[4/14, 5:56 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: TUESDAY 14TH APRIL 2020.
THEME: BEWARE OF SPIES.
Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. Micah 7:5
READ: 2 Samuel 22
And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:
2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
5 When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;
6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;
7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.
8 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.
9 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet.
11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.
12 And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.
13 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.
14 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.
15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them.
16 And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
17 He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;
18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.
19 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.
20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
21 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
23 For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.
24 I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity.
25 Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight.
26 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.
27 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.
28 And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.
29 For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.
30 For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.
31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?
33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.
34 He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet: and setteth me upon my high places.
35 He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.
37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.
38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until I had consumed them.
39 And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise: yea, they are fallen under my feet.
40 For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up against me hast thou subdued under me.
41 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me.
42 They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.
43 Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad.
44 Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve me.
45 Strangers shall submit themselves unto me: as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me.
46 Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of their close places.
47 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.
48 It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me.
49 And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.
51 He is the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.
Spying is a military strategy. In Numbers 13:1-21, God directed Moses to send spies into Canaan. In Joshua 2:1, Joshua sent spies to Jericho. The devil also uses spies. In 2 Kings 6:13-14, the king of Syria sent spies after Elisha. When the target is a great one, the spy is usually recruited from within. Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus’ disciples was recruited to spy on Him. There is a saying that if the enemy within cannot kill a fellow, neither can the one outside. This is why you need to beware of spies, especially the ones close to you.
Spies collect information from careless talk. Ephesians 5:4 warns us to be careful of careless talk, even jesting. Spies ask questions to know your thoughts and plans. Proverbs 18:7 says:
“A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.”
Many people are trapped by their loose tongues. If you are already succeeding, know that there is a spy ready to pretend to be your friend, so be careful of what you say. Be careful of the information you let out, no matter how trivial you think it is. One day, I went on a visit and someone offered to get me a particular brand of soft drink, only for another fellow to insist that I have a preference for another brand entirely. I thought oh, so I have been observed! Should the devil decide to get at me, he could use that drink. That day, I bid that preferred brand bye-bye. The devil can use the most minute information to get at anyone, however, your Ally can deal with the spy. He said in Matthew 15:13:
“…Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.”
It is really not your duty to begin to look out for spies, let your Ally deal with them (Psalm 54:4), you just watch your tongue. Proverbs 29:11 says:
“A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.”
Be careful, especially with your words.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 7, 27, 31, 34 & 52.
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 18: MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE.
1. My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away,
Oh, let me from this day
Be wholly Thine!
2. May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire!
As Thou hast died for me,
Oh, may my love to Thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be,
A living fire!
3. While life’s dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
Be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.
4. When ends life’s transient dream,
When death’s cold, sullen stream
Shall o’er me roll;
Blest Savior, then in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
Oh, bear me safe above,
A ransomed soul!
[4/14, 5:56 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: *INSPIRATION*
(Giving direction to your day)
Tuesday 14th April, 2020
*Text: “…So they sewed fig leaves together and covered themselves.” Gen 3:7 (GNT)*
After the fall of man Adam and Eve discovered that they were naked. They made fig leaves to cover themselves. Before this experience they did not know they were naked. In actual sense they were not naked because there was a covering on their lives. Their spirit, soul and body were covered. They were covered by the glory of God. As soon as sin entered, they became naked – exposed and vulnerable. Shame was already waiting for them. No amount of leaf would have covered their shame.
The prodigal son left the glory of his father’s house. He had everything he needed in his father’s house. He went into a life of waste and disobedience. He lost his money, his confidence and his glory. It was so bad that he had to eat with the pigs. He took up the courage to return back to his father. He was returning in shame. But as we saw it, he came home and his father covered him with the best robe. His shame was covered. His vulnerability was covered.
God is still in the business of covering men in his robe of righteousness. It doesn’t matter how sinful and terrible our lives had been. When we come to Jesus to receive him as our Lord and saviour, he will cover us with the robe of righteousness. With this our shame is covered.
There is nothing we can do or use to cover the shame of sin by ourselves. The more we try to cover it the more vulnerable we become to the sin. The more we cover sin the more it gains control over our lives. When we bring it to God in repentance, he forgives us and at the same time cleanses us from the sin and covers us with his glory. As a believer there is divine covering over your life. Your shame is covered.
Thank you, Lord, for your covering over my life. Thank you for covering my shame. Thank you because your glory shall be seen daily on my life.
*LEARN MORE:* Prov 28:13, Luke 15:11-32
*PRAYER REQUEST: In the name of Jesus we declare that your people are daily filled with the knowledge of your will in all wisdom. Col 1:9*
[4/14, 5:56 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Today’s SOD – 2020-04-14
TOPIC: KEY FACTS ABOUT DISCIPLINE
SCRIPTURE: Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men. Proverbs 22:29
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Making yourself do what you are meant to do when you are meant to do it is one of the greatest strengths of character.
Previously,”we saw that Indiscipline or the lack of self-control is an enemy of destiny. The lack of self-control made Reuben and Esau to lose out in life. You shall not lose out in life and destiny in Jesus’ Name.
Today, we want to look at the virtue of discipline and two key facts about discipline or self-control”:
1. Where the flesh is out of control,”the future is also out of control.
A person who cannot successfully lead his life can never lead anything on earth. If you cannot lead yourself, you cannot lead any other person. Everyone is a leader. And true leadership starts with the leadership of oneself. Making yourself do what you are meant to do when you are meant to do it is one of the greatest strengths of character. And you know, the strength of character is what determines the weight of destiny. People with weighty destinies have very strong character; people with weak characters have very light destinies.
2. Discipline guarantees distinction.
Discipline guarantees distinction because discipline facilitates consistency. Discipline facilitates the consistency of the right actions. If you continue to do the right things, a time would come when your system will be adjusted or programmed to doing it and it becomes natural and automatic to you. When you come into such realm of automaticity, you are in a realm of irresistible distinction. It is not what you do occasionally that changes your life but what you do habitually, perpetually and perennially. Anyone can pray, study or give occasionally but occasional activity does not change a person’s life. It is consistency that leads to distinction.
My counsel is, never get tired of doing the right thing; the result may not come immediately but victory is in consistency.
Remember this”: Making yourself to do what you are meant to do when you are meant to do it is one of the greatest strengths of character.
1. Make up your mind to bring your flesh under control.
2. Ask God for the grace to live a life of discipline.
PRAYER: Lord,”I receive the grace to bring myself under control. Help me Lord to be disciplined so I can fulfil destiny, in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: ENEMIES OF DISTINCTION AND EXCELLENCE (PART 3).
QUOTE: The extent of our responsibilities determines the extent of our possibilities. Culled from “21 FOOLISH THINGS PEOPLE DO” by Dr Paul Enenche.
AMAZING FACT: A lion pride’s territory can stretch up to 100 square miles and can cover grasslands,”open woodland and shrubs.
DAILY READING”: Ezra 1-3
PROPHETIC WORD: Grace for consistency is released upon you now in Jesus’ Name.
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