Morning Devotions

[4/1, 6:22 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Today’s SOD – 2020-04-01
TOPIC: ENEMIES OF GREATNESS

SCRIPTURE: Reuben,”thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power”: Unstable as water,”thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed; then defiledst thou it”: he went up to my couch. Genesis 49:3-4.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: If you cannot control your flesh,”you have lost the control of your future. 

Every child of God has potentials for great destiny in them. There is a seed of greatness in you as a child of God (1 John 4″:4). Just as a cub (baby lion) does not struggle to roar; you cannot struggle to be mighty as a child of the Almighty God. You have the potential for great destiny in you.

However,”we see in Scriptures that great potentials do not always translate into great destinies. Many times, great potentials do not end up in great futures. For instance”: in Genesis Chapter 49,”when Jacob gathered all his children, he told Reuben his first born, “You have the potential of a great destiny. You have the potential of power, the excellency of dignity, the excellency of might; but you are unstable as water and you shall not excel.” (Genesis 49″:3-4,”paraphrased).

And truly, Reuben became nothing in life. In the Scripture, the tribe of Judah is seen as the kingly tribe in Israel; the tribe of Levi, the priestly tribe, and the men of the tribe of Issachar were men who had understanding of times but nothing significant is said about Reuben or the tribe of Reuben. This was because even though Reuben carried the seed of great destiny, he was limited by character deficiency. 

Now, the question is”: what are the things that can limit a person’s greatness? I will give you six of them:

1. Iniquity: Iniquity limits destiny.

2. Indecision: A person who cannot make up his mind has no future.

3. Indiscipline: If you cannot control your flesh,”you have lost the control of your future. 

4. Lack of vision”: A life of no vision is a life of no future. 

5. Pride: Arrogance is an enemy of distinction and excellence.

6. Societal influence: People who surrender their life to the negative influence of society have no future.

Beloved,”make up your mind not to limit the greatness in you by exhibiting any of these enemies. You shall not be limited in Jesus’ Name.

Remember this”: If you cannot control your flesh,”you have lost the control of your future. 

ASSIGNMENTS”:

1. Go through today’s message once again.

2. Make up your mind not to be limited in life by the lifestyle of compromise and iniquity.  

PRAYER: O Lord,”I ask that You give me the grace to deploy all You have put in me. Deliver me Lord from the lifestyle of compromise and iniquity, Lord in Jesus’ Name.  

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”:  ENEMIES OF DISTINCTION AND EXCELLENCE (PART 1).

QUOTE: A life of no integrity is a life of no character. It is not wisdom for a man to live such a life that cannot be trusted or relied upon. Culled from “21 FOOLISH THINGS PEOPLE DO” by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT: The Wright brothers invented and flew the first airplane in 1903. It is considered as the world’s first “sustained and controlled heavier-than-air powered flight.” Their aircraft,”the Wright Flyer, flew about 120 feet. Today, the newest Boeing 787 can fly 10,000 miles on a single tank of gas.

DAILY READING”: 1 Chronicles 27-29.

PROPHETIC WORD: Receive victory over every enemy of the flesh in Jesus’ Name.

 

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[4/1, 6:24 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *INSPIRATION*
(Giving direction to your day)
*Ola Aina*

Wednesday 1st April, 2020

*PRISONER JOSEPH*

*Text: “And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound; and he was there in the prison.” Genesis 39:20*

I want to welcome you to a new month and to this special edition of the Inspiration devotional. I want to help you from this first day to understand that the experiences of life are not secluded to one person. There are people who have gone through the same experiences and came out better, bigger and brighter. The Bible is the greatest manual for living; it does not in any way hide from us people who had negative experiences. More importantly we see clearly how God helped them through it.
Joseph was a prisoner. He was locked in prison for several years for an offence he did not commit. There was nobody to plead his case. He was far away from home. His father thought he had died. He was forgotten by men but the eyes of God were watching over him. It doesn’t matter where life has placed us the eyes of God is right there with us. In the darkest night and moments of our lives God is right there with us.
Right from the prison God began to strategize his release and his enthronement. He was not even aware but God was at work behind the scene. God had to use people that were not related to him to help him out. I want you to realize that God is never at a loss on what to do concerning the issues of our lives. When we are at loss on what to do, we can trust the all-knowing God to make a way where there seems to be no way. The present situation and circumstances of our lives are never the end of the road for us.
Rivers can still flow in your desert!
A highway can be created again in the sea for you!
The mouth of Lions can still be shut for you!
Don’t give up yet. Help is
on the way!

*DECLARE:*
God is at work in my life. The experiences of life does not determine the end of the road for me.

*LEARN MORE:* Psalm 121:1-2, 1 Corinth 10:1

*PRAYER REQUEST: Thank you Lord for the impart of your word through Inspiration all through the month of March*

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[4/1, 6:24 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL 2020.

THEME: IF FIRE MUST FALL.

MEMORISE:

The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Mark 1:3

READ: I Kings 18:30-39

30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.

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.

39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.

MESSAGE

Fire represents the potent and unlimited power of the Almighty God and also symbolizes His manifest presence. From the stories of the burning bush in Exodus 3:2-5, to the appearance of a pillar of fire in Exodus 13:21, fire often accompanies appearances of God in the Bible. Fire also signifies the acceptance of sacrifices made unto God as evident in Leviticus 9:24. Likewise, it also depicts divine intervention. The contest between Elijah and the prophets of Baal is a classic example of God’s intervention in a situation with fire.

“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. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.” 1 Kings 18:38-39

Whenever the fire of God falls, works of darkness are exposed and destroyed. Supernatural laws become activated, leading to unprecedented miracles, signs and wonders. I therefore call the fire of God to fall on you right now and destroy every work of darkness around you in the mighty name of Jesus. However, according to our Bible reading today, some activities must precede the manifestation of divine fire.

Firstly, one must be born again. This make you a bona fide member of the family of God. Secondly, we have to keep the altar of God in our lives pure and deal with sin decisively. Thirdly, we must obey all His instructions promptly and completely. These three steps will bring down the fire of God into your situation.

Are you standing at the crossroads seeking divine guidance? God requires absolute devotion from you. Jeremiah 29:13 says “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Seek God with all your heart and He will visit your situation with His fire in the mighty name of Jesus.

PRAYER POINT:

Father, help me to do everything necessary to bring down Your fire in my life, in the mighty name of Jesus.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Judges 8-9

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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[4/1, 6:24 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *THE WORD FOR TODAY*

Encouragement for trials

Wednesday 1st April 2020

‘Do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial.’ 1 Peter 4:12 NKJV

The Bible tells us: ‘Do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when his glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy’ (1 Peter 4:12-13 NKJV). In The Message, Eugene Peterson paraphrases Peter’s words: ‘Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.’

Times of trial feel ‘strange’, but they are normal and necessary! They are how you grow in grace. They are how God equips and prepares you to do great things in his Kingdom. God never afflicts us, but he most assuredly allows us to go through tests. And these tests measure us, reveal us, strengthen our faith, purify us and cause us to grow spiritually. To quote the apostle Paul: ‘All of this has been done for you, so that more and more people will know how kind God is and will praise and honour him. We never give up. Our bodies are gradually dying, but we ourselves are being made stronger each day. These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing’ (2 Corinthians 4:15-17 CEV).

If you could see the blessing that’s waiting for you on the other side of this fiery trial, you’d cancel your pity party and start planning your promotion party.

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