Morning Devotions

[4/22, 6:26 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: WEDNESDAY 22ND APRIL 2020.

THEME: IF YOU WOULD BE RICH, PRAY!

MEMORISE:

Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. James 4:2

READ: 1 Chronicles 4:9-10

9 And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.

10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

MESSAGE

Wealth is generally interpreted as an abundance of valuable possessions or money. The Bible speaks of wealthy families, nations and also wealthy individuals like Abraham, Job, David Solomon, and the Queen of Sheba. Worthy of note is the fact that positive references to wealth are few in the Bible. Many statements of Jesus could be viewed as harsh criticisms of wealth. In Mark 10:23-25, He said it is extremely difficult for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. In Mark 4:19, the quest for wealth chokes God’s word. Matthew 6:24 says one cannot serve God and Mammon, 1 Timothy 6:9-10 declares that “the love of money” is the root of all kinds of evil. To wrap it up Luke 6:24 concluded by saying “Woe to you who are rich”. Revelations 3:17 says: “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing…..”

However, there is a good side to wealth. Since the beginning of the world, God has created an abundance of good things for human beings to enjoy. Christians however need to have a good understanding of the true nature of earthly riches, and acknowledge God as the source of all blessings. Deuteronomy 8:18 says:
“But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth,”

Hence, having riches is not the problem, but having a wrong attitude towards it. Riches should be thankfully received, and Christians must value heavenly riches above earthly wealth. Earthly riches are to be used in the service of the Creator and the true owner of all things. God has the power to make anyone wealthy, therefore His children do not have to live in penury, I have however discovered that the poverty of many Christians is not out of laziness or lack of ambition, but due to prayerless lifestyle. If you would be rich, then you must be ready to continuously knock on the doors of heaven with prayer, until your breakthrough comes.

PRAYER POINT:

Father, please help me to wrestle in prayers until my breakthrough comes, in the mighty name of Jesus.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 Chronicles 1-2

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 11: PASS ME NOT O GENTLE SAVIOR.

1. Pass me not, O gentle Savior,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.
o Refrain:
Savior, Savior,
Hear my humble cry,
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.

2. Let me at Thy throne of mercy
Find a sweet relief;
Kneeling there in deep contrition,
Help my unbelief.

3. Trusting only in Thy merit,
Would I seek Thy face;
Heal my wounded, broken spirit,
Save me by Thy grace.

4. Thou the spring of all my comfort,
More than life to me,
Whom have I on earth beside Thee,
Whom in Heav’n but Thee.

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[4/22, 6:26 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: MESSAGE FROM:
*Rev. Anthony Akinmoyo*
Lifeway Christian Centre,
Lagos.

Focus: *Spiritual Reserve System*

Job 38:1, 22-23 (KJV) *Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,*
*Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,*
*Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?*

This is a system of building up spiritual strength against the day of battle and war. You don’t need to wait for challenges before you start to organize prayers. When prayers become your daily and regular affair, you are actually building up a strength reserve.

Regular prayer and fasting are spiritual exercise that sharpens and build up your spirit man to overcome all the manipulations of the devil.
We are living in a world that is rooted in wickedness, trials, troubles, plagues, temptations etc. Most times, they manifest without any sign or announcement. Without a solid spiritual reserve strength even the saints of God can end up as victims. In fact, many have been casualties of these unexpected battles of life.

These battles come in different forms such as an attack on one’s health, finance, marriage, job, business, career, children etc. But when you are spiritually well built up, you can check the devil out of your territory anyday, anytime.

Do you know our God maintains different reserve systems against the day of battle and war?
– Treasure of snow.
– Treasure of hail.

Job 38:22-23 (KJV) *Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? Or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,*
*Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?*

What makes people to faint or cave in when confronted with unexpected troubles is due to insufficient or empty spiritual reserve strength.

Proverbs 24:10 (KJV) *If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.*

My beloved, spend quality time in the word of God and prayer to build up your spirit man against all forms of manipulations of the wicked.
The sure ways to access spiritual strength are: the word of God with prayers, and fasting on a regular basis.

Each day is loaded with evil; therefore we must be daily loaded with power in order to overcome them.

Matthew 6:34 (KJV) *”…Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”*

Ephesians 6:13 (KJV) *Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.*

Our inheritance are constantly contended for by the forces of darkness and we need supernatural power to crush them whenever they show up. Anytime God opens doors of greatness for us, the enemy is waiting to stop us or close the door.

1 Corinthians 16:9 (KJV) *For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.*

We have the duty to preserve the blessings of God in our lives by taking up spiritual responsibility.

1 John 5:18 (KJV) *”…but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.”*

When you keep yourself in the power of God through prayer and fasting the wicked one cannot touch you.

Isaiah 27:6 (KJV) *He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.*

Isaiah 37:31 (KJV) *”…the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward:”*

Beloved, it is your spiritual root that determines the mark you’ll make on earth. The attention and commitment you are giving to the development of your spirit man determines the happenings around your life both positive and negative.
It is the size of your spirit that determines the size of your destiny. You cannot have a strong healthy spirit and be living a weak and stagnated life. Your life is a reflection of the strength of your spirit. You cannot be a failure in the spirit and be a champion in life. So build up.

Behind most cases of untimely death and other forms of misfortune is the development of the physical body, status, beauty, career, business above the development of the spirit man.
Beloved, please give maximum attention to the study of the word of God, prayer and fasting. The devil has no respect for your position, status and possession, but has great respect for power.

Psalms 66:3 (KJV) *Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.*

PRAYERS:

Acts 6:4 (KJV) *But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.*

1. Thank you father for the word I’ve received this morning. Thank you for the opportunity to build up my spirit man.

2. Zechariah 12:10 (KJV) *”And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications…”*

i, O Lord my father, release upon me the spirit of prayer and strength to fast regularly in the mighty name of Jesus!

ii, Lord, stir up daily hunger for your word in me in Jesus mighty name!

3. Psalms 110:2 (KJV) *The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.*

O Lord my God, release upon me the power to rule in the midst of my enemies in Jesus mighty name!

4. O Lord my God, let the rod of power be handed over to me in Jesus mighty name!

5. Micah 3:8 (KJV) *”But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might…”*

O Lord my father, endue me with power to do exploits in life in the mighty name of Jesus!

6. Ezekiel 30:9 (KJV) *In that day shall messengers go forth from me in ships to make the careless Ethiopians afraid, and great pain shall come upon them, as in the day of Egypt: for, lo, it cometh.*

O Lord my God, make me a terror to the kingdom of darkness in Jesus mighty name!

7. Jeremiah 5:26 (KJV) *For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.*

i. O Lord my God, deliver me from all forms of trap the enemy has set for me in Jesus mighty name!

ii. O Lord, expose them before I get there in the mighty name of Jesus!

8. Isaiah 49:26 (KJV) *And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.*

i. O Lord my father, you are a man of war, put an end to the activities of oppressors in my life and family in Jesus mighty name!

ii. O Lord, cause them to drink their own blood and eat their own flesh in Jesus mighty name!

9. Luke 10:19 (KJV) *Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.*

I take authority over every strong man that has been working against my progress in the mighty name of Jesus!

Galatians 5:10 (KJV) *”…but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.”*

O Lord my God, release judgement over anyone or situation that has been troubling my life in Jesus mighty name!

10. Psalms 112:4 (KJV) *”Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness…”*

O Lord my God, light up every darkness in my life in Jesus mighty name!

Psalms 18:28 (KJV) *For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.*

O Lord my father, light up my finance, marriage, career, business, health in the mighty name of Jesus!

I command darkness to give way in the mighty name of Jesus!

11. Psalms 66:12 (KJV) *Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.*

O Lord my God, take me to my prepared wealthy place in Jesus mighty name!

Thank you father for the grace to pray and answers to all my prayers.

Receive my thanks and praise in the mighty name of Jesus Christ!

See you tomorrow,
Stay strong,
Stay safe.

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[4/22, 6:27 AM] Pastor Emmanuel Oshevire: Today’s SOD – 2020-04-22
TOPIC: WRONG ASSOCIATION – A LIMITATION OF DESTINY

SCRIPTURE: Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.1 Corinthians 15:33.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The wrong association is a limitation of destiny just as the right association is a facilitator of destiny. 

A story was told of how a shepherd found a cub (baby lion) and took it to be nurtured in his sheepfold. The Cub grew and thought it was a sheep. The cub ate grass and moved along with the sheep. Once in a while,”a big lion would come to pursue the sheep and while the sheep ran for safety, the sheep-lion or the sheepefied lion would also be running. 

One day, the cub saw its face in the water and was shocked. It ran back again thinking that it was that big Lion that was coming out of the water. It tried several times and realized that it was its own face it saw in the water. On another occasion, the bigger lion came pursuing the sheep as usual. While the sheep ran, the cub decided not to run. When the bigger lion saw the cub, it picked the cub and played with it, took it from the sheepfold to the lion company to train it on how to roar and tear flesh. 

Now, this Cub had the great potential of a lion but was limited by certain factors. It would have died as a sheep with the potential of a Lion, if it was not rescued. In the same way, there are many people who have great potentials in life but are limited by certain factors. 

In the case of the cub in our study today, it was a wrong association that limited its destiny. The wrong association is a limitation of destiny just as the right association is a facilitator of destiny. 

Beloved, I don’t know what is limiting your destiny, I decree that you are rising up in victory today in Jesus’ Name.

Remember this”: The wrong association is a limitation of destiny just as the right association is a facilitator of destiny.

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Make up your mind to disconnect from the wrong association.

2. Connect with the right association that will facilitate your destiny.

PRAYER: Lord,”I ask for that You connect me with the right association that will facilitate my destiny fulfilment. I receive the grace to disconnect from every wrong association, Lord in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE”: ENEMIES OF DISTINCTION AND EXCELLENCE (PART 4).

QUOTE: Your association can either frustrate your destruction and facilitate your preservation or frustrate your preservation and facilitate your destruction. Culled from “22 LAWS OF LIFE” by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT: In many countries,”the eagle is thought to bring  good luck, which is one reason it has been featured on various national flags.

DAILY READING”: Esther 2-4

PROPHETIC WORD: Every trap of the wrong association is broken right now in Jesus Name.

 

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