homiletics, but my friend isn’t preaching at all. He never did. Preparation is important, but doing is a vitally important part of preparation. In the Old Testament we hear much about offerings of “first fruits”. God’s portion came right off the top. Nowadays we are more likely to be known by and for our “last fruits”. Near the hold button on the hotline to Heaven, these classic words would be appropriate: “If not I, who? If not here, where? If not now, when?” Are you waiting for the “perfect moment” to come before you step out in faith and obey what God has told you to do? Obey God. Now! It’s not enough to say you believe God’s Word, you must obey it. It’s not enough to accumulate Bible knowledge, you must apply the knowledge God has given you to your daily living.’

James writes, ‘Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves …a doer…will be blessed in what he does’ (James 1:22, 25NKJV). The blessing comes by ‘doing’.

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[7/24, 7:07 AM] 919063: Daily Bible Inspirations
The Battle Against Pride
by Erica Cosgrove

But when you do merciful deeds, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand does, so that your merciful deeds may be in secret, then your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Matthew 6:3-4
Pride may be one of life’s biggest challenges.

It can wiggle its way into any situation without us even recognizing it as pride. When we adamantly defend a position because we just know we are right, pride dwells. When we quickly grow frustrated with someone, pride again dwells. Even in the acts that are supposed to be selfless-our service-we manage to become prideful often enough that Jesus thought it worth mentioning as He taught people about the kind of life He calls us to.

Jesus warns us to not go around proclaiming all the service we have done to other people (Matthew 6:1-2). Then He takes it further in verses 3 and 4 to warn us from puffing ourselves up. Pride can spark and grow within us when we constantly dwell upon all the things we have done. All the attention we like to turn our way, Jesus asks us to give to Him.

He challenges us to quietly give ourselves in service to Him and to others, knowing that He notices everything.

Though the world may not recognize us for what we do, Jesus does and He says that “your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly” (Matt. 6:4).

Pray

Dear God,
Help me to stop feeding my pride by keeping a tally of the service I’ve done.
Instead, help me to serve as often as You ask me to, only focusing on bringing You glory.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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2 Replies to “Morning Devotions”

  1. JENNY GEEAR

    I,m so thankful I decided to turn to the intrnet the day after I,d read UCB,s Word for today as I had never read the words “MUTILATING HOMILECTICS” before and it was good to meditate on the explanation. How rich is Gods Word and it is wonderful how He uses the Internet.MANY THANKS AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU. Jenny

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